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Ronaldo cries injustice as last appeal rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo reiterated his anger at what he described as the “incomprehensible decision” to reject his final appeal against a five-match ban on Tuesday.

Spain’s administrative sports court (TAD) dismissed Real Madrid’s latest appeal for the suspension handed out to the World Player of the Year for pushing a referee after being sent-off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.

Final Ronaldo appeal against 5-game ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s final route of appeal against his five-match ban for pushing a referee after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup was rejected by Spain’s administrative sports court (TAD) on Tuesday.

“TAD has rejected the appeal presented by Real Madrid against the five-match ban,” a TAD spokesperson confirmed to AFP.

Final Ronaldo appeal against 5-game ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s final route of appeal against his five-match ban for pushing a referee after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup was rejected by Spain’s administrative sports court (TAD) on Tuesday.

“TAD has rejected the appeal presented by Real Madrid against the five-match ban,” a TAD spokesperson confirmed to AFP.

More of the same demanded from relentless Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has lifted Real Madrid to such heights in less than two years in charge as coach that the challenge now facing the Frenchman is simply maintaining the status quo.

Real kick off their La Liga defence away at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday as European and world champions and having added the UEFA and Spanish Super Cups to their trophy haul in the past fortnight.

More of the same demanded from relentless Real

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane has lifted Real Madrid to such heights in less than two years in charge as coach that the challenge now facing the Frenchman is simply maintaining the status quo.

Real kick off their La Liga defence away at Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday as European and world champions and having added the UEFA and Spanish Super Cups to their trophy haul in the past fortnight.

Security in spotlight in Spain as football, cycling events take place

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Madrid (AFP) – While Spain mourns following the terror attacks in Catalonia, security will be in the spotlight as two global sporting events get under way this weekend in La Liga and the Vuelta cycling race.

After a three-month summer break, La Liga returns with 10 matches over the weekend, including three on Saturday, among them Atletico Madrid’s trip to newly-promoted Catalan outfit Girona.

Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Messi, Ronaldo lead sports stars in condemning Barcelona attack

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Madrid (AFP) – Football icons and longtime rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo joined Spanish sports stars around the world in expressing their grief after Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead.

Barcelona’s most famous street Las Ramblas was packed with tourists when a van drove into the crowds, leaving scenes of carnage.

Ronaldo-less Real complete Super Cup rout of Barcelona

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.

Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent-off in the first leg, but his replacement Marco Asensio enhanced his reputation as one of world football’s rising stars as he smashed Madrid into the lead after just four minutes.

Raging Ronaldo ‘persecuted’ as appeal against ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo blasted his treatment by the Spanish Football Federation as “persecution” after his appeal against a five-game ban was rejected on Wednesday.

The World Player of the Year will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) and Madrid’s first four games of the season in La Liga.

Ronaldo appeal against five-game ban rejected

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo will be suspended for Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup, second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday evening after his appeal against a five-game ban was dismissed.

The Spanish football federation’s (RFEF) appeals committee “dismissed the appeal presented by Real Madrid”, the RFEF said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ronaldo ban sours Madrid’s march towards more silverware

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo is banned, but it would take a huge upset for Real Madrid’s trophy-winning streak to be ended by Barcelona on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) as they carry a 3-1 lead into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo’s five-match ban for pushing the referee after being controversially sent-off for diving in the first leg threatens to overshadow another glorious night for Real as they close in on a seventh trophy in less than two years under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane.

Ronaldo ban sours Madrid’s march towards more silverware

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo is banned, but it would take a huge upset for Real Madrid’s trophy-winning streak to be ended by Barcelona on Wednesday (kick off 2100GMT) as they carry a 3-1 lead into the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo’s five-match ban for pushing the referee after being controversially sent-off for diving in the first leg threatens to overshadow another glorious night for Real as they close in on a seventh trophy in less than two years under the tutelage of Zinedine Zidane.

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona on Sunday.

The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal and an extra four games for his reaction as “a sign of his disapproval” the RFEF said in a statement.

Ronaldo handed five-match ban for ref push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Monday for pushing the referee after being sent-off in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win over Barcelona on Sunday.

The World Player of the Year received an automatic one-match ban for his dismissal and an extra four games for his reaction as “a sign of his disapproval” the RFEF said in a statement.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces lengthy ban for referee push

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could face a four to 12-game ban for pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown a controversial red card in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Spanish Super Cup, first leg win at Barcelona.

Madrid intend to appeal the second yellow card shown to the World Player of the Year for diving eight minutes from time when he went down inside the area under pressure from Samuel Umtiti, in a bid to free Ronaldo to play in Wednesday’s second leg.

Barca left floundering as gap to Madrid grows

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Barcelona (AFP) – Still reeling from having Neymar snatched away by Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona started their season badly in need of reasons for optimism, but instead got a view of the growing gap they face to catch rivals Real Madrid.

Madrid emerged 3-1 victors from the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, but more significantly laid down a marker for the new campaign as their success under Zinedine Zidane shows no sign of abating after a Champions League and La Liga double last season.

Ronaldo in Madrid squad for Super Cup against Man Utd

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo could feature against his former club Manchester United in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup after being included in Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the trip to Skopje, Macedonia.

Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him being appearing in court last week, and speculation over his future.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants England return’: reports

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo told a Spanish court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Saturday.

The Real Madrid star was called to testify in court on Monday over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.

What next for cash-rich but Neymar-less Barcelona?

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona find themselves flush with 222 million euros ($263.5 million), but faced with replacing one of the world’s best players after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record.

