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FA charges Pep Guardiola over Catalonia political symbol

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London (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was Friday charged by the Football Association over his wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalan independence leaders.

The FA said in a statement that the symbol worn by the former Barcelona boss on his jacket was in breach of its kit and advertising regulations.

FA charges Pep Guardiola over Catalonia political symbol

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London (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was Friday charged by the Football Association over his wearing of a yellow ribbon in support of jailed Catalan independence leaders.

The FA said in a statement that the symbol worn by the former Barcelona boss on his jacket was in breach of its kit and advertising regulations.

Man City have no time to brood on Wigan FA Cup shock

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London (AFP) – Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.

Pep Guardiola’s City face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster.

Wigan end Man City quadruple bid with Cup shock

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Wigan (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s quest to win an unprecedented quadruple with Manchester City came to a stunning and controversial end when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at third-tier Wigan in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

In an uncanny repeat of the 2013 FA Cup final, in which City had a player sent off before losing to a late Wigan winner, Guardiola’s side had Fabian Delph dismissed amid stormy scenes before Will Grigg’s 79th-minute goal decided the game.

Five classic Chelsea v Barcelona Champions League ties

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London (AFP) – Chelsea and Barcelona renew hostilities in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday in what has become a European classic in five tempestuous meetings shrouded in controversy.

Here, AFP Sports takes a look back at the five previous knockout ties between the English champions and Catalan giants in the Champions League.

Five classic Chelsea v Barcelona Champions League ties

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London (AFP) – Chelsea and Barcelona renew hostilities in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday in what has become a European classic in five tempestuous meetings shrouded in controversy.

Here, AFP Sports takes a look back at the five previous knockout ties between the English champions and Catalan giants in the Champions League.

Wigan revenge next step of Man City’s quadruple chase

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Wigan (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City’s bid for a historic quadruple rolls into Wigan for Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie, with avenging a shock defeat to the Latics in the 2013 final also in mind.

Pep Guardiola’s side have blown away any suggestion injuries and fatigue could derail their quest to win the Premier League, Champions League, League and FA Cup by scoring nine goals in their last two matches.

Guardiola expresses sympathy as Bennell victims launch suit

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expressed sympathy Friday for the victims of child-abuser and former youth coach Barry Bennell after some of those directly affected launched legal action against the Premier League leaders.

Bennell was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday of 43 counts of sexual abuse against 11 boys aged between eight and 15 in a case that has shamed English football.

Guardiola expresses sympathy as Bennell victims launch suit

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expressed sympathy Friday for the victims of child-abuser and former youth coach Barry Bennell after some of those directly affected launched legal action against the Premier League leaders.

Bennell was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday of 43 counts of sexual abuse against 11 boys aged between eight and 15 in a case that has shamed English football.

Manchester City squad most expensive in history: report

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Paris (AFP) – Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.

The research values Pep Guardiola’s squad at 878 million euros ($1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer window in which City acquired centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million euros.

Manchester City squad most expensive in history: report

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Paris (AFP) – Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory.

The research values Pep Guardiola’s squad at 878 million euros ($1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer window in which City acquired centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao for 65 million euros.

‘Authentic legend’ Aguero hits four as City storm 16 points clear

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero as an “authentic legend” of Manchester City after his four second-half goals continued their emphatic march towards the Premier League title with a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester.

Raheem Sterling had given City an early lead on Saturday but Leicester went into the break on level terms thanks to Jamie Vardy’s equaliser.

‘Authentic legend’ Aguero hits four as City storm 16 points clear

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero as an “authentic legend” of Manchester City after his four second-half goals continued their emphatic march towards the Premier League title with a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester.

Raheem Sterling had given City an early lead on Saturday but Leicester went into the break on level terms thanks to Jamie Vardy’s equaliser.

Guardiola hoping Mahrez makes Leicester return at City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants Riyad Mahrez to make his Leicester return against the Premier League leaders on Saturday despite continued speculation linking the Algerian to City.

Mahrez returned to training on Friday having spent nine days away from the Foxes without permission following Leicester’s refusal of City’s reported offer of £50 million plus a player.

Guardiola hoping Mahrez makes Leicester return at City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wants Riyad Mahrez to make his Leicester return against the Premier League leaders on Saturday despite continued speculation linking the Algerian to City.

Mahrez returned to training on Friday having spent nine days away from the Foxes without permission following Leicester’s refusal of City’s reported offer of £50 million plus a player.

