sky sports – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 17:37:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.observingthesky.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/observing-the-sky-icon-150x150.png sky sports – Observing The Sky http://www.observingthesky.org/ 32 32 Steven Gerrard: Aston Villa boss’ exchange with BT Sport’s Des Kelly in full after Arsenal defeat | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/steven-gerrard-aston-villa-boss-exchange-with-bt-sports-des-kelly-in-full-after-arsenal-defeat-soccer-news/ Sat, 19 Mar 2022 16:07:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/steven-gerrard-aston-villa-boss-exchange-with-bt-sports-des-kelly-in-full-after-arsenal-defeat-soccer-news/

An ’emotional’ Steven Gerrard was involved in an exchange with BT Sport reporter Des Kelly after Arsenal returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa to move four points clear of Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.

Bukayo Saka scored the only goal of the game in the 30th minute with a shot from the edge of the area.

The Gunners, who also have a game in hand on United, saw a five-match winning run ended by Liverpool in midweek but they completely dominated the first half at Villa Park.

Villa improved in the second half and hit a post through Ollie Watkins but they were unable to prevent a second straight defeat. Their final chance came in the last minute of injury time when Pepe fouled Douglas Luiz, and Philippe Coutinho at last forced Bernd Leno into a save with a free-kick from the corner of the area.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win at Aston Villa in the Premier League.

It was Villa’s first shot on target – coming in the 96th minute – and BT Sports reporter Des Kelly put the unwanted statistic to Gerrard shortly after the final whistle. Here’s the interview in full…

Kellys: Can you pick through the pieces of that? It has been a tough afternoon for Villa today…

Steven Gerard: I thought it was a tough first half because we allowed it to be tough. I thought we were indecisive in a lot of the things we tried to do, I thought our performance lacked belief and it wasn’t really until half-time that we showed that we could improve and be much better in the game.

But at that point you are obviously 1-0 down, you’re chasing it, you’ve obviously got to take a few gambles and a few risks that normally you didn’t want to do in the original game plan. But we were much better second half, first half we deserved to be behind. I thought we were second best.

Steven Gerrard was unhappy after the Arsenal loss
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Gerrard during Aston Villa’s defeat by Arsenal

Kellys: They pinned you back for long periods. Were you giving them too much respect, perhaps?

Steven Gerard: Yes, I think individually and collectively we maybe done that. We wanted to be organized, we wanted them to have the ball in certain areas – ie with the centre-backs and going outside of our shape – but we set up today to be aggressive and in that shape I thought we didn’t.

I thought we lacked a little belief in what we were doing and I thought certain individuals lacked a bit of belief. It’s difficult to execute a game plan, what you want and how you want it to look, if not everyone believes in it. Second half I thought we believed in it a lot more, OK we went back to front a little bit quicker, we wanted to test the centre-backs and make it a little bit more about their defense second half.

Arsenal were dominant in the first half at Villa
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Arsenal were dominant in the first half at Villa

But I think across the board we had more belief, we were less indecisive and off the back of that we created three or four interesting moments in the game. But overall, we certainly have no complaints in terms of the scoreline.

Kellys: I don’t think you got a shot on target until right at the death, there.

Steven Gerard: Yeah, that is exactly how I described the game to you, though, is it not? Not good enough first half and then improved second half. We pushed at the end, got some good crosses in, created some more interesting moments, and I thought the performance was a lot more positive second half.

But well done for spotting that.

Kellys: [Laughs] Since April you’ve made a lot of progress, but you’ve lost to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal – so there is still that gap that you have to close…

Villa endured a frustrating afternoon
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Villa endured a frustrating afternoon

Steven Gerard: Well done, Des, for recognizing that. If you asked me that question, I would say the league does not lie and I’d say that Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, West Ham, Wolves, at the moment, are ahead of us for a reason and there’s a gap and that is what we are striving to do. But if we want to take one of them places, we’ve got to be positive, got to believe in it, can’t be indecisive, and we’ve got to go and grab it off them, we’ve got to believe what we’re doing, to keep learning and get support from up above and grab it.

I do like the way you work those things out pretty quick.

Of the Kellys: I think you’re aggressive in the interview, and you should tell your players to do the same thing (laughs).

