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Summary

  1. The cost of attending Premier League football drops
  2. Some Championship away tickets more expensive than Premier League ones
  3. Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin out for four weeks
  4. Joey Barton given one-game ban for breaching betting rules
  5. West Brom striker Saido Berahino 'looking clearer mentally', says boss Tony Pulis
  6. Get Involved: Your reaction to the #PriceofFootball

Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry, Michael Emons and Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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Sadly we have come to the end of today's Sportsday.

It has been a busy day with all the reaction to the BBC Price of Football study, thanks for getting involved. 

Don't forget you can still work out how much it costs you to follow your club with our calculator.

Stay tuned to the BBC Sport website throughout the evening for all of the latest breaking news and we'll be right back here tomorrow at 08:00 GMT to build-up to the return of the Premier League.

See you then.

BreakingStrachan to stay as Scotland boss

Football

Gordon Strachan is to stay on as Scotland boss following SFA board meeting.

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Josh Evans: Dan Johnson and Malcolm Clarke's comments (see 15:27) show the disparity between the commercial side of the Prem and the fans

Chris Whitehead: Price and ticket availability are both issues the higher up the leagues you go. Try watching some lower league football which is just as entertaining, cheaper and generally always available on the gate

Chris White: And above all midweek game fixtures should be local as it's not fair for fans to travel and not able go home and end up having to spend money to stay at a bed and breakfast or hotels. 

Wilkinson backs Farrell to break points record

Rugby Union

Jonny Wilkinson compares George Ford and Owen Farrell to England greats

England rugby union legend Jonny Wilkinson believes Owen Farrell will surpass his record points total of 1246 in Test matches.

Farrell, 25, is currently a long way behind on 497 points.

Fitness boost for Southampton

Southampton v Liverpool (15:00 GMT)

Claude Puel
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Plenty of promising fitness news for Southampton fans from this afternoon's press conference with manager Claude Puel.

He confirmed Fraser Forster, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Cedric Soares, Ryan Bertrand and Dusan Tadic should all be fit for Saturday's game against Liverpool.

Forster and Hojberg both returned early from international duty, Bertrand picked up a knock during England training, Cedric has been sidelined with a foot injury and Tadic suffered a facial injury playing for Serbia against Wales.

Dusan Tadic
Reuters

Gerrard in talks with MK Dons

Football

More on Gerrard and MK Dons.

It is not clear whether the 36-year-old midfielder, who is set to leave MLS side LA Galaxy in December, will retire from playing should he land the manager's job at MK Dons.

The club are 21st in League One and Gerrard would replace Karl Robinson.

Gerrard, England's fourth most-capped player, left Anfield in 2015 after 17 years in the first team, playing 710 times and winning eight major trophies.

BreakingGerrard in contact with MK Dons over manager's role

Football

Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and MK Dons have been in contact over the club's vacant manager's role.

Wycombe the cheapest day out in League Two

Wycombe Wanderers
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Our Price of Football study found that Wycombe Wanderers offer the cheapest day out in League Two for £22.90, which includes a matchday ticket, pie, tea and programme.

Their chairman Andrew Howard said: “The results of this survey reflect our commitment to offering an enjoyable, affordable and safe day out for fans of all ages and backgrounds. 

"Football is an entertainment business and we want to be able to attract the highest possible number of supporters to come and watch games here at Adams Park.

“We feel we have the most sensible pricing structure we’ve had for a number of years, which has come as the result of a lot of analysis at previous trends in data. 

Wycombe's cheapest match day ticket costs £15, a programme £3, a pie £3.30 and tea £1.60. Find out how much it costs at your club using our calculator.

'You have no clue' Djokovic tells umpire

Tennis

'You have no clue' Djokovic tells umpire

Watch Novak Djokovic's angry exchange with umpire Fergus Murphy during his win against David Goffin at the ATP World Tour finals.

Former world number one Djokovic won the match 6-1 6-2.

FA chief executive on safe standing

Football

Ahead of today's meeting between Premier League clubs, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn said the organisation must "tread very carefully" around the issue of safe standing.

"It's obviously sensitive given Hillsborough,” he said.

"There's a lot we can learn from the way Celtic are doing it. We need to look at what the facts are and then calmly make a decision after that.”

"We've got different history [to Germany]. We've had Hillsborough, and they haven't.”

“So I think we have got to tread very carefully because our number one duty is to create a safe environment for fans watching football.

"We'll work with the whole game to come up with an aligned point of view.”

We have to improve - Bilic

Tottenham v West Ham (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Some more quotes from West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, talking about the club's plight that sees them 17th in the Premier League.

