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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has weighed in to a debate about refereeing by saying many officials in Spain were likely to favour his club’s great rivals Real Madrid.

Gerard Pique risks 12-game ban over referee accusation

The Barcelona centre-back is being investigated by the Spanish FA having previously said on YouTube show Post United that if the vast majority of LaLiga referees supported Real, they would naturally be partial to that team when refereeing their games.
Barcelona are enduring their worst run of form in 33 years.

Barcelona financial report reveals €1.2 billion in debt

The club's biggest area of spending is its wage bill, an area of spending that represents 74 per cent of the club's income. It's a situation that, according to sources consulted by Goal, is quite worrying at the club, which has led to the negotiations to defer salaries since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Genoa have informed wantaway Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos to make a decision on his future by the end of next week or they will look to recruit a different player.

Arsenal defender keen to join Real Betis this month

The centre-back is surplus to requirements at Emirates Stadium and would like to move to the Liga side currently managed by former Real Madrid, Manchester City and West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Now, however, a bit less than halfway into the 2020-21 season, Barcelona are still a wounded giant. At the very start, it did seem like Koeman’s changes would be enough to weather the storm. Until they weren’t.

Barcelona back in La Liga title race after many ups and downs

Following a rather poor showing throughout the 2019/20 season, everyone knew this campaign would be a largely transitional one. After all, having lost two coaches in a relatively short span of time and then being on the edge of losing the best player in the history of the club was bound to rattle a few feathers. And rattle them it did.
Galatasaray manager Fathi Terim admits It was not easy to compete with 10-men after Oghenekaro Etebo was sent off in Monday night 2-1 home defeat to Alanyaspor.

Peter Etebo set for January Stoke City return

Oghenekaro Etebo is set for a return to Stoke City in January with Turkish giants Galatasaray ready to cut the Nigerian loan stint short.
Real Sociedad moved three points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday after Alexander Isak's goal proved the difference in a 1-0 win over Cadiz.

La Liga: Real Sociedad stay top after edging past Cadiz

Real Sociedad moved three points clear at the top of La Liga on Sunday after Alexander Isak's goal proved the difference in a 1-0 win over Cadiz.
José Luis Munuera Montero will take charge of the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

Munuera Montero to referee Atletico vs Barca

José Luis Munuera Montero will take charge of the game between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
Barca new boss Ronald Koeman may have flagged off operation sweep at the Nou camp with various reports Tuesday indicating he has served four regulars of the team the quit notice.

Barcelona boss angry with team and individual performances

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman is not happy with multiple aspects of the performance of his team and individuals.
Antoine Griezmann helped to salvage a point for Barcelona as their struggles in La Liga continued with another disappointing result; a 1-1 away draw against 10-man Deportivo Alaves on Saturday.

Barcelona’s domestic woes continue with Alaves 1-1 draw

Antoine Griezmann helped to salvage a point for Barcelona as their struggles in La Liga continued with another disappointing result; a 1-1 away draw against 10-man Deportivo Alaves on Saturday.
Real Madrid will struggle to keep out Manchester City without Sergio Ramos, according to Fabio Capello, who says the captain's absence creates an important problem for his old club.

Real Madrid skipper returns for El Clasico after injury

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, on Friday said Sergio Ramos will be available to face Barcelona after recovering from the knee injury that kept him out of the loss to Shakhtar on Wednesday.
Samuel Chukwueze's contribution was not enough to help Villarreal from bowing to a 2-1 loss against Espanyol on Sunday.

Emmanuel Amuneke: Samuel Chukwueze, Ramon Azeez, Kelechi Nwakali will excel in Laliga Santander

Former Nigeria international and Misr El Makkasa of Egypt African Academies Director, Emmanuel Amuneke, believes that the trio of Samuel Chukwueze, Ramon Azeez and Kelechi Nwakali have all it takes too deliver in the 2020/2021 Spanish top league, Laliga Santander.
Aston Villa announced the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on Wednesday for a reported fee of £20 million ($26 million).

Arsenal announce Emi Martinez’s transfer to Aston Villa

Arsenal have officially announced the transfer of Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
Super Eagles Midfielder Etebo Oghenekaro has confirmed that he is very close to joining Turkish Giants Galatasaray from the English Championship side Stoke City.

Peter Etebo in Turkey for Galatasaray medicals

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Peter Etebo has confirmed that he is very close to joining Turkish Giants Galatasaray from the English Championship side Stoke City
Getafe Sporting Director, Angel Martin Gonzalez, has explained the reason the Laliga side signed Nigeria international Oghenekaro Etebo on loan from English Championship side Stoke City for the rest of the 2019-2020 season.

Galatasaray confirm interest in Peter Etebo

Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray have confirmed their interest in Stoke City midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo.

