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Ndidi Set To Miss Manchester City Showdown- Rodgers

Wilfred Ndidi is set to miss the Premier League clash between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday, according to Brendan Rodgers.

The Nigeria midfielder has been absent for City’s last two top-flight fixtures, draws with Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers, due to a knee issue.

While the Foxes have no fresh injury concerns for the visit of Pep Guardiola’s men, Rodgers confirmed on Thursday that Ndidi is not yet ready to return to first team action.

“Wilf won’t be available for the weekend,” the Northern Irishman said.

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“He’s still in a process to try and get fit so we’ll see how he is next week. I’m not sure.

“He’s doing work inside, but you then have to progress that to outside and then when he can join the team. It’s another intensity to join the team and then to play.

“We just want to make sure he’s right because he’s such an important player for us. It’s about the long term too. There’s no timeline on it. We’ll see how he progresses.”

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Corruption Case: Pinnick, Sanusi Win In Court Again

Honourable Justice Peter O. Affen, presiding at the FCT High Court, on Thursday finally declined to add the names of President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi to a case of financial misappropriation brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

In his judgment, Justice Affen refused the amendment sought by the EFCC to include Pinnick and Sanusi to a trial involving three members of staff of the NFF (two of whom are no longer with the federation) with regards to the utilisation of $8.4million grant from world football –governing body, FIFA, and which began in 2018.

It is the second time in few months that a court of law would trash allegations of financial misappropriation against the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, vindicating their claims that such charges were as a result of envy, malice, victimisation and vendetta.

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On 5th November 2019, Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu of the Federal High Court, Abuja dismissed in its entirety a 16 –count charge of financial misdeeds (misappropriation of FIFA grant of $84.m in 2014; moving the sum of N4billion from NFF account in November 2018), conflict of interest and non-declaration of assets brought against Pinnick, Sanusi, Seyi Akinwunmi (NFF First Vice President), Shehu Dikko (NFF Second Vice President) and NFF Executive Committee member Yusuf Ahmed Fresh by the now-defunct Special Presidential Investigation Panel, saying the case should not have been brought before her in the first place.

It was made clear that the proof of evidence exculpated the NFF officials, and in addition, the certified true copies of NFF accounts supplied by the Central Bank of Nigeria showed that on the said date (3rd November 2018), no transaction whatsoever took place on the account. It was also established that inflow into the NFF account for the entire year 2018 was less than N700million.

Prior to Thursday’s judgment, precisely on 26th September 2019, the Federal High Court declared that the trial of the NFF officials was political and that the court had no time for politics.

Also in September 2019, the same case at the FCT High Court was put on hold as the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation submitted that it was taking over the case with a view to ascertaining its validity, seeing that same persons were being charged spuriously in different courts and/or investigated by several agencies over the same allegations hewed out of petitions by the same individuals.

At the court sitting of 20th January 2020, the Office of the Attorney General declared that it had no further interest in the case at the FCT High Court, as the one brought before the Federal High Court by the SPIP had been thrown out, and the substance of both cases are similar.

On Thursday, the NFF lawyers argued and prayed through a motion duly served on the Office of the AGF that based on law and constitutional provisions, the NFF officials could not be joined in the matter, having been discharged and acquitted by the Federal High Court on practically the same charges, with the same witnesses and proof of evidence for both cases.

Furthermore, the NFF lawyers argued that the entire charges bordered on use of FIFA funds and on which by relevant laws, only FIFA Ethics Committee has the exclusive right to investigate and adjudicate.

In this case, they said, FIFA has not complained to any third party that their funds were missing and/or misappropriated. Rather, FIFA has continued to relate very well with the NFF and even NFF’s account audited by PwC is published on the FIFA website.

Justice Affen, after listening to the arguments, ruled the trial would continue with the three persons initially charged, and he could not allow the motion to join the NFF chieftains in the matter having been discharged and acquitted on similar charges by a court of concurrent jurisdiction.

This means that chieftains of Nigeria Football Federation are not on trial for corruption anywhere and in any court in the world.

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NFF’s counsel, Festus Okpe, gave a summary of the judgment: “This case has been going on since 2018. Initially the EFCC filed corruption charges against some staff of the NFF, which we challenged. Midway into the trial, they tried to join the leadership of the NFF, namely Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, but we opposed that because Mr. Pinnick and Dr. Sanusi were by that time standing trial at the Federal High Court on similar charges.

“This morning, the court delivered ruling and refused the amendment, so as we speak, there is no charge pending against both of them. The trial will continue with the three persons initially charged and we hope to in due course prove the innocence of these persons.”

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Messi Names Top 5 Favourites to Win 2019/20 Champions League; Rues Man City Ban

Barcelona captain and talismanic forward Lionel Messi has named his top five favourites to win the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League and further predicts it would be ‘weird’ for a big club like Manchester City to miss out in the competition through UEFA ban.

Of course, Messi’s number one favourites to win this season’s title is Barcelona. He is looking to win his fifth Champions League title this time around following the disappointment of the last two editions, but he is aware that four other strong sides are good enough too to win it.

Barcelona were knocked out in the quarterfinals in 2018 by Roma, then bowed to eventual champions Liverpool in the semifinal of last season’s edition.

Messi and company will travel next week to face Napoli in the first leg of their last-16 clash as they strive to end their Champions League title drought since 2015.

