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FA covered up Tranmere 'Super White Army' banner before England game

A “Super White Army” banner was covered up during an England football match after a picture of it was shared online by one of the team’s top players. The sign at Tranmere Rovers’ ground was obscured by the FA for the Lionesses’ World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, hours after Lucy Bronze shared it online. Her post received criticism and praise. Tranmere Rovers Supporters’ Club said it did not know why it was covered, adding it was “not remotely racist” and referred to their team’s shirts. England’s Lionesses had been embroiled…

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FA systems 'flawed' in sacking of England coach Sampson

Media playback is not supported on this device The Football Association has been heavily criticised after the sacking of England women’s manager Mark Sampson. MP Damian Collins has questioned why it took so long to look into evidence of Sampson’s “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous role. “The system is flawed,” said Collins, who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. Ex-England captain Karen Walker said: “They have made a right mess of it.” The FA says it was made aware last week of the…

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Mark Sampson sacked as England Women's head coach

Mark Sampson has been sacked as England Women’s manager after evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” during his time at a previous club. Sampson, 34, has in recent weeks been the subject of accusations of racism, harassment and bullying made by former England player Eni Aluko. Yet the Football Association announced on Wednesday evening that Sampson is leaving the role with immediate effect following a historic safeguarding investigation into his conduct while manager of Bristol Academy. Sampson, who last year agreed a new contract to remain as England Women’s manager…

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Mark Sampson set to leave as England women's manager

Media playback is not supported on this device Mark Sampson is set to leave his role as England women’s manager after fresh misconduct allegations were made. It comes after his side beat Russia 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The 34-year-old took over in 2013 and led England to successive semi-finals at major tournaments. He was accused of discrimination by Chelsea forward Eniola Aluko but has been cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies the allegations. The exact reason for his exit remains unclear but the…

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Bairstow makes ton in big England win – highlights & report

Media playback is not supported on this device First Royal London one-day international, Old Trafford West Indies 204-9 (42 overs): Holder 41* (33 balls), Stokes 3-43 England 210-3 (30.5 overs): Bairstow 100* (97), Root 54 (53) England won by seven wickets Scorecard Jonny Bairstow hit his maiden one-day international century as England swept West Indies aside to win the first ODI at Old Trafford by seven wickets. Bairstow, opening the batting, made 100 not out to lead England to their target of 205 with more than 11 overs left. The…

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England begin World Cup qualifying campaign with 6-0 win

Media playback is not supported on this device England began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Russia at Prenton Park. Russia played much of the game with 10 women as Ksenia Tsybutovich was shown a second yellow card for handball on the half-hour, when England led 2-0. The hosts were 4-0 up at half-time, with Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Jordan Nobbs and Lucy Bronze scoring. Toni Duggan added two more as Mark Sampson’s side won their first match since the Euro 2017 semi-finals. Full match highlights…

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Mauricio Pochettino calls for patience with Tottenham and England star Dele Alli

Mauricio Pochettino wants to help Dele Alli by starting him against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday but has called for patience with the Tottenham midfielder. Alli has endured a turbulent start to the season. The 21-year-old is waiting to discover whether FIFA will hand him an international ban for the one-fingered gesture he made during England’s win over Slovakia earlier this month. He is already serving a three-match suspension in the Champions League, therefore missing Tottenham’s win over Borussia Dortmund last week, while off the pitch the youngster…

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