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Messi blow for City

Manch­ester City’s hopes of sign­ing Lionel Messi have taken a hit af­ter Barcelona told his fa­ther they are un­will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate the player’s sale. Barca pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu is un­der­stood to have warned Jorge Messi his son will have to go to court to try to seal his exit. Mean­while, City’s own­ers, CFG, have ac­quired French sec­ond-tier team Troyes. Racism on the rise

Kick It Out yes­ter­day said there had been a “shock­ing” in­crease in re­ports of racism and other dis­crim­i­na­tion in pro­fes­sional football in Eng­land last sea­son, de­spite hun­dreds of matches hav­ing been can­celled or played be­hind closed doors dur­ing the Covid-19 cri­sis. Kick It Out’s an­nual re­port for 2019-20 showed a 42 per cent surge in the num­ber of re­ports re­ceived, from 313 in 2018-19 to 446. Sup­port­ers re­turn

Cam­bridge United will host the first com­pet­i­tive pro­fes­sional matches with crowds since the Covid-19 lock­down. They play Ful­ham Un­der-21s in the EFL Tro­phy on Tues­day and Carlisle United a week to­mor­row. Castagne signs

Le­ices­ter have com­pleted the £21.5 mil­lion sign­ing of Ata­lanta full-back Ti­mothy Castagne, 24, on a five-year deal.

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