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Haaland: Dortmund are pressuring me to make decision on future
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Haaland: Dortmund are pressuring me to make decision on future

The striker has a contract with the German giants through 2024 but has been tipped to leave much sooner   Erling Haaland has said Borussia Dortmund are strongly pressuring him to make a decision on his playing future. Haaland has been linked with a big-money move to a host of Europe's top clubs after proving himself as one of the world's top strikers at age 21. Speaking after he scored twice in Dortmund's 5-1 win against Freiburg on Friday, Haaland admitted he was unable to fully focus on football amid the pressure campaign from his club.
Twitter Ban: FG has no Right to Regulate Freedom of Opinion – Minority Reps
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Twitter Ban: FG has no Right to Regulate Freedom of Opinion – Minority Reps

Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has accused the federal government of having an appetite to ‘suppress’ constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens in Nigeria, following its recent “declaration” of lifting the ban on the use of Twitter in the country. The caucus, in a statement released on Friday January 14 by its Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, stated the the constitution guarantees freedom of speech and opinion by Nigerians, including expressing such through social media tools like Twitter. The lawmaker stated that this freedom of opinion should not be subjected to partisan approval or regulation under a democratic rule. The statement read; “That is why at the wake of the ban on the use of Twitter in Nigeria in June 2021, the Minority Caucus in the House of Represe...
Juventus to decide on Arthur’s Future
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Juventus to decide on Arthur’s Future

Juventus are expected to make a decision on whether Arthur can leave on loan after Wednesday night's Supercoppa final against Inter Milan. Arthur is thought to be one of a number of midfielders Arsenal are looking at this month. Manager Mikel Arteta admitted last week Arsenal want to strengthen in midfield. The Brazilian is also understood to be willing to make the move to the Emirates. Juve boss Max Allegri is said to be unsure about letting him go, however. The club want to move some players out to fund other signings. They have a number of central midfield players including Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur and Manuel Locatelli. Arthur has made only seven Serie A appearances this season but played four out of six Champions League group games. ...
AFCON 2021: ‘Even my grandmother would have given Egypt penalty’ – Carlos Queiroz laments 1-0 loss to Nigeria
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AFCON 2021: ‘Even my grandmother would have given Egypt penalty’ – Carlos Queiroz laments 1-0 loss to Nigeria

Egypt coach, Carlos Queiroz has slammed the video assistant referee [VAR] for not giving his side a penalty during their game against Nigeria on Tuesday. Nigeria defeated the North African giants 1-0 in Tuesday’s Group D clash at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. And the Portuguese head coach is alleging that his side was denied a penalty ten minutes to the end of the game. The Egyptian players were all over the referee, Bakary Gassama, to give them a penalty, insisting Moses Simon had fouled Zizo. VAR was consulted and after the review, the centre referee’s initial decision stood. Queiroz said that even his ground mother would have spotted the foul and awarded a penalty. “In the second half, there was a penalty very clear for us that the referee did not whistle, and th...
Novak Djokovic wins visa battle to remain in Australia and compete at the Australian Open
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Novak Djokovic wins visa battle to remain in Australia and compete at the Australian Open

Novak Djokovic has won an appeal against a decision to refuse him a visa ahead of the Australian Open. The 34-year-old Serbian and World No.1 arrived in Australia late on Wednesday January 5, after declaring he had a medical reason not to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Djokovic was taken to immigration detention after having his visa cancelled early on Thursday morning. A Federal Court challenge to overturn the decision was launched and, on Monday, was ruled in Djokovic’s favour. But in a legal hearing at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, Judge Anthony Kelly quashed the visa cancellation and ordered the Australian Government to pay legal costs and release Djokovic from detention within half an hour. Djokovic, 34, will now be free to leave the Park Hotel in Carl...
FA Cup: Arteta slams Arsenal stars after shocking 1-0 defeat to Forest
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FA Cup: Arteta slams Arsenal stars after shocking 1-0 defeat to Forest

Mikel Arteta has insisted that Arsenal players must apologize for their embarrassing 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup on Sunday. The Spaniard also gave reasons for his decision to hook Nuno Tavares after half an hour. The Gunners suffered a 1-0 defeat to Forest in the third round of the FA Cup as Lewis Grabban came off the bench to give the home side the win and take them to the next round of the competition. “They won, they scored a goal and we didn’t,” Arteta told reporters after the game. “We were not good enough and we have to apologize for it. “I don’t want to use excuses, I expect the team I put out to do better and when you don’t in the cup, you are out. “Today showed we were not capable of winning against Forest away from home and didn’t put in the le...
Queen Elizabeth ‘could be asked to help fund a settlement between Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts in sex abuse suit
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Queen Elizabeth ‘could be asked to help fund a settlement between Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts in sex abuse suit

