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first_imgDnipro among three clubs banned from EuropeNYON, Switzerland (AP):Last year’s Europa League finalists Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine has been named among three clubs banned from European competition by UEFA over financial issues.UEFA says that Dnipro, Azerbaijan’s Inter Baku and Romania’s Targu Mures would be excluded from the next European competition for which they qualify in the next three seasons.All three clubs had been ordered by UEFA to clear “overdue payables” and told they would be excluded from Europe unless they cleared those debts by January 31.Dnipro have struggled with financial problems against a backdrop of political instability in Ukraine, but managed to reach last season’s Europa League final, losing 3-2 to Sevilla.Footballer banned eight gamesfor biting opponentLONDON (AP):A French forward for English club Leeds has been banned for eight matches for biting an opponent during a game in the second-tier League Championship.The English Football Association said yesterday that Souleymane Doukara was given the long ban because of the “seriousness and both unusual and violent nature of the misconduct.” Doukara had denied a charge of violent conduct.The incident occurred during Leeds’ match against Fulham at Elland Road on February 23. Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta was the victim of the bite and was booked for his reaction.The FA said Doukara was warned about his future conduct and fined US$7,200.Leeds, who have nine games left this season, said the club “is disappointed with the outcome and the length of the ban”.Germany’s euro bonusFRANKFURT, Germany (AP):Each German player will be 300,000 euros (US$339,720) richer if the team wins the European Championship.The German Football Federation says the agreement on bonus payments has been reached with senior players. The payments begin with reaching the quarterfinals of the 24-team tournament in France and are the same as four years ago.A place in the last eight will be worth €50,000 ($56,620), a semi-final appearance €100,000 ($113,240) and a fourth European title €300,000 ($339,720). A runners-up finish will be worth half that much.last_img read more

Mourinho: No new Utd deal, no PSG move

first_imgManchester United Mourinho not signing new Man Utd contract, but not joining PSG either Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 23:16 10/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jose mourinho - cropped Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho PSG Ligue 1 Premier League Benfica v Manchester United The Red Devils boss has responded to rumours suggesting that he could soon quit Old Trafford and inherit the managerial reins at Parc des Princes Jose Mourinho insists he is neither on the verge of signing a new five-year Manchester United contract nor ready to join Paris Saint-Germain.The 54-year-old signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth when he took over at Old Trafford in May last year.Barca, Madrid & PSG 10/11 all to win Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. There has been speculation that United are ready to offer Mourinho a bumper new deal but he cast doubt on his long-term future when he told Telefoot they will not be his last club.However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss is adamant that rumours he will sign a lengthy new contract or take over at PSG are baseless.”I think you English media have the answer for that,” he told a news conference ahead of United’s Champions League clash with Benfica. “In one day, it says I am going to sign a five-year contract, £1 billion per season. The next day you say I am leaving and I’m going to Paris Saint-Germain. The answer is exactly that.”Nothing is happening, I am not signing a new five-year contract and I am not leaving for Paris Saint-Germain. I am not leaving Manchester United. I have a contract and that’s it.”Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedMourinho believes it is “impossible” for any manager to stay at the same club for more than a few years given the pressure in the modern game.”The future is tomorrow. I have my contract, which ends in June 2019. We are in October 2017 so I don’t know what to say,” he continued.”The only thing I said, and it’s a true interpretation of my words, that I am not going to end my career at United. How is it possible in modern football that any manager is going to last 15 or 20 years in the same club? I think [Arsene] Wenger is the last one.”I think it’s impossible for us, with everything that surrounds the job, with all the pressure that surrounds every job. I think it’s impossible to last for so long.”If, in this moment, I want to finish in two, three, four or five years, I would say yes, my ambition would be to end my career at Manchester United. “I think I’m going to be here in football for 15 years, minimum, and I think it is impossible to stay 17 years at the same club, even if you want, even if you try.”Some people try to be clever, try to be malicious, and they say many different things. But the reality is simple: I didn’t sign a new contract but I’m not thinking about leaving.”last_img read more