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Novak Djokovic Faces Being Banned from the French Open in France after his deportation from Australia
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Novak Djokovic Faces Being Banned from the French Open in France after his deportation from Australia

Tennis star, Novak Djokovic could face more trouble at the next Grand Slam after France insisted on a covid pass barring the unvaccinated from all sports arenas. The French Open is the next Slam in the tennis calendar taking place in May and Djokovic was expected to participate without complication, but the new Covid Pass could see him banned. France's lower house voted by 215 to 58 to give final approval to a vaccine pass that will exclude the unvaccinated from restaurants, sports arenas and other venues. It will apply to everybody over the age of 16 and the law will take effect shortly, meaning it will throw Djokovic's participation at Roland Garros in doubt. Stanislas Guerin, who represents the 17th and 18th arrondissements in Paris, said: 'Djokovic's behaviour was irresponsi...
AFCON 2021: It’s sad for us – Ola Aina reflects on Sudan’s penalty in 3-1 win
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AFCON 2021: It’s sad for us – Ola Aina reflects on Sudan’s penalty in 3-1 win

Nigerian defender, Ola Aina, has said it was “sad” to see the team lose their clean sheet against Sudan. The Super Eagles were three goals up, when Aina gave away a penalty in the second half. Initially, the incident was not picked up by the referee, but it was later awarded following a VAR review. “Yea, we gave away the clean sheet. “It’s sad for the team, the defence, and it’s sad for Madu because he’s been keeping clean sheets,” Aina told the Super Eagles media team. Aina admitted he was at fault, but insisted he was looking at the ball and not the player. “What happened was I was not looking at the player. Obviously, I held his shirt a little bit, but there’s always a little bit of shirt holding in the box, and I was just watching the ball. “I didn’t see when I s...
Actress Kiitan Bukola replies those keen on knowing her sexuality
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Actress Kiitan Bukola replies those keen on knowing her sexuality

Actress Kiitan Bukola has replied those curious to know her sexuality following a Q/A session she had on Snapchat. While the actress at first insisted that only the person she is sleeping with deserves to know her sexuality, she went on to state that she is straight as the question persisted.  
AFCON 2021: Samuel Eto’o reveals position on cancelling tournament in January
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AFCON 2021: Samuel Eto’o reveals position on cancelling tournament in January

Samuel Eto’o, President of the Cameroon Football Federation, has insisted the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, will surely go ahead amid concerns of cancelling the tournament. The 2021 AFCON will take place in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6 2022. Recall that the AFCON 2021 was originally billed to take place between June and July 2021 but was postponed till next year due to the pandemic. However, there are uncertainties surrounding the tournament. The most significant opposition comes from Europe, especially in England, where clubs are reluctant to release their top players. The Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is spreading fast, is also a concern. There are reports that the Confederation of African Football, CAF, is considering cancelling this year’s edition...
Majority in support of biennial World Cup – FIFA
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Majority in support of biennial World Cup – FIFA

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, has insisted he has majority backing for a biennial World Cup plan. This is after he informed national football leaders that the switch would create an extra $4.4bn in revenues. European clubs, the top leagues and European governing body, UEFA, have kicked against the plan in the past. No vote is scheduled yet, but Infantino claims majority was in place for the idea but it needed to be dealt with as part of the broader overhaul of the international match calendar. “If I was going to a vote tomorrow, probably the majority would vote in favour of a World Cup every two years. “But it is not the topic, we are looking at the entire calendar and how we can make football better and how many we can bring on board with a new way of organising the f...
It wasn’t red card, I caught the ball – Harry Kane insists after Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool
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It wasn’t red card, I caught the ball – Harry Kane insists after Tottenham’s 2-2 with Liverpool

Tottenham striker, Harry Kane has insisted that his tackle on Andy Robertson was not a red card offence. The England striker even believes he won the ball during the challenge, which is not certainly the situation. He feels the march officials led by referee Paul Tierney were right not to send him off for a tackle on Liverpool defender, Andy Robertson. The incident took place during the first half of the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Tottenham on Sunday. The England striker had lunged into the ball before catching Robertson’s ankle with his studs, with referee Paul Tierney only showing him a yellow card. Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp believed the England captain should have been sent off. But Kane is adamant that a yellow card was more than suff...
Islamic group blames Goodluck Jonathan for current killings, kidnapping in Northern Nigeria
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Islamic group blames Goodluck Jonathan for current killings, kidnapping in Northern Nigeria

Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has returned the blames of the current c and destruction going on the Northern part of Nigeria to former President, Goodluck Jonathan. The North is boiling with anger over insecurity, with some groups already starting to protest, while the average citizen up north is fuming with rage. MURIC identified Jonathan’s administration as the real culprits of insecurity in the North and berated politicians who stole money meant for the purchase of arms for the armed forces. The group warned the North against misplacement of their anger, pointing out that the bastardisation of the almajiri system had not helped. The group, in a statement distributed to the media on Saturday, signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola,...
COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave
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COVID-19: AFCON organisers take decision on tournament in Cameroon over fresh wave

Tournament organisers for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) have insisted that the competition will go on despite the outbreak of COVID-19, according to Marca. The tournament is billed to hold in Cameroon as from January 9 to February 6, but there are conflicting reports about whether it will be called off. Earlier report by French outlet, RMC Sport had claimed that the Central African Federation could be forced to postpone the tournament. Italian top site, La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, on its own claim that there is no risk of calling off the competition. However, Marca is reporting that the organisers have remained adamant that the binary football event will still happen.
Gary Neville reveals Man United only target this season, rules out Premier League title
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Gary Neville reveals Man United only target this season, rules out Premier League title

Manchester United hero, Gary Neville has insisted that a top four finish and a trophy this season would be deemed a ‘great success’ for the Red Devils. With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer being sacked and Ralf Rangnick appointed for six months, United fans are hoping the second half of this campaign will be much better. Manchester United returned to sixth position in the league table with 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in Rangnick’s first match on Sunday which proved a good start. “I think if you are being sensible then top four is the target,” Neville told Sky Sports. “What has happened already this season means they cannot win the league. I don’t think they are good enough anyway. “But I think they can certainly have a good season and finish in the top four. It would be incredibl...
You’ll get what you deserve – Matic tells Fred, McTominay
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You’ll get what you deserve – Matic tells Fred, McTominay

Manchester United midfielder, Nemanja Matic has hailed his midfield partners, Fred and Scott McTominay. The Sebian insisted that Fred and McTominay do not get the praise they deserve, adding that one day, this will change. Fred and McTominay are being picked for United defensive midfield role ahead of Matic in recent weeks. The Brazilian and Scott have both endured plenty of criticism of late with fans and pundits want so much more from the pair. However, Fred did score the winner in Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge, a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Despite criticism, Matic believes the pair offer a lot to United’s team, both on and off the pitch. “I think they are great people, great people for the changing room. They prove a lot game by game,’ he told ...
Arteta Reveals why he Snubbed Pepe for Nketiah against Everton
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Arteta Reveals why he Snubbed Pepe for Nketiah against Everton

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted Eddie Nketiah deserved to play ahead of Nicolas Pepe. Arteta stated this while answering questions from reporters following a 2-1 defeat at Everton on Monday night. Martin Odegaard had given the Gunners the lead before half time, but second-half goals from Richarlison and Demarai Gray secured maximum points for the hosts. Arteta opted to leave both captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and £72million signing Pepe out of his starting XI for the match, with Gabriel Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette preferred. After Martinelli picked up an injury in the 71st minute, the Arsenal manager decided to bring on contract rebel Nketiah to play on the wing. The 22-year-old, who is expected to leave as a free agent next year, misse...
What will Happen if I Don’t Win Ballon d’Or – Salah
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What will Happen if I Don’t Win Ballon d’Or – Salah

Liverpool winger, Mohamed Salah, has insisted there will be “no problem” if he never wins a Ballon d’Or during his career. He however declared he is the “best player in the world.” Salah finished seventh in this year’s voting after the results were announced last Monday. “At the end of the day it’s people’s opinions, but in my mind, I’m the best player in the world, that’s what I say to myself. “I can’t say that I don’t want to win the Ballon d’Or or FIFA ’s The Best, of course, I want to win either of them. “But if I don’t win either of them, there is no problem. Everything I want, I usually get. “I know that I will win either of them later, I’m not worried,” the 29-year-old told Egyptian broadcaster MBC Masr TV. ...
There is no ‘March for Peace’ Without Justice. He is still trying to deny the Massacre that happened – Falz calls out Governor Sanwo-Olu
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There is no ‘March for Peace’ Without Justice. He is still trying to deny the Massacre that happened – Falz calls out Governor Sanwo-Olu

