English champions Leicester City will tomorrow 27th September, 2016 host their first ever Champions League game at their King Power stadium. Their opponents, FC Porto, are pictured arriving Leicester for the game.
Burnley striker Andre Gray has been suspended for four matches after being found guilty of misconduct in relation to comments he posted on social media. Gray, 25, had been charged by the Football Association for bringing the game into disrepute over homophobic posts he made on Twitter in 2012. He apologised and asked “for forgiveness” for the posts, saying he was now a “different person”. Both the club and the player have accepted the ban.
Real Madrid players are pictured arriving Dortmund for their Champions League group game against Borussia Dortmund tomorrow 27th September, 2016.
Hamburg have sacked boss Bruno Labbadia for the second time, after a poor start to the Bundesliga season. Despite a spirited performance in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by champions Bayern Munich, Hamburg have lost their past four matches and have taken just one point from their first five games. Labbadia, 50, was appointed Hamburg boss for a second time in April 2015. He had been sacked just three days before a Europa League semi-final second-leg tie against Fulham in 2010. “I am convinced we have to make a change in the coaching position in order to turn our disappointing season start around,” said Hamburg sporting director Dietmar Beiersdorfer. Former European champions Hamburg are the only club to have played every season in the Bundesliga since its formation in 1963.
Flamingoes’ Head Coach, Bala Nikyu, has selected his final list of 21 players to represent Nigeria at the 5th FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup beginning in Jordan on Friday. The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday by Ademola Olajire, its Assistant Director of Communications, said the team would depart Nigeria on Monday. It said the delegation of players and officials would leave aboard an Emirates Airline flight from Abuja on Monday night. The competition is holding from Friday September 30 to Friday October 21. Nigeria play Brazil on October 1 before matches against Korea DPR and England on October 4 and October 8 respectively in the group phase.
FIFA general-secretary Fatma Samoura spoke this first morning of the three-day Soccerex conference in Manchester. Amongst other things, Samoura explained FIFA are disbanding their anti-racism taskforce because “it had a very specific mandate which it has fully fulfilled” She said her presence – as a black female – at FIFA was proof the organisation was committed to inclusivity and equality and that stricter punishments can be anticipated: “Not only racism but any kind of discrimination, including violation of human rights.” Samoura also said the organisation was in a much better place than it was a year ago.
Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier has been sentenced to two months in jail on Monday for assaulting a police officer. The court also ordered the Ivory Coast international to pay 600 euros in damages and interest as well as 1,500 euros in court costs following an incident outside a Paris nightclub in May. However, the court did not impose an order for immediate incarceration and allowed Aurier to walk free pending a possible appeal. It means full-back Aurier could play for PSG in their Champions League tie against Ludogorets in Bulgaria on Wednesday. Aurier was sent off in Friday’s 2-0 defeat by Toulouse.