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    LIONEL MESSI showed his class as PSG thrashed Clermont in their Ligue 1 opener. The Argentine legend, 35, scored the goal of the game in a 5-0 rout at the Stade Gabriel Montpied on Saturday. 2Lionel Messi scores a brilliant overhead kick against Clermont in Ligue 1Credit: Getty MESSI ???? pic.twitter.com/KNLvuMdxdr— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 6, 2022 Messi netted a brace - but it was his second that had fans on their feet. Leandro Paredas found his fellow countryman all alone in the box, who had his back to goal. Messi chested the ball in the air before executing a brilliant overhead kick - looping the ball over Mory Diaw in the Clermont net. It took just nine minutes for PSG to take the lead - who last week were in rampant mood against Nantes in the Trophee des Champions recording a 4-0 win. Read more in sportBARCA BROS 'I love you' - Messi sends message to Suarez after emotional move to Nacional Messi brilliantly flicked the ball into the path of Neymar, who finished an excellent move....
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The market welcomed Argentina’s new Economy Minister Sergio Massa on Thursday with what appeared to be a cautiously optimistic attitude amid questions about how he would fulfill a key goal of reducing the fiscal deficit, while leftist groups criticized his initial plans that they said would inevitably lead to strong austerity measures. The peso strengthened slightly in the financial market, seen as an important metric on confidence considering the government keeps a tight grip on the official exchange rate. The value of the dollar in the black market (known locally as the “blue” dollar) decreased from 297 pesos to 291 pesos. Argentine government bonds saw early gains in the first few hours of trading after Massa’s swearing-in Wednesday afternoon but these were largely wiped out by the afternoon. Argentine stocks also saw slight gains both locally and in New York on a day in which equities in general saw gains. In his first news conference as economy minister Wednesday evening, Massa sent several pro-market signals, including a goal of increasing the country’s hard-currency reserves,...
    (CNN)An Argentine football player was arrested after punching a female referee in the back of the head during a match between Deportivo Garmense and Deportivo Independencia in a regional league in Buenos Aires.In interviews with local media outlets, referee Dalma Magali Cortadi said she had awarded a foul against Garmense player Cristian Tirone -- who a police source and a Garmense source told CNN was the aggressor -- who then began to verbally abuse her.As a result, Cortadi says she decided to show Tirone a red card, at which point he ran up behind Cortadi and struck her in the back of the head, causing her to fall to the ground.In video footage of the incident, Tirone had to then be forcibly pushed away from Cortadi by two of her officials, before being escorted off the pitch by several police officers.As a result of the attack, Cortadi had to be taken to a local hospital, and once she was discharged, she made a criminal complaint against Tirone.Read MoreCNN has tried to contact Tirone via the police, but has so far...
    By Daniel Politi and Eric Tucker | Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday it is seeking possession of a Venezuelan cargo jet that has been grounded in Argentina since early June because it was previously owned by an Iranian airline that allegedly has ties to terror groups. The request to Argentina was revealed a day after an Argentine judge allowed 12 of the 19 crewmembers of the plane to leave the country as authorities continue to investigate possible terror ties of those traveling in the Boeing 747. Federal Judge Federico Villena said late Monday that the remaining four Iranians and three Venezuelans must stay. The U.S. request sent to Argentina on Tuesday followed the unsealing of a warrant in federal court in the District of Columbia that was issued last month and that argues the U.S-made plane should be forfeited because of violations of U.S. export control laws. The plane, according to the Justice Department, was transferred from Iranian airline Mahan Air — which officials have alleged provides support for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Quds...
    PATRONATO players fought with police after being denied two goals in their 2-1 defeat to Barracas Central. Riot police were called in to calm Patronato's protests against the match officials but became involved in the explosive melee instead. ¡FINAL DE ESCÁNDALO EN FLORESTA! Los jugadores de #Patronato se pelearon con la Policía tras el final del partido ante #BarracasCentral pic.twitter.com/bTSDwI40SE— ESPN Argentina (@ESPNArgentina) July 27, 2022 3Patronato players fumed with the match officials after being denied two goalsCredit: ESPN 3Riot police and stewards were called in to break up the meleeCredit: ESPN 3Axel Rodriguez (top) was judged to be in an offside position before scoring Players pushed back the police's riot shields as they defended each other with one coach falling over amid the chaos. Stewards then got involved to act as a buffer between the squad and the referee. Patronato were incensed at losing the game to a last-minute header from Sebastien Rincon. The 12th-placed side felt they were denied two fair goals by the officials - with the two decisions key to the outcome of the match. READ...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Health Department says there were two heat-related deaths over the weekend in Philadelphia and the city’s heat health emergency has been extended through Monday night. It’s been several days of scorching heat and it is taking a toll. READ MORE: Former Philly Police Officer Who Won Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Sharing Story, How It Inspired New JourneyAs expected, hospitals all over the region are seeing an increased number of people with heat-related illnesses. Heat issues can take a few days to build up and now people are suffering from heat exhaustion and some with more serious heat stroke. Hospitals are using a variety of measures to help people cool down. “Ice machine, we can use fans, we can use ice packs to cool the patient,” a nurse at Lankenau Hospital said. Nurses at Lankenau Hospital say the ice bags are getting a workout as the emergency department is flooded with patients suffering from heat-related illnesses. “It was a busy ER, always busy, but we certainly saw a lot of heat-related emergencies,” emergency physician Dr. Louis Argentine...
