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I am disappointed – Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s defeat.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta discussed an array of matters having now seen his side gain nine points from their opening five league matches of the 2020/21 season.

There were chances for Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a tight affair, but the contest was settled by Raheem Sterling’s first half strike.

While the 1-0 scoreline demonstrates a vast improvement from the club’s most recent trip to face City, the end result was nevertheless the same. Having had chances in the match, Arteta claimed he was proud of the performance, but was disappointed to see his side play so deep.

“Upset obviously not to get anything from the game the way the game went because I felt that we kept growing and growing and having more belief that we could actually get something from it,” he said.

“At the same time I’m extremely proud about the way we played individually and collectively to put the performance that we put in tonight in this stadium. It’s not an easy thing to do. I think we had a real go.

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“It’s upsetting to see your team so deep. In the second half we were really aggressive, we played in the opponents’ half, they had a lot of issues to get out of our pressure. We could have created more, I think, in the final third.

Much of the talk pre-match centered around whether deadline day signing Thomas Partey would jump straight into Arteta’s starting lineup, but the Spaniard opted to keep the £45m addition on the bench for the Etihad showdown. On the topic, Arteta insisted it was too soon to thrust the Ghanaian into action.

“We will see how quickly we can make it with him but as well we have to respect that process and that time for him because he only trained a day really with us,” he said.

“It’s a lot of new information, it’s a completely different game model for him to understand. We have to respect a little bit that. When he came on he looked good.”

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It looked as if the Gunners would be handed a lifeline late in the first half, as Kyle Walker’s high foot came within inches of connecting with Gabriel Magalhaes’ head in the penalty box.

Hoping for a VAR review, referee Chris Kavanagh opted to blow the whistle for half time seconds late, indicating no second look had taken place.

“You need everything to go your way to get a win here and obviously when you have the three or four big chances we had you have to put them away because you know that in your box that’s going to be the case,” Arteta concluded.

“It’s that situation, I’ve seen it back, I just ask for the refs to watch it back and I don’t think they checked it because it took two seconds for the whistle to go.

“I am disappointed with that.”


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EPL Giant, Man Utd signs Cavani, Telles on last day

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Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Edinson Cavani, Uruguay striker, on a free transfer on deadline day.

The former Napoli striker had been without a club since the expiration of his contract at Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in June.

The Uruguay international has signed a one-year deal at Old Trafford and United have the option to extend his stay for a further season.

“Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of striker Edinson Cavani. The Uruguay international joins on a one-year contract with the option to extend for a further year,” the club said in a statement on Monday night.

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Cavani has won six Ligue 1 titles with PSG and lifted the Copa America with his country back in 2011.

“Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here. I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club,” he said.

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“I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester. I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere, when it is safe for the fans to return.

“I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always – work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”

Cavani is Manchester United’s third signing on transfer deadline day following the capture of Alex Telles, a left-back from FC Porto for £15 million, and 18-year-old Amad Traore for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old Brazilian left back has signed a contract until June 2024, with the option of a further year.

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“To join a club with the prestige of Manchester United is a huge honour,” said Telles.

“You have to work hard to get to this moment in your career and now I am coming to this club, I can promise that I will give everything in my heart to be a success here.

“I won many trophies at FC Porto and I want to continue that at United. The manager has a clear plan and direction for this team and I can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt.”

Traore, one of the most promising young attackers in world football, is expected to link up with his new club in January.


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Premier League fixtures 2020/21 revealed

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2020/21 Premier League fixtures revealed: Liverpool vs Leeds on the opening day

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Officially: De Bruyne named EPL best player of the Season

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been named Premier League Player of the Season for the 2019/20 campaign.

The Belgian playmaker beat Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Southampton striker Danny Ings, Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope and Leicester’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy to the award.

De Bruyne was the only Manchester City player to be nominated for the prize after they relinquished their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as champions.

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But even if City’s domestic campaign fell short of their previous lofty standards, De Bruyne enjoyed his most productive season since arriving at the Etihad in 2015.

