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Macclesfield preparing to boycott League Two match with Crewe | The Guardian
Macclesfield’s players and staff say their League Two match against Crewe will not go ahead.

Chelsea accuse Fifa of treating them and Manchester City differently | Football | The Guardian
Chelsea have criticised Fifa’s ‘deeply unsatisfactory’ conduct when imposing a two-window transfer ban after they were cleared to sign players in January.

Man arrested over alleged racist abuse in Manchester derby | Football | The Guardian
A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of ‘racially aggravated public order offence’ after Saturday’s match at the Etihad Stadium.

Ron Saunders obituary | The Guardian
Gritty and determined football manager at the helm during Aston Villa’s successes of the 1970s and 80s.

Sol Campbell owed £182,000 by Macclesfield, backs winding-up petition | The Guardian
The former Macclesfield manager Sol Campbell wants the club to be wound up because debts have not been paid.

Chelsea’s Mason Mount ends goal drought and Aston Villa resistance | The Guardian
Mason Mount scored for the first time in almost two months.

Exclusive: Labour promise football fans a say over their club’s choice of manager
SPOILER ALERT: this won’t happen


Super rich versus the rest: Champions League groups hampered by inequality | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian
heat hot, water wet, etc.

Barcelona 5-2 Mallorca: Lionel Messi hat-trick sends Barcelona top - BBC Sport
Lionel Messi celebrates winning his sixth Ballon d’Or with a hat-trick as Barcelona beat Mallorca to move to the top of La Liga.

Fraser Forster the hero as 10-man Celtic earn final victory over Rangers | The Guardian
Celtic defeated Rangers 1-0 to win the Scottish League Cup thanks to a goal from Christopher Jullien.

Women’s Super League to get extra Champions League spot from 2021 | The Guardian
The Women’s Super League will receive a third Champions League place when the competition is expanded to include a last-16 group stage.

Virgil van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi, claims Jürgen Klopp | The Guardian
Jürgen Klopp has claimed Virgil van Dijk deserved to win the Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi.


‘Worst club’ Veracruz gets Liga MX boot amid struggles
Liga MX side Veracruz was disaffiliated from Mexico’s first division following a financial breakdown at the club.

Don Garber stresses need to “figure out” solution for long MLS offseason | SBI Soccer
The league says it is currently working to try to find a solution to that dilemma.

Cameron, Durkin headline Americans Abroad performances this weekend
Geoff Cameron was the only American player to win in the EFL Championship this weekend, while Weston McKennie and Chris Durkin also shined.

Orlando City names Oscar Pareja head coach | SBI Soccer
The Lions have announced the hiring of Oscar Pareja as the team’s new head coach.

Vela, Zlatan, Lodeiro headline the SBI MLS Best XI for 2019 | SBI Soccer
We look at which players stood out the most in the 2019 season.

US Soccer has $162m in the bank. So where does all the money go? | The Guardian
The US Soccer Federation has huge cash assets but it may need to drain that fund with lawsuits looming, and the men’s team in need of revival.

Vivianne Miedema is done being overlooked -
The Arsenal striker’s 6 goal, 4 assist performance was no fluke.


Agent fees for international transfers top £500m for 2019 - BBC Sport
Fifa says more than half a billion pounds has been spent so far in 2019 on agents involved in international transfers.

Four screens and countless tweets: modern perils of consuming football | The Guardian
Amazon’s major selling point, that you can watch all the games, is the worst thing about it.