Bayern Munich Star Muller BANNED For European Games For Kicking Opponent In The Head (PHOTO)

Bayern Munich Star Muller BANNED For European Games For Kicking Opponent In The Head (PHOTO)
Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller is set to miss both legs of their Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool after he was given a two-match...
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Champions League: Thomas Muller hit with major ban ahead of Liverpool clash

UEFA’s disciplinary panel on Friday banned Bayern Munich striker, Thomas Muller for two Champions League matches.According to EuroSport, Muller was banned due to his bad challenge on Ajax defender, Nicolas Tagliafico in last month’s Champions League encounter.The German international will now miss the two rounds of the Champions League last 16 ties against Liverpool on February 19 and March 13.Muller expressed his regret over his ugly challenge on Tagliafico last month.The 29-year-old took to his official Twitter page to apologise to the defender after the encounter.“I would like to apologise to Nico Tagliafico for yesterday’s incident. It was unintentional. Get well soon,” Muller tweeted.
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Thomas Muller ruled out of Champions League encounter against Liverpool ▷ Nigeria news

- Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has been banned for two Champions League games- This is because of his bad challenge on Ajax's defender Nicolas Tagliafico- The 29-year-old will now miss the two round of 16 ties against LiverpoolGerman club Bayern Munich have been hit with a severe blow by UEFA who has banned their superstar Thomas Muller from playing Champions League next two games for the club.The latest development will be a good news for Premier League giants Liverpool who will face Bayern Munich in the 2018/19 Champions League round of 16 ties.Thomas Muller suffered the consequence of his horror challenge on Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico which also made the referee to send him out in the encounter.PAY ATTENTION: Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'Naija Football Fan Zone'READ ALSO: Chelsea eye move for Watford midfielder Roberto PereyraBayern insisted that the horror clash was accidental with Muller stretching for the ball without knowing Tagliafico was there until it was too late.But the Champions League governing body rubbished Bayern Munich's claims and gave Thomas Muller two-match ban.Bayern Munich are now expected to miss the service of Thomas Muller against Liverpool who reached the final of last season's Champions League.Thomas Muller has scored incredible 12 goals in the Champions League's round of 16 trailing only Lionel Messi (24) and Cristiano Ronaldo (20).Earlier, Legit.ng had reported German professional League club Bayern Munich confirmed that France international Benjamin Pavard will be joining them from July 1, 2019.Bayern Munich took to social media on Wednesday, January 9, to announce the latest development after they activated the Stuttgart defender's €35 million release clause.Benjamin Pavard's performances for France at the 2018 World Cup in Russia were said to have caught the attention of Bayern Munich chiefs.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you betterFerdinand reveals admiration for Okocha, why he quit boxing and Man U problems | Legit TVSource: Legit.ng
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Thomas Muller ruled out of Champions League encounters against Liverpool ▷ Nigeria news

- Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has been banned for two Champions League games- This is because of his bad challenge on Ajax's defender Nicolas Tagliafico- The 29-year-old will now miss the two round of 16 ties against LiverpoolGerman club Bayern Munich have been hit with a severe blow by UEFA who has banned their superstar Thomas Muller from playing Champions League next two games for the club.The latest development will be a good news for Premier League giants Liverpool who will face Bayern Munich in the 2018/19 Champions League round of 16 ties.Thomas Muller suffered the consequence of his horror challenge on Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico which also made the referee to send him out in the encounter.PAY ATTENTION: Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'Naija Football Fan Zone'READ ALSO: Chelsea eye move for Watford midfielder Roberto PereyraBayern insisted that the horror clash was accidental with Muller stretching for the ball without knowing Tagliafico was there until it was too late.But the Champions League governing body rubbished Bayern Munich's claims and gave Thomas Muller two-match ban.Bayern Munich are now expected to miss the service of Thomas Muller against Liverpool who reached the final of last season's Champions League.Thomas Muller has scored incredible 12 goals in the Champions League's round of 16 trailing only Lionel Messi (24) and Cristiano Ronaldo (20).Earlier, Legit.ng had reported German professional League club Bayern Munich confirmed that France international Benjamin Pavard will be joining them from July 1, 2019.Bayern Munich took to social media on Wednesday, January 9, to announce the latest development after they activated the Stuttgart defender's €35 million release clause.Benjamin Pavard's performances for France at the 2018 World Cup in Russia were said to have caught the attention of Bayern Munich chiefs.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you betterFerdinand reveals admiration for Okocha, why he quit boxing and Man U problems | Legit TVSource: Legit.ng
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Why Mane, not Salah, could be Liverpool’s key man vs. Bayern

Why Mane, not Salah, could be Liverpool’s key man vs. BayernThe Egyptian was anonymous in Sunday's win, and the Reds might have to depend on his African teammate against the Bavarian giantsCOMMENT By Seye Omidiora Follow on Twitter ByIn truth, Liverpool’s 3-1 success against Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday was expected, with the Reds heading into the clash in much better shape than their foe.What wasn’t anticipated was the pummeling the Manchester giants received at the home of the side former manager Sir Alex Ferguson ‘knocked off their perch’ and their age-old enemies, a side they despise.An interesting subplot in the comprehensive win was the contrasting displays of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. The former scored his first goal against the Red Devils, ending a run of eight successive games without one, while the latter toiled in congested areas in his advanced role.Given the lack of room for the Egypt international to strut his stuff, it was surprising to see him stay in central areas receiving the ball with his back to goal, as opposed to drifting out wide to find a bit of space. He was dispossessed seven times over the course of the game, more than Mane and Roberto Firmino combined and lost a large percentage of his individual battles.His Senegalese teammate, by contrast, played a part in two of the Reds’ three goals.He expertly took down Fabinho’s exquisite pass with his chest before finishing with aplomb for the home side’s opening goal. He then left Ander Herrera for dead in the buildup to Xherdan Shaqiri making it 2-1 as the game entered the final quarter.Ironically, the aforementioned dribble was the only time Mane beat his marker throughout the game, but it turned out to be vital in the challengers returning to the top of the table.Sunday’s game only served to further amplify this season’s dynamic for the two players in the so-called big games. While Salah has been largely ineffective against strong opposition, Mane has fared slightly better than his teammate.In the five games the Reds have so far played against the top sides in the league, the Egyptian has failed to dominate any. The games include: Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea away, Manchester City at Anfield, Arsenal at the Emirates and the weekend’s clash with United at Anfield.In fact, the rapid Salah was withdrawn in two of the aforementioned games, while Mane played for the entirety of the fixtures.Throw in the derby against Everton a couple of weeks ago and the number increases to three. Taking off your star player in huge encounters is a rarity in itself, so Klopp’s decision to hook the former Roma attacker off in a trio of games is telling.For Mane, while he hasn’t been stellar in all the aforementioned matchups, he’s at least had a mighty effect in two of those games - against Spurs at Wembley and on Sunday against Jose Mourinho’s side.Statistically, the former Southampton player didn’t score or assist against the North London club, but his all-round contribution over the course of the match showed he was a thorn in the side of Mauricio Pochettino’s charges.Neither have made the biggest impact in the Champions League so far.Admittedly, Salah did score the goal that secured the Reds’ 1-0 win against Napoli on matchday six, but he, as well as Mane, has been ineffectual on the continent so far.Maybe that’s the reason for fans of the Merseyside club being a tad nervous after Monday’s draw had them paired with German heavyweights Bayern Munich in the Round of 16.Last year, when the Liverpool forwards were playing outstandingly week in, week out, the belief that they could go toe-to-toe with the best sides was unshakable.Their away day blues haven’t helped either, with four successive defeats on the road since last season.Article continues belowThe situation at both clubs could well change in the upcoming months, but with the Bavarian giants’ hitherto unpredictable campaign, Liverpool shouldn’t have anything to fear against Nico Kovac’s side.Perhaps that confidence would be greater if Mane and Salah were consistently proving their worth in the tough games this season, and Liverpool hadn’t been getting outclassed on their recent away trips on the continent.Nevertheless, the African pair have two months to find their feet, and in turn feed the belief that the Reds have absolutely nothing to fear against the five-time European champions.
