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Balotelli threats to walk off the pitch after receiving racist abuse from fans.

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Brescia striker Mario Balotelli threatened to walk off the field after receiving racist abuse from Hellas Verona fans this afternoon.

The Italy international was justifiably infuriated by the behaviour of the ultras at the Stadio Bentegodi.

During the second half, he kicked the ball into the stands and started to storm off in a rage.

His teammates and opponents tried to calm him down, while the referee followed protocol by stopping play for several minutes.

During this stoppage, a statement was read out over the speaker warning that any further racist chanting would result in the game being suspended for a longer period.

This is the second time this weekend that the new protocol has been adopted in Serie A, having been codified only a couple of weeks ago.

On Saturday, the referee halted play during Roma 2-1 Napoli after the Giallorossi supporters made chants of ‘territorial discrimination’ towards the Neapolitans.

Edin Dzeko asked his fans to drown out the bigots and cheer on only for their team, not insult the opposition.

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John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Wakaso Return As C.K Akonnor Names Strong Squad For AFCON Qualifiers Against Sudan

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Ghana coach Charles Kwabena Akonnor has for the first time invited Jonathan Mensah, Mubarak Wakaso and John Boye to the Black Stars team ahead of the AFCON double header qualifiers against Sudan next month.

The experienced trio are returning to the Black Stars since the change of management at the senior national team.

Wakaso has been instrumental to Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning as they reach the semi finals of the competition, Boye has been consistent with French side FC Metz with Columbus Crew captain Jonathan Mensah leading his side to the play-offs of the MLS.

Another experienced player retuirning to the squad is Harrison Afful of Columbus Crew together with out of favour Chelsea defender Baba Abdul Rahman.

Captain Andre Ayew and his brother, Jordan Ayew-who just recovered from COVID-19 were included in the team together with Arsenal star Thomas Partey.

Akonnor kept faith with most of the players that started the qualifiers against South Africa and São Tomé in his line-up ahead of the game, adding few new names from the friendlies against Mali and Qatar last month.

Ghana have been preparing for the matches with two friendly games against Mali and Qatar.

The West African giants lost 3-0 against the Eagles but recovered to thump 2022 FIFA World Cup hosts Qatar 5-1 in the second match.

Coach Akonnor is seeking to continue with the teams flying start to the qualifiers following victories against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in November 2019.

The four-time Africa champions will play as guests to Sudan at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday, November 12, before making a trip to Khartoum for the return encounter five days later.

Below are the squad;

Goalkeepers:

Richard Ofori (Orlando Pirates FC), Razak Abalora (Asante Kotoko SC), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St Gallen)

Defenders

Baba Abdul Rahman (Chelsea FC), Gideon Mensah (Vitoria de Guimaraes, Afful Harrison (Columbus Crew FC), Anang Benson (MSK Zilina), Djiku Alexander (Strasbourg FC), John Boye (FC Metz), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens FC), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo)

Midfielders: Partey Thomas (Arsenal FC), Baba Idrissu (RCD Mallorca), Mubarak Wakaso (Jiangsu Suning FC), Emmanuel Lomotey (Amiens FC)

Forwards/Wingers:

Andre Ayew (Swansea City FC), Tariq Fosu (Brentford), Samuel Owusu (Al-Ahli Jeddah) Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace FC), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor), Jamie Leweling (Greuther Furth), John Antwi (Pyramids FC), Jeffery Schlupp (Crystal Palace)

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Jordan Ayew Returns To Training After Covid-19

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Ghanaian international and Crystal Palace striker, Jordan Ayew has bounced back in grand style weeks after testing positive for covid-19.

The Ghana forward tested positive for the novel days after returning to his club (Crystal Palace) following the international break with the Black Stars.

Jordan had been out on quarantine for a few days but after testing negative for the virus, the striker is back in training with his teammates.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson made the announcement at a presser for this weekend’s game and further stated that Jordan is in contention for a place in the starting team for the game against Wolves.

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Bartomeu finally resigns as Barcelona president

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned, with the entire board also stepping down from their posts.

Bartomeu’s decision comes after several months of criticism in the wake of Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League elimination to Bayern Munich, as well as Lionel Messi’s shock request to leave the club shortly after.

Although the club was able to keep hold of Messi, with the longtime Barca star staying to avoid having to take the club to court, Bartomeu’s position has been under scrutiny for months.

The president had been due to officially end his tenure next year, with elections called for March, but the club’s members called for a vote of no confidence in an effort to get Bartomeu out immediately.

A total of 20,687 votes were gathered for the motion against Bartomeu, passing the threshold of 16,250 signatures required for the vote to go ahead.

The Barca board repeatedly tried to postpone the vote but, on Monday, local authorities rejected the club’s push to delay the proceedings.

As a result, the vote was set to go ahead in the coming weeks, but will no longer be necessary as Bartomeu and the board have stepped down.

Bartomeu originally joined Barca during Joan Laporta’s presidency and ascended to that role himself in January 2014.

He replaced Sandro Rosell, becoming the 40th President of Barcelona as he signed on to complete the rest of Rosell’s tenure following his resignation.

During his time in charge, Barca won La Liga four times as well as the 2014-15 Champions League, but his time in charge will largely be defined by the club’s failings in his final seasons.

Having struggled to find value in the transfer market since Neymar’s departure to join Paris Saint-Germain, Barca finished the 2019-20 season trophyless.

Their 8-2 loss to Bayern only furthered unrest, with Messi’s request to leave proving the final straw for the president.

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