Higuain apologises for sending off against Juventus

AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain has apologised for getting dismissed against Juventus, the club that sent him to San Siro on loan this season, during a 2-0 defeat on Sunday in which he also missed a first-half penalty.

Enraged after being penalised following a collision with Juventus defender Medhi Benatia, the former Real Madrid and Napoli forward was booked for dissent, then given another yellow immediately afterward for continuing to protest.

“First of all, I want to apologise to the team, the coach, the supporters and the referee for my reaction,” Higuain said.

“I take responsibility for what happened. Obviously, I hope that it doesn’t happen again. It was one of those moments — we were losing, I missed a penalty and we aren’t robots but people. But I don’t want to try and justify my actions.” Bet Now on NaijaBet

Juventus loaned Higuain to Milan for one year — with an option to buy — in August after signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid, and the Argentine reiterated that it was not his decision to leave. Continue reading “Higuain apologises for sending off against Juventus”

Ronaldo scored, as Juventus keeps flying high

Cristiano Ronaldo scored as Juventus bounced back from their midweek Champions League defeat by Manchester United with a 2-0 win over 10-man AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday, as Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty before being sent off for the hosts.

Mario Mandzukic headed in the opener in the eighth minute at the San Siro with Ronaldo adding a second on 81 minutes as Juventus maintained their six-point cushion ahead of the international break.

It got the defending seven-time Serie A champions back on track after suffering their first defeat of the season by United following two late goals despite Ronaldo’s stunning volley.

“Winning tonight was the only way to put aside what happened in the final five minutes of the Champions League game,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“It was important to win without conceding a goal and to regain the six-point advantage over Napoli who are having an excellent championship.”

A third loss of the campaign, however, saw AC Milan drop out of the Champions League places behind Lazio who moved back into fourth despite a 1-1 draw at Sassuolo. Continue reading “Ronaldo scored, as Juventus keeps flying high”

SerieA Match Preview: AC Milan vs Juventus

AC Milan has won five of their last six games in Serie A and has only lost one of their last 10 in the league. Alessio Romagnoli has scored dramatic stoppage-time winners in their last two league outings.

Juventus slipped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Manchester United on home soil in midweek, their first defeat of the season in any competition. In Serie A they have won 10 of their first 11 matches, drawing the other.

There is a reason the Old Lady have not lost successive matches since August 2015 and they should respond in typical Juventus fashion on Sunday night.

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AC Milan- Ivan Strinic, Mattia Caldara, Davide Calabria and Lucas Biglia are all sidelined for AC Milan, while Gennaro Gattuso has a raft of other injury concerns as well. Bet Now

Gonzalo Higuain is the main one and the Argentina international will be desperate to recover from injury in time to face off against his former club.

Juventus- With Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa both at risk of missing out for the second game in a row, Massimiliano Allegri may be limited in what he can do in attack. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: AC Milan vs Juventus”

Gianluigi Buffon to start against Lille, Napoli

Italian goalkeeping “legend” Gianluigi Buffon will start for Paris Saint-Germain when they face Lille and Napoli in the coming days, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said on Thursday.

Buffon, who joined the Ligue 1 giants in the summer from Juventus, last played for PSG in a 5-0 league win over Lyon on October 7 as he alternates with French shot-stopper Alphonse Areola.

The 40-year-old World Cup winner was suspended for PSG’s opening three Champions League group games.

But he is set to replace Areola in Friday’s league fixture with Lille and again in Naples on Tuesday when PSG will be battling for a win to salvage their flagging Champions League campaign.

“He plays a very important role for us because he’s a legend,” Tuchel said.

“He’s had a great career and has a lot of experience. He’s crucial for us thanks to his approach to the game. LIVE matches Bet Now NaijaBet

“It’s very important that he’s here and that he speaks to everyone to share his experience.” Continue reading “Gianluigi Buffon to start against Lille, Napoli”

Ronaldo shines as Juventus sinks Empoli

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.

Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah.

But Juventus turned to their €100-million man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.

“It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired,” Ronaldo said.

“We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory. Bet Now

“I don’t remember the goal very well, I’ll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal.”

After Caputo’s opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc’s shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video. Continue reading “Ronaldo shines as Juventus sinks Empoli”

SerieA Match Preview: Empoli vs Juventus

Empoli are without a win in eight games but did at least draw with relegation rivals Frosinone last time out.

