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Watford captain Deeney banned for four games

Troy Deeney is the fourth Hornets player to be sent off this season in the Premier League Watford captain Troy Deeney has been banned for four games after losing an appeal against the red card he received during Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield. The 29-year-old striker was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Collin Quaner in the 33rd minute. Deeney will miss games against Brighton, Leicester City, Swansea and Manchester City. Watford have had four players sent off this season, the most in the league.

Antoine Griezmann: Atletico Madrid to report Barcelona to Fifa

Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move away from Atletico Atletico Madrid are to report Barcelona to Fifa over an alleged illegal approach for striker Antoine Griezmann. The 26-year-old France international signed a new contract earlier this year, committing him to Atletico until the end of the 2021-22 season. Griezmann has been linked with a number of clubs, including Manchester United. However, it is understood Atletico’s complaint is only with Barcelona, who they claim have spoken to people around Griezmann, including family members. The Spanish club say that breaks Fifa regulations. BBC Sport has contacted Barcelona for a response to the allegation.

Chinese billionaire and ‘Moneyball’ pioneer in Barnsley takeover

Barnsley won promotion to the Championship via the League One play-off final at Wembley in 2016 A consortium including a Chinese billionaire and the baseball boss who inspired the Hollywood film ‘Moneyball’ have taken control of Barnsley. Chien Lee is joined on the Championship club’s board by baseball pioneer Billy Beane, as well as investors Paul Conway, Grace Hung and Neerav Parekh. The takeover ends Patrick Cryne’s 13-year spell as owner. Cryne, who has terminal cancer, wrote a letter to fans in September to say he was “living on borrowed time”. Chief executive Gauthier Ganaye told the club website: “We would like to thank every member of our loyal fan base for their patience and continued support over recent months. “An exciting chapter ...

OnScene: ESPN FC’s updates from Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

Alejandro Moreno explains why Lionel Messi will be the X-factor in El Clasico after a difficult match against Deportivo. ESPN FC is “OnScene” at the world’s biggest club football game: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, which kicks off on Dec. 23 at 12 p.m. GMT / 7 a.m. ET. Barcelona go into this weekend’s Clasico with a six-point lead at the top of the La Liga and an 11 point lead over Madrid, albeit having played a game more… But a Madrid win (after their success at the Club World Cup) would open up the title race again.  Here’s all the latest buildup from the ESPN team and our correspondents Sam Marsden (Barcelona) and Dermot Corrigan (Real Madrid). TUESDAY, Dec. 19 Barcelona and Real Madrid both have issues to fix Ousmane Dembele is back in training after he...

Bayer Leverkusen would have to listen to ‘crazy’ bids for Leon Bailey – Voller

Leon Bailey joined Bayer Leverkusen from Genk in January. Bayer Leverkusen would consider offers for attacker Leon Bailey if a club were to offer “crazy sums,” sporting director Rudi Voller has said. Bailey, 20, is currently enjoying his breakout season in the Bundesliga, having joined Leverkusen from Genk in January, and has reportedly caught the attention of Premier League clubs. While the latest reports in England suggest that Chelsea are preparing a January bid, with Manchester United also set to renew their interest, Leverkusen have reiterated that the winger is not for sale. Leverkusen squad manager Jonas Boldt said last week that “a transfer is out of the question,” and Voller has since told reporters that the club “have shown in recent years that we ca...

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: Kenedy not being punished for China incident

Alejandro Moreno says Antonio Conte’s constant changes and questions about his future are creating problems at Chelsea. LONDON — Antonio Conte has confirmed that Kenedy will be one of the Chelsea fringe players given a chance to impress in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal against Bournemouth, and insisted that his lack of game time this season is not punishment for his preseason misdemeanour in China. Kenedy has made just two appearances for Chelsea this season, both in the Carabao Cup, since being sent home from the club’s preseason tour of the Far East for making derogatory comments about China on social media.  The 21-year-old’s failure to earn a single Premier League minute, in spite of the fact that Conte has no other natural squad cover for Marcos Alonso in the le...

