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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro slams ‘sick and ungrateful’ Portugal fans following criticism of Man Utd icon

    CRISTIANO RONALDO’S sister Katia Aveiro has leapt to his defence after he was slammed by Portugal fans following the 1-0 loss to Spain.The defeat meant Portugal lost their place at the top of Nations League Group A2 with Spain instead qualifying for the final four.
    Katia Aveiro showed support for Cristiano Ronaldo while slamming Portugal fans
    Ronaldo was criticised following Portugal’s Nations League exitCredit: Getty
    Supporters were quick to criticise Ronaldo after the match with some questioning whether he should still be picked.
    But Katia rejected the backlash and accused the fans of being cruel and ungrateful while claiming Ronaldo receives little support and is still the “best player in the world”.
    She wrote on Instagram: “He has his family and those who love him by his side. They will always be by his side, no matter what.
    “But the current times don’t surprise me at all. The Portuguese spit on the plate they eat [from], it has always been that way.
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    “That’s why when someone appears from the ashes and changes mentalities, it bothers… With you always, my king. Calm down.
    “It is necessary to give a hand to those who have always given theirs to Portugal. But the Portuguese are sick, petty, soulless, stupid, ungrateful and forever ungrateful. This guy who’s sitting, he’s on his knees… There’s no one to give him a hand.
    “It is cruel. And it was already so much, but so much that he gave and gives. The one sitting is called Cristiano Ronaldo and he is just the best player in the world.”
    Katia was in attendance at the Braga Municpial Stadium supporting Ronaldo alongside his Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez.
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    Georgina, 28, wowed in a low-cut dress and big sparkling earrings but could not be the good luck charm for CR7.
    Ronaldo even played through the pain barrier after sustaining a cut on his nose and a black eye in Portugal’s previous game against the Czech Republic.
    The striker was left in a bloody mess after being whacked in the face by Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vlacik but later returned to the pitch with a bandage on his nose. More

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    Chelsea will not have new transfer guru in place for World Cup as Boehly forced to delay hunt after Freund snub

    CHELSEA are set to delay plans to recruit a transfer guru until after the World Cup.Chairman Todd Boehly and right-hand man Behdad Eghbali are scouring the globe for a sporting director to help buy the biggest names and source up-and-coming talent.
    Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly wants to bring in a transfer guruCredit: AP
    But the American won’t have one in place to aid Graham Potter until after the World CupCredit: GETTY
    The two Americans had hoped to get a new person before November’s finals in Qatar which is a huge showcase for players.
    But after a potential move for Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund failed to happen, Boehly is prepared to take his time with the appointment.
    Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten is another linked with a move to the Blues.
    But Chelsea are looking at many candidates and finding the right person is the priority above getting somebody in quick.
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    Blues boss Graham Potter is assisting with the recruitment process. Boehly is also looking to take on a technical director to help Potter on a more nuts and bolts level.
    Lead physio Thierry Laurent was relieved of his duties after 17 years at the club on Tuesday as part of a shake-up.
    On the playing front, Chelsea are optimistic that their France midfielder N’Golo Kante will be fit to play for his country at the World Cup.
    Kante, 31, has only just resumed light training following the latest in a line of hamstring strains.
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    He is still some way off even contemplating a first-team return and the World Cup kicks off in 52 days.
    Potter wants the inspirational midfielder to be carefully managed as he returns to fitness given the player’s age and recent injury problems.
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    France boss Didier Deschamps is expected to name his provisional squad for the Qatar tournament next month.
    Chelsea return to Premier League action on Saturday at Crystal Palace.
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    Arsenal and Tottenham combined XI ahead of North London derby with Saka and Kane but no room for Jesus

