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Scummy Chelsea Fans Chant Former Russian Owner’s Name During Ukraine Solidarity Gesture

BURNLEY — Chelsea fans chanted the name of their Russian owner Roman Abramovich during a minute's applause in solidarity with Ukraine on Saturday.

There have been gestures of support for Ukraine before kick-off at Premier League games, and Burnley's ground featured the slogan "Football Stands Together" and the Ukrainian flag on a large screen.

Jugadores Del Betis No Dejan De Hacer Bromas Con La Estatura De Diego Lainez

El espíritu del Real Betis está en las nubes. Los verdiblancos son terceros en LaLiga, clasificaron a los octavos de final de la Europa League y son finalistas de la Copa del Rey. Los aficionados están enamorados más que nunca del equipo y los jugadores demuestran a cada tanto que la química al interior del vestuario es fantástica.

Parte de la buena vibra, sin embargo, tiene como víctima a Diego Lainez, quien parece ser blanco constante de bromas por su estatura. 

Guinean Refugee Goes From Eighth Tier To Atalanta, Scores Twice In First Youth Team Start

Eighteen-year-old Moustapha Cissé scored his first two Atalanta goals with the composure of a veteran striker.

The first came from a looping through ball, which Cissé took one touch to control before providing a steady low finish inside the far post. The second came on a well-placed, one-touch shot after some strong interplay with a teammate on the edge of the penalty area.

Billionaires Vs. Millionaires: What The MLB Lockout Could Mean For Soccer

Eleven months ago, the wealthiest and most successful powers in European football broke away from their domestic leagues to form what was known as the European Super League. 

The league's motto was: "The best clubs. The best players. Every week." This meant no more away trips to Burnley for Manchester City or midweek Copa del Rey fixtures in obscure provincial towns for Barcelona. 

Every game would be under the lights at the Etihad or Camp Nou featuring the biggest names in the world.

Report: China Won’t Broadcast Premier League Over Support For Ukraine

Chinese rights holders have told the Premier League they will not broadcast matches this weekend over the league's planned show of support for Ukraine following Russia's invasion, the BBC reported on Friday.

China is a close political ally of Russia, which calls its actions in Ukraine a "special operation."

17 Years Later, 40-Year-Old Joaquín Is Back In A Copa Del Rey Final With Real Betis

Real Betis' magical season had its finest moment yet Thursday as the club saw off Rayo Vallecano 1-1 at the Benito Villamarín to win its Copa del Rey semifinal 3-2 on aggregate, setting up a final against Valencia on April 23.

Rayo, which has never advanced to a Copa final in its history, struggled to create any chances of note at the Benito Villamarín as we approached the final 10 minutes of the match. It looked like the decisive goal would ultimately be the 68th-minute winner William Carvalho scored in the first leg back on Feb. 9 in Madrid.

Jesse Marsch Can’t Escape Ted Lasso-Induced American Stigma, And That’s OK

No matter the sport, pregame press conferences are pretty much all the same. How has training gone this week, what about that result last week, who do you have to watch for on the other team, will that injured player be healthy, blah blah blah ad nauseum. Most of the time, it’s banal shit, only put up with by journalists who require it for their jobs and superfans who devour every bit of information about their team. 

Andriy Shevchenko Says 'Football Doesn't Exist For Me' As He Contemplates Returning To Ukraine

Ex-Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko called on Thursday for more aid and other measures in support of victims of the Russian invasion of his homeland.

Widely regarded as his country's greatest ever player, Shevchenko said global soccer authorities had done the right thing in banning Russia from international competitions, though the sport was currently the last thing on his mind.

Vlahović Consoles Former Teammate After Heartbreaking Last-Minute Own Goal

Juventus escaped with a 1-0 win over Fiorentina in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semifinals on Wednesday. Dušan Vlahović, who joined the Bianconeri from Fiorentina for up to $90 million in January, played the full 90, but it was one of his (former) teammates who scored the late winner.

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