Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason calls for unity with Spurs fans set to continue anti-Levy protests

Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason calls for unity around club with Spurs fans expected to continue protests against Daniel Levy for his role in European Super League ahead of Premier League clash with Wolves

  • Tottenham fans are set to continue protests against Daniel Levy on Sunday
  • Levy and his ENIC group were criticised for their role in the Super League saga
  • Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason has called for unity ahead of a clash with Wolves
  • The north Londoners are chasing qualification for European football next term 

Ryan Mason  is confident Tottenham will avoid any disruption to their plans if their upcoming games are hit by more fan protests.

Spurs host Wolves on Sunday and Aston Villa next Wednesday when 10,000 supporters will return to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Fans vented their fury at Spurs’s owners ENIC and the board outside the ground last month, with their anger intensified by the club’s involvement in the European Super League fiasco. 

Spurs interim boss Ryan Mason wants Tottenham fans to unite with the team ahead of protests 

Spurs fans are expected to continue their protests against Daniel Levy and ENIC this weekend

Spurs fans are expected to continue their protests against Daniel Levy and ENIC this weekend

Manchester United saw their supporters’ force the postponement of their initial game against Liverpool and attempt to disturb the rearranged meeting on Thursday, with fears of a repeat of the huge original disruption prompting the Old Trafford club to change their players’ matchday routine.

Further protests are set to take place at Spurs in the coming days, including one on Saturday, 24 hours before Wolves’s visit, but interim manager Mason said: ‘Firstly, I trust our security. The players’ safety is the most important thing and I trust that we’ll get that right.

‘Secondly I respect the fans, they’re the heart and soul of the football club and their opinion matters, it really does.

‘We want our fans, our team, our football club to be aligned, all pulling in the same direction.’ 

Levy has been criticised for signing Spurs up to the now defunct European Super League

Levy has been criticised for signing Spurs up to the now defunct European Super League

Defending under-fire chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s hierarchy, Mason added: ‘Our chairman and our board have done incredibly for this football club in the last 10-15-20 years since they’ve been here.

I know how fans see that, I know how fans respect that as well. The most important thing for me is the connection between fans, players and everyone involved in the football club. They’re entitled to their opinion, there’s also Wednesday next week when they can come and help and support the team. I’m sure that’s in the back of their minds as well, to get back in our beautiful stadium and hopefully help the team, will be a massive bonus for them.’

Meanwhile Mason confirmed left-back Ben Davies will miss Spurs’s last three league games due to a calf problem, leaving his Euro hopes with Wales in the balance.

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Pep Guardiola has ‘Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on his radar’

Pep Guardiola has a ‘four-man striker shortlist this summer, with Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva on Manchester City boss’ radar’ to replace Sergio Aguero

  • Pep Guardiola is to be backed financially in this summer’s transfer window
  • The Manchester City boss has his eyes on Erling Haaland or Harry Kane up top
  • Lautaro Martinez and Andre Silva are also strikers on Guardiola’s shortlist 
  • Guardiola’s biggest priority is replacing Sergio Aguero, who is leaving the club

Pep Guardiola is set to receive the support he needs from the Manchester City board to bring in more top players this summer and has a four-man shortlist for a new striker. 

Despite having the strongest squad in the Premier League, being crowned champions earlier this week and having a first Champions League final against Chelsea on 29 May, Guardiola is ready to bolster his options even further. 

City have made no secret that their top priority is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero. The 32-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season, and a successor of equal stature is required.

Pep Guardiola has a four-man shortlist for a new Manchester City striker in the transfer window

Erling Haaland (pictured) and Harry Kane have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Kane (pictured) has hinted that he may leave Tottenham this summer

Erling Haaland (left) and Harry Kane (right) have been strongly linked to Manchester City

Guardiola has been strongly linked with Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, and England captain Harry Kane, who is increasingly thought to be considering leaving Tottenham this summer. 

Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva are also on Guardiola’s shortlist, according to The Times

The 25-year-old Silva has made a huge impression at Frankfurt this season, scoring 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games and helping them to fifth in the league. 

Meanwhile Martinez, 23, has been a key part of Antonio Conte’s Serie A-winning squad, with 16 goals and eight assists in 36 league games.

