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    Arsenal vs Atletico Madrid, LIVE: Follow the latest Europa League semi-final scores and updates including Marseille vs Red Bull Salzburg clash

    Arsene Wenger will take charge of his final home European game as Arsenal manager when his side take on Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final.The Europa League remains the Gunners' last hope of getting back into the Champions League next term as well as Wenger's last shot at leaving the club with a trophy in his 22nd and final campaign in north London.Atletico though remain the favourites to win the tournament outright and will travel to the Emirates determined to build a first leg advantage with stars including Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa in their ranks.Follow all the action ...

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    Liverpool take unprecedented step of sending delegation to Rome to obtain concrete information on security plans

    Liverpool are sending a delegation to Rome to get concrete security information ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg.Their 5-2 victory against Roma on Tuesday night was marred by violent clashes prior to kick off after a group of fans of the Italian club attacked Reds supporters outside of the Albert pub.Liverpool fan Sean Cox, 53, is in a critical condition and in an induced coma with a severe bleed on the brain following the assault. Roma supporters attacked a Liverpool fan outside Anfield ahead of their clash on Tuesday The away fans brandished belts during the unprovoked attack ...

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    Shahid Khan promises to protect the 'spirit and essence' of Wembley as he confirms £800m bid to buy stadium

    Shahid Khan, the billionaire owner of Fulham and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars claims his bid to buy Wembley Stadium from the Football Association will not affect the 'spirit and essence' of English football' spiritual home.Khan, who is worth an estimated £5.2billion, is prepared to fund a deal worth an estimated £800million which could eventually see the Jaguars relocate and become London's first permanent NFL team.Such a move would serve to dilute the stadium's position as the home of the English national team, but Khan insists he understands the responsibility that comes with owning the 90,000-seat arena and guarantees that its ...

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    Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus marks Premier League title scalp with custom gold iPhone etched with trademark goal celebration

    Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus became a Premier League winner for the first time earlier this month and the Brazilian has marked the achievement with a custom-made gold iPhone X.City secured the title with five games to spare when Manchester United were beaten by West Brom at Old Trafford and celebrated the victory after Sunday's destruction of Swansea.And Jesus has treated himself to a new piece of bling to mark the scalp.    Gabriel Jesus poses with jeweller Matthew Jones after being presented with his new phone Jeweller to the stars Matthew Jones visited the Etihad stadium to present Jesus with the ...

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    Why supporters face danger in Rome... Roma ultras run riot in the capital and have a history of violence against Liverpool fans ahead of their visit to the Stadio Olimpico

    Liverpool fans planning to travel to their Champions League semi-final second leg match against Roma will arrive in a city struggling to contain their most violent and extreme football supporters.Tuesday evening's first leg was marred by ugly scenes and fan violence outside Anfield before kick-off that left one 53-year-old Liverpool supporter fighting for his life. Two Roma fans have since been charged with violent disorder. And the 5000 Liverpool fans who have purchased tickets for the return leg could find themselves in danger when they visit an Italian capital with a chequered history of football violence. Roma supporters during their 5-2 ...

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    Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal claims that he has received an offer to return to management that he 'cannot refuse'

    Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that he has received an offer to return to management that he cannot refuse.The Dutchman has not managed since being sacked by the Red Devils two days after winning the FA Cup in 2016.Van Gaal was moved aside to make way for former protege Jose Mourinho and has since been critical of the Portuguese's methods. Louis van Gaal says that he has received an offer to return to management that he can't refuse Many believed that Van Gaal had called time on his coaching career but now the 66-year-old claims there is a ...

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    Sunderland manager Chris Coleman admits he's unsure of £70,000-a-week Jack Rodwell's whereabouts: 'I don't even know where Jack is to be honest with you'

    Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has admitted he does not even know where £70,000-a-week midfielder Jack Rodwell is.Former England international Rodwell, whose contract included a wage reduction clause deferred for 12 months when the club was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, has not made a senior appearance for the Black Cats since September.He still has a year remaining on the five-year deal he signed when he arrived at the Stadium of Light in a £10million move from Manchester City in August 2014, but even in the wake of a second successive relegation, he is not ...

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    Middlesbrough suing Birmingham City and four former backroom staff including James Beattie after they followed manager Garry Monk to St Andrew's amid claims they agreed clause stopping them joining rival

    Middlesbrough are suing Birmingham City and four former members of their backroom staff after they joined manager Garry Monk at St Andrew's last month.Boro's lawyers claim that there was a clause in the quartet's contracts that prevented them from working for a Championship rival until December 28, 2018. Monk was sacked by Boro on December 23, 2017 and he and his backroom staff moved to Birmingham on March 4.It is claimed that Birmingham have gained a competitive advantage by employing the staff - including ex-England striker James Beattie - because of inside knowledge they will have about Middlesbrough. Such 'confidential ...

