(Watch) How Ajax ballboy hit AS Roma star with ball for time-wasting during Europa encounter

April 9th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

An Ajax ballboy let his anger spill over as he launched a ball at time-wasting Roma defender Riccardo Calafiori’s chest.

The left-back was deliberately killing time with his side 2-1 up in the closing stages of the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final and it was him – not the ballboy – who was punished for his actions.

Calafiori was originally handed a ball by the ballboy as it went out for a Roma throw with 93 minutes on the clock.

But not willing to get on with it so quickly, the left-back dropped the ball and proceeded to walk down the touchline after one that was further away.

And it was this that infuriated the ballboy who proceeded to hurl another ball at the Italian as he approached.

It made contact with his upper chest area and you could see the footballer’s instinct to go down and feign fatal injury was about to kick in.

But he came to his senses just before he hit the deck and decided to give the youngster a talking to instead.

Calafiori remonstrated angrily with the masked kid – who was still trying to thrust another ball into his hands so he would get on with the game.

Just as the altercation was coming to an end, the referee arrived and brandished the yellow card at the Roma star for his original time wasting.

Despite the ballboy’s best efforts, the Serie A side held on for another 30 seconds and won the game 2-1.

Photo Credit: EuropaLeague/Twitter

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John Terry reveals how he told ex-Chelsea boss Benitez to stop talking about his former club Liverpool at Stamford Bridge

April 9th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea legend John Terry “never got on with” Rafa Benitez – and had to ban him from talking about Liverpool.

The former Newcastle boss didn’t see eye to eye with the Blues skipper during his six-month spell at Stamford Bridge in the 2012-13 season.

Terry said: “We just didn’t get on from day one personally, to be honest.

“Every meeting we had it was, ‘Oh we used to do this at Liverpool and we done this’.

“You laugh but that’s what he used to be like, ‘Just move a yard here’,

“I actually had to have a few conversations and say, ‘Gaffer, you have to forget Liverpool, you can’t keep saying ‘we’, you’re at Chelsea now, it’s not going down well with the lads’.”

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Manchester United plan swap deal for Chelsea prime target

April 9th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Manchester United are reportedly exploring a swap deal involving Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard after ‘talks on England duty’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long been a fan of the Hammers star, 22, who has continued his meteoric rise to become the Three Lions’ top defensive midfielder.

Chelsea are among a host of European giants keen to sign former Blues academy product Rice.

And David Moyes has warned it would take bids in excess of £100million to sign him.

Even then, Moyes wants to keep Rice at the London Stadium – particularly if West Ham manage to keep their place in the top four and qualify for next season’s Champions League.

But Man Utd are keen to discuss a swap deal involving Lingard in order to tempt the Hammers into selling their star man.

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