What happened in football today: January 12, 2021

Sheffield United claim their first win of the season

Sheffield United secured their first Premier League victory of the season – and the first in 21 league games – with a 73rd-minute Billy Sharp penalty.

Callum Wilson and David McGoldrick had chances, but the most notable event of the first half was a red card for Newcastle’s Ryan Fraser for two fouls in quick succession.

Sheffield United won a penalty after a handball from Federico Fernandez, and Sharp’s 100th league goal for the club proved to be the winner. United stay down and are nine points from safety.

FA Youth Cup suspended

As Oliver Kay and Philip Buckingham first reported earlier today, the FA Youth Cup has been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FA have confirmed the temporary suspension will take place with ‘immediate effect’ after two third round matches earlier today.

The 2019-20 FA Youth Cup has also been suspended for the same reason. It didn’t end until November when Manchester City beat Chelsea 3-2 in the final.

Scott Parker calls game postponement ‘scandalous’

Fulham manager Scott Parker said it was “scandalous” that his side had not been given two days’ notice for their revised Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs were originally due to play Aston Villa on Wednesday, but the Premier League postponed that game due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the West Midlands club, with Fulham’s previously postponed game against Spurs being rescheduled instead.

“What happened to us, to confirm a Premier League game, to confirm that at 9.30am on Monday is really outrageous,” Paker said. “Would that happen for a top-of-the-table clash? No, probably not. And rightly so, because it is not acceptable.

Referees will remind players of COVID-19 responsibilities

Premier League captains will be reminded by referees from this week that their players must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

It follows controversy at the FA Cup over the weekend, with players repeatedly hugging after scoring and videos going viral of teams singing in the dressing room after winning.

Players will now have to avoid shaking hands, hugging or swapping shirts before, during and after games.

Vicky Jepson, manager of Liverpool Women, leaves the club

Vicky Jepson and Liverpool Women have parted ways by mutual consent, with the club third in the WSL Championship.

Jepson took over as manager in 2018, having worked at the club as a coach since 2009.

Assistant manager Amber Whiteley has taken over as interim manager as Liverpool search for a new first-team manager.

Sergio Ramos stays at Real Madrid

As he runs out of contract this summer, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos is free to negotiate with other clubs, leading to speculation of a move to Liverpool or Manchester United.

Athleticism understands, however, that the 34-year-old club captain is expected to sign a new contract with Real and will not move to England.

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