UEFA Extends Samir Nasri’s Doping Ban From Six To 18 Months

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UEFA Extends Samir Nasri’s Doping Ban From Six To 18 Months

UEFA extended former France international Samir Nasri’s doping ban from six to 18 months on Wednesday over the intravenous drip treatment he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.

The 31-year-old, who is currently without a club, was suspended for six months in February after taking a multi-vitamin booster in contravention of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

The ban was backdated to July 1, 2017, meaning the ex-Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder will be cleared to return next January. He can resume training with a club at the start of November.

Nasri had the drip treatment while he was on loan at Sevilla during the 2016-17 season, prompting the Spanish anti-doping agency to open an investigation.

He retroactively appealed to UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), but his request was refused by European football’s governing body.

Nasri left Turkish side Antalya in January after disappointing six-month spell following his arrival from Manchester City.

Six-time Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte was handed a 14-month suspension last week for a similar infraction, with athletes usually only allowed to receive an IV in the case of medical treatment.

(AFP)

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Naira Stable As CBN Boosts Forex Market With $210m

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Naira Stable As CBN Boosts Forex Market With $210m

In its quest to meet customers’ needs in the various segments of the foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday, July 31, injected $210million into various segments of the forex market.

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The apex bank offered $100million to authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment got boosted with the sum of $55 million. 

Customers requesting foreign exchange for invisible such as tuition fees, medical payments and basic travel allowance (BTA), among others, were also allocated $55 million.

It will be recalled that the Bank last Friday, July 27, 2018 and following the earlier take-off of its intervention in the sale of foreign exchange in Chinese Yuan (CNY), injected the sum $340, 507, 376.51 into the interbank retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales. This was in addition to the sale of CNY 69,858,087.15 in the spot and short tenored forwards.   

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Meanwhile, the naira continued its stability in the FOREX market, exchanging at an average of N360/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1

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Manchester United beat Real Madrid 2-1

Jose Mourinho was finally given something to smile about as a tempestuous trip to the United States ended with Man United’s 2-1 win over former club Real Madrid thanks to first-half strikes from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.

Mourinho has cut a miserable figure during their two week trip to the United States, lashing out at a lack of transfer activity while reserving stinging criticism for a number of first team players.

But seeing his side establish a two goal lead in the first half was encouraging, as was holding Real at bay after Karim Benezema’s goal just before the interval gave the Spanish side hope of mounting a comeback.

“I didn’t learn anything (from this tour),” said Mourinho. “I know what Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Alexis Sanchez are.

“I know the kids are very young and need time to grow up, I know my players gave everything and in the last 15 mins we are dead and they bring on Toni Kroos and Asensio and Isco and I thought we wouldn’t resist but we did.

“That’s the spirit we need because our first two or three weeks in the Premier League are going to be really hard for us because we didn’t prepare for that.”

The Portuguese has been without 12 key players for most of the tour with many enjoying an extended break following the World Cup.

In front of 64,141 at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium, United were finishing off their pre-season preparations against a Real Madrid side just starting theirs.

La Liga starts a week later than the Premier League so new Real manager Julen Lopetegui was able to name the likes of Gareth Bale to start while Germany star Toni Kroos was on the bench.

Spanish international David de Gea was making his first start since returning from the extra time given to him following the World Cup and he was almost beaten in the eighth minute – Bale starting a move which saw Benzema fire just wide from close range.

Brazilian Fred, who was signed earlier this summer for £52 million, was making his first United start and looked comfortable in his new surroundings.

And on 18 minutes, United were ahead. Herrera fed Matteo Darmian and teed up Sanchez who clinically swept the ball home.

– Taken superbly –
It was Man United’s first real opportunity – and it was taken superbly.

“Alexis Sanchez is fresh, the way the man is running, I think he is in a fantastic condition,” said Mourinho.

The second goal which arrived on 27 minutes was equally impressive.

Darmian lifted the ball to Mata and once the Spaniard had regained his composure he crossed for Sanchez who was able to divert the ball into the path of Herrera who made no mistake.

Bale curled wide soon after but just before the interval, Benzema tapped in an excellent Theo Hernandez cross to give the vast amounts of Madrid fans in Miami something to cheer.

Bale, a one time target for Mourinho, was withdrawn for the second half as Lopetegui shuffled his pack and one of the substitutes, Martin Odegaard should have levelled on 56 minutes when he blazed over the bar from eight yards.

The Norwegian saw a free-kick saved by De Gea late on but United held firm to lift Mourinho’s mood.

It was their first victory in regulation play this pre-season – AC Milan were defeated on penalties in Los Angeles last week.

(AFP)

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Evening

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MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Anthony Martial has not reported at Manchester United’s training base since he left their pre-season tour eight days ago and is set to be disciplined by the club.

LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Chelsea are still hoping they can convince Eden Hazard to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge.
Crystal Palace are set to announce the signing of 22-year-old German midfielder Max Meyer.
West Ham have had a £27m bid for Uruguay’s Maxi Gomez turned down as manager Manuel Pellegrini steps up his search for another striker.
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes says that star midfielder Luke Freeman is not for sale, amidst transfer speculation.
Chelsea’s hopes of signing Matias Vecino are about to improve as Inter Milan close in on a deal for Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal.

