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    Fabrice Muamba claims Christian Eriksen being fitted with ICD heart starter is ONLY way he will ever play again

    EX-BOLTON star Fabrice Muamba believes Christian Eriksen must be fitted with a heart-starter device if he wants to continue playing.The Denmark star has suffered a cardiac arrest – the same medical emergency Muamba endured nine years ago.
    Christian Eriksen is recovering in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at the EurosCredit: Reuters
    Former Premier League star Fabrice Muamba suffered the same medical emergency during an FA Cup tie nine years agoCredit: AFP
    Speaking to ITV, Muamba said: “He has to remember he has a family now.
    “Is it worth taking the risk to come back and play again [on having heart starting ICD implant]?
    “I think that’s the only way that any football club will be able to sign him again.”
    Eriksen had to be resuscitated on the pitch after collapsing during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland.
    Muamba was forced to retire from professional football in March 2012 when he suffered a cardiac arrest in a televised FA Cup tie between Tottenham and Bolton at White Hart Lane.
    The ex-England U21 international’s heart stopped for 78 minutes before he was resuscitated.

    The world held its breath after Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch
    Denmark’s team doctor Morten Boesen has confirmed Eriksen will be fitted with an ICD (Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator).
    Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD.
    “This device is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.
    “Christian has accepted the solution and the plan has moreover been confirmed by specialists nationally and internationally who all recommend the same treatment.”
    Christian Eriksen’s life was saved by the fast reactions of team-mates and medics

    But it’s far to early to say whether the 29-year-old, who is currently recovering in a Copenhagen hospital, will be able to continue playing professionally for Inter Milan.
    Former Manchester United defender Daley Blind had an ICD fitted in December 2019 and has continued playing, helping Ajax win the Dutch title last term.
    The 31-year-old is also part of Holland’s squad for Euro 2020.
    But ex-England cricketer James Taylor was forced to retire after being fitted with an ICD in 2016.
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    James Maddison shows off incredible FA Cup tattoo as Leicester star commemorates stunning Wembley win over Chelsea

    JAMES MADDISON commemorated Leicester’s dream FA Cup win with a new Wembley tattoo.The Foxes midfielder lifted the famous trophy in May with a 1-0 win over Chelsea.
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    It was Maddison’s first major trophy and he marked the occasion by getting inked at Artemis Studio by tattooist to the stars Dale McGovern.
    The design features a young Maddison holding a football next to the trophy on the Wembley pitch, with the phrase: “Dreams really do come true.”
    McGovern revealed on his Instagram a signed shirt gifted from the Leicester No10 following the creation.
    Maddison, 24, came off the bench in the final after Youri Tielemans’ long-range strike for the only goal.
    Immediately after the victory, Leicester faced Chelsea again in the Premier League and the England international took the opportunity to remind the Stamford Bridge faithful of the result.
    Taunts unfavourably comparing him to Mason Mount led to Maddison miming his team’s trophy lift to a section of Chelsea fans.
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    McGovern’s studio is no stranger to hosting Premier League stars.
    Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Jesse Lingard have all been pictured getting inked at the Manchester studio.
    In fact, England striker Rashford was even recently entrusted with tattooing his own signature on McGovern’s leg.
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    Leicester release NINE players after missing out on Champions League with 2015-16 title heroes Morgan and Fuchs out

    PREMIER LEAGUE side Leicester City have released NINE players after failing to qualify for the Champions League.Among those leaving the FA Cup winners are Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs – two members of their iconic title-winning team.
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    Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs are set to leave Leicester this summerCredit: Getty
    Joining the aforementioned icons on the released list are youngsters Azeem Abdulai, Dempsey Arlott-John, Darnell Johnson, Layton Ndukwu and Darragh O’Connor.
    Matty James is the final player set to leave Leicester after making just 15 Premier League appearances in the last six seasons.
    The 29-year-old was a part of the squad that won promotion to the Prem in 2013-14 and played a role in keeping them up, making 27 league appearances.
    But a serious knee injury at the end of the Foxes’ first season back in the top flight ruled him out for more than a year – meaning he did not play a minute of their historic title-winning campaign.
    James has since spent time on loan at Barnsley and Coventry City, making 23 Championship appearances for the latter this term.
    All nine players – bar the retiring Morgan – can still be retained by Leicester yet if the club decides to offer them a new deal.
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    Morgan, 37, has called time on his professional career after making more than 750 appearances for club and country.
    The 30-cap Jamaica international spent the first half of his career at Nottingham Forest, making more than 400 appearances in all competitions before joining Leicester in January 2012.
    The Foxes are believed to have paid just £1MILLION for the defender – and what a signing he proved to be.
    Morgan went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club, helping them win the Championship, Premier League and FA Cup.