    LIONEL MESSI had a few choice words with Sergio Ramos after a clumsy tackle at Paris Saint-Germain's training session. The two have clashed for most of the 21st century as iconic figures on LaLiga's two most successful teams. 3Messi and Ramos clash during PSG training as the Argentine magician stares down RamosCredit: https://twitter.com/FCB_Lad/status/1551255881051807744 3The former Real Madrid defender then pats his team-mate on the head which starts verbalsCredit: https://twitter.com/FCB_Lad/status/1551255881051807744 3The pair helped PSG win a Ligue 1 title last term amid a roller coaster seasonCredit: Getty And it got fairly heated during a practice session this week as PSG continue their pre-season tour. The former Real Madrid defender, 36, was nowhere near the ball when attempting to stop the Barcelona legend. Following the Spaniard's hard challenge, 35-year-old Messi still managed to find the bottom corner. The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner then turned round and sought out Ramos for verbals. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLMESSI BUSINESS Barcelona chief reveals plan for shock Messi return as he opens up on exit Social media members had a field day reminiscing about clashes between...
    FORMER Manchester United star Marcos Rojo scored a stunning goal for Boca Juniors before being mobbed by his team-mates. The Argentine, who spent seven years at Old Trafford, is back playing in his homeland. Marcos Rojos second goal of the season was a special one ???? pic.twitter.com/OkRseCVF9Y— CBS Sports Golazo ⚽️ (@CBSSportsGolazo) July 25, 2022 2Rojo doubled Boca's lead from the edge of the penalty areaCredit: Getty 2The ex-Man Utd star netted against his boyhood Argentine clubCredit: Getty And he doubled Boca's lead against his boyhood club Estudiantes with a powerful strike from outside the penalty area. Sebastian Villa's free-kick was initially headed clear but only into the path of Rojo. The 32-year-old killed the ball dead with his first touch and powered his shot into the top left corner. Rojo hardly celebrated, most likely due to his ties to Estudiantes, but his team-mates made sure to mob him. READ MORE ON MAN UTDRED DEVILS LATEST Ronaldo in Roma loan LATEST, Milinkovic-Savic and De Jong updates Villa added a third shortly after and Estudiantes pulled a goal back late...
    U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-TN-07) commemorated the anniversary of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) bombing in Argentina and took issue with the Biden administration’s negotiations on the Iran Nuclear Deal on Monday. “We will never forget the 28th anniversary of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) bombing in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This heinous attack—carried out by Hezbollah with the support of Iran—took 85 victims and wounded hundreds more,” said Green in a tweet. “Today, we remember the victims, those impacted, and their loving families as we stand united with Argentina’s Jewish community,” continued the 7th district representative. “It’s unacceptable that President Biden is continuing to negotiate the Iran Nuclear Deal in spite of Iran’s continued acts of terror against U.S. servicemembers, our allies, and after Tehran’s meeting with Vladimir Putin this week,” Green concluded. The AMIA bombing occurred on July 18, 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and targeted the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, a Jewish community center. The attack was executed via suicide bombing as a bomb-laden van was driven into the AMIA building and subsequently detonated. Eighty-five people...
    JOSE MOURINHO is ready to battle both Manchester United and Arsenal to try and sign Paulo Dybala on a free transfer. The Argentina international forward, 28, left Juventus last month when his contract expired and has a number of clubs chasing his services. 2Jose Mourinho is readying a swoop for Paulo DybalaCredit: Getty 2The forward is a free agent after his deal at Juventus expiredCredit: EPA He looked to join Inter Milan only for Romelu Lukaku’s return to the San Siro to scupper that move. His representatives have approached Manchester United to a potential deal while Arsenal have also been linked. However, the star’s wage demands have proven to be a problem as he searches for a new club. A report claimed he is now willing to accept a contract worth £5million annually - which is worth around £100,000-a-week. READ MORE MAN UTDUNITED LATEST £46m Lisandro Martinez EXCLUSIVE, Eriksen to sign THIS WEEK Both United and Arsenal could afford that figure - but it has also alerted Roma manager Mourinho. Corriere dello Sport says that the Special One is wanting...
    WANDA NARA left fans in awe as she stripped down into a bikini for some sexy selfies. The 35-year-old model and football agent, who is married to Paris Saint-Germain ace Mauro Icardi, is back in Milan for the summer. 6Wanda posted some more sizzling pictures to her InstagramCredit: instagram / wanda_nara 6The Argentine model wore a revealing bikiniCredit: instagram / wanda_nara 6Wanda is currently in Milan ahead of the new football seasonCredit: instagram / wanda_nara Wanda keeps her 13.1million Instagram followers updated regularly with pics of the vacations she takes. And the latest shot shows the Insta sensation in a revealing, patterned bikini. The Argentine captioned the post: "Without fear of anything." Her sizzling snaps have her fans going wild. READ MORE ON WAGSITALIAN JOB Man Utd star Maguire looks in top shape on honeymoon with Fern on Amalfi coastJONG ONE KNEE Frenkie de Jong gets engaged to girlfriend Mikky Kiemeney on romantic holiday One follower responded: "What a beautiful woman." Another fan begged Wanda to bring her husband Icardi to Serie A champions AC Milan. However, such a move wouldn't go...
