Beijing: Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has pulled a game between Arsenal and Manchester City from its programme after the Gunners midfielder Mesut Ozil expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang. Ozil, a German of Turkish origin, condemned China's crackdown on Muslim minorities in the western region in a tweet on Friday, while criticizing Muslim countries for failing to speak up against abuses. Sunday's Premier League game in London between Arsenal and Manchester City was initially scheduled to be broadcast live by CCTV's sports channel shortly after midnight on Monday, according to a schedule published earlier on the league's official Weibo account. However, by Sunday CCTV replaced the match on its schedule with a pre-recorded game between Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers. "Korans are being burnt... Mosques are being shut down ... Muslim schools are being banned ... Religious scholars are being killed one by one ... Brothers are forcefully being sent to camps," Ozil wrote in … [Read more...] about Premier League: Chinese TV Pulls Arsenal Match after Mesut Ozil’s Uighur Comments
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EMMANUEL PETIT has launched a blistering attack on Stan Kroenke accusing the Arsenal owner of failing to run the club responsibly. Gunners legend Petit has been left fuming at the way American billionaire Kroenke has failed to dig into his pockets to help keep the club at the top of the game. Boss Unai Emery has been told there is little money available to strengthen his squad this summer as the purse strings at the Emirates remain tightly closed. But Petit says Kroenke owes the long-suffering supporters some investment for the way they dig deep themselves just to follow their side in action. Petit told Paddy Power: “I was told that Emery received a message from the board that he is not going to get the money he wants to buy players. “So why did you sack Arsene Wenger if you are going to keep the same policy? Explain to me?"How can you ask Arsenal to be competitive against clubs who are splashing money in every single transfer market to be more competitive every season? … [Read more...] about Arsenal legend Petit furious with ‘rich’ Stan Kroenke for starving Gunners fans of success
THE HONEYMOON period is well and truly over for Frank Lampard. He may be a Blues legend but three points from four games against some of the worst teams in the Premier League is nowhere near good enough no matter how many goals you scored as a player. Today's 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth was the third in a worrying run of results against some seriously out of form teams. It also made it just one win in five Prem games for the Blues and the 11th of 12 in which they have failed to keep a clean sheet. Dan Gosling's 84th minute winner was one of few clear cut chances the Cherries had today and while a defeat as opposed to a draw maybe harsh on Lampard's men, no one in the stadium could argue Chelsea deserved to win. Based on the last ten games, Eddie Howe's men were 18th in the form table going into today's game.That's just one spot above West Ham who Chelsea also managed to lose 1-0 to here just two weeks ago in similar sucker-punch fashion. The Blues' 3-1 defeat at Everton last weekend may … [Read more...] about Chelsea verdict: Lampard’s honeymoon period over as Blues drop points against out of form team again in Bournemouth loss
FRANK LAMPARD told his Chelsea flops to show some ‘balls’ after a fourth defeat in five Premier League games. Boss Lampard had no complaints about the VAR decision to award Dan Gosling a shock 84th minute winner which overruled an initial offside decision. Instead he says the blame lies squarely at the feet of his players who are turning an exciting season into a sleepwalk for the fans. Lampard said: “I don’t blame the fans. I’m a Chelsea man and I will be the first one to say the fans were flat today and we needed them. I would be the first, but today I’m never going to say that because if I’m a fan sitting there today, I’d also say that was too slow. “Centre back to centre back, full back to full back, back to centre back, back to full back. I don’t want to come and see that’. "So I won’t blame the fans, they come here to support the team, they will come to Tottenham next week, they will come to Southampton on … [Read more...] about Lampard tells Chelsea flops to show some ‘balls’ after awful defeat to Bournemouth
Is Erling Haaland ready for a move to Manchester United? Speaking on Sunday Supplement, Melissa Reddy thinks it may come to early in his career. Ole: Greenwood up there with RooneyCharlie's Premier League predictionsWatch Sky Sports from £18 a monthThe 19-year-old striking prodigy is being tracked by the likes of United and Borussia Dortmund ahead of the January transfer window and he has already visited other teams in Germany this month.Haaland, who has 28 goals in 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg this season, has also reportedly told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he wants to sign for him. Reddy, senior football correspondent at the Independent, has spent time at Salzburg, interviewing Christoph Freund, their sporting director, and questions whether the club think their striker is ready for a move to a big European club.She said: "Having spoken to their head of the academy, sporting director and a manager, they think they have an exceptional player who is very humble and modest. He … [Read more...] about Is Erling Haaland ready for Manchester United?
EXTRAORDINARY claims that Chelsea are about to be sold to Britain's richest man resurfaced on Twitter on Saturday night. The Secret Footballer Twitter account claimed that Jim Ratcliffe is closing in on purchasing the Blues for £2billion. The well-respected TSF account has over 100,000 Twitter followers and is also an award-winning author. However, sources close to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich told SunSport that the club is not for sale. Blues chief Abramovich is in Nice to watch the pre-season friendly against Inter Milan on Saturday night. TAT'S IMPRESSIVE French footballer spends four hours getting N'Golo Kante's face tattooed on his back The Russian billionaire purchased the Blues for £140m in 2003 but has experienced delays in renewing his UK visa this year.But Abramovich has reaffirmed his commitment to Chelsea and brought in new boss Maurizio Sarri this summer to replace Antonio Conte. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLExclusiveLINGUARDIAN Lingard has daughter, 1, with fitness … [Read more...] about Chelsea ‘close to £2billion takeover by Jim Ratcliffe’, say extraordinary claims on Twitter