Deadline Day Difficulties: Addressing the issues with the Premier League’s summer transfer window

Deadline Day Difficulties: Addressing the issues with the Premier League’s summer transfer window

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Premier League clubs are widely expected to debate the current Premier League summer transfer window when they host their first meeting of the season, with change being sought to when the off-season window closes.

Currently, the English top-flight sees its transfer window shut the Thursday prior to the new season beginning. In essence, it makes sense in securing squad stability among clubs. If all transfers have to be completed before a ball is kicked, no team is going to be left in the lurch by some late business from rivals stealing away their star players.

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Why Mike Riley’s VAR admission is no surprise, yet remains equally worrying for football

Why Mike Riley’s VAR admission is no surprise, yet remains equally worrying for football

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Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been a talking point all throughout the summer leading into the Premier League campaign, and since the football kicked off seemingly a headline-grabber each and every week. Brought in to eradicate doubt and controversy, it seems to have generated more than it has solved.

As such, it comes as little surprise when Premier League referee chief Mike Riley admitted that there already have been four VAR mistakes in the top flight already. That’s the equivalent to one VAR error in every single game week.

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England 5-3 Kosovo: England struggle past spirited Kosovo to win in Southampton

England 5-3 Kosovo: England struggle past spirited Kosovo to win in Southampton

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Kosovo head coach Bernard Challandes stole much of the pre-match spotlight with his animated press conference, dramatically urging his players to attack from the first whistle. His passion was electric, and it clearly translated onto the turf at Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium.

Within just 34 seconds, a lackadaisical England defence invited pressure onto themselves, before Michael Keane passed a suicide ball across defence – directly into the path of a black Kosovo shirt.

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Yerry Mina fined £10,000 for breaching Football Association betting rules

Yerry Mina fined £10,000 for breaching Football Association betting rules

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Everton centre back Yerry Mina has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association, and warned over future conduct, after admitting a breach of the FA’s betting rules.

The 24-year-old Colombian international had appeared in a TV advert for betting company Betjuego back in his home country.

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England 4-0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick does little to lighten the mood in dull win

England 4-0 Bulgaria: Kane hat-trick does little to lighten the mood in dull win

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England were in no danger of ever jeopardising their 100% record in Euro 2020 qualifying when they came up against a Bulgaria side rooted to the bottom of the Group A table.

Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions cruised to victory in a game full of goals, and yet somehow seeming to lack the excitement a 4-0 win would typically bring about. It was all very routine, training ground stuff on display at Wembley.

England captain Harry Kane netted a hat-trick in the game, while Raheem Sterling provided the other, as the attacking pair proved simply too much for their Bulgarian opponents, brushing them aside without ever really leaving a canter.

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Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

Switzerland 0-0 England (5-6 PENS); Pickford penalty heroics secure the Three Lions the effectively meaningless Nations League third place

It took some penalty shootout heroics from England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, scoring one spot kick before then saving another, to earn the Three Lions victory in the UEFA Nations League third-place playoff.

In truth, it was an accomplishment – and a match in general – that few cared about, myself included in that crowd.

It’s something I’ve never understood the desire for in international football – the meaningless third-place playoff. Teams are already spent, they’ve already endured the ignominy of being knocked out of the respective tournament, any yet are somehow expected to rally back around to care for a match that means so incredibly little to anyone.

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Australia 1-2 Italy; Stoppage time winner earns Italy surprise victory

Australia 1-2 Italy; Stoppage time winner earns Italy surprise victory

Italy scored a last-gasp winner to complete a fight back from a goal behind against Australia, coming out 2-1 winners in their opening 2019 Women’s World Cup match in Valenciennes.

In one of the tournament’s finest contests so far, Australia took the lead through a penalty – Sam Kerr missed the initial spot kick, but was on hand to sweep home the rebound.

However, Italy showed their resilience and fought back in the second half, with Juventus star Barbara Bonansea scoring both goals. Either side of Bonansea’s equaliser, Italy also saw two more goals disallowed – correctly – for offside by VAR.

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