Europa League

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    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

    LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in

  • Chelsea face UEFA investigation over all...

    Chelsea are to be the subject of a UEFA investigation into allegations of racist chanting during a Europa League clash with MOL Vidi, with disciplinary proceedings having been opened. A minority of Blues supporters stand accused of having sung anti-Semitic songs during a contine...

    Chelsea face UEFA investigation over alleged racist chanting in Europa League clash

    Chelsea are to be the subject of a UEFA investigation into allegations of racist chanting during a Europa League clash with MOL Vidi, with disciplinary proceedings having been opened. A minority of Blues supporters stand accused of having sung anti-Semitic songs during a continental fixture in Hungary on December 13. Premier League rivals Tottenham are said to have been the subject of the chants in the question. Chelsea addressed the issue at the time, with the club branding the chanting “abhorrent” while conceding that those involved had “shamed the club”. A statement released by the west London outfit read: “Antisemitism and any other kind of race-related or religious hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans. It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities. "We have stated this loud and clear on many occasions from the owner, the board, coaches and players. “Any individuals that can’t summon the brainpower to comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by using antisemitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club.” UEFA has now revealed that it will be carrying out further investigations into the matter. European football’s governing body have appointed an inspector to look into the alleged incidents due to a lack of evidence provided by officials at the game. Chelsea have been informed that “disciplinary proceedings have been instigated”. A charge of “racist behaviour” will now be judged at the next meeting of UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body on February 28. The full update issued on UEFA's official website read: “Based on the report submitted by the UEFA Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector commissioned to conduct an investigation - according to Article 31 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) - in relation to the alleged racist incidents that occurred at the afore-mentioned match, UEFA has announced that disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Chelsea FC in accordance with the Article 55 of the DR.” Chelsea, who have made it through to the last 32 of this season’s Europa League, are due to return to continental competition on February 14 against Malmo. That contest is due to take place in Sweden, with a return date at Stamford Bridge set to be staged a week later.

  • Arsenal prioritising top four over troph...

    Petr Cech admits a top-four finish is the priority for Arsenal this season, but he is hoping a Champions League return can be complemented by major silverware. The veteran goalkeeper is well versed in the art of trophy-collecting, having lifted a number over the course of a dist...

    Arsenal prioritising top four over trophies, but Cech wants silverware

    Petr Cech admits a top-four finish is the priority for Arsenal this season, but he is hoping a Champions League return can be complemented by major silverware. The veteran goalkeeper is well versed in the art of trophy-collecting, having lifted a number over the course of a distinguished career. He is looking for another winners’ medal to be delivered in 2018-19, in what could be his final campaign with the Gunners as his contract runs down. Helping the club to recover from a two-year absence from the European elite is the ultimate goal for all concerned at Emirates Stadium, but FA Cup and Europa League glory remain up for grabs. Cech, 36, said of Arsenal’s targets: "Our priority is to get into the top four [so we can] be in the Champions League and then you want to progress and evolve as a club, as a team.   "We have a new manager and obviously we set our targets so if we can win a trophy together in the first season it would be a good achievement.   "You play every game to win and this time we were in the FA Cup, we have the tradition as a club to do well and if we can win it, we'd like to do so.   "It is the same with the Europa League – we started really well and are in the last 32.   "These are two targets but the Premier League remains a big objective, to get into the top four." Arsenal kept themselves in the hunt for another FA Cup during their last outing, with a 3-0 third round victory enjoyed over Blackpool. Unai Emery’s side made light work of League One opponents on the day, but it was an eventful trip to Bloomfield Road for the Gunners as they found themselves caught up in the ongoing protests of the home support against owner Owen Oyston. "We started with the guy sitting on our bus,” said Cech. "We had to change the bus. It was one of those things that were aware of and we knew that something might happen.   "We tried to concentrate on our game, on our performance and obviously after that you think 'okay, something might happen during the game' but we were ready for it.   "We knew that we have to concentrate on our performance. We did it really well."

  • UEFA investigates Chelsea over alleged r...

    UEFA says it will investigate allegations racist incidents occurred during Chelsea's Europa League tie at Vidi in Hungary last week. Anti-semitic chants were reported to have been heard during the 2-2 draw in Budapest, and supporters were also pictured in the city with a flag fe...

