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Masters: Super League Six Must Rebuild Trust With Rest of PL
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Masters: Super League Six Must Rebuild Trust With Rest of PL

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters admits there has been a breakdown of trust and relations between the six clubs involved in proposed Super League and the rest of the division. Masters believes it will take time for that trust to be restored between Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham who were involved in the attempted breakaway and the remainder of the league. He says the Premier League will work with the Football Association to "bolster their rule book" and prevent any future threat of a breakaway, while outlining his aim to "reset" the division. The Premier League CEO sat down with Sky Sports News' Bryan Swanson to discuss the fallout from the failed Super League, what the proposed new TV deal could mean in the post-pan...
Beard re-appointed as Liverpool Women manager
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Beard re-appointed as Liverpool Women manager

The English tactician has taken charge of the Reds for the second time in his career after leaving Bristol City Matt Beard has been re-appointed as Liverpool Women's manager, replacing caretaker boss Amber Whiteley. Beard, who guided the Reds to two Women’s Super League titles between 2012 and 2015, has taken up the post for a second time after reaching the end of his interim contract at Bristol City. The 43-year-old expressed his delight after being unveiled on Thursday, and is looking forward to getting back to work for a club he has always found "fascinating".
Temwa Chawinga nets brace as Tabitha makes Wuhan scoring debut against Sichuan
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Temwa Chawinga nets brace as Tabitha makes Wuhan scoring debut against Sichuan

The Malawi internationals made bright starts to the season, providing three of the goals for the hosts in the opening game Tabitha Chawinga made a goalscoring debut and sister Temwa scored a brace in Wuhan's 4-0 victory over Sichuan in Saturday’s 2021 Chinese Women's Super League opener. In October, both sisters faced off in the 2020 Chinese final, with Temwa helping Wuhan silence Tabitha's Jiangsu 4-0 to celebrate their first league diadem in 19 years of their history. Tabitha joined Wuhan from Jiangsu Suning in January 2021, teaming up for the first time since Kvarnsvedens in 2017 with sister Temwa, who enters her second season with the Chinese champions.
Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA
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Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA

The majority of the teams have renounced the Super League idea which collapsed just days after its announcement Nine of the 12 Super League teams have confirmed their commitment to UEFA and renounced the plan to form a new competition, but face financial penalties from European football's governing body. The three remaining sides - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus - have refused to be reintegrated to UEFA and face further punishment. The plot to form a new Super League fell apart just days after the announcement of its creation, with the majority of teams pulling out following threats from football associations and fan protests.
Rafa Benitez Confirms he is Ready to Return to Premier League
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Rafa Benitez Confirms he is Ready to Return to Premier League

  Former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benitez, has made it clear that coaching a topflight club in English is his priority, after leaving Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro. This is amid speculation that he will replace Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur. Benitez left Dalian Pro in January, citing COVID-19 as a factor in his decision. He was on a bumper contract worth a reported £12million per year at the Chinese club. “I moved to China because there were no top sides here, so I needed to keep competing and doing my job. “I’m watching every Premier League game and sometimes Championship games so that I’m always ready. The priority is England, the Premier League, my family is here… I like the style of football here. I’ll try to be ready here,” Be...
UEFA Set to Hand Super League rebels two-year Champions League ban
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UEFA Set to Hand Super League rebels two-year Champions League ban

  UEFA is ready to take serious disciplinary action against clubs that signed up to the Super League and are yet to sufficiently distance themselves from the project, ESPN reports. This could result in the maximum punishment, which is a two-year ban from the Champions League or Europa League. In the last 10 days, UEFA has been talking with the 12 clubs, in a bid to agree a lesser sanction and a promise not to continue with the Super League. As of Wednesday, they had reached an understanding with seven clubs: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Inter Milan were close to an agreement as well, according to sources. The remaining four clubs – Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan – have so fa...
Sasere returns to Lugano after end of Hamrun Spartans loan
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Sasere returns to Lugano after end of Hamrun Spartans loan