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Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool: Sane winner cuts deficit

Thanks for joining me for what was a clear battle between the best two sides in England. Liverpool's unbeaten run has gone but they'll be delighted to have daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in January. City will have renewed belief that they can claw back The Reds' advantage over the coming weeks....and Spurs remain in the mix. It's all to play for!Peeeeeeeepppp!! It's full time and City have cut the deficit at the top of the Premier League to four points.90'+5' Ederson clears a dead ball straight out and Liverpool have one last chance...90'+4' Agüero picks up a loose ball and goes for goal from his own half, not causing any trouble. More balls then lifted in hopefully to those in the City box but it's cleared on each occasion.90'+2' Liverpool building more and more pressure but unable to get a shot away. Time is running out.Five minutes of added time.90' Into the final minute and few fans have left the stadium early. Sane breaks again but as Shakiri wins the ball back he gives it to Lovren who decides City should have another goal...twice! The first gift is saved by Alisson, the second flies just wide.89' Bernardo Silva booked for a high kick.88' Kompany off for Otamendi (Walker had already replaced laporte)87' Liverpool defintely piling on the pressure in search of an equaliser. They know that losing 2-1 or 3-1 is irrelevant but 2-2 would be so valuable.Sturridge on for Wijnaldum85' Guardiola raging about that last play which resulted in a chance for Liverpool. He believes play should have been brought back for a foul. The ref trotts over to calm things down.84' CHANCE!!! Salah released and gets a shot away from the left channel. Ederson blocks away and it's a Liverpool corner. High pressure81' That pressure had City hearts in their mouths as the ball bounced around in front of Ederson's goal but then Sterling gets the best of Robertson (first time in the game) on the breakaway. He releases Agüero who rounds Alisson to slot home but the big keeper does excellently to get back and block.80' The Reds taking more control here as City sit deeper and soak up the pressure...78' Both sides have suddenly started a much more direct approach, searching out runners a phase or two ahead of them. Fabinho has been a positive addition to the visitors' midfield.76' Again Alisson, Van Dijk and Lovren decide to play keep ball in and around their own area as they wait for an opening to build. Brave with blue shirts descending.74' The onus is back on Liverpool who, it must be said, continue to look a threat when they have the ball. That goal was the tenth Klopp's defence has conceded in the league this season.Man City 2-1 Liverpool (Sane)72' GOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!!! City are back in front. Sane found Sterling just outside the area and as the impressive German steps into the area he swings a left boot and then watches as the ball strikes the far post and then rolls across the right side of the goalline. Small margins. Great finish.70' It has to be noted that despite Kompany's oft-quoted aging legs, he's class. Fernandinho too is showing his quality.68' Liverpool's tails are up, space appears to be opening up too, but it's anyone's guess what this result is going to be.67' Free-kick to City. Can they get right back? Lifted into the crowded area but it is well away.Man City 1-1 Liverpool (Firmino)65' GOOOAAAALLL!!!!! Firmino levels it up after some sustained pressure from the visitors. TAA over everyone to the far post, Robertson somehow is there and drops it across goal to the Brazilian to head into an empty net.63' CHANCE!! Ederson goes walkabout as a Liverpool throw a free-kick onto the edge of the area and it then falls to Firmino who steps away from two defenders and fires in. Kompany blocks and it's cleared.61' Both sides are still intent on playing out from the back. Nerves of steel it would appear. The balance of play though is still just favouring City.58' Just like in the first 45, City's blistering start is then cancelled out somewhat by Liverpool building some play. A decent shot from distance from TAA had a few in the stadium concerned but then Sane breaks against the young Englishman and Danilo finishes the move with a shot just wide. Interesting state of affairs out there.57' Fabinho on for Milner. Fresh legs in that intense midfield tussle for Klopp.55' TAA decides he's had enough and strides forward through the middle of the park. It looks dangerous but the move fizzles out.52' More pressure from the hosts, as Liverpool start this second half sluggishly. Sterling goes down looking for a penalty but it was just strength from Robertson who continues to win that battle. Then Fernandinho shoots from distance...one you'll not see in the highlights reel.50' Mané set away into space but his cross is safely into the hands of Ederson.48' Lovren gets the better of Agüero this time but then City have The Reds defence worried as they win the ball back in the final third. Eventually cleared but City are out wanting to calm some nerves quickly.47' Sterling wins a free-kick off Mané after he escapes the Van Dijk press. The reaction from big defender shows just how much he despises making any type of mistake.City get it goingThat's the teams coming out. Settle back in...Guardiola on course to add to his Klopp encounters Guardiola on course to add to his Klopp encountersWe've also seen a half packed with moments of high quality skill, especially under that pressure talked about. The rapid, intricate combinations from the visitors has unlocked City at times, and will be a point of discussion for Pep. The other area he is likely to mention is the joy they've had - albeit less than they are used to against lesser opposition - when setting Sane loose down the left. Lovren, for one, is being tested.As expected, much of Liverpool's danger came on the break, and Klopp will be focusing on a number of positives from that first half as the lads munch down their modern version of the orange quarters. There are few teams better equipped to deal with being pressed but even the talent in sky blue was being harried out of possession on numerous occasion by the hard-working Reds.There are some murmerings of the little Argentine going down easily in the box in the move that lead to his goal (claiming a penalty but being waved onto his feet by the ref) although that is unlikely to have changed what then happened.Well, that was an enjoyable first half. City had more of the ball but struggled to make clear cut chances before Agüero did that thing he always seems to do. Well, that was an enjoyable first half. City had more of the ball but struggled to make clear cut chances before Agüero did that thing he always seems to do.Half-time | Man City 1-0 Liverpool45'+2' One last chance for the visitors as they loft the ball into the mixer. The header back across goal almost falls for a shooting opportunity but the danger dies down and the referee purses his lips...45'+2' Second booking for City. Laporte halves Milner who reaches the ball just before him.45'+1' We start the two minutes of injury time. The Reds have tried a couple of balls into the front men's feet but both have fallen just behind the intended target.44' The home fans are in good voice now (actually they have been all night) as City look to keep the pressure on. Liverpool though are quick to get some more possession and look for openings. We'll see if the goal changes any of the structure to the game.Man City 1-0 Liverpool (Agüero)41' GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Agüero fires into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles, the power and close proximity of the strike taking it past Alisson before he can get his arms up.40' Sane has Lovren on toast there as he sprints around the outside of him but the ball across is punched away strongly by Alisson. Sterling then can't control well to get a shot away and the danger looks to have been cleared...38' Card for Wijnaldum who nicks Sane on the run, sending him flying into Henderson.37' TAA skips past the press and sets Salah scampering off down the right. Strong, masterful defending from Kompany sorts that out though.35' Sterling vs Robertson part III. The Scot comes out on top again. Liverpool then try to build down the left but good pressure forces Mané into a mistake.34' Corner delivered into the penalty area and a foul by Bernardo Silva allows a few seconds to breathe.33' Agüero and Sane again link up well down the left, the German again getting a cross in. Van Dijk sticks a boot through it and its out for a corner.31' Kompany joins the card count with a dangerous looking challenge on Salah. No major injury but the flying tackle had minimal sign of the Belgian being in control of his limbs.30' As we reach the half-hour mark there are still no goals and few chances to speak about (other than the most obvious). High-tempo and very competitive. Great, eh!?28' Great ball over the heads of Robertson and Sterling allows the City winger to control and pull back across the area for David Silva. He quickly controls and shoots but there are enough bodies in his way. Mané then hits long and wide for Salah to chase onto...but too wide.24' The ball looked to have gone out for a Liverpool throw but City play to the whistle and Agüero feeds Sane into the left channel. The German's low cross appears to be rolling towards an advancing forward but a red-socked boot gets there first.22' City have moved the whole play forward since that fortunate escape. Maybe they see that incident as a sign that today is their day.20' Lovren into the book after a late challenge on Agüero. Guess who City may target from now on...Wow! The replay shows that the ball was around a centimetre from being over the line!18' CHANCE!!! And what a chance. Mané hits the post after a sweet move between Salah and Firmino, and then Ederson saves(!) the clearance from Stones which almost bounces over the goal line but for a last ditch clearance as Salah pounced.16' The game has balanced out from the opening flurry by the home side. Ederson is being used as an out for City players under pressure and Liverpool are getting more of the ball in the midfield.14' City drop a couple of lifted balls into the area around the edge of Alisson's area, both cleared several metres by Lovren. From the second, The Reds get an intricate build-up through the middle until an excellent sliding tackle from Silva stops Mané from doing anything further.12' Sterling picks up the ball on the right wing and faces up to Robertson for the first time. He shimmies to go past the Scotsman but, as he's done all season, the defender wins the duel.10' Mané knocked to the ground there by Silva and the free-kick awarded is not enjoyed by the fans. The ref must be expecting this 'critiquing' though.8' Alisson gets the ball played back to him a couple of times in quick succession as Liverpool try to take the sting out of City's play. That then allows them to break down the right and the ball in from TAA (Trent Alexander-Arnold from now on!) takes a deflection into Ederson's arms. First decent move from the league leaders.6' A break in play here as Robertson gets a knock to the head. The ref stopped City from developing their play due to the injury - much to the disgust of the home players and fans.5' There's a good pace about the hosts' play in the opening minutes, giving their visitors no time on the ball. It's a little frantic from The Reds who are yet to gain any type of control.3' Leroy Sane getting plenty of the ball in the early exchanges and makes a clever run inside Alexander-Arnold. His ball across goal is collected by Alisson. Noisy crowd here!2' A slow pass back to Alisson sees the goalkeeper take his time on the clearance and, under pressure, slices it out for a City throw. Nothing interesting comes from there though and Liverpool win a goal kick.1' Immediately the blue shirts swarm all over Liverpool and force them into a mistake. City collect the ball and try to move things forward.Liverpool get us going...Hugs between the respectful managers and it's almost time...We saw the teams announced an hour ago and the question remains how City will line up. English defender John Stones could be deployed at full-back, rather than his usual centre half.The teams are heading out onto the pitch, players looking pretty relaxed, all things considered, but many of them have been in bigger games than this, to be honest.City's slip in their attempts to retain the title saw them lose to Chelsea, Crystal Palace and Leicester. What must be remembered is that they have not played particularly bad in any of those games, but football is not a sport that the best team almost always wins (unlike say rugby or basketball). There have been plenty of matches in which Klopp has gone home knowing they could have dropped more points but got away with it. Don't believe any hype that this title race is over...and that applies even if Liverpool maintain or extend their advantage.City fans may not be happy about their heroes dropping points of late but there is plenty of them to look at as positives for getting the important three points tonight. One is that they were actually a little unlucky not to have won in the reverse fixture at Anfield earlier in the season (one in which Mahrez failed to score a late penalty, but where Pep out-thought Klopp for much of the game). Another is this guy... City fans may not be happy about their heroes dropping points of late but there is plenty of them to look at as positives for getting the important three points tonight. One is that they were actually a little unlucky not to have won in the reverse fixture at Anfield earlier in the season (one in which Mahrez failed to score a late penalty, but where Pep out-thought Klopp for much of the game). Another is this guy...These two lads know a thing or two about games between the cities of Manchester and Liverpool.As we get closer to kick-off, the players have taken to the field to warm up. Salah may be going through his usual paces alongside his teammates but Jürgen Klopp has his eyes on what City are up to.With all the hype that has surrounded this game - not to mention much of the season to date - you could be forgiven for forgetting that Tottenham Hotspur are currently sitting in second place in the Premier League. And their in-demand manager has said what he thinks about the outcome of the so-called 'big two' of the moment.It's unlikely to be on his mind right now but the man who enjoys a no-look pass for Liverpool has won an award, ahead of the likes of Neymar and Marcelo It's unlikely to be on his mind right now but the man who enjoys a no-look pass for Liverpool has won an award, ahead of the likes of Neymar and MarceloA quick look back over a couple of Guardiola's player