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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic demands investigation into FIFA 21 after EA Sports ‘use his name and face without permission’

    ZLATAN IBRAHMOVIC has called for an investigation into FIFA 21, alleging that EA Sports ‘used his name and face without permission’.
    The AC Milan superstar, 39, took to Twitter tonight to question why his likeness is being used in the popular video game.

    Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver.And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me
    — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020

    Ibra and the rest of his AC Milan teammates are playable characters on FIFA 21

    FIFA games are released each year, with the latest instalment coming out on October 5.
    But the Swede is more concerned with knowing how his name and face worked their way into EA Sports’ systems.
    Ibrahimovic tweeted: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro?
    “I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manoeuvre.

    “And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me.
    “Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years.
    “Time to investigate.”

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has questioned how EA Sports are allowed to use his likeness on FIFA 21Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    Gareth Bale weighed in on the debate, adding: “Interesting… what is @FIFPro? #TimeToInvestigate.”
    Fifpro, the global players union, included Ibrahimovic in their World XI in 2013 and he collected his award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony the following year.
    While Bale has his own FIFA Esports team.
    AC Milan agreed an exclusive multi-year partnership with EA Sports this year, beginning with FIFA 21, giving the franchise access to players, kits, training grounds and the San Siro stadium.
    Ibrahimovic’s tweets come just days after he gifted AC Milan team-mates a new PlayStation 5 video games console.

    Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years.Time to investigate
    — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020

    Ibra then inspired them to a 3-1 win against Napoli on Sunday, scoring two goals including a fabulous long-range header.
    Agent Mino Raiola says Ibrahimovic can play at the highest level until he’s 50 years old – and even then will need to be taken away on a stretcher.
    However, Ibrahimovic dashed hopes of a return to the international stage by admitting a teasing Instagram post earlier this month was just a wind-up.

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    Chris Smalling suffers knee injury days after food poisoning in tough start to new career at Roma after Man Utd transfer

    CHRIS SMALLING’S return to Roma has taken another hit after he suffered a knee injury in training.
    Ex-Manchester United star Smalling, 30, made his move to Roma permanent over the summer after spending last season there on loan.

    Chris Smalling has suffered another set back at new club RomaCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    He impressed with 37 appearances for the capital club, who decided to hand him a long-term contract as a reward.
    However, Smalling has played just two Serie A games this term after picking up a knee problem in October.
    He was then struck down with severe food poisoning last week, forcing him to miss the 3-0 win over Parma on Sunday.
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    Smalling returned to training on Monday ahead of Thursday’s Europa League visit to Cluj.
    But he again felt discomfort in his knee and is now an injury doubt.
    Smalling made 323 appearances for United between 2010 and 2019, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and one Europa League.
    But he claims he did not expect to be cut out of the squad so brutally by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Harry Maguire’s £80million arrival from Leicester last year.

    Smalling told the Telegraph: “I guess that was maybe the lowest point at United.

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    “That was the shock I didn’t expect, how it was handled. 
    “If I was told earlier that summer – and I don’t want to have a dig at Ole – I would have made other plans.
    “In an ideal situation I would have known early in the summer and made plans and it almost got to the stage where I had a day left.”

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    Man Utd joined by Borussia Dortmund in Christian Eriksen transfer race with Inter Milan keen to offload flop in January

    BORUSSIA DORTMUND have reportedly joined the race for Inter Milan flop Christian Eriksen.
    Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claim the Bundesliga giants launched a loan move for the former Spurs star in October.

    Borussia Dortmund are interested in a move for Christian EriksenCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Eriksen ultimately stayed at Inter but the report adds that Dortmund could return for the Denmark international in January.
    The 28-year-old has also been linked with a return to England after falling out favour under Antonio Conte.
    SunSport previously reported that Manchester United were interested in a potential swap deal involving Brazilian midfielder Fred.
    The Red Devils were linked with Eriksen during his time at Tottenham but already have Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard as attacking midfielders.

