Nigel Pearson hits back in heated presser, fails to clear up confusion at Leicester City

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Nigel Pearson is staying tight-lipped after many believed he had lost his job as Leicester City boss on Sunday.

Numerous sources and reports claimed that Pearson was out as Leicester boss after they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace at home on Saturday, and a rather bizarre incident where he grappled with Palace midfielder James McArthur on the sidelines.

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However Leicester released a statement on Sunday evening confirming Pearson was still in charge, as the club who sit bottom of the Premier League are sticking with their man.

Pearson, 51, met with the press on Monday ahead of Leicester’s trip to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, and had the following to say about the speculation as things got tense.

“The club has made a statement. I am going to disappoint you all now. I am not going to speak about it,” Pearson said. “We have a game tomorrow. It is important that my focus and the focus of the players is on what we can do tomorrow night rather than talk about something that I’m not really prepared to talk about.”

Pearson was pushed further by the assembled media, but the Foxes boss wasn’t giving anything away and grew more frustrated as questions about his future persisted.

“It’s always interesting to see more people here than we’re used to, which happens when there is speculation or a different type of story. I’m not going to talk about it. I am here today. The players have trained this morning. We are looking forward to the game against Arsenal. There we are… Do you want to ask it another way?”

Leicester’s boss was also asked about the incident involving McArthur on Saturday and was less than complimentary about the opinions from the media about him appearing to pin down the Palace midfielder by the neck.

When things calmed down a bit, Pearson opened up a little about the speculation surrounding his future and his relationship with the clubs Thai ownership group. But not much.

“I have never been in an position where I speak openly about what goes on in internal workings. I have always had a good relationship with the owners and I’m sure I will going forward,” Pearson said. “The bottom line is that you are never going to have a situation at any football club where things are entirely going the way you want all the time. We are currently at the bottom of the league, there is speculation and unfortunately sometimes stories like this break. For me, I have to continue to lead the players. Anything that would be counter productive to our preparation for tomorrow night is going to detract from what we are trying to do. In an idea world, I’d rather the story not be out there, but it’s out there and I have to deal with it.”

There you have it…

Confusion still remains as to Pearson’s reign at the KP, as the stories linking him with being fired obviously came from a leak somewhere within the club. Pearson did confirm that he has had talks with the owners, but his insistence to not fully clear things up and get everything out in the open only leaves further questions marks as to his future with the Foxes.

For now the man who lead Leicester to promotion last season and has had a largely successful tenure in charge since taking over in 2011 will remain in charge. Can he keep them up? Can he keep his job?

Watch Live: Brazil v. Mexico in U-17 World Cup final

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The 2019 U-17 World Cup final takes place in Bezerrão Stadium on Saturday as favorites Brazil host an inspired Mexico.

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With four goals and one assist, Kaio Jorge has been Brazil’s most productive attacking player this tournament, while Mexico’s and Los Angeles Galaxy’s Efrain Alvarez is hoping to end an incredible tournament in triumphant fashion.

History between both national teams in a U-17 World Cup final dates back to 2005, when LAFC’s Carlos Vela and Mexico routed Marcelo and Brazil 3-0 in Lima, Peru.

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England finishes EURO 2020 qualifying by beating Kosovo

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England’s 2020 European Championship qualification campaign wrapped up on Sunday with a slightly flattering 4-0 victory away to third-place, and playoff qualifiers, Kosovo.

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Gareth Southgate‘s side was hardly at its best just three days after thrashing Montenegro and securing qualification to this summer’s tournament. They only led by a score of 1-0 through 78 minutes, before scoring a trio of late goals to put the game out of reach and rob the hosts of any potential moral victory.

Harry Winks opened the scoring, and his England account, in the 32nd minute. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Winks near the top of Kosovo’s penalty area and though Winks’ first touch appeared quite poor, every player in blue stopped and stood as the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder walked in on goal and coolly slotted the ball home to make it 1-0.

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From that point forward, Kosovo enjoyed control of the game’s tempo and looked every bit the Three Lions’ equal. That is, until Harry Kane finished an open chance at the back post in the 79th minute and opened the floodgates.

Marcus Rashford added a third four minutes later, followed by another first England goal — this time, scored by Mason Mount — in the 91st.

England finishes EURO 2020 qualification with a record of 7W-0D-1L and a +31 goal differential, which is second only to Belgium who sit at +32 with one game still to play. England required Sunday’s victory to confirm its place as a Pot 1 team at the draw for the group stage.

Arsenal beat Spurs in front of WSL-record crowd of 38,262

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LONDON (AP) The first north London derby in the Women’s Super League produced a record crowd of 38,262 for the competition on Sunday when Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory at Tottenham.

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The newly fully professional side held out until the 66th minute when Kim Little struck for the champions and Vivianne Miedema extended Arsenal’s lead in the 82nd minute.

It was the first time Tottenham, in its first top-flight campaign, had staged women’s football at its main 61,000-capacity stadium, which opened earlier this year.

The crowd surpassed the 31,213 at Manchester City for the visit of Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season in September.

Tottenham hosted Arsenal on the first designated Women’s Football Weekend in England which also saw 23,500 at Anfield for Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Everton.

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Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge.

League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday. Maren Mjelde’s penalty sealed a 1-0 victory over promoted Manchester United in front of 4,790 fans – a WSL record crowd for a game not played in a large stadium usually used by the men’s team.

VIDEO: Dutch 2nd-division game stopped for racist abuse; player later scores goal

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A Dutch second-division game between Den Bosch and Excelsior was temporarily stopped on Sunday due to suspected racist chanting and Nazi salutes performed by some of Den Bosch’s fans.

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The game was halted by referee Laurens Gerrets in the 30 minute. Dutch winger Ahmad Mendes Moreira, who plays for Excelsior, was the player targeted by the racist chanting. He was at that time seen gesturing toward the crowd, indicating to Gerrets and teammates that he was hearing racist abuse from the stands.

In a mixed zone for media availability after the game, Den Bosch manager Erik van der Ven is reported to have called Mendes Moreira a “pathetic little man” for pointing out the racist abuse to Gerrets. Den Bosch released a statement claiming that no racist abuse occurred, that the fans were instead making “crow sounds” and treating Mendes Moreira to a “crow concert,” which they claim is part of customary treatment of opposing players.

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Mendes Moreira appeared emotional after scoring a goal to put Excelsior 2-1 ahead fewer than 15 minutes after the game was restarted.