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Saka leaves England camp with pre-existing injury

Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to club side Arsenal to continue his rehabilitation, the Football Association (FA) announced on Thursday. The FA’s press release said the 22-year-old arrived at the camp at St. Georges Park with an injury and has been unable to participate in training sessions. – Stream on ESPN+: LaLiga, Bundesliga, more (U.S.) Saka will miss England’s upcoming friendlies against Brazil on Saturday and…

Sources: City Group eyes Uruguay’s Rodriguez

The City Football Group (CFG) is considering signing Liverpool Montevideo starlet Luciano Rodríguez, sources have told ESPN. Manchester City’s ownership group could offer the Uruguayan club €15 million ($16.3m) for the transfer with a source telling ESPN that they would be willing to pay an extra €3m to the 20-year-old striker to complete the deal. However, the deal is complicated by the fact that Liverpool Montevideo control 80% of his…

John Cena calls Haaland, and other times soccer and WWE met

It doesn’t happen often but the distinctly different worlds of football and professional wrestling collided this week after Manchester City striker Erling Haaland teamed up with wrestler and actor John Cena for a lighthearted skit to promote the Premier League club’s upcoming preseason tour. Fresh from an extremely revealing comic cameo at the Oscars, Cena was again at his jovial best as he video-called Haaland from Florida, posing as the…

Why European friendlies are crucial for Brazil and other South American teams

International friendlies have undoubtedly fallen greatly in prestige, and the fans of European clubs football might understandably be irritated that this month’s FIFA dates are getting in the way of the closing stages of title races across the continent. Even so, there is a special reason to treasure — if not at least tolerate — the action that is taking place over the next few days. Brazil’s last World Cup…

Spanish fed backs ref over Madrid’s Vini complaint

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has offered its “total and unconditional support” to a referee accused of negligence by Real Madrid for failing to report insulting chants aimed at Vinícius Júnior. Referee Juan Martinez Munuera did not include chants from the crowd of “Vinícius, die” in his official match report after Madrid’s 4-2 win over Osasuna at El Sadar on Saturday, in which the Brazil forward scored twice. On Monday,…

UK gov’t plans for independent football regulator

The British government is planning to establish an independent football regulator to oversee the sport and encourage financial stability via a bill introduced in parliament on Tuesday. The regulator will be independent of government and football authorities with the power to fine clubs up to 10% of their turnover for non-compliance with financial regulations, the government said in a press release. The legislation will strengthen tests of the suitability for…

Madrid complaint: Ref ‘negligent’ on Vini abuse

Real Madrid have filed a complaint with the Spanish Football Federation [RFEF] calling the referee in their 4-2 LaLiga win at Osasuna “negligent” for failing to include insulting chants aimed at Vinícius Júnior in his match report. Television cameras picked up part of the crowd singing “Vinicius, die” during Saturday’s game at El Sadar, with Madrid teammate Dani Carvajal then gesturing towards referee Juan Martinez Munuera. Vinicius scored twice in…

Pochettino’s subs silence his critics as Chelsea reach Wembley again

LONDON — Mauricio Pochettino’s stoppage-time celebration felt pointed for a reason. As Carney Chukwuemeka slotted in a low 92nd-minute finish to finally break Leicester City’s resistance, the Chelsea coach turned to shake his right arm in the direction of those Blues supporters located near the dugout. Noni Madueke later added gloss to the score line with a fine strike, sealing a 4-2 FA Cup quarterfinal victory (stream a replay on…

Trabzonspor fans charge pitch, players after loss

Fans of Turkey’s Trabzonspor stormed the pitch and brawled with security forces and players from visiting Fenerbahce after their team lost 3-2 on Sunday, in the latest incident in a league that has been marred by controversy this season. Brazilian midfielder Fred scored twice in the first period to give Fenerbahce, who are second in the Super Lig two points behind rivals Galatasaray, a half-time lead over Trabzonspor. Macedonian midfielder…