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Euro 2024 Qualifier: Two Italy players removed from squad ahead of England clash

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Two Italian national team players, Sandro Tonali and Nicolo Zaniolo, have been excluded from the squad in preparation for their critical Euro 2024 qualifier against England next Tuesday. The decision to remove them from the squad for the Euro 2024 qualifier against Malta on Saturday and the subsequent match against England at Wembley follows their recent questioning by the police regarding alleged violations related to sports betting.

Both players made high-profile moves to the Premier League during the summer transfer window. Tonali was signed by Newcastle United in a substantial £55 million transfer deal from AC Milan, while Zaniolo joined Aston Villa on a loan arrangement from Galatasaray.

Nonetheless, they are facing accusations of betting on football events during their time in Italy. If found guilty, they could potentially face bans lasting at least three years.

Following their interviews with the police on Thursday, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed, in a statement, that Tonali and Zaniolo have been released from the national team squad ahead of the matches against Malta and England. The FIGC’s statement expressed concern about the players’ readiness to participate in the upcoming matches, and as a protective measure, the federation has allowed them to return to their respective club teams.

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Euro 2024: Ronaldo sets new record as Portugal crush Turkey 3-0

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo made history again as his team triumphed 3-0 over Turkey at Euro 2024 on Saturday.

Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes scored, with an own goal by Samet Akaydin, securing a straightforward victory.

Ronaldo assisted Fernandes in scoring the final goal, tapping into an empty net.

This assist marked the 39-year-old’s seventh in the competition, adding another record to his impressive collection.

The victory ensured Roberto Martinez’s team advanced to the last-16 as group winners.

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Aguero set to make return to football

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Former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has announced that he is on the verge of returning to football as a club owner. Aguero, however, declined to disclose the name of the club.

The 36-year-old made this revelation during a recent conversation with Argentine streamer Coscu, whose real name is Martin Perez Disalvo.

When asked about his interest in returning to football as a manager, the former Barcelona star replied, “The truth is that I’m considering getting involved in a football club as an owner. I’m not going to reveal which club it is, but I believe we are on the right track. I enjoy being able to manage, to help the club progress, and to build a strong team and staff.”

Aguero retired from professional football in 2021 after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, just days after being hospitalized.

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EPL: Ex-Arsenal player, Kevin Campbell is dead

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Arsenal announced on Saturday that their former player, Kevin Campbell, has passed away at the age of 54.

Campbell, a striker, played for the Gunners, Nottingham Forest, and Everton.

Throughout his nearly 20-year career, he scored 148 goals in 542 club appearances.

“Everyone at Everton is deeply saddened by the death of our former striker Kevin Campbell at the age of just 54.

“Not just a true Goodison Park hero and icon of the English game, but an incredible person as well – as anyone who ever met him will know. RIP, Super Kev,” an Everton statement read.

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After retiring from playing in May 2007, Campbell went on to have a successful career in the media.

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