Rapper Falz has called out Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in reaction to an invitation to join a ''march for peace'' in Lagos state. The rapper who insisted that there is no 'march for peace' without justice, accused the Governor of trying to deny that a massacre at Lekki toll gate happened following a white paper released by a panel setup by the state government over a report released by a judicial panel, backing reports of a massacre during an #EndSARS protest at Lekki toll gate in 2020. The Lagos State Government in its White Papers, rejected claims of nine people dying at Lekki Toll Gate Plaza in 2020.  The government also flayed some claims in the reports, maintaining that it was full of discrepancies, irregularities and inaccuracies with claims of deaths of victims, even when so...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: I give Ronaldo, others energy – Eric Baily talks tough
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: I give Ronaldo, others energy – Eric Baily talks tough

Manchester United defender, Eric Bailly has insisted that he gives his teammates, including Cristiano Ronaldo, ‘energy’ ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening. Bailly believes Man United can turn around their ‘difficult’ run of results against Chelsea at Stamford, adding that the Red Devils are ready for the game. According to the former Villarreal centre-back, Man United have trained well and have a good feeling ahead of the Chelsea game at Stamford Bridge. “Yeah, very difficult,” Bailly told the club’s website when asked about their form. “You know, we lost important games, but that is the past. Now for me, it’s very important to focus on the future. “The future is Sunday and we had a good week, Tuesday against Villarreal, we have a good game. ...
I am never angry with my players – Mourinho
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I am never angry with my players – Mourinho

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has insisted he is happy with his players. Mourinho specifically name-checked two-goal hero, Tammy Abraham, following their Europa Conference League win against Zorya. The former Manchester United and Chelsea manager appeared upset with Abraham during the 4-0 win. But he told the media afterwards: “My team is made up of good people as well as good players. I never get angry with them, as the sense of belonging and unity is always there. We can debate issues about tactical positions and movements, but I am never angry with them. “Abraham arrived from a different type of football, playing for a team that always dominated and a striker is only there to score goals. In Italy, it’s important the striker has to work for the team as well, t...
I’m already there in Manchester – Rudi Garcia on becoming Man United next manager
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I’m already there in Manchester – Rudi Garcia on becoming Man United next manager

Former Lyon head coach, Rudi Garcia has insisted that he is already there in Manchester after holding talks with Manchester United to become their next interim manager. Man United had approached Garcia about the interim role ahead of their 2-0 victory against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday night in Spain. The Red Devils held talks with the 57-year-old to take over until the end of the season. Recall that Manchester United recently sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as its manager and put Michael Carrick to temporarily take charge of the first team. Speaking on the development, Garcia told Canal Plus: ‘I’m already there in Manchester [laughs]. “I’m here to comment on a very good game between Manchester City and PSG. “In all seriousness, I don’t usually comment on...
Champions League: ‘I won’t deny’ – Messi names big favourites to win trophy
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Champions League: ‘I won’t deny’ – Messi names big favourites to win trophy

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Lionel Messi has insisted that he won’t deny that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are ‘big favourites’ to win the Champions League this season. Messi said this ahead of PSG’s Champions League clash with Manchester City on Wednesday night at Etihad. The Argentine captain, however, admitted that PSG needs to be strong in order to win the Champions League this season. Last season, PSG were eliminated from the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City. Chelsea eventually won the Champions League after beating Man City 1-0 in the final. “Everyone says we are the big favourites [to win the Champions League this season],” Messi told MARCA. “I won’t deny that we are one of the candidates, but we still need some things to be a really strong team...
Rio Ferdinand names two players Sancho must learn from to succeed at Man Utd
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Rio Ferdinand names two players Sancho must learn from to succeed at Man Utd

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Jadon Sancho must learn from the club’s former players, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic, in order for him to succeed at Old Trafford. Sancho has endured a difficult start at Man United since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window. The England international is yet to settle at Man United and he is typically being deployed on the left when he is given a chance by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus after Sancho added even more competition to the attacking positions at Man United, with the Portugal captain operating through the middle and Mason Greenwood in Sancho’s preferred position on the right. But Ferdinand wants Sancho not to view Ronaldo’s arriv...
I didn’t  do my research before joining Bolton Wanderers from PSG – Jay-Jay Okocha
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I didn’t do my research before joining Bolton Wanderers from PSG – Jay-Jay Okocha

Nigeria legend, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, has insisted that he didn’t do his research before joining Bolton Wanderers from Paris Saint-Germain in 2002. Okocha shocked many football fans when he left French Ligue 1 giants PSG for Bolton in the Premier League nineteen years ago. Though PSG was not a top club then when Okocha left, it was still a surprise to see the former Super Eagles captain leave for Bolton, who were battling relegation in the Premier League then. But Okocha has now revealed he did not know Bolton’s status in the Premier League before signing, adding that it took him a lot of time before he settled in the club. “Well, I will say that it’s obvious I didn’t do my research before signing for Bolton,” Okocha told Ally McCoist and Gabriel Agbonlahor on their Talkspor...
Solskjaer under severe pressure at Man Utd – Harry Redknapp
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Solskjaer under severe pressure at Man Utd – Harry Redknapp