Guardiola's biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Guardiola’s biggest transfer priority this summer is finding a replacement for Sergio Aguero

Lautaro Martinez (pictured) and Andre Silva are also on Guardiola's four-man striker shortlist

Silva has scored 25 goals in 30 Bundesliga games this season

Lautaro Martinez (left) and Andre Silva (right) are also on Guardiola’s four-man striker shortlist

Both of these options would be significantly cheaper than either Kane, whose Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is renowed for driving extremely hard bargains, or Haaland, who would command a package of £150million-plus to be prised away from Dortmund.

But the German club have a strong financial interest in selling Haaland this transfer window, as the 20-year-old’s contract contains a £65m release clause that can be activated next summer. 

Guardiola’s bargaining power would also increase should Dortmund fail to qualify for next’s season Champions League. 

Further along the squad, the Man City boss is also said to be a big fan of Jack Grealish, though Aston Villa are believed to want £80m for the playmaker, which according to The Times, is too much money for Guardiola. 

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa's Jack Grealish but doesn't want to spend £80m

Guardiola is said to be a big fan of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but doesn’t want to spend £80m

Another position of perhaps greater significance is defensive midfield, with Guardiola possibly having to plan for life after 36-year-old stalwart Fernandinho. 

The Brazilian is yet to decide on a 12-month contract extension that City have offered him, and West Ham’s Declan Rice is being viewed as a potential replacement. 

Other players leaving the club include Eric Garcia, who is shaping to move to Barcelona on a free transfer, and Benjamin Mendy, who City are looking to sell after another poor season.    

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

Guardiola may also have to plan for life without 36-year-old defensive midfielder Fernandinho

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West Brom are confident they can keep their squad intact after relegation

West Brom are confident they can keep their squad intact as they target an immediate return to the Premier League following relegation with Sam Johnstone, Semi Ajayi and Matheus Pereira all attracting transfer interest

  • West Brom are confident they can keep the bulk of their squad intact next season
  • The Baggies’ relegation from the top flight was confirmed last weekend
  • It means there are likely to be some offers for their top performers this summer
  • Sam Johnstone, Semi Ajayi and Matheus Pereira are all attracting some interest 

West Bromwich Albion are confident they can keep the bulk of their squad at The Hawthorns as they target an immediate return to the Premier League.

The Baggies’ relegation from the top flight was confirmed last weekend when they were beaten at Arsenal, meaning there are likely to be offers for their top performers at the end of the season.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is interesting Tottenham and West Ham while defender Semi Ajayi and playmaker Matheus Pereira are also attracting suitors.

West Brom believe they can keep their squad intact after relegation, despite interest in key players like goalkeeper Sam Johnstone

Ajayi has been impressive in the heart of West Brom's defence

Pereira's creative spark could be useful for a number of top-flight sides

Defender Semi Ajayi (left) and playmaker Matheus Pereira (right) are also attracting suitors

But some of those who played a vital role in helping Albion escape the Championship 12 months ago, such as Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Dara O’Shea and Darnell Furlong, should be around to attempt a second crack at it.

Albion must also settle on who will guide that promotion campaign.

Their performances have improved since Sam Allardyce took charge in December and the club and Allardyce have yet to decide whether to extend the arrangement.

The 66-year-old would not discuss his future after the 3-1 defeat at Emirates Stadium that sent West Brom down. 

West Brom and manager Sam Allardyce have yet to decide whether to extend his contract

West Brom and manager Sam Allardyce have yet to decide whether to extend his contract

He said: ‘I am not going to answer a question on whether I am staying or going – it will just be a waste of time because I won’t be saying whether I am going or staying.

‘The most important thing for me and the players is to give everything we have got to try and finish the season with pride in your own performance and your own professionalism.

‘The big challenge for us is whether we can lift ourselves like we have done throughout the season.’

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Europa Conference League: What is it? Which Premier League team will qualify? How does it work?

The world of football is becoming increasingly difficult to follow. There are seemingly changes in formats and breakaway leagues galore. Heck, most of us don’t even know what offside is anymore. 

