Despite protests from Man City, Liverpool and Spurs early transfer deadline is here to stay in Premier League

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LIVERPOOL, Tottenham and Manchester City are facing more frustration over the early transfer window closure.

The three clubs have been the loudest voices urging Premier League chiefs to align their deadline with the rest of Europe, where clubs had up to 24 more days to trade.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola initially wanted a change in deadline to avoid uncertainty in September
Man City boss Pep Guardiola initially wanted a change in deadline to avoid uncertainty in September
DAVID KLEIN

England’s date was brought forward after protests from bosses such as City’s Pep Guardiola about the uncertainty caused by the September cut-off.

In November, a vote to revert to the previous deadline saw only nine of the 20 top-flight clubs in favour.

Even if Liverpool and Spurs, for example, have swapped sides — and the managers’ views may not be shared at board level – it needs 14 clubs to agree a change of rules.

No new vote has been scheduled although a debate is expected.

Acting Prem chief exec Richard Masters will leave it to the clubs to decide — but there is a feeling from some that they should not be “bullied” by the Big Six.

CROCK COST

WORLD CUP fatigue helped cost top-flight clubs a staggering £221million last season.

Injuries suffered by Kevin De Bruyne, Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho contributed to Manchester City paying £26m to crocked players.

Figures compiled by insurance group Marsh found Tottenham — who had a clutch of stars in Russia — lost players for 1,652 days, costing just under £18m despite the club’s tight wages policy.

Top-earner Harry Kane’s problems have been a factor in Spurs’ wages to injured players going up by 110 per cent over three seasons.

HAT-TRICK OF SPORTS MINISTERS

ANOTHER month, another sports minister. Nigel Adams made his debut at the Commonwealth Games 2022 announcement at Edgbaston.

Adams, the third person in the role since November, will also inherit predecessor Mims Davies’ anti-racism in football initiative.

Birmingham Games chiefs confirmed that women’s T20 cricket, beach volleyball and para table tennis will be on the programme but blocked shooting and archery.

AGGER-DO’S AND DON’TS

BEEB cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew has prepared a new script for The Ashes.

Agnew recorded advice messages for fans alighting at St John’s Wood Tube station ahead of the World Cup final.

Now he has prepared a new set of instructions for supporters to be played out as they arrive for the Second Test at Lord’s.

SERIE-OUS DELAY

ITALIAN FA bosses have been forced into an embarrassing retreat from plans to follow the Prem’s VAR hub set-up.

Serie A’s new underground bunker outside Florence is unlikely to be ready until January at the earliest.

Meanwhile, VAR brought the first Big Six managerial “split” of the season when Unai Emery was at a separate meeting with refs’ boss Mike Riley to the one attended by his five rivals.

The Arsenal chief was in the first group of ten bosses who visited the Stockley Park hub, with the rest making their trip in the second batch last Wednesday.


ON GUARD FOR PROTESTS

NFL-STYLE “take the knee” protests have reached the fencing world.

Foil fencer Race Imboden, 26, cited racism, gun control, immigration policy and Donald Trump for his stance during the medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Imboden and US team-mates had been ordered not to make any political gestures but it could be an issue in next summer’s Tokyo Olympics, four months before the US Presidential elections.

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