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‘It’s horrible’: Halesowen halted with promotion and Wembley in sight | Football

Simeon Cobourne scores Halesowen’s winner in the FA Trophy at Barnet.

If everything went as well for Halesowen Town as planned, their time spent in the Southern League Division One Central would have been over in a flash. After years of struggling in the division above, last season they were finally relegated. The failure prompted a complete rehauling of the team, …

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Players’ refusal to compete could stall return of Premier League and EFL | Football

Attempts to resume the Premier League and English Football League seasons after 30 April could be thwarted by players refusing to ­compete because of the coronavirus pandemic. Premier League, English Football League and ­Professional Footballers’ Association ­ officials held a conference call on Friday to discuss a unilateral response to …

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Stress, spanners and dismay: another glimpse behind Sunderland’s curtain | Football

Charlie Methven embarks on a foul-mouthed rant about the club’s descent to the status of national laughing stock.

A BBC film crew working on a Sir David Attenborough wildlife documentary once sparked controversy by rescuing several penguins trapped in a ravine from certain death. Their life-saving intervention prompted an absorbing debate on ethics and whether observers tasked with recording what was unfolding in front of them had done …

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The Fiver | We ran and we ran, and now we’ve found ourselves back in 1978 | Football

Still a class act, is Jürgen.

HOT TIN TIME MACHINE The Fiver woke up late to discover there’s a reasonable chance Dominic Raab will be in temporary control of the country soon. We thought about that for a moment. Then we thought about necking the rest of that Mogadon and Dettol cocktail we’d fixed for ourselves …

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Manchester United will offer fans ticket refunds if season is not completed | Football

Manchester United remain committed to finishing the current season, but have informed fans they can expect a pro-rata rebate or refund if matches are played behind closed doors or cancelled. The coronavirus suspension appears certain to be extended beyond the end of April and talk continues to rumble on about …

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My favourite game: Chelsea v Napoli 2012 | Luke McLaughlin | Sport

Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo embraces Didier Drogba after their stirring Champions League win against Napoli in 2012.

Eamon Dunphy once described a hectic, high-scoring Premier League encounter as “like watching two drunks fighting in an alley”. He wasn’t being wholly complimentary about that spectacle, but still acknowledged the thrill of seeing two sides cast off any pretence of tactical discipline and go for broke. Dunphy’s phrase came …

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Abused and isolated: how life soured for Viv Solomon-Otabor in Bulgaria | Football

England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, speaks to the referee during the qualifier in Bulgaria that was halted because of racism last October.

When Viv Solomon-Otabor stepped off the plane after returning from his first international call-up, his phone would not stop buzzing. The messages were not ones of congratulations for being part of the Nigeria squad that had faced Brazil but about the shocking racism at England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria. …

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No easy solutions: clubs across Europe in the dark as players battle wage cuts | Football

Dortmund are among the top German clubs whose players have all taken temporary cuts of varying degrees to help lower-paid employees

As clubs across Europe move to reduce or defer their footballers’ salaries, one thing is crystal clear. There will be no comfortable, one size fits all solution to an issue that faces almost everyone: the need to save money during the coronavirus crisis in an industry that, taking the continent …

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The Fiver | Leeds United: not so nasty now | Football

Carlo Ancelotti

LEEDING THE WAY Say what you like about coronavirus, but it brings out the best in people. Take Nasty Leeds, for example. If the Fiver’s got this right, they earned their reputation back in the 1960s and 1970s, when they were better at kicking everyone during an era when everyone …

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Real Madrid’s stadium to be used in fight against coronavirus | Football

The Santiago Bernabéu will be turned into a storage and distribution centre for medical materials donated to the health authorities as the coronavirus crisis continues in Spain. Two days ago the head of the Madrid regional government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, publicly thanked Real Madrid for what she described as a …

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