Largest Ever FA Leadership Academy Launches With a UEFA Euro 2020 Focus at SGP

Ahead of the season-opening FA Community Shield, we welcomed our FA Youth Leadership Academy class of 2019-20 to St George’s Park. A record number of 60 young people began their year-long training with 4 days of workshops. The workshop is designed to improve their leadership skills.

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45 of the attendees were designated by their County FAs, with the rest invited by UEFA. The Academy thus had a strong European taste and focused on to take full advantage of the popular impact of UEFA Euro 2020, which takes place in 12 different countries next summer.

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Euro 2020 – FA Youth Leadership Academy class of 2019-20 are held in St George’s Park

Euro 2020 ends with both semi-finals which are going to be played on 7 and 8 July next year and the final on 12 July at Wembley Stadium. The enactment of UEFA Euro 2020 provides a unique opportunity to highlight the potential of young leaders both in England and across Europe.

Wembley National Stadium Trust, which derives its income from events at the stadium, has recognized the potential of the program and invested £600k to expand our Youth Leadership and Volunteering program and the variety of its members.

“This is the biggest and most ambitious FA Leadership Academy we’ve ever delivered,” says Sarah Nickless, the chairperson of the FA Youth Council.

I’ve seen this program grow and evolve and the aim is to give future leaders tools to help change their local societies. We’re also focusing on UEFA Euro 2020. Last year, we enrolled 2 members from Jordan and saw a sight of the benefit of globalizing the program. They brought a different vibe and perspective.

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Euro 2020 – Sarah Nickless says this is the biggest and most ambitious FA Leadership Academy we’ve ever delivered

“We appreciate their different viewpoints. At the FA, we encourage counties to help each other. Now we can get countries doing the same and this will have an impact on an even wider scale. It’s really special to see the FA Leadership Academy evolve in this way.”

This time, with the support of UEFA, we’ve called youth leaders from every host nation at UEFA Euro 2020. Lipa Nessa is part of the new class of 2019-20 and represents Middlesex FA. She’s also a member of the Youth Sports Trust. While studying at university, she frequently coached U10s in the Wembley area.

After stopping playing football for Kinja Football Club at Brent’s Arc Academy, Lipa needed guidance and encouragement on how to stay in the game.

“I think, as a player, I didn’t understand the industry. A lot of young kids are the same and don’t really know what they can do away from playing,” says Nessa, who now co-hosts the popular ‘I Think She Is Offside’ podcast.

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Euro 2020 – Lipa Nessa is part of the new class of 2019-20 and represents Middlesex FA

What The FA Leadership Academy does is provide me with a bird’s-eye view of football. I now know the steps I need to take in order to become a leader. I came to the workshops very confident because I had done stuff like this before. What was great was meeting all the different nationalities present and seeing them come out of their shells.

 “The fact they are all going to make the effort to come back for graduation in a year’s time shows how quickly we all bonded and shared ideas.”

I learned a lot from the youth leaders from Italy, Denmark, Germany and, outside of Europe, Qatar. A feature of the FA Leadership Academy is the graduation ceremony whereby leaders from the previous year return to receive recognition for the work that they’ve undertaken since.

Many graduates had impressive stories to tell about the impact that they’ve subsequently made on football in their communities.

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Euro 2020- Sarah Nickless says best wishes to his team for the Euro 2020 next year

“Being part of The FA Leadership Academy was life-changing,” says former Notts County footballer Beth Heath.

My local FA recommended it and I really didn’t know what to expect. But the workshops had me gripped from the very start.

When the program began I was at Notts County and I had the chance to coach their U9s side. One of the first workshops I attended was about trust-building in dysfunctional teams. Learning about what can go wrong really benefited me.

“Since then, I have moved to Leicester City Ladies as first-team manager. I would never have the confidence to interview for that job if I wasn’t here. The FA Leadership Academy has helped shape my philosophy as both a coach and a person.”

With UEFA Euro 2020 less than a year away, the 2019-20 FA Leadership Academy is a chance to emphasize on a global scale the importance of involving young people in the governance, organization, and development of football.

