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English FA hits Everton with hefty fine after pitch invasions



Everton have been fined 300,000 pounds (328,000 dollars) by the Football Association (FA) in England for the pitch invasions which marred their English Premier League (EPL) match against Crystal Palace.

Supporters entered the field at Goodison Park during the 3-2 win over the Eagles on May 19, which guaranteed their top-flight status last season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 84th-minute winner sparked a pitch invasion and a second took place after the final whistle with Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira involved in an altercation with a supporter.

The FA charged Everton back in July over the incidents and revealed the punishment on Friday afternoon.

“Everton FC has been fined 300,000 pounds for two breaches of FA Rule E20 which occurred during the 84th minute of its EPL fixture against Crystal Palace and following the final whistle,” an FA spokesperson said.

“Everton FC admitted failing to ensure that its spectators —- and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers —- conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using threatening and violent behaviour whilst encroaching onto the pitch area.

“An independent regulatory commission subsequently imposed these sanctions, which remain subject to appeal, and the written reasons for its decisions will be published in due course.”


EPL: Man Utd to sack Ten Hag if they lose next three games – Merson




Arsenal legend, Paul Merson has said Manchester United will sack manager Erik ten Hag if they lose their next three fixtures.

The Red Devils host Chelsea in the Premier League this Wednesday

United lost 1-0 at Newcastle in their last game and will be looking to bounce back when they host the Blues.

Ten Hag’s men go into the game nine points off leaders Arse

In the Champions League, United sit bottom of their group ahead of their final fixture against Bayern Munich.

Merson believes that the next three games could determine the manager’s fate.

“If they lose to Chelsea, Bournemouth, and Bayern, I don’t see how Ten Hag keeps his job.

“I do think they’ll beat Bournemouth, however, and they could do well against a Bayern Munich side that has already qualified for the Round of 16,” Merson wrote for Sportskeeda.

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Championship: Ndidi talks up Leicester City’s promotion chase




Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, has highlighted the importance of Saturday’s win at West Brom to the team’s promotion quest.

The Foxes defeated Carlos Corberan’s men 2-1 at the Hawthorns with Harry Winks netting the winner in stoppage time.

Ndidi provided the assist for Kiernan Dewberry-Hall opener which was cancelled out later by Josh Maja.

Leicester City maintained top position on the table and remain on course to secure an immediate return to the top-flight after their relegation last season.

“It was really brilliant,”he told the club’s official website.

“You could see how we acted on the bench and all the fans. It was really amazing because we actually needed it.

“We know it is very tight at the moment with the fact that the last game was not the best game, but we knew if we could get this, it’s really amazing because it gives us more steps ahead. It was really good.”

Enzo Maresca’s men will be back in action again on Saturday when they will welcome Plymouth Argyle to the King Power Stadium.

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EPL: Guardiola reveals Tottenham manager that made title hard to win



Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has claimed it is now harder to win the Premier League.

Guardiola was speaking to the media on Friday, ahead of the visit of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

According to him, Spurs have “always been up there” since Mauricio Pochettino became their manager.

“It [the Premier League] is a more difficult competition to win and I have said many times that every season it is getting better. So more teams involved and every single game is so difficult.

“Ever since Mauricio Pochettino has arrived, I would say Spurs have always been up there, so yes, they are a fantastic team.

“Of course, they have a lot of absences now, but I saw the first 15-20 minutes against Aston Villa and they created a lot of chances, especially in their approach.

“So it is definitely really good for football,” Guardiola said.

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