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Bayern Munich have responded after UEFA rejected a request for Germany to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 clash with Hungary due to political reasons.

Euro 2020: Bayern respond to UEFA rainbow rejection

Bayern Munich have responded after UEFA rejected a request for Germany to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 clash with Hungary due to political reasons.
The German FA has said it will not be punished by UEFA for the rainbow-coloured captain’s armband Germany skipper Manuel Neuer has worn during Euro 2020 in solidarity with gay pride this month.

No Uefa hammer for gay supporting German skipper

The German FA has said it will not be punished by UEFA for the rainbow-coloured captain’s armband Germany skipper Manuel Neuer has worn during Euro 2020 in solidarity with gay pride this month.
Manuel Neuer is the subject of a UEFA investigation after he wore a rainbow coloured captain’s armband in support of Pride Month during his country’s first two games against France and Portugal at this year’s Euros.

UEFA backs down over Manuel Neuer’s rainbow armband

UEFA has dropped its investigation of Manuel Neuer’s rainbow captain’s armband after declaring that the Germany skipper’s decision to wear it is a ‘team symbol of diversity’.
Hungary players salute the fans at a packed-out Puskas Arena. Tibor Illyes-EPA

UEFA probes discrimination at Hungary’s Euro 2020 matches

UEFA is investigating “potential discriminatory incidents” during Hungary’s European Championship matches against Portugal and France at the Puskas Arena, European football’s governing body said on Sunday.
UEFA on Thursday said that France defender Benjamin Pavard did "not lose consciousness" when he fell on his head during his team's Euro 2020 win over Germany.

UEFA: France’s Benjamin Pavard didn’t ‘lose consciousness’

Pavard said he was "a bit knocked out for 10 to 15 seconds" after challenging for the ball with Robin Gosens during France's 1-0 win on Tuesday. But UEFA said the report it received from the French team doctor suggested that was not the case.
Greece has sent a letter of complaint to the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), Aleksander Ceferin, over the name being used by the North Macedonia team on their national soccer jersey during Euro 2020.

UEFA rejects Greek protest over North Macedonia shirt

Uefa on Wednesday rejected Greece’s request to change the North Macedonia shirt at Euro 2020 after the Greeks argued that the current version violated a historic treaty between the Balkan neighbours.
Wales are bracing for a hostile reception when they face Turkey in Baku at Euro 2020 on Wednesday while rejuvenated Italy can seal their place in the last-16 with victory against Switzerland.

Euro 2020: Wales set for hostile crowd as Italy eye knockouts

Wales are bracing for a hostile reception when they face Turkey in Baku at Euro 2020 on Wednesday while rejuvenated Italy can seal their place in the last-16 with victory against Switzerland.
UEFA has confirmed “several people” are being treated in hospital for injuries caused by a protester who parachuted into the stadium before France’s victory over Germany on Tuesday night.

UEFA confirms several people being treated after protester’s act

UEFA has confirmed “several people” are being treated in hospital for injuries caused by a protester who parachuted into the stadium before France’s victory over Germany on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola has labelled the much-maligned David Luiz an exceptional player ahead of Manchester City's FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal.

David Luiz wants to remain in Europe following Arsenal exit

Brazilian defender David Luiz wants to remain in European football following his Arsenal departure.
Nigerian players, Scotland Rangers forward, Joe Aribo, and Watford defender, William Troost-Ekong, have sent their prayers to the ailing Danish star, Christian Eriksen.

Super Eagles stars pray for Christian Eriksen

Nigerian players, Scotland Rangers forward, Joe Aribo, and Watford defender, William Troost-Ekong, have sent their prayers to the ailing Danish star, Christian Eriksen.
Russia on Tuesday sent a letter of complaint to Uefa over Ukraine’s “political” Euro 2020 kit that features the outline of Moscow-annexed Crimea and is emblazoned with popular patriotic chants.

Euro 2020: Russia drag Ukraine to UEFA court over ‘political’ kit

Russia on Tuesday sent a letter of complaint to Uefa over Ukraine’s “political” Euro 2020 kit that features the outline of Moscow-annexed Crimea and is emblazoned with popular patriotic chants.
Inter Milan and Arsenal were thinking of a possible swap deal. Granit Xhaka would go to Italy and Christian Eriksen would come to Italy.

Granit Xhaka edges closer to joining Jose Mourinho at Roma from Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has made Xhaka one of his top targets this summer with talks already underway between the two clubs with Arsenal believed to be demanding £21.5million for the 28-year-old.
According to reports from The Mirror, Manchester United are plotting a summer move to sign centre-back Jules Kounde.

