Naira Loses Marginally Against Dollar

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Naira Loses Marginally Against Dollar

The Nigerian currency Naira on Monday, October 22, lost 50 kobo to close at N360.5 to the dollar, weaker than N360 posted on Friday at the parallel market in Lagos.

The Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N417, respectively.

At the Bureau De Change (BDC) window, the Naira was sold at N360 to the dollar, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N480 and N417, respectively.

Trading at the investors’ window saw the Naira closed at N364. 09, while the market turnover stood at 168.96 million dollars.

Currency traders are of the opinion that the build up to the 2019 general elections made the market vibrant due to increase in patronage.

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

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  • Manchester City are ready to wait until the summer to sign a defensive midfielder, meaning they will not pursue Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong or Wolves’ Ruben Neves in January
  • Pep Guardiola is eyeing a move for Nathan Ake in the January transfer window, but Manchester City fans have been unanimous in agreeing that Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake is not good enough to play for the club.
  • Tahith Chong trained with the Manchester United first-team ahead of their Champions League group game with Juventus but Alexis Sanchez sat out as youngsters Thomas Sang and Zak Dearnley also featured.


  • Slavisa Jokanovic will hold crunch talks with Fulham owner Shahid Khan in London this week.


  • Andy Robertson believes the ability Liverpool have developed, of being able to win games while not playing at their best, proves they will challenge for the Premier League title this season.
  • Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan is attracting the interest of current Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.


  • Aston Villa missed out on several of their first choice transfer targets in the summer due to Tony Xia’s financial crisis, including Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn.
  • Recalled defender Neil Taylor is hoping his return to the Aston Villa first-team will help revive his Wales career.
  • Birmingham will hope to have Charlie Lakin available for selection at some stage this week, though there is still no scheduled return date for either Isaac Vassell or David Davis.


  • Russell Martin signed for Walsall despite interest from some of League One’s biggest clubs after making a promise to manager Dean Keates.


  • Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi has given an insight into how transfer business is now carried out at the Emirates following Arsene Wenger’s departure, saying they have “have a full team of professionals looking into the market, analysing the possibilities and the players.”
  • Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that he didn’t join Chelsea in the summer as only Maurizio Sarri wanted him at Stamford Bridge
  • Former Crystal Palace midfielder Shaun Derry says it would be “immense” if his old side could sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea in January.


  • Gary Monk says Stoke must be more ruthless in front of the opposition goal and less generous when it comes to defending their own.


  • Ben Woodburn’s club career has stuttered of late, so much so that he returned to Liverpool’s Under-23s at the weekend due to his lack of game-time with Sheffield United.


  • Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack is hopeful of earning his first senior England call-up, just like Derby County’s Mason Mount.


  • Striker Jamie Ward hopes his temporary stay at Charlton Athletic will go beyond January, admitting that he’s enjoying his time in the capital.


  • Chris Martin has been backed to solve Hull City’s attacking problems, despite his ongoing drought in the Championship.


  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche revealed Robbie Brady will feature for the club’s Under-23 side on Monday as he steps up his return from a knee injury.


  • “Bring it on” is Daniel Farke’s message if Championship rivals are starting to sit up and take notice of his soaring Norwich City side.


  • Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, insisted he will always “tell it like it is” after refusing to protect his players from the harsh reality of life at the top of the Championship.


  • Hearts manager Craig Levein plans to approach Burnley in an attempt to extend Jimmy Dunne’s loan spell.

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Juventus Striker Mario Mandzukic Ruled Out Of Manchester United Trip

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Mario Mandzukic will not play for Juventus against Manchester United due to an injury he picked up on Monday

Mario Mandzukic suffered a sprained left ankle during training on Monday and has therefore been left out of the 20-man squad travelling to England.

The Serie A champions are otherwise mostly at full strength, with Emre Can the only other major absentee as he recovers from a thyroid problem.

Juve head into the match at Old Trafford as leaders of Group H, having claimed six points from a possible six this season. United are two points further back in second place.

