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I love Mourinho but would prefer Man Utd to play more like a Guardiola side – Cantona

Manchester United great Eric Cantona says he admires Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho – but would prefer the team to play more like a side led by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Cantona, who spent five years at United between 1992 and 1997, descri…

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'Everton loss leaves bad taste in the mouth' – Unsworth on 'unacceptable capitulation'

Everton’s 5-1 Europa League loss to Atalanta leaves “a bad taste in the mouth” of their supporters, says caretaker manager David Unsworth.Just 17,431 turned up at Goodison Park to watch the Blues suffer a humiliating defeat in the final home group game…

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Humiliated under Neville, how Valencia's 'rejects' became title contenders

“Seven goals and a funeral” ran the headline of Spanish newspaper Marca after Barcelona defeated Valencia in the first leg of the Copa del Rey in February 2016. “Ridiculous” was how Superdeporte described it, downright humiliating was how the rest of t…

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Woeful Everton thrashed by Atalanta

Everton were thrashed 5-1 by Atalanta in the Europa League at a less-than-half-full Goodison Park.The Toffees had already been eliminated before the game but caretaker manager David Unsworth selected a strong side featuring Wayne Rooney, Kevin Mirallas…

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Arsenal win Europa League group despite defeat in Cologne

Arsenal have qualified for the knockout stage of the Europa League as Group H winners despite losing away to Cologne.A penalty by Sehrou Guirassy, after the French striker had been fouled by Mathieu Debuchy, earned Cologne only their second win in 17 B…

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Robinho given nine-year prison sentence for rape

Brazilian footballer Robinho has been sentenced to nine years in prison for taking part in the gang rape of a woman in Milan in 2013.An Italian court ruled the 33-year-old and five other Brazilians assaulted the Albanian woman, who was 22, after plying…

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Birmingham fans top English arrests for 2016-17

Across England's four leagues in 2016-17 there were four arrests for every 100,000 attendees

More Birmingham City fans were arrested than at any other club in England’s top five leagues for a second consecutive season in 2016-17.

The Championship was the league with most arrests (455) and 72 of those were fans of Birmingham.

West Ham supporters were behind them on 67, however, arrests across the leagues fell 14% from the 2015-16 season.

Grimsby fans made up more than a quarter of all new banning orders issued across the 24 League Two teams.

A banning order stops a fan attending fixtures for a set period of time and the total number in force at the end of the 2016-17 season had fallen by 7% to 1,929 by the end of the campaign.

Arrests have now fallen significantly over recent seasons, dropping from 3,089 in 2010-11 to 1,638 in 2016-17.

Government data shows that in the most recent season, violent and public disorder offences made up over half of arrests, while fans arrested for throwing missiles saw a significant jump from 59 to 91.

Birmingham top offenders again

League Two sides Cheltenham Town and Accrington Stanley are the only Football League clubs in Britain without an arrest to their name in 2016-17, while a dozen clubs in the National League can stake the same claim.

Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester City fans were in the top-five clubs for arrests in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Around a third of Birmingham’s 72 arrests were for public disorder offences but trouble at their St Andrew’s home is on the up. At the end of the season, 25 of their 72 arrests were at home fixtures, a jump from nine 12 months earlier.

Championship the busiest league for police

For the second season in a row the Championship proved the most troublesome league with 455 arrests (28%).

But arrest numbers dropped in all five leagues, with the Premier League seeing the biggest fall from 431 to 389.

What do people get arrested for?

The 14% year-on-year fall across the five leagues translates to a reduction of 257 arrests in total.

Public disorder (31%), violent disorder (21%) and alcohol offences (16%) remain the most common offences.

But missile throwing and chanting offences have seen significant swings.

There were just seven arrests for racist or offensive chanting during the campaign despite anti-discrimination group Kick It Out stating they had seen the number of incidents reported to them at games rise to 194 during the season.

What about banning orders?

Premier League side Newcastle United had the most active banning orders in place at the end of the 2016-17 season with 111.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (75), West Ham (57) and Millwall (55) were the only other clubs with more than 50 in action.

A banning order typically lasts between three and five years but this can be longer if a custodial sentence was imposed for the offence.

As banning orders can be active for several seasons a look at the ones imposed during the most recent campaign shows Wolves picked up the most with 32, ahead of West Ham (30) and Manchester United (24).

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Birmingham fans top English arrests for 2016-17

Across England's four leagues in 2016-17 there were four arrests for every 100,000 attendees

More Birmingham City fans were arrested than at any other club in England’s top five leagues for a second consecutive season in 2016-17.

The Championship was the league with most arrests (455) and 72 of those were fans of Birmingham.

West Ham supporters were behind them on 67, however, arrests across the leagues fell 14% from the 2015-16 season.

Grimsby fans made up more than a quarter of all new banning orders issued across the 24 League Two teams.

A banning order stops a fan attending fixtures for a set period of time and the total number in force at the end of the 2016-17 season had fallen by 7% to 1,929 by the end of the campaign.