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp, has insisted that Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is under severe pressure at Old Trafford. Redknapp argued that if Aston Villa can sack fan favourite Dean Smith for collecting just seven points fewer than Man United on the Premier League table, then Solskjaer cannot be safe at the Red Devils. Man United have lost six of their last 12 matches in all competitions. Solskjaer’s men currently sit in 6th position on the Premier League table with 17 points from 11 games. Speaking about Solskjaer, Redknapp told talkSPORT, “He’s got to be under severe pressure. “They have spent big, they have brought players in and he’s had the backing of the board. “Listen, if Dean Smith and people like that can lose their...
Solskjaer Speaks on Man Utd Sacking him after 2-0 Defeat to Man City
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Solskjaer Speaks on Man Utd Sacking him after 2-0 Defeat to Man City

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he is not living on borrowed time at the club, following a 2-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday. An Eric Bailly own goal and Bernardo Silva goal condemned the Red Devils to their second consecutive defeat at Old Trafford. The last time United played at home, they were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool. However, Solskjaer avoided the sack, before beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 and drawing 2-2 with Atalanta. Following the latest setback, Solskjaer has vowed to bounce back. When asked if he thinks he’s living on borrowed time, Solskjaer said: “No I don’t. I have good communication with the club all the time which is up front and honest. “I work for Man United, I want the best for Man United. As long as I...
UCL: I don’t have time for you – Solskjaer slams Man United stars
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UCL: I don’t have time for you – Solskjaer slams Man United stars

Manchester United boss, Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he does not have time for any of his players choosing to sulk over a lack of playing time. Solskjaer has faced plenty of criticism over his team selections this season with several members of the squad spending more time on the bench than on pitch. Jadon Sancho, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard and Eric Bailly are among the top stars who are finding life difficult under Solskjaer While the manager didn’t mention any name in particular in his press conference ahead of Man United Champions League clash with Atalanta on Tuesday night, the Norwegian did make his point loud and clear that those wanting to sulk won’t be welcome. “We don’t have time for anybody to sulk, if you’re not in the starting XI, you are there to support y...
Roy Keane calls two Man Utd players “disgrace’, another ‘not good enough’
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Roy Keane calls two Man Utd players “disgrace’, another ‘not good enough’

Manchester United hero, Roy Keane has labelled the club’s defenders, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, as a ‘disgrace’. Keane also insisted that Aaron Wan-Bissaka is not good enough to play for Manchester United. The 50-year-old Irishman said this at the weekend while speaking with Sky Sports as Man United defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in a Premier League tie on Sunday. “United have a lot of talented players going forward but a lot of the players defensively, the two in midfield, obviously huge question marks over the two in midfield,” Keane said. “Maguire and Shaw last week were a disgrace, an absolute disgrace to the club. And these are established, international footballers. “Wan-Bissaka, I don’t even think [Crystal] Palace would take him back now, he’s not good enough for ...
Carabao Cup: Guardiola reacts as West Ham eliminates Man City
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Carabao Cup: Guardiola reacts as West Ham eliminates Man City

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has insisted that his side will come back stronger in next season’s Carabao Cup. Guardiola said this while reacting to Man City’s Carabao Cup round of 16 defeat against West Ham United on Wednesday night. West Ham defeated Man City 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw after normal time. Reacting after the game, Guardiola said at his post-match press conference, “An incredible run has finished (but) we finished in a good way. “We played in a really good way, creating chances against a team who defended deep. “On penalties, they were better. Congratulations to West Ham. “Next year we will be back.”
Solskjaer not right manager to take Man Utd forward – Berbatov
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Solskjaer not right manager to take Man Utd forward – Berbatov

Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has insisted that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the right manager to take the club forward, judging on the Red Devils’ 5-0 defeat to Liverpool. Berbatov also said that Solskjaer is going to be in trouble if Man United don’t win their next match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Recall that Liverpool thrashed Man United 5-0 last weekend at Old Trafford, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick and two goals each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. “Judging on the Liverpool match, Solskjaer isn’t the right man to take the club forward,” he told Betfair. “For some fans, that’s the most important game of the season and we want to beat Liverpool maybe more than we want to beat City. “That being said, we have to look at the bigger p...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: Solskjaer speaks on resigning as manager after 5-0 defeat

