What happened in football today: February 22, 2021

Premier League clubs will welcome up to 10,000 fans on the final day

Premier League clubs will be able to host up to 10,000 fans in the stadiums on the last weekend of the season.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke in the House of Commons on Monday before presenting the roadmap for England’s exit from lockdown.

During the speech, he confirmed that the stadiums could accommodate 10,000 fans or a quarter of full capacity – whichever is smaller – from May 17.

The last day of the season is May 23.

Thiago Silva excluded from Chelsea Champions League fixture against Atletico Madrid

Thiago Silva will not be in good shape when Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday.

The defender has been absent since the victory against Tottenham in early February.

Silva sustained a muscle injury while stretching for the ball against Tottenham in Chelsea’s 1-0 win on February 4.

Sounders and USMNT winger Jordan Morris sidelined for the season with ACL injury

Seattle Sounders and United States Men’s National Team winger Jordan Morris have been excluded from the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 26-year-old moved to Swansea City on loan in the January transfer window. It was his first opportunity to play in Europe but he had to leave the pitch on a stretcher as Swansea lost 4-1 to Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

It has now been confirmed that he faces an extended spell on the sidelines.

Referee Darren Drysdale not selected for EFL midweek service amid FA accusation

Darren Drysdale will not officiate in any of the EFL’s midweek matches after facing a player last Tuesday.

The 49-year-old referee appeared to run into Alan Judge from Ipswich Town during their game against Northampton.

The FA charged Drysdale with improper conduct on Wednesday after the incident and he was removed from his post as an officer last weekend.

Joey Barton named new Bristol Rovers manager

Bristol Rovers has appointed Joey Barton as the new manager.

The former Manchester City, Newcastle and QPR player has signed a deal with Rovers, 19th in League One, until the summer of 2023.

He will take charge of their Ligue 1 clash with Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night.

Rangers to recruit American teenager Francis Jacobs this summer

As David Ornstein’s column revealed, the Rangers have struck a deal to sign Orange County teenager Francis Jacobs, the youngest professional player in American football history.

Jacobs turns 16 in March and is expected to join the USL Championship – the lower echelon of MLS – later this year.

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David Ornstein’s column details the latest information on Manchester United’s interest in Jadon Sancho, concerns from Premier League clubs over player and staff leaks via fantasy football teams and Southampton’s opening talks with Alex McCarthy.

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