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Economy Minister Martin Guzman submitted his resignation Saturday, acting at the end of a week in which Argentina’s currency hit an all-time low against the dollar and truck drivers staged protests over shortages of diesel fuel. Guzman announced on Twitter that he had sent a multi-page resignation letter to President Alberto Fernandez. “With the deep conviction and confidence in my vision of the path that Argentina should follow, I will continue to work and act for a more just, free and sovereign homeland,” Guzman wrote. With the Argentine peso sliding against the dollar, the government on Tuesday made it harder to acquire dollars to pay for imports. It acted as the dollar bought 239 pesos in the informal market used by citizens and companies to bypass official channels. Argentina has suffered for years from a shortage of dollars, which stems partly from the distrust of Argentines in their own currency amid high inflation. Prices have risen nearly 30% this year, and analysts predict inflation could rise above 70% for all of 2022. The work stoppages...
    MIAMI (AP) — A jury in Miami on Friday found a former Argentine naval officer responsible for a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland and ordered him to pay more than $20 million in damages to relatives of four of the victims. The unanimous verdict of the seven jurors was delivered against Roberto Guillermo Bravo, 79, who has lived in the United States since 1973. The families filed the civil case against Bravo under a U.S. law that allows judicial action against residents of the United States for acts allegedly committed elsewhere. Bravo remained calm as he heard the verdict in the courtroom, while two of the relatives listened in tears. “I’m happy for them,” Bravo told The Associated Press as he left the courtroom. He had been the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking part in what is known as the Trelew Massacre who had not faced justice. Three other officers were convicted in Argentina and given life sentences. Bravo and other military officers allegedly shot to death 16 unarmed political prisoners and...
    SADIO MANE's PR agent claims that Lionel Messi failed to persuade the striker to leave Liverpool and join him at Barcelona. Messi, 37, now at Paris Saint-Germain, "imposed" Mane on Barca during contract talks with the Catalan club last summer. 1Mane's PR agent claims that Messi wanted the Senegal star at Barcelona with himCredit: Getty RMC Sport report that the Argentine superstar wanted to lead the line with Mane. Agent Bacary Cisse even stated PSG tried to pip Bayern Munich to the post in landing the 30-year-old this term. He said: “Yes, PSG did indeed attack Sadio. Leonardo Araujo [PSG sporting director] had several contacts with the German agent. “They saw each other, they discussed the ins and outs of a possible transfer of Sadio at PSG, but it ended there. READ MORE TRANSFER STORIESJESUS LOVES U Gabriel Jesus HUGS Arsenal chief Edu as he arrives at hospital for medical "Everyone knows that Leonardo was on an ejection seat; we had to wait. “Last year it could have also happened with FC Barcelona. "It was Lionel Messi who imposed...
    Wimbledon fans will be cheering from the stands as the two-week tennis tournament gets underway today - but no one will be more excited than the players' proud plus-ones. A fashion designer, a tennis ace and a gaggle of international influencers are among those who will make their way to SW19 to watch their husbands and boyfriends battle it out in Britain's biggest tennis tournament. Leading the way will be queen of British tennis Kim Murray, who is expected to be on hand to cheer on husband Andy as he takes on Australia's James Duckworth in his first round match today.  Model girlfriend: Argentine tennis ace Diego Schwartzman, nicknamed 'Shorty' due to his diminutive 5ft 5in stature, has been dating model Eugenia De Martino, pictured, since 2019 Power player: British tennis star Katie Boulter, left, is dating fellow ace Alex de Minaur. Right, psychology student Costeen Hatzi, who is dating Nick Kyrgios All hail Queen Kim! The Queen of the British tennis WAGs is expected to once again take her throne when her husband returns to Centre Court this afternoon Jelena Djokovic, wife of reigning...
    MIAMI (AP) — A former Argentine navy officer goes on trial Monday in Miami for his alleged role in a 1972 massacre of political prisoners in his homeland. Roberto Guillermo Bravo, who has lived in the U.S. for decades, is the only former Argentine military officer accused of taking part in what is known as the Trelew Massacre who has yet to face justice. Three others were convicted in Argentina and given life sentences. “For nearly 50 years, the families of the victims of the Trelew Massacre have been waiting for all its perpetrators to face accountability,” said Katerina Siefkas, a lawyer for the Center for Justice and Accountability, which is one of those representing the plaintiffs. “Our clients seek the opportunity to present their story and to achieve the justice” that has long been denied to them,” she said. Bravo long skirted trial in his homeland because Argentine law forbids anyone from being tried if they are not present. The U.S. rejected Argentina’s request to extradite Bravo in 2010, but he is now to undergo a civil trial...
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Authorities in Argentina and Paraguay are trying to shine light on the jumbo-jet sized mystery surrounding a cargo plane with Iranian and Venezuelan crew that has been grounded outside Buenos Aires more than two weeks. Prosecutors in the two South American countries have launched investigations to figure out whether the crew members — 14 Venezuelans and five Iranians — have any ties to international terrorism or other illicit activity. Cecilia Incardona, the prosecutor leading the case in Argentina, is focusing her inquiries on the Iranian pilot, Gholamreza Ghasemi, and his possible ties to international terrorism. The FBI said in a report to Argentine federal judge Federico Villena, who is in charge of the case, that Ghasemi is CEO of Qeshm Fars Air, which the U.S. Treasury Department says provides material support to the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Iranian airline Mahan Air, according to a document issued by Incardona’s office this week. During the preliminary investigation into the plane, “numerous traces have emerged that make it necessary to move forward with the investigation”...
