Harry Maguire hits back at Frank Lampard's 'headlock' comments on Instagram

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire appears to have hit back at Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after he was accused of putting Cesar Azpilicueta in a ‘headlock’ during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.

Lampard was furious that his side were not awarded a penalty after a VAR review saw little wrong with Maguire’s challenge on Azpilicueta from a free-kick during the first half at the Theatre of Dreams.

It was the talking point of a drab match at Old Trafford and Lampard blasted the officials for failing to point to the spot after replays showed Maguire had a firm grip of the Spaniard.

‘Holding is allowed, but headlocks don’t go on,’ Lampard told Match of the Day.

‘I don’t know why VAR didn’t take long and there’s also a monitor to look at. I think if the referee goes to the monitor he gives a penalty.’

Maguire has had a mixed start to the season but the United captain clearly feels the incident has been overplayed in the media as he took to Instagram today to hit back at Lampard’s comments.

The defender posted a photo from later in the match when Reece James appears to be manhandling Maguire from a set piece, while Azpilicueta is all over Scott McTominay.

Maguire posted the photo without further comment but it’s clear what the England international is alluding to following the coverage of the incident since the draw on Saturday.

Lampard took a dig at United after the match, claiming he warned his side about conceding penalties against the Red Devils because they’re ‘miles ahead’ of clubs in Europe in terms of being given spot kicks.

‘Without a doubt [it was a penalty on Maguire],’ said Lampard.

‘I’m interested to see what everyone else says. I spoke to the lads about how many penalties they get here, over the last two seasons they’re miles ahead in Europe.’

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Mikel Arteta FUMES at decision to chalk off Alexandre Lacazette's goal

‘I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed’: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta FUMES at decision to chalk off Alexandre Lacazette’s goal in defeat by Leicester… after officials decided Granit Xhaka was blocking keeper Kasper Schmeichel’s view

  • Alexandre Lacazette headed home Dani Ceballos corner in the first five minutes
  • Lacazette’s goal was ruled out as Granit Xhaka was occupying an offside position
  • Referee Craig Pawson and the VAR team said he had blocked Kasper Schmeichel
  • Leicester substitute Jamie Vardy provided the foxes with the winning goal 

Mikel Arteta has expressed his frustration at the decision to disallow Alexandre Lacazette’s goal after Arsenal lost 1-0 to Leicester.

Arteta thought his side had taken an early lead at the Emirates Stadium when Lacazette headed home a Dani Ceballos corner, but the goal was ruled out as Granit Xhaka was occupying an offside position.   

Despite jumping over the ball, the referee and his officials felt that Xhaka blocked the view of Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Mikel Arteta says he doesn’t understand how Alexandre Lacazette’s goal was disallowed 

The decision left Arsenal’s bench perplexed during the game and manager Mikel Arteta was unhappy with the call of referee Craig Pawson and the VAR team.   

Arteta said: ‘I’m really disappointed. We had it in our hands in the first half and I don’t know how the hell the goal was disallowed.

‘To be fair I was really pleased with the first half and the way we pressed and the aggression we showed against a team that are very capable of breaking that pressure and creating chances against you.

‘We were very on top of the game, we restricted them to nothing. We scored a goal from the set-piece, I don’t know how it got disallowed.’

Leicester substitute Jamie Vardy came on to provide the Foxes with the winning goal in the final 10 minutes of the game to see Arsenal lose 1-0. 

Lacazette headed in Dani Ceballos’ corner in the first five minutes but Granit Xhaka was offside

Leicester sub Jamie Vardy provided the foxes with the winning goal as Arsenal lost 1-0

To make the evening worse, Arsenal lost both David Luiz and Bukayo Saka to injury during the second half.

Arteta added: ‘We have lost a few players in the last week or so. 

‘David had a muscular problem and couldn’t carry on so we will have to assess him in the next 48 hours.’    

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Virgil van Dijk out for at least five months with ACL tear

Virgil van Dijk is expected to miss the majority of the season after results confirmed he had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear.

The Dutchman was unable to continue in his side’s draw against Everton on Saturday after a nasty challenge from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Van Dijk was able to walk off the pitch but the swelling quickly increased and he left Goodison Park on crutches, with the club doctor fearing the worst.

