Footballer shot dead in Holland

Former Burton Albion defender Kelvin Maynard has been shot and killed in Amsterdam, Dutch police have confirmed. Police said the player, 32, was shot in his car at around 8.30pm last night while driving in the Langbroekdreef area. He is believed to have attempted to escape the gunmen by driving towards a nearby fire station, according to ‘De Telegraaf’. Detectives are appealing for witnesses as they search for two suspects who they say escaped on a black scooter. The suspects were dressed in black, police said. Officers from the nearby…

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Doubt over Islamist link to Dortmund bombs

Investigators in Germany say there is “significant doubt” that Tuesday’s attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus was the work of radical Islamists. They say letters found at the scene may be an attempt to trick people into thinking there was an Islamist motive. But they said it may have been the work of political extremists – from the left or right – or violent football fans. Two people received medical treatment after three bombs exploded near the team bus, shattering glass. Spanish footballer Marc Bartra underwent wrist surgery and…

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Sun suspends columnist over Liverpool article

  Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended by The Sun after he expressed “wrong” and “unfunny” views about the people of Liverpool. In an article published on Friday, MacKenzie compared Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, who has a grandfather born in Nigeria, to a “gorilla”. He said men with similar “pay packets” in Liverpool were “drug dealers”. Merseyside Police are investigating whether his comments constitute a “racial hate crime”. The Sun apologised “for the offence caused” and added that it was “unaware of Barkley’s heritage”. In a statement of his own,…

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Nigerian player, Musa, wife ‘mutually part ways

How family members failed to save marriage   More revelations have emerged on the divorce scandal that has rocked Super Eagles striker Ahmed Musa as family sources revealed that the Leicester City forward and his estranged wife, Jamila, mutually parted ways following irreconciliable differences. Reports suggested the idea of divorce was entirely that of the Nigerian international but a close friend of the player reliably told our correspondent that it was a decision reached by the two parties after efforts to reconcile them utterly failed. The source confirmed that Musa’s…

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PFA awards: Kane, Lukaku up for two prizes

Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku have been nominated for both the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year and young player awards. They join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante on the shortlist for the main prize. Michael Keane, Leroy Sane and Jordan Pickford are up for the young player of the year award, alongside 2016 winner Dele Alli. The winners, voted for by PFA members, will be announced on April 23. To be eligible for the young player of the year award, players must be 23…

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Rohr: It’s difficult for me to cope with Nigerian foods

  The expectation of Nigerians was low when Gernot Rohr was appointed as Super Eagles Manager, but after winning his first three matches, the fans have accepted him and look forward to him qualifying the country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In an exclusive interview with CHARLES OGUNDIYA, Rohr says he loves Lagos without he traffic. He shed light on other issues. Excerpts…         Tell us how everything started for you as a footballer? I was born into a football family; my father played football,…

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Police arrest Ahmed Musa in £.8m UK home

Leicester City footballer Ahmed Musa has been arrested on suspicion of attacking his wife. The Nigerian striker, 24, was quizzed at his £850,000 five-bedroom home in Countesthorpe, Leicestershire, just hours after his side’s 2-0 win over Sunderland. Police received a domestic abuse complaint against the player, who cost the Premier League club a record fee of £16.6million. No-one was in when they first arrived at the home so officers made inquiries with shocked neighbours in the upmarket neighbourhood. The former CSKA Moscow forward was finally arrested at 1am yesterday by…

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Milla, Weah other African legends storm Lagos

No less than 46 African football icons have confirmed their participation in the clash of legends – a charity/peace football match being organised by Kanu Heart Foundation and Nelson Mandela Foundation for charitable initiatives. The match will hold in Lagos on April 29 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. According to a press statement by the General Secretary of the Local Organising Committee of the event, Onyebuchi Abia, the match will feature the greatest gathering of the continental best. Among the galaxy of stars will be former World Footballer of the…

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Footballer thanks ‘wife, girlfriend’ after scoring twice

A Ghanaian footballer playing for a South African team accidentally thanked both his wife and his girlfriend after scoring two goals, on a video posted on YouTube. Free State Stars striker Mohammed Anas gave an interview after a 2-2 match against Ajax Cape Town, saying he thanked God for his performance, reports dpa. “I appreciate my fans also, my wife and my girlfriend,” the 22-year-old added. He then tried to correct his mistake: “I mean my wife, sorry.” The video posted over the weekend sparked amused comments, with one of…

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