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Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs to be hit by 'substantial fines'

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs to be hit by 'substantial fines'
The Premier League is set to hit the division’s ‘Big Six’ clubs with ‘substantial’ fines following their attempts to form a breakaway league. The European Super League collapsed after just two days last month after initially signing up 12 of the continent’s biggest clubs.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham all signed up to be founding members before backtracking 48 hours later after a backlash.

Supporters of all six clubs responded angrily to the proposals, which would have seen the clubs leave the Champions League to play in a closed shop alongside other founding members Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Uefa responded by threatening the clubs with lifetime bans from its competitions, while Fifa said any players involved would be unable to compete in the World Cup.

The Premier League’s 14 other clubs held a meeting last month to discuss how best to punish the ‘Big Six’ after they performed U-turns.

The Telegraph now reports that they have decided to hand out fines to the clubs, after no momentum was found to hit the teams with points deductions in the Premier League.

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In a statement on Monday, the Premier League said it would strengthen its rules to guard against a repeat of the Super League.

It read: “The events of the last two weeks have challenged the foundations and resolve of English football. 

“The Premier League has prepared a series of measures to enshrine the core principles of the professional game: an open pyramid, progression through sporting merit and the highest standards of sporting integrity. 

“These measures are designed to stop the threat of breakaway leagues in the future.

“Opposition to the proposed Super League united the whole of football, with the fans’ voice clearly heard. The Premier League recognises the strength of feeling and the right of fans to know what is happening. 

“We are committed to maintaining close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with The FA and Government to identify solutions, but ask that all protests are peaceful. 

“The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday have no justification and will be investigated by the Premier League and The FA as well as by the Greater Manchester Police. 

 “The actions of a few clubs cannot be allowed to create such division and disruption. We are determined to establish the truth of what happened and hold those clubs accountable for their decisions and actions.

“ We and The FA are pursuing these objectives quickly and appropriately, consulting with fans and Government.”

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Champions League final could head to Britain – Urgent talks over Man City v Chelsea clash

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement this evening as he confirmed Turkey was being added to the ‘red list’ of countries, meaning fans would be unable to attend the match which is due to take place in Istanbul.
Ministers today unveiled their plans to re-open international air travel after May 17, with 12 countries given the go-ahead for Brits to travel without the need to quarantine on return.

However, at the same time, it was announced Turkey was being placed on the ‘red list’ meaning those returning must pay to quarantine at a specialised isolation hotel when travelling back to the UK.

Mr Shapps admitted placing Turkey on the do not travel list was a blow for football fans looking to support their teams in the all English final of the European Champions League.

Announcing conversations about moving the final were taking place, he said: “With regard to the Champions League it does mean I’m afraid fans should not travel to Turkey.

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UEFA has so far rejected calls for the fixture to be moved.

A spokesperson for the organisation said yesterday: “The UEFA Champions League final will take place in Istanbul on 29 May with a limited number of spectators and we are assured the temporary lockdown which is in force until 17 May should not have any impact on the match.

“UEFA continues to work closely with the Turkish Football Federation and the local and national authorities to stage the match safely.

“Detailed information regarding the capacity for the match, travel and ticketing details will be communicated publicly by the end of the week.”

In an updated statement released this evening following Turkey being placed on the red list, a UEFA spokesperson said “we need a bit of time to reflect on the topic”.

Turkey was originally due to hold the Champions League final last year between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain but the fixture was moved to Lisbon because of the coronavirus crisis.

Earlier this week Aston Villa approached the FA and UEFA to offer Villa Park for the final.

It is thought unlikely the match could be played at Wembley which is already in use for the play-off finals for League One, League Two and the Championship.

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Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia may discover £25million transfer fate this week

However, the report claims a decision may well rest on how Milan’s game against Juventus this weekend pans out.

It is said that Milan are close to meeting Chelsea’s demand, but it may depend on whether the Italian side qualify for next year’s Champions League.

They currently sit fourth, level on points with Juventus and Atalanta just above them.

But Napoli and Lazio are also in close proximity with just five points separating second from sixth.

If Milan fail to qualify for the Champions League next season, it is suggested that Tomori may not want to leave Chelsea.

