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Port Vale striker Tom Pope asked to explain WWIII tweet

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The English Football Association have asked a professional footballer to explain why he tweeted comments that could be construed as anti-Semitic.

Fourth-tier club Port Vale also launched an internal investigation into Tom Pope's post about the Rothschilds after he scored a goal at Manchester City in the third round of the FA Cup.

Pope had been asked on Twitter to "predict the WWIII result," a reference to American tensions with Iran.

"We invade Iran then Cuba then North Korea then the Rothchilds...

Grimsby Town hire Ian Holloway after talks in fish restaurant

Fourth tier Grimsby Town have landed much-travelled English manager Ian Holloway in a deal sealed with a fish and chips dinner.

Grimsby are 21st in League Two, six points above bottom side Stevenage and without a win in 15 games in all competitions.

Holloway, 56, has been out of management since he left Queens Park Rangers in May 2018 but has plenty of experience in turning around struggling sides. He will also acquire shares in the club.

"We believe his track record of achieving success at...

Sources: Barcelona's Gerard Pique was close to Notts County purchase

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was close to putting together a deal to buy English club Notts County this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Pique was "close" to adding County -- who play in the National League, the fifth tier of English football -- to his growing number of businesses away from Barca.

Pique's Kosmos Global Holding group held talks with County's former owner Alan Hardy in London earlier this year. However, with a court date pending over an...

'No precedent' for Bury re-admission, says EFL

The Football League played down expelled Bury's hopes of gaining re-admission next season into League Two, the fourth tier of English football, saying on Tuesday that the established procedure for all clubs is to win promotion from the lower leagues.

Bury, one of English football's oldest clubs, were expelled from the EFL last month after failing to resolve their financial problems or find a new buyer.

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Brewster shines for Liverpool in Bradford win

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BRADFORD, England -- Rhian Brewster's intention to prove he has all the tools to thrive in attack under Jurgen Klopp was underlined in another impressive preseason display as Liverpool won 3-1 at Bradford City.

Brewster, 19, provided two goals and an assist against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday evening and was on the scoresheet again at Valley Parade.

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