Norwich and Southampton players take a knee before kick-off in support of Black Lives Matter


Premier League stars continue to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement as Norwich and Southampton players kneel before kick off as football united against racism

  • Norwich and Southampton players took a knee ahead of kick-off on Friday  
  • The action was taken in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement 
  • Clubs have united against racism following the Premier League’s return

Norwich and Southampton became the latest Premier League clubs to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement after every player, member of staff and official took the knee.

This is the third occasion players have united against racism since the top-flight returned after Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal set the example on Wednesday.

Referee Kevin Friend joined the players by kneeling for around 10 seconds ahead of kick-off on Friday evening.

Norwich and Southampton became the latest clubs to show support for the Black Lives Matter

Referee Kevin Friend joined the players by kneeling for around 10 seconds ahead of kick-off

Referee Kevin Friend joined the players by kneeling for around 10 seconds ahead of kick-off

This is the third occasion that clubs have united against racism since the top-flight returned

This is the third occasion that clubs have united against racism since the top-flight returned

The words ‘Black Lives Matter’ can be seen on the back of each shirt in replace of the usual player names, a gesture which every Premier League club will be undertaking for the remaining fixtures this season. 

Players have been taking the knee following the killing of George Floyd in the United States which has sparked worldwide anti-racism protests.

Players have also been warming up in Black Lives Matter t-shirts ahead of matches.

Aston Villa and Sheffield United became the first Premier League clubs to take the action

Aston Villa and Sheffield United became the first Premier League clubs to take the action 

Villa’s home game with the Blades was the first match to see players kneel before kick-off and it was revealed Sheffield striker David McGoldrick and his captain proposed the idea to opposition goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

City and Arsenal followed suit in the later game.  

England striker Raheem Sterling was one of the players to repeat the action at the Etihad.

‘I see it as a massive step for the Premier League to allow something to happen,’ he said afterwards. 

‘It shows we’re going in the right direction. Little by little we’re seeing change, and I think that’s what black players and most of the rest of the country are hoping for.’ 

Manchester City and Arsenal repeated the gesture in Wednesday's second league fixture

Manchester City and Arsenal repeated the gesture in Wednesday’s second league fixture

Liverpool could join Arsenal and Rangers in winning the league at their rivals


Liverpool could deal Everton the ultimate humiliation by winning the Premier League title in their backyard next month as football returns after the coronavirus pandemic.

The two sides are set to meet in the Merseyside derby during the first weekend of full fixtures following the restart with plenty to play for – and that’s an understatement!

The Reds sit 25 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City as they look to win their first-league title in 30 years.

Having won 27 of 29 games played this term – drawing one and losing the other to Watford – Liverpool only need six points from their last nine games to be handed the trophy.

Should City lose their first game back to the Gunners on June 17, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be confirmed as champions if they beat rivals Everton just a few days later.

A result against the Toffees next month could see them join the exclusive list of clubs that have been fortunate enough to claim a title in their rival’s backyard.

Including those such as Arsenal who won at both Old Trafford and While Hart Lane and Rangers who secured the title at Celtic Park in 1999. 

Liverpool could win the Premier League title in Everton’s backyard during clash on June 20

1989 – Arsenal win at Anfield

Regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history, Arsenal won the league title against Liverpool at Anfield in the final moments of the game.

Liverpool, the defending champions, had won 17 of their last 18 fixtures in all competitions. The Merseyside team were expected to win again as they hadn’t lost by two goals at Anfield since February 1986.

Whereas Arsenal, the underdogs, were trying to win the title for the first time since 1971 and needed to win by two or more goals to secure the title.

Arsenal manager George Graham used Steve Bould as a third central defender and his 3-5-2 system was designed to frustrate.

There were no goals in the first half but the complexion of the game changed dramatically after an opening goal from Alan Smith on 52 minutes gave the visitors hope.

Before an injury-time winner from Michael Thomas made their title dreams become a reality. 

