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Scudamore: There's no room for malpractice in football

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore says there is no place for malpractice in football.

His comments come in the wake of Sam Allardyce's exit from the England job. Scudamore told ITV News that the correct protocols need to be in place in order to ensure football is corruption free.

There's very there is no room for any malpractice.

The money doesn't concern me but when there is money around you have to make sure the governing procedures are in place.

– Richard Scudamore


Man United boss Mourinho feels sorry for Allardyce

Jose Mourinho has sympathy for Allardyce. Credit: PA

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he feels sorry for Sam Allardyce following his brief spell as England manager.

Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League tie with Zorya on Thursday, the Portuguese explained that he doesn't any differently of Allardyce after he was caught up in the scandal that caused his demise.

The only thing I can say is that I like Sam, I feel sorry for that because I know it was the dream job [for him] and I feel very sorry.

The second thing is that what happened is not going to interfere in any way in my relationship with him, I liked him and respected him before and that is not going to change.

The third thing is that this is between him and the FA and I have nothing to say about it really.

– Jose Mourinho


Davies: Allardyce exit a sign of scrutiny level

Former Football Association chief David Davies believes Sam Allardyce's premature exit as England manager is further proof of the scrutiny one is under in the role.

Davies told ITV News that he was "immensely sad" about Allardyce leaving his position after just 67 days, but he wasn't surprised by the outcome following the allegations made by The Telegraph.

I am immensely sad on a personal level at what has happened.

I think what it illustrates the level of scrutiny if you become the England manager. Some of us have talked about it over many years, saying it compares to members of the Royal family or members of government and sometimes more extreme than that.

– David Davies

Burnham to leave shadow cabinet to focus on mayor race

Andy Burnham made the announcement at Labour's party conference.

Andy Burnham is leaving the shadow cabinet to focus on his campaign to become the next mayor of Greater Manchester.

The shadow home secretary and former leadership contender told the Labour Party conference: "It is time for me to turn my full focus to Greater Manchester.

"That's why I can tell you all first today that I have asked Jeremy to plan a new shadow cabinet without me, although I will of course stay until it is in place.

"I have given my all to this Party and always put its interests above those of factions and personalities. And I have given exactly the same loyalty to all four of the Labour leaders I have served."

The mayoral election will take place in 2017 at the same time as scheduled local elections in May.

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