(WALES, U.K.) Data Privacy Report: Hundreds of footballers have threatened legal action against the data collection industry, which could change how information is handled #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.13: Led by former Cardiff City, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade, 850 players want compensation for the trading of their performance data over the past six years.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Sports News footballers are demanding compensation over their ‘private data misuse’ and threaten legal action…..Letters before action” have been sent to 17 big firms, alleging data misuse: They also want an annual fee from the companies for any future use.

By Nick Hartley
BBC Wales NewsFootballers ‘have right to see where data goes’

Data ranges from average goals-per-game for an outfield player to height – however, Mr Slade has previously expressed concern this is sometimes wrong.

If the group pursues legal action and is successful, it could lead to a radical change of a multi-billion pound industry behind professional sport that trades on players’ information. 

Slade’s legal team said the fact players receive no payment for the unlicensed use of their data contravenes General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules that were strengthened in 2018.

Under Article 4 of the GDPR, “personal data” refers to a range or identifiable information, such as physical attributes, location data or physiological information.

BBC News understands that an initial 17 major betting, entertainment and data collection firms have been targeted, but Slade’s Global Sports Data and Technology Group has highlighted more than 150 targets it believes have misused data.

Consent issues

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade is leading the group: While receiving a fee for the use of their data might not have much impact on the high earners of the Premier League, Slade feels strongly that those lower down the pyramid, in both the men’s and women’s game, would see tangible benefits: It’s incredible where it’s used,” Slade said. “On one player, and I’m not talking about a Premier League player or even a Championship player, there was some 7,000 pieces of information on one individual player at a lower league football club: There are companies that are taking that data and processing that data without the individual consent of that player: A big part of our journey has been looking at that ecosystem and plotting out where that data starts, who’s processing it, where it finishes and that’s a real global thing: It’s making football – and all sports – aware of the implications and what needs to change.”

How widespread is data collection?

The use of data in sport is nothing new. Its collection, distribution and use has become a staple part of the modern sporting environment, be it by clubs to manage player performance, or by third party companies to base things like odds on.

If the move is successful, the implications could have far-reaching effects beyond football.

BBC News understand discussions are already underway within other professional sports to bring potential legal action regarding the trading of data.

Former Wales international Dave Edwards, one the players behind the move, said it was a chance for players to take more control of the way information about them is used.

Having seen how data has become a staple part of the modern game, he believes players rights to how information about them is used should be at the forefront of any future use.

“The more I’ve looked into it and you see how our data is used, the amount of channels its passed through, all the different organisations which use it, I feel as a player we should have a say on who is allowed to use it,” he said.

Getty ImagesThe footballers say they want compensation and an annual fee for the use of their data

“Anyone else in the world would have that say. Just because we’re footballers and we’re in the public domain that gets overlooked.

“If you were in another job, if you were a teacher or a lawyer and this sort of details was being passed around your field of work it wouldn’t sit right with that person.

“I don’t think we, as individuals really differ from that.”

The lawyer behind Global Sports Data and Technology’s action, Chris Farnell, believes it could be start of a sport-wide reshaping of how data is traded.

“This will be significant change if the precedent is set throughout football and how data is used throughout sport in general,” he said.

“It will change significantly how that data is being used and how it’s going to be rewarded.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………………..Published: Oct.13: 2021:

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(LONDON) JUST IN: The boss of UK football policing wants fans who take drugs on matchdays, including the cocaine use which is thought to have driven some of the violence around the Euro 2020 final, to face punishments that are “fit for purpose” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.19: As rowdy punters barged their way into the ground to see their country’s penalties defeat against Italy, there were also several reports of fans fighting with one another, attacking Italians and vandalising…..

#AceDailyNews says UK police football boss wants new fan banning rules as drug taking around matches follows ‘increased cocaine use in wider society’ after a number of England fans were filmed openly snorting substances at Wembley Stadium and elsewhere around London before and after the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

18 Jul, 2021 14:31 

UK police football boss wants new fan banning rules as drug taking around matches follows ‘increased cocaine use in wider society’

Cheshire Constabulary chief constable Mark Roberts, who heads football policing, told the Independent that he is pursuing the implementation of charges that allow cops the right to impose Football Banning Orders on anyone found in possession of drugs.

