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EPFL ends agreement with UEFA on Champions League dates

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday that future UEFA Champions League games may be held outside of Europe.

The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) have voted to end a Memorandum of Understanding that had prohibited domestic matches from being broadcast at the same time as Champions League fixtures, the organisation announced in a statement on Friday.

The group claimed that UEFA has left it "no other option" than to strike down the agreement given recent decisions European football's governing body has taken.

In August, it made a series of reforms that favoured the continent's top leagues and...

 By PA Sport

Under-fire Kolo Toure backed by Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers

Two shameful mistakes by Kolo Toure led to a 2-0 victory for Borussia Monchengladbach at Celtic Park.
Despite defeat in Germany, Brendan Rodgers expresses pride in Celtic's performance against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers insists he will have no hesitation throwing Kolo Toure back into the Old Firm spotlight after his Champions League nightmare.

The Ivorian was to blame for both the goals the Hoops conceded in Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach at Parkhead.

But Rodgers refuses to point the finger of blame at his former Liverpool lieutenant.

The Celtic manager praised the 35-year-old for turning down more lucrative offers elsewhere to join his side in the summer and...

Pep Guardiola on Manchester City: I'd rather quit than change my style

Pep Guardiola says he saw an open match between Barcelona and Manchester City before Claudio Bravo was sent off.
Lionel Messi and Barcelona stunned Manchester City, while Arsenal thrashed Ludogorets in the UEFA Champions League.
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley are in disbelief over the play of Claudio Bravo and the Man City defence against Barcelona.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and defender Pablo Zabaleta faced the media ahead of their clash with Barcelona.

MANCHESTER -- Pep Guardiola says he would rather quit Manchester City and go back to Spain than change his style of play.

The City boss has failed to win any of his last four games and was beaten 4-0 by Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Sergio Aguero was left on the bench at Camp Nou, and Claudio Bravo was sent off for handling the ball outside the box after fluffing a clearance.

Guardiola said it will take time for him and his players to adapt, but he insists he won't change his attacking...

Man City's Pep Guardiola shouldn't be judged on Barcelona loss - Del Bosque

ESPN FC's Craig Burley says benching Aguero could come back to bite Guardiola in a big way.
Pep Guardiola says he saw an open match between Barcelona and Manchester City before Claudio Bravo was sent off.

Former Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has come out in support of Pep Guardiola following criticism of the Manchester City manager after his team's 4-0 defeat at Barcelona on Wednesday.

Guardiola was criticised for omitting Sergio Aguero from the starting XI for the Champions League clash, while his tactics were also said to have left City vulnerable at the back. 

"You cannot judge him on the last game," Del Bosque told Cadena Cope. "In recent years, he has always made Bayern Munich Bundesliga...

 By Simon Curtis

Manchester City need to shake off poor run and spectre of past history

Are Roma in pursuit of three City full-backs and can Guardiola afford to lose so many defenders?

The history of Manchester City has plenty of trials and tribulations. Up until a few years ago, the club was seen as one that would gleefully shoot itself in the foot whenever the opportunity arose. With the steady advance of time, however, things have begun to change. In fact, almost everything has changed at City.

With the succession from Mark Hughes, to Roberto Mancini, on through Manuel Pellegrini to Pep Guardiola in what used to be the very hottest of managerial hot seats, City's face and image...