Juve squad for United: Szczesny, Pinsoglio, Perin; De Sciglio, Chiellini, Benatia, Pjanic, Ronaldo, Dybala, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro, Matuidi, Barzagli, Cuadrado, Kean, Bonucci, Cancelo, Rugani, Bentancur, Bernardeschi

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Ross McCormack Admits His Aston Villa Career Could Be Over

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Ross McCormack believes his Aston Villa career is over, despite Steve Bruce’s recent sacking.

McCormack fell out with former manager Steve Bruce only a few months after he made a £12m move from Fulham in August 2016

The 32-year-old striker, who is on loan at Australian side Central Coast Mariners, made just 13 league starts at Villa before similar temporary moves to Nottingham Forest and Melbourne City.

Speaking to ‘Fairfax Media’ about whether he would return to Villa under new boss Dean Smith, McCormack remarked: “I can’t see it, to be honest.

“That ship has probably sailed, but it’s hard to say. I’ve still got another year left [on his Aston Villa contract] after this season, so you can never say never.

“I’d probably be surprised if that changed something for me.”

The striker also admitted he did not hear of Bruce’s sacking until 24 hours after it had happened: “I didn’t even know until like a day later, with the time difference.

“It is what it is. That’s the way football is these days. If you don’t get results, you lose your job.”

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Chelsea Back Manager Maurizio Sarri To Handle Marco Ianni Situation

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Mourinho, on the receiving end of Ianni’s actions, revealed that he had accepted an apology from the assistant coach.

The ‘Blues’ say they regard Ianni’s incident as falling below the standard expected of a member of staff, though they or Sarri are yet to announce what they deem appropriate.

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Chelsea Grant Derby County Permission To Play Mason Mount And Fikayo Tomori In EFL Cup Tie

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Chelsea have granted Derby County permission to pick loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori for next week’s EFL Cup fourth-round tie.

Chelsea was drawn against Derby County which could have been deemed as an issue, however, Chelsea are happy to allow their players to play against them. 

Unlike in the Premier League, EFL Cup rules allow for clubs in the competition to make such agreements for players to appear against their parent clubs.

“Chelsea Football Club has today granted Derby County permission to select loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori for next week’s Carabao Cup fourth-round fixture,” a statement issued on the Blues’ official website read.

“Unlike in the Premier League, EFL Cup rules allow for clubs in the competition to make such agreements for players to appear against their parent clubs.

“Mount and Tomori have been regulars for the Rams under Frank Lampard this season, and, after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the previous round, we believe the experience of facing top-level opposition once more will be of benefit to their on-going development at Derby.”

Mount and Tomori have impressed many whilst with Derby and were both hugely influential in the club’s victory away at Old Trafford against Manchester United. 

England U20 defender Tomori has been part of a back-line which has kept five clean sheets already this campaign.

The tie will also see former Chelsea midfielder and club legend Frank Lampard return to Stamford Bridge. 

Speaking to Derby’s official website, Lampard added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chelsea, their director Marina Granovskaia and manager Maurizio Sarri for allowing Mason and Fikayo to be available for selection for the Carabao Cup tie.

“We’ve been in dialogue with Chelsea since the draw was made and it’s great, first and foremost, that the players will have the opportunity to test themselves against a top side.”

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Jose Mourinho Doesn’t Want Chelsea To Sack Marco Ianni After Stamford Bridge Touchline Row

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“I want to thank Sarri for his honesty,” Mourinho told ‘Sky Sports’.

“I want to thank Chelsea for its honesty too – but I am not happy that it is going too far with the young boy.

“I don’t think he deserves more than what he got. He apologised to me, I accept his apologies. I think he deserves a second chance. I don’t think he deserves to be sacked. I don’t think he deserves anything more than the fact his club was strong with him.

“I hope everybody does the same as I did, which is not to disturb the career of a young guy. Probably he is a great guy, a coach with great potential.