Steven Gerard: I’ll tell you what I am in the interview, I am emotional, I care, I don’t like getting beat and I actually thought your questions would be a little bit more better, in all honesty. No disrespect, Des, I am not making it personal. But you’ve just said to me there’s a gap to Manchester United and City, blah blah blah and we know that. And you also said we had one shot on target towards the end of the game, that’s how I described the game as well.

Of the Kellys: Well, we both agree.

Steven Gerard: Cheers Des. All the best, fella.

Arteta hails ‘a big win’

Bernd Leno, Ben White and Rob Holding celebrate beating Aston Villa
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Bernd Leno, Ben White and Rob Holding celebrate

The result saw the Gunners bounce back from defeat by Liverpool in midweek and move four points clear of Manchester United with a game in hand in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Mikel Arteta had complained about the scheduling, with Arsenal having to play at lunchtime having hosted Liverpool on Wednesday evening, and he said: “It was a big win.

“After the defeat against Liverpool we wanted to come here and play well first, which we did, and get the three points because we want to keep the momentum going. I think the team showed today a lot of personality to come and play the way we played. We dominated the game.”

Bukayo Saka scored the only goal in the 30th minute and shone during the first half before being substituted with 20 minutes left.

“He was really tired and after Liverpool he had an issue with his hip,” said Arteta. “He’s played a lot of minutes and you could tell. We don’t want to risk (anything). He needs to go with England now and we decided the best thing to do was to take him off.”

Analysis: Big step along the road for Arteta

Mikel Arteta issues instructions to his players
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Mikel Arteta issues instructions to his players

Sky Sports’ Ben Grounds:

It was a sign of where the game was that Rob Holding replaced Martin Odegaard with five minutes to play. It is all about results for Arsenal at this stage of the campaign and there is no need to entertain. The prize is huge if they can finish in the top four after five years away from the Champions League and they strengthened that position at Villa.

Mikel Arteta needed holding back by fourth official Martin Atkinson as he continued to point at his players to track back during an attritional second half. After Leno clawed away one last fizzing free-kick from Coutinho, the final whistle was greeted elastically by Arteta as he embraced his assistant Steve Round on the touchline.

The Spaniard is striving to take Arsenal back to where they feel they belong – and here you could sense the importance of this victory in one of the more awkward hurdles that remained this term.

Bukayo Saka performs acrobatics to celebrate his opening goal
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Saka performs acrobatics to celebrate his opener

This was an off-day for Villa, as Gerrard slumped back into his seat during the closing stages. Arteta never stopped gesticulating. He has got his players set up in his image now – “he knows exactly what we need” goes the song from the jubilant Arsenal fans – and while trips to Tottenham and Chelsea still lie ahead, there is nothing flaky about Arsenal anymore.

Only Arsenal have regularly fielded a starting XI whose average age is under 25 – but they are growing in experience with each passing week. This was another big step for Arteta and his side.

Ramsdale to miss England matches

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Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsdale will be sidelined with injury

Arteta has revealed Aaron Ramsdale will not be fit enough to play for England in the upcoming internationals against Switzerland and Ivory Coast due to a hip injury.

The 23-year-old was absent from Arsenal’s squad to face Aston Villa on Saturday and faces a spell on the sidelines.

Before the game, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta told BT Sport: “He’s got an injury, he had an injury in his oblique muscle and he will be out for a few weeks.”

Ramsdale has been an ever-present for the Gunners in the Premier League since his arrival from Sheffield United in August. His injury will be another disappointment for Gareth Southgate after Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold also withdrew from his squad due to a hamstring issue.

Arteta later confirmed in his post-match press conference Ramsdale would be unable to feature in the Three Lions’ two friendly fixtures.

“Aaron won’t be able to play for England,” the Arsenal boss said after the 1-0 win at Villa Park.

What’s next?

Following the international break, Aston Villa return to Premier League action against Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, April 2; kick off 3pm.

Arsenal visit Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday Night Football on April 4, live on Sky Sports; kick off 8pm.

