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Lassana Diarra ordered to pay Lokomotiv Moscow £6.8m

Diarra must pay his former club £6.8m. Credit: PA

France international Lassana Diarra has been ordered to pay former club Lokomotiv Moscow £6.8m for breaching his contract.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) handed down the 10million euro punishment after hearing the case of the 31-year-old, who quit the Russian side in 2014 after just a year having suffered a salary cut.

Diarra has already served a 15-month ban and salary suspension for the offence and signed for Marseille last summer, allowing him to make Didier Deschamps' squad for Euro 2016.

The midfielder wrote on Twitter:

I take note today of notification from CAS of the punishment concerning me. It boils down to 15 months match suspension (already served), 15 months salary suspension (already served), 110,000 euros for the benefit of CAS, 10 million euro fine.

I will accept the situation as I have always done in the past. I thank those who supported me during this difficult time and as I said it's something I wouldn't wish on any other player.

– Lassana Diarra


Man United boss Mourinho shares 'back at work' photo

Man United's new manager shared the photo on his Instagram account. Credit: @josemourinho

Jose Mourinho has started masterminding his plans for Man United next season after sharing a photo on Instagram of his managerial workings.

The Portuguese coach, who replaced Louis van Gaal as United manager this week, posted an image of a folder with the caption 'back at work'.

Mourinho will not conduct his first press conference as United manager until July 7th, but he's already thought to be drawing up a shortlist of transfer targets as he attempts to make United Premier League title contenders for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013.

The former Chelsea boss must have been encouraged by England's display over Australia on Friday night, when United's attacking duo Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford were on target in a 2-1 win.

Ricciardo secures first ever Formula One pole in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo secured the first pole of his Formula One career with an incredible lap in qualifying for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

Ricciardo took pole ahead of Rosberg and Hamilton. Credit: PA

Championship leader Nico Rosberg will join the Red Bull driver on the front row with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who has not won at the principality since 2008, only third on the grid.

Ricciardo's emphatic lap marked the first pole position for Red Bull since the 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hamilton already trails Rosberg by 43 points, and the fraught defence of his championship crown took another dramatic twist after another engine failure prevented the Briton from posting a quick lap until the closing moments of qualifying.

Hamilton emerged for Q3 - the final phase of qualifying - but was told to stop at the end of the pit-lane with a fuel leak issue before his car was recovered by his Mercedes mechanics.

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