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Clasico Regio loses its innocence as violence overshadows Tigres vs. Monterrey

Much debate will follow the tragic events of Sunday night after the Clasico Regio. How can fans and authorities ensure it doesn't happen again? "We all lost." The bright yellow letters in capitals on the front page of one Mexican sports daily aptly summed up the sentiments after Sunday's Clasico Regio. It wasn't aimed at the scrappy 0-0 tie between derby rivals Tigres and Monterrey but instead, it referred to the chilling scene ahead of the game. This piece should be about the game itself but Sunday evening was the moment the Clasico Regio arguably lost its innocence. The most heralded, organic and high-quality rivalry in all of Mexican…

Liga MX Power Rankings: Cruz Azul still on top as Santos Laguna dips

Before we get to this week's Power Rankings, we would be remiss to omit mention of the violence that overshadowed Sunday's Tigres vs. Monterrey match. Such scenes taint our enjoyment of the game, and this latest incident leaves Liga MX — once again — at a crossroads. It simply must act; ignorance is not viable. No fan, regardless of affiliation, should have to fear for his or her safety. With that, here are the Power Rankings for Week 10: 1. CRUZ AZUL Record: 7W-2D-1L Week 9 ranking: 1 The…

FIFA’s Jerome Valcke flew in private jets to ‘avoid arrest’ – legal documents

FIFA spent $11.7 million in less than three years on private jets, including luxury sightseeing trips for a top official, a newly published legal document shows. Jerome Valcke, then the FIFA secretary general, was urged in a 2013 internal memo to find "more cost efficient alternatives whenever possible," according to the Court of Arbitration for Sport's verdict explaining why his appeal against a 10-year ban was dismissed. Excessive use of private jets and ordering business-class travel for his…

Manchester United’s goal threat could benefit from a wider focus

The ESPN FC crew answer your tweets, including what Manchester United should do to get the most out of Alexis Sanchez. Steve Nicol breaks down what impressed and frustrated him about Paul Pogba's performance in Manchester United's draw against Wolves. Sir Alex Ferguson was honoured by the club after returning to Old Trafford for the first time since having emergency brain surgery in May. A penny for the thoughts of Sir Alex Ferguson as he settled into his seat after soaking up rapturous applause from Manchester United and Wolves fans on Saturday. It was great to see the legendary manager back at Old Trafford, four months after he underwent surgery for a brain haemorrhage, and his presence gave the whole stadium a lift, just as it did at a recent celebration of receptionist Cath P...

Wissam Ben Yedder tops Player Power Rankings ahead of Cristhian Stuani

Check out all the action from across Europe this weekend, including Cristiano Ronaldo's clutch strike for Juventus, Liverpool's latest win and more. Who were the star performers from the weekend's action? We asked our global editorial desks to pick their top 10 and collated the results to produce our final list. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='https://embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Also receiving votes: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Ciro Immobile (Lazio), Federico Di Francesco (Sassuolo), Hirving Lozano (PSV), Exequiel Palacios (River Plate). Let us know what you think of the cou...

Sanchez presents another headache for Man United, Dybala stars for Juve

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Wolves but this time, it's not Jose Mourinho who is on trial. Reactions were split amongst praising Wolves — deservedly so, Nuno Espirito Santo had the upper hand tactically and in Ruben Neves, they have perhaps the best player outside the top six in England — and questioning Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international lasted just over an hour before being substituted and flashed only intermittently over that time, raising the question of whether…

Neymar the video game star: PSG ace launches new mobile football game

Neymar gave a hug and his jersey to a young fan who entered the field in tears as the PSG star was subbed out of the game in the 91st minute. An own goal from Adrien Rabiot spurred PSG to life as Angel Di Maria, Thomas Meunier and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting all score to down Stade Rennes. Neymar has taken his first steps into the world of mobile gaming with the launch of "Match MVP Neymar Jr." in which players take on fellow fans around the world in the hope of emulating the superstar's success. The game is a "career mode" setup, meaning you start at the bottom of the football ladder and work your way up by winning games, moving clubs, attracting sponsorship and inflating that salary as you go. Neymar assists you as a mentor, helping you learn the ropes at first befo...

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri must not waste N’Golo Kante’s talents

Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri believes his side are not on the same level as title rivals Liverpool and that they have a lot of work to do after their 0-0 draw with West Ham. Stewart Robson explains why Maurizio Sarri's side struggled to come away from the London Stadium with a victory over West Ham. Andriy Yarmolenko had a painful miss in front of goal which could have given Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham their statement win of the young Premier League season. Andriy Yarmolenko had a painful miss in front of goal which could have given Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham their statement win of the young Premier League season. Andriy Yarmolenko had a painful miss in front of goal which could have given Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham their statement win of the young Premier League ...

Jose Mourinho’s Man United failings in focus ahead of Frank Lampard reunion

Frank Lampard will be like the Ghost of Christmas Past to Jose Mourinho when he takes his place in the Old Trafford dug-out on Tuesday for Derby County's Carabao Cup tie at Manchester United. Lampard, 40, is setting out on his own managerial career with the Championship club. The former Chelsea and England midfielder has a made a decent start to his new job, with the Rams sitting in a playoff spot following five wins in nine league games. Mourinho, whose first spell in charge at Chelsea coincided…

Jose Mourinho’s Man United failings in focus ahead of Frank Lampard reunion

Frank Lampard will be like the Ghost of Christmas Past to Jose Mourinho when he takes his place in the Old Trafford dug-out on Tuesday for Derby County's Carabao Cup tie at Manchester United. Lampard, 40, is setting out on his own managerial career with the Championship club. The former Chelsea and England midfielder has a made a decent start to his new job, with the Rams sitting in a playoff spot following five wins in nine league games. Mourinho, whose first spell in charge at Chelsea coincided…

Transfer Rater: Ander Herrera to Barcelona, Leroy Sane to Juventus

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Ander Herrera to Barcelona La Liga champions Barcelona are hoping to take advantage of Herrera's contract impasse at Manchester United by making an approach for the Spain…

Transfer Rater: Ander Herrera to Barcelona, Leroy Sane to Juventus

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Ander Herrera to Barcelona La Liga champions Barcelona are hoping to take advantage of Herrera's contract impasse at Manchester United by making an approach for the Spain…