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Liverpool strike force could trump Manchester City for Premier League title, says Gary Neville | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/liverpool-strike-force-could-trump-manchester-city-for-premier-league-title-says-gary-neville-soccer-news/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 10:11:42 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/liverpool-strike-force-could-trump-manchester-city-for-premier-league-title-says-gary-neville-soccer-news/

Liverpool’s attacking wealth would have taken them over the line at Crystal Palace, unlike Manchester City – and the Reds’ firepower could be the difference in the title race, says Gary Neville.

Premier League leaders City’s goalless draw at Selhurst Park saw Palace become the second team to prevent Pep Guardiola’s side from scoring home and away in a Premier League season, after Manchester United in 2020/21.

The stalemate ended an 18-game Premier League run where City had found the net, dating back to Palace’s 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium in October, and meant the champions – who are four points clear top after playing one game more than Liverpool – had failed to score for the fourth time this season.

By contrast, Liverpool have only had one blank this season, with Neville highlighting the abundance of attacking talent available to Jurgen Klopp compared to Guardiola.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Crystal Palace’s goalless draw with Manchester City in the Premier League.

“If Liverpool play this game [at Palace]they win this game because they have better attackers and finishers,” he said. Monday night football. “They are more ruthless and there are more, five players you would bet your money on.

“While at City there are more wide players playing in those positions. Phil Foden is a midfielder but he plays centre-forward. Jack Grealish could be a midfielder, but he plays on the left of a three in front.

“City have exceptional players in this squad, fantastic players, but as brilliant as they are, they’re not the most ruthless or clinical in front of goal.

“The difference at the end of the season could just be because Liverpool have more strikers who are clinical and goal-scoring. We know all season with City, the only thing that could let them down, that’s it. “

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Man City had 18 shots without scoring against Crystal Palace, their highest goalless tally in the competition since their 18 effort against Tottenham in August 2021.

Neville continued: “City are top of the league but they haven’t scored four times this season. Liverpool have failed to score in a game once. Could that make a difference? Of course It could. Both teams are at the top level so you talk about what the difference could be.

“Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are all at Liverpool and they will score goals. City are a brilliant team and could still win this league, but it could be the difference.

“Liverpool are really dangerous. I look at those five forwards they have. They go into the last part of the season knowing they can win a lot of football games with those five forwards. City don’t have the same luxury in attack areas.

Carra: City should have chosen Kane over Grealish

Jamie Carragher believes City display the characteristics of a side without a proven striker and pointed to Harry Kane’s protracted and unsuccessful chase last summer as the root cause.

“When a team doesn’t have a striker, they often play better football because they will have more players who want to take the ball, will miss, and the teams won’t be able to take the ball away from them,” he said. he declares. “But there will be times when you need this guy to put the ball in the back of the net.

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Pep Guardiola says his Manchester City side had enough chances to win the game but weren’t clinical enough in front of goal.

“Would Harry Kane have made a difference? I always said this summer I was surprised they didn’t spend the money they spent on Jack Grealish on Harry Kane.

“I didn’t think City needed Grealish in particular; he’s obviously a quality player but with Foden, Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling able to play there, it probably wasn’t the right choice.

“But let’s not forget that City can still win a treble this season. They missed chances [at Palace] that any player – midfielder or defender – should score. Not having a striker could make a huge difference, but City’s position in the league – and every competition – shows its quality.”

Neville thinks the positioning of Champions League fixtures could have a huge impact on the title race
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Neville thinks the positioning of Champions League fixtures could have a huge impact on the title race

Will Liverpool take the lead at Arsenal?

As City drop points at Selhurst Park, the door is left ajar for Liverpool to take the lead in the title race on Wednesday’s trip to Arsenal, live on sky sports.

Although City and Liverpool have nine and 10 games to play respectively, Carragher believes Liverpool can deliver a psychological blow ahead of a series of crucial encounters that could well determine who gets their hands on the title.

Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.

Kick off 8:15 p.m.


“City have been six points clear of Liverpool in recent weeks but they have the game in hand,” he added. “I think the game at Arsenal on Wednesday is absolutely huge. If Liverpool can do it at Arsenal, it would really hurt City psychologically.

“Bernardo Silva says City are still the favorites because Liverpool have to go to their stadium, and I absolutely agree with that. Arsenal and Manchester City away are the two big issues on Liverpool’s fixture list.

