QPR’s on-loan Englishman Joey Barton was handed a 2-match suspended ban by the French National Ethics Committee for the comments he made on Twitter about Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva last month.
Barton, on loan at France’s Olympique de Marseille, called Silva an “overweight ladyboy” among other insulting remarks better served to not appear on this website.
The suspended ban does not come into effect unless he were to commit a similar offense, essentially serving as a probation. This will allow Barton to appear in OM’s final three matches of the season. They have a mathematical shot at winning the title, but they must win out while PSG loses out.
Barton, known for fiery outbursts and hotheaded actions both on and off the pitch, exploded on Silva after comments the Brazilian defender made in an interview with French outfit L’Equipe referring to Barton.
Silva said, “There is even a Marseille player, I cannot remember his name, an Englishman, who has said bad things about Neymar and Brazilian football, and also about (David) Beckham. As no one is talking about him, it seems fun to him to criticize great players for people to know he exists.”
That caused Barton to retaliate. The French Football Federation held a hearing directly after the incident, but decided it couldn’t act on the tweets since they were made in English and not in French, and therefore an accurate translation could not be provided for some of the words or phrases Barton used.
Former Premier League midfielder Samir Nasri has been banned for six months by European governing body UEFA for receiving an intravenous drip treatment in Los Angeles, California in December 2016.
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During the time in question, Nasri was on loan from Manchester City with Spanish side Sevilla.
Nasri reportedly received the treatment upon an initial diagnosis from his ex-girlfriend Dr. Sarabjit Anand. He later traveled to LA for the treatment, where a private medical company known as the Drip Doctors, set up the IV drip for Nasri.
The IV was said to have contained sterile water containing 50 milliliters of micronutrient components, which given in an infusion over the span of six hours is considered illegal by the World Anti-doping Agency.
Nasri is without a club at this time, after last appearing for Turkish club Antalyaspor in January. The 30-year-old left the side this winter after making just eight appearances in all competitions.
With an important run of fixtures upcoming, including a UEFA Champions League date with Real Madrid, the Parisians received disappointing news on Sunday.
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Despite picking up a 3-0 victory against Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain suffered a massive blow in the second stanza after Neymar was stretchered off the pitch with a right leg injury in the 81st minute.
The Brazilian international appeared to twist his ankle upon landing on the ground after going in for a challenge, although there was no contact when the attacker went down in agony.
Minutes after suffering the apparent ankle injury, Neymar was carried off the field on a stretcher by medical staff, raising questions about his availability in the coming weeks.
PSG faces a crucial run of matches, including Wednesday’s French Cup match against Marseille and their second leg UCL fixture against Real Madrid.
Unai Emery and his side currently trail 3-1 against Los Blancos, as the tie heads back to Paris for the second meeting.
This season, Neymar has tallied 28 goals in all competitions for the Parisians, including six finishes in the UCL, so his potential absence would be a huge blow to PSG’s hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals.
A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…
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Sevilla 2-5 Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann’s hat-trick helped pace Atletico on Sunday as Diego Simeone and Co. continue to apply pressure to Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Atleti remains seven points behind the Blaugrana in Spain’s top flight, after picking up its 17th victory of the season. The visitors scored twice in the first half with finishes from Diego Costa and Griezmann, before Koke and two more goals from the Frenchman extended the lead to 5-0.
Meanwhile, Sevilla did manage to pull back two late goals through Pablo Sarabia and Nolito, however, it was too late to complete a comeback.
Valencia 2-1 Real Sociedad
A brace from Santi Mina pulled Valencia to within two points of Real Madrid for third place in La Liga. The defeat for Sociedad keeps the bottom half side in 14th place, however, the side has a 10-point cushion above the relegation zone.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Malaga
Villareal 1-0 Getafe
Roma 0-2 AC Milan
A big victory for the Milan side has Gennaro Gatusso’s men back in contention for a top five place in Italy. Second-half strikes from Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria helped pace the visitors, as Roma suffered a big blow in the title race. Roma now sits 16 points behind league leaders Napoli, while already having lost earlier in the week to Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League.
Elsewhere in Serie A
Crotone 2-3 SPAL
Fiorentina 1-0 Chievo
Hellas 2-1 Torino
Sampdoria 2-1 Udinese
Sassuolo 0-3 Lazio
Juventus vs. Atalanta (POSTPONED)
A former world-record sprinter is set to take his opportunity as a soccer player, however, he won’t reveal which club just yet.
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Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt revealed on Sunday that he has signed a contract with a professional side, although the 31-year-old wouldn’t state which club or where the side resides.
The veteran runner retired from track and field last year after winning eight Olympic gold medals in his career.
Bolt has been connected with several major European clubs in the past, including Manchester United — whom he has been a lifelong supporter of — and Borussia Dortmund.
Bolt was set to have a trial with the German side next month, although it’s unlikely that the Jamaican will have that chance now that he’s signed with a team.
Last month, he also trained with South African side Mamelodi Sundown.