choices. Former Real Madrid full-back Danilo is given a start over Kyle Walker. Fans who regularly watched him in the white of the European champions may raise an eybrow or two about him being asked to keep tabs on the likes of Mané and Salah, but Pep and City's coaches have been working hard to get him up to the right level for this type of contest.The Reds are getting their shirts together at the Etihad. How will the nerves be? The Reds are getting their shirts together at the Etihad. How will the nerves be?Check out some brilliantly creative GIFs from City fans here, sharing their feelings ahead of the game Check out some brilliantly creative GIFs from City fans here, sharing their feelings ahead of the gameThe home side arriving at the stadium. It's a chilly evening in Manchester The home side arriving at the stadium. It's a chilly evening in ManchesterKlopp's choosing to start with the side that came out in Kiev a few months ago to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Oh, there's one small, tiny, almost insignificant change to that XI. Alisson is playing in goal instead of Karius!So, De Bruyne on the bench but Sterling does start, despite some comments made about his performances against his former side (see preview below). Mahrez is dropped from the last game out, adding some interesting options for Guardiola to use if things aren't going his way.And Liverpool's starting side is out too And Liverpool's starting side is out tooCity announce their team City announce their teamSome level-headed sense being talked by Raphael Honigstein. Don't worry though, we'll try to keep this sort of chat to a minimum ;-) Some level-headed sense being talked by. Don't worry though, we'll try to keep this sort of chat to a minimum ;-)One thing that Klopp mentioned was regarding the tactics and resources he has at his disposal. "We have to use our full, complete toolbox. If we do that, we have a chance." Let's consider that a little further. The high press for Liverpool has proved as valuable a tool as any over 2018, and in the second half of last season it was what allowed the goal-scoring feats of Salah in particular. This season, there has been a less gung-ho approach and that has been a factor in them only conceding eight goals in 20 games. Coming into this game with a seven-point lead on City, many expect the counter-attack to be well-used by Klopp...although the risk of sitting back against the quality against them could prove fatal.The visiting manager Jürgen Klopp is not short of an ear or two when he speaks. He had a chat with talkSport earlier today and spoke about a number of aspects to the City match, aiming throughout to remove any talk of title aspirations. Here's a neat summary of what the German boss had to say... The visiting manager. He had a chat with talkSport earlier today and spoke about a number of aspects to the City match, aiming throughout to remove any talk of title aspirations. Here's a neat summary of what the German boss had to say...LFC's account looked at some of the key encounters for the game... LFC's account looked at some of the key encounters for the game...As part of the build-up to tonight's game, both clubs have been very active in getting their fans into the mood. City had some words from the former Liverpool man, Raheem Sterling As part of the build-up to tonight's game, both clubs have been very active in getting their fans into the mood. City had some words from the former Liverpool man, Raheem SterlingStay with me here as I'll be keeping you posted of team news, noise from inside the respective camps, and much more that is happening across social media and beyond...So much is expected from this game, with the reigning champions hosting the current league leaders, the side that most people feel is the only likely rival to take the title away from the Cityzens.Hello and a very warm welcome to our live coverage here on AS English of the Premier League game from the Etihad stadium in Manchester where Manchester City face Liverpool. Kick off is at 20:00 local time (21:00 CET)
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Ahmed Musa: everything about this bright and talented footballer

The footballers from the Nigerian team have been making us really proud recently. One of the most talented Nigerian players is the forward Ahmed Musa, who has scored a huge number of goals for his club and national team. If you enjoy watching this footballer play and defend the honor of Nigeria on the pitch, you will probably also be interested in the brand new exciting facts about his life and career. Read the Ahmed Musa biography and learn the unknown information about your favourite player!Photo: bbc.comBiography of Ahmed Musa, Nigerian footballerAhmed Musa, who currently plays for the Nigerian national team and the club “Al-Nassr” in Saudi Arabia, is one of the most professional footballers in the country. He has been playing football ever since he was a little boy. He has had a difficult background, but he never gave up, and finally, he reached his dreams of becoming a high-class footballer and playing for the top clubs in Europe, as well as wearing the uniform of the Super Eagles. The biography of Ahmed Musa will definitely inspire you to follow your dreams.Ahmed Musa real ageThe actual age of Ahmed Musa currently is 26 years, which is just the golden age for professional football players. According to Wikipedia, his birthday is on October 14th, 1992. His birthplace was Jos, Plateau State.Ahmed Musa fatherThe father of this famous footballer was Alhaji Musa. Even though the father of Ahmed Musa passed away when he was a young boy, the memory of him still lives on, as his famous son remembers him interviews. He says that he would like for his dad to see him play, score goals and win trophies.Ahmed Musa motherThe mother of Ahmed Musa is a Christian, who comes from Edo State. There were no religious differences in their family, and everyone got along well. Her name is Sarah Moses, and she was Alhaji Musa’s second wife. When her husband suddenly passed away, Sarah had to raise little Ahmed and his four older sisters on her own. Ahmed Musa’s mother has always been very supportive of him. She understood his football potential since it was discovered at the early stages, and always encouraged him to become a professional player. Ahmed Musa had to become the family’s breadwinner when his football career became more and more successful.To this day, Ahmed Musa and family get along well. Unfortunately, one of his sisters passed away in 2013, which made him miss the match of Premier League to fly to his native land and commemorate her.Start of the football careerMusa started his football career in the streets when he had nothing but a ball and some friends who shared his love and passion for football. Later, his skills were recognized and he started his training at the Aminchi Football Academy. It was not easy – he had to go there six days a week, and he had to wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning to get there. But in the end, it was worth it, and his talent, as well as hard work, really shone. Musa remembered that his friends gave him a nickname “Cristiano Ronaldo”, because he was a winger, and they noticed that he was also a fast player, like the Portuguese superstar.Ahmed Musa remembered that he was an Arsenal fan when he was growing up. The reason for his football preferences was the famous player Nwankwo Kanu, who was his inspiration. Ahmed Musa confessed that he was a role model and a hero for him. When he finally got to meet him in the national team, he was really happy. To this day, Ahmed Musa and his childhood idol stay in contact and occasionally speak to each other. Musa says that Kanu always gives him valuable advice.Ahmed Musa’s club careerFrom 2008 to 2010, the Nigerian talent attended the GBS Football Academy, where his professional career started. His talent even got him featured in the local newspaper. Ahmed Musa kept playing football and training in the academy, and he soon got rewarded for his efforts. He was loaned to the club from Jos, JUTH F.C., in 2008.In this club, he played a total of eighteen games, and he scored four goals in two seasons. Eventually, he got loaned to another team – Kano Pillars F.C. He played for this team in the 2009-2010 season. He managed to set the record in the league by scoring a few important goals and helping the Pillars to finish second that year.Until November 2011, Ahmed Musa was an official Nigeria Premier League holder of the record for the highest number of goals, scored in one season – there were 18 goals on his account. He later got beaten by Jude Aneke, the player from Kaduna United F.C., who managed to break his record by scoring 20 goals.The next club of Ahmed Musa was VVV-Venlo, which is a football club from the Netherlands. At first, he had to transfer there in summer 2010. However, there was something that held him down from joining the club immediately, and this was his age – he was only seventeen at the time, and according to the rules of FIFA, he was not eligible for the international transfer. Later, when he turned eighteen in October this year, he officially joined the club. Only a week after his arrival, Ahmed Musa debuted for the VVV-Venlo club. He was in the starting eleven for the game against FC Groningen. In this game, he got fouled and got a penalty kick for his team. He was very soon included in the official rating by Goal.com which listed top-100 of the young football players who the fans should keep an eye on in 2011. He was also put by Lolade Adewuyi, the expert from Goal.com, on the list of ten most talented Nigerian international players of the year 2010. Except for that, Musa was included in the list of 140 world’s best players by IFFHS.In March 2011, the young talent received the national award from the AIT as the footballer of the year. This ceremony was organized at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and took place at the Presidential Hotel. This event was attended by many officials, including the President of Nigerian football federation, Aminu Maigari, and the BBC African footballer of the year award winner, Asamoah Gyan. In April of the same year, the football director of VVV-Venlo club, Mario Captien, confirmed that the club was visited by the representatives of the English team Tottenham Hotspur, and there were discussions about their interest in Ahmed Musa. The scout of the Amsterdam club Ajax also said that their team expressed the interest in the Nigerian player. However, the decision was to be made by Ahmed Musa himself at the end of the football season.There were some important moments in Musa’s career during his time at the VVV-Venlo football club. For instance, in May 2011, Musa contributed to the victory against Feyenoord Rotterdam, which ended all the fears of leaving the Eredivisie. In August 2011, when Ahmed Musa came back from the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011, which took place in Colombia, he appeared for the first time in the 2011-2012 season. It was a game against AFC Ajax, and in this match, he scored two goals. Later, in September of this year, the chairman of VVV-Venlo, Hai Berden, has revealed that their club has turned down a bid for Ahmed Musa, which was last-minute and worth 10 million euros. T his club, according to the official confirmation, was from the German Bundesliga, but the name of the club was kept in secret.Ahmed Musa fondly remembered the time that he got to spend in the Netherlands, as a player of VVV-Venlo football club. He said that it was an amazing experience, and laughed when he remembered one of his big games against Ajax. In that game, he did not only score twice but gave the defender Daley Blind, who later played for Manchester United, a run for his money. This was such an intense battle, that the defender later got tired and had to be substituted.In winter 2012, during the transfer window, it was announced that Ahmed Musa signed with the Russian club CSKA Moscow. The fee of the transfer was undisclosed. He spent four years in Russia, and his career in this club was quite successful. He scored the consolation goal during the 5-1 away loss to A.S. Roma in the Champions League of the season 2014/2015.His good performances for CSKA Moscow have earned him a new four-year contract, which he signed in June 2015. According to this contract, he had to stay in this club until the end of the season 2018/2019. He also became the 5th highest scorer in the 2015-2016 season of Russian Premier League. Ahmed Musa has officially become one of the seven players of the age of 23 or younger, who have reached the double-figure amount of goals in each one of the latest two seasons in the seven top leagues of Europe.Ahmed Musa in CSKA. Photo: championat.comAhmed Musa remembered that after his breakthrough performance at the Under-20 championship in 2011, a lot of English Premier League clubs tried to contact him, but he thought it is too soon for him to move to England. Therefore, he chose to sign with the CSKA Moscow. He enjoyed his time in Russia, despite the severe weather conditions and the “crazy” language, which he had trouble learning.Together with CSKA, he managed to win three Premier League titles, and also got the experience of playing in the Champions League. He spoke about the issue of racism, saying that Russians have made a lot of improvement in this field, and during his time in this country he did not get involved in problematic situations too often. He also expressed his gratitude to the coach of CSKA, Leonid Slutsky, who moved him to the position of the striker and was always encouraging him with kind words. Ahmed Musa said that this coach was like a father to him, and has made him into who he is today.In July 2016, Ahmed Musa was signed by the Leicester City football club from England. His transfer was a record for the club, costing 16.6 million pounds. According to Ahmed Musa, his former childhood idol and good friend Nwankwo Kanu advised him to go to England, saying that he will enjoy his time there. His first goals for Leicester City were scored in the friendly game against Barcelona, which took place in the International Champions Cup 2016. Nonetheless, this game finished in a 4-2 loss for Leicester.Ahmed Musa debuted in the Premier League on August 13th, 2016. This was an opening game of the season against Hull City, where Leicester lost 2-1. His first Premier League goal, however, was scored in the winning game against Crystal Palace, which took place in October 2016. The game ended 3-1, and Ahmed Musa scored the opening goal. In general, during his time in Leicester, he managed to appear 21 times and score two goals.In January 2018, Musa came back to the CSKA Moscow football club. It was a loan from Leicester City, and he had to remain there for the rest of 2017-2018 season. He appeared for 10 times and succeeded in scoring