The Queen would reportedly be asked to help fund a potential settlement that her son Prince Andrew pays to his accuser Virginia Roberts. This is coming after it emerged this week that Prince Andrew could settle out of court with Ms Roberts to avoid the case going to trial. If he does decide to offer his accuser a payoff, which allegedly could exceed £5million, the Queen would be asked to contribute alongside his own input, The Telegraph reported. The monarch has been funding the Duke's legal fees since last February, when he first appointed a solicitor. Ms. Roberts, who now uses her married name of Giuffre, claims that the prince had sex with her three times after she was trafficked by paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has consistently denied the allegations. The f...
AFCON 2021: Prize Money for Winners, Runners-up revealed
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AFCON 2021: Prize Money for Winners, Runners-up revealed

The country that wins the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will get $5 million. This comes after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) took the decision to increase it from $4.5million. The 11% increase was approved during the meeting of CAF executives in Douala, Cameroon on Friday. The runners-up will be paid $2.75 million, a 10% increase from $2.5 million. The prize monies for the semi-finalists and the quarter-finalists were also increased, with the total sum of the increase on all prize monies being $1.85 million. Each of the 24 countries that qualified for the competition, will receive at least €534,000 for participation. The new AFCON prize money structure is as follows: * Winners: $5million * Runners-up: $2.75million * Semi-Finalists: $2.2million * Quarter-...
Piers Morgan slams ‘stinking hypocrite’ Meghan Markle after she ‘tried to cancel him’, then promises to give her a ‘nasty surprise’
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Piers Morgan slams ‘stinking hypocrite’ Meghan Markle after she ‘tried to cancel him’, then promises to give her a ‘nasty surprise’

Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle and accused her of trying to cancel him following his refusal to apologise over his comments about her Oprah interview. Piers was fired from Good Morning Britain after refusing to apologise for saying he didn't "believe" Meghan's account of her time in the Palace. Piers says the decision to fire him was influenced by Meghan personally contacting ITV to complain about his remarks. The 56-year-old has now hit back at Meghan by branding her a “stinking hypocrite” and claimed he will hold both her and Prince Harry to account. Speaking to The Sun, he said: “Pushy little Princess Pinocchio tried her utmost to cancel me, and she will be in for a very unpleasant surprise when I emerge, like Lazarus, from my den. “It was a pretty bruising expe...
Aston Villa complete sensational loan deal for Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona
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Aston Villa complete sensational loan deal for Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona

Aston Villa have completed the sensational loan signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona with an announcement to be made later. The Brazilian midfielder has agreed to return to the Premier League until the end of the season. The deal sees Coutinho reunited with his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is the current coach of Aston Villa. According to SportsMail, Villa boss Gerrard was the key factor in Coutinho’s decision to sign for Villa given his close relationship with the Anfield legend. Following talks with Gerrard, attacking midfielder Coutinho was left completely convinced to make a move to Villa Park. Sportsmail revealed Villa’s efforts to sign Coutinho on Wednesday afternoon and the deal has moved on rapidly since then. A number of clubs across th...
Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United on one condition
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Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Manchester United on one condition

Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo is considering his future at Old Trafford and could leave next summer if he does not agree with the club’s next managerial appointment. According to The Star, Ronaldo’s future will hinge on who is named Man United’s next permanent manager. Recall that Ralf Rangnick was named interim manager following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November, The German is expected to move onto an advisory role within the club at the end of the season. Paris Saint-Germain coach, Mauricio Pochettino, was thought to be Man United’s first choice to succeed Rangnick in the summer, but latest reports claim Ajax’s Erik ten Hag is now the preferred option. The decision will have a huge bearing on Ronaldo’s decision, however piling pressure on M...
Man United stars question Rangnick playing Sancho ahead of Lingard, worry about Greenwood’s ‘greediness’
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Man United stars question Rangnick playing Sancho ahead of Lingard, worry about Greenwood’s ‘greediness’

Senior members of the Manchester United squad have privately questioned Ralf Rangnick’s decision to also play Jadon Sancho ahead of Jesse Lingard. According to Manchester United Evening News, they feel that Lingard should be starting ahead of Sancho. There are also worries, according to the report, over Mason Greenwood’s ‘greediness’ on the ball. Rangnick, who was appointed early December to take the club through the remainder of the season, is currently facing a divided dressing room at Old Trafford Reports coming from Manchester suggest that several players, who were on the periphery of the squad under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have been dismayed to see their situations worsen under Rangnick. Lingard, who became one of West Ham’s best players during his loan spell at the wes...
Lionel Messi Jets back to Paris from Argentina with Family after Negative Covid test
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Lionel Messi Jets back to Paris from Argentina with Family after Negative Covid test

Lionel Messi has jetted back to Paris from Argentina with his family after testing negative for Covid. The 34-year-old Argentine legend was spotted boarding a plane at Rosario International Airport on Wednesday night with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and their three kids. He is expected to touch down in France shortly to rejoin his Paris Saint-Germain teammates in training. The club confirmed on Sunday he was one of four players who had tested positive for coronavirus after he missed travelling with fellow  stars Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes back to the French capital. The seven-times Ballon d’Or winner headed to Argentina with them on December 23 to spend Christmas and New Year's Eve with his family in his hometown of Rosario. Before...
Chelsea Outclass Spurs to take First-leg lead
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Chelsea Outclass Spurs to take First-leg lead

