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Russian Club Rejects Black Player



Less than a month after the end of a successful hosting of the world’s best players and football playing countries of different colours and race at Russia 2018 World Cup, a capital club is in the news for ‘race-related’ case.

Third division side, Torpedo Moscow, stopped the signing of black player with Russian and Congolese heritage, Erving Botaka-Yobama, following protest from some fans of the club issuing out warnings against the deal.

“Black may be one of our club’s colours, but we only want whites in our ranks,” A group of the club’s fans who go by the title, Zapad-5 Ultras write on Russian social media site, Vkontakte.

The club, however, denies that the deal was cancelled because of the threat but due to transfer fees demanded by Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow, the current employer of the 19-year-old.

It wrote on its website (as translated): “On behalf of the leadership of FC Torpedo Moscow, the team and the Fan Club, we declare that the failed transfer of Erving Botaki to our club is due solely to the fact that the “Torpedo” policy during the performances in the PFL does not provide for any compensation for player transfers.

“In our policy of selecting players, we fully adhere to only sports principles, sharing common human values. Once again we state that the skin color was never a criterion when selecting a player for the club. Racism has no right to exist. We adhere to this point of view. In the situation with the failed transfer of Erving Botaki, the issue of payment of compensation was decisive.”

In a condemning vein, head of the All-Russian Union of Footballers, Alexander Zotov, criticised those fans and called them “idiots”

He said: “There have been changes in the minds of people after the World Cup but there is still a group of idiots.

“I read a lot of statements about the football player. Some were openly racist. These people with limited horizons exist in any country. We saw how open our society and people are [during the World Cup].

“There are fans of Torpedo who are normal, and do not welcome the behaviour of that group in relation to Botaka.”

Over the years, Russia and some of its clubs have suffered racist offence sanctions from FIFA and UEFA.

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Carlo Ancelotti left Everton to become head coach of Real Madrid for a second time




The 61-year-old Italian, who oversaw Real Madrid for a very long time somewhere in the range of 2013 and 2015, has left Everton following year and a half in control at Goodison Park.

He succeeds Zinedine Zidane at Real and the move leaves Everton looking for a 6th perpetual supervisor in five years.

Ancelotti has marked a three-year bargain at Real and said the move addressed “an unforeseen chance”.

He added: “I have total regard for everybody related with Everton and expectation they can accomplish the energizing chances they have before them.

“While I have appreciated being at Everton I have been given a startling chance which I accept is the correct move for me and my family as of now.”

Genuine will introduce Ancelotti to the media on Wednesday, while Everton said they “will start the way toward selecting another supervisor right away”.

Everton will have been left paralyzed by the speed of advancements just now as proprietor Farhad Moshiri’s “Hollywood” chief leaves.

Ancelotti’s appearance was viewed as a genuine upset by Moshiri, convincing one of the game’s generally enriched and regarded figures to come to Merseyside to reestablish Everton to previous wonders.

The 61-year-old’s rule has been a mishmash with loathsome home structure offset by results like their first success over Liverpool at Anfield since 1999 – in any case a tenth spot finish in his first full season was a failure.

Ancelotti, in any case, was as yet held in immense respect by Everton allies, who have been left sharply disillusioned by his choice to withdraw.

The fierce truth is that for all Moshiri’s money and aspiration, Everton actually can’t view themselves as anyplace close to the first class, which consistently makes them helpless against clubs, for example, Real Madrid setting sights on their prize resources.

The typical suspects are being connected, for example, Eddie Howe after he turned down Celtic, previous Wolves supervisor Nuno Espirito Santo and ex-Everton manager David Moyes – albeit that is probably not going to occur after he verbally concurred a three-year bargain at West Ham in the wake of bringing them into Europe. Moshiri, however, is something of a special case and may have thoughts of his own.

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Ahmed Musa to play without monthly salary at Kano Pillars




Ahmed Musa won’t be paid in his short stretch at Kano Pillars in the Nigeria Premier Football League.

Musa, 28, finished paperwork for the four-time Nigerian heroes under the Elite Players Program of the League Management Company, which urges top Nigerian internationals to play for neighborhood clubs.

As indicated by LMC manager Shehu Dikko, the program works twoly.

A club can distinguish and sign such players, or the LMC itself can sign the player and appoint them to a club of their decision.

It was the last for Musa.

“We addressed him about returning home to play, and as somebody who is consistently prepared to offer in return, he didn’t stop for a second,” Dikko told ESPN.

“When the arrangement was marked, the decision of which club to play for was up to him. Various clubs needed him. We put everything before him and he settled on the choice to go to Kano Pillars.”

Musa has been a free specialist since October 2020, when he left Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, with whom he won the Saudi Pro League title and Super Cup in the wake of going along with them from Leicester City in 2018.

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Super Eagle Teslim Balogun Stadium Training Camp Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of Lesotho Clash





The Super Eagles will hold their last exercise at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Monday evening, beginning from 1800 hours.

Their last instructional meeting which will be administered by director Gernot Rohr is available to the media for just the initial fifteen minutes, at that point everybody will be compelled to leave the arena.

No columnist will be permitted into the arena when the Lesotho public group have a vibe of the Teslim Balogun Stadium turf because of COVID-19 conventions set up.

Besides, there will be no authority pre-match public interview because of the Covid pandemic.

The Super Eagles players and authorities were up toward the end of last night since they had to go to an occasion out of appreciation for Nigerian Federation president Amaju Pinnick following his political decision into the esteemed FIFA board.

Nigeria are ensured to top Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers paying little heed to the result of their last match against Lesotho as they are as of now on 11 focuses, four more than the Republic of Benin, who are second in the standings.

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