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Rangers crash out after Dejan Ljubicic fires late winner for Rapid Vienna

Rangers’ dreams of reaching the Europa League last 32 were extinguished as they failed to get the victory they needed to edge out Rapid Vienna.Victory in the Austrian capital would have extended the Ibrox side’s remarkable run beyond Christmas. But the…

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Olivier Giroud’s superb free-kick earns Chelsea draw at Vidi

Olivier Giroud saved Chelsea from an embarrassing Europa League defeat at Vidi but they left Budapest counting the cost of a knee injury to Alvaro Morata.Willian’s free-kick after 30 minutes was cancelled out immediately by an Ethan Ampadu own goal and…

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Celtic v RB Salzburg: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-offLive scores: keep up to date with all the Europa League goalsEmail Simon with any thoughts or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.05pm GMT The team sheets are in, and these are the names upon them:Celtic: Gordon, Lusti…

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Arsenal v Qarabag: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 8pm GMT kick-ofLive scores: keep up to date with all the Europa League goalsEmail Paul with any thoughts or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.00pm GMT Arsenal: Martinez; Jenkinson, Sokratis, Koscielny, Maitland-Niles; Elneny, Willock,…

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Gareth Farrelly: ‘It was a toxic, bullying culture for young players at Aston Villa’

Midfielder turned lawyer claims coach Kevin MacDonald left a ‘dark shadow’ over players at Villa and says it drove him to suicidal thoughts“It was a culture of verbal and physical bullying, but there were no checks and balances; he operated with “impun…

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Aston Villa remove Kevin MacDonald from coaching after new bullying claims

• Gareth Farrelly alleges he and others were targeted in 1990s• Villa launch independent investigation and report claims to FAAston Villa have suspended their long-serving youth coach Kevin MacDonald from working with players, after a former graduate o…

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Sterling’s racism ordeal was ugly but reaction has been oddly instructive | Eni Aluko

Fallout from the Manchester City forward’s complaint about the media scrutiny black players face has been hearteningThis week could be a eureka moment for football. Most of the reaction to Raheem Sterling’s claims that parts of the media have racially …

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Rapid Vienna v Rangers: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the final group game in ViennaGriffiths takes break from Celtic to tackle off-field problemsAnd feel free to email scott.murray@theguardian.com 5.13pm GMT Steven Gerrard makes seven changes to the team that couldn’t break dow…

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Vidi v Chelsea: Europa League – live!

Europa League updates from the 5.55pm GMT kick-offThe Recap: sign up for our weekly email of editors’ picksAnd feel free to email Michael or tweet @michaelbutler18 5.11pm GMT Veni, vidi, vici. Chelsea have conquered all before them in this season’s Eur…

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David Squires on … the A-League’s expansion plans

Our cartoonist runs the rule over the two successful applicants – and the four bids that failedIf you like David’s cartoons, buy his new book Goalless Draws Continue reading…

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The Fiver | Triumphant and in a slightly more advanced state of decomposition

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!At around the same time on Wednesday that a sorry band of discontented millionaires held a weird gathering that enabled their leader to stagger on with dwindling confidence for no useful purpose, membe…

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Regular female-led football coverage ‘generations’ away, says Jacqui Oatley

• Broadcaster supports Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign• Fewer than a third of 2018 major sport roles filled by womenThe sports broadcaster Jacqui Oatley has said it will take “a couple of generations” before women working in football as reporters,…

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Leeds United’s season unlikely to be affected by fate of Eleven Sports

• Owner Andrea Radrizzani runs struggling streaming service• Club confident Marcelo Bielsa’s push for promotion is still onFears that Leeds United’s promotion push might be derailed by the potential closure of Eleven Sports UK, the streaming service ru…

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Liverpool walked the title 30 years ago but never bullied Manchester United

Manchester United were always underdogs at Anfield in the 1980s but they usually showed enough heart to earn a resultBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogEven during Liverpool’s decade of dominance, their record against Manchester United was relativ…

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Mollie and Rosie Kmita: the twins ‘breaking the mould’ for women in football – video

Twitter UK has launched a new #WomenInFootball campaign with sisters Rosie and Mollie Kmita telling the story of how they ‘broke the mould’ to earn respect in their sport. Rosie, a professional footballer at West Ham, and Mollie who plays for Gillingha…

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Jacqui Oatley: women’s football is generations away from equality, but it’s getting there – video

Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley believes it will take ‘a couple of generations’ to make football a more equal environment, but that change can already been seen in the women’s game. In a short film – part of series produced for Twitter UK as part o…

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Martin Glenn resigns as chief executive of FA

CEO will leave after four years after 2018-19 seasonFootball Association chairman Greg Clarke pays tribute Martin Glenn has resigned as the Football Association’s chief executive and will leave his role at the end of this season.Glenn started in the jo…

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How Fifa’s clampdown on loan deals may affect Premier League clubs

Fifa wants to prevent clubs from stockpiling young players and using the loan system for ‘commercial exploitation’By Gavin Willacy for Playing in the ShadowsReserve team football in England may start to look very different when Fifa introduce their new…

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Hand of clod? Brexit and Theresa May divide England’s 1986 World Cup squad

Peter Shilton and Peter Reid at odds over Jacob Rees-Mogg Gary Lineker tells Chris Waddle to ‘stick to football’ after tweetBrexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to E…

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Bury bank on new owner to end financial misery at historic club

Little is known about ‘very successful businessman’ Steve Dale, who has taken over League Two club paddling to stay afloatBury football club announced a takeover on Tuesday, saying the owner, the Lancashire?based property developer Stewart Day, had han…