Various bits from around the world of football:

Barcelona’s Argentine forward Lionel Messi took a step closer to Beijing on Wednesday when FIFA ruled that clubs are obliged to release players aged 23 or under to play at the Olympics.

Steve McLaren must be thrilled that his FC Twente team drew Arsenal in the Champions League. Check out the full draw over at the BBC

Boris Johnson spotted shopping for Arsenal merchandise. He also signed away kits for staff [The Spoiler]

Joey Barton faces a 15-match ban for his attack on team-mate Ousmane Dabo. Quite right too [Telegraph], he also loses his lucrative Nike boot deal [The Sun]

Villa captain Barry will be a Liverpool player at the weekend, says The Daily Mail

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