La Liga president blasts Manchester City, PSG, accuses clubs of “financial doping”

Javier Tebas has accused Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain of “financial doping” due to “oil or gas money”.

The La Liga boss was speaking in relation to the economic impacts of Covid-19 and the ramifications that the pandemic was having on spending within the sport.

Tebas claimed that all clubs across football were struggling to invest at their pre-pandemic levels but insisted that the English league leaders and current French champions were different due to their ownership structure and access to funds.

He went further and claimed that “financial doping” was the reason for City and the Parisians to be able to outspend rivals – something which impacts upon Spanish giants such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Tebas. as cited by Marca, via Football Espana, said: “The prices that are spoken of over certain players are very difficult to pay except the state-owned clubs like PSG and Man City that sign with oil or gas money. They are the only ones that could do such operations in a tricky way. There is €8,000m less in the market. I see that a PSG or City appears (spending money) because of their financial doping, but not in the rest of the teams.”

Back in July, Tebas claimed, as quoted by BBC Sport, that “everyone knows” Manchester City had flouted FFP regulations and stated that the Court of Arbitration for Sport “did things badly” in order to allow the club to participate in this season’s Champions League, after UEFA had initially banned the club from participating for two seasons.

(Watch Highlights) Gabriel Jesus, Mahrez net three goals in last ten minutes to beat Wolves

Manchester City’s unbeaten run stretched to a Club record equalling 28 games as the Pep Guardiola’s side eased to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier League.

City were in control from the first whistle and took the lead when Leander Dendoncker turned Riyad Mahrez’s cross into his own net in the 15th minute, but Conor Coady netted an equaliser when he headed in from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick just past the hour mark.

It was Wolves’ first shot of the game, but City’s response was emphatic as they struck three times in the final 10 minutes to deservedly seal a 21st consecutive win in all competitions.

Gabriel Jesus smashed home from close range after Kyle Walker’s cross was deflected into his path to restore City’s lead, before Mahrez all but wrapped up the points in the final minute when he reacted quickest inside the area to drive a loose ball past Rui Patricio.

Jesus grabbed his second and City’s fourth in the final seconds, tapping in after Ilkay Gundogan’s 20-yard effort was parried back into his path, which was originally ruled offside before being overturned by VAR.

The win sends the Etihad club 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and sees tehm match the Club record unbeaten run put together under Guardiola from May to December in 2017.

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Chelsea icon receives barrage of abuse over comment

Michael Essien has come in for a barrage of abuse after declaring his support for gay rights in Ghana.

The Chelsea icon won 58 caps for his country and still commands vast attention there.

Essien sparked controversy with his pro-equality message in a nation where homosexuality is still illegal.

The ex-midfielder, 38, wrote on Instagram: “Ghana supports equality. We see you, we support you.

“Our LGBTQIA plus Community in Ghana.”

However dad-of-two Essien deleted his post after being bombarded with abuse and criticism.

One comment on his post read: “You just lost your one follower, good luck, byee.”

(Watch) Revealed: Why Wolves’ star Adama Traore rubs baby oil on his arms

Adama Traore’s baby oil technique IS to stop defenders pulling him back and avoid injuries, Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed.

He said: “It was not my idea, but I thought it was honestly a fantastic idea by the medical department because it came from the injury that he had with his shoulder.

“That was caused basically because of holding of his arm and creating this strong impact on his shoulder and he got injured from that.

“It’s hard to stop Adama, it’s very hard to stop him, and that avoids that situation.

“He becomes more slippery, so we get the advantage of his speed and talent.

“It was an option to avoid it, and from then on, he’s kept on doing it and it’s good.”

Borusia Dortmund identify Erling Haaland replacement as striker’s exit gathers momentum

Borussia Dortmund see Sevilla ace Youssef En-Nesyri as a potential replacement for star striker Erling Haaland, according to reports.

Haaland has set the world on fire with his goalscoring exploits as he already counts a staggering 27 goals in 26 matches across all competitions for Dortmund this season.

That has led to immense interest from some of Europe’s big hitters, including Manchester United and Chelsea, ahead of the summer transfer window.

According to Eurosport, Dortmund seem fully aware that they won’t be able to hold on to the Norway international for long and are starting to think ahead.

The Bundesliga giants are already seeking for a potential replacement in case Haaland leaves in the summer and seem to have found him in En-Nesyri.

The Morocco international has netted a total of 13 goals in 24 appearances in LaLiga for Sevilla ever since his move from Leganes last summer.

Former Real Madrid president gives reason his club cannot sign Mohamed Salah

Mo Salah is too expensive for Real Madrid, former Blancos president Roman Calderon has asserted.