Scan results have now shown the worst case scenario in that the former Celtic man has suffered an ACL tear.

Van Dijk will undergo surgery and the minimum he can be expected to be out is five months – which would be the best case scenario.

In a brief statement, Liverpool refused to put a timeframe on Van Dijk’s injury.

‘Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton,’ a statement read.

‘The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.

‘Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.

‘No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.

‘Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.’

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Ulissi chalks second win at Giro, Matthews’ test ‘not proof of false positive’

Monselice, Italy: Italian Diego Ulissi claimed a career eighth Giro d'Italia stage when he won Friday's 13th stage, a 192km ride between Cervia and Monselice.

The UAE Team Emirates rider outsprinted Joao Almeida (Deceuninck–Quick-Step), who consolidated his overall lead as second place earned the Portuguese a six-second time bonus. Austrian Patrick Konrad took third place.

The peloton was split in three in the final short but brutal climb of the day, with the sprint specialists being dropped.

Diego Ulissi sprints to the line ahead of Joao Almeida to win stage 13. Credit:LaPresse

Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ), winner of four stages and leader in the points classification, could not sustain the pace and abandoned all hope of victory with 18km left while triple world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) chased in vain and was also left out of the sprint for victory.

The 22-year-old Almeida now leads Dutchman Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb) by 40 seconds.

"We did a great job on the last climb to drop the sprinters and arrive with a small group. [Teammate Brandon] McNulty was very good in the final, how nice to get another success in the Giro," said Ulissi, who also won the second stage in this year's edition.

Saturday's 14th stage is a 34.1km individual time trial between Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.

Diego Ulissi celebrates after winning his second stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia. Credit:LaPresse

The Giro is being held amid growing COVID-19 fears after two teams, the Australian-registered Mitchelton-Scott squad as well as Dutch outfit Jumbo-Visma, pulled out earlier this week following positive tests for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Australian Michael Matthews has returned two negative test results for COVID-19 after testing positive for the virus on the first rest day of the Giro, which he consequently withdrew from.

Matthews (Sunweb) did not start stage 10 on Tuesday after it was announced he was one of eight people across five teams who tested positive on the first rest day on Monday.

The 30-year-old sprinter underwent a rapid test on Tuesday, which was negative and another PCR test on Wednesday that also came back negative. However, his Sunweb team in a statement on Friday said the two negative results did not prove the test taken on the rest day in Italy was a false positive.

"This is good news as Michael is also feeling good and still without symptoms. The first PCR test remains to be a reliable snapshot of that moment. The two negative tests since do not mean Monday's test was a proven false positive," a team spokesman said in a statement to Cyclingnews.

Sunweb, who are abiding by strict internal testing protocols as well as those set out by race organiser RCS, has supported the continuation of the Giro despite the exit of two teams and pressure from others to end the race before it is due to finish in Milan on October 25.

"These strict procedures are in place to ensure health, whilst at the same time allowing professional cycling to take place in these challenging times of COVID-19," the spokesman said.

"This is in the interest of all of pro cycling's stakeholders and the fans to show that professional cycling can still exist in this COVID-19 era."

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Stephen Kenny fumes at Ireland plane seat fiasco

Stephen Kenny fumes after Ireland duo Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah were forced to miss Slovakia and Wales games because the pair moved from allocated seats on flight to Bratislava and sat within two metres of FAI official with Covid-19

  • Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah left the Ireland camp due to a seat fiasco 
  • The pair left their seats on a flight to Slovakia and sat near an official with Covid 
  • Brighton striker Connolly was set to feature against Slovakia on Thursday
  • Ireland went on to lose the game on penalties and miss out on Euro 2020 

Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah were forced to pull out of Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off in Slovakia and today’s clash with Wales — because they sat in the wrong seats on their flight out to Bratislava.

The duo left their allocated plane seats on Tuesday and sat within two metres of the FAI official who tested positive for Covid-19 in Slovakia on the day of the match.

