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Sampson made ‘ill-judged’ racial remarks: report

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London (AFP) – Former England women’s football coach Mark Sampson made remarks that were “discriminatory on grounds of race” towards two black players but was not racist, a report published on Wednesday said.

Sampson, who guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and this year’s European Championships, was sacked last month after FA chiefs were alerted to what it termed an “inappropriate” relationship he had with a player in a previous job.

Sampson made ‘ill-judged” racial remarks: report

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London (AFP) – Former England women’s football coach Mark Sampson made remarks that were “discriminatory on grounds of race” towards two black players but was not racist, a report published on Wednesday said.

Sampson, who guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and this year’s European Championships, was sacked last month after FA chiefs were alerted to what it termed an “inappropriate” relationship he had with a player in a previous job.

Palace score first league goal of the season

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Cesar Azpilicueta’s own goal put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to celebrate in the 11th minute at Selhurst Park.

Palace score first league goal of the season

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Cesar Azpilicueta’s own goal put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to celebrate in the 11th minute at Selhurst Park.

Cabaye ends Palace’s wait for first league goal

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Yohan Cabaye put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to celebrate in the 11th minute at Selhurst Park.

Cabaye ends Palace’s wait for first league goal

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London (AFP) – Crystal Palace finally scored their first Premier League goal this season as Yohan Cabaye put them ahead against champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Palace had failed to score a single goal as they lost their first seven league games, but Roy Hodgson’s side gave their fans something to celebrate in the 11th minute at Selhurst Park.

Coming out still taboo for players, say Arsenal’s Gay Gooners

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London (AFP) – The first active footballer to come out as gay will be an “icon” who could reap huge financial rewards but the British game remains a hostile environment for homosexual players.

That’s the view of gay British comedian Matt Lucas - best known for the series “Little Britain” - who spoke to AFP in his role as patron of Arsenal’s Gay Gooners supporters’ group.

Coming out still taboo for players, say Arsenal’s Gay Gooners

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London (AFP) – The first active footballer to come out as gay will be an “icon” who could reap huge financial rewards but the British game remains a hostile environment for homosexual players.

That’s the view of gay British comedian Matt Lucas - best known for the series “Little Britain” - who spoke to AFP in his role as patron of Arsenal’s Gay Gooners supporters’ group.

Unified Arsenal can prove doubters wrong, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are ready to silence the critics who wrote them off in the aftermath of their humiliating loss against Liverpool.

Wenger’s side have been revitalised since the 4-0 mauling at Anfield in August and they maintained that momentum with a 2-0 win over Brighton on Sunday.

Unified Arsenal can prove doubters wrong, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal are ready to silence the critics who wrote them off in the aftermath of their humiliating loss against Liverpool.

Wenger’s side have been revitalised since the 4-0 mauling at Anfield in August and they maintained that momentum with a 2-0 win over Brighton on Sunday.

Strikers take centre stage early in Premier League title race

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London (AFP) – From Romelu Lukaku battering defences into submission to Alvaro Morata’s dazzling array of sublime finishes, one of the central themes of the Premier League’s opening weeks has been the renaissance of the star strikers.

In recent years, coaches with an eye for the latest tactical trend ditched the traditional forward role in favour of the “false nine” - a player capable of operating in midfield and wide areas instead of solely functioning as a penalty box predator.

West Ham, Tottenham fined by FA over melee

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London (AFP) – The Football Association fined West Ham and Tottenham £20,000 ($27,000, 23,000 euros) each on Thursday after both Premier League clubs admitted failing to control their players during last Saturday’s derby at London Stadium.

Spurs won 3-2 but the Hammers were pressing for an equaliser in stoppage time when tempers frayed.

West Ham, Tottenham fined by FA over melee

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London (AFP) – The Football Association fined West Ham and Tottenham £20,000 ($27,000, 23,000 euros) each on Thursday after both Premier League clubs admitted failing to control their players during last Saturday’s derby at London Stadium.

Spurs won 3-2 but the Hammers were pressing for an equaliser in stoppage time when tempers frayed.

Mourinho escapes further action after sending-off

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the English Football Association following his dismissal in the Premier League clash at Southampton at the weekend.

The 54-year-old was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson for encroaching on the pitch during stoppage time of his side’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Guardiola urges City forwards to be ruthless

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London (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has urged Manchester City’s free-scoring forwards to stay hungry for goals and says there are many ways in which the Premier League leaders can improve despite their ominous early-season form.

