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Premier League clubs in record £1.4 bn transfer window

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London (AFP) – English Premier League clubs spent a record £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion, 1.5 billion euros) on players in a summer transfer window but were still living “well within their means” according to figures published by football analysts Deloitte on Friday.

The window, which closed in England on Thursday, also saw teams from English football’s top tier set a new deadline day spending record of £210 million.

FA under pressure over allegations against head coach

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London (AFP) – English football’s ruling body the Football Association on Tuesday came under increasing pressure to hold another enquiry over allegations made by women’s football star Eniola Aluko against England head coach Mark Sampson.

The FA through an independent enquiry cleared Sampson, who recently guided England to the Euro 2017 semi-finals which included a famous win over bitter rivals Germany, of racial discrimination, bullying and harassment of Aluko last year.

Aston Villa sign veteran defender Samba

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London (AFP) – Veteran Congo international defender Christopher Samba penned a one-year deal with English second-tier side Aston Villa on Thursday after impressing coach Steve Bruce on a trial.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos in January and will bring with him a wealth of experience of English football having spent five years at Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012.

Aston Villa sign veteran defender Samba

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London (AFP) – Veteran Congo international defender Christopher Samba penned a one-year deal with English second-tier side Aston Villa on Thursday after impressing coach Steve Bruce on a trial.

The 33-year-old was a free agent after leaving Greek club Panathinaikos in January and will bring with him a wealth of experience of English football having spent five years at Blackburn Rovers between 2007 and 2012.

West Ham agree terms with Leverkusen for Chicharito

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London (AFP) – West Ham United confirmed on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old throughout the summer, and they’ve now agreed a fee of around £16 million ($20.

West Ham agree terms with Leverkusen for Chicharito

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London (AFP) – West Ham United confirmed on Thursday that they’ve reached an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

The Premier League side have been chasing the 29-year-old throughout the summer, and they’ve now agreed a fee of around £16 million ($20.

Thousands mourn as body of Tiote brought home

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Abidjan (AFP) – Around a thousand fans and some twenty international teammates were present at Abidjan airport on Thursday to pay their respects as the body of football star Cheick Tiote, who died in China earlier this month aged 30, was brought home.

A key member of the Ivory Coast team which ended a 23-year drought in winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, his manager from that time Herve Renard had made the trip as had teammates Salomon Kalou, Kader Keita and Wilfried Bony.

Ex-Russia boss Leonid Slutsky named Hull City coach

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London (AFP) – Relegated Hull appointed Leonid Slutsky as their new coach on Friday, the ex-CSKA Moscow boss becoming the first Russian to hold a managerial position in English football.

The 46-year-old, who also was in charge of Russia at Euro 2016 whilst still at CSKA, replaces Marco Silva, who left after City were relegated from the Premier League last season and has since joined Watford.

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler’s penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner’s side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Huddersfield promoted to Premier League after penalty drama

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London (AFP) – Huddersfield Town won promotion to the Premier League in dramatic fashion as Christopher Schindler’s penalty sealed a 4-3 shoot-out victory over Reading in the Championship play-off final on Monday.

David Wagner’s side will play in the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years after holding their nerve in the nerve-shredding penalty shoot-out that followed a tense 0-0 draw at Wembley.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield at Wembley

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

Wagner eyes fairytale promotion for Huddersfield

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London (AFP) – David Wagner insists Huddersfield are ready to hit the Premier League jackpot as his unfashionable club face Reading in a £200 million ($256 million) shoot-out in Monday’s Championship play-off final.

Wagner is aiming to take his team into the English top-flight for the first time in 45 years and the Huddersfield boss is well aware how out of place the Terriers would look among the Premier League aristocracy.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

FA chief defends Pogba deal but calls for transfer debate

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London (AFP) – English football’s top administrator has defended the world record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United that is now the subject of an investigation by FIFA, the global game’s governing body.

The France midfielder’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) from Italian club Juventus to the English giants in August 2016 has come under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent will earn some £41 million from the deal.

‘Fed up’ Harry Redknapp takes Birmingham job

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London (AFP) – Veteran English manager Harry Redknapp said he had returned to football as the new boss of Championship strugglers Birmingham City on Tuesday because he was “fed up” with his time away from the sport.

The 70-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur boss has replaced Gianfranco Zola, whose dismal four months in charge of second-tier Birmingham ended on Monday with the Italian declaring “I sacked myself”.

Watford to face Villa in Taylor tribute

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London (AFP) – Watford will salute their former manager Graham Taylor, who died earlier this year, with a memorial friendly against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor’s passing in January at the age of 72 sparked tributes from across the world of football and Watford have decided to play an annual pre-season fixture for the ‘Graham Taylor Trophy’ against other teams coached by the former England boss.

Watford to face Villa in Taylor tribute

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London (AFP) – Watford will salute their former manager Graham Taylor, who died earlier this year, with a memorial friendly against Aston Villa on July 29.

Taylor’s passing in January at the age of 72 sparked tributes from across the world of football and Watford have decided to play an annual pre-season fixture for the ‘Graham Taylor Trophy’ against other teams coached by the former England boss.

English FA set for shake-up as council backs reform plans

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London (AFP) – Plans to restructure the Football Association have been approved unanimously by its council, English football’s governing body said Wednesday.

A vote on the scheme, which is designed to make those running English football more representative of the game as a whole, took place just an hour into a meeting at Wembley Stadium.

English FA set for shake-up as council backs reform plans

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London (AFP) – Plans to restructure the Football Association have been approved unanimously by its council, English football’s governing body said Wednesday.

