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TOTTENHAM’S DANNY ROSE IRRITATED BY CONSTANT POLICE STOPS ASKING IF HIS CAR WAS STOLEN

Danny Rose has said he is regularly stopped by police in his car and questioned in various scenarios that would not happen if he were a white man as he detailed his anger and exasperation at racism in the UK.

The Doncaster-born Tottenham defender, who has spent the second half of the season on loan at Newcastle, has been racially abused on the field, most recently when playing for England in Montenegro in March 2019. He had suffered similarly on England under-21 duty in Serbia in October 2012 and in the wake of the incident in Montenegro said he could not wait to walk away from the game because he was so disgusted by the racism that blights it and the authorities’ response to it

Rose has now opened up on his experiences in wider society, saying he was first stopped by police as a 15-year-old and it was still happening to him at 30. “My friends have been there with me a lot of the time when it’s happened,” he told newsmen.

“The last time, last week, when I’d just been at my mum’s house, I had pulled up in a car park so the engine was off. The police pulled in and they brought a riot van, three police cars and they questioned me. They said they’d had a report that a car had not been driving correctly.

“So I’m like: ‘OK, so why does that make it my car?’ I got my ID out and they breathalysed me. It’s just one of those things to me now. What can I do? Fifteen years of this on and off the field happening and there’s no change whatsoever.”

Rose described being stopped by police as a regular occurrence. “Each time, it’s: ‘Is this car stolen? Where did you get this car from? What are you doing here? Can you prove that you bought this car?’’


He said there had also been incidents when he has traveled by train. “One of the last times I got on the train, I got on with my bags and the attendant said: ‘Do you know this is first class?’” Rose said. “I say: ‘Yeah, so what?’ They ask to see my ticket and I show the lady it and this is no word of a lie two people, white people, walk on the train after me and she says nothing. I asked: ‘Are you not going to ask for their tickets?’ and she just said: ‘Ah no, I don’t need to.’

“People might think it happens but to me that’s racism. These are the things I have to put up with, being stopped all the time and being asked if I know this is first class and to show my ticket.”

Rose said he has been worn down by racism and doubts things can change. “This is everyday life for me but I feel embarrassed to even complain or bring it up when you see the incident in America where a man, a black man, lost his life at the hands of people who were supposed to protect and serve,” he said, referring to the death of George Floyd.

“Whenever I do say things or complain, you do hear people say: ‘Well, you’re on this money so just get on with it.’ I just give up with hoping that things will change because that’s some people’s mentality towards racism.”

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MANCHESTER UNITED, INTER MILAN NEAR AGREEMENT ON SANCHEZ TRANSFER DEAL.

Manchester United seem to be getting their transfer business done quick in the summer, as the premier League giant are near an agreement with Inter Milan for the final transfer of Alexis Sanchez.

Aside from any deals for new players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that he has to ship a few current members of his squad out.

Alexis Sanchez has spent the past season on-loan at Inter Milan.

In news that will surely be music to the ears of United fans, the Italian giants have reached total agreement with the Red Devils on a permanent deal for Sanchez.

According to an Italian sports journalist, Fabrizio Romano, who broke the news via his twitter handle.

Romano notes that Inter won’t pay a transfer fee for the Chilean, but they will instead take over his full salary and pay him €7m per season.

Summary of reports from UK media says his spell at Old Trafford, Sanchez only scored five goals and made 45 appearances in total across all competitions over the two seasons he was contracted at the club.

Once it goes through, it’s a move that will surely benefit all parties and allow Solskjaer to refocus his efforts.

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CHELSEA STEP UP NICK POPE PURSUIT

Chelsea FC are stepping up their efforts to sign Nick Pope from Burnley this summer but the goalkeeper could cost as much as £50m, according to reports.


The west London side are keen to bring the 28-year-old shot-stopper to Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga this summer.

The same reports says that Frank Lampard sees Pope as the west London side’s top choice when it comes to signing a new goalkeeper this summer as he prepares for his second season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

However, Pope may not come cheap this summer and Burnley could hold out for a fee of as much as £50m.

The Burnley shot stopper is said to be open to a move to one of England’s elite clubs this summer after he kept 15 clean sheets in the Premier League this season.

According to reports, Pope is determined to launch a bid to oust Jordan Pickford as England’s number one goalkeeper ahead of the European championships next summer.

Chelsea FC have already been active in the summer transfer window after having wrapped up deals for both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner ahead of Lampard’s second season in charge.

The Blues booked a spot in the Champions League for next season after they finished in fourth place in the Premier League table.