The Catalans’ under-pressure board don’t have much time to react with the transfer window set to shut on August 31.

What next for cash-rich but Neymar-less Barcelona?

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona find themselves flush with 222 million euros ($263.5 million), but faced with replacing one of the world’s best players after Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain smashed the world transfer record.

The Catalans’ under-pressure board don’t have much time to react with the transfer window set to shut on August 31.

Neymar free to complete record PSG move

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain is set to be completed when the player jets into France on Friday after the Brazilian paid his 222 million euro ($263.6 million) buyout clause to Barcelona on Thursday.

Barca confirmed Neymar’s lawyers “made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name” to release him from the five-year contract he signed just last year.

Neymar free to complete record PSG move

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain is set to be completed when the player jets into France on Friday after the Brazilian paid his 222 million euro ($263.6 million) buyout clause to Barcelona on Thursday.

Barca confirmed Neymar’s lawyers “made the payment of 222 million euros in the player’s name” to release him from the five-year contract he signed just last year.

Spanish league standoff stalls Neymar move

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Madrid (AFP) – Neymar’s ‘transfer of the century’ from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain took another twist on Thursday as Spain’s football league refused to accept a 222 million euro ($260 million) cheque to pay his buyout clause.

Representatives of the 25-year-old Brazilian were turned away from the Madrid headquarters of La Liga, whose president Javier Tebas has accused the French club of breaching transfer rules.

Football megastar Ronaldo due in court over tax evasion claims

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Madrid (AFP) – Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court near Madrid on Monday accused of evading millions of euros in taxes, the latest player to fall foul of Spain’s taxman.

The 32-year-old will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, after returning from a summer break with his girlfriend and relatives and a promotion trip to China.

Football megastar Ronaldo due in court over tax evasion claims

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Madrid (AFP) – Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court near Madrid on Monday accused of evading millions of euros in taxes, the latest player to fall foul of Spain’s taxman.

The 32-year-old will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, after returning from a summer break with his girlfriend and relatives and a promotion trip to China.

Spanish Liga to file PSG complaint over Neymar

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause.

Spanish Liga to file PSG complaint over Neymar

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause.

Spanish FA chief Villar banned amid graft probe

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country’s sports ministry (CSD), a spokesperson told AFP.

The suspension was decided during a meeting of the CSD executive committee in Madrid, after the Spanish administrative sports tribunal opened disciplinary proceedings against Villar.

Spanish FA chief Villar banned amid graft probe

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Madrid (AFP) – Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country’s sports ministry (CSD), a spokesperson told AFP.

The suspension was decided during a meeting of the CSD executive committee in Madrid, after the Spanish administrative sports tribunal opened disciplinary proceedings against Villar.

Simeone extends Atletico contract to 2019 – report

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has extended his contract with the capital club until 2019, according to a report by Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

The 47-year-old Argentinian had shortened his contract from 2020 to 2018 after his side’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last year.

Spanish court orders federation head Villar held in custody

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Madrid (AFP) – A Madrid court on Thursday ordered Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar and his son Gorka to be held in custody without bail following his arrest on corruption charges.

High Court judge Santiago Pedraz ordered the two men detained because he said there was a significant flight risk given their “huge financial means” and they could destroy evidence.

Spanish court orders federation head Villar held in custody

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Madrid (AFP) – A Madrid court on Thursday ordered Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar and his son Gorka to be held in custody without bail following his arrest on corruption charges.

High Court judge Santiago Pedraz ordered the two men detained because he said there was a significant flight risk given their “huge financial means” and they could destroy evidence.

Chelsea agree deal for Real striker Morata

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London (AFP) – Chelsea have reached an agreement to buy Spain international striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a reported 80 million euros ($92.2 million), the two clubs announced on Wednesday.

“Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,” Chelsea said on their club website.

Chelsea agree deal for Real striker Morata

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London (AFP) – Chelsea have reached an agreement to buy Spain international striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a reported 80 million euros ($92.2 million), the two clubs announced on Wednesday.

“Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,” Chelsea said on their club website.

Falcao makes 8 million-euro payment to Spanish taxman

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Madrid (AFP) – Monaco’s Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, suspected of tax evasion in Spain, has paid 8.2 million euros ($9.3 million) to Spanish tax authorities, judicial sources told AFP on Thursday.

Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico Madrid.

Atletico secure Vitolo deal despite FIFA ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid said Wednesday they had signed Spanish international Victor Machin Perez, know as ‘Vitolo’, from Sevilla but immediately loaned him to Las Palmas to comply with a FIFA recruitment ban.

“Atletico de Madrid has reached an agreement with Víctor Machín Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla,” Atletico said on their website.

Atletico secure Vitolo deal despite FIFA ban

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid said Wednesday they had signed Spanish international Victor Machin Perez, know as ‘Vitolo’, from Sevilla but immediately loaned him to Las Palmas to comply with a FIFA recruitment ban.

“Atletico de Madrid has reached an agreement with Víctor Machín Perez, Vitolo, for the next five years after the football player rescinded his contract with Sevilla,” Atletico said on their website.

Torres extends Atletico deal for an extra year

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Madrid (AFP) – Striker Fernando Torres will stay at Atletico Madrid until the end of next season after signing a contract extension, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday.

The former Spain international’s contract had run out, but he will now stay at Atletico until June 30, 2018.

Torres extends Atletico deal for an extra year

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Madrid (AFP) – Striker Fernando Torres will stay at Atletico Madrid until the end of next season after signing a contract extension, the La Liga club announced on Wednesday.

The former Spain international’s contract had run out, but he will now stay at Atletico until June 30, 2018.