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Raheem Sterling racism: How fan hostility, not cowardice, can help fight abuse in UK

Racism, such as that allegedly experienced by the Man City star at Chelsea, happens because few have the guts to speak up – it’s time to change that I can’t write about Raheem Sterling and the alleged racist abuse to which he has been subjected from the perspective of a black person. And I don’t know what…

Reekado Banks Floats New Record Label

Talented music star, Reekado Banks, who on Friday, announced his exit from Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records, has made a big move in his career with his new Record label, Banks Music.   The label which has been in the works for a while now, is Reekado’s new home, from where he won’t stop dishing out…

Barcelona equal Bayern’s Champions League record in Spurs stalemate

The Catalan giants were held to a 1-1 draw by Tottenham in their latest European outing, but that was enough to see them stretch an unbeaten home run Barcelona have matched Bayern Munich’s record run of unbeaten home matches in Champions League competition, with a draw against Tottenham taking them to 29. Camp Nou has…

‘For the first time it feels really special’ – Pochettino revels in Tottenham progress

Lucas Moura’s late goal at the Camp Nou delivered the finest achievement in four-and-a-half years in north London for the Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has described Tottenham’s passage to the last-16 of this season’s Champions League as the most “special” moment of his tenure at the club. Lucas Moura’s late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at…

‘We have training’ – Valverde warns Dembele despite Spurs goal

The France international netted in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham after being fined for turning up two hours late for a training session Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde admits Ousmane Dembele is not out of the woods yet despite his thrilling strike in Tuesday’s Champions League draw with Tottenham. The France international was fined £90,000 ($112,000) this week…

Casillas joins Ronaldo in recording 100th Champions League victory

Porto’s win at Galatasaray saw the Spaniard reach his century in Europe’s premier club competition alongside the five-time world player of the year Iker Casillas has further etched his name in the Champions League record books after becoming the second player to reach 100 wins in the competition. Despite already being assured a place in the last-16,…

‘If I’d known how good he was, I’d have paid double!’ – Klopp

The Reds boss saw his big-money goalkeeper come to the rescue late on against Napoli, with a timely save securing Champions League progress Jurgen Klopp has saluted Alisson’s heroics in Liverpool’s dramatic Champions League clash with Napoli, with the Reds boss claiming “if I’d know how good he was, I’d have paid double”. The Brazil…

Dembele proves he’s no Barca B player with Tottenham wonder-goal

Tottenham clinched qualification with a 1-1 draw against a weakened Barca team, but it was the controversial French youngster who stole the show This was a night Ousmane Dembele needed to stand up for himself, and he did, with a brilliant individual goal as Barcelona drew 1-1 against Tottenham in the Champions League. After a…

‘I’m not the nicest man in football’ – Chelsea star Kante disputes his popular moniker

The 27-year-old has admitted that he does not believe he is the most amiable man in the game, contrary to widespread belief Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kante insists that he is not the nicest man in football, claiming instead that he is just himself. The Frenchman is often lauded for his humble attitude and low key…

Dembele defended by Lenglet

The forward has been consistently criticised for his indiscipline since arriving in Spain and is linked with a move to Arsenal Ousmane Dembele has been defended by Clement Lenglet after turning up two hours late to training, as the defender insists his Barcelona team-mate is doing well on the pitch. Ronaldo invites Messi to Serie…

Messi leads star-studded Bernabeu crowd for Copa Libertadores final

The Argentina star was among those in attendance at the highly anticipated final between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Madrid. Barcelona and Argentina icon Lionel Messi was at Santiago Bernabeu to watch River Plate and Boca Juniors take part in the Copa Libertadores final second leg on Sunday. Messi was one of a number…

Newcastle set new unwanted record as St James’ Park struggles continue

Rafa Benitez’s side were beaten by 2-1 by Wolves after a late winner from Matt Doherty on Sunday, with the Magpies having now hit a historical low. Newcastle United’s defeat to Wolves on Sunday saw them set the record for their worst ever start after nine home matches of a season in the top four tiers of…

‘Ballon d’Or is a lie!’ – Jordi Alba slams Messi snub

The left-back believes the Argentine’s impressive showing against Espanyol proves that the annual award does not always go to the deserved candidate. Lionel Messi’s fifth place finish in the Ballon d’Or rankings proves it’s “a lie”, Barcelona star Jordi Alba says, accusing the award of favouritism towards Real Madrid players. The Argentine finished outside the top two for the…

Bale finally breaks longest ever Liga drought with Huesca winner

The Wales international volleyed in brilliantly to put Santiago Solari’s side 1-0 up within the first ten minutes of their latest league clash. Gareth Bale ended an 802-minute wait for a goal in La Liga with a first half strike to secure victory for Real Madrid against Huesca on Sunday. The former Spurs man arrived at the back post to volley…

Kelechi Iheanacho firmly failing Leicester City audition

The Nigeria striker isn’t able to translate regular playing time to a consistent goalscoring output with the Foxes. Throughout his club career to date, Kelechi Iheanacho could make a case that a lack of opportunity has stymied his progress. At Manchester City, he was asked to feed on scraps, and largely made the most of the…

Barcelona confirm Rafinha out for six months after knee surgery

Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been ruled out for six months after undergoing knee surgery on Tuesday, the club confirmed. The 25-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid last month and went under the knife in an effort to quicken his recovery. Rafinha has been unfortunate with injuries in recent years…

Mourinho: Manchester United need ‘miracle’

The Portuguese manager admitted that the club isn’t in the best position to push for a Champions League spot. Jose Mourinho admitted it would take a “miracle” for Manchester United to finish in the top four this season. The Red Devils currently sit seventh in the Premier League table in the aftermath of a 2-2 stalemate at Southampton on Saturday. Mourinho’s side…

Meek Mill Speaks On Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Imprisonment

Meek Mill would have wanted to provide Tekashi 6ix9ine with some advice. From his perspective, 69’s trajectory could have been different if he minimized the gangster-like antics once he passed a certain threshold of fame. “I’d hit him like that shit you doing is stupid at this point. I know you might have got on from doing it and…

‘I’ve learnt from my mistake against Juve’ – Higuain

He is currently serving a domestic ban, but the Argentine striker is available for the Rossoneri’s Europa League clash with Dudelange AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain says he has learned his lesson after an on-field meltdown against parent club Juventus earned a two-match ban. Higuain is available for Thursday’s Europa League tie at home to…

Arsenal urged to move for ‘quality’ Dembele despite Barcelona troubles

The Gunners have been heavily linked with the World Cup-winning winger, and Ray Parlour believes he would be a useful addition for Unai Emery Ousmane Dembele would be a “quality” signing for Arsenal, says Ray Parlour, with the France international a top talent despite his struggles at Barcelona. The 21-year-old winger was taken to Camp…

‘We suffered a lot of fouls’ – Tuchel fires back at Klopp’s ‘butchers’ claim

The PSG boss felt his counterpart was perhaps deflecting after losing out to the French side in their Champions League showdown Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel suggested Jurgen Klopp was trying to deflect attention from Liverpool’s Champions League loss by criticising the referee. Klopp was furious with PSG’s antics and numerous other decisions that he…