Arsenal's 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

Arsenal’s 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

1999 – Rangers win at Celtic Park

Old Firm games between Rangers and Celtic are known for their sectarian songs, offensive banners, fierce atmospheres and violence.

The Glasgow derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, let alone the result of the match leading to the confirmation of the title.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to the Celtic Park in hope of clinching the title by winning the Old Firm.

Rangers won the game 3-0 thanks to Neil McCann and Jorg Albertz, securing the title at Celtic Park that will live long in the memory for any Gers supporters.

However, the game was later dubbed as the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of incidents during the game.

Fans tried to invade the pitch twice while the game was being played and also targeted referee Hugh Dallas by throwing a coin at his head during the match. Dallas was forced to receive treatment on the pitch.

Dallas went on to award a penalty to Rangers and send off two Celtic players, causing more drama.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

However, the game was later dubbed the 'Shame Game' following a series of violent incidents

However, the game was later dubbed the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of violent incidents

2002 – Arsenal win at Old Trafford

Arsenal made the trip to Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the 2001-2002 campaign, in the hope of sealing an historic Double.

Four days before the trip to Manchester, the Gunners won the FA Cup beating Chelsea 2-0 with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

Despite the absence of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on May 8, 2002, Wenger’s side secured the title after Sylvain Wiltord, on his 100th appearance for the club, slotted home the winner.

The Gunners finished seven points clear of United and ended the campaign with 13 consecutive victories as they went unbeaten away from home and scored in all 38 matches.

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

2004 – Arsenal win at White Hart Lane

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the Premier League title at White Hart Lane and celebrated in front of the home fans.

Understandably, a move that made waves and fuelled the flames even further of the Gunners’ long-running rivalry with fellow north Londoners Tottenham.

Though, celebrations were in order as Arsene Wenger’s team went on to win the Premier League without a single defeat – earning themselves the nickname ‘The Invincibles.’

Tottenham, did however, hold The Invincibles to a 2-2 draw, with a late equaliser from Robbie Keane, but one point was enough to seal the deal.

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal's Invincibles made history by securing the title

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the title

Arsene Wenger's team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Arsene Wenger’s team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Liverpool could join Arsenal and Rangers in winning the league at their rivals


Liverpool could deal Everton the ultimate humiliation by winning the Premier League title in their backyard next month as football returns after the coronavirus pandemic.

The two sides are set to meet in the Merseyside derby during the first weekend of full fixtures following the restart with plenty to play for – and that’s an understatement!

The Reds sit 25 points clear of reigning champions Manchester City as they look to win their first-league title in 30 years.

Having won 27 of 29 games played this term – drawing one and losing the other to Watford – Liverpool only need six points from their last nine games to be handed the trophy.

Should City lose their first game back to the Gunners on June 17, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be confirmed as champions if they beat rivals Everton just a few days later.

A result against the Toffees next month could see them join the exclusive list of clubs that have been fortunate enough to claim a title in their rival’s backyard.

Including those such as Arsenal who won at both Old Trafford and While Hart Lane and Rangers who secured the title at Celtic Park in 1999. 

Liverpool could win the Premier League title in Everton’s backyard during clash on June 20

1989 – Arsenal win at Anfield

Regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history, Arsenal won the league title against Liverpool at Anfield in the final moments of the game.

Liverpool, the defending champions, had won 17 of their last 18 fixtures in all competitions. The Merseyside team were expected to win again as they hadn’t lost by two goals at Anfield since February 1986.

Whereas Arsenal, the underdogs, were trying to win the title for the first time since 1971 and needed to win by two or more goals to secure the title.

Arsenal manager George Graham used Steve Bould as a third central defender and his 3-5-2 system was designed to frustrate.

There were no goals in the first half but the complexion of the game changed dramatically after an opening goal from Alan Smith on 52 minutes gave the visitors hope.

Before an injury-time winner from Michael Thomas made their title dreams become a reality. 

