Red card warning for deliberate coughing in football

Footballers risk being sent off if a referee considers they coughed deliberately at an opponent or a match official under new guidelines from rule makers IFAB CARL RECINE POOL/AFP/File London (AFP) Footballers can be sent off if referees judge they have coughed deliberately at opponents or match officials in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, … Continue reading Red card warning for deliberate coughing in football

Espanyol want La Liga relegation cancelled amid Segunda chaos

Madrid (AFP) Espanyol called on La Liga to cancel their relegation on Monday as the end to the season in Spain continues to prove problematic following a spike in cases of coronavirus. Despite finishing bottom of the table, Espanyol said in a statement the run-in had been "undoubtedly unfair in a sporting sense given the … Continue reading Espanyol want La Liga relegation cancelled amid Segunda chaos

Karim Benzema from strike ace to…strike ace? Real Madrid star fancies a crack at MMA

Real Madrid star Karim Benzema had a simple answer when asked if he fancies a crack at mixed martial arts after his football career comes to an end: "No problem for me, I'm up for it!" Benzema, 32, enjoyed a brilliant campaign for Madrid, scoring 21 goals and providing eight assists as Los Blancos beat … Continue reading Karim Benzema from strike ace to…strike ace? Real Madrid star fancies a crack at MMA

Rose not giving up on Spurs return

Danny Rose would love the opportunity to play in front of Tottenham's fans one more time and would happily see out the remainder of his contract in north London. England left-back Rose spent the second half of the 2019-20 Premier League season on loan at Newcastle United after falling out of favour when Jose Mourinho … Continue reading Rose not giving up on Spurs return

Milner urges Liverpool to stay focused after title triumph

London (AFP) Liverpool midfielder James Milner has warned his team-mates it would be "criminal" for them to lose their focus after one Premier League title triumph. Jurgen Klopp's side ended a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions in June. Liverpool's James Milner kisses the Premier League trophy Paul ELLIS POOL/AFP/File Form dipped once the … Continue reading Milner urges Liverpool to stay focused after title triumph

Infantino to ‘respect’ any ethics committee decision – FIFA

Lausanne (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino will "respect any decision by the ethics committee", world football's governing body said Monday after Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against him last week. A Swiss special prosecutor has launched proceedings against Infantino, as part of an investigation into suspected collusion with the country's attorney general, Michael Lauber. Both … Continue reading Infantino to ‘respect’ any ethics committee decision – FIFA

Lampard calls for ‘fair’ treatment for tired Chelsea

London (AFP) Frank Lampard has called on the Premier League to give Chelsea a fair start to next season, saying the September 12 launch date is "too early" for his players. The Blues lost Saturday's FA Cup final 2-1 to London rivals Arsenal but are still not finished with the current campaign. Chelsea boss Frank … Continue reading Lampard calls for ‘fair’ treatment for tired Chelsea

Serie A: Highs and lows of 2019-20 season

Milan (AFP) Serie A concluded on Sunday after a marathon 11-month 2019-20 season, with Juventus crowned Italian champions for the ninth year in a row. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at the highs and lows after the final weekend of the campaign: Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his second Serie A title with Juventus. … Continue reading Serie A: Highs and lows of 2019-20 season

Fiorentina prepared to sell Chiesa for right price, says club president

Fiorentina are willing to sell Federico Chiesa for the right price, club president Rocco Commisso said. Chiesa, 22, has been linked with a move to Serie A giants Juventus, Inter and Milan. After a 3-1 win over SPAL on the final day of the 2019-20 season on Sunday, Commisso once again reiterated Fiorentina are open … Continue reading Fiorentina prepared to sell Chiesa for right price, says club president

Roma star Zaniolo could win the Ballon d’Or, says Capello

Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo has the potential to win the Ballon d'Or, according to former Giallorossi head coach Fabio Capello. The 21-year-old midfielder has shone since Serie A resumed following the coronavirus-enforced break, having previously thought his season would be curtailed when he tore a knee ligament in January. Zaniolo produced a superb performance in … Continue reading Roma star Zaniolo could win the Ballon d’Or, says Capello

Champions League ready to resume, at long last

Paris (AFP) After an enforced hiatus of almost five months, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week in order to clear up the last remaining business in a troubled season. Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football's governing body acted … Continue reading Champions League ready to resume, at long last

Lecce relegated as curtain comes down on historic Serie A season

Rome (AFP) Lecce were relegated from Serie A after one season in the top flight on Sunday as a dramatic season both on and off the pitch in Italy came to a close. Fabio Liverani's side lost 4-3 at home to mid-table Parma but would have dropped down to Serie B even if they had … Continue reading Lecce relegated as curtain comes down on historic Serie A season