Liverpool forward Michael Owen is likely to be unavailable for next week's Champions League match against Barcelona because of a recurrence of his hamstring injury. The English striker strained a hamstring in the 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Wednesday. The 22-year-old is likely to out of action for 10 to 12 days. Owen is also likely to miss England's World Cup warm up match against Italy on March 27. He has already missed the last three matches that England has played. UEFA moves match from Israel
UEFA has suspended all European competition matches in Israel until further notice because of the escalating violence there. European football's governing body said that the UEFA Cup tie between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and AC Milan scheduled for March 14 must now be staged at a neutral venue. UEFA allowed Hapoel's fourth-round match against Italy's Parma to go ahead after receiving security guarantees from the government, but the violence has increased in Israel in recent days. Audit of Blatter's books
FIFA President Sepp Blatter has already been facing allegations for bribery in his last election campaingn and now there's another problem to contend with. Blatter's opponents have managed to convince the executive committee of FIFA to set up an internal enquiry to look into financial irregularities. This follows FIFA breaking its links with long-term marketing partner ISL-ISMM last year.