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Sport in brief: Ex-FA chairman Greg Clarke stands down from Fifa

FOOTBALL: Greg Clarke has stepped down from his role as a Fifa vice-president and will no longer represent Uefa on the world governing body’s ruling council. Clarke (pictured), 63, resigned as FA chairman on Tuesday after making a series of offensive remarks during an appearance before a parliamentary committee. European football’s governing body confirmed its president Aleksander Ceferin spoke to Clarke and agreed with his suggestion he stand down as a Uefa representative on the Fifa Council. The permanent replacement to Clarke — who will be a candidate put forward by the British associations at the 2021 Congress — would become a Fifa vice-president.

Third and fourth tiers’ £50m top-flight bailout looks close

FOOTBALL: Clubs in League One and Two look set to be able to access the £50million coronavirus rescue package from the Premier League soon after EFL clubs held positive talks yesterday.vThe package, understood to be made up of £20m in grants and £30m in loans to help clubs cope with the loss of matchday revenue, was initially rejected by the EFL because it felt the Championship was excluded from the offer. Now the Premier League has brought forward a separate Championship package, the impasse seems to have been broken.

TENNIS: British pair Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski kept alive their hopes of clinching the last spot at next week’s ATP Finals when they reached the Sofia Open final. They beat Fabrice Martin and Hugo Nys 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (2-7), 10-4. It will not be enough to reach London if Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin win their Sofia semi today.

Female racers given place on F1 card

MOTORSPORT: W Series, the all-female motor racing championship, will compete on Formula One’s undercard next season. The championship, postponed this year due to Covid-19, will link up with F1 at eight races in 2021. ‘This shows our determination to showcase their exciting series and the importance of building greater diversity across the sport,’ said F1 boss Ross Brawn.

Hall makes the early pace in Jeddah

GOLF: England’s Georgia Hall set a course record of seven under par to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Saudi Ladies International in Jeddah. Hall, the 2018 Women’s Open winner at Royal Lytham & St Annes, fired a 65 at Royal Greens Golf Club.