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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has already had an impact on the sporting world. FIFA and UEFA have suspended Russia from international football and clubs from European competitions. Russia announced they'd appeal this decision to CAS.

Alisher Usmanov, who has been commercially involved with Everton, was sanctioned by the UK government, while Ukraine requested the postponement of their World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

In the FA Cup last night, Everton defeated Boreham Wood 2-0 thanks to a brace from Salomon Rondon. The draw last night pitted Middlesbrough, vanquishers of Manchester United and Tottenham, against Chelsea.

There are a full slate of Premier League games this weekend, so stay here for all the latest updates.

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March 4, 2022 at 6:13 AM EST
Everton overcame Boreham Wood last night, in the battle of my local club versus the club I support.

But just before the match, the quarter-final draw was finalised (though it will always be known as the sixth round to me).

The ties are:

Crystal Palace vs Everton
Nottingham Forest or Huddersfield vs Liverpool
Middlesbrough vs Chelsea
Southampton vs Manchester City

More here.

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March 4, 2022 at 5:46 AM EST
Nottingham Forest remain confident of falling within profit and sustainability limits, despite the latest set of accounts revealing an operating loss of £34.4 million for the financial year 2021.

Significantly, those losses were reduced to £15.5 million when interest, profit on the sale of players and a historic loan write off were taken into account.

The club played an entire season of football behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a major impact.

That was the main factor behind their losses rising from £31.9 million in the previous financial year.

More here.

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March 4, 2022 at 5:27 AM EST
Newcastle United will make a “late call” on Allan Saint-Maximin's fitness ahead of tomorrow's game against Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Frenchman has missed Newcastle's last two matches with a calf problem and was in Monaco this week, working with a specialist in an attempt to speed up his recovery.

Saint-Maximin is now back on Tyneside but has not trained with the team yet, although he will take part in today's session, when Eddie Howe, the head coach, will then decide whether the 24-year-old is fit enough to be involved at St James' Park tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Howe has revealed that the club are set to sit down with Fabian Schar's representatives about potentially extending the centre-back's contract.

Full story here.

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March 4, 2022 at 4:32 AM EST
Clearly, there are issues far more significant ongoing in Ukraine at present. But what would happen to Chelsea if the UK government did place Abramovich on the sanctions list before he could smooth their sale?

Attempting to answer that question comes with plenty of caveats. This is uncharted territory. Sanctions tend to be brought against entities connected to big industrial companies or banks. In this case they would be brought against the owner of an elite-level football club. There are so many hypotheticals involved.

The Athletic investigates.
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March 4, 2022 at 4:10 AM EST
Ukraine have asked FIFA to postpone their upcoming World Cup qualifying play-off semi-final against Scotland due to Russia's invasion on their country.

Scotland were due to host Ukraine at Glasgow's Hampden Park on March 24, with the winner due to face either Wales or Austria on March 29 for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

However, the game is now in doubt as football has been suspended in Ukraine due to the current invasion by Russia.

A FIFA spokesperson said of Ukraine's request: “FIFA can confirm it has received a request from the Ukrainian Association of Football today to postpone their matches scheduled for March.

"FIFA remains in regular contact with UEFA and the Scottish Football Association to find an appropriate solution. FIFA expresses its deepest solidarity to everybody affected by what is happening in Ukraine. A further update will be provided in due course.”

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March 4, 2022 at 3:48 AM EST
Welcome to today's football news.

There are 16 Premier League press conferences, Chelsea are possibly getting sold, and plenty of FA Cup reaction.

Stay here throughout the day for updates.
March 3, 2022 at 4:55 PM EST
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March 3, 2022 at 4:13 PM EST
Ukraine have asked FIFA to postpone their upcoming World Cup qualifying play-off semi-final against Scotland due to Russia's invasion on their country.

Scotland were due to host Ukraine at Glasgow's Hampden Park on March 24, with the winner due to face either Wales or Austria on March 29 for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

However, the game is now in doubt as football has been suspended in Ukraine due to the current invasion by Russia.

Click here to read the full story.

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March 3, 2022 at 3:44 PM EST
Championship side Middlesbrough will host Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Chris Wilder's men, who have eliminated Manchester United and Tottenham in previous rounds, were handed a home tie by former Riverside manager Gareth Southgate.

The England boss gave another of his former sides a home fixture with Crystal Palace facing the winners of Thursday night's encounter between Everton and fifth-tier Boreham Wood.

Recent League Cup winners Liverpool will travel to either Nottingham Forest or Huddersfield Town. The Championship duo face off at the City Ground on Monday night.

Southampton will entertain Premier League leaders Manchester City with the eventual last eight aiming to progress to the semi-finals at Wembley.

