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Atlético's Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey: Diego Costa’s ban is ‘too severe’

Thomas Partey has described the eight-match ban given to his Atletico Madrid teammate Diego Costa as a severe punishment that needs to be reduced.
Diego Costa's eight-game ban for his outburst at referee Jesus Gil Manzano is too much, according to Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone.

Diego Costa’s eight-game ban stands after Atletico appeal fails

Diego Costa's eight-match suspension was upheld after the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed Atletico Madrid's appeal had been dismissed.
Messi needed treatment before he could continue at Old Trafford (Getty)

Ernesto Valverde: Chris Smalling hit Lionel Messi like a train

Lionel Messi could be rested against Huesca after a challenge by Manchester United defender Chris Smalling was compared by Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde to being hit by a train.
Sergio Ramos gestures to the crowd after Spain beat England in the UEFA Nations League. Getty Images

Sergio Ramos: Spain motivated to win Euro 2020 qualifier against Malta for Luis Enrique

Sergio Ramos has said Spain are motivated to win Tuesday's Euro 2020 qualifier against Malta for coach Luis Enrique, who will miss the game due to "family reasons".
Gianni Infantino, Pedro Sánchez and Luis Rubiales in La Moncloa

Spain FA chief thanks country’s premier for World Cup plan backing

The president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has thanked the country's Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, for his backing of a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez

Florentino Perez: Real Madrid will ‘categorically refuse’ US La Liga game

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said the club would not play a La Liga game in the United States if asked.

Diego Costa withdraws from Spain squad for personal reasons

Spain called up Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas to replace Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa for the upcoming UEFA Nations League encounters against England and Croatia.
Xabi Alonso

Xabi Alonso returns to Real Madrid as under-13s coach

Xabi Alonso has returned to Real Madrid as manager of the under-13 team as he takes his first steps towards a coaching career.

Ernesto Valverde: Spanish La Liga matches in US seem ‘strange’

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says La Liga's plan to take one fixture per season to the United States or Canada strikes him as "strange."
Belgium manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez denies Spain contact before Luis Enrique appointment

Roberto Martinez says he was not contacted by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) ahead of their appointment of Luis Enrique as head coach.
Diego Maradona wants to have a word with the under-performing Argentina star | Reuters

World Cup: Diego Maradona doubts Argentina players pick Jorge Sampaoli’s team

The coach had to contend with further doubts about his authority when it was alleged in the Argentine media that a touchline conversation with Lionel Messi during the Nigeria game included him asking the captain if he wanted Sergio Aguero to come on, something the 58-year-old denied.

El Clasico: Sergi Roberto banned four games for striking Marcelo

Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto has been banned four games by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after he was sent off for striking Real Madrid's Marcelo during El Clasico on Sunday.

Espanyol want action against Barcelona over Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets remarks

Espanyol have called for an investigation into comments made by Barcelona's Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets after Thursday's Catalan derby in the Copa del Rey.

FIFA could ban Spain from the 2018 World Cup – Angel Maria Villar

Angel Maria Villar, the suspended president of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has warned that government interference in Spanish football could cost the national team their spot in next year's World Cup.

FIFA threatens to kick Spain out of 2018 World Cup

Spain were in danger of being thrown out of the World Cup on Friday over alleged government interference in its football association.

Valencia boss Marcelino banned from touchline for Barcelona clash

Valencia coach Marcelino will have to watch Sunday's game against La Liga leaders Barcelona from the Mestalla stands.

New Spain shirt not a problem if results are good – Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos has laughed off controversy around Spain's new shirt for next summer's World Cup, saying everyone will get behind the players wearing it if they are successful in Russia.

La Liga to introduce VAR next season – RFEF chief Juan Larrea

There are plans to implement VAR in La Liga from the beginning of next season, according to acting Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Juan Luis Larrea.

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