Chelsea took a big step towards Wembley as they beat Tottenham 2-0 in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Kai Havertz struck early for the Blues and a Ben Davies own goal doubled their lead, as Antonio Conte was beaten on his return to Stamford Bridge. Spurs now face an uphill battle to overturn the deficit at home in the second leg next Wednesday night, while Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel will feel supremely confident of reaching the final of a competition they last won in 2015. Thomas Tuchel made the surprising decision to switch to a back four and it led to Chelsea's utter dominance of the first half. They were well worthy of their two-goal lead at the break, but from a Tottenham perspective, both goals were entirely preventable. Japhet Tanganga,...
Haaland transfer: Decision on future in ‘next few weeks’ amid rumours Barcelona confident of signing Dortmund star
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Haaland transfer: Decision on future in ‘next few weeks’ amid rumours Barcelona confident of signing Dortmund star

The Norwegian has been linked with a move to Camp Nou as he continues to set both the Bundesliga and Champions League alight Borussia Dortmund's head of first-team football Sebastian Kehl has confirmed the club are planning to make a decision on Erling Haaland's future in "the next few weeks" amid rumours Barcelona are confident of signing the striker. Haaland committed to a four-and-a-half-year contract at Dortmund when signing from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, but his stock has risen since then in scoring 76 goals in his first 75 appearances across all competitions for the German giants. A number of top clubs across Europe are now being credited with an interest in the 21-year-old including Barca, and Kehl has offered an update on his situation with the winter transfer w...
You cut your nose to spite your face – Merson slams Tuchel over Lukaku snub
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You cut your nose to spite your face – Merson slams Tuchel over Lukaku snub

Former Arsenal star, Paul Merson, has said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was wrong to omit Romelu Lukaku from his squad to face Liverpool last weekend, despite the striker’s controversial interview. In an interview with Sky in Italy, Lukaku admitted he was unhappy with his role at the club and is eyeing a return to Inter Milan in the near future. The 28-year-old has since apologised publicly for his comments and is set to face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday. However, Merson was unimpressed with Tuchel’s decision to drop Lukaku for the 2-2 draw with Liverpool. When asked if the way the Lukaku situation was handled was a victory for Tuchel, Merson said: “No, not really. Why would it be a victory? “Chelsea had to beat Liverpool to have any chance of win...
Chelsea owner, Abramovich takes side in Tuchel, Lukaku feud
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Chelsea owner, Abramovich takes side in Tuchel, Lukaku feud

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has the full support of the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich on whatever decision he decides to take against Romelu Lukaku over the striker’s controversial interview. Tuchel’s first disciplinary action against Lukaku was to drop him completely from the squad that played out a 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. In the interview with Sky Sport Italia, the Belgium international said he wanted to return to Inter Milan because he was no longer happy at Chelsea in less than six months after returning to Stamford Bridge. According to The Sun, Abramovich, who has often backed his players over his managers, fully supports Tuchel’s decision to punish Lukaku. Abramovich spent a club-record £97.5m to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan last summer. However, T...
Rangnick under fire over decision on Mason Greenwood
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Rangnick under fire over decision on Mason Greenwood

Arsenal icon, Ian Wright, has criticized Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, over his decision on Mason Greenwood following the Red Devils’ Premier League 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Monday night. Wright said he was left ‘baffled’ by Rangnick’s decision to replace Greenwood during Manchester United’s defeat to Wolves, insisting the German did not place enough trust in his young attacker. Man United was defeated at Old Trafford following Joao Moutinho’s second-half goal. While Man United struggled to get out of first gear for much of the game, Greenwood was their bright spark during a difficult first half. But the 20-year-old was replaced on the hour by Bruno Fernandes, a decision that drew boos from the home fans at the stadium. “I think that was a sacrifice because it i...
You’re lazy – Hasselbaink, Souness slam Liverpool star
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You’re lazy – Hasselbaink, Souness slam Liverpool star

Former Chelsea striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and Liverpool legend, Graeme Souness, have criticised Reds defender, Virgil van Dijk for his ‘lazy’ defending. This was after Liverpool threw away a two-goal lead against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Liverpool, through Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, were ahead a few minutes into the first half but they were pegged back by the interval after Mateo Kovacic halved the deficit and Christian Pulisic equalised. While Liverpool could not stop Kovacic’s stunning long-range strike, Pulisic was allowed to race through and shoot on goal with little pressure. Hasselbaink was quick to criticise the Netherlands international for his decision, agreeing with Liverpool legend Souness that Van Dijk was ‘lazy’. “He’s just running in ...
It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve cost – Ambrose backs Tuchel on axing Lukaku
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It doesn’t matter how much money you’ve cost – Ambrose backs Tuchel on axing Lukaku

Former Newcastle United star, Darren Ambrose has backed Thomas Tuchel’s decision to axe Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea squad. He said Tuchel’s decision to leave Lukaku out of their crucial clash against Liverpool was justified, even though he is Chelsea’s club record signing. The £98million man was completely removed from the squad that played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge as Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic rescued a point for the Blues on Sunday. Lukaku was dropped after his Interview with Sky Sports Italia wherein he said he was unhappy at Stamford Bridge. He also said he wanted to leave Stamford Bridge and return to Inter Milan. The Belgium international also said that Chelsea was only his fourth choice when he considered leaving San Siro, plac...
Thomas Tuchel drops Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea squad to face Liverpool
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Thomas Tuchel drops Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea squad to face Liverpool

