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Schalke players attacked with eggs by own fans after relegation
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Schalke players attacked with eggs by own fans after relegation

Schalke players and staff have been attacked with eggs by their own fans following their first relegation from the Bundesliga in 33 years. The club suffered their 21st league defeat of the season in a 1-0 loss at Arminia Bielefeld on Tuesday. Returning to Schalke's stadium early on Wednesday, the players were met by up to 600 of the club's fans. Gelsenkirchen police said fans had already started lighting fireworks and flares near the ground after the game. "Once the team arrived and stepped off the bus there were severe protests," police said in a statement. "Eggs were thrown at the players, who were also verbally attacked." In response to the incident, Schalke said some "unidentified individuals clearly stepped over lines that are non-negotiable". "While there is und...
I’m Disappointed, Gutted over 1-1 Draw with Arsenal – Fulham boss, Scott Parker
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I’m Disappointed, Gutted over 1-1 Draw with Arsenal – Fulham boss, Scott Parker

  Fulham boss, Scott Parker has said that he was disappointed and gutted after his team failed to hang on for a crucial win over Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Sunday. A win would have boosted Fulham’s chances in their bid to avoid relegation back into the Championship. Eddie Nketiah came off the bench to equalise for the Gunners in the injury-time after Josh Maja’s penalty put the visitors ahead. “I’m disappointed and gutted and the overriding factor is the team have worked tirelessly today, given everything, come to a place like this against a very good side and manged to get our nose in front,” Parker told a postmatch press conference. “I’m immensely proud of the team and the journey they have been on and I often say a young team lacking Premier League ...
Sam Allardyce Criticises Premier League after West Brom’s 5-2 win over Chelsea
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Sam Allardyce Criticises Premier League after West Brom’s 5-2 win over Chelsea

  West Brom manager, Sam Allardyce has criticised the Premier League after his side’s 5-2 win over Chelsea on Saturday. The Englishman believes that the Premier League are making things difficult for West Brom with their hectic scheduling as they (his team) fight to avoid relegation. West Brom produced what could be argued as the upset of the season on Saturday with a dramatic 5-2 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Prior to the game, Chelsea were unbeaten in 14 games under Thomas Tuchel. But Sam Allardyce’s side inflicted a first defeat on Tuchel, scoring five goals in the process. Matheus Pereira and substitute Callum Robinson both scored twice after Thiago Silva was sent off in the first half and Mbaye Diagne added the 5th. Although Allardyce is aware ...
Thomas Tuchel Under Fire after Chelsea’s 5-2 Defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge
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Thomas Tuchel Under Fire after Chelsea’s 5-2 Defeat to West Brom at Stamford Bridge

  Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, has come under heavy criticism following his side’s 5-2 defeat to lowly rated West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Former Chelsea star, Chris Sutton, says the Blues can no longer be seen as top four contenders following the embarrassing defeat. Tuchel’s 14 games unbeaten start at Chelsea went up in smoke against the relegation threatened Baggies on Saturday. There were major changes in Tuchel’s lineup for the game with Mason Mount dumped on the bench and it seemed all smooth for the Blues when Christian Pulisic put the Blues ahead in the 26th minute. However, Thiago Silva got a second yellow card and was dismissed, triggering an astonishing capitulation which led to Chelsea’s heavy home defeat. Sutton said that the German gaffe...
Hargreaves Names Chelsea player that may not play again following 5-2 defeat
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Hargreaves Names Chelsea player that may not play again following 5-2 defeat

  Owen Hargreaves has said that Kurt Zouma may find it difficult featuring for Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel again following his poor performance against West Brom on Saturday. Chelsea were handed a shocking 5-2 defeat at home by relegation battling Sam Allardyce’s side and Hargreaves believes Zouma should take huge part of the blame. According to the Englishman, the French defender may find it difficult winning back the trust of Tuchel as a result of his performance. Tuchel tested his first defeat in Chelsea colours on Saturday with his 14-match unbeaten record crashing to a halt at Stamford Bridge. The Blues took the lead midway through the first half through Christian Pulisic but Thiago Silva received a second yellow card and was sent off just two minutes after Blu...
Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount
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Chelsea vs West Brom: I Feel Very Bad Benching you – Tuchel tells Mount

