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Plans finally in motion to ease train pain of match-going supporters

Following campaigning, the government has agreed to help fans left out of pocket after their rail travel to and from games is hit by TV schedulingJames Longworth waited and waited but then, on 15 January, decided he could wait no more. The Burnley supp…

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Golden Goal: Steve McManaman for Liverpool v Celtic (1997)

The midfielder was the Merseyside club’s most consistent attacking threat for a decade and dazzled in GlasgowIf there is a phrase that sums up Steve McManaman’s time at Real Madrid, a four-year spell in which the Spanish club won La Liga and the Champi…

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Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino defends record after ‘egos’ comments

• Manager says Spurs can compete with Real Madrid in future• ‘It’s about improving every season,’ says PochettinoMauricio Pochettino has sought to clarify his claim after Tottenham’s FA Cup defeat by Crystal Palace that winning trophies only “builds eg…

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Olivier Giroud supports Maurizio Sarri’s criticism of Chelsea players

• ‘We know we need to do more,’ says Giroud• Gonzalo Higuaín may start against Sheffield WednesdayOlivier Giroud has insisted Chelsea’s players do not have an issue with the criticism Maurizio Sarri levelled against them following the defeat by Arsenal…

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Jan Vertonghen: current Tottenham side deserves ‘so many trophies’

•Belgian says it would be a ‘big shame’ if silverware eluded Spurs•Roy Hodgson: trophies are not football’s be-all and end-allJan Vertonghen has said it would be a “big shame” if Tottenham’s current generation of players do not win a trophy.Spurs trave…

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Fulham’s Aboubakar Kamara arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm

• Kamara allegedly involved in fight at training ground• Incident comes after run-ins with Aleksandar MitrovicFulham’s Aboubakar Kamara has been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following allegations of a fight at the club’s Motspur Park tra…

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Paul Pogba’s ‘pace and power’ stresses need for rethink over BAME coverage | Sachin Nakrani

Language used to describe Frenchman’s revival highlights importance of the debate sparked by Raheem SterlingIt is just over six weeks since Raheem Sterling caused a stir on an otherwise sleepy Sunday morning. Dogs were being walked and churches were be…

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‘Do your duty’: Boreham Wood FC demand MPs sort out Brexit

• National League side issue extraordinary 1,450-word statement• Club hit out at Neville Chamberlain and back a ‘NO DEAL’ BrexitNational League side Boreham Wood have called on MPs to vote down Theresa May’s Brexit deal and immediately begin working “n…

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Dominic Solanke: Sancho’s success has been big influence on young players

• Bournemouth striker hails Bundesliga and England winger• ‘Sancho is doing well. A lot of players want to follow his path’Dominic Solanke believes young English players are increasingly unwilling to wait for their chance to prove themselves at the big…

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Time to notice Georginio Wijnaldum, the central figure in Liverpool’s surge

Jürgen Klopp’s men face Manchester City as unbeaten league leaders and no one has played more of a part in that than their Dutch midfielderIn every title-winning team there is a player whose crucial contribution is largely overlooked by the wider publi…

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19 for ’19: unmissable sporting events to mark in your diary

World cups will feature prominently in what promises to be a spectacular sporting yearMore than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations are due to compete at the largest multi-sport event for people with intellectual disabilities and one which in 2019 celebrat…

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Unai Emery reveals he opted against signing Mohamed Salah at PSG

• Emery doubted Salah could handle pressure at major club• Arsenal manager says Salah now one of top five players in worldUnai Emery has ranked Mohamed Salah among the top five players in the world and revealed he considered signing the Liverpool forwa…

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Arsenal’s Unai Emery faces touchline ban after being hit with FA charge

• Emery struck bottle at Brighton supporter in frustration • He has until 2 January to respond to improper conduct chargeUnai Emery is facing a possible touchline ban after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for kicking a p…

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Phil Neville: ‘To be told I knew nothing was incredibly disrespectful’

The 41-year-old reflects on a year in charge of England Women and how he plans to lead them to World Cup glory next summer“Flown by. Absolutely flown by,” Phil Neville says as he reflects on his time in charge of the England women’s team. It has been a…

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Sol Campbell finally gets his chance to manage after years in the shadows | Sachin Nakrani

The former England defender has had to deal with rejection and said he would take an unpaid role. Now he is taking over at the Football League’s bottom clubBack in July 2017, I sat down with Sol Campbell at an Italian restaurant off the King’s Road. I …

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Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic: I don’t need to change – my team must work harder

• Manager tells players to ‘show more effort’ at Liverpool• Jokanovic dismisses ‘gossip’ that he may be sackedSlavisa Jokanovic has come out fighting amid speculation that he is close to losing his job as Fulham manager, insisting he is the right man t…

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Chelsea coach Marco Ianni charged over Stamford Bridge touchline chaos

• Ianni twice goaded José Mourinho during 2-2 draw• United manager warned after trying to confront ItalianChelsea’s assistant coach Marco Ianni has been charged with improper conduct following the chaotic scenes that marked the closing stages of the 2-…

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Mark Chapman: ‘Alan Shearer’s family get abuse for his punditry – it’s weird’ | Sachin Nakrani

The Match of the Day 2 presenter believes the criticism pundits like Shearer receive on social media has become incessant, unfair and does them and those who work behind the scenes a disserviceA warm afternoon in south Manchester and Mark Chapman is in…

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Resurgent Watford prove success can be built on both change and stability | Sachin Nakrani

The club’s perfect start to the season is a cause for surprise but dig deeper and it becomes clear that a plan for steady growth has long been in place at Vicarage RoadIt did not take long after Watford’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham for a typically oppo…

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Arsenal are ‘learning like children’ under Unai Emery, says Alexandre Lacazette

• Lacazette confident Arsenal will iron out defensive mistakes• Forward ready to fight for starting place after Cardiff goalAlexandre Lacazette is not overly concerned by the defensive mistakes Arsenal are making under Unai Emery, with the forward clai…