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Roman Abramovich has a Champions League final again

Nine years after beating Bayern Munich in Germany and 13 years since his Moscow misery in a defeat on penalties to Man United, Roman Abramovich has a Champions League final to look forward to again after Chelsea beat Real Madrid.

A European campaign that had looked unpromising under Frank Lampard could now conclude with glory after an all-English final against Premier League leaders Manchester City, Chelsea’s spot sealed by a confident 2-0 win against 13-time winners Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

For a man whose conviction and success in front of goal has frequently been questioned during his first season at the club, Timo Werner could not have asked for more of a gift than the goal with which he put his side ahead after 28 minutes, the rebound from Kai Havertz’s chip onto the crossbar falling to him to nod in from point-blank range to make it 2-1 on aggregate.

“I had to wait a long time for the ball coming down,” the Germany forward admitted to BT Sport afterwards. “It felt like hours waiting for the ball to come… it was an easy goal for me.

“One thing you can say to us today is that we could have decided the game earlier in the second half but, in the end, it’s not easy to play against Real Madrid and we did it very, very well.”

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was on inspired form, tipping a fierce strike and powerful header from hitman Karim Benzema away in a pair of fine first-half saves.

The danger was almost all from Chelsea in the second half, yet the wastefulness Werner alluded to felt as if it might haunt them after Havertz and N’Golo Kante – the star man again, repeating his majestic showing in Spain – both saw shots saved by former Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois when they were through on goal.

Any nerves were finally calmed when Mason Mount became the first English goalscorer in a UEFA Champions League semi-final since Wayne Rooney more than ten years ago, sweeping in the second with five minutes remaining after American prodigy Christian Pulisic had created space to fire in a cross down the right.

“Real Madrid can turn nothing into goals, so you’re always on the edge,” said Thomas Tuchel, the coach brought in by Abramovich in January in a ruthless replacement of Frank Lampard that has turned out to be inspired.

“To hang in there, even if you have big chances that you miss and you miss again, to never lose the concentration, focus and positive energy on the pitch – it was a huge performance and well deserved.”

“We could have scored so much earlier and more to be safe, but it’s no time for criticism now. It’s a fantastic achievement; big congratulations to the team.”

Chelsea have been also-rans in Europe in recent seasons and were crushed 7-1 by reigning champions Bayern Munich last year. They are now 90 minutes from their third Champions League trophy against Abramovich, having already beaten City under Tuchel in a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win this season.

Werner praised Tuchel for allowing his squad to enjoy home comforts rather than endure a hotel stay the night before beating Madrid.

“I know the managers love everybody to go to a hotel before a game because they have everybody together,” he smiled.

“For us players, it’s the best thing when you can sleep at home in your bed – when you are around your family, your normal home. It has worked for [recent] games, it worked today and I think it’s a good thing that the manager decided to do it.”

Tuchel made the final with Paris Saint-Germain next year. When it was put to him that reaching the showpiece again was a symbol of his abilities as a coach, he laughed: “Or not, because it’s not the same club.”

“I’m very, very happy that we’ve achieved this,” he said. “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football. To have this passion as a profession, I’m more than grateful – and to do it on this level, to coach a team like this and to reach the final for a second time, I’m very thankful.”

Chelsea are scheduled to face City in the showdown in Istanbul on May 29.

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Hazard hammered after appearing to celebrate on pitch

Real Madrid fans have called for ex-Chelsea hero Eden Hazard to leave after he was seen laughing on the pitch after the Blues ousted his current side from the Champions League on an awkward night for Zinedine Zidane.

Belgium playmaker Hazard made a rare start for Madrid at Stamford Bridge, where he shone for Chelsea before leaving for the Spanish giants in a mega deal almost two years ago that could be worth as much as $ 209 million.

Aside from testing goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in the second half, Hazard was anonymous by the standards he set during his time in London, doing little to prevent Madrid from slumping out of the semifinals with a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday.

Worse was to come as footage emerged of Hazard cheerfully congratulating Chelsea players on the pitch afterwards, embracing his opponents at a time when many supporters felt he should have been keeping a low profile after a drab display from the 13-time winners and his latest underwhelming showing in a hugely underperforming spell in Spain so far.

“Eden has to play,” coach Zidane said afterwards, facing pressure over his questionable tactics and the decision to field a player who has provided no assists and only three goals in 18 appearances this season. “He has to regain his confidence, little by little, by playing.”

