Spain women’s players demand the sack of coach Jorge Vilda

Spain’s football federation says 15 players have said they will resign from the women’s national team unless head coach Jorge Vilda is sacked. The RFEF said the players claim his tenure is affecting their emotional state and health. However, the RFEF said it “is not going to allow the players to question the continuity of the national coach”. “These types of manoeuvres are far from exemplary and outside the values ​​of football and sport,” they said. “Making those decisions does not fall within their powers.” It warned refusing to play for the national team was “a very serious infraction and … Continue reading Spain women’s players demand the sack of coach Jorge Vilda

Bournemouth’s Scot Parker becomes first Premier League manager to be fired

Scott Parker has been sacked by newly-promoted Bournemouth after their drubbing by Liverpool over the weekend. The 41-year-old’s departure comes three days after Saturday’s 9-0 thrashing at Liverpool. Cherries co-owner Maxim Demin said: “I would like to place on record my gratitude to Scott and his team for their efforts during their time with us. “Our promotion back to the Premier League last season under his tenure will always be remembered as one of the most successful seasons in our history. “However, in order for us to keep progressing as a team and a club as a whole, it is unconditional … Continue reading Bournemouth’s Scot Parker becomes first Premier League manager to be fired

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba says he is target of organised gang

Paul Pogba says he has been the target of extortion and threats from an organised gang. The Juventus and France midfielder issued a statement through his lawyers on Sunday saying the matter had been reported to the authorities. News agency AFP, citing a source, said French police had opened an investigation. Earlier, Pogba’s brother Mathias posted videos online promising to publish “great revelations” about the player. Mathias Pogba said the information was likely to be “explosive”, without giving further details. “They are in addition to threats and extortion attempts by an organised gang against Paul Pogba,” read the statement. “The … Continue reading Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba says he is target of organised gang

German football legend Uwe Seeler dies aged 85

German great Uwe Seeler has died at the age of 85. Seeler scored 43 goals in 72 games to make him Germany’s seventh greatest goal scorer and played in four World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970. He became the first player to score in four World Cups, beating Pele by only a few minutes, and spent his entire 19-year club career at Hamburg, where he scored over 404 goals in 476 league games. “Rest in peace, Uwe Seeler,” the German Football Association tweeted. “A national team honorary captain and footballing legend, Uwe Seeler has passed away at the age of … Continue reading German football legend Uwe Seeler dies aged 85

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini found not guilty following fraud trial

Former Fifa president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini have both been found not guilty following their fraud trial. The pair stood trial over a payment of 2m Swiss francs (£1.6m) made by Blatter to Platini in 2011. Both men had denied wrongdoing and said the transfer was belated payment for Platini’s advisory work for Fifa. On his arrival at the court on Friday, Blatter said: “I am not innocent in my life but in this case I am innocent.” The 11-day trial took place at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, Switzerland and concluded on 22 June. This is … Continue reading Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini found not guilty following fraud trial

Mauricio Pochettino sacked by PSG

Mauricio Pochettino has left Paris St-Germain as the Ligue 1 club prepare to announce former Nice boss Christophe Galtier as his replacement.Mauricio Pochettino Pochettino had a year remaining on his current contract but speculation over his future had intensified following his failure to get the club beyond the last-16 of the Champions League, having made the semi-finals the previous year. The former Tottenham and Southampton manager departs after only 18 months in the post, in which he won the title by 15 points last season. “Paris St-Germain confirms that it has ended its collaboration with Mauricio Pochettino,” said a statement. … Continue reading Mauricio Pochettino sacked by PSG

Neymar considering leaving PSG after comments by the club’s president

Neymar is reportedly considering leaving PSG this summer after five years at the club. The 30-year-old arrived in the French capital for a world record fee in 2017, and earns upwards of £24m-a-year in wages, but has failed to help PSG break their Champions League duck during this period. He is now weighing up a move away due to not feeling loved by the club, according to RMC Sport.PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi recently spoke out about the team’s shortcomings last season, and refused to confirm that Neymar would still be at the club in 2022-23. … Continue reading Neymar considering leaving PSG after comments by the club’s president

Samuel Eto’o admits $4m tax fraud during Barcelona career

Samuel Eto’o has avoided prison after being handed a 22-month suspended sentence for committing tax fraud worth more than £3.3m during his Barcelona career. Eto’o, 41, failed to declare income from the transfer of image rights between Puma and Barcelona from 2006 and 2009, according to Sport, instead paying taxes via two separate companies set up in Hungary and Spain which limited his costs. He blamed agent Jose Maria Mesalles for “manipulation” and promised a Spanish court he would pay back the money owed. In a statement, Eto’o referred to Mesalles, who was handed a one-year suspended sentence, as a father … Continue reading Samuel Eto’o admits $4m tax fraud during Barcelona career

Hungary condemn England to worst home defeat since 1928

Hungary demolished England 4-0 in a Nations League match. The defeat is the worst home result for England in 94 years. England manager, Gareth Southgate had hope to use the competition as a test-run leading to this year’s World cup in Qatar. Instead it has been a dismal performance from the Three Lions team. Southgate made nine changes from the team that drew with Italy at the weekend to give some fringe players a chance. But despite dominating possession, England created few chances and the experiment backfired against a Hungary team who beat them in Budapest earlier in the month … Continue reading Hungary condemn England to worst home defeat since 1928

PSG reach agreement with Pochettino to leave the French champions

Mauricio Pochettino is leaving Paris Saint-Germain after reaching an agreement with the French club to depart ahead of next season. The Argentine boss has been in charge for 18 months and led the club to the Ligue 1 title in his first full season, finishing 15 points clear of second placed Marseille – the biggest margin of victory in any of Europe’s big five divisions. But the club’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid at the last-16 was a factor in the mutual decision for Pochettino to leave Paris. The ex-Spurs boss and PSG chiefs met last week for crunch … Continue reading PSG reach agreement with Pochettino to leave the French champions

Craig Farrell dies aged 39 as tributes flood in for ex-York City and Leeds United striker

Tributes have been paid to former York City FC player, Craig Farrell, who has sadly died.Craig Farrell Craig was born in Middlesbrough and spent a large part of his early career playing for local teams, including Middlesbrough FC, Whitby Town and York City. The striker also spent some time at Leeds United. The 39-year-old also spent time playing for Blyth Spartans, Carlisle United and Exeter City. He made 17 appearances for Blyth Spartans in 2012, before moving on to Whitby Town where he stayed for three years, Chronicle Live reports. And Craig also represented England as a youngster, making three appearances for … Continue reading Craig Farrell dies aged 39 as tributes flood in for ex-York City and Leeds United striker

Premier League: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says champions are ‘legends’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side were “legends” after they secured their fourth Premier League title in five seasons. City won the league by a point over challengers Liverpool with a stunning 3-2 comeback win against Aston Villa on the final day at Etihad Stadium. It is Guardiola’s 11th trophy in six years since coming to England. “We are legends. We will be remembered. This group of players are absolutely eternal in this club,” said Guardiola. “What we achieved, it is so difficult to do it. Sir Alex Ferguson with Manchester United has done it years ago – two … Continue reading Premier League: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says champions are ‘legends’