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has dropped striker, Romelu Lukaku from his squad to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday. The Athletic reports that the German took the decision having been angered by Lukaku’s interview earlier this week. The striker had said he was not happy playing in the current system at Chelsea under Tuchel. He also said he wanted to return to Inter Milan. In the interview, Lukaku also said he never wanted to return to Chelsea, adding that the west London club was only but his fourth choice. ‘Tuchel has chosen to play with another system – I won’t give up, I’ll be professional,” he said partly. The Athletic reports now that Lukaku has not been included in Chelsea’s squad for Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Chelsea hopes to bea...
NFF gives Jose Peseiro conditions to remain as Super Eagles coach
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NFF gives Jose Peseiro conditions to remain as Super Eagles coach

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has said new Super Eagles head coach, Jose Peseiro must qualify for the 2022 World Cup and reach the quarter-final of the tournament. NFF vice-president, Shehu Dikko, speaking with ESPN, said that if he fails to do so, the situation will be reviewed and a decision taken. “If he does not qualify us for this World Cup, we will review the situation objectively and make a decision based on that,” Dikko said. Nigeria will discover their World Cup play-off opponents on January 26. The West Africans could face any of Congo DR, Egypt, Ghana, Mali or Cameroon for a place at Qatar 2022. The first leg fixtures will take place at the lower-ranked team’s home.
Chelsea made right decision to let him go – Thomas Tuchel speaks on talented midfielder
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Chelsea made right decision to let him go – Thomas Tuchel speaks on talented midfielder

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel has said that the club made the right decision in allowing talented midfielder, Conor Gallagher leave Stamford Bridge on loan to Crystal Palace. Gallagher has been one of the best signings of the season for Crystal Palace, with the 21-year-old scoring six goals and laying on three assists so far. Tuchel said that he’s ‘convinced’ the player’s move to Palace was the right choice for his long-term development, adding that the club ‘love’ him. “We love Conor. We are convinced about him,” Tuchel told the press ahead of Chelsea’s Boxing Day fixture. “We took the decision for Conor because when we looked at the midfield – Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante – he was considered number four in the group. “Conor knew this all the way. An opportunity ca...
‘That’s crazy’ – Agbonlahor slams Mikel Arteta over Aubameyang
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‘That’s crazy’ – Agbonlahor slams Mikel Arteta over Aubameyang

Aston Villa legend, Gabriel Agbonlahor has slammed Mikel Arteta’s decision to banish Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from first-team training, describing it as a ‘massive overkill.’ Agbonlahor feels the former Manchester City assistant coach’s treatment of the Arsenal striker is too harsh. Aubameyang was stripped of the club’s captaincy earlier this month after being accused of a ‘disciplinary breach.’ The manager has also stopped selecting the Gabon international for matches, reportedly ordering him to train away from the first team. “Arteta has done well as a manager but I think his treatment of players can be a bit too wild for me,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider. “For the offence, Aubameyang has committed I think he’s been overly punished. It’s been overkill. You’d think h...
They already made their decision – Conte slams Premier League after crucial meeting
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They already made their decision – Conte slams Premier League after crucial meeting

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Antonio Conte, has branded Thursday’s crucial meeting between the Premier League and its managers a ‘waste of time.’ Conte criticized administrators of the Premier League for ignoring mounting concerns over the Christmas fixture schedule. All 20 managers in the Premier League held a virtual meeting to discuss player welfare and fixture congestion amid the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that is spreading faster across the globe. Several managers, including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, have expressed fears over the risk of injury to players exposed to playing three matches in seven days over the traditionally hectic festive period. But Conte is now saying that any calls for change fell on deaf ears, insisting that the English top-flight league administrator...
Bauchi Commissioner compares Miss Nigeria, Shatu Garko with Buhari’s daughter-in-law and Governor Ganduje’s daughter
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Bauchi Commissioner compares Miss Nigeria, Shatu Garko with Buhari’s daughter-in-law and Governor Ganduje’s daughter

Bauchi State Commissioner of Power, Science and Technology, Hon. Maryam Garba Bagel has compared first hijabi Miss Nigeria, Shatu Garko with Emir of Bichi's daughter and Buhari's daughter-in-law, Zahra and Fatima Ajimobi, the daughter of Governor Ganduje.   Hon. Bajel, a former Member, Bauchi state House of Assembly, shared photos of Zahra and Fatima without veil on Thursday following the decision of Kano State Hisbah Board to invite parents of 18-year-old Shatu over her participation in beauty pageants which is the organisation said is 'against Islamic teachings'   The post translated from Hausa reads:   "Among these photos, the daughter of the Emir of Bichi (Kano), and the daughter of Ganduje (Kano) The new beauty queen (Nigeria)   "Who is that...
I’ll play for free, don’t pay me salary – Chelsea star begs to stay at Stamford Bridge
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I’ll play for free, don’t pay me salary – Chelsea star begs to stay at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea forward, Charly Musonda has said that he offered to play for the club for free. He took the decision in a desperate attempt to remain at Stamford Bridge, asking the club not to pay him. The Belgian joined the Blues as a 15-year-old in 2012 and has gone on to make only seven senior appearances for the club. Now 25, the attacking midfielder has not played for Chelsea’s first team since suffering a serious crucial ligament injury while on loan at Vitesse in 2018. In November, the player tearfully confirmed he would be leaving Stamford Bridge in June 2022 when his current contract expires. However, Musonda’s offer to play for free was turned down by club’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, who made him understand that he is not in charge of contract talks but only a coach. He...
Why I turned down Chelsea – Germany defender, Nnamdi Collins
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Why I turned down Chelsea – Germany defender, Nnamdi Collins

