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George North to leave Northampton at end of season

George North has been with Northampton Saints since 2013 Credit: PA

Wales wing George North will leave Northampton at the end of the season after agreeing a national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union, the WRU has announced.

The flying winger was instrumental in securing a 2017/18 European Rugby Champions Cup place for Northampton as his side beat both Connacht Rugby and Stade Francais to claim the final spot in the competition.

The juggernaut wing, who has won 69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries, has agreed a deal from next term, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on its official Twitter feed.

Northampton released their own statement confirming 25-year-old North's departure. It is not known at this stage which of the four Welsh regions he will join.

During North's four-year spell with the Saints, he played 104 times amassing 160 points in the process.


Uefa fine Everton after fan confrontation with Lyon keeper

The Lyon goalkeeper was targeted after a scuffle on the pitch spilled over into the crowd. Credit: PA

Everton have been fined £26,600 by UEFA after a fan hit out at Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes during their Europa League tie last month.

In shocking scenes at Goodison Park an Everton supporter, who was holding a child with one arm, appeared to try to strike Lopes in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.

The incident happened after Toffees defender Ashley Williams barged into Lopes midway through the second half.

Everton were charged for "aggressions by supporters against players" and the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body on Wednesday announced the club have been fined 30,000 euros.

The Premier League club banned the supporter following the incident on October 19, during Everton's 2-1 defeat.

Merseyside Police launched an investigation and interviewed a 30-year-old man on suspicion of assault and affray before he was released under investigation.

The Everton fan - whose young child was sucking a dummy - appeared to push Lopes' head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the keeper and defender Mouctar Diakhaby.

Footage of the supporter's actions went viral and received widespread condemnation.

Everton's Niasse to serve suspension after appeal rejected

Niasse was told he could leave Everton by former boss Ronald Koeman. Credit: PA

Everton striker Oumar Niasse will serve a two-match ban after his appeal against a diving charge was rejected by the Football Association.

The Senegalese becomes the first Premier League player to be hit with a retrospective suspension for simulation under the new law that kicked in at the start of this season.

Niasse was charged on Tuesday by the FA after he won a controversial penalty in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace.

A statement from the FA on Wednesday said: "Everton's Oumar Niasse will serve a two-match suspension with immediate effect after his denial of an FA charge of 'Successful Deception of a Match Official' was rejected.

The ban means Niasse, Everton's top-scorer, will miss the league games at Southampton on Sunday and at home against West Ham three days later.

The FA statement on Wednesday added: "Incidents which suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation are referred to a panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

"Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would the FA issue a charge."

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