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Football: Messi gets one-match ban, fined $1,500 for red card, comments at Copa America

Messi Gets One-Match Ban, Fined $1,500 For Red Card, Comments At Copa AmericaArgentina captain Lionel Messi has been suspended for one match and fined $1,500 by the South American football governing body, CONMEBOL for his red and comments during La Albiceste’s 2-1 win against Chile in the Third-Place match of 2019 Copa America in Brazil earlier this month.

The Barcelona superstar will now observe the one game suspension in Argentina’s first 2022 World Cup qualifying match.

Messi and Chile’s Gary Medel had altercation during the Copa America 2019 Third-Place match and the referee dismissed both players. But Messi incurred more wrath of CONMEBOL after accusing the body and the referee of ‘favouritism and lack of respect’.

Messi may still get more sanctions if CONMEBOL later finds him guilty in some pending cases involving him over dissent and comments at the Copa America.

In a statement on Tuesday, CONMEBOL confirmed the Barcelona star had been fined
$1,500, with no appeal possible.

The single judge of the disciplinary tribunal confirmed “the automatic suspension imposed on the player Lionel Andres Messi, not agreeing on any additional suspension”
while imposing the $1,500 fine.

Watch how Liverpool record historic win over Barcelona 4-3

It was celebration night for Belgian striker, Divock Origi.

He was the unlikely hero as Liverpool pulled off the greatest semi-final comeback in Champions League history with a 4-0 second-leg victory to complete a stunning 4-3 aggregate triumph against Barcelona.

Before the game, the odds were stacked heavily against Liverpool after both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were ruled out with injury following a 3-0 first-leg defeat last week in Spain.

Divock Origi however gave Liverpool hope with a seventh-minute goal at Anfield before Georginio Wijnaldum scored two quick second-half goals to level the tie, setting the stage for the Belgian to strike the decisive goal 11 minutes from time.

Despite the despondency of losing Salah and Firmino, Jurgen Klopp’s men never lost faith and were accompanied by a typically raucous Anfield atmosphere on a European night.

 

Football: Why Messi is out of best three FIFA Men’s

Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, text… Mohamed Salah, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric nominated for Best FIFA Men’s Player

There have been questions spreading about the exclusion of great footballer, Lionel Messi among the three best men footballers in the world which FIFA finally announced.

Though, Lionel Messi didnt perform excellently well at the FIFA World Cup help at Russia in the summer, but he won Laliga.

It was gathered that the great Argentine player didnt perform well at the UEFA champions league in which the three finalist did well.

A football pundit added that at the just concluded Russia World, Argentina was knocked out at the second round which things very worst for the Barcelona player.

However, two Premier League players are nominated for the Best FIFA Goalkeeper award including Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel.

Former Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois, who signed for Real Madrid in the summer, is also nominated.

This year’s Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees are Lyon pair Ada Hegerberg and Dzsenifer Maroszan as well as Brazil’s Marta.

The FIFA Puskas award – given for the best goal of the year – is made up of 10 nominees including Gareth Bale’s overhead kick in the Champions League final and Benjamin Pavard’s exquisite strike in France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the World Cup last 16.

Other nominated goals include Salah v Everton, Ronaldo v Juventus, Riley McGree for Newcastle Jets, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for AEK Athens and Giorgian de Arrascaeta for Brazilian club Cruzeiro.

Two World Cup moments are nominated for the FIFA Fan Award including Japan fans cleaning up the Mordovia Arena after their team’s 2-1 win over Colombia and Peru’s impressive away following.

The Best FIFA Women’s Coach shortlist consists of Lyon’s Reynald Pedros, Japan’s Asako Takakura and Sarina Wiegman of the Netherlands.Image result for messi

Football: Barca eyes on Pogba

Image result for paul pogbaIt has been reported that Barcelona president Josep  Bartomeu has left the door open on a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, after saying the club could still do business before the Spanish transfer window closes, Sky sports reports.

Despite being handed the captain’s armband for the opening 2-1 win against Leicester City, Pogba’s comments after the game hinted at tensions at Old Trafford.

Asked about Pogba after Barcelona’s 2-1 Super Cup win against Sevilla, Bartomeu said: “I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days left.