    And Fuchs has also enjoyed a wonderful career at the King Power stadium.
    The 35-year-old featured 36 times in the Prem during their title-winning campaign, becoming a fan favourite in the process.
    Leicester finished fifth in the Premier League this season, missing out on Champions League football on the final day for the second year running.
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    Community Shield returns to free-to-air TV for first time in nine years with Man City to face Leicester on ITV

    THE Community Shield will be broadcast on free-to-air TV for the first time in nine years with ITV to show Manchester City’s match against Leicester.Premier League champions City take on FA Cup holders Leicester at Wembley on August 7.
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    Leicester’s Community Shield clash against Manchester United on August 7 will be shown on ITVCredit: AP
    The encounter between the two teams will take place a week before the start of the 2021-22 top-flight campaign, with the kick-off scheduled for 5pm.
    BT Sport have held the rights for the traditional season curtain-raiser since 2013, but they surrendered them two years ago, along with the FA Cup rights.
    The last time the Community Shield was shown on terrestrial TV was in 2012 where the Citizens beat Chelsea 3-2 at Villa Park.
    And Pep Guardiola’s side will be hoping for the same outcome when ITV – who showed that tie nine years ago – broadcasts the first piece of silverware up for grabs in August.
    Guardiola is eyeing up his third Community Shield having scooped the trophy in 2018 and 2019.
    Meanwhile Leicester are looking to win the trophy for the first since 1971 when they beat Liverpool.
    Remarkably, Leicester were only involved in that game as double winners Arsenal were involved in a pre-season tour that clashed with the fixture.
    So FA Cup runners-up Liverpoool and second division champions Leicester were invited to take part.
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    Key dates for start of 2021-22 season
    August 7 – Community Shield – Manchester City vs Leicester
    August 11 – Uefa Super Cup – Chelsea vs Villarreal
    August 14 – Premier League 2021-22 season starts

    The Foxes lost to Manchester United in the 2016 Community Shield as goals from Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured a 2-1 victory.
    Fans will have just four days to wait after the 2021 Community Shield for the next piece of silverware.
    Champions League winner Chelsea pit their wits against Europa League victors Villarreal on August 11.
    The tie will be held at Belfast’s Windsor Park after the Irish Football Association confirmed the fixture on Thursday.
    A statement read: “The 2021 UEFA Super Cup final will be played at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11.
    “After recent speculation that the game would be switched to Istanbul, UEFA has today confirmed that the showpiece fixture between Champions League winners, Chelsea, and Europa League winners, Villareal, will remain in Northern Ireland.”

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    Man City draw Leicester in Women’s FA Cup quarters with Arsenal facing Tottenham

    MANCHESTER CITY will go head-to-head with giant-killers Leicester in the final eight of this year’s Women’s FA Cup. And Arsenal will take on North London rivals Tottenham in a derby clash to see which of the sides will reach the contest’s semi-finals. 
    Leicester will play Man City in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Women’s FA CupCredit: Rex
    Man City will hope to win the FA Cup for the second year in a row after their 2020 triumphCredit: AFP
    Both ties are the prime picks of the quarter-final round of this year’s contest with Brighton hosting Charlton and league champs Chelsea set to travel to Birmingham. 
    And the Blues, who retained their WSL crown and picked up a Conti Cup, are aiming to win their third FA Cup to notch up a trophy treble. 
    Leicester, managed by Jonathan Morgan, will compete in the women’s top flight for the first time in their history this year.
    And they will take heart from their shock defeat of Man United when they face a City side who won the 2020 trophy.
    The Foxes, who won the Women’s Championship crown, will look to pull off another surprise after beating the Red Devils 3-2 in the fifth round.
    And the newly promoted WSL outfit gave the Citizens a run for their money the last time the rivals faced each other in the competition.
    That FA Cup quarter-final encounter between City and a Foxes side skippered by Morgan’s sister Holly ended in a narrow 2-1 home loss for Leicester. 
    Meanwhile, Rehanne Skinner’s Tottenham will be looking to pick up their first win against the Gunners in a derby. 
    Before then the club will embark on a squad rebuild this summer, having released 11 of their players before the 2021-22 season.
    They will face a tough away challenge against Arsenal, who hold the record for the most trophy wins in the competition with 14 triumphs. 
    And their rivals have strengthened their attacking ranks by signing Japan forward and World Cup winner Mana Iwabuchi. 
    However the Gunners are thought to be facing a battle to keep hold of top striker Vivianne Miedema, 24,  with Lyon interested in bringing the Netherlands star to France. 
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    Arsenal will host Tottenham in their quarter-final FA Cup clash in SeptemberCredit: Rex