    ARSENAL take on Tottenham in the North London derby this weekend in a surprise top-of-the-table clash.Spurs are just one point behind their table-topping neighbours so will take number one spot if they win, with Manchester City not playing until Sunday.
    An Arsenal vs Tottenham combined line-up ahead of the North London derby
    Kieran Tierney faces a late fitness test after sustaining ahead injury for ScotlandCredit: Reuters
    Gabriel Jesus and William Saliba have been controversially left out of our combine XICredit: Getty
    But the Gunners have home advantage and have looked the more impressive side this term with six wins from seven league games.
    They arguably possess a superior line-up too, even with a handful of injuries limiting Mikel Arteta’s selection.
    Emile Smith Rowe and Mohamed Elneny have been ruled out of the clash while Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ben White could also miss out.
    But Arteta does look set to welcome back captain Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney to the team despite the latter picking up a head injury in Scotland’s draw with the Republic of Ireland.
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    That pair make SunSport’s combined XI team but there is no place for summer signing Gabriel Jesus despite a flying start with three goals in seven league games this season.
    Harry Kane leads the line and is flanked by his partner in crime Son Heung-min on the left and England team-mate Bukayo Saka on the right.
    Odegaard fills the number ten role while Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg make up midfield.
    Other tricky decisions have to be made in defence with William Saliba controversially left out despite his impressive start to the season.
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    Gabriel and Cristian Romero take his place in the heart of defence with Eric Dier and White also missing.
    Arsenal players occupy the full-back positions in Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu, who should be fit to start after completing 90 minutes for Japan in their 2-0 win over USA.
    It was also a 50-50 decision over who gets the position between the sticks but we have gone for Aaron Ramsdale over Hugo Lloris. More

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    Man Utd legend Eric Cantona and son Emir both net in legends game with Fabian Barthez and Djibril Cisse

    MANCHESTER UNITED legend Eric Cantona and his son Emir both scored in a French charity match that featured legends such as Fabian Barthez and Djibril Cisse. The Frenchman proved that class was permanent as he got on the score sheet with a good headed finish.
    Emir Cantona got on the scoresheet alongside his father, EricCredit: AFP
    Cantona got his goal through a well-taken close range headerCredit: BackGrid
    Eric showed a touch of his father’s class with his calm finishCredit: Goff
    His son, who is reported as being in his early teens, then followed up with a goal after his 56-year-old father netted.
    Cantona is among the Premier League’s most revered legends and had several defining career moments while at Manchester United.
    Among his most infamous moments include his impish chip against Sunderland, his cryptic quote about seagulls and trawlers, and his kung-fu kick into a Crystal Palace fan in 1995.
    There was nothing quite so dramatic on show at the charity game but the Cantona name was still heavily involved.
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    Highlights from Sky Sports show Cantona preparing for the game in the tunnel, as he snaps pictures with his fellow legends.
    He then strides out on to the pitch with his young son Emir.
    And he appears to be in the thick of the action before long with highlights showing him scoring.
    Cantona can be seen making a run across the front post before flicking in a header.
    Cantona lined up with old Man Utd keeper Fabian Barthez (right) in the charity matchCredit: AFP
    Liverpool’s Champions League winner Djibril Cisse also playedCredit: Rex
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    It’s then the turn of Emir to impress as he too grabbed a goal.
    The young man can be seen zooming into the box as his team slowly build towards the opposition goal.
    He latches on to a ball into the area and slots home with his right foot.
    While enjoying life back on the pitch, Cantona is also making his voice heard off it.
    In this week alone he has criticised David Beckham’s involvement with the Qatar World Cup and revealed that he wanted to become “president of football” at Man United. More

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    Leicester vs Nottingham Forest: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for Premier League Midlands derby

    ROCK bottom Leicester City are desperately in need of three points when they welcome East Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest to the King Power on Monday.The Foxes are the only team in English top-flight football to have not recorded a single win this season.
    Leicester were humiliated by Tottenham before the international breakCredit: Getty
    Nottingham Forest sit in 19th after losing three consecutive Premier League fixutresCredit: Getty
    And pressure is seriously mounting on Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers after witnessing his side get embarrassed 6-2 by Tottenham Hotspur before the international break.
    However, Forest find themselves on quite the torrid run themselves having lost their last three consecutive Premier League fixtures which includes a 6-0 thrashing by champions Manchester City.
    But they say form goes out the window when it comes to a derby – especially one which hasn’t happened as a league fixture since 2014.
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    Leicester City roll out the red carpet for Nottingham Forest on Monday, October 2.
    It is scheduled to kick off at 8pm UK time.
    The King Power Stadium in Leicester is the allocated arena for this match and it can host approximately 32,312 supporters.
    Nottingham Forest ran riot when the sides last met in an FA Cup fixture, winning 4-1 at the City Ground.