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he will not resign following a 5-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick at Old Trafford, as the Reds outclassed their hosts in the Premier League encounter. Diogo Jota and Naby Keita also scored for Liverpool, as they inflicted a huge defeat on Solskjaer’s men. The game saw United fans walk out of the stadium as early as the 50th minute, amid calls for the Norwegian to resign or be sacked. The 46-year-old has however made it clear he will be sticking around. “I have come too far, we have come too far as a group. We are too close to give up now. “It is going to be a difficult one. The players will be low but there’s loads of characters there. “We know we are rock bottom, we can’t ...
Man Utd vs Liverpool: I wasn’t rubbing my hands together – Klopp replies Paul Scholes
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Man Utd vs Liverpool: I wasn’t rubbing my hands together – Klopp replies Paul Scholes

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he was not ‘rubbing his hands together’ watching Manchester United’s display against Atalanta in Wednesday’s Champions League. Klopp said this while responding to Man United legend Paul Scholes’s suggestion that the Reds coach would have been delighted to see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men played in midweek against Atalanta. Recall that Man United came from 2-0 down to beat the Serie A side 3-2. Scholes had told BT Sport, “If you do that against Manchester City or Liverpool, it would be 3-0 or 4-0 at half-time and you would be out of the game and you are not coming back. “Go and do that on Sunday against Liverpool and see what happens. “Imagine Jurgen Klopp at home watching that game in the first half. He’ll be rubbing his ...
Ronaldo will be Man Utd’s downfall, drop him – Agbonlahor advises Solskjaer
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Ronaldo will be Man Utd’s downfall, drop him – Agbonlahor advises Solskjaer

Former Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has insisted that Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, will be the club’s downfall this season. Agbonlahor wants Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Ronaldo from his squad and instead use the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Jadon Sancho in his attack line. He stated this ahead of Man United’s home Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday evening. According to him, Ronaldo doesn’t fit the way Man United play, adding that he was supposed to join Manchester City. Asked whether Ronaldo improves Man United as a team, Agbonlahor told Football Insider: “I don’t think he does. “People got carried away. Ronaldo was awful for Juventus last season. This season for Man United, he has not scored many ...
Ansu Fati speaks on ‘pressure’ of taking Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona
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Ansu Fati speaks on ‘pressure’ of taking Messi’s no 10 shirt at Barcelona

Barcelona teenager, Ansu Fati has insisted that wearing the No. 10 jersey after Lionel Messi does not bring additional pressure. Fati was speaking at a press conference after signing a new deal until 2027 with his release clause rising to €1billion. “It’s true that the No. 10 jersey has been worn by Leo [Messi] and many players but I’m calm. “I know what I can bring to this team. “For me it’s not a pressure. No one is going to be like Leo, no one is going to be like [former captains Carles] Puyol or Xavi [Hernandez]. No one is going to equal what Leo has done. I’m going to follow my own journey. I still haven’t done anything. I hope I can have a career like they have had. “Any player could have worn the No. 10. I’m grateful that the captains offered me the number and lucki...
Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince
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Solskjaer blatantly lying to Van de Beek – Paul Ince

Former Manchester United star, Paul Ince, has insisted that manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is ‘blatantly lying’ to midfielder, Donny van de Beek, about his role at Old Trafford. Ince believes that Solskjaer is not telling Van de Beek the truth that he is not in his plans at Man United. Van de Beek has endured a difficult spell at Man United, falling out of Solskjaer’s team. The Netherlands star is yet to start a league game for Man United so far this season. He joined Man United in the summer of 2020 but played just 511 minutes in the Premier League last season. Speaking on Van de Beek’s situation at Man United, Ince told The Kelly and Wrighty Show: “If I am going to buy a player, a top player from Ajax, the first thing I’m going to say is, “Am I going to play? Where do yo...
Solskjaer created big negative at Man Utd over Ronaldo – Alex McLeish
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Solskjaer created big negative at Man Utd over Ronaldo – Alex McLeish

Former Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, has insisted that Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has created a “big negative” at Old Trafford after deciding to bench star player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has been one of Man United’s outstanding players so far this season, scoring five goals in all competitions for Solskjaer’s side since joining the club from Juventus in the summer. But Solskjaer opted to start the 36-year-old on the bench in Man United’s last Premier League game against Everton. His decision backfired as the Red Devils played a 1-1 draw with Everton and the Norwegian was heavily criticized for his choice. Speaking on the development, McLeish said Solskjaer’s decision has done more damage than good, adding that the United coach was trying to manage R...
Why Ronaldo needs playing time after being rested by Man Utd – Portugal coach, Santos
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Why Ronaldo needs playing time after being rested by Man Utd – Portugal coach, Santos

Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has insisted that Cristiano Ronaldo needs playing time after being rested by Manchester United because it is important for him at this stage of his career. Ronaldo was dropped by Man United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, in their Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton last weekend at Old Trafford. The 36-year-old surprisingly started on the bench but came on in the second half as the game ended in a draw after normal time. Solskjaer was heavily criticised for his decision to bench Ronaldo, while former Man United boss, Sir Alex Ferguson was caught on camera telling ex-UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov that he felt the call to drop the forward gave Everton a boost. Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of Portugal’s friendly c...
What I’m wearing is a civil dress and not a Biafran regalia or linked to ESN – Actor Chinwetalu Agu speaks at Army division he was taken to after being arrested by soldiers
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What I’m wearing is a civil dress and not a Biafran regalia or linked to ESN – Actor Chinwetalu Agu speaks at Army division he was taken to after being arrested by soldiers

Actor Chinwetalu Agu has countered claim of campaigning for proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra and Eastern Security Network before being arrested by soldiers at Upper Iweka in Anambra state. The veteran actor who spoke at the army division he was taken to after the arrest, insisted that what he wore is a civil dress and not a Biafran regalia. He also stated that he was sharing bread to people and was not campaigning for IPOB or ESN when he was arrested. Watch the video below...................
I Called Neymar Tramp Because he didn’t Pass to me – Mbappe
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I Called Neymar Tramp Because he didn’t Pass to me – Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain forward, Kylian Mbappe, has admitted calling his teammate Neymar a “tramp” during their 2-0 win over Montpellier last month. Mbappe was caught on camera criticising Neymar after he was substituted and said: “This tramp, he never passes to me.” Speaking in an interview with L’Equipe, the 22-year-old confirmed he said those words. He however insisted he has no issue with Neymar. “Yes, yes, I said it. Now, these are things which happen all the time in football. It just needs to be something that doesn’t linger. “That’s why, right after, given how it blew up, I spoke to him about it. “We’ve exchanged a lot of words like that in the past and we’ll continue to do so because we want to win, but there shouldn’t be any hard feelings. There is no resentment at...
Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo
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Rio Ferdinand reacts to Garry Neville’s criticisms of Ronaldo

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has reacted to Gary Neville’s criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo following the club’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton over the weekend. Neville had criticised Ronaldo for storming down the tunnel following Man United’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford. He insisted that Ronaldo’s reaction put ‘immense pressure’ on Manchester United coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Recall that Ronaldo, who was visibly angry after Man United drew Everton on Saturday, stormed down the tunnel alone as soon as the final whistle was blown. Reacting to the development, Ferdinand defended Ronaldo’s reaction and said that you ‘can’t take emotion away’ from players. “I saw Gary Neville talking about Cristiano Ronaldo and saying he nee...
EPL: I am the right man for Man Utd job – Solskjaer
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EPL: I am the right man for Man Utd job – Solskjaer

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted he is the right man for the job. Solskjaer also declared he can get the best out of his superstar squad, despite playing a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday. The result means United have won only two of their last six fixtures. Solskjaer added Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho to his squad this summer and there has been criticism from some fans that another manager would be able to produce better performances with such a talented group. Solskjaer, however, said: “I’m very confident that we will get the best out of this squad. A lot has happened this month and we’ve had Raphael, and Jadon with us since August, and Cristiano since September. “We’ve got loads to work on and we need to improve, we k...
LaLiga: Why Barcelona is ‘Special’ to me – Luis Suarez
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LaLiga: Why Barcelona is ‘Special’ to me – Luis Suarez

Atletico Madrid star, Luis Suarez, has insisted that Barcelona is ‘special’ to him because of the moments he experienced during his time at Camp Nou. The Uruguay forward, however, said that he must now give his hundred per cent work to Atletico. Suarez said this while reacting to Atletico Madrid’s LaLiga 2-0 win over Barcelona on Saturday night. Atletico Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-0 at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, thanks to goals from Thomas Lemar and Suarez. Recall that Suarez was told that he was surplus to requirements when Ronald Koeman took charge as Barcelona manager. “I’m happy with the team’s victory, which is what we wanted,” Suarez said at his post-match press conference after the game. “The opponent are special due to the moments I experien...
Brighton vs Arsenal: Leno Lied about me – Arteta hits back
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Brighton vs Arsenal: Leno Lied about me – Arteta hits back