Arrests have now fallen significantly over recent seasons, dropping from 3,089 in 2010-11 to 1,638 in 2016-17.

Government data shows that in the most recent season, violent and public disorder offences made up over half of arrests, while fans arrested for throwing missiles saw a significant jump from 59 to 91.

Birmingham top offenders again

League Two sides Cheltenham Town and Accrington Stanley are the only Football League clubs in Britain without an arrest to their name in 2016-17, while a dozen clubs in the National League can stake the same claim.

Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester City fans were in the top-five clubs for arrests in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.

Around a third of Birmingham’s 72 arrests were for public disorder offences but trouble at their St Andrew’s home is on the up. At the end of the season, 25 of their 72 arrests were at home fixtures, a jump from nine 12 months earlier.

Championship the busiest league for police

For the second season in a row the Championship proved the most troublesome league with 455 arrests (28%).

But arrest numbers dropped in all five leagues, with the Premier League seeing the biggest fall from 431 to 389.

What do people get arrested for?

The 14% year-on-year fall across the five leagues translates to a reduction of 257 arrests in total.

Public disorder (31%), violent disorder (21%) and alcohol offences (16%) remain the most common offences.

But missile throwing and chanting offences have seen significant swings.

There were just seven arrests for racist or offensive chanting during the campaign despite anti-discrimination group Kick It Out stating they had seen the number of incidents reported to them at games rise to 194 during the season.

What about banning orders?

Premier League side Newcastle United had the most active banning orders in place at the end of the 2016-17 season with 111.

Wolverhampton Wanderers (75), West Ham (57) and Millwall (55) were the only other clubs with more than 50 in action.

A banning order typically lasts between three and five years but this can be longer if a custodial sentence was imposed for the offence.

As banning orders can be active for several seasons a look at the ones imposed during the most recent campaign shows Wolves picked up the most with 32, ahead of West Ham (30) and Manchester United (24).

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Aberdeen boss McInnes has told club he is staying, says chairman

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has told the club he is not leaving his job, says chairman Stewart Milne.McInnes has been Rangers’ preferred candidate since the departure of Pedro Caixinha last month.The former Rangers and West Bromwich Albion midfielder h…

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England defender Stoney out of World Cup qualifiers

England women v Bosnia-Herzegovina women – World Cup qualifierDate: 24 November Venue: Banks’ Stadium, WalsallCoverage: Live on BBC Two and online from 18:55 GMT & BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra from 19:00 GMT (Forum, 21:00 GMT, BBC Red Button)Liver…

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Italy move above England in Fifa rankings despite World Cup miss

England have fallen below Italy in Fifa’s world rankings despite the Azzurri failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Italy lost to Sweden in a play-off but move up a place to 14th in the world.England drew with world champions Germ…

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Italy move above England in Fifa rankings despite World Cup miss

England have fallen below Italy in Fifa’s world rankings despite the Azzurri failing to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Italy lost to Sweden in a play-off but move up a place to 14th in the world.England drew with world champions Germ…

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Dementia and football: Jeff Astle doctor will lead FA and PFA joint study

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A long-awaited study into the links between heading a football and brain damage will start in January, the Football Association has announced.The doctor…

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Dementia and football: Jeff Astle doctor will lead FA and PFA joint study

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A long-awaited study into the links between heading a football and brain damage will start in January, the Football Association has announced.The doctor…

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Kits for babies & playing ping pong: how Atalanta are defying the odds

Everton were not expected to have too many problems when the draw pitted them in the same Europa League group as Atalanta. Their opponents could not boast the glamour of the other Serie A sides in the draw – AC Milan and Lazio. But then-manager Ronald …

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Kits for babies & playing ping pong: how Atalanta are defying the odds

Everton were not expected to have too many problems when the draw pitted them in the same Europa League group as Atalanta. Their opponents could not boast the glamour of the other Serie A sides in the draw – AC Milan and Lazio. But then-manager Ronald …

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Basel score late to keep Man Utd waiting for qualification

Manchester United missed the chance to book their place in the Champions League last 16 as Basel scored an 89th-minute winner in Switzerland.United dominated the first half, with Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo hitting the woodwork.But Basel were rej…

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Rampant PSG hit seven past Celtic

Celtic were swept aside by rampant Paris St-Germain, who hit seven in the Parc de Princes.The visitors opened the scoring in the first minute through Moussa Dembele, but were then swamped.Neymar scored twice, then created the third for Edinson Cavani, …

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Marco Silva: Everton could switch focus from Watford boss as they seek new manager

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Everton may be forced to switch their managerial search away from Marco Silva after failing to break the deadlock over their move for the Watford boss.S…

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Everton's Niasse banned for two games for diving

Everton striker Oumar Niasse has been banned for two matches after being found guilty of diving.The Senegal forward is the first Premier League player to be punished under the new Football Association laws, which were introduced in May.Niasse won a con…