“End of story with me is the minute he apologised to me. Let the boy work. Everybody makes mistakes – I made a lot of mistakes.”

Mourinho is waiting to discover from the FA if he will be charged for his reaction to Ianni’s provocation. Referee Mike Dean is expected to include the bust-up in his report, which the governing body are due to study on Monday.

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Crystal Palace Low On Confidence When It Comes To Scoring – Roy Hodgson

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Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson admits the struggles in front of goal have affected the players’ confidence but he feels there were encouraging signs in Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Everton.

Crystal Palace have scored only five times in nine Premier League games this season and once in their last four following the result at Goodison Park, their third straight defeat.

Jordan Pickford saved Eagles captain Luka Milivojevic’s 60th-minute penalty before substitutes Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun netted late on.

Palace boss Hodgson, whose side are two points above the relegation zone in 15th place, said when asked about the problems in front of goal: “Of course it does (affect confidence), there’s no doubt about that.

“But having said that, we’re coming to Everton, they’re on the back of two very good results, and I thought for the best part not only did we defend well enough to stifle most of their efforts, I thought we also looked pretty dangerous going forward.

“If we can continue to do that, the goals will definitely come.

“Luka has only missed two penalties out of about nine or 10, so I’m sure he’ll score the next one. I’m sure we’ll get penalties and opportunities, because we do send people forward, into the opposition’s box.”

As the visitors applied pressure in the first half, James Tomkins headed a decent chance wide, Milivojevic’s free-kick was turned behind by Pickford and Cheikhou Kouyate’s header hit the bar.

With them having won only two of the first nine, Palace’s next four league fixtures see them face Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United.

Hodgson said with regard to heading into that tough-looking schedule: “My mindset is that we’ll continue to do what we’ve been doing.

“We’ll continue to prepare as best we can to make certain the players know what they are going to come up against.

“We’ll continue to work hard at the way we play to make certain we’re as organised as we can possibly be.

“And then, of course, we’ll be hoping the chances that come our way are taken and we’re able to defend well enough to stifle the opposition.

“Certainly in most of the last games we haven’t exactly been staring down the barrel of a gun for long periods of time in terms of the opponents scoring, but we can do a bit more ourselves, and I think we started to show that (against Everton).

“in the first 60 minutes, we were quite dangerous I thought.”

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Drug Abusers Deserve A Second Chance From UNILAG

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Drug Abusers Deserve A Second Chance From UNILAG – Fisayo Soyombo

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Success in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and in the follow-up internal test of an institution are usually enough to qualify a candidate for admission into a Nigerian university. Not anymore, particularly if the University of Lagos (UNILAG) is the candidate’s first choice. As Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, of the university announced days ago during an interaction with the News Agency of Nigeria, newly-admitted students will undergo a “compulsory” drug test from now on. If they pass, good luck. They fail, goodbye to admission.

This piece was written by Fisayo Soyombo. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

“This test is compulsory and will be administered on new students before they are allowed to go ahead with registration,” Oloyede said. “Admission of any newly-admitted students who test positive for drug use shall be withdrawn. Our students must be seen to be good products not only of the institution, but also of the larger society.”

UNILAG To Screen Newly-Admitted Students For Hard Drugs

It is easy to see what UNILAG is trying to do. Fantastic conception but faulty execution. Tertiary institutions are easy breeding grounds for drug addiction; stamp drug abuse out of campuses and the society would have been done a huge favour. However, by Oloyede’s words, this drug screening will be a post-admission hurdle: it’s not like the identified drug addicts would be denied admission from scartch; instead, they would first have secured the admission, and then they would lose it. True, this method bars the guilty candidates from entering UNILAG, but what happens to them from then on? No one should expect that they end up in a rehab, or in the church or mosque; to lose their admission this way means they sink even deeper into drugs. It’s a scenario that sees UNILAG solve one problem for itself but simultaneously create two more for the society.

