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Ole Gunner Solskjaer Singles Out one Manchester United Player after Copenhagen Win

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, singled out Juan Mata for praise following their 1-0 win over FC Copenhagen on Monday night.

The Red Devils are now through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they will face either Wolves or Sevilla.

Mata was introduced from the bench in extra time, as Solskjaer’s men struggled to break down the Danish side after 90 minutes.

The Spaniard helped to break the deadlock, by setting up Anthony Martial who was fouled in the penalty area.

Bruno Fernandes stepped up and scored the only goal of the game in the 97th minute.

“You saw when he came on he’s so composed, calm,” Solskjaer said.

“He can pick a pass. He is such a great influence in the dressing room. I can just commend him for his professionalism.

“Of course he is disappointed he has not played more.”

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Micah Richards Brilliantly Responds To Claims He’s Only On TV Because Of BLM

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Micah Richards expertly ended any claims that he’s only been given the job as a television pundit on Sky Sports because of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

The former Manchester City defender is high on a lot of people’s lists of favourite pundits, with his infectious personality really coming through on Sky.

However some have claimed that Richards is their for tokenism and has only been put on television because of the BLM campaign.

On Monday Night Football, after covering his former team beat Wolves, Richards brilliantly rubbished those claims. “I’m in a privileged position and I did this through hard work. And the hard work that I’ve put in is not going to be tarnished,” the former England international said.

“I’ve got people on Twitter, people on Instagram, ‘Oh, Micah Richards is only on because of this whole Black Lives Matter movement’.

“But I’ve had conversations with corporations that I’ve worked for way before this.

“And now I’m getting tarnished with the same brush, ‘He’s only on TV because of Black Lives Matter’ – which is disheartening for me.

“Because I put in the work, I work every single day at my craft. I’ve been a professional footballer, I’ve won a Premier League, I’ve played at the highest level… and I’m still getting stones thrown at me.

“So if I’ve got to fly the flag, people want to thrown stones at me – I’ll happily take it. Because I know, I put in the work.”

Internet trolls attacked Richards, and fellow pundit Alex Scott, after it was revealed that Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson and Matt Le Tissier were leaving Soccer Saturday, even though they weren’t anything to do with the decision and weren’t the trios replacements.

Richards defended Scott, who has been linked with the Question of Sport presenter role, adding, “Alex Scott is incredible. She’s one of the best I’ve ever worked with and it’s even worse for her because she’s a woman, and she’s seen as black as well.

“It’s double jeopardy. She’s in a worse position. She is honestly one of the best pundits I have ever worked with and all you see on social media is: ‘Why is a woman working in men’s football? She doesn’t know.’

“She’s played however many times for England, she knows football inside out and more than most people, and to see the abuse that she gets just because someone’s left their job or not had their contracts renewed, it’s disheartening to see.

“But, at the same time, it just shows we’ve still got a problem and it’s that awkward conversation we all don’t want to have but we’ve got to have the conversation.”

BLM and the decision of players to take the knee was in discussion again after QPR director of football Les Ferdinand put out a statement explaining why the team didn’t take the knee at the weekend.

Richards was again excellent in discussing the issue and you can see the whole discussion in this video.

After listening to him speak on Monday, it would be impossible to think Richards is in his position for any other reason than he’s very good at his job.

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Premier League footballer anonymously reveals he’s gay in letter to Justin Fashanu Foundation

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A Premier League footballer has revealed he is gay but is too scared to come out publicly because of the stigma.

In an open letter to addressed to Justin Fashanu’s niece, Amal, who runs the Justin Fashanu Foundation, the anonymous star said living a secret life was having a ‘massive impact’ on his mental health.

He added that it was ‘virtually impossible’ to have a relationship.

It was also revealed that the footballer who has spoken to some of his teammates about his sexuality told Amal that he has known he is gay since he was 14.

In the letter first published by The Sun, the player wrote: ‘Even though society has moved on massively since I was a teenager, the game simply hasn’t.

‘Those running it need to put more measures in place so gay players know they will get the support they need.

‘The powers-that-be are only playing lip service to the issue.’

The letter comes after another anonymous gay player opened up about sexuality in a letter published by the newspaper back in July.

Ms. Amal Fashanu said that the player felt a ‘weight off his shoulders’ after reading that letter.

‘I hope to put the two in touch to discuss their situations,’ the 32-year-old activist said.

Justin Fashanu, ex-Norwich striker, killed himself in 1998, aged 37, eight years after coming out as Britain’s first gay player.

Since Justin’s passing, no professional footballers in the UK have come out as openly gay.

In 2019, Amal Fashanu founded the Justin Fashanu Foundation which focuses on Racism, Homophobia, and Mental Health in Football.

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Arsenal complete £1m deal to add goalkeeper Runarsson on four-year deal

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The Gunners have signed a new backup for Bernd Leno following Emiliano Martinez’s departure

Arsenal have completed the signing of Iceland international Runar Alex Runarsson, the club announced on Monday.

The goalkeeper signs on a four-year contract from French club Dijon, moving to the Emirates in the wake of Emiliano Martinez’s departure for Aston Villa.

With Martinez gone, Arsenal were in the market for a backup goalkeeper, with Runarsson making the move to London to fill that role in a deal worth just over £1 million (€1.1m/$1.3m).

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