Spanish Administrative Court upholds Ronaldo’s 5 match suspension

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The Spanish Administrative Court of Sport has rejected Cristiano Ronaldo’s appeal of his five-match suspension following his red card in the Spanish Supercopa.

Ronaldo, who received his ban for shoving referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after receiving two yellow cards in the first leg 3-1 win over Barcelona will now be forced to miss his club’s next three games.

Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish football federation as “persecution” after he was controversially shown a second yellow card for diving after coming off the bench to score as Real won the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup 3-1, Madrid went on to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.

The Spain Football Federation handed down the ban to the superstar only to have it appealed by the La Liga champions. That appeal was rejected by the federation, which prompted the attempt to have the Administrative Court of Sport overturn the ban.

Ronaldo will miss home contests with Valencia and Levante along with a road match against Real Sociedad before being eligible to return Tuesday, September 19 against Betis.

Madrid did not miss Ronado in their opener, dispatching Deportivo La Coruna by a 3-0 scoreline.

Portuguese defender joins Inter on loan from Valencia

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Italian Serie A club, Inter Milan, has confirmed signing of Portuguese defender, Joao Cancelo, on a season-long loan from Valencia, with the San Siro side given the option to complete a permanent transfer at the end of the campaign.

The full-back had been linked with Chelsea, although earlier this month Valencia CEO, Mateu Alemany, insisted there had been no offer from the Premier League champions.

Cancelo made 91 appearances during his three years with Valencia – the first of which was on loan from Benfica.

The 23-year-old made his Portugal debut against Gibraltar in September 2016, scoring in a 5-0 win, and he has an impressive three goals from five caps in his fledgling international career.

Cancelo joins the likes of Dalbert, Matias Vecino and Borja Valero in arriving at Inter ahead of 2017-18 as the club look to improve on last season’s seventh-placed finish, which saw them miss out on European qualification.

Barcelona to sue Brazilian star, Neymar, €8.5m for alleged breach of contract

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Spanish LaLiga club, Barcelona FC, has announced that they are suing Brazilian star, Neymar, €8.5 million for alleged breach of contract, as the bitter fallout rumbles on from his world record €222-million move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Neymar signed a new five-year deal with Barca in 2016, but the Catalans were powerless to stop his move to PSG just a year later as the French side met the buyout clause in his contract.

“In this lawsuit, the club demands the amount already paid as a bonus for the renewal of his contract for breach of contract, €8.5 million in damages, and an additional 10 percent in interests,” Barcelona said in a statement on Tuesday.

Barca added the demand was lodged against Neymar on August 11 with Barcelona’s employment court, eight days after his stunning move to Ligue 1.

The Catalan giants have also passed the claim onto FIFA and the French Football Federation via the Spanish Football Federation to take what they see as the appropriate legal effects.

Moreover, Barca urged PSG to pay the amount they are seeking if Neymar — who is reported to earn €30 million after tax for the next five years in Paris — isn’t able to meet their demands.

The club’s latest move comes two days after Neymar fiercely criticised Barcelona’s under-fire board after scoring twice in a stunning home debut as PSG beat Toulouse 6-2 on Sunday.

“There are people in charge that shouldn’t be there, Barca deserve much more and everyone knows that.” Neymar told reporters.

Barcelona have also withheld a €26 million bonus due to Neymar for signing the renewal to his contract last year.

Argentinian defender returns to Man United’s training after 4months out

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Argentinian defender, Marcos Rojo, has resumed training with early Premier League leaders, Manchester United, first time this season on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old is recovering from a knee ligament injury suffered last April which ruled him out of among other things United’s Europa League final triumph over Dutch outfit Ajax.

Rojo, who travelled to the United States with the squad for their pre-season tour and to the Super Cup in Macedonia where they lost to United manager Jose Mourinho’s former side Real Madrid — was pictured training with them on Tuesday.

Mourinho has said he didn’t see Rojo playing again until December but it didn’t prevent the club from trumpeting his return to the training ground.

Ashley Young and Luke Shaw, who had groin and foot injuries respectively, also returned to first team training having successfully come through an Under-23 clash with Swansea yesterday.

The trio though may find it tough going getting into the first team as they have won both their matches against West Ham and Swansea by the same scoreline of 4-0.

Russian hacker group names players granted TUEs for World Cup 2010

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A Russian hacker group, Fancy Bears, has published a list of players who were allegedly allowed to use banned substances at 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Argentina’s Diego Milito, Carlos Tevez, Juan Sebastian Veron and Gabriel Heinze are among the 25 players who, according to the leaked document, were granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) during the tournament.

Netherlands striker, Dirk Kuyt and Germany striker, Mario Gomez, are also named on the list, which details substances that certain players were granted permission to use for medical reasons.

In its latest leaked documents, the Russian hacking group also claims 160 players failed drugs tests in 2015, four of the failed tests were registered by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad).

Three players tested positive for cocaine, and one for ecstasy.

There is no suggestion in the leaked document that any of the players named had breached anti-doping regulations.

The group has revealed what it said is a document from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that details examinations carried out across world football.

It is the first time the group has released information that it claims pertains to doping in football, having previously focused on the medical records of athletes.


Man City to make second bid for West Brom’s defender

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Manchester City are preparing an improved bid for West Brom defender, Jonny Evans, after an £18 million for rejected last week, according to British media.

Pep Guardiola led City keen to bring in the Northern Ireland international to bolster his defensive options and the club are increasingly confident of landing Evans due to the player’s desire to make the switch.

