Daily Archives: January 15, 2018

Ligue 1 referee kicks out at Nantes player before sending him off

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron appeared to kick out at Nantes player Diego Carlos off the ball before showing the defender a red card in Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 win.

PSG were advancing up the pitch in the last minute of the match on a counter attack when Carlos seemed to accidentally cross paths with Chapron.

The referee stumbled and fell to the turf, before appearing swinging his right boot at the Nantes player in an attempted kick. After the ensuing coming together, referee Chapron gave Carlos a second yellow card, before blowing for full-time three minutes later.

Angel Di Maria had scored before the break to lift PSG, who were without the injured Neymar and Thiago Motta, 11 points clear of second-placed Monaco, who could only manage a goalless draw at Montpellier on Saturday.

PSG had enjoyed most of the possession and were quickly ahead as Di Maria scored from inside the box after collecting a low cross from Edinson Cavani in the 12th minute.

The Argentinian international then went close to doubling the lead for his team eight minutes before the interval but his shot from close range hit the bar.

Nantes themselves had a good chance early in the second half but Alphone Areola made a fine save to deny Emiliano Sala.

Meanwhile, third-placed Lyon are behind Monaco on goal difference after a 1-1 home draw against relegation-threatened Angers, with Nabil Fekir cancelling out Karl Toko Ekambi’s opener from the spot. Angers finished with 10 men when Flavien Tait was sent off for a second bookable offence six minutes from time.

Man United legend Ryan Giggs ready to take over as Welsh national coach

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Manchester United club legend Ryan Giggs is set to be name as the next Wales national coach n a four-year contract.

The former Wales international will be formally presented as Chris Coleman’s replacement at a press conference in Cardiff on Monday after the 44-year-old Giggas emerged as the Football Association of Wales’s preferred choice amongst four other head coach candidates in Osian Roberts, Craig Bellamy and Mark Bowen.

While the FAW interviewed all four last Thursday Giggs was always believed to be the frontrunner for a position that has been vacant since Coleman left to join Sunderland in November. The panel set up to conduct the search — led by FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford — is expected to put the finishing touches to the agreement.

Giggs, who won 64 caps for Wales and recently described managing his country as “one of the top jobs”.

Still, his experience is limited outside of his playing career with only a brief spell as interim manager at United and also worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant at Old Trafford for a couple of seasons before departing in 2016.

Giggs had also been interviewed for the Swansea City job later that year but was overlooked after the Premier League club opted to appoint Bob Bradley ahead of him.

With Wales missing out on qualification for the World Cup this summer, Giggs’s first major assignment will be to lead his country to the 2020 European Championship finals.

Another issue that remains is whether Roberts, who has been an influential figure in Welsh football’s resurgence and remains the FAW’s technical director, will work alongside Giggs. Roberts was previously employed as Coleman’s No 2 and had hoped he would be given the opportunity to take over as manager.

RB Leipzig to keep Naby Keita from leaving for Liverpool in January

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RB Leipzig will not be letting their midfielder Naby Keita to join Liverpool this month according to the Bundesliga club’s sports director Ralf Rangnick.

Keita, 22, is set to link up with Liverpool from 1 July after the Premier League club agreed a big-money deal to sign him last August.

However, Liverpool, who sold Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona this month, were keen to fill the void left behind by bringing the transfer forward to secure Keita’s services this month.

However, Rangnick and the Bundesliga club has now stepped in to set the record straight in a bid to put speculation regarding the transfer status of the Guinea international “to bed”.

A statement on the club’s official website by Rangnick read: “We won’t allow Liverpool to sign him early, even though they have shown renewed interest to bring him in during this transfer window.”

“As everyone knows, we are not a selling club, therefore it would only have been possible had we reached a mutual agreement involving an exorbitant additional fee. That is not the case.”

A tweet from the club’s official twitter account that echoed the same sentiments read: “OFFICIAL: Naby Keita will remain an RB Leipzig player until 30th June 2018. We wish to put the speculation about a January move to Liverpool to bed.”

Keita earned his reputation as one of Europe’s hottest properties last season by helping Leipzig finished second in the Bundesliga and qualify for the Champions League. He also scored the opening goal as Leipzig dealt Schalke 04’s first defeat since September in the German top-flight.