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Diego Costa has been fined for not going to training

Chelsea have fined Diego Costa two weeks’ wages for failing to return to training as the dispute over his future rumbles on, according to reports.

Costa, who remains in his home town of Lagarto in Brazil, claimed in an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday that Chelsea are treating him “like a criminal” and that he has lost all personal respect for head coach Antonio Conte over the Italian’s handling of the situation.

Conte informed Costa via text message in June that he would not be in Chelsea’s plans for the new season, though the club’s position is that their striker and his representatives were informed in January — when he was dropped following a training-ground row and lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian — that his time at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end.

Costa is adamant that he will only consider a move back to former club Atletico Madrid, who are banned by FIFA from registering new players until January 2018.

The Spain international was granted an extra few days off when the rest of the Chelsea squad gathered at Cobham for preseason training in early July, but he has not come back since and claimed on Sunday that the Premier League champions have asked him to return and train away from his teammates.

Sources at Chelsea have told ESPN FC that no such condition has been laid out to Costa, and insist that the club simply expect the 28-year-old to fulfill the terms of his contract by coming back to training, regaining match fitness and making himself available for selection.

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Who will be the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year?

Africa’s finest footballers are celebrated every year with a prestigious award from BBC, voted for by football fans across the globe.

Former winners of the BBC African Footballer of the Year include Didier Drogba, Jay-Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure and George Weah.

But, who will join this illustrious line-up and succeed last year’s winner, Riyad Mahrez?

Winning last year’s award, Mahrez said: “It means a lot; it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud. It’s always good to receive awards and for African players its a huge honour.”

The five shortlisted players will be unveiled on November 11 in front of a live audience at the BBC’s headquarters in London.

Television viewers will see the ceremony live on BBC World News television…

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suspended for four years for doping: Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion, Jemima Sumgong

Jemima Sumgong, Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion has been suspended for four years for doping.

The 32-year-old was found to have taken banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test in her home country.  Sumgong, who also tested positive for a banned substance in 2012, won the London Marathon in 2016 before claiming gold in Rio, becoming the first Kenyan woman to take the title.

Her ban starts from April 3rd 2017, when she was provisionally suspended.  The banned substance, EPO, also known as erythropoietin, is a hormone that can increase endurance and, in athletics, is used mainly by long distance-runners.

Between 2011 and 2016, more than 40 Kenyan track-and-field athletes failed doping tests.  Among those sanctioned was Sumgong’s former training partner Rita Jeptoo, 36, who was banned for four years…

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Viera: Pique Remains Committed To Spain


New addition to the Spain squad, Jonathan Viera insists Gérard Pique remains very committed to the squad.

The Barcelona defender was booed during an open training session by the La Roja due to his support for Catalonia independence.

However, Las Palmas striker, Viera believes Pique, who has represented the country 91 times deserves respect.

“Everybody has their thoughts and freedom of opinion. If he thinks that way, we just have to respect it,” the Las Palmas attacker said.

“If he’s here with us it’s because he is committed to the national team.

“He’s been coming for years and doing things right so we shouldn’t cast doubt on him.”

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Viera: Pique Remains Committed To Spain


New addition to the Spain squad, Jonathan Viera insists Gérard Pique remains very committed to the squad.

The Barcelona defender was booed during an open training session by the La Roja due to his support for Catalonia independence.

However, Las Palmas striker, Viera believes Pique, who has represented the country 91 times deserves respect.

“Everybody has their thoughts and freedom of opinion. If he thinks that way, we just have to respect it,” the Las Palmas attacker said.

“If he’s here with us it’s because he is committed to the national team.

“He’s been coming for years and doing things right so we shouldn’t cast doubt on him.”

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Ronaldo handed five match BAN

Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after being sent off the football pitch in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.

The football icon was initially given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and further attracted four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Consequentially, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s second leg of Spanish Super Cup and La Liga on the 20 of August. Other games are Valencia (h) – La Liga on August 27, Levante (h) – La Liga on…

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Ronaldo handed five match BAN

Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after being sent off the football pitch in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.

The football icon was initially given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and further attracted four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Consequentially, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s second leg of Spanish Super Cup and La Liga on the 20 of August. Other games are Valencia (h) – La Liga on August 27, Levante (h) – La Liga on…

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Diego Costa has been fined for not going to training

Chelsea have fined Diego Costa two weeks’ wages for failing to return to training as the dispute over his future rumbles on, according to reports.

