Football

19th April

Tottenham and Barcelona host first legs of Champions League semis

(Reuters) – UEFA have confirmed the Champions League semi-final dates with Tottenham Hotspur hosting Ajax Amsterdam on April 30 in the first leg at the refurbished White Hart Lane stadium. The return leg will be...

18th April

Man United to investigate racist abuse aimed at Young

(Reuters) – Manchester United said on Wednesday they are investigating the racist abuse directed at defender Ashley Young on social media after the club’s Champions League quarter-final exit in Barcelona. England international Young was targeted on Twitter after the 33-year-old full back endured a disappointing night in United’s 3-0 second-leg defeat by Barcelona on Tuesday....

Everton’s Gomes hit with three-match ban after accepting FA charge

(Reuters) – Everton midfielder Andre Gomes was suspended for three matches on Tuesday after accepting a Football Association (FA) charge of violent conduct. Gomes, on loan from Barcelona, appeared to stamp on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in Everton’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Craven Cottage on Saturday. The incident in the 95th minute of the...

Snodgrass gets one-match ban, fine for abusing anti-doping officials – FA

(Reuters) – West Ham United midfielder Robert Snodgrass has been handed a one-match suspension and a fine after being found guilty of misconduct towards UK anti-doping officials, the England Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday. The Scotland international is alleged to have used “abusive and/or insulting words” towards anti-doping officials who went to West Ham’s...

Scholes charged by FA for alleged betting breaches

(Reuters) – Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the Football Association’s betting rules, the English governing body said on Tuesday. It is alleged that the 44-year-old former England international placed 140 bets on football matches between August 2015 and January 2019, the FA said...

Irish FA’s board to step down over loan scandal – minister

DUBLIN (Reuters) – The entire board of Irish soccer’s governing body has decided to step down by July in the wake of a furore over an undisclosed 100,000 euro (£86,371) loan, Transport Minister Shane Ross said on Tuesday. The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) acknowledged last week it had broken state funding rules by failing...

17th April

Delaney offers to quit Irish FA completely amid loan controversy

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Former Football Association of Ireland (FAI) boss John Delaney offered on Monday to leave the governing body completely, the FAI said, amid criticism from fans, players and politicians over the association’s corporate governance practices. Delaney, who was moved to a newly-created role of executive vice-president just 24 days ago after it was...

16th April

Everton’s Gomes charged with violent conduct

(Reuters) – Everton’s Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct after their 2-0 defeat by Fulham in the Premier League, the English Football Association said on Monday. Gomes, on loan from Barcelona, faces a potential three-match ban for an alleged stamp on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic at Craven Cottage. The incident in...

14th April

Vodafone Premier League: Delta Tigers beats Suva

REWA beat Suva 1-0 to stay alive in their VPL match at Ratu Cakobau Park this evening. “It was do or die and the players delivered,” said Rewa coach Pita Baro. Rewa striker Setareki Hughes got the only goal in the 19th minute. Earlier, Ba also held off a determined Nasinu side to win 1-0.

12th April

Arsenal take 2-0 advantage over Napoli in Europa League

LONDON (Reuters) – An Aaron Ramsey strike and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday – and a rare and valuable clean sheet to take to Italy in a week’s time. Arsenal took the lead in the 14th minute...

Chelsea fans denied entry to Prague match over alleged racist chant

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Three Chelsea fans were stopped from entering Slavia Prague’s stadium for Thursday’s Europa League game after an alleged racist chant about Liverpool’s Egypt international Mohamed Salah circulated on social media. Chelsea, who visit Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday, put a statement on their website condemning any form of discriminatory behaviour after...

Malouda finds out on Twitter about end of coaching work with Zurich

ZURICH (Reuters) – Former France forward Florent Malouda found out on Twitter that his coaching work with FC Zurich had ended on Thursday. The Swiss Super League club said in a statement that it had decided “by mutual agreement” to end its co-operation with Malouda who was hired two months ago to help train the...

Costa banned for eight games for insulting referee

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been handed an eight-match La Liga ban by the Spanish Football Federation’s Competition Committee for abusing the referee after he was shown the red card during last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Barcelona. The official’s report stated the 30-year-old swore and shouted at referee Jesus Gil Manzano...

Premier league: Western clash moved

THE much-awaited Vodafone Premier League Western derby between Lautoka and Ba which was supposed to be played at Churchill Park tomorrow evening has been postponed to next Wednesday. The Ba team arrived in the country on Monday after its unsuccessful bid to qualify for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League semi-final. Ba went down...

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