Investing in current and future leaders by improving their skillsets, will ensure a clear benefit to grassroots football in England in the build-up to, and well beyond, UEFA Euro 2020.

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Euro 2020 – Kick It Out, Football Against Racism in Europe

UEFA have been branded “awkward” and a “joke” as their punishment to Bulgaria for fan racism against England was met with extensive criticism. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

Kick It Out, Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), and players past and present banged the country’s two-match stadium closing and £64,650 fine. While the Professional Footballers’ Association elevated concerns that there are no Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation on the UEFA disciplinary panel.

Euro 2020 - Kick It Out, Football Against Racism in Europe
Euro 2020 – Kick It Out, Football Against Racism in Europe

He said: Everyone knows me. I’m a bubbly sort of character. But this is close to my heart because I’m a black person and it’s not good when you are getting racially abused.

“I don’t play football any longer but these players are out on the pitch, and young kids are wishful to be like them, and you’re hearing all sorts of racism and they appear with something like that. UEFA need to look at themselves.”

It doesn’t wonder and hurts me to say that. He estimated that from UEFA and it’s not good. What kind of statement are they making when Nicklas Bendtner is penalized more heavily for wearing the wrong logo on his shorts?

“It’s a discomfiture. It’s a joke. The more we talk about it, the more people think it’s okay to do it. I don’t know how it’s going to get sorted out. We keep talking and it’s not getting any better.”

Euro 2020 - Kick It Out, Football Against Racism in Europe
Euro 2020 – Kick It Out, Football Against Racism in Europe

Jim Boyce, former FIFA vice-president was similarly derogatory of the punishment handed to Bulgaria: “I thought it was very compassionate I have got to be honest,” said Boyce.

They have been continuously warned yet it still continues. His own personal feeling is that after three warnings for racism the stadium should be sealed for a minimum of three matches to the home fans.

They welcome the speed of this conclusion, but they are dissatisfied that Bulgaria will not be disqualified from the Euro 2020 qualifying competition given their previous record, and clear inability to deal with the problems they face.

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Euro 2020: Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer

Poland and Russia secured their place at Euro 2020 with respective victories over North Macedonia and Cyprus, while Germany and Netherlands strengthened their hopes of reaching the final. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Poland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Russia defeated Cyprus 5-0, while Poland, Belgium and Italy qualify this week by beating Macedonia 2-0.

Euro 2020: Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer
Euro 2020: Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer

Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov, who reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup at home last year, had only to avoid defeat in Nicosia to follow Belgium in Group I qualifying.

Valencian winger Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring in the ninth minute, before Magomed Ozdoev, the author of a fabulous long-term strike against Scotland, scored the game half-way through the middle of the first half.

In the 28th minute, Kostas Laifis was sacked for a crazy defeat against Russian back Sergei Petrov.

Forward Artem Dzyuba scored his third goal in two games in the 79th minute, before Aleksandr Golovin and Cheryshev’s second goal completed the pass.

Russia will try to overtake Belgium, who beat Kazakhstan 2-0 earlier Sunday at the summit that will host the first world team on November 16th. For live action, you can buy Russia Euro Cup Tickets online.

Euro 2020 Qualifier - Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer
Euro 2020 Qualifier – Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer

The finals of the European Championship, which will start on 12th June next, will take place in 12 different places of the continent, including Saint-Petersburg in Russia.

Poland started their match against North Macedonia knowing that the victory would allow them to win the Euros.

They had to be patient with the visitors, who could qualify for the playoffs after winning their League of Nations group if they did not do it automatically.

But Przemyslaw Frankowski scored at home less than 60 seconds after coming into play in the 74th minute, before Akardiusz Milik scored.

Poland are three points ahead of Austria, who won 1-0 in Slovenia, leading Group G, five points behind North Macedonia and Slovenia.

Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands remained top of group C, ahead of Germany. They beat Belarus with a nervous 2-1 win over Belarus in Minsk.

Euro 2020 - Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer
Euro 2020 – Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer

The Netherlands took third place, Northern Ireland, with three points after beating Michael O’Neill’s 3-1 on Thursday.

