• The Canadian Press

    Marseille fans pay their Bernard Tapie tributes, Lens and Nice lose

    PARIS (AP) — Giant banners of Bernard Tapie were displayed at Stade Velodrome as Marseille fans paid an emotional tribute to the former club president they adored before Sunday's 4-1 home win against Lorient. Marseille's win moved it up to third place in the French league, one point behind second-place Lens and one point ahead of Nice in fourth. “Avec Toi Nous Avons Atteint Les Sommets” (With You We Reached the Heights) one banner read, with a picture of Tapie placed between the years 1943 and 2

  • The Canadian Press

    MATCHDAY: Ranieri returns to EPL; Sociedad for lead in Spain

    A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday: ENGLAND The Premier League resumes after the international break with Claudio Ranieri making his return to English soccer in charge of Watford — and he could hardly have a tougher first game. Liverpool travels to Vicarage Road as the only unbeaten team in the league after seven matches and is in second place, a point behind Chelsea. The 69-year-old Ranieri was hired last week and will be leading a fourth Premier League club, after Chelse

  • The Canadian Press

    Former Barcelona president defends his running of the club

    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former president of Spanish club Barcelona on Friday denied accusations by the current leadership that his board had left the team on the brink of bankruptcy because of poor management. Josep Bartomeu said that most of the club’s financial woes had been caused by the impact of the pandemic, which closed down Camp Nou for more than a year and reduced other sources of revenue. “There was no mismanagement, we did not leave a poor legacy,” Bartomeu told three Barcelona-ba

  • The Canadian Press

    Lille and Marseille away fans banned from traveling in 2021

    PARIS (AP) — The French league has banned fans from Lille and Marseille from traveling to away games for the rest of the year following violence in recent games. The LFP's disciplinary committee issued its verdicts at midnight on Wednesday, giving each club a suspended deduction of one point. Lens was also given a suspended one-point deduction and ordered to play two home games without fans. Angers had one section of its stadium closed for two games. Both clubs had already served those punishmen