Arsenal's 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

Arsenal’s 1989 win at Anfield is regarded as one of the most dramatic season-finales in history

1999 – Rangers win at Celtic Park

Old Firm games between Rangers and Celtic are known for their sectarian songs, offensive banners, fierce atmospheres and violence.

The Glasgow derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in sport, let alone the result of the match leading to the confirmation of the title.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to the Celtic Park in hope of clinching the title by winning the Old Firm.

Rangers won the game 3-0 thanks to Neil McCann and Jorg Albertz, securing the title at Celtic Park that will live long in the memory for any Gers supporters.

However, the game was later dubbed as the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of incidents during the game.

Fans tried to invade the pitch twice while the game was being played and also targeted referee Hugh Dallas by throwing a coin at his head during the match. Dallas was forced to receive treatment on the pitch.

Dallas went on to award a penalty to Rangers and send off two Celtic players, causing more drama.

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

On May 2, 1999, Rangers headed to Celtic Park and won the title following a 3-0 victory

However, the game was later dubbed the 'Shame Game' following a series of violent incidents

However, the game was later dubbed the ‘Shame Game’ following a series of violent incidents

2002 – Arsenal win at Old Trafford

Arsenal made the trip to Old Trafford in the penultimate game of the 2001-2002 campaign, in the hope of sealing an historic Double.

Four days before the trip to Manchester, the Gunners won the FA Cup beating Chelsea 2-0 with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg.

Despite the absence of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams on May 8, 2002, Wenger’s side secured the title after Sylvain Wiltord, on his 100th appearance for the club, slotted home the winner.

The Gunners finished seven points clear of United and ended the campaign with 13 consecutive victories as they went unbeaten away from home and scored in all 38 matches.

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

Arsenal finished seven points clear of United, ending their run with 13 consecutive victories

2004 – Arsenal win at White Hart Lane

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the Premier League title at White Hart Lane and celebrated in front of the home fans.

Understandably, a move that made waves and fuelled the flames even further of the Gunners’ long-running rivalry with fellow north Londoners Tottenham.

Though, celebrations were in order as Arsene Wenger’s team went on to win the Premier League without a single defeat – earning themselves the nickname ‘The Invincibles.’

Tottenham, did however, hold The Invincibles to a 2-2 draw, with a late equaliser from Robbie Keane, but one point was enough to seal the deal.

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal's Invincibles made history by securing the title

April 25, 2004, marks the date when Arsenal’s Invincibles made history by securing the title

Arsene Wenger's team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Arsene Wenger’s team managed to win the Premier League without suffering a single defeat

Liverpool’s title run-in, Arsenal vs Spurs and Chelsea games – the Premier League’s ‘high risk’ ties


Police call for SIX ‘high risk’ Premier League games to be moved to neutral venues over crowd fears… with Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and Newcastle all facing high-profile switches

  • Police have identified six ‘high risk’ PL games that could be at neutral venues
  • There are concerns fans could gather near grounds and breach lockdown rules 
  • Liverpool’s matches are of particular concern given they will win the title soon
  • There is concern about two Newcastle games amid their impending takeover 

Police have identified six fixtures of particular concern which will be staged at neutral venues when the Premier League returns, Sportsmail can reveal.

Three games involving Liverpool will be moved to a neutral venue, including the Merseyside derby and their likely title-winning game, though there is no possibility of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti’s sides meeting in Manchester.

There is also a concern about two Newcastle games.

The full list of games police hold concerns over are: Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle v Liverpool, Everton v Liverpool and the game which takes Liverpool to the title.

At yesterday’s Premier League meeting 12 games were mentioned as potentially being moved to neutral venues – including a series of London derbies, as revealed by Sportsmail. The clubs involved still expect these matches to be moved, too.

Three of Liverpool’s games will be moved to a neutral venue when the Premier League returns

THE SIX GAMES POLICE FEAR MOST

Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City v Newcastle

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Newcastle v Liverpool

Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool’s title-winning game 

Other games that could be moved include: 

While there had been an initial plan to play all matches at neutral grounds, that was dismissed out of hand but other games could now be switched – including Liverpool’s remaining matches at Anfield before they inevitably take the title.

