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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Koeman Blames Referees for 2-1 Defeat in El Clasico
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Real Madrid vs Barcelona: Koeman Blames Referees for 2-1 Defeat in El Clasico

  Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has criticized the referees for not awarding his side a late penalty, as they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid on Saturday. Ferland Mendy appeared to pull Martin Braithwaite down in the last 10 minutes. But referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. “Everyone has seen the game and if you’re a Barca fan, you’re angry; you’re not happy with some of the referee’s decisions,” Koeman told Movistar after the final whistle. “First of all, I just want to say that in the first half, we weren’t good, attacking or defending. In the second half, we improved. “I only ask that referees get decisions right. It’s a penalty and then, after that, to only add four minutes of stoppage time when the referee had spent three ...
Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp
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Why I Benched Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s 2-1 Win Over Aston Villa – Klopp

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has explained why he benched Sadio Mane in his side’s Premier League 2-1 win against Aston Villa on Saturday.   Klopp said Liverpool’s next week’s Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie against Real Madrid did not influence his decision to drop Mane to the bench against Aston Villa at Anfield. According to him, he made the decision based on performance. Two second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold gave Liverpool all three points against Aston Villa. Asked if the game against Real Madrid played a part in his team selection, Klopp said at his post-match press conference: “No, not it’s pure coincidence that you brought up at that moment. “Well, not you personally, but the media brought up Sadio didn’t score f...
Davido’s lawyer, Prince reacts to Chioma blocking him on Instagram and rumor of being gay
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Davido’s lawyer, Prince reacts to Chioma blocking him on Instagram and rumor of being gay

Davido's lawyer, Prince has reacted to the singer's former fiancé, Chioma blocking him on Instagram and rumor of being gay. Prince who was asked why Chioma blocked him in a question and answer session with some of his followers, stated that they have a brother/sister relationship as they argue a lot. The singer's lawyer who admitted that Chioma has repeatedly blocked him on Instagram, stated that he doesn't know why she took the recent decision but hope to find out soon. Prince also debunked rumor of being gay or bisexual by stating that he wouldn't have married if he was one. He added that he is very comfortable in himself to hide or be worried about what someone thinks about his sexuality.
Solskjaer hints on Man Utd stars he will not play ahead of Granada clash
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Solskjaer hints on Man Utd stars he will not play ahead of Granada clash

    Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said he will never select any player who is “at risk”. Solskjaer stated this on Wednesday while answering questions at a press conference over Marcus Rashford’s fitness. Rashford will travel for the team’s Europa League quarter-final against Granada on Thursday night in Spain. He scored United’s equaliser against Brighton on Sunday but came off after being caught in a tackle and missed training on Tuesday. With Anthony Martial injured, Rashford is hoping to lead United’s attack, alongside Edinson Cavani. “Marcus is travelling and we’ve just got to make a decision tomorrow if he starts or if he’s on the bench. “I don’t pick players when we know there’s a risk,” Solskjaer said. “Of course there’...
Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal midfielder’s plea to leave Emirates
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Mikel Arteta Reacts to Arsenal midfielder’s plea to leave Emirates

  Mikel Arteta has responded to Lucas Torreira’s emotional public plea to leave the club. Arteta is calling on the midfielder to remain calm after the Arsenal midfielder requested to be sold this summer following the death of his mother. Torreira joined Arsenal in the summer of 2018 and made a positive impression under former manager, Unai Emery. The Uruguay international, however, found life much difficult during his second season at the club, after Emery put him in a more advanced role. He then featured prominently during the early weeks of Arteta’s reign but was hit by an ankle injury and he is now struggling to win his place back in the team upon his return to fitness. The midfielder was sent out on loan to Atletico Madrid following Arsenal’s decision to sign...
Update: DMX Reportedly Tests Positive for COVID-19 while in Hospital Fighting for his Life 
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Update: DMX Reportedly Tests Positive for COVID-19 while in Hospital Fighting for his Life 

Hip Hop icon, DMX has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus while in the hospital fighting for his life. Recall the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was hospitalized at White Plains Hospital last Friday after suffering a drug overdose that triggered a heart attack and is "facing serious health issues. He was reported without oxygen for like 30 minutes while unconscious when police arrived on the scene on April 2 and transported him to the Hospital. The rapper was scheduled for critical brain function tests today to determine the decision that his family will have to make. But it has now been revealed that he has tested positive for Coronavirus. According to VladTV, X’s manager Steve Rifkind said he tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital. The posi...
Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life
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Fifa Bans Chad from Football Activities for Life

