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Cristiano Ronaldo hit with five-match ban for red card, pushing referee

Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned for five matches after pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea during Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup first-leg win at Barcelona on Sunday. Ronaldo’s 24 minutes as a substitute at the Camp Nou saw him score a superb goal, pick up a booking for removing his shirt during the celebration, and then quickly receive a second yellow after De Burgos Bengoetxea ruled the Portugal captain had dived to try to win a penalty. Ronaldo reacted to being sent off by pushing De Burgos Bengoetxea. The Royal Spanish Football…

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FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

The Barcelona star has been sanctioned for using abusive language towards an official and will miss four games. Lionel Messi has been banned from Argentina’s World Cup qualifier away at Bolivia, with Fifa announcing the news less than six hours before kick-off. The Albiceleste face a crunch game in La Paz, which has already been made difficult enough by the altitude, but must now contend also with the absence of their best player against Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela. Messi has been retrospectively punished for insults aimed at – and comments about…

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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best player award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world’s best female player. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri was named best men’s coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach…

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Atletico de Kolkata shootout Kerala Blasters FC to win ISL 2016 crown

Atletico de Kolkata clinched their second Indian Super League (ISL) title after beating Kerala Blasters 4-3 on penalties. Catch live football score and update of Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata ISL 2016 final here. end 14Match ends, Kerala Blasters 1(3), Atlético de Kolkata 1(4). 128′end 5Penalty Shootout ends, Kerala Blasters 1(3), Atlético de Kolkata 1(4). 128′goalGoal! Kerala Blasters 1(3), Atlético de Kolkata 1(4). Jewel Raja (Atlético de Kolkata) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner. 127′penalty savedPenalty saved! Cedric Hengbart (Kerala Blasters)…

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Kerala Blasters vs Atletico de Kolkata ISL final a new game for us: Jose Molina

Much like his team selection in the semi-finals, Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) head coach Jose Molina turned talks of Kerala Blasters’ home advantage in Sunday’s Indian Super League final on its head. “I think it is impossible to find a better stadium to hold this final. It was a great atmosphere when we played there and this time, I think it will be even better,” the Spaniard said, before flying out with the team from Kolkata on Friday. Atletico de Kolkata will spend the night in Hyderabad before travelling to…

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Colombia plane crash brings back memories of previous football air crash disasters

In the light of the plane crash in Medellin, Colombia with members of the Brazilian football club Chapecoense Real on-board, it has brought to life bad memories of previous crashes involving football teams. The Indian Express takes a look at the most notable ones: Manchester United team in Munich The most notable and memorable example of a football team having its course changed and history affected is that involving Manchester United. The plane crashed in Munich while trying to take off from slush covered runway. The crash happened in 1958 with 23 people…

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