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UEFA Threaten AC Milan With Two-Year Europe Ban

AC Milan must break even by June 2021 or face being banned from European competition for two years under Financial Fair Play rules, UEFA has announced.

The decision from the European governing body’s adjudicatory chamber comes after Milan successfully appealed against a two-year ban being immediately imposed this summer, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport referring the matter back to UEFA to impose a ‘proportionate disciplinary measure’ in July.

Milan had been found to be in breach of the break-even requirements of the Financial Fair Play regulations, and Friday’s ruling leaves the club at risk of sitting out European competition in 2022-23 and 2023-24 should they qualify.

The number 19 has a lot of significance with Manchester United and Liverpool fans.

United’s 19th title, in 2011, saw them overtake Liverpool and completed the famous perch job on that lot down the road.

Prior to Ferguson, Liverpool were the most successful club in England, but now over the three decades since Ferguson’s arrival, United have taken that throne.

But here is another 19 they may not be so keen on at Old Trafford. Lose on Sunday at Anfield and United will be 19 points behind their bitter rivals. Nineteen points and it is not even Christmas.

Copa del Rey Last 16 Draw Announced

The Copa del Rey last-16 draw has thrown Real Madrid against Leganes, who beat the Spanish giants in last season’s competition.

The Madrid clubs were drawn as opponents in the tournament’s round of 16 on Thursday.

Leganes eliminated Real Madrid in the quarter-finals last year: Real won the first leg 1-0 away, but Leganes stunned Los Blancos with a 2-1 second-leg victory at the Bernabeu to progress on away goals.

Real Madrid’s Director de Institucional Relations Emilio Butragueño gave his thoughts on the Copa del Rey Last 16 draw saying:

Coppa Italia Round of 16 Ties Announced

The dates and kick-off times of the Coppa Italia Round of 16 have been confirmed, including Sampdoria v Milan, Bologna v Juventus and Inter v Benevento.

As there is a Serie A winter break in January, this time will be used to play Coppa Italia fixtures.

Sat Jan 12

  • Lazio v Novara (14.00 GMT)
  • Sampdoria v Milan (17.00 GMT)
  • Bologna v Juventus (19.45 GMT)

Sun Jan 13

  • Torino v Fiorentina (14.00 GMT)
  • Inter v Benevento (17.00 GMT)
  • Napoli v Sassuolo (19.45 GMT)

Mon Jan 14

  • Cagliari v Atalanta (16.30 GMT)

Liverpool were dealt a major injury blow on Wednesday when it was announced that Joel Matip will be out for six weeks with a broken collarbone suffered in the Champions League win over Napoli.

The center back could miss as many as 10 games during the busiest period of the season and will need surgery after his collision with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The blow could not have come at a worse time for manager Jurgen Klopp, who last week saw Joe Gomez ruled out for six weeks. The England defender broke his left leg in a 3-1 win at Burnley but does not need surgery.

Real Madrid’s Season Goes From Bad To Worse

Real Madrid suffered their biggest ever home defeat in Europe as they were thrashed by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League. Real Madrid lost 3-0 to CSKA Moscow, losing to the Russians for the second time in the group stages.

With the defeat, it is the biggest defeat that Madrid has ever experienced at home in the Champions League.

Madrid’s last loss at home in the group stage of the Champions League was against AC Milan in the 09/10 season as the Italians won 3-2.

Jurgen Klopp paid Alisson Becker the ultimate tribute after admitting he would have ‘paid double’ to bring the Brazil international’s match defining saving to Anfield.

Alisson cost Liverpool £65million when he arrived from Roma in July; it was a world record fee for less than two weeks but, already, he has already repaid that transfer fee with an extraordinary last-minute save from Arkadiusz Milik propelled Liverpool into the Champions League knockout phase.

His 12th clean sheet of the season proved to be crucial as Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Napoli was enough to see them progress and an exultant Klopp was over the moon with the 26-year-old, who has made a huge difference to the team.

Premier League Weekend Winners And Losers

It was another existing weekend in the Premier League as Chelsea stunned Manchester City, Liverpool stayed unbeaten and Burnley was the only side in the bottom six to win.

Here is a look at this week’s Premier League’s Winners and Losers.

Title race
Over the last few weeks, there was a growing feeling that the destination of the Premier League title had already been decided. So dominant was Manchester City’s football that nobody could surely stop them.

Champions League Permutations: Who Needs What?

Twelve teams have already booked their place in the Champions League round of 16 after the last set of group games. Who will be the last four teams to join them?

Here is a look at what is still undecided heading into Matchday six:

Group A
Both Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have already qualified for the knockout stage, with Club Brugge third and dropping into the Europa League. Thierry Henry’s Monaco have been eliminated.

Atletico will secure top spot, and with it seeding for the last-16, if they beat Brugge or Dortmund fail to win away at Monaco.

Atlanta United Wins First MLS Cup

Atlanta United won the MLS Cup in only their second season in the competition with a 2-0 win over Portland Timbers.

MLS Most Valuable Player Josef Martinez opened the scoring on 39 minutes with his 35th goal of the season and Franco Escobar added a second after the break.

It was Atlanta boss Gerardo Martino’s final game in charge before he becomes head coach of Mexico.

“We won it, it feels good,” he said. “If I had to choose a way to leave somewhere, this is the best way.”