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George Floyd: Liverpool players took a knee during training in a show of solidarity

Premier League players urged to take a knee in protest at George Floyd’s death

On Monday, Kick it Out chairman Sanjay Bhandari told The Guardian players must be free to protest when the current campaign resumes on June 17.

“I would like to encourage the players to protest if they want to but I would also like to encourage them to do it in a way that doesn’t expose them to unnecessary sanction,” Bhandari said.

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Formula 1 has confirmed new dates for the first eight races of the 2020 season, all of which are set to take place behind closed doors.

As expected the season will get underway with a double header in Austria at the Red Bull Ring, held between 3-5 July and 10-12 July respectively.

The sport will move onto Hungary a week later for a race at the Hungaroring, before taking a week off ahead of the double header at Silverstone in the United Kingdom.

The new calendar includes a further three rounds in Spain, Belgium and Italy, and runs until 4-6 September.

The statement accompanying the calendar states that further races will be announced in the coming weeks.

The opening 8 races of a revised 2020 calendar are now confirmed,” Formula 1 wrote on a Twitter Post.

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BREAKING!!! Ighalo Extends Manchester United Loan Deal Until January 2021

Manchester United and Shanghai Shenhua have reached agreement to keep Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, at Old Trafford till January 2021.

The 30-year-old’s loan contract was initially due to end on May 31.

The Red Devils, however, confirmed on Monday that Ighalo, who has four goals in eight appearances, will stay until next year.

The Nigerian joined his boyhood club in a shock deadline day move in January.

The confirmation comes as a timely boost for United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as competitive football returns in the UK following a shutdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier League is poised to return on June 17 while the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals have been lined up for the weekend of June 27 and 28 June, although, actual fixtures are yet to be concluded.

Ighalo will now hope to pick up from where he left off, after winning United’s Goal of the Month award for March with a stunning strike in the club’s last match, a 5-0 victory over Austrian club LASK in the Europa League.

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EPL: Any player ‘testing positive for coronavirus next week could miss Premier League restart due to return to play protocol’

The season is set to restart on June 17 and as part of the ‘return to play’ protocol, any player who has contracted Covid-19 faces a minimum period of two weeks before returning to group training, according to the Telegraph.

This includes the seven-day self-isolation period, with players then only able to return to graded activity on day eight – subject to a negative test – before group training after 14 days. 

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La Liga confirm first fixtures as Barcelona and Real Madrid learn return dateLa Liga is officially back

La Liga is officially back, with the league confirming their fixtures ahead of a resumption in June

have officially announced the first set of fixtures back, with the league set to return from a two-month absence due to the ongoing coronaviruspandemic in June.

The games will kick off on June 11 with the Seville derby between Real Betis and Sevilla.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona will get back underway with a trip to Mallorca on June 13, with Real Madrid hosting Eibar on June 14.

Atletico Madrid will face Athletico Bilbao on June 14.

In a statement, La Liga said: “After a break of more than two months due to the COVID-19 outbreak, LaLiga Santander and LaLiga Smartbank now have defined dates for their return.

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Real Madrid named most valuable European football club by KPMG

Consultancy firm KPMG has produced the 2020 European Elite report, and according to them, Real Madrid — for the second consecutive year — are the most valuable football club in the world. Real Madrid is valued at €3.478 billion, which puts them ahead of Manchester United and FC Barcelona. The club’s enterprise value annual has risen by 8%.

From Real Madrid’s official website:

The report notes that Real Madrid’s position at the summit owes to the high revenues figures recorded throughout the five years that the study relates to (2016-2020), after having lifted the Champions League three times during this period, as well as the club’s improved profitability and a 41% aggregate growth in commercial revenue

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The Premier League is set to return on June 17. Here is the full rundown of the 92 fixtures to be played closed doors.

After what will have been a three-month absence, the Premier League is set to restart on June 17.

The first games following the coronavirus pandemic will see Manchester City take on Arsenal and Aston Villa play Sheffield United, before a full round of fixtures begins on June 19.

Liverpool are a maximum of two wins away from clinching a first title in 30 years, though they could secure the trophy against Everton at Goodison Park on matchday 30 if City lose their first match back against Arsenal.