And to add a further complication, from next season there will be three tiers of European cup competition, with the Europa Conference League sitting below the existing Europa League and Champions League formats. 

Yes, it’s all a bit confusing. But it also makes the final games of the Premier League season that bit more exciting, with the likes of West Ham, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton now battling it out for three different competitions.   

In fact, in only 10 days’ time, will will know just who has secured a Champions League spot, who will be playing their football in the Europa League next season and who will be England’s test dummy and first-ever representative in the Europa Conference League.   

Below, Sportsmail explains everything you need to know about the new tournament. 

The newly-formed Europa Conference League is set to commence in the 2021/22 campaign

What on Earth is it? 

Now, this seems a sensible place to start. In addition to the Champions League and Europa League, we now have a third European club competition – the Europa Conference League.   

Essentially, the idea is that with another competition, more clubs will have the opportunity to play European football. 

To use UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin’s words, ‘the new UEFA club competition makes UEFA’s club competitions more inclusive than ever before.

‘There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages.’ 

Well, in England anyway, that’s not wholly true. The Premier League will still have a maximum of seven teams participating in European football, including the new format.  

The real benefit will be felt by those in leagues where they struggle to qualify for the existing two competitions.  

But how does it work? 

Just like the Champions League and Europa League, there will be multiple qualifying rounds to play before the tournament gets underway. 

In fact, there will be three – before a final two-legged play-off round.  

The English side who qualifies will go straight into the play-off round, which will be played on August 19 and 26, just five days after the 2021/22 Premier League season begins on August 14.  

Europa Conference League Qualification  
Round  First Leg  Second Leg
Round 1 July 8 July 15 
Round 2  July 22  July 29 
Round 3  August 5  August 12 
Play-off round  August 19  August 26 
*The English team will enter in the play-off round, while the Scottish team will enter in the second round 

So, who will make up the groups? Well, there will be eight groups of four, with teams earning a place via three distinct paths:

1) 17 teams will qualify via the main path, which is through the qualifying rounds shown in the table above. 

2) Five teams will qualify via the champions path, which is made up of those who have lost Champions League qualifiers and are then demoted to the Europa Conference League. 

3) 10 team eliminated from the Europa League play-offs will also join.  

Importantly, it’s now being ensured that 34 UEFA national associations get a minimum of one representative in the group stage of at least one competition. 

And specifically for the Europa Conference League, England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany all get one team. Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia all get two.  

Who will qualify from the Premier League? 

Arsenal and Liverpool are among the teams who could qualify for the tournament

Arsenal and Liverpool are among the teams who could qualify for the tournament

Now, this is the all important question. And I’m afraid, it’s not the most simple of answers. 

Just to stress again, there is a maximum of seven Premier League teams who can enter European competition in any given season. 

And as things stand, it’s looking pretty certain that it will be the seventh-placed Premier League side who qualifies. 

Generally, it will be the winner of the Carabao Cup who earns a place in the competition. But this year – for the fourth consecutive season – it was Manchester City who lifted the cup, and they’ve already qualified for the Champions League. 

That means their spot is passed to the next highest-placed Premier League side who have not qualified for a European competition. 

However, this is also the case with the Europa League. Generally, the winner of the FA Cup will be granted a spot alongside the team that finishes fifth. But Leicester and Chelsea – who currently sit third and fourth respectively – are set to play in Saturday’s final. 

Assuming both sides stay within the top five, the team in sixth place would get a place in the Europa League, with the Europa Conference League spot going to the team in seventh. 

If the season ended now, West Ham and Liverpool would play in the Europa League, with Tottenham in the Europa Conference League. 

What about Scotland? 

Well, as mentioned above, Scotland will have two teams in the Europa Conference League. And this will go to the third and fourth-placed teams. 

This is now wrapped up in Scotland, meaning we know Hibernian and Aberdeen will join next season’s Europa Conference League in the second qualifying round.   

When will the matches be played? 

The Europa Conference League fixtures will follow the pattern of the Europa League, with matches on Thursdays, kicking off at either 5.45pm and 8pm. 

The group stages will be played between September 15 and December 9, with the knockout stages starting on February 17. 

