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CAF appoints four female referees with one Nigerian among 47 for African Nations Championship

The Referee Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has appointed 47 referees and assistant referees – including Video Assistant Referees – from 31 countries in the continent for the 6th edition of the Total African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Cameroon from 16 January to 7 February 2021.
Nicolas Pepe was sent off for a stupid headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski. Reuters

Mikel Arteta calls Nicolas Pepe’s behaviour ‘unacceptable’

Nicolas Pepe appeared to headbutt Leeds defender Ezgjan Alioski in an off-the-ball challenge and Arsenal’s club record signing was given a red card in the 51st minute after Anthony Taylor consulted with the video assistant referee.
Leeds United held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Ellan Road in the Premier League on Sunday evening.

Leeds United hold Arsenal to a goalless draw

Although Gunners close to getting the opener via Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a solid defensive display ensured all things were kept under control.
Nuno Espírito Santo expressed frustration with the current handball law after his Wolves side lost 1-0 at Leicester.

Nuno Espírito Santo wants handball ‘consistency’ after Wolves defeat

Most neutral observers felt that Kilman was hard done by, though there was also general acceptance that referee Anthony Taylor was bound by the most recent interpretation of the law to point to the spot.
Jeremy Lin revealed Tuesday he is leaving the Beijing Ducks after one season in China and wants to return to the NBA, where he sparked the “Linsanity” craze of 2012.

NBA: Jeremy Lin seeks return after one season in China

Jeremy Lin revealed Tuesday he is leaving the Beijing Ducks after one season in China and wants to return to the NBA, where he sparked the “Linsanity” craze of 2012.
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson with team mates celebrates with the trophy after winning the Premier League. REUTERS-Paul Ellis

Liverpool to begin Premier League title defence against Leeds

Liverpool will begin defending their Premier League title on Sept. 12 at Anfield, according to a fixture list for the new season, when they play newly promoted Leeds United, who return to England’s top-flight for the first time in 16 years.
UEFA announced in an official statement that Dutchman Danny Makkelie will be the referee of the Europa League final as Sevilla and Inter Milan go for the top prize on Friday.

UEFA name Dutch referee for Europa League final

Referee Makkelie has officiated seven Champions League games and the Europa League clash between Bayer Leverkusen and Rangers. It will be his first ever Europa League final.
UEFA have announced match officials for the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich with Spaniard Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz to be the man in the middle.

UEFA name match referee for Lyon vs Bayern Champions League semi-final

UEFA have announced match officials for the Champions League semi-final between Lyon and Bayern Munich with Spaniard Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz to be the man in the middle.
Dirk Kuyt believes Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have all the ingredients to finally deliver an elusive Premier League title, stating that the Reds' current crop are a more complete outfit than the 2008-09 squad that were pipped to the top spot by Manchester United.

Liverpool’s ‘brilliant’ 2019 just a building block for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have now won 18 of their first 19 league games of the season and lost just once in the calendar year in the league, on top of winning the Champions League, Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
English Premier League

Premier League not following FIFA advice for handling racism

Tottenham has asked the Premier League to clarify the procedures it follows in the wake of the fallout from Chelsea defender Antonio Rüdiger reporting being subjected to monkey noises from the home fans in Sunday’s London derby.
Antonio Rüdiger

Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger suffers racist abuse against Tottenham

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger was a subject to racist abuse in the Blues victory against London side Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes the decision to award Liverpool a late penalty in 2-1 defeat at Anfield was ‘soft’.

Mauricio Pochettino: Liverpool got ‘soft’ penalty in Tottenham’s defeat

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino believes the decision to award Liverpool a late penalty in 2-1 defeat at Anfield was ‘soft’.
Iker Casillas says Real Madrid's newly-returned coach Zinedine Zidane reminds him of Vicente del Bosque while praising him for his work in the Santiago Bernabeu hot seat.

UCL: Zinedine Zidane admits Real Madrid midfield collapsed in PSG thrashing

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has rued his team’s heavy 3-0 defeat to PSG in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Group A match at the Parc des Princes, saying his midfield collapse cost them the match.
Manchester City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus (R) is tackled by Brighton’s Spanish defender Martin Montoya during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium in London, on April 6, 2019. Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Manchester City reach FA Cup final, stay on course for quadruple

Manchester City’s quest for a quadruple of trophies remains intact after Gabriel Jesus’s solitary early goal was enough to see off Brighton 1-0 and reach the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola

FA asks Pep Guardiola to explain pre-derby referee comments

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has been asked by the Football Association to explain comments he made about the referee before Sunday's derby with Manchester United.

Manchester City fined £50,000 for failing to control players against Wigan

Manchester City have been fined £50,000 for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion in last month's FA Cup tie at Wigan, the Football Association has announced.

English FA expected to act after Sergio Aguero tangles with Wigan fans

The Football Association are likely to launch an investigation into Wigan and Manchester City after Sergio Aguero was forced to defend himself at the end of a turbulent fifth round FA Cup tie at the DW Stadium.

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger stands by referee comments after Chelsea game

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he serves football with "honesty and integrity" as the Football Association look into his comments about referees.

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NBS: VAT revenue grew to N454.69bn in Q4 2020

The federal government generated N454.69 billion revenue from value-added tax (VAT) in the fourth quarter of 2020, a report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is pleased for Thomas Tuchel, describing the Chelsea squad as a “present” for his fellow German, but acknowledged that he feels the sacking of Frank Lampard was “really harsh”.

Jurgen Klopp: Thomas Tuchel is a really good manager

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is pleased for Thomas Tuchel, describing the Chelsea squad as a “present” for his fellow German, but acknowledged that he feels the sacking of Frank Lampard was “really harsh”.

CBN governor: Improved diaspora remittances will boost economy

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said the ongoing reforms to increase diaspora remittances into the country will support the economy and help reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told his new squad that everyone now has a clean slate.

What Thomas Tuchel told Chelsea players during first training session

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has told his new squad that everyone now has a clean slate.
The Kaduna State University (KASU) says it has expelled about 80 students for various forms of examination malpractices during the 2018-2019 academic session.

Kaduna university to reopen January 29

Mr Samuel Manshop, the registrar, Kaduna State University (KASU) has said academic activities will resume on Jan. 29, 2021.