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Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde: Award shows turning football into ‘show business’

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains how Ernesto Valverde's player selection played a major role in Barcelona's 2-2 draw against Girona. Barcelona's Ernesto Valverde insists the referee's failure to look at VAR for Clement Lenglet's red card in their draw to Girona was a huge mistake that cost them. Playing a man down for most of the match, Barcelona only manage a 2-2 draw with Catalan rivals Girona at home. BARCELONA — Ernesto Valverde lamented football's diversion into "show business" after Luka Modric was crowned FIFA's The Best for 2018 on Monday, ending Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long hold on world football's top individual honour. Real Madrid midfielder Modric beat Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the prize...

Nigeria to move Libya clash to Uyo

Nigeria are expected to move their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya from Kaduna after the Ahmadu Bello Stadium failed a pitch inspection. Highly-placed Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) sources tell KweséESPN the match will now almost certainly return to the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo. Last month, the NFF announced Kaduna as the venue for the qualifier following an inspection by Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr. At the time, the pitch looked in perfect condition. However,…

Jose Mourinho tells Paul Pogba he’ll never captain Manchester United again – sources

ESPN FC's Mark Ogden has some sobering words for Paul Pogba, urging the midfielder to talk less and do more for Manchester United. France's Didier Deschamps believes Paul Pogba is misunderstood by football fans who think he only cares about himself but that he actually plays to get the best for the team. Steve Nicol breaks down what impressed and frustrated him about Paul Pogba's performance in Manchester United's draw against Wolves. Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba he will not captain Manchester United again as the relationship between the pair becomes increasingly strained, sources have told ESPN FC. The move is designed to underline Mourinho's authority at Old Trafford after a series of episodes involving the midfielder that have angered the United boss. The n...

Liverpool back women’s team but ‘things need to improve’ – Kirkland

Liverpool caretaker boss Chris Kirkland says the club is backing the women’s team despite former boss Neil Redfearn resigning after two games.

‘I messed up’ – world number two Powell suffers shock World Championships defeat

World number two Natalie Powell suffers a shock defeat at the World Judo Championships against Slovenia’s Klara Apoteker.

I’ll help finish stadium, jokes Spurs boss Pochettino

Manager Mauricio Pochettino jokes he would help builders complete the construction of Tottenham’s new stadium if it made fans happy.

Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet given ‘opportunity’ to impress vs. Chelsea – Jurgen Klopp

Craig Burley says football fans made a "pig's ear" of the vote for the Puskas Award, which was won by Mohamed Salah's goal against Everton. 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. Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp insists that pulling Xherdan Shaqiri off at half-time in their 3-0 win over Southampton was to in order to nullify their attacking threats. Liverpool may be top of the Premier League and unbeaten, but Stevie Nicol says they must be far more clinical to keep top spot. LIVERPOOL, England — Jurgen Klopp said Simon Mignolet will start in goal for Liverpool's Carabao Cup game against Chelsea on Wednesday. The third-round tie ...

Gary Cahill ‘not in good position’ at Chelsea but should stay – Oliver Giroud

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. 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. Stewart Robson explains why Maurizio Sarri's side struggled to come away from the London Stadium with a victory over West Ham. Olivier Giroud said he sympathises with Gary Cahill's unhappiness at his lack of playing time for Chelsea this season, but that he hopes the defender does not seek a move away from Stamford Bridge in January. Cahill replaced the injured Antonio Rudiger against West Ham on Sunday to make his first Chelsea appearance of t...

Rwanda football officials released on bail after bribery allegations

Two Rwanda Football Federation officials have been released on bail after being detained following allegations of bribery, according to FERWAFA Communications Manager Bonnie Mugabe. Secretary General François Régis Uwayezu and Commissioner for Competitions Eric Ruhamiriza were arrested and placed under investigation by the Rwanda Investigative Bureau after allegations were made by Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza on September 11. Speaking to the Namibian press, Pavaza alleged that the two…

County Championship: Lancashire relegated to Division Two

Lancashire’s relegation to Division Two of the County Championship is confirmed on day two of their game with Hampshire.

Former Paralympic champion Jonathan Fox retires from swimming

Britain’s London 2012 Paralympic champion Jonathan Fox retires from swimming to “focus on his health”.

Cap number 169? Williams set to add to caps record after England recall

England recall Reading’s Fara Williams as Phil Neville names his squad for October’s friendlies against Brazil and Australia.