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Premier League/England

Pep picks out two ‘exceptional human beings’ after Man City win - Football365
Pep Guardiola picked out two of Manchester City’s young defenders for special praise after comfortable EFL Cup win.

Liverpool, New Balance head to court over jersey dispute | SI.com
Nike has made an offer to become the new sponsor of the English club.

Ed Woodward pledges faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjær at Manchester United | Football | The Guardian
Ah, the dreaded “vote of confidence”.

Tottenham crash out of Carabao Cup to Colchester on penalties | Football | The Guardian
This tournament doesn’t matter, until it oh so spectacularly does.

Watford 2-1 Swansea City: Hornets reach Carabao Cup fourth round - BBC Sport
Danny Welbeck scores his first goal for almost a year as Watford beat Swansea to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton: Saints win unforgettable, says Hasenhuttl - BBC Sport
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says he will never forget beating Portsmouth as the Premier League side won 4-0 to reach the Carabao Cup last 16.

Man Utd tell fans: Success comes before money
Manchester United have moved to assure supporters that the club remain committed to “competing for trophies at the highest level.”

Players nearly walked off pitch over racist abuse, says Dover manager | Football | The Guardian
Dover Athletic discussed taking their players off the pitch in their National League game at Victoria Park.

Jordan Nobbs gets England recall as Neville begins Olympic preparations | The Guardian
Arsenal’s midfielder Jordan Nobbs has been recalled to the England squad for the first time since recovering from a serious knee injury.

Europe

AC Milan launch an anti-racism initiative - The AC Milan Offside
Maybe don’t hold your breath for results?

Adel Taarabt exclusive: Luka Modric told me I’d play for Real Madrid or Barcelona one day | FourFourTwo
Adel Taarabt has told FourFourTwo that Luka Modric thought the Moroccan would one day play for Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward injured on his first start of season in Villarreal win - BBC Sport
Lionel Messi suffers an injury on his first start of the season in Barcelona’s narrow win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp.

Champions League: Wembley will host 2023 final - BBC Sport
St Petersburg and Munich will host the 2021 and 2022 finals respectively.

Lionel Messi’s enduring luminous talent marks him out as The Best | The Guardian
It is easy to become a little inured but Lionel Messi’s achievements are astonishing.

MLS/Americas

Is NWSL ready to stand on its own without U.S. Soccer?
U.S. Soccer is on the verge of walking away from its management of the NWSL, and there are disturbing signs this won’t be good for the league.