Georginio Wijnaldum led the opposition team in the 32nd minute, shortly after Denis Laptev missed a golden opportunity to give Belarus a head start.

The Liverpool midfielder had doubled the advantage before the break with a magnificent 25-yard strike in the turn, and although Stanislav Dragun gave hope to Belarus early in the second period, the Netherlands have stood firm.

“We have to do better than we did in the second half, even though everything was under control at the end,” Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk told NOS television.

“We are now very close to qualifying for the finals, and ultimately that’s what counts.”

The victory in Belfast against the Northern Irish next month would ensure Oranje’s first major tournament appearance since being third at the 2014 World Cup.

Euro Cup 2020 - Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer
Euro Cup 2020 – Poland and Russia cross, Germany and Netherlands are getting closer

Germany easily won 3-0 in Estonia despite Emre Can’s dismissal in the 14th minute.

Ilkay Gundogan, who, with Can before the kickoff, had “unliked” a controversial post from Cenk Tosun, the Turkish striker, scored two goals, while Timo Werner also found the net.

Joachim Loew’s team will welcome Northern Ireland in their last match, which could decide the second place.

“We had to regroup after the red card, the team did well after the break, we did not concede and scored three goals,” Loew said.

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German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski has scored 19 goals for the season with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Euro 2020 in Latvia. This victory reinforces Poland’s place at the top of the group G.

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German said about Lewandowski - He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat
German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Robert Lewandowski is not a Bayern lifebuoy, but his lifeboat. His nineteen goals almost alone keep the team afloat wrote about the Poland striker Christian Eichler from the newspaper. 

Bayern Munich’s captain is one of the few players in the Niko Kovac team who has been praised by the media in recent weeks.

Germans praise Lewandowski. “He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat”.

Robert Lewandowski has already scored 19 goals this season. 13 of them won in Bundesliga matches, where they broke the record in terms of the number of matches with a goal at the beginning of the season. A Poland entered the list of scorers in each of the first nine rounds of the German league.

German said about Lewandowski - He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat
German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Lewandowski’s game is, however, one of the few positives in Bayern Munich. Bavarians take second place in the Bundesliga table and in the Champions League they are the best in group B. 

In addition, were it not for the captain of the Poland national team, the results of the Munich team would be much weaker, as German journalists increasingly emphasize. 

This time Christian Eichler did it. Lewandowski is not a Bayern lifebuoy, but his launch. His 19 goals almost alone keep the team afloat. 

German said about Lewandowski - He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat
German said about Lewandowski – He is not a lifebuoy, he is a lifeboat

Nobody claims that in a team like Bayern, every striker would score a lot of goals. Quite the opposite with such a striker every team can be better he added.

Recently, his coach, Niko Kovac, also talked about Lewandowski’s importance for Bayern. He is in life form, playing his best season. He keeps us at the forefront of the Bundesliga admitted the Croatian.

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UK football anti-racism charity revealed to have ‘a number of failings’ by watchdog

The UK’s anti-racism football charity has been found to have a series of failings following an investigation by the watchdog. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

The Kick It Out charity, which is funded by the Football Association, Premier League, EFL, and Professional Footballers’ Association, was criticized for poor communication in its handling of an allegation of sexual abuse.

UK football anti-racism charity revealed to have 'a number of failings' by watchdog
UK football anti-racism charity revealed to have ‘a number of failings’ by watchdog

The charity plays an important role in stamping out racism in the game. Just a day ago it criticized UEFA over its handling of racism suffered by England players in their Euro 2020 clash with Bulgaria.

The UK’s Charity Commission had received complaints from former employees about the culture and management at the organization and launched an investigation a year ago.

On Thursday it published its findings, it said: “The report identified a number of failings. There was evidence of poor communication and a lack of training in key areas such as governance and staff welfare. Many staff felt they were not managed well by the senior management team, with some feeling overworked and inadequately supported.”

Kick It Out announced the appointment of a new chair, Sanjay Bhandari, in September and has also appointed three new trustees.