Global football governing body, FIFA has banned Chad from football until further notice. The decision was taken by the Bureau of the Fifa Council on Wednesday and takes effect immediately. Note that in December 2020, Fifa had rejected a request from the country’s ministry of sports to dissolve the Chadian Football Federation. On March 10, the minister for youth and sports released a statement to prevent the Chadian Football Association, FTFA, from performing its obligatory duties due to a dispute between both parties. CAF then disqualified Chad from the Africa Cup of Nations qualification race, just a few days prior to their fixtures against Namibia and Mali, following the sport Minister's actions. FIFA has now waded in, banning the country henceforth. FIFA says t...
Arsenal vs Slavia Prague: Arteta told to drop Aubameyang, Start Martinelli
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Arsenal vs Slavia Prague: Arteta told to drop Aubameyang, Start Martinelli

  Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has urged manager Mikel Arteta to drop captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. According to him, Gabriel Martinelli should take Aubameyang’s place in the starting XI. Arteta dropped Aubameyang a few weeks ago for the North London Derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur, after he arrived late for a team meeting. The Gabon striker was again ineffective as Arsenal lost 3-0 to Liverpool on Saturday. And ahead of their Europa League quarter-final clash against Slavia Prague at the Emirates, Keown feels Arteta has to make a similar decision again. “Arteta has a big decision to make on his captain. He set an example by dropping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the north London derby recently. “Should Arteta not be dropping him for perfo...
Thiago Silva breaks silence on red card, Chelsea’s 5-2 loss to West Brom
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Thiago Silva breaks silence on red card, Chelsea’s 5-2 loss to West Brom

  Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva has reacted to the red card he received from referee David Coote during the Blues Premier League match against West Brom on Saturday. The Brazilian was shown a second yellow card leading to him being sent off during the shocking 5-2 defeat to West Brom at home on Saturday. According to the Brazilian, who was playing his first game for Chelsea after two months following an injury-enforced absence, his tackle on Matheus Pereira “was not an expulsion move.” Chelsea appeared to be on a smooth ride to victory when Christian Pulisic put them ahead in the 26th minute but the game changed completely two minutes when Silva was shown a second yellow card for a reckless challenge on Okay Yokuslu. The Brazilian veteran defender had earlier recei...
Chelsea vs West Brom: Why I substituted Christian Pulisic during EPL defeat – Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea vs West Brom: Why I substituted Christian Pulisic during EPL defeat – Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has explained why he substituted winger, Christian Pulisic, during his side’s Premier League 5-2 defeat against West Brom on Saturday. Tuchel substituted Pulisic, who scored a goal against West Brom, before the start of the second half at Stamford Bridge. The American international was replaced by Mason Mount as goals from Matheus Pereira (2), Callum Robinson (2) and Mbaye Diagne gave West Brom all three points against Chelsea. But Tuchel is now saying that he substituted Pulisic during Chelsea’s defeat against West Brom because the 22-year-old complained about a hamstring problem. “Christian [Pulisic] did a sprint when he came back out for the second half and said that he felt his hamstring would not survive the game if he continued,” Tuchel sa...
Suspected Herdsmen Attack Farmer in Oyo
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Suspected Herdsmen Attack Farmer in Oyo

A retired school principal cum farmer, Modede Ojedokun, is reportedly lying in a critical state in the hospital after he was matcheted by suspected herdsmen who attacked him on his farm in lsokun area of lgangan, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Saturday April 3. The Nation reports that trouble started when a herder directed his cows to feed on the yam flour the victim had spread on the floor for sun drying. The retired principal was said to have, in anger, challenged the decision of the herder but was met by a resistant herder, who drew out his machete with an intention to strike him. The farmer, it was gathered while trying to block the machete with his bare hand, suffered a deep cut in the process. Residents say that despite the first cut, the herder d...
Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount
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Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount

  Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel has confessed he felt bad keeping Mason Mount on the bench for his team’s clash against West Brom on Saturday and has told him so. Mount was benched on Saturday as his team welcomed relegation battling West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. However, the Englishman came in the second half with the Blues already 2-1 down and with the veteran defender, Thiago Silva sent off in the 28th minute. Tuchel told BT Sport that he was left with a “very bad feeling” at having to bench the midfielder. Asked specifically about Mount and how important it is he is fresh to take on Porto, Tuchel said, “It’s very important that he’s with us. “I told him, ‘It’s a very bad feeling for me to leave you out, already I want you always on the pitch.’ “...
Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold
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Messi not Like in 2005 but Still World’s Best – Klopp Tackles Southgate Over Alexander-Arnold

  Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp, has tackled the national team coach, Gareth Southgate over his decision to leave defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold out of England’s latest squad. Klopp said he, “doesn’t understand,” why the Liverpool star was dropped from the recent World Cup qualifiers against San Marino, Albania and Poland. Southgate’s decision suggested that the 22-year-old had fallen short of standard this season. The coach had already been criticised by former internationals such as Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Peter Crouch and Ian Wright for his reluctance to find a place for the Liverpool star. Alexander-Arnold is the current PFA Young Player of the Year and one of the stand-out full-backs in world football over the past three seasons. He played significan...
Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks
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Haaland’s Father, Agent to Meet Four Premier League Clubs for Transfer Talks

Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge and agent Mino Raiola will fly to England, to hold talks with at least four Premier League clubs over a potential summer transfer. According to Mundo Deportivo, Alf-Inge and Raiola will meet with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and City in London. The two were pictured in Spain on Thursday and are believed to have held discussions with Barcelona and Real Madrid. But they will explore a number of possibilities for Haaland, before making a final decision. Haaland himself is known to be very keen on the Premier League, with the 20-year-old having been born in Yorkshire and his dad having played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City. It certainly seems the English sides would be more likely to be able to afford Haaland, with ...
Povetkin ‘Upset’ after Defeat to Dillian Whyte
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Povetkin ‘Upset’ after Defeat to Dillian Whyte

Russian boxer, Alexander Povetkin has been left ‘upset’ after he was knocked out by Dillian Whyte last week. However, according to promoter Andrey Ryabinskiy, he is yet to make a decision on his retirement. Povetkin was stopped in the fourth round as Whyte avenged last summer’s shock defeat in their ‘Rumble On The Rock’ rematch in Gibraltar. He had hoped to stay on course for another world heavyweight title fight, having challenged Anthony Joshua unsuccessfully in 2018. “Yes, we’ve talked right after the fight,” Ryabinskiy told Sky Sports. “Sasha, of course, is upset that he couldn’t beat Dillian. “But it’s sport, you need to be prepared for any outcome.”
Buhari not a Medical Tourist, he has Retained UK Doctors for 30 Years – Garba Shehu
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Buhari not a Medical Tourist, he has Retained UK Doctors for 30 Years – Garba Shehu

Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu has stated that President Buhari is not a medical tourist following the controversy his recent trip to the UK for medical checkup ignited. In an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday March 30, Shehu said his principal has retained his doctors in the UK for over 30 years. He added that Buhari is wise and quite correct in his decision to consistently retain the set of doctors who have ensured good health for him. Shehu said;   “I think that, unfortunately, there is the misconception of the president’s trip, seen in the context of medical tourism. “President Buhari is not a medical tourist — if somebody has kept retainership with medical experts; we are talking about 30 years and plus. “Each year, they view you and exami...
The Best Decision I Have Taken Is Picking Nigeria Ahead Of England – Ola Aina
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The Best Decision I Have Taken Is Picking Nigeria Ahead Of England – Ola Aina

Fulham defender Ola Aina says his decision to play for Nigeria is the best thing he has done in his career after helping Nigeria qualify for another Africa Cup of Nations. Aina started the 1-0 win over Benin Republic on Saturday but was substituted with Chidozie Awaziem before Paul Onuachu scored what ended as the winner in the third and final minute of time added on. Nigeria have already secured top spot of and qualification for the AFCON even before the game on Saturday making it almost a possibility for Aina to play in another Africa Cup of Nations. His first was the 2019 edition. “ I can’t wait to play in another major tournament with the Super Eagles and bring joy to Nigerians. The national team means so much to the people here”, he said after this evening training in Lag...
British Charity Kept Meghan Markle’s £10,000 Donation a Secret Because they Feared She Could Damage their Reputation
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British Charity Kept Meghan Markle’s £10,000 Donation a Secret Because they Feared She Could Damage their Reputation

British charity said it kept a £10,000 donation from Meghan Markle a secret because they feared her donation could damage the charity's reputation. In August last year, Meghan Markle, 39, gifted funds from The Royal Foundation to Nottingham charity Himmah - a community project tackling poverty, racism and social exclusion. Director Sajid Mohammad told the BBC a decision was made not to speak publicly about the donation because it was feared it could damage Himmah's reputation. However after Prince Harry, 36, and Meghan's bombshell tell-all with Oprah Winfrey, in which they made accusations of racism within the Royal Family, the charity felt they "needed to show solidarity" with the duchess. He admitted: "The reason we didn't go public is the trustees took a view that she wa...
Ronaldo Under Fire for Walking Off Pitch after Disallowed Goal Against Serbia
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Ronaldo Under Fire for Walking Off Pitch after Disallowed Goal Against Serbia

  Former Portugal international, Fernando Meira, has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision to walk off the field and throw his captain’s armband away, calling it “unacceptable” behaviour. Ronaldo stormed off the pitch before the final whistle, after he was denied a clear winner in their 2-2 draw with Serbia in a UEFA World Cup Group A qualifier. Stefan Mitrovic attempted to clear Ronaldo’s off the line, but despite his efforts, it crossed into the goal. However, referee Danny Makkelie waved on play, and there was no VAR or goal-line technology to check the call. “It’s a clear goal, but Ronaldo cannot throw Portugal’s captain’s armband on the floor. “Cristiano’s reaction is natural but unacceptable for the captain of the national team. You cannot throw the captain’...
99% of Gospel Artistes are Poor and Arrogant – Asu Ekiye
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99% of Gospel Artistes are Poor and Arrogant – Asu Ekiye

