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It was penalty – Roy Keane hits Carrick after Man Utd 1-1 draw with Chelsea
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It was penalty – Roy Keane hits Carrick after Man Utd 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Former Man United captain, Roy Keane has hit hard on the club’s caretaker boss, Michael Carrick for saying the referee made a mistake in awarding Chelsea a penalty during the 1-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Keane said he disagreed with ‘everything’ Carrick said after the Premier League draw. Jorginho’s penalty earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, after the Italy International gifted Jadon Sancho the first goal with an error early into the second half. Carrick said he was ‘proud’ of the team after the game, also claiming Chelsea were fortunate to be awarded a penalty after Aaron Wan-Bissaka fouled Thiago Silva in the box. “I don’t think it was a penalty at all,” Carrick told Sky Sports. But Keane slammed his former teammate, saying, “I dis...
I Don’t think it was Penalty – Carrick Reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea
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I Don’t think it was Penalty – Carrick Reacts to Man Utd’s draw with Chelsea

Manchester United caretaker manager, Michael Carrick, has reacted to his side’s Premier League 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Carrack claimed that the penalty awarded to Chelsea against Man United during the encounter was not a penalty. Jadon Sancho had opened the scoring for Man United in the second half before Jorginho equalized for Chelsea from the spot a few minutes later. Wan-Bissaka had caught Thiago Silva with an outstretched leg and kicked the Brazilian on the ankle. The referee immediately points to the spot-kick. Speaking after the game, Carrick said at his post-match press conference, “I don’t think it was a penalty, that was disappointing. “It’s been a tough, tough week, and I am immensely proud of the effort the players put in.” Man United’s next game...
Neymar confronts referee in angry exchange during Brazil win over Colombia
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Neymar confronts referee in angry exchange during Brazil win over Colombia

Neymar confronts referee in angry WC Qualification South America The Selecao star was fortunate to avoid punishment for the incident during the 2022 World Cup qualifying victory Neymar appeared to bump referee Roberto Tobar during the first half of Brazil’s 1-0 win against Colombia on Thursday which clinched the nation's 2022 World Cup qualification. The Selecao star was frustrated by the physical play of the visitors in the opening exchanges, with challenges leaving him on the ground on several occasions. Neymar went on to record an assist in the triumph that saw Brazil continue their unbeaten run in CONMEBOL qualifying.
Female MMA fighter is beaten mercilessly by male fighter in mixed-gender clash
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Female MMA fighter is beaten mercilessly by male fighter in mixed-gender clash

Viewers have expressed fury and outrage after a male MMA fighter mercilessly beat up his female rival during a gruelling inter-gender fight in Poland. Viewers have described the scenes as 'horrific' and 'absurd' wondering how sanctioning bodies allowed the fight on October 29 in Czestochowa, Poland to go through. Ula Siekacz, a female arm wrestler and well-built fitness instructor fought Piotrek Muaboy - a mixed martial artist. The referee for the MMA-VIP event in Poland was forced to end the bout as the woman suffered a series of blows while the crowd shouted and cheered. Fans had to call for the fight to end as Muaboy landed hard, clean shots to Siekacz before pinning her to the canvas and applying ground and pound. In the video, the pair are at first seen ...
Klopp delivers verdict on Ronaldo red card claim as Liverpool humbles Man Utd
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Klopp delivers verdict on Ronaldo red card claim as Liverpool humbles Man Utd

Liverpool head coach, Jurgen Klopp, believed Manchester United forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, should have been sent off during his side’s Premier League 5-0 win against the Red Devils on Sunday. Ronaldo had kicked Curtis Jones on the floor during the first half of the match. Liverpool’s players were angry with Ronaldo’s actions, but referee Anthony Taylor only gave a yellow card to the Portugal captain. But Klopp, however, believes Ronaldo was fortunate to escape a red card. Recall that Klopp’s men thrashed Man United at Old Trafford, thanks to three goals from Mohamed Salah and a strike each from Naby Keita and Diogo Jota. Man United were reduced to 10 men in the second half during the encounter after Paul Pogba was sent off for his reckless tackle on Keita. Asked about R...
Barcelona star Oshoala & Ellis named on Fifa technical advisory group
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Barcelona star Oshoala & Ellis named on Fifa technical advisory group

The football body has named the Super Falcons captain and the Banyana coach as part of the stakeholders to advance the course of women’s football Nigeria international and Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala and South Africa women national team coach Desiree Ellis have been named in the Fifa technical advisory group. The duo joins the likes of Kelly Smith, Mark Parsons, Jorge Vilda, Pia Sundhage and Ricardo Rambo in the forum created by the football governing body, hoping to address the progression of the women's game. The Fifa technical advisory group - that boasts active players, coaches, retired players, referees, administrators as well as sports scientists from across all six confederations – will be headed by two-time Women’s World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis.  
Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France
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Mbappe was offside – Sergio Busquets criticises referee after Spain’s defeat to France

