Friday Kickoff: Johnson, Valcke, Copa del Rey and more

Friday Kickoff: Johnson, Valcke, Copa del Rey and more

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Friday Kickoff: Johnson, Valcke, Copa del Rey and more

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After one of its star players pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court, English Premier League club Sunderland made an important decision on Thursday.

Sunderland has officially terminated 28-year-old English midfielder Adam Johnson’s contract after he pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl. (REPORT)

FIFA’s Ethics Committee formally banned former secretary general of FIFA Jerome Valcke for 12 years. (REPORT)

Sevilla defeated Celta Vigo, 6-2, on aggregate on Thursday to claim a spot in the Spanish Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on May 21. (REPORT)

Brazilian playmaker Oscar, 24, says he wants to stay at Chelsea “for a long time.” (REPORT)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has urged supporters from Leicester City and Arsenal not to boycott this weekend’s game after TV broadcasters requested the kickoff be moved from Saturday to Sunday. (REPORT)

Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini told reporters that midfielder Fabian Delph will likely miss up to seven weeks with an injury. (REPORT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he must “manage the minutes” of Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi after they just returned to the lineup from injuries. (REPORT)

Portuguese club Benfica has reportedly upped the release clause of talented 18-year-old Renato Sanches to $90.2 million (80 million) amid interest from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich. (REPORT)

Riyad Mahrez would be interested in playing with Lionel Messi at Barcelona after having a breakout season with Leicester City. (REPORT)

Brazilian forward Robinho, 32, has officially joined Belo Horizonte side Atletico Mineiro for two seasons. (REPORT)

West Ham United re-signed 28-year-old Dimitri Payet until the summer of 2021. (REPORT)

THURSDAY REWIND

Matthew Fondy, 26, told SBI he wanted a new challenge for his career after winning the USL MVP award in 2015, so he signed with NASL club Jacksonville Armada. (REPORT)

MLS revealed English Premier League club Arsneal to be the opponent for he 2016 MLS All-Star Game on July 28 at Avaya Stadium. (REPORT)

U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was named to Tottenham’s squad for the Europa League knockout stage. (REPORT)

What do you think of Johnson’s terminated contract? Who do you think will win the Copa del Rey?

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