The Nigerian striker has reunited with the Swiss Super League outfit following the end of his loan spell in Malta. Franklin Sasere has returned to Lugano after completing his loan spell at Maltese Premier League outfit Hamrun Spartans. The 22-year-old trained with the rest of the Lugano team on Wednesday morning as he hopes to become a key figure at the Cornaredo Stadium.
Chelsea to introduce fan presence at board meetings in wake of Super League controversy
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Chelsea to introduce fan presence at board meetings in wake of Super League controversy

Chelsea will allow supporter representatives to sit in at board meetings following the uproar that accompanied the club's presence in the abortive Super League. Blues fans protested against their inclusion in the scheme, and they later joined their Premier League counterparts in swiftly withdrawing. The Super League and its subsequent collapse led to heightened calls for more participation in club decisions from the fan base, a request Chelsea appear to be addressing with this move.
Gary Neville Sets Up WhatsApp Group With Rival Pundits To Battle Premier League Big Six
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Gary Neville Sets Up WhatsApp Group With Rival Pundits To Battle Premier League Big Six

Gary Neville has set up a WhatsApp group containing different pundits from rival broadcasters so they can unite against further attempts at a breakaway super league. The Avengers/Justice League can feel free to stand down, apparently Neville has formed his own super-group. The former Manchester United player has been one of the most outspoken critics of the owners of the Premier League's 'big six" and their ultimately failed attempt to form a European Super League. The Sky Sports pundit has brought together a group of likeminded broadcasters and, according to Mail Sport, it contains the likes of BT Sports' Rio Ferdinand, Gary Lineker and Steve McManaman. Jake Humphrey is also reportedly involved, as is Neville's Sky colleague Jamie Carragher. Let's assume Humphrey is the 'Hawk...
EPL Introduces new Laws to Put Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Others in Check
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EPL Introduces new Laws to Put Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Others in Check

  The Premier League has introduced new rules and regulations, which will prevent future attempts to join a breakaway Super League. Six top-flight teams, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, announced on April 18 they were joining a new continental competition called the European Super League. However, it all collapsed within 48 hours amid outrage and criticisms. In a bid to prevent another recurrence, the Premier League has now created new laws and a new owners’ charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to committing them to the core principles of the competition. A statement on Monday explained the league is enlisting the support of the Government to bring in “appropriate legislation” and w...
Kamaldeen: Ghana winger and Ajax and Lyon target makes history at Nordsjaelland
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Kamaldeen: Ghana winger and Ajax and Lyon target makes history at Nordsjaelland

The teenager been adjudged the best player in the Danish Superliga in April Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais Ghana target Kamaldeen Sulemana had become the first Nordsjaelland player to win the Danish Superliga Player of the Month and Young Player of the Month at the same time. The 19-year-old scooped the two awards for the month of April after a string of fine performances in the period under review. He netted five times in five matches.
Super League Proposal Has Not Devalued Europa League – Solskjaer
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Super League Proposal Has Not Devalued Europa League – Solskjaer

The controversial proposal for the European Super League collapsed last week in the face of immense pressure from fans, governing bodies and governments, forcing most of the founding members to withdraw their support. United started the season in the Champions League this season where they were knocked out in the group stage and dropped down to the second-tier Europa League, a competition they last won in 2017 under Jose Mourinho. "We've had a great night in this tournament before. Our focus is on ending the season with a celebration. As soon as we went out of the Champions League, our focus was getting to a final," Solskjaer told reporters ahead the semi-final, first leg against AS Roma. "With Real Sociedad and Granada, two good La Liga teams, and AC Milan and Roma, two tea...
I Don’t Recognise Arsenal Any More – Henry
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I Don’t Recognise Arsenal Any More – Henry

Thierry Henry says he doesn’t recognise Arsenal any more after their involvement in the Super League fiasco. Arsenal were named as one of the 12 founding teams as plans for a controversial breakaway were announced last week, sparking a fierce public backlash across the football community. The pressure from fans and high-profile figures led to all six Premier League clubs withdrawing, along with Inter and Atletico Madrid, but there was still a mass protest outside Emirates Stadium before the Gunners’ latest fixture against Everton. Arsenal supporters are calling for the removal of Stan Kroenke and the KSE ownership group that put the club forward for the Super League, with Henry of the opinion they have shown they care more about making money than running a successful football ...
Spotify Founder, Daniel Ek Expresses Interest In Buying Arsenal
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Spotify Founder, Daniel Ek Expresses Interest In Buying Arsenal