The final, which will be played in Tirana, Albania, will be played on May 25. 

Europa Conference League Group Stage
Match day Match date
Match 1  September 16 
Match 2 September 30 
Match 3  October 21 
Match 4  November 4 
Match 5  November 25 
Match 6  December 9 
Europa Conference League Knockout Stage 
Round  First Leg   Second Leg
Knockout play-offs February 17 February 24 
Round of 16  March 10  March 17 
Quarter-finals  April 7  April 14 
Semi-finals  April 28  May 5 
Final  May 25  N/A 

What is the grand prize? 

So, what’s the point? Similarly to the Europa League, where the winner earns a spot in the Champions League, the winner of the Europa Conference League will also move up a tier. 

To put it simply, the winner of the Europa Conference League earns a spot in the group stages of the following season’s Europa League. 

That is provided the team has not already qualified for the Champions League, of course.  

The first final of the Europa Conference League will be played at the National Arena in Albania

The first final of the Europa Conference League will be played at the National Arena in Albania

What about the Europa League? 

While the introduction of the new format will have no impact on the Champions League, there will be some changes to the Europa League. 

The Europa League – notoriously an arduous competition –  will now be shorter, with fewer teams competing in it. 

The group stages in the Europa League will now have 32 teams, rather than 48, in eight groups of four. 

The winners will all automatically progress into the last-16, with the round of 32 now gone. Additionally, there will be a knockout round before the last-16, comprised of those who finished second in the group and third in the Champions League groups. 

Tottenham star Son follows Beckham, Khan and Joshua by appearing on front cover of Arena Homme +

Heung-min Son is a cover star! Tottenham forward follows David Beckham, Amir Khan and Anthony Joshua by appearing on front cover of fashion magazine Arena Homme +

  • Son is the latest cover star for esteemed fashion magazine Arena Homme +
  • The Tottenham star is one of the most recognisable footballers on the planet
  • Beckham was last footballer to adorn the cover of bi-annual publication in 2000

Tottenham star Heung-min Son has followed in David Beckham’s footsteps by becoming the latest cover star for esteemed fashion magazine Arena Homme +.

Global icon Beckham was last footballer to adorn the cover of the bi-annual publication 2000.

But Son has cemented his position as one of the most recognisable footballers on the planet by appearing on the magazine’s front cover this month.

Heung-min Son is the latest cover star for esteemed fashion magazine Arena Homme +

Son has cemented his position as one of the most recognisable footballers on the planet

Son, who is dressed in Prada, is seen holding a cockerel in the cover shot – a nod to his links to Spurs.

Sports stars are rarely featured on the cover of Arena Homme + – with Beckham, Amir Khan, Anthony Joshua and David James among just a handful of names to have made the front page.

But Korea striker Son’s presence in the latest edition underlines his emergence as a genuine icon.

David Beckham was last footballer to adorn the cover of the bi-annual publication 2000

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Gareth Bale’s agent reveals Jose Mourinho’s ‘biggest mistake’ with Welsh star at Tottenham

Gareth Bale’s agent says Jose Mourinho’s ‘biggest mistake’ with Welsh star was not giving him freedom to express himself like Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo as he compares the ex-Tottenham boss to Julius Caesar

  • Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan amid much fanfare in September
  • But his return to north London has been largely underwhelming this season
  • Welsh star wasn’t played very often by Jose Mourinho before manager’s sacking
  • Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett says Mourinho should have given Bale freedom
  • Barnett drew a comparison between Mourinho and Roman general Julius Caesar 

Gareth Bale’s agent has revealed he told Jose Mourinho how to get the best out of the Welsh star – but refuses to blame the former Tottenham manager for his client’s underwhelming form.

Jonathan Barnett also drew a comparison to the Roman general Julius Caesar when describing Mourinho’s time in charge of the north London club.

Bale returned to Spurs on loan from Real Madrid amid much fanfare back in September but has struggled to rekindle the magic of his first spell at the club between 2007 and 2013.

Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid at the start of the season – but manager Jose Mourinho didn’t entirely trust the Welsh star to perform 

The result was that a frustrated Bale rarely started Premier League matches under Mourinho

The result was that a frustrated Bale rarely started Premier League matches under Mourinho

The 31-year-old winger has scored 14 goals and contributed three assists in 31 appearances across all competitions but starts in the Premier League have been thin on the ground.

