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Handball law gives Fifa consistency and fans something to rail against | Paul MacInnes

Change is meant to remove ambiguity so referees need not decide whether a player touched the ball deliberatelyIn these troubled times, scraps of normality glint like a jewel in the dirt. Three cheers, then, for a weekend when the football discourse was…

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David James warns of ‘lost generation’ unless grassroots football gets help

New report fears clubs are losing nearly half of incomeFormer England keeper says game near collapse over CovidGrassroots football clubs have lost 48% of their income since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, a new report suggests, with former England goalke…

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Premier League scraps 8.15pm kick-offs with pubs forced to close at 10pm

Liverpool v Arsenal on Monday switches to 8pmSky and BT Sport share the 10 games on 3-4 OctoberThe Premier League is to end 8.15pm kick-offs in order to allow fans to comply with new pub-curfew laws.A later start time for evening matches was introduced…

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Football League expects to get government money to keep clubs alive

Assistance likely to be grants or long-term loansFunds will help in short term but not see clubs through seasonThe EFL is expecting to receive funding from government to help avert immediate catastrophe in English football.The money will not be enough …

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Frank Lampard believes Premier League will come to aid of EFL clubs

Chelsea pay for Covid tests for Carabao opponents Barnsley‘It’s important lower leagues and grassroots are supported’Frank Lampard says he believes the Premier League will come to the aid of stricken EFL clubs, with the English game under ever greater …

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All Premier League games in October likely to be shown live on TV

Restrictions on fans in grounds leads to change of planGames in September shared between four broadcastersLive TV coverage of every Premier League match is expected to continue into October after the government announced the suspension of plans to retu…

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Barcelona and Norwich hold talks over Max Aarons transfer

Championship side rejected loan offer from CatalansNorwich could accept loan with obligation to buyBarcelona are in talks with Norwich over the possible transfer of Max Aarons. The Championship club last weekend rejected an offer from Barcelona to take…

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Barcelona and Norwich hold talks over Max Aarons transfer

Championship side rejected loan offer from CatalansNorwich could accept loan with obligation to buyBarcelona are in talks with Norwich over the possible transfer of Max Aarons. The Championship club last weekend rejected an offer from Barcelona to take…

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‘Little more than good PR’: why QPR have stopped taking a knee

‘It is now not dissimilar to a fancy hashtag,’ says Les FerdinandQPR were criticised for not taking the knee on FridayLes Ferdinand has defended Queens Park Rangers’ decision not to take the knee before their Championship fixture against Coventry on Fr…

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Women’s World Cup could be held every two years under ‘creative’ Fifa plans

‘We don’t want to copy men’s game,’ says Gianni InfantinoCovid has not affected Fifa’s $1bn funding for women’s gameContinuing the growth of women’s football could require holding a World Cup every two years, Gianni Infantino has said.Fifa’s president …

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Football League rings alarm for Premier League to help save clubs from ruin

EFL says time running out to prevent clubs going bankruptProposals being discussed with Premier League for financial aidThe Football League believes it is running out of time to secure a bailout that would prevent some of its 72 clubs from going bankru…

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‘It’s a huge number’: Fifa believes club football has lost £11.1bn to Covid

Figure equates to one-third of revenue across the worldEuropean clubs have lost most but Latin America badly affectedClub football across the world lost $14.4bn (£11.1bn) during the coronavirus crisis, analysis conducted by Fifa suggests, equating to a…

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EFL enters ‘critical’ 48 hours in push to get crowds and avoid financial disaster

League to continue with pilot events capped at 1,000 fansMonthly loss of about £22m expected without spectatorsPressure is growing on the government to allow the return of fans to live football, with a leaked letter from the EFL describing the next 48 …

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No reason to delay return of fans, Premier League tells government

Top-flight clubs will not do tests with only 1,000 spectators‘More than £100m lost to football’ each month without fansThe Premier League has called on the government to rethink its plans on the proposed return of fans to stadiums.Measures announced th…

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Sport to lobby government for new schedule on return of fans

Pilot events revised in wake of recent Covid-19 spikeDisappointment at return to limbo after trial successSporting bodies are to lobby the government for a new schedule that would allow supporters back into matches, meetings and events, as the prospect…

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Plans to get fans back into stadiums to be revised amid new Covid measures

Boris Johnson says government must ‘review and abridge’ plansPremier League warns of risk to club finances if fans kept outPlans to return sports fans to UK stadiums are to be reconsidered, the prime minister has admitted, after the government was forc…

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Premier League football without crowds: what is it really like?

From a doping control officer to a stadium announcer, we speak to four people who attend games in a Covid-19 environmentThe changes have been huge. We have over 200 doping control staff for the Premier League programme and that was reduced right down t…

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All 28 Premier League games in September to be shown on live TV

Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC and Amazon Prime to show gamesDecision taken by clubs with no fans allowed into stadiumsThe small-screen extravaganza that accompanied the Premier League restart is to continue, with all 28 fixtures scheduled for September to …

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Wigan survival boosted after former owner waives £36m owed by club

Au Yeung Wai Kay agrees to write off debts owed Administrators say reported potential buyer is ‘not credible’Administrators working to save Wigan have said that the former owner, Au Yeung Wai Kay, has agreed to waive debts of about £36m owed to him by …

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Wigan survival boosted after former owner waives £36m owed by club

Au Yeung Wai Kay agrees to write off debts owed Administrators say reported potential buyer is ‘not credible’Administrators working to save Wigan have said that the former owner, Au Yeung Wai Kay, has agreed to waive debts of about £36m owed to him by …