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Live Reporting

Thomas Mallows

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    It's time to bring this live page to a close - thank you for joining me this morning.

    Don't forget to stick with the BBC website for live text commentary of this evening's Europa League quarter-final ties, with Wolves looking to set up an all-English semi-final. It should be an eventful night.

    Until next time!

    Nuno Espirito Santo waving to the Wolves fans after a Europa League game
  2. 'This is a special group of players'

    Wolves v Sevilla (20:00 BST)

    Tuesday's game will be Wolves' 59th of a season that started on 25 July last year.

    Despite the high volume of games, Nuno Espirito Santo's side have showed few signs of tiredness.

    They secured seventh in the Premier League after football's restart and head into the Sevilla game on the back of only one defeat in their past five fixtures.

    "They're resilient," said Nuno of his players. "There hasn't been one day where the group hasn't been committed.

    "This is a special group of players, no doubt about it."

    Nuno Espirito Santo
  3. Tonight's fixtures

    Here is a reminder of tonight's Europa League ties (both kick-off at 20:00 BST):

    • Shakhtar Donetsk v FC Basel
    • Wolves v Sevilla

    The winner of the Shakhtar/Basel game will play Inter Milan in the last four on Monday. Wolves or Sevilla will face Manchester United in the first semi-final on Sunday.

  4. Jonny absent for Wolves

    Wolves v Sevilla (20:00 BST)

    Wolves suffered an injury blow in the build-up to tonight's game with the news that Jonny is set for a lengthy lay-off.

    The wing-back damaged his anterior cruciate ligament in last Thursday's 1-0 win over Olympiakos.

    Jonny on the turf after suffering a knee injury
  5. Wolves face tough Sevilla test

    Wolves v Sevilla (20:00 BST)

    Let's have a look forward to Wolves' Europa League clash with Spanish giants Sevilla this evening.

    The Midlands club were mid-table in the Championship just three years ago, but are are now just three wins away from a first European trophy and a place in next season's Champions League.

    That's some journey.

    Wolves training session in Duisburg
  6. Gossip: Chelsea agree Havertz deal

    Chelsea have agreed have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Bayer Leverkusen and Germany forward Kai Havertz but have been told the 21-year-old will cost £90m.

    Leverkusen's season is over after they were knocked out of the Europa League last night, potentially clearing the way for Havertz's departure.

    Read that rumour and more in today's gossip column.

    Kai Havertz playing for Bayer Leverkusen
  7. Neville 'setting foundations' before England departure

    England boss Phil Neville says the remaining months of his contract will be about working towards "setting the foundations for the next three years".

    Neville will step down from the role next summer and BBC Sport understands his replacement could be announced by the Football Association this week.

    "It's obviously not going to be the finish that I want," Neville said. "But the next 12 months will set the foundations for the next three years. Obviously with the new manager coming in, hopefully we can build a new team with fresh objectives and look forward to the Euros, Olympics and the World Cup."

    Read the rest of Neville's interview with BBC Radio 5 Live here.

    Phil Neville managing England Women
  8. Leeds sign Linfield teenager

    Leeds have completed their third signing in less than 24 hours after completing a deal for Northern Ireland youth international Charlie Allen.

    The 16-year-old has joined from from Irish Premiership champions Linfield on a three-year deal.

    More details here.

  9. Breaches threaten Scottish season

    The Scottish government has warned it could call a halt to the football season after Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli breached coronavirus rules.

    Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf described the player's actions as "utterly unacceptable."

    The government is in talks with the club and Scottish football authorities to establish the facts before deciding on a course of action.

    The breach comes after eight Aberdeen players apologised for visiting a bar at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak.

    Two of the players later tested positive for the virus, while six are currently self-isolating.

  10. BreakingCeltic apologise for Bolingoli breach

    Celtic have "unreservedly" apologised and condemned Boli Bolingoli's actions after the defender breached coronavirus quarantine restrictions.

    Bolingoli admitted he played in Sunday's draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park despite having recently returned from Spain without quarantining.

    "Celtic unreservedly condemns and apologises for the behaviour of the player Boli Bolingoli in travelling to Spain without informing the club and in failing to observe quarantine restrictions," read a statement on the club's website.

    "It is difficult to imagine a more irresponsible action in current circumstances and we find it beyond explanation. The club will take immediate action through our own disciplinary procedures.

    "Celtic are in touch with every SPFL club today, and with all relevant authorities, to apologise for the fact that one of our employees has created so much additional difficulty through his actions."

  11. Holden appointed Robins boss

    There has been a managerial arrival in the Championship, with Dean Holden confirmed as Bristol City head coach.

