Football

19th February

Manchester United win 2-0 at Chelsea amid VAR controversy

LONDON (Reuters) – Headed goals from Anthony Martial and captain Harry Maguire earned Manchester United a hard-fought 2-0 win at toothless Chelsea on Monday amid more VAR controversy, putting them back in the hunt for...

First openly gay British player Fashanu makes Hall of Fame

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Britain’s first and only openly gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, is to be posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame at the National Football Museum in Manchester this week, Sky Sports reported on Monday. The former Norwich City and Nottingham Forest striker took his own life in 1998 aged 37, eight years...

17th February

Porto forward Marega walks off pitch after racist abuse

(Reuters) – Porto striker Moussa Marega left the pitch in protest of being subject to racist insults during his side’s 2-1 win away to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal’s Primeira Liga on Sunday. The Mali forward, 28, scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 60th minute and celebrated the goal by pointing to...

Lacazette ends goal drought as Arsenal crush Newcastle 4-0

(Reuters) – Substitute Alexandre Lacazette ended his goal drought as Arsenal secured their first Premier League win since New Year’s Day with a 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Lacazette had gone nine games in all competitions without a goal before he found the target with a mis-hit shot in...

Navua holds Suva team

Newcomers to the Vodafone Premier League Navua Football Association held off giants Suva Football League to a one-all draw in front of a vocal crowd during their clash at the Uprising Beach Resort Sports Complex in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Suva coach Babs Khan was a visibly disappointed man after the contest saying that his team...

Henderson Eels look to age-grade stars

Henderson Eels are hoping a couple of national age-grade stars can inspire the Solomon Islands football club to new heights in the OFC Champions League. The Honiara club reached the quarter finals in their debut campaign in 2019 before being outclassed 6-1 by Team Wellington. The Eels open their 2020 Champions League campaign today against...

16th February

Eastern Suburbs gear up for OFC debut

Eastern Suburbs will take a step into the unknown this weekend when the New Zealand domestic football champions make their OFC Champions League debut. The Auckland club secured their first trip to Oceania’s premier club competition by beating 2018 Champions League winners Team Wellington 3-0 in the ISPS Handa Premiership grand final in March. Head...

Jetsetters launch protest

“NADI Football Association has filed a protest against Lautoka Football Association,” confirmed Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. The protest was lodged within the specified timeframe which is 72 hours after the match. Nadi Football Association is claiming that two Lautoka players were not properly cleared by the Fiji Football Association and they...

Man City banned from European competition for two seasons by UEFA

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – English champions Manchester City have been banned from European competition for the next two seasons and fined 30 million euros ($32.53 million) by European soccer’s governing body UEFA after an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. UEFA announced in a statement here that City had committed “serious breaches” of...

15th February

Sports unifies the nation, says PM

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says when it comes to sports it doesn’t matter who you are and that everyone was in the same team. He echoed these sentiments while officiating at the 2019 Fiji Sports Awards at the Vodafone Arena in Suva this evening. “We are known around the world as the rugby nation,” he...

14th February

Rodu to rectify weak areas

REWA football team head coach Marika Rodu has spotted some of the weaknesses in his team’s performance despite their 4-3 victory against Nasinu in the Vodafone Premier League round two last Sunday at Ratu Cakobau Park. Rodu returned to his former club after two years and his main priority is to lift the performance as...

Kiwi duo join Blues

KIWIS Liam Anderson and Jack Caunter will boost the Vodafone Lautoka team during the 2020 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League which kicks off in Vanuatu tomorrow. Anderson, who has represented Waitakere United and Auckland City previously, will play a vital role under the crossbar for the Blues following the departure of experienced goalkeeper Benaminio...

13th February

U.S. men’s squad blasts federation, wants women’s pay tripled

(Reuters) – The U.S. men’s national team on Wednesday called on the U.S. Soccer Federation to at least triple the pay of women’s national team players and accused the federation of “working very hard to sell a false narrative” in opposing their quest for higher pay. Last year, all 28 members of the U.S. women’s...

Lautoka embarks on a mission

IT is not all so rosy in the Lautoka camp as the side departed for the group stage of the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League in Vanuatu yesterday. Lack of discipline has once again reared its ugly head with revelations that a few players went on a drinking spree until the early hours of Monday...

12th February

Futsal league starts on high note

A TOTAL of ten games were played in the first Futsal event of the year at the National Hockey Centre in Laucala Bay on Tuesday evening. With the participation of 32 men’s teams and four teams each in the women’s and veterans division, the Ariston, Gokals, Whirlpool 2020 Southern Business House Futsal Soccer League is...

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