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted he had a conversation with Bernd Leno over him losing the No. 1 goalkeeper spot to Aaron Ramsdale. Arteta urged the goalkeeper to concentrate on regaining his place in the side. Leno has not made a Premier League appearance since August 28. In an interview this week, he claimed “there was no clear reason why I was out, but it had nothing to do with my performance.” Ramsdale, who arrived in a £30 million deal from Sheffield United this summer, has quickly established himself as the side’s first choice, starting in all three subsequent league wins over Norwich City, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur. However, when asked about Leno’s comments ahead of Saturday’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Arteta said: “I had a very ...
UCL: Messi vs Ronaldo: Joe Cole names greatest player in history
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UCL: Messi vs Ronaldo: Joe Cole names greatest player in history

Former Chelsea star, Joe Cole has insisted that Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi remains the greatest football player in history. Both Messi and Ronaldo scored vital goals for their respective clubs in the Champions League to hand them the assurance of making it out of the group stages of the competition. There has been an unending debate over who is the better player between the two greatest players of all time. Messi’s goal for Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday was his first since joining from Barcelona in the summer, curling an effort from outside the box into the top corner in PSG’s 2-0 win over Man City. And Cole, a former England international, had no doubts that the Argentina captain would succeed with PSG, adding that his latest piece of brillian...
‘I will prove my innocence’ – R. Kelly insists he’s not guilty in Facebook post shared after he was found guilty on all counts in sex trafficking trial
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‘I will prove my innocence’ – R. Kelly insists he’s not guilty in Facebook post shared after he was found guilty on all counts in sex trafficking trial

  Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R. Kelly, has insisted he's not guilty after he was found guilty in sex trafficking trial. The singer was found guilty of exploiting his superstar status to run a scheme to sexually abuse women and children over two decades. Eleven accusers, consisting of nine women and two men, took the stand over the six-week trial to describe sexual humiliation and violence at his hands. After two days of deliberation, the jury found Kelly guilty on all the charges he was facing. Sentencing is due on 4 May and he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. The singer took to Facebook after he was found guilty to release a statement. He wrote: "To all my fans and supporters I love you all...
I will fight Tyson Fury without my belts – Anthony Joshua
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I will fight Tyson Fury without my belts – Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua has insisted that a fight against Tyson Fury could still happen in the future, even without his world heavyweight titles. Joshua lost his WBA, IBF and WBO belts to Oleksandr Usyk via a unanimous decision at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night. A rematch with Usyk has now been confirmed by his promoter, Eddie Hearn. But Joshua feels he can still fight Fury with or without his world titles. “As I said, I’ll fight Tyson Fury, Wilder, without the belts. “The belts are fun. It’s great, it’s a legacy. But with or without the belts, I’ll fight whoever. The road to undisputed is a nice title to have and a nice title to chase. “But would you still watch it, without the belts? “That’s the main thing – is you’ve got two competitive fighters in the rin...
Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo
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Lewandowski reacts after winning European Golden Shoe ahead of Messi, Ronaldo

Bayern Munich striker, Robert Lewandowski, has insisted he does not have to prove himself in another league, after picking up the award for winning the 2020/2021 European Golden Shoe. The last campaign proved to be Lewandowski’s best in terms of his overall contribution in the final third. The Poland international scored 41 goals in 29 league matches for Bayern, despite missing a whole month of action due to injury. The 33-year-old also surpassed Gerd Muller’s record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season and won the European Golden Shoe for the first time in his career, finishing 11 ahead of ex-Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. Lewandowski was finally presented with the award on Tuesday and said: “I don’t have to prove myself in another league. “I can com...
EPL: Alan Shearer names club to win Premier League title this season
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EPL: Alan Shearer names club to win Premier League title this season

Newcastle United and Premier League legend, Alan Shearer has insisted that Chelsea are bound to win the English Premier League title this season. Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side, who have won four and drew one of their five league games so far, will battle title holders, Manchester City on Sunday. The Blues are currently leading the way at the top of the table and Shearer, a former Newcastle striker, still has the London side as the team to win the league. “City have dropped the most points out of the main contenders so far,” he told the BBC “And Saturday’s home draw with Southampton was a poor result for them when you consider Liverpool’s performance against Crystal Palace, United’s win and particularly what Chelsea did at Spurs. “It will be between those four ...
Bandits kill Miyetti Allah chairman in Kaduna after he failed to pay N20m ransom
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Bandits kill Miyetti Allah chairman in Kaduna after he failed to pay N20m ransom

