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Summary

  1. Tonight: Europa League final - Ajax v Manchester United (19:45 BST, live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live from 18:30 BST)
  2. Chelsea cancel Premier League trophy parade
  3. Sam Allardyce resigns as Crystal Palace manager
  4. Sporting events and venues in England are conducting major security reviews

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Kal Sajad

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

That is the end of Sportsday today and our Ajax versus Manchester United live page will be on the site shortly.

Sportsday will be back tomorrow at 08:00 BST for all the reaction to tonight's match.

So see you then, thanks for joining us and bye for now.

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Just a reminder, BBC Radio 5 live is the place to go tonight for live commentary.

The build-up starts at 18:30 BST, before the game kicks-off at 19:45 BST.

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Team news

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Manchester United will be without defender Eric Bailly, who is suspended after his red card in the semi-final win over Celta Vigo.

Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic - who scored four goals against England in the first game at the Friends Arena in 2012 and will have a statue built outside the ground - will not play after suffering a serious knee injury earlier this month.

Defenders Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo and winger Ashley Young are all also out.

Ajax, who finished in second in the Dutch Eredivisie, have left-back Nick Viergever banned, while Lasse Schone is expected to be the only player over the age of 25 in their starting XI.

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Will there be goals?

Football

We'll be hoping for goals at the Friends Arena in Stockholm tonight, just like these ones from the finals of the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup finals: Dean Saunders analyses the best FA People's Cup finals goals

You can catch all the action and follow stories of the people who took part in this year's People's Cup in the highlights programme on BBC One at 2.05pm on Saturday, 27 May - as part of the build-up to the FA Cup final.

United's Europa League campaign in numbers

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Some stats for you before tonight's Europa League final, courtesy of the Manchester United Twitter account.

BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link below.

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So has Buttler

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And as soon as I hit the return key on that last entry, England's other danger man, Jos Buttler, departed for 7. The score is 198-5 after 34.1 overs.

England in a bit of trouble now, with Moeen Ali coming to the crease.

Stokes is gone

Cricket

England's danger man Ben Stokes is out for 25, with the hosts now 198-4 from 34 overs.

Captain Eoin Morgan is still at the crease, unbeaten on 55.

Follow our live text, radio and clips coverage here.

'Opportunity to show fighting spirit of Manchester'

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel speaking to BBC Sport today:

"I think it’s very difficult to think about football.

"But it’s also an opportunity for Manchester United to go out into the world and represent this fantastic city of Manchester and hopefully win and show that in adversity we will show fighting spirit and there’s no way we are going to give in to cowards who bring acts like that into the world.

"That is, of course, an opportunity but I have to say I find it very difficult to get excited about this game."

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'We can't wait'

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It is no surprise who former Ajax defender Johnny Heitinga is supporting tonight.

The 33-year-old former Everton and Fulham man played for Ajax during two spells of his career and won the Dutch Eredivisie twice.

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England v South Africa latest

Cricket

An update from Headingley and England are on 180-3 in the 31st over of their first One-Day International against South Africa.

Captain Eoin Morgan is 50 not out, with Ben Stokes unbeaten on 21.

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50 for the skipper. 

@Eoin16 reaches his half century from 44 balls.

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50 for the skipper. @Eoin16 reaches his half century from 44 balls. bbc.in/2qfGzoW #bbccricket

'United will just edge it'

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Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs has been talking to BBC Sport and is asked if the United players will be affected by the Monday attack at the Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

"It affects people in different ways; football is insignificant in moments like this," said Giggs. "They’ve chosen to play the game and I think the players will just get on with it but it’s a difficult time especially with the local lads who may know people that have been affected.

"It’s a big game, I don’t know whether it’s the biggest in history but it’s an important game. It’s a competition which United have never won and with what is at stake, getting into the Champions League.

"Ajax is a good young team and hopefully as a United fan hopefully we will win. Ajax are a young dynamic team who have looked really good in some games but I think we just edge it in experience that we got and Jose’s experience in big games."

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'May the best win'

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Former Ajax striker and manager Marco van Basten could be forgiven for backing his former team tonight, but he has remained impartial with this tweet.

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'We are all affected'

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer in Stockholm

Ajax coach Peter Bosz was very measured and respectful in his pre-match media conference here in Stockholm last night ahead of the Europa League Final with Manchester United.

He opened with a message of sympathy for the people of Manchester after the attack at the MEN Arena and put tonight's game in perspective as he said: "We would like to express our sympathies with the victims who fell and the feeling that prevails is that the final doesn't have the glow it should have.

