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Matt Le Tissier accuses former Southampton coach Bob Higgins of giving 'very, very wrong' naked massage

Matt Le Tissier has accused the former Southampton coach at the centre of football’s child sexual abuse scandal of giving him a “very, very wrong” naked massage.
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Vanterpool Plaza: the BVI address used by Mourinho, Ronaldo and Vibrac Corporation

• Leaked documents show entities are all registered at building on Tortola• Offshore funds to be banned by Premier League from 2018Entities set up in the British Virgin Islands by companies representing José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo share the same address as two companies which are to be banned in their present form from providing loans to Premier League clubs, documents have revealed.Over the weekend, Portuguese agents company GestiFute denied that clients including Manchester United manager Mourinho and Real Madrid forward Ronaldo are involved in any tax evasion after a media consortium reported that they had used tax havens to handle tens of millions of euros in earnings. Continue reading...
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Middlesbrough on the ascent after Gastón Ramírez helps them sink Hull

Gastón Ramírez harbours unhappy memories of Hull and will doubtless have enjoyed taking his frustrations out on Mike Phelan’s spirited but under-powered team. Dispatched to Humberside on loan by Southampton two years ago, the Uruguayan struggled with injuries and poor form, and it took a transfer to Teesside to help restore him to former glories.And Ramírez, once again emphasising his importance to Aitor Karanka’s gameplan, headed in a winner to lift Middlesbrough four points clear of the relegation zone and towards mid-table security. Continue reading...
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Southampton’s José Fonte will be allowed to leave in January

• Portugal defender has turned down club’s latest contract offer• Fonte was subject of bids from Everton and Manchester United in the summerSouthampton have agreed to sell defender José Fonte in January if they receive a suitable offer after the Portugal international turned down an improved contract.Fonte, who moved to St Mary’s in 2010 from Crystal Palace, has just 18 months of his current deal remaining having failed to agree a new deal in the summer. His performances as part of Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning side saw Southampton turn down an offer of around €9m (£7.6m) from Everton for the 32-year-old, while Manchester United also showed an interest. Continue reading...
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FA appoints Clive Sheldon QC to lead sex abuse scandal review

• Football Association had initially appointed Kate Gallafent QC• Redknapp criticises FA over coach once employed by SouthamptonThe Football Association has announced that its review into child sexual abuse in football will be led by Clive Sheldon QC instead of Kate Gallafent QC “in the light of the increased scope of the review”.The FA initially appointed Gallafent to oversee an internal review into allegations of sex abuse by former players but conceded at the time “a wide-ranging inquiry may be required in time”. Continue reading...
Published an hour ago on Guardian

The Dozen: the weekend's best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from the top flight• Follow us on Instagram for more great sports photography Continue reading...
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Football transfer rumours: Roberto Firmino to anyone but Arsenal for £82m?

Today’s fluff is talking to itself at night because it can’t forgetThere’s a lot of talk about contract clauses this morning, mainly because Belgian newspaper Le Soir appear to have got their hands on a lot of juicy info. Though they have concentrated mainly on their compatriots, the most intriguing titbit does not concern a Red Devil at all. Apparently Roberto Firmino has a clause in his Liverpool contract specifying that he can leave should any suitor stump up £82m – that’s eighty-two million pounds – so long as that suitor is not Arsenal, who are specifically excluded from the cut-price offer presumably because of a long-term Anfield-focused strop relating to their attempts to snaffle Luis Suárez on the cheap. Other juicy newly-revealed contract clauses: Hugo Lloris gets an €8,000 win bonus – but also a €4,000 lose bonus, while Atlético Madrid bank €250,000 every time Sergio Aguero scores 15 goals for Manchester City, and Liverpool guaranteed Mario Balotelli a £1m jamboree so long as he only got himself stupidly sent off for petulance and backchat twice a season or less. Related: Southampton’s José Fonte will be allowed to leave in January Continue reading...
Published an hour ago on Guardian

The Fiver | There's a documentary about the Queen

In today’s Fiver: Big Cup ‘excitement’, Dirk Kuyt, and Eddie Howe’s faceIt’s matchday six (part one) in Big Cup and so many questions still have to be answered. Take Manchester City’s hugely anticipated Battle of Britain clash with the Queen’s Celtic at the Etihad Stadium, where punters will arrive wondering whether Sergio Agüero is going to succumb to The Rage again and attempt a spot of amputation on Scott Brown’s legs, eager to discover whether W1lly Caballero will be dressed in full clown regalia and curious to find out whether Pep Guardiola chooses to give promising young buck The Fiver a run-out at some point. Continue reading...
Published an hour ago on Guardian

Reassessing Tony Pulis, a manager who has gone on the attack this season

West Brom scored 34 goals in 38 matches last season – fewer than Newcastle and Norwich – but now they are outscoring Manchester United and the championsBy Martin Laurence for WhoScored?, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe Premier League was billed as the “league of managers” in the summer. With Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte arriving, José Mourinho returning, and Arsène Wenger, Jürgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino all fighting for the title, there was a sense that the men on the sidelines would steal the limelight from the players. While all of these glamorous names have become renowned for their particular approaches to the game, some of the less fashionable managers in the league are beginning to fight back against unfavourable perceptions. Managers are generally seen as either offensively or defensively minded, with Tony Pulis perhaps the archetypal example of the latter group. He gained that reputation at Stoke City and, until recently, had only strengthened his status as a reactive coach at West Brom. However, while a favourable run of fixtures since the start of November has undoubtedly played its part, his players have been in freescoring form lately. Continue reading...
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Alan Pardew has chairman’s backing before critical fixture at Hull City

• Steve Parish: Crystal Palace manager’s job is ‘totally safe’•’If we’re in crisis then there are a lot of clubs in crisis’Alan Pardew has received public backing from his chairman at Crystal Palace, Steve Parish, but will go into the critical fixture at Hull City this weekend acutely aware he still faces a battle to convince the club’s investors that he is the right man to remain in charge.Palace checked a run of six successive defeats with a fine win against Southampton on Saturday to thrust them back into mid-table, three points clear of the relegation zone, and ease the immediate pressure on their manager of almost two years. Continue reading...
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