It would take him around three days of wages to earn enough to buy either of the two World Cup winning medals. My inkling is that footballers will take pay cuts. ‘One day, we will be speaking about a referee being killed,’ Referees’ Association chairman Paul Field tells Sportsmail. The 28-year-old, who has a one-month old daughter, says he was lucky not to be left blind or brain damaged and is now ‘scared to referee again’ following the incident, which was filmed and shared on social media and has been investigated by police. He called Pele an old museum bore, which he is. Modern-day programmes are rarely worth much money – it is the rare old leaflets that command most attention among investors. Survivors for northern clubs are particularly rare – so also fetch good money. Only one non-white player – Bristol City’s Ebony Salmon – was included in the England women’s squad for their last fixture against Northern Ireland in February, while just 10-15 per cent of players in the Women’s Super League were black as of June last year. Public Health England says that, while numbers are still small, the proportion of 11 to 18-year-olds using e-cig products has doubled in the past five years (from 8.1 per cent in 2014 to 16 per cent in 2018), with almost one in six admitting they have tried one.
Football can be a cruel mistress, and many top teams of the past have failed to maintain their match-winning form – though are still collectable. This is the top worn by Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany. The Adidas top fetches £350 but originally cost £28. Others thought they had figured out a loophole that would let them drive into Italy and watch the match in-person before heading home. SOCCER – Manchester United’s Eric Cantona arrives at Croydon Crown Court to appeal against his two-week jail sentence for a ‘kung-fu’ kick on a Crystal Palace fan who had shouted abuse at him when the Frenchman was sent off in a league match in January. The highest paid Premiership player at the moment is Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea – who earns a reported £375,000 a week for standing in goal. Stein says: ‘There are matches such as the 1945 Stamford Bridge Chelsea friendly against Dynamo Moscow where 100,000 fans came to watch – with the vast majority of them standing. Robert Stein, of sports auctioneer Sportingold, says: ‘It is unbelievable – interest has been going through the roof.
I’m not sure progress has been made,’ Aluko, who is now director of women’s football at Aston Villa after retiring in 2019, told Sky Sports News. But any sense fans have tired of a season that’s now lasted almost a year is way off the mark. Graeme Souness opined that the Spaniard was fortunate to win the title without a leading striker and now that his rivals have strengthened, Guardiola surely cannot go another season without a frontman. Shop workers, security staff, cleaners and catering staff will now be paid 80 per cent of their salary up to £2,500-a-month by the taxpayer when club stars remain on multi-million pound salaries. Mr Lineker said: ‘It’s now up to the players how to respond. Fans and players also paid tribute to him with a minute’s applause in a game against Blackburn Rovers against Goodison Park, where Rhys used to regularly watch his team, holding the hand of his father. Obviously we appreciate how fans will want to do everything possible to support the England team but we do need to balance that against the need to protect public health. World Cup team who went on to a long coaching and management career in Major League Soccer, has died.
It’s FA Cup final weekend – which means the Covid-ravaged football season is almost at a close. In their most-recently released figures, the FA said there were just 61 assaults on officials in the 2017-18 season. Knock knock, who’s there? In fact, there has been a boom in football-related collectables. There was sympathy for the official, with a report stating the numbering on the buildings around Naser’s Bahrain residence were very confusing. Today MailOnline revealed Manchester United players became the first Premier League stars to slash their pay and they will donate millions to the NHS after agreeing a 30 per cent cut this month – but there is still no collective deal with the PFA with all 20 clubs. ‘I didn’t know how to talk to people and deal with my feelings. Thankfully I didn’t have a serious injury but he could have easily caught me in the eye and then I don’t know what would have happened. Toki had initially shown him a yellow card for dissent, an offence which leads to a 10-minute sin bin in grassroots, but then upgraded it to a red after the player threatened him. Toki was initially reluctant to press charges, saying he was ‘influenced’ by the police, who informed him his attacker was a teacher and would lose his job.