Spain midfielder, Sergio Busquets, has criticised referee Anthony Taylor following his side’s UEFA Nations League final defeat against France on Sunday. Busquets slammed Taylor’s decision to allow Kylian Mbappe’s late winner in France’s 2-1 win against Spain. France defeated Spain following goals from Karim Benzema and Mbappe. Mikel Oyarzabal did score for Sapin at San Siro. Hernandez had slipped a pass in behind the defence for Mbappe, who slotted the ball under goalkeeper Unai Simon and wheeled away in celebration while Spain appealed for offside. Replays showed that Mbappe was clearly behind the last man and in an offside position, but Taylor deemed that Spanish defender Eric Garcia had got a meaningful touch on the ball which created a second phase of play. Reacting...
Deontay Wilder is taken to hospital after being beaten by Tyson Fury
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Deontay Wilder is taken to hospital after being beaten by Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder has been taken to hospital following his brutal knockout defeat to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas. The American was knocked down on three occasions in a fight of the year contender. The bout was waved off immediately by referee Russell Mora after Wilder was heavily floored for a third and final time in the 11th round. Wilder suffered his second straight defeat to the Brit, who retained his WBC strap with the victory, and the American will now undergo precautionary tests in hospital. The 35-year-old will not be kept overnight, however, with his manager Shelly Finkel insisting Wilder is in good health. Boxing journalist Dan Rafael tweeted: 'Was texting with Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel. 'Said Deontay is OK and won't be staying overnight at the hospital.' Wilder ...
Brazilian footballer William Ribeiro now charged with attempted murder after kicking referee in the head
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Brazilian footballer William Ribeiro now charged with attempted murder after kicking referee in the head

A Brazilian footballer, William Ribeiro is now facing a charge of attempted murder after kicking a referee in the head and knocking him unconscious. Ribeiro was arrested after attacking referee Rodrigo Crivellaro in the head during a match on Monday, October 4 in Venancio Aires, in Brazil´s southern Rio Grande do Sul state during a match between Sport Club Sao Paulo and Guarani-RS. Ribeiro, who was playing for Sport Club Sao Paulo, attacked Crivellaro at the beginning of the second half. Referee Crivellaro left the stadium unconscious in an ambulance and was taken to a hospital. After some examinations and observation, he was discharged on Tuesday October 5. "I don't really remember (what happened). My refereeing colleagues told me that I gave him...
England’s men to be refereed by a woman for the first time as Ukrainian Kateryna Monzul is picked for World Cup qualifier against Andorra
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England’s men to be refereed by a woman for the first time as Ukrainian Kateryna Monzul is picked for World Cup qualifier against Andorra

England's men's senior side will be refereed by a woman for the first time on Saturday as Ukraine's Kateryna Monzul will take charge of the World Cup qualifier against Andorra. Monzul, who has been refereeing in the men's Ukrainian Premier League since 2016, will be joined by an all-female assistant crew of Maryna Striletska and Svitlana Grushko, also from Ukraine. Monzul took charge of a men's senior international in November 2020, alongside an all-female assistant crew, for a Nations League clash between San Marino and Gibraltar. The 40-year-old has also refereed at Women's World Cups and European Championships. The Video Assistant Referee will also be a woman, Stephanie Frappart of France who took charge of the 2019 UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea, for the cla...
Update: Brazilian football player, William Ribeiro faces attempted murder charge for attacking a referee on the pitch
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Update: Brazilian football player, William Ribeiro faces attempted murder charge for attacking a referee on the pitch

A Braziliian footballer who knocked a referee to the ground and kicked him in the neck during a match in Brazil, is now facing an attempted murder charge. William Ribeiro was arrested after he deliberately beat Rodrigo Crivellaro 14 minutes into the second half of Monday night's Campeonato Gaúcho Série A2 league game between Ribeiro's São Paulo team and Guarani at Edmundo Felix Stadium in Rio Grande do Sul. The attack took place after Crivellaro had awarded Guarani a free-kick. The official was seen tumbling to the ground as the footballer launched an attack at the helpless ref, before kicking his head. Crivellaro was taken to Hospital São Sebastião Mártir where he spent the night under observation and was released Tuesday morning October 5. Venâncio Aires Civil Police Chie...
Brazilian Footballer Arrested after kicking referee in head during a match
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Brazilian Footballer Arrested after kicking referee in head during a match

A footballer has been arrested for kicking a referee on the head and appearing to render him unconscious during a match in Brazil. William Ribeiro, who plays for state-league club Sao Paulo RS, committed the attack while playing against Guarani on Monday, October 4. His team had just fallen a goal behind in the game when he violently kicked official Rodrigo Crivellaro, who was quickly rushed to hospital after being knocked out unconscious. It remains unclear why Ribeiro lost his cool on the night, with both sets of players forced to restrain him as he kicked a helpless Crivellaro. An ambulance quickly drove onto the field and took the referee to hospital in Venancio Aires, near Porto Alegre in southern Brazil. Reports emerged later that evening confirming he was ...
Bare knuckle fighter Justin Thornton dies six weeks after a brutal 19-second KO left him partially Paralysed
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Bare knuckle fighter Justin Thornton dies six weeks after a brutal 19-second KO left him partially Paralysed