Juventus have started the season with 11 wins from 12, drawing to Genoa last weekend.

Juventus were fantastic away to Manchester United in midweek and will be full of confidence on Saturday.

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Empoli- Luca Antonelli and Manuel Pasqual will keep rotating at left-back, with the latter expected to sit out here. Bet Now 

Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli is contemplating two systems: a 4-3-1-2 with Antonino La Gumina up front or a 4-3-2-1 with Rade Krunic pushed forward. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Empoli vs Juventus”

Juventus forced me out because of Ronaldo – Higuain

AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain said he was treated very well by Juventus – right until the moment they forced him out of the club to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Higuain moved to Milan on loan in August after two seasons at Juventus, where he won two Serie A and Coppa Italia titles and scored 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.

His departure, which he said was not his decision, came shortly after the Turin side signed five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Higuain said in an interview published on Thursday that he felt something was amiss when he was left on the bench for the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan in May. Place bet on Live matches 24/7

“That day, I had the feeling inside that maybe something had broken down. And then they signed Ronaldo,” he said. Continue reading “Juventus forced me out because of Ronaldo – Higuain”

Cristiano Ronaldo is not easy to replace – Fabio Paratici

Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici said on Monday it was not easy to replace a player of the calibre of Cristiano Ronaldo as he also dismissed a return to Italy for Manchester United’s French World Cup winner Paul Pogba.

Ronaldo, 33, joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer for €100 million.

The Spanish club has lost three and drawn one of their last four matches and are currently fourth in La Liga.

“Ronaldo is probably the best player in the history of the game so he isn’t easy to replace,” Paratici told journalists at the Manlio Scopigno ceremony at Rieti in central Italy after receiving a “Manager of the Year” award. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Paratici revealed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner had been keen from the outset to join Juventus.

“We talked about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage,” he said.

“Real Madrid had a gentleman’s agreement with him, the ownership kicked things off and negotiations began.” Continue reading “Cristiano Ronaldo is not easy to replace – Fabio Paratici”

‘Rape allegations do not change opinion of Ronaldo’- Juventus

Italian champions Juventus on Thursday broke their silence over rape allegations against their superstar player Cristiano Ronaldo, saying the claims made by an American model do not change their opinion of the Portuguese striker, but US sportswear giant Nike said it was “deeply concerned”.

“Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus,” the defending Serie A champions said on Twitter.

“The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.”

Juventus later posted a video on You Tube and Twitter showing Ronaldo working up a sweat as he trained with his teammates at the team’s Continassa centre in Turin for Saturday’s league game against Udinese.

“Juventus go for goal. Cristiano Ronaldo finds the target!,” read the caption beside the video.

Juventus’s tweets were widely panned on social media as “shockingly dismissive and insensitive”. Continue reading “‘Rape allegations do not change opinion of Ronaldo’- Juventus”

Serie A Match Preview: Juventus vs Napoli

Juve has won all of their seven official games so far, but they have only met two opponents that could actually cause them some trouble.

This will be a further test for this Juventus side, which is somehow different from the old one both given the new arrivals, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, and some players that seem to have stepped up in the summer, like Federico Bernardeschi.

Napoli has improved after some initial setbacks, and have only dropped points in the league to Sampdoria. While the performance in Belgrade may not have been brilliant, the Partenopei seem to be focused once again in the domestic league.

The gap between the two sides in the table is just three points, but Napoli cannot afford to let Juve get further away. Juventus do not need to win this match as they always aim for the end prize, and a draw would keep them on top of the table and unbeaten this campaign. Bet Now

But settling for the draw is not really in Juventus’ tradition, and they will surely want to send an early message to Napoli, who once again seem to be their only title contenders.

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Juventus- Paulo Dybala has played in consecutive games, while Mario Mandzukic featured on the bench against Frosinone. Continue reading “Serie A Match Preview: Juventus vs Napoli”

Ronaldo shine as Juventus stay perfect in Serie A

Cristiano Ronaldo erased the frustration of his Champions League red card by scoring the opener and setting up Federico Bernardeschi for a second as Juventus maintained their perfect record in Serie A after five games with a 2-0 win at promoted Frosinone on Sunday.

