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Month: February 2021

Bellerin eyeing Arsenal exit
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Bellerin eyeing Arsenal exit

PSG and Barcelona have been rumored to be admirers of Hector Bellerin for a long time now. Every transfer window they are linked with the Spanish right back. Last summer it was rumored that PSG even placed a bid worth 35 million dollars but Arsenal rejected the offer. As Bellerin approaches his final 2 years of the contract PSG have risen their interest in him. All this time Bellerin and Arsenal have been quiet about his future plans. However, this time Bellerin also seems to be eyeing the departure. Arteta’s discussion had convinced Bellerin to continue at Arsenal this summer but seems like he would like to compete for the silverware rather than stay at the club for the rebuild process. He is currently the vice-captain of the club and has been only average all season. He got hi...
Give The Ref A Hand
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Give The Ref A Hand

The campaign called 'Give The Ref A Hand' has been established by Ref Support. They hope it will end the animosity that some grassroots match officials receive on a weekly basis. Martin Cassidy, the CEO of the charity, talked to Sky Sports News about the positive goals. The initiative aims to achieve and encouraged those involved in grassroots football to think about the negative effect on amateur referees that intimidating behavior and language can have. "Now that the government has announced we can all get back to what we love - playing football - I just think that with all the negativity that has been around, with the Mike Dean incident and what happened with Darren Drysdale - we just want to be able to try and turn these negative events into refocusing events and turn it int...
Giroud overhead goal earns away win in Madrid
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Giroud overhead goal earns away win in Madrid

Chelsea played Atletico Madrid in Champions League round of 16 first leg in Bucharest on Tuesday night. An outrageous overhead goal from Olivier Giroud handed Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid. Shortly before 15 minutes, Chelsea had a good opportunity to open the scoring against the leaders of La Liga. But Mason Mount's whipped-in cross skipped past the goalmouth just outside Timo Werner's reach. With Angel Correa finding space behind the defense, Atleti hit Chelsea on the counter just before half-time. But Luis Suarez couldn't deal with the short cross that came his way and the teams went to scoreless halftime. After 70 minutes, Giroud finally broke the deadlock with a spectacular overhead strike. It was initially ruled out for offside. But when the ball was adjudged t...
Fans to be allowed in stadiums in the UK
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Fans to be allowed in stadiums in the UK

From May 17, with up to 10,000 spectators will be allowed to return to all sporting activities in stadiums in UK. It will be just in time for the final weekend of the Premier League season. Yesterday's government announcement paves the way for fans to attend the summer's major sporting events, including Wimbledon, Euro 2020 football tournament matches, Derby and Royal Ascot racing matches, Open Golf, British Grand Prix, England cricket matches, and the new Hundred tournament. Instead of going on the conventional tour, it also increases the chance of the British & Irish Lions playing South Africa on these shores. The scheduling ensures that on May23, fans will be able to watch the season's final Premier League matches. Although that may lead to some clubs arguing that home...
Aston Villa ban players from fantasy football
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Aston Villa ban players from fantasy football

In the midst of fears about the leakage of Jack Grealish's injury, Aston Villa have prevented their teams from engaging in fantasy football competitions. In the Fantasy Premier League, more than seven million people compete. Teams are chosen from actual players who can be substituted or sold, with points earned for goals scored, assists, or clean sheets. Several Villa players are believed to have teams and any changes to those selections can be seen in any round of top-flight fixtures around an hour before the first match. On Friday night, when the new transfer deadline for the game expired before Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United. And a Twitter account named FPL Insider posted that three Villa players, Matt Targett, Conor Hourihane, and Neil Taylor, said in a tweet. It was...
Atletico lost to Levante
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Atletico lost to Levante

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid were left in shock as they lost to Levante 0-2. It was their first league defeat in 12 games. Morales gave Levante the early lead. A deflected strike, shot inside the box was enough to deceive keeper Oblak to find the net. Atletico had a poor first half and couldn’t produce many chances. Atletico started the second half on a high. However, they couldn’t find the net. Levante keeper Cardenas made a total of 10 saves In the match to keep a clean sheet. Luis Suarez hit the post Correa’s goal was ruled off for a Suarez foul. Joao Felix wasted few chances too. Also, Llorente and Lodi came near to equalizing the match. But it was Levante who doubled their lead near to the end of the match. After Oblak had committed himself forward to fight a corner, ...
Chelsea draw Southampton
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Chelsea draw Southampton

Chelsea were disappointed to have drawn against struggling Southampton on Saturday. Liverpool loanee Minamino scored for Southampton first and then Mason Mount levelled for Chelsea. Chelsea started very brightly and should have gone ahead in the first 10 minutes. But a shot from Marcus Alonso was wide. Chelsea dominated the possession but failed to create any chances. Soon Chelsea were punished, Redmond passed the ball to Minamino who skipped passed Mendy to give Southampton the lead. Zouma tried to bring Chelsea level but his header was saved by McCarthy. Chelsea then came back in the second half as they were awarded a penalty. Mason Mount was brought down by Ings and himself converted from the spot kick. Vestegaard tried to give Southampton the lead in 70th minute was his head...
AC Milan vs Inter Milan: Preview and Team News
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AC Milan vs Inter Milan: Preview and Team News

One of the fiercest rivalries in world football is taking place on Sunday. Both Milan and Inter will fight for the top spot in the league. Last week, Milan was eventually dethroned at the top of the Serie A standings by the Inter, having kept top spot for 21 match weeks. A shock defeat against in-form Lazio at humble Spezia and Inter's clinical 3-1 victory meant that at an inopportune moment they eventually let first place slip. Since the beginning of 2021, Pioli's men have now lost three league games-one more than they did in the whole of 2020. Ten-man Red Star Belgrade managed to snatch a late equaliser in Milan's last-32 Europa League first-leg tie. Inter knew that the sudden loss of Milan on Saturday meant that last Sunday's victory would put them top of the league. And A...
Bournemouth in talks with Henry to be their new Manager
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Bournemouth in talks with Henry to be their new Manager

Despite interim manager Jonathan Woodgate's unbeaten run since taking temporary charge, the Cherries are seeking a deal to carry Henry from the MLS to the Championship. After six months after four consecutive defeats, Tindall was sacked. And Bournemouth has since narrowed the shortlist, with David Wagner and Patrick Vieira also aligned with the vacancy. But it is reported that Henry tops the list. Henry previously managed Monaco and was on the Belgian coaching staff of Roberto Martínez. It is reported that Bournemouth asked Montréal for permission to talk with Thierry Henry.
Arsenal drew 1-1 against Benfica
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Arsenal drew 1-1 against Benfica

Bukayo Saka's goal gave Arsenal a useful away goal in a 1-1 draw against Benfica in Europa League’s round of 32. This match took place in Rome because of travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have given Arsenal the lead in a first half. He missed a close-range tap in which he used to score in normal days. First half that ended goalless as Arsenal who were dominant couldn’t capitalize good chances. However, Benfica took the lead on 55 minutes after Pizzi converted a penalty. Foul was awarded due to a handball from Smith-Rowe. Mikel Arteta's side looked like they could be made to pay for that miss. But Saka converted from close range. An excellent ball from Cedric and the visitors were level within two minutes. With little attacki...