  Chelsea coach, Thomas Tuchel has confessed he felt bad keeping Mason Mount on the bench for his team’s clash against West Brom on Saturday and has told him so. Mount was benched on Saturday as his team welcomed relegation battling West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. However, the Englishman came in the second half with the Blues already 2-1 down and with the veteran defender, Thiago Silva sent off in the 28th minute. Tuchel told BT Sport that he was left with a “very bad feeling” at having to bench the midfielder. Asked specifically about Mount and how important it is he is fresh to take on Porto, Tuchel said, “It’s very important that he’s with us. “I told him, ‘It’s a very bad feeling for me to leave you out, already I want you always on the pitch.’ “...
UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020
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UEFA Approves Five Substitutes For Euro 2020

UEFA has confirmed that five substitutes will be allowed at this year’s Euro 2020, as the football world continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement today, European football’s governing body explained that the decision to allow five subs at the delayed tournament, had been taken as “the rule is already in place for the World Cup qualification matches that will run from March 2021 to March 2022.” “The reasons for the five-substitutions rule remain valid against the background of national and international football calendars affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the statement continued. UEFA added that the rule would continue to be in place for the Nations League finals in October and its relegation “play-outs” in March next year. The move to incr...
Juventus Speak on Ronaldo’s future after 1-0 Defeat to Benevento
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Juventus Speak on Ronaldo’s future after 1-0 Defeat to Benevento

Juventus sporting director, Fabio Paratici, has insisted they have no plans to allow Cristiano Ronaldo leave. Despite scoring 23 goals in 24 Serie A games, Ronaldo has become the target of criticism for a dismal season. It continued on Sunday, with a shock 1-0 home defeat to relegation battlers Benevento, who had not won in 11 matches. Ronaldo was meant to help Juve win the Champions League for the first time since 1996. That has not happened, with the Italian champions crashing out in the last 16 after losing to FC Porto. But Paratici remained firm on Ronaldo’s importance to the club “This is Juve, we have Cristiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, and we’re holding on tight,” he said.
Jamie Carragher Rates Liverpool’s Chances after Wolves Win
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Jamie Carragher Rates Liverpool’s Chances after Wolves Win

    Former Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, has insisted that he does not believe Jurgen Klopp’s men will finish in the top-four positions on the Premier League table this season, despite their victory against Wolves on Monday night at Molineux. Liverpool defeated Wolves, thanks to a first-half goal from Diogo Jota. The Reds are currently in the sixth position on the Premier League table with five points behind fourth-place Chelsea after 29 games. Asked about Liverpool’s Premier League top four chances after the game, Carragher said, “It’s been a freak, been really poor the teams they have lost to. “But when we talk about teams at the bottom, it feels like there’s going to be a real fight for the top-four and the relegation places this season. “At this ...
Mark Lawrenson Predicts Man United vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Man City
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Mark Lawrenson Predicts Man United vs Newcastle, Arsenal vs Man City

  A former Liverpool player, Mark Lawrenson, has backed Manchester United to secure a 2-0 win against Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday night at Old Trafford. Lawrenson also predicted Manchester City to beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening. Providing his predictions, Lawrenson told BBC Sport: “Newcastle are the team that everyone in the bottom three thinks they can catch – realistically, they’re the only other team who could still be dragged into the relegation places. “The Magpies aren’t playing well, and that gives the sides below them hope that if they keep going, they can catch them. “I don’t see anything happening at Old Trafford to change that. “Manchester United have had a few problems at home in breaking down teams who...
Dimitar Berbatov Issues Strong Warning to Manchester United
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Dimitar Berbatov Issues Strong Warning to Manchester United

  Former Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has warned that the club could struggle to finish in the top four if the Red Devils continue to drop “unnecessary points” to weaker teams. Man United was held to a surprise 1-1 draw with relegation candidates West Brom at the Hawthorns Stadium last weekend. The Red Devils will host Newcastle United at Old Trafford tonight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has only managed to win two of their last six matches in the Premier League and are in the second position on the log with 46 points from 24 games. “If [Manchester] United continue to keep dropping unnecessary points to weaker teams, I am going to be worried for them making the top four,” Berbatov told Betfair. “When you’re challenging for the title it’s unaccepta...
Jamilu Collins: Nigeria defender extends SC Paderborn contract
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Jamilu Collins: Nigeria defender extends SC Paderborn contract

