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Neymar was sent off late on as a limping Jonathan David scored the only goal to give Lille a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their Ligue 1 title showdown on Saturday, a result that moves them three points clear at the top of the table.

Neymar sent off as PSG lose to Lille in top of the table clash

Neymar was sent off late on as a limping Jonathan David scored the only goal to give Lille a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their Ligue 1 title showdown on Saturday, a result that moves them three points clear at the top of the table.
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly initiated talks with Max Allegri over replacing Thomas Tuchel next season, according to a report in France.

Paris Saint-Germain join UN effort to tackle climate change

French champions Paris Saint-Germain on Monday became the first French football club to join a special United Nations programme aimed at making sports more environmentally friendly in order to tackle global warming.
The French Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the football season in the country, will be played this year in Israel, it was announced on Thursday.

French head to Israel for season-opening Champions Trophy

The French Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain-raiser to the football season in the country, will be played this year in Israel, it was announced on Thursday.
A self-confessed lover of sport and money, millionaire Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad is about to become the owner of humble French second division club Chateauroux.

Millionaire Saudi prince to buy French club

A self-confessed lover of "sport and money", millionaire Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad is about to become the owner of humble French second division club Chateauroux.
PSG will reportedly set a whopping asking price of £174million this summer for star striker Kylian Mbappe if the Frenchman decides not to extend his contract.

French minister begs Kylian Mbappe for PSG stay

Kylian Mbappe is so important to Paris Saint-Germain and French football that the nation’s Minister of Sport, Roxana Maracineanu, has added her voice to those calling on the World Cup winner to sign a new contract.
Liberia's President George Weah speaks during a news conference at Presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, April 4, 2018. REUTERS-Thierry Gouegnon

George Weah: Juventus still my favourites to win Serie A

“First of all, because I supported the Bianconeri as a child, secondly because they’ve won the Scudetto for the last nine years in a row,” said Weah in explaining to La Gazzetta dello Sport (as quoted by Football Italia) why he still considers Juve the favourites.
Lionel Messi saw red - quite literally - during the latter stages of Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Rivaldo: Neymar reunion at PSG would be good for Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi moving to Paris Saint-Germain “would be a good option” says Rivaldo, who says the Barcelona superstar will find a reunion with Neymar at Parc des Princes appealing.
Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy admits he almost quit the game after being released by French Third Division Cherbourg.

Edouard Mendy: I almost quit football; I hesitated to return

Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy admits he almost quit the game after being released by French Third Division Cherbourg.
Former France goalkeeper and deputy director of Montpellier’s training centre, Bruno Martini, has died at 58.

Former France goalie Bruno Martini passes on

Former France goalkeeper and deputy director of Montpellier’s training centre, Bruno Martini, has died at 58.
Edouard Mendy has told Frank Lampard he is ready to face West Brom this weekend, as the Chelsea manager weighs up whether to throw the goalkeeper straight in for his debut.

Edouard Mendy: I’m fit to make Chelsea debut vs West Brom

Edouard Mendy has told Frank Lampard he is ready to face West Brom this weekend, as the Chelsea manager weighs up whether to throw the goalkeeper straight in for his debut.
The City Football Group will become the new majority shareholder in Troyes after buying the stake from previous owner Daniel Masoni.

Manchester City’s parent company adds French club Troyes to portfolio

Manchester City’s parent company has invested in French Ligue 2 side Troyes, taking the total number of clubs in its global stable to 10.
Thiago Silva does not want to leave Paris Saint-Germain but says now is not the right time to discuss his impending exit.

Thiago Silva determined to go out on a high at PSG

Thiago Silva’s eight years as a Paris Saint-Germain player are about to come to an end and the Brazilian centre-back has one piece of unfinished business to contend with as the Qatar-owned club head to Lisbon targeting Champions League glory.
Victor Osimhen’s former agent Jean-Gerard Benoit has revealed that the player told him he wasn’t interested in playing in Italy, even if it’s for Juventus.

Victor Osimhen not interested in playing for Juventus – former agent

Victor Osimhen’s former agent Jean-Gerard Benoit has revealed that the player told him he wasn’t interested in playing in Italy, even if it’s for Juventus.
Paris Saint-Germain crushed Le Havre 9-0 in a friendly as France allowed supporters back into football stadiums for the first time since lockdown.

‘Victory for French football’ as fans watch 9-0 PSG rout

Paris Saint-Germain routed second division Le Havre in a friendly on Sunday remarkable not for the 9-0 score, but because it drew the biggest crowd for a match in one of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ football nations since early March.
Thiago Silva (L) and Edinson Cavani, both out of contract, will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer, the club’s sporting director Leonardo has confirmed

Thiago Silva, Edinson Cavani to leave Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed that veteran duo Thiago Silva and Edinson Cavani will not stay with the French champions with their contracts due to expire at the end of this month.
Jean-Michel Aulas believes the Ligue 1 season should be finished through play-offs after the 2019-20 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lyon president writes to French government, calls for season to resume

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has written to the French prime minister and sports minister calling for the “hasty decision” to cancel the Ligue 1 season to be reversed.
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

Court rejects appeals against ending French football season

A Paris court on Friday rejected an appeal from relegated French Ligue 1 clubs Toulouse and Amiens as well as rivals Lyon who claimed the season had wrongly been abandoned last month.
Lyon hit out at the French football league on Sunday for “suddenly” ending the Ligue 1 campaign, saying the decision could see the division slip further behind Europe’s top leagues and calling for it to be reversed.

