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Three more EFL games live on Sky

Last Updated: 17/02/20 2:11pm

Sky Sports have announced three more EFL games to be shown live in March.

Latest EFL fixtures announced to be shown live on Sky Sports

Date Fixture Kick-off time
Sat March 21 QPR vs Fulham 12.30pm
Sun March 22 Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City 3pm
Mon March 23 Plymouth vs Exeter 7.45pm

On Saturday March 21, promotion-chasing Fulham go across west London to face QPR in the Championship (Kick-off 12.30pm), while fellow promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest host Bristol City the following day at 3pm, with both sides looking for a spot in the Premier League next season.

And on Monday March 23, it's a battle of two of the top sides in League Two as Plymouth host Exeter at 7.45pm. All three games will be shown live on Sky Sports Football.

Every announced EFL game live on Sky so far...

February

Fri 21: Derby County vs Fulham, 7.45pm

Sat 22: Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers, 12.30pm

Tues 25: Cardiff vs Nottingham Forest, 7.45pm

Wed 26: Millwall vs Birmingham, 7.45pm; Middlesbrough vs Leeds, 7.45pm

Sat 29: Hull vs Leeds, 12.30pm

March

Sun 1: Coventry, vs Sunderland, 12pm

Mon 2: Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest, 7.45pm

Fri 6: Nottingham Forest vs Millwall, 7.45pm

Sat 7: Bristol City vs Fulham, 12.30pm

Fri 13: Fulham vs Brentford, 7.45pm

Sat 14: West Brom vs Birmingham, 12.30pm

Tues 17: Brentford vs West Brom, 7.45pm

Wed 18: Leeds vs Fulham, 7.45pm; Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield, 7.45pm

Sat 21: QPR vs Fulham, 12.30pm*

Sun 22: Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City, 3pm*

Mon 23: Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City, 7.45pm*

*Latest fixtures announced

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Ramage sacked after ‘unacceptable’ remarks

Last Updated: 16/02/20 11:55pm

Max Lowe criticised the comments made by former Derby player Craig Ramage

Max Lowe criticised the comments made by former Derby player Craig Ramage

Former Derby player Craig Ramage has been sacked by the BBC following "entirely unacceptable" comments he made about the club's black players.

Ex-Derby midfielder Ramage criticised the club's "young black lads" and claimed they needed "pulling down a peg or two" after the Rams drew 1-1 against Huddersfield on Saturday.

Speaking on BBC Radio Derby's Sportscene Podcast, Ramage said: "When I look over and I look at certain players, their body language, their stance, the way they act, you just feel, 'whoa, hold on a minute - he needs pulling down a peg or two'.

"So I'd probably say that about all the young black lads."

Derby left-back Max Lowe spoke out on social media against the comments made by radio pundit Ramage, which were later removed from the podcast.

A BBC spokesperson said: "These were entirely unacceptable comments and we will no longer be working with Craig."

Derby earlier issued a statement condemning the remarks made by their former player and said they "stand shoulder to shoulder, together as one with all our players".

It read: "Derby County Football Club is aware of comments made by a BBC employee after yesterday's game against Huddersfield Town, directed specifically at a section of our young players.

"We have been in contact with the BBC throughout the day and underline that we do not in any way condone any form of discrimination.

"We take comments like these extremely seriously, we do not tolerate them, and stand shoulder to shoulder, together as one with all our players."

Ramage issued a "heartfelt apology" for his "wholly inappropriate" words on Sunday evening.

Ramage posted on Twitter: "I wish to apologise unreservedly for a comment that I made after yesterday's game. What I said was wholly inappropriate and unintentional. Race is irrelevant to the issues that I was discussing and I deeply regret what I said. I sincerely hope that the players accept my apology.

"I would like to reiterate my heartfelt apology not only to the players but also the fans that have listened to me over the past seven years and also to those that followed me throughout my career. I would like to reinforce that this error in no way reflects my personal views."