The Benteler-Arena giants have confirmed the Nigerian has signed a contract extension to commit his future to the club until 2022 Nigeria international Jamilu Collins has signed a new one-year SC Paderborn contract, the club confirmed on their website. Collins, left-back, was linked with a move out of the Benteler-Arena following the team’s relegation to Bundesliga Two, however, he chose to remain with the club until June 30, 2022. According to the German outfit, the Super Eagles star decided to stay having convinced goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle (until 2023), Ron Schallenberg and Johannes Dorfler (both until 2024) to continue playing for Paderborn.
Fulham Striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic Tests Positive for Coronavirus
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Fulham Striker, Aleksandar Mitrovic Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Premier side, Fulham have confirmed striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has tested positive for coronavirus. Fulham said he brief statement that Serbian international's absence in the team's 2-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday night was due to a positive Coronavirus test. This means, the club will be without the Serbian striker for their next two league games against Burnley on Wednesday and their home clash against bottom club Sheffield United on Saturday as they continue to battle out of the relegation zone. In July 2018,  Mitrovic joined Fulham in a five-year contract after a successful loan spell from Newcastle United
Nwakali & Azeez: Generations collide in Segunda relegation battle
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Nwakali & Azeez: Generations collide in Segunda relegation battle

The arrivals of two former Nigeria youth internationals have added intrigue and interest to the relegation fight in Spain's second tier For all that the January transfer window has its foibles, it does serve an important purpose for footballers: it can serve as an emergency exit, even if only temporarily, from inactivity. At the close of this most recent winter window, two Nigeria internationals made similar journeys in search of greater involvement at club level. In many ways, the careers of Ramon Azeez and Kelechi Nwakali mirror one another: both captained successful Nigeria national sides at under-17 level (the former to a runner-up spot at the 2009 World Cup, the latter to first-place in 2015), both are midfielders, and both traded the glamour of the Spanish top flight for a rel...
Emmanuel Dennis: Koln sign Nigeria and Club Brugge forward
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Emmanuel Dennis: Koln sign Nigeria and Club Brugge forward

The Nigeria international has completed his switch to RheinEnergieStadion after leaving the Blue and Black temporarily Bundesliga side Koln have announced the signing of Emmanuel Dennis from Club Brugge on loan. The 23-year-old forward teamed up with the Billy Goats after a successful medical and will be expected to help the club avoid relegation at the end of the season. The Super Eagles winger will link up with his compatriots Kingsley Ehizibue and Tolu Arokodare at the RheinEnergieStadion.  
Allardyce is a genius’ – Man City boss Guardiola
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Allardyce is a genius’ – Man City boss Guardiola

The two sides meet in the Premier League at the Hawthorns on Tuesday evening Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has described his West Brom counterpart Sam Allardyce as a genius. The two teams lock horns in the Premier League on Tuesday, and Guardiola is expecting a tough test for his side who can go top of the table with a win. In stark contrast, the Baggies are scrambling for points in a bid to get themselves out of the relegation spaces.
Sevilla win race for Real Madrid’s Oscar Rodriguez
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Sevilla win race for Real Madrid’s Oscar Rodriguez

The youngster starred last season despite suffering relegation with Leganes and is set to step into Ever Banega's shoes in the Sevilla midfield Sevilla have won the race for the highly coveted Oscar Rodriguez, who arrives from Real Madrid on a five-year deal. Oscar, 22, will reportedly cost Sevilla €16 million (£14.2m/$19m) for 75 per cent of his ownership rights, with Madrid retaining the remaining 25 per cent. "Real Madrid C. F. and Sevilla F. C. have agreed the transfer of Oscar Rodríguez," the Merengue signalled in a statement released on the club's official website. "Real Madrid would like to thank Oscar for his dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct throughout the time he has been at our club and wishes him the best of luck in this new chapter."
Wigan put eight past Hull as Tigers suffer worst defeat in more than a century
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Wigan put eight past Hull as Tigers suffer worst defeat in more than a century