"It should be a football festival but because of these events we are all affected."

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'Very, very proud to be part of the Mancunian community'

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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has been talking to BBC Sport about Monday's attack at the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people.

"It’s been a really tragic event, it’s very, very sad and heart-breaking, something that is difficult to comprehend," said Schmeichel.

"We live in a world where these attacks happen quite often, too often, but this time they attacked children and I just can’t get my head around that, it’s really really sad.

"So yesterday, the day before, and days to come, are very sad days for Manchester and England and everyone, but I have to say – I was in Manchester yesterday, it was also a very beautiful day, to see how the Mancunians got together, a cross of beliefs, religion, social status, lifestyle, and held each other and I was very, very proud to be a part of the Mancunian community yesterday."

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Root out

Cricket

A third wicket a Headingley and this time it's Mr Joe Root. He departs for 37 with England 122-3 after 21.4 overs.

An uncharacteristically poor shot as he goes to pull one, top edges it and it loops in the air for an easy catch.

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Tattoo costs United man a cup final spot

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Manchester United are in one cup final tonight but one of their players who is on loan will miss out on his own cup final - because he got a tattoo.

Right-back Guillermo Varela, 24, who has only made four United appearances, has been with German club Eintracht Frankfurt and was in line to play in Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.

However, Varela defied club orders and on his right forearm got a tattoo, which has become infected.

"The club cannot tolerate that a player would defy instructions," said Eintracht sporting director Fredi Bobic. "We'd been thinking about a loan extension. But that won't happen. He'll be suspended with immediate effect."

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'Perfect conditions'

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer in Stockholm

Ajax and Manchester United fans are already mingling in numbers in the bars, restaurants and the giant shopping mall located next to Stockholm's Friends Arena more than three hours before kick-off.

Temperatures are warm and it looks like conditions will be perfect for tonight's Europa League final.

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Live with Robbie and Phil

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Time for a Facebook Live chat.

Robbie Savage and Phil Neville, part of BBC Radio 5 live's commentary team for the Europa League final tonight, are currently giving their thoughts on the match.

And you can watch it right now...

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Hales gone

Cricket

And almost instantly as I write that, England lose Alex Hales for 61. England now 101-2 after 17.1 overs. Jason Roy was the other man out after only scoring one.

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England reach 100

Cricket

England have reached 100-1 in their first One-Day International against South Africa at Headingley.

Liverpool pay their respects to Manchester victims

Football

Before their friendly at the ANZ Stadium, players from Liverpool and Sydney FC paid their respects to the victims of the Manchester attack.

In front of a crowd of more than 72,000, Liverpool won 3-0 with goals from Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino.

In that game, Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Steve McManaman and Steven Gerrard all made an appearance.

Watch the video of the minute's silence here...

Liverpool pay their respects to Manchester victims

'Thousands of Reds'

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Some more pictures of Manchester United fans out in Stockholm, courtesy of BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington.

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Jose 6-0 Ajax

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Here's another stat for tonight's Europa League final - one which will give United fans some confidence.

Jose Mourinho has won all six meetings with Ajax as a manager, although they have all come in the Champions League with Real Madrid.

We are live from Stockholm on BBC Radio 5 live from 18:30 BST.

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Valdes to leave Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough have announces that goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be leaving the club in the summer by "mutual consent".

Boro were relegated from the Premier League this season.

Spain international Valdes, 35, made 28 appearances for the club, but missed the final seven games of the Premier League season because of a rib injury.

Brad Guzan, who played in those seven matches, has joined Major League Soccer side Atlanta United.

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Ajax's team has "made me fall in love with the club all over again"

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Ajax fan and football writer Menno Pot has told BBC North West how the Dutch club restructured themselves with former star players to reach the Europa League final against Manchester United.

Edwin van der Sar, Marc Overmars and Dennis Bergkamp are now part of the board and backroom staff.

Europa League final: Ajax a 'spectacularly entertaining' side

Eng 31-1 (5 overs)

Cricket

A quick update from Headingley where England are playing South Africa in the first of a three-match ODI series.

England have lost an early wicket as opener Jason Roy was dismissed for just one run.

Joe Root and Alex Hales are in now as the hosts look to rebuild, with the score currently at 31 -1.

Follow our live text, including video clips and Test Match Special radio coverage.

Arsenal cancel FA Cup Final screening and potential trophy parade

Football

We had Chelsea cancelling their Premier League title parade earlier today and now Arsenal have said they will not have a victory parade if they beat the Blues in Saturday's FA Cup final.

