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Community Shield set for August 29



The Football Association announced on Wednesday that the Community Shield, the traditional curtain-raiser for the new English season, would take place at Wembley on August 29.

The match between Premier League champions Liverpool and the winners of Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will be played two weeks before the start of the top-flight season.

It has been reported that the match could serve as a test event to welcome a restricted number of fans into Wembley as part of plans for supporters to make a socially distanced return to sports venues more widely from October 1.

The match will be immediately followed by an international break from September 2 to 10.

The Premier League said last week that the 2020/21 season would start on September 12 and run until May 23, 2022.

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Max Aarons agrees personal terms with Barcelona



Norwich City defender, Max Aarons, has agreed on personal terms with Barcelona.

According to Diario Sport, Aarons will sign a five-year deal with Barcelona, having expressed his desire to leave Norwich.

Barcelona will now have to reach an agreement with Norwich for the transfer of Aarons’s signature.

The Blaugrana are looking for a replacement for defender Nelson Semedo, who is on his way to join Premier League side, Wolves with Moussa Wague having left the La Liga giants for PAOK.

Norwich are expected to demand a compulsory purchase option from Barca which is said to be an initial £20m plus a further £10m in add-ons.

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Footballer who beat up his girlfriend with iron bar and forced her to eat paint, joins a new club after being released from jail



A footballer who was jailed for brutally beating up his girlfriend has been signed to a new club after being released from jail.  Reece Thompson, 25, was jailed for 40 months and received a 10-year restraining order for subjecting his partner to a three-day ordeal in which he hit her with an iron bar and forced her to eat paint.

The lady identified as Danielle Thomas was left with horrific bruises on her body during the attack in 2019.


Footballer who beat up his girlfriend with iron bar and forced her to eat paint, joins a new club after being released from jail


Speaking about the incident, Danielle told Lincolnshire Live: “Reece repeatedly hit me. He hit me with an iron bar, broke my jaw and smashed a mirror over my head.

“I was made to lick paint up off the floor and then he smashed another mirror over my head.

“It was when he picked up the second mirror that I thought I was going to die, I screamed for him to stop or he would kill me.

“He told me to get my arms down and take the beating like a real person.”


Footballer who beat up his girlfriend with iron bar and forced her to eat paint, joins a new club after being released from jail


Thompson, who played for York City, Boston United, and Guiseley AFC, was released just nine months into his 40-month sentence earlier this year.

The English striker has now been given a “second chance” by Selby Town FC, who came under fire from fans last month for allowing Thompson to play in a pre-season friendly.

The Northern Counties East League Division One club apologised afterward for featuring him in the pre-season friendly, but will not allow him to continue playing for the team.


Footballer who beat up his girlfriend with iron bar and forced her to eat paint, joins a new club after being released from jail


A Selby Town spokesperson said: “During pre-season, we trialled a player by the name of Reece Thompson. At the time many supporters and non-supporters expressed their opinion on the trial due to the events and court proceedings in Reece’s past.

“Following this trial we released a statement stating that Reece would not be joining our team on an ongoing basis.

“Since then a great deal of discussion has taken place within the club, and with Reece himself as to his actions, his sentence, and what comes next for him.

“As made clear in our original statement, the club does not condone Reece’s actions and we can only imagine the impact upon those involved. For what he has done, Reece has rightly been judged in a court of law and served his sentence.


“With that sentence now served and with the ongoing work Reece carries out to understand and learn from his behaviour, we have come to the conclusion that it is not our place to continue to further punish Reece for his actions, he has received his punishment and carried out his sentence, and with that in mind, we believe that a second chance could and should be provided both in employment and in recreation.

“Further to this, we believe that being part of our club and being surrounded by the strong management team we have in place can further help Reece to overcome his past and to ensure that he learns from his actions and is able to fulfil a role within society.

“We understand there will be many that disagree with our stance, likewise there will be those who believe he has served his sentence and should be allowed to now carry on with life.

“We hope going forward Reece will be judged on his actions from this point with his knowledge that the expectations and standard of behaviour expected of him are high.”


The club decision sparked outrage on Twitter.


One person wrote: “Reece Thompson beat his girlfriend and forced her to eat paint. @SelbyTown_FC just signed him upon his early release from jail. “Disgusting club.”


Another said: “April 2019 – Reece Thompson gets put behind bars after he beat his girlfriend with an iron bar and forced her to lick up paint off the floor.


“What a horrible decision from Selby Town. Truly disgusting.”


While one said: “Best thing to do – no one go to Selby’s games, don’t give them any of your money. Reece Thompson doesn’t deserve another football club and Selby don’t deserve anything good for allowing this to happen.

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Inter Milan signs midfielder, Arturo Vidal



Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Chile midfielder, Arturo Vidal for one million euros ($1.17 million) on a permanent deal.

The two clubs, Inter Milan-Barcelona, announced this on Tuesday.

Vidal, who joined Barca from Bayern Munich in 2018, will be reunited with Inter coach Antonio Conte, who signed him for Juventus in 2011 and where he stayed until 2015.

“The Italian club will pay Barcelona 1 million euros in variables,” Barcelona said in a statement here.

“Barcelona would like to publicly express their gratitude to Arturo Vidal for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Meanwhile, Vidal made 96 appearances for Barca in two seasons, scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists in all competitions. He helped the Spanish side win the La Liga title in 2018-19.

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