Cocaine use is “prevalent” among English football fans and has already been identified as a problem by officials at grounds across the country for years, he said.

“Football reflects the increased use of cocaine in wider society but it can drive some of the negative behavior,” Roberts added.

“Football Banning Order legislation currently specifies issues relating to alcohol misuse, and we would very much like to bring that up to date with drug usage and make that a trigger in the same way.”

The law currently allow bans to be imposed if people are convicted of specific offenses, aimed at preventing violence and disorder.

While there are related crimes for possession of alcohol or being drunk while entering or trying to enter a ground, there is no drugs equivalent.

Roberts said updating the law in such a manner “would be useful and reflect some practicalities of what we are seeing”. 

“It is time for us to review how contemporary some of the Football Banning Order legislation is, because time has moved on and it’s appropriate to review it and check it’s fit for purpose.”

The oppositon Labour Party is supporting the calls, with shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds saying: “The law should be changed to keep pace with the real world – and reflect what is causing and contributing to disorder.

“That should include the use of all illegal drugs when it comes to Football Banning Orders.”

While the Home Office confirmed that legislation is “kept under constant review“, it would not divulge whether it was contemplating Roberts’ call regarding drugs.

Cocaine is English football’s problem. Not poor policing, not inadequate stewarding, not late kick off times, not fans without tickets.They’re fuelled by Class A drugs wherever they go.— Danny Armstrong (@DannyWArmstrong) July 12, 2021

“Football-related violence and disorder of any kind will not be tolerated, which is why around 1,400 hooligans are currently barred from attending games under Football Banning Orders,” it said in a statement.

“The legislation is kept under constant review and this week the prime minister announced it would be extended so online abusers can be banned from stadiums for up to 10 years.

“Drugs devastate lives, ruin families and damage communities, which is why we are setting up a new cross-government drugs unit to tackle the issues,” it vowed.

University of Kent anthropologist Dr Martha Newson, who specializes in football fandom, has insisted that “cocaine culture” is growing.

“How are all the football fans making it to 8pm after a long day of heavy drinking? Its called ‘cocaine’ lmao, which I have heard of btw” pic.twitter.com/GZLXQoEEaG— James Greig (@jamesdgreig) July 11, 2021

“Alcohol was certainly a central element at Wembley on Sunday, but we also need to consider the role cocaine might have had,” she said.

“My recent research shows that cocaine use among fans is associated with more fan disorder and violence.

“To sustain a day of drinking and still have the energy and co-ordination to push through security late in the day would be unusual. 

“For a decade or more, many hardcore fans have used cocaine to maintain their energy in a way that alcohol cannot. Cocaine use is yet to be addressed in football.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: July.19: 2021:

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(LONDON) Tale of Two Viruses Report: Well we are now at the crossroads of opening up with one virus taking hold with rise in cases daily and another taking hold in football mania ready for the final to be played and both viruses meeting in Wembley on Sunday evening but who will be the winner England OR #COVID19 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.10: Editor says …l am not a killjoy but see both sides of every eventually as either vaccine + or Football – this is not say dont enjoy winning England but every action has a consequence and has always done so and this pandemic has taught some not all a valuable lesson and that is ‘common sense’ in all things even ‘football’ or having fun …..

#AceDailyNews reports on the Marked increase in #COVID19 infections across UK as roadmap reaches step 4 and two viruses will meet head on in glory or defeat which one will win well only 7-days wait will tell us the answer to that one ….I pray 🙏for the vaccine doing what it promised and that people are safe and praying for England to win since 1966 only God knows the answer to that one Amen

Calls grow for extra bank holiday if England win

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By Rebecca Marston
Business reporter, BBC News

England fans celebrating during Germany game

Prime minister Boris Johnson is coming under pressure to give workers a one-off bank holiday if England win their final Euro 2020 championship on Sunday.

petition on the Parliament website passed 320,000 signatures on Friday. It says an extra day off would help families to watch the match together.

