Paul Scholes has started a fast-track coaching course to pave the way for a move into management. The former Manchester United and England legend began his A licence at Blackburn Rovers academy on Monday. Scholes could be qualified through this scheme by the end of the season as he and some elite former players are given a special course shorter than the usual. And Scholes can now take a job in football as he is in the process of getting his badges.
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie will have knee surgery after scans confirmed he suffered serious ligament damage against Manchester United on Sunday. The DR Congo international signed for Everton from Crystal Palace in a £25m deal in August, and has played in every game this season. Bolasie, 27, injured the right anterior cruciate ligament in the 68th minute of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Goodison Park. He now faces a fight to return before the end of the Premier League season. Bolasie, who spent four seasons with Palace after joining from Bristol City in 2012, will miss his country’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, which starts in Gabon next month.
Brazilian club Chapecoense have been awarded the Copa Sudamericana by South American football confederation Conmebol after most of their team died in a plane crash en route to the final. Seventy-one people, including 19 players and staff, were killed in last Monday’s crash on the way to Colombia for the first leg. Colombian opponents Atletico Nacional, who asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the trophy, have been given a Fair Play award to acknowledge their “spirit of peace, understanding and fair play”.
Manchester City and Chelsea have both been charged with failing to control their players in Saturday’s Premier League game by the Football Association. A mass brawl broke out towards the end of the game – won 3-1 by Chelsea – as City’s Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off. Aguero was dismissed for a wild lunge on Chelsea defender David Luiz, with team-mate Fernandinho also shown a red card for clashing with Cesc Fabregas in the melee that followed. Both clubs have until 7 pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
It’s been rumoured for a while and now it’s official – the French Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 for the first time since 2008. It will be staged at the Paul Ricard circuit, which last hosted the race in 1990. Paul Ricard is between Marseille and Toulon in the south of France. Magny-Cours was home to the race from 1991-2008. The deal was announced by Christian Estrosi, the president of the regional authority of Provence and the Cote d’Azur, in Paris on Monday.
Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has lost his appeal against a six-year ban. The 80-year-old Swiss had appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Blatter was banned over ethics breaches as his 17 years as head of football’s governing body ended in a corruption scandal in 2015. He was found to have made a £1.3m “disloyal payment” to ex-UEFA boss Michel Platini. Both deny wrongdoing. Blatter said in a statement: “I take note of the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The way the case progressed, no other verdict could be expected.”
The Football Association has confirmed that Sergio Aguero has been banned for four matches following his weekend dismissal which prompted a fractious finale to Manchester City’s loss to Chelsea. City striker Aguero was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Chelsea defender David Luiz, which led to a bench-clearing melee at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving Cesc Fabregas during the incident, with City’s Brazilian midfielder banned for three matches, as indicated on the disciplinary pages of the FA website.
- Victor Anichebe started for Sunderland and played full time as they beat Leicester 2 – 1 at home at the Stadium of Light. He was man of the match.
- Victor Moses started for Chelsea and played full time as they beat Manchester City 3 – 1 away at the Etihad Stadium.
- Kelechi Iheanacho came on for Manchester City in the 78th minute when he replaced John Stones. They lost 1 – 3 to Chelsea at home at the Etihad Stadium.
- Alex Iwobi came on for Arsenal in the 88th minute when he replaced Mesut Ozil. They beat West Ham 5 – 1 away at the London Stadium.
- Ahmed Musa came on for Leicester in the 73rd minute when he replaced Riyad Mahrez. They lost 2 – 1 away to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
- Odion Ighalo came on for Watford in the 77th minute when he replaced Zuniga. They lost 1 – 3 away to West Brom at The Hawthorns.
- Isaac Success was an unused substitute for Watford as they lost 1 – 3 away to West Brom at The Hawthorns.
- Mikel Obi was not selected for Chelsea’s game against Manchester City. Chelsea won 3 -1 away at the Etihad Stadium.
Kashima Antlers have completed the line-up for the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016, having been crowned Japanese J1 League champions on away goals following a 2-2 aggregate draw with Urawa Red Diamonds. The hosts looked to be cruising after Shinzo Koroki added to Urawa’s 1-0 first-leg lead, but a double by Mu Kanazaki was enough for Kashima to clinch an overall victory and take on the world’s continental champions next week. Kashima will now kick off the Club World Cup against Auckland City on 8 December. Story Courtesy: Sampson Adedeji.
Qatar Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani extended an invitation to investments from India, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup that the country is set to host. The Prime Minister invited India’s participation in infrastructure and investment opportunities. The Qatari Prime Minister, who is on a two- day visit to India, extended the invitation during the delegation-level meeting with this Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday.
