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Dutch FA to investigate after racist abuse sees division two game suspended

Ahmad Mendes Moreira (right) walks off the pitch after allegedly being subjected to racist abuse from the start of the game

Dutch football authorities have opened an investigation into racist abuse of Excelsior Rotterdam's Ahmad Mendes Moreira which resulted in a second division match being suspended.

The referee brought the players off after half an hour of Excelsior's visit to FC Den Bosch on Sunday.

Moreira claims he was verbally abused by a section of the Den Bosch fans.

The winger, 24, who was born in the Netherlands, said he was called a "negro and cotton-picker".

"I'm just very angry and very sad that these things still happen," he added.

Prosecutors will study camera footage and work with police to establish what happened during the match in the North Brabant region.

The game, which ended 3-3 with Moreira scoring in the 44th-minute, restarted after a 10-minute delay and afterwards the Dutch football association KNVB said "we will do everything to track down who did this".

It is the latest incident of racism in European football in recent months, which includes the abuse of England players in a Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria and Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off after being targeted by monkey chants during his side's away loss to Hellas Verona in Serie A.

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Chelsea news: Frank Lampard tipped to be 'one of the best managers in the world' by Eden Hazard

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been receiving plenty of praise for guiding Chelsea to a good start to the Premier League season, but now former Blues’ star Eden Hazard has gone one further, suggesting he could go on to prove one of the finest head coaches in the game.

His first games in charge this term didn’t quite go to plan, losing 4-0 to Manchester United and being defeated in the UEFA Super Cup by Liverpool.

Since then, though, Chelsea have lost just once in the league – once more against Liverpool – and now sit third place after 12 games, above reigning champions Manchester City fc and with a nine-point buffer down to fifth in the race for Champions League places.

While still a relative novice in the management arena, Lampard has shown his strengths in bringing through several young players, encouraging a positive atmosphere within the squad and bringing the fans onside at Chelsea after a fairly tumultuous period under Maurizio Sarri.

When asked whether he was surprised at the impact Lampard was having, Hazard made it clear that Lampard’s personality was a key factor.

“No, not at all,” he told reporters.

“I know Frank as a player, not as a manager, but he’s a great guy. He’s showed already after four months that he can be one of the best managers in the world.”

While Chelsea have not been able to spend big this year in the manner they have previously, leading to the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham being able to have a big impact, Hazard isn’t sure that it wouldn’t have happened anyway.

In fact, he suggests that if the correct deals had been made, Chelsea could have been even higher in the table than they currently are.

Tammy Abraham has 10 league goals this season (Getty)

“The good thing is that they are playing with young players, young English players. For England it’s good, for Chelsea it’s good. They are lucky to have young players with quality.

“I don’t know [if the transfer ban has actually been good for Chelsea]. Maybe with two or three more players, they would be first. When I saw them play it’s nice, they all play together.

“I still have good friends there. I follow them all the time. They are winning at the moment so I’m just happy for them.”

Hazard, who left for Real Madrid in the summer, has now started to find his own form recently, with the 28-year-old scoring twice for Belgium against Russia during the international break and claiming one goal and three assists at club level in his last four LaLiga starts.

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England's Euro 2020 squad ranked and rated: Who will make the cut and who risks being left at home?

England will be among the top seeds at Euro 2020 after securing qualification for next summer’s tournament last week – and competition for places in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad is fiercer than ever before.

Thursday’s 7-0 drubbing of Montenegro sealed top spot in Group A and automatic qualification for next summer’s finals, when the Three Lions’ pool matches will be played at Wembley.

England were not as convincing three days later at improving Kosovo yet emerged 4-0 victors in Pristina, thanks to efforts from Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount.

That win in the Balkans means they are guaranteed to be among the top six seeds in the Euro 2020 draw later this month, which in theory should provide a kinder draw.

But, after the match, captain Kane warned his international team-mates that nobody’s place is safe, such is the competition to hold down a place in the squad.

“When you look through our squad everyone pretty much is playing regularly either in the Premier League or top leagues in Europe,” Kane said. “If you’re not on it every week there are players who can take your spot.”

Southgate has selected a number of different players since the 2018 World Cup – and started with seven different midfield combinations in his last eight games – and has a number of big decisions to make ahead of the tournament next summer.

Here, we rank the players who have a chance of making the 23-man squad next summer, from least to most likely.

Check the above gallery to see the players we think will make the cut.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Highlights: Little and Miedema score in derby win

We secured a memorable victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, as we ran out 2-0 winners in the first-ever Women’s Super League north London derby.

Following a tightly-contested first half, Kim Little shimmied past her marker and sparked celebrations with a stunning finish into the far corner, before Vivianne Miedema pounced on an underhit backpass to double our advantage late on. 

Watch the highlights by clicking on the ‘Play’ button above.

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Man Utd consider bid for Reading’s Loader

Last Updated: 18/11/19 11:58am

Danny Loader has caught the eye for Reading this season

Danny Loader has caught the eye for Reading this season

Manchester United are one of several Premier League clubs considering a bid for Reading's talented young striker Danny Loader, Sky Sports News understands.

The 20-year-old is out of contract this summer and talks on a new deal have stalled.

The former England youth international, who made his Reading debut for Jaap Stam as a 16-year old, almost left the Madejski Stadium on deadline day last summer, only for a move to Wolves to fall through.

Speaking shortly after his move to Wolves fell through, Loader said: "Everyone knows a Premier League club tried to sign me in the transfer window, but it wasn't to be.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United's win over Brighton in the Premier League

"I'm very ambitious, my dream is to play on the biggest stage and you never know when these opportunities will come around again."

When does the January transfer window open?

As the January transfer window inches ever closer, clubs across the Premier League, Europe and beyond will be identifying potential transfer targets and holding discussions with clubs and agents over future deals.

At this traditionally difficult time to make big moves, the start of the new year looks set to be frantic for a host of top Premier League clubs.

Here, Sky Sports provides you with all you need to know about the 2019/20 mid-season transfer window.

Where can you follow all the latest transfer news?

As well as keeping an eye on Sky Sports News, you can make sure you don't miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.

There will also be the return of the Transfer Talk Podcast and some exciting new features coming your way...

Follow all the latest developments here.

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