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PREMIER LEAGUE START DATE TOO EARLY FOR CHELSEA – FRANK LAMPARD

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says starting the new Premier League season on Sept. 12 is too early and his players run the risk of sustaining injuries given the short turnaround between campaigns.

Chelsea trail Bayern Munich 3-0 heading into the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday and even if they fail to overcome the deficit Lampard’s side will have little over a month to recover before the new season begins.

“I am guessing we will be told when we start and that will be dependent on how we go against Bayern,” Lampard told British media on Sunday.

“It is not ideal if we carry on against Bayern – the players need to be given a break to play at the level and the quality product that the Premier League is.

“Even in a worst-case scenario, we don’t go through against Bayern, the 12th feels too early for me for the players to start playing again.”

Cesar Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro picked up injuries during Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup final and Lampard fears other players could meet a similar fate.

“The players need a break. That is why we have pulled two hamstrings and had players pull out of the game before this. I would like to think the Premier League would look seriously at that,” he said.

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ASTON VILLA GUNNING FOR LIVERPOOL’ ORIGI

Aston Villa have been linked with Liverpool striker Divock Origi.

According to reports, Villa are weighing up a move for the Belgium international to bolster Dean Smith’s options in attack.

Signing a new forward is thought to be a priority in the transfer window after Villa secured their Premier League safety.

Club-record arrival Wesley Moraes is still working his way back to full fitness while Mbwana Samatta and Keinan Davis struggled to make an impact during the relegation run-in.

Origi made 44 appearances for Liverpool this season but the majority of those came as a substitute with the 25-year-old behind Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in Jurgen Klopp’s plans.

He scored vital goals for the Reds on the way to Champions League glory last year but is being tipped for an Anfield exit this summer to boost his international hopes.

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JUVENTUS EYE CHRIS SMALLING SWAP DEAL

Juventus are reportedly prepared to offer Federico Bernardeschi in a swap deal for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling.

The defender has spent the last year in Italy on loan at Roma where he impressed but is poised to return to Old Trafford.

Roma want to keep the 30-year-old on a permanent basis but have been unable to agree a fee with United which could open the door for Juventus.

Italian sources claim the Old Lady will try to lower United’s asking price by offering Bernardeschi in a part-exchange deal.

The 26-year-old has made 37 appearances in all competitions under Maurizio Sarri this season, helping Juve to another Serie A title

United are looking to bolster their forward line in the transfer window but are prioritising the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Should they fail to land him then Bernardeschi may be seen as a credible alternative as it would also allow Mason Greenwood to continue his development.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unlikely to welcome Smalling back into the United fold next season, with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof the first choice centre-backs currently.

The defender could further bolster one of Europe’s toughest defences should he be tempted by a move to Turin.

Smalling has received rave reviews from Roma boss Paulo Fonseca who claims the defender wants to remain in Italy.

“I will do everything I can to keep him at Roma next year too,” he said back in May. “I know he wants to stay, let’s see what happens.

“He’s an amazing man, so humble, so professional. He is adored by the fans and established himself as one of the leaders in the dressing room.

“It’s not easy for English central defenders to adapt so quickly to Italian football, the record there isn’t good. But he has been amazing.”

Roma finished their season fifth in Serie A, meaning they have qualified for next season’s Europa League once more.

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LIVERPOOL APPOINTS NEW CEO AS MOORE STEPS DOWN

Liverpool’s chief executive officer Peter Moore will step down at the end of August after three years in the role, the Premier League champions said on Friday.

Liverpool owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon said in a joint statement that Moore had helped the club move forward since coming onboard in 2017

“He has strengthened the club’s business operations through his leadership and we are grateful to him for his passion, dedication and support, ” they said.

Managing director Billy Hogan would replace Moore from September 1, the club said.

“To think we have won the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League title during my time here is way beyond my dreams,” Moore said.

“It’s been a phenomenal achievement by the manager, players and staff. The team fully deserves the plaudits and recognition and the memories I will cherish forever.”

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RAUL JIMENEZ TO BE A RED DEVIL SOON – REPORTS

Manchester United are reportedly close to signing Wolves star Raul Jimenez.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has publicly admitted he is on the lookout for a new centre-forward this summer
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All of the goal scoring burden was placed on Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo last term.

Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood chipped in with their fair share from the wide positions.

But for the Red Devils to launch a serious challenge for the title it is deemed that they need a world class forward.

Wolves star Jimenez apparently fits the bill after he netted 27 goals across all competitions last season.

The Mexican moved to Molineux for £33m and it will likely cost United much more than that to take him to Old Trafford.