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    PFA chief Ben Purkiss under pressure to publicly apologise to Tottenham star Harry Kane over Stoke goal joke

    PFA chairman Ben Purkiss is coming under increasing pressure to issue a public apology to Tottenham star Harry Kane, and faces an uncertain future if he refuses to do so.Kane continues to be the butt of jokes for claiming a goal against Stoke City, which had initially been awarded to team-mate Christian Eriksen after replays failed to confirm whether the striker got a touch.Purkiss joined in the fun at Sunday night's Player of the Year award ceremony as he addressed a star-studded crowd, saying in his speech: 'Harry Kane is so prolific that he is able to score without touching ...

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    Benjamin Mendy urges Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay 'strong and positive' after injury rules Liverpool star out of the World Cup

    Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy has taken to Twitter to show his support for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the Liverpool midfielder was ruled out of another World Cup.The Englishman feared the worst on Tuesday night when he was taken off on a stretcher during the first half of his side's 5-2 win over Roma in the Champions League semi-final but had to wait until Wednesday to undergo a scan. And Mendy, whose own season has been derailed by injury, has told Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay strong after it was confirmed that he had suffered significant damage to his knee ligaments and is looking at ...

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    Jerome Boateng could miss the World Cup with Germany after being ruled out for the rest of Bayern Munich's season with thigh muscle injury

    Jerome Boateng's participation at the 2018 World Cup with Germany is in doubt after the defender suffered a serious thigh injury on Wednesday evening. Boateng was forced off after picking up the injury in the 34th minute of Bayern Munich's 2-1 Champions League semi-final first leg loss to Real Madrid. And reports in Germany indicate that the injury will keep Boateng out for between four and six weeks, ruling him out for the rest of the club campaign and potentially the World Cup in Russia. Jerome Boateng needed help to leave the pitch after picking up the serious thigh muscle injury Bild report ...

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    Bayern Munich charged by UEFA over pitch invasion and offensive banner following loss to Real Madrid

    Bayern Munich have been charged by UEFA over a pitch invasion and displaying an offensive banner in Wednesday night's Champions League match against Real Madrid.The German side lost the first leg of their semi-final 2-1 to the reigning European champions, and at the end of the match a number of individuals came onto the field.Those people tried to approach players including Bayern's French winger Franck Ribery and Real's German playmaker Toni Kroos. A pitch invader attempts to approach Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery on Wednesday Ribery manages to dodge the pitch invader following Wednesday night's clash in Munich UEFA said the ...

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    'We had no choice but to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool': Roma chief Monchi hits back at criticism for Egyptain's exit as he insists they were under financial fair play pressures

    Roma sporting director Monchi has insisted they were left with no choice but to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool in order to comply with financial fair play obligations.The Egyptian forward came back to haunt his old side by starring in Liverpool's 5-2 rout of Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.Salah's match-winning display - that saw him net his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season - has led to increased reproval of Roma's decision to sanction his move last for an initial £37m last summer.  Roma sporting director Monchi has insisted the club had to ...

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    Diego Simeone warns Arsenal that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa wants to make Arsene Wenger's side 'suffer' at home at the Emirates

    Diego Simeone has warned Arsenal that Diego Costa is coming to get them with the Atletico Madrid striker desperate to make them ‘suffer’ in Thursday night's Europa League semi-final.Costa has overcome his hamstring injury and Simeone says he has brought the former Chelsea forward back to England to intimidate Arsene Wenger’s side at the Emirates Stadium.The hotheaded attacker has a history of scoring goals and causing scraps against Arsenal, and Simeone will make a late call on whether to start him. Diego Costa in training on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Atletico Madrid's clash with Arsenal Fernando Torres pictured in training ...

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    Diego Costa and Fernando Torres return to London as Atletico Madrid touch down ahead of Europa League semi-final against Arsenal

    Atletico Madrid's players have touched down in London ahead of their Europa League semi-final clash against Arsenal... with Diego Costa and Fernando Torres returning to the city they once called home.Both played for Chelsea earlier in their careers, but will this week be fully focused on knocking a different London club out of European competition.The players touched down on a private jet in the capital, before disembarking to head to their hotel just over 24 hours prior to the game. Diego Costa showed a wry smile as he stepped off the plane after arriving back in London Fernando Torres is ...

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