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Lionel Messi refused to shake the hand of referee Cuneyt Cakir at the end of Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Napoli for the official’s involvement in some controversial VAR incidents in the first half.
Messi was the star of the show at the Nou Camp after firstly scoring a brilliant goal, having one disallowed and then winning a penalty, with Barca sealing progression to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-2 aggregate victory.
Messi thought he had put his side 3-0 inside half an hour but, after a lengthy VAR check, the goal was ruled out. Soon after, the referee took over four minutes to award Barca a penalty for what looked like a clear foul on the Argentine.
The forward was adjudged to have handled Frenkie de Jong’s delightful cross before firing home, sparking controversy due to the touch appearing to be more of his chest.
Later in the half, Messi snuck in front of defender Kalidou Koulibaly, who brought him down with his swinging leg for what seemed a clear penalty.
It was originally not given by the official before being eventually awarded but only after a four-minute VAR check.
The incidents did not cost Barca in the end but Messi was visibly unhappy with Cakir and made his feelings clear during the post-match handshakes and fist bumps.
A video of the altercation at full-time circulated and clearly showed Messi venting his frustration at the referee.
In the video circulating on social media, Cakir could be seen holding out his fist towards Messi but the Argentine could be seen wagging his finger and shouting ‘NO’ at the official before walking in the other direction.
Gimnasia De La Plata coach Diego Maradona has been advised to sit out the first three weeks of training as a precaution to avoid the risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus.
Argentina’s top division clubs will return to training this week, however, 17 players have tested positive for coronavirus after tests carried out by the Superliga clubs.
“My advice is that in this first stage Maradona doesn’t go to training,” Gimnasia doctor Pablo Del Compare said.
“Maradona is in the risk group. He has many [risk] factors such as overweight, hypertension, he recently had an operation and he is close to 60 years old.
“We have advised him not to come in the first stage.
“Maradona hasn’t had the swabbing done. He will probably have it done on Tuesday. We are talking to his personal doctor.
Maradona, 59, has battled a series of health issues since ending his playing career in 1997.
Maradona signed a contract extension to continue at the helm of Gimnasia until December 2021.
Some 10 footballers have reportedly contracted positive coronavirus in Brazil.
According to local media reports, the players are with the Goias Football team.
Eight of them are reported to be regular first team players.
As a result of their positive tests, reports say a scheduled match between Goias and
Sao Paulo FC, had to be postponed.
The match was to be played in a stadium without fans present as part of the first weekend of play in the Brazilian national football season.
The season started Saturday, August 8, 2020, three months behind schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the new protocol imposed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), all players are required to be tested less than 72 hours before each game.
Brazil on Saturday surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths and three million cases of infection.
The Infected players were informed about their coronavirus status on Sunday, reports say.
“Ten of our 23 players tested positive. Unfortunately, we only received the results today,” says Goias president Marcelo Almeida, while speaking to the television channel Globo.
Sao Paulo FC in a tweet noted that they were in favor of postponing the game, saying on Twitter that “nothing is more important than staying healthy.”
By Melvin Tarlue
Today marks the deadline for nominations for West African countries interested in putting forward their citizens for the upcoming elections to leadership positions at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
By close of work today, President Akufo-Addo is widely expected to pick one of the two Ghanaians who are both lawyers and top-level diplomats of global repute as Ghana’s nominee for the AUC chairmanship.
They are His Excellency Thomas Kwesi Quartey, who currently occupies the Deputy Chairperson position at the AU C, and His Excellency Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the current United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for West and North Africa.
The President of the Coalition of Supporters Unions of Africa (COSUA), Lawyer Sarfo Abebrese, mentioned that COSUA, which is a partner organisation to the African Union, will commend the government for either choice and rally its membership across 50 countries of Africa to support him.
“We have been rooting for the restoration of African dignity at the leadership of the AU Commission, and both candidates bring exactly that kind of leadership Africans want to see in Addis Ababa,” Abebrese said.
According to him, the two top diplomats share too many things in common.
“They were both born in December 1950, they are both lawyers and diplomats with a track record of accomplishments that make them very difficult to choose between,” he pointed out.
