Daily Archives: August 2, 2017

Two Man Utd players sanctioned for breaching UEFA doping regulations

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Manchester United players Phil Jones and Daley Blind had been sanctioned after found guilty of breaching the UEFA’s doping regulations after the Europa League final in May.

It was understood that Jones was upset for missing out on a squad photograph taken after the match, which also pays tribute to victims of the Manchester terrorist attack earlier in the week. He expressed this disappointment to officials at the time.

On the other hand, Blind did feature on that photograph and join in some of the celebrations, albeit accompanied by a chaperone. However, although permitted in other competitions it was not the case in this instance.

Jones, 25, had been found to have been verbally abusive towards a doping control officer after he was requested to attend drug-testing after the final in Stockholm on 24 May.

UEFA has since handed a two-match ban for the Englishman, who will now miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week, as well as United’s first Champions League group stage match in September, while also being fined for €5,000.

As for Blind, while it was understood that he did not realise he had done anything wrong until reaching doping control, Blind was fined €5,000 for his own breaching of regulations.

UEFA has also fined Manchester United for €10,000 over the rule breaches, despite no suggestions that either player was guilty of doping. Blind featured the full 90 minutes against his old club Ajax in the final, while Jones was an unused substitute.

PSG planning Neymar unveiling ahead of £197m deal for Brazilian

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Paris Saint-Germain is already putting in place plans to unveil Neymar Jr. as a new signing ahead of a record £197m deal for the Brazilian forward.

When PSG bought Zlatan Ibrahimovic five summers ago they welcomed him on the Trocadero at the foot of the Eiffel Tower; there is little doubt that the Ligue 1 club are planning something even bigger for Neymar.

Since Neymar’s entourage contacted PSG in the knowledge that the player wanted out of FC Barcelona, the French club had been working around the clock to complete a deal that amounts to £197m — also the capital required to trigger the Brazilian’s release clause.

A five-year contract has been alleged to be ready for several days and requires just a signature, after of which the planned unveiling would commence.

However, little is known about further details of the contract, including Neymar’s £26m-a-year salary. Still, PSG are adamant they will respect financial fair play regulations, but to make sure they do not expose themselves to sanctions they must sacrifice some members of the squad.

while FC Barcelona had also suggested that they may make a complaint over financial fair play, a UEFA spokesman had since stated: “We haven’t received any complaint regarding this matter but, irrespective of whether we receive a complaint or not, we would in any case look into the details of such a transfer if it goes ahead to ensure that it respects financial fair play rules.”

“PSG must respect financial fair play rules as do all other clubs in Europe. They must demonstrate that they do not have losses of more than €30m over three years.”

“The impact of a potential transfer of Neymar to PSG would have an effect on the club finances over several years. It is very difficult to judge this type of operation in advance as we do not know the plans of the French club. They could well sell a few players for a similar or even superior amount. We shall therefore only make calculations at the end and make sure that they respect the rules.”

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool can win Premier League after “bad luck season”

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that his team can win the Premier League in the upcoming season after a “bit of bad luck last season”.

In the 2016-17 season, Liverpool had begun their title campaign strongly and were only six points behind leaders Chelsea in January but soon slumped with only one league win from then on to February, finishing fourth, 17 points behind the champions.

However, Klopp believes that his team could start the season anew with his sights primed on the top flight title, an honour that has eluded the Merseyside club for over 27 years and since the inception of the Premier League.

“We’ll be playing for the championship. We don’t start a season by not having any ambitions,” said Klopp. “We have to have our goals and I think we have a very good team now. We did have a bit of bad luck last season.”

“I think we can play a little bit better. Let’s hope everything will work very well and that there isn’t much more to improve.”

Liverpool recently won a friendly against German champions Bayern Munich by 3-0, but had an injury scare after Daniel Sturridge seemingly suffering a thigh problem while scoring the final goal.

“I can’t say but he (Sturridge) hurt his thigh,” said Klopp after the win that sets up a final for Liverpool against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. “He has prepared really well and I just hope it’s only a small injury and he can play again soon.”

“His goal was really great and he had another chance before that. You could see how fast he is. It is a shame and I just hope it is nothing serious.”