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Newcastle United takeover off as Saudi-led consortium pulls out

A consortium led by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) has pulled out of their bid to buy Newcastle United.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2020 Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp wearing a face mask comes out for the warm up during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England. – The delay to Liverpool’s title celebrations caused by the coronavirus was just the latest twist in the tale of the Reds’ 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England. A stunning run of 26 wins and one draw from their opening 27 games of the Premier League season ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men were champions-elect long before football was shut down in March. (Photo by PETER POWELL / POOL / AFP)

Pep Guardiola: Jurgen Klopp had Liverpool play every game like it was their last

Jurgen Klopp's side ended the campaign a whopping 18 points ahead of their nearest rivals City, ending Guardiola's side's two-year reign as English football's best side in the process.
Saudi King Salman

Saudi Arabia ruler passes latest anti-piracy measures to boost Newcastle takeover

Saudi Arabia appears to have made its biggest move yet in the fight against piracy after its ruler waved through measures to tackle the illegal streaming of sports and movies – a step which many will welcome when it comes to the Newcastle United takeover.
Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt says he is very satisfied that Katie Hopkins has been suspended from Twitter, after the footballer was involved in a series of social media spats with the right-wing provocateur.

Crystal Palace ace ‘very satisfied’ after playing his role in Katie Hopkins’ Twitter ban

Crystal Palace defender Patrick van Aanholt says he is "very satisfied" that Katie Hopkins has been suspended from Twitter, after the footballer was involved in a series of social media spats with the right-wing provocateur.
Louis Saha has expressed his belief that Jadon Sancho would be a good fit for Manchester United, describing the Borussia Dortmund star as a deadly performer in the final third.

Louis Saha: Jadon Sancho would be a good fit for Manchester United

Louis Saha has expressed his belief that Jadon Sancho would be a good fit for Manchester United, describing the Borussia Dortmund star as a "deadly" performer in the final third.

Phil Neville: England women’s job a stepping stone to club football

Phil Neville says he always intended to leave the England Women’s team after three years to take a job in club football.
Staging football matches without spectators must only be a short-term fix during the COVID-19 pandemic as the prolonged absence of fans could damage the game, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says.

Arsene Wenger: Why I will never return to Arsenal

The 70-year-old remains the longest-serving manager in Premier League history, beating Sir Alex Ferguson by nine months.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin can see “no way” that Liverpool could finish the season without the Premier League title.

UEFA clarify comments on teams from abandoned leagues pre-qualifying for Champions League

UEFA has made clear a statement which implied that teams from abandoned leagues would need to pre-qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Monaco star Cesc Fabregas feels the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season may have been cancelled too soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cesc Fabregas: Ligue 1 ended too soon amid coronavirus crisis

Paris Saint-Germain were declared champions and Amiens and Toulouse were relegated after the season was called off last month, with most teams still having 10 games remaining.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi's lawyer has denied an allegation of corruption against his client relating to the hosting rights for the World Athletics Championships.

PSG chief, ex-FIFA scribe face corruption trial

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and FIFA’s former secretary general Jerome Valcke will face a corruption trial in September, the Swiss judiciary said.
French international Loic Remy has hail Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen for his superlative performances for their modest French Club Lille Metropole.

Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu to undergo medical checkups from May 11

Super Eagles stars – Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu — are expected to join other footballers plying their trade in France’s top flight to undergo “full medical checkups” starting May 11.
L’Équipe report that the French football league body, the LFP, are working to restart Ligue 1 action on one of the following two dates, amid the ongoing disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic- June 3rd or June 17th

French leagues reach financial agreement with broadcasters, reaffirm plan to finish season

The French Professional Football League (LFP) has announced it has reached a financial agreement with broadcasters Canal+ and beIN Sports for the payment of television rights.
Neymar and Juan Bernat scored a goal each in an incredible opening 45 minutes for the hosts in an empty Parc des Princes.

Neymar’s £600,000 per week salary may be cut by half

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil star Neymar could see his salary slashed by 50 per cent as French football attempts to come to terms with the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi

PSG’s Nasser al-Khelaifi in firing line as French clubs battle for TV revenue

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi has been accused of becoming embroiled in a conflict of interest in a dispute over television payments to French football clubs facing a financial crisis in the coronavirus pandemic.
During a session with the club's media, Manchester United forward Odion Ighalo was surprised to receive a call from legend Andy Cole.

Odion Ighalo: I never imagined Manchester United move would happen

Odion Ighalo claims he "never imagined" that his childhood dream of playing for Manchester United would ever come true, despite the fact he has followed the club religiously throughout his professional career.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been hailed for his Manchester United performance in the battle against Man City star Raheem Sterling on Sunday afternoon in the 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

Premier League: Manchester United can’t wait 30 years like Liverpool – Darren Fletcher

Manchester United “cannot allow” their wait for Premier League title glory to extend as long as Liverpool’s, says Darren Fletcher, with the Red Devils tipped to come back into contention within “the next two or three years”.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says he wants to persuade Bordeaux’s English-born forward Josh Maja to play for international football for Nigeria.

Josh Maja: I dreamt playing for Arsenal

Bordeaux striker, Josh Maja, has put Arsenal on high alert by admitting he dreamt one day playing for the Gunners.
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has advised the club’s board to sign an experienced manager after inter manager Freddie Ljungberg fails to get a win in two games.

Arsene Wenger: Chelsea broke ‘rule number one’ against Bayern Munich

Arsene Wenger thinks Chelsea broke “rule number one” after a brutal lesson from Bayern Munich pushed them to the brink of Champions League elimination.

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Nigerian seaports to commence 24-hour operation

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China achieves progress in battle against cyber crimes – report

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Kwara records eight new cases of coronavirus

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Obadiah Mailafia: Serving northern governor a Boko Haram leader

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