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After 13 years: Fabregas finally admits he threw pizza at Alex Ferguson (Video)

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The hitherto unsolved mystery of who threw a pizza at former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is over.

The culprit is Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. The midfielder himself made the revelation.

The event happened in 2004 and had remained an unresolved mystery until Fabregas’ confession on James Corden’s League of their Own episode on Wednesday.

 

“Can we finally put the case of the flying pizza to bed once and for all? Were you the culprit that thew the pizza?” Fabregas was asked.

“Yes,” replied Fabregas. “Martin Keown is a liar because I saw him in front of me just, like, punching people so he didn’t see anything.

“All of a sudden, I heard noises and I thought what’s happening? So I go out with my slice of pizza and I saw Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, Martin Keown… everyone pushing each other.

“I was like I want to get in but I don’t know how to and I threw, just threw it. Once I saw it was hitting, like, who it was hitting, which I didn’t mean.

“I apologise Sir Alex, really didn’t mean to do that.”

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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo And Neymar Shortlisted For Best FIFA Men’s Player Award

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Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar comprise the Best Fifa Men’s Player shortlist.

Ronaldo helped Real Madrid to a second consecutive Champions League title and finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 12 goals earlier this year.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri were on the shortlist for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.

Holder Carli Lloyd is again nominated for the women’s player award alongside Venezuelan striker Deyna Castellanos and Lieke Martens, who helped Netherlands to the Euro 2017 title.

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‘Penaltygate’ threatens to halt PSG’s lightning start

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Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery refused to name his first-choice penalty taker on Thursday, after Neymar and Edinson Cavani’s apparent falling out against Lyon last week.

The Ligue 1 leaders travel to Montpellier on Saturday looking to make it seven straights wins to kick off the season, after smashing spending records in the close season to compile the fearsome ‘MCN’ front line of Neymar, Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

But the South American pair disagreed over who should take a penalty in the 2-0 win over Lyon, before Cavani saw his effort saved by Anthony Lopes, with Neymar appearing to walk away shaking his head in disgust.

“The two players who will be taking the penalties are Cavani and Neymar,” Emery told a press conference on Thursday.

“(That is) because they’re capable of assuming this responsibility, but other players can take them.

“During training we practice penalties because when the decisive moment arrives and we can win a title with penalties, we will need more than two.

“Last year, the penalty taker was Cavani, this year with the arrival of Neymar there are two. Who is number one and who is number two, I will make that decision.”

Despite the furore over the penalty drama, PSG have been in irresistible form and lead reigning champions Monaco by three points at the top of the early table.

However, Spaniard Emery may opt to make some changes for the trip to Montpellier with Wednesday’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich in mind.

Monaco kick off the weekend action with a trip to Marcelo Bielsa’s struggling Lille on Friday.

Leonardo Jardim’s principality outfit bounced back from a shock 4-0 thrashing at Nice by seeing off Strasbourg 3-0 last week, with Radamel Falcao’s brace taking him to nine league goals for the season already.

Monaco welcome Porto to the Stade Louis II in the Champions League on Tuesday, but Jardim ruled out making wholesale changes.

“My message doesn’t change: the next match is the most important,” he said.

“It’s not possible for a player to save himself for the Champions League. If he does, he could also miss out on that match.”

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Premier League hardest to win – Mourinho

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has said it has never been more difficult to win the Premier League title.

United have made a flying start to the season, scoring 12 goals to collect 10 points from their opening four league games.

Mourinho, whose team host Everton on Sunday, led Chelsea to three Premier League titles, but he feels it is tougher now in England.

“I think it is more difficult now,” he said.

“The economic power belongs to everyone.

“When you speak about economic power, it is not just to buy but to keep players and say, ‘No, we don’t sell’. That power belongs to every club in the Premier League, so the teams are potentially strong.

“But it was always difficult for different reasons. It is difficult because this is the country with more teams that fight for the title.

“And with more teams outside that group of six or seven who have conditions to give you hard matches and to take points off you.

“It is difficult because it is competitive. It is the most difficult country in which to win the title.”

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Liverpool reject Barcelona’s £118m bid for Coutinho

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Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, a source from the Premier League club confirmed to AFP on Friday.

British media reports said Barcelona’s latest bid was worth around £114 million ($146.5 million, 124.7 million euros), a significant increase on their previous offer of £90 million.

Liverpool have publicly stated that Coutinho is not for sale at any price and consider the figures being offered by Barcelona irrelevant.

The 25-year-old Brazil playmaker, currently sidelined by a back problem, has submitted a transfer request.

He signed a new five-year contract in January.

