Football

Man City’s Sterling racially abused on social media

(Reuters) – Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was racially abused on Instagram less than 48 hours after English football’s social media boycott campaign came to an end. The abuse occurred after City’s Champions League semi-final...

Soccer-Tuchel says Chelsea will face Man City with confidence in final

(Reuters) – Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said their Champions League final opponents Manchester City are the “benchmark” in Europe, but his team will head to the title clash in Istanbul equipped with the confidence that they can beat Pep Guardiola’s side. Goals by Timo Werner and Mason Mount sent Chelsea into the title clash with...

No losses for Fiji FA

THE Fiji Football Association will not incur any losses for the indefinite postponement of the Digicel Fiji FACT which was scheduled to kick off at the ANZ Stadium in Suva next week. The group stage of the tournament was scheduled to be played from May 14-16 with the semi-finals and final to be played the...

Chelsea set up all-English Champions League final after dominant win over Real Madrid

Chelsea’s decision to fire a club legend suddenly doesn’t seem so callous after all. While Frank Lampard’s name has hardly been forgotten by the Chelsea fans – who were chanting it outside Stamford Bridge before kickoff on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) – new manager Thomas Tuchel is quickly creating his own legacy after leading the London...

Soccer-Africa World Cup stadium ban plunges qualifiers into crisis

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Africa’s World Cup qualifiers have been thrown into crisis after a ban on numerous stadia across the continent left many countries facing the prospect of hosting matches next month outside their borders. The Confederation of African Football, in a circular to member associations this week, has issued a list of approved...

5th May

Soccer-Chelsea belong among Europe’s elite, says Tuchel

(Reuters) – Chelsea’s impressive away performance at Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final proved the team belong at the highest level of European football, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday. Chelsea secured a crucial away goal in their 1-1 draw against the 13-times European champions in Madrid, to give Tuchel’s...

Roma appoint Mourinho as manager starting next season, Fonseca to leave

(Reuters) – AS Roma have named Jose Mourinho as their new head coach on a three-year contract, the Italian Serie A club announced on Tuesday, 15 days after the Portuguese was sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The 58-year-old will replace Paulo Fonseca for the start of next season, who Roma announced earlier on Tuesday...

Mahrez double fires Man City into Champions League final

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Riyad Mahrez struck twice as Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time thanks to a 2-0 victory over Paris St Germain at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday that secured a 4-1 aggregate win. City were dominant against their French opponents, who lost their heads in the second...

4th May

Gareth Bale scores hat-trick as Spurs hammer Sheffield in Premier League

Gareth Bale scored a hat-trick as Tottenham stayed in the Champions League qualification race with a 4-0 win over relegated Sheffield United on Monday (NZT). Bale claimed his first treble since returning on loan from Real Madrid for this season, and Son Heung-min also netted, as Tottenham rose to fifth place – five points behind...

All Whites striker Chris Wood proud of his consistency after netting Burnley hat-trick

When Chris Wood moved from Waikato to West Bromwich Albion as a teenager more than a decade ago, he would have dreamed of scoring just a single hat-trick in senior football. But after scoring one for Burnley against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League last weekend, he now has six, and he’ll be hoping...

3rd May

Yusuf: Teams to be given time once go ahead given

Football teams in the country will be given two weeks time to prepare before the Digicel Premier League resumes. This was the message by Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf to football associations in the country. He added that the Digicel Premier League and Digicel Fiji FACT have been indefinitely postponed and teams have...

Man United v Liverpool match postponed after fans storm pitch

Manchester United’s English Premier League match against Liverpool has been postponed after United fans forced their way into the stadium and stormed the Old Trafford pitch to protest against the club’s owners – the Glazer family. “Following discussion between the Police, the Premier League, Trafford Council and the clubs, our match against Liverpool has been...

Fiji FACT and DPL indefinitely postponed

The Digicel Fiji FACT and Digicel Premier League have been indefinitely postponed. This has been confirmed by Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. Yusuf said they will wait for government directives to see when sporting activities can resume before conforming any dates.

Liverpool can seal title for Manchester City after Palace coup

Liverpool will like nothing more than to officially hand over its title as English Premier League champion to Manchester City on Sunday (Monday NZ time). City moved to the brink of reclaiming the league crown by beating Crystal Palace 2-0 on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). One more win will complete the job for Pep Guardiola’s...

30th April

Wellington Phoenix coming home to play two games in New Zealand

Wellington Phoenix football is coming home. New Zealand’s only professional football club is hoping to attract the two largest crowds of the 2020-21 A-League season after confirming the Phoenix’s long-awaited return to Wellington next month. The Phoenix will host Western United at Sky Stadium in Wellington on May 22 and Perth Glory at Eden Park...

District players, officials help in the COVID-19 fight

FIJI Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf has praised the efforts of district players and officials who are doing their part in ensuring that Fijians are protected during the current pandemic situation in the country. “A lot of our players and officials are members of the health ministry, the police the military and we...

Soccer-Super League proposal has not devalued Europa League: Man Utd’s Solskjaer

(Reuters) – Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Wednesday brushed aside suggestions the Europa League had been devalued after the club’s owners attempted to form a breakaway Super League, saying their goal was to win the trophy again. The Super League proposal collapsed last week in the face of immense pressure from fans, governing...

Soccer-Arsenal should give Arteta more time, says Emery

VILA-REAL, Spain (Reuters) – Villarreal coach Unai Emery has urged former club Arsenal to show patience with current manager Mikel Arteta as he prepares to meet the Gunners in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final first leg for the first time since being sacked in November 2019. Emery was fired less than one and a half seasons...

29th April

Sport-British sport unites to support football in social media boycott

(Reuters) -English cricket and Premiership Rugby on Wednesday announced they will join football’s social media blackout this weekend in response to continued online racist abuse of professional players in the country. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) with all 18 first-class county teams, the eight women’s regional teams and the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA)...

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