State broadcaster China Central Television pulls a Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City from its schedule after Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil criticized China's re-education camps in Xinjang.
Sources: The Guardian
Sources: The Guardian
The Premier League approves the sale of Chelsea F.C. to a U.S. consortium led by Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich decided to sell the club after he was sanctioned over his connections to the Russian government.
The British government sanctions Russian oligarch and Chelsea F.C. owner Roman Abramovich, freezing all his assets in the United Kingdom. The sanctions mean that Premier League club Chelsea will not be able to sell any more tickets for games, its merchandise store will be closed, and it will be unable to buy or sell players on the transfer market until the club is sold.
Following a massive negative backlash from UEFA, FIFA, national football associations and football fans alike, all six English Premier League clubs involved in the project – Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – officially withdraw from The Super League, while FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta states that the club will not join the proposed competition without support from its registered members. Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward announces his resignation.
In a major move, six Premier League teams: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as several European clubs such as FC Barcelona and Juventus, agree to join The Super League, an annual club competition for the "elite teams" of Europe. UEFA and FIFA condemn the announcement, saying that they will not recognize the competition, and that players who take part in the competition will be banned from all other football competitions, including representing their national side at the FIFA World Cup.
The U.S. State Department imposes visa restrictions on numerous Chinese government officials whom it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province. On Monday the Department of Commerce added twenty-eight Chinese firms and bureaus to its "trade blacklist" for similar reasons.
Hundreds of Twitter users post the name of an English Premier League footballer who won a superinjunction to stop details of his affair going public, in protest at the player's attempts to sue the social networking site.
The UK tourist resort of Blackpool is expected to benefit "tens of millions" of pounds, described by the tourism chief as "unthinkable", following the local football club's elevation to the Premier League as an open-top bus tour is announced.
Manchester City and Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor announces his retirement from international football at the age of 26, saying he is "still haunted" by the Togo national football team attack which killed three of his colleagues in Angola ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations three months ago.