• Crowd trouble forces fans to flee on to pitch for safety
• Europa League quarter-final first leg delayed by 45 minutes
Football was left scarred by another sickening night of violence as supporters fought in the stands and fans raced to the pitch for safety before Lyon’s Europa League tie with Besiktas.
The first leg of the quarter-final was delayed for 45 minutes after punches, projectiles and firecrackers were thrown at the Parc OL. Both teams were forced to leave the field as fans spilled on to the playing surface before kick-off, with the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, even going into the crowd in a desperate effort to calm tensions. The incident came 24 hours after some Leicester City supporters were filmed singing distasteful war songs and clashing with police before their Champions League quarter-final tie with Atlético Madrid. Lyon went on to win their match 2-1 through two late goals from Corentin Tolisso and Jérémy Morel after the former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel had put Besiktas ahead.
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• ‘To own a team and be a player is unusual but it’s going to be exciting’
• Phoenix play in second tier of the American league system
The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined the United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and co-owner.
The 39-year-old has not played since leaving Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact in November but he has taken up the chance to join Phoenix’s “MLS expansion franchise ownership group”.
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• Thomas Tuchel unhappy over hasty rescheduling of Champions League tie
• Monaco eventually go on to win quarter-final first leg
The Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, has angrily criticised Uefa for the rescheduling of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Monaco, claiming its actions made the club feel “impotent”.
Dortmund and Monaco took to the field at the Signal Iduna Park, less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near their team bus as they made their way to the ground on Tuesday, leaving the defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on an arm injury.
Related: Borussia Dortmund’s ‘yellow wall’ stands tall in face of attack on team
Related: Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco crucial edge against Borussia Dortmund
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• System to become permanent Championship fixture in 2017-18 season
• Premier League has been using the technology since 2013
The Championship play-off semi-finals in May will feature goalline technology before it becomes a fixture next season.
Originally scheduled for approval at June’s English Football League annual general meeting, the use of the technology was confirmed at an extraordinary general meeting last week in order to give clubs more time to install the necessary infrastructure.
Related: Football League agrees to use goalline technology in Championship
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• Former manager refuses to blame his Leicester players
• Ranieri says it was difficult to motivate his champions
Claudio Ranieri has offered a passionate defence of his former Leicester City players, denying they forced him out.
Ranieri was sacked in February, less than a year after transforming a team of 5,000-1 outsiders into Premier League champions and, following his exit, rumours of a dressing-room mutiny were rife. However, while speaking to Sky Sports during the Monday Night Football show, the Italian refused to blame the players but did admit they were difficult to motivate following their title glory.
Related: Leicester and Atlético Madrid meet again – in a third European competition
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• ‘Cricket is there for everyone to see,’ he says
• ‘We want families involved,’ says Michael Vaughan
Joe Root has welcomed the ECB’s grand plans for Twenty20 cricket but has underlined the need for it to be shown on terrestrial television.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has unveiled a blueprint for the future , declaring that its proposed eight-team T20 format was needed to ‘future-proof’ domestic cricket.
Related: New Twenty20 tournament will ‘future-proof’ cricket, says ECB’s Tom Harrison
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• Fighters have to be separated during feisty press conference in Liverpool
• ‘The big fat scouser will come through you like a steam train,’ Bellew says
The David Haye freak show continued at a press conference in Liverpool where he branded Tony Bellew’s supporters “fucking retards”.
Haye appeared somewhat rattled by taunts from the public, before the heavyweight fight at the 02 Arena on Saturday, and then gave an undignified response to onlookers, before telling people to bet “all their money” on the man from Merseyside. “I’m really happy you’ve all come out,” he said. “Bet all the money you have. Each and every one of you should bet on Bellew to win the fight.
Related: David Haye knows how to sell but must be reminded you do not play boxing | Kevin Mitchell
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• Clubs agree in principle to use Hawk-Eye system
• Shaun Harvey hopes move helps support ‘incredible job’ done by officials
The Football League has agreed in principle to use goalline technology in the Championship next season. The proposal was made at a meeting of Championship clubs on Thursday and will be voted on at the league’s annual general meeting in June.
