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Sevilla's Gnagnon apologises for 'odious' tackle on Liverpool's Larouci

Sevilla defender Joris Gnagnon has apologised for an "odious" tackle on Yasser Larouci during a pre-season friendly against Liverpool. Credit: PA

Sevilla defender Joris Gnagnon has apologised for an "odious" tackle on Yasser Larouci during a pre-season friendly against Liverpool.

The Frenchman saw red for the nasty challenge as Liverpool lost 2-1 to the La Liga side in Boston.

Writing on Twitter after the game, Gnagnon said: "I would like to publicly apologise towards Liverpool, the family of the player and its supporters.

"It was an odious act on my part. Whatever the reason, it's not what should be seen on a football pitch.

"All my prayers are with the player and his family."

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Sturridge banned for six-weeks and fined £75,000 for betting breach

Sturridge banned for six-weeks and given £75,000 fine by the FA Credit: PA

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been handed a six-week suspension from football and a £75,000 fine for breaching betting regulations, the Football Association has announced.

An independent regulatory commission found that Sturridge, capped 26 times by England, had instructed his brother to bet on a possible move to Sevilla during the January 2018 transfer window.

Nine of the 11 charges against the striker were dismissed but the FA is appealing against the decision as well as the sanctions handed down to Sturridge, who is free to resume his career on July 31 as four weeks of his ban are suspended.

Origi signs new long-term deal with Liverpool

Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new long-term contract. Credit: PA

Divock Origi has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new long-term contract.

The Belgium international had entered the final 12 months of his old deal and was stalling on the offer of a new one because of concerns over playing time.

Last season Origi earned himself cult-hero status with a stoppage-time derby winner against Everton before scoring twice in the 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg success over Barcelona and then again in the final victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

PA understands there is no release clause in the contract, something which had been rumoured as being under consideration by the Belgian, and the club take this as a sign of his long-term commitment.

"I'm very happy to be able to sign this contract and it gives you a boost at the beginning of the season, as well as the end of the season last year," Origi told Liverpool's website.

"When we had to make the decision I just wanted to speak with the club first and my entourage, but the feeling was always that I wanted to stay and extend my contract.

"It's an amazing club, we have a good group, the staff are amazing. Even coming into Melwood, the people that work here and everything, you feel there is something special going on here."

Origi played 21 times last season, not making his first appearance until November 6 and starting just seven games.

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