Manchester clubs drawn apart in FA Cup last eight

Manchester rivals United and City have been drawn apart in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. United defeated holders Chelsea in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie and will face Wolves at the Molineaux. Premier League champions Manchester City are at Championship side Swansea City, with Millwall – another second-tier side – at home to Brighton. Watford host Crystal Palace in the other last-eight tie. The quarter-final games will be played from 15-18 March, with winning clubs receiving £720,000 in prize money. FA Cup quarter-final draw in full Swansea City v Manchester…

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New four-team Supercopa de Espana set to be played abroad

The Supercopa de Espana – Spain’s version of the Community Shield – is set to take on a four-team format and be played abroad. The 2018 edition between Barcelona and Sevilla was played as a one-off game in Morocco, having previously been staged over two legs in Spain. The new proposal would see the Copa del Rey finalists and top two in La Liga meet in a four-team tournament. Spanish football bosses hope the new format would generate more interest. “In this way, we get the brand of the Spanish…

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Chelsea fans turn on Sarri as manager clings onto job after FA Cup exit

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is under pressure from the fans after the club exited the FA Cup in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United. Sarri has overseen a poor run of form from the Blues which has seen them lose three of their last four games – with their only wins coming against Malmo and Premier League basement side Huddersfield. The Blues have been on the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bournemouth and a 6-0 hammering by Manchester City last weekend. And the frustration from the stands over the abysmal…

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Roberto Firmino doubt for Liverpool clash with Bayern Munich due to virus

Roberto Firmino is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich after missing training on Monday with a virus. Firmino is the fourth Liverpool player to fall ill since the start of the month, following a warm-weather trip to Dubai in January. Liverpool have since taken advantage of their exit from the FA Cup to travel to Marbella, but it has seen Firmino fall ill on their return. Dejan Lovren also missed training and will have a last-minute fitness test on a hamstring injury. Klopp gave an injury…

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Leeds United fined £200,000 by EFL over ‘spygate’

Leeds United have been fined £200,000 by the English Football League for watching opponents train before matches. A member of Leeds’ staff was found acting suspiciously outside Derby’s training ground before the fixture between the two sides on 10 January. Boss Marcelo Bielsa said he had sent a member of staff to watch every team they have played this season train. The EFL found Leeds breached rules over treating teams with “good faith”. Leeds have also received a formal reprimand from the EFL, which is bringing in a rule to…

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FA charge Jurgen Klopp over ‘bias’ West Ham referee comments

Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Kevin Friend after Liverpool’s Premier League match at West Ham last week. Klopp suggested after the 1-1 draw on Monday, February 4, that Friend’s performance had been affected by an assistant referee’s mistake for Sadio Mane’s goal. Mane’s opener stood despite Reds team-mate James Milner being clearly offside in the build-up. Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said: “As a human being, if I know I have made a big mistake in the first half, I don’t want…

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Kevin-Prince Boateng’s home burgled while in action for Barcelona

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s residence in Spain was burgled on Saturday while he was in action for Barcelona in their 1-0 win over Real Valladolid. The Ghanaian midfielder played his first league match for the league leaders as Lionel Messi’s effort from the spot gave the hosts a victory. He was in action for 60 minutes before he was replaced by Luis Suarez as Ernesto Valverde’s men held on to their seven-point lead at the summit of the LaLiga table. Boateng’s league debut, however, was overshadowed by an ugly incident after some thieves barged into his private residence located…

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