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‘It will return excitement to football’ – Tripple 44 Academy boss lauds abolition of away goals rule
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‘It will return excitement to football’ – Tripple 44 Academy boss lauds abolition of away goals rule

The football administrator is in support of Uefa dismissing the law that has been in existence for 56 years The decision to put an end to the away goals rule will "return excitement to football", according to Tripple 44 Academy proprietor Samuel Olatunji-Okuku. European football governing body, Uefa, disclosed on Tuesday that the law which has been in existence since 1965 will no longer be practised as from the 2021-22 campaign. Justifying this stance, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin stated the rule now "runs counter to its original purpose" and claimed that it deters teams from playing attacking football. In a chat with Goal, the well-travelled football administrator shares in the sentiment of Ceferin – claiming that the rule's abolition will bring "justice and equity" to the ...
UEFA abolishes away goals rule as major Champions League and Europa League change announced
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UEFA abolishes away goals rule as major Champions League and Europa League change announced

The law has been in place since 1965 but will now no longer be used to help decide knockout ties, starting from the 2021-22 season UEFA has confirmed the away goals rule will be abolished from European competitions, with the change being put into place in time for the 2021-22 season. The away goals rule has been used for over half a century but will no longer be used to decide knockout matches in UEFA club competitions, including the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin explained the rule now "runs counter to its original purpose" and stated his belief that it dissuades teams from playing attacking football.
BREAKING: UEFA Scraps away goals in Champions League, Europa League
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BREAKING: UEFA Scraps away goals in Champions League, Europa League

  UEFA’s Executive Committee has finally scrapped the away goals rule. The away goals rule will be removed from all UEFA club competitions in the 2021/2022 season. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. This means fixtures in which the two teams score the same number of goals over the two legs will now have two 15-minute periods of extra time, and, if required, penalty kicks. The statement read in part: “The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years. “Although there was no unanimity of views, many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders have questioned its fairne...
Emotional Busquets revels in Spain triumph after returning from coronavirus
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Emotional Busquets revels in Spain triumph after returning from coronavirus

The 32-year-old helped La Roja to their first win of Euro 2020 in his first appearance on Wednesday Sergio Busquets was in tears after helping Spain defeat Slovakia 5-0 on Wednesday in his first game back after recovering from Covid-19. The midfielder tested positive earlier this month and was forced into quarantine, missing both of Spain's first two Euro 2020 matches. Busquets made his return in a rout over Slovakia, and was named UEFA's Star of the Match in the process.
‘UEFA respects the rainbow’ – European football’s governing body releases statement after Allianz Arena controversy
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‘UEFA respects the rainbow’ – European football’s governing body releases statement after Allianz Arena controversy

The organisation behind Euro 2020 have attempted to clarify their decision to block Germany's planned message of support to the LGBT+ community UEFA have released a statement insisting they "respect the rainbow" in response to the controversy surrounding a proposal to illuminate Allianz Arena with rainbow lighting. Germany had originally planned for the display to take place during the national team's final Group F fixture at Euro 2020 against Hungary on Wednesday as a show of unity towards the LGBTQ+ community. Many of the club level teams in the country were also set to display the rainbow theme at their own stadiums, but UEFA took the decision to block the initiative much to the fury of activist groups protesting Hungary's anti-LGBT legislation.
UEFA Clears air on Moving Euro 2020 semi-final, final from Wembley
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UEFA Clears air on Moving Euro 2020 semi-final, final from Wembley

  UEFA has insisted it has no plans to replace Wembley as the stadium that will host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020. This comes after Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, called for the matches to be moved from the UK due to rising COVID-19 cases. There have also been rumours that UEFA could opt for Budapest, the capital of Hungary, if the UK government refuses to allow quarantine exemptions for visiting supporters and UEFA guests to attend the games. However, a UEFA spokesman said on Tuesday: “UEFA, the English FA and the English authorities are working closely together successfully to stage the semifinals and final of EURO in Wembley and there are no plans to change the venue for those games.” Wembley is scheduled to host the semi-finals on July 6 and 7 b...
UEFA could block Germany from illuminating Allianz Arena with rainbow lighting, says DFB spokesman
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UEFA could block Germany from illuminating Allianz Arena with rainbow lighting, says DFB spokesman

