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Footballer Kurt Zouma charged with three animal welfare offences for 'kicking his cat'

West Ham footballer Kurt Zouma has been charged with three offences under the Animal Welfare Act for allegedly harming his cat. In February, the 27 year old defender was allegedly filmed slapping and kicking his pet cat in a video which was uploaded to Snapchat by his brother Yoan.
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Douglas Luiz's footballer girlfriend Alisha Lehmann bags top bin on Soccer AM
Aston Villa forward Alisha Lehmann delighted Soccer AM fans by smashing a penalty into the top bin live on air - to the delight of her fellow footballer boyfriend Douglas Luiz.Lehmann, who has 34 caps for her native Switzerland, celebrated with hosts Jimmy Bullard and John Fendley after putting the ball into the top corner of the goal at her first attempt of the challenge.The 23-year-old has brought in a huge social media following of 7.4million since leaving BSC Young Boys' Women for West Ham back in 2018, and Soccer AM's upload of the strike has gathered more than 50,000 views.One of those to react was fellow Villa professional and Brazil international Luiz, who wrote on her own upload with heart and fire emojis: "The best."Lehmann and Luiz, also 23, made their relationship official back in January after Lehman posted a picture of the pair kissing with the caption: "Te amo."That translates to "Love you" with Luiz writing "I love you amor" in the comments.HAVE YOUR SAY! Do you follow Alisha Lehmann on Instagram? Tell us in the comments section belowBefore dating Luiz, Lehmann had been in a relationship with former Chelsea forward Ramona Bachmann, whom she featured alongside on BBC Three series Britain's Youngest Football Boss during her time as a West Ham player.When talking about her football idols in a recent interview with Gaffer, Lehmann mentioned Bachmann while speaking of her status as a trailblazer for women's football.She said: "It’s really amazing. That’s what I had when I was sixteen/seventeen.
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Plans for change to Champions League branded 'just like European Super League'
Champions League have been branded 'just like the European Super League' by Karren Brady.Brady has slammed UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and his proposals for the competition, which are currently set to come into affect for the start of the 2024/25 season.Under the changes, the Champions League will expand from a 32-team group stage to a 36-team league stage for it's opening round proper.Two of the additional four qualification slots are currently set to be awarded to club's based on their historic performances, which has received backlash from across Europe.Brady has not held back in her response to the plans, with the West Ham vice-chairperson slamming Ceferin and the rest of the European Club Association.In her column for The Sun on Friday, Brady wrote: “He and a group called the European Club Association are nodding to a rich boys’ club who don’t like the idea of fair competition at home leaving them without a ticket to further big bucks abroad.”She later addressed the currently undetermined method of choosing which team's will play who in the new league stage, adding: “My deep suspicion is a ranking system will be fixed to give an extra boost to the continent’s aristocrats’ chances of reaching the knockout stage of 16 clubs.”Teams will play 10 matches in the opening round, five at home and five away, but it is not yet known how their opponents will be selected.What do you make of the proposed changes to the Champions League? Let us know in the comments section below.All 36 teams will be ranked in one league table, but the 10 match schedule will mean each side faces less than a third of the teams in the competition.The additional opposition to the new format is also due to the current plans for determining who
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10 transfer targets Chelsea may no longer be able to buy this summer after sanction hit
Chelsea may well have had their summer transfer plans scuppered by new UK government sanctions on Roman Abramovich.The Blues have been hit hard after their owner had his assets frozen in a crackdown on seven Russian oligarchs.As well as Abramovich not being able to sell the club, they will not be able to make merchandise revenue, sell tickets or hand out new contracts.And perhaps most heartbreaking for fans is that they have been banned from signing new players.The sanctions are in place until May 31, 2022 - and it remains unclear what will happen after that date.Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea were due to splash the cash once the window opens - but here are 10 transfer targets they may no longer be able to buy ahead of next season.Having been heavily pursued last summer, Kounde was set to be the Stamford Bridge hierarchy's first order of business this summer.They were already reportedly working on a deal to sign the Sevilla defender, who now looks likely to stay in La Liga.Chelsea fans - which one hurts the most? Let us know in the comments section.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox - don't miss a thing.It only takes a matter of seconds.Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.And that's it, job done.
