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In this June 24 file photo, England's Adam Lallana, left, kicks a cross as Costa Rica's Roy Miller defends during the
Group D World Cup soccer match between Costa Rica and England at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Liverpool completed the signing of England midfielder Adam Lallana from Southampton on July 1. Lallana, who is
believed to have signed a five-year deal, underwent a medical at Liverpool's training ground on Friday after
Southampton accepted a reported £25 million bid. AP PHOTO
CSKA Moscow started the new sea-
son by retaining the Russian Super
Cup with a 3-1 win over nine-man
FC Rostov yesterday.
CSKA was lacklustre in the first
half and went into the break 1-0
down after Hrvoje Milic scored for
Rostov, last season s Russian Cup
Midfielder Pontus Wernbloom
brought CSKA level after 56 minutes,
before two red cards in quick suc-
cession changed the game. First, Ros-
tov midfielder Alexandru Gatcan
earned his second booking for a foul
on Georgy Milanov; his team-mate
Guelor Kaku Kanga disputed the deci-
sion and was sent off after picking
up a second yellow card for dissent.
Zoran Tosic put CSKA ahead, and
Seydou Doumbia added gloss to the
scoreline. The Russian Premier
League begins on Friday.
Liverpool: Lallana set to miss
start of season
New Liverpool midfielder Adam
Lallana is set to miss the start of the
Premier League after injuring a knee
in training during a preseason tour
of the United States.
Liverpool said the signing from
Southampton knocked a lateral col-
lateral ligament during a session at
Harvard University in Boston. Medics
have not predicted when Lallana will
return, but the club said "injuries of
this nature can result in a spell of
anywhere up to six weeks on the
Liverpool opens the season on
August 17 against Southampton,
which has already sold Lallana and
striker Rickie Lambert to the Mersey-
side club and defender Dejan Lovren
is expected to follow the same path.
Arsenal seal Ospina deal
Arsenal have not yet confirmed the
signing but the move has been
expected for some time.
Nice coach Claude Puel told Sky
Sports News after a friendly against
Brentford: "It s confirmed, yes.
"It s a good affair for Arsenal
because he s a very good player. You
will see next season the quality of
With Lukasz Fabianski departed
for Swansea, Arsenal boss Arsene
Wenger wants competition for Woj-
And Ospina, who had a hugely
impressive World Cup with Colom-
bia, will provide it.
"You know at the start Szczensy
will be the No. 1, then again we ll be
down to performances and, if Ospina
shows that he is better, he will play,"
the Gunners boss told ESPN.
Ospina becomes the third major
arrival at the Emirates this summer,
following the captures of Alexis
Sanchez from Barcelona and Mathieu
Debuchy from Newcastle.
Sky sources believe Calum Cham-
bers could be the fourth new signing
with Wenger set to bid £16 million
for the Southampton defender.
Everton working on Lukaku
Boss Roberto Martinez is keen to
retain the services of Lukaku after a
successful spell on loan at Goodison
Park last season when he scored 15
league goals in 31 appearances.
But Everton would need to sign
him on a permanent deal to loan
Ghana winger Atsu, because they are
not allowed two players on loan from
the same Premier League club.
Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Ital-
ian champions Juventus have also
been linked with a £20m bid for Bel-
gium international Lukaku, who has
yet to score for Chelsea since his 2011
move from Anderlecht.
He is expected to join up with the
Blues in Holland this week ahead of
Wednesday s friendly with Vitesse
Arnhem, when coach Jose Mourinho
will have a closer look at the 21-year-
old and make a decision on his future.
And assistant first-team coach Steve
Holland said last week he is not
expecting any movement on Lukaku
Rostov 3-1 for
Russian Super Cup
The Football Association
chairman Greg Dyke believes
the governing body is "over-
whelmingly male and white"
and has warned it could become
irrelevant unless tackled.
The FA Council is made up of
approximately 120 members
drawn from the professional and
amateur ranks of the game and
helps decide major policy issues
for the organisation.
"If you look at who s support-
ing, who s playing football, and
then you look at the FA Coun-
cil---it doesn t represent them,"
"It s still overwhelmingly male,
overwhelmingly white in a world
that isn t overwhelmingly male
and white, and somehow that
has to be changed.
"We have to try and change
it but we re not alone, supporters
have got to try and change it as
Dyke s message has echoes of
his words during his time as
director-general of the BBC in
2001 when he stated that the
broadcaster was "hideously
It also comes after Heather
Rabbatts, an independent mem-
ber of the FA board, complained
last year about the lack of diver-
sity on the FA chairman s flag-
ship England commission.
In a pre-recorded video mes-
sage to the joint annual meeting
of the Football Supporters Fed-
eration and Supporters Direct,
Dyke said: "We ve got to look at
how we involve the population
of 21st-century England and the
mix it s got.
"If we just carry on like this---
old, white males---we re going to
be increasingly irrelevant."
The FSF campaigns on behalf
of football fans, and its chairman
Malcolm Clarke sits on the FA
Council as the fans representa-
Clarke declined to comment
on Dyke s claims. However, an
FSF spokesman said: "It is
important that the FA Council
is an influential voice but it is
important that it is representa-
tive. Football fans are a diverse
group and the FA Council should
Manchester FA s Frank Han-
nah, 89, who sits on the FA
Council, believes things are
changing---but said the issue is
at county FA level who elect
members to the council.
"It s out of Mr Dyke s control
to be quite truthful," he told BBC
"Each county FA elects its own
representative and the people
who are there are there because
they have been voted for. It is
changing and there are more
women involved. I think Mr Dyke
was expressing his own opin-
Dyke also defended his Eng-
land commission and said some-
thing must be done to increase
the talent pool in English foot-
The commission announced
a four-point plan to boost Eng-
lish football in May, which called
for a new tier within the Football
League to accommodate Premier
League B teams and a reduction
in non-home-grown players in
Premier League squads.
male and white
Heather Rabbatts is the only
woman on the FA board.
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