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Premier League/England

Sol Campbell appointed Southend United manager | Football | The Guardian
Southend have announced the appointment of Sol Campbell as their new manager.

Ian Rush: ‘It’s funny that I’m teaching kids now, as I used to hate coaches’ | The Guardian
Liverpool’s all-time top scorer talks about his coaches, his short managerial career and his love of training youngsters.

Three Chelsea fans face lifetime bans for racially abusing a fellow supporter - BBC Sport
Three Chelsea fans could face lifetime bans for racially abusing a fellow supporter at a Europa League game in April.

FA Cup first round draw: Chichester City receive bye to second round - BBC Sport
The lowest ranked club in the FA Cup receive a bye to the second round following Bury’s removal from the competition.

Manchester United remove fan over alleged incidents of racist abuse
Manchester United removed a supporter from Old Trafford over alleged incidents of racist abuse during their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Europe

10-man Manchester City thrash Atalanta 5-1 | Football | The Guardian
Raheem Sterling claimed a second-half hat-trick.

Galatasaray 0-1 Real Madrid: Toni Kroos goal eases pressure on Zidane - BBC Sport
Real Madrid collect their first Champions League victory of the season at Galatasaray.

Tottenham 5-0 Red Star Belgrade - BBC Sport
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min each score twice as Tottenham get their first win in Champions League Group B.

Red Star Belgrade fans attend Tottenham game despite Uefa ban - BBC Sport
Tottenham launch an investigation after more than 200 Red Star Belgrade fans “illegally” attended their side’s Champions League game.

Champions League roundup: Kylian Mbappé scores hat-trick in PSG rout | Football | The Guardian
Meanwhile, Juventus had to come from behind to beat Lokomotiv Moscow.

Rumblings that Real Madrid has contact with Jose Mourinho – ProSoccerTalk
Could a reunion take place in the Spanish capital if Zinedine Zidane is axed?

MLS/Americas

Columbus Crew parts ways with ‘legend’ Higuain, move in new direction - Massive Report
The legendary Argentinean midfielder won’t return in 2020.

Burlington High soccer players removed from game for #EqualPay shirts | abc7.com
Burlington High School’s women’s soccer team has sold more than 700 jerseys calling for equal pay, and plans to donate the proceeds to local youth soccer leagues.

Rest of the World

Keeper Earns Record For The Fastest, And Probably The Dumbest, Red Card In League History
It’s hard to imagine a stupider way to get yourself sent off.

Other

We can gauge popularity of women’s football. Time to up the prize money | The Guardian
World Cup viewing figures debunk the myth that interest in the men’s game dwarfs the women’s. The ball is in Fifa’s court.