Leicester City sack manager Claude Puel 16 months into tenure

Leicester City have sacked manager Claude Puel after 16 months in charge. City were beaten 4-1 at home by Crystal Palace on Saturday in what proved to be Puel’s final game. Puel, 57, leaves the club 12th in the Premier League having lost five of their last six league games. Leicester City Football Club has today (Sunday) parted company with Claude Puel, who leaves his position as First Team Manager with immediate effect.https://t.co/VoZnGBJ8Up — Leicester City (@LCFC) February 24, 2019 The Frenchman guided Leicester to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League…

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Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette suspended for Europa League tie against Rennes

Alexandre Lacazette will miss Arsenal’s Europa League last-16 tie with Rennes after being given a three-match ban. The France striker, 27, was sent off for elbowing Aleksandar Filipovic in the first leg of Arsenal’s tie with Bate Borisov. Lacazette served the first match of the ban in Thursday’s second leg but will miss the Rennes tie after receiving a further two-game ban from Uefa. Arsenal beat Bate 3-1 on aggregate to progress after losing the first leg.

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Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte extends contract to 2025

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte has signed a two-year contract extension at the Premier League champions, taking his deal to 2025. The French centre-back joined City from Spanish La Liga club Athletic Bilbao for a club record £57m in January 2018. He's staying! 🙌 🔥 @Laporte 🔥 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/ozEJrkfCGC — Manchester City (@ManCity) February 22, 2019 Laporte, 24, has established himself at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s defence, making 36 appearances in all competitions this season. “This club offers me everything I need to improve my game,” he said.…

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Europa League draw: Arsenal face Rennes and Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev

Arsenal will play French side Rennes and Chelsea face Ukraine’s Dynamo Kiev in the last 16 of the Europa League. Rennes are 11th in Ligue 1 while Kiev are second behind Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. The Premier League clubs avoided Serie A’s second and third-placed sides Napoli, who face FC Salzburg, and Inter Milan, who play Eintracht Frankfurt. Sevilla face Slavia Prague and Celtic’s conquerors Valencia play FC Krasnodar. Arsenal and Chelsea will both play at home in the first leg on 7 March with the return games a…

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp fined £45,000 by FA for comments about referee

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been fined £45,000 after accepting a Football Association charge for comments he made about referee Kevin Friend earlier this month. He said Friend’s performance during the 1-1 draw with West Ham was affected by the decision to allow Liverpool’s goal. “I heard our goal was offside. I’m pretty sure the ref knew it,” he said. The FA said Klopp was charged as the comments “questioned the integrity of the referee and/or implied bias”. Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead in the first half of the match on…

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Chelsea given two transfer-window ban after breaching FIFA rules

Chelsea have been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching rules about signing minors by FIFA. The Premier League club have also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction. The FA will appeal the fine, citing “concerns” with FIFA’s disciplinary processes. The club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18. FIFA have given the club 90 days to rectify the situation concerning the players signed.…

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Chelsea’s Gianfranco Zola back in hospital after gallstone surgery complications

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola had to be readmitted to hospital after suffering complications from gallstone surgery. Zola initially had surgery last week and was not on the bench for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Maurizio Sarri’s assistant had been expected to return for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 second-leg clash with Malmo but he was not alongside his fellow Italian on the bench at Stamford Bridge. The club is not putting a timescale on his return to training and as part of Chelsea’s matchday…

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Sadio Mane’s house burgled while on Champions League duty for Liverpool

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane’s house was burgled while he was playing in the Champions League last-16 tie against Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Items including watches, mobile phones and car keys were stolen. The incident happened at Mane’s house in Allerton, south Liverpool between 18:00 and 23:45 GMT – while the 26-year-old was at Anfield. No-one was in the property at the time. Forensic examinations are underway and a police investigation is ongoing. This is the second instance of Mane’s home being burgled while playing for Liverpool in the Champions League.…

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane could face Burnley after ankle injury

Tottenham have been handed a boost after striker Harry Kane returned to training ahead of schedule in his recovery from an ankle problem. The England captain, 25, injured an ankle in the defeat by Manchester United in January. It was initially thought he would not be fit to train until early March but could be set to feature at Burnley this weekend. In Kane’s absence, Spurs have won all four league games and beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League However, they lost to Chelsea in the EFL Cup…

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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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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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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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Manchester United hit with twin blows with Lingard and Martial injuries

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard will both be out for between two and three weeks due to injury. Both players had to be substituted during Tuesday night’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and neither will be available for Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round clash with Chelsea. But Alexis Sánchez – who reportedly picked up a knock after colliding with the linesman before he even came on the pitch in mid-week – is in contention to play. “I think they [Martial and…

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Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey miss out on BATE trip

Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey have not been included in the squad to face BATE Borisov in their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday. Ozil has returned to full training after recovering from illness but has not travelled to Belarus for the match. Ramsey, who on Monday signed a £400k a week deal to join Juventus in the summer, misses out with a knee injury. 🔜 #UEL Here's our travelling squad for @FCBATE 📋 pic.twitter.com/gsthwX3qNA — Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 13, 2019 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Granit Xhaka are back after…

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Loftus-Cheek and Alonso to miss Chelsea’s Malmo tie

Chelsea will be without the services of left-back Marcos Alonso and the midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek when they take on Swedish side Malmo in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie. Left-back Alonso has been rested by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri with Emerson Palmieri likely to deputise. Midfielder Loftus-Cheek has suffered a recurrence of a back problem. Malmo have not played a competitive game since the Europa League group stage ended in December, as the Swedish league runs from April until November.