The six fixtures of concerns have been identified after individual forces were asked which games concerned them.

As yet, there are no fixtures relating to relegation-threatened sides, which could avoid the row over neutral venues which saw the bottom six insist that they wanted to retain home advantage.

But Sportsmail understands that additional relegation fixtures could be added if that aspect of the resumed season creates crunch matches in which large numbers are likely to gather. 

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

Newcastle's huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

Newcastle’s huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

It has not yet been decided where neutral games will be staged. Some of Britain’s 43 police force areas have said they are willing to stage them. Some have indicated they are not.

Discussions on that will now take place between the Premier League and senior football police officers, who today praised the league for their cooperative and positive contribution to security discussions.

Greater Manchester Police, whose chief constable expressed concerns about some fixtures two weeks ago, have identified three fixtures in their force area as ones they prefer to be held at neutral venues.

The United v Sheffield United match is unexpected and could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity and this being the Blades’ first season back in the top flight. 

Newcastle’s huge fan base clearly concerns officers, with the possible Saudi takeover at St James Park heightening the air of expectation.

Liverpool need just two more wins to capture the Premier League and it could come as early as the opening weekend, if Manchester City lose to Arsenal and they beat Everton. 

The likes of Leeds and West Brom in the Championship could also be asked to play at neutral venues as both are edging towards promotion. 

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities' relative proximity

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity

Manchester City's home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

Manchester City’s home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

A plan is now in place for the Premier League season to be concluded by July 25, with 92 games to be held in 39 days.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said in a statement on Thursday: He said: ‘We have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday, June 17. 

‘But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

‘Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. 

‘The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. 

‘It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.’ 


Liverpool’s title run-in, Arsenal vs Spurs and Chelsea games – the Premier League’s ‘high risk’ ties


BREAKING NEWS: Police call for SIX ‘high risk’ Premier League games to be moved to neutral venues over crowd fears… with Liverpool, Man United, Chelsea and Newcastle all facing high-profile switches

  • Police have identified six ‘high risk’ PL games that could be at neutral venues
  • There are concerns fans could gather near grounds and breach lockdown rules 
  • Liverpool’s matches are of particular concern given they will win the title soon
  • There is concern about two Newcastle games amid their impending takeover 

Police have identified six fixtures of particular concern which will be staged at neutral venues when the Premier League returns, Sportsmail can reveal.

Three games involving Liverpool will be moved to a neutral venue, including the Merseyside derby and their likely title-winning game, though there is no possibility of Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti’s sides meeting in Manchester.

There is also a concern about two Newcastle games.

The full list of games police hold concerns over are: Manchester City v Liverpool, Manchester City v Newcastle, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Newcastle v Liverpool, Everton v Liverpool and the game which takes Liverpool to the title.

Three of Liverpool’s games will be moved to a neutral venue when the Premier League returns

THE SIX GAMES POLICE FEAR MOST

Manchester City v Liverpool

Manchester City v Newcastle

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Newcastle v Liverpool

Everton v Liverpool

Liverpool’s title-winning game 

On Thursday, the division announced that the action would resume on June 17 with the two games clubs have in-hand before a full round of fixtures, involving all 20 sides, over the weekend of June 20. 

While there had been an initial plan to play all matches at neutral grounds, that was dismissed out of hand but other games could now be switched – including Liverpool’s remaining matches at Anfield before they inevitably take the title.

The six fixtures of concerns have been identified after individual forces were asked which games concerned them.

As yet, there are no fixtures relating to relegation-threatened sides, which could avoid the row over neutral venues which saw the bottom six insist that they wanted to retain home advantage.

But Sportsmail understands that additional relegation fixtures could be added if that aspect of the resumed season creates crunch matches in which large numbers are likely to gather.

The Times have reported that there are 12 ‘high risk’ matches that discussions are being held over.

