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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Claudio Ranieri sacking was Leicetser board's 'decision alone' - vice-chairman

With many differing views on the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Shaka Hislop says if Leicester want to stay up, he had to go.

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha says the decision to sack Claudio Ranieri was the board's "decision alone" and said the players had no say in the matter.

Both Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel denied reports that Ranieri had lost the dressing room and left the players seeking a change in leadership.

And Srivaddhanaprabha urged fans not to fault the players in comments appearing in Leicester's matchday programme on Monday.

"This week we made the most difficult decision...

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Juventus face Napoli in semi without Benatia, Marchisio and Sturaro

Juventus coach Massimilano Allegri says Napoli will be itching to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Atalanta.

Juventus will not have defender Medhi Benatia or midfielders Claudio Marchisio and Stefano Sturaro against Napoli in their Coppa Italia semifinal on Tuesday.

Marchisio picked up a knock in the 2-0 win against Empoli on Saturday and will not be able to play.

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UEFA president warns Brexit could jeopardise European football in UK

Shaka Hislop makes the argument that a departure from the Champions League could help Barcelona's La Liga title chances.

United Kingdom's exit from the European Union could cause a "serious problem" with visa issues, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned, while suggesting Barcelona's Neymar and Lionel Messi could already face difficulties.

In November, Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier was unable to face Arsenal in the Champions League after the player was denied entry to the UK because of his ongoing appeal against a "convertible" two-month prison sentence.

Ceferin, who also serves as a FIFA vice president,...

 By PA Sport

Maurizio Zamparini steps down as president of struggling Palermo

Maurizio Zamparini has quit as president of Palermo.

Maurizio Zamparini has relinquished his duties as president of Serie A strugglers Palermo.

The 75-year-old businessman has owned Palermo since 2002, helping the Sicilians return to the top flight after a long absence, while Francesco Guidolin even took them into Europe 12 years ago.

He has since made a reputation for himself as a manager sacker, employing no fewer than 20 men in the role of head coach since Guidolin's successful reign ended in the last decade.

A statement published on Palermo's...

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Former Everton and Hearts star Alex Young dies at 80

Alex Young is honoured by a banner outside Goodison Park.

Everton great Alex Young has died in Edinburgh at the age of 80.

The Scot, who won the title with the club in 1963 and the FA Cup three years later, earned the nickname "The Golden Vision."

He made 273 appearances, having joined from Hearts in 1960, and scored 87 times before departing for Glentoran in 1968.

"We are all very sad and will miss him terribly," said Young's son, Alex Junior, on the Everton website. "He passed away peacefully with my mum by his side at a small hospital close to Edinburgh.

"He...

 By PA Sport

David Wagner, Garry Monk get bans for Huddersfield-Leeds melee

Huddersfield Town and Leed United clashed on the sideline earlier this month.

David Wagner and Garry Monk have been handed touchline bans by the Football Association for their roles in the touchline melee that marred Huddersfield's win over Leeds earlier this month.

Terriers boss Wagner has been handed a two-game ban while Monk will serve a one-match suspension after the pair were sent to the stands following a clash that sparked ugly scenes at the John Smith's Stadium.

Both clubs were fined £10,000 and warned about their future conduct after admitting FA charges of...