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Tuesday Kickoff: PSG reignites interest in Di Maria; UEFA investigates Russia-Montenegro match; and more

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Angel Di Maria is being offered an escape route in case he decides he wants to leave Manchester United this summer.

The Argentine winger has failed to find the form that made him into a household name across the world while at Real Madrid, and according to the Daily Mirror, Paris Saint-Germain is ready to offer Man United a sizable transfer fee to sign Di Maria.

The report is unclear about how much PSG is willing to offer but it’s expected to be near or equal to the 60 million pounds that Man United paid for Di Maria last summer. PSG had expressed interest in Di Maria in the past, but were outbid last summer for the 27-year-old winger.

Di Maria, who is currently on international duty with the Argentine national team in the U.S., has scored four goals in 26 matches in all competitions.

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UEFA has opened a formal investigation into the events that led to the suspension of Russia’s away Euro 2016 qualification match in Montenegro after multiple situations of crowd violence and fans throwing flares or objects onto the field.

Early in the match, a flare from the stands struck Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the head, forcing a 30-minute delay while he was stretchered off. After numerous starts and stops, the game was finally abandoned when an object hit Dmitry Kombarov while he went to the sidelines to take a throw-in.

Russia has filed a protest and its FA chief has called for UEFA to award Russia a 3-0 victory by default.

“I believe that UEFA objectively, fairly and in the spirit of the relevant regulation documents, will examine (the protest) and will issue an objective, fair decision,” Russian FA boss Nikolai Tolstykh told Russian state TV, via the Associated Press. “In our view, a 3-0 defeat for the host country is fitting for this situation, a technical defeat. It would be a fair decision in this case.”


Mark down yet another expensive Brazilian World Cup stadium that will be unoccupied for the near future.

Northern Brazilian club EC Bahia announced on Monday in a statement that it was leaving the brand-new Arena Fonte Nova, as they failed to find common ground with the business consortium that runs the stadium. The Fonte Nova, while a state-of-the-art stadium, cost the Brazilian taxpayers upwards of $200 million, and the consortium is looking to bring in even more money from fans for running the stadium.

Bahia stated that they were open to returning to the Fonte Nova but in the mean time they’ll play in the Estádio de Pituaçu, where Bahia played while the Fonte Nova was being built.


UEFA has agreed to share upwards of 2.24 billion euros ($2.4 billion) with European clubs who qualify for and progress and win European competitions, including the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League. (REPORT)

The English FA has scrapped plans to have a “Great Britian” team compete at the 2016 Olympics after not receiving support from Northern Ireland, Scotland, or Wales. (REPORT)

Manchester United will attempt to sign Real Madrid left back Fabio Coentrao this summer. (REPORT)

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is expected to give full debuts to forwards Juanmi and Vitolo when Spain takes on the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena. (REPORT)

A match between Arsenal de Sarandi and Aldovisi in the Argentine Primera Division was suspended after half an hour due to crowd violence. (REPORT)

Former Sri Lankan soccer executive Vernon Manilal Fernando had his appeal of his lifetime ban from FIFA denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. (REPORT)


What do you think of these reports? Do you see Di Maria leaving Manchester United this summer? How do you think UEFA will rule on the Russia-Montenegro game?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I love Man U. I love DiMaria. I don’t love how Van Gaal is using him. He tucks him on the inside way too often. ADM needs to operate on the outsize, use the space to optimize his speed. I know 99.99% of reports are click bait but this will be an interesting story to follow. Especially since Ashly Young has been playing well for them and essentially took his spot. Never saw that coming.


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