Withdrawing the admission of drug-positive fresh students won’t help UNILAG realise its ambition of ensuring that its students are “good products of the larger society”. To think it would, in the first place, gives UNILAG out as guilty of a defect common to the academia: the thinking that ‘citadels of learning’ are a society on their own, different in class, standard and expectations from the ‘larger society’. This societal superiority that the academia likes to claim is, in the moment, far from reach; it is difficult, but not impossible, to achieve. To happen, the institutions must truly be able to operate on their own, entirely devoid of human-capital support at least from the larger society. It means, for instance, that a university’s Faculty of Engineering can produce cars, and its graduates can repair them; it means lecturers can get their cars repaired on campus rather than embarking on a trip to the roadside mechanic several kilometres in ‘town’. It means its Faculty of Agriculture can cultivate crops, harvest them, process them and get them consumed — all on the farm. Until then, students whose admissions are withdrawn end up returning to the same “larger society” that UNILAG is an integral and continuous part of. Long and short, UNILAG hasn’t done anything to aid the cause of this ‘larger society’.

The threat of drug abuse to societal wellbeing is real, but it is important to understand that most drug abusers are not hardened criminals. They are more like prisoners — emotional/psychological prisoners of addiction. What they need is love, not force; rehabilitation, not rejection. In any case, any drug abuser who is brilliant enough to pass the UTME as well as UNILAG’s post-UTME test should not be discarded as entirely useless. If UNILAG truly desires to help itself and the society in one fell swoop, there are a number things it could do.

One is to take advantage of its internal intellectual capacity in availing the students of help. Its Department of Psychology exists for a purpose, and if that doesn’t include making psychological help available to needy students, such as those hooked on drugs, then the department is in dire need of some rejigging.

Another is to admit such students on condition, something similar to the ‘promoted on trial/condition’ we’re more accustomed to seeing in primary and secondary schools. Students found to be hooked on drugs can be admitted on, say, two-year condition that they enroll at a rehab centre and produce periodic reports from the centre. Those whose reports prove progress with drug reliance retain their admission after two years, while those without remarkable progress forfeit it. A few students will still end up in the latter group, no doubt, but even they would recognize they were at least given a chance to fight for their educational survival. The real gain lies with those who would have won their battle against drug dependence in those two years.

But everyone deserves a chance to fight. To send drug abusers away from their dream university at the first time of asking is cruel and in consonance with the Nigerian mentality of judging a book by its cover. There are a few brilliant, morally-upright youth out there who missed their way at some point in their lives; if we can’t help them — or at least give them a chance to help themselves — then we must not crush them. What is guaranteed is that the success rate for rehabilitation of these admission seekers will be high, given that all of them are young and therefore still impressionable.

If we’re looking for drug addicts to kick out of certain sections of our society, focus should be on politics. Too many Nigerian politicians are hooked on drugs. Some of them we don’t know because they’ve mastered the art of covering their tracks; others we already know because no sane human utters the kind of words that come out of their mouths. I won’t mention these names but I won’t stop readers who choose to do so in the comment section. These are the real people we should be kicking out; but the students, what they really need is an arm around their neck.

Soyombo, former Editor of the TheCable and the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), tweets @fisayosoyombo

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Lagos Assembly Speaks On Plot To Impeach Ambode

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Lagos Assembly Speaks On Plot To Impeach Ambode

The Lagos State House of Assembly has dismissed speculations that it was plotting to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Speaking on Monday on the floor of the house at the beginning of plenary, the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said there was no iota of truth in the rumour.

Obasa said that he received telephone calls and enquiries from prominent members of the public over the rumoured impeachment moves against Ambode.

According to him, the Solidarity Group of Nigeria and a faction of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, led by one Fuad Oki has been insinuating that lawmakers in the state were threatening Ambode to open the state’s treasury.

The speaker said the rumour was a lie.

“We are not embarking on any impeachment process against the governor now.”

NAN quoted him as saying that the actions and inactions of the governor would determine whether the House of Assembly would impeach him or not.