    CARLOS TEVEZ has landed his first managerial job after being appointed at Argentine side Rosario Central. The 38-year-old has moved quickly into becoming a head coach after only announcing his retirement from professional football earlier this month. 2Carlos Tevez only retired from playing football earlier this month at the age of 38Credit: AFP 2Tevez has been named as manager of Argentine side Rosaria Central on a one-year dealCredit: Twitter Sunsport recently reported how the former Manchester United and City striker was set to take charge of Rosario. And that has now been confirmed by the club, with Tevez beating highly-rated Pablo Sanchez to the coveted role. He has penned a one-year contract with the Estadio Gigante de Arroyito outfit. More to follow...
    TOTTENHAM will reportedly offer £77million for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez. Inter are looking to balance the books by shipping up to four stars this summer. 1Spurs boss Conte is an admirer of hot shot Martinez and is considering a £77m bid, say reportsCredit: Getty And Spurs are "preparing to test" the Serie A giants with a huge bid. Italian outlet Alfredo Pedulla believes that boss Antonio Conte "dotes on" Martinez. However, the report also confirms that the Argentine striker, 24, is determined to stay at Inter next season. He is settled in Milan has even recently opened a Argentine Mediterranean restaurant in the city.  READ MORE TRANSFER STORIESGET YOUR GOSS Inter REJECT PSG's £42m Skriniar bid, Spurs working on FINAL Bissouma details Spurs will have a fight to persuade the forward, who scored 40 goals in 97 appearances under boss Conte during their time together in Italy. The Lilywhites have already signed Martinez's Inter teammate, Ivan Perisic, after he left the Serie A club as a free agent. The Italian market has proved a happy hunting ground for Spurs since Conte's arrival,...
    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Israel praised Argentina on Thursday for holding a Venezuelan plane that included Iranian crew, saying the flight shows Tehran is trying to expand its influence in South America. Washington also made clear it is keeping close tabs on the investigation into the Boeing 747, which was loaded with automotive parts and raised questions because its 19 crewmembers is an unusually large number for a cargo plane. In a statement, the Israeli Embassy commended the “fast action” by Argentine authorities who “identified in real time the potential threat” posed by the aircraft, which has been grounded at Argentina’s main airport outside Buenos Aires since June 6. Israel “is particularly worried” about Iranian airlines “that are dedicated to arms trafficking and the transfer of people and equipment for the Quds Force, which are under sanctions by the United States for being involved in terrorist activities,” the embassy said. “The recent events provide evidence of the repeated attempts by the Islamic Republic of Iran, through the Revolutionary Guard and the Quds Force, to continue consolidating its influence throughout the...
    FRED CLARK is still haunted by the moment an Argentinian officer held a loaded pistol to his temple and threatened to blow his head off. Fred’s crime? Walking on the pavement in Port Stanley after the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands 40 years ago. 5Fred Clark, in Hertfordshire today, is still haunted by the moment an Argentinian officer held a loaded pistol to his temple and threatened to blow his head offCredit: Paul Tonge 5Fred, left, and police colleagues are marched past Argentinian soldiers on day of invasionCredit: Paul Tonge 5Fred's curfew card, front, warrant card, left and firearms licenceCredit: Paul Tonge Brutal Major Patricio Dowling, an Argentinian of Irish descent, snarled: “The pavement is for officers. The rest of you walk in the gutter.” Fighting back tears, the tough 79-year-old, who was a policeman on the islands at the time, said: “He hated the British and made life hell for an awful lot of people.  “He was the equivalent of Germany’s Gestapo in Port Stanley. Little things, like being caught out after curfew, he would lie you in...
    BRAZIL and Argentina were all set to grab the world's attention THIS SATURDAY as the South American heavyweights had plans to face off in Australia. However, Argentina's reported reluctance to travel has resulted in the match being abandoned - infuriating Victoria's events and sports minister, Martin Pakula. 3Brazil's friendly against Argentina has been called offCredit: EPA And with this situation coming only nine months after the FIFA World Cup postponement between the two nations, a lot of supporters have been left disappointed. But why has the match been called off and what caused the postponement nine months ago? Why has Brazil vs Argentina been cancelled? The South American giants were due to meet at the MCG on Saturday, June 11 in Australia where approximately 60,000 tickets had already been sold. But the Brazilian Federation CBF stated that the decision to cancel the match was down to the Argentine Federation. Read More on World CupBRING IT HOME England's kick-off times REVEALED & there's a huge shake-up with opening gameBACK ZIN BUSINESS Qatar to re-install Zidane headbutt statue 9 years after it...
    LIONEL MESSI has made his acting debut on Argentine TV series Los Protectores. The second season of the show was filmed in various locations around both Buenos Aires and Paris. 5Messi was given a warm welcome by the stars of the showCredit: Star+ 5He was making his acting debut on the TV programmeCredit: Star+ 5The PSG forward was in a buoyant mood on setCredit: Star+ 5He sat down for a chat with the three stars of Los ProtectoresCredit: Star+ 5Messi posed with the actors for a glass of ChampagneCredit: Star+ This gave Paris Saint-Germain forward Messi the opportunity to appear in his very first acting role on a TV show. And he appeared to be soaking up the new venture in the video as he smiled and laughed his way through the shoot. Messi has been named as a "special guest" on the show, although it is not yet clear how much he will be in the programme. The second season of Los Protectores, which is due to be aired in 2023, continues to follow three football agents who "face...
