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John W Henry issues apology to Liverpool fans for Super League ‘disruption’

  Liverpool owner John W Henry has apologised to supporters and taken full responsibility for the club’s involvement in the ill-fated Super League. It was announced late on Tuesday night that the Reds had “discontinued” their involvement in the controversial breakaway league, having originally been one of the 12 founder members. Their withdrawal, and that of the five other Premier ...

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Super League collapses as Premier League clubs pull out

The proposed European Super League collapsed on Tuesday after Premier League clubs withdrew from the deeply divisive project following a furious backlash by fans and threats from football authorities. Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal were six of the 12 leading clubs to initially sign up to the breakaway competition designed to guarantee spots each year and ...

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Jose Mourinho offers sarcastic response as he breaks silence over Tottenham sacking

  Jose Mourinho has spoken out for the first time since he was sacked by Tottenham. The Portuguese manager was dismissed by Spurs on Monday morning following their 2-2 draw with Everton on Friday evening. The stalemate at Goodison Park leaves Tottenham seventh in the Premier League, with only faint hopes of a top-four finish. Mourinho’s underwhelming 17-month spell in ...

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Unsafe roads: Ahmed Musa opts out of Pillars away games

Kano Pillars’ new high-profile signing, Ahmed Musa, is set to miss over 80 per cent of the team’s away matches as the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League begins April 28. The announcement of the Super Eagles captain as Pillars’ new signing elicited excitement among fans of the domestic league, but Punch correspondent learnt that the former Leicester ...

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Liverpool Striker, Mo Salah Named New Captain Of Egypt National Team

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been announced as the new captain of Egypt’s national team by head coach Hossam El-Badry. The news was posted in a statement on the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) Facebook page. Senior players in the Egypt squad were asked about the decision and gave their full support. El-Badry said that it was “vital to introduce more ...

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UEFA confirms 36-team Champions League reform with single league format replacing group stage

  UEFA has given the green light for a 36-team Champions League reform which will include a single league format to replace the group stage. European football’s main governing body announced a number of changes to the competition on Monday amid reports of a rival Super League formation which could see 12 of the biggest clubs on the continent breakaway. ...

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Mourinho sacked by Tottenham ahead of Carabao Cup final

  Tottenham have sacked manager Jose Mourinho, bringing a contract that had been due to run until the summer of 2023 to a premature conclusion. The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has been shown the door in north London a matter of days before Spurs are due to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final. Mourinho had been appointed ...

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Man City rocked by De Bruyne injury at Wembley in FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea

  Kevin De Bruyne has handed quadruple-chasing Manchester City an untimely injury headache, with the Belgium international forced from the field during a FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea. There were less than three minutes of the second-half on the clock at Wembley Stadium when a potentially match-winning presence was removed from proceedings. Pep Guardiola was forced to tinker with ...

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Musa to play for free at Pillars

Ahmed Musa will not be paid in his short stint at Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Premier Football League, Saturday PUNCH reports. Musa, 28, signed for the four-time Nigerian champions under the Elite Players Programme of the League Management Company, which encourages top Nigerian internationals to play for local clubs. According to LMC boss Shehu Dikko, the programme works in ...

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Kano Pillars unveil Ahmed Musa on a short team deal

Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has formally signed a short-term deal with four-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Champions, Kano Pillars. The club said this is in a statement by its Media Officer, Rilwan Malikawa, on Friday in Kano. According to the statement, Musa signed the short term deal at the club’s secretariat on Thursday. Shortly after signing the deal, ...

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Tokyo Olympics in doubt as Japan enters fourth wave of Covid-19

A senior Japanese ruling party official said canceling this year’s Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire, as the fourth wave of infections surges less than 100 days from the planned start of the Games. “If it seems impossible to do it any more, then we have to stop, decisively,” Toshihiro Nikai, secretary-general of ...

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Why I returned to Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles striker and captain, Ahmed Musa has opened up about the reason behind his shock move to his boyhood club Kano Pillars. He was involved in an interview on d BBC Sport Africa where he made it known that Kano Pillars has been the team that made him the professional footballer he is today and it is only wise ...

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Real Madrid bus attacked ahead of Liverpool match

A window on the Real Madrid team bus was smashed ahead of the Spanish giants’ Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday. “We condemn unequivocally the actions that led to Real Madrid’s team bus being damaged during its arrival to Anfield this evening. It is totally unacceptable and shameful behaviour of a few individuals,” Liverpool said in a ...

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I will be branded a FAILURE if Man City don’t win Champions League – Pep Guardiola admits

Pep Guardiola knows he will be called a failure if Manchester City flop in the Champions League again. City lead Dortmund 2-1 ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial quarter-final second leg. The Etihad giants have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals with the club itching to break their European Cup drought. Ahead of the game, Guardiola said: “If I retire now, or ...

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Barcelona top Forbes’ most valuable football clubs list

Barcelona have leapfrogged Real Madrid and are now the world’s most valuable football club, according to the reputable US magazine Forbes.   This is the first time Barca are reaching the summit of the Forbes list having trailed bitter rivals Real Madrid for quite some time. Barca overtook Madrid in the latest ranking by $100,000. The Blaugrana is valued at ...

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Iheanacho wins Leicester City Goal of the Month award

  Kelechi Iheanacho has been announced as the winner of the Leicester City Goal of the Month award for March. The 24-year-old fired home a first-time volley after he was set by his compatriot and teammate Wilfred Ndidi to help the King Power Stadium outfit share the points with Burnley. His strike beat off competition from Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, U23 ...

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Super Eagles moves up to 32 in FIFA ranking

Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles are now rated as the 32nd best football playing nation in the world. The 2013 African champions climbed four places in April’s rankings released by the Federation of International Football Association on Thursday. In the month under review, Nigeria garnered 1487 points to become the third-best team on the continent after overtaking Algeria and Morocco. This ...

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PSG star, Neymar banned for two games

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar, has been suspended for two matches, following his red card against Lille last Saturday. This means the Brazilian international will not feature for PSG when they tackle Strasbourg this weekend and Saint-Etienne on April 18, the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has announced. Neymar was sent off during PSG’s 1-0 home defeat following an altercation with ...

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VALENCIA PLAYERS WALK OFF IN GAME AGAINST CADIZ, WITH CLUB SAYING MOUCTAR DIAKHABY RACIALLY ABUSED

Valencia’s players walked off the pitch during their La Liga game against Cadiz on Sunday, after the club said their player Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused. After a short delay, the Valencia team returned to resume the match, this time without Diakhaby, who the club said had requested his team-mates continue. Diakhaby had shared a heated exchange with Cadiz’s Juan ...

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