Casillas weighing run for Spanish football presidency

Former Spain
goalkeeper Iker Casillas plans to run for the presidency of the Spanish
Football Federation (RFEF), Spanish media reported on Wednesday.

told the national sports council (CSD) of his intention to run in the
upcoming RFEF elections, reported the Cadena Ser radio station early

According to this media, Casillas “has made the decision to run” for the elections and has informed Irene Lozano, who as secretary of state for sport is president of the CSD.

Are Leeds’ Premier League dreams falling apart again?

Leeds United fans can be forgiven for feeling
a horrible sense of deja vu as another season that promised so much
under the mercurial Marcelo Bielsa has come off the rails in the new

The visiting thousands crammed into one end of Brentford’s
rickety Griffin Park on Tuesday were serenaded with a familiar refrain
after falling behind: “Leeds are falling apart again.”

men fought back to salvage a point and prevent the Bees usurping them in
the Championship table, but a 1-1 draw meant Leeds have taken just 10
points from their last 11 games.

Ceballos wants to prove himself to ‘brilliant’ Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos felt angry
at not being able to help former coach Unai Emery, but is determined to
prove himself to new boss Mikel Arteta and pay back fans for their

The playmaker, on loan from Real Madrid, missed over two
months with a hamstring injury and has been on the bench of late but not
yet played under Arteta, who took over in December after leaving his
job as Manchester City’s assistant head coach.

“Mikel will be a
brilliant coach. He has learned from Pep (Guardiola, Manchester City
coach), he has a philosophy of play which I think I fit perfectly. It’s
true he arrived in a difficult situation of the club, but mentally he’s
exactly the kind of coach Arsenal need right now,” Ceballos told Marca

Italian referee banned for headbutting goalkeeper

An Italian soccer referee has been banned for
one year after he lost his cool and headbutted a goalkeeper he had sent
off during a minor league game earlier this month, ANSA news agency
reported on Tuesday.

In a match between Borgo Mogliano and
Montottone in Macerata on February 1, the referee Antonio Martiniello
had given Borgo Mogliano’s goalkeeper Matteo Ciccioli his marching
orders as the hosts won 3-1.

But Martiniello was not done meting
out punishment and when the pair faced off outside the changing room
after the game as the goalkeeper sought an explanation, the referee
headbutted Ciccioli, who was taken to hospital to treat his injuries.