    Paris Saint-Germain could also be the Dane’s next step with Leandro Paredes the midfielder Inter want in exchange.
    Eriksen has played just 301 minutes of football under Conte so far this season and is yet to register a goal or an assist.
    And Inter have since put clubs on red alert by admitting they will not stand in the playmaker’s way if he wants to go in January.
    Ahead of the Nerazzurri’s 4-2 win against Torino on Sunday, club chief Beppe Marotta stated Eriksen can leave the San Siro if he wants next year.

    Marotta, 63, told DAZN: “Christian is acting like a professional but in January we’ll decide about his future. 
    “There are no advanced talks with any club at the moment, we’ll see in the next few weeks.
    “Conte has answered exhaustively about him. We must not detain a player if he asks to be transferred.” More

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls for investigation into FIFA 21 after EA Sports ‘use his name and face without permission’

    ZLATAN IBRAHMOVIC has called for an investigation into FIFA 21, alleging EA Sports ‘used his name and face without permission’.
    The AC Milan superstar, 39, took to Twitter tonight to question why his likeness is being used in the popular video game.

    Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro? I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manouver.And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me
    — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020

    Ibra and the rest of his AC Milan teammates are playable characters on FIFA 21

    FIFA games are released each year, with the latest instalment coming out on October 5.
    But the Swede is more concerned with knowing how his name and face worked their way into EA Sports’ systems.
    Ibrahimovic tweeted: “Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro?
    “I’m not aware to be a member of Fifpro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manoeuvre.

    “And for sure I never allowed @FIFAcom or Fifpro to make money using me.
    “Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years.
    “Time to investigate.”

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has questioned how EA Sports are allowed to use his likeness on FIFA 21Credit: Getty Images – Getty
    Gareth Bale weighed in on the debate, adding: “Interesting… what is @FIFPro? #TimeToInvestigate.”

    Fifpro, the global players union, included Ibrahimovic in their World XI in 2013 and he collected his award at the Ballon d’Or ceremony the following year.
    While Bale has his own FIFA Esports team.
    AC Milan agreed an exclusive multi-year partnership with EA Sports this year, beginning with FIFA 21, giving the franchise access to players, kits, training grounds and the San Siro stadium.
    Ibrahimovic’s tweets come just days after he gifted AC Milan team-mates a new PlayStation 5 video games console.

    Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years.Time to investigate
    — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 23, 2020

    Ibra then inspired them to a 3-1 win against Napoli on Sunday, scoring two goals including a fabulous long-range header.
    Agent Mino Raiola says Ibrahimovic can play at the highest level until he’s 50 years old – and even then will need to be taken away on a stretcher.
    However, Ibrahimovic dashed hopes of a return to the international stage by admitting a teasing Instagram post earlier this month was just a wind-up.

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    Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stunning long-range HEADER as Swede’s brace sends AC Milan top of Serie A in win over Napoli

    ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC backed up claims he can continue playing until he is 50 with another outrageous goal for AC Milan.
    The striker might be 39, but he showed there is no sign of his talents waning with a sensational header against Napoli.

    Zlatan ibrahimovic scored a sensational goal as Milan beat Napoli to go topCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Milan take the lead, and who else but Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get the goal 🔴⚫A bullet header from the Swedish superstar 💥 pic.twitter.com/gpygvMd711
    — Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) November 22, 2020

    The Swede has now scored in eight consecutive games for the San Siro side – with his latest moving him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A golden boot race.
    Milan team-mate Theo Fernandez was the man who provided the assist, but his floated ball in from the left did not even seem like a goalscoring opportunity for the ex-Manchester United forward.
    Ibrahimovic outpowered Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and beat him in the air just inside the penalty box.
    And he perfectly managed to direct the ball with phenomenal power for it to bounce into the far corner.

    That was the veteran’s ninth goal of the campaign and one of a brace he got in the 3-1 away win to send Milan top.
    And that statistic is even more impressive considering he missed four games after testing positive for coronavirus.
    Ibrahimovic has scored goals for some of the biggest clubs on the planet after stints at Ajax, Inter, the Red Devils, Barcelona and now back at the Rossoneri.
    Even though he suffered an ACL injury during his time at United in 2017, his agent believes the superstar can go on at the top level for another decade.

