• PA Media: Sport

    Let’s protect the players – Mikel Arteta criticises scheduling as Arsenal go top

    The Gunners returned to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Wolves.

  • PA Media: Sport

    Erik ten Hag ‘can’t be bothered’ with criticism of job he is doing at Man United

    United can salvage their season by winning the FA Cup and they aim to reach a second successive final when they host Championship Coventry on Sunday.

  • PA Media: Video

    Scheduling of Man City’s FA Cup semi-final win ‘unacceptable’ – Pep Guardiola

    Pep Guardiola admitted it was “unacceptable” that Manchester City’s 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win over Chelsea was scheduled for less than 72 hours after their Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. City recovered from their European exit on Wednesday night – when they played extra-time against Real before losing on penalties – to edge past Mauricio Pochettino’s side, thanks to a goal in the 84th minute from Bernardo Silva, but they were clearly fatigued at Wembley. Chelsea had more than enough chances to settle the semi-final in their favour but, as was the case on their last visit here against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, wasteful finishing was their downfall, with Nicolas Jackson the primary culprit. Yet despite seeing his side reach their third FA Cup final in six seasons, Guardiola’s thoughts were dominated by what he considered to be poor scheduling of the match by the Football Association. “I don’t understand how we survived today,” he said. “People cannot imagine what a punch in the face to be out of the Champions League in the way we are out. “Why not give us one more day to arrive on Sunday because Coventry and (Manchester) United didn’t play in midweek? For broadcasters? “OK. Don’t ask me after to do extra (media duties) because we won’t do it. It’s unacceptable to play today.

  • The Canadian Press

    Girona secures first ever European berth after caning Cadiz in La Liga

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Girona ensured it will earn its first ever berth in a European competition next season after routing Cadiz 4-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Girona solidified its hold on third place and guaranteed it cannot finish lower than seventh, the spot that is rewarded with a trip to the Europa Conference League. A fifth- or sixth-place is good for the Europa League, and the top four get the biggest prize of the Champions League. Girona opened up a 10-point gap over fifth-pla