Barcelona have targeted Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele to plug the gap created by Neymar’s world-record 222 million euro ($260.8 million) move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking on Thursday, Barca general manager Pep Segura said deals for the pair were “close”.

But Liverpool are refusing to budge and Dembele, 20, has been suspended by Dortmund after going on strike in a bid to force through a move.

Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in an £8.5 million move in January 2013 and is the key creative figure in Jurgen Klopp’s team, scoring 14 goals in all competitions last season.

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Conte: Chelsea have a small squad, this season will be difficult.

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Antonio Conte, Chelsea manager, has warned that this would be “the most difficult” season of his entire career, admitting that his squad is “too small”.

Conte, speaking ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield game with Arsenal, made it clear that he is still more than one player short, as he prepares to defence the Blues’ Premier League title.

“For me, it will be the most difficult season of my career,” Conte said.

“I’m sure about this. It will be the most difficult of my career as a coach.”

Pressed on why he felt that way, the former Juventus and Italy manager tellingly refused to expand, adding: “I have this perception and I hope I’ve made a mistake.”

Chelsa have spent big money on Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger in the off-season..

Having seen Paris St-Germain smash the transfer world record by buying Neymar for around £200 million, Conte said: “We have a small squad. I think only one player is not enough to improve our team.

“We need more players, not top level like Neymar but more players to improve our squad and our quality.”

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Tyson Fury Announces Retirement From Boxing

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Britain’s former world heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, appears to have hung up his gloves again in a post on Instagram on Wednesday.

“Been very blessed in my life & career achieve the upmost in boxing, was a [sic] epic journey along the way. Thanks to all the fans that supported & believed in me along the way,” he wrote. “Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. THE END.”

The 28-year-old, who has an unblemished 25-0 record, became WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO world champion when he defeated Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015 but has not fought since, having pulled out of two planned rematches.

In June 2016 he was charged with doping offenses by UK Anti-Doping, allegations he denied.

In October that year, Fury appeared to announce his retirement on Twitter, only to then retract the statement shortly before giving up his titles, saying he wanted to focus on dealing with mental health issues.

The next day, Fury had his license temporarily withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control, a move which his trainer and uncle Peter Fury said could be “a blessing in disguise”.

In March 2017, Fury suggested he could make a comeback and when compatriot Anthony Joshua beat Klitschko at Wembley the following month, the new world champion said he wanted to fight Fury, a challenge which Fury accepted on Twitter.

 

Source: Channels TV

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Messi vows to end career with Barcelona

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Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi says he would like to remain with the club for the remainder of his career.

“It’s what I always dreamed and what I always wanted,” he said.

The 29-year-old Argentina international joined Barcelona aged 13, made his first-team debut at 17 and has scored more than 500 goals for the club.

He has won La Liga eight times with Barca, the Champions League four times and Ballon d’Or world player of the year title five times.

Last season under coach Luis Enrique, Barcelona were second in La Liga, three points behind champions Real Madrid and lost 3-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals to eventual beaten finalists Juventus.

Enrique announced in March that he would leave the club in the summer after three years in charge and his final match saw Barca capture the Copa del Rey trophy.

Messi scored the opening goal as they beat Alaves 3-0 to win the competition for a third successive season.

Messi, who was runner-up to Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or, told the Barcelona website his goal is “to try to improve each season in regards to the last, and that is the aim for next season”.

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UCL Final: Juventus in Do Or Die Battle with Real Madrid

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The final of the 2016/2017 Europe Champions’ League game between 11 times champions, Real Madrid of Spain and Turin based Juventus of Italy comes up today, Saturday 3rd June. The kick off time is 7:45pm.

The game will be played at the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium in Cardiff, which has been renamed the National Stadium of Wales.

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Wenger stays, signs two-year deal with Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal Football Club, has extended his stay at the club by sealing a two-year deal with the north London side.

This is coming after the 67-year-old won a record 13th FA Cup for the English side.

According to BBC, the agreement does not include a break clause and, should it be completed, will extend his reign to 23 years.

Despite the frustration of many fans and the numerous call for Wenger’s sack, Arsenal do not consider this as his last contract with the club.

BBC adds that Arsenal are expected to spend at least £100m on new players in the upcoming transfer window – which opens on 1 July – having also spent around that figure last summer.

The Gunners finished fifth in the Premier League this season, the first time they have finished outside the top four since the Frenchman joined in 1996 — missing the UEFA Champions league for the first time in 20 years.

Wenger met Stan Kroenke, club owner, on Monday to determine his future, with the decision relayed to directors at a Tuesday board meeting.

An official announcement is expected later on Wednesday.

Source: The Cable

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