“We’ll see which players come out. We’re focused on the league, so it’s best to ask (Eric) Abidal,(Ramon) Planes or Pep Segura about players.

“There’s still time to do business.”

Andres Iniesta, Paulinho and Andre Gomes have left Barcelona this summer and the Catalan club may have to wait if they are to further strengthen their midfield following the arrivals of Arturo Vidal and Arthur, with Manchester United unlikely to want to part with Pogba during this window.

“We are never going to find another Andres Iniesta, that’s impossible because there is only one and he is in Japan,” said Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde.

Musa quits Leicester City for Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr on a four-year deal

Image result for ahmed musaIf the reports reaching Fujiipop is anything to go by, Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, 25, has joined Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr on a four-year deal from Leicester City.

Al-Nassr announced this morning that he had signed a four-year contract but did not disclose the transfer fee.

According to unconfirmed reports, Leicester City received a fee of £14.8m with several add-ons, which will see the deal rise to as high as £25m. The deal is expected to make him the highest-paid Nigerian footballer when the transfer fee is revealed.

 

The Super Eagles forward was the Foxes’ record signing when he moved to the King Power for £16.6million in 2016, but struggled for playing time and was loaned back to his old club CSKA Moscow for part of last season.

Why Super Eagles Star, Ahmed named son Ibrahim

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Reasons have surfaced on why Super Eagles star, Ahmed Musa named his new born baby Ibrahim.

Ssources closed to him have it that he loves the name so much, and that was the main reason he named his son Ibrahim Ahmed.

His second wife delivered the baby recently as reports revealed.

Trending: Okocha blames Ighalo in Eagles battle with Argentina

Okocha: Why Super Eagles Lost To Argentina; Ighalo Should Have Scored
Former Nigerian captain Austin Okocha has  scolded Ighalo in the match played yesterday at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He admitted that the Super Eagles lost  to Argentina at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia due to the ‘limited experience’, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Argentina scraped through to the Round of 16 after Lionel Messi broke his drought at the tournament to give the two’time world champions the lead in the 13th minute.
It was the fifth time the Nigeria team was losing to Argentina at the World Cup.
Victor Moses restored parity for the Super Eagles from the spot after Javier Mascherano was adjudged to have fouled Leon Balogun in the box.
Marcos Rojo scored a stunning late winner three minutes from time to send Jorge Sampaoli’s side to the next round.
“Uzoho kept us in the game with the saves he made in the second half. We panicked in the first half,” Okocha said during his analysis on SuperSport during the game.
“If you want to be a bit harsh. We were not clear to keep more players in attack. We were limited in terms of experience.
“It was a gift from Mascherano but then I thought we started the second half better. We got ourselves in better places. It was a fantastic penalty from Moses but I think we should have put them under more pressure.”
On the controversial penalty denied the Super Eagles, the former Bolton Wanderers playmaker said the Nigerian team did not put more pressure on the referee.
Marcos Rojo handled the ball in the box involuntarily and the referee viewed it on VAR but ruled it out.
“Nobody appealed under the referee. We know what the Argentines are like. Rojo got away with one.”
On Wilfred Ndidi’s chance in the 76th minute, Okocha said: “He had more time to keep the ball down to take a good shot.
“Scoring is not his thing but I feel he should have kept the ball a close more to take a better shot.”
On Odion Ighalo’s miss, Okocha’s said: “It was a glorious chance, the ball sat down well for him. If I was Ighalo I would try to force a save from the goalkeeper. If you don’t hit the target you don’t get your job done.”
Ighalo extended his goal drought to eight games. The Changchun Yatai striker has scored four goals in 21 games for the Super Eagles.
On the late goal the team conceded, the former PSG play maker added: “We’ve seen so many late goals in this tournament. Poor defending. Moses reacted late. I have seen him deal with that at Chelsea. I can’t fault the effort of the player the gave their best.
“It was going to be tough for us and it lived up to that and it went to the last three minutes, but I think we have to look at the bigger picture. Most of these players it was the first time.
“For the manager he did well. It’s about continutiy. We don’t have to point fingers at anyone.”
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