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Premier League, FA and government combine to invest in grassroots

Grassroots is being invested in. Credit: PA

The Premier League has combined with the Football Association and the Government to invest in grassroots facilities.

A day after the 20 top-flight clubs pledged to set aside at least £1billion of television money to the football pyramid outside of the top division from next year, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, FA chairman Greg Dyke and sports minister Helen Grant appeared at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south-west London.

A joint initiative to build more 3G pitches in 150 sport hubs across 30 cities over the next five years was announced.

Scudamore said: "The Government's initiative is brilliant news for the grassroots of the game and we will work with them as a committed partner to ensure that the scheme is implemented as rapidly as possible.

"The clubs, when meeting yesterday, identified grassroots facilities as one of their five key strategic priorities, with detailed funding commitments to be announced towards the end of the year."


Israel make no tactical plan to stop Bale

Israel manager Eli Guttman says his side have no special plan to stop Gareth Bale at the weekend.

Guttman joked about contacting Bale's Real Madrid team-mate Cristano Ronaldo to ask advice.

Gareth Bale can cause damage. Credit: PA

"We contacted Cristiano exactly how to do it, how to stop Bale," Guttman said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's Group B top-of-the-table clash at the Sammy Ofer Stadium.

"But he didn't answer the call and it is not about one man.

"This is a team game and we do not have enough strong players to kick Bale out.

"We're going to play the game as one unit not to give him space. This is our plan."

Hull fined £30,000 for failing to control players

Tom Huddlestone was dismissed during the game. Credit: PA

Hull have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players against Leicester on March 14, the governing body has announced.

City initially denied the charge but were on Friday found guilty of "failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The incident was brought about by the reaction of a number of Hull players after Alex Bruce was booked by referee Jon Moss following a tackle on Riyad Mahrez.

Dynamo Kiev ordered to close stadium over Everton racism

Dynamo Kiev have been ordered to close part of their stadium for next month's Europa League quarter-final after racist behaviour by fans towards Everton players.

The Ukrainian side has also been fined 15,000 euros (£10,950) by UEFA for the setting off of fireworks and for insufficient organisation.

The racist behaviour took place during the 5-2 second-leg win over Everton on March 19.

Dynamo Kiev will have some sections closed. Credit: PA

UEFA has ordered partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium for the first leg of the quarter-final against Fiorentina, to be played in Kiev on April 16.

A UEFA statement read: "The CEDB (UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) has ordered the partial closure of the NSK Olimpiyskiy stadium during the next UEFA competition match which FC Dynamo Kyiv would play as the host club, and in particular, Blocks 43 and 45 of the stadium.

"The Ukrainian club have also been fined 15,000 euros for the setting off of fireworks and the insufficient organisation."


Arsenal and Liverpool target happy at Real Madrid

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas says he doesn't want to leave Real Madrid, despite spending the season as Iker Casillas' deputy.

The Costa Rican has spent the the majority of the season of the bench, even though Casillas has been prone to mistakes.

Navas is a reported target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, who are both looking to sign a keeper in the summer, but the stopper in keen to stay in the Spanish capital.

Keylor Navas is going nowhere. Credit: PA

"I feel very calm," Navas told Spanish sports newspaper Marca. "Obviously, one always wants more.

"I'm not a conformist or someone that gives up easily.

"I know that the situation is not one that one would like but that is where I need to bring out the best in me and be stronger.

"It's not the first time in my career that I'm in a position of being an understudy.

"For me it's a privilege to be at Real Madrid and I try to prove day after day the reasons why they signed me."

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