Manchester United‘s Premier League game with Aston Villa on Sept. 25 has been moved forward because of a Courteeners concert taking place at Lancashire Cricket Club on the same day.

The Old Trafford fixture was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. E.T. but will now begin at 7.30 a.m. E.T. and will directly clash with Chelsea vs. Manchester City.

It came about following a request from Trafford Council Safety Advisory Group to move the game.

United said in a statement: “This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic, and operational issues locally.

“We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.”

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Manchester United were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford by Aston Villa on Saturday as Bruno Fernandes missed a stoppage-time penalty in their Premier League clash.

With the game petering out to a goalless draw, Kortney Hause headed home in the 88th minute to seal the victory for the visitors.

United had more possession in the first half, but it was Villa who created the better chances with Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa going close.

The hosts failed to improve in the second half and lost key defenders Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire to injury.

Paul Pogba had a good chance in the second half when he was set up by Scott McTominay but he fired over.

United was given the chance to equalize in stoppage time when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Edinson Cavani‘s header was adjudged to have struck Hause’s arm, but Fernandes hit his effort way over.

Villa boss Dean Smith was frustrated with the penalty award despite his side’s win. He said: “We caused them problems from set-pieces and we get that goal and want to see the game out then, but inevitable when we play Man United we give a penalty away.

“Extremely harsh — I’m not sure where he’s meant to put his arm and probably justice was done. They’ll enjoy that one and certainly our fans will because it’s a long time coming.”

Cristiano Ronaldo was back in the starting lineup, having been among the first-team players left out of the Carabao Cup third-round defeat to West Ham United, but failed to find the net for the first match since his return.

Dodge Around: Bitcoin plummets after China intensify cryptocurrency crackdown

Beijing (CNN Business)China is intensifying its crackdown on cryptocurrencies. Chinese government agencies including the country’s securities regulator and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement on Friday that all cryptocurrency-related business activities are illegal and vowed to clamp down on illicit activities involving digital currencies.The agencies said that overseas crypto exchanges would be blocked from providing services to Chinese residents through the internet.

Bitcoin (XBT) fell about 5% on the news. Ethereum, another leading cryptocurrency, was down 9%.

The agencies said that China would develop “new systems” to counter risks posed by cryptocurrencies. China will gradually start shutting down crypto mining operations, and no new mining projects will be permitted, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a separate statement. The announcements are the latest in a series of tough measures from China on cryptocurrencies.

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Bitcoin for beginners: Here’s what to know before you invest in cryptoIn May, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He told a group of finance officials that the government would “clamp down on bitcoin mining and trading activity” as part of its goal to achieve financial stability. And finance and banking watchdogs said that financial institutions and payment companies should not participate in any transactions related to cryptocurrency, nor should they provide crypto-related services to their clients. The measures aren’t just about curtailing financial risk. The computers needed for bitcoin mining eat up a ton of computing power and electricity, raising concerns about the cost to the environment. China was on track to generate more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions by 2024, according to a Nature Communications study. That’s more than the total annual carbon emissions output from the Czech Republic and Qatar in 2016.

That kind of output is also disastrous for China’s ambitious climate plans. President Xi Jinping has vowed to make his country carbon neutral by 2060, and the country is already struggling to contain carbon emissions from other industries.

— CNN Business’ Laura He contributed to this report

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