Mr Johnson said granting a bank holiday now would be “tempting fate”.

The Trades Union Congress also urged firms to be flexible, if possible, and allow workers to start later on Monday.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Bosses should talk to their staff about flexible working arrangements ahead of Monday morning – perhaps allowing them to start later and claim back their time afterwards.”

Some stores are changing their hours to accommodate the big event.

The Co-op is closing its stores at 7.45pm on Sunday, rather than its normal closing time of between 10-11pm, in order to give staff the chance to watch the match.

Tesco will also close its Express stores in England at 7:45pm on Sunday evening.

Supermarket chain Lidl will alter its opening hours on Monday if England wins to allow staff an additional hour to “kick back and relax in the morning”.

Shoppers and staff alike were likely to appreciate the extra time first thing, the supermarket said.

The petition calls for a bank holiday this coming Monday, but arranging a bank holiday at such short notice would not be possible. The government also said it did not want to pre-empt the outcome of Sunday’s match. 

“Clearly we want England to go all the way and win the final, and then we will set out our plans in due course,” it added.

Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate.

How are bank holidays created? There are eight bank holidays a year in England and Wales, nine in Scotland, and ten in Northern Ireland.Bank holidays are created under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, or are created by royal proclamation – that is, by the Queen, who acts on government advice. The department responsible for bank holidays is the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.Bank holidays are not actually statutory holidays, although most workers do get the day off……………………..Nine things you might not know about bank holidays a petition, which was started by marketing manager Lee Jones, says: “English people would naturally want to continue to enjoy the win, giving the retail and leisure industry a much-needed opportunity to make up lost revenues.

Will England’s success boost the UK economy?‘Euro 2020 is a lifeline for my pub’ ……..How can I watch the Euros final with my friends?

A win for England over Italy on Sunday night would be the first major triumph for the country since 1966 saw it win the World Cup. The match is set to end at 10pm, but if it goes to extra time it could finish closer to 11pm, the semi-final against Denmark on Wednesday was not over until 10.45pm.’

We’ll try to give drivers later shifts’Boss of Stagefreight Ian Uttley is trying to be flexible with his driversSome firms are already working on the assumption there will be some sort of hangover effect on their workforce and are trying to work around it.Ian Uttley director at transport firm Stagefreight, told the BBC’s Wake Up to Money Programme he had been doing his best to give drivers a later start: “We do have a lot of England fans but it’s very difficult. We try to give them later shifts but at the end of the day they are professional drivers doing a professional job.”We are trying to give them time off. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience but we do work seven days a week and there’ll always be someone in a truck somewhere who will need to drive the next day.

Someone has to get the food to the supermarket shelves and into the shops.”He said there were strict checks in place to ensure no-one was tempted to over celebrate: “We expect them to limit alcohol limits and we expect them to be under the limit when they start driving – and we do conduct checks.” Late pub openingDowning Street supports the idea, saying employers who are able to should be flexible about allowing staff to go in to work late on Monday or take the day off if England win.Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “We would want businesses who feel able to consider it if they can, but we recognise it will vary depending on the business and company.”

Mr Johnson has already said pubs can stay open until 11.15pm this Sunday to reduce the risk of customers being told to leave before the match ends.Downing Street has said it will set out any celebrations such as a victory parade for the England team “in due course”, but has not confirmed whether plans for a potential bank holiday are in motion behind the scenes.

But then there is this still taking place with ever rising cases of #COVID19 hitting an all time high each day


By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

The UK is experiencing a marked increase in new Covid infections, say experts from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

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Latest data from swab tests in the community suggests one in every 160 people has the virus. 

That is up from one in every 250 in the previous week. For England, it is the highest level since mid February.

The more infectious Delta variant now accounts for 99% of cases, according to Public Health England

Around two-thirds of adults have now been double jabbed against the virus, and experts say this is helping prevent very big rises in Covid hospitalisations, although admissions are increasing. 

Many of the infections being seen are among teenagers and young adults. 

An estimated 400,000 people in the UK are thought to have been positive in the week to 3 July.

