English Premier League

Gang jailed for streaming Premier League games

The gang sold cut-price £10-a-month subscriptions, bragging they made money showing games not otherwise available to watch live in the UK because of "blackout" broadcasting rules.

Their operation, described as the biggest so far, received more than £7m from 50,000 subscribers.

The sentencing follows a rare private prosecution by the Premier League.

The fraud prosecution was brought to protect "some of the world's most valuable content", the league's lawyers said.

It followed a lengthy trading-standards investigation led by Hammersmith and Fulham Council.

Premier League to stop twice-weekly PCR tests for players and staff

From Thursday clubs will conduct daily lateral flow tests.

Tests will be carried out the day before matches and on all training days, with PCR tests only taken to confirm a positive lateral flow result.

The change comes following the Government's updated policy to testing and isolation, which places less emphasis on PCR tests.

West Ham held by Burnley

Pope produced a fine reflex save to keep out a first-half header from Issa Diop and again after the break to stop another header from Said Benrahma.

West Ham were the more dangerous side throughout and Declan Rice went close with a fierce strike and although Burnley exerted late pressure, they failed to trouble visiting keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

David Moyes' side have 28 points, one more than fifth-placed Manchester United but eight points behind third-placed Chelsea.

Fans for a few EPL games

Matches in England's top-flight have taken place behind closed doors since June, apart from a brief window late last year when small crowds were allowed before a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

But supporters will return, in a limited capacity, after May 17 in line with the government's plan to ease lockdown restrictions in England.

The Premier League last week confirmed fixtures had been rescheduled to provide an opportunity for each club to host one home match with supporters before the end of the season.

Crystal Palace in dramatic win over Brighton

Palace took the lead as loan signing Jean-Philippe Mateta scored his first goal in English football with an improvised finish in the 28th minute.

Brighton improved after the break and pulled level in the 55th minute through Joel Veltman, who swept home his first goal for Graham Potter's side as the ball broke loose in the penalty area.

The chances kept coming for Brighton as they finished the match having had 25 shots at goal.

But Palace, from just three efforts, scored twice, with Benteke popping up with the winner to break Brighton hearts in the 95th minute.

Manchester United beat Burnley to go top of Premier League


Top of the Premier League.

A 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), secured by a deflected volley from Paul Pogba, lifted United above great rivals Liverpool to the summit of England's top division after 17 games, approaching the halfway point of the season.

“We are exactly where we belong,” United midfielder Nemanja Matic said.

Gunners beat rivals Chelsea

Arsenal had failed to win any of their previous seven league games - losing five of them - and the win lifted them to 14th place in the table. Chelsea are sixth after their third consecutive away defeat.

Everton moved up to second with a 1-0 win at bottom club Sheffield United.

Jamie Vardy struck the equaliser as Leicester City came back twice to end Manchester United's away winning streak in the Premier League with a 2-2 draw at the King Power stadium.

Fans return to English football

Chelsea beat Leeds United 3-1 in front of 2,000 spectators at Stamford Bridge while Manchester United fought back from a goal down to win 3-1 at West Ham United -- their fifth straight comeback victory on the road -- in front of the same size crowd.

Clubs in less restricted areas of England were allowed to welcome back 2,000 fans but in higher risk places games carried on behind closed doors with Manchester City beating Fulham 2-0 and Everton held to a 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Fans finally set to return to English Premier League matches

Among the matches that will welcome a small number of supporters will be champions Liverpool at home to Wolves, and Tottenham against Arsenal in the North London derby.

Only clubs located in the UK's low-level restriction tiers 1 and 2 - areas including Liverpool and London - will be able to welcome up to 2000 supporters.

Teams playing in areas under the highest tier 3 level of restrictions - such as Manchester, the Midlands and much of the north of England - will still complete games without fans.

Spurs go top

Goals in each half from Son Heung-min and substitute Giovani lo Celso, secured the three points and a fourth straight league win for Spurs, who are two points ahead of second-placed Chelsea.

The victory was the first time Mourinho has enjoyed back-to-back wins over his old rival Guardiola.

Earlier Chelsea had gone top after a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United courtesy of an own goal by Federico Fernandez and Tammy Abraham's second-half effort.