    Mino Raiola said: “He will play football until they have to take him away on a stretcher.
    “He can continue until he is 50 but only if he plays at high levels, he can continue.
    “He has resurrected all of Milan, he is 90 per cent of that team.”

    Zlatan does it again! 🔥A deadly counter attack from Milan, and Ibrahimovic is at the back post to double his side’s lead 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/O8jBQoaKsV
    — Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) November 22, 2020

    His brilliant header opened the scoring in the 3-1 winCredit: Reuters

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    Watch Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s stunning long-range HEADER as Swede’s double sends AC Milan top of Serie A in win over Napoli

    ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC backed up claims he can continue playing until he is 50 with another outrageous goal for AC Milan.
    The striker might be 39, but he showed there is no sign of his talents waning with a sensational header against Napoli.

    Zlatan ibrahimovic scored a sensational goal as Milan beat Napoli to go topCredit: AP:Associated Press

    Milan take the lead, and who else but Zlatan Ibrahimovic to get the goal 🔴⚫A bullet header from the Swedish superstar 💥 pic.twitter.com/gpygvMd711
    — Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) November 22, 2020

    The Swede has now scored in eight consecutive games for the San Siro side – with his latest moving him one ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A golden boot race.
    Milan team-mate Theo Fernandez was the man who provided the assist, but his floated ball in from the left did not even seem like a goalscoring opportunity for the ex-Manchester United forward.
    Ibrahimovic outpowered Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and beat him in the air just inside the penalty box.
    And he perfectly managed to direct the ball with phenomenal power for it to bounce into the far corner.

    That was the veteran’s ninth goal of the campaign and one of a brace he got in the 3-1 away win to send Milan top.
    And that statistic is even more impressive considering he missed four games after testing positive for coronavirus.
    Ibrahimovic has scored goals for some of the biggest clubs on the planet after stints at Ajax, Inter, the Red Devils, Barcelona and now back at the Rossoneri.
    Even though he suffered an ACL injury during his time at United in 2017, his agent believes the superstar can go on at the top level for another decade.

    Mino Raiola said: “He will play football until they have to take him away on a stretcher.
    “He can continue until he is 50 but only if he plays at high levels, he can continue.
    “He has resurrected all of Milan, he is 90 per cent of that team.”

    Zlatan does it again! 🔥A deadly counter attack from Milan, and Ibrahimovic is at the back post to double his side’s lead 🔴⚫ pic.twitter.com/O8jBQoaKsV
    — Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) November 22, 2020

    His brilliant header opened the scoring in the 3-1 winCredit: Reuters

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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s ‘future at Juventus’ says club chief Paratici as Pirlo piles praise on forward amid transfer talk

    CRISTIANO RONALDO’S future is at Juventus despite transfer talk linking him with an exit, insisted sporting director Fabio Paratici.
    And manager Andrea Pirlo piled the plaudits on his superstar forward as the club look to keep him happy.

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s future lies at Juventus, claimed sporting director Fabio ParaticiCredit: Reuters

    Ronaldo, 35, has been tipped to leave Juve next year after three seasons with the Italian giants due to his big wages, contract expiring in 2022 and the financial impact of coronavirus on the Serie A champions.
    Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and even Real Madrid are among the sides reportedly considering big-money offers.
    But chief Paratici reckons the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is going nowhere.
    He said: “His future is with us, I can assure you.

    “There are transfer rumours every day and players that are linked with different clubs but we don’t pay much attention to that.”
    Ronaldo scored both goals for Juventus in their 2-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday.
    His two strikes came within four first-half minutes just before the break and proved a crucial three points in the early-season battle.
    It took his tally to eight in five in the league this season and continued his record of scoring in every game.

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    And Pirlo reserved special praise for the ‘real champion’ Ronaldo, urging him to keep pushing himself to be the best.
    The under-pressure boss said: “He is a great professional, as we already knew.
    “He is a real champion and sets the example for everyone around him, both in the matches and in training.
    “The only advice I can give him is to keep going in the same way.”

    The Portugal hero scored both goals for Juventus in their 2-0 win over CagliariCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Andrea Pirlo singled his No7 out for special praise following Saturday’s victoryCredit: Reuters

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