"We are missing points," said Bilic. "If we had beaten Stoke last time out we would be mid-table, because it's so tight. But we are 17th, and if you are 17th you are very close to relegation and we have to improve even more.

"On one hand the worst thing to do is lose confidence and doubt yourselves individually and as a group. On the other hand you can't keep talking and saying the table doesn't matter, that we are a good team and we will click.

"We need to win games because the other teams are also getting unexpected results which are getting them points."

Slaven Bilic
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Premier League clubs 'cautious' over safe standing

Football

Premier League clubs have agreed further talks on the possibility of introducing safe standing at grounds.

Top flight and Championship stadiums have had to be all-seater since terraces were outlawed in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

A Premier League spokesman said: "Given that fan safety is of paramount concern clubs are understandably cautious and there was no overall consensus on the matter.

"This is a complex and emotive topic with a number of issues, varying from club to club, which need to be considered carefully before clubs can decide if they wish to pursue any changes, including legislative, that are required to allow them the option of safe standing areas in their grounds.

"The clubs have tasked the Premier League with scoping out the safety, supporter, technical and legislative‎ issues surrounding safe standing before any further discussions, based on the facts, can take place." 

Gutted to be out injured. Working hard already to come back stronger 💪

Gutted to be out injured. Working hard already to come back stronger 💪

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will be out for four weeks with an ankle injury, it was confirmed earlier today.

Bradley denies Swansea City are 'in crisis'

Everton v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Rob Phillips

BBC Wales Football Correspondent

Manager Bob Bradley has denied Swansea City are a club in crisis.

While on international duty, South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung was quoted as saying he was returning to a ''crisis'' club.

Bradley said he understood fans' concerns, but insisted: "That is not the word I would use."

And he called on his players to show the sort of leadership for which Ashley Williams was renowned as the Swans face their former captain at Everton.

Bob Bradley
Gett

Celtic's safe standing: how does it work?

Football

Safe-standing: Richard Conway explains Celtic's new rail seating

Premier League clubs agreed further talks on the possibility of introducing safe standing today.

Here BBC Sport's Richard Conway looks at Celtic's new safe-standing area.

Koeman confirms Everton interest in Man Utd's Depay

Everton v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Everton have been linked with a January move for Manchester United's Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay and Toffees boss Ronald Koeman admits he would be keen on signing him.

"If there is any possibility I would be interested," said Koeman. "I was interested in the player when I was at Southampton two years ago and of course we will do some business in January."

Koeman also responded after newspaper headlines suggested he had told striker Romelu Lukaku to leave Goodison Park to further his career.

"You had several headlines about what I said and I just need to defend myself as the headline is taken out of context," added Koeman.

"We have to show Romelu that we will grow, we will get bigger and will fight for titles. If we stay only at this level then it is not good if he finishes his career at Everton."

Memphis Depay
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Will Memphis Depay be lining up for Everton later in the season?

BBC extends Wimbledon deal

Tennis

The BBC has extended its contract to broadcast Wimbledon for an additional four years, taking its partnership with the All England Club through to 2024.

The agreement means the Grand Slam remains free to air across BBC television, online and radio.

"Wimbledon is the pinnacle of the sport," said BBC director general Tony Hall.

Earlier this year, a peak audience of 13.3 million watched Andy Murray win his second Wimbledon title on BBC One.

Dyche open to Barton training at Burnley

Football

Joey Barton
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More on Joey Barton.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is open to the midfielder returning to the club to train.

Barton spent nine months at Turf Moor last season, helping them win promotion to the Premier League, but had his Rangers contract terminated earlier this month. 

“It's a situation where, if he called me and said 'can I train?', we'd help him out the best we could," Dyche said.

“There's lots of players in my past I've helped out. If he felt he needed a base to get fit, among many other players I've helped out, I'd listen. 

“Myself and my staff have helped out young players, old players, phone calls to other clubs. If Joey requires our support here, he'd get that."

Barton given one-match ban

Football

Joey Barton has been given a one-match suspension for breaking Scottish FA rules on gambling.

The former Rangers midfielder attended Thursday's hearing at Hampden and admitted to the charge of placing 44 bets between 1 July and 15 September.

SFA disciplinary rules prohibit players, coaches, club officials and referees in Scotland from betting on football anywhere in the world.

Barton, 34, had his Rangers contract terminated earlier this month.

Djokovic wins again at the O2

Tennis

Novak Djokovic has dispatched David Goffin 6-1 6-2 in 69 minutes for his third win at this year's ATP Tour Finals.

