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Man City defender Sagna loses fine appeal

Bacary Sagna. Credit: PA

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has failed in his appeal against a £40,000 fine from the Football Association for a social media post that appeared to question referee Lee Mason's impartiality.

City secured a 2-1 win over Burnley on January 2 with second-half goals from Gael Clichy and Sergio Aguero, despite playing with 10 men for an hour after Fernandinho was sent off for a dangerous lunge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Sagna, who was later involved in an altercation with Burnley midfielder George Boyd which Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt should have resulted in a red card, appeared to take issue with decisions made by Mason in an Instagram post after the match.

Although fined by the FA, Sagna escaped a suspension and was warned over his future conduct. The player subsequently appealed against the sanction, which the FA confirmed on Thursday afternoon had been dismissed.

Man City include Yaya Toure and Gabriel Jesus in Champions League squad

Yaya Toure. Credit: PA

Manchester City have confirmed the inclusion of Yaya Toure and Gabriel Jesus in their squad for the Champions League knockout stages.

Midfielder Toure was left off manager Pep Guardiola's 25-man list for the group stages, sparking a row with his agent that led to him being frozen out of the side for a spell.

But since that dispute was resolved in November, Toure has reclaimed a place in the team and shown solid form.

His return to the Champions League squad is no surprise with fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan set to miss the rest of the season through injury.

New signing Jesus, who scored his first goal since his £27million move from Palmeiras in City's 4-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday, takes the place of Kelechi Iheanacho.

City face Monaco in the last 16 of the competition.

Man City forward Gabriel Jesus adapting quickly to English football

Gabriel Jesus scored his first Premier League goal against West Ham. Credit: PA

Gabriel Jesus admits even he is surprised at how quickly he has adapted to the Premier League.

Man City's 19-year-old Brazilian striker, a £27m signing from Palmeiras, marked a superb full league debut with a goal in the 4-0 win at West Ham.

"I'm very happy for the goal, very happy for the performance and especially for the win," Jesus told City TV.

"This is the spirit I think we have to have and if we keep that spirit we will be able to achieve our goals. It wasn't an easy Premier League game and we are all very happy.

"The reception from the club has been great, my team-mates are helping a lot and the process of adaptation is going great.

"I honestly thought it would be more difficult but thanks to my family, my friends and my team-mates it's going really well.

"I always said I came here to help but I have also been helped. We understand each other very well, (Raheem) Sterling, Leroy (Sane) and the rest of my team-mates.

"We get along very well on the pitch and that is making my game easier."

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