Popular Gospel singer Asu Ekiye has stated that majority of the gospel artistes in Nigeria are poor and arrogant His made the statement in a Facebook post on Sunday, which he titled . GOSPEL ARTISTES AND ARROGANCE. He wrote: GOSPEL ARTISTES AND ARROGANCE I honoured an invitation three weeks ago and was chauffered by my host to the venue a little behind schedule. But already, I had asked my team to go to the venue and wait for me. While they were there at the venue, they held a brief unscheduled meeting with themselves and reached a decision on what they think would be best for me. So immediately I arrived, the team leader (name withheld), I know he is reading this, whispered to me, “Oga, we need to talk o.” “About what?” I retorted. “Oga, you don big pass some ...
Thomas Muller Responds to Claims that Germany ‘Stole’ Nigerian-born Musaila from England
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Thomas Muller Responds to Claims that Germany ‘Stole’ Nigerian-born Musaila from England

  Bayern Munich star, Thomas Muller, has refuted claims that Germany ‘stole’ Nigerian-born youngster, Jamal Musiala from England. Muller said he found “no English blood” in Musaila’s bloodline when the teenager pledged his international allegiance to Germany. A battle for Musaila’s International future raged between Germany and England with Nigeria hoping they can still acquire his services. But the young player chose Germany. Musiala represented England at the youth level, having grown up in London and spent time with Chelsea, he, however, opted to play for the land of his birth at the senior level. There were claims in the English media that Germany stole the player from England but speaking to Daily Mail, Muller said, “I don’t know if we stole him. “I looke...
Sokoto Government Shuts Down School Over Cholera Outbreak
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Sokoto Government Shuts Down School Over Cholera Outbreak

Government Girls College in Mabera has been shut down by the Sokoto government following a cholera outbreak which has killed two students. Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Kulu Haruna who made the announcement said 70 students were affected but only 20 are currently at the isolation centre. Haruna said the decision to shut down the school became necessary to address the problem, and further stated that a high powered medical team have been deployed to the school. Daily Trust reported that the two students who died were temporarilyy transferred to the college after the closure of all boarding schools in the banditry prone areas by the state government. Haruna however dismissed insinuations that the disease emanated from a new borehole in the school.The school whi...
AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far
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AFCON 2022: All the countries that have qualified so far

  After Thursday’s 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, half of the teams that will play at the tournament have been confirmed. Comoros, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana and Egypt have joined Algeria, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Tunisia and hosts Cameroon in January’s tournament. Gambia qualified for their first-ever AFCON after a 1-0 win over Angola. Assan Ceesay netted the winning goal after an hour, ensuring The Gambia clinched one of the two tickets from Group D. The other slot was secured by Gabon who beat DR Congo 3-0. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Denis Bouanga, and Aaron Boupendza scored the goals for the Panthers. Egypt’s 1-1 draw with Kenya, was enough to get the point they needed in Group G to qualify, while Ghana drew 1-1 in South Africa to make it throu...
Premier League Referees to Make Changes to VAR
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Premier League Referees to Make Changes to VAR

  Premier League teams have been informed by refereeing chiefs that they will come up with a plan to “change and improve” the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system ahead of next season, the UK Times reports. VAR is being implemented for the second year in England’s top flight. However, it has been marred by controversial incidents. Clubs were told at a Premier League shareholders meeting on Thursday, that changes would be passed on to officials, so that they could work on them this summer. The plan will revolve around consistent decision making and marginal offsides. The referees and match officials have been accused of lacking consistency as it concerns red cards and penalty calls. Similar incidents have been officiated differently, which has caused frustratio...
Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub
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Nigeria National Team did not Contract me – Daniel Akpeyi reacts to Super Eagles snub

  Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has expressed disappointment over the decision of Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr, to drop him from the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON, qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho. Akpeyi only managed to make the Super Eagles standby list, while Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble received the nod for the fixtures against Benin and Lesotho from Rohr. Rohr’s men will tackle Benin in Porto Novo on Saturday and face Lesotho three days later in Lagos. Akpeyi while expressing his sadness said he was not contracted to the Nigeria national team, adding that he just needs to focus on his club side. “The truth is that I’m concerned. Nothing surprises me in football anymore because I have been in the...
Actor Johnny Depp Denied Appeal in ‘wife beater’ Libel Case
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Actor Johnny Depp Denied Appeal in ‘wife beater’ Libel Case

