Serie A

Seydou Keita injury blow for Roma


Roma are sweating on the fitness of Seydou Keita after the midfielder picked up an injury on international duty. The Mali ace was forced off just 30 minutes into Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash in Ethiopia with a suspected calf problem. Keita subsequently revealed that the severity of the injury has not yet been determined. “Thank you for all your messages ...

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Sebastian Giovinco to consider Juventus future


Sebastian Giovinco hopes his future lies at Juventus, but admits he has an important decision to make in January. The diminutive Italy international continues to struggle for regular game time at the Italian champions, sparking exit rumours. The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been linked with the 27-year-old playmaker in the recent past. Giovinco is ...

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Everyone ‘happy’ with Balotelli sale – AC Milan sporting director


AC Milan sporting director Umberto Gandini claims the summer sale of Mario Balotelli to Liverpool made ‘everyone happy’. The Italian striker completed a £16million move to Anfield late in the transfer window. Brendan Rodgers was prepared to take a calculated risk on the ex-Manchester City man and bring him back to the Premier League despite his reputation for being difficult ...

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Kevin Strootman not for sale – Roma owner


Roma owner James Pallotta insists midfielder Kevin Strootman will not be sold to Manchester United. The 24-year-old Dutch midfielder has been linked with a January move to Old Trafford, where he would join up with former Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal. “It is just not happening,” Roma’s billionaire owner told BBC Sport at the Leaders in Football Conference. “I have ...

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AC Milan director wants wildcards for Champions League


AC Milan director Umberto Gandini believes Champions League wildcards should be introduced to ensure some of Europe’s biggest clubs do not miss out. Currently, the Premier League top three qualify automatically, with the side in fourth entering the play-off round. In Italy, the top two go straight into the Champions League, with third going into the play-offs. “I think we ...

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Pallotta appeals for peace after Juve clash with Roma


Roma president James Pallotta has appealed to Juventus, his own club and the media to calm down following Sunday’s heated encounter in Turin. The Giallorossi lost 3-2 to concede their first defeat of the season. Players and club executives have engaged in a war of words since the end of the match at the Juventus stadium. Pallotta issued a statement ...

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Vidal facing 100,000 euro fine for Pre-Roma night out


Arturo Vidal is facing further disciplinary action from Juventus for having a night out ahead of the Serie A match with Roma on Sunday. The Chile midfielder was dropped to the bench after staying out until the early hours of Friday morning. Photographs which show the 27-year-old in a Turin bar have been circulating in the Italian media, with the ...

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Juventus lose Caceres for a month after thigh injury


Juventus have been dealt a blow with the news that defender Martin Caceres will be out of action for a month with a thigh muscle problem. The Uruguayan suffered the injury in the first half of the Bianconeri’s clash against Roma at the weekend and was promptly hauled off at half-time in his side’s 3-2 victory. Subsequent scans have revealed ...

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Italian FA president Tavecchio banned for racist slur


The president of the Italian football federation (FIGC), Carlo Tavecchio, has been banned for six months by European football governing body Uefa for making racist remarks. The 71-year-old caused controversy during his election campaign in July by referring to “eating bananas” when discussing foreign players. He later apologised for his remarks. The ban means Tavecchio cannot hold any Uefa position ...

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Francesco Totti comments unacceptable – Juventus Director


Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta has hit back at Francesco Totti following the attacker’s comments in the wake of Roma’s 3-2 loss against the reigning Serie A champions on Sunday. The 38-year-old Giallorossi captain was furious after Sunday’s defeat, claiming that the Bianconeri only emerged victorious because of referee Gianluca Rocchi, who awarded the hosts two penalties as well as failing to notice Arturo ...

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