Germany youth international of Nigerian descent, Nnamdi Collins, has said that he turned down a move to Chelsea because he felt comfortable at Borussia Dortmund. Collins confirmed that Chelsea were interested in signing him before he extended his contract at Dortmund in 2020. The 17-year-old joined Dortmund from Fortuna Düsseldorf in 2016. Collins has represented Germany at the youth international level and he is also eligible to represent Nigeria. Speaking on how close he was to joining Chelsea, Collins told The Secret Scout: “That is right. They were very interested. “In any case, it was out of the question for me and Dortmund was always my first option. “I feel very comfortable here [Dortmund]. For sure, the Premier League is a league where I want to play one day. It...
FA Cup replays scrapped for third and fourth rounds to ease fixture congestion amid Covid outbreak
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FA Cup replays scrapped for third and fourth rounds to ease fixture congestion amid Covid outbreak

The previous decision to allow games to be repeated has been reversed for at least the next two rounds The FA Cup's third and fourth rounds will once more do without replays, the Football Association confirmed on Monday. After replays were suspended throughout the 2020-21 season, they returned for this season's edition. But as the number of games postponed due to the latest Covid-19 outbreak continue to pile up, the FA has moved to ease the fixture backlog for affected clubs.  
Kane Wasn’t red-carded against Liverpool because he’s England captain – Perry Groves
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Kane Wasn’t red-carded against Liverpool because he’s England captain – Perry Groves

Former Arsenal midfielder, Perry Groves has said that Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s status as England captain was the major reason referee, Paul Tierney did not give a red card for a late tackle on Liverpool’s Andy Robertson during their Premier League clash on Saturday. Kane was only yellow-carded after leaving the Reds left-back in a heap and many believe the punishment should have been far more severe. Groves said the challenge could’ve broken Robertson’s leg and referee Tierney ‘bottled’ the decision. “It should’ve been a red card,” Groves said on talkSPORT. “Harry Kane hasn’t been sent off because he’s England captain. “Paul Tierney, the referee, has bottled it. “Kane’s slid in, Robertson’s done well because he knows he’s going to be late so he just ...
ASUU postpones its decision on strike then hints at being blackmailed by the FG
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ASUU postpones its decision on strike then hints at being blackmailed by the FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced that its decision on strike has been postponed. The union made this known in a press statement released after its National Executive Council meeting, which held on Saturday, Dec. 18. In the press statement titled, 'Enough of blackmail', signed by ASUU president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the union members lamented that the Federal Government had turned its back on the plan to set up an inter-ministerial committee to review the draft Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement. The statement reads I part: "NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned Academic A...
Kilmarnock Sack Wright Straight after Abandoned game
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Kilmarnock Sack Wright Straight after Abandoned game

Tommy Wright was sacked by Kilmarnock an hour after their Scottish Championship match against Dunfermline was abandoned due to the fog. Kilmarnock were looking to end a run of three straight defeats in the second tier, all by a 1-0 scoreline, which has seen them slip to fifth in the table. They were drawing 1-1 with Dunfermline when the game was called off in the second half. That announcement came shortly before 4.30pm, and at 5.31pm Kilmarnock confirmed Wright had been relieved of his duties. Director Billy Bowie said: "It is with regret that we have had to take this decision as I know how much Tommy wanted to bring success to Kilmarnock. "We thank him for his hard work and dedication during his time at Rugby Park and wish him all the best for the future. "Everyone at ...
Plateau crisis: Gov. Lalong lifts 3 months curfew on Jos North, Jos South, Bassa; reiterates ban on motorcycle
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Plateau crisis: Gov. Lalong lifts 3 months curfew on Jos North, Jos South, Bassa; reiterates ban on motorcycle

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has lifted the curfew earlier imposed on Jos North, Jos South and Bassa LGAs. DAILY POST recalls that the Governor had on September 8, 2021, imposed curfew on the aforementioned councils as a result of unrest that bedeviled them. He said the decision to impose the curfew from 10pm to 6am was part of efforts to curb the insecurity witnessed in the councils. The Governor also reiterated that the total ban on motorcycles within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis still remains in force, adding that tricycles operations within the metropolis will continue on the existing template of 6am to 6pm. Lalong through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Makut Macham said, “The Governor gave the directive after a State Security Council Meeting held at the G...
US drug regulators permanently allow mail-order abortion pills, say women can receive abortion consultations online
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US drug regulators permanently allow mail-order abortion pills, say women can receive abortion consultations online

