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Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has issued an apology for his penalty miss against Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero apologises after embarrassing penalty miss vs Chelsea

It was a surprising slip from the usually unerring Argentine, but it was in keeping with a torrid season for the Premier League leaders from 12 yards out and contributed to a 2-1 defeat that prevented City from claiming the title.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has disclosed why he decided to play Nicolas Pepe as a left-winger against Southampton.

Arsenal boss: Nicolas Pepe’s work ethic has been phenomenal

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has classified Nicolas Pepe’s work rate as "phenomenal" after he delivered another stand-out performance for his side in the Europa League.
Chelsea told their supporters on Friday that the club regretted joining the short-lived Super League project that collapsed within 48 hours of being announced, while Tottenham Hotspur fans called on their club’s board to resign immediately.

Chelsea tell fans club regrets Super League move

Chelsea told their supporters on Friday that the club regretted joining the short-lived Super League project that collapsed within 48 hours of being announced, while Tottenham Hotspur fans called on their club’s board to resign immediately.
Mauricio Pochettino says he will not rest players for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 match against Metz on Saturday to boost his side's hopes of progressing in the Champions League.

PSG boss won’t rest players ahead of Champions League game vs Manchester City

Mauricio Pochettino says he will not rest players for Paris Saint-Germain's Ligue 1 match against Metz on Saturday to boost his side's hopes of progressing in the Champions League.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed he could be open to taking over the France national team job in the future.

Real Madrid boss responds to talk of club being kicked out of Champions League

Zinedine Zidane says it would be "illogical and absurd" for Real Madrid to be kicked out of the Champions League as a result of their involvement in Super League proposals.
Carlo Ancelotti says Everton's special Merseyside derby victory against Liverpool was a gift to their fans.

Carlo Ancelotti: I thought European Super League was a ‘joke’

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he thought the European Super League was “a joke” when he first heard about the breakaway proposal.
Slovan Bratislava lost its appeal Friday against exclusion from the Champions League by UEFA after players tested positive for COVID-19 in pre-game checks.

UEFA counterattacks Super League, will offer up to €7 billion

Football is at war between UEFA and the Super League. The creation of a new competition, outside of the international bodies, has created a schism between clubs and organisations.
Criminal proceedings against FIFA president Gianni Infantino have been launched in Switzerland.

FIFA chief to break silence as Super League plunges Europe into crisis

FIFA president Gianni Infantino is expected to deliver his verdict on the European Super League on Tuesday after the widely condemned breakaway competition triggered threats of legal action and punitive measures.
La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed Manchester City will be in the Champions League next season because of the Court of Arbitration for Sport “did things badly.”

LaLiga slams Super League breakaway

Spain's LaLiga have reacted this morning to news that 12 clubs are seeking to break away and form their own Super League.
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed that they will not be one of the clubs joining the proposed Super League.

Borussia Dortmund confirm they will not join European Super League

Plans for the formation of a new European competition were unveiled on Sunday, with 12 founding clubs having already signed up for the competition which has been designed to rival the current Champions League.
Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli has been named as the vice-chair of the new European Super League, and he has explained why he believed the new competition will be positive for the sport on the whole.

ESL vice-chairman Andrea Agnelli promotes decision for breakaway

Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli has been named as the vice-chair of the new European Super League, and he has explained why he believed the new competition will be positive for the sport on the whole.
Many of his players may lack Champions League knockout experience but the professionalism, effort and game management on display from Chelsea against Porto tonight delighted Thomas Tuchel.

Thomas Tuchel wants Real Madrid over Liverpool in Champions League semi-finals

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admits he would prefer to face Real Madrid rather than Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals after the Blues reached the last four for the first time since 2014.
Roma are hoping to reach the semifinals of a European competition for the second time in four seasons as they host continental heavyweights Ajax, while Arsenal hope to avoid humiliation at the hands of Slavia Prague and Manchester United look set for the last four.

Roma hope to hold off Ajax in hunt for Europa semis

Roma are hoping to reach the semifinals of a European competition for the second time in four seasons as they host continental heavyweights Ajax, while Arsenal hope to avoid humiliation at the hands of Slavia Prague and Manchester United look set for the last four.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United’s win over Wolves is a “big step forward” after they moved two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool.

Manchester United draw AC Milan in Europa League Round of 16

The draws of the round of 16 ties in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League were drawn on Friday and the star fixture will be that between Manchester United and AC Milan. Both are former European champions but United have one triumph-2017, in Europe’s second trophy while AC Milan have never won it. The two teams have met thrice in European competition, and all the ties have been won by the Italians.
Benin Republic forward, Razak Omotoyossi says he’s optimistic the team will defeat the Super Eagles 2-0 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

AFCONQ: Super Eagles will fall in Benin – Razak Omotoyossi

Benin Republic forward, Razak Omotoyossi says he’s optimistic the team will defeat the Super Eagles 2-0 in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
On Monday, FIFA published the 2020 edition of the FIFA Global Transfer Market Report.

