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Mike Riley steps down as referee chief

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One of the biggest names in the referee world, Mike Riley, has confirmed he will be stepping down as head of the English League referees

After 13 years, Mike Riley has confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

The iconic referee leader will finish his role at the end of the 2022-23 season. Riley says he has enjoyed working in such a ‘dedicated group’.

“I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with a such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages.

As the elite referee development plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. I look forward to working with the new team over the next season and giving them my support before I step down.”

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The Premier League formally thanked Riley for his contributions and commitment over the last 13 years.

“On behalf of the Premier League, I would like to thank Mike for his valuable contribution and significant commitment to PGMOL over the last 13 years as well as his considerable service to the game as an elite referee for 20 years,” said the Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters.

“During his time at PGMOL, he has worked hard to deliver and develop high-quality match officials across the professional game and led on the implementation of VAR into the Premier League three seasons ago.”

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The search is now on to replace the top spot with Riley collaborating with the new team before officially stepping down.

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Aussie golfer celebrates championship with ‘how many beers fit’ in Claret Jug

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Australia’s Cameron Smith has produced an incredible back-nine birdie blitz to win the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, taking home his first major victory

Smith is the first Australian golfer to win the British Open since Greg Norman claimed the title back in 1993.

Starting his final round four shots back from leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Smith shot a final-round 8-under 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard and lift the Claret Jug.

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“What a week. I’m going to fall apart here I know,” Smith said after the win.

“All the hard work we’ve done over the last couple of years has really started to pay off, and this one definitely makes it worth it.

“I had a lot of support out there, especially the Aussie guys. You kept me going out there. This one’s for Oz.”

How many beers fit in a Claret jug?

In tears, Smith told the crowd he was going to fall apart here after lifting the trophy, but in true Aussie fashion, the golfer wants to find out how many beers will fit in the prized jug.

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Canadian Open set to have a star-studded field

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Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal will play in the Canadian Open next month

Pro players, Williams and Nadal are set to play in the Canadian Open in August, amid speculation about their future in tennis.

40-year-old Serena ended a 12-month drought, after playing at Wimbledon earlier this month. But the 23 grand slam champ lost in the first round to Harmony Tan.

The tournament will mark Nadal’s return to the field after his time at Wimbledon was cut short before the finals because of an injury. Read more.

The two tennis stars are part of a star-studded field of competitors for the Canadian tournament. They will join 40 of the top 43 ranked tennis players in the world.

Other star players include Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff, Emma Raducanu, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Carlos Alcaraz.

The event runs in the lead up to the US Open which will be the last grand slam of the year. The Canadian Open will take place in Toronto and Montreal from August the 6th.

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Liverpool fans incorrectly blamed for Champions League chaos

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A “litany of administrative errors” is how French authorities are describing a security breach at this year’s Champions League Final

The French Government initially blamed Liverpool supporters and fake tickets for the chaos in which Champions League fans were tear-gassed at the final in May.

But a new report has found the supporters were blamed unfairly, and a series of “administrative errors” caused the chaos. The senate report found “dysfunctional mistakes were made at every level”.

The final was delayed by more than half an hour after police held back people who were trying to enter the stadium.

The report takes aim at Paris Police, UEFA and the French Government for failing to plan, and for blaming the supporters.

“It is unfair to have sought to blame supporters of the Liverpool team for the disturbances, as the interior minister has done, to deflect attention from the state’s inability to properly manage the crowd and suppress the action of several hundred violent and organised delinquents.”

Many fans made formal complaints about being pushed, and assaulted at the time.

Opposition lawmakers believe the scandal has damaged France’s overseas reputation.

Real Madrid ended up winning the match in a 1-nil victory.

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