What happened in football today: January 21, 2021

FIFA reacts to European Super League plans

The players have been warned by FIFA that they will be banned from the World Cup if their clubs join a proposed European Super League.

FIFA and the six confederations issued a joint statement on Thursday after rumors emerged that a European Super League was forming between the continent’s top clubs.

Players who participate in such a competition would be banned from participating in any tournament organized by FIFA – or the AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA.

Crystal Palace complete Mateta loan signing

Crystal Palace have bolstered their attacking ranks with the signing of Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz in the Bundesliga.

The 23-year-old, a target man, could potentially make his Palace debut when West Ham visit Selhurst Park on Tuesday. He will wear shirt number 14.

Palace are paying a €3m loan fee up front and a further €15m are said to be due in the summer of 2022 to secure the striker a three-year deal. The Premier League club have the option to break the arrangement at certain points in the loan deal.

Cardiff City bag manager Neil Harris

Cardiff City have sacked manager Neil Harris after a six-game losing streak.

Harris was named in November 2019 and leaves with the club sitting 15th in the Championship, 13 points from the play-off places.

Harris has been tasked with securing promotion to the Premier League this season and the club were just three points clear of the play-off places after beating Birmingham in mid-December but now sit nine points out of the league. relegation zone after a dismal form.

Everton welcome Scott on loan

Everton have loaned England international Jill Scott for the remainder of the 2020-21 season.

Having not played regularly for Manchester City, Scott will temporarily replace Damaris Egurrola, who left for Lyon earlier in the week.

Scott spent eight years at Everton – from 2006 to 2013, where she made 114 appearances – before signing for Manchester City.

Newport County keeper sets new Guinness World Record

Newport County goalkeeper Tom King has set a new world record for the longest goal ever at 96.01 yards.

King broke the record in the club’s 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town on Wednesday night.

The record was previously held by Asmir Begovic for seven years. His record of 91.9 meters was achieved when he represented Stoke City against Southampton in the Premier League.

Aguero’s positive COVID-19 test is another setback

On Wednesday, Sergio Aguero confirmed on Twitter that he tested positive for COVID-19.

Sam Lee has written how his absence will be felt and how it could impact his future with the club. Athleticism understands that Aguero has had no contact with Manchester City regarding an extension of his contact which is due to expire this summer.

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