Costa, who remains in his home town of Lagarto in Brazil, claimed in an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday that Chelsea are treating him “like a criminal” and that he has lost all personal respect for head coach Antonio Conte over the Italian’s handling of the situation.

Conte informed Costa via text message in June that he would not be in Chelsea’s plans for the new season, though the club’s position is that their striker and his representatives were informed in January — when he was dropped following a training-ground row and lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian — that his time at Stamford Bridge was coming to an end.

Costa is adamant that he will only consider a move back to former club Atletico Madrid, who are banned by FIFA from registering new players until January 2018.

The Spain international was granted an extra few days off when the rest of the Chelsea squad gathered at Cobham for preseason training in early July, but he has not come back since and claimed on Sunday that the Premier League champions have asked him to return and train away from his teammates.

Sources at Chelsea have told ESPN FC that no such condition has been laid out to Costa, and insist that the club simply expect the 28-year-old to fulfill the terms of his contract by coming back to training, regaining match fitness and making himself available for selection.

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Who will be the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year?

Africa’s finest footballers are celebrated every year with a prestigious award from BBC, voted for by football fans across the globe.

Former winners of the BBC African Footballer of the Year include Didier Drogba, Jay-Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure and George Weah.

But, who will join this illustrious line-up and succeed last year’s winner, Riyad Mahrez?

Winning last year’s award, Mahrez said: “It means a lot; it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud. It’s always good to receive awards and for African players its a huge honour.”

The five shortlisted players will be unveiled on November 11 in front of a live audience at the BBC’s headquarters in London.

Television viewers will see the ceremony live on BBC World News television…

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suspended for four years for doping: Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion, Jemima Sumgong

Jemima Sumgong, Kenya’s Olympic marathon champion has been suspended for four years for doping.

The 32-year-old was found to have taken banned blood-booster EPO in an out-of-competition test in her home country.  Sumgong, who also tested positive for a banned substance in 2012, won the London Marathon in 2016 before claiming gold in Rio, becoming the first Kenyan woman to take the title.

Her ban starts from April 3rd 2017, when she was provisionally suspended.  The banned substance, EPO, also known as erythropoietin, is a hormone that can increase endurance and, in athletics, is used mainly by long distance-runners.

Between 2011 and 2016, more than 40 Kenyan track-and-field athletes failed doping tests.  Among those sanctioned was Sumgong’s former training partner Rita Jeptoo, 36, who was banned for four years…

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Viera: Pique Remains Committed To Spain


New addition to the Spain squad, Jonathan Viera insists Gérard Pique remains very committed to the squad.

The Barcelona defender was booed during an open training session by the La Roja due to his support for Catalonia independence.

However, Las Palmas striker, Viera believes Pique, who has represented the country 91 times deserves respect.

“Everybody has their thoughts and freedom of opinion. If he thinks that way, we just have to respect it,” the Las Palmas attacker said.

“If he’s here with us it’s because he is committed to the national team.

“He’s been coming for years and doing things right so we shouldn’t cast doubt on him.”

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Viera: Pique Remains Committed To Spain


New addition to the Spain squad, Jonathan Viera insists Gérard Pique remains very committed to the squad.

The Barcelona defender was booed during an open training session by the La Roja due to his support for Catalonia independence.

However, Las Palmas striker, Viera believes Pique, who has represented the country 91 times deserves respect.

“Everybody has their thoughts and freedom of opinion. If he thinks that way, we just have to respect it,” the Las Palmas attacker said.

“If he’s here with us it’s because he is committed to the national team.

“He’s been coming for years and doing things right so we shouldn’t cast doubt on him.”

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Ronaldo handed five match BAN

Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after being sent off the football pitch in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.

The football icon was initially given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and further attracted four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Consequentially, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s second leg of Spanish Super Cup and La Liga on the 20 of August. Other games are Valencia (h) – La Liga on August 27, Levante (h) – La Liga on…

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Ronaldo handed five match BAN

Real Madrid’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after being sent off the football pitch in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup first leg on Sunday.

The football icon was initially given a one-match ban for being shown two yellow cards and further attracted four for pushing the referee in the back after he had been sent off.

The bookings at the Nou Camp were for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal to make it 2-1 and for a dive.

Consequentially, Ronaldo will miss Wednesday’s second leg of Spanish Super Cup and La Liga on the 20 of August. Other games are Valencia (h) – La Liga on August 27, Levante (h) – La Liga on…

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