Bite Gate

Bite-Gate Over: Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez make peace

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says he and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez have made peace since last season’s biting incident.

In one of last year’s stories of the season, Suarez was handed a 10-match ban for biting Ivanovic’s arm during a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Last Sunday the pair reunited in Chelsea’s come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Reds. That match saw Ivanovic and Suarez cross paths before the former was forced off 30 minutes into the match with a knee injury.

Ivanovic recently spoke to Serbian newspaper Blic about the infamous chomp down of 2013:  “Much has been written about when I was bitten by him. Now we have met, greeted, but we all solved (everything) immediately after the previous match.

“Back then he called me by phone almost immediately. So after this match he asked me about my injury, so we really are normal.”

‘Normal’ for Ivanovic has been another season full of staunch defending, crunching tackles and devilish runs up the right-flank. Now, sidelined with injury, Ivanovic’s spot will likely be filled by Cesar Azpilicueta, who Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has frequently deployed on the left-side in favor of the out-of-form Ashely Cole.

For Suarez, bite-gate has strangely proven to be the turning point in his illustrious career. Since returning from suspension the Uruguayan has scored 20 goals in 15 Premier League matches putting him atop the scoring chart, seven goals ahead of second-placed Sergio Aguero.

Klopp to the Kop: Multiple reports say deal agreed at Liverpool

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp shouts to his players during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund at Juventus Arena on February 24, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.

The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.

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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.

From the BBC:

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.

There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.

This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.

Appeal rejected! Lionel Messi will face court trial in Spain

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lionel Messi looks dejected after the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on September 23, 2015 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.

Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.

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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.

From the BBC:

Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.

Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.

Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.