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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson praised the video assistant referee (VAR) system after its debut in English competitive football following initial confusion around Brighton's winning

West Ham's Manuel Lanzini has been charged over diving to win a penalty against Stoke City, the second Premier League player to be targeted under new rules aimed at stamping out cheating.

The 24-year-old Argentine went down when challenged by Erik Pieters and West Ham captain Mark Noble converted from the spot to give the visitors a 1-0 lead on Saturday.

 

Eden Hazard gave England followers a glimpse of what to expect at next summer’s World Cup with a glorious display as Chelsea beat Newcastle

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not expecting Manchester United  manager Jose Mourinho to set his team up defensively when the sides clash on

Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is determined to "be myself" and avoid playing "a character" should he return to the ring.

David Goffin shocked overwhelming favourite Roger Federer on Saturday in the last four of the ATP Finals and will face Grigor Dimitrov for the title in the

Businessman Farhad Moshiri has insisted he purchased a major stake in Everton solely with his own funds after a BBC probe into his relationship with Alisher Usmanov, a shareholder in Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Sunday's (Nov 5) edition of the BBC's Panorama current affairs programme investigating the ownership of the Merseyside club was based on a huge new leak of financial documents dubbed the Paradise Papers.

Moshiri and Usmanov jointly held a 30 per cent stake in London club Arsenal before Moshiri sold his shares to Usmanov, Panorama said.

Moshiri insisted the money he used to buy his stake in Everton was his alone after Panorama asked him if it had originated from Usmanov.

"Of course it didn't," he said. "Not at all, no. It came from me. I had 10 per cent in a conglomerate way before I bought (into) Arsenal. That's my money."

He added: "A gift makes it yours. If it is a loan, you owe the money back to him; if it's a gift it is yours."

Iranian-born Moshiri said neither a loan nor a gift lay behind his purchase of the Everton holding.

Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham was one of three uncapped players named in a youthful England squad on Thursday for their forthcoming friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.

Abraham, who is on loan at Swansea, received his first call-up along with his Chelsea club-mate  Ruben Loftus-Cheek, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, and Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.

"If I'm asking club managers to be brave and pick young players, I think I've got to do the same," England manager Gareth Southgate told journalists at a Wembley press conference.

Abraham, 20, has scored five goals in 13 games for Swansea this season.

Loftus-Cheek, 21, has played seven games for Palace, while 20-year-old Gomez has become Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's first-choice pick at right-back for Premier League games.

Southgate's side begin their preparations for next year's World Cup against world champions Germany at Wembley on November 10 before facing off against Brazil at the same venue four days later.

Manchester United auxiliary man Ashley Young has earned a recall, over four years after his last cap, while Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose makes his return following a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

Explaining the return of 32-year-old Young, Southgate said: "His performances warrant it.

 

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is ready to end his controversial reign after putting the Premier League club up for sale on Monday.

Ashley has been a polarising figure at Newcastle since taking over at St James' Park in 2007 and the sports retail tycoon has decided now is the time to step down.

Newcastle have been relegated from the Premier League twice in the Ashley era, with the 53-year-old angering Magpies fans with his failed managerial appointments and his decision to sell naming rights to the club's historic stadium.

Ashley has frustrated current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez by failing to back the Spaniard in the transfer market.

Benitez has publicly complained about Newcastle's spending on several occasions since leading them to promotion from the Championship last season, with Ashley responding that he doesn't have the cash to compete with superpowers like Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Now Ashley, who paid £134 million ($178 million, 150 million euros) for Newcastle, reportedly hopes to find a new owner by the end of the year following the formal announcement of his sale plan.

 

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has responded to growing fears about the damage done by concussions in sport by telling stars to 'play chess' if they are worried about getting hurt.

Keane now serves as assistant to Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his country can no longer call on Kevin Doyle after the striker retired last week because of concussion issues.

The family of former West Bromwich Albion striker Jeff Astle have launched a foundation to campaign for better protection for modern players after his death at the age of 59 from a degenerative brain disease, which has been attributed to repeated heading of the ball.

Concussion is also an increasing concern in rugby union and American football.

"I'm sure there is (a need for more research), that's ongoing. But if you're worried about the physical side of any sport, you're wary of it, then play chess," Keane said on Tuesday.

"It's part of the game, whether it be hurling, football, American football, the rugby lads, it's part of the game.