Lyon slam ‘sudden’ decision to end Ligue 1 season

Lyon hit out at the French football league on Sunday for “suddenly” ending the Ligue 1 campaign, saying the decision could see the division slip further behind Europe’s top leagues and calling for it to be reversed.
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.
Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna on Sunday saw Zinedine Zidane further cement his legendary place in the club’s history.

Real Madrid consider Chelsea star as Casemiro alternative

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has drawn up a shortlist of three players to supplement the role of Casemiro at the club.
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

LFP working to restart Ligue 1 action on either June 3rd or June 17th

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, after seeing leaked documents relating to said planning.
Five Italian Serie-A weekend matches including Sunday’s clash between Juventus and Inter Milan have been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus, the Italian football league said Saturday.

Collection of French football ultras groups unite to oppose premature resumption of matches

A series of supporters groups of French clubs have moved to denounce the “unbearable indecency” of club executives, ready to resume matches behind closed doors before the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, as reported by Le Monde.

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The House of Representatives, Tuesday, intervened in the conflict between telecommunication companies and banks over N42billion debts from Unstructured Supplementary Service Data(USSD).

House probe illicit harvest, export of 7,200 male organs, other human parts to China

Piqued by reports of a seized cargo ship that sailed from Nigeria with 7,200 refrigerated male organs found in 36 boxes labelled as plantain at Shanghai port, known as Red Market in China, the House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the circumstances of the development.
The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

Gunmen kidnap 18 passengers in Oyo

Security situation in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State heightened, yesterday, following the hijack of an 18-seater bus along Igboora-Eruwa road by gunmen, who abducted all passengers in the commercial bus.

Oil industry trainers lose $2 billion in one year

Oil and gas training organisations in Nigeria lost about $2 billion between March 2020 and March 2021, due to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses across the world.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday commended the early response of the military and the Kaduna State Government towards the rescue of 180 students and eight staff members of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in Igabi LGA.

President Buhari approves appointment of 18 appeal court judges

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 18 Justices of the Court of Appeal.
Speaking in the aftermath of his well-received publicity stunt of placing a huge banner featuring his likeness 200 meters from the Santiago Bernabeu, Joan Laporta continued to detail his project should he be successful in becoming Barcelona president.

Barcelona supremo: European Super League a ‘necessity’

Barcelona president Joan Laporta described the European Super League as a “necessity” on Thursday but said the final decision would be given to the club’s members.

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on Friday, swore in three new Customary Court of Appeal Judges for the state.

2023: Delta governor cautions journalists against promoting ethnic politics

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has urged journalists across the country not to promote ethnicity in view of subtle campaigns ahead of the 2023 general electons.
FILE PHOTO: Patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) get treatment at the casualty ward in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital, amidst the spread of the disease in New Delhi, India April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

India’s capital under siege from coronavirus infections

India’s capital New Delhi recorded 25,500 coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period, with about one in three people tested returning a positive result, its chief minister said, urging the federal government to provide more hospital beds to tackle the crisis.
The number of coronavirus-associated deaths in Lagos State increased to 181 on Wednesday with four more fatalities, said the state’s Health Commissioner, Prof Akin Abayomi.

Coronavirus: Lagos shuts vaccination centres, vaccinates 257,756 people

The Lagos State Government has announced the closure of all COVID-19 vaccination centres after the state vaccinated 257,756 people in the first phase. The closure...
A high-powered committee set up by the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, to sanitize the payroll system of the State has revealed that a staff of Bauchi State House of Assembly who allegedly collected salaries and other monetary allowances of a lawmaker has been discovered. The Deputy governor of Bauchi State, Baba Tela who is also the Chairman of the committee who did not give any further details about the persons involved, made this known in a media briefing in Bauchi on Wednesday where he noted that the committee has also removed 75 ghost workers from the payroll of the State.

Bauchi deputy governor: How staff impersonated lawmaker, received salaries, other allowances

A high-powered committee set up by the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, to sanitize the payroll system of the State has revealed that a staff of Bauchi State House of Assembly who allegedly collected salaries and other monetary allowances of a lawmaker has been discovered.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki to investigate the construction of the Edo Specialist Hospital and supply of equipment has indicted former governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

PDP governors warn federal government, APC governors to leave Godwin Obaseki alone

Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have risen in defence of Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, following the attack on him by governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, over his claims that the federal government resorted to printing of currency to meet its obligation in the month of March, this year.