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Premier League/England

Leeds’ Kiko Casilla charged with using racist language against Charlton | Football | The Guardian
Leeds have said Kika Casilla, their goalkeeper, has ‘strenuously denied’ the charge.

Is this what the Premier League see as entertainment? - Football365
A dreadful game between two aimless teams and confused bosses had refereeing insults added to a gruesome injury. Fun.

Stoke City 0-2 West Bromwich Albion: Slaven Bilic’s Baggies win to go top - BBC Sport
West Bromwich Albion ease back to the top of the Championship table as they comfortably see off managerless Stoke City.

Lampard hints at recruitment pending appeal against Chelsea’s transfer ban | Football | The Guardian
Frank Lampard has indicated Chelsea will look to strengthen their squad in January if they win their appeal to the court of arbitration for sport this month against a two-window transfer ban

Why it might be time to recognise Brendan Rodgers as an elite coach | FourFourTwo
The Leicester boss has impressed at every job he’s had – yet self-mythologising and cringe quotes have made him a divisive figure.

Cardiff face three-window transfer ban | The Guardian
Cardiff face an embargo on signing new players for three transfer windows if they do not pay Nantes the £5.2m first instalment for Emiliano Sala.

André Gomes injury has ‘really shaken up’ Son Heung-min, says Ben Davies | Football | The Guardian
Ben Davies has said André Gomes’ horrific injury deeply affected everyone in the Tottenham and Everton teams on Sunday.

Europe

Bundesliga CEO “disappointed” by Fox Sports coverage in US | SportBusiness
You ain’t the only one, pal.

Granada 1-2 Real Sociedad: La Liga title race heats up - BBC Sport
Real Sociedad score a dramatic late winner at fellow high-flyers Granada to complete another unpredictable weekend in the La Liga title race.

Dirk Schlegel and Falko Götz: The East Berlin footballers who fled from Stasi - BBC Sport
In November 1983, two Dynamo Berlin footballers risked their lives as they fled to the West and left their whole lives behind in East Germany. This is their story.

MLS/Americas

MLS MVP: Carlos Vela wins over Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Pro Soccer USA
After a record-breaking season in which he earned the MLS golden boot and captained the MLS All-Stars, LAFC’s Carlos Vela is Major League Soccer’s MVP.

USMNT U-17s ousted from World Cup following Netherlands loss | SBI Soccer
The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team was eliminated from the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup on Saturday.

NWSL wishlist: Seven things to improve the league in 2020 and beyond – The Athletic ($)
Friday’s announcement of new compensation guidelines are a step in the right direction, but there is more the league can do to improve.

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Teams 2019 - Forbes
Lots of caveats to these valuations, but they’re a useful thumbnail.

Other

Deadspin, the limits of ‘sticking to sport’ and why we should never just shut up and consume | The Independent
Over the last couple of years, this column has attempted – and, it has to be said, largely failed – to grasp a multitude of issues and causes that extravagantly violate its own humble sporting remit.