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Michael Emenalo takes Monaco sporting director job weeks after Chelsea exit

• Emenalo describes Monaco as the ‘right choice’ after leaving Stamford Bridge• Emenalo to work under the club’s vice-president Vadim VasilyevMonaco have announced the appointment of the former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo as their sporti…

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PFA calls for fresh investigation after Eni Aluko’s claims of racism and bullying

• England manager Mark Sampson understood to deny allegations
• Chelsea back their player for ‘speaking about her experiences’

The Professional Footballers’ Association has backed the call for “an open, transparent and independent investigation” into how Eni Aluko’s grievances were handled by the Football Association.

Its intervention came as Chelsea “commended” their forward for “speaking about her experiences” after she accused Mark Sampson, the manager of the England women’s football team, of telling her to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a game at Wembley.

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West Ham’s Slaven Bilic charged by FA after hurling microphone in anger

• Manager also appeared to abuse referee after West Brom scored late equaliser
• Bilic charged with improper conduct and has until Thursday to respond

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been charged with improper conduct following Saturday’s game against West Brom, the Football Association has announced.

Related: Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

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Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell in hospital after being found unconscious

• Bennell in hospital in Hertfordshire after ‘fear for welfare incident’
• Bennell sexually abused young players, including at Crewe

The paedophile football coach Barry Bennell has been taken to hospital after police responded to a “fear for welfare incident” at an address in Stevenage on Friday night, where he was found unconscious.

Bennell, a youth coach who worked for Crewe, Manchester City, Stoke and several junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands, was given a four-year sentence for raping a British boy on a football tour of Florida in 1994 and then a nine-year sentence in 1998 for 23 offences against six boys in England.

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Southampton break transfer record to sign Sofiane Boufal from Lille

• Morocco midfielder signs five-year contract at Southampton
• Boufal says club provides ‘perfect environment’ for him

Southampton have announced the signing of the attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Lille for a club-record undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old Morocco international has agreed a five-year contract.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez?

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Southampton break transfer record to sign Sofiane Boufal from Lille

• Morocco midfielder signs five-year contract at Southampton
• Boufal says club provides ‘perfect environment’ for him

Southampton have announced the signing of the attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Lille for a club-record undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old Morocco international has agreed a five-year contract.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Chelsea to sign Real Madrid’s James Rodríguez?

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Chelsea players can reach level of Messi and Ronaldo, says Antonio Conte

• Chelsea manager describes Eden Hazard as a ‘great talent’
• Conte says he will demand respect as well as hard work

Antonio Conte is confident he can transform players such as Eden Hazard into world-class performers at Chelsea.

Related: Chelsea confirm signing of N’Golo Kanté from Leicester City

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Dylan Hartley emerges as favourite to captain England under Eddie Jones

• New coach appears ready to ignore Hartley’s dismal disciplinary record
• World Cup captain Chris Robshaw set to play at blindside flanker

Dylan Hartley, the Northampton hooker, has emerged as favourite to lead England under Eddie Jones in a change that would mark the end of Chris Robshaw’s captaincy.

Related: Saracens hope Paul Gustard stays until late January before England duty

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