He added that COSUA’s ECOWAS mandate was issued and signed by Dr. Chambas in Abuja in 2009, whilst their AU partnership agreement was brokered and signed by H.E. Quartey in Addis Ababa in 2018.
Abebrese, however, called on the government to pay close attention to what he termed ‘the Arikana factor’. He explained that the former AU Ambassador to the USA, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, has repeatedly declared her support for Lawyer Quartey, and indicated that she has so far resisted all the pressure she was being subjected to in order to run for the chairmanship out of her reverence for and confidence in her ‘brother’ (Quartey).
“Just last night, she told me if Ghana nominates any other candidate, she was going to accept the nomination from her country Zimbabwe and run for the SADC region,” Sarfo disclosed.
He added, “Should that happen, Ghana and Zimbabwe could be splitting the ‘opposition votes’ and that could give Faki Mahamat an advantage to sail through to the detriment of Ghana and indeed the entire continent of Africa.”
“Our prayer is that the government of Ghana will beat the deadline today by nominating either H.E. Quartey or H.E. Chambas because either of them will be fully supported by COSUA to beat H.E. Mahamat fair and square in the elections in February next year, but I hope the ‘Arikana factor’ will be taken into consideration to ensure Ghana’s candidate pulls through eventually,” Abebrese, who is also an Attorney of the New York Supreme Court, stated.
It remains to be seen which of the two eminent Ghanaian diplomats will get the nod by close of work today.
Nana Yaw Amponsah
The newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asante Kotoko, Nana Yaw Amponsah, has all it takes to restore the club’s lost fortunes, according to Wilfred Kweku Osei, president of Tema Youth SC.
Known popularly as Palmer, the Tema Youth boss believes Yaw Amponsah has great potentials to push the once greatly feared side to the top on the continent and beyond.
Last Friday in Kumasi, Kotoko introduced the young football administrator to a teeming crowd at the Sports Hotel; a scene typifying the fans’ readiness to rally behind him.
And shortly after the introduction, Palmer demonstrated gross sportsmanship by sending Kotoko’s new appointee a goodwill message, urging him on to go all out.
Palmer stated in his congratulatory message, “…Your understanding of the game and your management expertise is second to none and I have no doubt in mind you will bring back the glory days of Asante Kotoko.”
The Tema Youth chief added, “Kotoko needs you, Ghana football needs. Go out there and bring back the love.”
And in his inaugural address, Amponsah said, “I’m going to make sure Kotoko participate in the FIFA Club World Cup. Asante Kotoko is the biggest brand in Ghana.”
The new CEO has signed a three-year contract with Kotoko.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Juventus have appointed Andrea Pirlo as coach just hours after sacking Maurizio Sarri following the club’s Champions League elimination against Lyon, the club announced on Saturday.
Pirlo, 41, was a legendary player for the club—as well as AC Milan and Italy—over his storied career, winning numerous league titles, the Champions League and a World Cup in 2006. He was appointed manager of Juventus’ Under-23 side just last month but has now signed a two-year contract to coach the first team.
“Today’s choice is based on the belief that Pirlo has what it takes to lead from his debut on the bench an expert and talented squad to pursue new successes,” Juve said in a statement.
“Today begins a new chapter of his career in the world of football, as it was said almost a week ago: from Maestro to Mister,” it added.
“The decision for Pirlo was very natural, in the Juventus style, because he is someone who played for us, has always been in contact with everyone here and it felt natural,” the club’s chief football officer Fabio Paratici said.
Gabriel Jesus was the key reason behind Manchester City’s Champions League triumph over Real Madrid, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
The Brazilian striker had a hand in all four goals as City beat the Spanish giants 4-2 on aggregate, scoring one and making one in the 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium on Friday.
“I think Gabriel was the man of these two games,” Guardiola said.
After knocking out Madrid, Man City’s rotten Champions League luck has turned
“He scored in Madrid, he provoked the penalty and today made an assist and scored. He was so decisive for us. He helped the team for the way we fought and suffered in the bad moments.”
Victory over 13-times winners Real Madrid means City progress to the mini tournament in Portugal next week.
They will face Lyon in the quarterfinals after the Ligue 1 side edged out Juventus on away goals but Guardiola dismissed the suggestion his team are now favourites to lift the Champions League for the first time.
