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Adrián and Jack Butland star as Stoke City and West Ham hit stalemate

Stoke City and West Ham United shared the spoils in a goalless draw, as Jack Butland kept his first clean sheet since his return – and in front of watching England manager Gareth Southgate. The Potters reached the 40-point mark but they had no joy in an attacking sense, as Saido Berahino was denied a first goal for the club by Winston Reid’s fine block and Adrián’s terrific save. Related: Sunderland relegated from Premier League after defeat by Bournemouth Related…

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Newcastle tax investigation includes Moussa Sissoko and four other players

• HMRC case thought to be focusing on payments made to agents • Deals for Demba Ba, Papiss Cissé and Sylvain Marveaux also looked at The investigation into suspected £5m income tax fraud in football is focusing on payments relating to five players’ transfers to Newcastle United, including those of Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cissé, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux, according to sources close to the investigation. HM Revenue and Customs, which conducted an extensive raid on Newcastle’s and West Ham…

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Newcastle old boy Sylvain Marveaux arrested over alleged £5m tax fraud

• Lorient player, who has been released, joined Newcastle in July 2011 • Midfielder one of four arrests in France as part of HMRC investigation The former Newcastle United midfielder Sylvain Marveaux, who plays for the French Ligue 1 club Lorient, was one of the four people arrested in France in connection with the HM Revenue and Customs criminal investigation into an alleged £5m tax fraud in football transfers. While HMRC officials raided the stadium offices at Newcastle United and West Ham …

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HMRC under pressure to produce results of its football tax fraud investigation | David Conn

HMRC will know its incursions into football must produce results if it is not be accused of ignoring bigger targets in its sights The dawn raids of Newcastle United and West Ham United offices and shocking announcement by HM Revenue and Customs of a criminal investigation into tax fraud called to mind similar dramas 10 years ago, staged that time by the City of London police. Following years of suspicion that the payment of bungs was rife in the multimillion-pound …

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Newcastle and West Ham raided in HMRC tax investigation into transfers

• Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley arrested in HMRC investigation • Offices at St James’ Park and London Stadium raided on Wednesday The offices of Newcastle United and West Ham were raided on Wednesday morning as part of an HMRC tax investigation into football transfers with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley arrested just two days after the team clinched promotion to the Premier League. A statement issued by the HMRC stated: “HMRC has arrested …

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The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League and FA Cup photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the FA Cup and England’s top flight • Follow us on Instagram for more great sports photography Continue reading…

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West Ham frustrate Everton’s hopes of a top-four finish in incident-free draw

A match almost entirely lacking in incident stymied Everton’s chances of catching the Premier League elite and proved Slaven Bilic is capable of some sly expectations management, as his scratch West Ham United team comfortably held Ronald Koeman’s side in their first goalless draw of the season. “I think we can do a really short press conference,” said a clearly enervated Koeman after the match. “I’m disappointed about the performance. We were not the team we can be; we…

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Bournemouth v Middlesbrough, West Ham v Everton and more – live!

Updates from the Premier League and around Europe Feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 4.27pm BST The penalty came when Shaqiri was clipped from behind, but Arnautovic blasts high! 4.25pm BST Five minutes ago Swansea were winning, Hull were down to 10 men and under the cosh, and the Swans were out of the bottom three. How swiftly things change. 4.25pm BST Boro make a mess of passing the ball…

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Gianfranco Zola’s Birmingham blues show creative gifts can get lost in dugout | Richard Williams

The story of Italian’s past decade provides an illustration of the difficulties experienced by so many creative players who set out to translate their talents to the manager’s role Gianfranco Zola left the manager’s job at Birmingham City on Easter Monday, the local paper said “with dignity”. His decision acknowledged the implications of supervising only two victories in 24 matches and he was praised for turning up to explain himself rather than slinking out of the back entrance. The manner of his…

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‘Moyes out’ – Sunderland fans round on manager during West Ham draw

• Significant supporter unrest at Sunderland for first time this season • ‘They were to be expected. You have to take it’, says Moyes David Moyes felt the heat of significant supporter unrest for the first time this season as the Sunderland stands echoed with chants demanding the manager’s sacking during the 2-2 draw with West Ham . The anger directed at Moyes was all the more alarming as his rock bottom side turned in…

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Late Fabio Borini goal earns Sunderland draw with West Ham

Slaven Bilic sometimes becomes so frustrated with his West Ham players that he resorts to breaking dressing room tables during half time team talks. The Croatian jokes that he sources replacements at Ikea so the visiting team bus may well have had to take a detour via the Swedish emporium’s Gateshead super-store on its journey to Newcastle airport on Saturday night. Related: Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with hammering of Bournemouth Related: …

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West Ham talks with Michail Antonio stall while winger ruled out for season

• Top scorer holding out for new contract worth £70,000 a week • Slaven Bilic confirms Antonio has ‘significant’ hamstring injury West Ham’s talks with Michail Antonio over a contract have stalled, with the winger’s representatives holding out for a salary of £70,000 a week for the club’s top scorer. Slaven Bilic confirmed on Thursday Antonio will not play again this season after suffering a “significant” hamstring injury in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Swansea – …

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Slaven Bilic refuses to relax and takes positives from West Ham’s tough season

The Hammers’ 1-0 win over Swansea means they will probably avoid relegation, with their manager insisting the experience can make his team stronger Slaven Bilic once said he prefers to live life “on the front line”. He is not a man who believes sitting back and relaxing, having a pleasant time, is the way to get the most of the world. Given the season that West Ham are enduring, that might be just as…

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Cheikhou Kouyaté hits only goal as West Ham United sink Swansea City

This week Slaven Bilic told his players that they must leave their egos in their beds if West Ham were to survive in the Premier League. Whether that was the decisive factor in the 1-0 win over Swansea that now leaves an eight-point gap between them and the bottom three is unclear, but the sighs of relief around the London Stadium at full-time could have knocked over the Orbit sculpture just outside. A Cheikhou Kouyaté …

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