Club legend Sergio Ramos was making an even rarer appearance, although his out-of-sorts performance fueled rumors that he was unfit and had played on the basis of Real Madrid’s terrible record without him in crucial matches.

“We played a semifinal and the players were prepared,” insisted Zidane. “If they played, it means that they were prepared. We can be proud of my players. We have tried and we have come this far, one step away from the final.

“Chelsea played a great game and qualified and they are to be congratulated. We can say that they deserved the victory. We tried, but in the end they deserved to win and go through.”

Some angry Madrid fans said their patience with the injury-prone star had ended. “Hazard at the end of the game is unacceptable,” said one.

“We are angry, we don’t understand him. He cannot stay at Real Madrid for another second.”

Others compared him to the likes of club icons Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul, who were known for their sacrifices and wholehearted performances.

Zidane has won the Champions League three times with Madrid, but his future could now rest on whether his side can retain their Liga title, with a run of four final league fixtures in two weeks starting on Sunday.

Madrid are level on points with Barcelona and two behind city rivals Atletico, having won two of their last four league matches while drawing the other two 0-0.

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Eden Hazard made to regret Real Madrid prediction as Chelsea reach Champions League final

Chelsea booked their place in the final of the Champions League thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount in a 3-1 win on aggregate. Eden Hazard had been hoping to turn to the tide for Real Madrid, but it was a night to forget for Los Blancos.
Eden Hazard was made to regret his comments about Real Madrid’s credentials after they were beaten by Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Blues will face Premier League rivals Manchester City in this month’s Istanbul final after a pretty tame fight from Real on Wednesday night was powerless to stop goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount proved to be the difference.

The tie hung in the balance going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge, with Real’s talented wide men Hazard and Vinicius Junior always capable of creating something out of nothing.

But as the game wore on, it became more and more clear that it would not be a happy return to west London for Hazard.

The Belgian winger left Chelsea for Real just shy of two years ago in a £100m+ switch.

Shortly after he became another Galactico, he explained that his dream had always been to play in the famous white of Real Madrid.

“My dream was always to play for Real Madrid, the greatest team in the world, and so far I’m happy,” he explained after two months in the Spanish capital.

However, on undoubtedly the biggest night of his Real career, he was powerless to stop Chelsea moving one step closer to becoming champions of Europe.

Of course, Hazard has struggled greatly with injuries during his Real career, having barely missed more than a few games for Chelsea.

But he has been a mere shadow of the player that was comfortably the best in the Premier League on his day during his time with the Blues.

There is still time for Hazard to turn things around with Los Blancos, and he could certainly start by firing them to La Liga glory to make up for their European heartbreak.

Hazard also explained in that interview in 2019 that talks with Thibaut Courtois and Luka Modric persuaded him to chase his dream of joining Real.

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London stabbing: Boy, 15, fights for life after suffering wounds in Chelsea Harbour

The 15-year old boy was taken to hospital and is currently in a life-threatening condition. Met Police said they were called at 6.50pm to Harbour Avenue in southwest London.
Two male suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime, police said.

A Section 60 stop and search power has been authorised in the SW10, SW6, SW5 and SW3 areas until 7am on May 6.

 

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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel joked that he can’t be doing too well as a manager despite reaching back-to-back Champions League finals, because he has done so with different clubs rather than the same one. And after his side booked their spot in the Istanbul final later this month, Tuchel declared: “It’s not done yet.” 
Chelsea beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount.

That gave them a 3-1 aggregate win and sees them reach a third Champions League final in the club’s history, their first since they won the competition for the first and only time back in 2012.

For Tuchel, it means back-to-back European Cup showpieces after his Paris Saint-Germain side lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon last year.

Chelsea will take on Premier League champions elect Manchester City on May 29 in Turkey, after City beat PSG – now managed by ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino – 2-0 (4-1 on aggregate) in their own semi-final on Tuesday.

City and Chelsea meet in a dress rehearsal at the Etihad this weekend in which Pep Guardiola’s side can secure their third league title in the past four years.

But despite only arriving in January, and also taking Chelsea to an FA Cup final, Tuchel laughed that he can’t be doing too well as a manager despite his incredible early success with the Blues, because otherwise he’d still be the PSG head coach.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

Tuchel was sacked by the French champions just before Christmas last year and then replaced the axed Frank Lampard at Chelsea a month later. He has become the first manager ever to reach back-to-back Champions League finals with two different clubs.