Current owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment have come under fire for the failed Super League project, with Gunners fans making their feelings known at a protest on Friday. Josh Kroenke has said his family has no plans to sell, but a potential buyer is in the frame in the shape of Ek. What has been said? "As a kid growing up, I've cheered for Arsenal as long as I can remember," Ek wrote on Twitter. "If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I'd be happy to throw my hat in the ring." The Kroenke position Arsenal were one of six Premier League clubs - the others being Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - to sign up to the Super League, only for it to collapse amid a wave of protests. Josh Kroenke attended a fans’ forum on Thursday and w...
Klopp Slams new Champions League
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Klopp Slams new Champions League

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has slammed the new Champions League format proposed by UEFA this week. The new format will see the competition expanded to accommodate 36 teams in the group stages. Klopp, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Newcastle, again lashed out at packing more matches into a season. According to the German, football clubs were already operating “on the edge” of maximum capacity. He said: “We have to make sure there’s no harm from [the Super League], no different atmosphere in the club. Let’s go back to the beautiful game it always was. “I am not naive — I have no problem with change and while the Super League is away, in the same moment the new Champions League is out there. “Who read this concept properly and s...
Arteta Reveals Personal Apology From Arsenal Owners Over Super League Plot
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Arteta Reveals Personal Apology From Arsenal Owners Over Super League Plot

Mikel Arteta received a personal apology from Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke after his role in the failed Super League plot as the Gunners boss saluted supporters for sending the "strongest message" football has ever seen. Arteta's side were one of six Premier League teams to sign up to the breakaway tournament on Sunday. But just 48 hours later the Super League collapsed as Arsenal and the rest of the English clubs pulled out. They were forced to withdraw after a furious public backlash against a competition that would have operated as a closed shop to control profits from European football. Kroenke's son Josh is reportedly set to address angry supporters at a Fans' Forum on Thursday. Arteta has had direct communication with the US-based Kroenke family over the controve...
Former Juventus, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti thought Super League was ‘a joke’
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Former Juventus, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Ancelotti thought Super League was ‘a joke’

Former Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that he thought talk of a breakaway Super League being formed was "a joke". Twelve leading clubs from across Europe, including six from the Premier League, announced plans on Sunday to put a new European tournament in place that would allow them to compete among themselves. Ancelotti's current employers at Everton were among those to speak out against the proposals and the "preposterous arrogance" of those involved, with much-maligned plans ripped up within 48 hours.
“I Am Not Barcelona’s Spokesperson” – Ronald Koeman
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“I Am Not Barcelona’s Spokesperson” – Ronald Koeman

FC Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has refused to let out any information about the club's decision on the Super League. With the club still to release any information if they will be pulling out of the Super League after all six Premier League sides already do so, reporters are looking to find some information about Barcelona and what their next step would be. Club Manager, Ronald Koeman has also refused to give details about the situation during his press conference ahead of Barcelona's game against Getafe, saying he isn't the club's spokesperson when asked about the situation. "The European Super League? I spoke with the President yesterday about this issue and he explained me the position of the club. But there's been a lot of movement since yesterday, so I think it's bett...
Atletico De Madrid Withdraws From The European Super League
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Atletico De Madrid Withdraws From The European Super League

Atlético de Madrid's Board of Directors, which met on Wednesday morning, has decided to formally communicate to the Super League and the rest of the founding clubs its decision not to finally formalise its adhesion to the project. Atlético de Madrid took the decision on Monday to join the project due to circumstances that no longer exist today. For the club, harmony between all the groups that make up the Red & White family, especially our fans, is essential. The first team squad and the coach have expressed their satisfaction with the club's decision, as they understand that sporting merits must prevail over any other criteria.
Agnelli confirms new Super League  cannot go ahead after Premier League teams withdraw
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Agnelli confirms new Super League cannot go ahead after Premier League teams withdraw