The governing body has indicated it will enforce rules on "uniform stadium design" during Euro 2020 UEFA opposes Germany's plan of illuminating the outside of Allianz Arena with rainbow lighting on Wednesday for the game against Hungary, a DFB spokesman has said, meaning Die Mannschaft might not be able to show support for the LGBT+ community. There have been allegations of anti-LGBT+ banners being displayed in Budapest earlier in Euro 2020, and Hungary has just passed legislation banning schools from disseminating content deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change. Despite local support in Germany for showing solidarity towards LGBT+ people, UEFA intends to enforce a "uniform stadium design" policy to prohibit rainbow lighting.
Barcelona president, Laporta refuses to apologize to UEFA over Super League
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Barcelona president, Laporta refuses to apologize to UEFA over Super League

  Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has said they will not apologize to UEFA over the failed European Super League. According to him, the Spanish club wants to control their own destiny. Barca members were to vote on participation in the breakaway competition at the club’s general assembly on Sunday. But Laporta, who insists the plans are still alive, said that would not be necessary as the proposed format no longer exists. “We spoke with the clubs [involved] and said we liked [the proposals], but that we needed them to accept that our members would have to approve entry at the next assembly,” Laporta said as he explained the reasoning for signing up. “It was logical to have that vote before June 30. But now, as the format doesn’t exist, I won’t ask you to vote....
UEFA stops investigation over Neuer’s rainbow armband
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UEFA stops investigation over Neuer’s rainbow armband

The Germany goalkeeper has been showing his support for the LGBT+ community during his national team's games in June The German football association (DFB) has confirmed that UEFA has halted an investigation into Manuel Neuer's rainbow-coloured captain's armband. Goal and SPOX were able to confirm earlier reports from RTL and NTV that UEFA had launched an investigation into the DFB and the goalkeeper for wearing the special armband. Neuer has been wearing the rainbow colours to show support for the LGBT+ community during 'Pride Month'.
Euro 2020: UEFA States position on Ronaldo, Pogba, others removing Coca-Cola, Heineken bottles
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Euro 2020: UEFA States position on Ronaldo, Pogba, others removing Coca-Cola, Heineken bottles

  UEFA has asked players in the ongoing European championships to stop moving strategically placed sponsor drinks from news conference platforms. Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal was the first to start the trend when he pushed aside two Coca-Cola bottles from his vicinity, replacing them with a water bottle. Italy’s Manuel Locatelli joined the Portugal star by also removing Coca-Cola bottles during a press conference. Paul Pogba, a Muslim, who does not drink alcohol, also copied Ronaldo by removing a distinctive green bottle of official Euro 2020 beer sponsor Heineken, even though the product is marketed as 0.0% alcohol. Martin Kallen, Euro 2020 tournament director said UEFA has “communicated with the teams regarding this matter”, Sky Sports reports. “It is importan...
Euro 2020: Pogba to be Punished Following France’s 1-0 win over Germany
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Euro 2020: Pogba to be Punished Following France’s 1-0 win over Germany

  France midfielder, Paul Pogba, could be in trouble with UEFA, after he appeared to breach COVID-19 protocol, by mingling with the crowd after their 1-0 win over Germany on Tuesday. Pogba was named Man of the Match after the Euro 2020 group game in Munich and was involved in the buildup to the winning goal. After the game, the Manchester United man made a beeline for a French-supporting corner of the ground and handed his shirt to someone – believed to be his mother – before exchanging a long hug. But all the players at the tournament are in very strict, biosecure bubbles and have been warned not to have contact with fans outside their bubble, even if they are family members. Even shaking hands with opposition players is banned and Pogba could be handed a warning f...
UEFA take Final Decision on Banning Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus from Champions League
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UEFA take Final Decision on Banning Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus from Champions League

  UEFA have admitted Real Madrid, Juventus and Barcelona into next season’s Champions League, despite their refusal to pull out of the proposed breakaway European Super League (ESL) project. The European football governing body confirmed it has sent out admission letters to all the clubs that will participate in the competition. Disciplinary proceedings against Juve, Barca and Real have also been suspended by UEFA’s independent appeals body. “Admission letters have been sent to all clubs participating in next season’s Uefa club competitions today,” UEFA said on Tuesday. Juve, Barca and Real are the last of the 12 clubs who signed up to the Super League, not to have distanced themselves from the breakaway project. The English Premier League Big Six all pulled out,...
Arsenal face rival interest for Onana as demand grows in Ajax goalkeeper
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Arsenal face rival interest for Onana as demand grows in Ajax goalkeeper

The Gunners are keen on the Cameroon international but have yet to table an offer for the 25-year-old Arsenal face competition to sign Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana as rival interest has grown since the verdict by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to reduce his doping ban. Onana had been serving a year-long suspension following a positive out-of-competition test for Furosemide but after appealing UEFA’s original punishment, the Ajax goalkeeper had his ban reduced to nine months by CAS. That has led to increased interest in the 25-year-old, who will be allowed to leave Ajax this summer before his contract expires at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Onana to Arsenal: Could Ajax star be the right man for the Gunners?
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Onana to Arsenal: Could Ajax star be the right man for the Gunners?

