Football

Soccer-Mourinho blasts referee and VAR after Roma lose derby to Lazio

ROME (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho blamed the referee and VAR for AS Roma’s 3-2 defeat to rivals Lazio in Serie A on Sunday, saying his side were dominant despite the result. It was the Portuguese...

Soccer-Arsenal trounce Tottenham as resurgence continues

LONDON (Reuters) -Arsenal’s resurgence continued with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur as the two north London clubs continued to move in opposite directions in the Premier League on Sunday. Goals by Emile Smith Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka crowned a majestic first-half display by a youthful Arsenal who were sharper and hungrier...

Soccer-‘Kick in the guts’: NZ coach laments Stensness’s Australia switch

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Danny Hay said Gianni Stensness’s decision to switch allegiance to Australia is a “kick in the guts” after the midfielder played for the ‘All Whites’ at the Olympics. The Australia-born 22-year-old, who was eligible to play for New Zealand through his father, was not included in Hay’s 21-man squad...

Klopp praises Brentford after thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool

Liverpool’s 3-3 draw away to Brentford was a thrilling spectacle for the fans but Reds boss Juergen Klopp was not in a position to enjoy it as much as those on the terraces as his side dropped two points in the Premier League title race. Liverpool came from a goal behind on Saturday to lead...

26th September

Premier League: Manchester City end run of losses with win at Chelsea as rivals lose

Pep Guardiola has made some curious team selections in Manchester City’s run of losses against Chelsea. This time, he got it just right. In a surprisingly one-sided match between two Premier League title contenders, City delivered a statement performance in a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) that could easily have...

PSG boss Pochettino hopes Messi fit for Man City clash

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris St Germain’s match against Montpellier as he has not fully recovered from a bone bruising injury, but manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes he returns for their midweek match against Manchester City. Messi suffered a knock on his left knee and an MRI scan earlier this week confirmed signs...

Real’s Ancelotti backs Benzema for Ballon D’or

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has backed forward Karim Benzema to win the Ballon D’Or, comparing the Frenchman to a wine that gets better with age. The award, which has been dominated by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in recent years, is as open a contest as ever as the duo age and Benzema’s form...

25th September

Mexican Federation, 17 clubs handed fines over female salaries, team moves

Mexico’s antitrust authority on Thursday fined more than a dozen soccer clubs and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) in a historic move over salary caps for female players and labor movement restrictions. The FMF, 17 clubs and eight unidentified people were handed fines totaling 177.6 million pesos ($8.9 million), according to a statement by Cofece,...

DAZN outage during live Serie A soccer matches sparks anger in Italy

A technical outage occurred at sport global service DAZN in Italy on Thursday, sparking anger among customers unable to access the app and watch part of Serie A soccer games Sampdoria v Napoli and Torino v Lazio. DAZN, which secured the rights to screen all Serie A live soccer matches in Italy for the next...

24th September

UEFA doubles prize money for women’s Euro

UEFA has doubled its prize fund for the 2022 Women’s European Championship to $27 million with increased guaranteed payments for the 16 qualified teams. European football’s governing body said in a statement that it had also approved the introduction of a programme which will see teams that release players for the Euros rewarded with payouts...

Ronaldo tops rich list

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has reclaimed top spot in the list of the world’s highest-paid soccer players from Lionel Messi, according to Forbes. Ronaldo rejoined United from Juventus in August after 12 years away, while Messi has swapped boyhood club Barcelona to join Paris St Germain. Forbes said Ronaldo, among the world’s most popular...

Fiji FA hopeful as nearly 90% footballers fully vaccinated

The Fiji Football Association is hopeful that football will once again be played in the country soon. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed nearly 90% of the Digicel Premier League League players and officials are fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus. He added that 100% of players and officials of the Digicel Premier League,...

23rd September

Fake vax cards – Players found guilty to face the music

Two prominent Fijian football players are among those who have submitted fake vaccination cards to the Fiji Football Association. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they managed to detect the fake cards through an examination of their own database on players. “This is a very serious issue for us. We have sent the...

22nd September

Winston Reid leaves EPL club West Ham after 11 years

Winston Reid and West Ham United have confirmed that All Whites skipper Winston Reid is to leave the English Premier League club after 11 years to “pursue first-team football elsewhere’’. The London club released a statement on social media saying it had “reached an agreement’’ with Reid, who was contracted until 2023 on a deal...

Soccer – Post-match outburst normal as I am human, says Juve coach Allegri

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his post-match outburst, captured on camera following the 1-1 draw with AC Milan, is something he has done many times before, and called on his players to take responsibility for the club’s plight. Sunday’s draw at the Juventus Stadium left the Turin club 18th in the...

Soccer – No more ‘tiki-taka’ – Barca face identity crisis under Koeman

(Reuters) – Barcelona pride themselves on judging their team on style as well as results but coach Ronald Koeman is struggling to deliver on either front, with his position under renewed scrutiny following Monday’s 1-1 https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-spain-fcb-gcf-report/soccer-barca-scrape-late-draw-with-granada-as-fans-stay-away-idUKKBN2GG1PR home draw with Granada. The Catalans only salvaged a point thanks to a 90th-minute header from Ronald Araujo but...

21st September

Soccer-Taking a knee is losing strength, says Chelsea defender Alonso

(Reuters) – Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has stopped taking the knee before matches this season because the anti-racism gesture is “losing a bit of strength”, the 30-year-old said. Players and staff have been taking a knee prior to kickoff since the league returned to action in June last year to show their support for the...

Soccer-Chelsea’s Tuchel says Pulisic doubtful for Villa clash

(Reuters) – Chelsea’s American forward Christian Pulisic is still recovering from an ankle injury sustained on international duty this month and Wednesday’s League Cup game against Aston Villa will likely come too soon for him, manager Thomas Tuchel said. The 23-year-old picked up the problem in the United States’ 4-1 win over Honduras and missed...

Gulf Cup postponed to 2023 due to fixture congestion

(Reuters) – The next Gulf Cup, which was due to kick off in December in Basra in Iraq, has been postponed for a year due to a congested calendar, organisers announced. The competition, which features teams from eight Gulf states, had been due to run from Dec. 24 until Jan. 7 but will now be...

Juve’s post-Ronaldo nightmare showing no sign of abating

(Reuters) – “Life goes on” was the message from coach Massimiliano Allegri after learning of Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire to leave last month, but four Serie A games into a future without their former talisman, Juventus continue to go from one disaster to the next. The reaction in Turin to the Portuguese forward’s departure for English...

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