Related: PFA defends its support of former footballers suffering from dementia
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• Club confirm in statement that Arscott’s contract has been terminated
• RFU investigation into alleged leak to brother Luke still ongoing
Sale Sharks have sacked Tom Arscott after he allegedly leaked information to his brother before a Premiership match. Jon Dorsett, the club’s chief executive, said in a brief statement that the decision followed a disciplinary hearing.
Arscott had been suspended since 4 January over the alleged leak to Bristol before the clubs’ Premiership match three days earlier. Bristol defeated Sale 24-23 at the AJ Bell Stadium but Arscott was suspended after some of his team-mates expressed concerns to the coaching staff.
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• Former captain urges striker to stay put and ignore transfer offers
• Sturridge endured difficult night against Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup
Steven Gerrard has told Daniel Sturridge to roll up his sleeves and fight for his Anfield future.
The former Liverpool captain watched on at Home Park as the striker endured a disappointing night in the 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third‑round replay before being substituted by the manager, Jürgen Klopp.
Related: Lucas heads lax Liverpool through in FA Cup replay against plucky Plymouth
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• Former Liverpool captain says the time was not right
• Midfielder could soon take up academy role at Anfield club
Steven Gerrard has admitted the chance to begin his managerial career with MK Dons came ‘a bit soon’ to take up the challenge.
The former Liverpool captain, who left the Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy last week, held talks with the Dons chairman Pete Winkelman but revealed the time was not right to succeed Karl Robinson as the League One club’s manager.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/23/liverpool-steven-gerrard-mk-dons-managerial-role-academy
• Jürgen Klopp’s team sit top of the table
• Koeman words come after Romelu Lukaku advice to leave club
The Everton manager Ronald Koeman has backed Liverpool’s title credentials and says they deserve to be top of the Premier League.
Jürgen Klopp’s side currently top the table – for the first time since May 2014 – and their attacking style has led to talk of contending for a first championship since 1990.
Related: Daniel Sturridge says: ‘I’m a team player for Liverpool and England’
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/14/liverpool-everton-premier-league-title-contenders-ronald-koeman
• Liverpool legend may now hang up boots following side’s defeat
• Robbie Keane could also have played final game for Galaxy
Steven Gerrard could be set to call time on his playing career after his Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy were knocked out of the MLS play-offs.
After Galaxy won the first leg of the Western Conference semi-final 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids Gerrard watched from the bench at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as Shkelzen Gashi scored the only goal of the game in the return leg to take the match into extra-time and then penalties.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/06/steven-gerrard-retirement-la-galaxy-mls-playoffs-robbie-keane-colorado-rapids
• Champion lets go of belts to concentrate on recovery
• Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua set to fight for vacant crowns
Tyson Fury has voluntarily vacated his WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles with immediate effect to focus on his medical treatment and recovery.
Fury recently withdrew from a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time after being declared “medically unfit” and courted more controversy after it was reported he had tested positive for cocaine. The British Boxing Board of Control was set to discuss removing Fury’s licence on Wednesday, which would have led to him being stripped of the belts, but the boxer has beaten them to the punch by vacating them.
Related: Tyson Fury is facing his toughest opponent and needs our compassion
Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/oct/12/tyson-fury-vacated-wbo-wba-world-heavyweight-titles-treatment
• Flanker Williams out for up to three months with broken arm
• Leicester player was option to replace James Haskell for England
England’s injury crisis has deepened after Mike Williams became the fourth flanker to be ruled out of the entire autumn series.
Williams, who was in Eddie Jones’s thoughts for the openside slot, is out for up to three months after breaking his arm – for the third time in 12 months – during a tackle drill before Leicester’s Premiership game with Worcester on Saturday. The uncapped 24-year-old’s absence is the latest setback to hit England’s preparations for their internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia.
Related: Anthony Watson joins England injury list after suffering broken jaw
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• Carr nurtured players like Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand
• Academy director earned club more than £60m in transfer fees
The man responsible for bringing through Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand has left West Ham United after 43 years of service. Tony Carr, who as academy director was responsible for nurturing Jermain Defoe, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson Lampard and Ferdinand, has helped to earn the club more than £60m in transfer fees during his time at Upton Park.
Related: West Ham academy is the gift which keeps on giving to club and country | Jamie Jackson
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