MF Doom Honors 14 Year-Old Son’s Death with Emotional Post

Monday (Dec. 18) was a sad day for rapper MF Doom (Daniel Dumile), the masked rapper who notified his Instagram followers that his 14 year-old son had passed. “King Malachi Ezekiel Dumile 2/22/03 – 12/18/2017 the greatest son one could ask for,” Doom wrote in a caption to the image of him holding a picture of his late son. “Safe journey and may all our ancestors greet you with open arms. One of our greatest inspirations. Thank you for allowing us to be your parents.” The mysterious MC had not revealed any additional details on the cause of death or funeral arrangements at press time. The enigmatic artist released his last full-length solo album, Born Like This, in 2009 and a “Doomsayer” remix produced by Young Guru in October. A spokesperson for Do...

Kylian Mbappe: Neymar sent me messages asking me to join PSG

Unai Emery says he might try to bolster his PSG squad by adding a defensive midfielder as reinforcement for Thiago Motta. PSG’s Marquinhos and Thiago Motta paid tribute to Neymar after he scored twice in their 4-1 win over Rennes. Neymar netted a brace while Mbappe and Cavani each added goals as PSG cruised past Stade Rennes. Kylian Mbappe says that Neymar would not stop sending him text messages to know how his summer move from Monaco to Paris Saint-Germain was progressing. The pair have immediately developed a strong understanding on the pitch, something that was clear to see as PSG swept Rennes aside 4-1 at Roazhon Park on  Saturday. Speaking with France Football, Mbappe — who will turn 19 later this week — reflected on an eventful year that saw him join PSG, enter int...

Steinhoff facing credit squeeze

Image copyright AFP Retail group Steinhoff has said its lenders are starting to withdraw or suspend credit following allegations of accounting irregularities. In a presentation to investors in London, the retailer added it was unable to say when the extent of alleged irregularities would be known. Steinhoff said forecasts for each of its companies were “evolving daily”. It owns 6,500 outlets in 30 countries, including the UK’s Poundland and furniture chains Bensons and Harveys. A spokesperson for Poundland said “nothing has changed” for the company, and that Steinhoff are “investors, not day-to-day managers” of the business. No-one was immediately available for comment at Bensons or Harveys. “It’s very difficult to see a company like th...

DNCE Tour Manager Hospitalized After Accident in Bangkok

Dan Lipski, tour manager for dance-rockers DNCE has been hospitalized following a terrible accident in Bangkok, Thailand. DNCE lead member Joe Jonas and band members Jack Lawless, JinJoo Lee and Cole Whittle all took to social media to ask fans for love and support after Lipsky was “badly injured.”  “Please send Love and Prayers to my Good Friend & DNCE Tour Manager @danlipski he was in a terrible accident,” Jonas shared to Instagram. “if u have ever seen @dnce play a concert, this sweet man, @danlipski was the reason we got there safely and happily,” DNCE member Cole Whittle shared. “Dan was recently involved in a tragic accident in Thailand and is currently fighting for his life. With tears in my eyes, I ask you to please donate anything no matter how small to help him in his care &a...

Zambia’s new Chinese police officers removed after outcry

Image copyright Mwebantu Media Image caption The Chinese police officers were commissioned on Monday Zambia’s police force has scrapped plans to employ eight Chinese nationals barely 24 hours after it unveiled the scheme, following a public outcry. The new reservists were commissioned in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday. But the decision prompted widespread anger, especially in light a ruling taken earlier this year that bans police officers from marrying foreigners for “security reasons”. Zambians with dual-nationality are also not allowed to join the police. Africa Live: Read more on this and other stories Zambian police banned from marrying foreigners Dickson Jere, a lawyer and former presidential spokesman, said the constitution was clear on the matter. “So you st...