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Man Utd fans tear into flops after players 'complain about Ralf Rangnick training'
Premier League side’s flops as the players reportedly become ‘frustrated’ with Ralf Rangnick’s training sessions. The Red Devils have improved their results, if not their performances, since Rangnick took charge, but still face an uphill battle to finish in the top four.They currently sit one point adrift of West Ham, who occupy the final Champions League qualification place, with performances having been increasingly disappointing.United were dumped out of the FA Cup by Middlesbrough last week, before being held to a point by relegation-threatened Burnley in their return to league action on Tuesday.Matters at the club hit another low point on Friday when ESPN reported that the United squad are ‘becoming frustrated’ with Rangnick’s training methods.Their complaints are said to centre around the fact that the German places a heavy focus on 11 versus 11 work, rather than dynamic drills.United’s interim boss has put his focus on improving his team’s organisation and shape, which has led to an improved defensive record since he replaced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.But some players are said to have hit out at Rangnick for his ‘old fashioned’ method despite that turnaround.What do you think is the cause of Manchester United's recent problems? Let us know in the comments section...And they have now been slammed for doing so by the club’s supporters, who believe the fault for their poor form lies with the squad, not Rangnick.“They used to be so bad at 11v11, now they're better and they're complaining?” one supporter tweeted.“Hopefully they feel so strongly they put in a transfer request and request realistic wages at their new club so the move is quick,” another added.“These lot have not challenged for the big prizes for years.
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Fulham denied 37-year-old player transfer because they couldn't get £10m for him
Fulham refused to sell Mark Schwarzer back in 2010 despite his dream of playing for Arsenal - slapping on a price-tag that he thinks "nobody in their right mind" would've paid.Schwarzer moved to west London in 2008 following an 11-year association with Middlesbrough, making 104 appearances across just two seasons - and helping them into the Europa League final in 2010.With Fulham suffering an agonising extra-time defeat against Atletico Madrid, Roy Hodgson left the club to join Liverpool, with Arsenal coming in for Schwarzer as Mark Hughes joined the club.The 49-year-old has now opened up about this burning desire to join Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, detailing how Fulham blocked the move with a huge asking price.Schwarzer, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leicester v West Ham, said: "My first conversation with Mark was very much, 'Hi, nice to meet you, I want to leave.' "He must have known there was an offer on the table and that I desperately wanted to go. He just told me there was no offer, he knew nothing about it, and that the club wouldn't be letting anyone leave."I ended up meeting with Mohamed Al-Fayed in his office at Craven Cottage, and he told me that if Arsenal met the value the club believed I was worth, that I could go, and if they didn't pay it, I was stuck.
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Kurt Zouma 'set to be dropped' by West Ham after cruel cat abuse video
West Ham are reportedly set to drop Kurt Zouma after footage emerged of him kicking and slapping a cat.The video that surfaced on Tuesday morning (February 8) showed Zouma attacking the cat in his £2million home.And after West Ham condemned the behaviour, Zouma now looks set to miss out on a spot in the Hammers side for their Premier League clash with Watford on Tuesday evening.According to The Evening Standard, Zouma is 'expected' to be dropped from David Moyes' side.Zouma had picked up a knock against Kidderminster Harriers, but Moyes had confirmed he expected him to be back for Tuesday.West Ham said: “West Ham United unreservedly condemns the actions of our player, Kurt Zouma, in the video that has circulated.“We have spoken to Kurt and will be dealing with the matter internally, but we would like to make it clear that we in no way condone cruelty towards animals.”While Zouma also released a statement: "I want to apologise for my actions."There are no excuses for my behaviour, which I sincerely regret.Should Zouma be dropped? Let us know in the comments section“I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video."I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy.“They are loved and cherished by our entire family, and this behaviour was an isolated incident that will not happen again.”
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Newcastle's £33m transfer of 'next Kylian Mbappe' breaks down despite fee being agreed
Newcastle United have failed in their £33million pursuit of 'next Kylian Mbappe' Hugo Ekitike after the Frenchman rejected the move.The Magpies had an initial bid of £29million turned down by Reims for the 19-year-old star, before matching the £33million fee demanded by the Ligue 1 side.The 6ft 2in striker has impressed with eight goals across 18 league appearances this campaign, attracting attention from Newcastle as well as Premier League rivals West Ham.But French outlet L’Equipe have now confirmed Ekitike and his entourage decided against a move to Newcastle and rejected the offer despite Reims being open to his departure.That comes despite Newcastle making big progress in the January transfer window.The Saudi-backed club have added several crucial signings so far, with Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood being the first to join Eddie Howe’s project.Newcastle have also completed the signing of Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes for £43million, reportedly beating the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal to the player.Do you think Newcastle will avoid relegation following their January transfer window? Let us know in the comments section.Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox - don't miss a thing.It only takes a matter of seconds.Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.And that's it, job done.
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