Manchester City furious after Uefa investigation is sent for final judgment

Manchester City have hit out as Uefa prepares to rule on alleged financial fair play irregularities, which could lead to a Champions League ban Manchester City have hit out in a strongly worded statement after a Uefa investigation into allegations of financial fair play irregularities, whichinvestigation was report in the New York Times on Monday that the IC was set to recommend City be referred to the adjudicatory chamber and should be banned from the Champions League if found guilty. The clubs statement clearly indicated they envisage appealing against any adverse decision to the court of arbitration for sport in Lausanne, where lawyers drawn from around Europe determine disputes with governing bodies. The seven members of the investigatory chamber are …

Derby book Wembley final after Jack Marriott stuns Leeds in thriller

Derby won a breathless second leg 4-2 at Elland Road to book their place in the Championship final against Aston Villa with a 4-3 aggregate win over Leeds After as rambunctious a play-off second leg as can possibly be imagined Derby claimed the right to face Aston Villa in the final on 27 May to try for promotion to the Premier League. It was end-to-end entertainment all night, a feast of incident, goals and excitement, and neither side both reduced to 10 men deserved to lose. It never ceases to astonish how full-blooded and thrilling play-offs can be, when both sides must know the likely prize on offer, financial considerations aside, will be a season of toil and tribulation in …

Premier League 2018-19 season review: our writers best and worst

The best players, greatest games and standout signings plus those that didnt work out, and what needs to change Best player Ed Aarons: Virgil van Dijk. Raheem Sterling runs him close but in terms of impact and influence, the big Dutchman has been peerless. Nick Ames: A confession: at the time Liverpool paid 75m for Van Dijk this writer having been present to cover all of his exceptionally rare rickets at Southampton considered them barmy. Instead, he has almost single-handedly given Jrgen Klopp the ability to build from a solid base, transforming the teams prospects. No centre-back has had this profound an influence in years. Simon Burnton: Bernardo Silva has been an absolute joy a wonderful combination of technique, tenacity …

Aston Villa beat West Brom on penalties to reach Championship play-off final

Aston Villa lost 1-0 to West Brom at the Hawthorns but progressed to the Championship play-off final 4-3 on penalties after the semi-final finished 2-2 on aggregate Aston Villa have a shot at redemption. Twelve months on from their play-off final triumphing on penalties. Tammy Abraham converted the winning kick, after Jed Steer had saved two penalties at the start of the shootout, to spark wild celebrations among the Villa supporters. The visitors made hard work of it, failing to break down an Albion side who were forced to play for 40 minutes with 10 men, including all of extra time, after Chris Brunt was sent off for two bookable offences. Both fouls were committed on John McGinn the pair …

David Beckham gets driving ban for using phone at the wheel

Former footballer off the road for six months after member of the public spots the offence David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months for using his mobile phone while driving after a member of the public photographed him using the device. The former footballer, 43, had already pleaded guilty to using the device while driving his Bentley in slowly moving traffic on Great Portland Street, central London, on 21 November. Beckham, wearing a dark grey suit and tie, was told by district judge Catherine Moore at Bromley magistrates court on Thursday that he would be temporarily disqualified, as she gave him six points to add to the six he already had for speeding matters. Moore acknowledged the …

What a week! Premier League’s Spurs, Liverpool and Man City ending season with a bang

(CNN)The world’s most popular sport has just seen three consecutive nights of wonder, the likes of which few fans have ever seen before — or will ever see again. But as stunning as it was, Spurs’ late win was arguably second fiddle to the preceding night, with English club Liverpool completing one of the great Champions League comebacks to knock out the mighty Barcelona and reach a second consecutive Champions League final. Copa90: Guardiola reveals coaching secrets – to pub team Curtain call on thrilling season Before the European showcases, however, the incredible English Premier League week will culminate Sunday, when the league wraps with all 20 teams simultaneously kicking off at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m ET). City’s …

Petr Cech: ‘Abramovich didnt want to see me in an Arsenal shirt’

The keeper on being in a coma, not watching back his greatest moment and the prospect of facing Chelsea in his final game Petr Cech begins at the end. The hope is a playing career that has spanned two decades will extend for another fortnight, that Arsenal progress beyond Valencia and, in far-flung Baku, their veteran goalkeeper is 3-1 advantage from the first leg, but there would be something splendidly appropriate about Cech bringing down the curtain with a 15th winners medal after a collision with Chelsea at the Olympic stadium. After all, he had moved to Arsenal in 2015 intent upon guiding the club to European success, emulating in part what he had achieved over that glittering 11-season stint …

Tottenham stuns Ajax to make Champions League final

(CNN)Lucas Moura scored a dramatic last-minute winner to send Tottenham Hotspur into the Champions League final for the first time in its history after an astonishing comeback against Ajax in Amsterdam. “It’s impossible to explain what I’m feeling,” Brazilian Moura told BT Sport after the game on Wednesday.

