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Wesley and El Ghazi sink Everton to get Aston Villa up and running

It turns out that Dean Smith was right to call for calm and a sense of perspective. “What are we coming to if we’re judging players after two games?”asked the Aston Villa manager on the eve of this game in response to questions about the performances o…

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Company which bought Bury debt reported to be owned by partner of Dale’s daughter

• MP calls for investigation into deal which proved vital• Debt purchase gave company crucial vote in favour of CVAA company which bought a £7m debt owed by Bury for £70,000, and was then able to wield a crucial vote in favour of the club’s company vol…

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Manchester United boss hails Paul Pogba’s ‘strong character’ amid racist abuse – video

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has praised Paul Pogba’s character after the Frenchman was racially abused online following his penalty miss against Wolves.Speaking ahead of Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace, Solskjær c…

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Aston Villa v Everton: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offTen things to look for in the Premier League this weekendAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him @NickAmes82 7.13pm BST Marco Silva:“Our goal is to do better than last season, it’s something we must do. …

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Twitter and racist abuse in football: how can it be tackled? | Paul MacInnes

Abuse of Pogba, Méïte and Abraham has again put social media in the spotlight. Action is needed but solutions are complicatedOn Monday Paul Pogba missed a penalty for Manchester United against Wolves and the match ended as a draw. Shortly afterwards, a…

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Bury stalwart Jill Neville urges Steve Dale to give up control of club in letter

• Neville resigned as club secretary after 35 years’ service• Bury must meet EFL’s Friday midnight deadlineJill Neville, the former Bury football club secretary who resigned last week after 35 years’ service, wrote to the owner Steve Dale when she left…

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‘Real speed up front – wow!’: Klopp on Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal – video

Jürgen Klopp says Liverpool must be brave if they are to clinch three points against Arsenal. The European champions host the London side – the only other team in the Premier League to have won each of their opening two matches – at Anfield in an intri…

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Brighton v Southampton: match preview

Southampton lost their opening two matches but tend to be tricky opposition for Brighton and will surely fancy their chances after Graham Potter’s attacking revolution stalled against West Ham. Kevin Danso could also debut to refresh Ralph Hassenhüttl’…

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Norwich v Chelsea: match preview

Daniel Farke found himself in the odd situation of having to play down expectations before Chelsea’s visit to Carrow Road. “Listen, we spent less than £1m this summer,” he said, “Chelsea are the Europa League winners. We remain underdogs.” That the Ger…

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The Fiver | Less fun than a wet Saturday trailing around the Metrocentre?

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!It breaks the heart when kith and kin turn upon one another. So imagine the devastation on Tyneside as two Geordie legends go hammer and tongs, and on the eve of such a big game as well. Newcastle slin…

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Sheffield United v Leicester: match preview

Sheffield United have enjoyed an impressive reintroduction to Premier League life but their manager, Chris Wilder, is rightly wary about the threat posed by Jamie Vardy. Like Wilder, Leicester’s star striker, is from Sheffield and began his career in n…

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Rangers punished for sectarian chants with Ibrox part-closure

• Uefa order club to keep at least 3,000 Ibrox seats empty• Rangers drew 0-0 in Poland in Europa League first legRangers have been ordered to close a section of Ibrox when they host Legia Warsaw after Uefa ruled some of their fans were guilty of “racis…

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Liverpool v Arsenal: match preview

Both teams have made a 100% start to the new season but it will require a first win at Anfield for seven years, or a rare display of substance at least, for the visitors’ credentials to be taken seriously. Arsenal’s last three visits to Liverpool have …

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Watford v West Ham: match preview

Pre-season has not had the cleansing effect Watford would have hoped. The blistering downward spiral of results from the end of last season has bled into this. Javi Gracia needs a spark and Ismaïla Sarr’s defence-shredding pace could be exactly that if…

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace: match preview

After two matches the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to play is clear and he will hope this high-energy pressing game can break down Crystal Palace. Roy Hodgson’s side lost at Sheffield United last time out and are seeking to bounce b…

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Bury’s future hangs in the balance: weekend football countdown – live!

Shakers await fate amid threat of extinction after 135 yearsJames Bentley: losing Bury would devastate a communityYou can email Barry or tweet @bglendenning or post BTL 11.08am BST Related: ‘We need to protect individuals’: Solskjær on racist abuse of…

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‘We need to protect individuals’: Solskjær on racist abuse of Pogba

Manchester United to meet Twitter to discuss abuse of players‘Social media is a place where people can hide behind fake Ids’Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes Paul Pogba’s “strong character” will not be affected despite the racist abuse he suffered after mis…

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Bury’s future hangs in the balance: weekend football countdown – live!

Shakers await fate amid threat of extinction after 135 yearsJames Bentley: losing Bury would devastate a communityYou can email Barry or tweet @bglendenning or post BTL 10.45am BST Liverpool: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has inked a new deal committing him …

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Football transfer rumours: Fernando Llorente to Manchester United?

Today’s tell-all is in a dusty black coat with a red right handAre Manchester United interested in signing Fernando Llorente? Well, nobody seems quite sure. A report in pink Italian paper the Gazzetta dello Sport claims the 34-year-old Spanish striker …

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

A crunch clash at Anfield, early pressure for Steve Bruce as Newcastle visit Spurs and Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s Palace reunionThis is where it gets serious for Arsenal. They have made a solid start, seeing off Newcastle and Burnley by one-goal margins, and …