Football

Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold pens long-term deal

(Reuters) – Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club said on Saturday. The 20-year-old local boy, who made his debut in October 2016, has established himself in Juergen...

Big guns primed as business end of Asian Cup gets underway

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – With the big powers all having negotiated the expanded Asian Cup group stage safely enough, the tournament gets going in earnest on Sunday with the first of the sudden-death round of 16 ties. First of the former champions out of the blocks are Iran, who take on Oman at the Mohammed...

Torrential rain postpones first round of premier league

TORRENTIAL rain forced the Fiji Football Association and match officials to call off the first round Vodafone Premier League match between Ba Football Club and Nasinu Football Club that was to be held at Ratu Cakobau Park. Fiji FA Competitions manager Amitesh Pal said the game could not be played in such conditions. He said...

VPL: Lautoka ready to defend title

THE Lautoka football side is ready to defend its Vodafone Premier League title. The champions of 2016 and 2017 started their campaign against Tavua today. LFA secretary Muni Nair said they were aware of the importance of a good start. “We need to start well. The players know that. We will basically have the same...

19th January

Football star Ronaldo expected in Madrid Tuesday for tax fraud trial

MADRID (Reuters) – Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected back in Madrid on Tuesday to attend a trial for tax evasion where Spanish prosecutors are asking for a 23-month prison sentence and fine. Ronaldo’s former Madrid teammate Xabi Alonso is also due in court next Tuesday for another case of tax fraud. Portuguese striker Ronaldo,...

Fiji FA investigates U23 players for alleged drug use

A NUMBER of Fiji Football players in the under-23 squad have been taken into account for allegedly using illegal drugs believed to be marijuana during the under-23 national trials on the Fiji Football Academy grounds in Ba. Fiji Football competition manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed nine players are currently under investigation by the Fiji FA...

Thirty football clubs swallow up nearly half of European revenue

ZURICH (Reuters) – Europe’s 710 top-tier football clubs pulled in a record 20.11 billion euros (£17.63 billion) in revenues between them in the 2017 financial year although almost half of that amount went to 30 of them, according to an annual UEFA report. The Club Licensing Benchmarking report also revealed that gambling and betting firms...

18th January

AC Milan coach Gattuso handed one-game ban for threatening behaviour

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso has been given a one-match touchline ban for threatening behaviour towards the referee at the end of his team’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in their Italian Super Cup match on Wednesday. Serie A said that “in a threatening manner, in the proximity of the referee, (Gattuso) loudly...

Most football associations support 48-team World Cup in Qatar – FIFA chief

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – Most football associations in the world back increasing the size of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to 48 teams from 32, with some matches to be played in neighbouring countries, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Thursday. Infantino told a news conference the Qataris were open to the larger format. FIFA...

Women’s IDC battle

LAUTOKA Blues will start its Vodafone Premier League title defence when it faces giant-killer Tavua in the season opener on Sunday. The side will be going for a win as a platform for their title defence campaign. Team president Abdul Kadir said the first match would be tough especially after coming back from the festive...

Official voting for footballer of the year now open

OFFICIAL voting for the 2018 Vodafone Popular Footballer of the Year award is now underway. This is one of the 15 awards that will be given out during the Vodafone/Fiji FA Awards Nite 2018 on Saturday, February 02, in Nadi. The six nominees for this award are Trina Rochelle Davis (National Women’s Team), Kavaia Rawaqa...

Liverpool must be mindful of Palace peril in Anfield clash

LONDON (Reuters) – Top scorer Mohamed Salah could find the oldest player in the Premier League standing in his way when free-flowing leaders Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. The visitors may have to draft in 39-year-old Argentine reserve goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who last appeared for them at the end of 2017, after...

Ronaldo secures Italian Super Cup glory for Juventus

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half goal secured a record eighth Italian Super Cup victory for Juventus as they beat AC Milan 1-0 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday. The trophy, which was being contested outside of Italy for the 10th time, is traditionally a clash between the Italian league...

17th January

Spurs’ Son helps South Korea to victory over China

AL AIN (Reuters) – South Korea beat China 2-0 to secure top spot in Group C at the Asian Cup on Wednesday as Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min made his first appearance in the tournament for Paulo Bento’s side. The Spurs forward arrived from London on Monday following his club’s Premier League loss to Manchester United...

Kane injury has not changed Spurs transfer plans – Pochettino

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane’s ankle injury that will sideline him until March was tough to take but has not affected the club’s January transfer window plans, manager Mauricio Pochettino told Sky Sports on Wednesday. Kane damaged left ankle ligaments near the end of the 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Wembley...

