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FA security chief concerned by possible repeat of England fan trouble

The Football Association’s head of security has been disappointed and embarrassed by the fan disturbances involving some England supporters in Portugal. Tony Conniford is concerned those issues could be compounded in the party city of Prague as October’s Euro 2020 qualifier is scheduled to be played there on a Friday night. After flare-ups in Amsterdam and Seville last year, Porto and Guimaraes this week witnessed the latest chapter of English fan disorder as supporters headed to Portugal for the inaugural Nations League finals. England manager Gareth Southgate and the FA called the troublemakers an “embarrassment” to the national team, who have been cheered on in Portugal by their biggest following since the 2006 World Cup. “For me, it has been a real disappointment because I asked the su...

Police join FA in condemning “yobbish” behaviour of England fans

The Football Association has called the fans involved in disturbances in Porto an “embarrassment” to the England team. The condemnation has been echoed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) football policing lead who declared the loutish, stag-do minority are threatening to ruin the Nations League for everyone. Instead of focusing on Thursday’s semi-final with Holland, the build-up is being dominated by fan behaviour after another night of disruption in Porto. England supporters clashed with Portuguese police and were seen hurling bottles, prompting some local families watching the hosts’ match against Switzerland in a fan zone to flee with their crying children. ‘England ’til I die’ filled the air along with more unsavoury chants – j...

Brighton’s Paul Barber re-elected to FA Council and Professional Game Board

Barber will serve a second successive year in the position. Brighton chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber has been re-elected as a Premier League representative to both The FA Council and Professional Game Board. Following the election at the Premier League shareholders’ annual summer meeting in Harrogate on Wednesday, Barber will serve a second successive year in the position. The FA Council and Professional Game Board provide governance and help to shape the English professional game. Brighton chairman Tony Bloom said on the club website: “We are extremely proud that Paul has once again been elected to these prestigious positions in English football. “It reaffirms his professional standing amongst the other clubs in the Premier League and clearly demonstrates...

FA slams “embarrassing” England fans after clashes with police in Portugal

The Football Association has called the fans involved in disturbances in Porto an “embarrassment” to the England team. The Three Lions’ preparations for Thursday’s Nations League semi-final with Holland in Guimaraes have been overshadowed by another night of disruption in nearby Porto. England supporters clashed with Portuguese police and were seen hurling bottles, prompting some local families watching the hosts’ match against Switzerland in a fan zone to flee with their crying children. ‘England ’til I die’ filled the air along with more unsavoury chants – just the latest embarrassing chapter when the Three Lions travel abroad, with trouble marring last year’s trips to Amsterdam and Seville. An FA spokesperson said: “The FA stro...

Raheem Sterling calls for talks with FA over harsher racism punishments

Raheem Sterling would be keen to speak to the Football Association and the Premier League over the summer to work out the next steps in the ongoing efforts to combat racism. The England and Manchester City forward has said social media boycotts and gestures such as wearing t-shirts during warm-ups are “not enough” and has called for “harder punishments” such as nine-point deductions for racist incidents. Speaking at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival in New York, Sterling said with City’s domestic treble-winning season now over he would be keen to discuss ways the campaign can be developed. Soccer star Raheem @sterling7 talks athlete activism and shares his perspective on the sport’s future at The #WSJFuture Of Everything Festi...

Result: Danny Rowe seals FA Trophy win for Fylde over Leyton Orient

The National League’s joint leading scorer this season struck the only goal at Wembley. Danny Rowe‘s second-half strike proved enough as AFC Fylde beat National League champions Leyton Orient 1-0 to claim the FA Trophy at Wembley. Andy Bond had a couple of chances to put the losing play-off finalists ahead from close range in the opening half, while team-mate Nick Haughton found the side netting as James Brophy came close at the other end. Jordan Maguire-Drew hit the post five minutes after the break as Orient searched for an opener, while Dan Happe headed an effort over and Marvin Ekpiteta hit the woodwork but – against the run of play – the Coasters took the lead on the hour mark. Joint National League top scorer with 27 this season, Rowe broke the deadlock as he curled a fre...

