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Stress, spanners and dismay: another glimpse behind Sunderland’s curtain

Second series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die starts on Wednesday and if an Old Etonian proves entertaining, the fans are the real starsA BBC film crew working on a Sir David Attenborough wildlife documentary once sparked controversy by rescuing several pengu…

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Players’ refusal to compete could stall return of Premier League and EFL

Footballers concerned about health risks and insurance policiesPremier League, EFL and PFA to hold further talks next weekCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageAttempts to resume the Premier League and English Football League s…

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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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Football quiz: stadiums of yore

Who flew The Nest? Who hosted the Spice Girls? Who was amused?More quizzes: sliding doors, globetrotters and La Liga in the 1990sWho are the only British club to have played home matches in a stadium that has also hosted gigs by U2, the Rolling Stones,…

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Brighton promise 1,000 match tickets to NHS workers and ask clubs to follow suit

Brighton start club-to-club baton approach for initiativeProject for Premier League, EFL, Scotland and Northern IrelandCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageBrighton have started an initiative for clubs in the Premier League, E…

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When football played on during world war one and inflamed a London derby

The 1914-15 season, which was played out to the backdrop of a world war, is one of the most controversial in historyBy Richard Foster for the Guardian Sport NetworkThese are unprecedented times, but the Football League also had to face the prospect of …

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Premier League clubs urged by Gillingham to give £50m to struggling teams

Chairman Paul Scally wants help for League One and Two clubsScally says coronavirus crisis is ‘time of reckoning for football’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coveragePremier League clubs have been urged by the Gillingham chairman…

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Football faces endless conundrums when the game finally restarts | Ed Aarons

The coronavirus crisis has instilled a spirit of unity among football’s leaders – but the sport’s calendar has been shreddedAs Gareth Southgate put it so eloquently, this is hardly the moment for football to take centre stage. Yet after a week in which…

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Football faces endless conundrums when the game finally restarts | Ed Aarons

The coronavirus crisis has instilled a spirit of unity among football’s leaders – but the sport’s calendar has been shreddedAs Gareth Southgate put it so eloquently, this is hardly the moment for football to take centre stage. Yet after a week in which…

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English football should prepare for a new financial reality after coronavirus

The pandemic will have a huge financial impact on footballers, with many already fearful of losing their livelihoodsBy Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsThe decision of Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous to lay off all non-playing staff at the club …

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The forgotten story of … English football’s suspension dilemma in 1947

A harsh winter and government push to end midweek sport to drive up post-war productivity put the season in doubt and led to a mid-June finishPrecisely 73 years ago last week the Football League met to discuss a serious problem that had thrown the enti…

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EFL announces £50m relief package for clubs in response to coronavirus

League board meeting agrees short-term funding boostEFL hopes to complete season ‘at the appropriate time’Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageThe English Football League has announced a £50m short-term relief package to assis…

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Premier League and EFL working to help crisis-hit clubs, says FA

Chief executive Mark Bullingham aware of impending struggle‘We are having lots of conversations with stakeholders’The Football Association is working with the Premier League, EFL and the government to consider how help can be provided to clubs falling …

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Premier League and EFL working to help crisis-hit clubs, says FA

Chief executive Mark Bullingham aware of impending struggle‘We are having lots of conversations with stakeholders’The Football Association is working with the Premier League, EFL and the government to consider how help can be provided to clubs falling …

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British clubs plunged into uncertainty after football closes down

Players contracts could run out before season finishedMikel Arteta: ‘Well done PL for making the right decisions’British football is facing a crisis unprecedented in the modern era after the postponement of the league seasons in England and Scotland pl…

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English football’s shutdown until April means season may never be completed

Suspension of Premier League and EFL provides ‘holding period’European Championships set to be postponed until 2021Senior administrators in football already accept that the postponement of the season due to coronavirus is very likely to last longer tha…

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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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EFL clubs fear for future if coronavirus forces behind-closed-doors games

Clubs will follow advice and put public health firstBut worries rise over financial impact for someThe EFL has told the government that some clubs fear going out of business if games have to be played behind closed doors as a response to the coronaviru…

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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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Review into Bury’s demise offers painful reminder of the need for FFP

League One and Two owners are able to inflate wages beyond clubs’ means, and if their money dries up it can be terminalIn the days after Manchester City received their two-year Champions League ban for overstating their sponsorships, Uefa’s “financial …