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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...
Chelsea vs Atletico: ‘100 percent red card, penalty’ – Ferdinand blames officials for not sending off Azpilicueta
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Chelsea vs Atletico: ‘100 percent red card, penalty’ – Ferdinand blames officials for not sending off Azpilicueta

  England legend, Rio Ferdinand has blamed the referee and VAR officials for not showing a red card to Chelsea captain, César Azpilicueta during their 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 second leg in London on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech’s first-half opener and Emerson Palmieri’s late effort secured a 3-0 aggregate win for Thomas Tuchel’s side Chelsea had won the first leg 1-0 in Madrid thanks to Olivier Giroud’s overhead kick. However, Ferdinand, a former Manchester United defender felt Chelsea were lucky not to finish the game with 10 men. Azpilicueta under hit a backpass towards his goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and then tugged Atletico’s Yannick Carassco’s waist to stop him from chasing the ball but the officials overlooked and no penalty was aw...
A Referee Has Been Chased Off The Pitch By Players And Other Officials And The Footage Is Unbelievable
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A Referee Has Been Chased Off The Pitch By Players And Other Officials And The Footage Is Unbelievable

A match in the fourth tier of Bulgarian football had to be abandoned due to the referee being chased from the pitch by players and OTHER match officials. The referee can be seeing getting ready to book a player who begins to approach for a face to face confrontation. Eventually a yellow card is brandished, but a player who looks to be the captain enters the shot and snatches it away in an aggressive manner. Another player then swings for the referee who begins to run for his life as an angry mob forms behind him. Opposition players then try to stop the furious mob - before other match officials begin to give chase. The referee makes it to the touchline in one piece and blows for the full-time whistle, cancelling the game and urging everybody off the pitch. It didn't sto...
Arteta Reacts as Referee Marriner Refuses to Award Pieters’ Handball
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Arteta Reacts as Referee Marriner Refuses to Award Pieters’ Handball

  Mikel Arteta has insisted that Arsenal should have been awarded a spot-kick during their 1-1 against Burnley on Saturday. Firstly, referee Andre Marriner pulls out a red card and sends off Erik Pieters for deliberately blocking Pepe’d shot on the line, he said. After a review by the Video Assistant Ref, it was found that the ball struck the player on the shoulder and VAR overturned it. Arsenal had another penalty appeal when Pieters handled the ball inside his own box but Burnley survived the strong claim by Arsenal. Reacting to the penalty appeal after the game, Arteta told reporters, “If that is not a penalty then someone has to explain to me what is.”
Man Utd’s Luke Shaw Criticises Referee For Hudson-Odoi No Penalty Handball
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Man Utd’s Luke Shaw Criticises Referee For Hudson-Odoi No Penalty Handball

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has revealed that referee Stuart Attwell refused to award a first half penalty against Chelsea due to fear of controversy. United believe they should have been awarded a penalty early in the first half when Callum Hudson-Odoi hit the ball with his arm. This happened after Edouard Mendy punched away a ball from Marcus Rashford. The VAR official immediately called the referee to look at the screen as it should have been a spot kick. The referee decided not go give the penalty and the match ended 0-0. After the match Shaw, spoke to Sky Sports and said: "If it isn't a penalty, there was no need to stop the match," Shaw said. "The ref even told Maguire that 'if he awards a pen then it is going to cause a lot of talks after the game'....
Tuchel Slams Referee for Checking VAR after Hudson-Odoi’s Handball
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Tuchel Slams Referee for Checking VAR after Hudson-Odoi’s Handball

  Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, has hit out at referee Stuart Attwell for checking Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor, after Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball in the first half of their 0-0 draw with Manchester United. Attwell decided not to award a spot-kick after consulting the on-pitch screen. Hudson-Odoi touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area, while fighting with Mason Greenwood for possession during the first half. Tuchel, speaking to the media after the game, insisted that the incident was not worthy of a review. He said: “How can this be a VAR intervention? The player in red plays the ball with the hand and then we are checking for a penalty? Why does the referee have to see this? “I’ve seen it on the iPad, I don’t understand why the referee h...
Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’
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Chelsea vs Man Utd: Referee Reportedly Admits Hudson-Odoi’s Handball was ‘Penalty’

