What happened in football today: March 17, 2021

Child abuse inquiry accuses FA of ‘institutional failings’

The Football Association has been accused of ‘institutional failure’ and of not doing enough to keep children safe in sport through an independent review of historical sexual abuse in football.

The final report, published more than four years after commissioning, concluded that the FA “could and should have done more to keep children safe” between 1995 and May 2000 and that those working in football did not were not sufficiently trained on child protection issues.

“This was an institutional failing by the FA, for which there is no excuse,” said the report, released on Wednesday afternoon.

Laporta sworn in as Barcelona president

Joan Laporta has been sworn in as Barcelona president until 2026 after submitting a €124.6m (£106.7m) deposit.

There had been fears that Laporta might not pay that installment, having entered the final 24 hours of the 10-day post-election period when it must be paid.

MediaPro CEO James Roures has reportedly pledged the final €30m (£25.7m) to help Laporta meet the required threshold.

Injuries rise for United and Milan

Manchester United have been given a boost by the return of Paul Pogba from injury ahead of the Europa League Round of 16 second leg against AC Milan.

The French midfielder has joined the traveling squad in Italy after not playing for United since February 6. David de Gea is also part of the group, having missed five games due to the birth of his daughter.

Milan, meanwhile, have Zlatan Ibrahimovic at their disposal after missing four games with an abductor injury. Ismael Bennacer is also in good shape.

Bamford set to recover for Fulham game

Leeds United top scorer Patrick Bamford is expected to recover from an injury sustained in Saturday’s draw with Chelsea in time to face Fulham on Friday.

“We think yes, he will play on Friday,” said Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.

Liam Cooper and Rodrigo, however, are both doubts for Friday night’s game.

Aubameyang problem ‘solved’ – Arteta

After dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the North London derby on Sunday for being late, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said everything was “resolved” with the club captain.

“We spoke,” confirmed Arteta. “Everything has been resolved in a really positive way and we are moving forward.”

“Everyone has to perform at the highest level to earn their place; there is no exception there.

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