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Premier League stars hold fears over links to the official Black Lives Matter organisation

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Premier League players want to distance themselves from the official UK wing of the Black Lives Matter organisation amid concerns over its ideology and political ambitions.

Sportsmail can reveal that the issue has been discussed by several players, with the group of top-flight captains considering whether to make a public statement on the matter.

The players’ call to endorse the sentiment behind the Black Lives Matter movement — the need for action to ensure greater equality and an expression of solidarity with those who have suffered persecution because of their race — was instrumental in persuading the Premier League to make the campaign such a visible part of Project Restart.

Players want to distance themselves from the official Black Lives Matter organisation

Players want to distance themselves from the official Black Lives Matter organisation

Players want to distance themselves from the official Black Lives Matter organisation

Premier League stars donned 'Black Lives Matter' playing shirts when the top-flight resumed

Premier League stars donned 'Black Lives Matter' playing shirts when the top-flight resumed

Premier League stars donned ‘Black Lives Matter’ playing shirts when the top-flight resumed

Every game since the resumption has been prefaced by players and match officials taking a knee in tribute to George Floyd, while the partner of Watford captain Troy Deeney designed a BLM logo which features on the shirts of all 20 Premier League clubs.

While the players remain united in campaigning for equality and committed to maintaining such symbolic gestures for the remainder of the season, some are concerned about being associated with the political activism of Black Lives Matter UK. In the last few days, the official BLM UK Twitter account has caused controversy by calling for the overthrow of capitalism, reductions in police funding and an end to free trade with Israel.

Former Wolves midfielder Karl Henry criticised BLM UK on social media on Tuesday as a divisive organisation, while Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier said he would review his decision to wear a BLM badge in comments that have sparked a debate among players.

Karl Henry criticised BLM UK on social media on Tuesday - calling them a divisive organisation

Karl Henry criticised BLM UK on social media on Tuesday - calling them a divisive organisation

Karl Henry criticised BLM UK on social media on Tuesday – calling them a divisive organisation

‘I think the majority of the UK have now had enough of that organisation,’ wrote Henry on Twitter. ‘A new inclusive and politically neutral anti-racism movement to follow and get behind is much needed. Black people’s lives matter! The divisive #BlackLivesMatter organisation, however, DOES NOT.’

The Premier League have not provided any funding to BLM UK and chief executive Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday that his organisation remain apolitical.

Appearing before a select committee of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Masters attempted to draw a distinction between moral and political causes, although this position was criticised by Sunderland MP Julie Elliott, who accused him of ‘opening a can of worms’.

The Premier League and the FA prohibit participants in the game from making political statements, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola fined two years ago by the latter for wearing a ribbon in support of Catalan independence.

Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday that the Premier League remain apolitical

Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday that the Premier League remain apolitical

Richard Masters told MPs on Tuesday that the Premier League remain apolitical

‘I don’t think it sets any particular precedent,’ Masters insisted. ‘I think it’s perfectly possible to support Black Lives Matter without being seen to be supporting any political organisation.

‘We’re happy to support the players. We think it’s the right moment to do it and for the first time I feel that players, managers, Premier League and clubs are on the same page on the issue of discrimination. That feels like a positive step.

‘We’re drawing a clear distinction between a moral cause and a political movement.

‘While there may be some difficulty sometimes in dividing the two, our position is clear. Politics no, moral causes yes — when agreed. We’re living in special times at the moment.’

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Cadiz dish out 10,000 free season tickets for next season after their promotion to LaLiga

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Cadiz have reportedly dished out 10,000 free season tickets for their 2020-21 campaign, after a promise made by club president Manuel Vizcaino earlier in the season if the club got promoted to LaLiga

The south coast club’s promotion to the Spanish top-tier was confirmed on Sunday, when Real Zaragoza were beaten 4-2 by Real Oviedo in the Segunda División.

Next season will be Cadiz’s first involvement in LaLiga since 2006, and the president has rewarded loyal supporters by keeping his promise on ticket-price reductions for next season, as per Spanish outlet Marca.  

Cadiz supporters celebrate the club's promotion to LaLiga in rapturous scenes on Sunday

Cadiz supporters celebrate the club's promotion to LaLiga in rapturous scenes on Sunday

Cadiz supporters celebrate the club’s promotion to LaLiga in rapturous scenes on Sunday

Cadiz will take their place in Spanish football's top-tier for the first time in 14 years

Cadiz will take their place in Spanish football's top-tier for the first time in 14 years

Cadiz will take their place in Spanish football’s top-tier for the first time in 14 years

The report details that of the 16,000 season ticket holders at the club, around 10,000 met the threshold of attending every home league game open to the public this season, which was 15 games. 

In addition, those who missed just one game will be entitled to a 75 per cent reduction to their season ticket next season. 

Those who missed two games will receive a 50 per cent reduction and anyone who missed three matches will receive a 25 per cent reduction to their season ticket. 

Supporters celebrated with fireworks at the Puertas de la Tierra fountain in Cadiz

Supporters celebrated with fireworks at the Puertas de la Tierra fountain in Cadiz

Supporters celebrated with fireworks at the Puertas de la Tierra fountain in Cadiz

The players were also photographed celebrating their promotion from the Segunda Division

The players were also photographed celebrating their promotion from the Segunda Division

The players were also photographed celebrating their promotion from the Segunda Division

Fans were out celebrating on Sunday night after their promotion was confirmed, with many earlier defying social distancing measures to congregate outside the club’s stadium.

