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Report: FA considers new transfer window

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The Premier League’s transfer window is scheduled to open in 10 days, but that looks likely to be delayed for some time.

The Football Association is in discussions to move the window’s start to Aug. 1, creating a later deadline day with the PL season set to end later than ever before in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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“The FA is also consulting with other associations across Europe and there is said to be some consensus over a deadline of Friday, October 2,” Sky Sports reports.

The report says that Ligue 1 is looking to run its window from August to October, while Serie A has already set its window for Aug. 1 to Oct. 5.

The Champions League is running in August, which will simultaneously give most clubs a break, a preseason, and a chance to make moves ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

It makes sense to move the window so players cannot be unsettled while there’s still so much at play for his current club. Ending the window before a season starts is always ideal, but this is an imperfect time to say the least.

Women’s Super League, Championship seasons canceled

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This England’s Women’s Super League season will not return from the coronavirus pause, opening a great debate over who will be champions.

The English Football Association made the announcement Monday, also announcing that the second-tier Championship has been canceled.

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The WSL was in a heated title fight, with Man City leading the table on points with 40 but Chelsea’s 39 coming in one fewer match. Arsenal was four points back of City with a match-in-hand.

The top two sides also qualify for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

From The FA:

Following full and thorough consultation with the clubs, the FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board has discussed various recommendations which will be sent to the FA Board to determine the most appropriate sporting outcome for the 2019-20 season.

This will include identifying the entries for the 2020-21 UEFA Women’s Champions League, which would be based on sporting merit from the 2019-20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.

There’s also relegation to consider, with Liverpool’s women dead last but within a win of two clubs.

Promotion from the Championship would be a little more clearcut, as Aston Villa has a six-point edge on the field.

Could there be a playoff to decide a title winner? Might the FA opt not to name a winner?

Chelsea was unbeaten but there’s certainly no guarantee they’d win out nor would giving City the title make any sense. The Blues took four of six points from City.

Man City, Chelsea, and Arsenal are the three previous title winners.

Ancelotti charged by FA for red card incident v. Man Utd

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Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has been charged with improper conduct after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday.

He has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

Ancelotti was shown a red card during an on-field, post-match argument with referee Chris Kavanagh after a controversial VAR ruling denied Everton a stoppage-time winner.

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“I didn’t disrespect the referee,” Ancelotti said after the game. “He knows this. But if I have to be banned, I will go to the stands at Stamford Bridge. It’s not a big problem, honestly.”

Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin looked to have won the match when his shot was put into the United goal by Harry Maguire, but VAR pulled the goal off the board.

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson remained prone on the pitch after De Gea saved his shot, and moved his feet out of the way to allow Calvert-Lewin’s rebound effort to slide inside the near post.

The FA’s statement says his “language and/or behavior” is in question.

Bernardo Silva charged by FA over Mendy tweet

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Bernardo Silva faces a ban from playing after being charged by the English Football Association.

The Manchester City midfielder was charged by the FA on Wednesday after posting a message on his Twitter account on September 22 with a photo of close friend and City teammate Benjamin Mendy next to a mascot for Spanish confectionery brand Conguitos.

He posted the message “Guess who?” above the photos before deleting it and then saying “Can’t even joke with a friend these days… You Guys…”

In a statement the FA confirmed Silva has been charged after breaching rule E3.

Bernardo Silva has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on September 22, 2019. It is alleged that the Manchester City player’s activity breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

“It is further alleged that the activity constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or color and/or ethnic origin. The midfielder has until 9 October 2019 to provide a response.”

Silva has been defended by both Pep Guardiola and Raheem Sterling, with the former launching impassioned defenses of Silva on more than one occasion over the past 10 days.

That has led to heavy criticism of Guardiola and his handling of the situation.

Silva will now have to either accept the charge or request a personal hearing, as it is believed he has already written to the FA along with Mendy who said he was not offended by the tweet.

An independent panel would set the punishment for Silva, with any incident of on-field discrimination automatically seeing a six-game ban imposed. Due to this being an off-field incident, different rules are likely to apply.

England embarrassed by fan disorder in Portugal

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LONDON (AP) The English Football Association says fans of the country’s national soccer team have again become an “embarrassment” after a night of disorder at the UEFA Nations League tournament in Portugal.

The FA condemned the supporters who hurled bottles at locals and clashed with police on Wednesday in Porto, where Portugal was playing Switzerland.

The FA says “anyone responsible for these disturbances cannot be seen as true England supporters and are not welcome in football. They are an embarrassment to the team.”

Fans also sang about World War II and the Irish Republican Army.

England will play the Netherlands on Thursday in Guimaraes.

Fearing trouble in Portugal, the FA launched a video campaign targeted at fans with the message “Don’t Be That Idiot.”

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