Hollywood actor, Johnny Depp's appeal to overturn a damning high court ruling which backed a report that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard and left her in fear for her life, has been struck out. The actor was denied an appeal in his U.K. libel case against The Sun publisher, News Group Newspapers, after he sought to overturn the 2020 ruling of the tabloid accurately calling him a “wife beater.” After a highly publicized three-week trial in 2020, Justice Nicol ruled that the label was “substantially true” regarding his relationship with ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor asked the court of appeal to grant permission for him to challenge the ruling, with the aim of having its findings overturned and a retrial ordered. Part of Depp’s argument relied on further evidence that Heard ...
Juventus takes final decision on Pirlo, Ronaldo leaving club
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Juventus takes final decision on Pirlo, Ronaldo leaving club

  Juventus has taken a final decision on the teams manager, Andrea Pirlo and forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving the club. Recall that call for Pirlo’s sack grew in Italy earlier this month after Juventus crashed out from the Champions League against FC Porto, while Ronaldo was linked with a return to Real Madrid. However, Juventus vice-chairman, Pavel Nedved, has now decided that Pirlo and Ronaldo will not be leaving the Serie A champions at the end of the season. According to Nedved, Pirlo will continue his role as Juventus coach, while Ronaldo will see out the rest of his contract. “For me, Ronaldo can’t be touched,” Nedved told DAZN. “He has a contract until June 30, 2022, and will stay. What happens after that remains to be seen. “Cristiano, both technically...
Footballer, Dele Alli Joins Dating app after Being Dumped by his Girlfriend of Five Years, Ruby Mae
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Footballer, Dele Alli Joins Dating app after Being Dumped by his Girlfriend of Five Years, Ruby Mae

Tottenham and England midfielder, Dele Alli is reportedly looking for love on celebrity dating app, Raya, after being 'dumped' by his model girlfriend, Ruby Mae The 24-year-old born to a Nigerian father, Kehinde Alli, a multi-millionaire businessman and British mother, Denise, is said to be 'gutted' after his girlfriend of five-years, 25, decided to end things, prompting his decision to join the exclusive platform used by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Adele, and Ben Affleck, Daily Mail reports. In his Raya cover photo, Dele is pictured posing in a navy suit and grey tie while sipping on a beverage. Speaking of his love life, a pal said to The Sun: 'Dele’s still gutted about the break-up with Ruby but knows he’s got to look to the future. 'His pride was dented but now he...
2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP
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2023 presidency: No Decision Yet on Zoning of Presidential Ticket – PDP

  The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it is yet to decide on the zone to produce its candidate for the 2023 presidential election. PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan who made this known while appearing on Arise news said the party is yet to adopt any of the recommendations made by the Bala Mohammed-led committee, including that of zoning its presidential ticket. He said the proposal which advised that Nigerians from every part of the country be given an opportunity for the purpose of choosing the best candidate was still in review. “Due to enquiries from our members and the general public, it has become important to clarify that PDP is yet to adopt any of the recommendations proposed by the Bala Mohammed‘s Committee on the Review of the 2019 ...
French Clubs refuse to release African players for AFCON qualifiers
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French Clubs refuse to release African players for AFCON qualifiers

  The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has confirmed that French clubs will bar their players from travelling for any international games outside Europe. The decision was reached following a meeting between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 clubs on Wednesday. Most African countries have their top players in France and won’t have them for the final 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches. Some of the affected footballers include Zimbabwe striker, Tino Kadewere (Lyon), Nigeria winger Moses Simon (Nantes), Benin goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe (Dijon), Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi (Lyon), Senegal forward Boulaye Dia (Reims) and DR Congo’s Gael Kakuta (Lens). “In the absence of a ‘septaine’ exemption for foreign international players made available to their national team...
Arsenal Players React to Arteta Dropping Aubameyang for ‘Disciplinary Reasons
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Arsenal Players React to Arteta Dropping Aubameyang for ‘Disciplinary Reasons

Aubameyang was furious with Arteta’s decision to remove him from the starting XI just hours before the clash against Tottenham. Nevertheless, it is understood influential members of the squad believe the Spaniard made the correct decision. Aubameyang was caught in traffic on his way to the Emirates Stadium for the game and Arteta deemed his late arrival as unacceptable. The club’s top-earner is said to have been livid and as a result, did not take part in the post-match warm-down with his fellow substitutes and was one of the first players to leave. It is understood that Arteta wanted to make a public stand, partly as a message to his squad, that no one player is bigger than the squad. There have been concerns within the club regarding Aubameyang’s discipline. His ti...
Real Madrid to Sell Varane to Man Utd on One Condition
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Real Madrid to Sell Varane to Man Utd on One Condition