    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina’s president and first lady will pay a fine of 3 million pesos ($24,000) for hosting a party in July 2020 that violated the quarantine orders the head of state himself had ordered to prohibit group gatherings as a way to stem the spread of COVID-19. Federal Judge Lino Mirabelli approved the monetary compensation that had been agreed to between the prosecutor, Fernando Domínguez, and President Alberto Fernández and first lady Fabiola Yáñez. The fine will take the form of a donation to Argentina’s Malbran Institute, a public institution that studies infectious diseases and has played a key role during the coronavirus pandemic. Once paid, the fine will close a criminal case that was launched last year after photos emerged of the first lady’s birthday celebration at a time Argentines were largely forbidden from leaving their homes. Others who attended the party in the presidential residence in Olivos, Buenos Aires province, have also been charged and are currently in negotiations to seal similar financial agreements. The photos of the celebration sparked a scandal amid outrage...
    A judge in the northeastern Argentine province of Santa Fe was fired after a Supreme Court panel unanimously agreed that he erred in the judgement of 10 domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Judge Rodolfo Mingarini was dismissed by an unanimous vote of 10-0 on Tuesday after the panel ruled that he was not suitable for his post and was 'lacking in justice and at odds with the principles of human rights and the gender perspective.' Mingarini had been brought up on impeachment charges and was suspended with half his pay in September 2021.  The disgraced magistrate came under scrutiny in June 2021 when he ruled that Leandro Spies could not be held in pre-trial detention because he had used a condom to have sex with a woman who had accused him of rape two months earlier. 'We can think that there would have been forced intercourse, but I cannot understand how if he is going to have forced intercourse, pushing her, subduing her, he took the time, I cannot reconstruct how he puts on the condom and then advances...
    Lionel Messi's father and agent has denied claims that he has agreed to join Inter Miami and acquire a 35 per cent stake in David Beckham's franchise when his PSG contract expires next year. Messi put pen to paper on a two-year deal with PSG last summer after waving an emotional goodbye to Barcelona, where he scored 672 goals in 778 games while cementing a legacy as one of the greatest players in football history. However, after netting a mere 11 goals in 33 outings for the French club and generally failing to live up to the hype, his long-term future in Paris has been the subject of speculation. Lionel Messi's father and agent has denied claims that he has agreed to join Inter Miami RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Lionel Messi's father fuels speculation of a potential... 'It's ALMOST decided': Kylian Mbappe reveals that an... Mauricio Pochettino admits winning just  the Ligue 1 title... PETE JENSON: Is Robert Lewandowski the marquee signing... Share this article Share 102 shares Front...
    ARGENTINE prodigy Enzo Fernandez is set to become the subject of a three-way transfer tussle between three of European football's elite clubs, according to reports. The 21-year-old River Plate star is being targeted by Manchester City, Manchester United and Champions League finalists Real Madrid. 2Fernandez looks set to be on his way to Europe this summerCredit: Getty 2Fernandez, right, could join old River team-mate Julian Alvarez by joining Man City this summerCredit: AFP According to Clarin, the star is irreplaceable for Marcelo Gallardo's River Plate side, but with a release clause of just £17million the situation could be taken out of their hands. All three clubs have had success shopping in the South American markets, with Man City already securing the services of the 2021 Americas player of the year Julian Alvarez - also from River. Fernandez returned from a year long loan at Defensa y Justicia and has become an integral part of River's team this season, contributing 13 goals in 18 appearances from central and defensive midfield. His accolades and qualities make it obvious why teams of the...
    A Colombian soccer player who has been offered a two-year suspended sentence for the 2020 beating his ex-girlfriend in Argentina is now being accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a young woman whom he also threatened to kill. Boca Juniors forward Sebastián Villa reportedly met the victim in 2020 and reportedly assaulted her at his home in the Buenos Aires town of Canning on June 26, 2021, according to a police report obtained by Argentine newspaper Clarín on Friday. As of Monday, authorities had not interviewed Villa, who played in Boca Junior's playoff semifinal scoreless tie with Racing on Saturday.  The club has not made any public statements regarding Villa's legal troubles or his future with the team. The woman said she had gone out to cookout at a home with Villa and that he went into a jealous rage because she had exchanged pleasantries with one of his teammates. They left the outing and returned to his apartment where they gathered with Villa's friends. Villa flew into another rage after his guests departed while his bodyguard, who the woman identified...
    ARSENAL have been offered the chance to sign Juventus striker Paulo Dybala on a free - and they are keen. But the Argentina striker, 28, is only interested in signing for a club who will be playing in the Champions League next season. 1Paulo Dybala is likely to attract a lot of interest this summerCredit: AFP And that will make it even more crucial for the Gunners to finish in the top four ahead of big derby rivals Spurs. With Alexandre Lacazette certain to leave this summer and Eddie Nketiah expected to follow, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is in the market for two top class strikers. With as many seven new players on his shopping list, his budget will only stretch so far, so he would be nuts to overlook free agent Dybala. Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus and Roma’s former Chelsea target man Tammy Abraham are targets but would each cost about £40million. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLANGEL GABRIEL Arsenal ‘consider selling Gabriel just 2 years after arrival with Juve keen’ Dybala, who has won five Italian League titles and...
