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China FA bans Villas-Boas for eight games over ref ‘insult’

China’s Football Association has slapped an eight-game touchline ban on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas for lobbing an “insult” at a referee, effectively ending his Super League season.

Villas-Boas fined $14,000 for Champions League blast

Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas escaped a touchline ban and was instead fined $14,000 on Tuesday over his “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, the Asian Football Confederation said.

Messi hits four as Barca maintain perfect start

Lionel Messi added four more goals to his soaring early season tally as a much-changed Barcelona maintained their 100 percent start to La Liga by routing Eibar 6-1 on Tuesday.

Villas-Boas in hot water following Guangzhou outburst

The Asian Football Confederation said Thursday it was launching disciplinary action against Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas for his outburst after the epic Champions League quarter-final win over Guangzhou Evergrande this week.

Messi deal ‘signed’ by agent – Bartomeu

Barcelona’s under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu launched a counterattack on his critics on Tuesday by insisting a four-year contract extension for Lionel Messi has been signed by the player’s agent and father, Jorge Horacio Messi.

Top 20 transfers of the close season

After a record-breaking transfer window in Europe came to a close on Friday in Spain, AFP Sports lists the 20 biggest moves of the summer.

Paulinho vows to face Barca challenges after dream move

Paulinho has promised to “give everything” for Barcelona after completing his move from Guangzhou Evergrande in China.

Real Madrid beat Barca 5-1 on aggregate to win Spanish Super Cup

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 at the Bernabeu to win the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate.

Paulinho’s Barca move shows CSL strength – Villas-Boas

Barcelona's move to sign midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande demonstrates the strength of the Chinese Super League, Andre Villas-Boas has said.

Paulinho joins Barcelona from Guangzhou Evergrande

Barcelona have completed the signing of former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande.

Neymar braced for French culture shock in PSG debut

After dazzling Rio's imposing Maracana and Barcelona's storied Camp Nou, the world's most expensive footballer Neymar will be welcomed to French football on Sunday at Guingamp's humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou in sleepy Brittany.

Oscar set for CSL comeback after 8-match ban for brawl

Oscar will return to the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Sunday evening after serving an eight-game ban for his side's crucial meeting with Tianjin Quanjian.

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Two peacekeepers wounded in Central African Republic – UN

The UN says two peacekeepers in Central African Republic have been wounded in clashes with mostly Christian anti-Balaka militias who attacked the southern town of Pombolo.

Governor Dickson signs Direct Labour Law to boost economy

Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has signed the Direct Labour Agency Bill into law, describing it as a veritable tool to stimulate the economy of the state, through the provision of direct labour jobs that would engage youths.

Southern Governors’ Forum reconvenes in Lagos after 12 years

The plan is contained in a statement the Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, issued saturday.

Three Borno LGs inaccessible, many others partially accessible – UN

The United Nations has said in spite of efforts by the Nigerian military to contain the menace of terrorism in the North-east, three local government areas in Borno State still remain completely inaccessible to aid workers as a result of the threat posed by the Boko Haram sect.

Court orders central bank, commercial banks to freeze accounts without BVN

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria and the 19 commercial banks in the country to disclose all accounts in their custody and the balances in such accounts.

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Kwara govt denies rumours of soldiers injecting students

The Kwara State Government, on Wednesday, denied the rumours that soldiers were injecting school pupils in Omu-Aran, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba returns to Carrington training base

Paul Pogba has hinted he could be close to a return from injury after returning to Manchester United's Carrington training base.

Court orders central bank, commercial banks to freeze accounts without BVN

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria and the 19 commercial banks in the country to disclose all accounts in their custody and the balances in such accounts.

Arsenal lack ‘cojones’ – Troy Deeney

Watford's Troy Deeney has accused Arsenal's stars of lacking fight after the Gunners crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.

Court orders reinstatement of UBTH professor

The National Industrial Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State, has nullified the compulsory retirement of a former Director of the In Vitro Fertilisation unit of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Prof. Augustine Orhue, from the institution.