The final step of unlocking is expected to go ahead as planned on 19 July in England. It will be confirmed on 12 July after a review of data.

On Friday the latest government figures showed an increase of 35,707 Covid cases across the UK – the highest daily figure since 22 January. A further 29 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were also recorded.

Covid around the UK

According to the ONS Infection Survey findings for the week to July 3:

  • In England, one in 160 people had the virus – up from one in 260 in the previous week and the highest level since the week to 19 February
  • In Scotland, it was one in 100 people – up from one in 150 and the highest level since the week to 16 January
  • For Wales, it was one in 340 people – up from one in 450 and the highest level since the week to 27 February
  • In Northern Ireland it was one in 300 people – up from one in 670 and the highest since the week to 3 April

England’s coronavirus R number has risen slightly to between 1.2 and 1.5, which means that, on average, every 10 people infected will infect between 12 and 15 other people. Last week R was between 1.1 and 1.3.Sarah Crofts from the ONS said: “We are seeing marked increases in infections across all four UK countries driven by the Delta variant, which continues to be the most common across the UK.”As the vaccine rollout continues and restrictions are further lifted, it is crucial that we continue to closely monitor the data.”

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the sharp increase in cases being seen had not been followed by a similar increase in hospitalisation and death, suggesting the vaccines were working well. “Two doses of the available vaccines offer a high level of protection against the Delta variant. “Getting both jabs is the best way to ensure you and the people you love remain safe, so we once again urge everyone to come forward as soon as they are eligible.”As we approach the planned end of restrictions, we must remain cautious and careful. Cases are rising across the country, and whilst the vaccines offer excellent protection, they do not offer 100% protection. “Be sensible, and follow ‘hands, face, space, fresh air’ at all times and make sure to get tested if required.”The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

#AceNewsDesk report …..Published: July.11: 2021:

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(LONDON) #Coronavirus Travel Report: Grant Shapps announces that Chelsea & Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey as it placed on the rest list of countries in a conference from Downing Street on Friday evening #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – May.08: Chelsea and Manchester City fans should not travel to Turkey for the Champions League final, says transport secretary Grant Shapps, after he added the country to England’s travel red list:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk Champions League Final: ‘Fans should not travel to Turkey says UK Government: European Football last hosted the Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milanas the biggest game in European football is set to take place in Istanbul on 29 May’

Istanbul last hosted the Champions League final in 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milan
Champions League

Schapps said Covid-19 red list countries “should not be visited except in the most extreme circumstances”.

He added that the government was open to hosting the game in England.

Schapps said that the Football Association is in talks with Uefa about switching the game, but that it is “ultimately a decision for Uefa”.

“The UK has a successful track record of hosting matches with spectators so we are well placed to do it,” he said.

“So we are very open to it, but it is actually in the end a decision for Uefa to make. But given it is two English clubs in the final, we look forward to hearing what they have to say.”

The BBC understands that the government will look at solutions for whatever circumstances arise around the final, including exploring travel exemptions for players and club staff.

UK citizens returning from red list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days.

If the final was to switch to England, Wembley Stadium, the most obvious host venue, is already set to host the Championship play-off final on 29 May.

#AceHealthDesk report …….Published: May.08: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) Manchester United Protests Report: Emotions have been simmering for 16 years and finally boil over as fans storm the pitch calling for Glazer’s to resign #AceSportsDesk report

#AceSportsReport – May.04: It was at an entrance round the back of the Stretford End, away from the noise and the flares that accompanied the start of the Manchester United fans’ protest at Old Trafford, that those who made it on to the pitch gained access.

‘Man United Supporters protest outside Old Trafford against the Glazers, who took over ManU in 2005 most of them were young lads in their 20s, coming down the hill in wave after wave, but not all there were women and older men too. One, probably in his late 50s or early 60s, wore a green and gold scarf and woolly hat – the colours of United’s first shirts when they were formed as Newton Heath in 1878, and of the original anti-Glazer protests in 2010’

Manchester United fans protest outside Old Trafford against the club's ownership under the Glazer family
Protests on Sunday

Published: 02 May 2021

After he had left the stadium compound, he remained with those waiting for the United team bus that never arrived. 

