World football–governing body, FIFA, has given approval for the international friendly between Nigeria and Argentina to go ahead as scheduled in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday, 14th November 2017. This was contained in a letter forwarded to the Football Union of Russia, addressed to the General Secretary, Aleksandr Alaev, and signed by FIFA’s Director of Competitions, Christian Unger. The letter, dated 31 October 2017 read, inter alia: “FIFA would like to thank you for complying with the Regulations Governing International Matches by submitting the relevant information and authorisations for the following tier 1 international match: Argentina Vs Nigeria, Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, 14 November 2017. “In accordance with article 7 of the regulations, FIFA is happy to provide officia
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is facing another FIFA rap, after five people were confirmed dead and many others sustained various degrees of injuries, following a stampede at the entrance of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, on Saturday. The incident happened while football fans were trying to enter the stadium during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia. They were allegedly beaten by soldiers at the gates with heavy sticks. Before the game in Uyo, FIFA fined Nigeria 30,000 Swiss Francs (N11,049,557), after fans invaded the same pitch during a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon on September 1. According to the information on the FIFA website, the action violated article 65 and 67 of the FBC FIFA stadium and security regulations. Nigeria was...
Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, could be suspended for up to 12 matches after referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea included the Real Madrid star’s shove in his match report. Ronaldo was shown a second yellow card for what Bengoetxea deemed to be a dive inside the penalty area. He had booked the Portugal captain moments earlier, after he ripped off his shirt when he made it 2-1 with a stunning drive. After he was shown the red card, the 32-year-old momentarily lost his cool and shoved the referee. Bengoetxea included the altercation in his post-game match report, writing: “Player: Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. Once the red card was shown, the player pushed me slightly in a sign of disagreement.” The shove could trigger a ban of up to 12 matches under Article 96 of the Spanish
Former Chelsea striker, Chris Sutton, has warned the club’s fans that he can see Antonio Conte walking away if he can’t turn things around. Speaking ahead of the launch of The Verdict, a new football magazine available inside the Daily Mail every Monday, Sutton stated that Conte’s frustration may build to such a point that he will walk away from Stamford Bridge if the club can’t match his ambition. “Conte has said that he wants to avoid a ‘Mourinho season'” Sutton said. “I can see him walking. “He walked from Juventus when he didn’t get his own way. If the club are selling Matic from under his nose then it’s not looking great.” Conte has hinted at a power tussle with the Chelsea board over transfers, as the Blues struggled in pre-season, winning only once against Arsenal.
Sergio Ramos has said Zinedine Zidane’s knowledge of the Real Madrid dressing room has helped him to greater success than Jose Mourinho at the Santiago Bernabeu. Ramos also stated that Mourinho did not do exceptional things to his career, as he was just another coach he worked with. Mourinho comes face-to-face with his former side in Skopje on Tuesday, where Manchester United will take on Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. When Ramos was asked to compare Mourinho to current boss Zinedine Zidane, he said: “My view is that when a team has a coach it changes, every coach is different because if his system, tactics, and personality. “One coach is not necessarily better than another. They are just different. “Zizou was very good at understanding our dressing room as a former player. M