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Danny Rose on racism: Tottenham defender 'can't wait to see the back of football'

Tottenham defender Danny Rose says he "can't wait to see the back of football" and is frustrated at the lack of action taken against fans' racism. Racist chanting was directed at several England players, including Rose, during the Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro. Uefa has charged Montenegro with racist behaviour but Rose, 28, does not expect a significant punishment. The left-back said: "When countries get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London what do you expect?" Rose, who was also abused while on England Under-21 duty in Serbia in 2012, says he will play on but has "had enough" of racism in the game. "How I programme myself is that I think I've got five or six more years left in football, and I just can't wait to see the back of it," he added. "Seeing how things are done in the game at the minute, you just have to get on with it. "There is so much politics in football. I can't wait to see the back of it." The Montenegro disciplinary case will be dealt with by European football's governing body on 16 May. The minimum punishment is a partial stadium closure, while a second offence results in one match being played behind closed doors and a fine of 50,000 euros (

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2019-04-05 02:00:00

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff City seek talks with Nantes over transfer fee dispute

Cardiff City are seeking direct talks with Nantes in an effort to solve the dispute over the

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2019-04-04 02:00:00

Celtic took a step closer to retaining the Scottish Premiership title

Celtic took a step closer to retaining the Scottish Premiership title as they edged to a win over relegation-threatened St Mirren in Paisley. If Neil Lennon's side beat Livingston on Saturday, Rangers would need at least a point at Motherwell the next day to keep the title race alive. Timothy Weah's header crashed off the bar and bounced in to open the scoring - his fourth goal since signing. Olivier Ntcham had a penalty saved but Ryan Christie found a late second. With Rangers beating Hearts at Ibrox, the gap at the top remains at 13 points with just six games left to play. Defeats for Hamilton and Dundee leave St Mirren's position unchanged in second-bottom as they fight to avoid the drop.

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2019-04-04 02:00:00

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is "lucky" to have so many squad options

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says he is "lucky" to have so many squad options as a new-look side cruised to Premier League victory over Brighton with three excellent goals. Olivier Giroud flicked home Callum Hudson-Odoi's cross before Eden Hazard curled home from the edge of the box from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's pass. Loftus-Cheek then scored an excellent 25-yard strike into the top corner to seal victory. All three goals involved players who have played more minutes in the Europa League than the Premier League this season. "After 50 matches it's very difficult to play every three days," Sarri told BBC Sport. "We needed to change. We're lucky because Callum is doing very well. Loftus has no problem with his back for the first time this season. Giroud is in a good period." The Blues, who have won their past 10 games against the Seagulls since 1967, move up to fifth in the league. Next up for Chris Hughton's Brighton is Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

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2019-04-04 02:00:00

Tottenham celebrated the official opening of their magnificent new

Tottenham celebrated the official opening of their magnificent new

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2019-04-04 02:00:00

Manchester City moved back above Liverpool

Manchester City moved back above Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after easing to victory against struggling Cardiff. An eighth successive league win for the defending champions was seldom in doubt and means they lead Jurgen Klopp's team by a point with six games remaining. Pep Guardiola's side, who are chasing an unprecedented quadruple, know they will finish top if they win their remaining matches but it is unlikely many of them will be as straightforward as this one. Kevin de Bruyne took just five minutes to open the scoring with his first league goal since 22 December, running on to Aymeric Laporte's pass and squeezing his shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle. More Manchester City possession and chances followed, before Leroy Sane made it 2-0 just before half-time, burying his shot into the bottom corner after a neat chested knock-down from Gabriel Jesus. Cardiff, who remain five points adrift of safety, barely threatened at the other end and did not register an effort at goal or a touch in the home area until Junior Hoilett had a hopeful shot blocked at the very end of the first half. They did not manage a serious foray forward until Oumar Niasse broke away to force Ederson into a fine save after 85 minutes, while Manchester City continued to pepper Neil Etheridge's goal with shots. Phil Foden had two efforts brilliantly stopped by Etheridge as he tried unsuccessfully to mark his first league start with a goal, while Jesus saw an elaborate flick fly wide when it appeared easy to tap the ball home, with his blushes saved by an offside flag. Despite failing to add to their tally in the second half, Manchester City's goal difference is now nine better than Liverpool's - although the Reds can replace them at the top if they win at Southampton on Friday.

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2019-04-04 02:00:00

Olivier Giroud became France's third highest goalscorer of all time as he scored in an easy win over Iceland.

Samuel Umtiti put the hosts ahead with a glancing header from Kylian Mbappe's left-wing cross, before Giroud saw the ball bounce off him and into the net following Benjamin Pavard's cross. Mbappe added a third from Antoine Griezmann's pass, before Griezmann netted a fourth shortly afterwards. Giroud, 32, has now scored 35 times in 89 international appearances. The Chelsea striker's 68th-minute goal had a touch of fortune about it as Pavard's cross was palmed out by Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson hit Giroud and went in. Nevertheless, the goal took him clear of David Trezeguet's total of 34, with only Michel Platini (41 goals in 72 appearances) and Thierry Henry (51 goals in 123 matches) ahead of him. France have now scored eight goals in two qualifying games for the 2020 European Championship, having beaten Moldova 4-1 in their opening qualifier on Friday. Didier Deschamps' side lead Group H on goal difference, ahead of Turkey, who also have six points from their two games.

