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Premier League/England

Son Heung-min’s red card for tackle on Everton’s André Gomes overturned | Football | The Guardian
Tottenham’s claim of wrongful dismissal was upheld by a Football Association independent regulatory commission.

Liverpool to play twice in two days in Carabao and Fifa Club World Cups | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool will face Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup before competing in the Fifa Club World Cup semi-final just hours later.

VAR: Referees are in sheer panic at video decisions, says Chris Sutton - BBC Sport
Premier League referees are in “sheer panic” at how the video assistant referee system is being used, says Chris Sutton.

Who are the best Premier League scorers you’re not paying attention to? | StatsBomb
The top of the Premier League’s individual expected goals per 90 table is full of all the usual suspects. Who are you overlooking?

Home nations far from united over GB women’s Olympic football team | Ewan Murray | Football | The Guardian
It was supposed to be a one-off for London 2012 but Team GBwill be back at Tokyo 2020.

MPs say EFL should pay ‘reparations’ to expelled Bury players and staff | Football | The Guardian
A parliamentary committee has concluded that the Football League failed to enforce its own rules over Bury’s expulsion.

Europe

Chelsea fight back as Ajax pay price for two red cards and two penalties | Football | The Guardian
Ajax had two players sent off in one play during the second half of their Champions League match.

Verona ban ultras leader until 2030 over racist comments about Balotelli | Football | The Guardian
Verona have banned the leader of their ultras, Lucas Castellini, until 30 June 2030 over racist comments he made about Mario Balotelli.

Mario Balotelli: Brescia striker angry at racist abuse from ‘small-minded’ fans - BBC Sport
Brescia striker Mario Balotelli criticises the “small-minded” fans who shouted racist abuse at him on Sunday.

MLS/Americas

Carlos Vela and Landon Donovan: LA greats are linked by far more than the MVP award | MLSsoccer.com
Carlos Vela’s and Landon Donovan’s attitudes toward soccer, and life, are almost unique among the world’s top players.

NYCFC manager Dome Torrent to step down in coming days, per report | Pro Soccer USA
Torrent led NYCFC to a first-place finish in MLS’ Eastern Conference in 2019.

Zlatan Ibrahimović reportedly considers Bologna FC offer | Pro Soccer USA
Representatives from Bologna FC have spoken to Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his agent about leaving MLS for Serie A.

Toronto’s Jozy Altidore will need a ‘miracle’ to play in MLS Cup | Pro Soccer USA
Altidore is recovering from a quad strain that has kept him out of the playoffs.