What happened in football today: April 30, 2021

Social media boycott of sport begins

A social media boycott, instigated by English football, has begun and will last until 11:59 p.m. Monday.

This means Premier League and EFL clubs, as well as organizations such as UEFA, will not be posting to their Twitter, Instagram or Facebook feeds during this weekend’s round of fixtures.

English football has also been joined in the social media blackout by cricket, tennis and rugby organisations.

Premier League fixtures moved for fans to return

The Premier League has adjusted its penultimate round of fixtures so that each club plays one game in front of fans at the end of the season.

Gameweek 37, originally scheduled for the weekend of May 15-16, will now take place the following midweek, May 18-19 – after fans will be allowed back into stadiums on Monday May 17 under the rules of the government.

Away fans are also expected to be allowed to attend these matches, after the Premier League contacted clubs to inform them that the government has eased its ban on their attendance at matches.

United fans reject Glazer’s apology

Manchester United fans have rejected Joel Glazer’s apology for implicating the club in the Super League failure.

On Friday, in an emergency virtual fan forum, convened by the club itself, United fans read a statement to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward outlining their feelings and then disconnected from the call.

The statement said they were “disgusted, embarrassed and angry” at the club’s involvement in the Super League plans and had “zero confidence” in the owners, the Glazer family.

Ten Hag signs extension for Ajax

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag has signed a one-year contract extension amid speculation he could be named Tottenham Hotspur’s next manager.

Ten Hag’s deal was due to expire at the end of next season but now runs until the summer of 2023.

Despite signing the extension, ten Hag is still listed as a favorite to fill Tottenham’s vacancy at some bookmakers.

England Women find out World Cup qualifying group

England Women have been drawn against Northern Ireland in Group D in the 2023 World Cup qualifying rounds.

They will also face Austria, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg, while Wales face France, Slovenia, Greece and Kazakhstan in Group I.

Scotland, meanwhile, were drawn in Group B along with Spain, Ukraine, Hungary and the Faroe Islands.

United ban fans who racially abused Son

United have suspended the season tickets of three supporters who racially abused Tottenham striker Son Heung-min on social media.

Son was abused after being involved in an incident between the two teams on April 11 which saw a goal for Edinson Cavani ruled out.

United have announced that they have brought charges against six people for abuse, including three season ticket holders.

Albion Rovers striker retires after being taunted over his mental health

Albion Rovers striker David Cox has said he is retiring from football after being taunted by a Stenhousemuir player about his mental health during Thursday night’s Scottish League Two match between the two clubs.

According to Stenhousemuir, their defender Jonathan Tiffoney was involved in a verbal altercation with Cox before the Albion Rovers player left the pitch at half-time.

Cox later said in a Facebook video that he was quitting the game after “again having to deal with cries of sanity in football”.

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