Rio Ferdinand planning breakaway union

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is planning to launch a breakaway union to protect the interests of black footballers. (Daily Mail)

According to the Daily Mail, the 33-year-old - who refused to wear a Kick It Out t-shirt before the Premier League clash against Stoke on Saturday - has already joined other high-profile black players in overseeing the first draft of a constitution.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo has insisted John Terry can still be considered the club's "leader" as he prepares to captain the side against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League this evening. (Sky Sports)

The 31-year-old is currently serving his four-game domestic ban, but is eligible for the Stamford Bridge club's matches in Europe.

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina hopes to make his return from injury in Sunday's Merseyside derby with Everton. (Sky Sports)

The Spaniard praised stand-in stopper Brad Jones for his performance against Reading at the weekend, but hopes to reclaim the No.1 jersey as soon as he is fit.

And finally, Celtic manager Neil Lennon will ban his players from swapping shirts after tonight's match with the illustrious Barcelona, amid fears they could become star struck by Lionel Messi and Co. (Daily Record)

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