Hungary: Nation ordered to play their next three matches behind closed doors by UEFA

Hungary have been instructed to play their next three UEFA competition matches behind closed doors after racist abuse from supporters and homophobic banners in the stands during their Euro 2020 group stage games.

One match has been suspended for two years, with UEFA also fining the Hungarian Football Federation €100,000 (£85,500) and have demanded that they have to display a banner with the governing body’s “#EqualGame” logo on it.

A homophobic banner was displayed in the stands during Hungary’s defeat to Portugal in their opening game at Euro 2020 while monkey chants were also heard during Hungary’s draw with France.

Hungary have been penalised following ‘discriminatory behaviour’ by their supporters at Euro 2020

Both of those games were played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Occurrences of homophobic chanting were also alleged to have taken place during Hungary’s final group game against Germany in Munich.

UEFA rejected an appeal to illuminate Munich’s Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for the match against Germany on the grounds of the gesture having political context.

European football’s governing body said it received the request from the mayor of the German city, Dieter Reiter.

UEFA said that the mayor’s reason for the request was retaliation to a legislation passed in Hungary, which bans gay people from appearing in school educational materials or programmes for under-18s.

On that basis, UEFA said it could not grant the request and proposed other dates for the stadium to be lit up in rainbow colours.

Reiter later called the decision “shameful”.

Juan Mata: Manchester United midfielder signs new contract at Old Trafford

Mata will be looking to add to his 273 appearances for the Red Devils next season

Manchester United have announced that Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal which sees the former Spain international enter his ninth season with the club.

The 33-year-old joined the Reds from Premier League rivals Chelsea in January 2014 and has gone onto make 273 appearances across all competitions, scoring 51 goals along the way.

His impressive goals total includes an unforgettable strike against rivals Liverpool at Anfield in March 2015 , as well as the equaliser during the triumphant 2016 Emirates FA Cup final in which United beat Crystal Palace.

Mata only featured 18 times for Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side last season across all competitions , scoring three times in the process, however despite his limited game time the Spaniard picked up the clubs Player of the Month for September during the 2020/21 campaign.

Jadon Sancho: Manchester United agree deal in principle for Dortmund winger

Sancho will depart Borussia Dortmund after making 137 appearances for the club, scoring 50 goals in the process

Manchester United have announced that they have reached agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Jadon Sancho for a fee of £73m.

The Bundesliga side made a stock exchange statement on Thursday morning, which also confirmed Sancho has agreed personal terms with United, with the transfer subject to a medical.

“The player Jadon Sancho is about to move from Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA to Manchester United Football Club Limited,” the announcement said.

“Both clubs and the player reached an agreement on this today. If the transfer is realised, Manchester United will pay BVB a fixed transfer fee of EUR 85.0 million.

Sancho and the rest of his England team-mates trained on Wednesday

“The contractual details now have to be coordinated and documented. The formal processing of the transfer is also subject to the successful completion of all necessary medical tests and examinations, a coordination procedure with the player’s previous club and the proper and timely processing in accordance with the provisions of the FIFA Transfer Matching System.”

The agreement was also confirmed by Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, as the club held a news conference to unveil new head coach Marco Rose.

Watzke said: “We reached a general agreement with Manchester United on the transfer of Jadon Sancho, pending full completion, as there are still some formalities to agree on and the medical check to be completed.”