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Menotti: Ronaldo never played in a team like Messi’s


Argentina’s World Cup-winning coach Cesar Luis Menotti says Lionel Messi has benefited from playing in a superior team to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Barcelona and Real Madrid stars are expected to be among the final three Ballon d’Or nominees once again this year, having shared the prize between them since as …

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Fifa says anti-racism taskforce had ‘completed work’


Fifa has defended its decision to scrap an anti-racism taskforce, saying it had completed the work it set out to do. The Fifa Taskforce Against Racism and Discrimination was set up in 2013 to develop recommendations for tackling the issue. Critics have questioned the dismantling of the group, saying racism …

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Paris St-Germain’s Serge Aurier given two-month jail term


Ivory Coast footballer Serge Aurier, who plays for Paris St-Germain (PSG), has been sentenced to two months in jail for elbowing a police officer. Aurier was also fined €600 (£521, $674) in damages over the incident at a Paris nightclub in May. He will remain free pending an appeal, which …

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2018 World Cup: Watford’s Isaac Success gets first Nigeria call-up


Watford striker Isaac Success has been named in the Nigeria squad for the first time for their World Cup 2018 qualifier in Zambia on 9 October. He has played at youth level for Nigeria, helping them win the 2013 Under-17 World Cup. His Watford team-mate Odion Ighalo has been left …

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Ex-Sierra Leone international midfielder Mamadu Alphajor Bah dies


Former Sierra Leone international midfielder Mamadu Alphajor Bah has died after being involved in a road accident in Freetown on Wednesday. The 39-year-old, who made 35 appearances for Sierra Leone, was driving when a truck coming from the opposite direction hit his car. Bah was later taken to hospital in …

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