    WANDA ICARDI left little to the imagination as she showed off her giraffe swimsuit for her social media followers. The Argentine influencer and businesswoman revealed her new animal-themed costume and robe in a short video on Instagram. 6Wanda showed off her giraffe swimsuit on an Instagram videoCredit: Instagram / @wanda_icardi 6She was wore an elegant robe over the topCredit: Instagram / @wanda_icardi And some of her fans were wowed by the latest snaps she chose to share - which also included her in a white dress. One said: "I love your face. Love all of you." While another added: "Yessssss. Gorgeous ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????." Wanda, the wife of Paris Saint-Germain forward Mauro Icardi, has made quite a name for herself as the Argentine player's agent. READ MORE ON SPORTWANDA'S WONGA Wanda Icardi ‘earns more than PSG star husband Mauro’ after divorce battleFree bets! The best free bets and sign up offers available from our bookmaker partners 6Wanda has made quite a name for herself on social mediaCredit: Instagram @wanda_icardi 6She has more than 12 million followers on InstagramCredit: Instagram / @wanda_icardi And last...
    WANDA ICARDI might be earning more than her football superstar husband Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Spain. The Argentine influencer and businesswoman is raking in a small fortune, according to figures published in Mundo Deportivo. 3Wanda is a successful social media influencerCredit: https://www.instagram.com/wanda_nara/ 3She often shares revealing images of herself on Instagram 3Mauro Icardi and wife Wanda are a high-profile couple in the football worldCredit: Getty - Contributor The report says the 35-year-old's income has been boosted after she recently signed a 'millionaire agreement' with her ex-husband Maxi Lopez following their divorce. It adds the former Barcelona forward, 38, will have to continue to pay alimony until the youngest of their three children turns 21-years-old in 12 years' time. And it reveals that Wanda will get the house they shared in Santa Barbara, California, as part of the settlement. The report explains Wanda's successful and growing cosmetics brand along with advertising opportunities, social media and television work have also boosted her earning potential. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLHAAL FALL DOWN Haaland's Man City transfer could spark huge deals including...
    This is the moment a tourist plunged from a bungee platform over an Argentine dam - only for the cord to detach sending the jumper plummeting into the water below.  The 36-year-old, from Buenos Aires, fell from a height of around 131 feet at the Cabra Corral Dam in the northern Argentine province of Salta.  In the footage, the man, identified only as M.M., is seen preparing to jump from the platform Seconds later, he jumps head first towards the water as a filming companion whoops in delight. However, as the cord tightens, it detaches from the platform and the man plummets into the water with a thunderous splash. A woman can be heard crying out in Spanish, asking what happened.  A 36-year-old tourist from Buenos Aires prepares for the drop after paying for the bungee jump at the Corral Dam in the northern Argentine province of Salta. But after he jumps, the rope suddenly snaps, leaving him to fall from a height of around 131 feet The tourist appears to be uninjured in the water as a rescue vessel...
    SALTA, Argentina (AP) — Feminist groups have rallied to the support of 18 cloistered Carmelite nuns who have filed an unusual complaint of gender violence against the local Catholic archbishop. Dozens of activists gathered Tuesday in the esplanade of the Convent of St. Bernard in Salta, some 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires. The nuns, members of the Discalced Carmelites order, have filed a complaint with a local court accusing Salta Archbishop Mario Antonio Cargnello, Bishop emeritus Martín de Elizalde and vicar Lucio Ajalla of “physical, psychological and economic violence.” The archbishop has denied the accusations and the position of the other two is unclear because they have not given statements or officially named attorneys. Elizalde had been designated by the Vatican to hear the nuns’ complaints, but they complain he had accepted the behavior they denounced. Protesters carried posters reading “Sister, We Believe You” and “Enough of Violent Priests!” The woman joined hands and spread out around the historic structure in a symbolic hug. “Sometimes one thinks that the sisters are in harmony, in a contemplative live,...
    ARGENTINA has begged former England star Steve Hodge to pull out of a £5million auction for Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt — and sell it to them instead. Midfielder Hodge, now 59, swapped shirts with the legend after he scored the two goals which beat England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. 3Argentina has begged former England star Steve Hodge to pull out of a £5million auction for Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” shirt — and sell it to them insteadCredit: BPM 3Hodge swapped shirts with the legend Maradona after his two goals which beat England in the 1986 World Cup in MexicoCredit: Getty - Contributor For the first, Maradona used his hand to tip a looping ball over goalie Peter Shilton. Ex-Spurs ace Hodge put the No10 shirt up for an auction due to close today. And an opening bid of £5million immediately made it the most valuable piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. But The Sun can reveal an Argentine delegation has now arrived in London in a last-ditch bid to grab it for a...
    BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Several feminist groups are calling for protests Tuesday in support of a community of cloistered nuns who have caused shockwaves by accusing the archbishop of a northern Argentine province and other church officials of gender-based psychological and physical violence. The pairing of feminists and Carmelite nuns is unusual in a country at the forefront of Latin America’s women’s movement where activists are often at odds with the Roman Catholic Church. The support illustrates how rare it is for this type of dispute to make it to the courts. A court hearing set for Tuesday was called off Monday when the defense said the archbishop of Salta province, Mario Antonio Cargnello, will be participating in a meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina outside Buenos Aires. A future date for the hearing has not been set. “It’s historic in the feminist struggle for a bishop and other religious leaders to be warned in this way by the courts,” said Tania Kiriaco, legal adviser to the Gema, Gender and Masculinities Foundation, which is one of several groups...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are reportedly willing to part ways with veteran defender Sergio Ramos after just one season. And in what could be a busy summer of outgoings, three Argentine stars are also heading for the exit doors. 2PSG are reportedly prepared to let Sergio Ramos leave in the summerCredit: Getty 2The Argentine trio of Mauro Icardi, Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes are all also deemed surplus to requirementsCredit: AFP Ramos' first season in the French capital following his free transfer from Real Madrid has been blighted by injuries. The 36-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions, with PSG now willing to let him leave in June, according to Le Parisien via Diario AS. But there appears to be a lack of potential suitors, with clubs unwilling to gamble on paying Ramos' salary due to his recent injury problems. A switch to the MLS has been mooted, with LA Galaxy said to be one side willing to end Ramos' PSG nightmare. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLLONDON CALLING All TV info and team news...
    MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly planning to make a bid for River Plate's Enzo Fernandez - just months after signing Julian Alvarez from the Argentine champions. The 21-year-old central midfielder has impressed in the league, Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores already in his career, and now is being touted by Europe's top clubs, it's claimed. 1The Argentine has already earned his first call up to the international sideCredit: AFP According to Goal, the Premier League holders are looking to acquire the Argentine in a move mirroring the deal completed for Alvarez in January. The prolific striker, who notched up 18 goals and seven assists in 21 games for River Plate in their title winning 2020/21 season, is currently back on loan at his old club until the summer, where him and Fernandez are rekindling their strong partnership. While the idea of the pair featuring together at The Etihad is appealing, it's being reported that Pep Guardiola's side look set to face stiff competition for the midfielder's signature. Real Madrid are among a number of European powerhouses interested in Fernandez, who...
    A FRENCH former soldier with links to a far-right group has been charged with murdering Argentine rugby star Federico Aramburu. Stade Francais Paris rugby released a statement last month revealed former Argentina international Aramburu had been killed in Paris. 3Former Argentina international Federico Aramburu, 42, was shot dead after an altercation at a bar in Paris last monthCredit: AFP 3Ex-French soldier Loik Le Priol (centre) has been charged with murderCredit: AFP Former marine commando Loik Le Priol - who is also a member of an ultra-right movement - is suspected of having opened fire on the former Aramburu after an altercation in a bar in Saint-Germain-des-Pres in Paris on March 19. Aramburu, 42, died on the spot. Le Priol, who served in Mali and Djibouti, was arrested four days later under a European arrest warrant at the Zahony border crossing between Hungary and Ukraine. Hungarian police said Le Priol told them "he was going to Ukraine to fight" against Russia's invasion of the country. Read more on SunSportFAREWELL FEDE Tributes paid to Argentina rugby hero Aramburu after being shot...
    A 37-year-old career criminal vowed to cease his life of crime and repay his previous victims after hitting a lottery jackpot in Argentina.  Marcelo Paredes, known to local authorities as 'Rambito,' guessed each of the six winning numbers on the Quini 6 lottery drawing on December 12, 2021, Argentine newspaper La Jornada revealed this week. Paredes had a rap sheet that included arrests for robberies, theft and concealment, and was convicted seven times. He'd often target tourists and was signaled as being part of a gang that in 2017 broke into multiple homes in the northern Patagonia coastal city of Puerto Madryn. SEE VIDEO BELOW  Marcelo Paredes, who had been convicted seven times in Argentina, retired from his criminal ways in December 2021 when he finally won $94,358,475 Argentine pesos ($850,046 USD) in the lotto and decided to seek out and pay back two of his previous mugging victims The winning numbers of the Quini 6 lottery in Argentina that were drawn on December 12, 2021. The jackpot of $94,358,475 Argentine pesos ($850,046 USD) was won by Marcelo Paredes, a career criminal...
    Two top-flight footballers accused of masturbating in public have been suspended by their Argentine clubs. Neighbours reportedly told police they spotted Racing Club winger Enzo Copetti and Estudiantes midfielder Hernan Toledo committing the acts after the stars moved into a plus housing estate in Buenos Aires. 2Racing Cub star Enzo Copetti faces amazing claims from neighbours after moving into a housing estate in Buenos AiresCredit: Getty 2Estudiantes' Hernan Toledo also faces investigation amid accusations from residentsCredit: Getty It's claimed minors were among those seeing the alleged acts, which are said to exhibitionism under a flashlight. Argentine outlet Doble Amarilla say one woman revealed she saw a naked player at his window trying to show her his body - but he hid every time she tried to film him for evidence. She then warned fellow neighbours via a WhatsApp chat group. Police are understood to be investigating allegations that have scandalised the community. Read more football storiesPOACH POCH Pochettino would be 'ideal' for Man Utd, says Sheringham as he makes big demandSAL OF THE CENTURY Barca out to poach Mo Salah from...
    MARC-ANDRE TER STEGEN has snubbed Lionel Messi from his dream XI of current and former team-mates. The Barcelona stopper, 29, has played alongside some of the biggest stars in world football during his eight years at the Nou Camp. 2 2Marc-Andre ter Stegen has snubbed Lionel Messi from his best XI of team-mates - but has included a host of Barcelona legendCredit: AFP or licensors And having also been part of the Germany squad for a decade, Ter Stegen also has some international pals to choose from. But the goalkeeper has left fans scratching their heads with some huge omissions. Above all others, Messi is a notable absentee, with Ter Stegen picking Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Frenkie de Jong in the attacking positions. That means Neymar and Luis Suarez join Messi on the sidelines with the entire 'MSN' trio axed by the German. READ MORE MESSI STORIESLION IN THE SAND Messi does NOT want to quit PSG despite Barca transfer return talkXAV THAT Xavi labels Messi the best player ever and leaves door open for Barcelona return There's more...
