Diego Simeone

Simeone, Alonso charged for incidents during UEFA Champions League final


In the wake of Saturday’s Champions League final in Lisbon, UEFA has opened proceedings against both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, charging each club with three violations body’s disciplinary regulation. The most prominent of the charges, however, are cast at individuals, with Atlético head coach Diego Simeone and suspended Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso facing action after incidents in the final minutes of El Real’s 4-1 win.

Both clubs have been given an obligatory improper conduct charge after accruing at least five yellow cards. Real Madrid saw five players booked, with Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo drawing late cards for removing their shirts after goals, while Atlético Madrid players were cautioned seven times, five of which came in the game’s initial 90 minutes.

Each club has also been cited for fans’ use of fireworks, though the individual charges will receive more attention. Simeone, sent to the locker room after a late match, on-field confrontation, likely faces a suspension that would be enforced in next year’s group stage. Xabi Alonso, who came out of the stands to celebrate late, could also be punished, though the disciplinary body is allowed to consider “subjective elements of the offense.”

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

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With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

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Stats.com have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

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Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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Do you agree with the findings of Stats.com?

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

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ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

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Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

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FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

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Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.