A bare knuckle fighter has died in hospital six weeks after a brutal 19-second knockout left him partially paralyzed. Justin Thornton, 38, was taking part in the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 20 in Biloxi, Mississippi on August 20 when he sustained a brutal KO defeat. His opponent Dillon Cleckler caught him with a right punch just 19 seconds into the first round, sending him face-first to the canvas, before the referee ended the fight. According to his Facebook page, where a GoFundMe was set up shortly after the fight, he was taken straight to hospital and was partially paralyzed and put on a ventilator for several weeks. In the message, posted by his girlfriend Amber Willard, it was revealed in September that he was 'on ivs for infection in his lungs and medication for his...
Osimhen: Napoli star’s scoring run ends against Fiorentina
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Osimhen: Napoli star’s scoring run ends against Fiorentina

Prior to the game against the Purples, the Nigerian striker had scored in his last five matches for the Parthenopeans Victor Osimhen’s impressive goalscoring run for Napoli came to an end as the Parthenopeans secured a 2-1 comeback win against Fiorentina. Heading into Sunday’s Serie A outing, the Nigeria international had found the net in his last five games for Luciano Spalletti’s men in all competitions. Still bitter about their 3-2 loss to Spartak Moscow in Thursday's Europa League fixture, Spalletti’s team travelled to Stadio Artemio Franchi with the desire to bouncing back to winning ways. Nevertheless, it was the hosts who took a 28th-minute lead through Lucas Martinez Quarta. Benefitting from a smart work by Dusan Vlahovis, the Argentine curled his shot past goalkeeper Dav...
Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw
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Burnley rue penalty calls in Norwich draw

Norwich earned their first Premier League point of the season at the seventh attempt as they battled to a goalless draw at Burnley - but it could have been different had the hosts not seen all four of their first-half penalty appeals waved away. Matej Vydra saw three shouts for a spot-kick go against him before he was subbed off injured on 35 minutes, with the first, from a collision with Tim Krul, perhaps the harshest decision against him. Soccer Saturday pundit Kris Boyd described it as a "stonewall penalty" on Sky Sports. There were also two challenges from Grant Hanley on the Czech cleared by referee Kevin Friend and then VAR, while the officials rightly turned down a handball call against Norwich's Dimitrios Giannoulis just before the break and correctly ignored Charlie Taylor...
Mourinho reveals who to blame for Roma’s 3-2 defeat to Lazio
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Mourinho reveals who to blame for Roma’s 3-2 defeat to Lazio

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has blamed match officials for their 3-2 defeat to Lazio on Sunday. Mourinho claimed the officials were “not at the right level”. The Portuguese saw his side fight back from a two-goal deficit twice only to fall 3-2 against Maurizio Sarri’s side in the Rome derby. During the game, referee Marco Guida dished out six yellow cards, but Mourinho feels the match was undone by his grip on the whistle. “Unfortunately, a fantastic game was ruined by the referee and VAR, who were not at the right level for this match. “The second goal could’ve been 1-1, it went to 2-0. The [lack of a] second yellow for Lucas Leiva was important too. I think my team was the best on the field today. “We dominated, we gave Lazio huge problems, they controlled the fina...
EPL: No excuses for penalty miss – Bruno Fernandes breaks silence
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EPL: No excuses for penalty miss – Bruno Fernandes breaks silence

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has said he has “no excuses” for his penalty miss against Aston Villa on Saturday. Fernandes had the chance to steal a point for United, after referee Mike Dean punished Kortney Hause for handball inside the area. However, the Portugal international blazed the ball over the post, as United lost for the first time this season. The 27-year-old has now taken to his Twitter page to apologize to fans and promised to “be ready next time”. Fernandes wrote: “No excuses for my penalty miss today. “I’m my biggest critic, but as always, I’ll use it to drive me forward. “More than my disappointment though, the team’s loss today is the most important. I’ll be ready next time.”
‘Joga Bonito is over’ – Neymar reacts to rainbow flick booking for Brazil team-mate Paqueta
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‘Joga Bonito is over’ – Neymar reacts to rainbow flick booking for Brazil team-mate Paqueta