We look at the outstanding 92 games in the 2019-20 Premier League season.

Matchday 28

Aston Villa v Sheffield United
Manchester City v Arsenal

Matchday 30

Aston Villa v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace
Brighton and Hove Albion v Arsenal
Everton v Liverpool
Manchester City v Burnley
Newcastle United v Sheffield United
Norwich City v Southampton
Tottenham v Manchester United
Watford v Leicester City
West Ham v Wolves

Matchday 31

Burnley v Watford
Chelsea v Manchester City
Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Norwich City v Everton
Southampton v Arsenal
Tottenham v West Ham
Wolves v Bournemouth

Matchday 32

Arsenal v Norwich City
Aston Villa v Wolves
Bournemouth v Newcastle United
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United
Crystal Palace v Burnley
Everton v Leicester City
Manchester City v Liverpool
Sheffield United v Tottenham
Watford v Southampton
West Ham v Chelsea

Matchday 33

Burnley v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Watford
Leicester City v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Manchester United v Bournemouth
Newcastle United v West Ham
Norwich City v Brighton and Hove Albion
Southampton v Manchester City
Tottenham v Everton
Wolves v Arsenal

Matchday 34

Arsenal v Leicester City
Aston Villa v Manchester United
Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool
Bournemouth v Tottenham
Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Everton v Southampton
Manchester City v Newcastle United
Sheffield United v Wolves
Watford v Norwich City
West Ham v Burnley

Matchday 35

Aston Villa v Crystal Palace
Bournemouth v Leicester City
Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City
Liverpool v Burnley
Manchester United v Southampton
Norwich City v West Ham
Sheffield United v Chelsea
Tottenham v Arsenal
Watford v Newcastle United
Wolves v Everton

Matchday 36

Arsenal v Liverpool
Burnley v Wolves
Chelsea v Norwich City
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Everton v Aston Villa
Leicester City v Sheffield United
Manchester City v Bournemouth
Newcastle United v Tottenham
Southampton v Brighton and Hove Albion
West Ham v Watford

Matchday 37

Aston Villa v Arsenal
Bournemouth v Southampton
Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United
Liverpool v Chelsea
Manchester United v West Ham
Norwich City v Burnley
Sheffield United v Everton
Tottenham v Leicester City
Watford v Manchester City
Wolves v Crystal Palace

Matchday 38

Arsenal v Watford
Burnley v Brighton and Hove Albion
Chelsea v Wolves
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Everton v Bournemouth
Leicester City v Manchester United
Manchester City v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Southampton v Sheffield United
West Ham v Aston Villa

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Nigeria Renews Gernot Rohr Contract As Super Eagles Coach

German, Gernot Rohr, will remain coach of the Super Eagles, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, said on Wednesday.

Mr Pinnick announced this in a statement posted on Twitter.

“I’m happy to announce that the @thenff and Coach Gernot Rohr have concluded all contractual discussions and he will stay on as coach of the Super Eagles. We have always had confidence in his abilities and we are confident that the national team can only go higher from here,” he said.

“We can now focus on qualifying for the World Cup and winning the Nations Cup. In truth, these are sacrosanct and coach Rohr is aware of these conditions. Like the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development has rightly noted; we are uncompromising in these goals.

“The board of the Federation & I are totally in agreement with the minister on the goals for the team and it is unwavering.”

The signing of the contract comes after months of uncertainty over Rohr’s future as coach of the national team.

Englishman, Harry Redknapp, was reported to have been considered by the ministry to take the role.

“With the distraction of the contract talks out of the way now, we can now face our football on the pitch, totally. Again, I never lost confidence in Gernot Rohr’s ability to take our football forward and I’m convinced our football will only get better from here on,” Pinnick added.

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Nigeria Racing To Re-sign Gernot Rohr Amid Links With Ex Tottenham Coach, Harry Redknapp

Englishman, Harry Redknapp, is being touted as a possible replacement for German, Gernot Rohr, as coach of the Super Eagles.

The former Tottenham boss has not led the dugout since leaving Birmingham in 2017.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, ESPN reports, wants Redknapp to take charge of the senior national team.

However, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) hopes to persuade Rohr to extend his current deal which expires in June.