He will play in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Mr Megatron: Money has made sports unaffordable in all fields. Just thirty years ago, you could watch top tier football matches, golf, cricket, wrestling, darts and world title fights on domestic TV. Now that they have become advertising platforms, the vast majority of people that are not prepared to pay the extortionate prices are shout out. Quite sad.

Chris Spina: That's nothing, MLS prices are the worst...$46 avg per ticket, which is over £33! Food/drink is expensive too

Richard Kosmala: Championship football away tickets averaging more than Premier away tickets! Only in English football! - shocking!! 

Price of Football: Dan Johnson and Malcolm Clarke discuss premier league prices

Here are two conflicting views on the Price of Football debate.

The Premier League's director of communications Dan Johnson defends the price of tickets while Malcolm Clarke from the Football Supporters Federation says they could do more.  

BreakingMore Premier League talks on safe standing

Football

Premier League clubs have agreed to hold further talks on the possibility of introducing safe standing at grounds.

Initial discussions between clubs were held on Thursday, with an emphasis on safety being of paramount importance.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold said the meeting represented the "first steps towards safe standing".

Safe standing 'should be an option'

Football

Chris Waddle

Ex-England winger speaking to BBC Sport

I loved [standing]. If it's controlled right the atmosphere is different. There's nothing better than seeing a crowd on their feet and jumping around. 

In the 70s and the 80s they overcrowded them. I can see why they changed it.

The safety issue is obviously really important but as we've seen on the continent there's some grounds that still have standing.

It's got a lot of pluses – so if it's controlled right I'm definitely for it.  I think it should be an option.

'I would hate to say I told you so'

Football

More from Sue Roberts from the Hillsborough Foundation after Premier League clubs discussed safe standing for the first time today.

All-seater stadiums have been compulsory in the top two divisions in England since an inquiry into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

"If people were going into a seated area [Hillsbrough] could never have happened,” Roberts said.

"Why break what isn't broke? There's been no accidents since [Hillsbrough].”

"We're only thinking of the safety of others. It's too late for us - we've already lost our loved ones through standing on terraces.

“We have a tendency to forget things in history. I think it's one step in the wrong direction that will eventually lead to another step and then another step. I would hate to be still around to say I told you so.

"But if we let standards lapse, at some point in the future somebody will be saying why didn't we listen?"

'Schmeichel has been working as an outfield player - he's much better in goal'

Watford v Leicester (15:00 GMT)

Some more quotes from Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, courtesy of BBC Radio Leicester.

In the clip, which can be listened to below, Ranieri discusses how Danny Drinkwater, Demarai Gray, Nampalys Mendy and Kasper Schmeichel are recovering from injuries.

Goalkeeper Schmeichel is still out been out with a groin injury and has only recently returned to training, although only with the outfield players, with Ranieri not too impressed with his skills.

Claudio Ranieri with injury updates on Drinkwater, Gray, Mendy and Schmeichel.

Swansea players must show courage, strength and leadership - Bradley

Everton v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea have only picked up one point in Bob Bradley's four games in charge and the Swans face a difficult challenge on Saturday as they play away at Everton.

Bradley said: “Without a doubt, we need more leadership. We need leadership on the field, and that comes in different ways. That can be a strong voice, but it can also be someone who makes the right play at the right moment in a game.

"I understand the supporters feeling passion, emotion and disappointment with where we stand at the moment.

"You have to challenge the players to understand that you don’t get out of these spots unless you show courage and strength." 

Bob Bradley
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Breaking: Premier League meeting over. West Ham co-chairman David Gold "Premier League took the first steps today towards safe standing."

Gold emphasises there's a long way to go but tenor of the Premier League meeting seems to be positive on safe standing.

'Safe standing a backwards step'

Football

Sue Roberts from the Hillsborough Foundation says she is "very disappointed" the Premier League is discussing safe standing.

"We still haven't got justice, and yet the Premier League is discussing a backwards step,” she said.

"I know not all the clubs are looking for this and I hope they just shout out.

"We can't say what lives have been saved because it's all seated stadia now, but surely when you think of all the near misses that happened in the 70s and the 80s - seating in grounds has definitely saved lives.

"If there are problems with atmosphere then the clubs need to address that. Standing is not the answer.”

Premier League clubs discuss safe standing

Football

Celtic safe standing
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Premier League clubs have met today and discussed the issue of safe standing for the first time.

All-seater stadiums have been compulsory in the top two divisions in England since an inquiry into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

Any changes to the existing legislation would require government approval.

Safe-standing areas, featuring retractable seats, have been introduced abroad, most notably in Germany.