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar was stunned to see a fellow countryman cautioned for trying a trick during an outing for Lyon Neymar has expressed his sadness at seeing Brazil international team-mate Lucas Paqueta pick up a booking for an attempted rainbow flick, with the Paris Saint-Germain superstar claiming "Joga Bonito is over". A South American nation with five World Cup wins to its name has always embraced the "beautiful game" mentality, with football as much about entertaining for them as it is winning. Paqueta did, however, ruffle the feathers of Ligue 1 rivals Troyes and match referee Stephanie Frappart during his latest domestic outing, with a yellow card flashed in his direction after opening up a box of tricks.  
Were Ndidi and Goodman denied goals by VAR? Gallagher gives verdict
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Were Ndidi and Goodman denied goals by VAR? Gallagher gives verdict

The Nigeria duo thought they had scored for their team last weekend but their goals were scrapped off for offside Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has insisted Stuart Attwell was right to disallow Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi's strikes in Leicester City's 2-1 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday. In the match played at the American Express Community Stadium, Neal Maupay opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 35th minute before Danny Welbeck nodded in a Leandro Trossard cross to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute. Leicester scored their only goal in the 61st minute courtesy of Jamie Vardy, who converted a Youri Tieleman's cross before VAR denied Ademola Lookman and Wilfred Ndidi for offside in the 67th and 86th minutes, respectively.
De Gea reacts after saving late penalty in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against West Ham
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De Gea reacts after saving late penalty in Man Utd’s 2-1 win against West Ham

Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, has expressed happiness after saving a late penalty in Man United’s Premier League 2-1 win against West Ham United on Sunday. De Gea was suddenly thrown into the spotlight in the final minute of the match at the London Stadium when the Hammers were awarded a controversial late penalty. Man United had only just taken the lead with Jesse Lingard’s brilliant 89th-minute strike before referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot following a handball from Luke Shaw after consulting the TV monitor. De Gea eventually saved Mark Noble’s penalty to give Man United all three points against the hosts. “It was a bit crazy at the end, a great goal of Jesse, a stupid penalty, lucky penalty for them at the end of the game,” De Gea told MUTV. “Th...
Mikel Obi almost made me quit refereeing – Ex-EPL referee, Mark Clattenburg
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Mikel Obi almost made me quit refereeing – Ex-EPL referee, Mark Clattenburg

Former Premier League referee, Mark Clattenburg, has revealed that allegations made by former Chelsea midfielder, John Mikel Obi, almost made him quit. In 2012, Clattenburg was accused of racially abusing the Nigerian player. This followed a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Clattenburg had sent off two Chelsea players Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres and the officials missed an offside for United’s winning goal. In his new autobiography, Whistle-Blower, he wrote: “Chelsea made a formal complaint to the FA three days after the game. They were saying I had racially abused Mikel and for the first time, I was made aware of the specifics of their accusation, which was also leaked to the press. “According to Chelsea, I had said to Mikel, ‘Shut up, you mo...
Chelsea charged over players’ conduct in reaction to James red card against Liverpool
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Chelsea charged over players’ conduct in reaction to James red card against Liverpool

The Blues players protested to the referee after Reece James was judged to have handled the ball on the line Chelsea have been charged by the Football Association (FA) for the conduct of their players during the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday. The charge relates to the way the Blues players reacted after Reece James was shown a red card late in the first half of the Premier League match at Anfield. James was sent off for a handball on Chelsea's goal line and Liverpool were awarded a penalty after a VAR check.
Everyone involved was wrong – Serie A President on Victor Osimhen’s red card
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Everyone involved was wrong – Serie A President on Victor Osimhen’s red card

President of the Italian Serie A, Gabriele Gravina, has reacted to the red card issued to Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen during Napoli’s 2-0 win over Venexia last weekend. The President said that everyone involved in the incident: Osimhen, Venezia midfielder Daan Heymans and referee Gianluca Aureliano were all wrong. Italian referee, Aureliano had on match day one flashed Osimhen a straight red card midway through the first half of the clash at the newly-promoted side. Some pundits suggested that Osimhen should have been awarded a penalty as Heymans tugged his shirt during a corner kick tussle. Referee reported Osimhen case as a violent conduct and the Nigeria international was slammed with a two-match suspension. But Gravina is convinced that all the three parties involved were...
‘I didn’t touch him!’ – Pogba denies fouling Neves in build-up to Greenwood winner for Man Utd
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‘I didn’t touch him!’ – Pogba denies fouling Neves in build-up to Greenwood winner for Man Utd

Wolves players protested to the referee after the Red Devils netted the decisive goal but it was allowed to stand Paul Pogba denied fouling Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves in the build-up to Manchester United's winning goal on Sunday. United sealed the three points thanks to an 80th-minute strike from Mason Greenwood, the only goal of a 1-0 win for the Red Devils. But the home side complained to the referee that the goal should have been ruled out after a challenge between Pogba and Neves.  
Klopp kicks against ‘double punishment’ after Chelsea red card in 1-1 draw
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Klopp kicks against ‘double punishment’ after Chelsea red card in 1-1 draw

