Premier League clubs v Newcastle: inside the stunning emergency vote

We explain the rule change voted through, what could happen next and why the clubs are so worried • Exclusive: Clubs vote to block Newcastle sponsorship deals It was the follow-up to a special meeting that 19 of the clubs had last Tuesday, which was to discuss their concerns about the Saudi-led £305m takeover of […]

Premier League clubs vote to block Newcastle sponsorship deals at emergency meeting

Move bans deals involving existing business relationships Newcastle say amendment for one month is unlawful The hostility among Premier League clubs to the Newcastle United takeover was underlined on Monday when they voted through legislation designed to prevent the Saudi owners from striking lucrative sponsorship deals. Newcastle made it clear at the emergency meeting of […]

Klopp criticises red-zone quarantine plan and hits out at Premier League

Vaccinated players can break quarantine to train and play Liverpool manager accuses league of not fighting for players Jürgen Klopp has condemned the new quarantine rules for internationals returning from red zone countries and accused the Premier League of not “fighting for our players” during its negotiations with the government. On Friday the government confirmed […]

Saudi Arabia takeover of Newcastle United will be decided in January

Deal to go ahead if club can prove Gulf kingdom not a director Premier League threatened to expel Newcastle from top flight The controversial Saudi Arabian-led takeover of Newcastle United is set to be approved if the club can prove the Gulf kingdom will not be a director of the club. That issue is due […]

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino double up as Liverpool crush Porto

Liverpool wore black armbands in honour of Roger Hunt and paid their departed former striker the finest tribute possible with another ruthless, relentless rout of Porto. Jürgen Klopp’s team are coasting through a supposedly complicated Champions League group. Porto gathered en masse in the centre circle after the end of their latest humiliation at the […]

Tottenham ‘have a lot of problems’ admits Nuno after Chelsea defeat

Spurs manager says: ‘We need more time to work together’ Thomas Tuchel praises N’Golo Kanté and second-half display Nuno Espírito Santo conceded “there were a lot of things that went wrong” as his Tottenham side sustained an ultimately chastening 3-0 home defeat against Chelsea which leaves Thomas Tuchel’s team joint top of the Premier League […]

Chelsea vow to take action over alleged sectarian abuse of John McGinn

Video appears to show fan directing abuse at Aston Villa player Chelsea ‘working to identify person’ and appeal for information Chelsea have pledged to take the “strongest possible action” after a video circulated on social media of a spectator allegedly using “abusive language of a sectarian nature” towards Aston Villa’s John McGinn. The club have […]

Klopp says Elliott’s serious injury overshadows Liverpool win at Leeds

‘The whole team was shocked and we lost rhythm’ Leeds manager Bielsa defends Pascal Struijk for challenge An emotional Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool’s “brilliant” 3-0 win at Leeds had been completely overshadowed by Harvey Elliott sustaining a dislocated ankle on only his third Premier League start. The 18-year-old is facing several months on the sidelines […]

Benítez faces return to austerity at Everton with losses constraining club

The new Everton manager hopes the club will have money to spend in January but must initially work to a tight budget Creativity on the cheap, a towering South American centre-forward and an experienced Premier League goalkeeper as back-up. David Moyes may recognise Everton’s recent transfer window because it was almost identical to one he […]

The Ronaldo phenomenon: how one player became a tyranny of numbers | Jonathan Liew

His Manchester United return feels like a statement of power from a man who has cultivated a brand of individualistic devotion In the aftermath of Cristiano Ronaldo’s shock return to Manchester United last week, there was a good deal of feverish speculation about whether he would reclaim the famous No 7 shirt once worn by […]

‘It is not right’: Jürgen Klopp hits out at Fifa over bans and World Cup plans

‘Every idea is about more games,’ Klopp says of governing body Liverpool’s Brazil players still set to miss Sunday’s game at Leeds Jürgen Klopp believes Fifa’s threatened ban on Brazil internationals, the addition of a third game during international breaks and a proposed World Cup every two years are evidence the authorities “do not care” […]

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return should provoke awkward conversations as well as cheers | Max Rushden

The excitement greeting the Manchester United icon has a complicating factor. How do we navigate this part of the story? Cristiano Ronaldo may well make his return for Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. On the pitch or not – every camera will be fixed on him. Every stretch. Every light jog. Every side-foot […]

Brazilian police investigate Argentina’s four Premier League players

Police refer to ‘possible crime of supplying false information’ Martínez, Buendía, Romero and Lo Celso under investigation Brazilian federal police have opened an inquiry to investigate the four Argentina players whose presence at Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Brazil caused the match to be abandoned. Aston Villa’s Emiliano Martínez and Emi Buendía and Tottenham’s Cristian […]

Brazil v Argentina abandoned as health authorities invade pitch

Argentinian quartet accused of lying when entering Brazil Match abandoned after 10 minutes by Brazilian health officials A World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Brazil was abandoned amid farcical, confused scenes after four Premier League players apparently violated Brazilian regulations designed to contain a Covid outbreak that has killed more than 580,000 Brazilians. The Aston […]

