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Barcelona’s Twitter hacked to claim Di Maria signing

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FC Barcelona had eyeballs popping across the Twitterverse for a solid 90 seconds there.

La Liga’s giants Tweeted out a welcome to Angel Di Maria, the current PSG and former Real Madrid star, with the hashtag #DiMariaFCB.

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It was an odd Tweet for 4 a.m. local time, as humourously pointed out by our Andy Edwards, and the hackers were quick to claim credit before any Tweets could be deleted.

So if someone tells you Angel Di Maria is the latest member of Barcelona, be sure to stop the spread of fake news.

On a day where Barca’s reportedly ready to up their bid for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, something tells us someone at the Camp Nou is turning over their keys to the club’s social media.

Di Maria agrees deal in Spain over tax fraud

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Angel Di Maria has agreed a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor in which the former Real Madrid forward admits two counts of tax fraud of almost €1.3 million euros ($1.4 million) in exchange for a lighter sentence.

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In a document reviewed by The Associated Press on Wednesday, Di Maria’s lawyer accepted the two counts, which relate to fraud committed in 2012 and 2013. The prosecutor recommends a sentence of 16 months and a fine of nearly €800,000 ($890,000).

Di Maria, who currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended.

The deal will have to be ratified by a judge when the case goes to court.

The case involves income the Argentina forward made from image rights, not from his salary paid by Real Madrid.

Football leaks: French police raid PSG HQ, 3 players’ homes

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PARIS (AP) A French official says police investigating suspected tax fraud linked to the soccer industry have raided the headquarters of Paris Saint-Germain and the homes of three Argentine players in France.

The official said anti-corruption police units searched the homes of PSG players Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, and that of Nantes forward Emiliano Sala on Tuesday.

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Police also raided the head offices of PSG at Parc des Princes and other offices in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside the French capital, the official said.

The official, familiar with the case, declined to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.

The national financial prosecutor’s office opened an investigation in December after so-called “football leaks” reports allegedly detailed tax arrangements by top players, coaches and clubs.

VIDEO: Mourinho on which Man Utd players he “would’ve never sold”

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he took over a “sad” club this summer, and part of that is done to the quality of players sold by previous bosses.

Speaking to Gary Lineker, Mourinho says he would have “never” sold at least three players unloaded by United.

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Angel Di Maria, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, and Danny Welbeck would all remain Red Devils if Mourinho was in charge.

Mourinho also talks about Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 10-minute interview, posted above.

PSG’s Di Maria raves after birthday beatdown of Barcelona

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Angel Di Maria used the word “impossible”, and we only believe it because we saw it.

Di Maria and Paris Saint-Germain battered Barcelona in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match-up on Tuesday, with the Argentine scoring twice on his 29th birthday.

The 4-0 win also saw a goal from fellow birthday boy Edinson Cavani, as Les Parisiens would need an epic collapse at the Camp Nou on March 8 to avoid one of its biggest triumphs in club history.

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Di Maria, along with Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler, had Barca running in circles. PSG controlled the game so much that Lionel Messi did not manage a touch inside Kevin Trapp’s 18-yard-box.

From the BBC:

“It is impossible to have a better performance and birthday. it was a wonderful display and we deserved the win. We controlled the game for 90 minutes. It is hard to control Neymar, Suarez and Messi but we managed it. We covered ground and worked hard. The big thing is the win and moving forward.

“Our aim is to reach the final and win the Champions League. We are getting there gradually. This was a game against one of the best teams in the world. There is still more to do at the Camp Nou. They will be quick out of the blocks. We will have to do the same as tonight and more.”

Or put forth half the performance and manage to keep it within three goals (or within four and score). Quite a birthday for ADM and PSG in the UCL.