sport news Twitter accused of 'flaky' response to online abuse; Emma Raducanu and Fallon ...

sport news Twitter accused of 'flaky' response to online abuse; Emma Raducanu and Fallon ...
sport news Twitter accused of 'flaky' response to online abuse; Emma Raducanu and Fallon ...

It has not been the best of seasons for the Aston Martin F1 team and things got worse at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. 

Deep into Saturday's qualifying session a toilet block above the Aston Martin section of the garages began to leak, showering those below. 

Much sniggering and predictable jokes from their rivals ensued as their mechanics raced for cover. 

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe (left) could be one of many footballers set to leave their clubs as a free agent who have to lower their salary expectations because of the market

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe (left) could be one of many footballers set to leave their clubs as a free agent who have to lower their salary expectations because of the market

A number of EFL clubs were left 'seriously unimpressed' following a recent group call with Twitter to discuss the fight against online abuse.

'It was incredibly flaky,' said one official at a Championship side. 'They failed to address the fundamentals.

'There were 200 people on the call and I'd be surprised if any of them left it any the wiser.'

Footballers earning north of £100,000 a week and set to leave their clubs on a free transfer this summer may have to lower their expectations, with insiders claiming the market is the flattest in years. 

With the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus no longer splashing out, clubs elsewhere have been tightening their belts and showing little interest. 

The return of Champions League games being played without spectators in Germany has also had an impact.

Agents are hoping that the arrival of Newcastle's new super-wealthy owners will inject some life into the situation, but do not rule out some household names struggling to find new employers who will pay them anywhere near what they might have previously picked up. 

Even the Middle East option is less favourable, with clubs no longer having to compete with the subdued Chinese market.

Eddie Jones tested positive for Covid, forcing ex-Lions wing John Bentley to think on his feet

Eddie Jones tested positive for Covid, forcing ex-Lions wing John Bentley to think on his feet

The Premier League Christmas party will be going ahead this week, with no fewer than 210 people invited. 

Some staff have questioned the move, given the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant, although insiders say fewer than 200 are expected and the venue will be bigger than usual, with people taking lateral flow tests in advance. 

Spare a thought for those who work for the FA, who will attend their festive do virtually, while last week, the Rugby Football Union cancelled their festive drinks with the media.

England coach Eddie Jones tested positive for Covid last week, which left former Lions wing John Bentley to think on his feet. 

Bentley had lined up Jones as a special guest at the Leeds Carnegie Christmas party on Thursday and was made aware of his plight the night before the do.

Bentley thought he had solved all his problems when, at the last minute, he managed to bring in his pal, England World Cup winner Martin Johnson.

But with the panic seemingly over, compere Bentley's microphone failed, before the fire alarm went off and the fire service turned

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