  Manchester United defender, Luke Shaw, has claimed that referee Stuart Attwell admitted that Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball was a penalty. Shaw reacted angrily after Attwell decided not to award a spot-kick during their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Sunday. Hudson-Odoi touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area while fighting with Mason Greenwood for possession during the first half. However, after consulting with VAR, Attwell determined that the contact was not grounds for a penalty, to the chagrin of the visitors. Shaw has now claimed United captain, Harry Maguire, was told the kick should have been given. “If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game,” he said to Sky Sports after the game. “The ref even said to H [Harry ...
Ian Wright Rejects Penalty Call Against Ndidi in Leicester 3-1 Defeat to Arsenal
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Ian Wright Rejects Penalty Call Against Ndidi in Leicester 3-1 Defeat to Arsenal

  Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has given his verdict on the first penalty call against Wilfred Ndidi in Leicester City 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday. Referee Paul Tierney had adjudged Ndidi to have brought down Pepe in the box and awarded a penalty but after the video assistant referee’s check the decision was changed to a freekick outside the box Wright, however, believes that both VAR and Tierney were wrong insisting that Ndidi did not make contact with the Ivory Coast winger. Arsenal beat Leicester City 3-1 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday with goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolás Pepé for the Gunners after Youri Tielemans had opened the scoring for the home team. Kelechi Iheanacho, playing in a number 10 role, went the distance along ...
Victor Moses, Semi Ajayi Shown Red Cards
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Victor Moses, Semi Ajayi Shown Red Cards

  Two Nigerian players, Victor Moses and Semi Ajayi, were given marching orders while featuring for their respective clubs on Saturday. Moses was sent off as Spartak Moscow lost 2-0 to Dinamo Moscow in Russia. With nine minutes left, the Chelsea loanee was given a second yellow card by referee Kirill Levnikov. The 30-year-old had already been cautioned in the 15th minute of the encounter. That is the third time the former Wigan Athletic, Liverpool and Inter Milan man would be given his marching orders in his professional career. Ajayi received his first red card in the Premier League, after blocking a possible goal with his hand against Burnley. The West Brom defender was judged by the VAR to have blocked Matej Vydra’s potential goalscoring opportunity in the ...
Referee Darren Drysdale Squares Up To Ipswich Town’s Alan Judge
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Referee Darren Drysdale Squares Up To Ipswich Town’s Alan Judge

Referee Darren Drysdale locked heads with Ipswich midfielder Alan Judge in an extraordinary exchange during their goalless League One draw with Northampton. The official moved his head towards the Irishman in the final moments of the match and then briefly appeared to square up to the 32-year-old, before being ushered away by Northampton's Lloyd Jones. Judge, who had protested after being penalised for simulation, was then shown a yellow card, the fifth booking of the match. In the third minute of stoppage time, Town's Flynn Downes was sent off for violent conduct in an ugly end to the match. Lowly Northampton defied the odds to secure a draw, but will be frustrated they only came away with one point instead of all three. It lifted the Cobblers up two places, but they re...
Man United Captain Maguire Fumes over Decision to Overturn Penalty after VAR Review in West Brom Draw
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Man United Captain Maguire Fumes over Decision to Overturn Penalty after VAR Review in West Brom Draw

With the match level in the second half, United were awarded a spot-kick only to have it taken away after Craig Pawson went to the monitor Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was left fuming by referee Craig Pawson's decision to overturn a penalty in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday. Maguire went down midway through the second half under a challenge from Semi Ajayi, with Pawson pointing to the spot to award United a penalty. But after a VAR review of the incident on a free kick, Pawson ruled that Ajayi didn't make sufficient contact for Maguire to go to ground.
Manchester United Striker, Edinson Cavani Handed Two-match International Ban
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Manchester United Striker, Edinson Cavani Handed Two-match International Ban

Manchester United striker, Edinson Cavani has been slapped with a two-game international ban for his horror tackle on Richarlison during Uruguay's defeat by Brazil last November. The 33-year -old forward will now miss Uruguay's upcoming games against Argentina and Bolivia after he landed a two-match ban for a challenge on Richarlison last year. In the World Cup qualifier, Cavani was dismissed following a mistimed tackle in the 71st minute after he landed squarely on the Everton forward's ankle. Initially, the referee gave him a yellow card but was advised by VAR to check again on the pitchside monitor. He was then given his marching orders and Uruguay went on to lose the qualifier 2-0. "I think it was a ball dispute, he went over the top," Richarlison said after the game. "...
Mike Dean Refuses to Referee this Weekend’s Mames after VAR Controversies
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Mike Dean Refuses to Referee this Weekend’s Mames after VAR Controversies