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has said the red card shown to Chelsea defender, Reece James, during the club’s 1-1 draw on Saturday, took away the chance to see an exciting second half between the two teams. Referee Anthony Taylor sent off James following a review of a goal-line clearance. Taylor also awarded a penalty which Mohamed Salah converted to cancel out Kai Havertz’s opener. While Klopp felt it was a clear handball, he said the double punishment of a red card, as well as a penalty, had spoilt the game. He said: “I never liked double punishment, but if somebody ever listened to me about rule changes or rules, a lot of things would look completely different. “It was absolutely harsh. Spoils the game? Yeah probably. It changed everything, I liked our first half, we...
Thomas Tuchel blames referee for Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea
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Thomas Tuchel blames referee for Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has blamed referee Anthony Taylor and VAR for their 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday. He believes that Chelsea were in a good position to win the match but for the decision to send off Reece James in the final minutes of the first half. Tuchel’s side took an early lead through Kai Havertz and looked very dangerous going forward. But just before the break, the game flipped on its head when the young England international was adjudged to have handled the ball on the line. The referee initially missed the incident but came over to the VAR screen and immediately decided to award a penalty and a red card. Tuchel was unhappy with how quickly the referee made the decision. “I don’t know anymore what happens and what does not happen. We were ju...
Tuchel singles out one player, explains Kante’s removal in Chelsea draw with Liverpool
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Tuchel singles out one player, explains Kante’s removal in Chelsea draw with Liverpool

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel has singled out ‘super talented’ defender Andreas Christensen for praise after the Den put up an extraordinary performance against Liverpool on Saturday. The German also provided an injury update on N’Golo Kante. Chelsea took an early lead through Kai Havertz’s header at Anfield and looked very dangerous in the attack but the game flipped on its head after Reece James was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor. Liverpool was also awarded a penalty, which Mohamed Salah scored, with Chelsea forced to play the rest of the game with 10 men. Tuchel’s men showed character and fought hard to earn themselves a point from the game. “Andreas has been very strong for us from day one. He started in the central position and finished the game in the right posi...
Napoli to appeal Osimhen’s two-match ban
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Napoli to appeal Osimhen’s two-match ban

The Partenopei have disclosed that they will appeal the punishment imposed on the Nigerian striker following his dismissal against Venezia Napoli have announced that they will appeal the two-game ban meted out to Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen following his dismissal during the Partenopei's 2-0 victory over Venezia on Sunday. The forward was given the marching orders in the 22nd minute by referee Gianluca Aureliano for violent conduct against Daan Heymans after appearing to strike the opposition during a corner. The was the first time ever that the former Wolfsburg and Lille man has been sent off in a league encounter during his professional career.
You must be careful – Napoli boss, Spalletti warns Osimhen after red card against Venexia
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You must be careful – Napoli boss, Spalletti warns Osimhen after red card against Venexia

Napoli manager, Luciano Spalletti has warned Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen following his red card in their 2-0 win over Serie A newcomers, Venexia on Sunday. Referee Gianluca Aureliano gave Osimhen the matching order in the 23rd minute at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Osimhen was adjudged to have shoved Venezia midfielder Daan Heymans in the face during a corner kick struggle. “Osimhen’s expulsion? He has to be careful of his emotional reactions. He is a strong attacker and all the defenders will try to help themselves by limiting his physical exuberance,” Spalletti said according to ilnapolista.it. “He will always have his hands on the defenders. He must be careful. The referee was very correct when he explained to me what he saw.”
Euro 2020: Arsene Wenger gives verdict on penalty awarded England against Denmark
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Euro 2020: Arsene Wenger gives verdict on penalty awarded England against Denmark

Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has given his verdict on the penalty awarded to England in their Euro 2020 semi-final 2-1 victory over Denmark on Wednesday night. Wenger said the penalty awarded to England against Denmark by referee, Danny Makkelie, was not a penalty, adding that the referee should have had a look at the screen. DAILY POST reports that the referee pointed to the spot, judging Joakim Maehle to have clipped Raheem Sterling. It was clear Maehle only made minimal contact with the Manchester City winger, but VAR did not overrule the decision of the referee. Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, but he converted the rebound to seal a 2-1 victory for England and end their semi-final hoodoo. “No penalty,” Wenger said on b...
Absolutely incomprehensible’ – Sterling penalty award in Euro 2020 semi-final baffles former FIFA referee Meier
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Absolutely incomprehensible’ – Sterling penalty award in Euro 2020 semi-final baffles former FIFA referee Meier

The Three Lions edged past Denmark in the semi-finals courtesy of an effort from Harry Kane that came following a controversial spot-kick Former FIFA referee Urs Meier has been left baffled by the penalty that allowed England to edge past Denmark in the semi-finals of Euro 2020, with Raheem Sterling considered to have been "looking for contact" in an "absolutely incomprehensible" call. The Three Lions benefitted from the controversial decision during extra-time of the last-four encounter at Wembley, with Harry Kane to stepping up to the spot. The England captain saw his initial effort saved before turning home the rebound. That chance had come about after Sterling took a tumble under pressure from Joakim Maehle, with match referee Danny Makkelie deciding he had been tripped and ...
Euro 2020: You won’t sleep well for awarding penalty – Mourinho blasts England v Denmark ref
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Euro 2020: You won’t sleep well for awarding penalty – Mourinho blasts England v Denmark ref