He was not angry and spoke calmly to fans and media in the same area, wanting to know the latest about what was happening on the other side of the ground, or around the team hotel, where he had been earlier.

Those fans, he felt, were more sinister than the ones at the stadium. But he didn’t condemn them. He accepts they have a common goal. Emotions have been simmering for 16 years, so a bit of aggression is understandable, the theory went.

Exchanges like this – and people like that – underline the reason for what happened at Old Trafford.

A large protest was expected outside the ground before the match with historic rivals Liverpool – but no-one expected fans to force their way into the stadium and on to the pitch and for the match to be postponed.’Fans overstepped the mark’ – Shearer and Jenas on Man Utd protest

It was the third major fans protest against the club and its owners in recent days following a protest at Old Trafford last Saturday and fans entering the club’s training ground at Carrington the previous Thursday.

Like supporters of the other five ‘big six’ clubs, Manchester United’s fans are angry about the European Super League proposals. They don’t want it and will voice their opposition – just as fans of the other five English sides have done.

What sets United apart is that their fans are not surprised at the actions of their owners – the US-based Glazer family.

Indeed, to those fans, it merely underlines their view that the owners of their football club only care about money and that they have no affection for the world-famous 149-year-old institution they are in charge of.

If they did, the argument goes, they would never have landed the club with the enormous debt associated with their controversial £790m leveraged takeover in 2005.

Manchester United were a debt-free organisation when they were on the stock market prior to the Glazers buying the club. The fans believe the Glazers should have used their own money. 

That debt currently stands at £455.5m, according to the club’s latest accounts, which were released on 4 March, 2021. It is estimated that in general finance costs, interest and dividends, the Glazer takeover has cost United in excess of £1bn.

There is nothing new in this. Many United fans were genuinely angry when Sir Alex Ferguson used to defend the owners. The Scot repeatedly said the Glazer family backed him in the transfer market and never offered criticism.

Those fans felt Ferguson’s brilliance as a manager masked underlying issues around the money being invested in United’s playing squad.

It is no surprise the ‘green and gold’ anti-Glazer campaign began in 2010, when United were experiencing a dip after three successive Premier League titles, nor that it fizzled out when Ferguson got his team playing like champions again and reached another Champions League final.

But for some, the sentiment never dimmed. Disenchantment with the Glazer stewardship of United has grown with every passing year since Ferguson retired in 2013, not just because the club’s fortunes have slipped, but because despite the relative failure, tens of millions of pounds go out of the club, either directly to the family or because of the way they run United.

There is a counter-balance to this narrative.

The owners are responsible for the phenomenal rise in Manchester United’s commercial revenue. They were the ones who aggressively pursued the regional approach, which every other similar sized club has followed.

The Glazers introduced a commercial plan which was different to any other club. Other than the major deals with Adidas, Chevrolet and others, they sell on a regional basis across the globe, so they have telecoms partners in USA and Canada, another in Africa, another in China. They recognised United were popular and maximised the popularity. 

It can be argued, with some justification, that the Glazers are responsible for a significant proportion of United’s rise in income and what they take out is only a percentage of it.

United sources never tire of drilling home the message that the money the club raises is done to improve the playing side, whether it be through big-money signings or academy prospects.

Beyond question, they have spent a lot of money on players. Whether they have bought the right ones is debatable though, and the Glazers are blamed by some for not putting the processes in place to get the recruitment right.

In recent times, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a patron of the Manchester United Supporters Trust (Must), which has campaigned against the family, has, like Ferguson, been condemned for not criticising the owners.

Yet Solskjaer, when I asked him about the planned protests in the build-up to Sunday’s game, said the fans’ voice “needs to be heard”.

That probably explains the wording of the club statement on Sunday night, which in addition to condemning those who put “other fans, staff and police in danger”, also acknowledged their right to free expression and peaceful protest, in addition to highlighting their passion.

In the aftermath of the ESL’s collapse, co-chairman Joel Glazer said he accepted there was a need for greater communication with supporters. 