As well as recording 20 assists – equalling the league record set by Thierry Henry in 2003 – he also scored 13 times to help City finish as the division’s highest scorers for the third successive season.

Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold was named Young Player of the Season, while his manager Jurgen Klopp won the award for Premier League Manager of the Season.

Klopp held off competition from Frank Lampard, Chris Wilder, and Brendan Rodgers to win the award.

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Premier League most Valuable players, Number 1 will shock you

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For years the Premier League has been one of the richest leagues in Europe.

Nowadays, teams such as Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur own some of the most valuable players in the continent.

MARCA has collected some stats and price tags of those players through Transfermarkt and here are the five most valuable.

Raheem Sterling


The England international is a vital cog at Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

He is having an excellent season with 50 games played, a total of 3,816 minutes, resulting in 30 goals and nine assists.

Sterling joined the Blues from Liverpool in 2015 and since then he has played 241 matches, mustering 99 goals and 74 assists.

He is currently priced at 128 million euros, three times the money the club spent to sign him from the Reds.

Sadio Mane


The Premier League champion managed 22 goals and 12 assists in 3,720 minutes over a total of 47 games across all competitions.

He has played 170 matches for Liverpool, registering a whopping 81 goals and 34 assists.

Mane has scored 20 goals or more in each season at the club, apart from the 2016/17 campaign when he netted 13 times and provided eight assists in 29 games.

His current price tag is set at 120m euros, which is 80m euros more than the amount Liverpool invested in signing him.

Mohamed Salah


The Egyptian forward netted 23 goals in 47 matches last season and provided his teammates with 13 assists.

Liverpool signed him in 2017 in exchange for 42m euros and after 152 matches, 94 goals and 41 assists, his price tag has skyrocketed to 120m euros.

2-Harry Kane


The Tottenham Hotspur striker scored 24 times last season and helped his team clinch Europa League qualification with his goal in the last game against Crystal Palace.

In total, he has played 287 matches for the Spurs, scoring 188 goals and assisting another 30.

He is one of the most sought-after strikers in the world and his current price tag is set at 120m euros.

1-Kevin de Bruyne


The Belgian forward is the player on whom Guardiola has built his Manchester City side.

He is also the only footballer, along with Thierry Henry, to have reached 20 assists in a single Premier League season.

De Bruyne joined the Blues from Wolfsburg five years ago in exchange for 76m euros.

After 220 games, 56 goals and 89 assists with Manchester City, his value almost doubled to 120m euros.

Last season he played 3,646 minutes, scoring 15 times and assisting another 23.

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Congrats to Vardy for winning the EPl Golden boot

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Despite drawing a blank against Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League season, Leicester’s Jamie Vardy still finished as 2019/20 top scorer.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has become the Premier League’s oldest Golden Boot winner at the age of 33 after finishing the 2019-20 season with 23 goals.

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Vardy finishes one goal ahead of Aubameyang, Ings
Vardy fired a blank in Leicester’s 2-0 loss against Manchester United on Sunday – a result that saw the Foxes miss out on a top-four finish – to make it three games without a goal to see out the season.

However, the ex-England international still finished a goal clear of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Ings of Southampton at the top of the scoring charts.

Drogba previously the Premier League’s oldest top scorer
He overtakes Didier Drogba, who netted 29 goals for Chelsea in 2009-10 at the age of 32, as the oldest recipient of the award.

Aubameyang shared the accolade with Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah last season, though the Liverpool pair finished this campaign with 18 and 19 goals respectively.

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EPL decides: Starting and closing date for 2020/21 season

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The 2020/2021 EPL season will start on 12 September 2020 and end on 23 May 2021

Only 20 days after the 2019-20 Champions League Final in Lisbon next month, the Premier League will start again.

The current campaign will end on Sunday after having suspended the season for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BBC has confirmed that the English League will resume on September 12, the same days as the reported hypothesis for the upcoming Serie A season.

The Europa League Final will be played on August 21 in Germany, with the Champions League scheduled for August 23, leaving only a three-week break for the teams competing in the Finals of the European tournaments.