The German’s contract extension has been stalled since last year, with terms yet to be agreed.

In a statement last week, the NFF said: “The Executive Committee mandated the General Secretary to liaise with the Super Eagles’ technical adviser, Mr. Gernot Rohr, with a view to concluding all matters around Mr. Rohr’s new contract within the next one week.”

Rohr has been in charge of Nigeria since 2016 and led them to glory at last year’s AFCON.

Redknapp, however, has only coached one national team – Jordan – in his illustrious career which ran across several English clubs.

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Messi Returns To Barcelona With Fresh New Look

Barcelona star, Lionel Messi is rocking a completely different post lockdown look after he shaved off his beards.

The 6-time-Ballon D’or winner took to his Instagram page to share the photos and fans have been reacting.

The Argentine captain took the photos during his recent training ahead of the La Liga which is set to resume next month.

In any case, Messi did not say why he shaved his beards. However, fans have been drawing the conclusions on their own.

While some insinuated he shaved because of the deadly Covid-19, others insisted the 32-year-old soccer star just desired a new look.

Checkout photos of his new looks;

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Ighalo Set For Manchester United Exit As Loan Extension Talks Stall

Manchester United forward, Odion Ighalo, could see his time at Old Trafford end next Monday after his parent club, Shanghai Shenhua, expressed desire for him to return.

Ighalo’s deal expires on May 31 and talks between United and Shanghai Shenhua have stalled, Igbere TV reports.

The Chinese club is said to be unwilling to allow the Nigerian to finish the Premier League campaign at United.

The English top flight could return in June following its suspension because of the coronavirus crisis. China’s Super League, on the other hand, should kick-off next month, having been delayed from its usual February commencement, also due to the pandemic.

Ighalo joined Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side on transfer deadline day in January to act as cover for Marcus Rashford who had a serious back injury at the time.

Ighalo immediately impressed United authorities, scoring four goals in the team’s last five matches.

“Odion has done really well – we need those qualities for next season so let’s see,” Solskjær had said about the 30-year-old in March.

With Rashford fit again, it is understood the club might not be keen on keeping Ighalo.

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I’m In Tears, Heartbroken — Nigerian Striker, Victor Osimhen Loses Father

Nigeria international and Lille forward, Victor Osimhen, has lost his father, Patrick Osimhen.

The 21-year-old announced the loss of his father on Sunday morning via Twitter, although he did not state the cause of death.

“RIP Dad no words to describe this feeling,” the youngster wrote.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has commiserated with the former Wolfsburg player.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Take heart and stay strong @victorosimhen9😢,” the NFF tweeted.

Osimhen enjoyed a brilliant debut campaign in Ligue 1, having scored 18 goals for Lille in 38 games in all competitions so far before the season was ended abruptly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

He helped the Nigeria U-17 team win the FIFA World Cup hosted by Chile in 2015 after scoring 10 goals to win the Golden Shoe and Silver Ball.

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Troy Deeney: Watford captain says he will not return to training

Watford captain Troy Deeney says he will not return to training because he fears for his family’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Deeney does not want to put his baby, who has had breathing difficulties, “in more danger” and has raised concerns over the increased risk to black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) players.

“We’re due back in this week, I’ve said I’m not going in,” Deeney, 31, said. My son is only five months old, he had breathing difficulties, so I don’t want to come home to put him in more danger.”

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Bayer Leverkusen’s German attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, should turn down the chance to go to Liverpool and choose Borussia Dortmund instead says former Germany international Jens Nowotny. 

Juventus could sell a host of players, including Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, and Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 32, this summer as part of a new policy of cutbacks designed to help the club cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 33, is ready to sign a new contract with Napolidespite interest from Chelsea.

Barcelona are to step up their attempts to sign Inter Milan’s Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, and 30-year-old Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic. 

Manchester United are ready to revive their interest in Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, after learning of Liverpool‘s interest in the Napoli star. 

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, will not return to train with the club. The German had cancelled his contract with loan club Besiktas earlier this month. 

Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi, 22, is set to sign for Genk, while midfielder Ianis Hagi, 21, will sign for Rangers after a successful loan spell.