Andrea Agnelli, who is also the current president of Juventus, no longer believes it is possible for the competition to come to fruition Super League chairman Andrea Agnelli has admitted that the competition cannot go ahead after the withdrawal of all six Premier League clubs involved in the breakaway. Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have all pulled out of the plans for the new European tournament amid intense pressure from fans, players and pundits across the footballing community. AC Milan, Inter, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are still on board as it stands, along with Juventus, but the Italian champions' club president now expects the Super League to disband completely. What's been said? Asked whether the formati...
‘I’ve let you down’ – Liverpool owner John W Henry takes full responsibility for Super League ‘disruption’
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‘I’ve let you down’ – Liverpool owner John W Henry takes full responsibility for Super League ‘disruption’

The Reds' principal owner has finally broken his silence on the controversial plans which rocked football and left fans and players furious Liverpool owner John W Henry has apologised to supporters and taken full responsibility for the club's involvement in the ill-fated Super League. It was announced late on Tuesday night that the Reds had "discontinued" their involvement in the controversial breakaway league, having originally been one of the 12 founder members. Their withdrawal, and that of the five other Premier League clubs involved, came on the back of widespread anger and condemnation, from supporters, media pundits and players alike. Liverpool's statement on Tuesday amounted to just 47 words, and offered nothing by way of an apology, but Henry, the club's principal ...
Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order
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Spanish court tells UEFA, FIFA not to stop Super League in holding order

The World and European soccer bodies, FIFA and UEFA, must not prevent 12 of the continent’s leading clubs from creating a breakaway Super League, a Spanish commercial court said on Tuesday in a preliminary ruling. FIFA and UEFA made no immediate comment about the case, which is likely to mark the start of a prolonged legal fight over the proposed league, which threatens to upend the long-established order of elite soccer in Europe. It was not immediately clear what authority the Madrid court, which adjudicates corporate disputes, had over the Swiss-based soccer bodies. The court said in a ruling seen by Reuters that FIFA, UEFA and all its associated soccer federations must not adopt “any measure that prohibits, restricts, limits or conditions in any way” the creation of the Su...
Chelsea want to withdraw from Super League as Cech pleads with fans at protests outside Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea want to withdraw from Super League as Cech pleads with fans at protests outside Stamford Bridge

Chelsea want to withdraw from the controversial Super League, it has been confirmed, as former goalkeeper Petr Cech was forced to personally plead with fans outside Stamford Bridge after protests at the club's involvement in the competition prevented the team coach reaching the stadium. Angry Blues supporters gathered outside the stadium ahead of Chelsea's Premier League meeting with Brighton on Tuesday night after the club were confirmed as one of the 12 founding sides of the competition which has sparked outrage around the world of football. The crowd stopped the Chelsea team bus reaching the ground, forcing Cech - now technical director at the club - to ask them to let the coach through, amid reports which broke on Tuesday night saying the Blues will now withdraw from the Supe...
Premier League ‘unanimously and vigorously’ reject Super League proposal & plan action against six sides involved
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Premier League ‘unanimously and vigorously’ reject Super League proposal & plan action against six sides involved

The Premier League has "unanimously and vigorously rejected" proposals for a Super League and is planning to take action against the six sides from the English top-flight that have signed up for the new European competition. Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City announced on Sunday that they intend to form part of a new breakaway competition involving members of the continental elite. They have been joined in that venture by Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter and AC Milan - with the intention being to welcome others on board - but opposition to the project is threatening to undermine their efforts. What has been said? The Premier League has responded to the plans by announcing in a statement: "The Premier League, alo...
Chelsea Fans Protest Super League, Stop Team Bus From Entering Stamford Bridge
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Chelsea Fans Protest Super League, Stop Team Bus From Entering Stamford Bridge

Chelsea supporters will protest the club's decision to become a founding member of a new European Super League. The decision to create a Super League has been derided by UEFA, the Premier League, and even the UK Government, who will aim to put barriers in the way of Chelsea, who have also resigned from the European Clubs' Association, and the 11 other teams from starting a new competition. The situation has left Chelsea supporters alienated from their club and they will stage a socially distanced protest at Stamford Bridge against the board while removing the fan-made banners inside the stadium ahead of kick-off against Brighton on Tuesday. What has been said by Chelsea supporters? "They say expect the unexpected, but today the Chelsea Supporters' Trust (CST), our members and...
Liverpool Skipper, Henderson Holds Meeting Of Big 6 Captains Over Super League
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Liverpool Skipper, Henderson Holds Meeting Of Big 6 Captains Over Super League

Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson has called an emergency meeting of the Premier League captains to discuss the breakaway European Super League. The Liverpool skipper, whose own club is one of the six English sides that has signed up for the competition, is set to lead the players’ response to the plans that have rocked football. Henderson, 30, has long been seen as a trusted, respected figure among the top-flight’s footballers. There were also reports from German publication BILD on Tuesday that Liverpool were feeling 'increasingly doubtful' about the Super League project because of the amount of anger from fans at the proposals. The summit will be significant as it will include representatives from clubs who are part of the breakaway plans and those who are not. Engl...
UEFA To Sign A $7.2Bn Deal With Centricus To Stop European Super League
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UEFA To Sign A $7.2Bn Deal With Centricus To Stop European Super League

UEFA is in discussions with Centricus Asset Management over a €6 billion ($7.2 billion) financing package to overhaul its flagship football tournament and stop plans for a new breakaway Super League, according to people familiar with the matter. The Switzerland-based sporting body is working with Centricus on a plan to fund a new-look UEFA Champions League tournament, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information. Negotiations are currently ongoing between UEFA and London based Centricus, according to the people. A representative for Centricus declined to comment, while a spokesperson for UEFA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. It comes as UEFA prepares to battle with a new Super League that could mark the biggest upheaval o...
PSG to win UCL as UEFA may kick out Chelsea, Real Madrid, Man City this Friday
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PSG to win UCL as UEFA may kick out Chelsea, Real Madrid, Man City this Friday

  A member of UEFA’s executive committee, Jesper Moller, has revealed that the European football governing body will ban Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City from the Champions League semi-finals this Friday. This means that Paris Saint-Germain would be crowned champions for this season. Real Madrid were billed to take on Chelsea, while Manchester City tackle PSG in the semi-finals later this month. But due to their involvement in the new European Super League, the clubs may start facing the consequences of their decision sooner. Moller, the Danish FA chairman, told Danish outlet DR Sport that the members of the breakaway group who remain in this season’s Champions League will be removed from the competition. “[Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea] are go...
We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez
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We Made The Super League To Save Football – Real Madrid President, Florentino Perez

The Real Madrid president is the first chairman of the competition, which has come in for criticism from all sides since its confirmation after midnight on Sunday. "UEFA worked in another format that, firstly, I didn't understand it and secondly, it doesn't produce the necessary income to save football," Perez said on El Chiringuito on Monday night. "When I say save football I mean to save everyone, so that for the next 20 years at least we can live in peace. The situation is very dramatic. We believe this format can save football, like the European Cup saved football in the 50s." Why the Super League? In an attempt to explain the Super League, Florentino addressed clubs' falling revenues, which have been accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic. "The biggest clubs in Engla...
Super League Showdown: Agnelli Resigns. Juve, Chelsea Others Leave ECA
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Super League Showdown: Agnelli Resigns. Juve, Chelsea Others Leave ECA

Juventus President, Andrea Agnelli, has resigned as President of the European Club Association (ECA) as well as stepped down from his position in the UEFA Executive Committee. Agnelli, who since 2012 has been President of the ECA, an umbrella body representing the interests of 246 leading European clubs, in association with Real Madrid's Fiorentino Perez, Manchester United's Joel Glazier, Liverpool's John Henry and Arsenal's Stan Kroenke, has been in forefront in the push for the European Super League (ESL) competition. The ESL is expected to rival the UEFA Champions League with 12 of the most wealthiest and storied clubs in Europe: AC Milan, Arsenal , Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Internazionale, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tot...
Britain Talks Tough In Football ‘Super League’ Row
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Britain Talks Tough In Football ‘Super League’ Row