six goals.Nowadays, Ahmed Musa plays in Saudi Arabia, for the local club Al-Nassr. In August 2018, Al-Nassr signed him for the reported 14.5 million pounds. So far, he has made nine appearances for this club and scored five goals.Ahmed Musa’s international careerThe footballer got invited into Nigeria’s national football team for the first time in April 2010. Lars Lagerback, the coach from Sweden, was in charge of Super Eagles back then. Prior to the FIFA World Cup 2010, which took place in South Africa, Ahmed Musa helped Nigeria to win the WAFU Nations Cup 2010, by scoring a goal against the Benin team. During the same tournament, Musa scored an extra-time goal against Burkina-Faso, and this helped Nigeria to qualify into the finals. However, he later got an ankle injury and was forced to miss the upcoming World Cup because of it.When he was only 17 years old, in 2010, Ahmed Musa debuted for the senior team of Nigeria during the qualification games for the Africa Cup of Nations 2012. He substituted John Obi-Mikel against Madagascar, and the team won 2-0. Ahmed Musa scored the debut goal for the national team when they played a friendly match against Kenya in March 2011.The following month, Ahmed Musa was chosen into the under-20 football team for representing Nigeria in the African youth championship qualification. Back then, he was still a player of VVV-Venlo, and the club made a statement about Ahmed Musa having club commitments and being not available for participating in the tournament. However, after negotiating with the Nigerian football federation, the agreement was reached between VVV-Venlo and the representatives of Musa. They agreed that it would be good for him to alternate between South Africa and the Netherlands. So, after the game against Ghana, the defending champions, Ahmed Musa won the award of the most valuable player and had to board the next flight to the Netherlands almost instantly.The same year, in August, Ahmed Musa represented the U-20 Nigerian team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which took place in Colombia. The Nigerian player succeeded in scoring three goals in the five matches. Because of his outstanding performance, Ahmed Musa got on the shortlist of FIFA’s ten candidates to receive the Adidas Golden Ball, the award which had to be given to the most valuable player of FIFA U-20 World Cup. Except that, Ahmed Musa was also nominated for the Most Promising Talent award, organized by the Confederation of African Football. The award, however, was received by Souleymane Coulibaly from Cote d’Ivoire.In light of Africa Cup of Nations 2013, Ahmed Musa was included in the 23-man squad of Super Eagles. He scored a goal in the semi-final against Mali, where Nigeria won 4-1. He also was a substitute in the final against Burkina-Faso, which the Nigerian team won. This way, Ahmed Musa and his team won the continental title, which was the third in Nigeria’s history. This was a successful tournament for him, as he made appearances in the five out of six games. In the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013, Ahmed Musa debuted in all the three group stage games of Nigeria, but the team was eliminated and did not advance to the knockouts stage.READ ALSO: Top 10 famous Nigerian footballers the country is proud ofAhmed Musa became a regular player in the 2014 qualifications for the World Cup, appearing in every match. The coach Stephen Keshi has called him to the squad for FIFA World Cup 2014. In the final group stage match, where they played against Argentina and won 3-2, Ahmed Musa scored two goals. Recalling this moment, Ahmed Musa said that he was walking off the pitch with the shirt of Gonzalo Higuain, and understanding that his life has completely changed. This was when his profile rose, and his football dreams started coming true. Nigeria finished second in their Group F and advanced to the knockouts stage, where they lost to France 2-0.Unfortunately, Ahmed Musa lost his former coach, Stephen Keshi, who passed away from a heart attack at only 54. It was extremely upsetting for Musa, and for a long time, he could not come to terms with this loss. The footballer said that Stephen Keshi was one of the most influential people in his life and another father figure. He has been playing under his guidance for three years and a half. Ahmed Musa only spoke to him two days before his death, and he did not sound like he was suffering an illness, rather healthy. Musa confessed that Nigeria and Africa have lost a coaching legend and a great man.In May 2018, before the next World Cup, Ahmed Musa was included in the Nigerian squad for the tournament in Russia. The player has had a remarkable match against Iceland, which was the second game of their group. He scored two goals, which have become crucial, as the team won 2-0. However, this was not enough to qualify to the knockouts, as the Super Eagles lost to Argentina and were eliminated from the World Cup.Ahmed Musa and his charity initiativesAhmed Musa is a man who invests a lot into charity. Since he understands how difficult it is to become a professional footballer when you grew in a poor Nigerian neighborhood, he now uses his fame and influence to promote sports among Nigerians and ensure the support for youth.He often gives his money to poor people. There are photos on the Internet where he distributes money to the people in need during the holiday of Ramadan. He also helped to rescue more than forty children who were captured in prison and shared a lot of rice and other foods with the starving people.Photo: guardian.ngAhmed Musa marriagesAhmed Musa was married twice. His first marriage was to the woman named Jamila Musa. They had two children together, whose names are Ahmed Musa Jr (2013), and Halima Musa (2015). However, things did not work out between them, and they ended up divorcing each other. Jamila was even accusing Ahmed of domestic violence. They parted ways the same week. A lot of sources suggest that the real reason for their divorce was Ahmed being involved with another woman.Apparently, this woman’s name was Juliet Ejue, and Ahmed has known her for a long time. She comes from Cross River State, even though she now lives in Lagos. After the divorce with his first wife Jamila, Ahmed focused on his relationship with Juliet, and they eventually got married.In March 2017, the couple had the introduction ceremony, and in July 2017, they got officially married. Both looked incredibly happy at the wedding, and it seemed from their bright smiles like the marriage was long overdue.Ahmed Musa responded to all the critics, who were judging his divorce with one wife and marriage to the other, saying that nobody is perfect, including them, and that they should mind their own business.Ahmed Musa and his wife Juliet. Photo: pulse.ngIn 2018, Ahmed Musa’s wife Juliet delivered a healthy baby boy. The footballer revealed the news on Instagram, saying that he was blessed with happiness.Ahmed Musa newborn baby is called Ibrahim, and he is the cutest bundle of joy, which constantly makes his parents happy.READ ALSO: Ahmed Musa's marriage lifeThis is all you needed to know about one of the most talented Nigerian footballers, Ahmed Musa! We hope everything will be good in his career and personal life.READ ALSO: Where is Jay Jay Okocha now?Source: Legit.ng
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R Kelly manager accused of threatening parents featured in Lifetime’s Surviving documentary

R Kelly’s manager has been accused of threatening the parents of Jocylen Savage, one of the controversial R&B singer's alleged abuse victims, to dissuade them from appearing in the documentary Surviving R Kelly.Timothy Savage, from Georgia, US, told an officer on 3 January that Don Russell texted him to say it would be best for him and his family if the documentary did not air, according to a Henry County police report.Savage said that he and his wife were involved with Lifetime’s six-part series, which aired earlier this month and addresses the R&B singer’s controversial history, along with multiple allegations that he sexually abused women and underage girls.Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a monthThey accused Kelly of keeping their daughter in a “sex cult” against her will. Joycelyn denied those claims in a video to TMZ in 2017, saying: “I'm fine and happy. I haven't been brainwashed.”Kelly, who turned 52 on Tuesday 8 January, has categorically denied all of the allegations against him.Russell called Savage while the officer was there, and Savage put the phone on speaker so the officer could listen, according to the police report.During the call, Russell allegedly accused Savage of lying to Lifetime and said that if Savage continued to support the series, Russell and Kelly would be forced to release information that would paint Savage as a liar, which he warned would ruin Savage’s reputation, his business and his family.The case is being forwarded to the criminal investigations division for review, Associated Press reports. Savage had previously contacted police to report harassment after an earlier call from Russell.Shape Created with Sketch. World news in pictures Show all 50 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. 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The "Yellow Vests" (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President's policies and top-down style of governing AFP/Getty 21/50 21 December 2018 A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus outfit hands a flower to man in a wheelchair during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip AFP/Getty 22/50 20 December 2018 Moroccan authorities investigate the scene of the grisly murder of two Scandinavian women at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The suspects in the killings have pledged alleigance to ISIS AP 23/50 19 December 2018 Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu gesture number four (the candidate number on the electoral list) as they protest in Kinshasa after campaigning was called off by the authorities on security grounds Getty 24/50 17 December 2018 Pyongyang residents prepare to lay flowers at the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during National Memorial Day on Mansu Hill. North Korea is marking the seventh anniversary of the death of Kim Jong II AFP/Getty 25/50 16 December 2018 Firefighters work on site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo. According to local media reports, an explosion that triggered a fire occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo in the evening of 16 December. At least 20 people have been reported injured and taken to hospitals. EPA 26/50 15 December 2018 A supporter wears a cast on her broken wrist with 'I (heart) Obamacare' written on it . A federal judge in Texas ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general and a governor opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act EPA 27/50 14 December 2018 A Palestinian carries a flaming tyre amid clashes with Israeli forces. Israel carried out raids in the West Bank today in search of a Palestinian who shot dead two soldiers yesterday AFP/Getty 28/50 13 December 2018 Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and the head rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands during peace talks in Sweden that are being overseen by the UN AFP 29/50 12 December 2018 Baby monkeys play on a wall of India's parliament in New Delhi. Macaque monkeys have swarmed the parliament, destroying important documents, attacking government officials and generally menacing the state Reuters 30/50 11 December 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May at the chancellery in Berlin. May postponed the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote, on 11 December due to risk of rejection from Members of Parliament. She is currently on a whistle stop tour of Europe calling on the leaders of the Netherlands, Germany and EU in Brussels looking for new guide lines for her Northern Ireland backstop EPA 31/50 10 December 2018 Police investigate after an empty school bus crashed in the North Point district of Hong Kong. Two people were killed when a school bus mounted a pavement in a crowded Hong Kong neighbourhood, trapping passers-by underneath and injuring 13, police said AFP/Getty 32/50 9 December 2018 A Boca Juniors' fan cheers at a viewing in Buenos Aires for the Copa Libertadores final against rivals River Plate. The match is being held in Madrid, a neutral ground, after it was twice delayed due to violence AP 33/50 8 December 2018 Protestors wearing "yellow vests" (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. - Paris was on high alert with major security measures in place ahead of fresh "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row. AFP/Getty 34/50 7 December 2018 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts after being elected to leader of the Christian Democratic Union, succeeding the 18 year reign of Angela Merkel Getty 35/50 6 December 2018 Police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration in Athens to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a fatal shooting of a teenager which sparked major riots in Greece in 2008 AFP/Getty 36/50 5 December 2018 The flag-draped casket of former US President George HW Bush is carried by military pallbearers past US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter as it arrives at his state funeral at Washington National Cathedral Reuters 37/50 4 December 2018 High school students burn a barricade in front of their high school during a demonstration against French government Education reforms AFP/Getty 38/50 3 December 2018 Sully, the service dog of former US President George HW Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Texas Courtesy Office of George HW Bush/Reuters 39/50 2 December 2018 Demonstrators march in Brussels to 'claim the climate' as world leaders meet in Poland to discuss the Paris climate agreement targets AP 40/50 1 December 2018 A protester moves to lob a tear gas canister during a protest in Paris today against rising fuel prices Reuters 41/50 30 November 2018 US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave hands in front of other leaders during a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters 42/50 29 November 2018 Firefighters battle a blaze on Fingerfield road at the Deepwater National Park area of Queensland. