UCL: Ronaldo’s Hat-trick Sends Real Madrid To Semi

Real Madrid and Manchester City are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League after winning their respective quarter-final second legs on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick as Madrid beat Wolfsburg 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and reach the last four for the sixth year running. Meanwhile, City made it through to the semi-finals for the first time by beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium to advance 3-2 on aggregate. Sergio Aguero missed a first-half penalty for City before Kevin…

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Nigeria Will Be Banned, Says FIFA

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of an impending “suspension” should Amaju Pinnick be removed as president. In a letter to Pinnick dated April 11, 2016, FIFA warned that last week’s decision of the federal high court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered a5 an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF. “…the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF,” it said. Signed by TI. (l Markus Kattner, acting secretary-general,…

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Sunday Oliseh Gets FIFA Appointment

After his controversial resignation in February, former Super Eagles gaffer, Sunday Oliseh has been appointed into FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) new technical department. The ex-Super Eagles midfielder took to his twitter handle very early on Monday morning to make the announcement. He will also work at the football tournament of the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. The 41-year old said: “I feel honoured to be appointed into the “new look” FIFA technical department. “Next mission: The 2016 Rio Olympics football tournament in Brazil. We thank God for the…

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UCL Quarter-final: Barcelona Beat Atletico Madrid 2-1

La Liga Giants, Barcelona FC, on Tuesday thrashed rivals Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Fernando Torres initially set Atletico Madrid on the lead with an early goal following an assist from Koke in the 25th minute. As the game got tougher, Madrid’s messiah (Torres) was sent out of the pitch after a second yellow card in the 35th minute. Coach Diego Simeone’s boys subsequently maintained their lead against Barcelona till the end of the first half at the Camp Nou. However, Barcelona…

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New Chelsea Boss Conte Faces Match-fixing Sentence

An Italian court on Tuesday called for new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to receive a six-month suspended prison sentence over match-fixing allegations. The current Italy manager, who will take over Chelsea after Euro 2016, is accused of sporting fraud. The ‘Calcioscommesse’ (football-betting) probe maintains that the 46-year-old former Juventus boss failed to expose an alleged rigged second-division match in May 2011. The game involved Siena, whom Conte managed at that time. Conte, who denies any wrongdoing, was also ordered to pay an 8,000 euros ($9000) fine, by Cremona court public…

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Lionel Messi Denies Tax Evasion In Panama Papers Scandal

The family of Lionel Messi denied on Tuesday that he was involved in tax evasion after the Barcelona star emerged as one of many personalities accused of shady offshore dealings in the Panama Papers scandal. “The Messi family wants to make clear that Lionel Messi has not carried out any of the acts attributed to him, and accusations he created a…tax evasion plot, including a network of money-laundering, are false and insulting,” it said in a statement. The scandal erupted on Monday when media groups made public a year-long worldwide…

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NPFL Slams Ifeanyi Ubah With N2.5m Fine, 10-match Ban

The billionaire owner of FC Ifeanyi Ubah and publisher of The Authority, Ifeanyi Ubah, has been handed a 10-match ban from Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) venues following new video evidence from the incident that happened after the Match Day 8 fixture between his club and Heartland FC of Owerri. Ubah was also fined N2.5million by the League Management Company (LMC). “Following the review of new video evidence of the incident that occurred immediately after the Match Day 8 fixture in Nnewi between FC IfeanyiUbah and Heartland of Owerri, the…

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Gary Fired As Valencia Head Coach

Valencia football club has sacked Gary Neville, former Manchester United footballing veteran, following an uninspiring time at the club. In a statement on Wednesday, the club said: “Valencia Football Club have today parted company with Gary Neville as Head Coach. “After careful consideration, the Club have decided to make a change with the best interests of the Valencia CF moving forward this season. We thank Gary for his work at Valencia and wish him the best in the future. “The Club have, today, appointed Pako Ayestaran as Head Coach until…

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AFCON: Nigeria Out As Egypt, Senegal Qualifies

Egypt and Senegal triumphed Tuesday to virtually seal 2017 Africa Cup of Nations places while Nigeria were eliminated and South Africa look set to join them on the scrapheap. A second-half goal from Ramadan Sobhy gave Egypt a 1-0 Group G win in Alexandria while Moussa Konate and Papa Souare goals earned Senegal a 2-1 Group K win in Niger. Record seven-time champions Egypt need one point from a June visit to Tanzania and Senegal one point from games against Burundi and Namibia to be certain of playing in Gabon…

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