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How Covid returned English football’s resources debate to centre stage

Coronavirus has shone an unforgiving spotlight on the game’s structure and inequalities that can be traced back over 30 yearsThe coronavirus crisis has presented English football with an opportunity to reset its structure and values. But it has been he…

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Premier League will lobby Ifab to change controversial handball laws

Premier League hope for review at end of seasonPGMOL plans to roll out tweaked version this weekendThe Premier League will lobby the rule-making body Ifab to change the handball laws following the controversial penalty awarded against Tottenham’s Eric …

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What crisis? Europe’s top clubs spend £2.5bn on players in transfer window

Premier League spends more than £1bn despite drop in incomeSee all the deals in the Guardian’s transfer interactiveEurope’s top five leagues have spent more than £2.5bn during the transfer window, with more than £1bn of that coming from the Premier Lea…

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‘A real coup’: Aston Villa sign Ross Barkley on season’s loan from Chelsea

‘I am certain he will thrive here,’ says Dean SmithMidfielder has made three appearances this seasonAston Villa have signed Ross Barkley on a season’s loan from Chelsea. The 26-year-old midfielder has made three appearances in this campaign, scoring on…

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‘We were having fun’: Lampard and Mourinho on touchline row – video

José Mourinho and Frank Lampard have explained their touchline squabble in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup victory over Chelsea.’I commented on the fact that he seemed to speak to the referee more than his players,’ said Lampard after the pair were seen arguin…

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Premier League referees to be more lenient on handball after outcry

Officials allowed more leeway when making decisions Eric Dier incident would still have led to a spot-kickPremier League referees are to take a lenient approach to applying the new handball law after an outcry from across the game.This season there hav…

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Premier League to pay for compulsory Covid tests for EFL opponents in cups

Policy applies to FA Cup and to Carabao Cup after this weekTop-flight teams agree to use points per game if season curtailedThe Premier League is to pay for Covid-19 testing for EFL opponents in cup competitions this season. Under the terms of an arran…

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David Squires on … being trapped in a Premier League fever dream

Armpits! Penalties after full-time whistles! Everton! Our cartoonist is struggling to wake up right nowBuy a copy of this cartoon in the Guardian print shopAnd take a look through David’s archive of cartoons Continue reading…

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Deadly Dychonomics: Premier League clubs won’t care if EFL teams go under | Jonathan Liew

Why would English football’s elite worry about propping up a system they have spent years actively seeking to obliterate?One by one, they lined up to condemn the madness. “It’s certainly destroying my enjoyment of the game of football,” said Roy Hodgso…

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Liverpool force Arsenal into familiar stranglehold in glimpse of old times | Barney Ronay

Andy Robertson summed up Liverpool’s triumph of will as they overwhelmed Arsenal in the season’s best opening half-hourWelcome back, then, English football; or at least something that looked quite a bit like it. For long periods this was another strang…

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek may leave Chelsea on loan, says Frank Lampard

Ruben Loftus-Cheek could play in Carabao Cup against Spurs‘I want to find the best path for Ruben and for us’Frank Lampard has said Chelsea are considering whether to aid Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s rehabilitation from an achilles injury by sending the midfie…

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Diogo Jota makes his mark as Liverpool prove too strong for Arsenal

Liverpool made it three wins out of three to join Leicester and Everton at the top of the table after coming from behind to beat Arsenal, consigning Mikel Arteta’s side to their first defeat of the season.Coming from behind makes it sound as if Arsenal…

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Aston Villa keep up winning start and leave Fulham looking out of their depth

It was hard not to feel sorry for Bobby Decordova-Reid as he saw the claret and blue shirts swarming towards him. The Fulham winger knew his hopes of sparking a counterattack were fading. Decordova-Reid had no support from his teammates and he could do…

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Liverpool v Arsenal: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm BST kick-offTen talking points from the Premier League weekendAnd feel free to email Rob with your thoughts 7.31pm BST “Under Arteta, Arsenal seem to have coherent strategies,” writes Juan. “Team selection is easy to…

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Handball law gives Fifa consistency and fans something to rail against | Paul MacInnes

Change is meant to remove ambiguity so referees need not decide whether a player touched the ball deliberatelyIn these troubled times, scraps of normality glint like a jewel in the dirt. Three cheers, then, for a weekend when the football discourse was…

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Another handball horror show, Calvert-Lewin is benefiting from Ancelotti effect and sentiment alone will not save LampardOle Gunnar Solskjær said Manchester United had “three or four weeks to catch up to a few teams”, and how it showed. United could no…

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Arsenal ready to compromise to get result at Liverpool, says Mikel Arteta

Gunners have conceded 20 goals in past five visits to AnfieldArteta: ‘I’m here to win. We have to be able to adapt’Mikel Arteta has admitted he and Arsenal have to compromise on some of their footballing principles to get results against the Premier Le…

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Jarrod Bowen fires double as West Ham sweep Wolves aside

There was no need for David Moyes to hide behind the sofa. Forced to self-isolate after testing positive for covid-19 last week, West Ham’s manager settled down and watched his players lift their troubled club’s mood, crushing Wolves with a performance…

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Pep Guardiola questions Manchester City’s belief after drubbing by Leicester

• ‘We started to think we were playing bad,’ says manager• Brendan Rodgers full of praise for Leicester’s tactical disciplinePep Guardiola said Manchester City’s 5-2 humbling by Leicester was a result of his players lacking stability and belief, after …

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‘It’s a nonsense’: Newcastle’s Steve Bruce hits out at handball rule

Magpies drew 1-1 at Tottenham thanks to late penaltyEric Dier was penalised for handball after Andy Carroll’s headerSteve Bruce described the combination of VAR and football’s new handball rules as “nonsense” despite seeing it earn his Newcastle side a…