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Premier League/England

Football urged to protect players after fan punches Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish | Football | The Guardian
Hope it was worth it, guy who was arrested and banned for life from going to his favorite team’s games.

Chris Smalling: Manchester United defender shoved by fan during game against Arsenal - BBC Sport
Hope it was worth it, guy who will never be able to see his favorite club play in person again.

Guardiola on FFP investigation: ‘Believe me, I don’t care’ - Football365
He then launched into a full-throated rendition of the Icona Pop song and everyone joined in.

Son Heung-min: ‘My father says I shouldn’t marry until I retire and I agree’ | Football | The Guardian
The Spurs forward tells David Hytner about gruelling four-hour keepy-uppy sessions as a child, his desire to repay his family and why marriage can wait.

The Royal Shrovetide Football Game Is A Very Dumb, Very English, And Very Good Sport
For centuries, the citizens of Ashbourne, England have annually contested the Royal Shrovetide Football match.

Europe

Real Valladolid 1-4 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema scores twice in win - BBC Sport
Real Madrid come from behind to beat Real Valladolid in La Liga, although the result is unlikely to relieve the pressure on head coach Santiago Solari.

Hannover denied certain goal as ball gets stuck in snow on goal line – video | Football | The Guardian
The elements provided a helping hand to Bayer Leverkusen in their 3-2 win over Hannover in the Bundesliga.

Barcelona target admits Liverpool move ‘could happen’ - Football365
Matthijs de Ligt can see himself linking up with Netherlands teammate Virgil van Dijk at club level too.

Marseille’s Balotelli nets winner in victory over former team Nice
Mario Balotelli’s love affair with Marseille continued on Sunday when the striker gave them a 1-0 home win against his former club Nice in Ligue 1.

The night Ajax stunned the Bernabéu - and inspired a continent
This Ajax side should be lauded and relished as one of the most thrilling and enterprising the Champions League has seen for some time.

The Eintracht Frankfurt way: how the Bundesliga outfit continue to punch above their weight
At home and abroad, Eintracht Frankfurt have found a way to remain ahead of similarly sized clubs and look to the Champions League in the future.

MLS/Americas

USWNT players file federal class-action lawsuit seeking equal pay | Pro Soccer USA
The players are seeking equitable pay and treatment, in addition to damages including back pay.

How the Timbers recovered from the coldest MLS game ever – The Athletic ($)
What’s it like to play in an 18 degree blizzard?

Jill Ellis’ USWNT is still a mess heading towards the World Cup - SBNation.com
The USWNT is barreling towards the World Cup with no idea what it should look like. It’s concerning ... and yet they can still win it all.

Wiebe: It’s the same old story for MLS in Concacaf Champions League | MLSsoccer.com
The ceiling is visible, and seemingly unbreakable.

Other

What’s it like to… have your career ruined by injuries? | FourFourTwo
In 2002, Matt Piper was on top of the world – club history made at Leicester, and a multimillion-pound move to Sunderland.

Marvin Sordell column: It’s time to tell you about my depression | FourFourTwo
In his latest unghosted column, Marvin reflects on his struggles with mental health – and how he’s now trying to help others.