The U.K. government will put “everything on the table” to fight the European Super League plan — but is sitting on the sidelines for now. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told MPs the proposal for a number of elite football teams to form their own league and restrict entry to outside clubs was “tone deaf” and against the spirit of the game. “Football is in our national DNA,” he told the House of Commons. “We invented it, we helped export it around the world and it’s been at the heart of British life for over a century.” He added: “We will not stand by and watch football be cravenly stripped of the things that made millions across the country love it.” But Dowden said although the government will launch a fan-led review of the sport, it will hang back for now in the hope that ex...
Super League: EPL Set To Hold Meeting; Six Breakaway Clubs Not Invited
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Super League: EPL Set To Hold Meeting; Six Breakaway Clubs Not Invited

The Premier League has called a meeting for Tuesday morning of the 14 clubs who are not part of the European Super League discussions. The so-called 'big six' have not been invited to attend. It will be a first opportunity for those clubs to formally discuss next steps, amid suggestions that breakaway sides could be excluded from their domestic competitions. Standard Sport understands West Ham will discuss the plans for a Super League with their Independent Supporters’ Committee on Monday before Karren Brady attends the Premier League meeting. The club are wholeheartedly against the idea, a similar attitude held by many vocal in the fallout from the announcement. Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl reiterated his stance against the move at his press conference earlier in t...
Mourinho sacked by Spurs ahead of Carabao Cup final
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Mourinho sacked by Spurs ahead of Carabao Cup final

The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has been relieved of his duties in the wake of a Super League announcement in north London Tottenham have sacked manager Jose Mourinho, bringing a contract that had been due to run until the summer of 2023 to a premature conclusion. The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has been shown the door in north London a matter of days before Spurs are due to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. Mourinho had been appointed as successor to Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 due to his proven track record on the trophy front, but he will now depart empty-handed.
European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court
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European Super League: Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Real Madrid drag FIFA to court

The 12 European clubs that have decided to form a Super League, have informed FIFA and UEFA that they are already pursuing legal action, to bar them from taking action intended to thwart the launch of the breakaway competition. This was contained in a letter obtained on Monday by The Associated Press. The letter was sent to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and his UEFA counterpart Aleksander Ceferin. UEFA had warned the Super League clubs, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United, that they would be barred from domestic competitions like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England, as well as international competitions. “We are concerned that FIFA and UEFA may respond to this invitation letter by seeking to take punitive measures to exclude any...
European Super League: Man United Give Reasons for Breaking away From UEFA
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European Super League: Man United Give Reasons for Breaking away From UEFA

Manchester United’s Co-Chairman Joel Glazer has defended the club’s decision to join others in a breakaway from UEFA. According to Glazer, the new Super League will “open a new chapter for European football”. Manchester United are one of 12 founding members of the new breakaway league, which many pundits have described as a declaration of war on football. The group of renegade European giants announced on Sunday that they had created a new competition to rival the Champions League. Other Premier League clubs in this new league are Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid joining from Spain and Juventus, AC Milan and Inter representing Serie A. Despite threats from UEFA, Premier League, FA, Serie A, and LaLiga...
Lucy Bronze returns to Manchester City after trophy-laden Lyon spell
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Lucy Bronze returns to Manchester City after trophy-laden Lyon spell

The England star is back in the Women's Super League after three years in France, where she won an incredible nine trophies Lucy Bronze has returned to Manchester City, signing from Lyon on a two-year deal. The England full-back left City back in 2017 to join the French giants, going on to win nine trophies in her three years there. This season, Bronze helped the club achieve yet another European treble, starring in the 3-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League final. Now, the 28-year-old is back in Manchester and back at the club where she won the Women's Super League, the Continental Cup and the FA Women's Cup between 2014 and 2017.
Frank Acheampong misses penalty in Tianjin TEDA defeat by Shanghai SIPG
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Frank Acheampong misses penalty in Tianjin TEDA defeat by Shanghai SIPG

The Ghanaian forward failed to inspire his team to a first league victory of the season Franck Acheampong missed from the penalty spot as Tianjin TEDA were defeated by Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League on Monday. The Tianjin Tigers were heading into this game winless in Group B of the abridged league format and coming up against the group leaders and 2018 champions was going to be a heavy task to achieve. It proved to go that way with Odil Akhmedov and former FC Porto striker Hulk netting for SIPG in the 29th and 25th minutes respectively.
Chelsea Women donate £100,000 WSL prize money to charity
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Chelsea Women donate £100,000 WSL prize money to charity

