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Referee banned for life for manipulating matches | football

A FIFA logo (Getty Images) Referee Oden Charles Mbaga has been banned for life and fined 200,000 Swiss francs ($200,000) for accepting bribes to manipulate football matches, soccer’s governing body FIFA said on Tuesday. FIFA said in a statement that its ethics committee had found Mbaga guilty of accepting bribes in vi

Di Maria double fires defending champions PSG into French Cup semis | football

Paris Saint-Germain’s Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria (R) scores his second goal during the French Cup quarter-final football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Dijon.(AFP) Holders Paris St Germain eased into the French Cup semi-finals after two goals from Angel Di Maria and another by Thomas Meunier gave

Premier League: Newcastle edge away from danger, Leicester end slump | football

Newcastle United’s Fabian Schar, left, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with team mates.(AP) Newcastle United put more daylight between themselves and the Premier League’s relegation places but Cardiff City remained stuck in the mire and Brighton and Hove Albion’s slump continued

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Fred must seize his chance to shine at Manchester United | football

File image of Manchester United midfielder Fred.(REUTERS) Manchester United midfielder Fred could make his first appearance in over a month against Crystal Palace later on Wednesday and needs to make the most of the opportunity, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said. Fred became United’s fifth-most expensive signing w

Manchester City to play pre-season match in Japan for the first time | football

File image of Vincent Kompany, Danilo and Sergio Aguero.(Reuters) Manchester City will play a pre-season match in Japan for the first time when they take on J League side Yokohama F. Marinos on July 27, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday. City Football Group (CFG) own a majority stake in City and a minority stak

I-League: Emotional Mehtab Hossain set to bid adieu as Mohun Bagan take on Indian Arrows | football

File image of Mohun Bagan’s Sony Norde (L) being tackled by East Bengal’s Willis Deon Plaza (C) as Mehtab Hossain looks on.(AFP/Getty Images) Mohun Bagan will be aiming to finish the home leg of their I-League campaign on a winning note against Indian Arrows on Wednesday in what would be a fitting farewell gift

Nantes take Emiliano Sala transfer dispute to FIFA | football

File image of Emiliano Sala.(Reuters) French club Nantes have referred their dispute with Cardiff City over the transfer fee of Emiliano Sala to FIFA, sources close to the Ligue 1 side said Wednesday. The clubs are wrangling over payment of the fee following the tragic death of Argentinian Sala in an airplane accident in Ja

Gareth Bale avoids punishment for celebration against Atletico Madrid | football

File image of Gareth Bale.(Reuters) Gareth Bale is free to play in both El Clasicos against Barcelona this week after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decided on Wednesday not to punish the Real Madrid forward for his celebration against Atletico Madrid. After scoring in Real’s 3-1 victory earlier this month, Ba

FIFA bans former Zambian football official for taking bribes | football

Representational image.(Getty Images) World soccer body FIFA imposed a lifelong ban on Wednesday on the former deputy boss and head of finance of Zambia’s football association, Boniface Mwamelo, for having accepted bribes. “The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Mr Boniface Mwamel

It was disappointing not to play against Minerva: Real Kashmir coach | football

File image of Real Kashmir team.(Twitter) Real Kashmir coach David Robertson Wednesday expressed disappointment at Minerva Punjab’s no-show for their I-League game in Srinagar in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. Robertson is in the national capital with his team for the I-League clash against East Bengal, w

Premier League: Arsenal hammer Bournemouth, Manchester United also win | football

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny, right, celebrates scoring his side’s third goal of the game against Bournemouth, with Nacho Monreal, centre, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.(AP) Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil marked his first Premier League start of 2019 with a goal and an assist as his side hammered Bournemouth 5-1 whil