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed the Chairman of Lere Local Government branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Kaduna State, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi Damba. The Fulani community leader popularly known as Dambardi, was killed in the early hours of Friday, September 17, in his village, Lere. The State Chairman of the association, Alhaji Haruna Usman Tugga, who confirmed the incident in a press release said the gunmen stormed the residence of the deceased at about 2am and brought him out According to Tugga, the kidnappers demanded N20m naira but he told them that he does not have such an amount. The bandits insisted that he must raise the money or they would kill him. The deceased took them to some butchers who raised only N250,000 for ...
Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville
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Arsenal no longer a top 6 team in England – Gary Neville

Manchester United legend, Gary Neville, has insisted Arsenal are no longer a top-six club in England. The Gunners clinched three Premier League titles in the space of seven years at the turn of the century. However, they have not won it since 2004, when Arsene Wenger’s team went unbeaten. Under Mikel Arteta, they finished eighth in the past two seasons and did not qualify for Europe this year. Arsenal have made their worst-ever start to a league campaign, losing their first three matches without scoring a goal. When asked to name the top-six in England, Neville told LADbible TV: “Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and then Tottenham and Leicester based on recent seasons. “Arsenal fans will probably come up with some stat now… they think I hate them a...
Aguero Clears air on Messi-related Barcelona release clause
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Aguero Clears air on Messi-related Barcelona release clause

Sergio Aguero has insisted he does not have a Lionel Messi-related release clause in his contract at Barcelona. Aguero joined Barca as a free agent this summer following his departure from Manchester City in June. It was initially suggested that Messi was one of the main reasons the 33-year-old chose to join the Blaugrana. But Messi has moved to Paris Saint-Germain shortly and it was subsequently reported that Aguero demanded to tear up his agreement with Barca. He has now come out to set the record straight, insisting that it was never stipulated in his contract that Messi’s future was linked to his own in any way shape or form. “I don’t understand why there was talk of this. When I signed, Leo had nothing signed. They were coming to an agreement. “It was invented that...
“Common sense is not common” – BBNaija’s Vee addresses people who say she is older than 25
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“Common sense is not common” – BBNaija’s Vee addresses people who say she is older than 25

Big Brother Naija star, Vee has said that people who doubt her age do not have common sense. Recall that the musician who turned 25 recently, was attacked by trolls who insisted that she looks older than 25. Vee on Monday, shared a throwback photo of herself from 13 years ago in which she was cradling a baby boy who is now 13. Someone then replied to her story "And they say you aren't 25! This is their receipt." She posted the message and wrote: "Common sense is not common my dear"
Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s poor start, speaks on taking over from Arteta
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Wenger reacts to Arsenal’s poor start, speaks on taking over from Arteta

Legendary Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has insisted the club is “in good shape” despite their miserable start to the 2021/2022 season. The Frenchman has backed the Gunners to bounce back from their opening three defeats. Arsenal are rock bottom in the Premier League on -9 goal difference, after losing to Brentford, Chelsea and Manchester City. Current manager, Mikel Arteta, has been hamstrung by some injuries to first-team players as well as multiple COVID cases and has not been able to field anything close to his strongest XI. Arsenal will be back in action after the international break against Norwich City, who are also winless this season, and there are already suggestions the match could be a must-win game for Arteta. Wenger told BILD LIVE: “Today the club is in goo...
You’re going backwards at Man United – Rio Ferdinand tells Martial
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You’re going backwards at Man United – Rio Ferdinand tells Martial

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has insisted that the club’s forward, Anthony Martial, is going backward at Old Trafford. Ferdinand said it is frustrating that Martial will not live up to his full potential at Old Trafford, despite former United team-mate, Michael Carrick predicting the France international could be one of the world’s best players. Martial started for Man United in their disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend but was hauled off by manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, before the hour mark after another lacklustre performance. “I think the most frustrating thing about him [Anthony Martial] is that he’s actually gone backwards from when he first signed,” Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel. “If you’re a player...
Arteta reacts to Arsenal fans booing players during 2-0 defeat to Chelsea
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Arteta reacts to Arsenal fans booing players during 2-0 defeat to Chelsea

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has insisted the fans are behind him. Arteta and the players were booed off at half time and full time, as they lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Sunday. Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Reece James saw the Gunners lose two games in two league fixtures. It is 67 years since they lost their opening three and they face Manchester City next weekend. When asked about the frustrated supporters voicing their frustration, Arteta said: “No. I saw a lot of excitement from them at the beginning. “They really tried to push the team. When you are 2-0 down at half time nobody is happy. We are fooling ourselves if we think they were. But in the second half they were behind them. Even the players were saying that they felt it. But in the end, they were frustrated. “...

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