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Author Archive for Paul MacInnes

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Chelsea take on Manchester United with Lampard focused on fourth place

Chelsea keen to avenge 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford‘I have a deep sense of pride about wanting to get fourth’Six months is an achingly long time in football and perhaps it is appropriate that Chelsea’s last encounter with Manchester United now has an air…

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Frank Lampard demands more from Chelsea’s youngsters in battle for fourth

• Manager calls for extra ‘10-15%’ to secure top-four finish• ‘It’s a critical time and I need the young players to do their thing‘Frank Lampard has demanded “more and I want more now” from his young Chelsea side as he prepares for Monday’s Premier Lea…

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Frank Lampard sets challenge to Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga

Goalkeeper set to be restored for visit of Manchester UnitedManager left Spaniard out of recent draw at LeicesterFrank Lampard has laid down a challenge to Kepa Arrizabalaga as Chelsea head into a crucial week in their season.Lampard’s team host Manche…

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Bobby Madley to referee in England again two years after sacking

Offensive joke cost official his Premier League role‘I have learned from this and feel better and stronger’The referee Bobby Madley is to return to English football next season, two years after losing his job as a Premier League official because of an …

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Manchester City and West Ham to play rearranged game during winter break

Game called off because of storm to be played on 19 FebruaryClubs accept date and will have had long break before playingManchester City will play their postponed Premier League fixture at home against West Ham United on Wednesday 19 February, meaning …

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli may face FA charge over coronavirus video

• FA writes to Alli asking for his observations• Alli being investigated for infringement of rule E3(1)Dele Alli is facing a possible Football Association charge over a social media post in which he appeared to mock an Asian man and claimed he might be…

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Safe standing across English football moves a crucial step closer

• Sports Grounds Safety Authority welcomed by government• Safe standing ‘has had a positive impact on spectator safety’Safe standing across English football has come a step closer after a report found it had “a positive impact on spectator safety”.The …

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Premier League clubs crack down on antisocial fans after Woodward incident

League-wide ban for any fan banned by a clubPolicy for ‘discriminatory, abusive or violent acts’Anyone banned for violent or abusive behaviour by a Premier League club will also be banned from every other ground in the division, the league announced on…

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Premier League clubs push summer transfer window closure back to September

• Clubs vote for 2020 summer window to shut on 1 September• For the past two years window has shut on eve of seasonThe Premier League has voted to revert to the same summer transfer window as Europe’s other major leagues after two years of going it alo…

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FA launches app to tackle shortage of coaches in the women’s game

• Playmaker to recruit volunteers and offer coaching courses• Problem caused by huge recent influx of new playersThe boom in women’s football runs the risk of going into reverse because of a shortage of coaches, the Football Association has admitted.Ba…

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Giovani Lo Celso: ‘I try not to compare myself to Christian Eriksen’

With the ink newly dry on a permanent five-year deal, Tottenham’s goalscoring playmaker wants to carve his own nicheAfter five months at the club it was only in the past week that Giovani Lo Celso finally became a Tottenham player. The Argentinian arri…

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England’s opener against France could hold key to back-to back-grand slams

• Sarah Hunter to captain team on her 119th appearance• Head coach Simon Middleton leaves Sarah Bern on benchThis year’s women’s Six Nations begins with the fixture most observers believe will be its defining encounter. France take on England in Pau on…

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Paralympics: wheelchair basketball risks exclusion in classification row

• Row over the classification of athletes’ impairments• The sport’s code must be changed by the end of MayWheelchair basketball faces a race against time to guarantee inclusion in the Paralympics, as a row over the classification of athletes’ impairmen…

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Cardiff City begin proceedings against Nantes over death of Emiliano Sala

• Cardiff want investigation into Nantes’ role up to Sala’s death• ‘We believe there is sufficient evidence of wrongdoing’Cardiff have begun proceedings to bring criminal charges against Nantes over the death of Emiliano Sala.The Championship club have…

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Jürgen Klopp’s approach to replays waters down delights of the FA Cup | Paul MacInnes

While Premier League clubs increasingly see the Cup as an irrelevance, it can still be a season-saver for the restJürgen Klopp’s halo slipped a bit on Sunday night. Having watched a reserve Liverpool side get overrun by Shrewsbury and throw away a two-…

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Chasing pack hoping to close the gap on England in Women’s Six Nations | Paul MacInnes

England looked unstoppable in winning the title last year but France and Italy could threaten while Ireland, Scotland and Wales may show benefits of restructuringThe Women’s Six Nations begins with one big question lingering over it: can anyone lay a g…

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Northampton’s Jordan Turnbull: ‘Sharing a pitch with Rooney is special’

Manchester United-supporting centre-back should get to take on one of his heroes when Derby visit Sixfields in the FA CupFor those who like to think the FA Cup is about more than just monitoring the load on Premier League legs, one of the first ties of…

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La Liga president criticises Fifa and says richest clubs are ‘danger’ to game

• Javier Tebas hits out at Club World Cup expansion• ‘One of the major issues is financial doping’The president of La Liga, Javier Tebas, was in London last week. Recently re-elected for a further four-year term, the controversial 57-year-old was in th…

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Premier League referees encouraged to use VAR monitors for red-card incidents

• Officials told to consult pitchside screens this weekend• Jürgen Klopp welcomes greater use of monitorsAfter months standing idle at the side of Premier League pitches, VAR monitors look set to be called into action this weekend after referees were f…

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Macclesfield winding-up petition adjourned after offers made for shares

• HMRC agrees to adjournment for 70 days• Three bids made for a stake in League Two clubMacclesfield Town could be set for a change of ownership after court proceedings revealed an offer for shares in the crisis-hit club was at an advanced stage.The Le…