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Leeds promoted to EPL

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Leeds United were promoted to the Premier League on Friday after West Bromwich Albion’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield ensured the Championship leaders will end their 16-year exile from the top-flight.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side were able to celebrate promotion without kicking a ball as second placed Albion’s failure to take three points guaranteed Leeds will finish in the top two.

Leeds are five points clear at the top and they can clinch the Championship title with a draw against Derby at Pride Park on Sunday.

Albion’s defeat means third placed Brentford will reach the top-flight for the first time in 73 years if they win their last two games.

A tense 1-0 win over Barnsley at Elland Road, secured by Michael Sollbauer’s own goal, had moved Leeds to the brink of promotion on Thursday.

Now they can look forward to renewing old rivalries with Manchester United and Chelsea next season.

Bielsa has earned iconic status in west Yorkshire after the Leeds boss finally put his club back on the football map.

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Leeds are one of England’s biggest clubs, with their legion of fanatical fans following them around the country and regularly attracting home crowds of over 30,000 despite years of underachievement.

Their long-awaited return to the top tier completes a turbulent journey that saw them become a laughing stock when they languished in third tier obscurity.

Leeds have been away from the Premier League for so long that Twitter and Instagram didn’t exist the last time they played in the top-flight.

So it was fitting that Leeds winger Ezgjan Alioski took to Instagram to celebrate, writing: “The Whites are going up!”

Leeds went through 14 different managers following their 2004 relegation from the Premier League, until the sleeping giant was awoken by former Lazio and Marseille boss Bielsa.

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Bielsa has turned the tide at a tortured club infamously labelled the ‘Damned United’ by novelist David Peace and forever remembered as ‘Dirty Leeds’ in the minds of fans who saw their no-holds-barred style in the Don Revie era.

The 64-year-old Argentine led Leeds within touching distance of promotion in his first season, but they crumbled in the final weeks and were beaten in the play-of semi-finals by Derby.

WHAT A DAY

Notorious for working his players so hard in training that they often burn out by the end of the season, Bielsa has benefitted from the coronavirus hiatus allowing his players to come back refreshed for the final furlong of the promotion race this term.

Champions of England in 1969 and 1974 under Revie, then in 1992 when Howard Wilkinson called the shots, Leeds have a rich history.

But since being relegated from the top tier, Leeds have stumbled from financial disaster off the pitch to despair on it.

Describing the club’s ascent to the heady heights of the Champions League in the early 2000s, former chairman Peter Ridsdale claimed he had “lived the dream”.

Their subsequent fall was a never-ending nightmare that hit its lowest ebb in 2007 when Leeds went into administration and were relegated to the third tier for the first time.

No wonder the much-travelled Bielsa, nicknamed El Loco for his intense personality, is so beloved after just two years in charge.

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Officially: EPL confirms Transfer date, See below


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Officially: EPL confirms Transfer date, See below

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Official: EPL summer transfer window will start on July 27 and end on October 5.

Also domestic-only window will close at 17:00 on 16 October. “During this window, PL clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations).” UEFA registration deadline for CL/EL is 6 Oct.


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EPL: Norwich suffer relegation after West Ham’s 4-0 trash

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Norwich were condemned to a record fifth relegation from the Premier League as Michail Antonio’s four-goal blitz fired West Ham to a 4-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.

A seventh successive league defeat for Daniel Farke’s side sealed their fate as Antonio’s ruthless display boosted West Ham’s own survival bid.

Norwich are 13 points from safety with only three games left, meaning they are certain to make an immediate return to the Championship after last season’s promotion campaign.

The Canaries have become accustomed to relegation in the Premier League era, going down on four previous occasions in 1995, 2005, 2014 and 2016.

Farke was already resigned to relegation before this weekend given Norwich had lost every game since the coronavirus hiatus.

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“We wanted to beat the odds again but when the dust settles the outcome is more or less what was expected. It doesn’t take anything away from the fact that we are disappointed,” Farke said.

