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AFC Fylde celebrate in style after clinching promotion to the National League as champions

It's congratulations to AFC Fylde who've won promotion to the top tier of non-league football for the first time in the club's history.

They were crowned National League North champions at the weekend and are now just one promotion away from becoming a Football League club.

The players will be presented with the trophy after their final game of the season which is at home to Worcester City on Saturday.

David Chisnall reports.

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Manchester City accept FA charge

Manchester City have accepted a Football Association charge of misconduct relating to the behaviour of players in last weekend's game against Liverpool.

Players challenge for a header Credit: PA Images

The club were charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following a controversial penalty decision in the second half of Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at the Etihad Stadium.

City, who were given until Friday to respond, have now indicated they will plead guilty. The case will be heard by an independent regulatory commission in due course.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he's 'no clown'

Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday evening. The two sides met on the opening day of the season at the Emirates Stadium. That match was a thrilling encounter which Jurgen Klopp's side edged 4-3.

The Liverpool manager admits his mood has changed significantly since then with just two wins in 12 matches in all competitions since the turn of the year.

Burnley boss Dyche talks up Barton ahead of potential ban for breaching FA betting rules

Joey Barton has earned a glowing commendation from Burnley boss Sean Dyche ahead of what could be his final game for the club.

Barton was a key part of the Clarets' Championship-winning campaign last season and, after a brief and tempestuous spell at Rangers, returned in January to restate his Premier League credentials.

The 34-year-old midfielder has since made 10 appearances, scoring the winning goal against Southampton and putting in a superb shift in the surprise draw with Chelsea.

But Saturday's game against Swansea could be the end of the road, with a Football Association hearing into betting offences due to take place next week.

Barton has accepted a misconduct charge relating to 1,260 bets over a 10-year period and could face a lengthy ban, scuppering his hopes of staying at Turf Moor beyond the summer.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player was charged before re-signing with Burnley but Dyche had no qualms about inviting him back, first to train and then as a first-teamer.

"I don't think he had to prove his worth, he had nothing to prove to me," said the manager.

"He might have had something to prove to himself and that is that he can still do it, but he had nothing to prove to me. I've seen what he can and what he's about. I make it clear, under my world at Burnley he's been top drawer.

"I can't talk about other people and other clubs he's dealt with but around here he's been absolutely top drawer.

"As a man, as a player, around the group and his performance, he's been top drawer."

Dyche is phlegmatic about the prospect of Barton being banned, a possibility the club made contractual provisions for and one the manager has not investigated too deeply.

"It was something to do with himself and the FA, so we'll have to wait and see what happens with that," he offered.

"That's for him and his team to take on with the FA and see how it comes out. I don't fear anything, because I don't know what's going to happen.

"As much as we get on really well I don't sit him down and go 'what do you want to do? He's his own man. He'll make his own way."

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