The relief after Andre Onana had an initial 12-month ban reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to nine months was discernible, as it represented a win of sorts for the Cameroon goalkeeper. Onana was suspended by Uefa in February after testing positive for Furosemide, but always maintained his innocence, stating he accidentally took medicine that was prescribed for his then-pregnant wife. CAS deemed the punishment was “disproportionate and excessive” and decreased the ban. Onana, who’d been away from training since February, could now return in September, two months before the end of his suspension. The positive appeal has resurrected Arsenal’s interest in the Ajax man, with reports indicating a pursuit of the 25-year-old hinged on Friday’s verdict. Indeed, Goal re...
‘It was damn nice to see him smile’ – Schmeichel offers encouraging Eriksen update while criticising UEFA restart call
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‘It was damn nice to see him smile’ – Schmeichel offers encouraging Eriksen update while criticising UEFA restart call

The Denmark goalkeeper says he has been to see his stricken team-mate in hospital after his on-pitch collapse on Saturday afternoon Kasper Schmeichel has offered an encouraging update on Christian Eriksen while criticising UEFA's decision to restart Denmark's clash with Finland. Eriksen received emergency on-field treatment from Denmark's medical team after suffering cardiac arrest 41 minutes into the Euro 2020 fixture in Copenhagen on Saturday afternoon. The Inter midfielder stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated before leaving Parken Stadium on a stretcher, and was subsequently declared to be in a stable condition at a local hospital.
UEFA threatened Denmark with 3-0 forfeit if they did not resume Euro 2020 clash after Eriksen cardiac arrest, claims Schmeichel
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UEFA threatened Denmark with 3-0 forfeit if they did not resume Euro 2020 clash after Eriksen cardiac arrest, claims Schmeichel

The former goalkeeper says his country had little choice but to restart the game against Finland despite seeing a key player rushed to hospital Peter Schmeichel has claimed that UEFA threatened Denmark with a 3-0 forfeit if they did not resume their opening Euro 2020 fixture after Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest. Denmark's Group B clash against Finland in Copenhagen on Saturday was initially suspended after 41 minutes following Eriksen's on-field collapse. The midfielder received life-saving CPR before being taken to hospital, with both sets of players subsequently spending an hour in their respective dressing rooms before the match was restarted at 7:30pm BST (2:30pm ET).
Schmeichel slams UEFA for ‘ridiculous decision’ to restart Denmark vs Finland after Eriksen collapse
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Schmeichel slams UEFA for ‘ridiculous decision’ to restart Denmark vs Finland after Eriksen collapse

The former goalkeeper felt his home nation were put in a difficult position by organisers after seeing their team-mate taken to hospital Peter Schmeichel has slammed UEFA for the "ridiculous decision" to restart Denmark's Euro 2020 clash with Finland after Christian Eriksen's on-field collapse. The Group B encounter was suspended with 41 minutes on the clock after Eriksen fell to the ground before receiving emergency treatment from Denmark's medical staff. The midfielder was taken to hospital after regaining consciousness, and Kasper Hjulmand's side were subsequently given the option to finish the game on Saturday night or at noon the following day.
Onana has doping ban reduced as Arsenal plot Ajax transfer talks
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Onana has doping ban reduced as Arsenal plot Ajax transfer talks

The keeper has had his doping suspension reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will be able to play again in November Arsenal transfer target Andre Onana has had his doping suspension reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) The Ajax goalkeeper was banned for a year by UEFA in February after testing positive for Furosemide following an out-of-competition test. But he has always maintained that he accidentally took medicine that was prescribed for his wife and launched an appeal to CAS, which was heard last week. The verdict has now been announced, with the length of the ban being reduced by three months.
Euro 2020: UEFA Makes new Rule on Handball
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Euro 2020: UEFA Makes new Rule on Handball

