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Premier League captains close to launching charitable fund after talks

Squad donations private given difference in wagesCommon Goal starts coronavirus response fundThe 20 Premier League captains are close to reaching agreement on the formation of a charitable fund – based on player contributions – to help the frontline fi…

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Would a Premier League pay cut really cost the government £200m?

After the players’ union made the claim when arguing against a wage drop we look into whether the figures stack upThat was the claim made by the Professional Footballers’ Association last week. It was made in response to a Premier League proposal that …

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The Fiver | Oh José! Oh The People’s Tottenham Hotspur! How could you be so reckless?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! The art of deception was perfected by nobody knows but José Mourinho has been pretty good at it down the years. Back in the 2005 Big Cup he famously turned a laundry basket into a Trojan horse, albeit…

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Scottish Premiership clubs expected to back abandonment and give Celtic title

Vote to be held and announcement delayed to appease UefaHearts would be relegated and have spoken of legal action The Scottish Professional Football League aims to crown Celtic as champions and relegate Heart of Midlothian after 23 April, the earliest …

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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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Oldham Athletic v Manchester United: 1990 FA Cup semi-final – live!

Live updates from the 3.30pm kick off at Maine RoadAs it happened: look back at our retro match rebootsAnd you can email your thoughts to Rob here 9.55am BST Hello and welcome to live coverage of After the Lord Mayor’s Show. The greatest match in FA Cu…

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Sports quiz: what are the stories behind these iconic photos?

You have seen the pictures of Bolt, Pelé, Woods, Maradona and more but can you remember the details behind the images?More quizzes: assists, commentators, managers and rantsThis photo is from Muhammad Ali’s victory over Sonny Liston in 1965. In which r…

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Football isn’t quite getting its coronavirus response right but who is? | Max Rushden

Where do you draw the furlough line? Who should take cuts? The game, like society, is struggling for answersThere are two parallel worlds right now. The first is those in the heart of this crisis. The Prime Minister fighting for his life. The heroic ou…

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José Mourinho admits he was wrong to take Spurs training amid coronavirus

Tottenham manager ignored government guidelinesMourinho and Spurs players seen training in north LondonJosé Mourinho has said he wrongly ignored government advice regarding the coronavirus lockdown after he and members of his Tottenham squad were pictu…

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My favourite game: Italy v Brazil, 1982 World Cup

Two classic teams in two classic kits played out a classic match with John Motson’s excitement a perfect accompaniment“Socrates scores a goal … That sums up the philosophy of Brazilian football!” Even during John Motson’s mid-80s pomp, I was always mor…

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‘Baptism of fire’: meet two female footballers working in hospitals

Portsmouth’s Rosie McDonnell, a nurse, and London Bees’ Hayley West, a physio, on life in the coronavirus crisis“It’s been an absolute baptism of fire,” says the nurse and Portsmouth left-back Rosie McDonnell. “I was told it was going to be hard but I …

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Crystal Palace v Liverpool: 1990 FA Cup semi-final – live!

Live updates from the FA Cup semi-final at Villa ParkAs it happened: look back at our retro match rebootsAnd you can email Scott here 11.10am BST Crystal Palace: Nigel Martyn, John Pemberton, Richard Shaw, Andy Gray, Gary O’Reilly, Andy Thorn, Phil Bar…

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Crystal Palace v Liverpool: 1990 FA Cup semi-final – live!

Live updates from the FA Cup semi-final at Villa ParkAs it happened: look back at our retro match rebootsAnd you can email Scott here 11.10am BST Crystal Palace: Nigel Martyn, John Pemberton, Richard Shaw, Andy Gray, Gary O’Reilly, Andy Thorn, Phil Bar…

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What’s the latest a season has been cancelled and then annulled? | The Knowledge

Plus: which player has won the most different competitions and Aldo’s Ireland goal droughtMail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“What’s the latest that the entire season of a league has been cancelled and annulled (before 2020)?” wonders Yes,…

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#breakfastwithnige: how Nigel Adkins is bringing calm to the masses

The former Hull and Southampton manager is tweeting daily video diaries. Here he talks porridge, music and routinesThe perils of technology deprived Twitter users of Nigel Adkins’s daily video diaries this week, his #breakfastwithnige pick-me-ups – poc…

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Sadio Mané: ‘I wanted to build a hospital to give people hope’

A new documentary shows how much the Liverpool striker was influenced by his father’s early death and why he is funding a hospital back in SenegalOf all the remarkable stories in the new documentary about Sadio Mané, there is one that stands out. From …

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Jimmy Greaves in hospital as fears grow for England World Cup winner’s health

Tottenham confirm news about their record goalscorerGreaves suffered a severe stroke in May 2015Tottenham’s all-time top scorer Jimmy Greaves is currently receiving treatment in hospital, the club have confirmed.Nobody has scored more top-flight goals …

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Remembering Raddy Antic: a hero from Atlético Madrid to Luton

He was the only man to manage Real, Barcelona and Atlético but will be remembered most for his goal that sent David Pleat skipping across the pitch like a kangaroo in 1983Radomir Antic made a lot of people very happy, and David Pleat was just one of th…

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‘It’s maths for dummies’: how wages debate is viewed inside the game

With discussion raging over player pay, players, chairmen and an agent reveal what they’re really thinkingPremier League player: Ryan Bertrand SouthamptonWe’ve heard a lot about this figure of 30% – the cuts that the Premier League would like players t…

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José Mourinho and Tottenham players break coronavirus rules to train

Manager seen with Tanguy Ndombele on London commonDavinson Sánchez and Ryan Sessegnon shown jogging togetherCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJosé Mourinho and members of his Tottenham squad have been pictured on Hadley Common…