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EFL hopes to restart season in June and play 113 games in 56 days

Plans outlined to clubs in letter from league chairmanClubs told to give players a holiday and not train before 16 MayFootball League clubs have been advised by the EFL to give their players a holiday and not return to training until 16 May at the earl…

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When eight footballers tore up their contracts to save Bristol City

Players may lose money during the coronavirus pandemic but few will sacrifice as much as the Ashton Gate EightBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogMany footballers will have to take pay cuts to help their clubs survive during the coronavirus pandemi…

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Hull’s Angus MacDonald on surviving cancer: ‘I felt there was no way back’

The defender, ready to return when football stopped, on his journey and learning his girlfriend Alexandra Burke’s dance moves“In my head that was me hanging my boots up – maybe not right there and then, but I felt like there was no way back for me,” sa…

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Sadiq Khan urges London’s top football clubs to aid NHS and ‘protect lives’

Mayor asks 10 clubs in capital to assist coronavirus fightHelp sought from ‘team doctors, physios and paramedics’The mayor of London has written to every Premier League and Championship club in the capital asking they provide assistance to the NHS in “…

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James McClean fined by Stoke over balaclava ‘history lesson’ post

McClean fined two weeks’ wages and deletes Instagram accountPlayer apologises for posting ‘ill-advised and offensive’ pictureJames McClean has been fined two weeks’ wages by Stoke City after his club took a dim view of an “inappropriate social media po…

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Marching on together: Bielsa and Leeds show team spirit as wait goes on

The manager, squad and coaching staff have accepted wage deferrals to help others as football takes a back seatThe plinth supporting the landmark statue of Billy Bremner outside Elland Road bears a simple, yet evocative, message. “Side before self, eve…

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Birmingham City ask players to take 50% pay cut during coronavirus crisis

Request made to those earning £6,000 per week or moreLeague clubs seek to navigate financial crunchCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageBirmingham City have become the first Championship club to ask their players to take wage …

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Birmingham manager Pep Clotet ‘so worried’ after sending family home to Spain

Wife, children and parents in lockdown near Barcelona‘I feel I cannot do my job properly … but I cannot go back’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBirmingham’s manager, Pep Clotet, has spoken of his emotional stress at being …

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Championship clubs unanimously agree to try to complete season

Representatives from all 24 sides reach rare accordDivision is suspended until 3 April due to coronavirus crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Championship’s clubs are unanimous in the view that a means to finish the se…

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Governing bodies face a fraught future as game we love grinds to halt

The coronavirus pandemic calls for tough decisions on the future of the domestic football season and Euro 2020, but all the options risk legal challenges and long-term repercussionsAmid the coronavirus pandemic and the mounting sense of anxiety, even t…

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Mendes, Wilder and the SAS: how Lee Johnson has Bristol City on the rise

The innovative manager of the Championship promotion hopefuls will stop at nothing to take the club forward Lee Johnson is discussing confidence and courage, traits that will likely go some way to determining his team’s play-off credentials across the …

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Marcelo Bielsa: a method actor in football’s theatre of the absurd

Leeds are homing in on a Premier League return, and it is hard to know just what the top flight will make of their unique and brilliant Argentinian managerIt’s happening. Mateusz Klich plays a delicious back-heel to Pablo Hernández. It’s definitely hap…

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Josh Dasilva hits two for Brentford in thrashing of Sheffield Wednesday

Brentford strengthened their Sky Bet Championship promotion push with an emphatic 5-0 win over troubled Sheffield Wednesday.A Josh Dasilva brace and goals from Tariqe Fosu, Emiliano Marcondes and Bryan Mbeumo ended the hosts’ five-game winless run in s…

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Football League: Leeds move top of Championship, Coventry beat Ipswich

Ayling volley sets up win, Baggies draw Swansea blankCoventry five points clear, Crewe top of League TwoLeeds moved to the top of the table with a Yorkshire derby victory over Huddersfield. Luke Ayling’s stunning volley put them into a third-minute lea…

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Matt Smith hat-trick cuts down Forest and helps Millwall close gap to top six

Matt Smith destroyed Nottingham Forest with a 13-minute first-half hat-trick to boost Millwall’s hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs with a rousing 3-0 triumph at the City Ground.Forest went into the game with a chance of moving up to third pl…

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Bowyer and Woodgate set friendship aside for relegation showdown

Managers of Charlton and Middlesbrough have a long history and meet on Saturday battling to stay in ChampionshipJonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer planned to talk on the telephone during the 48 hours preceding Saturday’s match at The Valley.In one sense …

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Leeds United’s Kiko Casilla was banned for using N-word

Spaniard aimed racial slur at Charlton’s Jonathan LekoFA independent panel satisfied with evidence of incidentAn independent Football Association regulatory commission suspended Kiko Casilla for eight games after being satisfied that the Leeds United g…

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Lewis Grabban rescues point for Forest and riles Woodgate’s Middlesbrough

Lewis Grabban’s 17th goal of the season rescued a draw for promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest at struggling Middlesbrough. Grabban equalised with four minutes remaining despite claims from Boro that the striker had fouled the goalkeeper, Aynsley Pears…

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Football League: Leaders West Brom slump against Wigan after Leeds win

Sam Morsy winner consigns leaders to home defeatDavid Nugent own-goal helps Fulham past PrestonTeaders West Bromwich Albion saw their lead cut to a point by Leeds’ crushing 4-0 lunchtime win at Hull City and promptly slumped to a damaging 1-0 home defe…

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Tyler Roberts double helps Leeds hammer sorry Hull and close gap at top

Leeds coped without suspended goalkeeper Kiko Casilla as they beat Hull 4-0 at the KCom Stadium to keep up the pressure on Championship leaders West Brom.The Spaniard had been banned for eight games and fined £60,000 by an FA disciplinary commission on…