That said, he opted not to join an emergency fans forum on Friday when Must were amongst the signatories of a letter, read out to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, stating the fans did not trust or believe the owners.

It is doubtful whether bridges between the two sides can ever be built but even securing some sort of peace, however uneasy, may not be easy to achieve.

#AceSportsDesk report ………Published: May.04: 2021:

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(LONDON) ESL Sports Report: All six Premier League teams involved in the European Super League (ESL) have now withdrawn from the competition after fans protested and clubs saw that they would lose money #AceSportsDesk report

#AceSportsReport – Apr.21: BBC Sport understands bosses at the Serie A club are preparing for their exit following Tuesday night’s dramatic developments.

European Super League: All six Premier League teams withdraw from competition: Manchester City were the first club to pull out after Chelsea had signalled their intent to do so by preparing documentation to withdraw: The other four sides – Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham – have all now followed suit: Italian side Inter Milan are also set to withdraw as they no longer wish to be involved with the project: How football’s volatile 48 hours unfolded

Chelsea fans protest against the European Super League

Chelsea fans protested against their involvement in the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge

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The 12-team Super League, set up by the seven afore-mentioned teams and Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid and Italy’s AC Milan and Juventus was announced on Sunday to widespread condemnation.

“Despite the announced departure of the English clubs, forced to take such decisions due to the pressure put on them, we are convinced our proposal is fully aligned with European law and regulations,” the ESL said on Wednesday, adding it was “convinced that the current status quo of European football needs to change”.

In an interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli said the remaining clubs will “press ahead” and the project still had “a 100% chance of being a success”.,

“Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is insisting on the idea of keeping the group together to push for change,” says Spanish football expert Guillem Balague.Liverpool owner John W Henry apologises in message to fans

“Barcelona say they agreed to the ESL, but only if the Season Ticket Holders Assembly approve it, which could be their way out.”

Balague also says Atletico Madrid are meeting on Wednesday morning to review their position.

Manchester City confirmed they have “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw” from the Super League.

Liverpool said their involvement in the proposed breakaway league “has been discontinued”.

Manchester United said they had “listened carefully to the reaction from our fans, the UK government and other key stakeholders” in making their decision to not take part.

Arsenal apologised in an open letter to their fans and said they had “made a mistake”, adding they were withdrawing after listening to them and the “wider football community”.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said the club regretted the “anxiety and upset” caused by the proposal.

Chelsea confirmed they have “begun the formal procedures for withdrawal from the group” that they only joined “late last week”.

‘Admirable to admit a mistake ‘ – Uefa 

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin welcomed the reversal, adding: “I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake.

“But they are back in the fold now and I know they have a lot to offer not just to our competitions but to the whole of the European game.

“The important thing now is that we move on, rebuild the unity that the game enjoyed before this and move forward together.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson posted on Twitter: “I welcome last night’s announcement. This is the right result for football fans, clubs, and communities across the country. We must continue to protect our cherished national game.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer added that this “must be a watershed moment, where we change our game to put fans first again”, while Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey tweeted: “This must be the start of a fans-led football revolution.”

In a statement, the European Super League said: “Given the current circumstances we shall reconsider the most appropriate steps to reshape the project, always having in mind our goals of offering fans the best experience possible while enhancing solidarity payments for the entire football community.”

English football’s ‘big six’ were part of a group that announced plans to form the breakaway league, which they hoped to establish as a new midweek competition.

It was condemned by fans, football authorities and government ministers in the UK and across Europe by Uefa and league associations.

Around 1,000 fans gathered outside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground before their game against Brighton on Tuesday to protest at their club’s involvement.Chelsea legend Petr Cech pleaded with fans to disperse outside the ground before their match against Brighton

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who was involved in the Super League discussions, has announced he will step down from his role at the end of 2021.

Leading players at some of the six clubs signalled their disapproval of the planned breakaway league.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said on social media his side’s “collective position” is they do not want the Super League to take place.

“We don’t like it and we don’t want it to happen,” read a message that was also posted by many fellow Liverpool players.