Heurelho Gomes still “proud” despite FA Cup final hammering

Goalkeeper seeks to finalise his future with Watford next week. Heurelho Gomes was as disappointed as any Watford fan after their FA Cup dreams were emphatically extinguished by Manchester City. The Hornets’ bid for a first major trophy went up in smoke at Wembley, where an encouraging start tailed off as Pep Guardiola’s men secured an historic domestic treble in style. City kept their foot down to seal a 6-0 victory and equal the record FA Cup final win. Long-serving Gomes stopped the scoreline being even worse and struck a naturally downbeat figure afterwards. Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was beaten six times at Wembley (Nick Potts/PA) He said: ‘Yeah I feel disappointed with everybody else, but I feel proud of everyone at the club. We have come so far. “Of co...

Raheem Sterling: ‘FA Cup triumph is a dream come true’

Raheem Sterling hailed becoming the FA Cup final centre of attention in his old Wembley stomping ground as “a dream come true”. Sterling bagged a brace and was only denied a hat-trick by Manchester City‘s second goal being awarded to Gabriel Jesus on review as Pep Guardiola’s men thrashed Watford 6-0. City completed an unprecedented domestic treble with their FA Cup triumph, leaving Sterling to reflect on his changing times. The 24-year-old has racked up 31 goals for club and country in a stunning campaign, while his outspoken fight against racism has elevated his standing to new heights. Sterling grew up in Wembley’s shadow as a youngster hoping one day to grace the famous field – and revelled in steering City home on Saturday. “Growing up here, growing...

Manchester City win FA Cup: Five things we learned from Wembley rout

Guardiola’s men the true stars of the show at Wembley. Manchester City thrashed Watford 6-0 to complete an unprecedented domestic treble. Here, Press Association Sport examines five key elements of City’s comprehensive triumph. Bernardo Silva is City’s attacking fulcrum: Bernardo Silva makes things happen for City (AP) Once upon a time Portugal star Bernardo was not even City’s best midfielder called Silva. Now though the 24-year-old arguably shades his namesake David when it comes to creative magic. Bernardo’s sumptuous pass for Gabriel Jesus’ first goal sealed this victory for City. The arced ball unpicked Watford’s defence and etched City’s name onto the silverware. Pep Guardiola recently admitted Bernardo’s form has been so stunning...

Result: Manchester City rip apart Watford in FA Cup final to seal historic treble

Manchester City beat Watford 6-0 in the FA Cup final, with Raheem Sterling helping himself to a hat-trick, as they become the first English side to win a domestic treble. Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester City cruised to a 6-0 victory over Watford at Wembley Stadium to win the 2019 FA Cup and make it a clean sweep of domestic honours. The Citizens scored twice in the first half and four more times in the second to complete their mission of becoming the first English side ever to lift all three trophies – the Premier League, EFL Cup and FA Cup – in a single season. Watford started well as Ederson produced what proved to be a big save to deny Roberto Pereyra early on, shortly before a strong penalty shout was turned down, and from that point on it was all about the...

Team News: Sergio Aguero benched for FA Cup final

Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho both miss out on the Manchester City starting lineup for the FA Cup final against Watford as Riyad Mahrez starts. Manchester City top-scorer Sergio Aguero has only been named on the bench for this afternoon’s FA Cup final against Watford at Wembley. The Argentine has scored more FA Cup goals than any other player since the start of the 2011-12 season, but despite netting 32 times across all competitions this term he misses out to Gabriel Jesus in Pep Guardiola‘s starting XI. Aguero is one of a number of big names to miss out for the treble-chasing English champions, with Kevin De Bruyne only on the bench and the injured Fernandinho absent altogether. Riyad Mahrez retains his starting role for Guardiola following his starring role in the title-cli...

FA Cup final: The stats behind Manchester City and Watford’s road to Wembley

Manchester City and Watford are the last two standing of the 736 entrants. Manchester City take on Watford in this season’s FA Cup final on Saturday. Here, Press Association Sport takes a numerical look at the showpiece fixture. 5 – Newport’s Padraig Amond is the top scorer in this season’s competition. Of the finalists, City pair Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus are closest to matching him on three apiece. Padraig Amond, left, is congratulated by Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko (Nick Potts/PA) 20 – goals for City in the tournament so far, winning 7-0 against Rotherham, 5-0 against Burnley, 4-1 at Newport, 3-2 over Swansea and 1-0 against Brighton. 9 – Watford have scored only nine, though did not concede a goal until their quarter-final against Crystal Palace. 11...

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