The FA Cup quarter-finals will take place on the weekend of Friday, March 18 to Monday, March 21.

The draw in full:

Crystal Palace v Everton or Boreham Wood
Nottingham Forest or Huddersfield v Liverpool
Middlesbrough v Chelsea
Southampton v Manchester City

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March 3, 2022 at 3:28 PM EST
Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli insists the attempt to launch a European Super League in April 2021 was not a failure despite the widespread criticism.

Agnelli was part of the European Super League leadership group alongside Real Madrid chairman Florentino Perez, Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer, Liverpool owner John W Henry and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

The formation of the 12-club European Super League led to widespread condemnation which eventually saw Premier League sides Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all withdraw from the competition.

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March 3, 2022 at 2:21 PM EST
Alisher Usmanov, who had commercial ties to Everton, has had his assets frozen as part of sanctions imposed by the United Kingdom in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Usmanov had already been hit with sanctions by the European Union.

UK foreign secretary Liz Truss announced on Thursday that Usmanov would be sanctioned, along with former Russian deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov.

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March 3, 2022 at 1:56 PM EST
The Russian Football Union (RFU) has said it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decisions by governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to bar Russian teams from international competitions over Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

On Monday, Russian football clubs and national teams were suspended from all competitions “until further notice” by FIFA and UEFA.

The union said on Thursday that it will file one lawsuit against the two governing bodies to demand that Russia’s men’s and women’s national teams be allowed to compete — including at Euro 2022 in England this summer and the World Cup in Qatar.

Click here to read the full story.

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March 3, 2022 at 1:09 PM EST
Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has said that it is not “particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich may have to sell Chelsea amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Staveley claimed there is “absolutely not” any prospect of Saudi Arabia committing acts that could see the country hit with similar sanctions to those imposed on Russia.

Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners firm led a Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of Newcastle for £305 million in October 2021.

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March 3, 2022 at 12:44 PM EST
Derby County’s administrators Quantuma have told the EFL that the club has sufficient cash to last until the end of the 2021-22 season.

The EFL still says, however, there remain “a number of challenges” for Quantuma to overcome in order to name a preferred bidder to buy Derby.

On Wednesday, the EFL said the “very future” of Derby was under threat and it was “deeply concerned” by the lack of communication regarding Quantuma’s proof of funds and preferred bidder.

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March 3, 2022 at 12:06 PM EST
It seems like an age since Ronald Koeman was head coach of Barcelona.

And the former Everton manager hasn't held back on his exit, speaking to Dutch outlet AD.

"I was not Laporta's coach," Koeman said. "I had that feeling from the first moment, after the elections, there was no click.

"That necessary support from above was lacking. The important thing was not the money for me.

"I really wanted to succeed as a manager at Barcelona, ​​to do everything I could, but I realized that Laporta wanted to get rid of me because I wasn't appointed by him."

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March 3, 2022 at 11:38 AM EST
Last year saw over 900 sports matches flagged as suspicious, generating around €165 million in profit for possible match-fixers, with football the worst offending sport worldwide according to a new report.

"As the market has developed, the threat of match-fixing has evolved," said Andreas Krannich, Managing Director, Sportradar Integrity Services. "Now, would-be corruptors take an increasingly direct approach to match-fixing and betting corruption, with athletes messaged directly via social media platforms."

Joey D'Urso has more.
March 3, 2022 at 10:59 AM EST
“A biennial World Cup is a no go for everyone in football,” Ceferin told the Financial Times Football Business Summit. “I am glad FIFA has realised that as well.

“I had a discussion with FIFA’s president about it yesterday. We cannot say football on other continents cannot be developed, but we should be aligned and it should not hurt European and South American Federations.

“We have discussions but as far as I am concerned, a biennial World Cup is off the table. I am sure we will come to a solution with FIFA soon.”

More here on that story.

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March 3, 2022 at 10:39 AM EST
The Premier League is confident its review of its Russian TV deal will be finished by next weekend.

It's understood that games will still be shown this weekend, but that will change in the very near future.

Dan Sheldon has the full story.
March 3, 2022 at 10:08 AM EST
Asked whether he was ready to tell director of football Victor Orta to keep Bielsa, Marsch said: “That’s the way I felt. I was not ready two weeks ago to say I was definitely the next coach. Was not sure.

“I didn’t want to see Marcelo go out like this. I wanted to see him continue his legacy and keep the team up.

“I wanted to make that argument with Victor when he called me. But I could see the team was suffering.”

Phil Hay has more from Marsch's first press conference as Leeds head coach.
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March 3, 2022 at 9:41 AM EST
The Brighton defender has been ruled out of their trip to Newcastle, and may not return until after the international break.

Andy Naylor has more.

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