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

There is no possibility of the Merseyside derby taking place just down the road in Manchester

Newcastle's huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

Newcastle’s huge fan base is a concern, with the possible Saudi takeover adding excitement

It has not yet been decided where neutral games will be staged. Some of Britain’s 43 police force areas have said they are willing to stage them. Some have indicated they are not.

Discussions on that will now take place between the Premier League and senior football police officers, who today praised the league for their cooperative and positive contribution to security discussions.

Greater Manchester Police, whose chief constable expressed concerns about some fixtures two weeks ago, have identified three fixtures in their force area as ones they prefer to be held at neutral venues.

The United v Sheffield United match is unexpected and could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity and this being the Blades’ first season back in the top flight. 

Newcastle’s huge fan base clearly concerns officers, with the possible Saudi takeover at St James Park heightening the air of expectation.

Liverpool need just two more wins to capture the Premier League and it could come as early as the opening weekend, if Manchester City lose to Arsenal and they beat Everton. 

The likes of Leeds and West Brom in the Championship could also be asked to play at neutral venues as both are edging towards promotion. 

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities' relative proximity

Man United v Sheffield United could be a consequence of the two cities’ relative proximity

Manchester City's home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

Manchester City’s home match against Liverpool could be another switched to a neutral venue

A plan is now in place for the Premier League season to be concluded by July 25, with 92 games to be held in 39 days.

Premier League chief Richard Masters said in a statement on Thursday: He said: ‘We have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday, June 17. 

‘But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

‘Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. 

‘The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. 

‘It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.’ 


Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City AND Chelsea in KPMG’s list of Europe’s most valuable clubs


Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City AND Chelsea in KPMG’s list of Europe’s most valuable clubs as their valuation jumps 19 per cent to £2.25BILLION… but they still lag some way behind mega-rich Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United

  • European champions Liverpool were biggest winners in KPMG Rich List
  • Their values soared by almost a fifth to £2.25bn during a successful 2019
  • That saw them leapfrog Manchester City and Chelsea to fifth in the rankings
  • But they still trail the wealth of Real Madrid, Man United and Barcelona 
  • Real hang on to top spot in KPMG list with an enterprise value of £2.95bn 
  • United saw a slight decrease in value but remain second with worth of £2.84bn 

Liverpool have leapfrogged Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea in the list of Europe’s most valuable clubs with their valuation soaring by 19 per cent to almost £2.25billion.

But the reigning European champions remain some way behind the wealth of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona in the annual rich list.

The Bernabeu club remain top of KPMG’s rankings for 2020 with an enterprise value of £2.95bn following a small increase of 1.5 per cent over the past year.

Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in 2019 helped them soar up the KPMG Rich List 

Real Madrid remain top of the KPMG rankings, however, with an enterprise value of £2.95bn

Real Madrid remain top of the KPMG rankings, however, with an enterprise value of £2.95bn

But it was enough to keep them ahead of United in second place, whose value actually went down two per cent to £2.84bn over the past 12 months.

That has allowed Barcelona, who overtook Bayern Munich into third, to close the gap following a 12.2 per cent rise in value to £2.7bn.

But Liverpool are the big winners off the back of their Champions League triumph last season and likely Premier League success if this season can resume.

A rise in value of 19.3 per cent was recorded by KPMG’s figures, which saw them move ahead of Man City and Chelsea with an enterprise value of some £2.25bn.

City recorded a tiny 0.3 per cent contraction and are worth £2.21bn, while Chelsea, who won last season’s Europa League, are valued at £1.88bn, down 6.3 per cent.

