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
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 Chinese foreign ministry places sanctions on 28 members of the outgoing Trump administration, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former National Security Advisor John Bolton, and former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. The sanctions are believed to be in response to Pompeo's announcement on Tuesday that the internment of Muslim Uyghurs constitutes genocide.
A new Premier League scoring record is set with 41 goals scored in 8 matches.League leaders Manchester United are stunned 2–1 by last-place Wolverhampton Wanderers, ending United's 29-match unbeaten streak in Premiership play.Second-place Arsenal become the first team since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992 to blow a 4–0 lead, as Newcastle United storm back to draw 4–4.Second-place Arsenal become the first team since the establishment of the Premier League in 1992 to blow a 4–0 lead, as Newcastle United storm back to draw 4–4.
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.