Sports Minister Tracey Crouch 'declaring war on fans' over safe standing, say FSF

Media playback is not supported on this device Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is “declaring war on fans” by turning a blind eye to safe standing, says the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF). The government says there are no plans to change the all-seater policy at stadiums after recently rejecting West Brom’s plans for rail seating. That…

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Sam Allardyce: Everton boss says fan survey was 'a marketing slip-up'

Everton boss Sam Allardyce says a survey sent to fans asking them to rate his performance on a scale of zero to 10 was “a marketing slip-up”. The survey was part of an exercise with a fan panel designed to discover how connected they feel to the club. Allardyce replaced Ronald Koeman as manager in…

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Chelsea's Alonso to miss FA Cup semi-final after being given three-match ban

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been given a three-match ban for violent conduct after a tackle on Shane Long in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Southampton. He will miss Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against the same opponents at Wembley, plus Premier League matches at Burnley on Thursday and Swansea on 28 April. The Spaniard denied the…

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Players showed me they want to play in FA Cup semi – Mourinho

Manchester United’s “professional” 2-0 win at Bournemouth proved the players want to feature in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham, according to manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho made seven changes to his side as United bounced back from Sunday’s surprise home defeat by bottom club West Brom. Chris Smalling and substitute Romelu Lukaku scored in either…

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Joey Barton: Fleetwood Town announce ex-Burnley midfielder as head coach

Joey Barton will become the new manager of League One side Fleetwood Town this summer – one day after his ban for betting ends. Barton, 35, was suspended for 18 months by the Football Association in April 2017 after he was found to have placed 1,260 bets on matches over 10 years. His punishment was…

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Who joins Aguero in PFA team of year? Plus Championship, L1 & L2 teams

Five Manchester City players have been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ team of the year. Midfielders Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, defenders Nicolas Otamendi and Kyle Walker and striker Sergio Aguero represent the Premier League champions. Prolific Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who have scored 29 and 25…

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Famous for a milk advert? Not anymore – how 'minnows' Accrington conquered League Two

Being one of the smallest teams in the English Football League means nothing to Accrington Stanley, who have enjoyed unprecedented success this season and will reach new heights next term. It has been a season to remember – victory against Lancashire rivals Preston in the Carabao Cup, striker Billy Kee being named League Two player…

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Accrington Stanley promoted to third tier for first time

Accrington Stanley clinched promotion to League One for the first time in their history as striker Billy Kee’s brace saw them beat Yeovil Town. Kee, the top scorer in League Two, headed in Sean McConville’s corner to open the scoring and he added a second with a rebound just moments later. John Coleman’s side –…

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Kane scores but Brighton claim deserved point against Spurs

Brighton edged closer to Premier League safety with a hard-earned point against a much-changed Tottenham side. Harry Kane’s 26th league goal of the season, following Gaetan Bong’s error, put Spurs in sight of an 11th away win. But Brighton were behind for just two minutes, Pascal Gross levelling with an excellent penalty after Serge Aurier…

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Leicester boss Puel rules out sale of defender Maguire

Leicester City manager Claude Puel says England defender Harry Maguire is not for sale despite reported interest from a number of top-six clubs. Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have all been linked with the 25-year-old summer signing from Hull. But Puel says he wants to “build his team” around the centre-half, who made his…

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