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Real Madrid, Barca & Juventus release strong statement warning UEFA against making threats towards them as they continue to cling onto European Super League




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Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus football clubs have responded with coordinated statements after European football governing body, UEFA announced it might ban them from European competitions next Season over their roles in the creation of the European Super League.

The Super League was announced on April 18, but within 72 hours it had fallen apart with the English clubs withdrawing after fan protests and Government pressure.


Nine of the original 12 European Super League clubs, including the Premier League's Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City declared their commitment to UEFA and its competitions at continental and domestic level on Friday May 7. The clubs also agreed to give a percentage of its earnings next season to UEFA.


The nine clubs face fines of 100m euros (almost £87m) each if they seek to join an unauthorised competition in the future, and a fine of half that if they breach any other terms of the declaration, UEFA said in a statement.


However, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona have refused to quit the European Super League saying it will be modified and the other clubs risk financial penalties if they decide to leave the European Super League.

 
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus on Saturday, May 8, issued a joint statement vowing to "persevere in the pursuit of adequate solutions" amid the fallout from the European Super League, warning UEFA to stop threatening them while denouncing the "intolerable" pressure put on them by UEFA to drop the project.

It read: "In relation to the statement released by UEFA on the 7th May in respect of the Super League and the position taken by 9 of its founding clubs, Fútbol Club Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid Club de Fútbol state the following:


"I- The founding clubs have suffered, and continue to suffer, unacceptable third-party pressures, threats, and offenses to abandon the project and therefore desist from their right and duty to provide solutions to the football ecosystem via concrete proposals and constructive dialogue.


"This is intolerable under the rule of law and Tribunals have already ruled in favour of the Super League proposal, ordering FIFA and UEFA to, either directly or through their affiliated bodies, refrain from taking any action which may hinder this initiative in any way while court proceedings are pending.


"II- The Super League project was designed jointly by its 12 founding clubs:

"a. with the aim of providing solutions to the current unsustainable situation in the football industry. The 12 founding clubs shared the same concerns -as other stakeholders in European football do-, particularly under the current socio-economic context, that structural reforms are indispensable to ensure our sport stays appealing and survives in the long-term.


"To that effect, on 18th April, they announced their willingness to create the Super League and establish a channel of communication with UEFA and FIFA, in a constructive spirit of collaboration between the parties, as it was so notified to each of them on such date;
"b. with the utmost respect for the current football structures and ecosystem. The founding clubs expressly agreed that the Super League would only take place if such a competition was recognised by UEFA and/or FIFA or if, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, it was deemed to be a competition duly compatible for all purposes with the continuity of the founding clubs in their respective domestic competitions.

"However, despite being aware of the above terms, UEFA and FIFA have so far refused to establish any adequate channel of communication; and

"c. to bring financial stability to the entire European football family, currently under the effects of a deep crisis that threatens the survival of many clubs.


"Testament of it, the announced commitment to establish annual solidarity payments for guaranteed annual amounts that materially multiply those distributed by UEFA, and the obligation to reinforce financial sustainability rules, through the creation of a clear, transparent and effective control system verified by experts.

"III- The 12 founding clubs also acknowledged that the Super League was a unique opportunity to offer fans around the world the best possible show and to reinforce global interest in the sport, which is not a 'given' and is challenged by new generational trends.


"Moreover, one of its main objectives was to promote women's football on a global level, a tremendous, but currently underestimated, opportunity for the sector.


"IV- We are fully aware of the diversity of reactions to the Super League initiative and, consequently, of the need to reflect on the reasons for some of them. We are ready to reconsider the proposed approach, as necessary.


"However, we would be highly irresponsible if, being aware of the needs and systemic crisis in the football sector, which led us to announce the Super League, we abandoned such mission to provide effective and sustainable answers to the existential questions that threaten the football industry.
"V- We regret to see that our friends and founding partners of the Super League project have now found themselves in such inconsistent and contradictory position when signing a number of commitments to UEFA yesterday.


"However, given that the material issues that led the 12 founding clubs to announce the Super League weeks ago have not gone away, we reiterate that, to honour our history, to comply with our obligations towards our stakeholders and fans, for the good of football and for the financial sustainability of the sector, we have the duty to act in a responsible manner and persevere in the pursuit of adequate solutions, despite the unacceptable and ongoing pressures and threats received from UEFA.


