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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 September 9 and Real Sociedad (a) La Liga on September 17.

The 32year old player has only 10 days to appeal the decision against him.

However, the Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis.

Reacting to Ronaldo’s second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane after the game said: “Ronaldo’s sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh,” adding that the club would see what it could do so that he is available on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that this marks Ronaldo’s 10th red card of his career and the two yellow cards on Sunday came within two minutes.

In his post-match report, the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea wrote: “Once shown the red card, Ronaldo pushed me lightly as a sign of his disapproval.”

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All 92 remaining Premier League games this season to be broadcast live; PL confirms games behind closed doors

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal are scheduled to be the first two games when the Premier League resumes next month before the first full round of matches starting from Friday, June 19.

A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the Carabao Cup Final – will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June. Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors.

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Breaking News: FIFA cancel 2020 edition of “The Best” awards due to Covid-19 crisis

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FIFA The Best awards for 2020 have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis as Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe will remain reigning champions in the men and women’s categories.
According to Spanish news media outlet Marca, the world football governing body states made the decision in canceling awards ceremony owing to health concerns.
The event was supposed to hold in September, in Milan, Italy, but health conditions have been considered amid the global pandemic.
Barcelona’s Messi who won the 2019 edition beating Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Ronaldo still holds the most record for FIFA The Best award wins with two while the other two editions have been won by Luka Modric and Messi.
Rapinoe won the women’s category while Jurgen Klopp and United States handler Jill Ellis scooped the best men and women’s coaches respectively.
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​Oshoala Wins First League Title In Europe As Barcelona Reclaim Primera Iberdro

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Oshoala wins first league title in Europe as Barcelona reclaim Primera Iberdrola crown

The Super Falcons star secured her maiden league diadem with the Catalans due to the coronavirus pandemic
Asisat Oshoala has achieved her dreams in Spain as Barcelona emerged Spanish Primera Iberdrola champions following the abrupt ending of the 2019-20 season.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RSFF) made attempts to complete the 2019-20 season but the inability to meet the government’s health protocol dashed their hopes, hence the termination.

The announcement saw Oshoala’s team reclaim the league crown for the first time since 2015 despite being unable to see out their remaining games due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Oshoala, who won her fourth African Women’s Player of the Year crown in January, made an unsuccessful bid to win a league title on her previous spells in Europe with Liverpool and Arsenal.

The same fate she suffered on her initial loan spell at Barcelona…

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BREAKING: The 2019/20 Eredivisie season is cancelled and there will be no champion.

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Ajax denied title as Dutch Eredivisie season declared void

The Dutch league is the first of the major European leagues to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There will also be no promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie or relegation from the top flight, following an agreement reached over a video conference call between the Dutch FA (KNVB) and clubs.

The Eredivisie have put forward Ajax to go directly to the play-offs of the Champions League, with AZ playing in the second heat of the Champions League. Third-placed Feyenoord go straight into the group stage of the Europa League with PSV and Willem II qualifying for the second qualifying round for the Europa League.

The settlement of places for European competition next season is subject to confirmation from UEFA.

The Dutch F.A said “it is…

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Harry Maguire exclusive: Manchester United want the title, not just a Champions League spot

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Harry Maguire insists Manchester United want to be challenging for Premier League titles, not just Champions League spots.

Maguire, who joined United from Leicester for £80m last summer, was made captain of the club in January after the departure of Ashley Young, and has enjoyed an impressive first season at Old Trafford.

With the Premier League halted due to the coronavirus crisis, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United sit fifth in the table, three points off the top four but 37 points off leaders Liverpool, having finished 32 points off last season’s champions Manchester City.

But speaking exclusively to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville and Geoff Shreeves forThe Football Show, Maguire says the club’s ambitions are bigger than a Champions League spot, and he can see the improvement, particularly in defence.

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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 September 9 and Real Sociedad (a) La Liga on September 17.

The 32year old player has only 10 days to appeal the decision against him.

However, the Portugal international will be able to play in the Champions League but will not return to domestic action until 20 September against Real Betis.

Reacting to Ronaldo’s second yellow card shown for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, Madrid boss, Zinedine Zidane after the game said: “Ronaldo’s sending-off annoys me because even if it is not a penalty, the card is harsh,” adding that the club would see what it could do so that he is available on Wednesday.

It would be recalled that this marks Ronaldo’s 10th red card of his career and the two yellow cards on Sunday came within two minutes.

In his post-match report, the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea wrote: “Once shown the red card, Ronaldo pushed me lightly as a sign of his disapproval.”

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Premier League set to resume on June 17

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All 92 remaining Premier League games this season to be broadcast live; PL confirms games behind closed doors

Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal are scheduled to be the first two games when the Premier League resumes next month before the first full round of matches starting from Friday, June 19.

A statement read: “Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the Carabao Cup Final – will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June. Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors.

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Breaking News: FIFA cancel 2020 edition of “The Best” awards due to Covid-19 crisis

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FIFA The Best awards for 2020 have been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis as Lionel Messi and Megan Rapinoe will remain reigning champions in the men and women’s categories.
According to Spanish news media outlet Marca, the world football governing body states made the decision in canceling awards ceremony owing to health concerns.
The event was supposed to hold in September, in Milan, Italy, but health conditions have been considered amid the global pandemic.
Barcelona’s Messi who won the 2019 edition beating Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo.
But Ronaldo still holds the most record for FIFA The Best award wins with two while the other two editions have been won by Luka Modric and Messi.
Rapinoe won the women’s category while Jurgen Klopp and United States handler Jill Ellis scooped the best men and women’s coaches respectively.
It is understood that other football awards including ‘France Football’ and…

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​Oshoala Wins First League Title In Europe As Barcelona Reclaim Primera Iberdro

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Oshoala wins first league title in Europe as Barcelona reclaim Primera Iberdrola crown

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Asisat Oshoala has achieved her dreams in Spain as Barcelona emerged Spanish Primera Iberdrola champions following the abrupt ending of the 2019-20 season.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RSFF) made attempts to complete the 2019-20 season but the inability to meet the government’s health protocol dashed their hopes, hence the termination.

The announcement saw Oshoala’s team reclaim the league crown for the first time since 2015 despite being unable to see out their remaining games due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Oshoala, who won her fourth African Women’s Player of the Year crown in January, made an unsuccessful bid to win a league title on her previous spells in Europe with Liverpool and Arsenal.

The same fate she suffered on her initial loan spell at Barcelona…

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BREAKING: The 2019/20 Eredivisie season is cancelled and there will be no champion.

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Ajax denied title as Dutch Eredivisie season declared void

The Dutch league is the first of the major European leagues to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There will also be no promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie or relegation from the top flight, following an agreement reached over a video conference call between the Dutch FA (KNVB) and clubs.

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Harry Maguire exclusive: Manchester United want the title, not just a Champions League spot

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Harry Maguire insists Manchester United want to be challenging for Premier League titles, not just Champions League spots.

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With the Premier League halted due to the coronavirus crisis, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United sit fifth in the table, three points off the top four but 37 points off leaders Liverpool, having finished 32 points off last season’s champions Manchester City.

But speaking exclusively to Sky Sports’ Gary Neville and Geoff Shreeves forThe Football Show, Maguire says the club’s ambitions are bigger than a Champions League spot, and he can see the improvement, particularly in defence.

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