Messi contract negotiations to restart in May


  Barcelona will have to wait until May to begin further discussions over Lionel Messi’s contract renewal, with the club set to miss the March deadline they had set themselves to complete negotiations.The Blaugrana vice president Jordi Mestre announced last December that the club had been issued with a directive to finalise contractual agreements with Messi within the first quarter ...

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Messi could be suspended for two to four matches


FIFA have opened a “disciplinary procedure” to investigate Lionel Messi’s behaviour towards an assistant referee in the Argentina-Chile game and if he is found guilty of using “offensive, rude and obscene” language, the Albiceleste captain could miss between two and four matches as a punishment.The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) were notified by a letter on Monday, signed by the Disciplinary ...

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Ghanaian referee banned for life for match-fixing


World Cup qualifierJoseph Lamptey found guilty of influencing South Africa-Senegal match result Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been banned for life for match manipulation in a World Cup qualifier, soccer’s governing body FIFA said Monday.FIFA said Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing a match result following South Africa’s 2-1 win over Senegal in November in African Group D.FIFA did ...

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Dortmund face Monaco Bayern Munich-Real Madrid, Juventus-Barcelona and Atletico Madrid-Leicester in Champions League


Atletico-Leicester, Bayern-Real Madrid, Juventus-Barcelona and Dortmund-Monaco will be the quarter- finals of the Champions League. The matches will be played on April 11-12 and the return legs on April 18-19.Leicester, the weakest possible rival, were second out of the hat, drawn against Diego Simeone’s side, and it will be the first time in European football’s premier competition that both teams ...

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Mourinho peels a banana for Rojo to eat


It wasn’t a vintage performance from Manchester United at Old Trafford against Rostov, but fortunately Jose Mourinho provided some entertainment when he peeled a banana for defender Marcos Rojo to eat.As if he were a tennis player, who often need the source of potassium during long demanding matches, the Argentine needed a quick boost so he looked to his coach ...

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Champions League quarter-finals will pit giants against up-and-comers


Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid will find out their fate in the Champions League when the quarter-final draw takes place in Nyon on Friday.All four teams, who also featured at the same stage of this competition last season, will be joined by Borussia Dortmund, AS Monaco, Juventus and Leicester City.The reigning English champions, who featured one of ...

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Impressive Monaco knock out Guardiola’s Manchester City


Monaco stunned Manchester City to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday, overturning a two-goal first-leg deficit with a 3-1 victory in a pulsating clash to go through on away goals.French prodigy Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko scored for Monaco on a memorable European night for the principality club, who underlined their growing status as one of the continent’s ...

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Leicester book last-eight berth


Kasper Schmeichel’s penalty save sent Leicester City into the Champions League quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-0 win over Sevilla. Leicester City’s remarkable renaissance under Craig Shakespeare continued as Kasper Schmeichel’s late penalty save preserved a 2-0 win over 10-man Sevilla and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. Schmeichel had kept the Foxes alive with a string of saves in ...

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Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Kante gives Mourinho more Stamford Bridge blues


  N’Golo Kante sunk 10-man Manchester United as Premier League champions-elect Chelsea reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. Jose Mourinho endured another frustrating return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to end their FA Cup defence. Mourinho’s first return to the Blues after his December 2015 sacking ended in a humiliating 4-0 thrashing and United ultimately ...

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