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Wednesday cannon fodder: filthy semifinal coaching

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Premier League/England

The 1992/93 Premier League: a madcap first season, as told by its heroes | FourFourTwo
Andrew Murray remembers the Premier League’s very first campaign – when boy, were things very different.

Chelsea apology over ex-chief scout Eddie Heath’s ‘unchallenged’ sex abuse - BBC Sport
Young Chelsea footballers were targeted for years by a “prolific and manipulative sexual abuser” who was able to operate “unchallenged”, says a damning report.

Bristol City write to clubs to explain new policy of not kicking ball out of play | Football | The Guardian
Bristol City have written to every Championship club to tell them that they will not kick the ball out of play for any opposing player unless they have suffered a head injury

Derby confirm Wayne Rooney to join as player-coach in January | Football | The Guardian
He will leave DC United and join as a player-coach on an initial 18-month contract in January.

van Persie: Would I have joined Man Utd if I knew Fergie was retiring? - Planet Football
Robin van Persie has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson told him that he would remain as Manchester United manager for three years.

Kick It Out ‘appalled’ after four incidents of racist abuse at weekend - BBC Sport
Anti-racism charity Kick It Out says it is “appalled” after four alleged incidents of racist abuse in EFL games.

Man City branded ‘a danger that football has not seen before’ - Football365
Javier Tebas has continued his feud with Manchester City.

Europe

Universitatea Craiova ordered to play two matches behind closed doors - BBC Sport
Just gotta marvel at the fact this never happens to teams people have heard of.

MLS/Americas

Orlando City falls 2-0 to Atlanta United in semifinals of U.S. Open Cup | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City’s run in the U.S. Open Cup came to an end on Tuesday night.

Report: Inter Miami eye ex-AC Milan manager Gattuso for head coaching role | MLSsoccer.com
David Beckham might look to his playing past for the next key piece in his current project.

Other

What to expect from The Athletic UK – The Athletic (free)
The Athletic was already worth the subscription cost and is rapidly becoming even more so.

Football’s a filthy industry. It’s all whores and pimps. But I love it – The Athletic ($)
He runs an English club and now he's going to anonymously reveal what football is really like behind the scenes.

Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu bundle will cost $12.99 per month
This is a much better deal than I expected it to be.

And finally, from one Arsenal fanbase to another, our hearts go out to the victims in El Paso (and Dayton). There was a youth soccer team who was doing a fundraiser for equipment for their season at that Walmart, so the El Paso official Arsenal supporters group set up a fundraiser for them. They haven’t quite met their goal yet, but they’re well on their way, and if we can help them out I’m happy to do so.