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Manchester United resign from European Club Association amid Super League controversy

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Manchester United have quit the European Club Association, according to reports this morning.

On top of that, Ed Woodward has also stepped down from his UEFA role, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The news comes amid the club’s controversial involvement with the proposed European Super League, with reports of the breakaway competition breaking last night.

Back in 2017 Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was appointed as an ECA representative on UEFA’s Professional Football Strategy Council.

According to the club, Joel Glazer –  part of the Glazer family which owns Manchester United – will be one of the vice-chairmen of the Super League.

According to Sky in Italy, it’s been confirmed that Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan have also left the ECA.

Man United’s plan to join the Super League has already been condemned by Sir Alex Ferguson and United legend Gary Neville.

The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust has spoken out about the club’s decision to join the Super League.

The statement, released last night, says: “These proposals are completely unacceptable and will shock Manchester United fans, as well as those of many other clubs.

“A ‘Super League’ based on a closed shop of self-selected wealthy clubs goes against everything football, and Manchester United, should stand for.

”To bring forward these proposals without any fan consultation, and in the midst of a global pandemic when people should be pulling together not serving their own selfish interests, just adds insult to injury.

“When Sir Matt Busby led us into the European Cup in the 1950s, the modern Manchester United was founded in the tragedy and then triumph that followed. To even contemplate walking away from that competition would be a betrayal of everything this club has ever stood for.

“We urge everyone involved in this proposal including Manchester United to immediately withdraw from this proposal.”

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Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow complete 10k race together

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Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow completed the Leeds 10k over the weekend, with Sinfield pushing his former team-mate and friend in a specially-adapted wheelchair.

Burrow was tragically diagnosed with motor neurone disease back in 2019, and in the following years has managed to raise millions of pounds for charity.

The Rugby League legends joined their former team, Leeds Rhinos, to raise money for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal.

Sinfield said it was ‘brilliant’ to complete the course with his good friend when speaking to the media afterwards.

He told the BBC: “It’s been a while since we have been able to do some sort of running or activity.

“We have been waiting on this [wheelchair] to get delivered, it’s our first run with it today and we came 39th.

“Thankfully it stayed in one piece and hopefully he enjoyed it, I know I did.”

Sinfield added: “A lot of people were clapping, I think Rob has been such a huge inspiration to everybody that people have been really happy that we have been out on the course for it. It’s been a really nice day.”

Sinfield took charge of a team that ran seven marathons in seven days to raise more than £2.7m for motor neurone disease research back in 2020.

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Championship footballer comes out and becomes only openly gay professional footballer in Britain

‘For a long time I’ve thought I would have to hide my truth because I wanted to be a professional footballer’

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A Championship footballer has come out as gay, making him the first current professional footballer in Britain to do so.

Blackpool forward Jake Daniels, seventeen, said he has received ‘amazing support’ from his teammates after opening up about his sexuality. 

In an interview with Sky Sports News today, Daniels said his original plan was to wait until he had retired before coming out, but says he felt ready to ‘be myself’ after ‘such a long time of lying’ about who he is.

He said: “But I just knew that was just such a long time of just lying and not being able to have what I want.

“For a long time I’ve thought I would have to hide my truth because I wanted to be, and now I am, a professional footballer. I asked myself if I should wait until I’ve retired to come out. No other player in the professional game here is out.

“However, I knew that would lead to a long time of lying and not being able to be myself or lead the life that I want to.

“Since I’ve come out to my family, my club and my teammates, that period of overthinking everything and the stress it created has gone. It was impacting my mental health.

“Now I am just confident and happy to be myself finally.”

Daniels said he knew he was gay at around the age of five or six, but admitted that he initially believed football and being gay didn’t mix.

He explained: “So all the way through my life I was like, ‘It’s fine, you’ll get a girlfriend when you’re older and you’ll change and it’ll be fine’.

“And as you do get older you realise you just can’t… and it’s just something you won’t be able to do.

“I’ve had girlfriends in the past to try and make all my mates think I’m straight, and it was just a massive cover-up. So it has been a struggle.”

And speaking of when he first told his teammates, Daniels said they were ‘kind of shocked in a way’ and asked why he didn’t tell them earlier.

He said: “The captain was one of the main people I told and he was just asking loads of questions about it and was like ‘I’m so proud of you’.”

He added: “Everyone has been so supportive and so proud of me and it just shows what a bond we have as a team and everyone is like a family to each other.”

Daniels is the first British male professional footballer to come out as gay since Justin Fashanu in 1990.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzelsperger also came out as gay after his retirement in 2013.

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Manchester City confirm they’ve reached deal to sign Erling Haaland

City have confirmed they’ve reached a deal to sign striker Erling Haaland this summer

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Manchester City have confirmed that they’ve reached a deal to sign striker Erling Haaland this summer.

Haaland will join City on a permanent deal from Borussia Dortmund on July 1st.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano: “City will pay €60m [not €75m] release clause to BVB, plus commission to be added.

“His salary will be worth £375,000/week, same level as de Bruyne. Medical has been already completed.”

The club said in a statement: “Manchester City can confirm we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1st July 2022.

“The transfer remains subject to the Club finalising terms with the player.”

Earlier today City boss Pep Guardiola refused to answer questions about Haaland at a press conference, saying: “Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City have told me I am not allowed to say anything until the deal is completely done.

“I cannot talk, I am sorry. We will have time to talk.”

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