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Ronaldo Red Card To Be Reviewed By UEFA Next Week

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UEFA have opened a disciplinary case over Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card in the Champions League which will be assessed on September 27, European football’s governing body said Thursday.

Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Italian Serie A football match Parma vs Juventus on Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s 2-0 win away to Valencia after a tussle with defender Jeison Murillo, with the former Real Madrid star leaving the pitch in tears.

The Portugal captain fell to the ground in disbelief and then yelled into the air in frustration, although Juventus overcame his dismissal thanks to a pair of Miralem Pjanic penalties.

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It was the 11th red card of Ronaldo’s career, but first in the Champions League, and will see him miss Juve’s next group game against Swiss side Young Boys in Turin.

He will find out next week whether his one-match ban is extended. An increase would also rule him out of a return to Old Trafford to face former club Manchester United.

Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus has raised expectations of a first Champions League title since 1996, with share prices peaking at a record 1.8046 euros on the stock market Thursday before closing at 1.581 euros.

It represented an increase of more than 180% since late June when rumours began circulating of Ronaldo’s arrival at the club, with shares then trading at 0.64 euros.

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Highlight: WEST HAM UNITED 1 – 0 ARSENAL [PREMIER LEAGUE]

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Declan Rice netted the winner as West Ham beat Arsenal in the Premier League, with Samir Nasri impressing on his league debut.
Samir Nasri impressed for West Ham as they claimed a 1-0 Premier League victory over his former club Arsenal at London Stadium on Saturday.

Nasri was making his Premier League debut for the club as he continues his comeback from an 18-month ban for receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in December 2016, contravening World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

And the former France international was a key figure for West Ham, setting up Declan Rice for the winner early in the second half.

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The Pain Is Too Much – Andy Murray Confirms Retirement Plans In Tears

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Tennis Legend Andy Murray has announced he is set to retire this year.

The former world No 1 hopes to have one final farewell at Wimbledon, where he is a two-time champion but had to withdraw last year.

The three-time Grand Slam winner had surgery on his hip a year ago but admitted he is still far away from full fitness with the pain greatly affecting his day-to-day life.

Speaking at a press conference, the 31-year-old broke down in tears and struggled to speak as his voice cracked as he addressed a room of journalists at Melbourne Park.

“I’m not feeling good. I’ve been struggling for a long time. Been in a lot of pain for 20 months now. 

“Pretty much done everything I could to make my hip feel better. 

“Wimbledon is where I would like to stopplaying but I’m not certain I’ll be able to do that. I’m not certain I can play throughthe pain for an other four five months.”

Murray played just 14 matches in 2018 having made a long-awaited return in June after almost a year out.

Asked if he will play the Australian Open which begins on Monday, Murray added: “I’m going to play. I can still play to a level. Not a level that I’m happy playing at.

“But it’s not just that. The pain is too much really and I don’t want to continue playing that way.”

He added: “During my training block I spoke to my team and told them I can’t keep doing this. I needed to have an end point because I was sort of playing with no idea when the pain was going to stop.

“I’ve spoken to psychologists about it butnothing helps because you’re in lots and lots of pain and you can’t do what you want to do, what you love doing. It’s not enjoyable doing it anymore.”

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Jose Mourinho Secures New Job Few Weeks After Being Sacked By Man United

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Jose Mourinho has secured his first job since being sacked as Manchester United coach after joining BeIN Sports as a pundit.

The broadcaster announced on Thursday that ‘the Special One’ will be an analyst for Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Arsenal on January 19 as well as Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Asian Cup group-stage tie on January 17 on the Qatari channel’s broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa.  

Mourinho was sacked by Manchester United in December after the club’s worst start to a season since 1990 and won three trophies during his two-and-a-half year tenure at Old Trafford.  

“Jose is one of the greatest football managers of all time, and we hope that his expert analysis and charismatic personality will be enjoyed by our millions of viewers,” a beIN spokesman said in a statement.  

Mourinho had been linked with a return to former club Benfica after the Lisbon giants fired coach Rui Vitoria last week, but the 55-year-old told Correio da Manha earlier on Thursday that he would not take the job. “I don’t have any intention of coming back to work in Portugal,” he told the newspaper. “I’m fine at the moment.”

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