“Even at that, impeachment is constitutional, so many speakers, senate presidents, presidents and others have been impeached all over the world.

“So, nobody can threaten us, if it happens, because we are representatives of the people.

“We don’t need the wailers to guide us in performing our duties. It is not out of place for us to do our job,” Obasa said.

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Eden Hazard And Willian Don’t Trust Alvaro Morata – Ruud Gullit

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Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit claims Willian and Eden Hazard “don’t trust” team-mate Alvaro Morata.

Alvaro Morata has been bereft of confidence since the turn of the year, scoring six goals in his last 35 outings at club level.

Morata arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £58m move from Real Madrid 15 months ago

Gullit believes that the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian can do more to get the 25-year-old more involved in games, however, telling beIN SPORTS: “His teammates don’t come into any positions where they create anything for him.

“The worst part is you can see Willian and Hazard always dribble inside because they don’t trust him. But also when the crosses are in, I think there was a moment in the first half where you asked ‘where is Morata’, he wasn’t there. So they don’t trust him.”

Speaking about his form recently, Morata admitted he “could be happier” at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “Within football I would like to be happier and for that I have to score more goals, which is what makes me happy. But I am sure that little by little they will enter, because I am having occasions.”

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I’ll Fight To Keep My Job At Real Madrid – Julen Lopetegui

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Real Madrid will “fight” to turn their season around, under-pressure head coach Julen Lopetegui told a press conference on Friday.

Speaking to the media ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match with Viktoria Plzen, Lopetegui said: “If you are expecting to see a downcast, crestfallen coach, you shouldn’t look this way.

“On the contrary, I’m all excited, ambitious, and I can’t wait to win tomorrow’s game, playing a great match.

“What I’ve learned about this club is to fight, that is the DNA of this club.

“That’s what we’re going to do, fight, both the players and the coaching staff.

“We know results haven’t been great but we are going to turn this around. We are going to fight.”

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Report: Real Madrid Consider Shock Bid For Zlatan Ibrahimovic In January To Solve Goal-scoring Crisis

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LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has emerged as a shock transfer target for Real Madrid, according to reports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic,37, has made an immediate impact in Major League Soccer since joining from Manchester United in March, scoring 22 goals and setting up seven more in just 27 games.

Spanish outlet Cadena COPE claims that Ibrahimovic is now being lined up for a surprise return to La Liga as Madrid are looking for a short-term fix

Los Blancos failed to replace record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer and recently went 481 minutes – a club record – without scoring a goal in all competitions.

The hunt for a new striker is said to be underway and, with limited options to choose from, Ibrahimovic is reportedly considered the best bet as the MLS season will have concluded before January 1.

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Nabil Fekir is a Bayern Munich transfer target and the German champions sent their chief scout to France to watch him in action. The Lyon playmaker is currently valued at €70m and is contracted to the Ligue 1 side until 2020, but the Bayern could line up a bid for his services in the new year. (Kicker)


Guti is being lined up to replace Julen Lopetegui in the hot seat at Real Madrid following the team’s poor start to the season. The former Real midfielder is currently working in Turkey as Besiktas assistant manager, but Madrid president Florentino Perez has identified him as the perfect man to turn the club’s fortunes around. (AS)

Lionel Messi begins his rehabilitation program after suffering an arm fracture against Sevilla. The Barcelona captain is expected to be out for up to three weeks, which will see him miss the club’s Champions League clash against Inter on Wednesday and next weekend’s El Clasico. (Marca)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic from LA Galaxy in January. The veteran striker is under contract with the MLS outfit but a loan deal could be a viable option. (Cope)

Neymar fuelled speculation linking him with a return to Barcelona by visiting the city over the weekend. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar shared a video on social media of him and Barca midfielder Arthur walking around the city, with the caption: “Now I am in Barcelona”. (Marca)

However, Barcelona president Jose Maria Bartomeu says there are no plans for the club to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou. “He is not expected to return. He’s gone. It’s time for Ousmane Dembélé and Philippe Coutinho, but also for the whole team.” (AS)