The Portuguese star had threatened several times at the Stadio Benito Stirpe but finally found a way through nine minutes from time, and then helped substitute Bernardeschi to score Juve’s second four minutes into injury time.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had scored his first goals last week with a double in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo, before the 33-year-old was sent off in tears on Wednesday in a 2-0 Champions League win over Valencia.

Juventus — the only unbeaten team in Serie A — have 15 points from five games, three points ahead of Napoli who beat Torino 3-1 earlier on Sunday.

Seven-time reigning champions Juventus and Napoli, last season’s runners-up, will go head-to-head next Saturday in Turin.

Frosinone had frustrated the champions for long periods but caved in late and have now conceded 12 goals to remain second bottom of the table with just one point. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

“We expected this type of match. Frosinone had conceded five (goals) to Sampdoria and we played with 10 men for 70 minutes against Valencia on Wednesday,” Allegri said. Continue reading “Ronaldo shine as Juventus stay perfect in Serie A”

Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone

Cristiano Ronaldo picks himself up and gets back to business in Serie A against promoted Frosinone on Sunday after his return to Spain in the Champions League ended in a tearful sending off against Valencia.

The former Real Madrid star collapsed dramatically on the pitch after being handed a controversial red card just days after his first goals for Juventus saw the champions keep their 100 percent record to pull three points clear at the top of the Serie A table.

Juventus beat Valencia anyway thanks to two Miralem Pjanic penalties.

And after securing a winning start to the European campaign which is their focus this season, the Turin giants look to keep their quest for an eighth straight domestic title on track with a trip to Frosinone. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident that Ronaldo, 33, will be back to business against a side from outside Rome who are second from bottom of the league with one point.

“He was upset and he needs time to calm down. He needs to rise above it and focus on Sunday, even if these things leave a bitter taste in the mouth,” said the coach. Continue reading “Crying Ronaldo picks himself up for SerieA trip to Frosinone”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo

Juventus have won their first three league games and are already two points clear at the top of Serie A.

Sassuolo start the weekend as Juventus’ closest challengers after making a surprise start to the season.

The Neroverdi have scored more goals than any other team in the division this season (8).

Juventus are favourites but Sassuolo will hope the Old Lady suffer from a lapse in concentration with the start of the Champions League a few days away.

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Juventus- Massimiliano Allegri is expected to pick most of his team based on who featured the least during the international break or who had the shortest trip. Various SerieA Betting Options are available on Site

Cristiano Ronaldo skipped the break with Portugal to fine-tune his game with Juventus after a disappointing start to life in Italy.

Paulo Dybala, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa might all be rested this weekend with an eye on their Champions League opener against Valencia next week. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Sassuolo”

Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will “sooner or later” become coach of Serie A giants Inter Milan, his sister and agent claimed on Sunday.

“I think it’s only a matter of time. He loves the club, the atmosphere and living in Milan. Inter is a side he would really love to coach,” Natalia Simeone said in quotes in the Italian press.

Former Argentina international Simeone spent two years as a player with Inter, whom he joined from Atletico Madrid in 1997, winning a Serie A title and the Uefa Cup.

He then went on to play for four years with another Italian club, Lazio, before returning to Atletico Madrid. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7

“Diego said it too, sooner or later, he’ll end up at Inter,” said Natalia.

“Inter is a team that he would like to coach so much, but he has remained very close to Lazio, too.” Continue reading “Simeone will love to coach Inter later says agent”

SerieA resumes as Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal

Cristiano Ronaldo faces Sassuolo on Sunday still chasing his maiden competitive goal for Italian champions Juventus before he returns to Spain for the first time in the Champions League.

Bolstered by five-time winner Ronaldo, Juventus begin their quest for the Champions League title which has eluded them since 1996 in Valencia next Wednesday.

Despite a seventh straight Serie A title last season the Turin giants plunged into the red with a €19.2-million loss as a result of their European quarterfinal exit.

Serie A returns after a two-week international break with former Real Madrid player Ronaldo having skipped Portugal duty to focus on his new club, just as his teammate, Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Mario Mandzukic, did. Bet Now on NaijaBet

During the break the 33-year-old was pictured relaxing on board his yacht off St Tropez on the French Riveria.

“Vitamin D,” wrote the five-time Ballon d’Or winner under a photo of him lounging on the deck of his yacht. Continue reading “SerieA resumes as Ronaldo chases first Juventus goal”

Ronaldo’s oldest son joins Juventus youth academy

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s oldest son has started training with the Juventus youth academy’s Under-9 team, according to media reports in Italy.

