Manchester City star Raheem Sterling wants to hold talks with the Football Association (FA) and Premier League about tackling racism.

England forward Sterling has this season been vocal on the issue since suffering alleged racist abuse from Chelsea fans during a 2-0 loss in December, criticising the media's coverage of black players and speaking out in support of other footballers that have been targeted.

The 24-year-old in April backed an anti-racism manifesto that included demands for harsher punishments and greater representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic people at a governance level throughout football.

Sterling, who, along with Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi, was also subjected to racist chanting during a Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro in March, hopes to have an opportunity to have a dialogue with English football's governing bodies during the close season.

"With football you can get caught up in training every day and games every two to three days so you don't really have a lot of time to be out speaking to people," said Sterling at the Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival.

"But in my off-time, holidays if I can get to speak to the FA and people in the Premier League and see how we can look about doing things better in the future for sure I will be there in person to try and do that."

Sterling reiterated his desire to see a nine-point deduction handed to clubs whose fans are found to have racially abused players.

"There needs to be stricter punishments. If I go to a football game and I support Manchester United for example I do not want to be the person that lets my team down by saying silly remarks in the stadium," he said.

"If your team is going to be deducted nine points from them winning the league you are not going to say these racist remarks.

"Fining someone or fining a club £5,000 or fining a fan £300 doesn't do anything."

Hamza Choudhury has been fined by the Football Association and ordered to attend an educational course after he was charged with misconduct for social media posts.

Leicester City midfielder Choudhury apologised for messages he wrote on Twitter in 2013 and 2014 that included references to race, suicide and women's football.

The FA charged the 21-year-old with misconduct and has now fined Choudhury £5,000.

"Comments posted by the Leicester City player on social media between 20/06/13 and 10/05/14, which included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or sexual orientation, were found to be abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute," the FA confirmed on Friday.

"The midfielder was also warned as to his future conduct."

Hamza Choudhury has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) over historical social media posts.

Leicester City midfielder Choudhury, 21, this week apologised for messages he wrote on Twitter in 2013 and 2014 that included references to race, suicide and women's football.

An FA statement read: "It is alleged that the comments breach FA Rule E3(1) as they were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. 

"It is further alleged that the comments constitute an 'Aggravated Breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or sexual orientation."

Choudhury has until May 13 to provide a response.

He said in a statement widely reported earlier this week: "[The posts] do not represent my true beliefs.

"I've learned a lot as a person in my early years as a professional - certainly enough to know that some of the thoughtless comments I have made in the past are both hurtful and offensive.

"I'm deeply sorry to anyone I have offended - both at the time and since they've been recirculated."

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been fined £8,000 after admitting a Football Association (FA) charge of misconduct.

Sarri was sent from the dugout for his reaction to a fracas involving Chelsea and Burnley players in the 94th minute of the 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

"Maurizio Sarri has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a misconduct charge from The FA and accepted the standard penalty," the FA said in a statement on Thursday.

Sarri did not conduct his post-match media duties after apparently being left incensed by the decision to send him off, which assistant Gianfranco Zola later described as a misunderstanding.

Zola also stated the former Napoli head coach had been offended by comments made by members of Burnley's coaching staff and was also frustrated by the Clarets' alleged time-wasting.

Reports later emerged suggesting Sarri had been the target of a discriminatory insult by someone from the Burnley dugout.

Frank Lampard has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association (FA) after Derby County's Championship game against Birmingham City.

Lampard confronted referee Simon Hooper after a 2-2 draw last Friday, the Derby boss feeling his side had been denied a penalty.

"The players gave everything and if we'd got the clear penalty on Craig Bryson, it would have won a very tight game," Lampard told reporters.

Lampard has until 18:00 BST on Monday to respond to an FA charge that alleges "his language and/or behaviour on the field of play after the conclusion of the fixture amounts to improper conduct".

It is the second time this season Lampard, in his first campaign as a manager, has been in trouble with the FA.

In September the former Chelsea and England midfielder accepted a fine of £2,000 after he was sent off during a defeat to Rotherham United.

Derby are on track to qualify for the play-offs, with Lampard's side sixth in the table and with a game in hand over seventh-placed Middlesbrough.