Real Madrid left-back Marcelo wants to follow Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid to Italy. The Brazilian is a Juventus transfer target and has already informed the Serie A leaders that he is keen to depart from the Bernabeu. (Tuttosport)

Gennaro Gattuso defended young goalkeeper Gigi Donnarumma after his mistake allowed Mauro Icardi to win the Milan derby for Inter in the dying seconds. “We lost the game together, not because of Donnarumma. We lost because we didn’t play with the right courage.” (Sky Italia)

While they won the derby Inter have been dealt a blow with Radja Nainggolan set to miss Inter’s Champions League clash with Barcelona after injuring his ankle. “He’s got to go to the hospital,” Luciano Spalletti explained. “It is not just the game with Barcelona he will miss, he’ll be out for a while.” (Corriere dello Sport)

Roma will target Porto midfielder Hector Herrera when the transfer window reopens as Eusebio Di Francesco looks to bolster his midfield options. The 28-year-old will not be renewing his contract at the Estadio Do Dragao and the club will listen to offers in the region of €15m. The Mexican is also a Tottenham transfer target. (Calciomercato)

Genoa chairman Enrico Preziosi says that the club will not accept €50m for Krzysztof Piątek when the transfer window reopens. Napoli tabled a €35m bid for the Poland striker three weeks ago, but the Italian chief is hoping to hold on to the club’s star man until June. (Calciomercato)

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Chelsea’s Ross Barkley Reveals Why He Had To Remove His Tattoo

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Ross Barkley appears to have now moved on from his boyhood club Everton

Barkley, who capped off two recent appearances for England with a late equaliser for Chelsea against Manchester United on Saturday, has revealed the reasons behind having tattoos removed from his arm.

One of the main tattoos on his full sleeve was the date he made his Everton debut (August 20, 2011 vs Queens Park Rangers) but that has now been taken off as he looks to start a new chapter of his career in Chelsea.

The 24-year-old revealed he had his first tattoo when he was just 14 – the legal age is 18 – and claimed he managed to do so as he was a ‘big lad’, but now regrets having them done at such a young age.

Barkley, speaking to The Times, said: ‘I got them at a young age and sometimes when you are young you do stupid things and not think about it.

‘But I went into it too quick and over the years I felt I wanted to get them removed, so I went through the process in the last couple of years.

‘My first tattoo was when I was 14. I was a bit young, like. I was a big lad so they didn’t question my age at the time. Started getting them removed a couple of years ago. I would never rule out getting another, maybe when I have kids I might have something done to go with that.’

Ross Barkley said the last ten days has been the best of his career

“Yeah I’d probably say so (the best ten days of my career),” said Barkley after scoring a 96th minute equaliser against Manchester United. “I got a couple of goals and couple of assists and played well for England. It just shows to myself that hard work does pay off in the end.

“Getting in the England side and getting in two good positive performances there and today with my first goal at Stamford Bridge was fantastic for me.

“I believe that I am a better player now. I’ve matured, I understand the game much more, which can be natural as you grow up.”

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There Was No Malice In Aaron Lennon Challenge, Insists Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has defended his actions from Saturday’s win against Burnley, insisting that his early high challenge on Aaron Lennon was made with ‘no malice’, and was a simple attempt to recover from his own loss of possession.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche later slammed the challenge as “reckless”, and angrily suggested that Vincent Kompany was lucky not to have seen a red card for the challenge, instead of the yellow card that he was immediately shown by referee Jonathan Moss.

The challenge in question occurred when Kompany had miss controlled the ball and lost possession deep inside the City half; the defender then lunged desperately at winger Lennon, but instead of retrieving the ball, he caught Lennon high on the leg.

Burnley were awarded a free kick, and offender Kompany received a caution.

Kompany has since spoken to the media in defence of his actions, saying: “It certainly wasn’t on purpose. It’s happening a bit blindside. I think I got my studs on his leg but it’s going for the ball. I think I got it and luckily he wasn’t injured. That’s the main thing.”