He told Egypt’s ONTime Sports: “[Salah] is a great player and a goalscorer.

“He helped Liverpool by giving his best, but I don’t think they will let him go.

“It is expected that, if they were to think about it, they would only let him go for a lot of money.

“Salah is wanted, of course, by Real Madrid. But Liverpool would ask for a lot of money and, if that deal were to be completed, it would be crucial.

“Salah is a great player with fantastic potential, and any club wishes to acquire such talents, but for Real Madrid I do not think they have the financial means to sign Salah.”

Fikayo Tomori receives plaudits from Italy football legends, identify defender’s qualities

Italy’s football legends Fabio Capello, Paolo Di Canio and Beppe Bergomi praised Fikayo Tomori and discussed whether the Chelsea loanee should become a regular Milan starter.

Tomori started in Milan’s 2-1 win over Roma in place of the Rossoneri Capitan and his performance did not only delight Milan fans, but the three Sky Sport pundits.

“As a coach, I always wanted fast defenders. Milan have always had strong defensive departments. Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini, even Tassotti. If you have a pacey defender, you’re lucky. Tomori played a great game. The recovery on Borja Mayoral in the first half was impressive,” said Fabio Capello.

“Juventus stepped up when they signed Barzagli. He was faster than Bonucci and Chiellini, he made the difference. That’s my idea,” the former coach continued.

Former Lazio and West Ham striker Paolo Di Canio was also full of praise for the Chelsea loanee.

“I noticed his concentration and his aggressivity. He was never caught out of position. He was determined to defend well. He let his teammates breathe when he cleared the area. I think they have the feeling he is confortable in in one vs. one situations as he can read the game well.”

So, has Romagnoli lost his place in Milan’s starting XI?

“This can only be a moment. Maybe it’s not a definitive choice,” argued Bergomi.

“Milan conceded a few goals lately and Pioli decided to rest Romagnoli. Now we’ll see what happens. Surely, it was an important choice.”

Chelsea receive boost in pursuit of highly rated Ligue 1 starlet

Chelsea have received a boost in their pursuit of Lucas Gourna-Douath with St-Etienne reportedly prepared to accept £22million.

The centre-midfielder, 17, has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues and the Ligue 1 outfit may be forced into selling at the end of the season because of the financial impact of coronavirus.

The youngster is said to be keen on continuing his development with his boyhood club.

But St-Etienne face being forced to sell at the end of this season as part of a mass player cull, according to FootMercato.

Nigeria persuade Holland star to play for Super Eagles

Nigeria are trying to persuade Bournemouth star Arnaut Danjuma to switch allegiances from the Netherlands.

According to The Sun, Nigeria are hoping to take advantage of new FIFA rules, which makes it easier for a player to change nations. The new rule means a player is not committed unless they play three competitive games for a nation.

The forward won two caps for the Oranje in 2018 against Germany in the Nations League and a friendly versus Belgium in which he scored.

It would allow Danjuma to play for the Super Eagles despite his Nations League appearance.

The 24-year-old was born in Lagos to a Dutch mother and Nigerian father, but has previously pledged allegiance to Oranje. He moved to Holland aged four and eventually joined PSV’s academy.

He even spoke in December about his hopes of getting a call-up from Frank de Boer.

He told AD, via Football Oranje: “Oranje is in my head, but I wonder whether it is appreciated what I show across the border. I have the qualities for Oranje, but of course, I am not the national coach. The European Championship, soon the World Cup, those are dreams. “

Danjuma has made 21 league appearances for Bournemouth this season, scoring seven times.

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, others arrested this morning

Josep Maria Bartomeu is among those who have been arrested on Monday morning as the Catalan police force raided club offices, say reports.

According to Football Espana, it is in connection to the case which has become known as ‘Barçagate’ – in which the club hired a third company to defame their rivals, both inside and outside the club, in the media.

Catalan police force Mossos raided the club’s facilities on Monday morning and they have confirmed that arrests have been made in relation to the case but have not disclosed who has been among those to be detained.

Bartomeu has not been involved with the Catalan giants since he and his board resigned from their posts in October last year, triggering a new set of presidential elections, and he is said to have been arrested at his home this morning.

CEO Oscar Grau, head of legal Roman Gomez Ponti and Jaume Masferrer – the former right-hand man of Bartomeu – are also reported to have been among those arrested by the police.

The ‘Barçagate’ story emerged in relation to reported documents that were said to show the inner workings and financial transactions of the club, which caused a stir in the Spanish media.