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in northeastern Australia as bushfires raged across the state amid a scorching heatwave AFP/Getty 43/50 28 November 2018 A child waits to receive free bread by a local charity bakery amid a severe shortage of food in Sana'a, Yemen. According to reports, nearly 22 million people of Yemen's 26-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of increased food insecurity. The impoverished Arab country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to an ongoing brutal conflict that has lasted more than three years that has driven millions to the brink of famine EPA 44/50 27 November 2018 A petrol bomb was thrown towards the Ajax fans during their Champions League away match against AEK Athens in the Greek capital. Home supporters threw flares into the stands also Reuters 45/50 26 November 2018 Ukrainian activists burn flares during their rally in front of the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, on 25 November, announced the decision to introduce martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days. Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels amid their leaving the Kerch Strait. The two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water. The 'Yany Kapu' tugboat was forcibly stopped and captured by special forces of the Russian Federation EPA 46/50 25 November 2018 Women's rights activists gather to march through Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on the International Day for the elimination of violence against women AFP/Getty 47/50 24 November 2018 River Plate's fans clash with riot police after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final match against rivals Boc Juniors was postponed Reuters 48/50 23 November 2018 Elias Lopez, a three-year-old Honduran migrant, plays in between the shields of a line of Mexican riot police, when the group he was part of tried to cross the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Elias Lopez is part of a group of Central American migrants that marched peacefully to the border crossing to demand better conditions and push to enter the US AP 49/50 22 November 2018 Lebanese army soldiers march during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Lebanon's Independence Day, in Beirut, commemorating the liberation from the French Mandate on 22 November 1943 EPA 50/50 21 November 2018 Indian Muslim devotees wave flags as they parade atop vehicles along a street during Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi celebrations in Varanasi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh AFP/GettyA Facebook page that attempted to “expose” R Kelly’s accusers was recently removed by Facebook for violating terms of service.Following the release of the Surviving documentary, TMZ reported that “[Kelly] and his camp” were controlling two sites – a Facebook page named “Surviving Lies” and an in-progress website with the same name – aiming to discredit his accusers and clear his name. It has not been confirmed whether Kelly is behind the sites.The Facebook page was launched with a previously surfaced, unverified recording that allegedly contradicts the testimony of one of the women who appeared in the documentary, which addresses multiple accusations of abuse, predatory behaviour, and paedophilia. Kelly has consistently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse made against him.It also posted screenshots and images of alleged text messages between Kelly and some of his accusers, drawing more than 5,000 followers after it was launched.A Facebook spokesperson commented on the pulled page with the following response: “The page violated our Community Standards and has been removed. We do not tolerate bullying or sharing someone’s private contact information and take action on content that violates our policies as soon as we’re aware.Back in Kelly’s hometown of Chicago, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx addressed reporters after her office was inundated with calls about the allegations made in the documentary, some tied to his Chicago-area home.Foxx watched the series herself and said she found it “deeply, deeply disturbing.”“I was sickened by the allegations. I was sickened as a survivor. I was sickened as a mother. I was sickened as a prosecutor,” she said.Kelly’s Chicago-based attorney, Steve Greenberg, said that the accusations in the Lifetime documentary are false.“Ten and a half years after he was found innocent (at trial of child pornography charges) and to fill reality TV time — someone comes up with another round of stories,” he said in a statement. “No one has found any sex slaves or underage girls because there aren’t any.”He also criticised Foxx for making an assessment of the allegations against Kelly “based on reality TV”.According to sources via multiple publications, the Fulton County District Attorney's office is currently investigating sexual abuse allegations made against Kelly in the documentary.Additional reporting via Associated Press
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Chelsea’s goodbye to Cesc Fabregas in full: Blues pay emotional tribute after midfielder completes...

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Please log in or register with your social accountChelsea have paid a glowing tribute to Cesc Fabregas following confirmation of his move to AS Monaco.The Spain international has joined the Ligue 1 side on a four-and-a-half year deal, reuniting with former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry.The Spain international found first-team opportunities limited under Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge.But the club have bid farewell to the player in a manner usually reserved for club legends with a 1634-word tribute posted on their official website.Here's every word of Chelsea's tribute...Cesc Fabregas has today completed a permanent transfer to Monaco.The midfielder’s switch to the Ligue 1 club brings the curtain down on his four-and-a-half year Chelsea career, a period in which he won four major trophies, including two Premier League titles.The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 22 goals.We thank Cesc for his wonderful service and wish him the very best of luck for the next chapter in what has been a fantastic career.Farewell to a championTwo Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup. Every major domestic honour ticked off.An impressive medal haul for any player.Fabregas arrived at Stamford Bridge as a European Championship and World Cup-winner with Spain, and at club level the midfielder enjoyed a fruitful period in terms of securing major trophies here at Chelsea, having played an integral role in each of those triumphs.Possessing a superb range of passing, an eye for goal and the ability to use the ball well under pressure, it comes as no surprise that Fabregas has been such a key figure in the Chelsea midfield over the last four-and-a-half years.He also deserves great credit for his versatility. Over the course of his time at the club, Fabregas played as a deep-lying midfielder in a 4-2-3-1, as part of a pair in a 3-4-3, further forward in the ‘number 10’ role and, most recently, as the playmaker in a 4-3-3, with his footballing intelligence allowing him to adapt to whatever role he has been asked to fulfil.The midfielder departs England with the second-highest number of assists in Premier League history, 111, after recently making his 350th appearance in the competition during our game against Southampton, and he was also the fastest player to reach 100 Premier League assists, achieving the feat in just 293 matches.Fabregas signed in the summer of 2014 as Jose Mourinho sought to add a creative presence in midfield following the departure of club legend Frank Lampard at the end of the previous season.Immediate impactSupporters wouldn’t have to wait long to witness his ability to open up opposition defences and provide goalscoring opportunities for his team-mates as Fabregas enjoyed a debut to remember in our opening game of the 2014/15 season at Burnley.Operating in a deep midfield role, he dictated the tempo of the game throughout and provided the outstanding moment of quality when he laid on our second goal for Andre Schurrle with an exquisite first-time pass. He then supplied the corner from which Branislav Ivanovic made it 3-1 and deservedly walked away with the Man of the Match award. Two assists in one game. It was a sign of things to come.Fabregas had hit the ground running and the assists continued to arrive early in the campaign, with Diego Costa in particular benefiting from his outstanding ability to pick – and execute – a pass, before he netted his first goal for the club in a Champions League game against Schalke at the Bridge.Mourinho deployed Fabregas alongside Nemanja Matic in a 4-2-3-1 formation and the Blues remained without a defeat in the Premier League until early December, topping the table at Christmas. One of the victories included in that unbeaten sequence came at Crystal Palace when Fabregas finished off a superb passing move to score his first Premier League goal for the club.By the February, Fabregas had won his first trophy as a Chelsea player. Tottenham were beaten 2-0 at Wembley in the League Cup final and it was the Spaniard who provided the pass from which Diego Costa scored our second goal.His experience and calmness under pressure was pivotal as we closed in on the title and Fabregas scored our most important goal of the campaign, an 88th-minute winner away at QPR in April, to send us seven points clear at the top of the table.Victories in three of our next four matches ensured we were crowned champions and Fabregas, who provided 24 assists over the course of the Premier League campaign, was an English top-flight title-winner for the first time in his career.Outstanding technical abilityWhat marked him out as such a talented player during his time at the club was the fact he refused to take the easy option in possession. On receiving the ball, his first thought was always to try and open up the opposition defence, and he did it so well on countless occasions.Think of Fabregas’ most memorable assists and immediately there are a few which spring to mind: The first-time half-volley on his debut against Burnley, the ball from deep which allowed Diego Costa to lob Wojciech Szczesny against Arsenal, the stunning incisive clip in behind the Watford defence from which the striker netted the winner against Watford. The list is endless.His relationship with Diego Costa was a pivotal factor in the success the team enjoyed when the duo played together, while Fabregas’ mental sharpness ensured he enjoyed a fantastic on-pitch understanding with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro, a former team-mate of his with Spain and Barcelona.Fabregas’ second season at the club was one of collective frustration but the Spaniard was our joint-highest appearance maker, and among the six goals he scored were a late equaliser away at Southampton and a superb free-kick against West Ham in a 2-2 draw at the Bridge.Perhaps the biggest test of his time at the club was when Antonio Conte took charge in 2016 and switched to a 3-4-3 system early in the season, with Matic and N’Golo Kante, an arrival from Leicester that summer, preferred as the midfield pairing.Fabregas was used predominantly off the bench early in the campaign although his influence on the team remained. In our first away game of the season, he teed up Diego Costa to score the decisive goal at Watford with an exceptional ball in behind the home side’s defence, and the Spaniard himself netted an extra-time brace as we came from behind to beat Leicester in the League Cup.As the season progressed, Fabregas’ involvement increased, and December was a particularly positive month. With Matic injured, he was handed a rare league start for the trip to Manchester City and impressed, laying on our equaliser for Diego Costa in a 3-1 win with a pinpoint ball which the forward controlled and brought down before firing home.Eleven days later Fabregas showcased his wonderful technical ability with a fine curling finish from outside the box against Sunderland, the only goal of the game, and he provided two more assists as we won a 13th consecutive league game against Stoke City.In February, he put the seal on an important win against former club Arsenal with a deft lob over the head of Petr Cech, and Fabregas was outstanding in the 3-1 victory over Swansea, opening the scoring with a well-taken finish before recording his 102nd assist for Pedro on what was his 300th Premier League appearance.As the Blues closed in on the title Fabregas started more frequently, including in a huge 2-1 win over Man City at the Bridge, while becoming the first player to register 10 assists in six different Premier League seasons as we beat Middlesbrough.His second Premier League title was secured in our next game, away at West Bromwich Albion, with Fabregas completing the full match, and we were only denied what would have been the second Double in the club’s history after losing 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, when Fabregas was introduced as a second-half substitute.FA Cup successFabregas made his 100th appearance for the club in last season’s 1-0 league win over Manchester United and, after scoring a brilliant winner against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium [video below], it was his pass which set Hazard free before he was scythed down by Phil Jones in the FA Cup final. The Belgian, of course, converted the resulting spot-kick to ensure Fabregas had won every major domestic honour during his time as a Chelsea playerWith midfielder Jorginho following Maurizio Sarri, his former manager at Napoli, to Stamford Bridge ahead of the current campaign, opportunities for Fabregas in the Premier League have been limited. He featured heavily in both the Europa League, when he captained the club for the first time in a competitive match against MOL Vidi, and League Cup, his goal proving decisive as we overcame Derby County in the fourth round.In a game against Liverpool in that competition earlier this season Fabregas produced a passing masterclass. The home side couldn’t get near him in the first half and, given time on the ball, he was able to play it long, short, right and left at will. One particular ball, hit first-time over his shoulder to the feet of Cesar Azpilicueta from the edge of our own penalty area, was a moment of pure quality.Fabregas made his 350th Premier League appearance when he came off the bench in our recent draw against Southampton, and his final game in a blue shirt followed against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup last weekend, when he was given the send-off his performances for the club have merited after the final whistle had sounded.There is no doubt Fabregas’s place in the Chelsea history books is assured given his achievements over the past four-and-a-half seasons.Big goals and outstanding moments of quality, all backed up by the ultimate aim, which is to be part of a successful, trophy-winning team.Fabregas, who scored 22 goals for the club in total, departs having helped the club achieve great success, as well as providing our supporters with some wonderful memories.He leaves with the very best wishes of everybody at Chelsea Football Club.Gracias, Cesc!
