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FIFA presidential favourites Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and Gianni Infantino look set for a tense battle at the polls following a final day of campaigning before Friday's election.

The UEFA general secretary and chief of the Asian Football Confederation remain the leading contenders to succeed former president Sepp Blatter at the Extraordinary Congress in Zurich, ahead of Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale. 

Delegates arrived in Switzerland for the meetings of the separate confederations, at which the candidates were allowed to lobby for support in a final attempt to boost their campaign profiles and win over undecided member associations.

Infantino, whose plans to offer associations $5million to invest were accused of endangering FIFA with bankruptcy by Sheikh Salman, wrote to the presidents of all associations to dismiss the arguments and reiterate his commitment to reforming an organisation marred by corruption investigations in the past year.

The Swiss is set to count on the support of UEFA and, he insists, a number of African votes, despite claims from the Ghana camp that the Confederation of African Football will overwhelmingly back

RIO Ferdinand has said comments from Cristiano Ronaldo that the Portuguese forward did not speak to him during Manchester United's Champions League-winning season were "unbelievable".

Both Ronaldo and the now-retired Ferdinand were key players for United when the Old Trafford club completed a Premier League and Champions League double in the 2007/08 season.

Ronaldo is now at Real Madrid and it was suggested to him during a press conference ahead of a last-16 Champions League tie against Roma

FRANCE : Manchester City left back Gael Clichy says his team can beat anyone in the world if they maintain their focus.

Manuel Pellegrini's men were undefeated in January apart from a League Cup semifinal first leg defeat that they managed to overturn.

But they had to come back from behind twice to salvage a draw at West Ham in the Premier League a week ago, and have already lost five league matches this season, including a defeat at mid-table Stoke City and a 4-1 home thumping by

MADRID : Welsh star Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid in 2013 for a world record fee in excess of 100 million euros ($109 million, £77 million), a leaked report reveals.

Whistleblowing website Football Leaks posted a copy of the agreement between Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur online on Wednesday.

The deal allowed Madrid the option of paying 91,589,842 euros in one lump sum within 15 days of the transfer, or 99,743,542 euros in four instalments over three years.

Madrid also agreed to pay a

LIVERPOOL could suffer the embarrassment of a mass exodus on Saturday with supporters' groups calling on fans to leave their seats during the Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield to protest a rise in ticket prices.

Two prominent groups have urged spectators to walk out in the 77th minute to express discontent at the club's decision to charge 77 pounds for the most expensive ticket in Anfield's redeveloped main stand next season, up from 59 pounds.

Liverpool also announced this

KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysian players' challenge in the Cleveland Classic Squash Championship came to an end after two players lost in the opening encounter of the tournament held at Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio, United States on Saturday (Sunday Malaysian time)

The country's second player, Low Wee Wern who is seeded seventh, suffered a major upset after she were beatan by India's unheralded player, Dipika Pallikal; losing 2-11, 9-11, 11-9 and 9-11.

The national champion, Delia Arnold is also

KOTA BAHARU : The Kelantan Football Association (Kafa) has obtained permission from the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to register red and pink as the home jersey colours for the Pamoga Qu Puteh The Red Warriors (PQPTRW) squad for the Malaysia League this season.

Kafa president Tan Sri Annuar Musa said white and pink would be the away jersey colours for PQPTRW.

"There is no issue on the colours for the first, second and third jersey. Many people don't understand the regulations on

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