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Former France midfielder Florent Malouda fired on Twitter

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ZURICH (AP) Former France midfielder Florent Malouda has learned via Twitter that he was fired by Swiss soccer club FC Zurich.

Malouda wrote “really I didn’t know that..??” after Zurich’s announcement was posted.

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The 38-year-old Frenchman, who helped Chelsea win the Champions League title in 2012 and played in the 2006 World Cup final loss to Italy, had coached Zurich’s forwards since February.

It’s not Malouda’s first setback in Switzerland. Last year, he lost a Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal against French Guiana forfeiting a 2017 Gold Cup game because he played while ineligible.

The French Guiana soccer federation had hoped Malouda, who was born in the South American territory, could switch allegiance from France because it is not a FIFA member.

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Twitter reacts as Man City wins Premier League

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Manchester City are Premier League champions again thanks to a Manchester United loss — at Old Trafford — to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

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The City title was inevitable, but amongst the celebratory Tweets are a lot of “Wow” moments for United’s loss and City’s amazing run.

Here are some of our favorites:

Twitter lands big MLS deal, includes 24 live matches per season

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Social media’s presence has become a unstoppable tycoon, and its move into the realm of sports broadcasting took another major leap on Friday.

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Variety is reporting that Twitter has landed a three-year deal with Major League Soccer, which among other things, will give the social media outlet at least 24 live matches per season to broadcast across its platform.

Twitter will stream its share of MLS matches in English from Univision network’s Spanish broadcast on television.

The first match to be streamed online will come on Saturday when expansion side Los Angeles FC travels to Real Salt Lake at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Additionally, Variety reports that MLS will provide Twitter with extensive match highlights on a weekly basis, which can be found on MLS’ accounts (@MLS and @FutbolMLS).

Clubs around the world react to Twitter increasing character limit

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Everyone woke up Wednesday with an additional 140 characters to use on their Twitter accounts.

And some soccer teams around the world took advantage and had some fun with it.

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Take a look at the gloating, bragging, and fun had by some international clubs today below.


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.