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Sergio Ramos: Real Madrid defender ‘had no choice’ over controversial yellow card

Ramos was booked in the 89th minute against Ajax Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he is “surprised” about the reaction to his yellow card against Ajax and the suggestion he earned it on purpose. Ramos fouled Kasper Dolberg in the 89th minute with Real leading 2-1, meaning he is suspended for their Champions League last-16 second-leg meeting. Uefa is investigating comments he made suggesting he was booked deliberately. Asked if he knew the foul was likely to lead to a yellow card and a ban, Ramos said: “Yes, but…

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Bernardo Silva: Man City defender says, ‘We thought we’d lost the Premier League’

City went top of the Premier League on Wednesday on goal difference after a win at Everton Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva says he and his team-mates thought they had lost the league when they dropped five points behind rivals Liverpool eight days ago. Pep Guardiola’s side went top for the first time in two months following a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday. However, they are only above Liverpool on goal difference and the Reds have a game in hand. “We are still the champions and we know what…

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Joe Gomez: Liverpool & England defender to have surgery on leg fracture

Joe Gomez (left) was taken off on a stretcher following a challenge with Ben Mee (right) Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is to have an operation on the leg fracture he sustained against Burnley in December. The England centre-back, 21, was taken off after 23 minutes following a challenge with Clarets captain Ben Mee. He was initially ruled out for up to six weeks and is expected to feature again this season – but Liverpool have put no timescale on his recovery. “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped…

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Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool defender close to new five-year deal

Alexander-Arnold is currently sidelined after suffering a knee injury against Brighton Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is close to signing a new five-year deal until 2024 with the club. Talks are not completed yet but are at an advanced stage and a new contract should be announced in the coming days. It will reflect the 20-year-old’s remarkable progress since his last contract in 2017. He has established himself as the club’s first choice right-back, broken into the England team, and played at the World Cup. The deal follows Liverpool left-back Andrew…

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Andy Robertson: Liverpool & Scotland defender signs new contract until 2024

Glasgow-born Robertson has also played for Queen’s Park and Dundee United Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has signed a new contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2024. The 24-year-old Scotland captain joined the Reds from Hull in July 2017 for an initial fee of £8m. Joe Gomez and Sadio Mane have recently agreed new deals at Liverpool, while Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah signed contract extensions last summer. Liverpool have a four-point lead at the top of the table as they bid to win the Premier League…

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Renee Hector: Tottenham Ladies defender says she was subjected to racist abuse

Renee Hector (left) joined Tottenham in 2016 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies defender Renee Hector says she was subjected to racist abuse by an opposition player at Sheffield United on Sunday. Hector, 23, made the claim in a tweet after Tottenham won 2-1 to go second in the FA Women’s Championship. “Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football,” the former Watford Ladies player wrote. “I received some monkey noises from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let football do the talking.” Sheffield United Women…

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The three players Liverpool wanted if they failed to sign defender from Southampton

revealed They spent £75m on the centre-back, but had options to fall back on, with one of the targets – Aymeric Laporte – now playing for their title rivals Manchester City Liverpool drew up a shortlist of four players when they started the hunt for a new central defender last season, which resulted in the Reds signing Virgil van Dijk. The Anfield club spent £75million on Van Dijk at the beginning of this year, bringing him in from Southampton. He has since established himself as perhaps the best centre-half in…

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Joel Matip: Liverpool defender out for up to six weeks with fractured collarbone

Matip has played 11 times for Liverpool this season Liverpool defender Joel Matip could be out for up to six weeks as he needs surgery on a fractured collarbone suffered in the 1-0 win against Napoli. The 27-year-old landed awkwardly in the closing stages of Tuesday’s Champions League game and was taken to hospital. Liverpool are already without defender Joe Gomez, who fractured his leg against Burnley last week. The Premier League leaders reached the last 16 of the Champions League with the win against Napoli. They will already be…

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Joe Gomez: Liverpool defender out for up to six weeks with fractured leg

Joe Gomez (left) was taken off on a stretcher following a challenge with Ben Mee (right) Liverpool defender Joe Gomez could be out for six weeks after fracturing his left leg during Wednesday’s victory over Burnley. The 21-year-old England international was taken off after 23 minutes following a challenge with Clarets captain Ben Mee. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp complained about Burnley’s tackling during the 3-1 Premier League win at Anfield. Burnley boss Sean Dyche said it was a “fantastic tackle” by Mee. A Liverpool statement on Thursday said “initial indications”…

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Sol Campbell: Macclesfield Town name ex-England defender as manager

Sol Campbell spent time as part of England’s Under-21 coaching staff during the November international break Former England defender Sol Campbell has been appointed as manager of Macclesfield Town, the bottom club in the English Football League. It is the 44-year-old’s first managerial position and he has taken charge with the Silkmen five points adrift at the foot of League Two. Campbell played 73 times for England and appeared in six major tournaments. He also won several domestic honours, including Premier League titles with Arsenal in 2001-02 and 2003-04. Macclesfield…

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