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    What TV channel is Leicester vs Nottingham Forest on and can I live stream it?

    Leicester City’s mouth-watering fixture against Nottingham Forest will be broadcasted LIVE on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK.
    Coverage is expected to commence at 7pm – a full hour before kick-off.
    Subscription members of Sky Sports also have the option to stream the entire action live via the Sky Sports website or Sky Go app.

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    What is the team news?
    Brendan Rodgers is expected to continue without long-term absentees Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand.
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    But the Foxes gaffer could welcome Patson Daka and Wilfried Ndidi back to the fold depending on assessment results.
    Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper will be tempted to throw some of his key members straight back into the starting eleven.
    Both Moussa Niakhate and Emmanuel Dennis returned from international duty early for recovery reasons and are now in contention to feature again.
    However it is unclear whether Scott McKenna and Morgan Gibbs-White will be able to participate after withdrawing from the Scotland and England Under-21’s team’s respectively.
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    Leicester to win 8/11
    Draw 29/10
    Nottingham Forest to win 10/3

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    Georgina Rodriguez stuns in low cut dress at Portugal vs Spain but can’t inspire Cristiano Ronaldo to victory

    GEORGINA RODRIGUEZ stunned in a green dress in the stands at Portugal versus Spain – but she could not inspire Cristiano Ronaldo to victory.The 28-year-old was spotted in the crowd during the crunch Nations League match..
    Despite his best efforts, Ronaldo and Portugal fell to defeat against SpainCredit: Getty
    Georgina Rodriguez cheers on Portgual in the Nations LeagueCredit: EPA
    Georgina has over 37 million Instagram followersCredit: Instagram @georginagio
    Georgina began dating Ronaldo in 2016Credit: Georgina Rodriguez/instagram
    Despite the support, Ronaldo and his teammates fell to a 1-0 defeat.
    Georgina watched from the stands, wowing in a low cut dress and big sparkling earrings.
    She watched a game that was goalless until late on – when Spain’s Alvaro Morata hit a winner just before stoppage time.
    The former Chelsea striker popped up to score in the 88th minute after receiving a header from Nico Williams.
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    The win means Spain leapfrogged Portugal into the top spot in Group B.
    They can now look forward to a Nations League semi-final in the summer of 2023.
    They join Croatia, Italy or the Netherlands in the final four.
    Portugal can look forward to the World Cup which is now only weeks away, but they will be disappointed to be heading out of the Nations League.
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    A draw against Spain would have seen them into the finals.
    It’s been a particularly challenging week for Ronaldo, who remains the star of the show.
    The 37-year-old had earlier been left with a bloody nose and black eye after being clattered by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik as Portgual won 4-0 against the Czech Republic.
    His challenging week on international duty, which has seen class from the Portuguese media for him to be dropped, comes after a difficult few months at Manchester United.
    After a failed bid to spring himself from Old Trafford in the summer, he has struggled to elbow his way into Erik ten Hag’s first XI.
    The superstar has so far been limited to Europa League action but will be hoping to start in this weekend’s Manchester derby. More

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    Premier League medal Jose Mourinho threw into Chelsea crowd in 2006 actually belonged to Robert Huth