Bale has shown glimpses of his brilliance, however, such as his hat-trick against Sheffield United last week.

And Barnett admitted that Bale has endued ‘a rough time under Mourinho’ before the Portuguese manager was sacked last month.

‘As I said to Spurs at the beginning: ‘If you give him a run, put your trust in him, let him play his own game, not tell him he’s got to do this and that, treat him like a [Lionel] Messi or a [Cristiano] Ronaldo – I’m not saying he’s as good – and you’ll see,’ he told SNTV.

Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett believes Mourinho should have given Bale more licence to play

Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett believes Mourinho should have given Bale more licence to play

Bale has performed well since Mourinho was sacked, scoring three against Sheffield United

Bale has performed well since Mourinho was sacked, scoring three against Sheffield United

‘It’s been proven that every time he’s been left like that, he’s gone and scored a lot of goals. He’s world class.

‘So that was the biggest mistake – I’m not going to blame anybody.’

Asked if he blamed Mourinho for Bale’s inconsistent form, Barnett replied: ‘Well, I wouldn’t do that.

‘He’s a very successful coach… but Julius Caesar was also very good, but I don’t think he would be very good with the armies now.’

Bale’s future remains uncertain amid reports he could spend a second season on loan at Tottenham, with Real again contributing heavily to his £600,000-a-week wages.

Barnett says Bale's future remains up in the air with one year remaining on his Real contract

Barnett says Bale’s future remains up in the air with one year remaining on his Real contract

Barnett says it is highly unlikely that Bale has any future at Real, where he has only one year remaining on his contract.

He said: ‘He’s still one of the best players in the world, but he’s only got four games left so we will have to see.

‘It’s a three-party discussion; it’s us, Real Madrid and Tottenham. We have our views and we will let them know at the right time.’

Asked if there was any chance of a Bernabeu return, Barnett added: ‘I very much doubt that, but if they want to put him on the bench then that’s fine.

‘They want to put me on the bench with that salary? That’s fine for me as well.’

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Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s new boss has been commemorated with his own ice cream flavour

Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s new manager has been commemorated with his own ice cream flavour called ‘Special One’

  • Jose Mourinho has signed a three year deal to become Roma’s next manager
  • Paulo Fonseca will remain in charge of the Giallorossi until the end of the season
  • Mourinho enjoyed a successful spell in Italy with Inter Milan between 2008-10

Jose Mourinho has received the ultimate tribute after becoming Roma’s next manager, the former Tottenham and Manchester United boss has had an ice cream flavour named after him called ‘Special One.’

The dessert was invented by a local ice cream parlour in Rome and advertised via their Instagram account. 

Mourinho replied to the post by asking for mango and strawberry ice cream.  

Jose Mourinho has had an ice cream named after him to mark his arrival as the new Roma boss

The 'Special One' was created by a Rome based ice cream parlour in honour of Mourinho

The ‘Special One’ was created by a Rome based ice cream parlour in honour of Mourinho 

It appears that new Roma boss gave a considered response as the colours he ordered were yellow and red; a pretty familiar sight for Giallorossi fans.  

Mourinho signed a three year deal with the Serie A club and will replace current boss Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season.

The ‘special one’ has previously managed in Italy, he enjoyed a trophy laden spell with Inter Milan between 2008-10.

During his time at the San Siro he won two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and the Champions League before leaving to manage Real Madrid.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a disappointing run of results

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a disappointing run of results

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month after their positive start to the season unravelled in spectacular fashion.

Spurs were seventh at the time of his departure and had been knocked out of the FA Cup and Europa League by Everton and Dinamo Zagreb respectively.

He guided Spurs to the Carabao Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City under interim boss Ryan Mason. 