A Gunners statement said: "We have reluctantly made the decision to cancel the screening of the Emirates FA Cup final on Saturday, May 27 at Emirates Stadium. This follows Tuesday night’s announcement by the Prime Minister that the nation’s security threat has been placed at critical.

"Should the team win Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, we can also confirm that a victory parade will not take place. We did not want to place any additional pressure on police and security services at this time and have been working closely with them ahead of making this decision."

South Africa to bowl first in opening ODI

Cricket

Today sees the first One-Day International between England and South Africa at Headingley.

South Africa have won the toss and will bowl first.

You can follow live coverage with our text page here.

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Atsu completes Newcastle move

Newcastle United have already been busy in the transfer window.

The newly promoted Premier League club have announced the permanent signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea.

The 25-year-old Ghana international spent last season on loan with the Magpies, making 32 league appearances and scoring five goals.

Newcastle have now exercised an option to sign the winger for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal.

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Live commentary later on

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You can listen to tonight's final live on BBC Radio 5 live.

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'Beautiful'

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Some more build-up now to tonight's Europa League final.

All calm in the fan zone. Beautiful day.

All calm in the fan zone. Beautiful day.

'Thanks for letting me know'

Football

Relegated Hull City, who will be in the Championship next season, tweeted earlier today that defender Alex Bruce was one of the players leaving their club at the end of June.

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This was Bruce's reaction to the tweet...

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BreakingChelsea cancel Premier League victory parade

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Premier League champions Chelsea have cancelled their trophy parade on Sunday.

A statement from the club said: "Everyone associated with Chelsea Football Club offers our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Monday’s terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts go out to all the victims, and their families and friends.

"In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London on Sunday.

"Given the heightened security threat announced by the Government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration. We strongly believe, in the interests of everyone, this is the correct course of action. We are sure our fans will understand this decision.

"Having consulted with the Metropolitan Police, Hammersmith and Fulham Council and other authorities, we know the emergency services would have been as professional as ever, but we would not want in any way to divert important resources by holding an additional, non-ticketed event on the streets of London.

"Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup Final against Arsenal on Saturday. Chelsea Football Club will also make a donation to a fund supporting the victims of this horrific attack."

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Easy win for Liverpool

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And it is all over in Sydney. In front of a crowd of more than 72,000 at the ANZ Stadium, Liverpool have beaten Sydney FC 3-0 thanks to goals from Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino.

A minute's silence was held before the match to pay respects to the victims of the Manchester attack.

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Liverpool
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Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher started the game.

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Fan fun in Stockholm

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BBC Radio 5 live

There is of course a more important game going on later today, and it is in Stockholm as Ajax take on Manchester United in the Europa Legaue final.

BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington is in the city and these are some more of the fans she has seen so far.

Remember, BBC Radio 5 live coverage starts at 18:30 BST before full live commentary from 19:45 BST.

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Liverpool heading for win in Australia

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With 10 minutes to go in Sydney, Liverpool are 3-0 up in their friendly against Sydney FC.

The Reds scored first half goals through Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher were both named in the Reds' starting line-up in a match watched by 72,892.

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Wenger 'doesn't know' if cup final will be his last game

FA Cup final: Arsenal v Chelsea (Saturday,17:30 BST)

Just momentarily turning our attention away from tonight's Europa League final to Saturday's FA Cup final, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still not giving away anything about his own future.

He said: "I want to win the cup for my club and that's all I care about.

"Would it be a nice farewell? No, what I want is to win the next game. It's not about me, it's about us winning the trophy and giving everything to achieve it.

"It will not be my last match anyway because I will stay in football."

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Anyone for penalties tonight? Unlikely

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Just two of the last 16 UEFA Cup/Europa League finals have been decided by a penalty shootout; 10 have been won in 90 minutes with a further four being decided in extra time.

Sevilla beat Benfica 4–2 in a penalty shootout at the 2014 Europa League final
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Sevilla beat Benfica 4–2 in a penalty shootout at the 2014 Europa League final

Yaya Toure to donate £100,000

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and his agent will donate £100,000 to help the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

Toure's representative Dimitri Seluk told Sky Sports: "We have agreed to donate £50,000 each to help the victims of this terrible crime.

"It doesn't matter whether the victims are from Manchester or not."

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Ajax - the most important club in football?

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Ajax are a club with a rich history.

We've tried to summarise that history into a one minute 40 second video.

Why Ajax are the most important club in football