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Mourinho sacking costs Manchester United £19.6million

Sacking Jose Mourinho before Christmas cost Manchester United £19.6million, the Premier League club have revealed. Credit: PA

Sacking Jose Mourinho before Christmas cost Manchester United £19.6million, the Premier League club have revealed in their second-quarter financial results.

That sum, which is listed under "exceptional items" in the accounts, includes pay-outs for the five members of Mourinho's staff who left with him on December 18.

It is less than was reported in some quarters but four times the amount United had to pay predecessors David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal when they were fired in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

In the report, the club announced record revenues of £208.6million for the quarter, which translate into earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £104.3million and an operating profit of £44million.

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Altrincham to make football history with LGBT rainbow kit

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Non-League side Altrincham will make football history this weekend (February 16th) when players wear a rainbow- coloured kit based on the LGBT flag.

Their usual red and white stripes are being ditched for their home game against Bradford Park Avenue.

It's all part of the fight against homophobia in the sport.

Goalkeeper Andrew Jones says the move is long overdue.

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