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Balotelli future 'remains to be seen'

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37 minutes ago

Monaco confirm Dimitar Berbatov out for three weeks with thigh injury

Dimitar Berbatov was forced off just 33 minutes into the game against Benfica.

Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov faces three weeks on the sidelines after suffering a thigh injury in the 0-0 Champions League draw against Benfica.

Berbatov, who includes Tottenham and Manchester United among his former clubs, had to be substituted after 33 minutes of the goalless stalemate at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday evening.

Monaco have since confirmed the extent of the striker's setback, stating in a medical bulletin on the club's official website: "Dimitar Berbatov will be unavailable...

 By Mike Whalley
about an hour ago

Brendan Rodgers: Mario Balotelli Liverpool future 'remains to be seen'

The ESPN FC crew talk Mario Balotelli trading shirts with Pepe at half-time and debate whether or not Liverpool lose their attacking flair with Balotelli on the field.

LIVERPOOL -- Brendan Rodgers has refused to guarantee Mario Balotelli's long-term future at Liverpool -- even though the striker is only two months into a three-year contract.

The Italy striker has made a poor start to his Anfield career since arriving from AC Milan for 16 million pounds in August.

Balotelli has scored only once in 10 appearances for the Reds so far, and was taken off at half-time as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The striker was...

2 hours ago

Sporting Lisbon launch UEFA appeal over Schalke defeat, demand replay

Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo spoke after his side's 4-3 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Champions League.

Sporting Lisbon have lodged a protest with UEFA against their 4-3 Champions League defeat to Schalke, and have demanded a replay of Tuesday's Group G game at the Veltins Arena.

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Despite being reduced to 10 men early on in the match, Sporting recovered from being 3-1 down at Schalke through an Adrien Silva brace.

But as the match entered injury time Russian referee Sergei Karasev awarded a controversial penalty to the hosts for a handball by Jonathan Silva, despite Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late goal-bound...

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UEFA probing BATE over Shakhtar striker Luiz Adriano's racism claims

The ESPN FC crew debate whether or not Luiz Adriano should get called up by Brazil, discuss the possible candidates for the Houston Dynamo head coaching vacancy and more.

UEFA has opened an investigation into the conduct of BATE Borisov supporters after Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano reported being racially abused during Tuesday's Champions League group-stage clash.

After scoring five goals in Shakhtar's 7-0 win in Belarus, the 27-year-old was quoted as saying by the club's official website: "There were unpleasant shouts, racist ones. Supporters behaved improperly and that is why I am disappointed and feel resentment. It was an ugly act from their side."


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3 hours ago

Per Mertesacker admits Arsenal below best after Anderlecht scare

The ESPN FC team praise Arsenal's character for coming back late against a determined Anderlecht side.

Arsenal vice-captain Per Mertesacker said the Gunners were well below their best after two late goals secured three Champions League points against Anderlecht in Brussels on Tuesday.

The Londoners had trailed to Andy Najar's header, but goals from Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski turned the game around in its final moments and secured a 2-1 win.

German World Cup-winner Mertesacker said the win was a welcome boost after a run of uncertain performances by the Gunners, who needed another late goal to...