  UEFA have announced that a new handball rule will be used at the Euro 2020, Mirror UK reports. The new rule has been designed to not penalise attackers if they accidentally commit a handball in the build-up to a goal. The rule was introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) back in March and will start to be used around the world next month. There was an opportunity to bring the new law in sooner if UEFA wanted to. However, Roberto Rosetti, the chairman of the UEFA referees’ committee, has now said officials will use the new rule during Friday’s Euro 2020 opening game between Turkey and Italy in Group A. “The way the law has been rewritten is more according to the spirit of football and gives players the freedom to play football,” Rosetti ...
Super League rebels Juventus, Real Madrid and Barca have paralysed themselves’ – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin
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Super League rebels Juventus, Real Madrid and Barca have paralysed themselves’ – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin

European football governing body, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin  has stated that Juventus, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona have “paralysed themselves” with their commitment to European Super League (ESL) plans. Nine of the 12 rebel clubs who signed up to the breakaway competition, announced in April, have withdrawn from the proposals amid a huge external backlash but Juve, Real Madrid and Barca are still in support of the idea, insisting football is facing an “inevitable downfall” without reform. UEFA launched disciplinary proceedings against the three clubs last week after previously agreeing “reintegration measures” with the other nine, who apologised for partaking in the infamous Super League scheme. With the three clubs in legal battles with UEFA, a champions league competi...
UEFA Announces Champions League Team of 2020/21 Season [Full list]
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UEFA Announces Champions League Team of 2020/21 Season [Full list]

  UEFA has announced the Champions League team of the 2020/21 season. The 2020/21 Champions League season ended on Saturday night with Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat of Manchester City in the final in Porto, Portugal. Kai Havertz’s first-half goal gave Chelsea the victory over Pep Guardiola’s side. Below is UEFA’s team for the 2020/21 season; Goalkeeper: Édouard Mendy  (Chelsea) – 66 points Defenders: Kyle Walker (Man. City) – 62 points Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) – 63 points Rúben Dias (Man. City) – 60 points César Azpilicueta  (Chelsea) – 61 points Midfielders: İlkay Gündoğan (Man. City) – 58 points Jorginho (Chelsea) – 57 points Phil Foden (Man. City) – 65 points Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 63 points Erling Haaland (Dortmund) ...
Champions League final: Prize Money for Chelsea, Man City Revealed
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Champions League final: Prize Money for Chelsea, Man City Revealed

  UEFA will pay Chelsea £16.4million for winning this year’s Champions League ahead of Manchester City. The European top football governing body will also pay Man City £12.9million for losing the Champions League final to Chelsea, Express UK reports. Chelsea defeated Man City 1-0 in the Champions League final on Saturday night in Porto. Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match for Thomas Tuchel’s side. Below is the full prize money’s breakdown for the 2020/21 Champions League Winner: £16.4m Runner-up: £12.9m Semi-finals: £10.3m Quarter-finals: £9m Last 16: £8.2m Group stage wins: £2.3m Group stage draws: £770,000 Group stage: £13.2m. Bayern Munich won the Champions League trophy last year after beating PSG 1-0 in the final....
UEFA Announces Europa League Squad of the 2020/21 Season [Full list]
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UEFA Announces Europa League Squad of the 2020/21 Season [Full list]

  UEFA has announced the Europa League squad for the 2020/21 season. The 2020/21 Europa League season concluded last Wednesday. Villarreal defeated Man United 11-10 on penalties to win the Europa League after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes in Gdansk. UEFA’s Technical Observers have now selected their 23-man all-star squad from the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League. Below is the full list; Goalkeepers Dominik Livaković (Dinamo Zagreb) Pau López (Roma) Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal) Defenders Raúl Albiol (Villarreal) Harry Maguire (Manchester United) Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United) Gianluca Mancini (Roma) Leonardo Spinazzola (Roma) Alfonso Pedraza (Villarreal) Pau Torres (Villarreal) Midfielders Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) Daniel Parejo...
Europa League final: Prize money for Villarreal, Man United revealed
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Europa League final: Prize money for Villarreal, Man United revealed

  UEFA will pay Villarreal €8,500,000 (£7.5m/$10m) for winning this year’s Europa League ahead of Manchester United. The Europe top football governing body will also pay Man United €4,500,000 (£4m/$5m) for losing the Europa League final to Villarreal, Manchester Evening News reports. Villarreal defeated Man United 11-10 on penalties to win the Europa League after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes on Wednesday night. Gerard Moreno and Edinson Cavani scored for Villarreal and Man United respectively in Gdansk. Below is the full prize money’s breakdown for the 2020/21 Europa League: Winners – €8,500,000 Runners-up – €4,500,000 Semi-finalists – €2,400,000 Quarter-finalists – €1,500,000 Round of 16 – €1,100,000 Round of 32 – €500,000 Group winner...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Fined €50,000 by UEFA for Owning Stakes in Betting Company
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Fined €50,000 by UEFA for Owning Stakes in Betting Company

