REPORT: Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0

Tweet Russia avoided becoming the first host nation to lose the opening match of a World Cup as they thrashed Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday. The game, between the two lowest ranked teams in the tournament, began at a surprisingly high intensity with both sides enjoying plenty of the ball in attacking areas, however, it was not long before the hosts took a hold of the game. Aleksandr Golovin was presented with the first opening of the game but his 11th minute snapshot was blocked behind for a…

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Women’s football continues to grow as a record 45,423 attend FA Cup final

Tweet The SSE Women’s FA Cup made history at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as it achieved a competition-record attendance of 45,423. This is the fourth consecutive year that the record has been broken, with an increase of over 10,000 fans on last year’s cup final. Quite a contrast to just five years ago, when less than 5000 were in attendance at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium. Heather O’Reilly, 2018 cup finalist and winger for Arsenal Women, said: “People can’t be interested in the women’s game if they don’t watch it and these…

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New study discovers why referees in football are getting abuse

Tweet   The war against referee abuse in football continues as new survey finds most grassroots referees put it down to a lack of respect shown at the elite level of the game.   The survey, which was conducted by Sky Sports News and the FA found that 91% of grassroots referees believe that the lack of respect shown at elite level of football trickles down to grassroots football. However, James Lisher, Senior Referee Development Officer at Essex FA, is not overly surprised by this figure and also goes on…

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Were Arsenal Fan TV to blame for Arsene Wenger’s departure?

Tweet After 22 years in charge at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has finally stepped down from his role as Arsenal manager. Unlike his bitter rival, Sir Alex Ferguson, it wasn’t the fairytale ending for the Frenchman. No one can argue that his first eight years at the club weren’t a huge success. However, since the move to the Emirates Stadium, the legendary manager has been criticised heavily. In particular, by Arsenal fans on a YouTube fan channel, Arsenal Fan TV. Arsenal Fan TV first started in 2012, where they started interviewing…

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Mellon reflects on a “very special day for Tranmere”

Tweet Following Tranmere’s promotion to League 2, Rovers’ manager Micky Mellon was brimming with “pride” as his side beat Boreham Wood 2-1 after going down to ten-men after just 55 seconds. Tranmere defender Liam Ridelagh, saw red seconds into the National League Promotion final after a late lunge on the Woods’ Ricky Shakes and Mellor believed the decision was the correct one. “I think he was caught up in the occasion, he was a bit reckless and you cant leave the ground like that.” The win doesn’t just end a…

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