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6 of the Best Moments From the Weekend’s Premier League Action as Manchester City Wrap Up the Title



So, that’s that. The inevitable has finally been confirmed as Manchester City seal the title we all knew would be theirs, emphasised by the fact that Pep Guardiola’s side sat atop the table for 240 days.

The Citizens, in all honesty, strolled their way to their third Premier League success. Having said that, they perhaps envisaged it being won in more celebratory fashion rather than as a result of 20th placed West Brom beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Away from the top of the league, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield claimed massive victories in their battle for survival, whilst Southampton received another late kick in the teeth to worsen their relegation fears.

Here are six of the best moments from the weekend’s Premier League action.

Best Goal 

We are simply running out of superlatives to describe Mohamed Salah. Even on a day where he missed a few chances that almost everybody would’ve expected him to score, the Egyptian conjured up another piece of magic via his head.

The former Roma man’s aerial ability is not the most lauded of his many traits, but Asmir Begovic found out in the harshest of ways that Salah can just about do it all. Liverpool’s number 11 judged a lofted ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold to perfection, lobbing the stranded Bosnian keeper with a excellent looping header to secure the three points for the Reds.

Best Assist 

Wilfried Zaha’s magnificent exploits against Brighton deserve all the praise they get, but what must not go under the radar is the contribution from Luka Milivojevic.

Palace’s Serbian midfielder saw the Ivorian forward gesture to the back post, where he then had no hesitation in whipping an inch perfect ball onto Zaha’s head. Let’s be honest, if Kevin De Bruyne had pulled that pass off, everybody would be falling over themselves.

Best Save

Whilst Jay Rodriguez helped the Baggies to an unbelievable win at Old Trafford with the only goal of the game, Ben Foster must be credited with just as big an influence on the result.

After Nemanja Matic’s inviting cross was met by the head of Romelu Lukaku, the ball seemed destined for the bottom left corner. However, Foster sprung down to his right to tip the effort round the post in remarkable fashion, in doing so recording a historic win for West Brom.

Best Shot Fired 

Following the Baggies win over Manchester United, James McClean praised the impact of interim boss Darren Moore, whilst also taking a swipe at Alan Pardew in doing so.

The Irishman claimed that him and his teammates ‘actually know what they’re doing now’ following Moore’s second game in charge, suggesting that Pardew left the Baggies in the dark about their role of matchdays.

Best Way to Ruin Your Title Success

Yes, they may have won it in stylish fashion, but Manchester City all but ruined their title success with one of the worst celebratory videos of all time. The clip encapsulates the horrors of commercialised modern football; enough talking, just see how awful it is for yourself.

Best Record Breaking Frontline

We’re all aware of just how impressive the front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are for Liverpool; it doesn’t take a genius. However, after each of them got on the scoresheet against Bournemouth, their exploits became etched in the record books.

After Mane opened the scoring, the former Southampton man became the highest scoring Senegalese player in Premier League history with 44 goals. After Salah doubled the Reds’ lead, he became the highest scoring African player in a single Premier League season with 30 goals. Finally, after Firmino rounded off the scoring, he became the highest scoring Brazilian player in a single Premier League season with 15 goals.

Not bad lads. Not bad at all.


Source: 90min


Arsene Wenger Resigns




Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, ending a near 22-year reign at the club.

The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire.

The Gunners are sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

“To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke described Friday’s announcement as “one of the most difficult days we have ever had in all our years in sport”.

He added: “One of the main reasons we got involved with Arsenal was because of what Arsene has brought to the club on and off the pitch.

“His longevity and consistency over such a sustained period at the highest level of the game will never be matched.”

Appointed on 1 October 1996, he is the Premier League’s current longest-serving manager and has taken charge of a record 823 games.

But some fans have turned on the Frenchman over the past two seasons as a result of their league performances.

Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle was their 11th in the league this season, equalling their worst tally in a campaign under Wenger.

They are 33 points behind leaders Manchester City, who have 87 points, and the same number away from bottom side West Brom, who have 21.

Arsenal finished outside the top four last term for the first time since Wenger arrived at the club, and are now 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with five matches remaining.

They face Spanish side Atletico Madrid, who are second in La Liga, in the Europa League semi-finals, with the first leg on Thursday.

Wenger’s ups and downs

Wenger won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first nine seasons in charge.

In 2003-04, he became the first manager since 1888-89 to lead a team through an English top-flight season unbeaten.

But after winning the 2005 FA Cup, they waited another nine years – or 3,283 days – for their next silverware. It came as they beat Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup, before winning the trophy again the following season.

Wenger won his seventh FA Cup last season, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, but finished 18 points behind Antonio Conte’s Premier League champions.

His side have struggled in Europe since losing to Barcelona in 2006 Champions League final.

They were eliminated at the last-16 stage for the seventh successive season on their last appearance in the competition in 2017, losing 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich.

In 2006, they moved into the £390m Emirates Stadium after leaving Highbury.

The Gunners have consistently spent less than their main Premier League rivals on new signings, but Wenger twice broke the club’s transfer record this season.

France striker Alexandre Lacazette joined in the summer for £46.5m, while his final signing was Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £56m in January.


Source: BBC

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FIFA Hand Out Fines For ‘Third Party’ Deals



FIFA policy on third-party ownership bans either clubs or players from entering into economic rights agreements with third-party investors. Frequently such deals involve outside investors retaining or gaining a share of ownership in a player.

Portugal’s Sporting Lisbon was fined 110,000 Swiss francs (80,123.33 pounds) for “entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence the club’s independence as well as for failing to record an existing third-party ownership agreement”.

 Another Portuguese club Benfica was fined 150,000 francs for two deals involving third-parties.
Spain’s Rayo Vallecano was fined 55,000 francs for a third-party deal and Celta Vigo was sanctioned 65,000 francs for a deal which FIFA said “enabled Benfica to influence the club’s independence”.

Qatari club Al Arabi was fined 185,000 francs for several third-party deals and for not entering correct information in FIFA’s mandatory International Transfer Matching System in the cases of seven transfers.


Source: FIFA

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[GHPL] – Referee beaten in Sharks vs Medeama; Game abandoned



Center referee Yakubu Nuhu Liman, was allegedly assaulted by Elmina Sharks fans in their match week 8 game against Medeama on Wednesday, at the Nduom Stadium.

The referee suffered deep cuts to his head and was later rushed to the hospital for treatment, causing the game to be abandoned with 0-0 score.

Elmina Sharks tweeted to claim that the referee suffered the injury after he slipped and fell while making his way out of the dug out for the second half.

But eyewitnesses, including Medeama’s Public Relations Officer, Patrick Akoto, said it was a “brazen attack by some sections of the Sharks fans” on the referee.

The referee is said to be in a stable condition, but Sharks could suffer huge penalties including a forfeiture of the said game, further home matches ban, and a hefty fine if found guilty of perpetrating the barbaric act.

This is the second time the referee is reported to suffered an attack this season.

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