    UEFA investigates Chelsea over alleged racist incidents at Vidi

    UEFA says it will investigate allegations racist incidents occurred during Chelsea's Europa League tie at Vidi in Hungary last week. Anti-semitic chants were reported to have been heard during the 2-2 draw in Budapest, and supporters were also pictured in the city with a flag featuring a Nazi symbol, although authorities believe the flag did not make it inside the Groupama Arena. The incident occurred five days after the club and Metropolitan Police launched other investigations into allegations that Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling was racially abused in a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. In response, Chelsea banned four people from attending matches pending further investigations into the matter. Regarding the incidents in Hungary, a UEFA statement read: "UEFA has today announced that it has commissioned an ethics and disciplinary inspector to conduct an investigation in relation to the alleged racist incidents that occurred at last week’s UEFA Europa League group-stage match between Vidi and Chelsea played on 13 December in Hungary. "Information in respect to the results of this investigation will be made available by the middle of January." Chelsea swiftly denounced the incidents in Hungary with a strong response after the game on Thursday, calling out the lack of "brainpower" of some of their fans . "Anti-Semitism and any other kind of race-related or religious hatred is abhorrent to this club and the overwhelming majority of our fans," said a Chelsea spokesperson. "It has no place at Chelsea or in any of our communities. We have stated this loud and clear on many occasions from the owner, the board, coaches and players. "Any individuals that can't summon the brainpower to comprehend this simple message and are found to have shamed the club by using anti-Semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club." Chelsea tried to discourage their fans from making any controversial headlines for the third game in a row when  chairman Bruce Buck spoke to travelling supporters as they arrived at Brighton's stadium  ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash.

  • Europa League last 32 draw: Arsenal face...

    Chelsea will face Swedish side Malmo in the last 32 of the Europa League, while Arsenal have been paired with Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov. Scottish champions Celtic will take in a tricky test against La Liga heavyweights Valencia. Other notable ties include Lazio locking hor...

    Europa League last 32 draw: Arsenal face BATE, Chelsea matched with Malmo & Celtic get Valencia

    Chelsea will face Swedish side Malmo in the last 32 of the Europa League, while Arsenal have been paired with Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov. Scottish champions Celtic will take in a tricky test against La Liga heavyweights Valencia. Other notable ties include Lazio locking horns with Sevilla and Galatasaray taking on Benfica. Inter will try to make their way past Rapid Wien, Napoli tackle FC Zurich and Sporting meet Villarreal. Arsenal will be looking to make it one step further than they managed in 2017-18, when they fell at the semi-final stage to eventual winners Atletico Madrid. Unai Emery is now at the Gunners helm and he boasts an impressive record in the competition, having claimed the trophy in three successive years with Sevilla between 2014 and 2016. He will be hoping to emulate the success Arsene Wenger enjoyed against BATE last season, when Arsenal secured a 4-2 victory away from home in the group stage and a 6-0 win at Emirates Stadium. Chelsea, meanwhile, are looking to recapture a piece of silverware they last lifted back in 2013. Maurizio Sarri will be determined to end his debut campaign with a major honour after being charged with the task of forcing the Blues back into contention for top prizes. Both the Blues and London rivals Arsenal will also view the Europa League as a potential route into the Champions League, with the battle for top-four finishes in the Premier League set to leave some big sides disappointed. Elsewhere, Celtic will be eager to prove that they can hold their own among the continental elite after edging out RB Leipzig at the group stage. Brendan Rodgers’ side have not been as dominant domestically this term as they have been in recent years, but have the opportunity to put down a European marker against Valencia. Los Che are enduring a testing 2018-19 campaign, as they sit 14th in the Spanish top-flight, but boast plenty of pedigree and may need the Europa League to salvage their season. Inter and Napoli both boast the firepower to go deep into the competition, with the Serie A rivals having tumbled out of the Champions League. The likes of Mauro Icardi and Dries Mertens will be looking to inspire their respective challenges. Lazio are also in the mix, but have been handed the toughest draw of the Italian representatives as they prepare to take on La Liga high-fliers and Europa League experts Sevilla. There are plenty of other intriguing contests to catch the eye, with leading sides from Germany, France, Turkey, Russia and Portugal all seeking to force their way into contention for a prestigious prize. The first legs of the fixtures in the round of 32 will take place on February 14, with the return dates being staged a week later. Europa League last 32 draw in full: Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb Club Brugge vs Red Bull Salzburg Rapid Wien vs Inter Slavia Prague vs Genk Krasnodar vs Bayer Leverkusen FC Zurich vs Napoli Malmo vs Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk v Eintracht Frankfurt Celtic vs Valencia Rennes vs Real Betis Olympiacos vs Dynamo Kiev Lazio vs Sevilla Fenerbahce vs Zenit Sporting vs Villarreal BATE Borisov vs Arsenal Galatasaray vs Benfica

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