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Brighton striker Neal Maupay is sent off AFTER the final whistle following defeat by Wolves

Neal Maupay loses his cool as Brighton striker is sent off AFTER the final whistle following agonising defeat by Wolves for using foul and abusive language towards referee Jon Moss

  • Neal Maupay made his way to referee Jon Moss after Brighton lost 2-1 at Wolves
  • The seething striker received a red card for shouting and pointing at the official
  • Teammates Pascal Gross and Adam Webster were seen trying to usher him away
  • Lewis Dunk was sent off in the second half before Albion lost to a last-gasp goal 

Brighton striker Neal Maupay had to be restrained by his teammates and coaches as the striker was sent off for hurling abuse at referee Jon Moss in the immediate aftermath of the Seagulls’ Premier League defeat at Wolves.

Fiery forward Maupay, who was embroiled in controversy last year when he claimed Arsenal defender Matteo Guendouzi had taunted him over wages during an on-pitch flashpoint, was dismissed for foul and abusive language after the final whistle.

Brighton’s top scorer was seen striding towards Moss in the centre circle, pointing his finger and shouting angrily as midfielder Pascal Gross tried to stop him from approaching the official.

The striker was sent off for foul and abusive language

Brighton’s Neal Maupay (left) was sent off for abusing Jon Moss after Brighton’s loss at Wolves

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Assistant boss Billy Reid and defender Adam Webster also held Maupay back as he reacted furiously following the late 2-1 defeat at Molineux, with Wolves scoring twice after Albion captain Lewis Dunk was sent off for hauling back Fabio Silva when the youngster was through on goal. 

Fans were mystified by Maupay’s rage after a performance by Moss offering few controversies, and there was little for Dunk or his teammates to complain about when he was dismissed for a clear pull on Silva’s shirt.

The Frenchman could have been riled by the agonising manner of his side’s defeat, inflicted by Adama Traore’s 76th-minute equaliser and a last-gasp Morgan Gibbs-White goal. 

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

One of Maupay’s former strike partners at Albion, Glenn Murray, told BBC Sport: ‘I don’t think it will have been about anything in particular.

‘It’s just frustration on the afternoon – to be so dominant in the first half and then to lose towards the end. It’s frustration.’  

Dunk’s 13th-minute header had given Brighton a lead they held for more than an hour, but the skipper and Maupay will now face bans from helping a side who are still not safe from relegation during a tough run-in that includes clashes with West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: ‘What’s he doing? They’ve now lost him as well [as Dunk]. Where’s the discipline?’

Albion boss Graham Potter revealed Maupay had ‘crossed a line’ after he was abruptly dropped from his squad for their trip to Tottenham in November. 

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Brighton striker Neal Maupay is sent off AFTER the final whistle following defeat by Wolves

Neal Maupay loses his cool as Brighton striker is sent off AFTER the final whistle following agonising defeat by Wolves for using foul and abusive language towards referee Jon Moss

  • Neal Maupay made his way to referee Jon Moss after Brighton lost 2-1 at Wolves
  • The seething striker received a red card for shouting and pointing at the official
  • Teammates Pascal Gross and Adam Webster were seen trying to usher him away
  • Lewis Dunk was sent off in the second half before Albion lost to a last-gasp goal 

Brighton striker Neal Maupay had to be restrained by his teammates and coaches as the striker was sent off for hurling abuse at referee Jon Moss in the immediate aftermath of the Seagulls’ Premier League defeat at Wolves.

Fiery forward Maupay, who was embroiled in controversy last year when he claimed Arsenal defender Matteo Guendouzi had taunted him over wages during an on-pitch flashpoint, was dismissed for foul and abusive language after the final whistle.

Brighton’s top scorer was seen striding towards Moss in the centre circle, pointing his finger and shouting angrily as midfielder Pascal Gross tried to stop him from approaching the official.

The striker was sent off for foul and abusive language

Brighton’s Neal Maupay (left) was sent off for abusing Jon Moss after Brighton’s loss at Wolves

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Maupay was mysteriously infuriated after the visitors lost to a last-minute winner at Molineux

Assistant boss Billy Reid and defender Adam Webster also held Maupay back as he reacted furiously following the late 2-1 defeat at Molineux, with Wolves scoring twice after Albion captain Lewis Dunk was sent off for hauling back Fabio Silva when the youngster was through on goal. 

