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Mbaye Diagne: ‘I shouldn’t have taken the penalty but Brugge banished me’

The Senegal striker was frozen out in Belgium after a spot-kick miss but says linking himself to Nottingham Forest was accidentalMay has been a strange month at the end of a controversial season for Mbaye Diagne. But the Senegal striker says unhappy re…

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Mbaye Diagne: ‘I shouldn’t have taken the penalty but Brugge banished me’

The Senegal striker was frozen out in Belgium after a spot-kick miss but says linking himself to Nottingham Forest was accidentalMay has been a strange month at the end of a controversial season for Mbaye Diagne. But the Senegal striker says unhappy re…

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Raheem Sterling says ‘weeks’ of training needed before Premier League restart

‘You’d need a full four to five weeks’, says England forwardUefa determined to finish Europa and Champions LeaguePremier League clubs will attempt to find enough common ground on Monday to agree on a tentative step towards the resumption of the footbal…

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The Fiver | Danny Rose and a slogan we would happily see on a press briefing lectern

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Even though Social Media Disgrace Twitter has for weeks been full of people posting hilarious quips about not being able to get their hair cut, UK gaffer Boris Johnson says the nation badly needs a mor…

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Wolves the first club to get Covid-19 testing under Premier League plan

More than 10 members of backroom staff swabbedTests carried out at drive-through station in training groundMore than 10 members of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ backroom staff were swabbed for Covid-19 on Monday as the Premier League began its testing proce…

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My favourite game: Panini pest Zoltan Peter comes unstuck against USSR | Paul Doyle

Before the 1986 World Cup my brother and I had nearly 100 stickers of the Hungarian and we wanted him to lose, badlyBefore the internet ruined the World Cup there was wonder in ignorance. You could look forward to discovering great players and teams ab…

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Safety officers claim their input is missing from football’s restart plans

FSOA claims inadequate planning may result in tragedy‘Many safety officers have been furloughed or work from home’Club safety officers fear a lack of consultation over the Premier League’s Project Restart could leave players and officials at risk.The F…

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The Fiver | French football’s biggest hoohah since the 2010 World Cup

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Hurray! The football season is back! Six hundred years after the last match, everyone’s favourite sport has returned in the style we have come to know and follow with ill relish. And it’s all thanks to…

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The Fiver | Football’s bubble existence and a change in the French landscape

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Premier League players spend most of their time being sworn at for thinking they exist in a bubble. Now, amid pressure for them to resume competition despite Britain being ravaged by a mysterious pox t…

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‘Worst thing I’ve been through’: why Agbonlahor is raffling shirt for NHS

The former Aston Villa striker thinks he had coronavirus and is raffling the jersey in which he scored a 2017 winner against BirminghamA “horrible experience” with coronavirus-like symptoms has inspired the former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor t…

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Sheffield United squad to defer wages to help club through Covid-19 shutdown

Manager Chris Wilder and coaches have deferred payClub’s players among lowest-paid in Premier LeagueSheffield United players will defer part of their salaries to help the club cope with the closure enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.The players will …

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Sheffield United squad to defer wages to help club through Covid-19 shutdown

Manager Chris Wilder and coaches have deferred payClub’s players among lowest-paid in Premier LeagueSheffield United players will defer part of their salaries to help the club cope with the closure enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.The players will …

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Golden Goal: Jean-Pierre Papin for France v Belgium (1992)

Striker had an extraordinary ability to score from any distance and any angle but even by his standards this was magicalKarim Benzema has been publicly reflecting, let’s say, on France’s ability to win the World Cup with a “go-kart” of a striker, Olivi…

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The Fiver | Oh José! Oh The People’s Tottenham Hotspur! How could you be so reckless?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! The art of deception was perfected by nobody knows but José Mourinho has been pretty good at it down the years. Back in the 2005 Big Cup he famously turned a laundry basket into a Trojan horse, albeit…

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Wolves’ Diogo Jota: ‘I’m coaching Telford United on Football Manager’

The forward on how his club have helped players, missing family in Portugal and his boyhood teamDiogo Jota has not been making headlines recently because, like most people, he has been observing the British government’s lockdown. But in the simpler tim…

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Ireland replace coach Mick McCarthy with Kenny before Euro 2020 play-off

McCarthy was due to helm game against SlovakiaFAI opt to not extend his contract for match in SeptemberMick McCarthy will not lead the Republic of Ireland into their Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia after agreeing to put a premature end to his secon…

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‘For 25 minutes I ran out of oxygen’: Pepe Reina on battling coronavirus

Aston Villa goalkeeper recalls ‘endless minutes of fear’Reina describes experience as ‘worst moments of my life’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageAston Villa’s goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed he endured “endless minutes …

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Jack Grealish needs to show he really has grown up this time | Paul Doyle

Aston Villa captain must ensure off-pitch conduct does not stop him from reaching the heights his talent puts within reachJack Grealish probably was not the only 24-year-old to ignore the government lockdown last weekend in order to go socialising, but…

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Jack Grealish apologises for ‘stupidly’ ignoring lockdown to visit friend

Aston Villa captain feels ‘deeply embarrassed’Grealish disciplined and fined by ‘deeply disappointed’ clubJack Grealish, the Aston Villa captain, has apologised for breaking the government lockdown after being pictured at the scene of a road accident o…

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From Mané to Ings: awards of the Premier League season so far

With football on hold we select some of the highlights of the top-flight campaign until now – and the biggest flopJordan Henderson’s influence deserves acclaim but Sadio Mané is remarkably consistent and reaches heights that his captain cannot. The tem…