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Newcastle United’s on-loan winger Valentino Lazaro is waiting to hear from managing director Lee Charnley on where his future lies next season. The 24-year-old Austrian joined the Magpies fromInter Milan in January.

Manchester City are confident David Silva, 34, will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season. The Spanish midfielder is scheduled to leave on 30 June when his deal expires. 

Manchester United are set to recall 23-year-old Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira from his loan spell at Hearts following the conclusion of the Scottish Premiership season. 

Wolves have extend 33-year-old English goalkeeper John Ruddy’s contract by a further year. 

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping his out-of-contract players will sign short-term extensions to their deals, which are set to run out before the proposed end of the current season. The contracts of Brazilian midfielder Willian, 31, and French striker Olivier Giroud, 33, are set to expire on 30 June. 

Frank Lampard rejected the chance to be Ipswich manager because they had no money, according to his uncle Harry Redknapp. 

Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino is free to sign for prospective clubs after his Tottenham gardening leave ended. 

Roma’s legendary Italian forward Francesco Totti, 43, says he was very close to joining Real Madrid but they would not offer him more than what their striker Raul was making. 

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Celtic crowned Scottish Premiership champions and Hearts relegated as SPFL end season

Hearts relegated to Championship; SFA remains committed to completing Scottish Cup, with competition at the semi-final stage

Celtic have been crowned Scottish Premiership champions for the ninth successive season after the SPFL opted to curtail the current campaign.

It also means Hearts are relegated to the Championship for the second time since 2014.

The SPFL held a board meeting on Monday morning where they decided to bring the season to an end, meaning a 51st league title for Celtic

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Chelsea coach Frank Lampard wants Willian and Olivier Giroud to extend contracts beyond June 30

Both Willian, 31, and Giroud, 33, are out of contract this summer and both players have been linked with other clubs, with Liverpool interested in Willian and Giroud targeted by Inter Milan.

The Blues could still lose the pair this summer, with Willian determined to find a club willing to offer a three-year deal and Giroud looking for regular playing time.

But with Project Restart edging closer, Lampard hopes they will at least see out the season at Stamford Bridge.

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Bundesliga Final Score Results

Saturday’s fixtures, scores and results

  • 2:30pm Fixtures Dortmund 4-0 Schalke, RB Leipzig 1-1 Freiburg, Augsburg 1-2 Wolfsburg, Dusseldorf 0-0 Paderborn, Hoffenheim 0-3 Hertha Berlin

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Bundesliga Fixtures

SATURDAY 16TH MAY

  • B Dortmund vs Schalke 2:30PM
  • Augsburg vs Wolfsburg 2:30PM
  • Düsseldorf vs Paderborn 2:30PM
  • RB Leipzig vs Freiburgn2:30PM
  • Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin 2:30PM
  • Frankfurt vs B Mgladbach 5:30 PM

SUNDAY 17TH MAY

  • Köln vs Mainz 2:30PM
  • Union Berlin vs Bayern Munich 5PM

MONDAY 18TH MAY

  • Werder Bremen
  • vs
  • B Leverkusen 7:30 PM

FRIDAY 22ND MAY

  • Hertha Berlin19:30Union Berlin

SATURDAY 23RD MAY

  • B Mgladbach vs B Leverkusen 2:30 PM
  • Paderborn vs Hoffenheim 2:30/PM
  • Freiburg vs Werder Bremen 2:30PM
  • Wolfsburgvs B Dortmund 2:30PM
  • Bayern Munich vs Frankfurt 2:30 PM

WEDNESDAY 27TH MAY

  • RB Leipzig vs Hertha Berlin 5:30 PM
  • Union Berlin vs Mainz 7:30 PM
  • Augsburg vs Paderborn 7:30PM
  • Düsseldorf vs Schalke 7:30PM
  • Hoffenheim vs Köln 7:30PM

FRIDAY 29TH MAY

  • Freiburg vs B Leverkusen 7:30PM

SATURDAY 30TH MAY

  • Mainz vs Hoffenheim 2:30PM
  • Schalke vs Werder Bremen 2:30PM
  • Hertha Berlin vs Augsburg 2:30PM
  • Wolfsburg vs Frankfurt 2:30PM
  • Bayern Munich vs Düsseldorf 5:30PM

SUNDAY 31ST MAY

  • B Mgladbach vs Union Berlin 2:30PM
  • Paderborn vs B Dortmund 5PM
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Tyson Fury confirms next three fights as he refuses to pay Deontay Wilder to step aside

Tyson Fury is now being tipped for a big-money fight against Anthony Joshua in what could be boxing’s biggest match ever, but he is likely to face a third bout with deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury has confirmed that he plans to step into the ring with boxing rival Anthony Joshua, but a third bout with Deontay Wilder awaits him first.