UK football anti-racism charity revealed to have 'a number of failings' by watch-dog
UK football anti-racism charity revealed to have ‘a number of failings’ by watch-dog

Head of the regulatory compliance at the Charity Commission named as Tracey Howarth, said: The trustees of Kick It Out should have made protecting those who came into contact with their charity from harm a governance priority.

The charity did not fully deliver on this expectation, largely due to failures in communication within the charity.

It is because of the importance of Kick It Out’s work, particularly in the current climate, that the trustees understand that it matters just as much how the charity delivers on its purpose, as what it delivers, so that it can continue to be successful and thrive in the future.

The charity says it will implement the report’s findings by May which will focus on its communications, the support it offers and a review of its activities.

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Euro 2020 – Anti-racism fighters slam UEFA’s Bulgarian endorsement as weak and disheartening

English anti-discrimination campaigners have denounced UEFA for failing to throw Bulgaria out of the competition, or at least dock points, as punishment for their fans’ racist abuse of England players in the recent Euro 2020 qualifier between the sides.

Bulgaria has been ordered to play two matches behind closed doors one suspended for two years following England’s 6-0 win in Sofia that was twice halted and could even have been abandoned. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The hosts already had a restricted stadium cessation for that match after being found guilty of racist behaviour in matches against the Czech Republic and Kosovo in June. But UEFA stopped short of imposing a more severe sentence even though they also fined the Bulgarians €75,000.

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Euro 2020 – Anti-racism fighters slam UEFA’s Bulgarian endorsement as weak and disheartening

The fans’ behaviour included Nazi salutes and monkey chants and UEFA’s ruling has been criticised by anti-racism charity Kick it Out, European wide anti-discrimination body Fare and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).

Bulgaria is bottom of their group and cannot qualify directly for next summer’s finals. But as things stand, they would be in line for a playoff spot due to their results in the League of Nations last year. The stadium closure will be likely to cost Bulgarian football authorities at least €100,000 in lost revenue.

It said the decision would give anyone affected by rude behaviour little trust that UEFA was doing anywhere near enough to stop it.

“The current sanctions, however tough UEFA think they may be, are clearly not working and leave victims with little faith in their ability to prevent abusive behaviour,” said Kick it Out in a statement.

“We feel UEFA’s entire disciplinary process in response to racial discrimination should be overhauled, and urge them to explain the decision-making process behind their sanctions for incidents of discrimination.”

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Euro 2020Gareth Southgate praises England’s players in face of racial abuse

The PFA said UEFA’s guidelines need to be fixed with far stronger curbs imposed such as expelling teams from rivalries, adding only then can the issue of racism be seriously defied.

It also called for black, Asian and minority folkloric (BAME) depiction on UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary committee the group responsible for deciding the penalty.

 “Diversity on the pitch must be reflected at every level of the game, not just on the field of play.”

After the game, both the president of the Bulgaria Football Union (BFU), Borislav Mihaylov, and Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov resigned and Fare said it was disappointed Bulgaria was not expelled given their earlier record and clear inability to deal with the hitches they face.

“We think the evidence and circumstances of this match would have justified European football being given a stronger signal on the need to tackle racism,” Fare added.

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Euro 2020 – Entire disciplinary process in response to racial discrimination should be overhauled

“Obtaining justice for racist acts is not easy in any setting, it is clear that football is no exception. We will be in touch with Uefa to explore options and maintain that Bulgaria and others in the same situation fundamentally reappraise how they deal with racism.”

The English Football Association, hardly surprisingly, took a more diplomatic stance.Football has its part to play and must do so, but it is for all to identify the significance of the problem. While those accountable for such disgraceful behaviour at home or overseas need to be held to account.

We should not lose vision of the importance of education programmes in finding a long-term result.England has been penalized €5,000 after their fans hooted the Bulgarian national anthem before the game while the hosts were charged €10,000 for the same crime by their supporters.