“From the first day after promotion our chances to survive were perhaps 5 percent so in 19 out of 20 cases you will go down. If you have luck and no injuries then you have a chance.

“When we are 100 percent we are competitive but when it’s 96 or 97 percent then it sometimes looks like men against boys. That’s what I expected.”

With all games being played behind closed doors, some Norwich fans might have been relieved not to have to watch the embarrassment of their limp demise in person.

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In truth, they have looked out of their depth among the Premier League elite from the moment they paid the price for a naively attacking game-plan in a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on the opening day of the season.

Farke was hamstrung by Norwich’s decision not to spend big money on new signings following their promotion.

West Ham United’s English midfielder Michail Antonio (L) shoots and scores a goal next to Norwich City’s English midfielder Ben Godfrey during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on July 11, 2020.
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Since Teemu Pukki’s early-season goal rush dried up, they have been on a relentless slide towards the Championship.

A 3-2 win over Manchester City was a rare highlight but just weeks later a 5-1 home defeat against Aston Villa underlined the problems undermanned Norwich would endure all season.

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Norwich face losing promising youngsters Todd Cantwell and Max Aarons to Premier League clubs when the transfer window opens.

West Ham’s second win in four games was a huge lift to their hopes of staying up.

David Moyes’ side are six points above the bottom three with three games left against Watford, Manchester United and Aston Villa.

The early signs were ominous for Norwich as West Ham took the lead in the 11th minute.

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Arriving to meet Issa Diop’s flick from Jarrod Bowen’s corner, Antonio volleyed into the roof of the net from close-range for his third goal in his last four games.

Norwich were surrendering with a whimper and Antonio pushed them closer to the relegation trap door in first half stoppage-time.

Rising above the meek challenge of two Norwich defenders, Antonio glanced his header into the far corner from Mark Noble’s free-kick.

Antonio was proving unplayable for the leaky Norwich rearguard and he completed his hat-trick in the 54th minute, looping a header into the net after Tim Krul saved his initial effort.

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Antonio completed a memorable personal performance with his fourth goal in the 74th minute, coolly finishing from Ryan Fredericks’ cross.

Troy Deeney scored two penalties as Watford improved their survival prospect with a 2-1 win against Newcastle at Vicarage Road.

Newcastle snatched the lead in the 23rd minute when Matt Ritchie’s corner was flicked on by Federico Fernandez and Dwight Gayle bundled home at the far post for his third goal of the season.

But Deeney pulled Watford level seven minutes after the restart.

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Kiko Femenia was clipped inside the area by Ritchie and Deeney smashed the penalty past Martin Dubravka.

In the 82nd minute, Javier Manquillo brought down Ismaila Sarr and Deeney stepped up again to bury his second penalty.

Fourth bottom Watford are now six points clear of third bottom Bournemouth, who face Leicester on Sunday.

Second bottom Aston Villa are seven points adrift of safety before Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.


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EPL top four gets tougher as Chelsea gets back at Man Utd.

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Chelsea held on to their place in the Premier League’s top four by bouncing back to beat Watford 3-0 on Saturday after Manchester United briefly powered past with a 5-2 rout of struggling Bournemouth.

Third-placed Leicester also got back on track with Jamie Vardy reaching 100 top-flight goals in a comfortable 3-0 win against Crystal Palace, while Arsenal dealt a blow to Wolves’ Champions League chase by winning 2-0 at Molineux on Saturday.

United’s fearsome front four of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood, who netted twice, were all on the scoresheet as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men hit five goals in a home Premier League game for the first time since 2011.

“Confidence is sky-high. You get energy and confidence by performances and results and we are getting that at the minute,” said Solskjaer, who is feeling the benefits of a 16-match unbeaten run.

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“I have enjoyed the last few games, to be honest, and it is healthy. You don’t age as quickly!”

Bournemouth is moving fast in the other direction as they remain second-bottom and the Cherries’ defensive problems were quickly exposed after they took a shock 16th-minute lead through Junior Stanislas.