After receiving a prize fund for winning the shortened Women's Super League this season, the Blues have donated that money to Refuge Chelsea have donated the winnings from their Women's Super League triumph to the charity Refuge. The WSL was suspended in March amid the coronavirus pandemic and on Friday Chelsea were confirmed as champions on a points-per-game basis. The team received a £100,000 prize fund, all of which has been given to a charity that provides support services to people suffering from domestic abuse.
Shanghai Shenhua soften Ighalo stance
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Shanghai Shenhua soften Ighalo stance

Shanghai Shenhua have softened their stance over Odion Ighalo's situation at Manchester United. ESPN says United's hopes of signing Ighalo, or at least extending his stay at Old Trafford, have been boosted after Shanghai Shenhua changed their transfer stance. The Chinese Super League outfit are ready to discuss a loan extension - having initially insisted on a permanent £20m switch. That will be music to the ears of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has publicly expressed his wish to keep the 30-year-old at Old Trafford to at least see out the season and win some silverware. A new contract from Shenhua is also on the table for Ighalo to sign.
Ighalo to Leave Man Utd to Sign £400,000-per-week deal
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Ighalo to Leave Man Utd to Sign £400,000-per-week deal

Odion Ighalo is likely to sign a £400,000-per-week deal when he returns to Shanghai Shenhua, according to Sky Sports. The 30-year-old looks set to leave Manchester United in the coming days, after his Chinese Super League club asked him to return ahead of the delayed restart of the season. Ighalo’s loan deal with the Red Devils ends on May 31. Although United have expressed a desire to keep the Nigerian striker for longer, Shanghai have so far turned down all approaches. The Chinese club has also offered Ighalo a two-year contract extension, which will see him earn around £400,000 per week. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed with Ighalo, who has scored four goals in eight appearances, but is said to be “relaxed” about the si...
Ighalo set for Manchester United exit as loan extension talks stall
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Ighalo set for Manchester United exit as loan extension talks stall

The forward's deal at Old Trafford only runs until May 30, and his parent club Shangahi Shenhua want him back to play in the Chinese Super League Odion Ighalo is set to leave Manchester United this week unless there is a last-minute breakthrough in negotiations with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua. The 30-year-old arrived at Old Trafford in January on a loan deal until the end of the season, with his his short-term contract set to expire on May 30. The suspension of football due to Covid-19 and the consequent delay to ending the season has seen all Premier League teams agree that clubs can temporarily extend contracts of players whose deals are coming to an end this summer.
Coronavirus: Pandemic has taught me important lessons – Ihezuo
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Coronavirus: Pandemic has taught me important lessons – Ihezuo

The Chinese based striker lamented the timing of the coronavirus outbreak, saying she taking a lot of positive from lockdown Henan Huishang striker Chiwendu Ihezuo says she has learned a lot of important life lessons from the coronavirus pandemic. The Super Falcon starred in Nigeria's 2018 African Women's Cup of Nations triumph in Ghana, and Women's World Cup second-round finish in France last year. Ihezuo, who helped Henan to escape relegation from the Chinese Women's Super League last season, has been self-isolating in Nigeria since February due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Ighalo Agent Reveals how Man United Transfer Materialised
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Ighalo Agent Reveals how Man United Transfer Materialised

Odion Ighalo’s agent says he “got the impression” a move to Manchester United wouldn’t materialize before their late offer. Ighalo, who plays for Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League, has agreed a move to Old Trafford until the end of the season. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made no secret of his desire to bring in an attacker this month, especially after Marcus Rashford’s back injury compounded the summer departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. Man Utd had expressed an interest in Bournemouth’s Josh King but preferred a loan deal and were unable to reach an agreement on a permanent transfer, meaning attention turned to Ighalo, who followed big-money signing Bruno Fernandes into the club. And the Nigerian’s agent Atta Aneke has explained h...
I Left Watford for China Because of Money – Odion Ighalo
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I Left Watford for China Because of Money – Odion Ighalo

Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo has revealed that he left Watford where he carved a niche for himself to join Chinese side, Changchun Yatai back in 2017 because of money. The Nigerian striker who scored 33 goals in 82 matches for the English club revealed that before he left for China, he had offers from Crystal Palace and West Bromwich. Speaking to Watford Observer, Ighalo stated that he has no regret leaving England for China because it has made a remarkable impact in his career. He said; “There’s lot of reasons I went there [China]. I wasn’t playing much in Watford and I did not want to keep sitting on the bench. “Watford fans don’t know it but I had an offer from Crystal Palace on the table and West Bromwich but the club was looking for big money and that’s...
Chawinga’s late strike helps Jiangsu Suning stun Dalian Quanjian
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Chawinga’s late strike helps Jiangsu Suning stun Dalian Quanjian

The Malawian was the match-winner as her late effort helped her Chinese side secure a shock win over the defending champions Tabitha Chawinga left it late to score the winner as Jiangsu Suning subdued defending champions Dalian Quanjian 1-0 in a Chinese Women’s Super League contest on Friday. Heading into the tie, Jiangsu won all their five games this season and were keen to extend their winning form on the grounds of the league holders. On the other hand, Dalian are targetting a return to winning ways at home after losing 1-0 at Changchun Dazhong last week
Social Media Lands Ighalo In Trouble
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Social Media Lands Ighalo In Trouble

Odion Ighalo will be sanctioned by Shanghai Shenhua for violating the club’s rules and regulations on social media. The Africa Cup of Nations top-scorer suffered a knee injury in his last international appearance against Tunisia – and is currently undergoing rehabilitation in Spain. Rather than channel his strength on recuperating quickly to join his team’s battle against relegation, he spent more time on social media posting holiday photos and videos, which did not go down too well with the Chinese outfit. In a statement released by Shanghai Shenhua on Weibo, it was confirmed Ighalo will be punished because his posts caused ‘great concern to Chinese media and fans’. "Recently, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua Football Club noticed a fact that player Odion Ighalo released holiday pho...
Elizabeth Addo, Tabitha Chawinga score as Jiangsu Suning crush Guangdong Meizhou
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Elizabeth Addo, Tabitha Chawinga score as Jiangsu Suning crush Guangdong Meizhou

The Africans were impressive in front of goal as their Chinese top-flight side continued their winning run Elizabeth Addo netted a brace while Tabitha Chawinga also found the back of the net in Jiangsu Suning 6-1 thrashing of Guangdong Meizhou in Nanjing on Saturday. Last week, Ghana's Addo scored her first Chinese Women's Super League goal and Malawi's Chawinga netted her fourth goal in Jiangsu 6-1 win over Changchun Dazhong. Addo opened the scoring for the hosts just 13 minutes into the game at the Jiangsu Football Training Centre before she doubled the lead 13 minutes later.
Nigeria’s Esiti joins Greek champions PAOK from Gent
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Nigeria’s Esiti joins Greek champions PAOK from Gent

The Nigeria international has ended his three-year stay with the Buffalos and reached a long-term deal with the Toumba Stadium outfit Anderson Esiti has joined Greek Super League One champions PAOK from Belgian side Gent. The 25-year-old Nigerian midfielder signed a four-year contract with the Double-headed Eagle of the North on Thursday. Esiti, who had previously played for Portuguese sides Leixoes and Estoril, made 77 league appearances for the Belgian First Division A side before his departure.
Nigeria and South Africa rekindle rivalry in China as Henan Huishang face Beijing Phoenix
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Nigeria and South Africa rekindle rivalry in China as Henan Huishang face Beijing Phoenix

On Wednesday, players from the African nations go head to head in a Chinese Women's Super League encounter Nigeria duo of Onome Ebi and Chiwendu Ihezuo's Henan Huishang will battle Beijing Phoenix's South Africa duo of Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo on Wednesday. Going into the encounter, Henan were second on the log with four points from two games, while Beijing are fourth with three points from similar Chinese Women's Super League matches. Last year, the Nigerian duo celebrated in Ghana as the Super Falcons defeated Banyana Banyana's duo in the final to win the African Women's Cup of Nations title.

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