Former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss, Jose Mourinho has expressed shock over the penalty awarded to England in their Euro 2020 semi-final victory over Denmark on Wednesday night. Mourinho said the referee, Danny Makkelie won’t sleep well after awarding the penalty in extra-time but insisted that England fully deserved to advance to the final. It was the first major final for the England men’s national team since 1966. The referee pointed to the spot judging Joakim Maehle to have clipped Raheem Sterling. It was clear Maehle only made minimal contact with the Manchester City forward, but VAR did not overrule the decision of the referee. Harry Kane’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but he converted the rebound to seal a 2-1 win for England and end the...
Liverpool Beat Man Utd in Thriller to Reignite Top-four bid
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Liverpool Beat Man Utd in Thriller to Reignite Top-four bid

Liverpool breathed new life into their bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League after a 4-2 victory in their re-scheduled game at Manchester United. The initial match on May 2 was called off as anti-Glazer protestors got into Old Trafford and onto the pitch, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team were stuck at the team hotel. United fans were once again protesting outside the ground against the Glazer family ahead of kick-off, but there were no repeats of the scenes of earlier this month. With both teams safely inside the ground, focus could turn to events on the pitch and United took an early lead when Bruno Fernandes' shot was deflected into his own net by Nat Phillips. However, Liverpool, who also had a penalty overturned after a pitchside review by referee An...
Dunk Hero to Villain as Wolves Fight Back to Beat Brighton
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Dunk Hero to Villain as Wolves Fight Back to Beat Brighton

Morgan Gibbs-White came up with an injury-time winner for Wolves after Brighton's Lewis Dunk scored and was then sent off in a 2-1 victory for the hosts at Molineux on Sunday. At half-time the Seagulls had looked on course for a win which would have taken them to 40 points and made them mathematically safe from relegation, thanks to Dunk's towering header on 13 minutes. However, Brighton were left to play the final 37 minutes with 10 men after Dunk grabbed Fabio Silva's shirt as he ran through on goal, and substitute Adama Traore fired Wolves level (76). Gibbs-White had passed up a great chance to score his side's second when he blasted over from 16 yards with the goal at his mercy but he made no mistake from a similar position with 90 minutes on the clock, earning Wolves a fi...
Man City vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel Gives Verdict on Raheem Sterling’s Foul on Werner
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Man City vs Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel Gives Verdict on Raheem Sterling’s Foul on Werner

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, believes Raheem Sterling was fortunate to stay on the field after a late foul on Timo Werner during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea all three points against Man City as Sterling’s first-half goal was not enough to give Pep Guardiola’s side a point at Etihad. Sterling made a late high foul on Werner, but after a VAR check, they stayed with referee Anthony Taylor’s initial decision of a yellow card. When asked about his thoughts on Sterling demanding a penalty after being involved in a clash with Kurt Zouma in the second half during the encounter, Tuchel said at his post-match press conference, “I only saw it live and I was in fear that h...
UCL: What Referee told us During 2-0 Loss to Man City – PSG players
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UCL: What Referee told us During 2-0 Loss to Man City – PSG players

  Paris Saint-Germain midfielders Ander Herrera and Marco Verratti have both accused the referee of swearing at them during their Champions League semi-final second leg tie at the Etihad on Tuesday night. The French side went crashing out of the Champions League to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who made it their first final of the competition ever. PSG were reduced to ten men during the game after Angel Di Maria’s mindless stamp on Fernandinho and Ligue 1 champions confronted the referee on numerous occasions as the game turned sour. The French side appeared to be losing their heads in defeat, but the players insist they were provoked by match official, Bjorn Kuipers. Herrera said after the match: ”The referee tonight said f**k off to Leandro Paredes. If we say t...
Man Utd Fans Break into Old Trafford and Protest on Pitch
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Man Utd Fans Break into Old Trafford and Protest on Pitch

Manchester United fans have broken into Old Trafford and are protesting on the pitch after resuming their fight against the Glazer family's ownership ahead of Sunday's clash with Liverpool. Hundreds of fans got into the stadium ahead of the behind-closed-doors Premier League contest, shown live on Sky Sports Premier League. Fans also gathered outside the team's hotel - The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where the United team are staying before the game - ahead of Sunday's match at Old Trafford, where 10,000 are expected to congregate. It is understood the United squad have not left the hotel amid ongoing fan protests, while match referee Michael Oliver has been turned away from the stadium. The Premier League are still planning on the game going ahead as planned, despite ...
Balbuena’s Red Card in Chelsea’s 1-0 Win at West Brom Described as “rubbish”
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Balbuena’s Red Card in Chelsea’s 1-0 Win at West Brom Described as “rubbish”