The Latics scored seven first half goals in the clash between Championship relegation battlers to set or equal a number of records Wigan's eight-goal triumph over Hull City moved the club closer to Championship survival while setting or equalling numerous records in the process. Hull were hit seven times in the first half of an eventual 8-0 win for Wigan, who recently appealed against their 12-point deduction imposed by the EFL for entering administration. The Latics opened the scoring within the opening minute, with Kal Naismith firing the first of what turned out to be many goals.
Mourinho still ‘world class’, says Arsenal coach Arteta
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Mourinho still ‘world class’, says Arsenal coach Arteta

Arsenal take on Tottenham in the north London derby on Sunday sitting one place above their rivals in the Premier League Mikel Arteta says Jose Mourinho is still a world-class manager as he prepares to face the Portuguese coach in his first north London derby on Sunday. Arsenal go into the game one point above Tottenham in the Premier League after Mourinho’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Thursday night. Spurs failed to muster a single shot on target during the dour stalemate and there are some who are beginning to question the direction the club is heading in under Mourinho.
Balogun’s Wigan steer clear of relegation after Huddersfield Town win
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Balogun’s Wigan steer clear of relegation after Huddersfield Town win

The Super Eagles defender's Latics eased their relegation worries thanks to an impressive victory agHainst the Terriers on Saturday Leon Balogun’s Wigan have moved clear of the English Championship relegation zone following Saturday’s 2-0 triumph at Huddersfield Town. A goal in each half by Jamal Lowe and Anthony Pilkington were all the Latics needed to secure maximum points at stake in West Yorkshire. Balogun – who is on loan from Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion was not listed for the clash but that did no harm to Paul Cook’s side.
Braithwaite’s joy at ‘amazing’ first Barca goal
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Braithwaite’s joy at ‘amazing’ first Barca goal

Martin Braithwaite said he was "really happy" to notch his first goal for Barcelona as they returned from the COVID-19 suspension in style Martin Braithwaite is hoping to answer Barcelona's SOS with goals that carry Quique Setien's team all the way to trophy glory after opening his account. The Danish striker played his first full 90 minutes in La Liga since joining from Leganes as an emergency signing in February, as Barcelona thrashed Real Mallorca 4-0 on Saturday. It was his fourth appearance and second start in the league since swapping a relegation battle for the title race.
Fuss is made over Grealish, but McGinn does the unseen work’ – Souness hails Aston Villa midfielder
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Fuss is made over Grealish, but McGinn does the unseen work’ – Souness hails Aston Villa midfielder

The Scotland midfielder is set to be every bit as important to the Birmingham side's survival hopes as the Manchester United target John McGinn may be key to Aston Villa’s Premier League survival hopes this season and not necessarily Manchester United transfer target Jack Grealish, according to former Scotland midfielder Graeme Souness. With the Premier League campaign set to restart this week after a three-month recess due to the coronavirus pandemic, Villa find themselves in the teeth of the relegation battle. The Birmingham club are second bottom of the standings but only a couple of points from safety.
Ligue 1 relegation overruled but Lyon denied Champions League spot by French court
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Ligue 1 relegation overruled but Lyon denied Champions League spot by French court

The French top flight could be expanded to 22 teams after the judge ruled against the bottom two being demoted The high court in France has blocked the relegation of Amiens and Toulouse from Ligue 1 after the 2019-20 season was cancelled. The Professional Football League (LFP) named Paris Saint-Germain as Ligue 1 champions and relegated the bottom two following prime minister Edouard Philippe's April 28 announcement that all sporting events were banned until September amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision proved controversial as Toulouse and Amiens appealed against their relegation, while Lyon pursued legal action after they were denied a place in European competition next season because of their seventh-place finish.
Ejide leaks five goals as Mensah’s Bnei Yehuda run riot
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Ejide leaks five goals as Mensah’s Bnei Yehuda run riot

The former Super Eagles goalkeeper was beaten five times as Sharon Mimer’s men were brushed aside at the Bloomfield Stadium on Saturday Ex-Nigeria international Austin Ejide conceded five goals as Hapoel Hadera crumbled 5-0 away at Bnei Yehuda in Saturday’s Israeli top-flight relegation play-offs. Fuelled by a first-half brace by Shay Mazor, the visitors were decimated at the Bloomfield Stadium. Poised for a win after two consecutive draws against Hapoel Haifa and Hapoel Kfar Saba, the hosts started the game on a shining note-taking a 10th minute lead through Mazor.
Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville
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Relegation from Premier League on points-per-game basis would be unfair, says Neville