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One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland

In the current state of affairs, the Republic of Ireland must defeat Denmark with two clear goals to be absolutely certain of its qualification for Euro 2020. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Republic Of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

A win with a single goal in their last group match would probably be enough to seal the qualification among the top two in Group D but does not guarantee it. If Switzerland draws a tie with Georgia or Gibraltar in one of their remaining matches, it would give a tie to three for first place on 15 points.

One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland
One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland

Assuming Denmark sends Gibraltar ahead of their trip at Dublin. Republic of Ireland’s difference in goals between the three teams (-2) is worse than Switzerland and Denmark (+1). If Switzerland won as expected and the Republic of Ireland, men Mick McCarthy ahead of Denmark head-to-head based on the results between the two teams.

Sure in our hypothesis that Gibraltar will not produce a monumental shock, nothing less than a victory will be enough for the Republic of Ireland. However, if Ireland finishes outside the top two places, there is likely a reprieve for the play-offs via the League of Nations circuit.

The Republic of Ireland finished 11th out of 12 teams in League B of the League of Nations and 23rd overall. A four-way match, including semi-finals and a final for a place at Euro 2020, will take place between the top four teams in League B, who still have to qualify for the Euros.

One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland
One goal victory against Denmark may not be enough for the Republic Of Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is not certain to play this match, but the next best B League teams who miss the event will qualify for the A-League match, as all but Iceland and perhaps from Croatia, are more likely to qualify through the main gate.

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Gary Neville insists England stars brave enough to cause a sea change in racism fight

Gary Neville believes it will take a team to walk away the pitch for a sea change to occur in the fight against racism, and believes England’s players are courageous and brave enough to do it. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

The Bulgarian confederation was ordered to play one match behind closed doors, with a further match suspended for a period of two years, and fined just under £65,000 for the racist behaviour of their fans during the Euro 2020 qualifier against England in Sofia on 14 October.

Gary Neville insists England stars brave enough to cause a sea change in racism fight
Gary Neville insists England stars brave enough to cause a sea change in racism fight

England players and staff were exposed to monkey chanting, and some fans in Bulgarian sections of the stadium could be seen making Nazi salutes.

European football’s governing body UEFA has been widely condemned over the sanctions, which have been described as being too compassionate.

Former Manchester United and England defender Neville can see the issue coming to a head soon when a team decides it has had enough and leaves off the pitch.

Neville said, “Everybody would have supported the players and Gareth Southgate in walking away from the pitch, but then what I would expect is that if they were punished for that, that other nation would support England and take out from the competition.”

Gary Neville insists England stars brave enough to cause a sea change in racism fight
Gary Neville insists England stars brave enough to cause a sea change in racism fight

“That’s what is going to need to happen here – nations are going to need to take it into their own hands because the governing body is not dealing with it in a satisfactory way.”

Some of the greatest modifications that have been encouraged in society have been through individuals being brave, and the England squad have got some brave, young individuals who are not going to take it anymore.

Neville says ‘significant pain’ has to be imposed on associations whose supporters are found shamefaced of racist behaviour.

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Euro 2020 – UEFA’s racism ruling on Bulgaria met with widespread criticism

PFA raises concerns over lack of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation on UEFA disciplinary board.UEFA has been branded embarrassing and a joke as their punishment to Bulgaria for fan racialism against England was met with extensive blame.

Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), and players past and present criticized the country’s 2 match stadium cessation and £64,650 fine. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Professional Footballers’ Association raised up concerns that there is no Black, Asian and minority folkloric (BAME) illustration on the UEFA disciplinary board.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Clinton Morrison asserted to do much more to end racism

The PFA said the ruling “only serves to highlight that these guidelines need to be overhauled and far stronger deterrents imposed not ruling out expulsions from competitions”, as Clinton Morrison called on Bulgaria to be chucked out of Euro 2020.

Morrison asserted both the European leading body and England’s Football Association should be doing much more to end racism. He said everyone knows me. I’m a fizzy sort of person. This is close to my heart because I’m a black man and it’s not fair when you’re getting ethnically mistreated.

