Alan Shearer has received a CBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace. The former Newcastle and England captain was given the award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his charity work. Shearer has set up his own Foundation to fund the a Disability centre in the North East and has continued to work alongside charities such as NSPCC and Sport Relief. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for his services to football and was at Buckingham Palace to receive the honour from the Duke of Cambridge on Tuesday. “Very honoured and proud to receive my CBE today in recognition of my charity work. Thank you to everyone who supports me,” he posted on Twitter.
Paul Scholes has started a fast-track coaching course to pave the way for a move into management. The former Manchester United and England legend began his A licence at Blackburn Rovers academy on Monday. Scholes could be qualified through this scheme by the end of the season as he and some elite former players are given a special course shorter than the usual. And Scholes can now take a job in football as he is in the process of getting his badges.
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie will have knee surgery after scans confirmed he suffered serious ligament damage against Manchester United on Sunday. The DR Congo international signed for Everton from Crystal Palace in a £25m deal in August, and has played in every game this season. Bolasie, 27, injured the right anterior cruciate ligament in the 68th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. He now faces a fight to return before the end of the Premier League season. Bolasie, who spent four seasons with Palace after joining from Bristol City in 2012, will miss his country’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, which starts in Gabon next month.
Brazilian club Chapecoense have been awarded the Copa Sudamericana by South American football confederation Conmebol after most of their team died in a plane crash en route to the final. Seventy-one people, including 19 players and staff, were killed in last Monday’s crash on the way to Colombia for the first leg. Colombian opponents Atletico Nacional, who asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the trophy, have been given a Fair Play award to acknowledge their “spirit of peace, understanding and fair play”.