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Manchester United reveal £19.6m payoff for José Mourinho and staff

Manchester United paid Jose Mourinho and his staff £19.6m in compensation following his sacking in December. United revealed the figures in their second quarter financial results. Mourinho was sacked after a run of poor results, culminating in a 3-1 defeat by Liverpool, that left them 11 points off fourth place in the Premier League. Caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won 10 of his first 11 games before Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg defeat by Paris St-Germain. Within the financial results, which were released to the New York Stock Exchange, it said: “Exceptional items for…

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Manchester United hit with UEFA charge over Di Maria bottle incident

Manchester United have been charged by UEFA after a section of their supporters threw objects towards Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Old Trafford. Former United player Di Maria was jeered by the home supporters right from the start of the match, having endured an underwhelming spell at the club in the 2014-15 season. It was his first return to Old Trafford since leaving for France in 2015 and he went on to have a major impact, setting up both PSG goals as they ran out…

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Declan Rice switches international allegiance to England from Ireland

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England. Rice, 20, has won three senior Republic of Ireland caps, all in friendlies, having played for his grandparents’ country since under-16 level. In August the Londoner said he needed time to decide his future, as winning a competitive cap for the Republic would have tied him to the country. pic.twitter.com/L6Du9X8wNd — Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) February 13, 2019 “This has been an extremely difficult decision,” he said. Rice, who has made 59 appearances for West Ham, has excelled this…

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Jadon Sancho delays Dortmund’s London flight after forgetting passport

Borussia Dortmund’s flight to London for their Champions League encounter against Tottenham on Wednesday was delayed after England winger Jadon Sancho forgot his passport. The 18-year-old realised his mistake when he arrived at the airport and needed to return home. Dortmund have arrived in England and will train at Wembley on Tuesday before the first leg of the last-16 tie. The 18-year-old has been in better form on the pitch this season, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances. Sancho scored the first as Dortmund drew 3-3 with Hoffenheim on Saturday.

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Jose Mourinho to host Champions League show on Russian channel RT

Manchester United’s ex-manager José Mourinho is to host his own show on Russian TV channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, the station says. Mourinho, 56, will provide analysis of Champions League games in the fortnightly football programme. “I’m going to talk about football on RT. What else did you think I was going to do?” he says in a promotional video. As the world discusses what’s next for Jose Mourinho, we have the answer…https://t.co/2kGsQ7OSFC #JoseMourinho #ChampionsLeague #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/Utki5qGCg8 — RT Sport (@RTSportNews) February 11, 2019 Mourinho worked as a…

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey agrees massive wage deal to join Juventus in the summer

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has agreed a mammoth £400,000 a-week deal with Italian champions Juventus, according to a BBC report. “The 28-year-old has agreed a four-year contract that will see him join the Italian champions as a free agent, ending his 11-year spell with Arsenal. “Ramsey passed a two-part medical in January, having picked Juve following talks with a host of European clubs. “He will be the highest-earning British player ever based on basic salary. “The Wales international’s Arsenal contract expires on 30 June and the Gunners will receive no…

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Paul Scholes takes first step into management with Oldham

Paul Scholes has taken his first step into football management after being named manager at Oldham Athletic. The former Manchester United and England midfielder, 44, has signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with the team he supports. He was cleared by the English Football League to take the role, despite holding a 10% stake in Salford City. Here's the news you've been waiting for… Latics Appoint Paul Scholes As New Manager! #oafchttps://t.co/Kc4O6jLvxa — Oldham Athletic AFC (@OfficialOAFC) February 11, 2019 “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t feel excited about the team,” said Scholes.…

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Emiliano Sala’s body identified by HM Coroner following plane crash

The body recovered from the plane wreckage on the sea bed of the English Channel has been identified as Emiliano Sala. Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21. The Piper Malibu aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning – and a body was recovered from the wreckage on Wednesday. A Dorset Police statement on Thursday night read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019,…

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Phil Jones signs new Manchester United deal until 2023

Phil Jones has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal at Manchester United that will keep him at the club until 2023. United, who signed Jones from Blackburn in 2011, have the option to extend the centre-back’s contract by a further 12 months. After signing the deal, Jones said: “I am delighted to have signed a new contract. Manchester United has been a big part of my life for eight years and I love everything about this club. “I am excited about the challenges that lie ahead of us as we prepare…

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