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FIFA could ban Spain from the 2018 World Cup – Angel Maria Villar

Angel Maria Villar, the suspended president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has warned that government interference in Spanish football could cost the national team their spot in next year's World Cup.

African refugees reach France in resettlement initiative

The first group of African refugees benefiting from a new initiative bringing those deemed to be especially vulnerable directly to Europe arrived in France on Monday.

Laurent Blanc reveals why he turned down US national job

Laurent Blanc has explained why he turned down the advances of the US national team – and why he is unlikely to go back into international football.

Cristiano Ronaldo a footballing legend – Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is a "legend" and one of the greatest players of all-time, according to team-mate Sergio Ramos.

Nabil Fekir admits interest in Arsenal or Manchester City transfer

Lyon star Nabil Fekir has admitted that he could be interested in moving to the Premier League with Arsenal and Manchester City – but he also says he would be happy with a transfer to Spain.

December 21 election: Catalan separatists’ candidates campaign from prison, exile

With one candidate speaking via video conference from Belgium and another sending dispatches from prison, Catalan separatists are engaged in a highly abnormal campaign ahead of pivotal elections on Thursday.

FIFA threatens to kick Spain out of 2018 World Cup

Spain were in danger of being thrown out of the World Cup on Friday over alleged government interference in its football association.

Nosa Igiebor released by MLS club Vancouver Whitecaps

Major League Soccer (MLS) club Vancouver Whitecaps have released Nigeria midfielder Nosa Igiebor.

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique wants to face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in Champions League final

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has praised Pep Guardiola and revealed he hopes to face his former coach's high-flying Manchester City side in the Champions League final.

Alvaro Morata should not be compared to Didier Drogba – Antonio Conte

Spanish striker Alvaro Morata cannot be compared to Chelsea icon Didier Drogba, the Premier League champions’ coach Antonio Conte said on Friday.

Ryanair to recognise unions to stop strike

The Irish carrier said it would hold talks with unions in Ireland, Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal to recognise them as long as they established a committee made up solely of Ryanair pilots.

Chinese side Hebei CFFC deny Javier Mascherano links

Hebei CFFC have responded to ongoing rumours linking Javier Mascherano with the CSL outfit, telling Chinese media they are "not aware" of the story.

State assemblies begin debate on constitution amendment

Three months after the National Assembly transmitted drafts of the 1999 Constitution Amendment to State Houses of Assembly, some houses have commenced debate on the bills.

Belgium ends extradition case against ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday, after Spain dropped the European arrest warrant against him.

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Governor Okowa signs Delta’s N308 billion 2018 budget into law

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Monday signed the Delta State 2018 Appropriation Bill of N308 billion into law, with an assurance that his administration will ensure full implementation of the budget.

PENGASSAN suspends nationwide strike

Oil workers under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria have called off a planned nationwide strike.

President Buhari extends tenure of defence chief, other service chiefs

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the extension of tenure of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, and the service chiefs.

FMB approves N360m loan for 451 civil servants in Adamawa

The Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) has approved N360 million loan for 451 civil servants of Adamawa, an official has said.

Nasarawa govt. secures N1.5 billion to pay LG workers’ salaries

The Nasarawa State Government says it has secured a N1.5 billion-loan from a commercial bank to pay local government workers’ December salary.

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Gianluigi Donnarumma denies being pressured into signing AC Milan contract

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Senator Boroffice frowns at Governor Fayose’s remark on President Buhari’s 75th birthday

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Prof Robert Boroffice, has disagreed with Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti over his suggestion that President Muhammadu Buhari, should retire from politics in 2019 having clocked 75.

Federal govt releases N3bn for East-West Road

The Federal Government said it had released N3bn to the contractors handling the East-West Road dualisation project in Niger Delta to enable them return to the project sites and continue with their job.