The Football Association has welcomed the publication of a new anti-racism manifesto backed by Manchester City star Raheem Sterling. 

England forward Sterling has spoken in favour of the campaign, from The Times, which called for radical changes to be made in football. 

"Up and down the game, across the world, black and Asian players, fans and coaches are subjected to racism," Sterling wrote in the newspaper. "Every day, from park football to the Champions League." 

Sterling himself has been a victim of alleged racist abuse this season, both while playing for City at Chelsea and also for his country during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro, and called for teams to be docked nine-points if their fans are found to be guilty of racism.

The manifesto's demands for change included greater representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people at a governance level throughout football, a consistency of sanctions across different countries and designated sponsorship exposure for anti-discrimination groups.

And the FA has given its backing to the campaign, while giving details of what it is doing to address racism. 

"We welcome the manifesto as it complements and supports much of the work we are already doing to ensure better gender and ethnic minority representation in our game," said an FA spokesperson. 

"The FA wants to create positive change in English football to ensure it better reflects modern society, while helping to bring down barriers and inspire future generations. 

"We agree that there should be radical change at the top. Decision-making in football needs to reflect society and football' s fantastically diverse participants. In 2018, the FA launched its equality, diversity and inclusion plan, 'In Pursuit of Progress' where we set out clear targets, as the manifesto requests, for BAME coaches, employees and leaders." 

A number of incidents in games across Europe this season have led to calls for more to be done when players are targeted by racist abuse during matches. 

"The FA agrees completely with the manifesto's statement that players have a fundamental right to a workplace free from discriminatory abuse," the FA spokesperson added. 

"Currently there is a protocol for players to follow if they hear discriminatory abuse, which is designed to both protect the player and also to ensure that the matter can be investigated immediately and the appropriate steps taken. 

"This can include the referee stopping the game and allowing the players to leave the field of play. We would encourage the protocol to be used rather than a player or players walking off as we believe that this is the best way to remove the burden from players." 

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson understands goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is "desperate" to be educated about Adolf Hitler and fascism after his apparent "lamentable" ignorance saw him cleared of wrongdoing after making an alleged Nazi salute.

Wales international Hennessey was charged by the Football Association (FA) after a photograph showing him with his right arm raised and left hand placed over his mouth was posted to Instagram by Palace team-mate Max Meyer, who is German, in January. 

Hennessey denied knowingly giving the Nazi salute and an FA hearing earlier in April found the charges against him were not proven.

Nevertheless, the written reasons produced by the judging panel surmised Hennessey had "a very considerable – one might even say lamentable – degree of ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime".

And Hodgson is convinced Hennessey now wants to learn about the history attached to Nazism.

"I don't know how disappointed one should be [about Hennessey's perceived ignorance]," Hodgson said at a news conference on Friday.

"It's different to people of my generation who are much closer to it [the period of time]. I don't quite know what the young generation is learning about it.

"I think what is important in that report is that they made it perfectly clear they found Wayne a very honest and kind and good individual.

"The fact he lacks education is where we as a club and Kick It Out [an equality and inclusion organisation], with whom we work very closely, have to take into consideration, because maybe it's something we haven't been so aware of.

"Obviously we are talking about a period of history which maybe isn't being dealt with in the education programme as it once was.

"I would guess that this might be a subject which goes beyond one individual, we might be highlighting with Wayne that it's actually rife throughout football.

"I've no idea about the level of knowledge in relation to the Holocaust, the Second World War, in other clubs or even in our club. It's now something we know may well exist and will have to be dealt with.

"Together, the club and Kick It Out, we will sort it out, certainly where Wayne's concerned because he is actually very desperate now to learn as much as he can."

Palace are away to Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.

Danny Rose, Chris Smalling and Troy Deeney are among the Premier League players who will boycott social media for 24 hours as part of a Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) initiative to take a stand against racism. 

The PFA's #Enough campaign will encourage players in England and Wales to refrain from using their personal accounts between 09:00 GMT on Friday until the same time the following day. 

Rose was racially abused during last month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro alongside England team-mates Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the Tottenham full-back recently said he "can't wait to see the back of football". 

In the past week Arsenal and Chelsea both condemned supporters who allegedly abused Kalidou Koulibaly and Mohamed Salah respectively and the proliferation of such incidents has persuaded the PFA to act. 