  West Ham Manager, David Moyes, has slammed referee, Chris Kavanagh’s decision to send off Fabian Balbuena during their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday. Balbuena was shown a red card after VAR checked for serious foul play and advised Kavanagh to check the monitor. The defender had caught Ben Chilwell in his follow through after clearing the ball. Moyes believes it showed a lack of knowledge from those making the decisions. “I think it’s a decision made by someone who’s never played the game before. “Where is Balbuena meant to plant his foot? If they do think that’s a red card, the same one a few minutes later between Coufal and Rudiger is a very similar challenge. They didn’t do anything about it. “You have somebody who doesn’t know the game. He kicks thro...
Werner Gives Chelsea Vital Win at 10-man West Ham
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Werner Gives Chelsea Vital Win at 10-man West Ham

Timo Werner's first-half strike helped strengthen Chelsea's grip on the top four with a 1-0 win at West Ham, who saw Fabian Balbuena controversially sent off after a VAR intervention. Chelsea's winner came just before half-time through Werner's first Premier League goal since mid-February, finishing off at close range from Ben Chilwell's low cross (43). The game opened up in the second half as Werner missed a fine chance to double his tally, turning wide at close range from a rebound, and West Ham were reduced to 10 men with a baffling dismissal as Balbuena's studs caught Chilwell's calf after following through with a clearance. After referee Chris Kavanagh consulted the pitchside monitor to view the incident, which seemed an unavoidable action from the West Ha...
England Referee Howard Webb Marries German Referee, Bibiana Steinhausorme
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England Referee Howard Webb Marries German Referee, Bibiana Steinhausorme

Ex-Premier League referee Howard Webb and German referee, Bibiana Steinhaus have wedded. Webb, 49, officiated in the Premier League from 2003 to 2014 and took charge of the 2010 World Cup final. Steinhaus, now known as Steinhaus-Webb, became the first woman to referee in one of Europe's top leagues when she took charge in the Bundesliga in 2017. She retired last year but is still active as a video assistant referee (VAR) in the German top flight. The pair, who have both worked as police officers, married last month. There were no guests or witnesses at the ceremony because of coronavirus regulations  
What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid
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What Gerard Pique told referee after Barcelona 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid

  Details of the interaction between Gerard Pique and referee Gil Manzano has emerged. Real Madrid defeated their fiercest rivals 2-1 in the El Clasico on Saturday and climbed top of the league table above Atletico Madrid on goal difference. Going into the game, both sides knew a win would see them go to the top of La Liga and the home side started the game composed. Zinedine Zidane’s side led 2-0 at half-time, courtesy of first-half strikes from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos. Oscar Mingueza pulled one back for the visitors 15 minutes into the second half Gerard Pique was named on the bench and did not play a single minute in the game. But that did not stop him walking onto the pitch and having a go at referee Gil Manzano, fuming at the match official after the...
Zidane Clashes with Koeman as Referee Refuses to Give Late Penalty to Barcelona
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Zidane Clashes with Koeman as Referee Refuses to Give Late Penalty to Barcelona

  Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has insisted it is the referee’s prerogative to award penalties or not. Zidane was reacting to comments by Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman. Koeman feels Barca should have gotten a spot kick, after Ferland Mendy appeared to pull down Martin Braithwaite in the dying minutes of the game. However, referee Gil Manzano waved play on and VAR did not intervene in the decision. When asked about Koeman’s comments, Zidane said: “They’re the feelings of each person. “The referee did not give a penalty because it wasn’t a penalty. As for the time added on, he is the one that decides. The important thing for us is what we did on the pitch. “We had a lot of chances to score. Barcelona are a really good team, they were ahead of us befo...
‘It’s Like you have Personal Issue with Mane’ – Klopp Confronts Referee
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‘It’s Like you have Personal Issue with Mane’ – Klopp Confronts Referee

  Liverpool manager has revealed what he told the referee after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg in Spain on Tuesday. Klopp said he told the referee that he, referee Felix Brych treated Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane ‘unfairly’ and appeared to have a ‘personal’ problem with the Senegalese during the game. Klopp watched his side slip to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday and Mane was booked for dissent in the first half after appearing to argue with the referee following Real Madrid’s second goal. Mane argued that he was fouled before Toni Kroos’s pass that led to Marco Asensio goal But Klopp felt Brych was ‘unfair’ towards Mane and told him after the game that he appeared to have a ‘personal’ issue with the Se...
Hargreaves gives verdict on Bellingham’s disallowed goal in Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Man City
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Hargreaves gives verdict on Bellingham’s disallowed goal in Dortmund’s 2-1 loss to Man City

