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Chelsea fans show that patience with Lampard may not be infinite | Jonathan Wilson | Football

Michy Batshuayi’s poor finishing is emblematic of a wider lack of ruthlessness at Chelsea.

Just briefly, for no more than a couple of seconds, there was a murmur of dissent directed at Frank Lampard by the home crowd. It came midway through the second half as Olivier Giroud was brought on for Michy Batshuayi. Up went the ironic roar: why hadn’t the French World …

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Football transfer rumours: Barcelona given permission to sign Braithwaite? | Football

In today’s Absurd Football News, Barcelona have been given permission to sign a replacement for Ousmane Dembélé, a man so knacked by hamstring-twang that Barça players even took to the pitch at the weekend in funereal fashion, every single member of the squad donning specially-prepared Dembélé shirts. He’s pulled his …

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Chelsea’s Fran Kirby reveals debilitating virus is cause of mystery absence | Football

The England forward Fran Kirby has revealed details of the debilitating medical condition that has sidelined her for much of the season and left her sleeping for 15 hours a day and unable to “even get up to make food”. The 26-year-old has been mysteriously absent from the Chelsea match-day …

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Manchester City backers are not the sort to take punishment lying down | Football

Manchester City and Tottenham walk out for the Champions League semi-final last season

In 2011 Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the emir of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, received a letter. It came from a group of Emirati intellectuals inspired by the recent wave of pro-democracy protests sweeping through the Middle East and north Africa, and requested a …

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‘Intense’ Liverpool will have their place in history, says Diego Simeone | Football

Liverpool will go down as one of the best teams in history, according to Diego Simeone. One day, the Atlético Madrid manager suggested, Jurgen Klopp’s side will be talked about like Brazil in 1970, Dutch Total Football, or Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan – not least because he considers them more complete …

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Harry Maguire and Manchester United rely on VAR for win at Chelsea | Football

Michy Batshuayi had a tough night in front of goal.

Remove the technology and Chelsea might have taken a tighter grip on fourth place. It is a point worth keeping in mind when it comes to analysing Manchester United’s fourth victory against another member of the Big Six this season, even if Ole Gunnar Solskjær was entitled to celebrate a …

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Harry Gregg obituary | Football

Harry Gregg for Manchester United in collision with Nat Lofthouse of Bolton Wanderers during the 1958 FA Cup final, which Bolton won 2-0.

The footballer Harry Gregg, who has died aged 87, was one of the finest and bravest goalkeepers of his era and equally courageous away from the goalmouth. In particular he was a hero of the appalling Munich air crash of February 1958, when a plane carrying the Manchester United team …

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Manchester City sponsorship ‘covered’ by Abu Dhabi government, not Etihad | Football

Last season’s Champions League quarter-final.

A consultants’ report written for the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi stated that the Abu Dhabi government, not Etihad itself, was “covering” the airline’s sponsorship of Manchester City in 2010, according to a 2015 US aviation industry document. Uefa’s financial fair play compliance body, the CFCB, banned City from the …

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Celta Vigo give Real Madrid a bloody lip in their survival battle | Sid Lowe | Football

Celta’s Nestor Araujo goes up for a header.

First Joseph Aidoo took Zinedine Zidane down, then Denis Suárez and Santi Mina did the same to his defence. The first hit was harder but the second hurt more. There were 30 minutes left at the Bernabéu when everyone saw the Ghanaian tumble off the pitch and crash into the …

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