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Manchester City fined $150,000 for player misconduct following controversial call involving Haaland

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Following a heated moment in their 3-3 draw against Tottenham, Premier League champions Manchester City have been fined £120,000 ($150,000) for the misconduct of their players, including Erling Haaland, who surrounded the referee during the game.

The incident occurred during stoppage time on December 3 at Etihad Stadium when referee Simon Hooper chose not to play advantage after Haaland was brought down by Spurs’ Emerson Royal, halting a potential Man City attack.

The Football Association stated, “Haaland and teammates surrounded the ref because he failed to play advantage for a potential scoring chance.”

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Video evidence showed Haaland visibly furious immediately after the whistle blew and continued to express his frustrations after the match.

Despite Haaland’s conduct, he did not face any additional punishment. However, Man City admitted fault for failing to control their players’ improper behavior.

The FA sanction came after an independent hearing and an imposed fine of £120,000 on the club.

Following the pivotal call, manager Pep Guardiola chose not to publicly criticize the referee after the match, despite City’s frustration. Nevertheless, the club’s conduct fell short of expectations.

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City will now focus on defending their Premier League title amidst intense competition at the top of the table.

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Police in Lagos detain eight alleged robbers from wanted list

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In a recent development, the Lagos State Police Command has apprehended eight individuals suspected of engaging in armed robbery, all of whom were on the police’s wanted list.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesperson for the command, revealed this information in an official statement released on Saturday.

According to Hundeyin, the suspects, who were associated with two separate criminal syndicates, were captured following an extensive and secretive investigation that spanned several weeks.

The police representative alleged that these individuals are known for targeting Lagos residents and forcefully seizing vehicles at gunpoint.

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Hundeyin mentioned that while some suspects were apprehended within Lagos, detectives tracked down others to Iwo in Osun State and Ibadan in Oyo State.

He disclosed that the arrested suspects are aged between 22 and 32 years old.

Moreover, he stated that these individuals are also accused of murdering a police officer and stealing his firearm in the Iju Ishaga area of the state on December 9, 2023.

Hundeyin confirmed that the stolen rifle was successfully recovered during the initial arrests.

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“Among the items confiscated from the suspects were a pump-action rifle, five locally-made pistols, 30 live cartridges, and various talismans,” he remarked.

Instances of armed robbery have been on the rise throughout the state.

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AC Milan Clash: Atalanta Manager Gasperini Confirms Lookman’s Fitness

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Gasperini, the manager of Atalanta, has announced that Ademola Lookman is ready for their Serie A match against AC Milan.

The upcoming game between La Dea and Stefano Pioli’s team will take place at the Stadio Giuseppe Meaza, San Siro, on Sunday.

Lookman recently returned from the Africa Cup of Nations with an injury, causing him to miss the previous weekend’s 3-0 victory over Sassuolo.

Despite this setback, Gasperini confirmed that the winger has recovered and is now available for selection.

Quoting Gasperini from football Italia, he said, “His comeback adds strength to our team. He looked impressive during training yesterday, with the injury pain significantly reduced. He is set to play tomorrow.”

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This season, the 26-year-old has scored seven goals and contributed three assists for Atalanta.

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New Candidate Unveiled by Apapa’s LP Faction for Edo Governorship

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In a quick response to Barrister Olumide Akpata’s selection as the candidate by the Julius Abure-led national leadership of the Labour Party for the upcoming Edo State governorship election, the faction led by Alhaji Lamidi Apapa has introduced its own candidate for the race less than a day later.

As reported by NewsNow, Barrister Akpata was announced as the party’s candidate following a governorship primary held in Benin City on Friday, with the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Engr Ikechukwu Emetu, making the declaration. Barrister Akpata clinched the candidacy with 316 votes, surpassing other contenders.

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Meanwhile, the Apapa-led faction of the party submitted the names of its candidate and deputy governorship candidate to the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a letter dated February 22, 2024, addressed to Abuja.

The letter, signed by Alhaji Lamidi Apapa as the Acting National Chairman and Alhaji Saleh Lawan as the Acting National Secretary, was seen on various social media platforms, including the Edo State Labour Party’s WhatsApp group.

The governorship candidate was identified as Barrister Anderson Uwadiae Asemota, paired with Barrister Monday Ojore Mawah as the running mate in the primary held in Benin City on February 22, 2024, as listed by Apapa.

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Confirmation of the letter was given by Apapa over a phone call, where he simply affirmed, “Yes, it is true. The letter is from us.”

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