Lowe, who was an unused substitute against Huddersfield, wrote on Instagram: "As a young black footballer making my way in the game, I was shocked by comments made by one of the analysts on BBC Radio Derby's Sportscene programme after our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

"With the support from people I have around me - and after reading today that Raheem Sterling is to spearhead an anti-racism and anti-discrimination taskforce on behalf of players from all backgrounds - I have decided to speak out on behalf of black footballers at Derby County.

"Racial ignorance, stereotyping and intolerance negatively affects the image of impressionable young footballers and creates an unnecessary divide in society.

"I am also disappointed that a public service broadcaster did not step in to ask the analyst to explain his reasoning, or to distance themselves from these archaic thoughts.

"This was broadcast at the same time BBC Derby is promoting a 27-minute feature with former Rams defender Charlie Palmer about the difficulties he faced a as a young black footballer in the 1980s.

"As a professional footballer at an ambitious, high-profile Championship club I know that my performances will be scrutinised and I have no problem with that whatsoever - but I do not think it is acceptable for myself and my team-mate Jayden Bogle to be judged by the colour of our skin.

"Thank you for taking your time reading this - in a world where you can be anything, be kind."


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Derby condemn ex-player Ramage remarks

Last Updated: 16/02/20 8:18pm

Max Lowe criticised the comments made by former Derby defender Craig Ramage

Max Lowe criticised the comments made by former Derby defender Craig Ramage

Derby have issued a statement condemning alleged discriminatory remarks made by their former player Craig Ramage towards a "section of our young players".

Derby left-back Max Lowe spoke out on social media against the comments made by Ramage during BBC Radio Derby's Sportscene show, which were later removed from a podcast.

A BBC spokesperson told Sky Sports: "These comments were completely unacceptable and have been removed.

"We are investigating how they were included in this podcast."

Derby's statement said they "stand shoulder to shoulder, together as one with all our players".

It read: "Derby County Football Club is aware of comments made by a BBC employee after yesterday's game against Huddersfield Town, directed specifically at a section of our young players.

"We have been in contact with the BBC throughout the day and underline that we do not in any way condone any form of discrimination.

"We take comments like these extremely seriously, we do not tolerate them, and stand shoulder to shoulder, together as one with all our players."

Earlier, Lowe, who was an unused substitute against Huddersfield, wrote on Instagram: "As a young black footballer making my way in the game, I was shocked by comments made by one of the analysts on BBC Radio Derby's Sportscene programme after our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

"With the support from people I have around me - and after reading today that Raheem Sterling is to spearhead an anti-racism and anti-discrimination taskforce on behalf of players from all backgrounds - I have decided to speak out on behalf of black footballers at Derby County.

"Racial ignorance, stereotyping and intolerance negatively affects the image of impressionable young footballers and creates an unnecessary divide in society.

"I am also disappointed that a public service broadcaster did not step in to ask the analyst to explain his reasoning, or to distance themselves from these archaic thoughts.

"This was broadcast at the same time BBC Derby is promoting a 27-minute feature with former Rams defender Charlie Palmer about the difficulties he faced a as a young black footballer in the 1980s.

"As a professional footballer at an ambitious, high-profile Championship club I know that my performances will be scrutinised and I have no problem with that whatsoever - but I do not think it is acceptable for myself and my team-mate Jayden Bogle to be judged by the colour of our skin.

"Thank you for taking your time reading this - in a world where you can be anything, be kind."


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Millwall nick win at Preston

Preston's bid for an automatic promotion place was dented by a 1-0 defeat at home to mid-table Millwall.

Alex Neil's side remain sixth place in the table but their first league loss in 2020 is not ideal preparation for the Lilywhites, ahead of a testing run of games in the coming weeks.

Millwall picked up their first win on the road since mid-December as Shaun Hutchinson's late header moved them into the top 10 and to within four points of their hosts.

Preston were quickly out of the blocks at Deepdale, with Daniel Johnson wasting an excellent early chance to open the scoring.

