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Arsenal's Giroud crowned 'hottest' player in Premier League

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. Credit: PA

Olivier Giroud has been crowned the 'hottest' player in the Premier League after winning a poll conducted by bookmakers Paddy Power.

Ahead of Valentine's Day, the bookmakers asked 250 American women to rank Premier League footballers based on their attractiveness.

Giroud came out on top, with Sunderland's Santiago rated number two ahead of Leicester's Matty James in third.

Watch Olivier Giroud's acceptance speech below:

Nigel Pearson will not clear up job speculation

Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has refused to clear up the confusion surrounding his job.

Reports on Sunday evening claimed the 51-year-old had been sacked, with the Foxes bottom of the Barclays Premier League, but the club issued a statement insisting Pearson remained in charge ahead of Tuesday's trip to Arsenal.

"I am, today, managing this club as I have been for the last three and three-quarter years, and I am looking to get my team as best prepared as possible for a big game against Arsenal.

"I understand the interest and you wanting to ask questions, but I have loyalties to the people I work for, my staff and the players, which really is more important to me than trying to clarify things for a story which was based on speculation."

– Nigel Pearson


Leicester City agree deal to sign Croatian international

Leicester City have agreed a deal to sign Andrej Kramaric from HNK Rijeka.

The 23-year-old has agreed personal terms, undergone a medical and will sign a contract to June 2018, once a work permit has been granted.

The Croatian international striker will not be available for Leicester's clash against Aston Villa on Saturday.


Nigel Pearson chooses not to appeal touchline ban

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has confirmed he will not appeal his touchline ban and thanked supporters in the wake of his fan row.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

Pearson will serve a one-match touchline ban for their home clash with Tottenham on Boxing Day after being found guilty of misconduct.

He requested a personal hearing, which he had on Friday, after a heated exchange with a fan during Leicester's defeat to Liverpool earlier this month.

Read more on the ITV Sport website.

Pearson gets £10k fine & touchline ban for abusing fan

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has been fined £10,000 and given a one-match touchline ban by the Football Association, after he admitted using abusive and/or insulting words towards a fan.

The Foxes manager admitted to the charge on Wednesday, which relates toafter Leicester played Liverpool on December 2nd.

Leicester dismiss director of football Robinson

Director of football Terry Robinson has left Leicester but manager Nigel Pearson retains the faith of the club despite a slump in results.

Robinson has paid the price for Leicester's poor form Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands the decision is based purely on footballing reasons and Robinson appears to have paid the price for an ineffective summer transfer window.

Of the 10 arrivals in the summer only three - Esteban Cambiasso, Danny Simpson and Ben Hamer - started Saturday's defeat to Manchester City, and Hamer was only in the side because of injury to Kasper Schmeichel.

Robinson was appointed by the Foxes in July 2013 with a remit to "to provide strategic input to the club's football operations at all levels, driving the consistent implementation of the club's football philosophy".

Leicester have not won since beating Manchester United on September 21 and have lost eight of the last nine matches as they plummetted to the bottom of the Premier League.

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