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Fran Kirby named Football Writers’ Women’s Footballer of the Year

• 24-year-old former Reading player picks up inaugural award• ‘To be the first recipient of this honour and award is so special’The Chelsea and England striker Fran Kirby has won the inaugural Women’s Footballer of the Year award from the Football Writ…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/24/chelsea-fran-kirby-football-writers-womens-footballer-of-the-year

Robot helps disabled young fan enjoy Everton mascot experience from home

• Teenager with severely reduced mobility able to join heroes • ‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime moment,’ says his motherA 14-year-old Everton fan, Jack McLinden, became part of Premier League history on Monday, serving as a “remote” match-day mascot for t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/23/everton-newcastle-mascot-disabled-teenager-robot

Wilfied Zaha denies diving against Watford, blaming ‘agenda’ against him

• Crystal Palace forward had two penalty appeals turned down• Zaha claims Adrian Mariappa admitted his challenge was a foulWilfried Zaha has responded to being involved in another diving controversy by claiming there is an agenda against him and that p…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/22/wilfried-zaha-diving-watford-agenda

Mark Hughes admits FA Cup is no escape from relegation worries

• Southampton manager says league predicament will in his mind• But Hughes adds: ‘The day itself is something we can enjoy’Mark Hughes has admitted Southampton’s Premier League survival battle will be in the back of his mind during this Sunday’s FA Cup…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/21/mark-hughes-magic-touch-southampton-fa-cup-chelsea

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick says depression led to England exile

• Midfielder asked FA not to be picked for international duty• Carrick: ‘I was finding it hard going away with England’Michael Carrick has revealed he asked not to be picked for England after becoming “depressed” on international duty.The Manchester Un…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/19/michael-carrick-says-depression-led-to-england-exile

Gaëtan Bong stands by accusation of racial abuse against Jay Rodriguez

• Accusation against West Brom striker ‘was not proven’ last week• ‘I know what I heard and I did not mishear,’ says Brighton defenderGaëtan Bong has stood by his claim that Jay Rodriguez racially abused him during Brighton’s 2-0 defeat at West Bromwic…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/18/gaetan-bong-stands-by-accusation-of-racial-abuse-against-jay-rodriguez

West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez looks to the future after Gaëtan Bong case

• The truth always comes out, adds Albion striker• Winner at Old Trafford a good start for 28-year-oldJay Rodriguez wants to move on after a Football Association charge of racially abusing Brighton’s Gaëtan Bong was found not to be not proven, with the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/16/west-brom-jay-rodriguez-future-gaetan-bong

Burnley close on Europe as Chris Wood and Kevin Long sink Leicester

Sean Dyche would have no qualms about welcoming the potential pitfalls of Europa League football. Burnley are now favourites to claim seventh spot in the Premier League after beating their nearest rivals Leicester to open up a nine-point gap with five …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/14/burnley-leicester-premier-league-match-report

Manchester City trio up against Salah, Kane and De Gea for PFA award

• De Bruyne, Sané and David Silva all in the running• Sessegnon, Rashford, Sterling competing for Young Player awardThe Manchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva have been shortlisted for the Professional Footballers’ Association…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/14/manchester-city-salah-kane-pfa-player-year-de-bruyne-de-gea

Mourinho cools talk of Rashford and Martial unrest at Manchester United

• I can only pick 11 players, says Old Trafford manager • Portuguese manager ‘surprised’ by West Brom’s relegation plightJosé Mourinho brushed aside questions about Anthony Martial’s and Marcus Rashford’s happiness as the Manchester United manager unde…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/apr/13/jose-mourinho-plays-down-talk-of-anthony-martial-and-marcus-rashford-unrest