“But if Liverpool win at Arsenal and come within a point and then go on to beat Watford, the pressure will be on City at Burnley before the two teams meet at the Etihad in April.

“I know there are still games to be played, but I think City’s next three games and Liverpool’s next four games are the toughest and on us right now.”

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What Nick Candy will do for Chelsea vs Newcastle amid Blues race https://www.observingthesky.org/what-nick-candy-will-do-for-chelsea-vs-newcastle-amid-blues-race/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/what-nick-candy-will-do-for-chelsea-vs-newcastle-amid-blues-race/

British billionaire Nick Candy is known to be considering a bid to take over his favorite club Chelsea and plans to make an appearance at the Blues’ Premier League game with Newcastle United this weekend.

The UK government has frozen owner Roman Abramovich’s assets as it cracks down on the oligarchs which could affect the Russian’s hopes of selling the club.

Candy, who made her fortune as a property developer, is a Chelsea fan and isn’t backing down from a potential takeover despite recent news.

He faced stiff competition, however, from the consortium of Hansjorg Wyss and Todd Boehly and others, including the Ricketts family and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.

However, with the first mentioned consortium wanting to find a third party and with that party supposedly ideally someone on the property development side, Candy could be the perfect person to complete the trio of billionaires who aim to usher Chelsea into a new dawn. .

“We are reviewing the details of the announcement and are still interested in making an offer,” a spokesperson for Candy told the Daily Mail.

“Clearly this is a time of great uncertainty for all Chelsea fans. In our view, no one owns a football club – you are the guardian of it for the fans and the community.”

His spokesman also mentioned Stamford Bridge, saying: “The club deserves a world-class stadium – and Mr Candy’s unique property expertise and experience would be an extremely valuable asset in delivering that vision.”

Words that could divide the opinion of the fan base with the long-proposed redevelopment of Stamford Bridge a controversial issue.

With a bid in sight amid the government’s claim that they are trying to help Chelsea to a point where a deal can be done, Candy is set to attend Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge.

This is according to Sky Sports who have given insight into Candy’s situation with his attempts to make a bid for the club in the near future.

Sky presenter Hayley McQueen clarified: “He plans to attend Sunday’s game where they face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

“So he will be there in attendance.”

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Sky today announces a partnership with Sporting Equals to support the charity’s ambition to provide more opportunities for British South Asians in football.

The collaboration is part of Sky’s £30million pledge to tackle systemic racism and make a difference in communities across the UK and will see Sporting Equals receive a six-figure donation as part of the partnership initial.

The partnership stems from a shared desire to help tackle under-representation by addressing some of the barriers affecting the participation and progression of British talent in South Asian football, particularly in women’s football.

active lives survey data has consistently shown that South Asian women are the least physically active group in the country, and only 0.3% of players in English women’s football’s top division, the FA Women’s Super League, come from the British South Asian community.

Going forward, Sky and Sporting Equals will work together to raise awareness and educate the public on this subject, working with other stakeholders to create opportunities for talent to flourish and supporting participation in the game.

Jonathan Licht, CEO of Sky Sports, said: “Sky Sports is proud to offer a platform to help inspire more opportunities for the South Asian community to get involved in football.

“Collectively, we are striving for greater equality in sport and, as Europe’s largest sports broadcaster, we are well placed to highlight under-representation in the game and use our platforms to drive change in this space.

“Building on the great work done by Sky Sports News over the past year, partnering with Sporting Equals is a further step in our commitment to ensuring that all audiences feel represented by our content. “

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Take a look back at our report on British South Asians in the English game

Sporting Equals Chief Executive Arun Kang OBE said: “Sporting Equals is pleased to partner with Sky on this important work, which is an important step towards engaging and celebrating South Asian communities in football, breaking down outdated and negative stereotypes to inspire the next generation of football players, coaches and administrators.

“Highlighting viable role models is essential, which we will do through this project by showcasing female football ambassadors, particularly South Asian women in community settings. This is particularly important as part of the problem with South Asian involvement in football is that few have made it into the elite lanes in the sport.

