Dele is among the 55 best FIFA players in the world
Dele Alli has been named one of the 55 best players in the world by FIFA and FIFPro, although he hasn’t played a Premier League game for Tottenham since October.
FIFA and FIFPro announced a shortlist of 55 players for their FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 2020 on Thursday afternoon, and Dele was something of a surprise inclusion.
All professional footballers around the world are invited to vote on the World XI list and the official XI will be announced on December 17.
Griezmann ends deal with Huawei
Antoine Griezmann has terminated his business relationship with Huawei. Posting on his Instagram account, he said there are “strong suspicions” that the Chinese tech giant has helped crack down on Uyghur Muslims.
The France and Barcelona striker’s announcement follows reports that Huawei has been testing facial recognition software to help China monitor the Muslim minority group. China has repeatedly denied any mistreatment of Muslims.
“I take this opportunity to call on Huawei not only to deny these accusations but to take concrete measures as soon as possible to condemn this mass repression, and to use its influence to contribute to the respect of human rights and women in society. “, said Griezmann. .
EFL appoints Birch as CEO
Tottenham Hotspur director of football operations Trevor Birch will leave the club to become EFL chief executive in the new year.
Birch joined Spurs in early September but will leave his post there to join the EFL on January 1. He will replace current EFL CEO David Baldwin.
EFL chairman Rick Parry said: “I have known Trevor for many years and appreciate the knowledge and expertise he has accumulated working with notable clubs at all levels of the game, including including a number of clubs in financial difficulty.”
Italy’s World Cup hero Rossi has died
Paolo Rossi, Italy’s 1982 World Cup hero, has died aged 64 after a long period of illness.
Rossi finished top scorer and was named best player as he led Italy to victory at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. After his performance in the World Cup, he won the Ballon d’Or the same year.
Rossi impressed as a goalscorer for Vicenza, before spending time at Juventus and AC Milan. During his time in Serie A, he scored 82 goals.
Chambers opens in an exclusive interview
Reading Women head coach Kelly Chambers returned to the role two weeks after giving birth to daughter Harley Summer in 2016 – for which she faced criticism on social media.
Chambers only took a fortnight off after giving birth as she was legally required to do, but speaking to Athleticism Katie Whyatt said, “I think I would have been back the next day.”
For more on Chambers’ story of parenting while managing in the WSL, go further below.
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