Image: Shaun Hutchinson scored a late winner for Millwall

Tom Barkhuizen did brilliantly to burst past two challenges on the right-hand side of the box and cut back for the midfielder, but his tame effort was well saved by Bartosz Bialkowski, with David Nugent scuffing the rebound over the bar.

However, Millwall weathered the early wave of attacking pressure from the hosts and created two excellent first-half chances of their own.

First, Jack Cooper's effort was smothered by Preston keeper Declan Rudd after 21 minutes before the former Norwich stopper showed excellent reflexes to keep out Jayson Molumby's deflected strike on the half-hour mark.

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Gary Rowett's side picked up where they left off after the break as Tom Bradshaw fired against the crossbar after 61 minutes, with the visitors hitting Preston on the counter-attack.

Millwall continued to pile the pressure on from there, with Rudd called into action to tip Hutchinson's header over the bar three minutes later.

Neil brought on Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire for the final 20 minutes to inject some much-needed life into the hosts attack, but they were unable to make any real inroads into an organised Millwall defence.

Millwall grabbed the goal their pressure deserved with 12 minutes to go.

Murray Wallace did well to get above his marker and nod down namesake Jed's whipped corner and with the Preston defence unable to react in time, Hutchinson powered a header past Rudd.

The Lions almost doubled their lead after 85 minutes as substitute Connor Mahoney benefited from some more slack Preston defending, but Rudd once again came to Preston's rescue.

Gallagher did come close to a dramatic equaliser for Preston in added time but Bialkowski produced a fine diving stop to keep out his long-range free-kick.

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Leeds win to go three points clear of third place

Luke Ayling scored against his former side as Leeds eked out a gritty 1-0 win over Bristol City to go three points clear in the Championship automatic-promotion spots.

The defender lashed home early on but despite dominating the encounter, the hosts could not add to their tally.

Leeds would have been buoyed by leaders West Brom dropping points earlier in the day.

The Baggies were held by Nottingham Forest - and the win for Marcelo Bielsa's side trimmed the gap between the pair to four points, with Leeds three ahead of third-placed Fulham.

Leeds made an electric start and skipper Liam Cooper nodded wide from a corner after just two minutes.

Image: Luke Ayling celebrates scoring the winner for Leeds

Helder Costa then saw a near-post effort well stopped by Dan Bentley.

Bristol City were struggling to live with Leeds at times, but their patterns of good build-up play were without any end product - a familiar theme for Leeds this season.

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The opener arrived in the 15th minute and it came after a mad scramble in the box.

Leeds were repelled on a number of occasions by excellent Bristol City defending but their resistance was finally broken when the ball fell kindly to Ayling.

Despite being surrounded by a mass of City defenders, Ayling smashed the ball past Bentley.

Leeds thought they had doubled their lead just a couple of minutes after, when Patrick Bamford tapped in after a shot had bounced kindly for him after striking the crossbar.

Unfortunately, the flag was raised immediately as Bamford was offside.

Undeterred, Bamford then flashed a shot at goal after a superb control and spin.

City started brightly after the restart and were appealing for a penalty after Ayling blocked a shot in the area.

Referee Tim Robinson was uninterested despite the vocal appeals from City boss Lee Johnson and his coaching staff.

Jack Harrison was catching the eye in particular and he whipped in a dangerous centre that only just evaded the onrushing Costa.

Chances were coming thick and fast for the hosts going into the final quarter of the game and when Costa laid it on a plate for Bamford he looked destined to make it 2-0.

Somehow though, he saw his shot from a few yards kept out by the agile Bentley.

A minute later Bentley made an even more scarcely-believable save.

Costa latched onto a long pass and rounded Bentley only for the City keeper to somehow stick out a hand and divert it behind for a corner.

Leeds were bossing the match and chances continued to come and go for the Whites.

The impressive Harrison, who was a menace down the left flank all afternoon, thought he was the one to finally seal the second goal but his speculative effort came back off the crossbar.

Substitute Jean-Kevin Augustin, with almost the last kick of the game, placed a shot just wide but the hosts' profligacy was unpunished as they held on.

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