football news round-up – sunday, october 28

07:05    28 Oct 2018

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Sunday, October 28.

International and European club football

Gianluca Vialli said Juventus are “to be considered the strongest team” in the Champions League and favourites to win for the first time since 1996; and Fifa President Gianni Infantino backs down from bid to push through revamped Fifa Club World Cup after a £20 billion overhaul of world football competitions is put on hold after mounting disapproval from European leaders.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

The Leicester City owner's helicopter has crashed in a car park outside the club's ground, as it left the stadium following a Premier League match against West Ham United which ended in a 1-1 draw; Billy Sharp says Sheffield United will have to keep grinding out results if they want to stay in the automatic promotion race after he hit a hat-trick to help them beat Wigan Athletic and return to the top of the Championship; and Kilmarnock moved up to second in the Premiership after a draw with Hamilton, but boss Steve Clarke said their league position was "unimportant".

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Thierry Henry's AS Monaco were held to a 2-2 draw by Djon in a Ligue 1 match on Saturday; defending champions Club Brugge played to a 2-2 draw with Sint-Truiden in a Pro League match; PEC Zwolle held high-flying Heracles Almelo to a 1-1 draw in an Eredivisie clash; Istanbul Basaksehir moved to the top of the Super Lig standings after beating Konyaspor 1-0; and Western Conference log leaders Sporting Kansas City will be nothing but a win over Los Angeles FC when the two team clash on Sunday.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Phil Foden is reportedly wanted by Juventus - and a contract issue could see them land Manchester City youngster for just £175,000; Manchester United are said to have ordered Paul Pogba to stop talking about his dysfunctional relationship with manager Jose Mourinho and the possibility of leaving the club; and Rafa Benitez has reportedly been offered a £10m-a-year escape route from Newcastle by Chinese super-league giants Shanghai SIPG.

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