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.
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.