Mark Dobson

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Name: Mark Dobson
Date registered: March 12, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/manchestercity

Latest posts

  1. Monaco stay positive before mission impossible against Juventus — May 8, 2017
  2. Team Sky suspend Gianni Moscon for six weeks over racial abuse — May 1, 2017
  3. British and Irish Lions tour will be cut, says Premiership Rugby — April 25, 2017
  4. Lyon’s Europa League tie with Besiktas delayed after violence erupts in stands — April 13, 2017
  5. Didier Drogba joins US side Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner — April 12, 2017

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May 08

Monaco stay positive before mission impossible against Juventus

• Leonardo Jardim’s side 2-0 down from Champions League semi-final first leg
• Monaco have never won in Italy but Juventus promise ‘aggressive’ game

Monaco were offered the oxygen of hope before their attempts at climbing what appeared to be an insurmountable obstacle in Turin.

Trailing by two away goals and with a mountain of history against them, the Ligue 1 leaders were exuding a relaxed confidence as they focused on their daunting task in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg.

Related: Torino’s Mihajlovic rages at Vialli in TV studio after Higuaín rescues Juventus | Paolo Bandini

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/may/08/monaco-juventus-leonardo-jardim-champions-league

May 01

Team Sky suspend Gianni Moscon for six weeks over racial abuse

• Italian rider racially abused Kévin Reza during Tour de Romandie
• ‘Gianni recognises his behaviour was wrong and there is no excuse’

The beleaguered Team Sky have suffered another body blow in their attempts to rebuild their brand after they suspended Gianni Moscon for six weeks for racially abusing FDJ’s Kévin Reza.

The incident occurred after Friday’s stage three of the Tour de Romandie, which was won by Sky’s Elia Viviani, and has led to the Italian being handed a formal written warning.

Related: Ukad investigates claim that Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/01/team-sky-gianni-moscon-suspended-six-weeks-racial-abuse

Apr 25

British and Irish Lions tour will be cut, says Premiership Rugby

• Chief executive Mark McCafferty says things must change
• New global season comes into effect in 2020

The British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer will be the last in its existing six-week format, Premiership Rugby has confirmed.

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of the umbrella organisation for the 12 English clubs, has echoed the stance of his Rugby Football Union counterpart, Ian Ritchie, that the tours must be shortened as part of the new global season that comes into effect in 2020.

Related: Warren Gatland calls for Lions to get more preparation time for future tours

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/25/premiership-rugby-british-irish-lions-tour-cut

Apr 13

Lyon’s Europa League tie with Besiktas delayed after violence erupts in stands

• Crowd trouble forces fans to flee on to pitch for safety
• Europa League quarter-final first leg delayed by 45 minutes

Football was left scarred by another sickening night of violence as supporters fought in the stands and fans raced to the pitch for safety before Lyon’s Europa League tie with Besiktas.

The first leg of the quarter-final was delayed for 45 minutes after punches, projectiles and firecrackers were thrown at the Parc OL. Both teams were forced to leave the field as fans spilled on to the playing surface before kick-off, with the Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, even going into the crowd in a desperate effort to calm tensions. The incident came 24 hours after some Leicester City supporters were filmed singing distasteful war songs and clashing with police before their Champions League quarter-final tie with Atlético Madrid. Lyon went on to win their match 2-1 through two late goals from Corentin Tolisso and Jérémy Morel after the former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel had put Besiktas ahead.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/13/lyon-besiktas-europa-league-violence-crowd-trouble-ajax-celta-vigo-schalke-genk

Apr 12

Didier Drogba joins US side Phoenix Rising as player and co-owner

• ‘To own a team and be a player is unusual but it’s going to be exciting’
• Phoenix play in second tier of the American league system

The former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has joined the United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising as a player and co-owner.

