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Arsenal CEO Apologizes to Fans, Mirror Says: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.

Arsenal Apology

Arsenal Chief Executive Officer Ivan Gazidis apologized to supporters at a meeting for the team’s loss of form and said they deserve better after this week’s League Cup quarterfinal defeat to fourth-tier Bradford City, the Daily Mirror reported.

Manager Arsene Wenger, who is overseeing Arsenal’s worst start to a Premier League season since he took charge in 1996, retains the total support of the club’s board, the Mirror added.

Bould Breakdown

Arsenal players fear Wenger’s relationship with his assistant Steve Bould is breaking down and some are questioning the team’s commitment to its passing style of play when a more direct approach may be a better option, the Sun reported.

Everton Moves

Everton is ready to move for Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, Paris Saint-Germain striker Kevin Gameiro and Toulouse forward Wissam Ben Yedder in January, the Daily Mirror reported.

The Toffees want to bring Lescott back to the club on loan and would be willing to sell Dutch defender John Heitinga to help raise funds to sign Gameiro and Ben Yedder, both of whom have been monitored by club scouts in recent months, the newspaper added.

Hernia Hold Up

Manchester United’s bid to sign Torino’s Angelo Ogbonna as defensive cover next month is on hold after the player had surgery on a hernia, the Daily Mail reported.

United has had the the 24-year-old Ogbonna, who is rated at 18 million pounds ($29 million), watched three times, the Mail added.

Anti-Racism Plan

English soccer will introduce quotas for referees and coaches from ethnic minorities as part of a 92-point plan to tackle racism in the sport, the Daily Mail reported.

The Football Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan, which will be adopted early in the new year, also includes the setting up of confidential telephone hot-lines for players to report bullying and discrimination, and the use of video and audio technology to identify supporters guilty of racist gestures or chanting at matches, the Mail added.

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