There was nothing romantic about the manner of USA’s loss to Europe in Paris, the city of romance, or the divisions that have now emerged from within the camp following their comprehensive defeat by a better prepared and more unified European team.
And then there was one. Well, two actually, but the World Cup third-place play-off is definitely one of those nominally competitive fixtures which presents a fairly robust challenge to my old friend Declan Lynch’s wise maxim that there’s never a good reason not to watch a football match.
A day after being put under investigation by Fifa for complaining about the refereeing of their 2-1 World Cup loss to Switzerland and misbehaviour by fans, Serbia’s football association has filed an official complaint with the sport’s governing body alleging “biased officiating” by referee Feliz Brych.
Irish Water’s efforts to replace lead in the country’s water network has been “slow”, and more needs to be done to encourage householders to replace the old piping in their homes, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).