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Porto will host the Uefa Champions League final between Man City and Chelsea

News and reactions from the world of sport, including Conor McGregor topping the Forbes rich list

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Football

6,000 fans from each club to attend final in Portugal 

Uefa has confirmed that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea will be played at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto, Portugal. The showpiece fixture on 29 May had been scheduled to take place in Istanbul, but plans were scuppered when Turkey was added to the UK government’s travel red list. 

Uefa had wanted to move the final to Wembley Stadium in London and was in talks with the UK government, Sky Sports reports. However, there was a “considerable sticking point over waiving quarantine rules for the 2,000 staff, sponsors, VIPs and foreign media”.

With Portugal on the UK’s green list for travel, Uefa said 6,000 fans from each English club will be able to buy tickets for the final. 

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Women’s football

Man Utd boss Stoney to quit at the end of the season

Manchester United head coach Casey Stoney has announced that she will leave the FA Women’s Super League (WSL) club at the end of the season. The 39-year-old, who has been in charge since June 2018, was reportedly “unhappy with the support structure and facilities”, the Daily Mail reports. 

Described as “honest and innovative”, Stoney is a “big loss” for United, The Guardian says. The US could be the next destination for a coach who “built United from scratch and was seen as unbelievable at team bonding”. 

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Rich list

Conor McGregor

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McGregor tops Forbes rich list

UFC star Conor McGregor was the world’s highest-paid athlete in the past 12 months, according to Forbes. The Irishman made $180m (£128.2m) with most of that coming from the recent $150m (£106.8m) sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to Proximo Spirits.

Next on the rich list were footballers Lionel Messi ($130m/£92.4m) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($120m/£85.3m).

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Football

EPL clubs agree TV rights extension

The 20 English Premier League (EPL) clubs have “unanimously agreed” a proposal to conclude a three-year renewal of the league’s UK live and non-live broadcast agreements with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport. This follows approval in principle for the renewal from the Government after an “extensive period of consideration”, the EPL said in a statement. 

The clubs have also agreed £100m of additional funding for National League, women’s football, League One and League Two clubs and the grassroots game, Sky Sports reports.

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NFL

NFL at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2019

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NFL confirms two London games at Tottenham in October

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London will host two regular-season NFL games this October. Atlanta Falcons play the New York Jets on Sunday 10 October and the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday 17 October. Both fixtures will start at 2.30pm. 

Since 2007 the NFL has held 28 international series matches in London, but last year’s schedule was postponed because of the pandemic.

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