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R Kelly’s estranged daughter calls him a ‘monster’

The estranged daughter of controversial R&B singer R Kelly has called him a “monster”, following the release of a documentary that detailed the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.Buku Abi (given name Joann Kelly) who is one of Kelly's three children with ex-wife Andrea, has not seen or spoken to her father in years. Her mother married Kelly in 1997 and divorced in 2009, following a child pornography trial against him in which he was found not guilty on all charges.The 20 year old, who lives in Miami, posted a story on Instagram to her 23,000 followers where she denounced Kelly, apparently after she began to be inundated with questions about him.Join Independent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a monthHe is currently facing a criminal investigation over allegations made in Surviving R Kelly of physical, sexual and emotional abuse against multiple women over more than 20 years. Kelly denies all of the allegations.“The same monster you all confronting me about is my father,” Abi wrote. “I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice is not to speak on him and what he does for my peace of mind. My emotional state. And for MY healing. I have to do and move in a manner that is best for me.”My mother, siblings and I would never condone, support or be a part of anything negative he has done or continues to do in his life. Going through all I have gone through in my life, I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt."She added that she is ”devastated“ and said: ”I pray for all the families and women who have been affected by my father's actions."Since Lifetime's documentary aired in the US, a number of high profile figures in the music industry have spoken out against Kelly.Shape Created with Sketch. World news in pictures Show all 50 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. 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The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in a crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket Reuters 5/50 6 January 2019 A gentoo penguin is seen during a promotional event during an annual ice festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China Reuters 6/50 5 January 2019 Snow covers the statue of Alexander the Great at the seaside promenade of Thessaloniki, Greece Reuters 7/50 4 January 2019 Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a commercial market in Jalalabad, Afghanistan Reuters 8/50 3 January 2019 AFP/Getty 9/50 2 January 2019 Two men walk past a damaged cargo train after an accident in Nyborg, Denmark. Several people were killed in the crash on a bridge connecting two islands in Denmark, police said AFP/Getty 10/50 1 January 2019 Emergency officers transporting a baby survivor after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk. Russian rescuers have been forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble of a collapsed high-rise apartment block as the building risked crumbling further, officials said, with the incident claiming at least seven lives. Part of the 10-storey building collapsed following a gas explosion on the morning of December 31, in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, east of Moscow in the Ural mountains Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP/Getty 11/50 31 December 2018 Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney AP 12/50 30 December 2018 Bangladeshi army personnel drive a military vehicle through a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka. Bangladesh headed to the polls following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. AFP/Getty 13/50 29 December 2018 Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli speaks to journalists as he arrives at the hospital where Vietnamese victims of an attack on a tourist bus where taken, in Al-Haram district in the Egyptian capital Cairo's western twin city of Giza. - Three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide were killed on December 28 when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus as it travelled close to the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, officials said. AFP/Getty 14/50 28 December 2018 Bright blue light is seen after a transformer explosion at an electric power station in the New York City borough of Queens Reuters 15/50 27 December 2018 The Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. Residents of the tower have been told to leave for a second time in four days to enable the company and investigators to conduct a 'comprehensive investigation' into a crack on the tenth floor of the building. Emergency services were called on the afternoon of the 24 December after residents of the building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning EPA 16/50 26 December 2018 A young man dressed in a Father Christmas suit distributes gifts to children in the old city of Mosul AFP/Getty 17/50 25 December 2018 A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell. The traditional 200-meter Christmas swimming race gathered more than 300 participants on Barcelona's old harbour AFP/Getty 18/50 24 December 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington AFP/Getty 19/50 23 December 2018 An aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Carita after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. 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The "Yellow Vests" (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President's policies and top-down style of governing AFP/Getty 21/50 21 December 2018 A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus outfit hands a flower to man in a wheelchair during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip AFP/Getty 22/50 20 December 2018 Moroccan authorities investigate the scene of the grisly murder of two Scandinavian women at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The suspects in the killings have pledged alleigance to ISIS AP 23/50 19 December 2018 Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu gesture number four (the candidate number on the electoral list) as they protest in Kinshasa after campaigning was called off by the authorities on security grounds Getty 24/50 17 December 2018 Pyongyang residents prepare to lay flowers at the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during National Memorial Day on Mansu Hill. North Korea is marking the seventh anniversary of the death of Kim Jong II AFP/Getty 25/50 16 December 2018 Firefighters work on site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo. According to local media reports, an explosion that triggered a fire occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo in the evening of 16 December. At least 20 people have been reported injured and taken to hospitals. EPA 26/50 15 December 2018 A supporter wears a cast on her broken wrist with 'I (heart) Obamacare' written on it . A federal judge in Texas ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general and a governor opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act EPA 27/50 14 December 2018 A Palestinian carries a flaming tyre amid clashes with Israeli forces. Israel carried out raids in the West Bank today in search of a Palestinian who shot dead two soldiers yesterday AFP/Getty 28/50 13 December 2018 Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and the head rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands during peace talks in Sweden that are being overseen by the UN AFP 29/50 12 December 2018 Baby monkeys play on a wall of India's parliament in New Delhi. Macaque monkeys have swarmed the parliament, destroying important documents, attacking government officials and generally menacing the state Reuters 30/50 11 December 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May at the chancellery in Berlin. May postponed the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote, on 11 December due to risk of rejection from Members of Parliament. She is currently on a whistle stop tour of Europe calling on the leaders of the Netherlands, Germany and EU in Brussels looking for new guide lines for her Northern Ireland backstop EPA 31/50 10 December 2018 Police investigate after an empty school bus crashed in the North Point district of Hong Kong. Two people were killed when a school bus mounted a pavement in a crowded Hong Kong neighbourhood, trapping passers-by underneath and injuring 13, police said AFP/Getty 32/50 9 December 2018 A Boca Juniors' fan cheers at a viewing in Buenos Aires for the Copa Libertadores final against rivals River Plate. The match is being held in Madrid, a neutral ground, after it was twice delayed due to violence AP 33/50 8 December 2018 Protestors wearing "yellow vests" (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. - Paris was on high alert with major security measures in place ahead of fresh "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row. AFP/Getty 34/50 7 December 2018 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts after being elected to leader of the Christian Democratic Union, succeeding the 18 year reign of Angela Merkel Getty 35/50 6 December 2018 Police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration in Athens to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a fatal shooting of a teenager which sparked major riots in Greece in 2008 AFP/Getty 36/50 5 December 2018 The flag-draped casket of former US President George HW Bush is carried by military pallbearers past US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter as it arrives at his state funeral at Washington National Cathedral Reuters 37/50 4 December 2018 High school students burn a barricade in front of their high school during a demonstration against French government Education reforms AFP/Getty 38/50 3 December 2018 Sully, the service dog of former US President George HW Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Texas Courtesy Office of George HW Bush/Reuters 39/50 2 December 2018 Demonstrators march in Brussels to 'claim the climate' as world leaders meet in Poland to discuss the Paris climate agreement targets AP 40/50 1 December 2018 A protester moves to lob a tear gas canister during a protest in Paris today against rising fuel prices Reuters 41/50 30 November 2018 US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave hands in front of other leaders during a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters 42/50 29 November 2018 Firefighters battle a blaze on Fingerfield road at the Deepwater National Park area of Queensland. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in northeastern Australia as bushfires raged across the state amid a scorching heatwave AFP/Getty 43/50 28 November 2018 A child waits to receive free bread by a local charity bakery amid a severe shortage of food in Sana'a, Yemen. According to reports, nearly 22 million people of Yemen's 26-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of increased food insecurity. The impoverished Arab country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to an ongoing brutal conflict that has lasted more than three years that has driven millions to the brink of famine EPA 44/50 27 November 2018 A petrol bomb was thrown towards the Ajax fans during their Champions League away match against AEK Athens in the Greek capital. Home supporters threw flares into the stands also Reuters 45/50 26 November 2018 Ukrainian activists burn flares during their rally in front of the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine. 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The 'Yany Kapu' tugboat was forcibly stopped and captured by special forces of the Russian Federation EPA 46/50 25 November 2018 Women's rights activists gather to march through Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on the International Day for the elimination of violence against women AFP/Getty 47/50 24 November 2018 River Plate's fans clash with riot police after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final match against rivals Boc Juniors was postponed Reuters 48/50 23 November 2018 Elias Lopez, a three-year-old Honduran migrant, plays in between the shields of a line of Mexican riot police, when the group he was part of tried to cross the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Elias Lopez is part of a group of Central American migrants that marched peacefully to the border crossing to demand better conditions and push to enter the US AP 49/50 22 November 2018 Lebanese army soldiers march during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Lebanon's Independence Day, in Beirut, commemorating the liberation from the French Mandate on 22 November 1943 EPA 50/50 21 November 2018 Indian Muslim devotees wave flags as they parade atop vehicles along a street during Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi celebrations in Varanasi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh AFP/Getty 1/50 10 January 2019 Supporters of Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections; celebrate along the streets of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Reuters 2/50 9 January 2019 Philippine Coast Guards keep watch as Roman Catholic devotees cross the bridge in a raucous procession of the Black Nazarene to celebrate its feast day in Manila. Tens of thousands of mostly barefoot Filipino Catholics joined the annual procession of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene which usually ends before dawn the next day AP 3/50 8 January 2019 A car trapped in snowdrifts in southeastern Poland. Many cities in whole Poland have been affected by snowfall EPA 4/50 7 January 2019 Actor Kevin Spacey pleaded non-guilty to sexual assault charge at Nantucket District Court in Massachusetts. 