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Referee Rebecca Welch makes history in English Football League debut

Rebecca Welch made history on Monday as she became the first appointed female referee to take charge of an English Football League (EFL) game. The 37-year-old, who has previously refereed high-profile women’s matches, oversaw Port Vale’s 2-0 win against Harrogate Town in the third tier of men’s English football.Back in 2010, Amy Fearn became the […]

Controversy As Linesman Asks Haaland For Autograph After Man City Game

After Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester City in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, one of the Romanian assistant referees followed Haaland down the tunnel at Etihad Stadium, with his flag under his arm, and appeared to get him to sign a red and yellow card he produced from his top pocket. “You shouldn’t […]

Leicester City promoted to Women’s Super League after winning Championship

Leicester City have won promotion to the Women’s Super League for the first time in their history. Sunday’s 2-0 victory over London City Lionesses confirmed the Foxes as winners of the second-tier Championship with two games remaining. Leicester have won 15 and lost just one of their 18 fixtures to date. Four teams are currently […]

CAF fixes date for AFCON, re-arranges Benin, Sierra Leone qualifier

The Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be staged in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 next year, a Confederation of African Football official confirmed on Thursday. A virtual executive committee meeting chaired by recently elected president Patrice Motsepe from South Africa also decided that a draw to divide the 24 qualifiers into six […]

Champions League: Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos injured ahead of Liverpool tie

Sergio Ramos suffered a calf injury while on international duty with Spain, just five days before Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Liverpool, the La Liga champions announced on Thursday. The veteran centre-back made his 180th international appearance in Spain’s World Cup qualifying win over Kosovo as a late substitute, but said he […]

‘How embarrassing’: Germany suffer first World Cup qualifying loss in 20 years

Germany’s performance was dubbed “embarrassing” after they suffered their first World Cup qualifying defeat for 20 years in a humiliating 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia which heaped pressure on coach Joachim Loew. “The disappointment is huge,” said a crest-fallen Loew after the final whistle in Duisburg on Wednesday. “This is a set-back. There were […]

South Sudan suspends $6m stadium works after collapse

The authorities in South Sudan have suspended the renovation of Juba national stadium, a project sponsored by the world football governing body, Fifa, after a partial collapse of the facility. Parts of the stadium collapsed on Tuesday afternoon during construction, sparking public outcry on social media. Ethiopian company, GS Construction, was last year contracted by […]

Barcelona lose £88M in disastrous financial year

Barcelona have revealed they ended the 2019-2020 financial year with a £97million loss as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The club ended the year with a revenue of £775m, below their £950m target set in the budget. Before COVID-19 struck, the LaLiga side were forecast a revenue of 1.59 billion (£960m) – which would […]