The former Manchester United defender says it "wouldn't feel right" if Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth were sent down to the Championship Gary Neville says it wouldn’t be fair for Premier League relegation to be decided on a points-per-game basis if the season can’t be completed. While the league’s ‘Project Restart’ plans continue, there remains uncertainty as to whether the sport can return in England, with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying the city isn’t ready to host Premier League football yet. When France’s Ligue 1 season was curtailed, the final league table was worked out using points per game, with Amiens and Toulouse relegated.
‘They should go for Batman too’ – Denilson slams Botafogo’s Robben approach
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‘They should go for Batman too’ – Denilson slams Botafogo’s Robben approach

The Fogao are keen to sign elite talent after barely escaping relegation in 2019 but the ex-Betis man feels their interest in Robben is ridiculous Former Brazil international Denilson has slammed Botafogo's efforts to lure Arjen Robben out of retirement, suggesting that the Rio club would have more luck in trying to add a superhero to their ranks. Robben retired from the game at the end of the 2018-19 season after a glittering career with the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea as well as the Netherlands national team. But at the end of April, the veteran winger suggested that he could be tempted back into the game at the age of 36.
Eredivisie Season Canceled, There Will Be No Champion & Relegation
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Eredivisie Season Canceled, There Will Be No Champion & Relegation

The Holland top flight's title will be left vacant with the season scrapped due to disruption caused by the coronavirus crisis. Both Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top of the Eredivisie, but neither will be crowned champions. Ajax will go enter the Champions League playoffs with AZ Alkmaar with playing in the qualifiers. Promotion and relegation have also been axed - with Cambuur, who were 11 points clear at the top of the second tier, sensationally missing out. Clubs were afforded a vote to decide the outcome of the campaign, with 16 choosing to enable promotion and relegation for the Eredivisie. However, a further nine sides voted against their competitors being allowed to move into different leagues, with nine more abstaining from the vote entirely and bel...
‘Bullsh*t!’ – Ziyech seethes over Ajax being denied Eredivisie title
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‘Bullsh*t!’ – Ziyech seethes over Ajax being denied Eredivisie title

The Dutch top flight ended its season on Friday and decided to not name a champion in addition to cancelling promotion and relegation Ajax star Hakim Ziyech has slammed the Dutch Football Federation's (KNVB) decision to not award his side the championship for the 2019-20 season, calling the move "bullsh*t." On Friday the Eredivisie confirmed that its season was over and no champion would be named, denying Ajax the title with Ziyech's side in first place on goal differential over AZ. After Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte ruled this week that all football matches are forbidden until September 1 due to the coronavirus crisis, the KNVB moved quickly to bring the Eredivisie and second-tier Eerste Divisie to an end. The KNVB also controversially ruled that there would be no promotion o...
Jurgen Klopp Reacts as Watford Beat Liverpool 3-0, End Unbeaten Run
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Jurgen Klopp Reacts as Watford Beat Liverpool 3-0, End Unbeaten Run

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has reacted to his side’s 3-0 defeat in the hands of relegation threatened Watford on Saturday. The defeat ended the Reds’ season long unbeaten run and lifted Watford out of relegation zone. The German tactician refused to make any excuses after their first defeat in 45 games. Senegalese Ismaila Sarr scored twice, while Troy Deeney made it 3 for the Hornets. Klopp said the best team won, adding that his side must accept the loss in the right manner. He said, “They did exactly what they wanted to do, we did not. That’s how football works “The first half was a tough one, a lot of second balls, running here and there, we had the ball a lot but we didn’t come in the right positions to cross, the right positions to finish, against a really good...
Liverpool ‘Could Miss Out on Title’ if  League Ends Because of coronavirus
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Liverpool ‘Could Miss Out on Title’ if League Ends Because of coronavirus

Liverpool have been given “no guarantees” they will be awarded the Premier League title, if the coronavirus crisis means the season ends prematurely, the UK Telegraph reports. This comes amid fears over the rapid spread of the virus in the UK and around the globe. As well as Jurgen Klopp’s men are not being assured of the title, it would also mean the bottom three clubs may escape relegation. Liverpool currently sit 22 points clear at the top and are looking to win the title for the first time in the modern era. Although there is no reported incident in the Premier League, Newcastle have already ordered their players not to shake hands in training. UEFA too have expressed doubts over Euro 2020, which is scheduled to be held in several cities across the continent.
It Was ‘Special’ To Hear Watford Fans Sing My Name Again – Ighalo
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It Was ‘Special’ To Hear Watford Fans Sing My Name Again – Ighalo

