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Manchester City can't use Newport pitch as excuse in FA Cup - Guardiola

Appearing on our new 'That FA Cup Podcast' Paul Mariner and Shaka Hislop believe there's zero chance of an upset between Newport and Man City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

MANCHESTER, England -- Pep Guardiola has said Manchester City cannot use the pitch as an excuse when they face League Two Newport County in the FA Cup fifth round(Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+)

The surface at Newport's Rodney Parade stadium, also used by two rugby union clubs, has bare and muddy patches in some areas.

"We have to adapt," Guardiola told a news conference. "It is what it is, and we have to accept that challenge.

"We played in the Premier League against Tottenham when, days...

Manchester United's Martial, Lingard to miss Chelsea, Liverpool games - Solskjaer

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MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester United could be without Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard for three weeks, according to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Martial and Lingard both limped off during the 2-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday and are set to miss the FA Cup fifth round tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday and the Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford six days later. 

"I think they'll be out for two to...

Newport goalkeeper Joe Day: I'm too busy with newborns to focus on Manchester City

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Robbie Wilmott and Padraig Amond scored to put League Two side Newport County into the FA Cup fifth round, where they'll face Manchester City.

NEWPORT, Wales -- Newport County goalkeeper Joe Day has said he has been too busy with his newborn twins to give much thought to facing Premier League champions Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+).

Day was helping the League Two side beat Middlesbrough 2-0 in an FA Cup fourth round replay when his wife gave birth to girls Sophia Grace and Emelia Lillie.

The 28-year-old ran straight from the pitch to the hospital to be with his wife Lizzie and has...

UK Sports Minister calls in football bodies to discuss recent racism

British Sports Minister Mims Davies will hold an "urgent" meeting with football authorities to discuss recent cases of racist chanting and abuse at matches.

Davies will meet in the coming weeks with representatives of the Football Association (FA), Premier League and English Football League (EFL) to address the issues, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said in a statement on Monday.

Campaign groups such as Stonewall and Kick It Out, will also be invited to discuss what more football...