Coronavirus restrictions may stop players from honouring national calls

Football players across the world may be restricted by Covid-19 rules to honour their countries during international engagements.
Folarin Balogun celebrates after guiding in his second Arsenal goal to set the seal on a sixth win out of six in the Europa League this season. Ryan Byrne-INPHO-REX-Shutterstock

Mikel Arteta praises Folarin Balogun’s ‘incredible’ progress at Arsenal

The young attacker has been turning heads since linking up with Arteta’s men, scoring twice in as many appearances in the European competition, amid other dazzling displays.
According to a damning on-the-whistle report from The Athletic, Frank Lampard’s job at Chelsea is under serious threat after the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Frank Lampard under serious threat of being sacked as Chelsea boss

According to a damning on-the-whistle report from The Athletic, Frank Lampard’s job at Chelsea is under serious threat after the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala got on the score sheet in Barcelona Ladies’ 9-0 thrashing of Santa Teresa, in the Spanish Women’s Primera Division on Saturday.

Asisat Oshoala ends Champions League goal drought for Barcelona

Asisat Oshoala has scored her first goal in the Uefa Women's Champions League this year, ending her 295 minutes drought in the competition for Barcelona.
Club Brugge of Belgium Striker, David Okereke has hailed the resilience of his teammates after they came back from a goal down to secure a draw against Standard Liege and consequently restored their three points advantage at the top of the Jupiler League.

David Okereke backs Club Brugge to make history in Champions League

David Okereke believes Club Brugge can make history in the Champions League by advancing into the knock-out stages of the competition.
Former Napoli centre-forward Andrea Carnevale has urged Victor Osimhen to be more selfish in order to score more goals.

Victor Osimhen returns to Napoli training ahead of Real Sociedad clash

Napoli have provided an update on Victor Osimhen ahead of their Europa League clash against Real Sociedad on Thursday.
Lucas Digne believes Everton are capable of clinching a top four place.

Lucas Digne: Everton capable of clinching top four place

The Blues' left-back sounds confident about the club's chances of playing in European competition next season after a transfer window in which the club did "well".

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Paris St Germain clung on to their hopes of winning a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title with a 4-0 home win against 10-man Stade de Reims as Lille’s lead was cut to a single point with one game remaining on Sunday.

Ligue 1: PSG cling on to title hopes as leaders Lille held

Paris St Germain clung on to their hopes of winning a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title with a 4-0 home win against 10-man Stade de Reims as Lille’s lead was cut to a single point with one game remaining on Sunday.

Edwin Clark cautions against agitation for Nigeria’s break-up

An elder statesman and former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has cautioned against calls for secession in some parts of the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived in Paris for the Financing Africa Summit.

President Buhari arrives Paris for Financing Africa Summit

According to Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the summit will draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.

Firm cautions Nigerian government over sale of national assets

Agusto Consulting has cautioned the federal government over its plan to relinquish national assets to private hands, saying, the risk involved is unquantifiable.
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

NNPC selects 26 firms to lift Nigeria’s crude oil

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has picked 26 foreign and local companies as well as 12 countries to lift the country’s crude oil for the next two years.

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Deng Ming (C), deputy director of China's National Narcotics Control Commission attends a news conference in Beijing, China May 11, 2021. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins

China moves to regulate all synthetic cannabinoids

China will become the world’s first country to regulate all synthetic cannabinoid substances, in a bid to get ahead of new variations whose chemical properties are not yet subject to regulation, the country’s drugs control office said on Tuesday.
Nigeria's national electricity grid collapsed on Sunday, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said in a statement. Power outages in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa, are common, but a system collapse is unusual.

Official: TCN restores bulk power to all 330 KVA across grid

The Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) says it has restored bulk power to all the 330 Kilo Volt (kV) Transmission Stations across the entire grid by 5.54pm Wednesday.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal dispatched his Madrid Masters slayer Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open semi-finals on Friday.

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Alexander Zverev to reach semi-finals

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal dispatched his Madrid Masters slayer Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open semi-finals on Friday.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has vowed to go on the offensive against Real Madrid when the pair meet in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tonight.

FA Cup fallout: Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel frustrated in defeat

Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, revealed he was in “angry mode” after the surprise home loss to Arsenal suddenly put pressure on their top-four hopes in the Premier League – although the Champions League final against Manchester City could yet prove the most glittering safety net.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the disruption to his team’s preparations caused by fan protests was not to blame for his side’s poor performance in their 4-2 home defeat by Liverpool on Thursday.

Manchester United boss: Protest disruption not to blame for loss

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the disruption to his team’s preparations caused by fan protests was not to blame for his side’s poor performance in their 4-2 home defeat by Liverpool on Thursday.