In July, Celtic opened a new 2,900-capacity safe-standing section,comprising rail seating installed in the north-east corner of Celtic Park.

United will lose £22m if they finish out of top four

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

The investors conference call that follows an hour after Manchester United announce their latest set of financial results is usually a bland affair.

Today there was a sting in the tail.

The last question concerned United’s £750m sponsorship deal with German kit manufacturer Adidas and a pretty significant clause.

It was known there would be a reduction in the annual payment if United failed to qualify for the Champions League for a second successive season but it wasn’t clear how much.

Today United confirmed it was 30%.

It means the cost to the club if Jose Mourinho fails to secure a top four finish would be around £22m.

Jones delays England announcement

Rugby Union

England rugby union coach Eddie Jones has delayed announcing his team for Saturday’s autumn international against Fiji until tomorrow as he continues to assess the injuries to his squad.

Jones was expected to name his side earlier today.

McIlroy struggles as Westwood leads

Golf

World number two Rory McIlroy had his worst ever round in the DP World Tour Championship to lie nine shots behind first-round leader Lee Westwood.

The Northern Irishman, twice a winner of the European Tour's season-finale, stumbled to a three-over-par 75 to lie joint 55th in a 60-man field. McIlroy, 27, has never finished worse than 11th in his seven appearances at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

It took McIlroy 14 holes to register his first birdie of the day and although he swiftly added another on the next, the four-time major winner double-bogeyed the 16th after needing two attempts - the second minus his right shoe and sock - to play from the edge of a water hazard.

Westwood, meanwhile, carded seven birdies and just one bogey in his 66.

Rory McIlroy
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'Liverpool one of the title favourites'

Southampton v Liverpool (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Liverpool are top of the table and Southampton boss Claude Puel, whose side entertain the league leaders on Saturday, thinks Jurgen Klopp's team are good enough to stay there.

Puel says: "Liverpool are one of the favourites this season. They have great players and a very good trainer.

"My players have done well against the big teams this season, but perhaps we need a bit more luck. "It's important for the team to keep good energy, with the players feeling fresh for every game."

Claude Puel
Getty Images

£4 for a programme?

Southampton
BBC

How much would you pay for a match day programme?

Southampton's is the most expensive in the Premier League at £4. The Premier League average is £3.35.

Don't forget you can work out how much it costs you to follow your club using our calculator.

Applegate may retire after funding drop

Para-swimming

Jessica-Jane Applegate
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Four-time Paralympic medallist Jessica-Jane Applegate may be forced to retire at the age of 20 after a drop in funding from British Para-Swimming.

Applegate won three medals at Rio 2016 to add to her gold from London 2012, despite having career-saving surgery nine weeks prior to the Brazil Games.

But, as she has not managed a personal best this year, her funding is set to drop from £21,000 per year to £11,000.

"That means we can't continue," Applegate's mother Dawn told BBC Radio Norfolk: "We just can't financially find that kind of money to carry on.

"Jess was on £21,000 but also had extra help from donations and other funding which supported everything. We just really don't know what to do at the moment."

Happy birthday to...

Football

Nani - Valencia and Portugal winger, formerly of Manchester United, turns 30 today.

Nani of Portugal
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Which league is the cheapest in the UK?

Price of Football 2016

Matchday tickets for less than £8, no season tickets over £75 and free meet-and-greets with the players.

Welcome to the Women's Super League.

The WSL came out as the cheapest league in the UK in the Price of Football study for the second year running.

This is despite a year-on-year rise in prices across all four categories we analysed. 

Read more here.

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Here's how WSL1 champions Manchester City Women fared in the Price of Football calculator

'Vardy will be a new player after England goal'

Watford v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Striker Jamie Vardy has not scored in 12 games for Leicester, but he did find the back of the net during England's 2-2 draw with Spain on Tuesday, and Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is delighted he did.

"It was important for him, important for everybody," said Ranieri, whose side play Watford away in the Premier League on Saturday.

"He never spoke about this (his goalless run) but I know the goalscorer wants to score and I think it will be a new Vardy.

"He always works hard for the team and I watched the England match and the goal was fantastic. It helps me, helps the team and helps himself."

Jamie Vardy
Getty Images

North East rivals to fight for Dundalk winger?

Latest gossip

Daryl Horgan
PA

Sunderland and Newcastle are both interested in Dundalk winger Daryl Horgan, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Horgan, 24, was called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the first time this month having impressed for his club who are competing in the Europa League this season and are League of Ireland champions.

The Telegraph say Sunderland are leading the race for the midfielder but Newcastle may have a larger transfer budget than their rivals.