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The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.

El Clasico: Gerard Pique dragged away by Barça delegate to avoid sanctions

The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.
Ronald Koeman has insisted that Lionel Messi is excited and happy at Barcelona despite ongoing transfer talk.

Real Madrid boss: Lionel Messi needs to stay in Barcelona

Ahead of this weekend El Clasico clash that could help decide the title race, Zinedine Zidane has said that he hopes Lionel Messi stays at Barcelona, saying his presence is good for La Liga.
Gareth Bale has described Eden Hazard as the best FIFA player at Real Madrid after announcing the launch his brand new esports team, 'Ellevens Esports'.

El Clasico: Eden Hazard dropped from Real Madrid squad

Eden Hazard’s hopes of featuring in his first ever El Clasico was dealt a huge blow after he was dropped from Real Madrid squad ahead of this weekend’s clash against Barcelona.
La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.

La Liga: No evidence of racist slur against Mouctar Diakhaby

La Liga said Friday it had found no evidence that Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during a La Liga match last weekend.
The Brazilian Olympic Committee launched the 30-hour online course this week, which will be mandatory for all 650 athletes, coaches, doctors, nutritionists, officials and other members of the country’s delegation to the Tokyo Games in July & August.

Brazil Olympians to take anti-racism training

For the first time, Brazilians representing their country at the Olympics will undergo anti-racism training, in a bid to deal with a deep-rooted problem that has sometimes stained the world of sport.
Barcelona reignited their title hopes after Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele scored in a 2-0 victory over Sevilla on Saturday to put them two points behind Atletico Madrid.

John Barnes: Ousmane Dembele a perfect fit for Liverpool

Ousmane Dembele is a perfect fit for Liverpool, according to John Barnes, who has urged the Reds to sign the Barcelona winger this summer.
Arta Solar, the Djibouti club captained by former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, suffered a humiliating 9-1 CAF Confederation Cup defeat on Friday by Al Mokawloon Al Arab in Egypt.

Alex Song proud to win league title in Djibouti

Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song, has said he was proud and happy to have helped Arta/Solar 7 win the 2020-21 Djibouti Premier League title.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed he could be open to taking over the France national team job in the future.

Zinedine Zidane opens door to Turin return as pressure builds on Andre Pirlo

Juve are being tipped to make a change in the dugout after a poor 2020-21 campaign which has seen them exit the Champions League early and fall well behind Inter in the Serie A standings.
Liverpool have been warned that Mohamed Salah will look to move on if “a better offer comes in”, with the Egyptian’s former coach not surprised by renewed talk of interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Liverpool warned Mo Salah will leave ‘if a better offer comes in’

Liverpool have been warned that Mohamed Salah will look to move on if “a better offer comes in”, with the Egyptian’s former coach not surprised by renewed talk of interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Spanish League football match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 5, 2021. (Photo by Pau BARRENA / AFP)

Barca edge closer to Atletico after late Ousmane Dembele winner vs Valladolid

Ousmane Dembele volleyed in a 90th-minute winner against Real Valladolid on Monday to fire Barcelona to within a point of Atletico Madrid ahead of next weekend’s Clasico in La Liga.
La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.

La Liga investigating Valencia racism claims – chief

La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.
Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid are being underrated ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool on Tuesday.

Champions League: Nobody should write off Real Madrid – coach

Zinedine Zidane believes Real Madrid are being underrated ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (2L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group B football match between Real Madrid and Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Valdebebas, northeast of Madrid, on December 9, 2020. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP)

Crunch fortnight leaves creaking Real Madrid little margin for error

Real Madrid play Eibar on Saturday at the start of a definitive fortnight in their season that will stretch a creaking squad and test Zinedine Zidane’s dependence on his ageing stars.
Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has confirmed that he is “following” his Norwegian compatriot and prolific goalscorer Erling Haaland.

Mino Raiola: Erling Haaland only wants to play in Spain

With financial issues and restrictions being at the heart of both Real Madrid news and particularly Barcelona news in recent months, this means that a transfer this summer may prove more difficult.
After taking advice from various specialists, Real Madrid have convinced Eden Hazard to avoid undergoing more ankle surgery, following his latest injury setback.

Mo Salah: Eden Hazard unlucky at Real Madrid

Salah also said that the La Liga giants lost their best player in history, Cristiano Ronaldo when they allowed the Portuguese star to leave the Bernabeu in 2018.
PSG has recently been bandied around as a possible destination for Sergio Ramos. According to 'AS', Thomas Tüchel has been following the Madrid captain since last summer.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos out of Liverpool games with injury

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is set to miss both legs of the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool after suffering a calf muscle injury.
Kelechi Nwakali ended his lifelong wait for Alcorcon in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo.

Kelechi Nwakali scores first Alcorcon goal as Umar extends scoring streak

Kelechi Nwakali ended his lifelong wait for Alcorcon in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Real Oviedo.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he substituted Mohamed Salah in the loss to Chelsea as he felt the Egyptian “suffered a bit” with fatigue.

Mo Salah dreams of future La Liga action

The Premier League’s joint-top scorer this season is under contract at Anfield until 2023 but has been linked with a move elsewhere, with Barcelona and Real Madrid often touted as potential destinations for Salah if he were to depart Merseyside.
Arsenal fear Real Madrid will demand £50million for Martin Odegaard this summer.

Arsenal skipper promises fans over Martin Odegaard transfer

The 22-year-old has found his feet with the Gunners in recent weeks. After scoring a scorcher against Olympiacos, he was then on target against Tottenham in the derby.
Jean-Clair Todibo has admitted that he would rather play in the French lower leagues than sit on the bench at Barcelona.

Jean-Clair Todibo: I’d rather play in French lower leagues than sit on the Barcelona...

Jean-Clair Todibo has admitted that he would rather play in the French lower leagues than sit on the bench at Barcelona.
Miralem Pjanic says he does not want to leave Barcelona despite his difficult first season at the club.

Miralem Pjanic: I didn’t come to Barcelona to leave after one season

Pjanic was signed from Juventus last summer in a deal worth a potential €65 million (£59m/$73m) but has been limited to just 17 appearances in La Liga - only six of which he has started.
Manchester United have tabled a £68.5 million offer to sign midfielder Marcos Llorente from Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window, AS reports.

Manchester United table £68.5 million bid to sign Atletico Madrid star Marcos Llorente

Manchester United have tabled a £68.5 million offer to sign midfielder Marcos Llorente from Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window, AS reports.

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Canterbury Cathedral is holding a remembrance service for Prince Philip as the UK continues to observe a period of national mourning. The service is being livestreamed now on our website and is being led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who is also set to lead Prince Philip’s funeral next Saturday.

Prince Philip: Special service to be held at Canterbury Cathedral

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The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.

El Clasico: Gerard Pique dragged away by Barça delegate to avoid sanctions

The Referee for yesterday’s match, Gil Manzano, has been facing a lot of criticism after his controversial decisions in yesterday’s El Clásico. The Spanish referee was not the first choice to officiate the very important tie. He was a replacement for Mateu Lahoz, who had to withdraw because of a muscle injury.

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La Liga are investigating allegations Valencia’s Mouctar Diakhaby was racially abused by Juan Cala of Cadiz during their game on the weekend, the league’s president Javier Tebas confirmed on Monday.

La Liga investigating Valencia racism claims – chief

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