"When I said that I can't wait to see the back of football, it is because of the racism that I, and many other players, have been subjected to our entire careers," Rose said. "Football has a problem with racism.

"I don't want any future players to go through what I've been through in my career. Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse." 

The PFA has also pledged to continue its work with the Football Association and apply more pressure to governing bodies FIFA and UEFA through the international players' union FIFPro. 

Manchester United centre-back Smalling said: "Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just 'part of the game' but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income.

"I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human. 

"As a patron of a youth education charity it is my duty to use my platform as a voice for all, regardless of background. We have to take a greater stand against discrimination of all kinds." 

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, Arsenal forward Danielle Carter and Wycombe Wanderers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa also launched the PFA campaign alongside Deeney, the Watford forward who was targeted by racist messages alongside team-mates Adrian Mariappa and Christian Kabasele after scoring in his team's dramatic FA Cup semi-final win over Wolves. 

"My team-mates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch," Deeney said. 

"Any racism in football is too much, and it's essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it. 

"On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players - or anyone else - whether from the crowd or online, that we won't tolerate it within football."

Deeney added: "The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism – enough is enough." 

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association (FA) over alleged betting breaches.

Scholes, who left League Two side Oldham Athletic a month into his first managerial post earlier this year, allegedly placed 140 bets on football matches.

The FA stated on Tuesday the bets were placed between August 17, 2015 and January 12, 2019 - prior to Scholes' appointment at Oldham.

He has until April 26 to respond to the misconduct charge.

Scholes, considered among the best midfielders of his generation, has previously taken temporary charge of non-league outfit Salford City, where he is involved in the ownership, in January 2015.

The United great is a part-owner of the club along with former team-mates David Beckham, Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville.

Scholes, who made 66 international appearances for England, previously wrote a column for betting company Paddy Power.

In July 2017, the FA cut Joey Barton's ban from all football activity over betting breaches from 18 months to 13 months after the player appealed against the length of the sanction.

Barton, who did not play professionally again and is now in charge of Fleetwood Town, admitted placing 1,260 football-related bets between March 2006 and May 2016.

Omnisport have contacted Scholes' management for comment.

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was deemed to have a "lamentable" degree of ignorance about Adolf Hitler and fascism by the panel that cleared him of a Football Association (FA) charge for an alleged Nazi salute.

Wales international Hennessey was charged by the FA after a photograph showing him with his right arm raised and left hand placed over his mouth was posted to Instagram by his Palace team-mate Max Meyer in January.

Hennessey denied knowingly making the gesture and a hearing in April found the charges against the goalkeeper not proven.

The written reasons released on Tuesday explained why Hennessey did not receive any punishment following the incident.

"Mr Hennessey categorically denied that he was giving a Nazi salute. Indeed, from the outset he said that he did not even know what one was," said the document.

"Improbable as that may seem to those of us of an older generation, we do not reject that assertion as untrue.

"In fact, when cross-examined about this Mr Hennessey displayed a very considerable – one might even say lamentable – degree of ignorance about anything to do with Hitler, fascism and the Nazi regime.

"Regrettable though it may be that anyone should be unaware of so important a part of our own and world history, we do not feel we should therefore find he was not telling the truth about this.

"All we would say (at the risk of sounding patronising) is that Mr Hennessey would be well advised to familiarise himself with events which continue to have great significance to those who live in a free country." 

The written reasons also noted Meyer, who is German, would "hardly be likely" to have posted the photograph to Instagram had he felt Hennessey was giving a Nazi salute.

Meyer was among those who gave evidence, along with Hennessey's manager Roy Hodgson and Palace players Connor Wickham, James McArthur, Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly and Wilfried Zaha. 

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey will not face punishment over a social media post in which he made an alleged Nazi salute, the Football Association (FA) has announced.

Wales international Hennessey denied making the gesture in a photograph on Instagram posted by his German team-mate Max Meyer in January.  

The FA said a breach of disciplinary rules had been "found not proven" by an independent regulatory commission.

In a statement on the Palace website, Hennessey said: "I'm delighted that the FA have found me not guilty of this charge. This was a genuinely innocent moment, which appeared to be something completely different when captured on camera.

