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José Mourinho in post-match fracas over Manchester City’s ‘noisy’ celebrations

• Confrontation in tunnel and changing rooms after derby match• City coach Mikel Arteta left with blood streaming down his facePolice officers and stewards had to separate up to 20 players and members of staff from Manchester United and City after an e…

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Police must get to bottom of false stories about Crystal Palace fans

The origin of the mysterious misinformation about knuckle-dusters and knives being found at the game at Brighton needs to be tracked downThere is an old episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm in which Larry David is sitting in traffic when the lights cha…

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FA hiding the fair-play table shows lack of respect for own campaign | Daniel Taylor

How can the governing body expect behaviour to improve if it will not publish the fair-play table and allow us to see which clubs are punished in it for their treatment of officials?The news came via a press release from Burnley’s media department. “Bu…

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Manchester City giving more than just United the blues | Daniel Taylor

The sense of purpose at the Etihad goes well beyond Pep Guardiola’s exhilarating squad, with youth sides and the women’s team showing the scale of the ownership’s plans“It’s Mars Next Stop,” was the back-page headline in the Daily Express on 13 May 196…

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Football puts too many obstacles in paths of youngsters such as Phil Foden

The England Under-17s World Cup winner has a host of players in front of him at Manchester City – perhaps United’s policy of having an academy product in every squad should spreadNo offence intended, but I doubt I was alone, when José Mourinho too…

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Gareth Southgate sees fearlessness and fitness as key to England’s ambitions

England manager wants his players to be mentally and physically ready for the World Cup in Russia and has liked what he has seen in the past weekGareth Southgate tells a story, going back to his playing days with England and his last unhappy involvemen…

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Gareth Southgate eyes mock shootout in bid to end England’s penalty pain

• Manager plans Wembley friendly practice after years of tournament failure • Joe Hart to return in goal against Brazil but warned of competition for placeEngland’s football team might be put through a mock penalty shootout in front of a Wembley crowd …

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One year after football’s child abuse scandal broke, stories are yet to be told | Daniel Taylor

Last November, Andy Woodward bravely shared his story and 12 months on, the full horror is still emerging with 748 victims coming forwardIt wasn’t easy at first to understand the numbers that were potentially involved. It still isn’t, to be honest, whe…

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Gareth Southgate remains unafraid to make bold decisions for England

With his words on Chris Smalling and Jack Wilshere and the call-ups from the Under-21 squad the manager has shown it is ridiculous that some assumed he would be too niceIn a moment of reflection this week, Gareth Southgate took it on himself to ask a m…

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England ponder playing Jack Butland rather than Joe Hart in Germany friendly

• Gareth Southgate watched Stoke goalkeeper in action last Saturday• Players from both sides to wear black armbands bearing poppies Gareth Southgate is giving serious consideration to elevating Jack Butland to England’s starting lineup at the expense o…

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‘I never shut the door on England’: Ashley Young relishing his return

The winger turned wing-back is back in the England squad four years after his last cap and his exile does not appear to have affected his confidenceAs Ashley Young leaned back in his chair at St George’s Park, back in the England set-up for the first t…

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Harry Kane ruled out of England’s friendly double-header due to injury

• Striker hurt in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace• Daniel Sturridge or Jermain Defoe may be called up for Germany and BrazilHarry Kane has been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil following a scan on an injury t…

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Harry Kane ruled out of England’s friendly double-header due to injury

• Striker hurt in Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace• Daniel Sturridge or Jermain Defoe may be called up for Germany and BrazilHarry Kane has been ruled out of England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil following a scan on an injury t…

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José Mourinho is growing restless in Pep Guardiola’s shade | Daniel Taylor

In Spain the Portuguese’s Real Madrid twice outscored his rival’s Barcelona but the Manchester United manager’s big-match caution comes at a price while City are dazzlingIt can feel like a trick of the imagination sometimes to remember there was once a…

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Gareth Southgate gives England nod to Harry Winks for Germany and Brazil

• England manager hands Spurs midfielder chance ahead of Jack Wilshere• Danny Rose, Tom Cleverley and Tammy Abrahams also in contentionHarry Winks will be given the opportunity to stake a claim for a World Cup place after convincing Gareth Southgate to…

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How can we trust Greg Clarke and the Football Association on anything?

The treatment of Eni Aluko and the child abuse victims has been marked by repeated boardroom buffoonery. When Clive Sheldon QC completes his investigation into the abuse scandal, will the FA hold bits back to protect its reputation?In ordinary circumst…

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FA apologises to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence over Mark Sampson’s racial remarks

• New report by barrister finds Sampson made ill-judged attempts at humour • FA chief executive Martin Glenn says sorry to England’s Aluko and Spence• Katherine Newton concludes that Sampson is not a racistThe Football Association’s chief executive, Ma…

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Kick It Out says response by FA’s Clarke to PFA’s Sampson letter was ‘disgraceful’

• Herman Ouseley ‘shocked’ the response was in form of 14-word email• Complaint should have brought closure within days, says Kick It Out chairmanHerman Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, has described himself as “shocked” by the revelations about h…

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Extraordinary response to Aluko allegations puts Greg Clarke in firing line | Daniel Taylor

The curt, dismissive, almost implausible response sent by the FA chairman on receiving an email detailing Eni Aluko’s allegations against Mark Sampson means his appearance in front of MPs may be his final act in the job“I’ve no idea why you are sending…

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Martin O’Neill is in the managerial elite even if a top job eludes him | Daniel Taylor

The Republic of Ireland manager, once the favourite to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, is unfortunate never to have had a chance at one of the biggest clubsBlink, and you might have missed the part Shepshed Charterhouse, in the puddles …