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Swansea v Bournemouth clash designated as LGBT fixture

Swansea take on Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday. Credit: PA

Swansea and Bournemouth have announced they will be the first Premier League clubs to offer transgender and non-binary supporters a gender-neutral title prefix.

The two teams meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, which has been designated as an LGBT fixture.

Both clubs confirmed in a joint statement that supporters would be offered the option of using the 'Mx' title, "should they not wish to be identified by traditional gender categories".

The 'Mx' title, which is pronounced 'Mix' or 'Mux', is "available for all transgender and intersex people, as well as people who don't identify with one particular gender or don't want to be identified as being male or female".

New and existing customers will be able to opt for their preference across all major points of service at the clubs, including ticketing and merchandise purchases as well as online accounts.

Swansea's equality and diversity manager Lucy Norman said: "As a club, we're continually looking at ways to make our services more inclusive. Language plays a really important part in delivering this and ensuring that everyone feels welcome - regardless of age, gender or gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity."

Bournemouth's general manager Liz Finney added: "The club strives to make all individuals and groups feel welcomed, comfortable and safe. We are pleased to have been able to work with Swansea on realising this goal and making football a more inclusive environment to be enjoyed by everyone."


Everton sign lease on proposed stadium land

Everton have reached another step towards a new stadium Credit: PA

Everton have taken another significant next step towards leaving Goodison Park by signing a lease for land at Bramley-Moore Dock, the site of their proposed new stadium.

The 200-year lease, which is conditional upon gaining planning consent for the ground and securing funding for its construction, has a so-called 'peppercorn rent' and means the club effectively now controls the land upon which they hope to build.

"Clearly this is very positive news," said Toffees chief executive Robert Elstone after the deal was signed between Everton Stadium Development Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Everton Football Club) and Peel Land and Property (Ports) Limited.

"Gaining control of the site was essential for us to be able to move forward with the next stages of the project - finalising the funding agreement with the council and preparing for the submission of a planning application - both of which we hope to do in the new year."

The proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will be a catalyst for the £5.5billion regeneration proposals for north Liverpool which is set to be one of the largest and most transformational in the city's history.

Man Utd's Mata wants to play into his forties

Mata has played over 100 games for United. Credit: PA

Juan Mata would like to extend his Old Trafford stay and go on to play into his forties like Manchester United great Ryan Giggs.

Mata has become an influential figure under Jose Mourinho and now has the prospect of extending his contract beyond this summer.

United already hold the option to add a further year and the Spain international is open to discussing a longer stay, even raising the prospect of playing into his forties like Giggs.

Asked if he can see himself finishing his career at United, Mata told ESPN FC: "Why not? I'm 29 and hopefully I can play football for some more years.

"It would be great to play until I'm 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that's still a bit far, still 11 years.

"I'm happy here. The club is massive, the support we have is massive. I've been settled down in the city since year one. Now it's my fourth year in Manchester.

"You never know what can happen in football and in life. But my feeling now is that I'm happy here and I wouldn't have any problem continuing here for more time."

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