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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Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter dies in team hotel ahead of Haiti match

Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter dies in team hotel ahead of Haiti match

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Curacao goalkeeper Jairzinho Pieter, a 31-year-old international from the island’s capital Willemstad, died after suffering a heart attack the night before his country’s international match with Haiti.

Haiti’s sports minister, Edwin Charles, confirmed Pieter passed away in the Curacao team hotel on Monday, after falling ill and suffering a cardiac arrest.

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