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo described the moment Watford fans sang his name at the end of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford as “special”. The Nigerian scored 40 goals in 100 appearances for the Hornets before departing for Changchun Yatai in China and was given a warm reception by the travelling fans. After signing for United on the last day of the January transfer window, he made his home debut against his former club and almost scored late on following a defensive mistake. Speaking after the match, he spoke about his affection for Watford and said he hopes they can avoid relegation this season. “It’s always special to hear the Watford fans sing your name because they know what I’ve done for them in the past when I was there,” he said. “They are always in my hea...
Manchester United 3-0 Watford, Bruno Fernandes Gets First Man Utd Goal
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Manchester United 3-0 Watford, Bruno Fernandes Gets First Man Utd Goal

Bruno Fernandes' first Manchester United goal set his new club on their way to a cozy home win in opposition to relegation-threatened Watford and into fifth in the Premier League. Fernandes, a £47m January signing from Sporting Lisbon, transformed a 42nd-minute penalty after he had been taken out with the aid of Watford keeper Ben Foster. The goal ended a 236-minute wait for a United home goal in the Premier League after they had failed to score against Burnley and Wolves. Anthony Martial scored an tremendous 2nd after Troy Deeney had a goal ruled out by way of VAR for handball in the build-up, with 18-year-old Mason Greenwood lashing home his eleventh of the season 15 minutes from time. After beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday, it was once solely the third ti...
Rangers Match Winner Madaki hails Salisu Influence
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Rangers Match Winner Madaki hails Salisu Influence

NPFL champions in 2016, Rangers climbed out of the relegation zone albeit on goals difference after a narrow 1-0 win over Jigawa Golden Stars in Enugu on Wednesday. Rangers made a hard work of what was expected to be a straight forward home win as their visitors resisted for over an hour of football but young winger Dauda Madaki pounced when it mattered most with 20 minutes left after an excellent creation by his roommate Ibrahim Olawoyin. Madaki was making only his second start of the season, the first in 2020 and the Benue-born star made a telling impact; troubling the visitors all day with his set-piece deliveries before eventually scoring the winner. “I’m very happy and it is good to see that I was the one that scored the goal because it was a very difficult match,” Madaki...
Jack Grealish Chooses Man Utd Move
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Jack Grealish Chooses Man Utd Move

Aston Villa captain, Jack Grealish, has decided on a move to Manchester United this summer. The 24-year-old has already agreed terms with the Red Devils, although formal talks are yet to take place between both clubs. Grealish is widely expected to leave Villa Park this summer, with his boyhood club fighting to avoid relegation. It is believed the player has even started looking for houses in Manchester, after verbally agreeing to a deal that will see him earn more than his current £100,000 per week. Grealish has contributed seven goals and five assists so far this season. United have jumped to the front of the queue for Grealish, with Paul Pogba’s future still up in the air. The club will do business if they are offered £150 million for Pogba and use the funds to bri...
Leverkusen Deny Dortmund Three Points In Seven-Goal Thriller
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Leverkusen Deny Dortmund Three Points In Seven-Goal Thriller

Substitute Leon Bailey scored one late goal and made another as Bayer Leverkusen sealed a stunning 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund to deny the visitors the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Bailey came on for the final 20 minutes with his side 3-2 down and after slotting home the equaliser, the Jamaican winger’s audacious backheel led to Lars Bender heading in Leverkusen’s winner. It was the first time Dortmund teenager Erling Braut Haaland had failed to score for his new club after hitting eight goals in his first four games. Leverkusen are now fifth while Dortmund stay third. However, Borussia could finish the weekend six points behind Bayern Munich if the defending champions beat second-placed RB Leipzig at home on Sunday. The goals flew at the BayArena ...
Premier League Relegation: Manchester United Fighting A Battle To Avoid It
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Premier League Relegation: Manchester United Fighting A Battle To Avoid It