Manchester United remain second in the list with a value of £2.84bn despite a small decrease

Manchester United remain second in the list with a value of £2.84bn despite a small decrease

Barcelona return to third place, overtaking Bayern Munich following a 12 per cent rise

Barcelona return to third place, overtaking Bayern Munich following a 12 per cent rise

Liverpool moved ahead of both Chelsea and Manchester City following their European win

Liverpool moved ahead of both Chelsea and Manchester City following their European win

Rich List rankings 

Shows each club’s Enterprise Value for 2020 and year-on-year change 

1. Real Madrid (unchanged) – £2.95bn (+1.5%)

2. Manchester United (unchanged) – £2.84bn (-2%)

3. Barcelona (+1) – £2.71bn (+12.2%)

4. Bayern Munich (-1) – £2.44bn (+0.4%)

5. Liverpool (+2) – £2.26bn (+19.3%)

6. Manchester City (-1) – £2.21bn (-0.3%)

7. Chelsea (-1) – £1.88bn (-6.3%)

8. Tottenham Hotspur (+1) – £1.75bn (+15.8%)

9. Paris Saint-Germain (+2) – £1.62bn (+36.7%)

10. Arsenal (-2) – £1.57bn (-13.2%)

Source: KPMG 

Tottenham, who lost to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, climbed a place into eighth, while Paris Saint-Germain recorded enormous growth of 36.7 per cent to move above Arsenal and Juventus into the top 10.

Arsenal, who have missed out on Champions League football for the past two years, slip 13.2 per cent in value to 10th at £1.57bn.

However, KPMG make clear their figures were compiled five months ago on January 1 and do not include the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has hit every football club. Next year’s valuations will take this impact into account.

Other big winners included Inter Milan, whose value rose by 33.7 per cent, lifting them to 14th position and fellow Serie A club Roma, who climbed five spots to 16th.

In all, there are eight Premier League clubs in the top 20, with West Ham and Leicester adding to those in the top 10.




Police ‘interview man in connection with attack on England and Arsenal great Kenny Sansom’


Police ‘interview man in connection with ‘attack’ on England and Arsenal great Kenny Sansom’ that has left him fighting for his life in hospital

  • Police reportedly questioned a man over an alleged attack on Kenny Sansom
  • The 61-year-old was left fighting for his life with severe head injuries last month
  • There was said to have been a disagreement that led to the incident in Exeter
  • The man, reportedly known to Sansom, has been questioned and released

Police have reportedly questioned a man over an alleged attack that has left football legend Kenny Sansom fighting for his life with severe head injuries. 

The 61-year-old is thought to have fallen and suffered a serious head injury during the disagreement and was subsequently taken to hospital.

Sansom was unable to recall the incident that left him fighting for his life in hospital and remains in a critical condition.   

Police have questioned a man on the incident that left Kenny Sansom fighting for his life 

The former Gunner suffered serious head injuries, allegedly as a result of a disagreement

The former Gunner suffered serious head injuries, allegedly as a result of a disagreement

Doctors had feared the worst but Samson has made slight improvements and has begun sitting up in his bed.

But The Sun revealed on Saturday night that a 60-year-old, who was apparently known to Sansom, was interviewed in connection with the attack but has since been released by police.

The former Arsenal left-back has a history of alcohol problems and was reportedly out drinking in Exeter on the day of the alleged attack.

A neighbour who heard the incident told The Sun: ‘It sounded like they were having a good time. But later in the afternoon, things got out of hand.

‘There was an argument which sounded like it had turned into a fight.’

The former England international discharged himself a day after he was taken in to hospital, but shortly returned after his condition deteriorated. 

The former England left-back has been in and out of rehab and has suffered drinking problems

The former England left-back has been in and out of rehab and has suffered drinking problems

Former England team-mate Peter Shilton revealed that he was ‘praying for Kenny’ and said that he was ‘the best left-back I ever played with for England.’

Sansom remains in a serious condition with his family by his bedside.

Born in south London, Sansom started his career at Crystal Palace before joining Arsenal in a £1million deal. He spent eight years at Highbury, winning the League Cup in 1987, and was a fixture at left back for England, through the World Cup tournaments of 1982 and 1986. 

He went on to play for Newcastle, QPR and Coventry, Everton, Brentford and Watford before three brief spells in non-League. 

Sportsmail has contacted Devon and Cornwall Police for comment.


