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Lyon issue life ban to Nazi-saluting fan during Manchester City clash

Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta admits he has no idea if manager Pep Guardiola's touchline ban would've had an effect on their 2-0 Champions League loss to Lyon.
Lyon coach Bruno Genesio is thrilled by Nabil Fekir and the whole side as they beat Manchester City.
Cristiano Ronaldo is sent off in controversial circumstances while Lyon take advantage of a sloppy Manchester City performance.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Shaka Hislop assess where Manchester City's UCL opener went wrong following their 2-1 defeat against Lyon.

Lyon have confirmed they have identified a fan accused of performing a Nazi salute during their 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League group-stage opener on Wednesday and will ban him from games for life.

A video that circulated via social media showed a supporter raising his right arm, leading to a police investigation over an alleged hate crime.

In a statement, Lyon confirmed their security team had identified the man in question and reiterated that the fan will not be...

Ex-Nimes executives to appeal prison sentences for match-fixing - reports

The former president and the majority shareholder of Nimes will appeal prison sentences handed down for their part in attempting to fix matches, according to reports.

Ex-president Jean-Marc Conrad and Serge Kasparian were given 18-month jail terms and €50,000 fines by a Paris court earlier this month for trying to arrange matches in 2014 with the club, which they had just taken over, threatened by relegation.

Five matches were addressed in the case, including the 1-1 draw with Caen on May...

Mario Balotelli is 'perfect culprit' for Italian press - Patrick Vieira

Mario Balotelli has been defended by Nice coach Patrick Vieira following criticism of his performances for Italy.

Vieira, who played with Balotelli at Inter Milan and Manchester City, gave his former teammate his support after he was criticised in the Italian media for his sub-par performance in the Azzurri's 1-1 draw with Poland earlier this month.

"Mario was severely criticised in Italy: it's always like that when the team doesn't win, you need someone to blame," he said. "I think that Mario...

Mario Balotelli 'slimming down well' after weight criticism - Nice teammate

Paolo Bandini assesses the pressure on Roberto Mancini as Italy's new coach and the role Mario Balotelli could play for the Azzurri moving forward.
Gab Marcotti and the FC crew assess how Mario Balotelli will fit into Roberto Mancini's side, four years after his last competitive appearance for Italy.
ESPN FC's Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti explain why Mario Balotelli's hopes of returning to Serie A this summer were dashed.

Mario Balotelli is "slimming down well and working a lot" to get back into shape for Nice's Ligue 1 challenge, teammate Pierre Lees-Melou has told RMC.

Balotelli has played just 75 minutes of competitive football for his club this term *after his condition was criticised by Nice coach Patrick Vieira.

Since then, the former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, who had been expected to leave Nice this summer has been applying himself in training to get back into shape, according to Lees-Melou.

"He's...