I don’t play football to any further extent but these players are out on the ground, and young kids are ambitious to be like them, and you’re earshot all sorts of racism and they come out roughly like that. UEFA need It doesn’t surprise me and hurts me to say that.

“It’s an embarrassment. It’s a joke. The more we talk about it, the more people think it’s okay to do it. I don’t know how it’s going to get sorted out. We keep talking and it’s not getting any better.” to look at themselves.

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Clinton Morrison called on Bulgaria to be chucked out of Euro 2020

What kind of statement are they making when Nicklas Bendtner is fined more heavily for wearing the wrong logo on his shorts?UEFA’s ruling came on the night an FA Cup game was being replayed between Haringey Borough and Yeovil Town after the previous fixture was reckless due to Haringey’s players walking off the pitch because of racialist abuse from Yeovil fans.

Troy Townsend expressed that the match was being replayed before the FA had reached a ruling over the incident. Townsend also said UEFA need to reconsider their approach to racism after handing out weak sanctions to Bulgaria.

FARE executive director Piara Powar said Bulgaria should have been handed a harsher punishment. We welcome the speed of this decision.

We are not happy that Bulgaria will not be excluded from the Euro 2020 qualifiers given their previous record, and obvious incapability to deal with the problems they face. We think that the proof and situations of this match would have justified European football being given a stronger signal on the need to tackle racism.

“Obtaining justice for racist acts is not easy in any setting, it is clear that football is no exception. We will be in touch with UEFA to explore options and maintain that Bulgaria and others in the same situation fundamentally reappraise how they deal with racism.”

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Euro 2020 qualifiers – Townsend said UEFA need to reconsider their approach to racism

Morrison added more things are going to keep on, and these black players are going to keep walking off and there’s going to be no matches and these supporters have to know that. It’s the same here with that Yeovil game.

They’re replaying the game but nothing’s been done; racially abused, missiles were thrown at them. They were true to walk off the ground and extra people are going to start walking off.

“The racism thing is getting beyond a joke. Sitting here as a black person myself, and experiencing it before – it just hurts me. I’ve said it so many times; I can come here and talk about it loads but UEFA needs to do it, they need to come out and make a big statement, and the FA needs to do something too.”

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Jack Grealish: Aston Villa midfielder still in contention for England call-up despite injury scare

Jack Grealish remains in contention to be selected for England’s European Qualifiers against Kosovo and Montenegro in November, in spite of suffering a calf injury last weekend. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish could coming back from injury as early as Saturday despite doubts he would miss out on a place in Gareth Southgate’s England national squad for the upcoming European qualifiers.

Jack Grealish: Aston Villa midfielder still in contention for England call-up despite injury scare
Jack Grealish: Aston Villa midfielder still in contention for England call-up despite injury scare

​After hobbling off against Man City on Saturday with a calf problem and leaving the Etihad on supports, the midfielder was stated to be set to miss out on a first senior England call-up with at least a two-week dismissal.

However, the 24-year-old is in contention to face Liverpool this weekend, while his England hopes are still alive too. 

Southgate is considering over whether to call for the attacking midfielder for matches against Kosovo and Montenegro in November as the Three Lions’ Euro 2020 qualification campaign draws to a nearby with a place at the tournament within reach.

Grealish has been putting pressure on Leicester’s James Maddison (After scoring 3 goals in his last 4 matches), whose place in the squad is under danger after he was released from international duty.

Jack Grealish: Aston Villa midfielder still in contention for England call-up despite injury scare
Jack Grealish: Aston Villa midfielder still in contention for England call-up despite injury scare

The Villans skipper will have to endure Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup tie against Wolves at Villa Park, but Grealish will surely be reassured that he is not out for longer and his England dreams have not been ruined.

The match on Saturday was watched by England Coach Southgate, where Aston Villa teammate, Tyrone Mings, was also being observed ahead of the November call-ups. In spite of being on the wrong end of a 3-0, Grealish was heavily acclaimed by Man City boss Pep Guardiola.

Aston Villa will be delighted that Grealish should be available for the hectic Christmas period, as the Midlands side, face the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, and well-known Leicester within the next month.

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