Told he must be doing something right, the German tactician smiled to BT Sport’s Des Kelly: “Or not because it’s not the same club! It depends who you ask.

“No I’m happy. I’m very, very happy that we achieved this. I’m in general very grateful that I have the opportunity to live my life in football and fill this passion as a professional.

“I’m more than grateful to do it on this level and to coach a team like this and to arrive now for the second time in a final, I’m very grateful. Very thankful. 

“We deserved to win. First half was difficult because they had a lot of ball possession, made us suffer. But we were dangerous with counter-attacks and never lost the hunger or desire to defend.

“Second half was an even better structure to defend. It was a fantastic performance. Second half, we could have scored so much earlier and so much more to be safe.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

“But no time for criticism now. It’s a fantastic achievement. A big congratulations to the team.”

On the nerves of the second half before Mount’s 85th minute goal made sure of Chelsea’s victory against the 13-time European champions, Tuchel added: “It can happen in any second of any football match, not only against Real Madrid.

“Against Real Madrid of course it’s always dangerous, they can turn nothing into gold. You’re always on the edge.

“Big, big congratulations because to hang in there, even if you have big chances and miss, miss and miss again, to never lose concentration and never lose focus or the positive energy on the pitch is huge. A huge performance and well deserved.”

And asked about the showdown with City, Tuchel continued: “The final? Ask me four days before. It’s too early. Hopefully not but there can be injured players and players out of form. We need to wait and see.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

“Hopefully we arrive with the whole squad and we arrive in a good moment and good atmosphere because it’s not done yet. It’s not done yet. We want to go all the way. We arrive in Istanbul to win.”

Goalscorer Mount meanwhile told the BT cameras after the final whistle: “I can’t put it into words, really, at the moment. But it was a great performance tonight, it was a tough, tough game.

“You know what they’re like, they’re going to come and they’re going to give it everything. I thought we were brilliant, we worked hard.

“We probably should have had about five. I should have had one about 20 minutes before I scored. The most important thing is that we won tonight. But it’s not over, there’s one more game left.

“We’ve got two massive cup finals and hopefully we can win.”

Speaking about this weekend’s league showdown with City, Mount added: “We’ve played them three times already this season, so it’s going to be a stunning game.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

And captain Cesar Azpilicueta added: “Massive performance from the team. We knew we had a tough opponent and I think the team performed really well and could have scored more goals.
“Not only the guys that were lucky to play this game on the pitch, we have a fantastic squad and staff around.

“Everybody pushes hard in training, it creates the atmosphere to be together, to fight for every ball, to help each other from the stand.

“For me, this is massive to create a strong group. At the moment, we have plenty of things to fight for ahead of us.”

The Spanish defender said of the final, which will come a fortnight after they face Leicester in the FA Cup final at Wembley: “It’s a Champions League final against Manchester City, we know that.

“We have played them lots of times, but it’s a Champions League final. But we believe in ourselves. We know that we will have to work hard, but we’re ready for this.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel cracks PSG joke as Blues set up Man City Champions League final (Image: GETTY)

While Werner, now Chelsea’s joint-top goalscorer this season, reflected: “Where we started under the new manager, we were 10th in the league, we are now in the cup final and the Champions League final.

“Everything, we are on the road to the top four, we can win the Champions League and we can win the FA Cup. Our team is incredible, what we did today.

“We didn’t have so much of the ball, like normally, but how we controlled the game and the rhythm against a team with world-class players in every position.

“We are young, but we’re not stupid to make mistakes and we were very, very good today.

“Maybe if you can say something to us today is the fact that we could decide the game earlier in the second-half.

“But in the end, it’s not easy to play against Real Madrid and we did very, very well.”

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Chelsea Houska Reveals Why She Really Left ‘Teen Mom 2’ As Show Returns Without Her

Chelsea Houska has shared what it was about her pre-teen daughter Aubree that caused her to step away from ‘Teen Mom 2,’ and ‘leave that chapter of my life.’