“Gabriel Jesus played a part in all four of Man City’s goals over the two legs,” Guardiola added.
Barcelona have sealed their spot in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League following their resounding 3-1 victory over Italian side, Napoli at the Camp Nou on Saturday night, August 8.
The Spanish giants are to face German side, Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals in Lisbon, Portugal.
Bayern Munich secured a 4-1 win over Chelsea at the Allianz Arena on Saturday night, progressing to the quarter-finals on 7-1 aggregate.
Barcelona made it through on a 4-2 aggregate.
Barcelona took the lead in the 10th minute from a C. Lenglet’s goal, and Lionel Messi doubled in 23rd minute.
Luiz Suarez made it three for Quique Setien’s Barcelona side in the 45+1’minute.
Napoli secured a consolation goal in the stoppage-time (+45+5′) of the first half when L. Insigne converted a penalty.
Away from Camp Nou, Bayern Munich had a wonderful playing time at the Allianz Arena, recording their opener from Roberts Lewandowski in the 10th minute, and Perisic doubling for the German side in the 24th minute.
Tammy Abraham pulled one back for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea team in the 44th minute.
But Bayern continued their dominance of the match and in the 76th minute, C. Tolisso had the opportunity to increase the score to 3-1 for the home team. Lewandowski closed the match with his second goal on the night in the 83rd minute.
Barcelona are scheduled to host Napoli later this evening at the Camp Nou tonight.
Bayern Munich are also to host Chelsea at the Allianz Arena.
Both matches were the second legs of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 knockouts and kicked off simultaneously at 7:00pm.
Napoli went into the match on a 1-1 aggregate.
Chelsea on the other hand were down 3-0 after suffering a humiliating defeat to Bayern in the first leg played at Stanford Bridge.
By Melvin Tarlue
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Juventus and Real Madrid have failed to progress to the quarter-finals of the 2019/2020 Champions League season.
Manchester City defeated Real Madrid at the Etihad on Friday night, August 7, to advance to the quarter-finals on a 4-2 aggregate.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City team were the favorite to progress to the quarter-finals and did not disappoint. Raheem Sterling gave City the lead in the 9th minute.
Frenchman Karim Benzema gave Real Madrid a sigh of relief at least momentarily in the 28th minute when he equalized.
But a gross defensive blunder from Varane gave Gabriel Jesus the perfect opportunity to double the lead for the Sky Blues in the 68th minute.
Lyon lost 2-1 to Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin but qualified to the quarter-finals on the away goal rule.
Lyon took the lead at the Allianz Stadium in the 12th minute when M. Depay converted a penalty.
Cristiano Ronaldo equalized for Mauricio Sari’s Juventus side in the 43rd minute through a penalty kick and moved on to double for the home side in the 60th minute.
Lyon won the first leg of the round of 16 on a 1-0 score in France.
Real Madrid also lost the first leg to Manchester City on the same 2-1 scoreline in Spain before the Champions league was suspended weeks ago due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Lyon and Manchester City are to face each other in the quarter-finals.
The quarterfinals this year are scheduled to be played in Lisbon, Portugal in a typical FIFA World Cup fashion due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The matches are being played in empty stadiums due to social distancing protocols.
By Melvin Tarlue
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A line-up of Ashgold players
The medical doctor for Ashgold SC, Dr. George Chidi, has denied reports that four players in the team have tested positive for coronavirus.
Reports from the camp of the Miners indicate that they are making plans for the CAF Confederations Cup next season—and four players have tested for coronavirus.
But Dr. Chidi stated that the tests have not been done yet—and as such, the reports on players testing positive for the virus are untrue.
“That’s not true, because we have not started testing them of Covid-19, we are yet to start the COVID test, all things being equal on Saturday we should start,” he told Oyerepa FM.
“It’s no big deal anyone testing positive but we are yet to do the Covid-19 test, KCCR is ready to come to pick the samples but we are trying to put our logistics together. We need to put in place the protocols,” he added.
Ashgold were given the mandate to compete in the CAF interclub competition next season following the truncation of the 2019/20 season. FootballGhana.com