  Real Madrid is ready to sell defender, Raphael Varane to Manchester United this summer on one condition, AS reports. Varane has drawn the interest of Man United in the past. The France international currently has less than 18 months in his contract with Real Madrid. The former Lens star is believed to be keen to experience life away from Santiago Bernabeu. Varane must first inform Real Madrid of his decision to leave the club before the La Liga champions open negotiations with Man United for the centre-back. Real Madrid is keen to keep Varane but they will not allow the player to enter the last season of his contract without extending his deal. Zinedine Zidane’s side are presently under huge financial pressure and they can’t afford to lose Varane cheaply in ...
Premier League to Ask Clubs About Use of VAR
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Premier League to Ask Clubs About Use of VAR

  The Premier League will send a survey to all 20 clubs, requesting feedback on ways to improve the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR), according to Sky Sports. Clubs are expected to receive the survey within the next week. They will be able to offer suggestions over subjective calls for the 2020/2021 season. The subjective calls will include penalties, red cards and handballs. Each club will then send their responses on whether they believe VAR should be asked to make a decision or not. It is part of an effort from the Premier League to try to find consistency in decision making. VAR has been at the centre of a number of controversial decisions this season, with the latest being the call not to award Manchester City a penalty when Phil Foden was tripped by ...
Guardiola Blasts VAR, Premier League after Southampton Win
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Guardiola Blasts VAR, Premier League after Southampton Win

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has demanded answers from the Premier League on the use of VAR. City were denied a penalty, after Phil Foden was felled by Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy during their 5-2 win on Wednesday. Guardiola was left furious at the decision, made with the score still at 1-1. “The VAR, oh my God. The penalty is incredible. The action, I don’t understand. “Maybe they [the league] will explain one day. Hopefully they can explain what is going on. “The referees are professionals. They have to do their jobs. I don’t see how Arsenal, the handball, against Burnley, is disallowed. Fulham in the Tottenham game. Explain it. Incredible. “Tonight, the referee Jon [Moss] cannot see the foul, that can happen, but the VAR? You have to ask the rig...
Pulisic Threatens to Dump Chelsea over Tuchel’s Attitude
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Pulisic Threatens to Dump Chelsea over Tuchel’s Attitude

  American winger, Christian Pulisic has threatened to dump Chelsea over lack.of game time under Thomas Tuchel, the Sun (UK) reports. The player has also informed his representatives about his decision to leave the west London side. Pulisic has not started any game since Tuchel took over as Blues manager and the German tactician recently named him as one of the players he is treating unfairly at the club. Pulisic is said to be growing increasingly impatient under Tuchel, who was his former boss at Borussia Dortmund and is not prepared to stay at Chelsea unless he’s considered a vital part of the German’s plans. Pulisic cost £57m. It’s claimed Pulisic has said as much to his advisers, who would be in charge of finding a new club for the American. Reports on Tuesda...
No Decision On Aguero Contract Until Summer – Guardiola
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No Decision On Aguero Contract Until Summer – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said a decision on record scorer Sergio Aguero's contract situation will not be made until the end of the season. Argentine Aguero has made just 11 appearances in all competitions this season due to injury and COVID-19. The 32-year-old made his first start in four months in City's 2-1 Premier League win over West Ham United last month but was an unused substitute in subsequent games against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United. Aguero, who joined City from Atletico Madrid in 2011, will be out of contract at the end of the campaign and Guardiola said negotiations over a new deal would have to wait until the summer. "We are going to talk to him (Aguero) as a human being, as a person and, of course, as a player," Guardiola said. "...
Solskjaer Reacts as Man Utd Announce new Appointments
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Solskjaer Reacts as Man Utd Announce new Appointments

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hailed the appointment of Darren Fletcher as the club’s new technical director, saying: “His DNA is what we want”. The Red Devils confirmed a shake-up of their top hierarchy on Wednesday. Head of football development, John Murtough, has been promoted to football director and first-team coach Fletcher will work alongside him. Transfer chief, Matt Judge, has formally been named as director of football negotiations. Speaking about Fletcher ahead of United’s Europa League Last-16 tie against AC Milan on Thursday, Solskjaer – who played alongside the Scot for four years at Old Trafford – said: “A few months back when we were making the final decision, there were a few other things for Darren. We moved [former coach] Mark Demps...
Mourinho hits out at Arteta ahead of North London Derby
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Mourinho hits out at Arteta ahead of North London Derby

