FIFA Bans Chelsea from signing Players Till December 2020

Just hours after Chelsea FC’s win in the Europa league earned its under-fire ex-banker coach Maurizio Sarri some breathing space, the club owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich was handed another blow: A ban on signing new players. The English team will not be allowed to register new squad members during the next two transfer windows, international soccer body FIFA said in a statement Friday, citing breaches of Article 19 of regulations related to the club’s recruitment of youth players. Chelsea said it “categorically refutes” FIFA’s findings and will appeal the decision. The news…

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Europa League Draw is Out!

Of course there are no easy draws in the Europa League; trips to far away European cities to play in difficult conditions can throw up all sorts of obstacles, but both Chelsea and Arsenal will be content with the draw. They both progressed through to the last 16 on Thursday, as Chelsea beat Malmö FF 3-0 (5-1 on aggregate) with goals coming from Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was granted a rare start by Maurizio Sarri. At the Emirates, Arsenal overcame a one goal deficit to beat…

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Sarri has three games to save his job as Chelsea consider interim appointment

Maurizio Sarri is set to be replaced by an internal appointment on an interim basis should the under-fire Chelsea manager fail to secure positive results in his next three games . Former Napoli coach Sarri is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge following an inconsistent run of results since the start of 2019. Though Chelsea have set up a Carabao final date with Mnanchester city at Wembley on Sunday, they have suffered humbling defeats at Bournemouth and City to drop out of the Premier League’s top four, and were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester United in the FA CUP fifth round…

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Icardi stripped of Inter Milan captaincy

Mauro Icardi has been stripped of the captaincy at Inter Milan, the club have announced. The striker was made captain at the start of the 2015/16 season by the Serie A giants but Inter released a short statement via a tweet on Wednesday which said that goalkeeper Samir Handonovic would replace him with immediate effect. Icardi’s future with the club has been in doubt in recent weeks given uncertainty over whether he’ll sign an extension to his current contract, which expires in 2021. The latest development suggests Inter’s hopes of…

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UEFA To Charge Manchester United and PSG After Tuesday Clash

During the match, the group were always in voice, creating an atmosphere with a constantly beating drum. But it seems some fans in attendance took things overboard, causing disturbance in the crowd. Both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been charged by Uefa for the behaviour of some fans who attended Tuesday night’s Champions League tie at Old Trafford. United have been charged with blocking stairways and throwing objects, while PSG have been charged with setting off fireworks, throwing objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbance, according to the Press Association. …

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Martin Skrtel Turns Down Barcelona Move

January transfer windows can throw up some real surprises, the sorts of transfers that make you question a club’s direction. Like, for instance, Kevin Prince Boateng joining FC Barcelona on a short term loan from Sassuolo. I presume your initial reaction to that transfer news, like mine, was to question everything you knew about the sport and Barcelona as an institution. But when you break it down it makes sense. It’s pretty much risk free, only short term, and fills a very big hole in the squad: a back-up to…

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Obi Mikel returns to English football with Middlesbrough

John Obi Mikel has completed a short-term loan move to Middlesbrough, it has been announced. The midfielder spent 11 years as a Chelsea player before eventually left two years ago to join Tianjin Teda in China. Now 31, the Nigerian international has returned to England, joining Boro until the end of the season after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Mikel was said to be keen to return to the UK, where his wife and children remained while he played in China. He is also thought to have attracted…

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Cardiff City’s New Signing Emiliano Sala was on missing plane

Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft that disappeared from radar in the English Channel last night, French police have confirmed. Air Traffic Control said the aircraft was travelling from Nantes in western France to Cardiff when it went missing. Concerns were raised when the 28-year-old Cardiff forward failed to respond to messages on social media after reports he had been travelling to the UK on Monday. The Argentinian made club history when he was bought for a record fee of £18m on a three-and-a-half year deal…

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Cristiano Ronaldo missed his first penalty in Serie A

One would’ve thought that Cristiano Ronaldo was going to have an easy night, but he really struggled to get a goal and even missed his very first penalty kick in Serie A. The heroes of the night were Paulo Dybala with two assists, Douglas Costa with a spectacular solo goal, Emre Can with one goal, and Daniele Rugani with another. The one who opened the scoreline was Brazilian Douglas Costa, who grabbed a pass from Dybala early in the first half and approached to the outskirts of the box to release a…

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Barcelona confirm signing of Kevin-Prince Boateng

Kevin Prince-Boateng, the former Spurs and Portsmouth midfielder, has had one of the more interesting career paths in recent memory. And that’s without mentioning his fledgling career as a rap superstar that you may or may not have heard about. If you haven’t, see how long you can watch his debut single, the cunningly entitled ‘King’, before you start choking on your lunchtime pasta bake. In terms of the football teams Boateng has played for, and the order in which he has played for them, his career makes little sense.…

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