However, West Brom head coach, Tony Pulis, refusing to rule out a move after the initial bid was rejected which means the centre-back could joined City before the close of the transfer window.

Evans joined West Brom in the summer of 2015 from Manchester United and has quickly established himself as a key player at The Hawthorns.

West Brom signed Evans for a fee in the region of £8 million and they would be looking to make a big profit on him if they are to sell him to City.

They are reluctant to lose Evans, who has been made captain this season, but they are aware that the player is interested in a move to City.

Evans still lives in Manchester and travels to West Brom for training every day, and City are able to offer the defender the chance to return to playing in the Champions League and the opportunity to challenge for trophies like he was doing at Old Trafford.

West Brom are already looking at defensive reinforcements in case Evans does leave and have made a bid for Tottenham centre-back Kevin Wimmer.


Colombian defender undergoes medical at Tottenham ahead €40m transfer

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Colombian international defender, Davinson Sanchez, is having his Tottenham Hotspur medical on Tuesday, ahead of a club-record move from Dutch side, Ajax.

Ajax had confirmed last week that Spurs have agreed a fee of €40 million (£36.6m), which could rise to €42 million (£38.4m) with add-ons, for the centre-back.

Sanchez, who can operate at right-back, also requires a work permit but is set to become Tottenham’s first signing of the summer on a six-year contract,

His arrival represents a boost for Tottenham, who lost right-back, Kyle Walker to Manchester City earlier in the summer and are now set for talks with left-back Danny Rose over his future.

Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, said on Friday that he wants to make four additions.

Sanchez was Ajax’s player of the year last season and was also a target for Barcelona and Inter Milan.

He joined Ajax from Atletico Nacional last summer and made 43 appearances, scoring six goals, in his first season in the Eredivisie.

Swansea sets to sign Manchester City striker, Bony

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Premier League club Swansea City, are closing in on signing Ivory Coast international striker, Wilfried Bony, from Manchester City, sources close to the Welsh club has revealed.

Swansea are ready to push through a deal for Bony after receiving close to £45 million from the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton last week.

The club are looking to strengthen their attacking options in the wake of Sigurdsson’s departure and, having failed to score in their opening two Premier League games, are keen to secure a deal for Bony.

Bony is well down the pecking order at City and the club are ready to offload him as he has does not figure in Pep Guardiola’s plans at the Etihad Stadium.

City are holding out for a fee in the region of £13 million for Bony as they look to recoup as much as possible from the £28 million they paid Swansea to sign him in January 2015.

Bony has scored only eight goals in 46 appearances for City, with most of his appearances coming from the bench and spent last season on loan at Stoke, but scored just twice in 11 games for the Potters.

Bony, who joined Swansea from Vitesse Arnhem in 2013, netted 34 goals in all competitions for the Swans before his move to City.

AC Milan completes Croatian striker, Kalinic, signing from Fiorentina

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Italian Serie A club, AC Milan, has completed signing of Croatian striker, Nikola Kalinic, from Fiorentina on an initial loan deal with an obligation to buy on Tuesday.

The striker, who scored 15 Serie A goals last season, becomes Milan’s 11th signing of the summer was gathered to have cost Milan a total of €25 million, made up of an initial €5 million loan fee and €20 million to make it permanent at the end of the season.

Big-spending Milan have already signed Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Andrea Conti, Hakan Calhanoglu, Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Lucas Biglia, Franck Kessie, Antonio Donnarumma and Fabio Borini this summer, as they attempt to challenge both at home and abroad.

The 29-year-old has had something of a nomadic career thus far, playing for Hajduk Split, Blackburn Rovers and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk before joining Fiorentina. He has also played for Pula and Sibenik on loan.

He would compete with fellow new arrival Andre Silva for starting striker duties at Milan, with youngster Patrick Cutrone also still at the club.

Vincenzo Montella’s side, who have also been linked with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti and Diego Costa, allowed Carlos Bacca to join Villarreal on loan with an option to buy last week to facilitate Kalinic’s arrival.

The Croatia international’s transfer was sanctioned by Fiorentina after they completed the signing of striker, Giovanni Simeone, from Genoa.

Fiorentina have raked in some huge fees in this window, having also sold Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus for €40 million and Matias Vecino to Inter in a €24 million deal.

Hull City accepts Swansea £16.5m bid for England midfielder, Clucas

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Championship club, Hull City, has confirmed they have accepted a bid of about £16.5 million from Swansea for England international midfielder, Sam Clucas, on Monday.

The 26-year-old left-sided midfielder has been a target for the Swans and Burnley, who had their own bid for the player rejected earlier this month.

The Swans approached Hull ahead of the weekend fixtures and Clucas did not feature in the 18-man squad for the Sky Bet Championship defeat at QPR on Saturday, forcing the player to insist on social media that he was not on strike.

Swansea expect to complete the signing of Clucas in the next 48 hours and his former club Chesterfield are owed five per cent of any excess over £1.3 million – the fee they charged for him in 2015 – due to a sell-on clause.

The League Two Spireites stand to earn as much as £760,000 from the new deal, taking their profit on Clucas to over £2 million. He had thrived for Chesterfield under Paul Cook in League One.

Clucas continued to improve under Steve Bruce in the Championship and then Mike Phelan and Marco Silva in the Premier League last season, despite the club’s relegation.

Meanwhile, new Tigers boss, Leonid Slutsky, admitted after Saturday’s game at Loftus Road that Clucas was preparing to go to another club.

“I don’t know [which club] but it’s Premier League. I think there will be official information, it’s his decision. I only listen to information – I don’t take part in negotiations. I think a deal will be in some days.”