  Former England and Manchester United midfielder, Owen Hargreaves has given his verdict on Jude Bellingham’s disallowed goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 loss against Manchester City. Bellingham had beaten City goalkeeper Ederson to a through ball but the referee blew for a foul in favour of the English side. The referee did not also allow a VAR check which would likely have allowed the goal to stand. Kevin de Bruyne had put the home side in front with Marco Reus equalizing for the visitors in the second-half. But the German side were left frustrated as Phil Foden struck in the last minute to clinch a 2-1 victory. Hargreaves told BT Sport: “The referee had a couple of big mistakes there. This is huge. “The ref has blown his whistle too early because the goal co...
Neymar Involved in Tunnel Tussle with Djalo after Red Card for PSG vs Lille
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Neymar Involved in Tunnel Tussle with Djalo after Red Card for PSG vs Lille

The Brazil forward was sent off during the 1-0 defeat and continued the argument as he went down the tunnel Neymar had to be separated from Tiago Djalo in the tunnel after both were shown red cards during Paris Saint-Germain’s loss to Lille. With PSG trailing heading into the final couple of minutes, Neymar and Djalo tussled for the ball near the touchline before the latter was bundled over. In his haste to get the ball, Neymar shoved Djalo to the floor and was shown a second yellow card by referee Benoit Bastien - while the Lille man was also dismissed for a foul-mouthed rant.
Ivory Coast Vs Ethiopia AFCON Qualifier Referee Collapses During Match
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Ivory Coast Vs Ethiopia AFCON Qualifier Referee Collapses During Match

Ivory Coast Vs Ethiopia Africa Cup of Nations qualifier went into chaos on Tuesday after the referee collapsed. In the 80th minute, Ivory Coast had a 3-1 lead, referee Charles Bulu was clearly not feeling himself. Referee bulu can be seen walking slowly walked to a medical staff before falling to the ground. Bulu was carried off the pitch on a stretcher, and some time with the medical staffs. Bulu was promoted to be the referee after the main referee in charge of the match tested positive for Covid-19. After minutes of talks, Kenyan assistant referee Gilbert Cheruiyot took charge for the final minutes of the match. Ivory Coast and Ethiopia have already qualified for the AFCON finals. Watch Video; https://youtu.be/ZIv8mdAtAOU
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’...
Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Risks Sanction After His Nerves With Portugal
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Cristiano Ronaldo Reportedly Risks Sanction After His Nerves With Portugal

referee SO I'll sum it up! Portugal hangs 2-2, Ronaldo scores to give victory to his country, referee unfairly refuses his goal, Ronaldo gets mad and takes 1 yellow card + he risks a penalty. We're here, it's been hard for years, the guy we deny him the goal of victory unfairly, and he has to applaud that's it? What a scandal, it's been years since we can sanction Cristiano Ronaldo ... It's done, even if we're ridiculous. Sanctioned 1 player because he is pissed that he is denied 1 goal that should have been justified. When I think about Messi for example, who insulted Copa referees, accused of corruption FIFA and getting away with absolutely NO sanction, and we want to sanction 1 player who has a reaction than any other being human would have had. In short, this is routine!...
Nigeria vs Lesotho: CAF Confirms Match Officials for AFCON Qualifier
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Nigeria vs Lesotho: CAF Confirms Match Officials for AFCON Qualifier

  The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed the match officials for Nigeria’s last 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho on Tuesday. CAF picked Cape Verde official Fabricio Duarte to be the centre referee. He will be supported by his compatriots Jorge Correia Semedo Helio (assistant 1), Delgado Fernandes Wilson Jorge (assistant referee 2) and Antonio Manuel Fortes. Tony Rodrigues (fourth official) will also be on duty. The match commissioner is Haruna Mawanda from Uganda, while Nick Owusu from Ghana will serve as a security officer. Alex Kotey, also from Ghana, will be the referees’ assessor. Lesotho is expected to fly into Nigeria on Monday morning. The Super Eagles have already qualified for the tournament and beat Benin Rep...
Serbia vs Portugal: Our Nation is Being Harmed – Ronaldo Reacts after Dumping Captain Armband
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Serbia vs Portugal: Our Nation is Being Harmed – Ronaldo Reacts after Dumping Captain Armband

  Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted after his angry display during Portugal’s 2-2 draw against Serbia in a World Cup qualification game on Saturday. Ronaldo could not believe his bad luck after the referee got his goal disallowed because VAR was not there to help him. Replay showed that the ball definitely rolled over the goal line after Ronaldo’s shot with even the Serbia players confirming it as goal after watching the replay. Ronaldo was left fuming knowing that Serbia defender, Stefan Mitrovic cleared his stoppage time effort when the ball had crossed the line, and Dutch referee, Danny Makkelie, waved play on and showed the Juventus superstar a yellow card for protesting. The former Real Madrid star took off the captain’s armband and slammed it on the ground in ange...

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