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England's flat showing against Hungary -- and their vuvuzela-wielding kid fans -- didn't leave a good impression

England’s flat showing against Hungary — and their vuvuzela-wielding kid fans — didn’t leave a good impression

BUDAPEST, Hungary — If England are thrown off their stride by the sound of roughly 30,000 children and their vuvuzelas, how are they going to handle a fearsome Allianz Arena against Germany on Tuesday night? The UEFA Nations League pales into insignificance in the context of the grueling end to domestic football just passed and …

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Ronaldo and Kane but no Son – trying to understand the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

Ronaldo and Kane but no Son – trying to understand the PFA Player of the Year shortlist

In 2009, a Manchester City fan emailed Professional Footballers Association (PFA) chief executive Gordon Taylor, demanding to know how Ryan Giggs could possibly have ended up on their shortlist of candidates for the Player of the Year award. A back-and-forth followed, in which the City supporter pointed out how few matches Giggs had started and …

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France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

France blames ticket fraud for Champions League final chaos

PARIS (AP) — French authorities defended police on Monday for indiscriminately firing tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters at the Champions League final, while blaming industrial levels of fraud that saw 30,000 to 40,000 people try to enter the Stade de France with fake tickets or none at all. UEFA ordered an independent …

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