European football governing body, UEFA have confirmed that AC Milan striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has  been fined €50,000 for his involvement in a betting company, with his club also fining him €25,000. The Swedish star, owns a 10 per cent stake in Bethard, a Malta-based gambling website and it is against the rules of UEFA to have any financial interest in a betting company. After opening an investigation last month, UEFA on Wednesday, May 26 issued a statement. "The Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Body today took the following decisions: "To fine Mr. Zlatan Ibrahimovic €50,000 for violating Article 12(2)(b) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), i.e. for having a financial interest in a betting company. "The Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Body also issued Mr. Ibrahimovic w...
UEFA Set to Punish Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus
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UEFA Set to Punish Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus

  UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus, over their attempts to create a breakaway Super League. The European football governing body confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday. The clubs are the only three left of the initial 12, that have refused to distance themselves from the Super League following an outpouring of criticism. UEFA said: “Following an investigation conducted by UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectors in connection with the so-called ‘Super League’ project, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus FC for a potential violation of UEFA’s legal framework. “Further information will be made available in due course.” UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin, warned the...
UEFA unveil the trophy for the newly-formed Europa Conference League
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UEFA unveil the trophy for the newly-formed Europa Conference League

  UEFA have officially unveiled the trophy and branding for the Europa Conference League, which begins next season. The trophy, which stands 57.5cm tall and weighing 11kg, consists of 32 hexagonal spines one for each team in the group stage of the competition, twisting and curving from the trophy base. Clubs will qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It will be the third tier of European club football, after the Champions League and the Europa League. “We want to make our competitions more inclusive – to give clubs and fans the chance to dream and compete for European honours,” said UEFA President Aleksander ?eferin. “This is why we created the UEFA Europa Confer...
Premier League take Decision on ‘Armpit Offside’ VAR Secisions
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Premier League take Decision on ‘Armpit Offside’ VAR Secisions

  Premier League clubs remain in favour of the “armpit offsides”, as they prepare to discuss their Video Assistant Referee (VAR) survey, the UK Mirror reports. One club is keen to push for “teams” of officials, as it would help if referees had a regular Video Assistant Referee partner, who they would work with every week. That may not be realistic as many referees are usually on a rota between roles. Also, there is not much that can be done on tight offside decisions, as law makers IFAB and FIFA do not favour giving any leeway or tolerance. Clubs have been asked for their opinions ahead of the Premier League AGM in Harrogate on June 10 on how to improve video technology. They are likely to discuss whether using the “drawing of the 3D lines” is necessary, as it at...
Man City vs Chelsea: UEFA Confirms Referee for Champions League Final
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Man City vs Chelsea: UEFA Confirms Referee for Champions League Final

  UEFA has confirmed that Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will take charge of the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea. The 44-year-old has already officiated six games in the competition this season. UEFA also announced that Clement Turpin will take charge of the Europa League final between Villarreal and Manchester United. The full officiating teams: Champions League final Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain) Assistants: Pau Cebrian Devis, Roberto Diaz Perez del Palomar (both Spain) Fourth official: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain) VAR: Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez (Spain) VAR Assistants: Juan Martínez Munuera, Inigo Prieto Lopez de Cerain (both Spain), Pawel Gil (Poland) Europa League final Referee: Clement Turpin...
UEFA Snubs Istanbul, UK, Chooses new Venue for Champions League Final
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UEFA Snubs Istanbul, UK, Chooses new Venue for Champions League Final

  UEFA is set to confirm that this year’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will be moved from Istanbul to Porto’s Estadio do Dragao, according to Sky Sports. The UK had looked like a feasible alternative especially as it is an all-English finish. But UEFA and the FA could not agree on waiving quarantine rules for 2,000 staff, sponsors, VIPs and foreign media. A change of venue became imperative after the UK government placed Turkey on its COVID-19 red list and urged fans not to travel for the fixture. UK citizens returning from red-list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days. The capacity at the Estadio do Dragao is 50,000 and UEFA is in talks with the Portuguese government to allow 20,000 to atte...
UEFA confirms Lahoz as referee for Champions League final between Chelsea and Man City
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UEFA confirms Lahoz as referee for Champions League final between Chelsea and Man City