Portugese sources claim a transfer is already in place and the 29-year-old will be playing Champions League football under Solskjaer next year.

The report adds that super-agent Jorge Mendes has concluded a deal for Wolves to sign Paulinho.

The 27-year-old netted 25 goals in 48 appearances which was enough to convince Nuno Espirito Santo he is the ideal man to replace Jimenez.

Meanwhile, Solskjaer warned last month that he was in the market for a new striker.

“You need competition for places at Manchester United,” the Norwegian said.

“If you think you’ve got a divine right to be playing every game and are doing so well that we’re not going to look for players to replace you, you’re in the wrong place.

“I’ve been here myself for so many years as a striker and Teddy Sheringham comes in, Dwight Yorke comes in, Ruud van Nistelrooy comes in, Wayne Rooney comes in.

“We’ve always got to look at improving, and if they don’t improve, we might have to look somewhere else to get better because we have to be better.

“We’re too far away from where we need to be and want to be.”

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FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES

Criminal proceedings against Fifa president Gianni Infantino have begun in Switzerland over meetings he held with the country’s attorney general.

A special federal public prosecutor, Stefan Keller, was appointed last month to examine complaints made in relation to the meetings in 2016 and 2017 involving Infantino, attorney general Michael Lauber and the chief public prosecutor for the Upper Valais region, Rinaldo Arnold.

Keller has now opened criminal proceedings against Infantino and Arnold, and has sought approval from the Swiss parliament to do the same against Lauber, who must have immunity from prosecution lifted before proceedings against him can be opened.

He has concluded that “there are indications of criminal conduct” in relation to the meetings.

Infantino and Fifa say they will co-operate fully with the investigation, with Infantino insisting he was trying to assist Lauber with the attorney general’s investigation into historic corruption.

The Fifa president was asked about the meetings with Lauber at the world governing body’s Council meeting in June, and said: “To meet with the Attorney General of Switzerland is perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal.

“It’s no violation of anything. On the contrary, it is also part of the fiduciary duties of the president of Fifa.”

The first meetings with Lauber occurred in 2016, just after Infantino had been elected as president and in the aftermath of the corruption scandal which engulfed Fifa under Infantino’s predecessor Sepp Blatter.

Lauber’s office was investigating that scandal, in which Fifa was being treated as a victim rather than a suspect.

Infantino said there was a “mountain of questions” regarding those investigations, and added in June: “It’s legitimate to offer to contribute to the Swiss attorney general about the clarification of these events, hoping that those who have done criminal acts and damaged Fifa will be held to account for that.”

The statement from the supervisory authority for the office of the attorney general said the meetings had generated concerns of abuse of public office, breach of official secrecy, assisting offenders and incitement to these acts.

Infantino added on Thursday: “As president of Fifa, it has been my aim from day one, and it remains my aim, to assist the authorities with investigating past wrongdoings at Fifa.

“Fifa officials have met with prosecutors in other jurisdictions across the world for exactly these purposes.

“People have been convicted and sentenced, thanks to Fifa’s co-operation, and especially in the United States of America, where our co-operation has resulted in over 40 criminal convictions.

“Therefore, I remain fully supportive of the judicial process, and Fifa remains willing to fully co-operate with the Swiss authorities for these purposes.”

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MANCITY AGREE DEAL FOR FERRAN TORRES

Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Valencia winger Ferran Torres, according to reports.

City recently said goodbye to Leroy Sane, as the winger returned to Germany to join Bayern Munich. But with their Champions League ban overturned, they have quickly shifted focus to attracting a replacement.

The player it appears they are about to sign has been in demand for several months. Torres made 34 appearances in the recently completed La Liga season, and has attracted interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.

The latter had reportedly identified Torres as a cheaper alternative to Jadon Sancho. However, their rivals have stolen a march on them.

According to sources in England, City are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Torres. The initial fee is said to be in the region of £20.9m.

Valencia are under pressure financially to sell some of their prize assets, presenting a good opportunity for potential suitors. With Torres in the final year of his contract, they have been able to reach an agreement at a lower price than may have been expected.

With the clubs happy for the deal to go through, the player has also given the move his blessing. According to The Guardian who say the fee is actually £24.5m Torres has agreed to sign a five-year deal.

The chance to work under Pep Guardiola was a major factor in convincing Torres, who is a Spain Under-21 international. Valencia had previously valued him at around £40.8m.

Torres became Valencia’s youngest ever Champions League goalscorer in 2019. Valencia will not be in the competition again next season, but his potential new club will, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned City’s UEFA ban.