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The highly anticipated result of Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year ban from European football was revealed in the club’s favour on Monday morning. 

City, and Pep Guardiola himself, were confident over a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The result was published at half past nine, with Sportsmail bringing you the outcome and all the reaction as it happens. 

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Premiership clubs veto Twickenham final after RFU demanded £500k to stage the match without fans

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The Premiership Final is set to be moved from Twickenham for the first time to save money, amid growing fears that some of England’s biggest clubs could go bust without a Government bailout.

Sportsmail has learned that the Premiership clubs have voted to hold next month’s final at one of their own grounds after being quoted a £500,000 staging fee by the RFU for the use of Twickenham, which has hosted the match since 2001.

The RFU were unwilling to grant Premiership Rugby Limited (PRL) a Covid-19 discount to account for the absence of fans at the final on October 24, as the governing body are facing crippling financial losses of their own. Chief executive Bill Sweeney warned earlier this week that the impact of the virus would cost them £138million.

Maro Itoje celebrates after Saracens beat Exeter in the final at Twickenham last season

Maro Itoje celebrates after Saracens beat Exeter in the final at Twickenham last season

Maro Itoje celebrates after Saracens beat Exeter in the final at Twickenham last season

The FA were sounded out about hosting the match at Wembley, but that option has been dismissed by the clubs as too expensive.

As a result PRL are conducting a consultation process to find an alternative neutral venue on the grounds that a club could host the final for negligible cost, given there would be no staging fee and little need for stewarding or security without a crowd.

Saracens and Worcester have been ruled out as their grounds have 4G pitches which the clubs have deemed unsuitable for the final, while it will not be taken to a club that could be involved.

Exeter have already qualified for the play-offs, with Bath, Wasps, Sale and Bristol competing for the other three places.

The RFU demanded £500,000 to stage the match at Twickenham without fans next month

The RFU demanded £500,000 to stage the match at Twickenham without fans next month

The RFU demanded £500,000 to stage the match at Twickenham without fans next month

In addition to the cost of hiring Twickenham, there were also concerns about gaining permission to hold the final there from Richmond Council, because the game is likely to be moved to an evening kick-off to avoid a TV clash with the Ireland v Italy Six Nations clash on the same day.

There is no other date available at Twickenham because England are due to play the Barbarians at the stadium 24 hours later on October 25. With Twickenham now ruled out, Wasps’ Ricoh Arena in Coventry and Bristol’s Ashton Gate have emerged as the favoured venues, but only if those sides are not involved, with Kingsholm in Gloucester another option.

Many Premiership clubs will be relieved that a pragmatic decision has been taken to cut costs at a time when they are each losing between £750,000 and £1m each month.

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PHIL DEFREITAS: Cricket should be a game for all, where everyone gets a fair go

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Does county cricket favour the privileged classes? As someone from a state school, it’s a question I have often asked.

In a sense it does, because most of its players come from private schools. They are the ones with great facilities. Most state ones don’t have any.

And it’s why I got involved with the London Schools Cricket Association two years ago — to provide youngsters of all backgrounds with an equal chance. Monte Lynch, my fellow head coach, and I believe there has been a lot of talent from different communities that simply hasn’t been given an opportunity. To us, everyone has a right to try to play cricket.

Phil Defreitas works to help youngsters have an equal chance of getting involved in cricket

Phil Defreitas works to help youngsters have an equal chance of getting involved in cricket

Phil Defreitas works to help youngsters have an equal chance of getting involved in cricket

If it wasn’t for Ellis Williams, my games teacher at Willesden High, making sure I played the game, I don’t think I would’ve had the life in sport I have. What he did for me, I am trying to do for kids now.

This summer we had around 800 kids at trials, with a healthy number of Asian cricketers, but not as many as I had anticipated from the black community.

When I first started playing county cricket, and for England soon afterwards, in the Eighties there were a lot of black cricketers. The million-dollar question is why the numbers have gone down so drastically.

Defreitas got involved with the London Schools Cricket Association to help get more ethnic minorities in the game

Defreitas got involved with the London Schools Cricket Association to help get more ethnic minorities in the game

Defreitas got involved with the London Schools Cricket Association to help get more ethnic minorities in the game

Back then, the West Indies were a powerful cricket side. You admired them. They inspired you. I wanted to be like them, really. In more recent years, have there been fewer role models for black children?

Personally, I always felt it was hard for me as a state schoolboy moving into a system like county cricket. I was always trying to prove myself. Obstacles were in my way. Was there racism? Yes, absolutely. But I didn’t feel I could cry out through fear of being called a troublemaker.

I experienced some horrendous things and the support wasn’t there. I went through them on my own. Things were said and done that destroyed me, but I never felt secure enough to share them. That is what’s made me so passionate about this. To make things better.

He works alongside fellow coach Monte Lynch (right) who played for England in the 1980s

He works alongside fellow coach Monte Lynch (right) who played for England in the 1980s

He works alongside fellow coach Monte Lynch (right) who played for England in the 1980s

I try not to look at the negatives because I’ve dealt with my life experiences in my own way.

What concerns me most, though, is that things I went through 30-odd years ago might be happening in 2020. I hope that’s not the case because, from what I have seen through the terrific support they have given to the schools programme, the ECB want to improve things — I can’t fault them at all.

They know there’s been a problem and they’re trying to rectify it.

I don’t care what colour you are, where you are from, private school, state school. I just want to give you the opportunity to play cricket. That’s what I am really passionate about.

I want to get away from that private club mentality. 

It should be a game for all, where everyone gets a fair go.

If you don’t treat people properly, they will walk away.

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Transfer news LIVE: Suarez to Atletico Madrid CONFIRMED, Dele Alli to PSG LATEST, Mbappe ‘wanted by Liverpool’

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LUIS SUAREZ will be an Atletico Madrid players subject to signing a contract and passing a medical, the club have confirmed.

The Uruguay legend was released by Barcelona earlier in the evening, paving the way for the move.

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