Though Cadiz blew their chance to seal promotion on the pitch after a 1-0 defeat against Fuenlabrada, Oviedo did the job for them. 

Cadiz, who last won promotion to La Liga in 2005 but were relegated the following year, lead the second division standings on 69 points after 40 games, with Huesca second on 64 points and Zaragoza third on 62 points.  

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Guardiola and Mourinho combined couldn’t help Arsenal!’: Paul Merson worries over basic errors

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Former Arsenal and England star Paul Merson claims that the Gunners will fail to succeed if they do not correct their basic errors.

Merson says that the combination of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger could not help them if the players ‘can’t pass the ball five yards’.

The 52-year-old also worries that players have become too focused on their statistics, rather than playing the game that is in front of them.

Paul Merson believes that Arsenal make too many basic errors to be successful in the league

Paul Merson believes that Arsenal make too many basic errors to be successful in the league

Paul Merson believes that Arsenal make too many basic errors to be successful in the league 

Mikel Arteta’s side were most recently beaten 2-1 by Tottenham after initially taking the lead through Alexandre Lacazette’s excellent strike.

Though Tottenham prevailed, with Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld scoring due to a lack of defensive judgement by Tottenham on both occasions.

Arsenal’s back three – Shkodran Mustafi, David Luiz and Sead Kolasinac – endured a difficult afternoon.

Though Merson believes it is a common occurrence for Arteta’s men, telling Sky Sports: ‘Against Spurs, I don’t care if you’ve got Pep Guardiola sitting on Jose Mourinho’s lap, on top of Sir Alex Ferguson’s lap, on top of Arsene Wenger’s lap and all four of them are one manager: if you’ve got a defender who can’t pass the ball five yards to another defender, you are in trouble.

‘When the manager puts on a training session and you’re doing five-yard passes to start off with, everybody is moaning: “What the hell are we doing this for? Who can’t pass the ball five yards?” But that is why.

Merson says Arsenal defenders such as Shkodran Mustafi are unable to pass the ball five yards

Merson says Arsenal defenders such as Shkodran Mustafi are unable to pass the ball five yards

Merson says Arsenal defenders such as Shkodran Mustafi are unable to pass the ball five yards

He believes that even the best Premier League managers combined would not be able to help

He believes that even the best Premier League managers combined would not be able to help

He believes that even the best Premier League managers combined would not be able to help

‘It’s concentration, so you can keep on doing it without even thinking about it, like you’re brushing your teeth in the morning.

‘Footballers are so obsessed with pass percentages. Defenders want 88, 89, 90 per cent pass completion, but they’re all five-yard passes to each other! Who cares? Honestly?

‘There are so many stats now, and players are scared of them, so try to play the easy ball!

‘All these players should care about is keeping clean sheets: that should be like scoring a hat-trick for a defender. You want defenders who think that way.’

Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were those mentioned

Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were those mentioned

Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger were those mentioned

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Leroy Sane trains with Bayern Munich for first time and continues injury recovery after £55m transfer from Man City

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BAYERN MUNICH got to see their new man in action for the first time on Monday as Leroy Sane completed his first training session.

The rapid winger was put through his paces with coaches as they prepare to get him match fit after a injury-riddled campaign.

Leroy Sane has undergone his first training session at Bayern

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Leroy Sane has undergone his first training session at BayernCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The winger completed his £55m move to Bayern earlier this month

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The winger completed his £55m move to Bayern earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Sane, who completed his £55million move to Bayern on July 2, has only seen 11 minutes of action this season following a knee ligament injury picked up in August.

But the 24-year-old will be hoping to get back on the pitch before the end of the campaign with two matches still remaining in the Bundesliga.

He will not be able to feature in the Champions League this season.

Sane finally signed a five-year deal with the Bavarian champions 12 months after the club were forced to delay their pursuit of the winger.

Bayern were desperate to sign him last summer but Man City dug in their heels with a £130m asking price before Sane picked up his injury.

With a contract at City until 2021, Sane refused to put pen-to-paper meaning the club were forced to cash in at a cut-price fee.

Former Bayern forward Lukas Podolski believes his old club have pulled off a real coup and insists the best of Sane is yet to come.

Speaking to Goal, he said: “They get the best players [at Bayern] and Sane is a great player.

“[But] of course he still has further potential.

“He has not yet reached the top level. He still needs a bit more experience, a few more seasons.

“He needs to play regularly with the national team and win a European championship or a World Cup.”

Meanwhile Sane could line up against Man City in the Champions League next season after their two-ban was overturned.

Sane will be able to feature in Bayern's last two matches

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Sane will be able to feature in Bayern’s last two matchesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sane has seen just 11 minutes of league action this season

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Sane has seen just 11 minutes of league action this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sane was put through his paces during his first session

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Sane was put through his paces during his first sessionCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sane will not be able to feature in the Champions League this season

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Sane will not be able to feature in the Champions League this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Pep Guardiola’s side were slapped with a two-year European suspension and fined £25million for breaching FFP rules in February.

But now City have scored a major victory by winning their audacious appeal.

The stunning verdict throws the entire Financial Fair Play regime into chaos.

Man City’s two-year Champions League ban OVERTURNED by CAS

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