    The 40-year-old was previously assistant to Lee Johnson, who was sacked in July after a four-and-a-half-year spell in charge at Ashton Gate.

    He has signed a rolling 12-month contract and will be assisted by coaches Keith Downing and Paul Simpson, who have recently taken charge of the England Under-19 and Under-20 squads respectively.

    Read all the details here.

    Dean Holden managing Bristol City
  12. Ronaldinho - from Barcelona greatness to Paraguay prison

    Today's long read is a fascinating look at Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho, one of the most thrilling players of the 2000s.

    At his peak, Ronaldinho was irresistible, conquering the football world with the kind of play YouTube was made for. And over the past decade he has won - and lost - more than most players manage in their entire career.

    This year, he lost his freedom, spending his 40th birthday locked in a Paraguayan prison.

    Read about his remarkable story here.

    Ronaldinho celebrating scoring for Barcelona
  13. Pick your Champions League quarter-final

    With the Champions League quarter-finals getting under way on Wednesday, it is the perfect excuse to wander down memory lane and recall some classic last-eight encounters.

    Featuring, amongst others, the (original) Ronaldo's inspired performance for Real Madrid at Old Trafford, Lionel Messi's dismantling of Arsenal and Roma's famous comeback against Barcelona (featuring one of THE best lines of commentary of recent times).

    But which one is your favourite?

    Click here to see the contenders and have your say.

    Real Madrid players celebrating against Man Utd in 2003
  14. Life in the Champions League bubble

    The coronavirus pandemic has altered our lives in so many ways, and football is no exception.

    The sport's shutdown in March forced a total re-think in how competitions could be concluded safely upon its return.

    Domestic leagues such as the Premier League were finished last month of course. Now it is the turn of the Europa League and Champions League.

    The tournaments are being concluded in Germany and Portugal respectively, with strict rules and protocols in place.

    But what is life like in the Champions League bubble? Click here to find out!

  15. Women's Community Shield returns after 12-year absence

    The first Women's Community Shield match to be held since 2008 will precede the men's fixture at Wembley on Saturday, 29 August.

    Women's Super League winners Chelsea will face FA Cup holders Manchester City in the first game since the 2019-20 season was curtailed in February.

    The game will be played immediately before Liverpool and Arsenal meet to begin the new men's season.

    Read all the details here.

    Action from February's Women's Super League match between Manchester City and Chelsea
  16. 'It will be like a final for us'

    Wolves v Sevilla (20:00 BST)

    Sevilla will be a tough test for Wolves with the Spanish side, who are currently coached by Julen Lopetegui, having won the Europa League five times since 2007.

    "We know they have won the tournament before but it's a different tournament now with just one leg," said Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.

    "It's hard for every team. There are very good teams in the tournament so it's a completely different way to play the Europa League.

    "It will be like a final for us and for Sevilla. I hope we can go through to the semis."

    Ruven Neves speaking at a news conference
  17. Nuno proud of Wolves identity

    Wolves v Sevilla (20:00 BST)

    After Manchester United's win last night, now it is Wolves' turn to see if they can join the Red Devils in the last four.

    The Black Country side take on Sevilla tonight in what is their first European quarter-final appearance in 48 years.

    It is an impressive rise for a side that had just finished 15th in the Championship when head coach Nuno Espirito Santo arrived in 2017.

    "The foundations are strong," said The Portuguese. "I am very proud. Now I think we can see we have our own identity, which is based on strong foundations of respect and hard work.

    "This is what we show against Sevilla - a good team, with a strong identity and committed to the challenge."

    Nuno Espirito Santo
  18. Celtic's Bolingoli apologises over quarantine breach

    The Scottish government is warning it could call a halt to football after a Celtic's Boli Bolingoli apologised for breaching coronavirus rules.

    Bolingoli has admitted he played in Sunday's match against Kilmarnock despite having recently returned from Spain without quarantining.

    In a statement, Bolingoli said: "I am guilty of a major error of judgement. I know what I did was wrong and I know that I must now deal with the consequences."

    Celtic said a full investigation was under way into the incident, adding the club took its response to Covid-19 "extremely seriously" and that, to date, it had not recorded any positive tests.

    The breach comes after eight Aberdeen players apologised for visiting a bar at the centre of a Covid-19 outbreak.

    Two of the players later tested positive for the virus, while six are currently self-isolating.

  19. Gossip: Ramsey not wanted by Juventus

    Aaron Ramsey could be on his way out of Juventus, according to one of the reports in today's gossip column.

    The Mirror claims the 29-year-old Wales international is not wanted by new manager Andrea Pirlo and is free to find another club.

    You can read the rest of today's gossip by heading over here.

    Aaron Ramsey playing for Juventus