Police block football supporters’ protest against SRC

By Darlington Gatsi SPORTS and Recreation Commission (SRC) has been temporarily spared from the wrath of football supporters after Zimbabwe Republic Police iced proposed protests. The Zimbabwe National Supporters Association had scheduled a siege at SRC offices in Harare, Thursday over the suspension of Zimbabwe by football mother body FIFA. In a letter addressed to the supporters

Graham Potter sacked as Chelsea coach as club slips further down Premier League log

By AFP LONDON: Chelsea on Sunday sacked coach Graham Potter after the London giants had slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League. “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the club to facilitate a smooth transition,” Chelsea said in a statement. “Chelsea would

Dzvukamanja set to be offered new contract at Orlando Pirates

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE international striker Terrence Dzvukamanja appears set to sign a new contract at Orlando Pirates barely a few weeks after being reportedly on the verge of leaving the South African club. Dzvukamanja was facing the exit door at Orlando Pirates just over a month ago until his recent resurgence at the Soweto

Court bars Robinho from leaving Brazil

By Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO: Former soccer star Robinho was ordered to hand over his passport while Brazilian judicial authorities determine whether he should serve his nine-year sentence for rape in Brazil. Robinho was convicted in Italy in 2017 for his part in the group sexual assault in Milan that took place four years

Key Bayern players signal concerns as Tuchel takes charge

By Associated Press DÜSSELDORF: Strange, a shock, a sign of how heartless soccer can be. Comments from two key Bayern Munich players hinted at unease in the squad even before new coach Thomas Tuchel takes his first training session. Midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka voiced concerns Saturday following the sudden firing of Julian Nagelsmann and his

Man United bidders set to make latest takeover offers

By Associated Press MANCHESTER: After a series of high level meetings last week, a second round of bids to buy Manchester United are due Wednesday. Representatives of Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani toured Old Trafford and the club’s training ground last Thursday, meeting with United executives. Jim Ratcliffe held talks with the Premier League club on

Bournemouth coach says not involved in Jordan Zemura contract situation

By The Echo Bournemouth Gary O’Neil insists Jordan Zemura remains in his thoughts regarding team selection, but added: “We have three very capable left-backs.” With Lloyd Kelly and Matias Vina returning to fitness, Zemura was a surprise omission from the squad to face Liverpool last weekend, having impressed in recent weeks. The Daily Echo understands

Madrid gets Chelsea, City to meet Bayern in Champions League

By Associated Press NYON: Real Madrid’s path to another Champions League title will have to go through Chelsea in the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Friday’s draw takes Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti back to face his former club, which was eliminated by a goal from Karim Benzema in extra time a year ago. This time, the

SRC says it did not apply for readmission as FIFA Congress’ upholds Zimbabwe’s suspension

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE’S sports regulatory body, the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has downplayed the significance of extended sanctions by FIFA after the world football governing body on Thursday upheld the country’s international suspension. The FIFA congress on Thursday voted to uphold the suspension of Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka from the international football community

Arsenal loses in Europa League, Man United advances to QF

By Associated Press Arsenal’s hopes for a European title ended when the Premier League leader was eliminated from the Europa League by Sporting Lisbon on Thursday in a penalty shootout. Lisbon reached the quarterfinals by prevailing 5-3 in the shootout at the Emirates Stadium after a 1-1 draw in regulation in the second leg of

Amid Man United bids, UEFA head hints at owners rule review

By Associated Press GENEVA: UEFA should rethink its rules that prevent clubs in related ownership from playing in the same competition such as the Champions League, its president Aleksander Čeferin said Wednesday. Čeferin, speaking in an interview with former Manchester United player Gary Neville, said UEFA was “not thinking about United only” in considering a

A look at the latest scandal involving Barcelona

By Associated Press MADRID: Spanish soccer was rocked last month when it became public that Barcelona might have paid millions of euros to benefit from refereeing decisions for several years. Barcelona was paying a company that belonged to the vice president of the country’s refereeing committee. The club has denied wrongdoing but is being widely criticized

Fernandes’ role is safe, Man United manager Ten Hag says

By Associated Press MANCHESTER: As the dust settles on Manchester United’s humiliating 7-0 loss to Liverpool, manager Erik ten Hag is hoping he and his team have learned something from the setback. The Dutchman wants an instant reaction when his team hosts Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday and his starting lineup could offer an

Barcelona to be accused of corruption for payments

By Associated Press BARCELONA: Prosecutors will accuse Spanish soccer club Barcelona of corruption because of its payments to the vice president of the refereeing committee, the daily newspaper El Pais reported Tuesday. Prosecutors did not immediately confirm the accusations and said nothing had been filed yet. El Pais said it made the report based on

SA: Premiership footballer collapses and dies on training ground

By The South African football community was mourning on Tuesday following the sudden death of Richards Bay Premier Soccer League (PSL) star Siphamandla Mtolo. Mtolo’s club confirmed that he had died suddenly and tragically after collapsing during a training session earlier in the day. The PSL, meanwhile, confirmed that a moment of silence would

Biggest loss in 90 years for Man U in 7-0 rout at Liverpool

By Associated Press LIVERPOOL: Liverpool brought Manchester United crashing down to earth with a stunning 7-0 rout at Anfield on Sunday in the visitors’ worst competitive defeat in more than 90 years. Only a week after winning the League Cup, United experienced its biggest defeat in the Premier League and the club’s joint-worst loss in

Man United targets more trophies after winning League Cup

By Associated Press LONDON: With a first trophy secured, thoughts now turn to what else a transformed Manchester United can achieve in a season that is shaping up nicely for manager Erik ten Hag. While a quadruple remains unlikely, United’s four-pronged challenge is still alive after beating Newcastle 2-0 in the League Cup final on

Galloway returns from long term injury

By Sports Reporter ZIMBABWE international defender Brendan Galloway finally made his return from a long term injury after featuring in League One side Plymouth Argyle’s 2023 Papa John’s Trophy semi-final clash against Cheltenham on Tuesday evening. Galloway has been side-lined since December 2 when he suffered a hamstring injury during Plymouth Argyle’s 2-0 home defeat

UK government proposes regulator to oversee English soccer

By Associated Press LONDON: A government plan would allow English soccer to be overseen by an independent regulator to ensure the financial sustainability of clubs throughout the leagues and stop teams from joining breakaway competitions like the European Super League. In what is described as a “radical transformation of the rules governing how football is