The Spaniard has clashed with his compatriot Pep Guardiola on multiple occasions in the competition UEFA has announced that Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz will referee the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea. The 44-year-old Spaniard will take charge of his first Champions League final, having officiated six games in the competition this season. UEFA also announced that Clement Turpin will referee the Europa League final between Villarreal and Manchester United.
Uefa to set to switch Champions League final game to Wembley
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Uefa to set to switch Champions League final game to Wembley

Uefa is set to decide by Wednesday whether to switch the Champions League final to Wembley from Istanbul because of travel restrictions. European football's governing body will meet with UK government officials and the Football Association on Monday to discuss options for the final. Chelsea face Manchester City in the final on 29 May. But fans have been told not to travel after Turkey was put on England's travel red list. There is a fixture issue to resolve, as Wembley is scheduled to stage the Championship play-off final on 29 May. However, it is understood the EFL would consider moving the match if asked by Uefa, and its board would make the final call. UK citizens returning from red list countries are required to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 10 days. ...
UEFA Sets Deadline for Changing Venue of Champions League Final
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UEFA Sets Deadline for Changing Venue of Champions League Final

UEFA will decide whether to change the venue of the Champions League final on Wednesday, according to the UK Times. The European football governing body will meet with the FA and UK government officials on Monday. The discussion will centre around arrangements for the match between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29. Currently, the game is scheduled to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but Turkey is on the UK’s travel red list and fans have been told not to travel, “except in the most extreme circumstances”. The UK government wants the match to be moved to London, but a stumbling block is that the Championship play-off final is also due to be held on 29 May. However, the EFL have said they would consider moving the fixture to accommodate the Champions...
Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment
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Super League: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus react as UEFA Announces Punishment

  Three clubs, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus from the original 12 breakaway European Super Leagues teams, have penned a joint communique after UEFA confirmed its plan to prepare disciplinary action against them. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus, in a joint communique issued via their websites simultaneously on Saturday morning, complained about external ‘pressure’ and ‘threats’. UEFA had said on Friday that the nine clubs who withdraw from the plan had signed a ‘Club Commitment Declaration’ as well as a series of “reintegration” steps. The six Premier League clubs – Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – along with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Atlético Madrid, all signed the agreement. The issued by the three club reads...
Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA
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Super League teams face financial penalties as all except Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus reaffirm commitment to UEFA

The majority of the teams have renounced the Super League idea which collapsed just days after its announcement Nine of the 12 Super League teams have confirmed their commitment to UEFA and renounced the plan to form a new competition, but face financial penalties from European football's governing body. The three remaining sides - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus - have refused to be reintegrated to UEFA and face further punishment. The plot to form a new Super League fell apart just days after the announcement of its creation, with the majority of teams pulling out following threats from football associations and fan protests.
Gambian refugee Darboe excited after making Europa League debut against Manchester United
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Gambian refugee Darboe excited after making Europa League debut against Manchester United

      The 19-year-old made his maiden appearance on the European stage on Thursday after struggling to enter Italy five years ago Gambian refugee Ebrima Darboe is on cloud nine after he made his Uefa Europa League debut for Roma in their 3-2 win over Manchester United in their semi-final, second leg on Thursday. The 19-year-old replaced injured Chris Smalling in the 30th minute and he played a vital role in Paulo Fonseca's side's comeback victory on the night, even though they lost 8-5 on aggregate against the Red Devils. Darboe was first included in Roma's matchday squad in October 2019 and he made his Serie A debut last Sunday as an 82nd-minute substitute in their 2-0 loss to Sampdoria.
UEFA Set to Hand Super League rebels two-year Champions League ban
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UEFA Set to Hand Super League rebels two-year Champions League ban

  UEFA is ready to take serious disciplinary action against clubs that signed up to the Super League and are yet to sufficiently distance themselves from the project, ESPN reports. This could result in the maximum punishment, which is a two-year ban from the Champions League or Europa League. In the last 10 days, UEFA has been talking with the 12 clubs, in a bid to agree a lesser sanction and a promise not to continue with the Super League. As of Wednesday, they had reached an understanding with seven clubs: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Inter Milan were close to an agreement as well, according to sources. The remaining four clubs – Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan – have so fa...
Champions League: UEFA told to investigate referee after Man City dump PSG out
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Champions League: UEFA told to investigate referee after Man City dump PSG out

  Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has called on UEFA to investigate claims that referee Bjorn Kuipers swore at his players during their Champions League semi-final defeat to Manchester City. The Ligue 1 side lost 2-0 at the Etihad and 4-1 on aggregate to exit the competition. But after the second leg, Verratti claimed he was sworn at by Kuipers, while Herrera alleged he heard another teammate Leandro Paredes being verbally abused by the Dutch official. “Verratti explained to the TV in an interview. “We need to believe in what they are telling us. “I didn’t hear anything from the touchline. If something is there and it is how they explain, maybe UEFA will investigate the situation. “That is not an excuse. The most important thing is that we’re...
Chelsea vs Real Madrid: UEFA confirms referee for Champions League semi-final second leg
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Chelsea vs Real Madrid: UEFA confirms referee for Champions League semi-final second leg

  UEFA has picked Italian referee, Daniele Orsato, to take charge of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg between Chelsea and Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge. Orsato who has been an international referee since 2010, oversaw Chelsea’s 2-0 home win over Atletico Madrid in the round of 16. The linesmen will be his compatriots, Alessandro Giallatini and Fabiano Preti, while Massimiliano Irrati will be in charge of VAR. It will be the fourth Real Madrid game that Orsato will take charge of. The first was their 8-0 win over Malmo in the group stages of the 2015/2016 campaign. Both sides played out a 1-1 draw in Madrid last week, after Karim Benzema cancelled out Christian Pulisic’s goal.
Euro 2020: UEFA Rules Change, England, Spain, Germany, others to be Affected
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Euro 2020: UEFA Rules Change, England, Spain, Germany, others to be Affected

  UEFA has confirmed that the squads for the upcoming Euro 2020 will be expanded from 23 to 26 players. UEFA made this known in a statement via its website on Tuesday. This means that England, Spain, Germany and other countries will have to register their players before the deadline, June 1. The Euro 2020 will start on June 11 this summer, and the squads must be registered ten days before the competition. “Euro 2020 squads will feature up to 26 players,” UEFA wrote in an official statement. “Squad lists will be submitted on June 1, but teams will be able to make unlimited replacements in case of serious injury or illness before the first match. “Goalkeepers can be replaced ahead of each match.”
EPL Introduces new Laws to Put Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Others in Check
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EPL Introduces new Laws to Put Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Others in Check

  The Premier League has introduced new rules and regulations, which will prevent future attempts to join a breakaway Super League. Six top-flight teams, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, announced on April 18 they were joining a new continental competition called the European Super League. However, it all collapsed within 48 hours amid outrage and criticisms. In a bid to prevent another recurrence, the Premier League has now created new laws and a new owners’ charter that all club owners will be required to sign up to committing them to the core principles of the competition. A statement on Monday explained the league is enlisting the support of the Government to bring in “appropriate legislation” and w...
Oshoala’s Barcelona reach second Champions League final after PSG triumph
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Oshoala’s Barcelona reach second Champions League final after PSG triumph

A second European final beckons for the Nigerian following the Calatans' semi-final victory over the French giants Asisat Oshoala was in action for Barcelona as they progressed to the final of the Uefa Women's Champions League, following a 2-1 semi-final, second leg triumph over Paris Saint Germain on Sunday. The Nigeria international had featured in the 1-1 first-leg draw against the French giants a week ago, following her return from a month-long period on the sidelines due to a foot injury. In Paris, Jenni Hermoso gave the visitors a 13th minute away lead but Marie-Antoinette Katoto levelled matters moments later to force a first leg stalemate at Stade Municipal Georges Lefevre.
Gift Otuwe hits hat-trick and sees red as Bobruichanka crush Gomel
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Gift Otuwe hits hat-trick and sees red as Bobruichanka crush Gomel

The Nigerian put up an impressive display as their side claimed another massive win despite eventually being sent off Gift Otuwe scored a hat-trick for Bobruichanka before she was sent off as they humiliated Gomel 10-0 in Saturday's Belarusian Women's Football Championship encounter. The Nigeria international had joined the 11-time Belarusian champions from rivals Neman and made an impactful debut for her new side, scoring a brace in a 3-2 win over Vitebsk on April 18. Following her fine display so far, Otuwe was handed her third starting role by coach Viktoriya Sholokhova and she continued with her superb form in their biggest triumph at Gomel this week
Arteta says £72m man Pepe has ‘come a long way in last few months’ after enduring early struggles at Arsenal
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Arteta says £72m man Pepe has ‘come a long way in last few months’ after enduring early struggles at Arsenal

