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Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote has joined Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises Group FC for an undisclosed fee. The Ivorian made 139 league appearances for Newcastle after joining them in August 2010 from Dutch side FC Twente. The 30-year-old featured just three times for the Magpies this season. Tiote was also part of the Ivory Coast squad that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Bologna President Joey Saputo is “disappointed and very angry” after the last two results. The Rossoblu were thrashed 1-7 by Napoli on Saturday, before going down 0-1 to a nine-man Milan side last night. “Like every Bologna fan, I’m disappointed and very angry,” Saputo wrote on the club’s official website. “I’ve been involved in football for more than 30 years, and I know that losing is part of the game. “There are different ways though. Conceding seven goals to Napoli and then three days later losing to a Milan side which was down to nine men is not acceptable. “I’m…

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says Europe will formally ask FIFA for at least 16 places in the expanded 48-team World Cup. Ceferin says “we think it’s realistic to ask for 16 slots plus another condition that each European is in a different group.” FIFA decided last month to add 16 teams to the 2026 tournament. Two teams will advance to the knockout round from each three-nation group. FIFA should confirm continental entry quotas for 2026 at meetings in Bahrain in May. Ceferin announced planned reforms for UEFA five months after he was elected to succeed Michel Platini, who was banned…

The “old men” accused of blocking change at the Football Association are “stupid enough” to fight reforms, says former FA chairman Greg Dyke. MPs will debate the FA’s failure to reform in Parliament on Thursday. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has warned the FA could lose £30m-£40m of funding if it does not modernise. “You shouldn’t underestimate the old men of English football. They’ve seen off all sorts of people over the years,” Dyke told BBC Radio 5 live. “Government are now saying if you don’t do these things you’ll lose money and we won’t support you in the future. Who…

The matter between former Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba and SAFA is now set for arbitration. This is after the two parties failed to reach a resolution at the CCMA on Tuesday as Mashaba continues to fight the grounds of his dismissal as Bafana coach. “We didn’t reach a solution and now the case is going for arbitration,” Mashaba’s legal representative Claudio Bollo tells KickOff Mashaba was fired in December after being found guilty of ‘gross misconduct, insubordination and violating SAFA’s communications policy’ at a disciplinary hearing. He was previously indefinitely suspended from his coaching duties on November 13…

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will retire at the end of the season. The 33-year-old, who captained Germany to their 2014 World Cup victory, announced his decision after Bayern’s German Cup last-16 win over Wolfsburg. It was the defender’s 501st game for the Bundesliga leaders. “I can continue with my leadership style, giving my best every day, in every training, until the end of the season. I can keep doing it this season but not beyond,” he said. It means he will leave the German champions a year before his contract expires. “I’ve been considering it for more than the…

Paul Pogba has completed a cut-price transfer… for his new £2.9million Cheshire home. The Manchester United midfielder has secured himself a new base within a 20-minute drive of the club’s training ground – and at £600,000 under the asking price. The five-bedroom property boasts luxuries including a heated indoor swimming pool, saunas, and his own media room and was on the market for £3.49m. See photos below: Photos Credit: Daily mail

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday after spending last year with New York City FC in Major League Soccer. Lampard, who started his career at West Ham United, established himself as one of Europe’s finest midfield players during a 13-year spell at Chelsea. “After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer,” Lampard said in a statement. “Whilst I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is…

Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Carter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing in 2008. His was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year, and has been found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. Bolt, 30, completed an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and…

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has signed a new five-year contract worth about £150,000 a week, making him the highest-paid player at the club. The 24-year-old Brazil international joined the Reds from Inter Milan for £8.5m in January 2013, and his new deal will take him through to 2022. Coutinho has scored 34 goals in 163 appearances for Liverpool. “It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here,” he told the club’s website. There is no release clause in Coutinho’s new contract, the terms of which come into effect from 1 July. Coutinho, who…

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