Liverpool have lost their appeal over the length ban of Sadio Mane's three-match red card ban in Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City. Mane was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot. He will now miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup. The excessive punishment claim was rejected following an independent regulatory commission hearing. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on Saturday that neither he nor City counterpart Pep Guardiola thought Mane should have been sent off. Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer, Gary Lineker and Ian Wright all said they would have gone for the ball, while Chris Sutton told Match of the Day 2 that Mane's red card should...
Liverpool produced a stunning attacking display against play-off opponents Hoffenheim to ensure five English sides will compete in the Champions League group stage for the first time. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, the Reds virtually wrapped up the tie with three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Emre Can's deflected shot put them ahead before Mohamed Salah reacted quickest to slot in a rebound off the post. Can stroked in Roberto Firmino's cross at the back post just 143 seconds later before Hoffenheim substitute Mark Uth, introduced after 24 minutes in a tactical reshuffle, pulled one back. Former Hoffenheim forward Firmino put the tie beyond doubt after the break, sliding the ball into the bottom corner after Jordan Henderson dispossessed opposing captain Kevin Vogt before u...
Liverpool's Sadio Mane will miss Wednesday's match with Bournemouth, but Jurgen Klopp says it is "possible" the Senegal forward could be ruled out for the rest of the Premier League season. Mane, 24, had to be taken off after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's 3-1 home victory over Everton. There were reports that Mane, a £34m signing from Southampton last summer, might miss the rest of the campaign. But manager Klopp said: "It is not 100% clear. We have to wait a bit." When asked if the injury would be "season-ending", the German added: "Unfortunately it is possible. But why should I say that now? "The only thing I can say for sure is he will not be available for tomorrow. The knee is swollen and we have to wait for the final assessment." However, England striker Dani
A friendly match between Ivory Coast and Senegal was abandoned after 88 minutes after crowd trouble spilled onto the pitch with dozens of fans invading the field of play and confronting players. As the game, played at the Charlety Stadium on the outskirts of Paris, was winding down to a 1-1 draw, a minority of fans started to cause trouble in the stands before evading stewards and entering the field of play. A group of spectators from outside the ground were photographed vaulting security fences and entered the stadium, presumably without tickets, shortly before trouble began. Stewards attempts to catch a topless pitch invader after the players had exited the field of play (Image credit: Getty Images) With stewards struggling to chase down the pitch invaders, one appear...
Liverpool's Senegalese forward Sadio Mane is set to return from Africa in time for the Chelsea clash on Tuesday night. The Premier League leaders will visit Anfield in a crunch game for Jurgen Klopp’s faltering side and Mane’s presence could prove the lift needed to get the season on track. Mane missed a penalty in a shootout against Cameroon in the AFCON quarter finals on Saturday night following a 0-0 draw and that has ended Senegal’s participation in the competition. Liverpool have looked a very different side without the former Southampton man since he departed for Africa earlier this month and the return of his pace and directness will be a welcome one for the club. It is expected that he will only be able to make the substitute bench for the game after arriving back o
The 31st edition of the African biggest football festival begins tomorrow with games set to be full of thrills and fire is works. This year's editions comes with a lot of expectations as country's comes into the tournament with the aim of winning the trophy. Sportsfileghana.com presents to you some of the top players to watch as the tournament begins tomorrow. First on the list is free scoring Dortmund's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who will be leading host nation Gabon. But many eyes would also be on BBC African Footballer of the Year and Caf African Footballer of the year Riyad Mahrez and Liverpool's player Sadio Mane. Mahrez will be a key figure for an Algerian team which comes into the competition as the best team in Africa. Mane, who cost Liverpool £34m, leads the
Just days before Gabon hosts the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the state of league football in the country has been described as "anarchic". In December, four local teams boycotted games in protest over unpaid wages. "The anarchic situation is a result of bad management, and a lack of control and accountability in the management of clubs and football institutions," said Gabon's footballers' union (ANFPG). The ANFPG hopes the Nations Cup can improve local players' conditions. The union says many first and second division players are still owed substantial salaries from last year. In December, world governing body Fifa intervened to ensure that Mangasport - league champions in 2014 and 2015 - paid a former player, Ivorian Mariano Beugre, his outstanding wages. "We can con
Senegal have included five England-based players in the 23-man squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The Teranga Lions could be spearheaded in attack by Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke. And their midfield could be filled by three more from England in the shape of Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham, Newcastle's Mohamed Diame and Everton's Idrissa Gana Gueye. Senegal begin their campaign in Gabon on 15 January against Tunisia. They will also face Algeria and Zimbabwe in Group B at the tournament, which is being held between 14 January and 5 February. Senegal squad: Goalkeepers: Khadim N'Diaye (Horoya AC, Guinea), Abdoulaye Diallo (Çaykur Rizespor, Turkey), Pape Seydou N'Diaye (ASC Niarry Tally) Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Cheikh
Borussia Dortmund and Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is still in line to retain his Caf awards for African Player of the Year crown after making the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) final three-man shortlist. The 27-year-old will go up against Leicester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez – the BBC’s 2016 African Footballer of the Year – and Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and Islam Slimani of Algeria both missed out having made the final five. Caf confirmed that the winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on Thursday 5 January in Abuja, Nigeria. Aubameyang’s victory last year ended Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure’s run of winning the trophy in four successive years. Mahrez stands a great chance of dethroning him after
Sadio Mane's goal deep into injury time sank Everton and settled a scrappy Merseyside derby in Liverpool's favor at Goodison Park. The Reds' £34m summer signing from Southampton reacted first to a loose ball after substitute Daniel Sturridge's shot had hit the post in the fourth of eight minutes of stoppage time. Everton, who had lost goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg to injury in the second half, have now won just one of their past 20 meetings with their local rivals. Liverpool - who moved up to second - created the better chances, with Stekelenburg and his replacement Joel Robles saving well from Roberto Firmino. There was a flashpoint in the second half when a dreadful tackle by Ross Barkley on Jordan Henderson sparked angry scenes and the Everton midfielder was fortunate