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has dismissed Mikel Arteta’s claim that they have an unfair advantage over Arsenal, ahead of Sunday’s North London Derby. The Gunners host Spurs with both sides looking for three points to keep alive their hopes of finishing in a European qualification spot. Before then, in midweek, they play Europa League last-16 ties, with Spurs taking on Dinamo Zagreb and Arsenal facing Olympiacos. Both sides were drawn to play the away leg from home first, however, UEFA rules provide that two clubs from the same city are not permitted to play on the same day. As a result, Spurs will now play Zagreb at home on Thursday, while Arsenal faces a near-3,000 mile round trip to Greece. Speaking after the decision was made, Arteta who was clearly not ...
Meghan Markle Made Formal Complaint to ITV About Comments Piers Morgan Made about her on the Good Morning Britain Show
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Meghan Markle Made Formal Complaint to ITV About Comments Piers Morgan Made about her on the Good Morning Britain Show

  Meghan Markle made a formal complaint to British broadcaster ITV about the comments Piers Morgan made about her mental health on Good Morning Britain. On Monday, March 8, Piers Morgan, while hosting Good Morning Britain, questioned whether the Duchess of Sussex was being truthful about having suicidal thoughts. His comments sparked a huge controversy in Britain, and he was rebuked by mental health charity Mind. According to CNN, the Duchess of Sussex complained to ITV about the impact Morgan's comments could have on others and how it could degrade the seriousness of mental health issues. The complaint did not relate to the personal nature of Morgan's attacks. ITV then announced on Tuesday, March 9, that Piers Morgan would leave the program he hosted, "Good Morning Britai...
Thierry Henry Opens up on Coaching Arsenal, Returning to Emirates
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Thierry Henry Opens up on Coaching Arsenal, Returning to Emirates

  Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has revealed his plans to return to Emirates to coach the North London club. Henry is Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer with 228 goals. The 43-year-old resigned as manager of Major League Soccer (MLS) side, CF Montreal, last month (February). The Frenchman cited “family reasons” for his decision. “I am an Arsenal fan. So if you are asking me if one day I would like to coach Arsenal, then yes. If you ask if one day I would like to be Arsenal’s kit man, then yes. If you ask if one day I would like to cut the grass at the Emirates Stadium, then yes,” Henry told FourFourTwo. “But it’s a utopia, and I am far from that. If you ask me, am I dreaming, yes I am dreaming. But when you are not dreaming, you are awake, and there is a reali...
Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Shuts Down 10 Schools Again
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Hijab Controversy: Kwara Government Shuts Down 10 Schools Again

The Kwara state government has again shut down 10 schools following a dispute that stemmed from wearing of hijab. Recall that Christian leaders had earlier kicked against muslim students wearing hijab to the Christian schools which are now funded by the state government. In a statement released on Monday March 8,  by the state's Ministry of Education permanent secretary Kemi Adeosun, the schools which were earlier told to reopen on Monday were directed to remain shut. The schools include C&S College Sabo Oke, ST. Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isa...
“Can you just tell them the truth?” Meghan Markle says royal family kept silent when the press vilified her for not doing a photo op after her son’s birth like other royals
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“Can you just tell them the truth?” Meghan Markle says royal family kept silent when the press vilified her for not doing a photo op after her son’s birth like other royals

Meghan Markle accused the royal family of keeping silent while the press twisted stories about them and distorted the truth. During her bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, she told of how her son was denied a royal title, which she believes has to do with his race. Meghan went on explain that royal family members allegedly said they wanted "to change the convention" of royal titles specifically for Archie. "They didn't want him to be a prince or princess ... which would be different from protocol and that he wasn't going to receive security," Meghan said. "It was really hard. ... This went on for the last few months of our pregnancy. ... I was very scared of having to offer up our baby, knowing that they weren't going to be kept safe." She said that her thought at the t...
Nigerian MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Suffers his First Career Loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259
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Nigerian MMA Fighter, Israel Adesanya Suffers his First Career Loss to Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259

Israel Adesanya has suffered his first career loss after he was defeated by Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259 in Las Vegas on Saturday night, March 6. The New Zealand-Nigerian middleweight champion was bidding to become the fifth fighter to hold two UFC titles simultaneously after a 20 - 0 record. In the fight, Adesanya showed a clear speed advantage against Jan Blachowicz. But Polish light-heavyweight took control during the final two rounds and defended his title via unanimous decision to claim victory.  All three officials awarded the bout his way, 49-46, 49-45, and 49-45. “Losses are part of life. Losses are something I deal with occasionally,” Adesanya told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the post-fight news conference. “Just this is my first one in MMA. As I say, it is w...
De Bruyne Explains What Made him Dump Chelsea
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De Bruyne Explains What Made him Dump Chelsea

Manchester City star man, Kevin De Bruyne has explained why he decided to leave Chelsea in 2014. The Belgium International said he felt there was no chance for him at Stamford Bridge at that time. He added that he never expected to become a superstar at Manchester City. De Bruyne left in January 2014, having previously spent the 2012-13 season on loan to Werder Bremen. This was after he struggled to make an impact with the west London Blues and he admits to having hit a career low as he bid farewell. “I decided to go away because I felt I didn’t have any chance of playing at the time,” he told Sky Sports. “I didn’t see more opportunities coming, so for me, it was the best decision to leave Chelsea and go to a situation where I felt I could start again. “Did I expec...
Burnley vs Arsenal: Premier League Releases Statement over Penalty Decision
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Burnley vs Arsenal: Premier League Releases Statement over Penalty Decision