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Arun Kang says Sky Sports and Sporting Equals partnership is a fantastic opportunity for British South Asians in football

“This showcase of South Asian role models and ambassadors aims to inspire and connect with wider South Asian communities, so they too can feel like they belong in the sport.

“Part of this project will also seek to educate football organizations on the wide range of talent present within South Asian communities. There are still many negative and misconceptions about South Asians, their abilities and their talent. .

“With Sky’s support through this partnership, we will seek to address this issue and demonstrate the true capabilities of South Asians in football.”

Sporting Equals is an independent, not-for-profit charity whose aim is to promote ethnic diversity in the sport and physical activity sector.

Its mission is to make a lasting difference in the inclusion of all underrepresented communities in sport and physical activity in order to help increase participation and improve the long-term opportunities and health outcomes of these communities, as well as developing elite talent.

British South Asians in football

For more stories, articles and videos, visit our groundbreaking South Asians in Football page on skysports.com and stay tuned to Sky Sports News and our Sky Sports digital platforms.

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Chelsea for sale: Up to 10 interested parties, most interest expected to come from US | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/chelsea-for-sale-up-to-10-interested-parties-most-interest-expected-to-come-from-us-soccer-news/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 22:23:01 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/chelsea-for-sale-up-to-10-interested-parties-most-interest-expected-to-come-from-us-soccer-news/

Up to 10 parties are considering making offers for Chelsea, with investment bankers working on the sale expecting most interest to come from the United States, writes Kaveh Solhekol.

Russian, Chinese and Middle Eastern money has been behind the acquisition of many English clubs over the past two decades, but that has all changed since the Chinese government’s crackdown on foreign investment and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Instead, the majority of potential Chelsea buyers, who will register their interest with investment bank The Raine Group, are expected to be based in the United States.

Current owner Roman Abramovich – who has an asking price of £3billion – wants to ensure the club is sold to someone or a group who will continue their policy of investing in the team with a view to redevelop Stamford Bridge or build a new stadium.

Abramovich has loaned Chelsea £1.5bn since buying the club in a £140m deal in 2003. Chelsea’s latest accounts show a turnover of £416m pounds sterling and a loss of £145 million after tax for the year to June 30, 2021.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wants to sanction Abramovich, but the National Crime Agency must prove a link to Vladimir Putin before the government can act.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea’s win over Burnley in the Premier League.

Who are the potential bidders?

Todd Boehly-Hansjorg Wyss Consortium – Boehly tried to buy Chelsea in a £2.2billion deal three years ago and he still wants to buy a Premier League club. The LA Dodgers co-owner has teamed up with Swiss billionaire Wyss. They are unlikely to pay the £3billion asking price.

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Hansjorg Wyss (right) is part of an American-Swiss consortium interested in bidding for Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea

Muhsin Bayrak – The Turkish businessman’s spokesperson has told Sky Sports News he has submitted an offer for Chelsea but his claims are being treated with caution.

RedBird Capital Partners – The US private equity firm which last April paid £533m for an 11% stake in Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group. Premier League rules would prevent them from owning another club.

Thomas Rickets – The Chicago Cubs president is looking for investment opportunities outside the United States and was part of a consortium that tried to buy AC Milan in 2018.

Nick Candy – Property developer and Chelsea supporter who wants to form a consortium to buy the club.

Conor McGregor – MMA fighter and Manchester United supporter who claimed on social media on Friday that he was offering £1.5billion. We don’t think that’s the profile of the owner that Abramovich is looking for.

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UFC fighter Conor McGregor surprisingly offered his name as a potential buyer

Sir Jim Ratcliffe – Britain’s richest man once considered buying Chelsea but is known to believe Premier League clubs are too expensive. I bought Nice and FC Lausanne instead. His spokesman ruled him out of a move to Chelsea.

Loutfy Mansour – The Egyptian businessman is a Chelsea season ticket holder but his spokesman said he was not pursuing an offer.

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Thomas Tuchel says now is not the time for further messages after some Chelsea fans chanted Roman Abramovich’s name during the pre-match applause for Ukraine.