Manchester United suffered yet another well-deserved defeat as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are only two points above the relegation zone now. Manchester United's dismal form continued as Matty Longstaff's debut goal earned Newcastle United a 1-0 Premier League victory and piled the misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Having rattled the crossbar in the first half, Matty Longstaff - partnering his older brother Sean in midfield - fizzed in the winner with a superb 72nd-minute strike at St James' Park. Things would have been different had Harry Maguire converted a simple chance before the break, while Fabian Schar denied Marcus Rashford a tap-in just prior to Newcastle's goal. But it was 19-year-old Matty Longstaff who had the final say as Steve Bruce, on his 400th Premier League game a...
Radebe: Leeds United legend demands Bielsa’s side secure promotion
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Radebe: Leeds United legend demands Bielsa’s side secure promotion

The former Bafana Bafana centre-back is confident that the Whites will make up for their playoff failure last term by Sizwe Mbebe Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe expects that his former employers will secure promotion to the Premier League this season after their Championship playoff near-miss last term. United, who haven’t been in the top flight since relegation in 2004, were defeated in the playoff semi-finals by Derby County after finishing third in the regular season, having competed for automatic promotion for much of the campaign.
Federation Cup: Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib wanted trophy in first season
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Federation Cup: Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib wanted trophy in first season

The Ivorian midfielder tells Goal he is devastated about the missed opportunity to land his first title with the Ikon Allah boys Niger Tornadoes midfielder Dosso Saib was pained by the missed chance to win silverware in his first season in Nigeria after his side lost in the Federation Cup final. Dosso joined Tornadoes midway into the 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, and even though his arrival could not save the Ikon Allah Boys from relegation, he did well enough to help them to a 2019 Federation Cup final berth. Unfortunately, Tornadoes lost 4-3 on penalties to Kano Pillars on Sunday, the second time in three years they have finished as runners-up in the competition.
Gladbach sign Marcus Thuram in €12m deal
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Gladbach sign Marcus Thuram in €12m deal

The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit having left Guingamp following their relegation to Ligue 2 Borussia Monchengladbach have completed the signing France Under-21 striker Marcus Thuram from Guingamp in a deal worth a reported €12 million (£10.8m/$13.5m). The 21-year-old – son of World Cup winner and France great Lilian Thuram – has penned a four-year contract with the Bundesliga side. Thuram joined Guingamp in 2017 from Sochaux and scored 17 goals in 72 appearances across all competitions for the French side.
Galatasaray confirm talks to sign Jean Michael Seri
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Galatasaray confirm talks to sign Jean Michael Seri

Galatasaray have confirmed that they are in negotiations with Fulham to sign Jean Michael Seri on loan. The Turkish champions are set to beat Serie A outfits AC Milan and Roma to the signing of the Ivorian midfielder who is keen on top-flight football following Fulham's relegation to the Championship.  
Aston Villa’s summer spending spree continues with £7m signing of Engels
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Aston Villa’s summer spending spree continues with £7m signing of Engels

The club has now signed eight players ahead of their return to the Premier League Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of defender Bjorn Engels from Stade Reims as the club continues its summer spending spree. Engels becomes Villa's latest addition for a fee believed to be around £7 million ($9m). Villa are set to return to the Premier League this upcoming season after attaining promotion from the Championship and have spent big money to ensure the team is ready to compete and avoid a quick relegation.
Plateau United dismiss 17 players in massive clear-out ahead of new season
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Plateau United dismiss 17 players in massive clear-out ahead of new season

The club claims those players sent packing did not meet their expectations and they would be replaced for the new campaign Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Plateau United have announced 17 players will be released by the club following their disappointing outing last season. Plateau United, who were the NPFL champions three seasons ago, battled relegation for the better part of the 2018/19 abridged NPFL season; beating the drop on the last day. The Peace Boys were also eliminated in the Round of 16 of the Federation Cup by Calabar Rovers.
Mitrovic signs new five-year deal at Fulham
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Mitrovic signs new five-year deal at Fulham

Fulham will have their top scorer from last season available to them in the Championship after Aleksandar Mitrovic signed a new contract. Aleksandar Mitrovic has signed a new five-year contract at Fulham to put an end to rumours suggesting he was on his way out of Craven Cottage. The 24-year-old striker was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with offers in the region of £30million expected for a player who scored 11 goals in 37 Premier League appearances in 2018-19. The Serbia international, who has netted 25 times in 48 outings for his country, joined Fulham from Newcastle United in July 2018 and has committed himself to the Championship club until 2024 despite last term's top-flight relegation.
Martinez to stay and fight Leno for Arsenal No.1 spot
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Martinez to stay and fight Leno for Arsenal No.1 spot

