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Premier League/England

Kompany ruled out of own testimonial with injury
Former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has been ruled out of his own testimonial after suffering a hamstring injury.

Police confirm arrest after suspected Sterling racist abuse - Football365
Raheem Sterling was subjected to alleged racist abuse during England’s victory over Bulgaria. Honestly.

Yerry Mina: Everton defender fined £10,000 for breaking FA betting rules - BBC Sport
Everton defender Yerry Mina is warned as to his future conduct and fined £10,000 after admitting breaching FA betting rules.

Dave Kitson: Retired striker warns of ‘mental health epidemic’ - BBC Sport
Ex-Reading striker Dave Kitson opens up on his mental health struggle, and warns of an “epidemic” in football.

Do the numbers really say Manchester United are good? | StatsBomb
As always, it’s complicated.

Europe

Belgium football transfer: Two arrested in fraud inquiry - BBC News
The suspects are held following raids in Monaco, Belgium and London over claims of money-laundering.

MLS/Americas

Watch Wayne Rooney Sing “Folsom Prison Blues” at a DC Bar | Washingtonian (DC)
The soon-to-be-former D.C. United star enjoys singing piano karaoke in Georgetown. And we’ve got video!

Chicago Fire MLS soccer games set for return to Soldier Field | abc7chicago.com
The Chicago Park District will vote Wednesday on an authorization to let the city’s Major League Soccer team the Chicago Fire to negotiate a move back to Soldier Field for its home games.

Is MLS blessed with brilliant attackers ... or are its defenders just terrible? | Football | The Guardian
As a regular watcher of The MLS League, it’s both, but mostly the latter.

Rest of the World

Neymar accuser indicted for extortion, fraud in Brazil
Sao Paulo police say they are indicting Brazilian model Najila Trindade and her former partner over a rape allegation against football star Neymar.