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Gareth Southgate worried about disorder in Prague and racism in Sofia

• England play Czech Republic in Euro 2020 qualifier on a Friday• Bulgaria have been punished for racist chanting this yearGareth Southgate has admitted he fears the worst when it comes to England’s next two qualifying matches and the potential for dis…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjær ‘relieved’ window closed as Manchester United look ahead

• Manager ‘very confident’ team will score goals after Lukaku exit• ‘Club does not feel negativity from fans over summer spending’To listen to Ole Gunnar Solskjær sitting before a larger than usual audience to preview Manchester United’s season was to …

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Revealed: Dario Gradi could have stopped serial sex abuser at Chelsea

Independent inquiry into scandal reveals findingsEddie Heath worked with Gradi during early 1970sGradi, suspended by Crewe, denies any wrongdoingDario Gradi’s long career could be ending in disgrace after an independent inquiry into football’s sexual-a…

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Manchester United reject Internazionale’s £54m bid for Romelu Lukaku

• Antonio Conte confirms club’s ongoing interest after friendly• United beat Inter 1-0 thanks to Mason Greenwood’s goalManchester United have rejected a £54m bid from Internazionale for Romelu Lukaku and informed the Italian club it will need a signifi…

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Goodbye to the Miracle Man: how Martin O’Neill’s Forest reign crumbled | Daniel Taylor

Martin O’Neill’s Nottingham Forest exit was down to his poor relationship with key players, and, in some cases, a loss of respect and disciplineIf there is one story that sums up Martin O’Neill’s inability to win over his players at Nottingham Forest i…

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Nottingham Forest sack Martin O’Neill after five months and appoint Lamouchi

• 67-year-old manager leaves after falling out with players• Former France international Sabri Lamouchi takes overNottingham Forest have sacked Martin O’Neill after just five months in charge, with former France international Sabri Lamouchi replacing h…

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Roy Keane leaves Nottingham Forest after five months at club

Keane wants to focus on his own managerial careerDeparture from City Ground described as amicableRoy Keane’s brief return to Nottingham Forest is over after he informed Martin O’Neill he wants to leave the club to try to resurrect his own managerial ca…

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Andy Woodward: the terrible secret of Barry Bennell and

The footballer tells for the first time how a relative of Barry Bennell cast a grim shadow over his family, years before the paedophile coach began abusing him On the night before we were due to meet, Andy Woodward took himself away to spend some time …

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Liverpool and Spurs face off for a priceless route past the velvet rope | Daniel Taylor

Two clubs on the verge of Europe’s elite enter a Madrid showdown whose ripple effects could be era-definingOn the streets outside Puerta de Atocha, with the throngs pouring off the trains from Madrid’s main railway station, it was possible to make out …

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England’s players will not walk off for racist abuse, says Gareth Southgate

The manager has listened to the squad, who would not want the story to become one about them as individuals if they left the pitchGareth Southgate says England’s footballers will not walk off the pitch in protest on the next occasion they are subjected…

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Crewe sack academy coach for attempting to groom underage girl

• Carl Everall given three-year community order• 28-year-old had been coaching at Crewe since 2013Crewe Alexandra, one of the clubs most heavily implicated in football’s sexual-abuse scandal, have announced they have sacked one of their academy coaches…

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If Liverpool’s brilliance falls short, when will relentless City be caught? | Daniel Taylor

The next aim for Manchester City if they wrap up everything on Sunday is utter domination and it is hard to know what more Jürgen Klopp’s team can do after their efforts this seasonThe first time Manchester City found themselves in this position, enter…

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Will the sun ever set on rift between Graeme Souness and Liverpool? | Daniel Taylor

A club great as a player is a pariah because of his dealings with the Sun when manager, yet he seems deeply remorseful. Does he care enough to try to heal the wound?Perhaps you may have seen that clip recently of Graeme Souness getting so worked up in …

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Tottenham struggle for firepower after Donny van de Beek strikes early for Ajax

For Tottenham Hotspur it is not going to be easy to find a way back. They will still like to think they can save themselves and to give them their due, they can be emboldened by the memories of that epic night against Manchester City which got them thi…

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#enough is not enough if PFA wants to be convincing on anti-racism | Daniel Taylor

Reactions to the social-media boycott show the players’ union still has much to do to win over sceptics and persuade Twitter et al to actIt wasn’t easy at first to know what to make of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s #enough campaign. It wa…

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Rivals’ grand designs put Glazers’ neglect of Old Trafford in spotlight | Daniel Taylot

As Tottenham move in while Real Madrid and Barcelona show off their plans, Manchester United’s home – all but untouched under the current owners – looks increasingly tattyThere is a scene in Fawlty Towers when one of the customers is checking out of th…

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Football’s double jeopardy will take Forestieri racism case into extra time | Daniel Taylor

As John Terry knows, acquittal in a court of law on the basis of ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ does not mean the FA will not take action on the balance of probabilitiesIt is coming up for seven years now since John Terry found himself in the dock of West…

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Gareth Southgate shows Montenegro how to react but what will Uefa do? | Daniel Taylor

The England manager was questioning himself over his reaction to Monday’s racist abuse while his Montenegrin counterpart denied it had happened. Uefa cannot do likewisePerhaps the most depressing part about what happened in the Podgorica City Stadium i…

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Crewe agree first settlement with Barry Bennell victim after U-turn

• Out-of-court deal signals change of position by club• Club have declined to offer an apology to player’s parentsCrewe Alexandra have dramatically changed their position in the face of widespread legal action from Barry Bennell’s victims and agreed th…

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Harry Redknapp is playing a familiar tune to disown Birmingham’s blues | Daniel Taylor

Birmingham’s owners brought the points deduction on themselves with some preposterous decisions. But why do these things keep happening to Harry?Harry Redknapp used to tell a story, going back to his days as the manager of West Ham, that probably sums …