UEFA hands Jurgen Klopp one-match ban for outburst against Napoli

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After being dismissed from the sidelines during last Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Napoli, most expected Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp to be suspended for next Tuesday’s visit from Olympique Marseille. Today that ban became official, with Klopp’s outburst in the first half of last week’s Champions League opener set to sideline him for BVB’s second group stage match.

The incident happened in the first half after Neven Subotic was delaying being waved back onto the field after receiving treatment for a cut. After Gonzalo Higuaín headed home a Juan Camilo Zuñiga cross as Subotic was running on, Klopp went off:

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As he conceded after the match, Klopp’s display was idiotic (his word: “pathetic”), with the stupidity functioning on three levels. First, while it’s understandable that a coach would need some outlet to vent their frustrations, the fourth official shouldn’t be abused for a decision the head referee controls. Stand at the edge of the area and burst a lung making your case to the person in the middle, but leave the fourth official alone.

Second, while we could lean on caveats about the heat of the moment justifying heightened emotions, it doesn’t. Look at the way Klopp is towering over, intimidating the smaller man, somebody who’s not engaging in the confrontation. For a few, ill-advised moments, Klopp became a stereotypical, over-aggressive jock, something he undoubtedly regrets. Nobody wants to think of themselves as a bully.

And finally, the outburst has cost him more than a game-and-a-half’s time guiding his team. When you add up the suspension and the time Klopp missed in Napoli, he’ll be sidelined for nearly 160 minutes – just under 30 percent of Dortmund’s group stage.

Perhaps BVB will be fine without him, but no outburst is worth that risk. In the heat of the moment, it’s difficult to find the needed restraint, but that’s part of his job. As Klopp would surely agree, he needs to be better than this.

Men in Blazers: Jurgen Klopp talks loss of Coutinho and more

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Roger Bennett talks with manager Jurgen Klopp about revolutionizing Liverpool, his Greatest Show on Turf-esque offense, the loss of Philippe Coutinho and how he keeps football in perspective.

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MLS: Higuain extends with Crew, Royer gets new deal with Red Bulls

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Two key midfielders earned new deals on Thursday, as two of the Eastern Conference’s recent successes helped solidify for their attacks for the next few years.

The Columbus Crew extended Designated Player attacker Federico Higuain through the 2019 MLS season.

Higuain has been with the Crew since 2012, when the Argentine joined the club from Colon de Santa Fe in his native country.

Meanwhile, the New York Red Bulls extended Daniel Royer’s contract, as the Austrian winger in the midst of his third season with Jesse Marsch’s group.

Thus far, Royer has tallied 17 goals in all competitions for the Red Bulls, including 15 during the 2017 campaign, where the former Midtjylland player finished second on the team in goals behind Bradley Wright-Phillips.

UEL: Griezmann nabs crucial away goal vs. Arsenal, Marseille cruises

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A game of back-and-forth at the Emirates Stadium set up an enticing second leg in the UEFA Europa League semifinals, while a Ligue 1 side positioned itself well to move into the final.

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Arsenal and Atletico Madrid settled for a 1-1 draw in London, as Antoine Griezmann’s late strike leveled the match for the Spanish side.

The Gunners looked on their way to a victory when Alexandre Lacazette‘s goal just beyond the hour mark put Arsene Wenger‘s men in front.

The result sets up a strong showdown for the two giants in a week’s time, although Arsenal will feel it left something on the table after racking up 26 shots (seven on target) on the day, particularly after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after 10 minutes for the visitors when he picked up a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Florian Thauvin and Clinton Njie gave Marseille a 2-0 win over Red Bull Leipzig, giving the French side the edge it sought out ahead of the competition finale.

The two clubs will meet again at Red Bull Arena Salzburg for the second leg.


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Marseille 2-0 Red Bull Salzburg

Europa League, LIVE: Arsenal, Marseille host first legs

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Diego Costa brings a solid career record against Arsenal back to London in a bid to ruin Arsene Wenger‘s farewell season at the Emirates Stadium.

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The now-Atletico Madrid forward returns to England on Thursday as his La Liga outfit aims to stop Arsenal from reaching next month’s Europa League Final in Lyon.

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That’s a 3:05 p.m. ET kickoff, the same as Marseille’s date with Red Bull Salzburg in France.

ARSENAL-ATLETICO MADRID LINEUPS

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ramsey, Welbeck, Ozil, Lacazette. Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Chambers, Kolasinac, Iwobi, Nketiah.

Atleti: Oblak, Lucas, Godin, Gimenez, Vrsaljko, Saul, Thomas, Koke, Correa, Griezmann, Gameiro. Subs: Werner, Savic, Gabi, Vitolo, Olabe, Torres, Costa.