What happened in football today: May 14, 2021

David Luiz leaves Arsenal

David Luiz will leave Arsenal at the end of this season when his current contract expires.

Arsenal have not offered Luiz an extension but it is understood the 34-year-old would not have accepted having already decided to leave.

Luiz informed the club of his decision on Friday.

Laporte officially changes national allegiance

Aymeric Laporte has officially switched national allegiance from France to Spain ahead of this summer’s European Championship.

FIFA approved the change after the French Football Federation accepted the request from the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Laporte is eligible for Spain after spending eight years at Athletic Bilbao before joining Manchester City in 2018.

The Netherlands announce their preliminary squad for the Euros

Dutch coach Frank de Boer has announced his preliminary squad of 34 players for the postponed Euro 2020.

Despite Virgil van Dijk’s injury, there is significant English representation, with Manchester City’s Nathan Ake, Crystal Palace’s Patrick van Aanholt, Fulham’s Kenny Tete, Brighton’s Joel Veltman, Manchester United’s Donny van De Beek, Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool, Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa, Tottenham. Norwich’s Steven Bergwijn and Tim Krul have all been selected.

There was, however, no room for Sven Botman from Lille, Arjen Robben from Groningen or Ryan Babel from Galatasaray.

Fred racially assaulted on Instagram

Manchester United midfielder Fred was racially attacked on Instagram following their 4-2 loss to Liverpool on Thursday night.

Racist comments and emojis were left on a message from Fred on Sunday following United’s win over Villa.

A spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, said: “The racist abuse of Fred’s post is unacceptable and we don’t want it on Instagram.

Kirby wins FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year award

Chelsea striker Fran Kirby has won the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year award.

Kirby has been instrumental in Chelsea’s Women’s Super League success and has scored 25 goals so far this season.

Chelsea team-mate Sam Kerr finished second in voting with Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly third.

UEFA guarantees Euro tickets – if fans spend thousands

Tickets have been canceled for Euro 2020 as stadiums across the continent are forced to operate at reduced capacity.

At the same time, UEFA guarantees a way to attend matches: by spending thousands of euros on tickets…

For more details on the ticketing crisis in the run-up to the Euro, Go Deeper with Athleticism below.

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