The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Premier League struggler Sunderland is close to announcing a new sponsorship partner to replace Invest in Africa on its jerseys, a club official said today.
Chelsea won 2-1 to boost its chances of playing Champions League soccer next season while handing Paolo Di Canio a loss in his first game as Sunderland coach.
Sunderland’s new coach Paolo Di Canio today rebuffed questions about whether he holds fascist political views when he gave his first news conference since being appointed.
Former Swindon Town soccer coach Paolo Di Canio is to have talks with Sunderland over its managerial position after the dismissal of Martin O’Neill, Sky Sports reported.
Martin O’Neill was fired as Sunderland manager with the club fighting relegation in English soccer’s Premier League.
Sunderland’s new coach Paolo Di Canio today denied he supports fascism, amid rising pressure on the Italian to explain his political views.