City also guilty of ‘horrendous’ challenges: Cardiff’s Warnock

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London (AFP) – Cardiff manager Neil Warnock has hit back at Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s calls for greater player protection following the FA Cup clash between the sides that left City winger Leroy Sane sidelined for six weeks.

Guardiola was furious after his side’s 2-0 fourth-round win on January 28 when Sane suffered ankle ligament damage from a dreadful Joe Bennett tackle.

Bayern won’t let up in Bundesliga – Heynckes

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has said his side “won’t let up” as they bid to break their own record for the least amount of games needed to win the Bundesliga title.

The Bavarian giants sit 18 points clear at the top of the table - the biggest ever lead after 21 games of the 34-match season.

Five things we learned from the Premier League

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London (AFP) – Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane had a thrilling shoot-out in Liverpool’s dramatic draw with Tottenham.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola made a curious selection decision, while Arsene Wenger got a boost from Arsenal’s new boys.

Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend:

Salah edges Kane shootout

Kane had the last word as his 100th Premier League goal from a controversial stoppage-time penalty handed Spurs a share of the spoils at Anfield, but Liverpool’s Salah moved to within just one goal of the England striker in the battle to win the golden boot.

City made to pay for Sterling sitter by Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – An extraordinary miss by Raheem Sterling proved the turning point as Burnley recovered to snatch a draw against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 1-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team, leading from Danilo’s first half goal, looked well in control but Sterling’s blunder 20 minutes from time offered a lifeline and renewed belief to the home side.

City made to pay for Sterling sitter by Burnley

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Burnley (United Kingdom) (AFP) – An extraordinary miss by Raheem Sterling proved the turning point as Burnley recovered to snatch a draw against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 1-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team, leading from Danilo’s first half goal, looked well in control but Sterling’s blunder 20 minutes from time offered a lifeline and renewed belief to the home side.

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Silva frustrated over rough treatment

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester City midfielders Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva have revealed the frustration in the squad at being targeted by overly aggressive tackles in recent matches.

City’s players are nursing their bumps and bruises ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley after suffering from the gruelling physical approach of opposition sides.

Man City extend lead at Baggies’ expense

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were on target as Pep Guardiola and Manchester City continued their relentless march towards the Premier League title with a 3-0 win at home to struggling West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.

Despite injuries in his squad, and the decision not to press on with the signing of Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez, the victory marked a successful end to the month for City who have now opened up a 15-point gap at the top of the table.

Guardiola won’t rule out Mahrez swoop

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has refused to deny Manchester City are considering a deadline day move for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

City broke their club record transfer on Tuesday with the £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) signing of centre-back Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.

Man City sign French defender Aymeric Laporte

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London (AFP) – Manchester City completed a club record deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday in a move by Pep Guardiola to bolster the Premier League leaders’ defence for the title run-in.

City tweeted the announcement of the reported £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) deal with the message: “Defensive reinforcements acquired!

Man City sign French defender Aymeric Laporte

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London (AFP) – Manchester City completed a club record deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday in a move by Pep Guardiola to bolster the Premier League leaders’ defence for the title run-in.

City tweeted the announcement of the reported £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) deal with the message: “Defensive reinforcements acquired!

Manchester City confirm ankle ligament damage for Sane

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London (AFP) – Manchester City winger Leroy Sane damaged ankle ligaments in his side’s 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round win away to Cardiff City at the weekend, the Premier League leaders confirmed on Monday.

The German was injured in a nasty challenge in the first half by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett, who was shown a second yellow card for the tackle and later sent off for a second bookable offence.

Manchester City confirm ankle ligament damage for Sane

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London (AFP) – Manchester City winger Leroy Sane damaged ankle ligaments in his side’s 2-0 FA Cup fourth-round win away to Cardiff City at the weekend, the Premier League leaders confirmed on Monday.

The German was injured in a nasty challenge in the first half by Cardiff’s Joe Bennett, who was shown a second yellow card for the tackle and later sent off for a second bookable offence.

Guardiola urges referees to protect players after Sane injury

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London (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has called upon referees to provide greater protection for players after Leroy Sane was injured during Manchester City’s 2-0 FA Cup win away to Cardiff on Sunday.

First-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ensured Premier League leaders City stayed on a course for the ‘quadruple’ as they reached the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Guardiola urges referees to protect players after Sane injury

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London (AFP) – Pep Guardiola has called upon referees to provide greater protection for players after Leroy Sane was injured during Manchester City’s 2-0 FA Cup win away to Cardiff on Sunday.