Premier League referee, Mike Dean, has requested not to take charge of any game this weekend, following death threats on social media after handing out two controversial red cards. Dean was criticised for sending off West Ham’s Tomas Soucek, after he appeared to accidentally hit Aleksandar Mitrovic during their 0-0 draw at Fulham on Saturday. That incident came just four days after the 52-year-old sent off Southampton defender, Jan Bednarek for a challenge on Anthony Martial in the Saints’ 9-0 loss at Manchester United. Both decisions have since been overturned on appeal. In both cases, Dean chose to send the players off, after being advised to view the incident on the pitchside monitor by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). Dean’s family has also been targeted with socia...
Liverpool vs Man City: Guardiola’s Men Thrash EPL Champions 4-1 at Anfield
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Liverpool vs Man City: Guardiola’s Men Thrash EPL Champions 4-1 at Anfield

This was essentially the passing of the guard. Champions Liverpool, on their patch, lost 4-1 to table toppers and whisper it a bit more loudly now, champions-elect Manchester City. Goalkeeper Alisson Becker seemed to be eager to do the honours of personally gift-wrapping the title and handing it over to Pep Guardiola’s men. The Brazilian, who was impeccable alongside the stricken Virgil van Dijk, as they ended the Reds’ 30-year wait, was culpable for City’s last three goals, all tucked away by Ilkay Gundgoan, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden. Gundogan had put aside a missed penalty in the first half, to open scoring in the second half. Ruben Dias pulled at Mohammed Salah and referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. The Egyptian superstar dusted himself to make it 1-1 from...
Ex-EPL Referee, Walton Reveals why VAR Did not Punish Martinez For Foul on Lacazette
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Ex-EPL Referee, Walton Reveals why VAR Did not Punish Martinez For Foul on Lacazette

Former Premier League referee, Peter Walton, has said the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) did not punish Emi Martinez after he appeared to haul down his former Arsenal teammate Alexandre Lacazette, because it is not VAR’s job to interfere in “subjective” incidents. The Gunners suffered a second consecutive loss in the league on Saturday, following a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa. Mikel Arteta was furious at full time over the performance of the match officials, who he confronted at the final whistle. Arteta was especially annoyed by Chris Kavanagh’s decision not to send off Ezri Konsa in the first-half, after he felled Bukayo Saka with the Arsenal winger preparing to break through on goal. Arsenal was also denied a spot kick in the second half, when Martinez grabbed Lacazette...
EPL Predictions For Week 23 – By Owolabi Marcus
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EPL Predictions For Week 23 – By Owolabi Marcus

  Aston Villa vs Arsenal - BTS Burnley vs Brighton - Draw Newcastle vs Southampton - BTS Fulham vs Westham - Away Win Man United vs Everton - Draw Tottenham vs Westbrom - Draw Wolves vs Leicester - BTS Liverpool vs Man City - BTS Sheffield vs Chelsea - Away Win Leeds vs Crystal Palace - Home Win You don't necessarily have to pick all games, you can pick some and leave the rest. Good Luck.   You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @marcusowolabi
Jose Mourinho Reveals What He Said To Referee Andre Marriner After 1-0 Defeat To Chelsea
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Jose Mourinho Reveals What He Said To Referee Andre Marriner After 1-0 Defeat To Chelsea

  Jose Mourinho slammed referee Andre Marriner's performance in Tottenham's crushing 1-0 home defeat to Chelsea on Thursday. Jorginho's first-half penalty was the difference as the Blues inflicted Spurs with their third consecutive Premier League defeat. A frustrated Mourinho approached Marriner following the final whistle with the Portuguese revealing what he said to him during his post-match press conference. He said: "I told him something that he knows already which is that I consider him one of the best referees in the Premier League and I care for him. "He's a referee that I have a big admiration [for] and that gives me probably a good position to tell him that I didn't like his performance so it was basically like that. "I have a very good relationship with And...
Jurgen Klopp Reveals What Alisson Becker Said about Burnley Penalty after Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat
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Jurgen Klopp Reveals What Alisson Becker Said about Burnley Penalty after Liverpool’s 1-0 Defeat

Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp, has revealed that goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, felt the referee was wrong to award Burnley a penalty during their 1-0 Premier League defeat on Thursday night. Burnley defeated Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield, thanks to Ashley Barnes’ late penalty. Barnes won the penalty for the visitors after Becker appeared to have made contact with the striker, but the Brazilian shot-stopper says there was no contact. “We had the ball a lot, created some and did not finish the situations off,” Klopp said at the post-match press conference after the game. “That keeps the game open, and then they get the penalty – Alisson told me he didn’t touch him, but I didn’t see it back.” The defeat against Burnley means Liverpool are now in the 4th position ...
Referee Who Missed Maradona’s Hand Of God Goal Says It Was An Honor
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Referee Who Missed Maradona’s Hand Of God Goal Says It Was An Honor

The Tunisian referee from England's infamous defeat by Argentina at the 1986 World Cup says he is "proud and honoured" to have helped Diego Maradona score the " goal of the century". Maradona, who died on Wednesday at the age of 60, beat several England players on a mazy dribble from just inside his own half before scoring to put Argentina 2-0 up, four minutes after scoring the controversial goal he famously credited to the "Hand of God". Referee Ali Bin Nasser, now 76, also said he had no option but to award the first goal and recalled how Maradona gave him a signed shirt when they met again in 2015. On the second goal of the game, Bin Nasser told BBC Sport: "He took off from midfield, and I was shadowing him closely. When you're refereeing someone like Maradona, you can't take...
Conte Reacts To Inter Milan Defeat Against Real Madrid
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Conte Reacts To Inter Milan Defeat Against Real Madrid

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has reacted to the 2-0 defeat against Real Madrid on matchday 4 of the Champions League. Conte feels the referee Anthony Taylor killed the game with the decision to give Arturo Vidal a marching order. The Chilean midfielder was not pleased with the decision of the referee not to have awarded him a penalty when he was caught by Raphael Varane in the penalty area, something the referee was not interested in. He was given a yellow card for his complaints and then handed another yellow card just moments later and given his marching orders by the English referee. “Honestly, don’t talk about refereeing, even if many times the referee must be intelligent and the game is like that,” he began his post-match press conference at San Siro following the de...
‘Why not take 20 seconds to review it?’ – Azpilicueta asks why VAR didn’t award Chelsea penalty after Maguire headlock
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‘Why not take 20 seconds to review it?’ – Azpilicueta asks why VAR didn’t award Chelsea penalty after Maguire headlock

The Blues defender wondered why officials didn't take a closer look at an incident that could have changed the game on Saturday Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta felt the Blues deserved a penalty for an incident involving himself and Harry Maguire, adding that he thought the referee should have reviewed the decision. Azpilicueta was dragged down in the box by Maguire during Chelsea's clash with Manchester United, with the England defender draping his arms over the Spaniard's shoulders. Former United star Patrice Evra likened Maguire to Hulk Hogan after the incident, saying that the WWE-like manoeuvre was a clear penalty.
Mourinho Blasts VAR after Tottenham’s 1-1 Draw with Man Utd
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Mourinho Blasts VAR after Tottenham’s 1-1 Draw with Man Utd

Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has lashed out at the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), following their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Friday. Steven Bergwijn gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in the first half, after David De Gea failed to keep out his powerful shot. However, United levelled from the spot through Bruno Fernandes, after Paul Pogba was fouled in the area by Eric Dier. Referee Jon Moss awarded the Red Devils a late penalty, but VAR overruled the call. “I am unhappy with the VAR, not the referee on the first, the referee can make a mistake but VAR is there to do the job. “In the second I am unhappy with Jon Moss because he did not give the free kick leading up to it and then gave a penalty. In this case, the VAR gave the truth,” Mourinho told Sky Spo...
‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error
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‘The goalkeeper was in the stands!’ – Sheffield United baffled as Hawk-Eye apologises for Aston Villa error

The Blades were denied a win because goal-line technology was obstructed, much to their manager's frustration Chris Wilder was left frustrated after Sheffield United were denied a goal against Aston Villa on Wednesday, with Hawk-Eye apologising "unreservedly" for its technology's failure to notify the referee that the ball had crossed the line. Wilder’s side thought they had taken the lead in the first-half when goalkeeper Orjan Nyland fell into the net with the ball in his hands, carrying the ball over the line. Although social media went into a frenzy over what appeared to be a clear goal, referee Michael Oliver did not award one and the match went on to finish 0-0.
The Moment Referee Rescued Taiwo Awoniyi After Suffering Concussion (Photos)
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The Moment Referee Rescued Taiwo Awoniyi After Suffering Concussion (Photos)