Police ‘interview man in connection with attack on England and Arsenal great Kenny Sansom’


Police ‘interview man in connection with ‘attack’ on England and Arsenal great Kenny Sansom’ that has left him fighting for his life in hospital

  • Police reportedly questioned a man over an alleged attack on Kenny Sansom
  • The 61-year-old was left fighting for his life with severe head injuries last month
  • There was said to have been a disagreement that led to the incident in Exeter
  • The man, reportedly known to Sansom, has been questioned and released

Police have reportedly questioned a man over an alleged attack that has left football legend Kenny Sansom fighting for his life with severe head injuries. 

The 61-year-old is thought to have fallen and suffered a serious head injury during the disagreement and was subsequently taken to hospital.

Sansom was unable to recall the incident that left him fighting for his life in hospital and remains in a critical condition.   

Police have questioned a man on the incident that left Kenny Sansom fighting for his life 

The former Gunner suffered serious head injuries, allegedly as a result of a disagreement

The former Gunner suffered serious head injuries, allegedly as a result of a disagreement

Doctors had feared the worst but Samson has made slight improvements and has begun sitting up in his bed.

But The Sun revealed on Saturday night that a 60-year-old, who was apparently known to Sansom, was interviewed in connection with the attack but has since been released by police.

The former Arsenal left-back has a history of alcohol problems and was reportedly out drinking in Exeter on the day of the alleged attack.

A neighbour who heard the incident told The Sun: ‘It sounded like they were having a good time. But later in the afternoon, things got out of hand.

‘There was an argument which sounded like it had turned into a fight.’

The former England international discharged himself a day after he was taken in to hospital, but shortly returned after his condition deteriorated. 

The former England left-back has been in and out of rehab and has suffered drinking problems

The former England left-back has been in and out of rehab and has suffered drinking problems

Former England team-mate Peter Shilton revealed that he was ‘praying for Kenny’ and said that he was ‘the best left-back I ever played with for England.’

Sansom remains in a serious condition with his family by his bedside.

Born in south London, Sansom started his career at Crystal Palace before joining Arsenal in a £1million deal. He spent eight years at Highbury, winning the League Cup in 1987, and was a fixture at left back for England, through the World Cup tournaments of 1982 and 1986. 

He went on to play for Newcastle, QPR and Coventry, Everton, Brentford and Watford before three brief spells in non-League. 

Sportsmail has contacted Devon and Cornwall Police for comment.


Arsenal star Lacazette pictured with balloon at his lips and boasted he was ‘doing balloons”


Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette ‘pictured with balloon at his lips and messaged his friends that he was “doing balloons”‘ – 18 months after £185,000-a-week star was given a warning for inhaling ‘hippy crack’

  • Alexandre Lacazette appears to inhale from the balloon in his own home 
  • The Arsenal striker appears to relax back on his sofa as his eyes start to close
  • It comes nearly 18 months after he and fellow Arsenal stars were warned 
  • Footage from August 2018 showed some of the club’s players passing out
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette could be in hot water after appearing to inhale from a balloon at his lips during the coronavirus lockdown period. 

Footage published by The Daily Star appears to show the French striker filming himself at home seemingly inhaling from the balloon, which is in his mouth.

French rap music can be heard blaring out in the background of the clip, as the £185,000-a-week Arsenal forward appears to slowly ­inhale. He then seems to relax back on a sofa as his eyes start to close.

Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette could be in trouble after appearing to inhale from a balloon

The French striker appeared to then slowly relax back on his sofa before his eyes closed

The French striker appeared to then slowly relax back on his sofa before his eyes closed

With the footage, which he is believed to have sent to his friends during the week, the 28-year-old reportedly boasted in texts that he was ‘at home, chilling and doing balloons’.

Arsenal and Lacazette’s representatives have both been approached for comment by MailOnline.

The news which has emerged comes nearly 18 months after the former Lyon striker and several of his Arsenal team-mates were warned by the club over the use of nitrous oxide.