Fans were mystified by Maupay’s rage after a performance by Moss offering few controversies, and there was little for Dunk or his teammates to complain about when he was dismissed for a clear pull on Silva’s shirt.

The Frenchman could have been riled by the agonising manner of his side’s defeat, inflicted by Adama Traore’s 76th-minute equaliser and a last-gasp Morgan Gibbs-White goal. 

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Lewis Dunk had already seen red during the second half before the Seagulls spurned a lead

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

Assistant manager Billy Reid (left) persuades Maupay to leave the pitch after he lost his temper

One of Maupay’s former strike partners at Albion, Glenn Murray, told BBC Sport: ‘I don’t think it will have been about anything in particular.

‘It’s just frustration on the afternoon – to be so dominant in the first half and then to lose towards the end. It’s frustration.’  

Dunk’s 13th-minute header had given Brighton a lead they held for more than an hour, but the skipper and Maupay will now face bans from helping a side who are still not safe from relegation during a tough run-in that includes clashes with West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: ‘What’s he doing? They’ve now lost him as well [as Dunk]. Where’s the discipline?’

Albion boss Graham Potter revealed Maupay had ‘crossed a line’ after he was abruptly dropped from his squad for their trip to Tottenham in November. 

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Tottenham ‘are NOT a top six team at the moment’ and need a ‘rebuild’, insists Glenn Hoddle

Tottenham ‘are NOT a top six team at the moment’ and need a ‘rebuild’, insists Glenn Hoddle… as club legend claims ‘there’s a hell of a lot of work that needs to be done’ both on and off the pitch this summer

  • Tottenham have had a disappointing season and currently sit sixth in the table 
  • Club legend Glenn Hoddle has insisted his former side is not a top-six side 
  • Hoddle has insisted that Tottenham need to do work on and off the pitch 

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle has insisted his former side are ‘not a top six team’ and are in need of a rebuild before they can challenge at the top again.

It’s been a frustrating year for the club who face an uphill battle to qualify for the Champions League and will finish the campaign without a trophy after their Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Their struggles led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho days before the final, with Ryan Mason put in temporary charge until the end of the season.  

Tottenham have had a disappointing season and currently sit sixth in the Premier League table

Glenn Hoddle said Tottenham are 'not a top six' side at the moment and need a rebuild

Glenn Hoddle said Tottenham are ‘not a top six’ side at the moment and need a rebuild

Hoddle has said that Mourinho was sacked at the wrong time and that the team needs rebuilding.   

He told BT Sport before Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at Leeds: ‘They’re at a crossroads. Daniel Levy has done a wonderful job with the infrastructure at the club.

‘Hopefully there would have been silverware, that’s why Mourinho was brought in. It didn’t work out. It was a big call to sack him before the final. I’m not sure it was the right time. 

‘There are bigger questions at Tottenham. It’s not a top six team at the moment. It needs a rebuild on the pitch. There’s a hell of a lot of work that needs to be done.’ 

There has also been problems off the pitch with Tottenham fans unhappy with the club’s involvement in the failed European Super League project, as well as the ticket prices for their return to the stadium. 

Spurs will welcome 10,000 fans back for their final home Premier League match of the season against Aston Villa on May 19, subject to government confirmation of Step 3 protocols becoming active. 

Tickets will cost £60 for adults, £45 for young adults and £30 for over-65s and U18s.

Spurs endured more misery as they were well beaten 3-1 against Leeds on Saturday afternoon

Spurs endured more misery as they were well beaten 3-1 against Leeds on Saturday afternoon

Hoddle added that chairman Daniel Levy needs to talk with the club's supporters' trust

Hoddle added that chairman Daniel Levy needs to talk with the club’s supporters’ trust

Hoddle, who played for Tottenham from 1975 to 1987 and later managed the club, said the club’s chairman needs to sit and talk with the supporters’ trust. 

He added: ‘If you’re going to do anything in life, you have to have harmony. At the moment, that isn’t the case. 

‘The supporter trust wants change, that’s not always easy. Communication has to happen. Sit down with Daniel and talk it out. 

‘If not, the war will get bigger on that front. The ticket scenario, I’m scratching my head at who’s made that decision. Give a gift back to your fans.’

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