Unbeaten heavyweight Fury delivered what has commonly been labelled a “masterclass” to beat Wilder in February and claim the WBC belt.

British boxing fans are now desperate to see Fury step into the ring with Anthony Joshua for the first time to see a unified heavyweight champion crown.

And in remarkable scenes, the 31-year-old revealed that he has plans to give his followers what they want with two fights against ‘AJ’.

But first, Fury has revealed that he will most likely go ahead with a third fight against Wilder, with the American likely to trigger a rematch clause.

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Club Bruges declared Belgian champions after clubs confirm season over

Club Bruges have been declared Belgian champions after the country’s Pro League confirmed last month’s decision to bring the season to a premature halt because of coronavirus

They had an unassailable 15-point lead over Gent with one match left when the season was suspended.

It is a 17th title for Club Bruges and their third in the past five seasons.

It means they will have an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League group phase.

Belgium was the first country in Europe to cancel its league, but the decision still had to be ratified by the clubs at Friday’s general assembly.

The meeting also confirmed that Waasland-Beveren would be relegated while Gent would enter next season’s Champions League, with Charleroi, Royal Antwerp and Standard Liege in the Europa League.

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Midfielder David Silva’s contract with Manchester City is due to end on 30 June but the Spaniard, 34, is willing to extend it until the end of the campaign, his last with the club. 

Manchester United have been scouting Schalke’s Wales winger Rabbi Matondo and could make a move for the 19-year-old if they fail to sign Borussia Dortmundand England forward Jadon Sancho, 20. 

Chelsea target Dries Mertens is looking to stay in Serie A if his Napoli contract runs out, with Inter Milan also interested in the 33-year-old Belgium forward.

Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 31, has advised 19-year-old Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland – who has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid – to continue his development at Borussia Dortmund. 

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho agent says he has not held talks with any clubs about the 27-year-old Barcelonaplayer, who is on loan at Bayern Munich. 

Southampton’s English striker Che Adams is set to be made available in the summer for £10m or less – despite Championship side Leeds United agreeing a £19m fee for the 23-year-old in January before changing their mind. 

Manchester United’s 19-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Angel Gomes, whose deal with the club runs out this summer, has not signed a new contract because of doubts over breaking into the first team and the club targeting similar aged players. 

Leeds United could make a move for Tottenham Hotspur and Argentina defender Juan Foyth, 22, if they are promoted to the Premier League. 

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German Bundesliga: Augsburg boss Heiko Herrlich breaks quarantine rules and will miss restart

Augsburg head coach Heiko Herrlich will miss the Bundesliga restart after breaching quarantine rules by leaving the team hotel to buy toothpaste.

Herrlich, whose side face Wolfsburg on Saturday, told a news conference on Thursday that he had visited a shop, breaking league rules.

Teams preparing for the German league to restart this weekend have been staying in quarantine.

“I made a mistake by leaving the hotel,” he said in a statement later.

Herrlich, 48, was appointed on 10 March and the home match with Wolfsburg was set to be his first in charge.

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Leyton Orient unveil their new sponsor… Harry Kane! Big-hearted England captain pays around £100k for three causes – including a thank you message to frontline workers – to appear on the shirts of the club that gave him his professional debut

The big-hearted move, worth around £100,000, will see three causes supported on each of his former club’s jerseys in the coming campaign.

England captain Kane, 26, obtained approval from the Premier League, EFL and Football Association, before embarking on his generous gesture.

As a result of the deal, a message thanking the frontline heroes in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic will be on the League Two club’s home shirts, while the Haven House Children’s Hospice will be on the away jersey and Mind, the mental health charity, will appear on the third kit.

