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‘A great addition’: Aston Villa seal record signing of Norwich’s Emiliano Buendía

Midfielder joins for Villa record £30m plus add-onsDean Smith describes Buendía as ‘an exciting signing’Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of the midfielder Emiliano Buendía from Norwich for a club record £30m plus add-ons that could take the fee t…

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Georginio Wijnaldum aiming to take PSG ‘even higher’ after sealing move

Midfielder a free agent after leaving LiverpoolPSG hijacked proposed transfer to BarcelonaGeorginio Wijnaldum has joined Paris St Germain on a three-year contract following his departure from Liverpool.The Netherlands midfielder, who turns 31 in Novemb…

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Chelsea return 800 Champions League tickets amid fan anger at cost and rules

Fans accuse Uefa over restrictions for final in PortoCST board member: ‘Selling tickets for €400 is outrageous’Chelsea have returned more than 800 tickets out of their allocation of 5,800 for the Champions League final with Manchester City in Porto. Th…

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Chelsea return 800 Champions League tickets amid fan anger at cost and rules

Fans accuse Uefa over restrictions for final in PortoCST board member: ‘Selling tickets for €400 is outrageous’Chelsea have returned more than 800 tickets out of their allocation of 5,800 for the Champions League final with Manchester City in Porto. Th…

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Premier League clubs’ spending on agents’ fees rises to £272m amid Covid

Chelsea the biggest spenders at £35,247,822Only Gillingham did not pay agents among top four divisions Chelsea were the biggest Premier League spenders on agents’ fees in the 12 months to the start of February 2021, data released by the Football Associ…

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Frank Worthington, former England forward, dies aged 72

He played for more than 20 clubs including LeicesterWorthington’s international caps were won in 1974The former England forward Frank Worthington has died at the age of 72 after a long illness, his family have said.Worthington played for more than 20 c…

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Europa League: Manchester United land Granada, Arsenal face Slavia Prague

United will play Ajax or Roma if they progressSlavia have knocked out Rangers and LeicesterManchester United have been handed a Europa League quarter-final against Granada and Arsenal will take on Slavia Prague, who have defeated Rangers and Leicester …

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Birmingham appoint Lee Bowyer to replace Aitor Karanka as head coach

Karanka ‘steps down’ with club in relegation dangerBowyer ‘delighted’ to be back and took Tuesday trainingBirmingham have appointed Lee Bowyer as their head coach after parting company with Aitor Karanka.The club said Karanka had “stepped down” after t…

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‘Proud to wear this shirt’: Cavani dispels father’s talk of Manchester United exit

Uruguayan forward posts message on InstagramCavani’s father had hinted at return to South AmericaEdinson Cavani says he is proud to wear the Manchester United shirt after his father had suggested the striker could be set to quit the club and move back …

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Premier League confirms it will televise all games until fans return

Games on Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBCBrighton chief executive preparing for no fans this seasonThe Premier League has announced it will extend its policy of showing all matches live on UK television until fans return to stadiums.Con…

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José Mourinho ‘surprised’ by events that led to Gareth Bale absence at Everton

Tottenham forward had scan after ‘not feeling comfortable’‘I don’t think it is an obvious injury,’ manager saysJosé Mourinho has expressed surprise at the events that led to Gareth Bale declaring himself unavailable for Tottenham’s FA Cup tie at Everto…

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Ian Wright ‘disappointed’ after racial abuser escapes criminal conviction

Former footballer critical of judge’s responseSouthampton’s Alex Jankewitz racially abused onlineIan Wright has expressed disappointment after an Irish teenager who admitted racially abusing him escaped a criminal conviction.Patrick O’Brien, of Tralee,…

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Footballers criticised as ‘brainless’ for hugging in goal celebrations amid Covid

MP Julian Knight says it gives ‘awful message’Players have been asked to avoid unnecessary contactFootballers who have continued to hug when celebrating goals despite the worsening coronavirus crisis have been “brainless”, according to the chair of the…

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Footballers criticised as ‘brainless’ for hugging in goal celebrations amid Covid

MP Julian Knight says it gives ‘awful message’Players have been asked to avoid unnecessary contactFootballers who have continued to hug when celebrating goals despite the worsening coronavirus crisis have been “brainless”, according to the chair of the…

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Phil Neville approached by Inter Miami to leave Team GB plans in doubt

England coach in running to take over Beckham’s MLS sideNeville was expected to lead Team GB at Tokyo OlympicsThe England Women coach, Phil Neville, has been approached by Inter Miami about the managerial role at the Major League Soccer side.Inter Miam…

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Joey Barton leaves role as Fleetwood Town manager

38-year-old leaves with League One club in 10th placeHad been in charge at Highbury Stadium since April 2018Joey Barton has left his role as Fleetwood’s manager, the League One club have announced.The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR midfielde…

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Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani gets three-game ban over Instagram post

Manchester United striker gets minimum sanction from FAClub say Cavani had no racist intent in using word ‘negrito’Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a misconduct c…

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Kieran Trippier banned for 10 weeks for breaching FA’s betting rules

Atlético Madrid and England defender denied wrongdoingTrippier cannot play again until 1 MarchKieran Trippier has been suspended for 10 weeks and fined £70,000 for breaching the Football Association’s betting rules.It means the Atlético Madrid and Engl…

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Rotherham game off and 32 positive tests at top women’s clubs amid Covid

Rotherham’s Championship game at Middlesbrough offPositive tests in top two women’s divisions rise from four The growing disruption to football caused by Covid-19 was underlined on Wednesday when Rotherham’s Championship match at Middlesbrough on Boxin…

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Wales climb into Nations League top tier with victory over 10-man Finland

Wales 3-1 Finland (Wilson 29, James 45, Moore 84; Pukki 63)Belgium and Italy seal places in next year’s four-team finalsWales secured promotion to the top tier of the Nations League with a 3-1 win over 10-man Finland.Harry Wilson and Daniel James score…