City, who lead Manchester United on goal difference, have been in impressive form in recent weeks, thumping Liverpool, Watford and Crystal Palace in their past three Premier League games by an aggregate score of 16-0.

Harry Kane brace keeps West Ham in the mire

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London (AFP) – Harry Kane struck twice as 10-man Tottenham Hotspur survived a late scare to maintain their perfect away record with a 3-2 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.

Kane’s double, taking his tally to six in four games, and a third from Christian Eriksen gave Mauricio Pochettino’s side a three-goal lead on the hour before Javier Hernandez started the Hammers fightback.

Wenger foresees radical transfer market shake-up

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there will be a radical overhaul of the transfer market within the next year following the stratospheric spending of the close-season trading period.

Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record to sign Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($266 million), while Premier League clubs spent £1.

Neymar-Cavani rivalry ‘healthy’ for PSG – Okocha

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London (AFP) – The tension between Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani is “healthy” and they should be left to sort things out themselves, according to the club’s former star Jay-Jay Okocha.

Cavani and world-record signing Neymar squabbled over a penalty during PSG’s 2-0 win over Lyon last weekend, which Cavani took and missed, and Neymar is since reported to have apologised for his behaviour.

Neymar-Cavani rivalry ‘healthy’ for PSG – Okocha

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London (AFP) – The tension between Paris Saint-Germain forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani is “healthy” and they should be left to sort things out themselves, according to the club’s former star Jay-Jay Okocha.

Cavani and world-record signing Neymar squabbled over a penalty during PSG’s 2-0 win over Lyon last weekend, which Cavani took and missed, and Neymar is since reported to have apologised for his behaviour.

Liverpool rocked, Alli lifts Spurs

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki sent Liverpool crashing out of the League Cup, while Tottenham edged past Barnsley to reach the fourth round on Tuesday.

Okazaki came off the bench to fire Leicester ahead in the second half of their 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

The Japan forward, on as a second-half replacement for Leonardo Ulloa, broke the deadlock in the 65th minute of the third-round tie.

Liverpool rocked, Alli lifts Spurs

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki sent Liverpool crashing out of the League Cup, while Tottenham edged past Barnsley to reach the fourth round on Tuesday.

Okazaki came off the bench to fire Leicester ahead in the second half of their 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

The Japan forward, on as a second-half replacement for Leonardo Ulloa, broke the deadlock in the 65th minute of the third-round tie.

Football: Liverpool rocked, Alli lifts Spurs

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London (AFP) – Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki sent Liverpool crashing out of the League Cup, while Tottenham edged past Barnsley to reach the fourth round on Tuesday.

Okazaki came off the bench to fire Leicester ahead in the second half of their 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

The Japan forward, on as a second-half replacement for Leonardo Ulloa, broke the deadlock in the 65th minute of the third-round tie.

Rio Ferdinand launches boxing career

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London (AFP) – Former England captain Rio Ferdinand said Tuesday he is launching a new career as a professional boxer two years after retiring from football as a way of channelling his anger.

The 38-year-old former Manchester United star, who quit football in May 2015, is taking part in online betting firm Betfair’s “Defender to Contender” project.

Golbang — the Twitter generation’s ‘beautiful game’

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London (AFP) – Golbang, a new three-a-side format of the beautiful game, hopes to fill the same role as Twenty20 and sevens in cricket and rugby, its creator Bruno Schwobthaler told AFP.

The Frenchman’s brainchild can be played by mixed sex teams with a single goal and one team defending and one attacking with the sides swopping over after 15 minutes.

Golbang — the Twitter generation’s ‘beautiful game’

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London (AFP) – Golbang, a new three-a-side format of the beautiful game, hopes to fill the same role as Twenty20 and sevens in cricket and rugby, its creator Bruno Schwobthaler told AFP.

The Frenchman’s brainchild can be played by mixed sex teams with a single goal and one team defending and one attacking with the sides swopping over after 15 minutes.

Wenger hails gritty Arsenal

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger claimed Arsenal’s battling 0-0 draw at Chelsea proved his players have the courage and commitment required to match the champions.

Wenger’s side had endured a miserable run at Stamford Bridge in recent years, but they finally emerged unscathed from west London thanks to an unusually feisty display.

Redknapp accepts managerial career all but over

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London (AFP) – Harry Redknapp believes his sacking as manager of second-tier Birmingham City will finally bring the curtain down on his long career.

The 70-year-old Englishman - who numbers Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth among the clubs he has managed - left his post after just 13 games in charge following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End.

