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The Football Association have launched an investigation into the ugly tunnel row that marred the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday during which Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta suffered a cut head and milk and water was thrown towards Jose Mourinho. A huge melee broke out after Manchester United reacted with displeasure to what they felt were excessive celebrations from City’s players and staff after their 2-1 win moved them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. “The FA have sought observations from both clubs in relation to an incident which occurred following yesterday’s game,” the FA said.…

Brighton stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five games as they and visitors Stoke drew a lively encounter at the Amex. Jose Izquierdo secured a point for the Seagulls with a scrappy second-half goal that kept them ninth in the table. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had poked Stoke into the lead from a wonderful Xherdan Shaqiri pass in the first half. Pascal Gross fired through Lee Grant’s legs to level, but Kurt Zouma headed Stoke back in front 120 seconds later. Those two goals came at the end of a frantic first half during which Brighton forward Glenn…

Manchester City produced their finest display of the season so far to win 1-0 at champions Chelsea, a result which means they stay top of the Premier League table after seven matches. Kevin De Bruyne scored the winner, firing a brilliant left-footed strike past Thibaut Courtois with just over 20 minutes remaining, and City have now gone 15 Premier League matches unbeaten. Chelsea had the first real chance of the game when Alvaro Morata headed over the bar in a good position – but City quickly became the dominant force, with their high-pressing game causing Chelsea all sorts of problems.…

Wayne Rooney pleaded guilty to drink driving during an appearance at Stockport Magistrates Court on Monday morning. The 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years, and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. He must also pay a £170 fine. In a statement released after his plea, Wayne apologized for his “unforgivable lack of judgement”. He said: Following today’s court hearing I want publicly to apologize for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong. “I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at…

Liverpool have lost their appeal over the length of Sadio Mane’s three-match ban after he was sent off in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City. Mane was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot. He will now miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup. The excessive punishment claim was rejected following an independent regulatory commission hearing. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday that neither he nor City counterpart Pep Guardiola thought Mane should have been sent off. Match of…

Frank de Boer has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager after five games and 77 days in charge. Former England boss Roy Hodgson will replace him, BBC Sport understands. The Eagles are 19th in the Premier League after losing 1-0 at Burnley on Sunday – and failed to score in their four league matches under De Boer. His is the shortest Premier League managerial tenure in terms of games, and the 47-year-old’s past two jobs have lasted a combined 162 days. Announcing the Dutchman’s departure on the club website, Palace said: “We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard…

Antonio Conte believes N’Golo Kante’s performance against former club Leicester underlines his status as the Premier League’s best player. Kante scored a 25-year-old thunderbolt on familiar ground in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, continuing his fine form from last season. The 26-year-old France international was voted PFA Player of the Year by his fellow professionals last term and was also the recipient of the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award. Conte said: “It was an amazing performance. He played a really fantastic game. He scored but he also made a lot of good…

Ghana and Chelsea defender Baba Rahman is set to stay at the club for the coming season and will not go under the knife again as reported,Chelsea FC Goal Correspondent Nizaar Kinsella has confirmed .  Rahman’s Chelsea career has not quite panned out as one might have expected when the Blues forked over £14m (plus bonuses) to sign the 21-year-old Ghanaian international from FC Augsburg where he was one of the Bundesliga’s breakout stars. Under Mourinho and then Hiddink, Baba made 23 appearances in what was a turbulent first season at Stamford Bridge, never quite managing to impress either manager…

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah and Leicester defender Harry Maguire have been included in the England squad for September’s World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia. Maguire, 24, joined Leicester from Hull City in a £17m deal in June. England have a two-point lead at the top of Group F with four qualifying matches to go. They face Malta, bottom of the group, on 1 September before playing Slovakia at Wembley three days later. England squad to face Malta and Slovakia Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United),…

Wayne Rooney, England’s all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from international football. No outfield player has won more England caps than the 31-year-old, who netted a record 53 goals across 119 appearances for his country. England manager Gareth Southgate phoned Rooney on Tuesday to say he wanted to include the forward in his upcoming squad following his fine start to life back at boyhood club Everton. However, the former Manchester United captain will play no further part for his country after informing Southgate of his decision to quit international football for good in the same phone conversation. https://twitter.com/England/status/900327094810533889…

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