Complicating factors

There are only a handful of billionaires who would be able to afford Abramovich’s asking price, but any potential sale is complicated by:

  • Unease about doing business with Abramovich as he faces the threat of being sanctioned by the British government.
  • With Russian banks under sanction, it could prove difficult for Abramovich to sell or open a bank account for the charitable foundation he wants to set up to distribute the net proceeds to war victims in Ukraine. Non-Russian banks and financial institutions may be unwilling or unable to become involved in a potential transaction.
  • Reluctance to enter into agreements involving Russians due to the invasion of Ukraine.
  • Lack of confidence in global stock markets due to the invasion.
  • In the past, there was a lot of interest in buying Premier League clubs in Russia, China and the Middle East. It is unlikely to be the case this time.
  • The British government is preparing legislation that would allow it to seize the assets of those sanctioned without having to pay them compensation.

Tuchel: No problem staying in charge despite Abramovich’s exit

Thomas Tuchel says he has “no problem” staying on as Chelsea head coach despite Abramovich’s plan to sell, insisting he “loves everything about the club”.

Tuchel, who was appointed under Abramovich’s ownership in January 2021, admits the owner’s decision to sell has created “uncertainty”, but is in no doubt about his own future.

Asked if he would have a problem staying at Stamford Bridge, the head coach replied: “No, the opposite of a problem staying here.

“I’ve said many times that I love working in the Premier League, I love being in England and feeling the tradition and love of sport in general and football in particular. It’s an amazing place.

“Chelsea are, for me, the perfect fit. I love being here, I love everything about the club and I hope that continues.”

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Russian Football Union to appeal UEFA and FIFA decisions to ban their national teams from CAS | Soccer News https://www.observingthesky.org/russian-football-union-to-appeal-uefa-and-fifa-decisions-to-ban-their-national-teams-from-cas-soccer-news/ Thu, 03 Mar 2022 17:48:54 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/russian-football-union-to-appeal-uefa-and-fifa-decisions-to-ban-their-national-teams-from-cas-soccer-news/

The Russian Football Union has announced that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA and UEFA decisions to ban Russian national teams from participating in international competitions following the invasion of Ukraine by the country.

The union said in a statement it would take legal action against the two governing bodies to demand that Russia’s men’s and women’s national teams be allowed to compete, including in qualifying for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. .

FIFA initially said that Russia could continue to play under the name “Football Union or Russia”, and without its flag or anthem being present at matches.

But world football’s governing body then issued a joint statement with UEFA on Monday announcing that Russian national teams, as well as its clubs, were banned from all competitions.

The statement from the governing bodies reads: “Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided ‘ It is agreed that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.

“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of the two institutions on such urgent matters.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine. Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace among peoples.”

Russia were due to face Poland in a World Cup qualifier later this month, with the winner of the tie facing either Sweden or the Czech Republic for a place in the final in Qatar, but the three nations have refused to face them.

A number of European football associations, including those of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, have also said they will not play the teams Russians.

Spartak Moscow, the only remaining Russian side in European club competition, were also expelled from the Europa League.

EA Sports will remove Russian teams from FIFA games

EA Sports has “initiated processes” to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from its FIFA products.

The video game developer says it is also “actively evaluating changes related to other areas of our games” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A statement from EA Sports read: “EA Sports stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and, like so many voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine.

“In agreement with our partners at FIFA and UEFA, EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products, including: FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online. We are also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games.

“We will keep our communities informed of any actions taken and thank players for their patience as we work on these updates.”

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Oleksandr Zinchenko and Vitaliy Mykolenko hug before Everton take on Manchester City as Goodison Park show unity in support of Ukraine.

Ukraine calls for Scotland’s World Cup play-offs to be postponed

Ukraine has asked FIFA and UEFA to postpone its upcoming World Cup play-offs with Scotland.

Their play-off semi-final was due to be played at Hampden Park on March 24, with the winner facing Austria or Wales in Cardiff for a place in this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

But now Ukraine has asked the tournament’s two international bodies to postpone the match, due to the ongoing invasion of the country by the Russian military.

Russia were scheduled to face Poland in the semi-finals, but were kicked out of the tournament by FIFA as punishment for the invasion.

Shevchenko’s message to Russia: You can stop this war

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Andriy Shevchenko sent a powerful message to the Russian people, urging them to play their part in ending the war.

Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has said football ‘doesn’t exist’ for him amid the current invasion while speaking to Sky Sports News.

Shevchenko’s family refused to leave Ukraine and the 45-year-old remained in London during the conflict to help lead the appeal for humanitarian aid for his country.

“Football no longer exists for me,” Shevchenko said. “I don’t think about it. Now is not the time for that. I don’t watch anything, any sport, anything.

“All my focus, when I wake up, I think about how I can help my country, what I can do. I started calling my parents, my friends, keeping up to date with what’s going on. happening in Ukraine. For me, that’s my field, that’s my focus now.”

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Chelsea vs Liverpool live – How to watch the Carabao Cup online | Soccer | sport https://www.observingthesky.org/chelsea-vs-liverpool-live-how-to-watch-the-carabao-cup-online-soccer-sport/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 16:18:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/chelsea-vs-liverpool-live-how-to-watch-the-carabao-cup-online-soccer-sport/

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Chelsea starting XI: Mendy, Chalobah, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kante, Kovacic, Alonso, Mount, Pulisic, Havertz

Liverpool starting XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Diaz

Chelsea take on Liverpool at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final today. A win for either side could be part of a standout trophy this season, with Chelsea also in contention for the FA Cup and Champions League while Liverpool fans may be dreaming of a quadruple after seeing the gap with Manchester City filling up at the top of the Premier League table. If you want to tune in to all the EFL Cup action you’ll need access to Sky Sports which is showing the game exclusively – you can find the best deals below…

Chelsea, who have already won the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this season, come into today’s game after owner Roman Abramovich announced he was handing over ‘stewardship and care from Chelsea to charity trustees.

The announcement came amid Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine, which has seen sweeping sanctions imposed by the EU, UK and US on individuals and companies. .

Speaking ahead of the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: “We shouldn’t pretend it’s not a problem. The situation for everyone here is horrible. Nobody expected it, “It’s quite unreal. It clouds our minds and our excitement for the finale. It brings enormous uncertainty, much more to all the people at the moment more involved than us. We send them our best wishes and greetings, obviously.”

HOW TO WATCH CHELSEA VS LIVERPOOL

You can tune in and watch Chelsea vs Liverpool coverage on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. Main Event coverage begins at 4 p.m., while football coverage begins at 3:30 p.m., with kick-off at 4:30 p.m.

If you have Sky Glass or Sky Q, a Sky Sports subscription will usually cost £32 per month. But Sky is currently running a deal that drops that price to £20 a month. This can be combined with the standard Sky TV package, which unlocks access to exclusive channels such as Sky Atlantic, as well as Comedy Central, MTV etc, coupled with a Netflix subscription.

If you’re away from home, everything Sky Sports is also delivered to tablets and smartphones via the Sky Go app, which is available for Android and iOS devices. You can also log into Sky Go on an Xbox or PlayStation to watch in another room if someone else is using the Sky Q box.

NOW, formerly NOW TV, owned by Sky, offers limited time access to Sky Sports. A month usually costs £33.99, but for a limited time that price has dropped to £25 per month (but you’ll need to sign up for four months). While a single 24 hour period of Sky Sports will cost a one off payment of £9.98 with NOW.

NOW is also available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS5, PS4, PS3, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and select mobile devices and tablets.

Unfortunately, if you are currently outside the UK your Sky Go and NOW subscriptions may not work as intended. Sky – along with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Prime Video and a number of other services – imposes restrictions based on your current location, which is determined by the IP address assigned to your device when you connected to the internet. It is possible to circumvent these geographical restrictions by using a virtual private network service, or VPN. Below are some of the best options…

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Jeff Stelling unleashes remarkable rant live on Sky Sports after his son was fined £100 https://www.observingthesky.org/jeff-stelling-unleashes-remarkable-rant-live-on-sky-sports-after-his-son-was-fined-100/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 15:40:34 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/jeff-stelling-unleashes-remarkable-rant-live-on-sky-sports-after-his-son-was-fined-100/

The hugely popular broadcaster has shocked viewers after calling a private parking company live on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday show after his son was handed a hefty fine

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