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Russian rescuers have been forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble of a collapsed high-rise apartment block as the building risked crumbling further, officials said, with the incident claiming at least seven lives. Part of the 10-storey building collapsed following a gas explosion on the morning of December 31, in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk, east of Moscow in the Ural mountains Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP/Getty 11/50 31 December 2018 Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney AP 12/50 30 December 2018 Bangladeshi army personnel drive a military vehicle through a street adorned with election posters near a polling station in Dhaka. Bangladesh headed to the polls following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists. AFP/Getty 13/50 29 December 2018 Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli speaks to journalists as he arrives at the hospital where Vietnamese victims of an attack on a tourist bus where taken, in Al-Haram district in the Egyptian capital Cairo's western twin city of Giza. - Three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide were killed on December 28 when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus as it travelled close to the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, officials said. AFP/Getty 14/50 28 December 2018 Bright blue light is seen after a transformer explosion at an electric power station in the New York City borough of Queens Reuters 15/50 27 December 2018 The Opal Tower at Sydney Olympic Park, Australia. Residents of the tower have been told to leave for a second time in four days to enable the company and investigators to conduct a 'comprehensive investigation' into a crack on the tenth floor of the building. Emergency services were called on the afternoon of the 24 December after residents of the building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning EPA 16/50 26 December 2018 A young man dressed in a Father Christmas suit distributes gifts to children in the old city of Mosul AFP/Getty 17/50 25 December 2018 A participant in a Santa Claus costume jumps into the water during the 109th edition of the 'Copa Nadal' (Christmas Cup) swimming competition in Barcelona's Port Vell. The traditional 200-meter Christmas swimming race gathered more than 300 participants on Barcelona's old harbour AFP/Getty 18/50 24 December 2018 US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington AFP/Getty 19/50 23 December 2018 An aerial photo shows damaged buildings in Carita after the area was hit by a tsunami on December 22 following an eruption of the Anak Krakatoa volcano. 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The "Yellow Vests" (Gilets Jaunes) movement in France originally started as a protest about planned fuel hikes but has morphed into a mass protest against President's policies and top-down style of governing AFP/Getty 21/50 21 December 2018 A Palestinian man wearing a Santa Claus outfit hands a flower to man in a wheelchair during a demonstration near the border between Israel and Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip AFP/Getty 22/50 20 December 2018 Moroccan authorities investigate the scene of the grisly murder of two Scandinavian women at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The suspects in the killings have pledged alleigance to ISIS AP 23/50 19 December 2018 Supporters of Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Martin Fayulu gesture number four (the candidate number on the electoral list) as they protest in Kinshasa after campaigning was called off by the authorities on security grounds Getty 24/50 17 December 2018 Pyongyang residents prepare to lay flowers at the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il during National Memorial Day on Mansu Hill. North Korea is marking the seventh anniversary of the death of Kim Jong II AFP/Getty 25/50 16 December 2018 Firefighters work on site where a large explosion occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo. According to local media reports, an explosion that triggered a fire occurred at a restaurant in Sapporo in the evening of 16 December. At least 20 people have been reported injured and taken to hospitals. EPA 26/50 15 December 2018 A supporter wears a cast on her broken wrist with 'I (heart) Obamacare' written on it . A federal judge in Texas ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general and a governor opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act EPA 27/50 14 December 2018 A Palestinian carries a flaming tyre amid clashes with Israeli forces. Israel carried out raids in the West Bank today in search of a Palestinian who shot dead two soldiers yesterday AFP/Getty 28/50 13 December 2018 Yemen's foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) and the head rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shake hands during peace talks in Sweden that are being overseen by the UN AFP 29/50 12 December 2018 Baby monkeys play on a wall of India's parliament in New Delhi. Macaque monkeys have swarmed the parliament, destroying important documents, attacking government officials and generally menacing the state Reuters 30/50 11 December 2018 German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes British Prime Minister Theresa May at the chancellery in Berlin. May postponed the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote, on 11 December due to risk of rejection from Members of Parliament. She is currently on a whistle stop tour of Europe calling on the leaders of the Netherlands, Germany and EU in Brussels looking for new guide lines for her Northern Ireland backstop EPA 31/50 10 December 2018 Police investigate after an empty school bus crashed in the North Point district of Hong Kong. Two people were killed when a school bus mounted a pavement in a crowded Hong Kong neighbourhood, trapping passers-by underneath and injuring 13, police said AFP/Getty 32/50 9 December 2018 A Boca Juniors' fan cheers at a viewing in Buenos Aires for the Copa Libertadores final against rivals River Plate. The match is being held in Madrid, a neutral ground, after it was twice delayed due to violence AP 33/50 8 December 2018 Protestors wearing "yellow vests" (gilets jaunes) clash with riot police near the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris during a protest against rising costs of living they blame on high taxes. - Paris was on high alert with major security measures in place ahead of fresh "yellow vest" protests which authorities fear could turn violent for a second weekend in a row. AFP/Getty 34/50 7 December 2018 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts after being elected to leader of the Christian Democratic Union, succeeding the 18 year reign of Angela Merkel Getty 35/50 6 December 2018 Police use tear gas against protesters during a demonstration in Athens to commemorate the 10th anniversary of a fatal shooting of a teenager which sparked major riots in Greece in 2008 AFP/Getty 36/50 5 December 2018 The flag-draped casket of former US President George HW Bush is carried by military pallbearers past US President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter as it arrives at his state funeral at Washington National Cathedral Reuters 37/50 4 December 2018 High school students burn a barricade in front of their high school during a demonstration against French government Education reforms AFP/Getty 38/50 3 December 2018 Sully, the service dog of former US President George HW Bush in his final months, lays in front of Bush's casket at the George H Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, Texas Courtesy Office of George HW Bush/Reuters 39/50 2 December 2018 Demonstrators march in Brussels to 'claim the climate' as world leaders meet in Poland to discuss the Paris climate agreement targets AP 40/50 1 December 2018 A protester moves to lob a tear gas canister during a protest in Paris today against rising fuel prices Reuters 41/50 30 November 2018 US President Donald Trump, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave hands in front of other leaders during a family photo at the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina Reuters 42/50 29 November 2018 Firefighters battle a blaze on Fingerfield road at the Deepwater National Park area of Queensland. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in northeastern Australia as bushfires raged across the state amid a scorching heatwave AFP/Getty 43/50 28 November 2018 A child waits to receive free bread by a local charity bakery amid a severe shortage of food in Sana'a, Yemen. According to reports, nearly 22 million people of Yemen's 26-million population are in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of increased food insecurity. The impoverished Arab country is experiencing a humanitarian crisis due to an ongoing brutal conflict that has lasted more than three years that has driven millions to the brink of famine EPA 44/50 27 November 2018 A petrol bomb was thrown towards the Ajax fans during their Champions League away match against AEK Athens in the Greek capital. Home supporters threw flares into the stands also Reuters 45/50 26 November 2018 Ukrainian activists burn flares during their rally in front of the Russian Consulate in Kharkiv, Ukraine. The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council, on 25 November, announced the decision to introduce martial law in Ukraine for a period of 60 days. Russia seized three Ukrainian vessels amid their leaving the Kerch Strait. The two small-sized 'Berdiansk' and 'Nikopol' armored artillery boats had come under enemy fire and are now dead in the water. The 'Yany Kapu' tugboat was forcibly stopped and captured by special forces of the Russian Federation EPA 46/50 25 November 2018 Women's rights activists gather to march through Taksim Square to protest against gender violence in Istanbul on the International Day for the elimination of violence against women AFP/Getty 47/50 24 November 2018 River Plate's fans clash with riot police after the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final match against rivals Boc Juniors was postponed Reuters 48/50 23 November 2018 Elias Lopez, a three-year-old Honduran migrant, plays in between the shields of a line of Mexican riot police, when the group he was part of tried to cross the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico. Elias Lopez is part of a group of Central American migrants that marched peacefully to the border crossing to demand better conditions and push to enter the US AP 49/50 22 November 2018 Lebanese army soldiers march during a parade to mark the 75th anniversary of Lebanon's Independence Day, in Beirut, commemorating the liberation from the French Mandate on 22 November 1943 EPA 50/50 21 November 2018 Indian Muslim devotees wave flags as they parade atop vehicles along a street during Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi celebrations in Varanasi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh AFP/GettyLady Gaga apologised yesterday (10 January) for working with him on the song ”Do What U Want (With My Body)“ in 2013.In a statement on Twitter, Gaga wrote: “I stand behind these women 1000%, believe them, know they are suffering and in pain, and feel strongly that their voices should be heard and taken seriously.“What I am hearing about the allegations against R Kelly is absolutely horrifying and indefensible. As a victim of sexual assault myself, I made both the song and video at a dark time in my life, my intention was to create something extremely defiant and provocative because I was angry and still hadn’t processed the trauma that had occurred in my own life.”