The Gunners keeper had been pondering leaving the Emirates after nearly a decade in north London Emiliano Martinez will be staying at Arsenal for the 2019-20 season to challenge Bernd Leno for the club’s No.1 spot. The Argentine keeper spent the second half of last season with Reading in the Championship, playing a huge role in the Berkshire club avoiding relegation with a series of impressive performances. Those displays caught the eye of several clubs, with Martinez having attracted significant interest from abroad and elsewhere in England in recent months.
Morocco forward Rachid Alioui completes Angers move
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Morocco forward Rachid Alioui completes Angers move

The 27-year-old becomes the first signing of the transfer window to join Stephane Moulin's team ahead of the 2019-20 season Morocco international Rachid Alioui has joined Angers on a three-year deal from Ligue 1 rivals Nimes. After three years with Nimes and following their relegation to Ligue 2, Alioui has sought greener pastures and will continue to play in the French top-flight next campaign.
Gelson makes Monaco switch permanent to curtail Atletico Madrid stay
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Gelson makes Monaco switch permanent to curtail Atletico Madrid stay

The Portugal international has cut short his stay at Wanda Metropolitano for a five-year deal at Stade Louis II Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins has completed a permanent transfer to Monaco after spending the second half of last season on loan with the Ligue 1outfit. The Portugal interntional, who only joined the La Liga club ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, struggled to establish himself under Diego Simeone at Wanda Metropolitano. He subsequently made the switch to join the principality club in January, where he went on to score four goals in 16 appearances as they narrowly avoided relegation.
FFA outlines plan for national second division
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FFA outlines plan for national second division

A national second division could be introduced to Australian football for the 2021-22 season after a white paper was published by FFA. Football Federation Australia (FFA) has outlined plans for a national second division below the A-League, which would potentially come into effect in 2021-22. A-League sides do not face relegation in the existing format but could in future after FFA released details of its plan to work towards a second tier. Its aim is to form a league that would be "financially sustainable and provide professional pathways for more Australian players".
Southampton Premier League fixtures: Full 2019-20 match schedule
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Southampton Premier League fixtures: Full 2019-20 match schedule

The Saints briefly flirted with relegation until the final few weeks of last season where they managed to secure their survival by five crucial points Following a disappointing last season in the Premier League where Southampton were in danger of relegation and only managed to finish in 16th place, Ralph Hasenhuttl's side will want to get preparations underway to get the new season started on a high note. They kick off the new campaign away at Burnley before hosting title challengers Liverpool in their first home match a week later.
Burnley Premier League fixtures: Full 2019-20 match schedule
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Burnley Premier League fixtures: Full 2019-20 match schedule

Sean Dyche's side have a task on their hands if they wish to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle in 2019-20 Burnley's Premier League fixtures for the 2019-20 season have been released. Burnley will begin the new season at home to Southampton on August 10 and their first away game is at Arsenal the following week, while Liverpool will visit Turf Moor before the opening month is over. The Clarets will face back-to-back fixtures in September against two teams promoted from the Championship – Norwich City and Aston Villa – and they will host Chelsea at the end of October. December is a potentially tricky-looking month for Dyche’s side as it begins with games against Manchester City and Tottenham. On Boxing Day, Burnley will head to Everton and then Manchester United wil...
Messi Wants Neymar, Not Griezmann, At Barcelona
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Messi Wants Neymar, Not Griezmann, At Barcelona

Lionel Messi has told the Barcelona board that he has concerns over the attitude of possible new signing Antoine Griezmann and would prefer the return of Neymar, according to RMC Sport. Griezmann has already confirmed that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer and was widely expected to move to the Camp Nou. However, Messi would rather Barca pursue a deal to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain instead of signing the France international. In other news, Xherdan Shaqiri has sought to end any talk of him considering a move away from Liverpool, with the Switzerland international taking aim at the Premier League title. The 27-year-old was acquired by the Reds in the summer of 2018 after seeing a release clause in his contract at Stoke activated on the back of relegation o...

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