"I want to state for the record that I abhor all forms of racism, fascism, antisemitism or discrimination of any kind."

The Football Association (FA) has confirmed that Mark Bullingham will succeed Martin Glenn as the organisation's chief executive.

Glenn announced in December that he will step down from his position at the end of the 2018-19 season with the FA praising him for having "delivered much of what he came to do" and leaving "strong foundations for his successor".

Bullingham joined the FA in August 2016 as commercial and marketing director before taking on a role as chief commercial and football development officer in December last year.

The FA cited his contribution to annual revenue growth, new sponsorship deals, FA Cup broadcast agreements and the successful UEFA Women's Euro 2021 bid as factors behind his appointment.

"This is an incredibly exciting time to be at The Football Association and I’m delighted to be given this opportunity," Bullingham said.

"However, there is still a huge amount to do; from transforming the quality of amateur pitches, to doubling the women’s and girls’ game across the country, to hosting major international tournaments, to building digital tools to help volunteers across all areas of the grassroots game."

FA chairman Greg Clarke added: "Mark has played a key role in the recent success of the FA and under his leadership the organisation will continue to break new ground."

The Football Association (FA) has described alleged racist behaviour during England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro on Monday as "abhorrent" and has welcomed UEFA's investigation into the incident.

England boss Gareth Southgate claimed full-back Danny Rose was targeted after picking up a late yellow card, while Callum Hudson-Odoi revealed he heard "monkey stuff" in Podgorica.

Montenegro coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic said he had "not heard nor noticed any chanting", but the nation has received multiple charges from UEFA, including one for racist behaviour.

The governing body has also charged Montenegro for setting off fireworks, throwing objects, crowd disturbances and the blocking of stairways.

In a statement, the FA highlighted the importance of combining "sanctions and education" and believes there is still a long way to go to eradicate the issue.

"On Monday evening, England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro," a statement read.

"This is unacceptable at any level of the game and we welcome UEFA's decision today to take disciplinary action. Our immediate focus is on supporting UEFA with their investigation and the players and staff involved.

"The issues we saw last night are not isolated to any specific country, and despite progress English football still has its own incidents of discrimination.

"Our experience is that by combining both sanctions and education, whilst working alongside campaigners such as Kick It Out, real progress can be made. But there remains much work to be done.

"Football is a game for all and we must all take responsibility to work together and share our experiences and learnings to tackle discrimination in the game."

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary board will hear the case on May 16.

Peter Beardsley has been charged by the Football Association (FA) following an investigation into his conduct at Newcastle United.

Beardsley, a former England international, left his post as a youth coach at Newcastle this month.

The FA subsequently revealed an investigation was under way following allegations he made racist and abusive comments towards young players.

And the governing body confirmed on Friday the 58-year-old has now been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.

"It is alleged Mr Beardsley used abusive and/or insulting words towards Newcastle United Under 23 players, which were contrary to FA Rule E3(1), whilst employed as their coach," an FA statement said.

"It is further alleged these words also constituted an 'Aggravated Breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as they included reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.

"He has until Friday 12 April 2019 to provide a response."

Following his departure from Newcastle, Beardsley released a statement that read: "The time is now right for me to seek a new challenge and I wish the players all the best and the supporters the success they deserve.

"I have always honoured my contractual obligations of confidentiality to the club and maintained my silence, which has in itself been very difficult. I am incredibly grateful for the tremendous support I have received and I look forward to the future."

Beardsley saw a Premier League inquiry over allegations of bullying during a previous period of employment with Newcastle dismissed 16 years ago.

Marco Silva has been handed a £12,000 fine by the Football Association (FA) after the Everton boss confronted referee Lee Mason and his assistants following the loss to Newcastle United.

Everton lost the Premier League match 3-2 at St James' Park on March 9 having led 2-0 at half-time, with Silva livid that Ayoze Perez's late winner was allowed to stand despite suspicions of offside.

Silva came onto the pitch after the final whistle to remonstrate with Mason and the other officials, an act that resulted in an improper conduct charge, which he accepted.

The FA confirmed on Tuesday that, following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Silva had been fined £12,000 but had escaped a touchline ban.

Earlier this month, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was given a two-game touchline ban following his own heated exchange with referee Mike Dean at Burnley.

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