Nigerian striker, Taiwo Awoniyi will be spending the night in the hospital after suffering a concussion in one of Sunday’s Bundesliga matches. Awoniyi who is on loan from Liverpool at Mainz was stretchered off in his side’s clash against Augsburg after suffering the serious injury. The former Nigeria youth international landed awkwardly and, after a delay, was carried off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace. He was left hurt after a clash of heads with Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai who is also courted to play for the Super Eagles. Mainz on their official twitter handle confirmed that Awoniyi will be spending the night at the hospital but the club said it was only a precautionary move. The club wrote: “Our striker Taiwo #Awoniyi suffered a concussion in his collision...
Referee for Man City vs Arsenal confirmed
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Referee for Man City vs Arsenal confirmed

The Premier League has confirmed that Anthony Taylor will be the man in charge of the Manchester City vs Arsenal game next Wednesday. The match is one of the two fixtures that will be played that day, to kick off the restart of top flight football in England. Aston Villa vs Sheffield United gets us underway at 6 pm and Michael Oliver will take charge of the fixture. Two hours later, City will host Arsenal, with Manchester-born Taylor the referee. The Gunners could move up as high as sixth with a win at the Etihad. It would leave them just five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, in the battle to clinch slots for European football next season.
Mikel Obi, Bellamy, Roy Keane Are Among My 5 Most Annoying Players – Clattenburg
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Mikel Obi, Bellamy, Roy Keane Are Among My 5 Most Annoying Players – Clattenburg

Mark Clattenburg has refereed the world's greatest players and taken charge of the biggest matches, including finals of the European Championship, Champions League and FA Cup. But while there have been plenty of successes, there have also been challenges and a number of players proved tough for Clattenburg - and his peers - to handle on the pitch Here, Sportsmail's columnist tells Craig Hope the five most irritating players he has presided over. John Obi Mikel I have picked Mikel because of the incident during a Chelsea v Manchester United match in 2012 when he accused me of making a racist comment, which was not right and I was later cleared by the FA. He has never apologised and that is disappointing because it could have ruined my life. I fell out of love with refereeing ...
Referee, Kenny Bayless Reveals What he Told Deontay Wilder Before Defeat to Tyson Fury
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Referee, Kenny Bayless Reveals What he Told Deontay Wilder Before Defeat to Tyson Fury

Referee, Kenny Bayless has disclosed that he told American boxer, Deontay Wilder, he wanted to stop his fight against British fighter, Tyson Fury, before the towel was thrown in the ring. Fury had last weekend knocked out Wilder in the 7th round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, USA, to regain the WBC world heavyweight title. The 31-year-old dominated Wilder during the fight before Wilder’s co-trainer, Mark Breland, threw the towel in the ring in the seventh round. Reacting to the development, Bayless said Breland’s decision to stop the fight was good because he told Wilder in the minute’s rest between rounds to give him a reason not to end the fight. “I told Wilder in the minute’s rest between rounds before the stoppage to show me something so that I would not be...
Referee Kenny Bayless reveals he was close to stopping Tyson Fury’s fight against Deontay Wilder before the towel was thrown in
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Referee Kenny Bayless reveals he was close to stopping Tyson Fury’s fight against Deontay Wilder before the towel was thrown in

Referee Kenny Bayless says he was close to stopping Deontay Wilder's fight against Tyson Fury due to the battering the American was receiving. Wilder was knocked down in the third and fifth rounds and was being dominated by his British opponent on Saturday night. The towel was thrown in from Wilder's corner to concede the fight in the seventh round and Bayless has now revealed he was close to stopping it himself before it reached that point. 'It was a good stoppage in my opinion because in the minute's rest between rounds before the stoppage I went over to Deontay,' Bayless told SiriusXM Fight Nation. 'I looked him in the face and I gave him the line that us referees give the fighters to let them know, 'Hey, you've gotta show me something.'' 'They know that if you go bac...
VAR Official Punished for Failing to Send Lo Celso Off Against Chelsea
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VAR Official Punished for Failing to Send Lo Celso Off Against Chelsea