MTV’s Teen Mom 2 returned for season 11 on Tuesday May 4, but it was minus a very familiar face. Chelsea Houska has left the show, and now she’s revealing why she’s passing up that sweet MTV paycheck. While the 29-year-old and husband Cole DeBoer have built themselves quite a nice business empire featuring everything from beanies and sunglasses to wallpaper designs and diaper bags, it ultimately came down to Chelsea not wanting to share 11-year-old daughter Aubree Lind‘s private preteen moments with the world.

“There just came a point—and I think it was a buildup almost—this feeling in my gut, or my heart, I guess. It just didn’t feel like I was supposed to be on that show anymore,” Chelsea shared with E! News. “There were conversations that [my daughter] Aubree and I were having from time to time, and there came a point where I was just worried because I don’t want her to ever be like, she can’t tell me things because it’s going to be aired to millions of people or whatever.”

Aubree is Chelsea’s first born, who she was seen having during MTV’s 16 and Pregnant with then-high school boyfriend Adam Lind. Mom of four Chelsea said that she didn’t want her daughter’s private drama with her dad to spill over onto MTV’s airwaves. “When she was little, the stuff that was going on with her dad and stuff, it was from my point of view, and as she got older, it started coming from her point of view. I think that deserves to be private for her. That was ultimately what kind of pushed me to decide to step away and leave that chapter of life,” Chelsea explained.

Cole DeBoer and Chelsea Houska say farewell to ‘Teen Mom 2’ during the show’s season 10 reunion. Photo credit: MTV

Chelsea has had one of the best happiest ever afters when it comes to her life post 16 and Pregnant. She met the love of her life (and total hunk!) Cole, and the couple wed in her native South Dakota on Oct. 1 2016. They’ve welcomed three beautiful children of their own, with son Watson, 4, and daughters Layne, 2, and Walker June, three months. Over the last year Cole and Chelsea built their gorgeous dream home, and have become quite a pair of DIY experts at home decor and design.

The fiery red head says that she would never put her younger children’s lives on TV the way things went down with Aubree. So when it comes to considering a return to Teen Mom 2, Chelsea says, “I always say that I would never go back to anything that’s about my kids’ personal life for sure. I don’t think I could do that.” However she adds that, “If something happened to be light-hearted and fun, I don’t think I would say no.”

Fans can still follow Chelsea’s life through her Instagram posts, as well as Cole’s IG account, where he too loves sharing photos of the couple’s beautiful children, as well as his rigorous fitness routines. And there’s the pair’s IG page downhomedeboers, where fans can watch the pair’s amazing decorating and design ideas, as well as view their own product lines. Watch out Chip and Joanna Gaines, Cole and Chelsea could be swapping a life on MTV for one on HGTV with the rate of success they’re having.

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The Chelsea women reveal Rose Namajuns’ role as their inspiration

There aren’t many more inspirational figures in MMA than reigning strawweight queen Rose Namajunas – and the Chelsea women’s team would likely agree after she was used as inspiration for their historic run to a European final.

The Blues reversed a first-leg deficit to defeat Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate to qualify for their first Women’s Champions League final on Sunday ahead of a May 16 final against Barcelona.

Goals in the final minutes from Pernille Harder and Fran Kirby were enough to oust the much-fancied German side en route to a 4-1 win in the second-leg which secured the hosts’ passage to this month’s showpiece game.

Emma Hayes’ side faced an unenviable task in taking on Bayern Munich, who entered the second game with their tails up after a close win in the first semi-final encounter between the sides.

And as an emotional Hayes elaborated shortly after her team’s historic win, she used some rather unconventional motivation for her team in advance of the game – in the shape of UFC champion ‘Thug’ Namajunas.

“I played them a video from a UFC star,” said Hayes. “It was a one-minute video before the game and she was talking to herself, saying ‘I am the best, I am the best.’

She won the fight and straight after the fight the cameras said to her, ‘You were saying to yourself I am the best’ and she said, ‘But yeah, I am the best’. And that’s what I said to the players before the game.

Someone described us as ‘mentality monsters’, and we are the best. We’re in this position because we deserve it.”

The fight which Hayes refenced is Namajunas’ recent first-round high-kick knockout of Chinese champion Zhang Weili at the recent UFC 261 event in Jacksonville, Florida.

Namajunas’ win erased Zhang’s 20-fight undefeated streak which stretched back to 2013, and earned the winner her second UFC strawweight world title.

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