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St Etienne fined after Europa clash with Man Utd

Away fans misbehaved as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hat-trick gave Manchester United a 3-0 win at Old Trafford. Credit: PA

St Etienne have been fined 50,000 euros (£43,000) because of fan misbehaviour in last month's Europa League clash with Manchester United.

UEFA's disciplinary body brought charges after supporters set off a firework and threw objects at Old Trafford, along with other improper conduct.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's hat-trick gave United a 3-0 win on the night before Jose Mourinho's side went on to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory in the last-32 tie.


Everton agree deal to acquire land for new stadium

Everton Credit: PA

Everton Football Club have taken a big step towards building a new stadium on the banks of the River Mersey after securing a deal to acquire land in the city.

An agreement has been reached for a site at Bramley Moore Dock, according to Press Association Sport.

Goodison Park has been Everton's home since 1892.

Planning permission and funding for the expected £300million-plus project now needs to be negotiated.

Diafra Sakho unlikely to play again this season

Diafra Sakho Credit: PA

It appears it's unlikely West Ham United striker Diafra Sakho will play again this season.

The Senegal international has been out of action after he suffered a back injury in November.

The 27-year-old is back in light training but medics say he will need time to build up his fitness.

We must be mindful that Diaf is essentially at the start of his own personal pre-season training schedule.

When players return from their off-season, they will go through four to five weeks of pre-season work to build up their strength and fitness and, after undergoing back surgery and three months of rehab, a player needs time to reach sufficient fitness levels before we can contemplate making him available for selection in the Premier League.

– Head of medical and sports science Stijn Vandenbroucke speaking to the club website


Klopp urges Liverpool youngsters to impress him

Jurgen Klopp Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged the club's youngsters to seize their opportunity to impress him during their training camp in Tenerife.

Under-23 midfielder Ovie Ejaria caught the German's eye on a similar trip last year. He was then promoted to the first-team and later rewarded with a senior debut earlier this season.

I told the boys before the session (on Tuesday) that last year Ovie Ejaria came onto my plate, if you want.

I saw him here first. I knew him, I saw him playing a few times, but here having him around for four days and seeing him in small spaces in the sessions against the 'adults' if you want was very important for him and for me.

It's an opportunity. You can see in their eyes they know it; they are really ambitious when they think about the sessions and we will try to do everything we can to give them the opportunity to impress.

There's no doubt about the attitude, there's no doubt about quality - it's only a question of are they already ready or not?

If not, then they still have time. If yes, then let's make the next step.

– Jurgen Klopp speaking to

Ex-Yorkshire coach Gillespie takes up cover role at Kent

Jason Gillespie left Yorkshire at the end of the 2016 season. Credit: PA

Two-time County Championship-winning coach Jason Gillespie is to return to English domestic cricket with Kent - until Allan Donald gets his visa.

The former Australia seamer oversaw Yorkshire's back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015.

The 41-year-old said he "couldn't resist" the chance to serve as Kent's assistant coach while former South Africa fast bowler Donald is absent.

Gillespie will join in time for the start of the 2017 campaign on April 7 and is expected to serve for the early months of the new season.

Donald was appointed to the role two months ago but is still waiting international clearance for the permanent move to Canterbury.

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