Loading… Frank Lampard’s side are reportedly battling with rivals Manchester United for the €100m rated Borussia Dortmund forward.However, according to reports from Goal.com, the Red Devils remain the England international’s more likely destination, leaving the door open to a potential push for Chukwueze.The Nigerian international has been heavily linked with a move away from Javier Calleja’s side in the last 12 months, with Liverpool rumoured to be tracking him last summer.Read Also: Real Madrid aiming for 30% stadium reopening in OctoberThe 21-year old is under contract with the Yellow Submarine until 2023, however he does represent a much cheaper option than Sancho, with Villarreal potentially considering offers in the region of €50m.Chukwueze has been a consistent figure across the last two seasons at El Madrigal, despite the club’s managerial upheaval, with 52 La Liga appearances from a possible 65 league matches.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Premier League giants Chelsea are targeting a move for Super Eagles and Villarreal star Samuel Chukwueze, if they fail in a bid for Jadon Sancho this summer.Advertisement
West Brom striker Anelka is facing a minimum five-match ban for his ‘quenelle’ salute, unless he can prove his case, after being charged by the Football Association with performing the allegedly anti-Semitic gesture after scoring against West Ham on December 28. The 34-year-old has until 6pm on Thursday to formally reply to the charge, which he appears certain to contest as he insists he is neither anti-Semitic nor racist. Press Association Anelka, however, believed he had the backing of a Jewish community leader in the battle to clear his name. Roger Cukierman, the president of CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France), initially appeared to side with Anelka in an interview with Le Figaro. The quenelle has been described as an inverted Nazi salute and was created by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism. Anelka is a friend of Dieudonne’s, and the player has insisted his salute was a gesture aimed at the French establishment. Cukierman said in a video interview with Le Figaro the quenelle could not be regarded as anti-Semitic in the context it was performed in. That prompted Anelka to write in a statement on his Facebook page: “I therefore ask the English FA to kindly remove the charge made against me. And I repeat, I am not anti-Semitic or racist.” In the video, Cukierman said the gesture only had anti-Semitic connotations if made in front of a synagogue or a memorial to the Holocaust. But in a statement on the CRIF website, Cukierman has clarified his earlier views, and made clear Anelka’s actions were disappointing. “The ‘quenelle’ is a Nazi salute reversed, there’s no doubt in my mind because this is the will of the one who created and popularised it for purely ideological ends,” said Cukierman. “My statements in Le Figaro are no denial or renunciation on this subject, despite the interpretations that were made. “However, I wished, perhaps too quickly, to demonstrate that it was important to show discernment, restraint, to avoid being drawn into a spiral that was difficult to control. “It is clear the gesture of the ‘quenelle’ has dangerously spread among our citizens and especially youth. “They don’t realise the severity and scope. They are doing this gesture for provocation rather than anti-Semitism, at least I hope so. “Should we be hard on them? Definitely, as it glorifies crime against humanity, but we must also teach the youth who are manipulated by Dieudonne and his followers. “It is up to teachers to do that, but also public figures from the worlds of culture and sport. “This is why I was disappointed with the attitude of Anelka whose behaviour is the opposite of what a top athlete must show the youth of our country. “I was troubled by the fact the public man he is – a symbol for some of the youth of our country and so must therefore be perfect in his behaviour – can make this gesture ‘to show his friendship to his friend Dieudonne’, whose motivations are without a doubt anti-Semitic.” Nicolas Anelka’s hopes of pointing to the support of a prominent member of the French Jewish community in a bid to clear his name have received another blow.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) will on Friday, 6 March 2015 unveil the long-awaited opponents for Bafana Bafana at a Press Conference at SAFA House reports safa.net.The announcement scheduled for 11:00 will also coincide with the programme of the national under-23 squad, who are preparing for the Olympic qualifiers, coach Owen da Gama will spell out a detailed programme regarding the under-23’s at the same function. “The long wait is over. We will announce who Bafana Bafana will play at the end of this month. We will also take the opportunity to give out details about the U23’s upcoming programme,” said SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan.The SAFA President said Friday’s announcement will underscore the Association’s drive to mould all of South Africa’s national team into continental powerhouses and world-beaters.“As we prepare to announce Bafana Bafana’s next opponents on Friday, we are mindful of the goals the Association set itself under the objective of Vision 2022. While we areon track to achieve those goals, we would like to expedite the process by pitting out national teams against high calibre opponents in a bid to be among the best on the continent and the world,” said Dr Jordaan.Bafana Bafana expected to line-up against Australia on Saturday, March 28 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. This will be South Africa’s first competitive match since being dumped out of AFCON 2015 in the group stages.
UPDATE: Wellington lost to Fern Creek, Ky. in the Diamond Bracket Championship 5-3. Thus ends Wellington’s World Series run. The locals went 3-5 for the tournament. We will have a full story shortly.Sumner Newscow report â€” Wellington wins 7-4 over Plymouth at the 16-under girls softball World Series in Florida. Wellington plays Fern Creek at 1 p.m. in the championship game. The girls will have to beat Fern Creek twice for the diamond bracket championship. If Wellington wins the 1 p.m. game the second game is set for 3:30 p.m. today.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments