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Barcelona's Gerard Pique fails in appeal over ban for insulting linesman

The ESPN FC crew are joined by former Real Madrid midfielder Santi Solari believes Gerard Pique's four match ban will effect Barcelona's start to the season.
ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson analyses how Barcelona should handle Gerard Pique's four-game suspension after the centre-back insulted a referee in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
As Barcelona start the season without Gerard Pique, who was sent off in the Spanish Super Cup and faces potential suspension from La Liga's opening games, ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno talks about the challenges facing the reigning European champions.

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's appeal against his ban for insulting a linesman during the recent Spanish Supercopa defeat to Athletic Bilbao has been turned down, meaning the centre-back will still miss his team's upcoming La Liga games against Malaga, Atletico Madrid and Levante.

Pique, 28, was red-carded by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo during the second half of the return Spanish Super Cup game at the Camp Nou, with TV pictures showing him angrily protesting an offside call in the face of...

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Francis Coquelin has 'best defensive statistics' in Europe - Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger paid tribute to keeper Petr Cech after their 0-0 draw with Liverpool
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it's only a matter of time before video technology is extended to include the offside rule.

Arsene Wenger says the stats prove that Francis Coquelin has become one of his most important players after criticism from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville.

Neville, now a pundit with Sky Sports, accused Wenger of arrogance over his transfer market policy during the coverage of the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Monday. He indirectly referenced players like Coquelin and said "they cannot win the league with them" as the Gunners lack power in their team.

But Wenger has leapt to the...

Brisbane Roar's Indonesian owners given final warning by FFA

Brisbane Roar finished sixth in the A-League last season.

BRISBANE, Australia -- Football Federation Australia (FFA) has told the Indonesian owners of Brisbane Roar that they will lose control of the A-League club if its financial problems are not addressed immediately.

Two representatives of the Bakrie Group met FFA chief executive David Gallop in Sydney on Friday to discuss the club's future and Gallop said there was a "frank discussion."

"The Bakrie Group is under no illusion of what's required to remedy this situation," Gallop said in a statement.


 By Ben Gladwell

AC Milan set to sign Juraj Kucka from Genoa - reports

Juraj Kucka (right) made 34 Serie A appearances, scoring two goals.

AC Milan are set to take their summer spending up to almost €90 million by signing Juraj Kucka from Genoa, according to reports.

Kucka is set to join the Rossoneri ahead of their clash with Empoli on Saturday evening for a fee of €3 million.

Added to the signings of Carlos Bacca, Luiz Adriano, Andrea Bertolacci, Alessio Romagnoli and Mario Balotelli, the Slovenian midfielder's arrival would take the Serie A club's spending to €88.5 million.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport,...

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Injured captain Jedinak to miss Australia's WC Qualifiers next month

National coach of Australia sits down to talk to ESPN FC's Jason Dasey about the future of Australian soccer at the AFC coaches conference after the Socceroos' Asian Cup win.

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak heads a trio of Europe-based players who have pulled out of Australia's AFC World Cup Qualifiers against Bangladesh on Sep. 3 and Tajikistan five days later.

Jedinak, who led the Socceroos to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup title in January, has succumbed to a hamstring injury suffered in Palace's League Cup tie against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday. Joining him on the sidelines are JC Roda striker Tomi Juric and Bayer Leverkusen winger Robbie Kruse, who are not fully fit...