    And the rumoured deal could see England and Lyon goal machine Nikita Parris move to Arsenal as part of a swap.  
    However, Miedema’s agent Leoni Blokius has reportedly denied her client will leave the WSL this summer despite her having just a year left on her current contract.
    Blokius told Dutch newspaper AD: “Vivianne will remain, as it looks now, at Arsenal next season. That is her last contract year.”
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    Vivianne Miedema’s agent has dismissed reports linking her with a summer move to European giants LyonCredit: Zuma Press
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    Chelsea’s FA Cup final loss draws 124 BBC complaints for pundits being biased in favour of Leicester

    THE BBC’s coverage of this month’s FA Cup final has drawn 124 complaints from viewers complaining about the punditry being biased in Leicester’s favour.Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes beat Chelsea 1-0 to lift their first-ever FA Cup thanks to a second-half screamer from Youri Tielemans.
    The BBC’s coverage of the FA Cup drew 124 complaints over a perceived ‘Leicester bias’Credit: EPA
    Match of the Day host Gary Lineker wildly celebrated Youri Tielemans’ winner vs ChelseaCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
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    But some viewers were left unimpressed by the punditry, suggesting it was skewed in Leicester’s favour.
    The broadcast was hosted by ex-Leicester striker Gary Lineker, with former Chelsea defender Ashley Cole joining Ian Wright and Alan Shearer in the studio.
    Guy Mowbray led the commentary alongside ex-Tottenham and England midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
    Ahead of the game, many neutrals had been throwing their support being Leicester in protest of Chelsea.
    The Blues were infamously one of the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ who signed up for the European Super League, before quickly withdrawing after an epic fan backlash.
    It’s not clear who complained to the BBC or what particular moments left them irked.
    While not broadcast live, footage of Foxes fan Lineker wildly celebrating Tielemans’ strike was shown by the Beeb.
    However, pundits across the world – including Rio Ferdinand and Wright – have been praised by viewers for showing their passion with animated reactions to goals from Manchester United and Arsenal down the years.
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    Following Leicester’s win, Clive Tyldesley gifted Lineker his framed matchday notes.
    The commentator has produced versions of his handwritten pre-match research from the biggest games he has covered, for fans to buy.
    And after Rodgers’ side ended their 137-year wait to lift the oldest cup competition in football for the first time, Tyldesley gave fan Lineker a special momento.
    It includes the match details, starting XIs, benches and coaches for Chelsea and Leicester alongside their squad numbers, goals scored, ages and pre-game facts ready to pull out live on air.
    Lineker, 60, revealed the present on Twitter and thanked Tyldesley.
    He wrote: “So, this just arrived in the post. What a lovely surprise. Very thoughtful of you @CliveTyldesley. Thank you.”
    Lineker, born and raised in Leicester, made his Foxes debut in 1979 and went on to play 216 times for the Midlands giants, scoring 103 goals.
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    Classy Clive Tyldesley gives Gary Lineker framed matchday notes from Leicester’s historic FA Cup win over Chelsea

    CLASSY Clive Tyldesley gifted Gary Lineker framed matchday notes from Leicester City’s historic FA Cup win.The commentator has produced versions of his handwritten pre-match research from the biggest games he has covered, for fans to buy.
    Gary Lineker was gifted these matchday notes from Leicester FA Cup final win by commentator Clive TyldesleyCredit: Twitter @GaryLineker
    Foxes fan Lineker was at Wembley to see his side lift the famous silverware for the first timeCredit: Getty
    And after Brendan Rodgers’ side ended their 137-year wait to lift the oldest cup competition in football for the first time, he gave fan Lineker a special momento.
    It includes the match details, starting XIs, benches and coaches for Chelsea and Leicester alongside their squad numbers, goals scored, ages and pre-game facts ready to pull out live on air.
    Lineker, 60, revealed the present on Twitter and thanked Tyldesley.
    He wrote: “So, this just arrived in the post. What a lovely surprise. Very thoughtful of you @CliveTyldesley. Thank you.”
    Lineker, born and raised in Leicester, made his Foxes debut in 1979 and went on to play 216 times, scoring 103 goals before spells with Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham and Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan.
    He famously presented the first Match of the Day of the 2016-17 season in his undies after his beloved City miraculously won the title the previous May.
    The former striker followed up the tweet by sharing a picture of the signed ‘Lineker 60′ Leicester shirt he was given by the club for his big birthday in November.
    He added: “Will put it next to this, which @LCFC kindly sent to me for my 60th birthday.
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    Will put it next to this, which @LCFC kindly sent to me for my 60th birthday. Who would have thought back in November that these would be the signatures of the FA Cup winners? Marvellous. pic.twitter.com/xfS2RB8xTL— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) May 22, 2021