It is not the first time the Frenchman has been warned for his actions off the field by the club

It is not the first time the Frenchman has been warned for his actions off the field by the club

The shocking footage from August 2018 appeared to show the France striker alongside fellow Gunners stars Mesut Ozil, Matteo Guendouzi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sead Kolasinac at a champagne and vodka party in a London nightclub.

Some of the players appeared to pass out after inhaling ‘hippy crack’ at the nightclub, and just days before the start of the new Premier League season they were reportedly hauled in and ‘reminded them of their responsibilities’.

Nitrous oxide gas is used as a painkiller for dental patients, but it can lead to oxygen deprivation, and has been linked to at least 17 deaths. 

It is not illegal to possess the gas, but its sale is banned in England and Wales to under-18s if there is a risk of inhalation.

The forward was reminded of his responsibilities before the start of the 2018/19 season

The forward was reminded of his responsibilities before the start of the 2018/19 season


England and Arsenal great Kenny Sansom fighting for his life after suffering serious head injury


England and Arsenal great Kenny Sansom is fighting for his life after the 61-year-old suffered a serious head injury in alleged drunken row as family maintain vigil by his bedside following years of battle with alcohol problems

  • Kenny Sansom, 61, is fighting for his life after allegedly being beaten up
  • The Arsenal legend is thought to have suffered a serious head injury in the row
  • The ex-England left-back has been in and out of rehab after suicidal thoughts 
  • Sansom appeared on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle show for gambling and drinking issues

Arsenal and England legend Kenny Sansom is fighting for his life after he was allegedly beaten up in a drunken row.

Sansom, a dynamic left back who won 86 caps, is thought to have fallen and suffered a serious head injury during the disagreement. He has been unable to help police with their enquiries while having treatment in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and his family are keeping a bedside vigil. 

The 61-year-old has endured a series of health problems linked to a desperate struggle with alcohol since his playing career ended in the mid-1990s. Several times he has attempted to confront his drinking problems, which led to the breakdown of his marriage and triggered a sequence of other social issues including homelessness and depression. 

Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom is fighting for his life after he was allegedly beaten up in a row

The former Gunner is suffering serious head injuries as a result of a drunken disagreement

The former Gunner is suffering serious head injuries as a result of a drunken disagreement

He wrote about alcoholism and gambling in his autobiography but has been unable to kick the habits. In 2013 he was pictured sleeping rough on a park bench. Four years ago, Sansom appeared on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle Show and confessed to having suicidal thoughts. ‘I’m sorry I’ve let a lot of people down,’ he said. ‘I’m a coward and I’m scared of life.’

He has been in and out of rehab. Former Arsenal team-mate Niall Quinn offered a helping hand by paying for him to try a detox clinic in Ireland.

Many have tried to reach out and help. The players’ union, the PFA, have tried. As did former clubs Crystal Palace and Arsenal. Sansom worked on Arsenal stadium tours and doing the match-day hospitality at Selhurst Park but has found it difficult to keep his life on track.

Four years ago he was admitted to hospital in Farnborough, Hampshire, fearing an infection might lead to the loss of his left foot. At the time, it was reported TV personality Russell Brand, himself a reformed addict, was trying to help.

The former England left-back has been in and out of rehab and has suffered drinking problems

The former England left-back has been in and out of rehab and has suffered drinking problems

Born in south London, Sansom started at Palace before joining Arsenal in a £1million deal. He spent eight years at Highbury, winning the League Cup in 1987, and was a fixture at left back for England, through the World Cup tournaments of 1982 and 1986.

He went on to play for Newcastle, QPR and Coventry with spells at Everton, Brentford and Watford, before he moved into non-League.

In March this year, Sansom linked up with Everton’s community operation to support a project designed to provide shelter and company for young people at risk of homelessness in Liverpool.

‘Having a home is so important, but you need people,’ said Sansom, in an interview on the club’s website. ‘I am on my own. I am not happy. My phone does not ring. People need people. But if no one is there, who do you talk to?’