Kane joined Orient on loan in 2011 and scored his first goal in a 4-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

‘I was born and brought up only at a couple of miles from the stadium and I am really happy to have the opportunity to give back to the club that gave me my first professional start,’ said Kane. 

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Former Premier League official Howard Webb believes the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system that has proved so divisive in the UK in recent months will gradually win over its doubters.

Introduced at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, VAR has made a number of contentious decisions in the English top flight, but Webb, the 2010 World Cup final referee, is a big proponent of the technology.

Webb is now the general manager of the professional referee organisation of Major League Soccer in the United States, which has been using VAR since August 2017.

And Webb said via conference call: “We don’t feel it’s a marmite issue, we love it over here. Our officials really enjoy using it, I enjoy seeing it being utilised for those occasions for when it does come into its own.

We’re keen to make sure and we always have been that it doesn’t interfere with the game, it sits there to provide a little benefit on those situations that are really difficult for officials to see in full speed, those match-significant situations.

“By and large it does that really well, it sits in the background and steps in when it needs to.

“There’s no doubt that it gets better the longer that it’s implemented, we’ve seen that in our roll out, we’re much better now than we were three years ago. I think you see that in every competition around the world.”

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Newcastle are ready to spend £53m to offer Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, a route back to the Premier League this summer. 

Tottenham will not allow £55m record signing Tanguy Ndombele, 23, to leave this summer. The France midfielder has been linked with Barcelona and Liverpool. 

Joan Laporta wants Manchester Citymanager Pep Guardiola to return as Barcelona coach next summer if he is successfully elected as the club’s president. 

Dejan Lovren appears to be edging closer to an exit from Liverpool, with Roma set to make their move for the 30-year-old Croatia defender. 

Liverpool have joined the race along with several European clubs for Red Bull Salzburg’s 19-year-old Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai. 

Manchester United want to secure summer deals for a trio of young English players

Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho, 20, Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, and Birmingham’s 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham. 

However, striker Odion Ighalo, 30, may have played his last game for Manchester United after talks to extend the Nigerian’s loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in China reached an impasse. 

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign two full-backs from Serie A – Brazil player Alex Sandro, 29, from Juventus and Belgium’s Timothy Castagne, 24, from Atalanta. 

Juventus have become the first Italian club to introduce their own salary cap, effectively ruling themselves out of the race for Manchester United’s 27-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. 

Lionel Messi, 32, and some of his fellow players in Spain face a 30% pay cut next season as Barcelona and Real Madrid consider extending the wage drop caused by coronavirus. 

Celtic and Norway defender Kristoffer Ajer, 22, has told his agent to arrange a transfer this summer amid strong interest from clubs including Leicester City

Chelsea are confident of signing Manchester United’s 19-year-old midfielder Angel Gomes. 

West Brom will rival Tottenham for the signing of £18m Fenerbahce and Kosovo forward Vedat Muriqi, 26, if they are promoted to the Premier League. 

Crystal Palace want Burnley boss Sean Dyche as their next manager. 

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Serie A clubs have voted to resume the season on June 13, pending approval from the Italian government.

Sixteen Serie A clubs voted in favour of that date during a league assembly on Wednesday, while the remaining four voted to resume the season the following weekend, on June 20.

it comes after confirmation by Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora that a medical protocol has been agreed by the government and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) to allow Serie A teams to resume group training from May 18.

“Regarding the resumption of sporting activity, in accordance with the decisions of the Government and in compliance with the medical protocols to protect players and all involved personnel, the date of June 13 has been indicated for the resumption of the league,” a Serie A statement said on Wednesday.

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EFL: What next for the Championship, League One and League Two?

The EFL is set for a pivotal few days as they continue discussions on how and when to finish the season.

The EFL board and clubs are set for talks to discuss both financial and competition matters, as the Championship, League One and League Two decide a way forward following the government’s latest advice.

The EFL is set for a pivotal few days as they continue discussions on how and when to finish the season.

The EFL board is meeting to to discuss potential options being considered, including that to end the current campaign in League One and Two prematurely – and how to do so.

Once the potential options are decided upon, the board will put them to the clubs, with a vote possibly taking place when the EFL meet with clubs from League One and Two on Friday.

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