Five-time Ball d’Or winner Ronaldo, 33, signed for Italian champions Juventus this summer from Real Madrid for €100 million.

His oldest son Cristiano Jr — who was born in June 2010 — was photographed training on Monday with the Juve Pulcini 2010 squad reserved for Under-9s at Juventus’s Vinovo ground. Place bet on today’s games on NaijaBet

Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez was also present at the training ground.

Other senior Juventus players have children in the team’s academy including Andrea Barzagli’s son Mattia and fellow former Italian international Claudio Marchisio’s son Davide. Continue reading “Ronaldo’s oldest son joins Juventus youth academy”

SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Lazio

Juventus struggled more than expected against Chievo last weekend, coming from 2-1 down to win 3-2 with a late winner.

Lazio took the lead against Napoli last weekend but ended up losing 2-1. Their difficult start to the season continues here with a trip to Turin.

Lazio are better than Chievo and Juventus will have to improve if they are to come away with three points on this occasion. Naija and Bet

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Juventus- Mario Mandzukic is favourite to start ahead of Juan Cuadrado in the supporting trio. This would mean moving Douglas Costa to the right flank.

Cristiano Ronaldo will make his home debut for Juventus this weekend in front of a sell-out crowd. Continue reading “SerieA Match Preview: Juventus vs Lazio”

Cristiano Ronaldo reveals reason for moving to Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo said it had been an easy decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus as he bids to become just the second player to win the Champions League with three different clubs.

“I want to win the Champions League with Juventus and we will do everything to win it,” the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said in an interview. Naija and Bet

Ronaldo has lifted a record five Champions Leagues titles – four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.

Another with Juventus would see him join Dutch great Clarence Seedorf, the only player to win the top European trophy with three different clubs.

Seedorf won the European title four times – with Ajax, Real Madrid, and twice with AC Milan between 1995 and 2007. Various betting options are available on site for today’s games.

“We’ll focus on that, with my teammates, but without obsessing over it. We’ll go step by step and then we’ll see, if it’s this year, next year or the year after that,” continued Ronaldo who has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal to become DAZN’s first global ambassador. Continue reading “Cristiano Ronaldo reveals reason for moving to Juventus”

Gonzalo Higuain join AC Milan from Juventus

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain on Thursday moved to AC Milan in a three-player swap deal between the seven-time European champions and Juventus that will see Leonardo Bonucci return to Turin after just a season away.

Milan signed 30-year-old Higuain on a one-year loan deal worth a reported $21 million that gives them the option to buy the striker next summer for a further 36 million euros.

Italy centre-back Bonucci has been swapped for promising Mattia Caldara just weeks after Caldara arrived at Juve following his transfer from Atalanta, which was agreed in January 2017. Place bet on Various today’s games on NaijaBet

Higuain left Juventus, where he won two Serie A titles and scored 40 goals in 76 league appearances, following the shock signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid that made the Argentine surplus to requirements.

Italian media reported that Higuain’s transfer had been structured to allow Milan to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations, which they fell foul of last season.

His move opened the door for Bonucci to return to Turin, where the defender won six league titles and reached two Champions League finals. Continue reading “Gonzalo Higuain join AC Milan from Juventus”

NaijaBet Opens Betting on Ronaldo as he begins his career in Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his record-breaking nine-year spell with Real Madrid last month when he signed for the Serie A giants in an £89m deal.

And fans of the Old Lady will be very excited for the upcoming season after watching his moment of magic in training.

The footage shows Ronaldo casually clipping a ball from the edge of the penalty box onto the crossbar. Place bet on Europa League Qualification Matches on NaijaBet

He then follows up and shoulders it into the open net with remarkable ease.

NaijaBet has open Betting Options on Cristiano Ronaldo Total Goals in his first season at Juventus.

19 or Less = 13.00 Odds, 25 to 29 = 3.25 Odds, 20 to 24 = 4.50 Odds, 30 to 34 = 2.87 Odds and 35 or More = 6.00 Odds. Continue reading “NaijaBet Opens Betting on Ronaldo as he begins his career in Juventus”

Ronaldo set to make Serie A debut in August

Cristiano Ronaldo will kick his first ball in Serie A at troubled Chievo on the weekend of August 18/19 when new club Juventus begin their bid for a record eighth straight league title.