  The English Premier League, EPL, has explained the decision not to award Arsenal a penalty in Saturday’s clash against Burnley at Turf Moor. Arsenal was angry in the 75th minute when Nicolas Pepe’s touch inside Burnley’s box led the ball to hit Erik Pieters’ outstretched arm, but the Gunners were not awarded a penalty following a VAR review. Two goals from Chris Wood and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave both teams a point each. However, the Premier League has now issued a statement on the matter, which read: “The ball hit him from close proximity and he had no time to react. “It was not given on-field, and the VAR did not think it was a clear error.” The result against Burnley means Arsenal are now in the tenth position on the EPL log with 38 points from 27 games...
Arsenal Didn’t Deserve me – Emi Martinez blasts former club
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Arsenal Didn’t Deserve me – Emi Martinez blasts former club

  Aston Villa goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, has said he left Arsenal due to lack of trust. The Argentine came through the ranks at the Gunners after joining from Independiente in 2010 as a 17-year-old. He was out on loan several times, before he signed permanently for Villa in 2020. “I love everything about Arsenal,” Martinez told Sky Sports. “I still love them and I’m still watching the games, but I just felt like they didn’t trust me like they should have. “That’s the reality because they kept buying goalkeepers to go in front of me and I was the goalkeeper from the academy. “When I was on a high, I still felt like they didn’t deserve me because of the way they were treating me. They couldn’t guarantee me the games I needed, so I thought that if they couldn’t ...
Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Odion Ighalo Provides Update on Return to Super Eagles
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Benin Republic vs Nigeria: Odion Ighalo Provides Update on Return to Super Eagles

  Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has provided updates on his speculated return to the senior national team of Nigeria. The striker resigned from the team two years ago after the Super Eagles came third at the last African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Ighalo said he has had discussions with the national team coach but is yet to decide whether to return or not. “I have been approached by the coach, but I haven’t decided yet whether this is a path I want to follow again,” the 31-year-old told the BBC. “We’ve been talking about it for a while and hopefully soon I will make that decision. “I need to decide because I have huge respect for my country and the coach, so it’s only fair to let people know where you stand.” Ighalo helped Nigeria to finish thi...
I Will Keep Substituting you – Klopp Fires Warning to Salah
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I Will Keep Substituting you – Klopp Fires Warning to Salah

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has insisted he will keep taking Mohamed Salah off during games, if he doesn’t perform. Speaking to the media on Friday, Klopp made it clear he will take the best decisions for the team, without caring what the headlines will be. Salah, the Premier League’s leading scorer this season, was replaced around the hour mark at Anfield on Thursday night. The Egyptian winger was unable to hide his disbelief when leaving the field. “I think he enjoys the pressure [of being top scorer],” Klopp said. “He’s been outstanding again. I could have changed last night other players but it was more about who we bring on and he looked like he felt the intensity. He maybe saw it different, that’s fine. “We make these decisions in the moment. Then...
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Under Attack for Substituting Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Under Attack for Substituting Mohamed Salah

  A former Arsenal and Liverpool winger, Jermaine Pennant, has criticized manager, Jurgen Klopp, for substituting forward, Mohamed Salah, during the Reds’ 1-0 defeat against Chelsea in the Premier League on Thursday night. Pennant described Klopp’s decision to take off Salah, who can produce magic as ‘silly’. Recall that Klopp made a surprise decision to replace the Egyptian international with Diogo Jota after just 62 minutes during the match at Anfield. Salah was clearly sad with Klopp’s decision as the 28-year-old shook his head on Liverpool’s bench. “I am concerned that you are bringing him [Salah] off. You do not bring off a player of that stature,” Pennant told Stadium Astro. “Not because he is bigger than the club, but because of what he can do on the pitch...
Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Gives Update on Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Diogo Jota
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Liverpool vs Chelsea: Klopp Gives Update on Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Diogo Jota

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has provided the latest update on Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Diogo Jota, ahead of his side’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Thursday night. Becker didn’t feature in Liverpool’s win against Sheffield United last Sunday on compassionate grounds. Fabinho has missed Liverpool’s last four outings due to a muscle issue, while Jota has not played for the Reds since December 9 due to a knee injury. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, Klopp said: “Ali [Becker] trained now the full week and, yes, we should expect that he is able to return. “Fab has now five or six sessions in his legs, and we have to make a decision how we deal with that, but he looks good and is ready for the squad for sure. “Diogo had this li...

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