And under Irish health and safety guidelines that meant Brighton striker Connolly and Norwich frontman Idah had to pull out of the game. It was a massive blow to manager Stephen Kenny with Connolly pencilled in to start the match which Ireland lost on penalties.

Ireland have been hit by a covid fiasco after two stars left assigned seats on a flight to Slovakia

‘I am not going into the operations of flight seating at the moment, it would not be right to go into details about flight seating,’ Kenny said.

When it was put to him that Connolly and Idah had moved from their allocated seats, he said: ‘That seems to be the case, yes. I wouldn’t have been aware of that because I was at the front of the plane.’

Kenny had ear-marked Connolly for a key role against the Slovaks after picking him in both opening Nations League games last month.

Aaron Connolly (L) and Adam Idah (R) sat near an official who later tested positive for Covid-19

Connolly was due to play against Slovakia as the Irish were beaten on penalties in the play-off

‘Aaron Connolly played in those games with a view to him playing also in the [Slovakia] game in a certain way,’ he said. ‘Aaron was selected in the team and Adam would have been a good attacking option for us as well. To find out on match day, and then have a bit of a saga because the possibility existed of an appeal and so forth, wasn’t good preparation.’

Meanwhile, Wales’ Aaron Ramsey returns for the match in Dublin and that is ‘a massive boost’ according to defender Ben Davies.

The Juventus midfielder missed the 3-0 defeat at Wembley having been part of the Italian club’s Covid-19 bubble following an outbreak.

Tottenham left-back Davies said: ‘He’s a world-class player so it’s great news. Having him in any team would boost you. He gets on the ball, he’s very creative and always looks forward and to get a team up the pitch.’

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Winter wonder in Cornwallis at Newmarket

Winter Power showed no signs of a busy campaign catching up with her after making virtually all to claim the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket.

The Tim Easterby-trained daughter of Bungle Inthejungle secured her fourth victory from nine starts this season with a clear-cut success in the Group Three prize.

Although briefly headed midway through the five-furlong dash, the 10-1 shot, who claimed Listed honours at Ayr on her last outing, quickly pressed on once regaining the initiative to cross the line three lengths clear of runner-up and favourite, Method.

Winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa said: “She won quite well at Ayr and has bounced back in great form. She has done really well and won very easily. She just ran in a very competitive race (Flying Childers) at Doncaster where I got beat on her.

“She has shown me plenty of encouragement today to travel very handy and when I asked her the question coming down the dip she handled it well and put the race to bed very nicely.”


Despite Winter Power – who was introduced at 25-1 for the Commonwealth Cup with William Hill and 33-1 by Betfair – being campaigned exclusively over five furlongs this season, De Sousa believes that with time she might get a bit further.

He added: “This year five is as far as we want to go, but we are nearly at the end of the season and with another couple of months on her back six furlongs will be suitable.

“I think when she fills up over the winter she might just strengthen up. I don’t know how good she will be, but she will always be in the mix in good races.”

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Packers WR Allen Lazard out at least one month after core muscle surgery

Injuries to the Green Bay Packers receiving corps are piling up.

Allen Lazard underwent core muscle surgery from Dr. William Meyers over the last couple days and will be out at least a month, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per source.

With No. 1 wideout Davante Adams (hamstring) also dealing with an injury, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers could possibly be without both of their top pass catchers entering a date with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. Adams was a limited participant in practice on Thursday.

Lazard’s injury disrupts what has been an emerging season through three games. The third-year wide receiver is coming off a career-best game against the Saints where he produced six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in Adams’ absence. So far this year, Lazard has thirteen receptions for 254 yards and two TDs.

Needing to step up in Lazard’s absence will be Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who has eight catches for 165 yards and a touchdown. Malik Taylor and Darrius Shepherd — currently the only receivers remaining on the Packers WR depth chart — have yet get on the stat sheet this season.

The Packers are currently the highest-scoring team in the NFL at 40.7 points per game and are second only to the Dallas Cowboys in yards per game (459.7). With a well-balanced offense that is also producing the second-best rushing attack (171.7 YPG) and what has been a throwback season so far from their former MVP at QB, it will be interesting to see how Matt LaFleur and the Packers adjust to the adversity at receiver.

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