"VI- Mostly, we reiterate to FIFA, UEFA and all football stakeholders, as we have done on several occasions since the announcement of the Super League, our commitment and firm will to discuss, with respect and without intolerable pressure and in accordance with the rule of law, the most appropriate solutions for the sustainability of the whole football family."
 
 

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Quote:Edinson Cavani Extends Manchester United Contract


Manchester United is delighted to announce that Edinson Cavani has agreed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until June 2022.

Cavani has scored 15 goals this season and has been instrumental in our European and Premier League campaigns.

Edinson Cavani said: “Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents. I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.

“From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.

“I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field. I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “I said when Edinson signed, that he would bring energy, power and leadership to this group and I haven’t been proved wrong, he has been everything I thought he would be and more.

“As coaches, we knew about his goalscoring record. However, it is his personality that has brought so much to this squad, he has a winning mentality and has an unequivocal attitude to everything he does.

“Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day. I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player, and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity.”


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Fulham, Westbrom And Sheffield Utd Have Now Been Relegated From The EPL

Fulham were relegated from the Premier League after a defeat by Burnley that saw the Clarets secure their top-flight status for another season.

For the first time in the Premier League era all the relegation places have been confirmed with three games to go, with Fulham joining Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion as the clubs to drop into the Championship.

https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/56967616



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Manchester City Win EPL Title After Leicester Beat Manchester United

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the third time in four seasons as Leicester City secured their first Old Trafford victory over Manchester United since 1998 to take a major step towards a place in next season's Champions League.


Defeat for United means they are 10 points behind City with only three games remaining.

Caglar Soyuncu's far-post header was enough to bring a smile to Brendan Rodgers' face and that of Pep Guardiola, whose dominance of the English game is increasing.

A United side showing 10 changes to the team that won at Aston Villa two days previously battled hard, with Mason Greenwood levelling after fellow 19-year-old Luke Thomas had put the visitors in front with a fantastic far-post volley into the top corner.

Ironically, Leicester's winner came from a corner that was delayed by the introduction of two United substitutes by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

One of them, Marcus Rashford, was initially marking Soyuncu at the corner but lost the Turkey international in the build-up and Nemanja Matic was unable to repel the goal threat.

The result brought to an end United's 14-match unbeaten run in the league, since the home defeat by Sheffield United on 27 January.

Rodgers' side now only require four points from their final two games to secure a top-four finish, although before that quest resumes, they will attempt to win the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.


https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/56990159

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Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea moved to Portugal from Turkey






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The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will now be played in Portugal after the UK government and UEFA could not reach an agreement over quarantine exemptions for more than 2,000 VIPs, staff, and media for the match to be played at Wembley. 
 
The all-English final between the Premier League clubs was originally scheduled for the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul on May 29, but the devastating Covid outbreak in Turkey forced UEFA to look at alternative venues. 
 
The Wembley stadium in England was considered as one of the possible venues, but the UK government has placed the country on its red list for travel, and banned English fans from going.
 
According to Sports Mail, the 50,000-capacity Estadio do Dragao in Porto has now been lined up as the venue for the final after UEFA struck a deal with the Portuguese authorities over the attendance at the match.
 
Chelsea and Manchester City will each receive a ticket allocation of between 4,500 and 6,000, with the announcement to be officially ratified by UEFA on Thursday, the report said. 
 
Before now, health experts and MPs slammed the decision for putting supporters at unnecessary risk in the middle of a pandemic, insisting UEFA should have foregone VIPs this year and made it a 'fans' final' in London instead.
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Michael Owen, Cesc Fabregas and Rio Ferdinand in Twitter debate after the ex-Liverpool star claimed scoring goals is harder than assisting




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Footballers Michael Owen, Rio Ferdinand and Cesc Fabregas have all gotten into a cheeky debate on Twitter.

It all started when Michael Owen posted a tweet, stating that it's easier to be a midfielder creating assists and making passes than it is to be a goal scorer.

 
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He opined nowadays goalscorers get the same level of plaudits as assist makers and it shouldn't be so.


Liverpool and Newcastle legend, Owen tweeted: 


"People are genuinely giving as much credit to a players number of assists as they do to number of goals nowadays."


"Literally 1 in 10 goals are genuine assists yet someone who plays a 5 yard ball to his mate who screams one in the top corner from 30 yards gets as much credit"


He then added: “My point is that in general it’s far harder to score goals than assist them yet we are starting to measure them as equal which is b******s.”