A vote on the scheme, which is designed to make those running English football more representative of the game as a whole, took place just an hour into a meeting at Wembley Stadium.

Britos pushes Sunderland closer to the drop

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Miguel Britos scored his first goal in English football as Watford beat Sunderland 1-0 Saturday to nudge the basement club nearer relegation from the Premier League.

Defeat at Vicarage Road left Sunderland seven points from safety, with just nine league games remaining.

Ex Disney chief in Portsmouth takeover talks

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London (AFP) – The billionaire former chairman of US entertainment giant the Walt Disney Corporation is in talks to buy English fourth-tier club Portsmouth, the south coast side has confirmed.

Following a report in The News, Portsmouth’s local newspaper, that American media mogul Michael Eisner was looking to complete a takeover, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, which owns the club, said in a statement issued Wednesday: “Due to the current interest from Mr Eisner the PST are suspending voting rights for all new Members.

Ex Disney chief in Portsmouth takeover talks

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London (AFP) – The billionaire former chairman of US entertainment giant the Walt Disney Corporation is in talks to buy English fourth-tier club Portsmouth, the south coast side has confirmed.

Following a report in The News, Portsmouth’s local newspaper, that American media mogul Michael Eisner was looking to complete a takeover, the Portsmouth Supporters Trust, which owns the club, said in a statement issued Wednesday: “Due to the current interest from Mr Eisner the PST are suspending voting rights for all new Members.

Man Utd charged over FA Cup tie conduct

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Man Utd charged over FA Cup tie conduct

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Man United charged with failing to control players: FA

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Man United charged with failing to control players: FA

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London (AFP) – Manchester United were charged on Tuesday by the Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during the explosive FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea, English football’s ruling body said.

United’s Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera was sent off in the first half shortly after referee Michael Oliver warned captain Chris Smalling about the continual fouling of Chelsea’s playmaker Eden Hazard.

Disgraced UK coach facing eight more child abuse charges

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London (AFP) – A former youth coach at the heart of a child-sex scandal roiling English football has been charged with eight more counts of historical abuse, British prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Barry Bennell will appear in court in northwest England via video link on Monday to face the charges, which relate to two victims and are alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1987.

Saudi-bound Clattenburg remains on ref duty

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London (AFP) – Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will continue to officiate in the English top-flight before taking up his new post in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

It had been expected Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

Saudi-bound Clattenburg remains on ref duty

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London (AFP) – Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg will continue to officiate in the English top-flight before taking up his new post in Saudi Arabia.

Clattenburg announced his decision last week to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

It had been expected Clattenburg would leave the Premier League immediately following his decision to quit.

Manchester City and Monaco load their Silva bullets

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London (AFP) – Manchester City and Monaco go into Tuesday’s Champions League showdown each pinning their hopes on short, left-footed midfield creators from the Iberian peninsula who go by the name of Silva.

Monaco’s Silva is Bernardo, a 22-year-old Portuguese winger whose knack for decisive goals has made him a central figure in their free-scoring surge to the Ligue 1 summit.

Manchester City and Monaco load their Silva bullets

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London (AFP) – Manchester City and Monaco go into Tuesday’s Champions League showdown each pinning their hopes on short, left-footed midfield creators from the Iberian peninsula who go by the name of Silva.

Monaco’s Silva is Bernardo, a 22-year-old Portuguese winger whose knack for decisive goals has made him a central figure in their free-scoring surge to the Ligue 1 summit.

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The Rise and Fall of Arsene Wenger – It’s time for Arsenal fans to act

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A breakdown of Arsene's downfall and what happens next? by Konstantin Mitov Hello Arsenal people! Talking about tactics with Arsene in charge is a waste of time so instead I'd like to review what led to this situation? When Wenger arrived in English football 15 years ago he introduced new training methods and discipline at [.

Does cup final ref prove FA hate Arsenal and Wenger?

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It could be either Arsene Wenger or Arsenal Football Club in general that some wise head from the English football authorities is not too keen on, to be honest, or maybe even the fact that they just love Chelsea or Antonio Conte. I am certainly not going to suggest that the multi billionaire Roman Abramovic [.

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Benitez Admits He Disappeared For A Year – Praises Everything Newcastle

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For Rafa Benitez to stay on at Newcastle not only meant he would visit very small grounds with facilities he hadn't confronted since his early days as a manager, but he would literally disappear from view on thew world scene because everything in English football is about the Premier League everything.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 30

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Live Premier League coverage returns this week with 20 matches in five days, highlighted by Arsenal v. Manchester City on Premier League Sunday, this Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Arsenal look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion on March 18, and sit six points from the fourth and final Champions League position.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 30

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Live Premier League coverage returns this week with 20 matches in five days, highlighted by Arsenal v. Manchester City on Premier League Sunday, this Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Arsenal look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion on March 18, and sit six points from the fourth and final Champions League position.

Man Utd star confirms that this fan favourite is set for Old Trafford return in June

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Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is all set to return to the Old Trafford dugout this summer.

The Scottish manager spent 27 years at the club and guided the Red Devils to the top of English football before he retired in 2013.

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Bournemouth charged with FA doping rules breach

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association for a breach of its anti-doping regulations, English football’s governing body said Friday.

The south coast club have been charged with a failure to comply over ‘whereabouts’ rules designed to provide accurate details of training sessions and the location of players so they are available for drug testing at all times.

Bournemouth charged with FA doping rules breach

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London (AFP) – Bournemouth have been charged by the Football Association for a breach of its anti-doping regulations, English football’s governing body said Friday.

The south coast club have been charged with a failure to comply over ‘whereabouts’ rules designed to provide accurate details of training sessions and the location of players so they are available for drug testing at all times.