US drug regulators have permanently approved the mail-order of abortion pills. During the pandemic, the US made a temporary rule allowing women to get the pills through mail order but the rule has now been made permanent by the US Food and Drug administration (FDA) The decision from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will open abortion access to women in remote places unable to visit clinics to get them in person. But the move will not be allowed in 19  US states that already have rules banning mail-order abortion pills. This also comes as the US supreme court considers overturning the ruling that legalised US abortion. The US Supreme Court is considering 'US drug regulators permanently allow mail-order abortion pills, say w...
It’s a disgrace, football is finished – Ashton, Saunders slam referee over Arsenal’s penalty  Former West Ham and Aston Villa stars, Dean Ashton and Dean Saunders have slammed referee Anthony Taylor over his decision to give a penalty and second yellow card to Vladimir Coufal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night.  Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe saw the Gunners leapfrog the Hammers into fourth place in the Premier League table.  A huge moment of controversy came when Coufai was adjudged to have taken down Lacazette in the West Ham box with just over 20 minutes to play.  Taylor awarded a penalty with the Gunners already 1-0 up, and gave Coufal a second yellow card, without checking his pitchside monitor.   Ashton complimented the tackle at first glance and was left shocked when Taylor refused to change his decision.  On his own, Saunders compared the referee’s decision to the questionable decision-making in the Formula One season finale.  “That decision is up there with Michael Masi, Formula One,” Saunders told talkSPORT.  “That is the worst decision, I just can’t believe you can give a penalty for that.  “If that’s a penalty, football’s finished.”  Ashton maintained Coufal’s tackle was one to be admired, not punished.  “Well my initial thoughts were what a fantastic challenge that was from Coufal,” Ashton said. “And it was! I mean he does get the ball, yes he gets a bit of Lacazette.  “It’s a great challenge, there’s absolutely no way that is a penalty or a sending off,” he said.  With the win, Arsenal are now fourth in the league table leapfrogging West Ham into the last space of the Champions League.
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It’s a disgrace, football is finished – Ashton, Saunders slam referee over Arsenal’s penalty Former West Ham and Aston Villa stars, Dean Ashton and Dean Saunders have slammed referee Anthony Taylor over his decision to give a penalty and second yellow card to Vladimir Coufal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night. Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe saw the Gunners leapfrog the Hammers into fourth place in the Premier League table. A huge moment of controversy came when Coufai was adjudged to have taken down Lacazette in the West Ham box with just over 20 minutes to play. Taylor awarded a penalty with the Gunners already 1-0 up, and gave Coufal a second yellow card, without checking his pitchside monitor. Ashton complimented the tackle at first glance and was left shocked when Taylor refused to change his decision. On his own, Saunders compared the referee’s decision to the questionable decision-making in the Formula One season finale. “That decision is up there with Michael Masi, Formula One,” Saunders told talkSPORT. “That is the worst decision, I just can’t believe you can give a penalty for that. “If that’s a penalty, football’s finished.” Ashton maintained Coufal’s tackle was one to be admired, not punished. “Well my initial thoughts were what a fantastic challenge that was from Coufal,” Ashton said. “And it was! I mean he does get the ball, yes he gets a bit of Lacazette. “It’s a great challenge, there’s absolutely no way that is a penalty or a sending off,” he said. With the win, Arsenal are now fourth in the league table leapfrogging West Ham into the last space of the Champions League.

Former West Ham and Aston Villa stars, Dean Ashton and Dean Saunders have slammed referee Anthony Taylor over his decision to give a penalty and second yellow card to Vladimir Coufal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday night. Goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe saw the Gunners leapfrog the Hammers into fourth place in the Premier League table. A huge moment of controversy came when Coufai was adjudged to have taken down Lacazette in the West Ham box with just over 20 minutes to play. Taylor awarded a penalty with the Gunners already 1-0 up, and gave Coufal a second yellow card, without checking his pitchside monitor. Ashton complimented the tackle at first glance and was left shocked when Taylor refused to change his decision. On hi...
Aubameyang to join Barcelona after being Stripped of Arsenal captaincy
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Aubameyang to join Barcelona after being Stripped of Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave the club for Barcelona in January. The UK Independent claims the LaLiga side are eyeing a move for the 32-year-old. This follows the Gunners’ decision to strip Aubameyang of the captain’s armband on Tuesday. Mikel Arteta came to the decision, after the Gabon international failed to report on time for a COVID-19 test after travelling to pick up his sick mother from France. With tensions seemingly high between Arteta and Aubameyang, the player now looks likely to leave the Emirates when the January transfer window opens. New Barcelona boss, Xavi Hernandez, will be in the market for a striker when the transfer window opens in a few weeks. Aubameyang has 18 months left on his £350,000-a-week contract with ...
Wayne Rooney to Become Coach of Man Utd’s Rivals
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Wayne Rooney to Become Coach of Man Utd’s Rivals

