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New football TV shows hope to score with fans

Cannes (France) (AFP) – Just when non-fans thought it was safe to turn the television back on again, a new wave of football shows are about to the hit the small screen. A raft of dramas, documentaries and children’s shows based on the beautiful game have been snapped up at MIPCOM in Cannes, the world’s top entertainment showcase which ends Thursday. They are led by a high-end series called “The Window” based on the Machiavellian machinations during the transfer window in Britain’s Premier League, created by “The Musketeers” and “Mr Selfridge” writer James Payne.  Backed by the German public broadcaster ... Read more

New TV football shows hope to score with fans

Cannes (France) (AFP) – Just when non-fans thought it was safe to turn the television back on again, a new wave of football shows are about to the hit the small screen. A raft of dramas, documentaries and children’s shows based on the beautiful game have been snapped up at MIPCOM in Cannes, the world’s top entertainment showcase which ends Thursday. They are led by a high-end series called “The Window” based on the Machiavellian machinations during the transfer window in Britain’s Premier League, created by “The Musketeers” and “Mr Selfridge” writer James Payne.  Backed by the German public broadcaster ... Read more

‘This is my home’ – Icardi committed to Inter

Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi insisted Thursday that he was determined to reach an agreement for a new contract with the Serie A side. “I’m happy to stay here, I care about this team,” the Argentina striker said in an interview with Sky Sports Italia. “I could have left, there were contacts (with other clubs), but then I decided to stay here for myself and my family.  “I dreamed of playing in the Champions League for Inter.” Icardi — who has a release clause worth 110 million euros ($126 million) — joined Inter from Serie A rivals ... Read more

PSG face UEFA sanctions after crowd trouble against Red Star

Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain could face sanctions from UEFA after European football’s governing body on Thursday said it was opening an investigation into crowd trouble at this month’s Champions League match against Red Star Belgrade. The game, which PSG won 6-1 at the Parc des Princes, is also being probed by French investigators over suspicions of match-fixing by the Serbian champions, when a senior official of the club allegedly bet millions of euros on the team to lose by five goals. The Ligue 1 leaders have been charged over “setting off fireworks” and “crowd disturbances”, and were also fined ... Read more

England’s Shaw extends Man Utd contract to 2023

London (AFP) – England left-back Luke Shaw has ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year deal with Manchester United, the club announced on Thursday. Shaw, 23, was in the final year of the deal he signed four years ago when joining from Southampton as the world’s most expensive teenager at the time. “I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club,” said Shaw. “I want to thank everybody that has stood by me and shown me huge support – the management, my team-mates and the fans.” Shaw has been ... Read more

Pochettino happy with Spurs squad despite no signings

London (AFP) – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has no regrets over failing to add to his squad in the close season, saying his team’s impressive start to the Premier League campaign justifies the decision. Spurs, who became the first side not to make a summer signing since the transfer window was established, have equalled their best-ever start in the Premier League, with 18 points from eight games. Chairman Daniel Levy hinted this week in a meeting with the Tottenham fans that he was content with the club’s summer activity and Pochettino agreed with him. “It was difficult to achieve the ... Read more

Higuain not bitter despite Juve trading up with Ronaldo

Milan (AFP) – AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain said on Thursday he was not bitter despite being “kicked out” by Juventus after superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival last summer. Juventus signed Higuain from Napoli for 90 million euros ($103 million) in 2016, but after the surprise arrival of Ronaldo from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($115m) this summer, the Italian giants could not afford to keep the Argentine. Higuain — loaned to AC Milan with a 36-million-euro option to buy — said he knew something was afoot when he was left on the bench for the Italian Cup final against ... Read more

Hearts title hopes hit by long-term injuries to Souttar, Ikpeazu

London (AFP) – Surprise Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts have been dealt a double injury blow with central defender John Souttar and striker Uche Ikpeazu both ruled out for at least five months. Hearts lead the league by two points from Edinburgh rivals Hibs with champions Celtic three points back in third and Steven Gerrard’s Rangers five points adrift down in sixth after eight games. However, the loss of Souttar and Ikpeazu is a body blow to hopes of mounting an unlikely title challenge.  Souttar tore the lining of his hip while on Scotland duty last week and could miss the ... Read more