Messi’s Ban Overturned, Gabriel Jesus to lead line for Saturday’s Premier League match & other #Urban96Sports news
More sports stories:
· Nigeria maintained its 40th position in the world on the new FIFA ranking released by the world football governing body on Thursday. The Super Eagles are still fifth in Africa behind Egypt (19), Senegal (30), Cameroon (33) and Burkina Faso (35), while Congo DR (41st), Tunisia (42nd) Ghana (45th) Côte d’Ivoire (48th) and Morocco (53rd) make up Africa’s top 10 in that order. Brazil remain top of the latest FIFA world rankings published on Thursday which remain largely unchanged.
On to foreign stories
· FIFA today overturned Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s four-game ban from international matches imposed for swearing at an assistant referee, saying there was not enough evidence to support the stiff punishment.
· Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, forward David Silva and defender John Stones will miss Saturday’s Premier League home game against Crystal Palace due to injury. Aguero injured his groin during City’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend, meaning Brazil international Gabriel Jesus, who has only recently recovered from a broken foot, will lead the line.
· Manchester City have been banned from signing certain Academy players for two years, the Premier League has announced. City have also been fined £300,000 for breaching youth development rules relating to the signing of two players.
Finally in tennis,
· Novak Djokovic said today that he had parted ways with his entire training team, including long-time coach Marian Vajda, as he attempts to arrest an alarming slide in form in the past year. The former world number one believes that this “shock therapy” will help him return to the top of the game, said a statement on his official website.
· Former British tennis professional Dan Sanders has been charged with eight offences of sexual activity with a child.
Mr Sanders played his last professional game in May 1996, and has more recently been coaching in Wales. The Lawn Tennis Association, the sport’s governing body, said it could not comment while police investigated.