 
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After his tweet denigrating the importance of midfielders or players who create assists for strikers to score, Cesc Fabregas an Arsenal legend and one of the best assist makers during his time, disagreed.

 
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Fabregas, who is second on the all-time Premier League assists table with 111, responded: “I don’t completely agree there Michael. Making and creating can be sometimes twice as hard than making a run or scoring a goal.


‘Don’t underestimate the little time or space we have in midfield to take the best decision for you guys, plus the imagination and creativity we should have to find you.”

 
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Rio Ferdinand, a Manchester United legend, known for his heroics as a defender during his time, then joined the conversation, making a case for how hard it is to be a defender.


Ferdinand wrote; Respectfully without us defending and protecting your goal, you guys don't have the platform to perform all your frilly attacking stuff! We do the hardest part- respectfully .

 
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Antonio Conte Challenges Lautaro Martinez To A Boxing Bout - Lukaku Officiates

Inter Milan are Serie A Champions for 2020/2021 Season and the team seems to be having the time of their lives happily together. There was an outburst during yesterday's game between Roma and Inter Milan when Lautaro Martinez was substituted just around the 73rd minute after coming on in the 27th minute for injured Alexis Sanchez. The Argentinian Striker was so pissed he rained abuses on his coach Antonio Conte but both were quick to shove off the issue during post match interviews.

Today, in a bid to quell the bad blood, Romelu Lukaku and his team mates organized a boxing match with Conte standing as the Challenger.

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Marcelo is axed from the Real Madrid squad 'after a bust-up with boss Zinedine Zidane





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Marcelo has reportedly been axed from Real Madrid's squad following an argument with boss Zinedine Zidane over his tactics and team selections. 

 
The Brazilian left-back had grown increasingly frustrated with his manager after being relegated to a backup role with Ferland Mendy often the preferred left-back option.
 
With Ferland Mendy currently out for the remainder of the season, Marcelo was to be in line to start the crucial match at the Nuevo Estadio de Los Carmenes.
 
According to Goal, Marcelo had an argument with manager Zinedine Zidane over his tactics and team selections and has been left off the squad list for Thursday's match against Granada. 
 
In the absence of Mendy and Marcelo, academy star Miguel Gutierrez is expected to be handed the starting role at left-back.
 
The Brazilian has been at Real Madrid since 2007 since joining from Fluminense, making more than 370 appearances. He is a five-time LaLiga winner and four-time Champions League winner with Real Madrid. 

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane Snubs Jurgen Klopp Handshake After Man United Win(Photos)

Liverpool Star Sadio Mane refused to shake Coach Jurgen Klopp after the 4-2 win against Manchester United.

Liverpool's 4-2 win was Jurgen Klopp's first ever win against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Sadio Mane did not start the match, which came a surprise.

The Senegalese came on in the 2nd half to replace diogo jota.

After the match, Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp tried to shake Sadio Mane but he snubbed him and went straight down to the tunnel.

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Iheanacho and Ndidi win their first FA Cup with Leicester City after 1 - 0 victory against Chelsea (Photos)





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Nigerian superstars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi have claimed their first silverware with Leicester City after the Foxes defeated Chelsea 1 - 0 to win their first ever FA Cup.
 
Belgian midfielder, Youri Tielemans’ thunderbolt strike in the 63rd minutes sealed the win for Leicester City at Wembley on Saturday night, May 15.
 
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Former Leicester full-back, Ben Chilwell saw a last-gasp effort for Chelsea ruled out for offside after a video assistant referee review. 
 
After the match, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, presented the trophy to Leicester captain Kasper Schmeichel following their win.
 
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Iheanacho and Ndidi are the latest Nigerian footballers to win the FA CUP after John Mikel Obi, Kanu Nwankwo, Victor Moses, John Utaka, Daniel Amokachi, and Celestine Babayaro.
 
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Kelechi Iheanacho Shows Dance Moves In Dressing Room After FA CUP Win (Photos)

Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho continued the FA Cup celebrations by dancing to davido's song in the dressing room.

Leicester won the FA Cup Final against Chelsea and were crowned FA Cup Champions for the first time in their history.

After the pitch celebrations, Iheanacho and other Leicester City players moved to the dressing room to continue.

In the dressing room, Iheanacho showed off his Nigerian dance moves.

Iheanacho also asked his Leicester teammates: "Who Wan buy FA Cup?"

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