The 39-year-old has not played since leaving Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact in November but he has taken up the chance to join Phoenix’s “MLS expansion franchise ownership group”.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/didier-drogba-us-side-phoenix-rising-player-co-owner-mls

Apr 12

Uefa made us feel ‘impotent’, says Borussia Dortmund manager

• Thomas Tuchel unhappy over hasty rescheduling of Champions League tie
• Monaco eventually go on to win quarter-final first leg

The Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, has angrily criticised Uefa for the rescheduling of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Monaco, claiming its actions made the club feel “impotent”.

Dortmund and Monaco took to the field at the Signal Iduna Park, less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off near their team bus as they made their way to the ground on Tuesday, leaving the defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on an arm injury.

Related: Borussia Dortmund’s ‘yellow wall’ stands tall in face of attack on team

Related: Kylian Mbappe gives Monaco crucial edge against Borussia Dortmund

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/thomas-tuchel-dortmund-uefa-monaco-impotent-bus-attack-champions-league

Apr 12

Goalline technology given early Championship debut in play-offs

• System to become permanent Championship fixture in 2017-18 season
• Premier League has been using the technology since 2013

The Championship play-off semi-finals in May will feature goalline technology before it becomes a fixture next season.

Originally scheduled for approval at June’s English Football League annual general meeting, the use of the technology was confirmed at an extraordinary general meeting last week in order to give clubs more time to install the necessary infrastructure.

Related: Football League agrees to use goalline technology in Championship

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/12/championship-playoffs-goalline-technology

Apr 10

Claudio Ranieri hints at plotters behind his sacking at Leicester

• Former manager refuses to blame his Leicester players
• Ranieri says it was difficult to motivate his champions

Claudio Ranieri has offered a passionate defence of his former Leicester City players, denying they forced him out.

Ranieri was sacked in February, less than a year after transforming a team of 5,000-1 outsiders into Premier League champions and, following his exit, rumours of a dressing-room mutiny were rife. However, while speaking to Sky Sports during the Monday Night Football show, the Italian refused to blame the players but did admit they were difficult to motivate following their title glory.

Related: Leicester and Atlético Madrid meet again – in a third European competition

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/10/football-claudio-ranieri-speaks-out-leicester-sack-players-premier-league

Mar 27

Joe Root backs new T20 plan but says it should be free to air for fans

• ‘Cricket is there for everyone to see,’ he says
• ‘We want families involved,’ says Michael Vaughan

Joe Root has welcomed the ECB’s grand plans for Twenty20 cricket but has underlined the need for it to be shown on terrestrial television.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has unveiled a blueprint for the future , declaring that its proposed eight-team T20 format was needed to ‘future-proof’ domestic cricket.

Related: New Twenty20 tournament will ‘future-proof’ cricket, says ECB’s Tom Harrison

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/27/joe-root-england-test-captain-twenty-20-tv

Feb 16

Football League agrees to use goalline technology in Championship

• Clubs agree in principle to use Hawk-Eye system
• Shaun Harvey hopes move helps support ‘incredible job’ done by officials

The Football League has agreed in principle to use goalline technology in the Championship next season. The proposal was made at a meeting of Championship clubs on Thursday and will be voted on at the league’s annual general meeting in June.

Related: PFA defends its support of former footballers suffering from dementia

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/feb/16/football-league-goalline-technology-championship

Jan 18

Steven Gerrard tells Daniel Sturridge to fight for his Liverpool future

• Former captain urges striker to stay put and ignore transfer offers
• Sturridge endured difficult night against Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup

Steven Gerrard has told Daniel Sturridge to roll up his sleeves and fight for his Anfield future.

The former Liverpool captain watched on at Home Park as the striker endured a disappointing night in the 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third‑round replay before being substituted by the manager, Jürgen Klopp.

Related: Lucas heads lax Liverpool through in FA Cup replay against plucky Plymouth

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/18/steven-gerrard-daniel-sturridge-stay-at-liverpool-transfer-fa-cup