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2019-03-26 02:00:00

Scotland at 'rock bottom,' says captain Andy Robertson

Scotland are at "rock bottom" after their first two Euro 2020 qualifying games, says captain Andy Robertson. Alex McLeish's side are fifth in Group I following a 3-0 defeat in Kazakhstan and an unconvincing 2-0 win over San Marino, the world's bottom-ranked side. But the Liverpool left-back is calling on the squad to "stick together" in a bid to recover from their sticky start. "The only way we do that is by winning games and playing a lot better," said 25-year-old Robertson. "The country is at rock bottom just now in terms of football and we need to pick it back up." McLeish and the players came in for heavy criticism after the loss to Kazakhstan, who were hammered 4-0 at home by Russia on Sunday. And Scotland's performance in San Marino did nothing to ease the pressure on the manager before a June double-header at home to Cyprus and away to group leaders Belgium. Robertson, who missed the opening qualifier because of dental surgery but returned to skipper the team on Sunday, admitted the San Marino game was "all about damage limitation". "When you get beaten in a game you were meant to win, and people are saying it's the worst result we've ever had, then this week was never going to be a success," he said. "But we followed it up with not a good performance again. The lads need to stick together." 'Can't look at this game in isolation' - analysis BBC Sport Scotland's Michael Stewart Andy Robertson himself is saying the country is at rock bottom football-wise. The supporters are fully aware of that. They feel it. You can't look at this game in isolation. You've got to think about the fact that under the previous manager in the last six competitive games he was undefeated in 2017. If you look at Thursday night, it was shambolic. And Sunday's performance wasn't much better. The only difference was we were playing against a team that was officially the worst in the world. So things are not great.

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2019-03-26 02:00:00

England survived an early scare to mount an impressive comeback and outclass Montenegro in Podgorica, in a game overshadowed by racist abuse directed at visiting players.

Manager Gareth Southgate gave first starts to youngsters Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi but England were stunned after only 17 minutes when Marko Vesovic gave Jordan Pickford no chance with a precise, curling finish. The visitors kept their composure to respond emphatically with confidence, class and power by taking maximum points - and 10 goals - from their first two Euro 2020 qualifiers. Everton defender Michael Keane headed home Barkley's free-kick for his first international goal on the half hour, before the midfielder turned in Chelsea team-mate Hudson-Odoi's shot to give them the lead before the break. Montenegro posed only a fleeting threat and Barkley effectively wrapped up the victory with a powerful finish after determined work by Raheem Sterling on 59 minutes. England emphasised their vast superiority when Sterling was provider once more for Harry Kane's simple finish before the Manchester City forward got on the scoresheet himself. However, the victory was marred by an unsavoury conclusion with Sterling clearly responding to taunts from the home fans in his goal celebration, and Hudson-Odoi having to retrieve an object thrown on to the pitch. And the Montenegro supporters also directed chants at Danny Rose after the defender was shown a yellow card late on, casting a shadow over another great night for Southgate and his team.

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2019-03-26 02:00:00

Callum Hudson-Odoi sends message to Chelsea

Callum Hudson-Odoi's full England debut brought joy to Gareth Southgate - and hopefully a measure of embarrassment to Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri. Southgate has shown more faith in 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi in 10 days than Sarri has shown all season at Stamford Bridge, an instant elevation from England's under-21 squad followed by a debut as a substitute against the Czech Republic at Wembley on Friday then a first start in Montenegro. The teenager's career is being played out back to front because of Sarri's reluctance to incorporate the gifted attacker into his tactical framework at Chelsea. And on the evidence of his performance on the pitch in the 5-1 win in Montenegro and his strong, mature, measured response after the game when questioned about the disgraceful racist abuse suffered by England's players, he is an all-round class act and will be for years to come. He is getting his chance, the show of faith in his talent, from England. This is a youngster with two England caps to his name before he has made a Premier League start for Chelsea - a stark statistic that does not reflect well on Sarri. Chelsea's fans have become increasingly mystified by Hudson-Odoi's continued marginalisation and the temperature on those feelings will only have been turned up several notches by the maturity of his performance here in the hothouse of Podgorica, where natural passion boiled over into shameful incidents of racist chanting aimed at England's players. Hudson-Odoi was not only one of England's stand-out performers, helped by Southgate's successful early switch from right to left, he showed character beyond his years in this unforgiving, unpleasant atmosphere. He was composed amid the acrimony from the terraces, picking up an object thrown from the crowd in the aftermath of Raheem Sterling's goal before getting back to the business of ensuring England recorded another dominant win after Friday's 5-0 dismissal of the Czech Republc at Wembley. The winger is seriously considering following his England team-mate Jadon Sancho's route to the Bundesliga. Sancho, who celebrated his 19th birthday on Tuesday, has been a huge success since leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund. It cleared a pathway to the England team for Sancho and now Bayern Munich are willing to pay well in excess of

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2019-03-26 02:00:00
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