    “Who would have thought back in November that these would be the signatures of the FA Cup winners? Marvellous.”
    Lineker was at Wembley on May 15 on hosting duties for the BBC.
    Youri Tielemans’ sensational strike sent Lineker and the 6,250 Leicester supporters wild under the Arch.
    And thanks to Kasper Schmeichel’s heroics and a tight VAR call, it proved the only goal of the game to secure a maiden FA Cup triumph for the East Midlanders after a record four previous defeats.
    Fans wanting a copy of Tyldesley’s detailed prep can purchase their own at commentarycharts.com, with the option for the 66-year-old former ITV chief caller to personally sign it for an additional fee.
    Youri Tielemans scored the only goal of the final with a phenomenal strike into the top cornerCredit: Andy Hooper-The Daily Mail
    It was a memorable day for the 6,250 fans at Wemley to witness their side win the FA CupCredit: AFP
    Tyldesley was replaced as ITV chief football commentator last yearCredit: PA
    Lineker presented Match of the Day in his pants after his side won the Premier League in 2016Credit: PA:Press Association

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    Wigan chairman savages Tottenham in cheeky tweet and jokes he is ‘monitoring the Harry Kane situation closely’

    NEW Wigan chairman Talal Al-Hammad has mocked Tottenham by telling his Twitter followers the League One side are ‘monitoring’ Harry Kane.The England captain wants to leave North London and the Wigan chief jokingly offered to have him at the DW Stadium next season.
    New Wigan chairman Talal Al-Hammad has mocked Tottenham on Twitter
    Harry Kane, 27, wants to leave Spurs this summerCredit: Kevin Quigley-The Daily Mail
    Having lifted silverware more recently than Tottenham Hotspur we are continuing to monitor the Harry Kane situation closely https://t.co/UV0Dw8ZEMt— Talal Al Hammad | طلال الحماد (@Talalalhammad32) May 21, 2021

    The banter started when Al-Hammad tweeted an inspirational quote.
    He wrote on the social media platform: “Dream big – dream very big.
    “Work hard – work very hard, don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon. Up the Tics.”
    Al-Hammad, who became Wigan’s new chairman in March following a takeover, then received a bit of banter from a fan.
    The Latics supporter tweeted: “Can’t believe we’re in the running for Kane.”
    To which Al-Hammad replied: “Having lifted silverware more recently than Tottenham Hotspur we are continuing to monitor the Harry Kane situation closely.”
    The Wigan chief was referring to the club’s FA Cup final victory against Manchester City in 2013, when Ben Watson’s header secured a famous 1-0 win.
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    Wigan were a Premier League club at the time but were relegated the same season and have gone on to struggle financially, dropping down to League One three times.
    But the Latics have also won the division twice during that time, meaning they’ve lifted three trophies since Tottenham’s last success in 2008, when they won the League Cup.
    Kane, 27, is yet to win a major club honour in his career and he’s made no secret of his desire to play at the highest level and win trophies.
    Tottenham have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season and seem unlikely to even reach the Europa League.
    They are currently seventh in the Premier League, three points behind West Ham in the final UEL spot heading into the last game of the season.
    If they remain in their current position, Tottenham will compete in the Europa Conference League next term – Uefa’s new tertiary competition.

    Some Spurs fans were furious with Al-Hammad’s banter, with one replying: “Us buying Alfie Devine is one of the reasons your club still exists.”
    Wigan sold the 16-year-old midfielder, who scored in the FA Cup against Marine earlier in the season, to Tottenham last summer during the peak of their financial woes.
    And one Latics fan wasn’t impressed by the chairman’s joke either, telling him current strikers Callum Lang and Will Keane are BETTER than the England forward.
    The Wigan pair have scored 20 League One goals between them this term, two less than Kane’s managed in the Premier League.
    SunSport understands Kane is not interested in joining Wigan this summer.
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