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Bulgaria vs England: Tyrone Mings reveals he first heard racist chanting before kick-off

Tyrone Mings has revealed that he first heard racist chanting during the warm-up ahead of England’s match in Bulgaria on Monday evening. England thrashed Bulgaria 6-0 but their excellent performance was overshadowed by racist abuse and monkey chants. Uefa’s anti-racism protocol took place in the 28th minute of the match, with a stadium announcement condemning racist abuse. The → Read More

Raheem Sterling condemns racist abuse during England’s win over Bulgaria

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has taken to social media to condemn the racist abuse England suffered in Bulgaria on Monday night. England took a giant stride towards Euro 2020 as they bounced back from Friday’s shock loss in the Czech Republic, yet this will match will be remembered for all the wrong reasons. → Read More

Bulgaria vs England: Gareth Southgate says side made ‘statement’ in how they responded to racist abuse

England manager Gareth Southgate has defended his team’s decision not to leave the pitch after their match against Bulgaria was twice paused because of racist chanting, claiming that his side had made an important “statement”. Southgate’s men stood firm in the face of sickening racism as England thrashed Bulgaria on a night of shame in Sofia. → Read More

Bulgaria vs England: Game twice paused due to racism as referee warns crowd he will cancel game

England’s Euro 2020 qualification match against Bulgaria was twice halted by the referee on Monday night because of racist chanting in the crowd. Racist abuse could be clearly heard in the stadium throughout the first-half, with defender Tyrone Mings among the England players who complained about the chants to the referee. → Read More

How Harry Kane became one of the world’s best ... in the words of those who knew him when he wasn’t

He barely spoke at first, an 18-year-old out of his comfort zone, thrown into an unfamiliar dressing room full of senior professionals he had never met. “He was a very quiet lad,” Millwall’s captain at the time, Alan Dunne, reflects now. “He didn’t say much. He was very shy.” → Read More

The Century: 100-81 countdown featuring Virgil van Dijk, Carlos Tevez, Robin Van Persie and more

Today at The Independent we begin our countdown of the 100 greatest players of the 21st century. We asked ten of our football writers to identify the 50 greatest players of the past two decades, with each player assigned a number of points determined by their rank, before an overall list was then worked out. → Read More

Eliud Kipchoge LIVE stream: Watch sub two-hour marathon video with Ineos 1:59 challenge underway

Eliud Kipchoge aims to break the two-hour barrier in the marathon today as part of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. And you can watch his attempt LIVE above. The world record-holder over 26.2miles aims to create history in Vienna. Arguably the greatest marathoner of all time, the Kenyan owns the official world record after posting 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon last year. → Read More

Czech Republic vs England player ratings: Harry Kane goal fails to lift poor team performance

England suffered their first European qualification defeat in ten years as they were stunned by the Czech Republic in Prague. The Three Lions started well and appeared to be on course for another routine victory when Harry Kane scored a penalty in just the fifth minute. But defender Jakub Brabec levelled the score when he bundled the ball home just four minutes later. → Read More

Liverpool news: Harvey Elliott banned after mocking Tottenham’s Harry Kane in derogatory video

Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott has been banned for 14 days by the Football Association for an offensive video in which he mocked Tottenham player Harry Kane. Earlier this season a video surfaced in which Elliott, 16, mocked Kane by impersonating the England captain and using derogatory language. → Read More

Royal Parks plead with Extinction Rebellion not to shut down half marathon event in London

The organisers of the Royal Parks Half Marathon have appealed to Extinction Rebellion on Twitter, asking that Sunday’s race not be impacted by the current demonstrations in central London. Protesters demanding action on climate change brought large parts of the capital to a standstill on Monday, closing down several streets around Westminster, as part of coordinated actions → Read More

Liverpool vs Leicester player ratings: James Milner scores injury-time penalty to win game

Liverpool scored a stoppage time penalty to beat Leicester City and maintain their perfect start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren made his first Premier League start of the season as manager Jurgen Klopp made two changes for former boss Brendan Rodgers' first return to Anfield with the visit of Leicester. → Read More

Hugo Lloris injury: Tottenham captain suffers horrendous arm injury after conceding goal to Brighton

Hugo Lloris suffered a serious arm injury in the first-half of Tottenham Hotspur’s match against Brighton & Hove Albion and appears destined for an extended period on the sidelines. Spurs made a terrible start to the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium, conceding after just three minutes following another howler from Hugo Lloris. → Read More

Arsenal vs Standard Liege player ratings: Gabriel Martinelli grabs two goals and Kieran Tierney shines

Arsenal hammered Standard Liege at home in a Europa League win in which their young players and summer signings shone. It took 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli just thirteen minutes to open the scoring with a header, and three minutes later he grabbed his second. 20-year-old English prospect Joe Willock then got in on the act, adding the third inside the → Read More

Dudelange vs Qarabag suspended after drone carrying Nagorno-Karabakh flag flies over pitch

FK Qarabag’s Europa League group stage match against F91 Dudelange was suspended on Thursday night after a drone carrying the flag of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh was flown over the stadium. Azerbaijani side Qarabag were leading their Luxembourgish opponents 2-0 when a drone appeared over Dudelange’s Stade Jos Nosbaum. → Read More

Barcelona vs Inter Milan: Player ratings from Champions League clash as Luis Suarez goals seal win

Luis Suarez struck twice as Barcelona battled back to beat Inter Milan in the Champions League. Inter had found themselves with an early lead after Lautaro Martínez opened the scoring within the first two minutes. Barcelona trailed at the break but dominated possession and equalised when Suarez volleyed home from outside the box. → Read More

Seven things we learned from the Premier League this weekend

The Premier League returned for another round of fixtures this weekend, with Liverpool beating Sheffield United to maintain their perfect start to the new campaign. The Reds were not at their best but still lead defending champions Manchester City by five points. → Read More

Derby captain Richard Keogh out for season after ‘alcohol-related incident’

Derby County have condemned an “alcohol-related incident” that resulted in their captain, Richard Keogh, suffering a season-ending knee injury. The Championship club revealed on Thursday that Keogh, 33, was among a group of three players who continued drinking after a team-building dinner with staff on Tuesday. → Read More

Jack Hatton death: USA judo and Olympic 2020 hopeful dies aged 24

USA Judo has announced the “unexpected passing” of national team member Jack Hatton, at the age of 24. Hatton, an -81kg judoka, won two Pan American Open events in 2017. He also reached the second round at the World Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing → Read More

Best Fifa Football Awards: Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – we pick our world XI

The greatest footballers in the world will tonight come together as Fifa stage the Best Fifa Football Awards in Milan. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk make up the shortlist for the Best Men's Player award, while 50 players are on the shortlist for the Fifa FIFPro Men’s World XI. → Read More

Atletico Madrid vs Juventus player ratings: Cristiano Ronaldo quiet but Juan Cuadrado shines

Atletico Madrid scored a dramatic late equaliser as the Spanish side fought back to draw with Juventus in the Champions League. → Read More