    A GRENADE was thrown onto the pitch before an Argentine game on Sunday. Rosario Central and Newell's Old Boys were preparing to face off in a big South American clash. 3A grenade was thrown onto the pitch prior to the gameCredit: Twitter @Newells_en 3It scarily exploded on the pitch in ugly pre-match scenesCredit: Twitter @Newells_en 3The smoke ascended immediately after the explosionCredit: Twitter @Newells_en But incredible scenes ensued before a ball had even been kicked when a fan threw an object onto the pitch. And it quickly became clear it was a grenade when an explosion occurred on the turf. Smoke then surrounded one corner of the penalty area as supporters were left in disbelief. The visiting side, Newell's Old Boys, tweeted the video. Read more on sportMan Utd news live Rashford to Barcelona back on, Evra celebrity boxing, Gravenberch link And the club added: "The moment a grenade was thrown onto the pitch prior to the Clasico Rosarino." Newell's Old Boys went on to win the match 1-0. A goal from Juan Manuel Garcia six minutes into the second...
    The words were in Spanish but even with my fragmentary knowledge of the language, I could understand them. ‘Quiet,’ the harsh voice said, and then with a short gesture of the pistol: ‘When we get where we are going, I will kill you with this.’ It was May 12, 1982, and in the jargon of the Argentine secret police, I had been ‘swallowed’ and ‘walled in’. As the car rolled forward at a deliberately steady pace, I lay constrained and helpless on my back in the rear footwell, a cloth over my head blocking almost all vision, a man’s knee jammed against my neck, pinning my head against the back of the seat in front and a hard, tanned hand holding an automatic pistol pressed against the side of my head. One thing was very clear: the three men who had seized me and who now held my life in their hands were professionals in the art of kidnapping. A woman tries desperately to prevent detention of a young man by police during anti-government rally in Buenos Aires during the...
    Mexico is not South America. It is in a different hemisphere.  Buenos Aires and Mexico City are further apart than London and Mumbai. But there is a South American touch to the scenes of savagery in the Mexican league on Saturday, when the match between Queretaro and Atlas was suspended amid ferocious battles between rival fans which left many wounded, and, according to reports, some deaths. 3Fan violence marred the Mexican league match between Queretaro and AtlasCredit: Getty Images - Getty There is a strong influence from the North, as well. As Tim Marshall explains in his masterful ‘Prisoners of Geography,’ perhaps Mexico’s biggest problem comes from its role in “satisfying the Americans’ voracious appetite for drugs.” Since the USA clamped down on the Colombian cartels, more drugs have been moved through Mexico, corrupting almost everything in their path. The Mexican cartels are often better armed than law enforcement - not a recipe for social peace. As Marshall concludes, “without drugs the country would be even poorer than it is…. with drugs it is even more violent than it would...
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine court on Friday sentenced a Roman Catholic bishop to 4 1/2 years in prison for sexual abuse of two former seminarians in a major blow to Pope Francis, who had defended Gustavo Zanchetta following initial allegations. The prosecutors’ office in the northern province of Salta reported the conviction and sentence on its Twitter account and said he had been ordered arrested. The conviction in the pope’s homeland hits at Francis’ personal credibility since he had initially rejected accusations against Zanchetta, the former bishop of Oran, and created a job for him at the Vatican that got him out of Argentina. Francis has defended his handling of the case, insisting that Zanchetta “defended himself well” when confronted with the first allegations that he had pornographic images on his cellphone. Francis also defended the decision to give him a job in one of the most sensitive Vatican offices, the treasury that manages the Holy See’s investments and assets, saying Zanchetta had been prescribed psychological retreats each month in Spain and it didn’t make sense for...
    The Argentine government announced on Thursday that it had finalized an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to refinance its record $ 45 billion debt, which was sent to parliament for consideration the following day. The IMF, in a simultaneous statement, underlined the agreement as “a practical and realistic plan, with credible economic policies, to strengthen macroeconomic stability and meet the challenges (…) in terms of Argentina’s sustainable development”. High inflation “(50.9% in 2021), and” credible improvement in public finances “. According to Argentina, the agreement was reached “after intensive negotiations”, confirming the pre-agreement announced by both sides at the end of January and paving the way for several weeks of in-depth negotiations between the technical committees. In return for Argentina’s large economic objectives, it means repaying its target of 0.9% by 2024, including a gradual reduction in its budget deficit (currently 3% of GDP) by 2024, after a “concession period” from 2026 to 2034. For its part the Argentine government in a press release. The plan that emerges as a result of the agreement welcomes the government, contributes...
    MARCELO BIELSA'S Leeds exit ruffled feathers amongst fans - so Elland Road pub The Peacock has changed its name to his. Now supporters can swap tears over the Argentine's departure for cheers over his legacy at 'The Bielsa'. 2Popular pub The Peacock is changing its name for the rest of the season to honour sacked Leeds manager Marcelo BielsaCredit: The Old Peacock 2Marcelo Bielsa signed autographs when he popped back to Elland Road Leeds City Council has already confirmed it will keep the Marcelo Bielsa Way as a street name. And in another sign that the 66-year-old can strut away from the Premier League with his head held high, The Peacock has tucked away its plumage until the summer. Ossett Brewery co-owner Jamie Lawson said: "We were very sad to see Marcelo Bielsa exit the club last weekend. "And we felt it was right that we rename The Old Peacock for the rest of the season as a tribute to his great achievements in bringing the club back to life for all Leeds fans across the world."   Leeds quickly brought in American Jesse Marsch after...