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ES Football Newsletter Enter your email address Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in or register with your social accountHaving been named Manchester United interim manager after the club dismissed Jose Mourinho on Tuesday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hold his first press conference as Man Utd boss on Friday.Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant Mike Phelan will work with Solskjaer, along with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna, with United looking for a coach with links to the club.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is Ed Woodward’s long-term favourite to transform United – and he will feature heavily in a ‘thorough and extensive process’ to find the ideal successor to Mourinho to work alongside a Director of Football.Woodward heralded Solskjaer's appointment as the return of a 'club legend' following his heroics in the Champions League final in 1999 in the club's infamous treble-winning season.As reported by Standard Sport, Solskjaer faces somewhat of battle – should he want it – to the land job full-time, with Utd understood to be continuing their search for Mourinho’s long-term successor regardless of the Norwegian’s success. He has however confirmed his desire to have the job full-time .Meanwhile, United will press ahead with their January transfer plans despite sacking Mourinho.Solskjaer will be consulted, but any moves will focus on long-standing targets set out as far back as the summer with Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly a top priority.Follow the latest news and reaction with Standard Sport's LIVE blog!Live UpdatesTACTICS Team news for Solskjaer’s first match… against Cardiff City Romelu Lukaku is set to miss Solskjaer’s first game in charge of Manchester United after being given time off.Solskjaer is yet to see the Belgium striker, who is believed to been given compassionate leave this week. Photo: AFP United’s interim manager has sought the advice of coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna ahead of picking his first team since taking over from Jose Mourinho.Luke Shaw is fit again, but Chris Smalling is a doubt after pulling up injured in the warm up at Liverpool on Sunday.Victor Lindelof return from a groin injury for the 3-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side, while Phil Jones also overcame fitness concerns to make the bench.All eyes will be on whether Paul Pogba is recalled after being dropped in Mourinho’s final weeks in the job.Asked about how he would handle Pogba, Solskjaer was diplomatic during his first press conference in the job.“It’s about getting very player to the best,” he said. “Speaking to them, getting them on the training ground and getting my philosophy, principles, how we want to play through to them.“It’s not a matter of what team you’re coaching. They all want to have a picture of how you want to play.“They are quality players so it will be easier to get the players expressing themselves.“You want to play with courage, go out there and express your skills.“Sir Alex (Ferguson) said go out and express yourselves, take risks.“The last game he had as a manager was 5-5 against West Brom. That was almost the perfect end to him as a manager and I want the players to be similar. Be the kids that love to play football and go out in front of the best fans in the world.”That is all for now... That is the lot from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's broadcast section of his first press conference as Manchester United manager. There'll be more from the United boss on the site throughout the day and in the build-up to his first game against Cardiff. 'We will play without fear' "It is about getting every player to their very best, speaking to them on the training ground and getting your philosophy through. "No matter what team or players you are coaching they want a picture of how you want to play. These are quality players they will be able to express themselves. "We play at Manchester United, you play without fear." How has Sir Alex influenced you? "He influenced me with everything, the way he has dealt with people the way he was the manager, how he kept 25 internationals, as we are talking about here now, happy and hungry. He has been my mentor. "I have already been in touch with him, there is no one better to get advice from." How will you deal with players who are unhappy about game time? "My job is to help the players and make them grasp the opportunity now. They all want to be part of Manchester United and I am here to help them. "When you are Manchester United there are a set of standards and demands that you have to be a team player. I don’t think there are any players who have been on the bench more than me." Know something about comebacks, is there a points target? "First game, we’ll get my principles into the boys, get them playing how we want to play as a team, work together and then let’s take the results later on. This club has made up many points before but I am not going to set that target now." Lukaku, reports he was on compassionate leave? "He has had a couple of days off, I’ve not seen Alexis [Sanchez either] because he is on his way back as well. I am looking forward to seeing them but that was decided before me." What about January? "I will have an input but the job is to get to know the players, observe them I’ve seen more or less every game from Norway but to get to know the players, what do I think I can improve them on and the club have got the rec and scouting, they’ve got their targets but I’ve not sat down and talked about that." How are the players? “They’re footballers, they are happy there has been a good mood, every time you meet new people you are excited. “I know a few of them before from the reserves and I’ve seen a few of them grow up when I was a player as well.” An easy decision “Was there any doubt? No, of course not. “I didn’t think twice when they called to sign as a player and this is more of an honour and a privilege to be helping the club for a few months.” 'So many who would love the job' "When you get a job like this and they ask you to sign for six months you say yeah, I’m happy to help out and my job is to do as well as I can and they understand there are so many managers who would love to be manager of Manchester United. "I’m one of them but it’s not something we’ve talked about, they’ll do a process for the next six months." Ten minute warning We'll be bringing you Solskjaer's first words to the media from 9am, make sure you're ready. What's on the agenda? There's plenty to sort for Solskjaer in his first few days back at Manchester United, club record signing Paul Pogba being a key part of that. Standard Sport's James Robson took a look at the situation... . How he handles Paul Pogba will be fascinating."Woodward made it very clear just how important the Frenchman is to the club by insisting he would not be sold despite tensions with Mourinho."While his crass Instagram post in response to Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday could not be further removed from the actions someone like Solskjaer, it is vital the new manager gets the best out of the club’s record signing."Having been schooled by Sir Alex Ferguson, Solskjaer’s commitment to attacking football is sure to appeal to Pogba – indeed the entire squad."He is likely to stick to Mourinho’s 4-3-3 formation – largely due to the players at his disposal at United - or a 4-2-3-1. He has deployed both at Molde in recent times."Solskjaer's managerial record Molde68 wins31 defeats24 draws Two League titles and a Norwegian cup Cardiff9 wins16 defeats5 draws Molde (second spell)66 wins33 defeats19 draws SOCIAL Busy day It'll be a packed out press conference at Carrington this morning with media from across the world ready and waiting in the dark, as this picture from the BBC's Simon Stone shows. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will meet the media for the first time on Friday morning after replacing Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.The 45-year-old is due to speak to reporters at the club's Carrington training headquarters at 8.30am ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Cardiff, the club he managed for nine months in 2014.He will do so having promised the players a chance to prove themselves all over again after some fell out of favour under Mourinho. PAWorld Cup winner Paul Pogba, a £89.3million signing from Juventus, started only one of Mourinho's last four games in charge and has looked a shadow of the player who played a key role in France's triumph in Russia this summer, but he will be one of those hoping to show he can rediscover his best form under Solskjaer.The Norwegian told MUTV: "Playing games is the best time of your life and the more games you get, the better it is. For me as a manager now, it's great because you have to rotate, so you will get to see many players and they'll get the chance."Everyone in the squad knows that 'I've got a chance now' because whatever has gone, whatever has happened has happened. Now it's just about from here."Everyone starts with a clean slate and we want players to perform, and we'll give them the chance."Mourinho's two-and-a-half-year reign came to a close with United sitting in sixth place in the table, 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, and receiving criticism for the style of football they were playing.Solskjaer, who enjoyed a stellar 11-year playing career at Old Trafford during which he scored the winner in the 1999 Champions League final, vowed to allow his players to express themselves after taking charge until the end of the season.Asked if he had been able to run the rule over Cardiff during what he admitted had been a "whirlwind" few days, he said: "Of course, I have watched the Premier League, I have seen all the teams, so I have got a little bit of a view on them."But it's not about the opposition, it's about us. It's about Manchester United, it's about our players knowing what they can do."We want to see them express themselves, so my main focus, of course, will be on us, how we want the team to play, and then we will give them one or two details about the opposition."We have got 23, 24 players, they're all quality and they'll all get a chance now. With the amount of games coming up, they have got a chance to show that they are Manchester United players." Solskjaer's first full day back at Manchester United is almost over. Tomorrow, he faces the press for the first time as manager. Join us again for that. Solskjaer keen to restore club's 'identity' and academy 'tradition'​ This will be music to the ears of United fans everywhere - Solskjaer hinted he will offer more first-team opportunities to the club's academy stars after revealing that he intends to follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Matt Busby to restore the club's "identity".Solskjaer worked with the likes of Jesse Lingard and (briefly) Paul Pogba while he was manager of United's reserve team from 2008 to 2010, and revealed that he has been following the Red Devils' academy prospects even when managing Molde.With 32-year-old Kieran McKenna - previously United's Under-18 boss before being promoted to Jose Mourinho's first-team coaching roster - forming part of his backroom staff and former United team-mate Nicky Butt overseeing United's youth academy, Solskjaer made no secret of his desire to form a pathway for talented youngsters to play on the biggest stage.Speaking to MUTV for the first time since being hired, Solskjaer said: "I have [watched the academy players] and I've always been interested, and of course being a manager in Norway and at Molde, that kind of, that range of players, I've been trying with Nicky to get players on loan to Molde."Kieran's done a great job in the academy, now he's in with the first team and really highly regarded."It's the same with coaches as players - you want them to know what Man United is about, and he's been there now for a few years."I think that link between the academy and the first team is crucial, because we bring players through and develop them to play a certain way, and then they know when they get to the first team 'this is how we want you to play'."Asked about whether promoting youth players formed the 'DNA' of the club, Solskjaer agreed: "That's the identity, our identity. I was in the reserves, so I've been on that side of it."The link between the academy and the first team, I know first-hand how important it is... that's in our tradition."It doesn't just go back to to the Class of '92; it goes back even further than Sir Alex Ferguson, back to Sir Matt Busby."He had a saying, I'll never forget: 'If you're good enough, you're old enough.' I really hope that I can be a part of that tradition."Solskjaer also revealed that he was impressed by United's 4-3 Youth Cup win over Chelsea, during which Mason Greenwood scored a fine hat-trick against the holders."There are some great youngsters coming through, I have to say," he added. "I watched the Chelsea game, the youth cup game, and that's a fantastic result and performance." Solskjaer admits Man Utd results must improve "We are in a results business and we want to win games, and that's our job. That's mine, Mick's, the staff's job to help the players do."We just want to see them play the football they can do." "It's an amazing squad" "You certainly get to see the players in a game, in a pressure situation, but I think the amount of games coming up is no problem because you've got this amazing squad of players."We have got 23, 24 players, they're all quality and they'll all get a chance now. With the amount of games coming up, they have got a chance to show that they are Manchester United players." NextCan't see the Man Utd news LIVE blog? Click here for the desktop version.How the news brokeManchester United confirmed that Jose Mourinho has been sacked following a disastrous start to the season.The club released a statement on Tuesday morning which read: "Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club."We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future.“A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”Man Utd have lost five of their opening 17 Premier League games this season, with Sunday's 3-1 defeat at Liverpool leaving the Red Devils 19 points behind Jurgen Klopp's table-toppers.While United have reached a Champions League last-16 tie against PSG in the new year, an 11-point league gap to fourth-placed Chelsea leaves the prospect of qualifying for next season's competition an increasingly remote possibility.And that damaging defeat against fierce rivals Liverpool appears to have been the last straw for the Glazer family, who will appoint a caretaker manager and look for a permanent replacement in the summer.