After City confirmed their withdrawal, England winger Raheem Sterling posted: “Ok bye.”

Uefa had hoped to stave off the threat of a European Super League with a new 36-team Champions League, which was agreed on Monday.

In announcing their proposals for a Super League that would eventually comprise of 20 teams, the 12-club group said the Champions League reforms did not go far enough.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who was named as the ESL’s chairman, said the competition was set up “to save football” because young people are “no longer interested” in the game because of “a lot of poor quality games”.

None of the Spanish and Italian sides have yet released a statement after the six Premier League teams pulled out.

What did each club say?

The Arsenal board said they did not intend to “cause such distress” and that they joined the Super League because they “did not want to be left behind” and wanted to ensure the club’s future.

“Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward,” they added.

“We didn’t make the right decision here, which we fully accept.”

Manchester United said that they “remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game”.

Liverpool said the club had “received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally” before reaching their decision and thanked them for their “valuable contributions”.

Levy said that Tottenham felt it was “important” to take part in “a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid”.

He added: “We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions.”

Chelsea said that after having had “time to consider the matter fully” they had decided that their “continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community”.

Manchester City said they have “formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League”

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Fan And Policeman ‘Shot’ Before Football Italian Cup Final

At least one fan and one police officer have reportedly been shot ahead of the Italian Cup final between Napoli and Fiorentina in Rome. The football supporter was believed to have been hit in the chest and was in a serious condition, while the police officer was shot in the hand. The shootings reportedly happened in an area where fans were gathering for the match at the Olympic Stadium. There were also reports of serious crowd trouble in the Tor di Quinto area close to the venue.

Video in Italian, but shows the scenes

At least three Napoli supporters were reportedly injured in clashes, as rival supporters threw firecrackers and other objects at each other. Fans of Roma, one of the capital’s clubs, were also reportedly seen throwing bottles and stones. Inside the stadium, Napoli captain Marek Hamsik was seen going over to talk with the fans and calm them down before kick-off, which was delayed by 45 minutes.

Napoli overcame the dramatic scenes to claim their second Italian Cup trophy in three years with a 3-1 win over Fiorentina. There was more chaos at the final whistle when Napoli fans invaded the pitch to celebrate, although they were quickly brought under control. Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Senate President Piero Grasso were present at the game. Mr Grasso, who presented the trophy to Napoli at the end of the match, described those responsible as “delinquents, not supporters”. “A game of football cannot be turned into a war between rival gangs,” he said.

The atmosphere and game, like hell

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Commonwealth Opener To See Glasgow Tower blocks Demolished

They have been a fixture of Glasgow’s skyline for five decades, but the Red Road tower blocks will come tumbling down in less than 30 seconds as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

The live demolition of five of the six remaining towers will be the biggest of its kind ever seen in Europe, organisers say.

An estimated television audience of 1.5 billion is expected to tune in to see the 30-storey blocks crumble.

The event will also be beamed live to the opening ceremony itself inside Celtic Park on a giant 100-metre screen which will fill the entire south stand of the stadium.

More than 1,250kg of explosives will be used and the demolition will take just 15 seconds.

A total of 887 nearby homes will be evacuated, with residents invited to the ceremony on July 23.

Eileen Gallagher, independent director on the Glasgow 2014 board, said the demolition proves Glasgow is a city that is “proud of its history but doesn’t stand still”.

City council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Red Road has an iconic place in Glasgow’s history, having been home to thousands of families and dominating the city’s skyline for decades.

“Their demolition will all but mark the end of high-rise living in the area and is symbolic of the changing face of Glasgow, not least in terms of our preparations for the Games.”

Built between 1964 and 1969, the flats were once the highest in Europe at 89 metres (292ft).

Six of the original towers remain after two previous demolitions, one in 2012 and the other last year.

They were originally designed to hold 4,700 people but in later years numbers dropped as the properties slipped into decline.

Director Andrea Arnold used the buildings as the setting for her 2006 Scottish Bafta-winning film Red Road.

One block, Petershill Court, is used to house asylum seekers and will be brought down at a later date.

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