Arsenal tipped to make first move in race for La Liga defender

Arsenal has been tipped to make the first move for Jules Kounde as they continue to rebuild their team.
Liverpool have congratulated Steven Gerrard after the Rangers were confirmed Scottish Premiership champions.

Steven Gerrard considered for Everton job after Carlo Ancelotti’s departure

The Daily Star says the Everton board are considering appointing Liverpool icon Steven as their next permanent boss following the departure of Ancelotti who left for Real Madrid on Tuesday afternoon.
Sevilla have reportedly turned down a shock €55m offer from Premier League giants Manchester City for central defender Jules Kounde.

French star Jules Kounde set to leave Sevilla this summer

Jules Kounde has admitted that he could leave Sevilla this summer after another successful season for the young French star.
David Moyes fears West Ham’s slim hopes of Champions League football could be affected further by Manchester United forced to field weakened teams.

David Moyes: I can win silverware with West Ham

West Ham boss, David Moyes, strongly believes he can win silverware with the club.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the Super League project was not in football's best interests, insisting the Champions League must be protected.

PSG president: Super League didn’t have the interests of football at heart

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the Super League project was not in football's best interests, insisting the Champions League must be protected.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin during a press conference REUTERS-Yves Herman-File Photo

UEFA boss in favour of final four in Champions League

UEFA President, Aleksandar Ceferin, has confirmed he’s ‘in favour of the Final 4’ in the Champions League’ and doubts another Super League project will be proposed ‘for at least 10 years.’
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin can see “no way” that Liverpool could finish the season without the Premier League title.

UEFA president: Super League project won’t be put on the table for at least...

Twelve leading European sides announced their intention to form the Super League last month, only for the project to collapse within 48 hours amid protests from across the football world.
Spotify co-founder and CEO Daniel Ek has spoken to CNBC about his plans to buy Arsenal.

Arsenal linked with move for Manchester City stars Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez

According to Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola is already making plans to freshen up his squad this summer. That’s despite City having the chance to win the Champions League on Saturday evening when they face Chelsea in Porto.
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 to abolish away goals rule after 56 years

The away goals rule is likely to become a thing of the past in European football, with UEFA set to abolish the tiebreaker used in the even of a draw in two-legged knockout ties.
UEFA has launched an investigation into allegations Zlatan Ibrahimovic has a financial interest in a betting company.

UEFA fines Zlatan Ibrahimovic over financial interest in betting company

UEFA last month announced it was investigating Ibrahimovic after Swedish publication Aftonbladet claimed the Milan striker was potentially in breach of FIFA regulations due to apparent involvement in the Maltese gambling company Bethard.

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‘Armed robbers’ involved in ghastly motor accident in Ogun

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Russians nationals detained in Chad desert say they are tourists

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The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has said that for appreciable development to take place in the country, more women must be regarded and enlisted to take up more spaces in governance.

Senate vows to expose MDAs refusing to account for public funds

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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has addressed the issues surrounding the strike action by some state-owned tertiary institutions, declaring that the state will resolve the matter within the month.

Oyo governor urges council chiefs to strengthen intelligence gathering in their areas

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Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was present at the first training session of selected Nigeria Professional Football League players in Abuja on Wednesday.

Super Eagles coach joins NPFL stars in training ahead of Mexico friendly

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Demonstrators protest against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the latest anti-LGBTQ law in Budapest, Hungary, June 14, 2021. REUTERS-Marton Monus

EU countries condemn Hungary over anti-LGBTQ law

Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, France and Ireland were among European Union countries condemning their peer Hungary on Tuesday for a new anti-LGBTQ law as the bloc zeroed in again on democratic failings in Budapest and its nationalist ally Warsaw.
FILE PHOTO - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the Grand Palais Ephemere for the Financing of African Economies Summit, at the Champs de Mars in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ian Langsdon-Pool via REUTERS

South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa accuses Big Pharma of ‘selfish, unjust’ vaccine policy

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FILE PHOTO: World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses before an interview with Reuters at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WTO chief: South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria considered as vaccine production hubs

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The speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) must be committed to its manifesto for it to succeed in governance.

House speaker: APC must be committed to its manifesto to succeed

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Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.

Barcelona confirm surgery for Ousmane Dembélé

Barcelona have confirmed that Ousmane Dembélé will require surgery on a knee injury picked up at Euro 2020.