The Ivorian forward has struggled to live up to his price tag at Emirates Stadium, but has shown signs of finding form this season Mikel Arteta claims to have seen Nicolas Pepe "come a long way in the last few months" at Arsenal, with the Ivorian starting to deliver on £72 million ($99m) worth of expectation. The Gunners smashed their transfer record when luring the 25-year-old forward away from Lille in 2019, but have found value in that deal hard to come by. Pepe did, however, grab a Europa League lifeline against Villarreal from the penalty spot last time out and now boasts 10 goal involvements in continental competition this season.
Ibrahimovic Under UEFA Investigation, facing ban
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Ibrahimovic Under UEFA Investigation, facing ban

  UEFA have opened an investigation into Zlatan Ibrahimovic over “alleged financial interest in a betting company”. Ibrahimovic recently signed a one-year extension with AC Milan, after scoring 15 times in 17 league matches this season. It means the Big Swede could play into his 40s. However, his career has been plunged into doubt, with news he is facing a UEFA probe, with the governing body appointing an official to investigate a potential breach of their Disciplinary Regulations. An official UEFA statement read: “In accordance with Article 31(4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), a UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has today been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding a potential violation of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations by M...
Irish PM Calls UEFA ‘Out of Order’ Over Euro 2020 Stance
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Irish PM Calls UEFA ‘Out of Order’ Over Euro 2020 Stance

Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheal Martin said Sunday UEFA was “out of order” over its insistence fans must attend Euro 2020 matches, which led it to drop Dublin as a host city. European football’s governing body announced Friday that the Irish capital and Bilbao in Spain would no longer host matches in the delayed competition. The move followed Irish football chiefs and the Basque government saying they were unable to give assurances on minimum spectator levels. The four matches once destined for Dublin three group games and a last-16 tie will now be held in St Petersburg and London, while Seville has stepped in to replace Bilbao. “I thought UEFA were out of order, quite frankly, putting that condition on countries,” Martin told Irish public broadcaster RTE. “To force spect...
Ceferin Confirms UEFA Will Punish Arsenal, Man United
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Ceferin Confirms UEFA Will Punish Arsenal, Man United

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has confirmed the 12 clubs involved in last week’s European Super League controversy will be punished. However, Ceferin suggested the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ could be shown greater leniency after they were the first to pull out of plans for the breakaway competition. Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham all pulled out following furious backlash from across the football world over attempts to create a ‘closed shop’ elite league. But Ceferin compared Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus to ‘flat Earthers’ after they tried to cling on to the idea of the Super League, even after Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan also pulled out. It is thought that Madrid, Barca and Juve could face the harshest ...
Klopp Slams new Champions League
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Klopp Slams new Champions League

  Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has slammed the new Champions League format proposed by UEFA this week. The new format will see the competition expanded to accommodate 36 teams in the group stages. Klopp, speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Newcastle, again lashed out at packing more matches into a season. According to the German, football clubs were already operating “on the edge” of maximum capacity. He said: “We have to make sure there’s no harm from [the Super League], no different atmosphere in the club. Let’s go back to the beautiful game it always was. “I am not naive — I have no problem with change and while the Super League is away, in the same moment the new Champions League is out there. “Who read this concept properly and s...
Chelsea & Real Madrid’s Champions League Semi-final May Not Go Ahead, Says UEFA
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Chelsea & Real Madrid’s Champions League Semi-final May Not Go Ahead, Says UEFA

President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Čeferin has said that there is 'slightly possibility' that Tuesday's Championships League semi-final between Spanish side Real Madrid and English side Chelsea FC could be cancelled as punishment for the two clubs for their role in the European Super League. It would be recall that Real Madrid and Chelsea were both part of the 'dirty dozone', the 12 European giants who announced their breakaway to form Competition on Sunday night. However, strong protests from fans, players, managers and pundits led to the idea collapsing and its founder, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, admitted the project was in tatters on Wednesday after all six Premier League clubs dropped out. Attention has now turned to what pun...
Stephanie Frappart Named as First Woman to Officiate at Men’s European Championships
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Stephanie Frappart Named as First Woman to Officiate at Men’s European Championships

Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to officiate at a men's European Championships this summer after UEFA confirmed the list of referees for this year's tournament. The female referee will be involved as a support match official, working either as a fourth official or a reserve assistant referee at the tournament. In the past two years, Frappart became the first female to referee a Ligue 1 match, a Champions League match, and a World Cup qualifier. Frappart oversaw the Netherlands' 2-0 win over Latvia in March, becoming the first woman to referee a men's World Cup Qualifier. In 2019, the 37-year-old refereed the UEFA Super Cup game between Liverpool and Chelsea and the Women's World Cup final when the Netherlands lost to the ...

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