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No Reason To Punish Jose Mourinho Over Touchline Scuffle Incident At Stamford Bridge – Mark Clattenburg

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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has dismissed calls for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to be punished

Jose Mourinho caused a touchline scuffle between the two benches in the aftermath of Chelsea’s late equaliser at home to Manchester United

For his column in the ‘Daily Mail‘ Clattenburg praised the decision taken by the match offical Mike Dean, who he says ‘used his experience to calm the siuation’, following Mourinho’s lunge at Chelsea assistant Marco Ianni.

The Portuguese took an extreme disliking to the Italian’s wild celebrations for Chelsea’s late equaliser, and opted to confront the home team’s assistant manager almost immediately.

And, according to former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg, given that ‘passions were running high on both sides’, alongside Dean’s dealing with the issue, there should be no further action taken against aggressor Mourinho.

Clattenburg offered his opinion in his column for the ‘Daily Mail’, writing: ‘ I can understand Mourinho’s reaction to Chelsea’s coach Marco Ianni celebrating in front of him. Dean did not panic and let tempers settle. It was good refereeing and Mourinho should not face any disciplinary action over the incident

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There Is No Goals Contest Between Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang And I – Alexandre Lacazette

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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has reassured fans of the club that he and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are not getting caught up in a personal contest to see who scores the most goals.

The two strikers have contributed 11 goals between them this season, each scoring two on the last outing away at Fulham.

“Really, for me no,” Lacazette said to ‘Sky Sports’, when asked if the two were competing with each other.

“If Auba scores 40 goals and we go to the Champions League and as well we win something, I will be happybecause this season we just want to win something.

“There is no competition like who scores more goals on the weekend. Maybe in training because it is better to improve, but not on the weekend.

“It is natural, we just have fun, we laugh, but we work as well,” he added, talking about the partnership that has developed between the two.

“OK, people can see that we smile together, we are a good partnership. But when we have to work, we work. We know when we can work and when we can laugh and we just enjoy laugh and football together.

“It is more natural. We work together and I know him since France, he knows me as well, so I know how he plays and it is more natural.”

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I Would Have Remained At Arsenal If Arsene Wenger Stayed – Jack Wilshere

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Jack Wilshere has revealed he would have stayed at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger had not left over the summer.

Jack Wilshere came through the academy at Arsenal, but ended a 17-year relationship with the club when he signed for West Ham in the previous transfer window.

“If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me. He gave me the armband and respected me a lot,” he told the ‘Islington Gazette’.

“So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.

“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’ – because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team.

“I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.

“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”

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Dider Drogba Is The Hardest Opponent I Faced In My Career – Nemanja Vidic

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Former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic has named Didier Drogba as the hardest striker he had to face in his career.

“People say: ‘You had a difficult game against Torres’, but it was just the one game. I went to head the ball but changed my mind and tried to pass to Edwin [van der Sar]. I misjudged the distance and Torres scored,” the Serbian told ‘fourfourtwo’.

“Drogba was tougher. Torres always created a chance to score, but Drogba was on you for the full game. Drogba was physically the hardest; [Luis] Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero were the best.”

‘Drogba would be even better if he didn’t get so many injuries. They were the top three I played against’

He added on current all-action Chelsea striker Diego Costa: ‘How would I deal with Diego Costa today? I’d deal with him like I did the others. You are what you are and I played my own game against everyone

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Wayne Rooney Confident About DC United’s Playoff Chance

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DC United striker Wayne Rooney has declared that the team are heading into the MLS Playoffs full of confidence after a 3-1 win over NYCFC clinched them a berth in the post season.

They now face one last regular season test against Chicago Fire next week, where home-field advantage is up for grabs.

“Of course it (home-field advantage) can be important,” Rooney told the DC United website.

“Obviously our form here is great but if we host a game or we don’t we have to be confident in whoever we play, wherever we play that we can win the game.

