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Premier League/England

Firmino fires extra-time winner as Liverpool lift Club World Cup trophy | The Guardian
Roberto Firmino scored in the 99th minute to give Liverpool a first Club World Cup triumph as they beat Flamengo 1-0.

Tottenham 0-2 Chelsea: PFA wants inquiry after alleged racism mars match - BBC Sport
The PFA calls for a government inquiry into racism in football after Chelsea’s Premier League win over Tottenham is marred by alleged racist behaviour from the crowd.

Manchester City complain to Premier League over clogged-up Christmas | The Guardian
Manchester City face two Christmas games inside 48 hours.

Solskjær angry at Manchester United’s ‘testimonial’ pace in Watford loss | The Guardian
Ole Gunnar Solskjær believes a lack urgency lay behind Manchester United’s shock defeat at Watford.

The joy of Christmas Day football is alive and well in the Steel and Sons Cup final
A last bastion of peace on the turf and goodwill to linesmen, the glory days of festive football are alive and well in the Steel and Sons Cup final.

Tottenham chairman - Mauricio Pochettino sack felt like a divorce
Tottenham Hotspur Chairman Daniel Levy said it had been personally very difficult to relieve Mauricio Pochettino from his duties.

Yaya Toure blames increase in stupidity for football racism - BBC Sport
Racism in football is getting worse because “fans are more stupid than before”, according to former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

Europe

Rangers’ victory over Hibernian marred by missiles thrown from stand | The Guardian
The match was marred by the throwing of missiles from home fans in the East Stand.

Édouard’s strike hands Celtic win over Dons and renews five-point gap | The Guardian
Goals from Christopher Jullien and Odsonne Édouard earned Celtic a 2-1 home victory over Aberdeen.

Flick to stay as Bayern coach until end of season, Atalanta thrash Milan | The Guardian
Hansi Flick will remain in charge of Bayern Munich until the end of the season, while Milan suffered a historic defeat against Atalanta.

Tyler Adams returns to action for RB Leipzig after lengthy injury layoff | SBI Soccer
Tyler Adams started and played 87 minutes in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 win against Augsburg.

Italian football and the long road to understanding its problem | These Football Times
Italy remains a long way off understanding what constitutes racism in football.

Kosovare Asllani: ‘Spanish women’s football strike is about more than one league. It’s about football all over the world’ | Telegraph
History could be made this week in Spain, and though it was not necessarily on Kosovare Asllani’s radar before July, she is happy to be a part of it.

MLS/Americas

Concacaf Champions League round of 16 schedule released | Pro Soccer USA
Atlanta, LAFC, Montreal, NYCFC and Seattle begin the CCL round of 16 on the road before returning home for the second leg.

Chicago Fire name Georg Heitz as new sporting director | Pro Soccer USA
Heitz held the same role with Swiss power FC Basel from 2012-2017.

The NWSL will not expand in 2020 – Equalizer Soccer
The National Women’s Soccer League will remain at nine teams for the 2020 season.

Other

How the 2022 World Cup is emerging from the desert of Qatar | Football | The Guardian
Let the whitewashing of wholesale human rights abuses commence, because soccer!

WIIM will go dark on Monday - Winging It In Motown
Do not be surprised if you see this start to happen elsewhere around the network.