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Class of ’92 appoint former Salford midfielder Richie Wellens as the club’s new manager

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Richie Wellens has returned to Salford after being appointed as the League Two club’s new manager.

Sportsmail revealed on Monday how Gary Neville and Salford City’s Class of 92 owners’ were impressed with the way Wellens won promotion from their division last season. 

The 40-year-old – who scored once in nine appearances for the then National League North outfit in 2016 – will replace Graham Alexander, who was sacked on October 12.  

Richie Wellens (above) has been appointed the new boss at League Two side Salford City

Richie Wellens (above) has been appointed the new boss at League Two side Salford City

Richie Wellens (above) has been appointed the new boss at League Two side Salford City

Wellens, who played for The Ammies in the National League North in 2016, said: ‘It’s a club on the up and I’m a manager that wants to win games. 

‘Coming to Salford is an opportunity to win week in, week out, and it’s a fantastic opportunity for me to take the club to where they want to be.’

Salford currently sit 10th in the League Two table – having won four of their opening 10 games under interim manager Paul Scholes. 

Former manager Graham Alexander was sacked on October 12.

Former manager Graham Alexander was sacked on October 12.

Salford sit 10th table - having won four of their opening 10 games under interim manager Paul Scholes.

Salford sit 10th table - having won four of their opening 10 games under interim manager Paul Scholes.

 He replace former boss Graham Alexander (left) and interim manager Paul Scholes (right)

Salford are co-owned by the Neville brothers, Gary and Phil, Scholes, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.

Salford City’s Class of 92 owners were eager to appoint Wellens –  who gained managerial experience with Oldham and Swindon. 

Gary Neville has since welcome he former Manchester United academy player, who also had spells at Blackpool, Oldham, Doncaster, Leicester, Shrewsbury and Macclesfield, to the club. 

Neville said: ‘Richie is someone we know well from Manchester United and his previous spell here.

‘He has success at this level after winning the League Two title with Swindon Town last season, and his philosophy to play attacking football is what we want to bring fans at The Peninsula Stadium. We look forward to achieving success together.’

Gary Neville (above) and Salford City's Class of 92 owners were eager to appoint Wellens

Gary Neville (above) and Salford City's Class of 92 owners were eager to appoint Wellens

Gary Neville (above) and Salford City’s Class of 92 owners were eager to appoint Wellens 

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Valencia walk-off in match with Cadiz after alleged racist remark to Mouctar Diakhaby

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Valencia players walked off the pitch during their game with Cadiz after an alleged racist remark was aimed at defender Mouctar Diakhaby.

The incident happened 30 minutes into the game as Diakhaby had a clash with Cadiz defender Juan Cala which saw him receive a yellow card.

Diakhaby was visibly angry at something that was was then said as Cadiz defender Fali and one of his own teammates then held him back.

Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby was unhappy following a comment by a Cadiz player

Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby was unhappy following a comment by a Cadiz player

Valencia defender Mouctar Diakhaby was unhappy following a comment by a Cadiz player

Diakhaby explained his position to the referee before deciding to walk off the pitch

Diakhaby explained his position to the referee before deciding to walk off the pitch

Diakhaby explained his position to the referee before deciding to walk off the pitch 

The match was suspended after 30 minutes when the Valencia players walked off the pitch

The match was suspended after 30 minutes when the Valencia players walked off the pitch

The match was suspended after 30 minutes when the Valencia players walked off the pitch

The referee then asked for an explanation from Diakhaby before the defender then walked off the pitch just moments later, followed by the rest of his teammates. 

Sportsmail understands that Diakhaby was left devastated following the incident but Valencia have said that he asked his teammates to return to the field to complete the match. 

It’s believed the team would have had to forfeit the game 3-0 if they decided to not complete the match.

The rest of the Valencia players believe Diakhaby and showed this by walking off the pitch together.   

Valencia players would return to the pitch on the backing of Diakhaby who did not continue

Valencia players would return to the pitch on the backing of Diakhaby who did not continue

Valencia players would return to the pitch on the backing of Diakhaby who did not continue

Valencia players did return onto the pitch without Diakhaby, as the club gave a statement on their official Twitter account denouncing any kind of racism.   

They said: ‘The team have held a meeting and decided to continue the game, in order to fight for the honour of the club, but denounce racism of any kind.

‘We offer our complete backing to @Diakhaby_5.

‘The player, who had received a racial insult, requested that his teammates return to the pitch. WE SUPPORT YOU MOUCTAR.’

Both sets of players were given five minutes to warm up before resuming the game, while Diakhaby opted to watch on from the stands.  

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Southampton vs Burnley – Premier League: Live score, lineups and updates

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A must-win battle for both sides is set to unfold on the south coast this afternoon, as Southampton and Burnley each look to kick-start a period of form following the international break.

Each locked on 33 points after 29 matches played so far this season, not even goal difference separates the two sides heading into today’s showdown at St Mary’s.

Sean Dyche‘s men arrive having won their last fixture prior to the international break, while Southampton have just one victory in their last six league matches. 

Follow Sportsmail’s Alex Bowmer for all the live action of Southampton vs Burnley, including scoreline, lineups and build-up.

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Mikel Arteta confirms Arsenal dealt double injury blow with Kieran Tierney and David Luiz sidelined

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Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal have been dealt two injury blows after their loss to Liverpool – with both Kieran Tierney and David Luiz facing spells on the sideline.

After watching his team’s season take another lurch for the worse, the under-fire Arteta was forced to concede that the severity of both issues is unknown.

Tierney picked up a knee injury during the clash at the Emirates, while Luiz, who sat out of the fixture entirely, may even miss a month.

Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal have been dealt a double injury blow after their Liverpool loss

Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal have been dealt a double injury blow after their Liverpool loss

Mikel Arteta confirmed Arsenal have been dealt a double injury blow after their Liverpool loss

With the scores locked level heading into the half-time break, Tierney was taken off after clearly taking a blow in a challenge with James Milner.

The flying Scotland international, in a more positive indication for Arsenal, was able to walk down the tunnel on his own, however. 

‘He felt something in his knee and he was in pain,’ Arteta admitted in his post-match press conference. ‘He will be injured but we don’t know for how long.’

Kieran Tierney limped off with a knee problem and it is currently unclear how long he will miss

Kieran Tierney limped off with a knee problem and it is currently unclear how long he will miss

Kieran Tierney limped off with a knee problem and it is currently unclear how long he will miss

Luiz, meanwhile, suffered his own knee issue during the international break – and Arteta has insisted the club will not rule out any potential treatment options. 

‘There are a few possibilities,’ Arteta added. ‘We are talking with the docs to make the right decision. It looks like he could be out for a few weeks. 

‘It will depend on the decision that we will take.’

It is unclear whether Tierney will be able to feature in Arsenal’s crunch Europa League quarter-final fixture against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

Scotland international Tierney was able to make his own way off the pitch just before half-time

Scotland international Tierney was able to make his own way off the pitch just before half-time

Scotland international Tierney was able to make his own way off the pitch just before half-time

David Luiz also sustained a knee issue and Arteta said the centre back may be out for a month

David Luiz also sustained a knee issue and Arteta said the centre back may be out for a month

David Luiz also sustained a knee issue and Arteta said the centre back may be out for a month

Luiz is certain to be missing, though, and may even see his campaign brought to an early end depending on his recovery.

Arsenal may slip further back into mid-table obscurity this weekend with Aston Villa able to leapfrog them into ninth spot.

Their quest for European football was dealt a knockback by the champions – who cruised home after Diogo Jota’s brace and a further effort from Mohamed Salah.    

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