The verdict in former FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s appeal against a six-year ban for unethical conduct will be announced today. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Friday it will publish the ruling at 3 p.m. Swiss time. Blatter has repeatedly denied wrongdoing in authorizing a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011. They claimed it was uncontracted salary for France great Platini advising Blatter from 1999 to 2002. FIFA’s ethics committee ruled the payment was a conflict of interest in 2011 — just as a
FIFA presidential election campaign was starting — and banned both for eight years last December. FIFA’s appeal committee cut the bans to six years.
Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson has been appointed manager of Chinese second tier club Shenzhen FC. The 68-year-old Swede will replace former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf, who took over in July but failed to win promotion. Eriksson, who managed England between 2001 and 2006, left Chinese Super League team Shanghai SIPG in November after two years in charge. Shenzhen said they appointed Eriksson for his “rich coaching experience, advanced football philosophy and intimate knowledge of Chinese football”.
Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is the latest player to offer his services to Chapecoense as the Brazilian club rebuild following the devastating plane crash in Colombia. Brazil’s leading football clubs have pledged to loan players to Chapecoense – who lost 19 players in the air disaster which killed 71 people – for free and asked for them to be safeguarded from relegation from the top flight for the next three seasons. Former Brazil forward Ronaldinho and ex-Argentina international Juan Roman Riquelme have reportedly offered to play for the club.
Saturday 3rd December, 2016:
Manchester City 1 – 3 Chelsea
Crystal Palace 3 – 0 Southampton
Stoke 2 – 0 Burnley
Sunderland 2 – 1 Leicester
Tottenham 5 – 0 Swansea
West Brom 3 – 1 Watford
West Ham 1 – 5 Arsenal
Sunday 4th December, 2016:
Bournemouth 4 – 3 Liverpool
Everton 1 – 1 Manchester United
Monday 5th December, 2016:
Middlesbrough 1 – 0 Hull City
Manchester City footballer Yaya Toure has been charged with drink driving, police have confirmed. Police said the 33-year-old of Macclesfield, Cheshire was driving in Dagenham in east London at the time of the alleged offence. Police said he was charged on Tuesday with driving while his alcohol level was above the legal limit . He has been bailed and is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on 13 December.
Nigeria won the women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time after a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon in front of a capacity 40,000 crowd in Yaounde. A late goal from Desire Oparanozie was enough for Nigeria to retain the trophy they won in Namibia two years ago. The Super Falcons have dominated this competition, winning all but two of the ten editions played so far. In a repeat of the 2014 final, Cameroon finished as runners-up again despite enjoying massive home support.
Watford boss Walter Mazzarri has insisted Odion Ighalo remains part of his plans despite the striker’s poor start to the season. Ighalo attracted the interest of a host of big clubs – and was the subject of a £37.5million bid from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG in the summer – after scoring 13 Premier League goals before the turn of the year last season. But the 27-year-old Nigeria international found the back of the net on just two occasions in the second half of Watford’s campaign, and he has scored just once in the league this term. Mazzarri said: “I speak about what I know and I speak about what I have seen so far this season. “He is a player that I like and I trust very much. “When he was in a good condition at the beginning of the year he played, and started the games. “Of course he is a player that we need.” Watford’s leading goalscorer this season is Etienne Capoue. The former Tottenham ace has scored five goals so far – three more than Ighalo and two more than Troy Deeney.
Leicester City are in advanced talks with Genk over a £14 million deal for Wilfred Ndidi, as Claudio Ranieri prepares to strengthen the struggling Premier League champions. Ranieri is close to completing a deal for the highly-rated teenager and expects to make Ndidi Leicester’s first capture of the January transfer window. Negotiations are ongoing but Leicester are confident of signing the 19-year-old in the New Year in a deal which could rise to £16 million after instalments.
Gareth Southgate has been appointed as England manager on a four-year deal. Southgate, 46, stepped up from his role as England Under-21s manager in September following Sam Allardyce’s departure after only 67 days in charge. He oversaw two wins and two draws as interim boss and has signed a contract reportedly worth up to £2m a year. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there is huge potential,” said Southgate.
Ghanaian Premier League campaigners Dreams FC have been demoted to Division One while Tema Youth are promoted to the top-flight following the ruling by the Appeals Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Wednesday. The Appeals Committee was forced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to hear the case after Tema Youth petitioned the Switzerland-based body claiming justice was not delivered in two previous hearings by the Disciplinary Committee of the GFA.