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 Manchester United Executives Joel Glazer (2nd L) and Avram Glazer (C) and Ed Woodward at the New York Stock Exchange in 2012. Photograph:  Dario Cantatore/Getty Images

In 2005, a generation ago now, when supporters were first protesting against the pending takeover of Manchester United by the Glazer family, the appro(...)

It is great that Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has engineered continued access to the Erasmus programme for university students in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The great Renaissance humanist Erasmus said he longed to be a citizen of the world. I’ve always liked this quote because it sums up so much of the un(...)

Pep Guardiola: After eight consecutive knockout exits as a manager, the Manchester City boss appears to have struck upon a reliable method in the Champions League. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

So what takes precedence here: the football stuff, or the other stuff? Obviously you know about the other stuff. Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester C(...)

Joe Walsh Tours: the Irish travel agent and tour operator has ceased trading with immediate effect. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Ah, don’t tell me JWT is gone Afraid so. Joe Walsh Tours, one of Ireland’s oldest and best-known travel companies, has gone out of business. What ex(...)

 The owners or chairmen of the 12  European  clubs that announced  the launch of the   European Super League: (from top left to bottom right) Real Madrid’s Florentino Perez; FC Barcelona’s Joan Laporta; Atletico Madrid’s Enrique Cerezo; Juventus’s Andrea Agnelli; Inter Milan’s Steven Zhang; AC Milan’s Ivan Gazidis; Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke; Manchester United’s Joel Glazer; Liverpool’s John W Henry; Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman Daniel Levy; Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich; and Manchester City’s Ferran Soriano

Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have issued grovelling apologies to fans for the European Super League fiasco, demonstrating the scal(...)

 Florentino Perez: “We’re doing this to save football. We want to save football for the next 20 years at least so we can survive without worries.” Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Florentino Perez painted a dramatic, dark portrait of football’s future and presented himself and the other breakaway clubs as its saviour as he attem(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: “We should drop a legislative bomb to stop it – and we should do it now,” he told the meeting with sports bodies, sources said.   Photograph:  Jacob King/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has promised football groups that the government will consider using what he called “a legislative bomb” to stop English clubs joining a(...)

Lionel Messi celebrates a goal against Athletic Bilbao with Pedri. Photograph: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty

Lionel Messi’s wife collected him from Barcelona’s El Prat airport in mid-November after playing a couple of international games in South America. Mes(...)

Margaret O’Sullivan from Montenotte is delighted to see Cork follow the template of European cities in embracing outdoor dining. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Clare Nash, who runs Nash 19 restaurant in Princes Street in Cork, believes outdoor drinking and eating are here to stay after Covid-19, despite the v(...)

Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates a goal against FC Koln. Dortmund have indicated they want at least €150m (£128m) for Haaland if he leaves this summer.  Photograph: Lars Baron/EPA

Erling Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, held talks with Barcelona on Thursday and then flew to Spain’s capital for discussions with Real Madrid as the ba(...)

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