Referee David Coote has been dropped from this weekend’s Premier League games, after failing to send Giovani Lo Celso off, for a rash tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta. Lo Celso appeared to stamp on Azpilicueta’s leg in the second half, but was not even booked. Michael Oliver who was the centre referee for the match missed the incident and VAR waved it aside after a review. Coote has now not been named to officiate a game, appear as an assistant nor take part in Video Assistant Referee (VAR) duties. Oliver will, however, be in charge when champions-elect Liverpool travel to Watford in Saturday’s late kick-off.
Players, officials & even the Refereeing Committee don’t Know what’s Handball – Carvajal
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Players, officials & even the Refereeing Committee don’t Know what’s Handball – Carvajal

The full-back expected a foul to be given against Saturday's opponents and has called for consistency from officials dishing out decisions. Dani Carvajal has called for more clarity on handball decisions after officials declined to award Real Madrid with a second-half penalty in their 1-0 loss to Levante on Saturday. Los Blancos had appealed for a foul when Jose Campagna appeared to handle the ball in the 47th minute of the clash at Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, but referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez would not be swayed and let play continue. The full-time result marked Madrid's second Liga match without a win and saw the Spanish capital side drop to second in the Primera Division standings as a result. Speaking after the match, Carvajal vented his frustration at inconsisten...
Lampard Blasts Referee Over Maguire, Speaks on Zuma, Giroud Goals
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Lampard Blasts Referee Over Maguire, Speaks on Zuma, Giroud Goals

Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard has blamed the match officials for refusing to make use of the pitch side monitor during their 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Monday. Lampard said Man United’s top defender Harry Maguire should have been sent off before he scored his side’s second goal. Maguire escaped a red card for kicking Michy Batshuayi. The Video Assistant Referee system was in the spotlight once again after Maguire kicked Batshuayi in the groin area in the first half of the game. “Maguire should have been sent off,” Lampard told British media. “That’s clear, and that obviously changes the game.” Maguire went on to score a thumping header in the 66th minute to seal the win for the Red Devils. Lampard added, “Decisions like that are crucial. “That’s a major...
Real Betis Vs Barcelona Referee Not Selected For A Fixture In Week 24 After Controversy
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Real Betis Vs Barcelona Referee Not Selected For A Fixture In Week 24 After Controversy

Sanchez Martinez, who refereed Barcelona's 3-2 win over Real Betis on Sunday has not been selected to oversee a match in Week 24 of LaLiga Santander. There was no shortage of controversy in the hotly-contested match which saw the Blaugrana come away victorious. Nabil Fekir and Clement Lenglet were both sent off, while Sergi Roberto, who was on a yellow card, escaped an expulsion despite a heavy challenge on Carles Alena. In the dying stages of the match, Leo Messi was brought down inside the area by former teammate Marc Bartra, yet nothing was given
Hertha defender Torunarigha sent off after receiving racist abuse
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Hertha defender Torunarigha sent off after receiving racist abuse

Hertha Berlin defender Jordan Torunarigha was sent off for an emotional reaction in the DFB-Pokal defeat at Schalke on Tuesday only minutes after club officials informed the referee of racial slurs against the 22-year-old. Schalke bounced back from a two-goal deficit to reach the German cup quarterfinals in extra time with a 3-2 win against Hertha. But the victory was overshadowed by a racist incident in the stands of the Veltins Arena. In the second half, Hertha defender Torunarigha was reportedly subjected to monkey chants from the Schalke supporters. Although the incident has yet to be confirmed, pictures show the 22-year-old visibly affected and comforted by his teammates. Torunarigha was shown a second yellow card by referee Harm Osmers 10 minutes into extra-time when he wa...
Manchester United Hit with £20,000 FA Fine Over Players Surrounding Referee
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Manchester United Hit with £20,000 FA Fine Over Players Surrounding Referee

Manchester United have been hit with a £20,000 fine due to their players' conduct during their 2 - 0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, January 19. During the game, about seven United stars including Captain Harry Maguire, David de Gea, and Luke Shaw surrounded referee Craig Pawson to aggressively protest against his original decision after Roberto Firmino's goal was allowed to stand despite Virgil Van Dijk's foul on David de Gea. In a statement released today, the FA said: 'Manchester United FC has been fined £20,000 after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20 and accepting the standard penalty. 'The club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of a Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on 19 January 2020.'

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