Cristiano Ronaldo reclaims Manchester United’s No 7 shirt from Edinson Cavani

Forward wore number during first spell with club Edinson Cavani vacates famous shirt Manchester United have confirmed returning signing Cristiano Ronaldo will wear the No 7 shirt. The Portuguese forward wore the iconic digit during his first spell at Old Trafford, becoming tied to the figure. Striker Edinson Cavani has offered to vacate the shirt […]

Transfer window verdict: how every Premier League club fared

Some left it late, others did their business early but among some eye-catching arrivals which clubs have been the smartest? Few clubs can have spent nearly £150m in one transfer window yet left its fanbase feeling utterly demoralised. Arsenal have strengthened in the areas they felt they needed but just how much will the incoming […]

Harry Kane has no regrets over trying to force move from Spurs

England captain confident saga has not tarnished reputation ‘My focus is to win silverware at Tottenham,’ says striker Harry Kane has insisted his conscience is clear after his unsuccessful attempts to force a move from Tottenham to Manchester City. Kane, who is poised to captain England in their World Cup qualifier against Hungary on Thursday […]

Son Heung-min downs Watford and maintains Tottenham’s perfect start

Nine points; three clean sheets; Harry Kane staying put; top of the table. Had that been offered a fortnight ago to the 60,000 supporters streaming through the turnstiles yesterday, the extended hand would have been snapped off. The day was supposed to be about their talismanic centre-forward. Instead it was his sidekick, Son Heung-min, on […]

‘I question myself’: Arteta reflects on Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City

Mikel Arteta blames himself for Arsenal’s dismal start Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calls on teammates to show pride Mikel Arteta said he will question his own decision-making after Arsenal made their worst start to a season since 1954. Midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off for a dangerous tackle as Arsenal were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City to […]

Conor Gallagher at the double as Crystal Palace fight back to thwart West Ham

The reality check did not take long to arrive, leaving West Ham with much to ponder. This was a frayed, leggy performance from David Moyes’s side and although they remain top of the Premier League after this uneven draw with Crystal Palace, it is hard not to feel that they need further signings before the […]

Premier League clubs will not release players for matches on UK’s red list

Clubs ‘reluctantly’ refuse to release international players Premier League backs stance in defiance of Fifa Premier League clubs have united in defiance of Fifa and refused to release players for international duty in countries on the UK’s red list. The escalating row over quarantine restrictions, and the lack of exemptions for players returning from red‑zone […]

Antonio doubles up as West Ham demolish 10-man Leicester

West Ham are making it impossible to view last season’s exploits as a fluke. On this evidence there is no doubt that they are heading in the right direction under David Moyes, whose tough and talented team look ready to push for another top-six finish after this crushing demolition of Leicester. Nobody was worrying about […]

What is the point of Arsenal? – Football Weekly

Max Rushden is joined by Barry Glendenning, Mark Langdon and Faye Carruthers to review the weekend action in the Premier League Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. Romelu Lukaku shines on his second debut for Chelsea while we all repeat […]

Jack Grealish on target as Manchester City run riot against Norwich

As finishes go it was more Shaun Goater than Kevin De Bruyne but Jack Grealish will not care. His first Manchester City goal may forever remain his worst but he and they are off the mark. His £100m fee owed more to the silky magnetism of his right foot than an uncertain touch with his […]

Jürgen Klopp lashes out over homophobic chants, calling fans ‘idiots’

Norwich’s Billy Gilmour, on loan from Chelsea, targeted by fans Liverpool condemned supporters for offensive chants Jürgen Klopp has strongly condemned the Liverpool supporters who directed homophobic chants at the Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour, calling them “idiots”. Liverpool won 3-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday in their opening Premier League game of the season but […]

Romelu Lukaku vows to live up to £97.5m transfer fee at Chelsea

Striker excited by ‘dream’ return to club he left in 2014 Belgian has taken No 9 shirt from departed Tammy Abraham Romelu Lukaku has vowed to live up to his £97.5m fee after seeing his dream of returning to Chelsea come true. The Belgium striker has unfinished business at Chelsea after leaving them for Everton […]

Raúl Jiménez: ‘The doctors told me it was a miracle to still be there’ | Paul Doyle

The Wolves forward has completed a remarkable recovery from a head injury that threatened his life, not just his career Raúl Jiménez has revealed that doctors told him it was a miracle he survived the skull fracture he sustained against Arsenal last November. The Mexican striker’s disclosure underlines how extraordinary it was that he returned […]

The Fiver | And that was the opening Premier League weekend that was

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now! While the entirety of last season proved that football is nothing without fans, the opening weekend of this new one provided a timely reminder that despite their prolonged and enforced absence it would often be considerably better if some of them stayed at […]