Peter Etebo agrees deal to join Galatasaray

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo is edging closer to a move to Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray from Stoke City.
Lionel Messi is reportedly becoming ‘worried’ that problems at Barcelona are beginning to mirror his international career with Argentina.

Leonardo: Paris Saint-Germain thought about buying Leo Messi

Messi dropped a bombshell when he handed in a transfer request but the Barca captain and six-time Ballon d’Or champion will remain at Camp Nou for the 2020-21 season.
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard shoots at goal as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS-Sergio Perez

Real Madrid deny splashing €160 million to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea

Real Madrid have dismissed claims from the Belgian press that they paid a total of €160m to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea a year ago, reports Marca.
“I have presented my resignation as president of La Liga in order to begin new presidential elections, in which I will be a candidate,” Tebas said on Twitter.

La Liga fixture list confirmed for 2020/21 season

The La Liga fixture list for the 2020-21 Spanish football season has been confirmed less than a fortnight before the competition gets underway.
Real Madrid are set to sign Getafe striker Hugo Duro on loan for next season.

Real Madrid set to sign Getafe’s Hugo Duro

At Raul Gonzalez’s request, the 20-year-old forward will join Castilla, although he may take part in the seniors’ pre-season preparations under Zinedine Zidane, says Marca.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday said it had approved a 400 million dollar policy-based loan to support reforms by the Philippine government aimed at raising the productivity and competitiveness of the country’s agriculture sector.

Asian bank approves $400 million to help boost farm incomes in Philippines

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Wednesday said it had approved a 400 million dollar policy-based loan to support reforms by the Philippine government aimed at raising the productivity and competitiveness of the country’s agriculture sector.
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has tested positive for coronavirus on his 60th birthday.

Actor Antonio Banderas tests positive for coronavirus

Spanish actor Antonio Banderas has tested positive for coronavirus on his 60th birthday.
Defending champions the Olympic Eagles of Nigeria got off their campaign at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations on a dour note following a 1-0 loss to Cote d’Ivoire at the Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, on Saturday evening.

NFF send birthday wishes to Ex-Eagles midfield star Friday Ekpo at 51

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles midfield star Friday Ekpo who clocked 51 on Monday.

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As total coronavirus infections in Nigeria hit 24,077, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC has warned against abandoning face masks in favour of face shields.

NCDC activates Ondo state public health laboratory to its network

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated the inclusion of the Ondo State Public Health Laboratory to its Molecular Laboratory Network in the country.
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State

Fraud: Court disqualifies lawyer as defence witness

The trial-within-trial of a suspected serial fraudster, Scales Ishola Olatunji was cut short on Thursday following a ruling by Justice Agatha Okeke of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State which disqualified one Peter Mba from giving his testimony as a defence witness in the matter.
Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu with Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello...

Senator Kalu urges Nigerian government to set up joint security committee

Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, has called on federal government to set up a joint committee of representatives of all security forces to help existing commands to fast-track the release of the abducted students in Niger.
The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, on Thursday disclosed the seizure of tramadol, used clothing and others with a Duty Paid Value of N223m.

Customs seizes tramadol, used clothing, others worth N223 million in Lagos

The Customs Area Controller, Apapa Command, on Thursday disclosed the seizure of tramadol, used clothing and others with a Duty Paid Value of N223m.
The Lagos State Government on Sunday noon announced the reopening of Third Mainland Bridge earlier than 7 pm scheduled time.

Minister: Third Mainland Bridge will be totally reopened ‘this weekend’

Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said on Thursday that the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos undergoing repairs, would be totally reopened to traffic ‘’this weekend’’.

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Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed

Minister: Nigeria will continue to borrow to build infrastructure

The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who made this known during a press briefing at the State House, Abuja justified the need for government to continue to borrow to provide basic infrastructural facilities, saying: “If we say we will not borrow and therefore not build rails and major infrastructure until our revenue rises enough, then, we will regress as a country, we will be left behind, we won’t be able to improve our business environment and our economy will not grow.”

NHIS has achieved universal health coverage in formal sector – scribe

Prof Mohammed Sambo, Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), says the company has achieved Universal Health Coverage (UHC) of the nation’s formal sector.
Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, has restated his backing for embattled head coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr despite increasing calls for the immediate dismissal of the German.

AFCONQ: Super Eagles boss expresses concern over performance of defenders

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed that he’s worried about the performance of Nigerian defenders in Europe ahead of the team’s crucial 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin and Lesotho.

Gunmen attack bullion van in Delta

Gunmen on Tuesday attacked a bullion van at Ubulu-Okiti along the Benin/Asaba expressway, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State with one lady feared dead.

Olisa Metuh: My detention experience taught me a great lesson

Chief Olisa Metu, former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says his recent experience in detention has taught him a ‘great lesson’.