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Champions League: FA in talks over relocating final as Turkey joins red list

Manchester City and Chelsea fans affected by moveFA in talks with Uefa over bringing final to the UKThe Football Association is in talks with Uefa over relocating the Champions League final to England after Turkey was placed on the UK government’s trav…

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Fifa to bring in concussion spotters for Qatar World Cup

Spotters will be at a football World Cup for first timeFifa medical director: ‘It will make things a lot safer’Concussion spotters, whose job is to identify from the stands possible brain injuries, are to be introduced at the World Cup next year.Spotte…

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Istanbul to keep Champions League final despite two English teams

Chelsea and Manchester City set to get 4,000 tickets eachTurkey under lockdown as UK plans travel policy updateUefa has no plans to shift the venue of the Champions League final from Istanbul, which is to be contested by two English clubs, despite Turk…

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Istanbul to keep Champions League final despite two English teams

Chelsea and Manchester City set to get 4,000 tickets eachTurkey under lockdown as UK plans travel policy updateUefa has no plans to shift the venue of the Champions League final from Istanbul, which is to be contested by two English clubs, despite Turk…

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Get children back in swimming pools is message from Swim England

Many schools yet to restart swimming lessons post-lockdown200 pools have closed permanently since start of pandemicChildren are being urged to go back to the swimming pool after figures showed more than two million schoolchildren in England lost out on…

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No away fans allowed at final Premier League games of the season

Up to 10,000 fans due to return to stadiums from 17 MaySummer transfer window to fall in line with rest of EuropeThe Premier League has decided not to allow away supporters into matches when the long-awaited return of fans begins this month. Up to 10,0…

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No away fans allowed at final Premier League games of the season

Up to 10,000 fans due to return to stadiums from 17 MaySummer transfer window to fall in line with rest of EuropeThe Premier League has decided not to allow away supporters into matches when the long-awaited return of fans begins this month. Up to 10,0…

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No away fans allowed at final Premier League games of the season

Up to 10,000 fans due to return to stadiums from 17 MaySummer transfer window to fall in line with rest of EuropeThe Premier League has decided not to allow away supporters into matches when the long-awaited return of fans begins this month. Up to 10,0…

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No away fans allowed at final Premier League games of the season

Up to 10,000 fans due to return to stadiums from 17 MaySummer transfer window to fall in line with rest of EuropeThe Premier League has decided not to allow away supporters into matches when the long-awaited return of fans begins this month. Up to 10,0…

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Premier League preparing measures to stop threat of breakaway leagues

New rules to ‘ensure principles’ of league are protected FA and Pemier League launch official inquiry into Super League The Premier League has laid out the first stage of its response to the failed plans for a European Super League, insisting the six b…

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Crucial vote on major Champions League changes postponed by Uefa

Uefa claims it needs more time to ‘finalise’ discussionsDisagreements remain between governing body and ECAThe crucial vote on controversial reforms to the Champions League has been postponed at the last minute, after Uefa claimed it needed more time t…

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‘Get your trainers on’: public urged to resume sport after lockdown

Facilities allowed to reopen from MondayGovernment hopes for increase in exerciseEngland has been urged to “get its trainers on” and comply with medical advice on exercise, with the prime minister joining a series of English sports stars in cajoling th…

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FA pledges £180m of grassroots funding to boost football’s Covid-19 recovery

‘Pitch Power’ app will help ground staff maintain surfacesFA aims for ‘visionary, strategic view over next four years’The Football Association is to look at new formats for football matches and will encourage ground staff to maintain their pitches via …

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Football in England to introduce new rules on heading this summer

Two studies will dictate the details of new protocolsLiverpool and Manchester City involved in first studyEnglish football will implement new protocols for heading in the professional game this summer, following the announcement of two new studies into…

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Stephanie Davis reaches Olympics less than three years after first marathon

Glaswegian part-timer set for Tokyo after personal best at Kew39-year-old Chris Thompson books place with win in men’s raceStephanie Davis, a part-time athlete who ran her first marathon less than three years ago, will represent Great Britain at the Ol…

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Athletes unhappy at British Gymnastics’ slow response to abuse allegations

Gymnasts told to wait until December for responseGroup of 17 pursuing action over abuse from coachesAthletes who have made allegations of physical and psychological abuse against British Gymnastics have been told to wait until December for a response t…

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Fifa takes no action over Norway protest as FA voices Qatar concerns

Norway players championed human rights in QatarFA sees ‘much more to be done’ over migrant workersNorway’s players will not be penalised by Fifa for championing human rights in Qatar. Confirmation emerged as the English Football Association indicated a…

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Football’s financial fair play rules to be ripped up after Covid crisis

Break-even measure declared ‘purposeless’ by UefaNew rules likely to focus more on wages and feesFootball’s financial fair play rules are to undergo dramatic change, with the key break-even measure declared “purposeless” by Uefa. With Covid-19 creating…

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‘We want the best’: Jamaica turn to England-raised talent in glory hunt

Reggae Boyz squad contains six new England-born players and more look set to follow as country plots World Cup course“It’s not quite what we are accustomed to, but we are making the most of it,” says Michael Ricketts of the climate in Wiener Neustadt, …

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Football ‘doesn’t want to think it can be a killer’, Dawn Astle tells MPs

Footballer’s daughter delivers excoriating testimony Parliamentary committee told sport failed to protect playersCampaigners for action against neuro-degenerative disease in football have delivered excoriating testimony against the game’s authorities, …