In Messi’s assessment, it’s champions Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid who can stand in Barcelona’s way this season.

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“All [the teams] are complicated and difficult. Paris went to play Dortmund and lost, Liverpool went to Atletico’s field and lost, but I think, like that and everything, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris and Madrid are the strongest today,” Messi told a wide-Mundo Deportivo.

Messi still sees Liverpool as a strong defending champions notwithstanding the Jurgen Klopp’s side’s 1-0 defeat to home side, Atletico Madrid, in the first leg of their last-16 clash.

“On the day of the draw we talked in the locker room that would be very close because Atletico competes a lot in this competition,” Messi said.

“In two-match duels they are very strong and they showed it again, that they will compete and they will be there.”

Meanwhile, Messi has spared some thoughts for Premier League side Manchester City who have been banned by UEFA for ‘serious Breaches’ of Financial Fair Play regulations.

City who were found guilty of overstating their sponsorship revenues between 2012 and 2016 have claimed innocence and intend appealing the sanction meted to them by UEFA at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Man City will serve a two-year ban from the Champions League should they lose the appeal at CAS. And it is their possible absence from the prestigious competition that attracts Messi’s sympathy.

“It is surprising because nobody thought that such a thing could happen, so powerful,” Messi told Mundo Deportivo.

“Paris [Saint-Germain) paid a fine or I don’t know how it went. If in the end City does not play in the Champions League for what it is,
with the players, the club, and the money it spends, it will be weird.”

Messi added: “If City do not enter the Champions League there are many players that may look for an exit, or maybe not.

“The Champions League is very attractive so two years without playing, it can be screwed.”

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Pistons And Christian Wood To Host Bucks At Little Caesars Arena

Pistons and Christian Wood to host Bucks At Little Caesars Arena. The Pistons will want to move on from a 112-116 loss to the Orlando Magic, a game in which Thon Maker got in 18 points (6-of-9 FG) and 2 steals. Christian Wood was solid with 26 points (9-of-14 FG), 4 offensive rebounds and 12 rebounds. Bruce Brown contributed 10 rebounds.

Will Thon Maker replicate his 18 point performance in the last game’s loss to the Magic? This season the Pistons lost all of the 2 head-to-head matchups between the teams. The Bucks has outscored 2 times out of the previous 2 matchups between the teams.

In their last five games, the Pistons grabbed only one win. The Bucks are on a hot streak, with 4 wins in their last 5 games. Both teams will be featuring their full lineups with no crucial players sitting out the contest.

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The Bucks are averaging 51.83 rebounds, while the Pistons are averaging only 42.386. Limiting this gap in rebounding will be key for the Pistons to win.

Both teams are well rested having at least 3 days between games. The Pistons have 4 road games until returning home. Get all the Pistons tickets with no fees at TickPick. Top seats to Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Little Caesars Arena starting from 12 dollars!

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PSG President Al-Khelaifi Charged In Corruption Probe

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been charged by the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) in connection with bribing ex-FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

The alleged offences against Al-Khelaifi, who is chairman of BeIN media group, are not to do with his ownership of French champions PSG or his involvement as a member of the UEFA executive committee.

Swiss federal prosecutors say they have filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi with inciting Valcke to commit aggravated criminal mismanagement.

Al-Khelaifi is accused of allowing Valcke exclusive use of a villa in Sardinia. It helped Valcke save between €900,000 and €1.8m (£754,000-£1.5m) in rent which was then failed to be disclosed.

Valcke has been charged with three offences: accepting bribes, several counts of aggravated criminal mismanagement and falsification of documents.

Prosecutors say, at the end of January, FIFA informed them in writing they had reached an ‘amicable agreement’ with Al-Khelaifi and a partial agreement with Valcke.

Football’s world governing body had withdrawn their criminal complaint in relation to bribery allegations in connection with the award of media rights for the World Cups in 2026 and 2030.

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The OAG says FIFA’s withdrawal had no impact on Thursday’s indictment.

Both Al-Khelaifi and Valcke have previously denied any wrongdoing, Sky Sports News have contacted them for their response. FIFA and UEFA have declined to comment.

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Bulls And Zach LaVine To Host Hornets At United Center

Bulls and Zach LaVine to host Hornets At United Center. The Hornets are coming off a 115-108 home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite not having such a great season, Jalen McDaniels showed a significant improvement in his last game, performing above his average with 6 rebounds.

The Bulls will want to move on from a 114-126 loss to the Washington Wizards, a game in which Cristiano Felicio has been great this season averaging 2 offensive rebounds but had an underwhelming performance with 2 points (1-of-3 from the field), 4 offensive rebounds and 7 rebounds. Tomas Satoransky was solid with 19 points (7-of-12 FG) and 8 assists.

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Will Zach LaVine replicate his 41 point performance in the last game’s loss to the Wizards? The Bulls won one out of the 3 times they faced each other this season. The teams are in a slump losing all of their last 5 games. The Hornets have won just 2 of their last 5 games. Both teams will be featuring their full lineups with no crucial players sitting out the contest.

The Bulls are better at defense, with an average of 9.852 steals per game, versus the Hornets’ average of 6.519.

Both teams are well rested having at least 3 days between games. The Bulls have 3 games remaining at home before setting out on their upcoming road game. Get all the Bulls tickets with no fees at TickPick. Top seats to Chicago Bulls vs. Charlotte Hornets at United Center starting from 21 dollars!

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