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Premier League/England

Arrest as Wigan footballer Nathan Byrne is sent racist tweet - BBC News
Wigan said they were “angered” by an abusive tweet sent to Nathan Byrne after a draw with Bristol City.

Chelsea’s Sarri hints at Eden Hazard exit after his masterclass sinks West Ham | Football | The Guardian
Maurizio Sarri admitted the club will struggle to hold on to their No 10.

England’s Raheem Sterling says players should not leave pitch over racist abuse - BBC Sport
The England star says players should not leave the pitch if there is racist abuse from the stands because “if you walk off they win”.

England women v Spain: Steph Houghton to miss friendly, Carly Telford withdraws with concussion - BBC Sport
England skipper Steph Houghton will miss Tuesday’s World Cup warm-up game against Spain at Swindon Town because of a groin injury.

Why Lionel Messi is Pep Guardiola and Man City’s biggest problem - Alan Shearer - BBC Sport
Really going out on a limb there, Alan.

Maurizio Sarri unhappy with lack of fixture flexibility from Premier League | Football | The Guardian
Maurizio Sarri has claimed that scheduling Chelsea to play on Monday before a trip to Prague for a Europa League game on Thursday is ‘strange’.

Europe

Hibs fan jailed over confrontation with Rangers’ James Tavernier - BBC News
The 22-year-old was also banned from attending football matches in Scotland for 10 years.

Busquets recalls Rooney asking Barcelona for mercy in 2011 - Football365
”That was the best performance of Pep’s era,” says Sergio Busquets. Rooney asked Barca to “stop playing the ball around now”.

Unbowed by racism, Moise Kean continues to show huge talent | Football | The Guardian
Juventus’s teenage forward continues to suggest he is less the new Mario Balotelli than a successor to Cristiano Ronaldo.

MLS/Americas

A Fire Killed 10 Boys in Brazil, and Exposed the Underbelly of the Soccer Business - The New York Times
Young players with dreams of glory think elite training programs lead to riches. They do. Just rarely for them.

Toronto held ‘exploratory’ talks with Bayern Munich’s Robben - source
Toronto FC has held “exploratory” talks with Arjen Robben but is not actively pursuing a move for the Bayern Munich winger, a source says.

Other

‘It’s almost like a part of you dies’: Retired players on hard choices and life after baseball – The Athletic ($)
Different players cope in different ways with the end of their careers, but for stars and journeymen alike, the adjustment massive.

The striking and surprising stories behind football’s stadium names
No, not the corporate ones. The ones with good names.

Resurgent racism illustrates just how much work football still has to do | Sean Ingle | Football | The Guardian
Research on supporters and coaches suggest that not enough is being done to tackle discrimination across the game.

BONUS TRACK

There was a lot of...negative news in that link dump. So here’s a video of cats on a treadmill.