Former Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney, is being considered for the Everton managerial role if Rafa Benitez is sacked, according to the UK Sun. Benitez is under increasing pressure at Goodison Park following a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday. It was the Toffees’ eighth loss of the campaign. Although Benitez retains the backing of Everton’s majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, a contingency plan is already being drawn up should they need to replace him. Unofficial talks have already taken place between the Toffees and Rooney, who is the current Derby boss. Rooney, who began his playing career at Everton, has so far remained loyal to the Championship task despite the huge task facing him. Having been deducted 21 points by the EFL, the 36-year...
Mikel Arteta breaks silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal captaincy
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Mikel Arteta breaks silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal coach, Mikel Arteta has broken his silence after stripping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy in what he described as a "really unpleasant situation". A few minutes ago, the Gunners announced that Aubameyang would no longer be club captain and that the forward will not be considered for selection against West Ham on Wednesday night. Aubameyang was axed from Saturday’s Premier League 3-0 win over Southampton for what manager Mikel Arteta said was a “disciplinary breach”, which reportedly concerned a late return from an approved trip abroad last week. The Gabonese striker had traveled back to France last week Wednesday to go collect his sick mum and bring her back to England. He took to Instagram last week thanking fans for offering support. He wrote: 'M...
Adepoju reacts to sacking of Rohr, appointment of Eguavoen
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Adepoju reacts to sacking of Rohr, appointment of Eguavoen

Ex-national team star, Mutiu Adepoju has said that the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, may have timed the sacking of Super Eagles Coach, Genort Rohr wrongly. He said this is majorly because the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) begins in a few weeks. The NFF announced the sack of Rohr over the weekend and Adepoju told NAN on Monday that the sacking of the Franco-German coach had been expected long before now. Following Rohr’s sacking, the NFF appointed former Eagles Captain, Augustine Eguavoen, on interim basis pending the appointment of a permanent boss. “This decision is something that has been expected. Fans are not satisfied with what the results of the team despite the fact that we have good and young players,” the former Super Eagles star said. “I am not also sure if...
Governor Wike sacks Health commissioner for hosting event without his knowledge
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Governor Wike sacks Health commissioner for hosting event without his knowledge

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has sacked the state Commissioner for Health, Professor Princewill Chike, for not seeking the state government’s approval to host the preliminary session of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, MDCN, in Port Harcourt, the state capital. Governor Wike announced the sacking of Professor Chike when the Chairman of the MDCN, Professor Abba Wasiri Hassan paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, December 13. He described the decision of the commissioner to host the MDCN without the consent of the state government as most embarrassing. The governor explained that the state government never requested to host the preliminary session of MDCN in Port Harcourt, stressing that the health commissioner erred to have u...
Why NFF sacked Rohr as Super Eagles coach – Pinnick
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Why NFF sacked Rohr as Super Eagles coach – Pinnick

Amaju Pinnick, the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has explained why Gernot Rohr was sacked as the head coach of the Super Eagles. Rohr was fired on Sunday after a virtual meeting of the NFF executive committee. Former captain and current NFF Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, has been put in charge of the three-time African champions. Pinnick has now said the decision was taken to forestall a “disaster” waiting to happen. “It wasn’t an individual decision; it was a collective decision from the committee. “We didn’t want a disaster to happen before taking the decision,” Pinnick said on Monday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. Pinnick also said the last two matches under Rohr were abysmal and Nigeria would not h...
Gernot Rohr’s sack: Uncertainty as Nigeria search for new coach
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Gernot Rohr’s sack: Uncertainty as Nigeria search for new coach

Gernot Rohr is gone. The Franco-German is no longer the Super Eagles head coach, following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday. But it feels Rohr should have been gone since 2018, after Nigeria failed to qualify from their World Cup group. The team needed a draw against Argentina to progress. Somehow, they conceded a late goal and duly crashed out. Another good time to have sacked him, was after the 4-4 draw with Sierra Leone in November 2020. Rohr’s men threw away a four-goal lead, a result that NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, described as the worst under his tenure. Yet, Pinnick didn’t act. The Leone Stars also held the Super Eagles to a 0-0 draw in Freetown. It essentially meant the three-time African champions failed to win a single game throughout 202...
I’m leaving Old Trafford – Man United star announces
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I’m leaving Old Trafford – Man United star announces

Manchester United star, Andreas Pereira has announced his decision to leave the Old Trafford outfit. He said he wants to leave the club in the summer on a permanent basis after making just 45 Premier League appearances for United since arriving at the club in 2011. Pereira, who has spent three seasons on loan to Granada, Valencia and Lazio, is currently spending this term at Brazilian club, Flamengo. The Brazil international has decided to leave United and make his current loan move permanent at the end of the season. “My desire has always been to stay here at Flamengo, and now we are going to do everything,” Pereira told ESPN. “We are going to talk to President Landim and Marcos Braz to make this possible. Of course, I have a feeling that I owe the fans a ti...
Salah gives Conditions to Sign new Liverpool Contract
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Salah gives Conditions to Sign new Liverpool Contract

Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, wants assurances about the Premier League club’s plans for the coming years before he signs a new deal. According to Sky Sports, financial terms are not the only issue holding the 29-year-old back from extending his deal with the Reds. While Salah indeed wants more money, he also wants to ensure he will play for a club that challenges for major honours. The Egypt international wants to know that Liverpool will bring in the best players to build a team that will compete for league titles and Champions Leagues. Salah has publicly stated his desire to stay at Liverpool, telling MBC Masr TV: “I said it several times, if the decision is up to me, I want to stay in Liverpool. “But the decision is in the hands of the management and t...
Omicron: Premier League Orders all 20 Clubs to Re-impose their Emergency Covid Measures
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Omicron: Premier League Orders all 20 Clubs to Re-impose their Emergency Covid Measures

The Premier League have ordered all 20 clubs to re-impose emergency Covid measures after Tottenham were allowed to postpone their clash with Brighton following an outbreak in their squad. The protocols, which include social distancing, were brought in at the start of the season. Clubs with high vaccination rates had relaxed some of the measures but must now reimpose restrictions to help limit the spread of the Omicron variant. Spurs’ first-team squad has been hit by a Covid outbreak, causing Thursday night’s scheduled Europa Conference League game against Rennes to be postponed. Their Premier League game against Brighton at the Amex on Sunday was also called off. As the pandemic continues to take grip of English football, top-flight officials have sent a memo to all clubs informin...
Reps to investigate CBN, AMCON, others, for refusal to defend 2022 budget
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Reps to investigate CBN, AMCON, others, for refusal to defend 2022 budget

The leadership of the House of Representatives is to meet with the Committee on Banking and Currency to determine why some agencies, including the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company have failed to appear before lawmakers to defend their 2022 budget proposals. The decision was made at plenary on Wednesday, sequel to the ruling of the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase on a motion of personal explanation moved by Rep. Fatau Mohammed (Katsina). Mohammed in the motion said the agencies have not defended their 2022 budget proposals before the Banking and Currency Committee constituted by Order 20, Rule 18, subsection 1 and 2 of the House which empowered it to oversight and evaluate their annual budg...
I don’t want to miss this time with my kids – Ryan Reynolds explains why he is taking a break from acting
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I don’t want to miss this time with my kids – Ryan Reynolds explains why he is taking a break from acting

Hollywood actor, Ryan Reynolds has opened up on why he decided to take a break from acting. The 45-year-old Deadpool star, explained why he took the decision in an interview with LinkedIn News Senior Editor at Large Jessi Hempel. When asked about his "sabbatical", Ryan stated that the biggest thing for him is not missing any time with his kids. He said; "Well, I've done a lot of acting. "The biggest thing for me, and I know you have kids as well, is that I don't want to miss this time with my kids." Reynolds also revealed that he is "extremely passionate" about his creative agency Maximum Effort, which he co-founded in 2018, and software platform MNTN, where he serves as the Chief Creative Officer. MNTN acquired Maximum Effort in June. The actor who shares daughters Jame...
Drake reportedly withdraws his 2022 Grammy Nominations
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Drake reportedly withdraws his 2022 Grammy Nominations

Drake has decided to withdraw his 2022 GRAMMY nominations. According to Variety, the 35-year-old musician has pulled his name out of the running for the upcoming music award ceremony. The Toronto superstar was nominated for two awards at next year’s ceremony which takes place on Jan. 31st; Best Rap Album for his latest LP Certified Lover Boy and Best Rap Performance for the hit single ‘Way Too Sexy’ (with Future & Young Thug). The decision was made by Drake and his management but there’s no word on what the reasons are. It’s also not clear if The Recording Academy will add more nominees now that Drake has pulled out.
Gary Neville reveals ‘problem’ player Arteta wants to sell after Everton loss
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Gary Neville reveals ‘problem’ player Arteta wants to sell after Everton loss

Former Manchester United captain, Gary Neville, has claimed trouble is brewing between Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta and his captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Aubameyang started from the bench as the Gunners lost 1-0 at Everton. The Gunners took the lead through Martin Odegaard before half time. However, Rafa Benitez’s men fought back through Richarlison and Demarai Gray, to take all three points at Goodison Park. Before the game, Arteta explained Aubameyang sitting on the bench, as his decision to rotate his squad. When the Spaniard took Gabriel Martinelli off in the 71st minute, he opted to introduce Eddie Nketiah, who is in the final months of his current deal. There’s always that little bit of a bug there between Arteta and Aubameyang. “I know he’s the captain,...
I regret playing Lukaku against West Ham, he wasn’t ready – Tuchel
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I regret playing Lukaku against West Ham, he wasn’t ready – Tuchel

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has admitted he was wrong to bring Romelu Lukaku on during their 3-2 defeat to West Ham on Saturday afternoon. Tuchel introduced the Belgian striker in the second half after Kai Havertz picked up an injury. Lukaku made just three appearances following his return from the ankle injury he suffered in October. Tuchel has now said the 28-year-old was not “physically” ready to play 45 minutes of football after the game. Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, Tuchel said: “It’s my fault. I don’t think he is ready for 45 minutes of physicality but still, we decided to bring him on for his height because we lost Kai. “Kai had a crucial role in defending set-pieces, which is a huge threat from West Ham, so this is on me. I took the decision so it’s ...

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