    JOSE MOURINHO threw Robert Huth’s 2006 Premier League winners’ medal into the crowd – not his, it has been revealed.Images of the Special One chucking a medal into the crowd following the title win have resurfaced over the years.
    Mourinho chucking a Premier League winners’ medal into the crowdCredit: PA:Press Association
    Mourinho won two titles in a rowCredit: PA:Press Association
    It happened to be Huth’s medal – not Mourinho’sCredit: PA:Press Association
    Mourinho threw the medal into the crowd after his side clinched back-to-back titles in a 3-0 win at home to Manchester United on April 26.
    Many had believed the precious medal to have been Mourinho’s.
    However, it was in fact, wantaway defender Huth’s, who was trying to force a move away from the club at the time.
    Neil Barnett, who worked as a pitch announcer and presenter at Chelsea for 32 years before being axed in 2018, debunked the famous incident on Twitter.
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    The initial tweet from a Blues fan account read: “Jose Mourinho throws his 2005/06 PL winner’s medal into the crowd of Chelsea fans to show his love for them. One of us, forever.”
    In which Barnett responded: “It wasn’t his. It was Robert Huth’s who hadn’t reported that day in order to force a move.”
    Huth eventually left Chelsea at the end of the season for Middlesbrough.
    The German sealed a £6million switch despite initially failing a medical with the club.
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    Huth featured 13 times in the Blues’ title-winning campaign, but was left out of the squad for three of their final four fixtures.
    In the later years of his career, Huth would win a third Prem title – but with Leicester City.
    The Foxes survived relegation narrowly the season before, but shocked the world under Claudio Ranieri in the 2015/16 season.
    Mourinho said on the incident at the time: “The crowd here is special.
    “They have contributed so much to the record we have at home. It is extra special in the Matthew Harding Stand.
    “The medal was for everyone.
    “The lucky guy will go home with an incredible memory – or make a fortune on Ebay.
    “Someone gave me a second one, so that one went too.
    “In Porto I kept the medal for me. That was for the Champions League and it was only one.
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    “I was guessing, in future, it could be difficult to get another one.
    “I have one from last season in the Premier League and the medal is the same one. You can’t keep everything.” More

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    Inside former Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara’s 36th birthday party in Ibiza with stunning partner Danielle Coppell

    JAMIE O’HARA hit Ibiza to celebrate his 36th birthday over the weekend.The former Tottenham, Wolves and Fulham star, now a popular pundit on talkSPORT, was accompanied by his beautiful model girlfriend Danielle Coppell on the White Island.
    Ex-Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara enjoyed his 36th birthday in style in IbizaCredit: Instagram
    The now TalkSport pundit was accompanied by his stunning girlfriend Danielle CoppellCredit: Instagram
    The couple shared plenty of clips and snaps from their partying on the White IslandCredit: Instagram
    Gorgeous model Danielle Coppell looked incredible throughout their Ibiza weekenderCredit: Instagram
    The pair provided an insight into the lavish party by sharing numerous photos and videos on social media from the epic weekender.
    2008 League Cup winner O’Hara posted a video of his friends holding up cards that mockingly spelt out “Jamie 40” as they danced at a club with a huge bottle of what appeared to be vodka.
    Coppell meanwhile looked incredible decked out in a gold bra and skirt that matched her tan while tagging herself at Ibiza’s popular O Beach – which is run by Wayne Lineker.
    In another picture taken at the popular Bambuddha restaurant Coppell went for an outfit change and looked stunning.
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    The establishment boasts that it serves “Mediterranean-Asian fusion food in an open, Buddha-themed bamboo pavilion”.
    She captioned the photo: “Good times & good company.”
    Last night came the main photo dump from the trip as she posted a number of clips and snaps of her and O’Hara together.
    Along with the hashtag “Birthday Weekend”, she wrote: “Imagine having your boy as your best friend. The best weekend ever.”
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    O’Hara then lovingly replied: “Couples that rave together stay together.”
    And it appears that the happy duo had stayed at the luxurious Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel in Playa d’en Bossa with several photos of them together tagged there.
    The “I’m on Top of the World Suite” at the hotel costs £5,037-a-night, while you can currently stay at the more modest “Superior Double Room” accommodation priced at £450-a-night.
    Mum-of-one lingerie model Elizabeth Tierney, 29, was engaged to O’Hara for seven years, but their relationship broke down in May.
    The ex-Prem midfielder, who has three sons with former Miss England model wife Danielle Lloyd, confirmed on Instagram: “We’ve had an amazing 7 years but things haven’t worked out.
    “She’s given me a lifetime of memories and helped me through the most distressing part of my life.
    “Time to work on myself and get back to the drawing board.”
    Now he looks very much in love with new partner Coppell as he posted on Insta: “What a weekend, non stop laughs and memories made, it doesn’t get better than that. Don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much.”
    The former Prem star says he ‘never laughed so much’ after the benderCredit: Instagram
    A host of friends joined the happy couple to celebrate the milestoneCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk
    Danielle Coppell stole the show with her incredible outfitsCredit: Instagram
    The happy couple shared a host of photos from their epic Ibiza holidayCredit: Instagram More