Liverpool returns to the top of the Premier League with late winner

(CNN)With a rip-roaring English Premier League title race entering its final week, Liverpool returned to the top of the table with a thrilling victory over Newcastle which ensures the EPL title will be decided on the final day. Follow @cnnsport The visitors were far from their best, twice allowing the lead to slip, and worryingly leading scorer Mo Salah was stretchered off with what looked like a head injury after clashing with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. Klopp later said that the striker needed to be assessed but revealed he did watch the end of the match in the dressing room. READ: Salah ‘OK’ after collision “What can I say?” said Klopp on Sky Sports. “With the way Newcastle played, it …

Manchester City returns top of Premier League after stunning Kompany strike

(CNN)Manchester City returned to the top of the English Premier League after a scintillating strike from Vincent Kompany secured a vital 1-0 win against Leicester City. READ: Jadon Sancho ranked as European football’s most expensive youngster An emotional Kompany demonstrated just how important the goal was after a nervy night in Manchester. The Citizens were frustrated for much of the match by an impressive Leicester side which managed to snub out the host’s impressive array of attacking talent. However, when the game looked to be heading toward a goalless draw, Kompany sent a missile into the top corner. “I hadn’t scored this season but I always feel in big moments that I’m going to do something, I don’t know if …

Nine-man Tottenham undone at the last as Ak snatches win for Bournemouth

Bournemouths Nathan Ak scored a winner in added-time against Spurs, who had Son Heung-min and Juan Foyth sent off Tottenham are not making things easy in their quest for a Premier League top-four finish. On a madcap afternoon at Bournemouth, they played for 42 minutes with nine men, after having Son Heung-min and the substitute Juan Foyth sent off, while they were fortunate not to lose Eric Dier to another red card. Their rap sheet also featured five yellow cards. Mauricio Pochettinos depleted team held out until stoppage-time and it had to be said that Bournemouth were strangely toothless opposition, not entirely comfortable when the onus was on them to force the issue. But they found the killer blow when …

Liverpools dogged pursuit could push Pep Guardiolas side to their limit

Are Manchester City human? Do they doubt? Do they wonder? Is their faith in their own ability as implacable as it often appears? Are Manchester City human? Do they doubt? Do they wonder? Is their faith in their own ability as implacable as it often appears? Does there come a point at which they reflect on their own recent form 12 straight league wins and then at the league table Liverpool two points clear having played a game more and think there is nothing they can do, that a pursuer this dogged, this capable of willing itself to victory in the most unpromising circumstances, can never be shaken off, that there is some other force at work here? If there …

Lionel Messi broke down in tears in Barcelonas Anfield dressing room

Lionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against Liverpool Lionel Messi broke down in tears after his dream of winning the Champions League for a fifth time with Barcelona collapsed against Liverpool. The Argentina international was inconsolable in the Barcelona dressing room following lose 3-0 in Rome and go out on away goals. Messi was then selected for a drugs test by anti-doping officials and the team coach departed for Liverpool John Lennon Airport without him as a consequence. Reports in the Spanish media have claimed that, on his eventual arrival at the airport, Messi was involved in an angry confrontation with a group of Barcelona …

Mo Salah ‘OK’ after being stretchered off with head injury

(CNN)It was a sight that gave Liverpool fans plenty of reason for concern as the Reds approach the defining week in the club’s season. Follow @cnnsport READ: Thrilling Liverpool win means title race goes to the wire “He was OK,” Klopp said after the match, further revealing that the player, who scored Liverpool’s second goal in a thrilling 3-2 win, watched the rest of the match in the dressing room. “The doctor had to make a decision – on the pitch or off the pitch – and the decision was off the pitch and we accept that of course. “When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and had watched the game. He was then fine but …

Manchester United considering Rio Ferdinand for technical director role

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand is among the candidates being considered for a senior football role at the club Rio Ferdinand is among the candidates being considered for a senior role at Manchester United. Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, is seeking to appoint a technical director whose job will include long-term strategy of Uniteds first team. The position will identify and recommend prospective players in the first instance, rather than be responsible for ensuring deals are completed. This latter element would remain with Matt Judge, who as head of corporate development is effectively Woodwards No 2. Woodward has an ongoing dialogue with Ferdinand and is known to have met him recently and to admire his football know-how. The 40-year-old …

Hell be the best striker in Europe the stunning emergence of Luka Jovic | Nick Ames

The 21-year-old Serbia striker is being chased by clubs such as Real Madrid and Liverpool as he prepares to face Chelsea in the Europa League semi-final Eintracht Frankfurt had just beaten Schalke 3-0 and, among the smiling faces inside Commerzbank Arena, Fredi Bobic had particular cause to feel satisfied. Their young loanee striker, Luka Jovic, had scored two of the goals; he now had a dozen for the season and it was not even mid-November. Luka has found his way here, said Bobic, the clubs sporting director. He disappeared at Benfica, but we remembered him. That was a little modest, because Bobic knew he was witnessing the fruits of a personal pursuit that began at the start of the decade. …