Leeds have watched all rivals in training, says Bielsa

(Reuters) – Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa said on Wednesday his staff had been watching all the club’s opponents in training this season, after the English Football League (EFL) launched a formal investigation into the ‘spygate’ controversy. “In a few words I can tell you we observed all the rivals we played against and we...

Players’ union asks members to help detained Bahraini

DUBAI (Reuters) – The global footballers’ union FIFPro has asked its members to help the Bahraini soccer player arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland, saying it fears for his safety. Hakeem Al Araibi, who lives and plays in Australia, was arrested in November in Bangkok on an Interpol notice...

Sawhney named new ICC chief executive

(Reuters) – Manu Sawhney, the former managing director of ESPN Star Sports, has been appointed as International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new chief executive, the sport’s governing body announced on Tuesday. Sawhney will join the ICC next month before formally taking over the reins from David Richardson, whose contract expires at the end of the World...

Man Utd fans angry at reduced ticket allocation for Arsenal tie

(Reuters) – Manchester United supporters have been left furious as it appears they are to be offered a reduced ticket allocation for next week’s FA Cup fourth-round trip to Arsenal. According to the competition guidelines, United are entitled to up to 15 percent of the 60,000 capacity at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium when the two sides...

16th January

Tottenham striker Kane out until March with ankle injury

(Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane will be out of action until March after suffering an ankle injury in the weekend’s Premier League defeat by Manchester United, the north London club said on Tuesday. England captain Kane, who is Tottenham’s top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions this season, hobbled away from Wembley...

Weekends are for domestic leagues, not international games – Bundesliga head

BERLIN (Reuters) – Weekends should be reserved for domestic league football and any attempt to have international club matches played on those days could trigger legal action, the head of Germany’s Bundesliga Christian Seifert said on Tuesday. Major international football organisations including FIFA and UEFA have either introduced new competitions such as the Nations League...

La Liga referees pleased with VAR implementation so far

MADRID (Reuters) – The head of Spain’s referee committee on Tuesday hailed the use of video technology (VAR) in La Liga for significantly reducing the number of errors, while recognising they need to ensure officials use the same criteria as each other. “Overall it has been very positive and we are satisfied with the performance...

Italian match officials to follow FIFA guidelines over racism

MILAN (Reuters) – Italian match officials and delegates will be told to follow international guidelines in dealing with racist chanting and insults from the crowd, the head of the country’s soccer federation (FIGC) said on Tuesday. FIGC president Gabriele Gravina told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper that the FIGC would “simplify” the procedure for dealing...

Women’s IDC pool draws

THE 2018 Vodafone Women’s IDC pool draws were carried out today at the Fiji FA Headquarters in Vatuwaqa, Suva. Defending champions Ba is grouped in Group A with Tailevu Naitasiri, Navua and Nadi, while Group B have Rewa, Labasa, Suva, and Tavua. The group stages of the tournament will be played next weekend at the...

Benzema and Vallejo add to Real Madrid injury problems

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid were dealt a double injury blow after scans revealed striker Karim Benzema has fractured a finger, while defender Jesus Vallejo suffered a hamstring injury in training on Monday. Striker Benzema sustained the problem in Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Real Betis and was taken off at halftime, with Spanish...

15th January

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund sign Argentine teenager Balerdi

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Monday completed the transfer of Argentine teenager Leonardo Balerdi from Boca Juniors, with the Under-20 international signing a reported five-year contract. The talented 19-year-old central defender was expected to join next season but the deal was brought forward, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said. German media reported...

Capello says players should stage sit-down protests against racism

MILAN (Reuters) – Footballers in Italy’s Serie A should stage sit-down protests on the pitch if there is racist chanting during a match, former Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello suggested on Monday. Italian football has struggled to stop racist behaviour by fans and the problem returned to the spotlight on Boxing...

Australia union seeks help for detained Bahraini refugee player

DUBAI (Reuters) – The head of the Australian football players union wants the sport’s regional governing body to help secure the release of a Bahraini refugee footballer arrested in Thailand in November over a prison sentence in his homeland. Hakeem Al Araibi, who played in Australia but had flown out for his honeymoon, was arrested...

La Liga Football: Five-point lead for Barcelona

BARCELONA has taken a five-point lead after 19 rounds at the top of the Spanish La Liga football competition. The La Liga website reported that a double from Luis Suarez and another from Lionel Messi helped the defending champions beat Eibar yesterday. Arch rivals Real Madrid also secured a win after edging Real Betis 2-1, it was...

Suva football strengthens its strike force

THE Suva Football Association is strengthening its strike force this season as they aim to do wonders this year. According to the Fiji Football Association, the capital city side has applied for the transfer of former Labasa striker Ratu Apenisa Anare, and it has also secured the International Transfer of Solomon Islands marksman Gagame Feni....

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