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Premier League/England

Own goal costs dear as Wolves rip into Manchester United’s top-four bid | Football | The Guardian
An own goal from Manchester United’s Chris Smalling gave Wolves a deserved 2-1 win at Molineux.

Bolton Wanderers: Club’s home games with Ipswich and Middlesbrough in doubt - BBC Sport
Hold on, I’m being handed a bulletin...

Bolton to play next two home games behind closed doors | Football | The Guardian
Bolton will have to play their next two league matches behind closed doors after it was declared that the Championship club could not guarantee fans’ safety.

Gareth Southgate the statesman can inspire golfers and politicians alike | Kevin Mitchell | Football | The Guardian
The England manager leads and supports his players with few words and integrity – virtues that are lacking elsewhere, from the golf course to Westminster.

Scott Parker admits Fulham ‘don’t have the nous’ after relegation confirmed | Football | The Guardian
Two down, one to go.

Macclesfield Town players still waiting for March wages - BBC Sport
Macclesfield’s players are still waiting to be paid by the League Two club despite their wages being due last Friday.


Barcelona battle back for 4-4 draw at Villarreal - BBC Sport
La Liga leaders Barcelona score two late goals to draw 4-4 with Villarreal in a remarkable game.

Real Madrid: Bernabeu to be ‘best stadium in world’ after four-year refurbishment - BBC Sport
Images reveal it to be turning into a sardine tin?

Messi’s goal “taken away” in Golden Shoe race by MARCA - but the Madrid daily has promised to review it - Barca Blaugranes
MARCA has not awarded the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Espanyol to Messi. Because that matters.

Spalletti calls Icardi’s feud with Inter ‘humiliating’ – ProSoccerTalk
Nearly two months after it started, the ongoing feud between Mauro Icardi and Inter Milan is making more noise than ever.


Bigger question: Would the fan base be as...amazing as @bestfansstlouis?

Inter Milan, Inter Miami face off in trademark dispute | Pro Soccer USA
A Trademark Trial and Appeal Board will have to consider both Inter Milan and Inter Miami’s positions in a dispute over the MLS team’s name.

Rest of the World

Racing Club wins Argentinian national championship – ProSoccerTalk
Racing Club, one of the five giants of Argentinian soccer, won its ninth national league trophy Sunday.


Racism in football: Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin calls for referees to stop games - BBC Sport
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin will ask referees to be "brave" and stop matches where there is racial abuse from the fans.

The Greatest Goal I Ever Saw… Paul Scholes vs Barcelona, 2008 | FourFourTwo
Richard Jolly was there to see the midfielder’s stunning Old Trafford screamer which sent Manchester United into the Champions League final.

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