Greenwood got the comeback started as he smashed home from Fernandes’s pass before Rashford, from the penalty spot and Martial, with a stunning shot into the top corner, scored their 20th goals of the season,

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“Mason is one of the best if not the best finisher I have worked with and seen,” added Solskjaer. “He is so calm. He knows where to finish if it is on the training ground, here or in his garden at home.”

Bournemouth was given hope when Josh King scored from the spot after Eric Bailly handled inside his own box just four minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute.

But there was no stopping Solskjaer’s men going forward and Greenwood restored their two-goal cushion with another powerful drive, this time on his weaker right foot before Fernandes then capped another influential display with a fine free-kick.

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Chelsea shrugged off a shock 3-2 defeat at West Ham in midweek with a routine win at Stamford Bridge.

Olivier Giroud was recalled upfront and repaid Frank Lampard with a smart finish to break the deadlock before Willian’s penalty made it 2-0 before half-time.

Ross Barkley added the third in stoppage time to move Chelsea back two points ahead of fifth-placed United.

A third defeat in four games since the restart leaves Watford still just one point above Bournemouth and Aston Villa in the battle to beat the drop.

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Arsenal kept their hopes of European football next season alive moved by ending Wolves’ eight-game unbeaten run in impressive fashion to move up to seventh.

Bukayo Saka celebrated signing a new long-term deal this week by hooking in the opener just before half-time and Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to seal all three points for Mikel Arteta’s men four minutes from time.

“Every game you have no margin for error, we know that we try to win every game,” said Arteta of Arsenal’s top-four chances.

Defeat leaves Wolves five points behind Chelsea.

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– 100 up for Vardy –
Arsenal faces Leicester next on Tuesday, but the Foxes go into that game with a much-needed confidence boost after the first win in five games.

Leicester have struggled to score goals of late but were helped back to winning ways by some calamitous Palace defending for Kelechi Iheanacho to open the scoring and Vardy to tap into an empty net for his Premier League century.

Chelsea’s English midfielder Ross Barkley (2R) celebrates scoring the third goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge in London on July 4, 2020. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / POOL / AFP)

Vardy struck again in characteristic fashion in stoppage time, sprinting in behind before dinking the ball over the advancing Vicente Guaita.

“To get the two goals and the three points is all you can ask for,” said Vardy. “We know it’s down to us. We are in this position on merit and we have to keep going. If we play like that between now and the end of the season, we will pick up quite a few points.”

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Norwich manager Daniel Farke conceded his side are heading for relegation after Leandro Trossard fired Brighton nine points clear of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Carrow Road.

The Canaries are seven points from safety with five games remaining after losing all five games following the coronavirus hiatus.

“It was more or less our last chance to get back in the mix,” said Farke.

“After a few losses, we don’t have the right to make any fighting messages or to make any unrealistic claims.”


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Fans react over report on how Hushpuppi scam EPL club for £100M

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The “English Premier League” is currently trending on Twitter and this is after Ramon Olorunwa Abbas a.k.a. “Ray Hushpuppi” was accused of conspiring to steal £100 million from a club in the UK.

The Federal prosecutors who filed a criminal complaint on June 25, alleged that Hushpuppi is “one of the leaders of a transnational network that facilitates computer intrusions, fraudulent schemes (including BEC schemes), and money laundering, targeting victims around the world in schemes designed to steal hundreds of millions of dollars”.

In a statement released by the US Department of Justice, the suspected Nigerian fraudster was accused of conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from other fraudulent schemes and computer intrusions, including one scheme to steal £100 million (approximately $124 million) from an English Premier League soccer club. Read here

The suspected Nigerian fraudster who was recently extradited from Dubai to the United States made his first court appearance this morning in Chicago, and he is expected to be transferred to Los Angeles in the coming weeks.

If convicted of conspiracy to engage in money laundering, Hushpuppi would face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Football fans are reacting with shock on Twitter with many wondering which of the English Premier League soccer clubs nearly became victim of fraud.


