The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Premier League head Richard Scudamore wants the world soccer to follow his lead by banning investment funds from buying shares in players, a $3 billion-a- year market. His opponents say the plan won’t work.
Sheffield United, a second-tier English soccer team, named Gary Speed as its manager on a three- year contract
Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has left by mutual consent following a 3-0 home loss to QPR, the second-division English soccer club said on its website.
Queens Park Rangers said it signed goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, 32, from fellow second-tier English soccer team Sheffield United.
Aston Villa’s Mark Albrighton put his name in the English Premier League record book last night as Manchester City and Manchester United tightened their grip on the top of the standings.
Gary Speed was named manager of the Wales national soccer team, the Football Association of Wales said on its website.
Birmingham won 1-0 at Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton beat Wrexham 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw to complete the fourth-round lineup in English soccer’s F.A. Cup.