FOOTBALL: Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak insists the club hold no grudge against Uefa. Al Mubarak wants to consign the Financial Fair Play issue to history and build a ‘constructive relationship’ with European football’s governing body. Uefa banned City from European competition for two seasons earlier this year for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules but the punishment was overturned on appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. ‘Life is too short to carry grudges,’ said Al Mubarak (pictured). ‘It is an important competition. It is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of sports and it is a competition we want to win, and it is a competition we have to respect in order to win. And this was a challenge. It’s behind us. End of story as far as I am concerned.’
Brighton could welcome back fans this weekend
FOOTBALL: Brighton are set to become the first Premier League side to welcome back supporters, with plans reportedly in place for a test event to take place either this coming weekend or next week. The pre-season friendly, against as yet unnamed opponents, will see up to 2,500 fans allowed into the Amex Stadium. Another match lined up as a trial event is the Women’s Super League fixture between West Ham and Arsenal on September 13. Up to 10,000 fans could also be welcomed into Wembley for the FA Trophy and FA Vase finals, on September 20 or 27. October 1 has been set by the government as a date for the limited return of spectators to sporting events.
Middlesex dig deep to see off Sussex
CRICKET: John Simpson and Martin Andersson led Middlesex to a thrilling Bob Willis Trophy victory over visitors Sussex by five wickets at Radlett. Wicketkeeper Simpson and young all-rounder Andersson shared an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 63 to see the hosts to a winning target of 193. Ollie Robinson, who took four wickets for 50, including a spell of three for three in ten balls, had threatened to give Sussex victory but they were left to rue dropped catches to reprieve both Andersson (27 not out) and Simpson (32 not out) in a dramatic finale. Earlier, Middlesex’s Tim Murtagh took five for 34 as Sussex were bundled out for 102 in their second innings.
Exeter’s just another game for Lam
RUGBY UNION: Bristol boss Pat Lam has played down the significance of his side’s table-topping clash with Premiership leaders Exeter at Ashton Gate. The Bears are eight points behind the Chiefs and many observers view tonight’s game as a dress rehearsal for the Premiership final on October 24. ‘As far as we’re concerned it’s just another game where five points are available as we all scramble to try and get into that top four for the play-offs,’ director of rugby Lam said.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Reigning Man of Steel Jackson Hastings is free to play despite being among three players fined and handed 14-day bans for breaching Covid-19 protocols. Wigan half-back Hastings’ ban has been backdated to August 7 even though he played twice during the following fortnight. Huddersfield’s James Gavet and Warrington’s Riley Dean have also been banned.
■ 66 — First-class hundreds for Alastair Cook but rain looks set to leave Essex and Hampshire settling for a draw. The former England captain (pictured) moved past 24,000 runs in first-class cricket, unbeaten on 129 with Essex 249 for three