Football Today, June 10, 2022: Mohamed Salah wins PFA Player of the Year award

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Salah wins PFA Player of the Year

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been named PFA Player of the Year for the second time in his career.

The Egyptian ace leapfrogged Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne after a fabulous individual campaign that saw him finish joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals, as well as 13 assists.

On winning the award, Salah said: “It’s a great honor to win a trophy, individual or collective and this one is big, so I’m very happy and very proud of it.

“This one is really good to win, especially because it is voted for by the players. It shows you that you have worked very hard and that you are getting what you have worked for.

“I have my room with trophies in a cabinet and I’ve made sure I have another space for one more. I always save space and just try to imagine the trophies are coming.”

As well as De Bruyne, the Reds star beat team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane for the award, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo also nominated.

Elsewhere, Red Devils star Ronaldo, 37, led the PFA Team of the Year after an impressive debut campaign at Old Trafford.

Despite his side’s struggles, the Portuguese icon scored 18 league goals and propelled Spurs striker Kane to the lone centre-forward spot in the XI.

Antonio Rudiger was the only other non-Liverpool or City player to feature, with the German defender shining again for Chelsea – despite completing a free transfer to Real Madrid last week.

The PFA Team of the Year was dominated by Liverpool and Manchester City

Williams: Diet culture was ‘very uncomfortable’

Former England star Fara Williams has explained how attitudes towards diet and body image have caused significant damage in women’s football.

Williams, 38, remains the Lionesses appearance record holder with 172 caps and was speaking at the launch of BBC Women’s Euro 2022 coverage.

Reflecting on his playing days, Williams said: “It was really uncomfortable for me at times because I like food, I like to eat but you felt like you couldn’t eat certain foods because you were monitored.

“I always thought there was a problem with women’s football. We are not educated on the foods we are supposed to have.

“For me, I worry. When you see a lot of these players, you can see they are struggling with their diet.

“You get a fat test every time you go to camp and if you’re not below a certain body percentage you get into a ‘big club’. For me to call something ‘big club’ “as a professional is crazy.

“I was always worried as a player. I’ve never been to a ‘big club’, I would never go, I just wouldn’t play.”

Williams’ comments add another cause for concern after a recent study suggested that 36% of female gamers in a survey of 115 participants showed signs of eating disorders.

Mee and Tarkowski lead Burnley exit

Ben Mee will leave Burnley when his contract expires
Ben Mee will leave Burnley when his contract expires

Highly demanded defensive duo Ben Mee and James Tarkowski will both leave relegated Burnley on free transfers this month, it has been confirmed.

The Clarets have announced the imminent departures of several first-team stars this afternoon, including Aaron Lennon, Dale Stephens, Erik Pieters and Phil Bardsley.

Tarkowski, 29, is a two-cap England international and is reportedly close to joining Everton, who were also involved in the relegation battle alongside Burnley last season.

Mee’s future, however, remains less clear. The club captain, 32, has been heavily involved in the club’s temporary management team following the April dismissal of Sean Dyche and is leaving Lancashire after making more than 350 appearances.

In better news for Clarets fans, Ashley Barnes will stay put after the club triggered a one-year extension to his contract, while talks are still ongoing with Matej Vydra and Jack Cork over extensions.

EFL recruit five replacements for 2022-23

The English Football League has increased the number of substitutes allowed in a game next season
The English Football League has increased the number of substitutes allowed in a match next season

The Football League has confirmed that clubs will be allowed to make five substitutions in a game from next season.

Championship, League One and League Two teams may use two additional substitutions in a contest, although substitutions must still be made within a maximum of three intervals.

A statement from the EFL read: “For all future league matches, clubs will be permitted to name up to seven substitutes on their squad roster, with a maximum of five permitted to feature in the match.

“Each club is only allowed a maximum of three substitution opportunities during the match and a club may make more than one substitution on each of its three occasions.

“Clubs may make half-time substitutions and any substitutions made during that break will not count towards the maximum three opportunities.”

Other rule changes for the new campaign include increased flexibility for teams to use away or third-party kits to avoid color blindness conflicts and stricter regulations regarding potential owners and administrators.

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