First-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ensured Premier League leaders City stayed on a course for the ‘quadruple’ as they reached the last 16 of the FA Cup.

Barcelona on track for treble again: Messi

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are heading towards another treble, superstar Lionel Messi said on Friday, promising fans the La Liga leaders would go all out to win everything.

Chelsea await Barca in the Champions League last-16, they’re unbeaten in the league and ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid by 11 points, and the Catalan club face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-finals next week after overcoming a 1-0 first-leg deficit to beat local rivals Espanyol 2-1 on aggregate on Thursday.

Barcelona on track for treble again: Messi

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona are heading towards another treble, superstar Lionel Messi said on Friday, promising fans the La Liga leaders would go all out to win everything.

Chelsea await Barca in the Champions League last-16, they’re unbeaten in the league and ahead of nearest challengers Atletico Madrid by 11 points, and the Catalan club face Valencia in the Copa del Rey semi-finals next week after overcoming a 1-0 first-leg deficit to beat local rivals Espanyol 2-1 on aggregate on Thursday.

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Romance Of The FA Cup: Wigan Knock Man City Out On Aggro-Fuelled Night At DW Stadium (Photos & Video)

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Pep Guardiola's aspirations of winning a third career quadruple came to a shuddering halt in Wigan (of all places) last night, as a single goal from Will Grigg was enough to send all-powerful Man City floundering out of the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage.

However, the shock scoreline was just the tip of the iceberg on what proved to be an aggro-fuelled night at the DW Stadium.

Pep Guardiola Admits He Once Failed An Audition To Play For Wigan Athletic Because He Was ‘Too Old And Not Good Enough’

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With Man City drawn against Wigan Atheltic in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, manager Pep Guardiola has been reminiscing about the time he came perilously close to joining the Latics at the tail end of his playing career.

After leaving Brescia in 2005, Guardiola went on trial at Wigan who had just won promotion into the Premier League and were being managed by Paul Jewell at the time.

English Premier League

Manchester City plan £150m + Sergio Aguero bid for Chelsea’s £200k-per-week star

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According to the Daily Star, Manchester City are considering a club record bid of £150m to sign Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, which greatly surpasses Aymeric Laporte’s £57m move. City’s all-time top goalscorer Sergio Aguero could also be part of the deal.

Despite Pep Guardiola’s side being 16 points clear atop of the Premier League table, having scored 79 goals in 27 games, the Star believe City are still looking to strengthen their attack and would be happy using Aguero as a makeweight to get a deal done.

Real Madrid prepare £177m bid for Manchester City’s £200k-per-week star

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According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are planning to make Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne their club record signing in the summer. Gareth Bale is Real’s most expensive purchase at £95m, but the Belgian could surpass that in the coming months.

With Luke Modric turning 33 later this year, a world-class midfield reinforcement is needed in the transfer market, and few deep-lying players are better than City’s Belgian international.

Done deal: Manchester City “King” completes Everton move

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Everton defender Eliaquim Mangala has joined from Manchester City on loan until the end of the season. The French international struggled for playing time under Pep Guardiola, and will now be a Toffee until the summer.

Done deal: Manchester City confirm "highly-rated" midfielder departure

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Manchester City have confirmed midfielder Jacob Davenport has joined Championship side Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old is regarded as “highly-rated” by Burton manager Nigel Clough, and says City boss Pep Guardiola has given a glowing endorsement of him.

Manchester City defender to leave after Aymeric Laporte joins

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Manchester City defender Tosin Adarabioyo looks set to be loaned out following the signing of Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte, reports the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions for City but could be sent out to gain more first-team football at a slightly lower level.

Pep must fear, Manchester United could snap up €57million star

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Manchester City were heavily linked with a move to sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this month. However, Manchester United stepped up and won the race to lure the Chilean international to Old Trafford.

After losing out to the Red Devils for Sanchez, Man City boss Pep Guardiola could lose out on another top transfer target in the form of Brazilian international Fred.

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Official: Man City Break Transfer Record To Sign Aymeric Laporte From Atheltic Bilbao (Photo)

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Man City have broken their transfer record to sign Aymeric Laporte from Atheltic Bilbao is a deal said to be worth €65million (£57million-ish).

City triggered the release clause in Laporte's contract, thus making him their most expensive ever signing by eclipsing the £55million they paid for Kevin de Bruyne.