Redknapp accepts managerial career all but over

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London (AFP) – Harry Redknapp believes his sacking as manager of second-tier Birmingham City will finally bring the curtain down on his long career.

The 70-year-old Englishman - who numbers Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth among the clubs he has managed - left his post after just 13 games in charge following Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Preston North End.

Pogba could be out for three months – report

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London (AFP) – French international Paul Pogba could be out of action for three months, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday, dealing a huge blow to Manchester United.

The hamstring injury suffered by the 24-year-old - an £89.3 million ($121 million, 105 million euros) signing from Juventus last year - after just 18 minutes in Tuesday’s Champions League match with Basel is worse than was thought originally according to a club source.

Morata tells Chelsea fans to stop anti-Semitic chant

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London (AFP) – Alvaro Morata wants Chelsea fans to call a halt to chanting a song in his honour which includes anti-Semitic language.

The 24-year-old Spanish international striker - hoping to add to his three goals against Arsenal on Sunday - told the Daily Mail it did not set a good example to young children attending matches.

Morata tells Chelsea fans to stop anti-Semitic chant

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London (AFP) – Alvaro Morata wants Chelsea fans to call a halt to chanting a song in his honour which includes anti-Semitic language.

The 24-year-old Spanish international striker - hoping to add to his three goals against Arsenal on Sunday - told the Daily Mail it did not set a good example to young children attending matches.

Cologne criticise security at Arsenal over chaos

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London (AFP) – Cologne criticised security arrangements at Arsenal on Friday after both clubs were charged by UEFA following chaotic scenes that marred their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Visiting supporters were issued with around 3,000 tickets for Thursday’s Group H match but about 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

Cologne criticise security at Arsenal over chaos

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London (AFP) – Cologne criticised security arrangements at Arsenal on Friday after both clubs were charged by UEFA following chaotic scenes that marred their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Visiting supporters were issued with around 3,000 tickets for Thursday’s Group H match but about 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

Man Utd can cope without Pogba, says Mourinho

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London (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says he has ample options in his Manchester United squad to cope without injured midfielder Paul Pogba as Wayne Rooney prepares to return to Old Trafford.

Pogba is widely expected to be out of action for between a month and six weeks after damaging his hamstring just 18 minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Basel.

Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea stars to keep their cool as they bid to avoid more red card misery against Arsenal on Sunday.

Conte’s side have lost their past two meetings with Arsenal in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield after having a player sent off in each encounter.

Conte warns Chelsea to avoid ref rage in Arsenal clash

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte has warned his Chelsea stars to keep their cool as they bid to avoid more red card misery against Arsenal on Sunday.

Conte’s side have lost their past two meetings with Arsenal in the FA Cup final and the Community Shield after having a player sent off in each encounter.

Arsenal’s Wenger pondered new date prior to stormy Cologne win

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he was contemplating a re-arranged fixture after the Gunners beat Cologne 3-1 in a Europa League opener marred by crowd trouble at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.

The Group H fixture kicked off an hour late following chaotic scenes inside and outside north London club Arsenal’s home ground.

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PICTURE: Rashford and Lingard in face masks on England duty

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Jesse Lingard has shared pictures of himself with Marcus Rashford on Snapchat. The pair were in London following England's 1-0 win over Slovenia on Thursday. The result confirmed England's place at the World Cup, making tomorrow's game against Lithuania fairly pointless.

Still, Lingard managed to find a way to entertain himself, by using the face mask filter on his teammates.

Tottenham: Ordnance Survey Officially Wipe White Hart Lane From Face Of Earth/Map Of North London (Photos)

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With a new 64,000-seater arena currently being built in the carpark, Tottenham's grand old former home at White Hart Lane has today officially been wiped from the face of the Earth.

After a 119-year innings, the old Lane has now been completely demolished with Ordnance Survey, Britian's foremost cartographers, now confirming that the stadium has been entirely removed from their latest map of the area.

Proper Support Or Last Days Of Sodom And Gomorrah? Cologne Fans Give Arsenal The Mother Of All Culture Shocks As Europa League Kicks Off With A Bang (Photos & Video)

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Given some of the fevered outcry, you'd be forgiven that the Emirates was raised to ash on Thursday night, as hordes of swivel-eyed Cologne fans stormed the gates, breached the perimeter walls and ransacked absolutely everything Arsenal Football Club hold dear.

Despite an official ticket allocation of just 3,000, a reported 20,000 Cologne fans made the trip to London for the Europa League clash, such was the prestige of the occasion, especially for fans of a club more attuned to the sapping disenchantment of perpetual Bundesliga relegation.