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One step to EPL glory as Liverpool defeats Palace 4 – 0

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The wait is almost over for Liverpool after they moved within touching distance of the title by beating Crystal Palace at Anfield.

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Liverpool moved a step closer to clinching their first title in the Premier League era with a resounding 4-0 triumph over Crystal Palace.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s delightful free-kick midway through the first half set Jurgen Klopp’s side on the way as they maintained their 100 per cent league record at Anfield this season.

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A 16th straight home victory in the competition in 2019-20, albeit this one coming inside an empty stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, was wrapped up just prior to half-time by the returning Mohamed Salah.

Match Events
23′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace (Alexander-Arnold)

Alexander-Arnold steps up to take the set piece and curls the ball into the top right corner of the net. Hennessey stood no chance with that effort. What a wonderful strike!

44′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace (Salah)

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Ruthless from Salah! Fabinho floats a glorious pass down the right channel for Salah to chase. The Egyptian manages to run off Van Aanholt who lost him, before keeping his composure, chesting it down, and steering the ball into the bottom right corner from the middle of the box.

55′ GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace (Fabinho)

Robertson slides the ball to his right for Fabinho, who unleashes a pinpoint long-range strike from distance that sails beyond Hennessey and into the bottom right corner.

69′ GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace (Mane)

Salah picks the ball up on the halfway line and plays a first-time pass beyond the Palace defence for Mane to chase. The winger latches onto the loose ball, sets himself, and steers his shot into the bottom right corner following a quick counter. Ruthless from the Reds.

92′ Hennessey denies Salah’s effort

Sakho fails to deal with a lofted cross from the left and Salah sees his effort blocked by Van Aanholt. The loose ball drops to Williams, who forces Sakho to put his body on the line to deny the hosts a fifth goal.

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George Floyd’s Death: EPL reveal plan to ban Players in support of #BLM

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The Premier League has said it will support players, who take a knee as a public show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, when the season restarts next week, according to NobleSports

The Football Association assured players they would treat any display of anti-racist or political gestures with “common sense”.

This follows global protests that have continued since the death of George Floyd in the USA last month.

Liverpool and Chelsea are among the top-flight clubs to take a knee during training, to show solidarity for the movement last week.

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The German FA decided not to take action against England international Jadon Sancho and other Bundesliga players, who displayed anti-racism messages following the death of Floyd.

Also, earlier this month, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Bundesliga players who protested over Floyd’s death on the pitch “deserve an applause and not a punishment.


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EPL free from COVID-19 – Mid-June restart, Certain.

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The Premier League’s plan to restart on June 17 received a fresh boost Saturday after the latest round of coronavirus tests produced no new positive cases in English football’s top flight.

A total of 1,195 players and club staff were tested in the sixth edition of screening, which took place on Thursday and Friday.

“The Premier League can confirm that on Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June, 1,195 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive,” the league said in a statement.

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Saturday’s announcement means there have been a mere 13 positives from an overall 6,274 tests carried out on Premier League players and club staff.

Testing will continue on a twice-weekly basis as officials look to resume a season that was suspended in March because of the pandemic.


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Ahead of EPL return, Heung Min Son lifts lid on ‘military training’


Tottenham star Heung-min Son has lifted the lid on his recent military service.

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Son utilised the period of no play in England to complete his mandatory national service in the South Korean Military Corps, where he was reportedly awarded South Korea’s Pilsung Prize.

The 27-year-old – who has made a full recovery from a broken arm since football was put on pause – was provided a special exemption from mandatory 21-month military service when he led South Korea to glory in the Asian Games in 2018.

Now, with the return of Premier League football on the horizon and Spurs back in training, Son says he enjoyed the three-week spell of basic training.

“It was a good experience,” Son told the club’s Twitter.

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“On the first days no one knew each other so it was a bit weird, but soon we got to know each other. You have to spend every day together, there were ten people in one room so we got very close.

“We were working together, helping each other. In the first days the other guys couldn’t even speak to me but by the end we were joking and enjoying together.”


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