LIVERPOOL ECHO
Liverpool have received a boost with the news that Naby Keita should be fit for Saturday’s friendly with Napoli in Dublin.
Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius could both be sold by Liverpool this summer

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE
Newcastle United hope to have Yoshinori Muto on board as their new striker by the end of the week.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL
Birmingham City have finally addressed the transfer embargo which has been overshadowing their preparations for the new season.

EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom have had a £400,000 bid accepted by Yeovil Town for defender Tom James.
Walsall’s Dean Keates looks set to utilise the loan market as the boss works to add numbers to his squad just days before the season gets underway.

THE SENTINEL
Ashley Williams could be one of the defenders Gary Rowett wants to bring in as soon as possible as Stoke City prepare to kick-off their Championship season.

THE DAILY ECHO
Fulham are expected to come back with an increased offer for Matt Targett and force Southampton to consider cashing in on their academy product to help fund another potential incoming.

HUDDERSFIELD EXAMINER
Huddersfield head coach David Wagner says he has had honest conversations over the futures of Michael Hefele, Scott Malone and Collin Quaner, and says the club have “done as well as they can” to keep them fit.

SUNDERLAND ECHO
Stewart Donald has revealed further details of the deal he struck with Ellis Short to buy Sunderland – and has praised Short for doing the right thing by the club.

THE ARGUS
Hull will have to raise the stakes if they want to sign Brighton midfielder Oliver Norwood.
Brighton are weighing up whether to hold on to hot prospect Viktor Gyokeres or loan him out to further his development.

DERBY TELEGRAPH
Derby County will not sit back when they kick off the new Sky Bet Championship campaign against Reading on Friday night, says David Nugent.

NOTTINGHAM POST
Andy Kellett is facing a race against time to be fit for Notts County’s curtain-raiser against Colchester but says he is making injury progress.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
Burnley boss Sean Dyche admits the transfer market is getting more difficult with every window.

THE PINK UN
Ivo Pinto has been understanding of the decision to make Grant Hanley captain for this season, Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has revealed.

BRISTOL POST
New Bristol City signing Niki Maenpaa says he wants to win promotion back to the Premier League.

COVENTRY TELEGRAPH
Coventry City have turned down two offers for wanted man Rod McDonald as manager Mark Robins looks to strengthen his back four ahead of the new season.

BLACKPOOL GAZETTE
Gary Bowyer says he has a good idea of what team he is likely to pick for Blackpool’s first game of the season at Wycombe Wanderers.

THE STAR
Manager Jos Luhukay is urging his Sheffield Wednesday team to “surprise people” who have written off their chances of success this season.

EVENING TIMES
Brendan Rodgers dismissed suggestions he is at loggerheads with the Celtic board over their long-standing transfer policy

EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS
Hibs are fighting it out with a clutch of other European clubs – two of which are from the Netherlands – for the signature of Darmstadt striker Jamie Maclaren.

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • PSG are still interested in N’Golo Kante and are willing to pay the midfielder more than the £290,000-per-week that Chelsea are offering.
  • Valencia want to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, and hope to tempt him with the offer of Champions League football.
  • The FA are battling to hold onto technical director Dan Ashworth, who is interested in a similar role at Brighton & Hove Albion.
  • Liverpool are considering signing 6ft 7in rookie Barnet goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle.
  • Liverpool are considering selling both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet after the arrival of Alisson.
  • Arsenal are facing up to the reality of losing Ivan Gazidis after the chief executive told them he has an offer to join AC Milan.
  • Thierry Henry could be set to coach Mohamed Salah after being lined up to become the new manager of Egypt.
  • Manchester City are tracking Iran international Saman Ghoddos, who helped Swedish side Ostersunds to the last-32 of the Europa League last season.
  • Middlesbrough will launch a £7m swoop for Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn following the sale of Patrick Bamford to Leeds United.
  • Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has agreed a deal with Wolves, according to reports.
  • Chelsea have accepted defeat in their pursuit of Jordan Pickford and will look to target Jan Oblak and Kevin Trapp instead.
  • Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin says he decided to turn vegan after talking to former world heavyweight boxing champion David Haye.
  • Chelsea and Manchester United have been dealt a blow after Lazio’s president said the club would not sell Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
  • Wolfsburg are the latest club reportedly interested in Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.
  • Wolfsburg want to sign Luke Shaw, but the left-back remains keen on seeing out his contract at Manchester United.
  • Barcelona are preparing to sell the naming rights to the Nou Camp for £270m to fund renovation work on the stadium.
  • Maurizio Sarri’s former boss at Napoli has described him as ‘one-dimensional’ and says a clause prevents Chelsea from signing any more of their players.
  • Mauricio Pochettino says he has no fears over handing rookie Luke Amos his first-team debut in Tottenham’s Premier League season opener.
  • Jose Mourinho is unsure whether Anthony Martial will rejoin the Manchester United squad.
  • Brendan Rodgers is keen to tie down Dedryck Boyata and James Forrest to new deals at Celtic.
  • Patrick Roberts has refused to rule out a return to Celtic, and says he has not spoken to Pep Guardiola about his Manchester City future.
  • Rangers are prepared to play a waiting game for Kyle Lafferty with the striker looking certain to be in Hearts’ opening-day line-up.

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