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Nigel Pearson sacked by Leicester City

Nigel Pearson has been sacked by the Premier League side. Credit: PA

Leicester have sacked manager Nigel Pearson, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

In a statement on the team's website, the club cited "fundamental differences in perspective" with the board of directors.

"Regrettably, the Club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable," it added.

The statement continued: "Leicester City’s owners, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to Nigel for the considerable contribution he has made during his time with the Club and wish him well in the future."

The sacking follows the departure of the manager's son - defender James Pearson - after an alleged racist sex tape featuring two other players was obtained by the Sunday Mirror.

Tom Heaton commits future to Championship Burnley

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has signed a new three-year deal at Burnley to keep him at Turf Moor until June 2018.

Heaton is staying with the Clarets. Credit: PA

The Clarets may have suffered relegation from the Barclays Premier League at the end of season 2014-15 but Heaton, 29, kept 10 clean sheets and was called up to the England squad as he enjoyed an impressive personal campaign.

Heaton was delighted to pen the contract as he looks to help Burnley back into the top flight.

He said: "I'm very pleased as I've had two great years here so far and I've thoroughly enjoyed playing for this club.

"It's another three-year deal and this has felt like my home which has helped with my performances so I don't want to stop raising that bar and pushing myself to improve.

"I really love playing for the manager (Sean Dyche) and working with the staff, particularly the goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer who I feel I've improved under and I'm really excited for the times ahead."


Forward Ciro Immobile unlikely to leave Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund forward Ciro Immobile is unlikely to leave the Bundesliga club this summer, according to the player's agent.

Ciro Immobile is not going anywhere. Credit: Reuters

The Italy international endured a difficult debut season in Germany and is a reported target of Serie A clubs Napoli and Fiorentina.

Immobile's agent Marco Sommella said to the Italian press: "I believe Borussia Dortmund have taken Ciro off the market."

Immobile, the top scorer in Serie A in the 2013-14 campaign, joined Borussia from Torino last summer but made just nine Bundesliga starts and scored thee goals.

The arrival of coach Thomas Tuchel as a replacement for Jurgen Klopp could see Immobile earn more playing time at Dortmund. The 25-year-old is under contract with Borussia until June 2019.

Laporta promises Pogba at Barcelona if re-elected

Joan Laporta is certain that if he is elected once again as FC Barcelona president that Paul Pogba will end up signing for the Catalan club from Juventus.

Laporta is confident of bringing Pogba to Barcelona. Credit: PA

Laporta is hoping to return to Barca's top post on July 18 and is one of five candidates in the running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu, who is standing for re-election.

French midfielder Pogba, 22, is one of the most coveted players in Europe after helping Juve win the domestic double and reach the Champions League final this season.

"The key to his signing is (Pogba's agent) Mino Raiola," Laporta said to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. "It's true that I have a very good relationship with him and I believe that if I become president, Pogba will play at Barcelona."

Everton target Sulley Muntari leaves AC Milan

Reported Everton target Sulley Muntari has had his contract with AC Milan terminated by mutual consent, the Serie A club announced on Tuesday.

Muntari is a rumoured target for Evertpn. Credit: PA

The Ghana midfielder made just 12 Serie A starts for the Rossoneri this season with his last appearance on March 7 and had another year left on his contract.

A statement from AC Milan read: "AC Milan and Sulley Muntari have reached a mutual agreement to terminate the contract that tied the player to the club.

"AC Milan would like to thank Muntari for his dedication and professionalism during his years at the club and wish him all the best for the future."


Ex-Fifa chief Warner appoints leading British barrister

Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has hired one of Britain's leading barristers to help his fight against extradition to the USA.

Warner is doing his best to avoid extradition. Credit: PA

Edward Fitzgerald QC, who has represented controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and Moors murderer Myra Hindley in the past, has confirmed he is advising Warner and his legal team in Trinidad.

Warner has been indicted by the US justice department on eight counts of football-related corruption and is currently on bail in Trinidad. Among the charges, he is accused of taking a 10million US dollar (£6.4m) bribe to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

Significantly, Fitzgerald has also represented Trinidad businessman Steve Ferguson who has successfully resisted extradition to the USA for the last 10 years.

Fitzgerald, who has won human rights awards for his cases challenging death sentences, confirmed to Press Association Sport he was working for Warner but said he could not discuss any details of the case.

Millennium Stadium to host Champions League final

Uefa has confirmed that Cardiff will host European football's biggest game. Credit: PA

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the Champions League final in 2017, Uefa has confirmed.

The executive committee of European football's governing body convened in Prague for a meeting which touched upon on a variety of subjects, including the appointment of club competition final venues in two years' time.

Cardiff has long been reported to be among the frontrunners for the 2017 Champions League final and the Millennium Stadium was confirmed as host by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino on Tuesday.

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