The fixture list for the 2018-19 season of the Italian championship was announced on Thursday with all eyes on where the superstar attacker, signed for 100 million euros from European champions Real Madrid earlier this month, would begin what he called “a new adventure”.

Juventus are strong favourites to further cement their domestic dominance following the superstar attacker’s arrival, with the league’s other big hitters in a transition period. Place bet on Live Events on NaijaBet

Napoli, who finished four points behind Juve last year, will be a different prospect from the free-flowing purists of recent years after replacing new Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri with Carlo Ancelotti, a double winner with the Premier League club in 2010.

Ancelotti begins his new job with a tough away trip to Lazio, who were top scorers last season with 89 goals and only missed out on Champions League football on the final day after a dramatic defeat to Inter Milan.

Three-time Champions League winner Ancelotti follows that up with the visit of AC Milan, themselves hoping to rebuild after being taken over by American hedge fund Elliott Management earlier this month. Continue reading “Ronaldo set to make Serie A debut in August”

Ronaldo join Juventus from Real Madrid

Five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has signed for Italian champions Juventus from Real Madrid, the La Liga club said in a statement on Tuesday.

Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record £80 million, is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

“For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the generations to come,” European champions Real said, adding that Ronaldo had asked to be transferred. “Real Madrid will always be his home”. Naija and Bet

The transfer fee was not disclosed but Spanish media said Ronaldo had signed a four-year deal and had cost Juventus €105 million. Continue reading “Ronaldo join Juventus from Real Madrid”

Ronaldo has received offer, might sign for Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo has received an offer to leave Real Madrid and join Italian champions Juventus, a source close to the player told Reuters on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United in 2008 for a then world record 80 million pounds ($105.65 million), is the Spanish club’s all-time top scorer with 451 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.

Despite the glut of silverware, however, the five-times world player of the year has had frequent fallouts with Real and has declared on several occasions that he wants to leave the club. Various Betting options are Available for today’s games on NaijaBet

Moments after lifting a third consecutive Champions League trophy by helping beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final on May 26, Ronaldo appeared to suggest he had already decided to leave Real, telling a television reporter on the pitch at Kiev’s NSC Olympic Stadium: “It was beautiful to play for Real Madrid.”

Ronaldo, 33, appeared to backtrack on that statement during Real’s celebration parade through the Spanish capital the next day, when he told a mass of supporters: “See you next season.”

The Portugal forward was reported to be on the verge of leaving last June after a news story appeared in Portuguese newspaper Record declaring he was unhappy with the club. Continue reading “Ronaldo has received offer, might sign for Juventus”

Buffon get Uefa banned for three matches

Uefa has banned goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for three matches for comments he made about the referee after Juventus lost in the Champions League quarterfinals in April, European soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Buffon was enraged by English referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty during the second leg at the Bernabeu and lost control, screaming at and jostling the Englishman until he was shown a red card.

Cristiano Ronaldo coverted the spot-kick and Real lost the match 3-1 to win the tie 4-3 on aggregate. Place bet on Today’s games on NaijaBet

“The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend Juventus player Gianluigi Buffon for three Uefa competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible,” Uefa said in a statement on its website https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/disciplinary/index.html.

The 40-year-old Buffon, who left Juventus after 17 seasons at the club, criticised Oliver after the match, saying the referee had been out of his depth, should have been in the stands eating crisps and must have a garbage bin for a heart. Continue reading “Buffon get Uefa banned for three matches”

Schalke suspend Meyer over bullying allegations

Schalke on Monday hit back at allegations from Max Meyer that senior club officials bullied him by suspending the Germany midfielder for their last two games.

Meyer’s contract expires at the end of the season and despite being linked to Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, he has yet to reveal his plans.

Schalke moved quickly after Meyer told German daily Bild that he “felt bullied” out of the club by sports director Christian Heidel and chairman Clemens Toennies. Place bet on various sports event on NaijaBet

“We cannot tolerate this approach and these statements – even more so the incorrect allegations which disturb us and we strongly reject,” said Heidel.

Schalke’s coach Domenico Tedesco, who has steered the club to second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich, also slammed Meyer.

“I am disappointed with his personal attacks and I cannot understand them, because they just are not true,” said Tedesco. Continue reading “Schalke suspend Meyer over bullying allegations”