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Manchester City's Sterling: I would not walk off pitch after racist abuse

Manchester City advance to the FA Cup final with their 1-0 win over plucky Brighton, keeping their quadruple hopes very much alive.

LONDON -- Raheem Sterling has said he believes it is better to score and win when faced with racism than it is for a team to walk off the pitch.

Manchester City and England forward Sterling has become a key figure in the fight against racism, speaking out following incidents at Chelsea and Montenegro and criticising some media coverage of black players.

Some senior football figures, including City boss Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, have said they would be prepared to take players off...

France's Blaise Matuidi puts international retirement on hold for Euro 2020 glory

Blaise Matuidi has said he considered quitting international football after France's World Cup win, but wants to bow out on a Euro 2020 victory.

Matuidi, 31, was a central figure as Les Bleus' became world champions in Russia last summer, and with coach Didier Deschamps having a wide range of other options in midfield, it seemed an opportune moment for the Juventus man to bow out.

Matuidi admitted the thought had crossed his mind, but that the prospect of bringing the curtain down on his international...

France determined not to lose World Cup final as they did Euro 2016

MOSCOW -- It was two years ago, almost to the day. France were in the final of "their" European Championship at home against Portugal. Four days before that, they beat Germany, the World Champions, 2-0 in Marseille. The Euros were theirs, but the reality couldn't have been any different.

As in 1984, in the same competition, and as in 1998, in the World Cup, Les Bleus were going to win the competition they organised. However, the game on July 10 against Portugal didn't go according to plan. France...

Centre-backs Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti star as France reach the final

France are into their third World Cup final in the past six editions after a 1-0 win over Belgium in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Tuesday.

Samuel Umtiti's early second-half header proved decisive, and a superb defensive display enabled Didier Deschamps' men to keep star-studded Belgium at bay.

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Les Bleus have done it -- despite moments of doubt in Russia, notably the group stage, the French have navigated their way to the final in Moscow! Incredibly, it feels like they can still improve...

Cristiano Ronaldo arrival at Juventus would be great - Blaise Matuidi

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi has said he would like to see Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo join the club amid increasing speculation linking him with a move.

At a news conference ahead of France's World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay on Friday, Matuidi was asked about the potential arrival of the Portugal captain.

"Ronaldo? That would be nice," he said. "It would be great to have him at Juve."

Matuidi misses out against Uruguay following his booking in the win over Argentina but tipped...

France to include Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi in starting XI vs. Peru

France coach Didier Deschamps will include Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi in his starting XI to face Peru on Thursday in Yekaterinburg.

Both players were part of first team at Tuesday afternoon's closed-door training session and are therefore expected to start, sources have told ESPN.

Giroud had a positive impact coming off the bench in France's 2-1 win over Australia in their Group C opener and physicality will also be useful up front against the Peruvians.

Matuidi's work rate and intensity...