“We are in great form, whether it’s a home or away we have to take that belief into that game and be ready whether it is here or away.”

Wayne Rooney scored his first after a fantastic run from Luciano Acosta, and the former Manchester United man revealed he enjoys playing with the Argentine.

“I think we just enjoy playing with each other. We both play to each other’s strengths, he’s the one who is going to get the ball and run at defenders,” he added.

“For me it is quite simple, he comes in a bit away from the goal, give him the ball and then get in the box. It is great to play with players like that because you know they are always going to create your chances and create chances for themselves.”

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Chelsea’s Spirit Against Manchester United Was Amazing – David Luiz

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has suggested that the team will only improve as the season progresses after striking late to draw with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Martial’s double had put Manchester United on the brink of a comeback victory at Stamford Bridge, but Ross Barkley scored in the sixth minute of added-on time to earn Chelsea a point.

The late equaliser extended Chelsea’s unbeaten run in the top flight to nine games, and Luiz feels that he and his teammates showed “amazing spirit” to salvage a share of the spoils.

The 31-year-old told the club’s official website: “Even though we were 2-1 down, we kept trying to score the equaliser and we did that in the end so I think the spirit was amazing.

“This was a big game against a big club, and it is always like this. We have to realise we had amazing spirit to try and score the second goal and we did that in the end.

“We are happy we have gone this many games without losing, but we are keeping on working hard to try and improve our team because it is just the beginning.”

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Report: Marcelo Tells Real Madrid He Wants To Quit The Club In January

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Real Madrid’s Marcelo has reportedly told the club that he wants to join Juventus during the January transfer window.

Marcelo was linked with a move to Juventus earlier this summer, and speculation that he is keen to rejoin close friend and former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin has now resurfaced once again.

Tuttosport claim that Marcelo is unhappy at Madrid and wants to leave when the transfer window reopens, with Juve his preferred destination.

Club president Florentino Perez is understood to be angry with Marcelo’s demands to be sold, but would be willing to accept an offer of between €50m (£44.1m) and €60m (£52.9m).

Juventus could make this money by selling Alex Sandro in the Premier League, where the Brazilian has plenty of admirers.

Marcelo joined Madrid in 2007 and has gone on to make 460 appearances for the club across all competitions.

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BREAKING: NYSC Indefinitely Suspends 2018 Batch C Orientation In Kaduna

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NYSC Indefinitely Suspends 2018 Batch C Orientation In Kaduna

The management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has announced that it has postponed indefinitely, the date for the orientation programme of Prospective Corps Members (PCMs) deployed to Kaduna state.

The postponement, according to the scheme, is due to the recent security crisis in the state.

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The state government had imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna town and its environs in a bid to quell the tension in some parts of the state that led to the killing of 55 persons.

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The statement from NYSC urged all affected prospective corps members to remain at home until further notice.

The statement read: “The Management of National Youth Service Corps wishes to inform all 2018 Batch ‘C’ prospective Corps Members deployed to Kaduna State that the commencement of the Orientation Course earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 has been suspended till further notice due to the current security situation and consequent curfew imposed by the State Government,” the statement read.

“Affected prospective Corps Members are advised to remain at home until further notice from the NYSC Management.

“However, all other prospective Corps Members deployed to other States and FCT are to report at the various orientation camps on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 as scheduled.

“All inconveniences are regretted.”

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BREAKING: No Bail For Fayose As Court Returns Him To EFCC Custody

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No Bail For Fayose As Court Returns Him To EFCC Custody

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has refused to grant bail to the immediate past governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.

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The governor was on Monday morning arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on an 11-count charge bordering on abuse of office.

The ex-governor pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

Subsequently, Kanu Agabi, Fayose’s counsel, filed a bail application on behalf of his client.

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The presiding judge, Mojisola Olatoregun, however, rejected the application and ordered that Fayose should remain in EFCC custody till Wednesday.

Details later…

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