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Europa League group stage full draw

Three English sides - Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves - enter the competition Credit: PA

The group stage draw for the 2019/20 Europa League has taken place and the groups are as follows:

Group A: Sevilla, APOEL FC, Qarabag F91, Dudelange

Group B: Dynamo Kiev, FC Copenhagen, Malmo, FC Lugano

Group C: FC Basel, FC Krasnodar, Getafe, Trabzonspor

Group D: Sporting, PSV, Rosenborg, BK LASK

Group E: Lazio, Celtic, Stade Rennais, CRF 1907 Cluj

Group F: Arsenal, Frankfurt, Standard Liege, Vitoria SC

Group G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, Rangers

Group H: CSKA, Ludogorets, Espanyol, Ferencvaros

Group I: Wolfsburg, Gent, Saint-Etienne, FC Oleksandriya

Group J: Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir F.K., Wolfsberger

Group K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolverhampton, SK Slovan Bratislava

Group L: Manchester United, FC Astana, FK Partizan, AZ Alkmaar

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Full Champions League group stage draw

Reigning champions Liverpool will once again face Napoli in the group stage Credit: PA

Holders Liverpool have been drawn to play Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in Group E of the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

The draw, made in Monaco, has pitted Jurgen Klopp's side against the Italian club in the group stages for the second successive year

Manchester City will face Ukraine's Shaktar Donetsk, Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb and Italian side Atalanta in Group C.

Tottenham will play five-time winners Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade in Group B.

Chelsea, drawn in Group H, will play last season's beaten semi-finalists Ajax, Valencia and French club Lille.

Remaining groups:

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasary

Group D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow

Group F: Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague

Group G: Zenit St.Petersburg, Benfica, Lyon, Leipzig

Former Man Utd star Eric Cantona to receive Uefa President's Award

Eric Cantona to receive the 2019 Uefa President's award Credit: PA

Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has been chosen as recipient of the 2019 Uefa President's Award.

Cantona will join an illustrious list of previous winners which includes Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Alfredo Di Stefano and Eusebio.

Uefa said the award "recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities."

And Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin, who selected Cantona for the award, paid a glowing tribute to the 53-year-old.

"This award not only recognises his career as a player of the highest calibre, but also honours him for the person he is - a man who refuses compromise, who stands up for his values, who speaks his mind and in particular puts his heart and his soul into supporting the causes he believes in," Ceferin said.

Cantona will receive the award in Monaco on Thursday, where the Champions League group stage draw is due to take place.

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Arsenal plan Uefa meeting over Mkhitaryan's Europa League final absence

Arsenal plan to meet with UEFA to express their fury after Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided against playing in the Europa League final over security fears. Credit: PA

Arsenal plan to meet with Uefa to express their fury after Henrikh Mkhitaryan decided against playing in the Europa League final over security fears.

The Armenian's safety was a concern because of the dispute between his country and Azerbaijan, the host nation of next week's fixture between the Gunners and Chelsea.

Despite receiving assurances aimed at allaying those fears, Mkhitaryan has chosen not to travel to Baku following discussions with the club and his family.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery said he respected the "personal" nature of Mkhitaryan's decision, but conceded it was "bad news" for his team.

But Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham branded the situation "unacceptable" and revealed the club would make the full extent of their anger known to the governing body.

He was quoted as saying by a number of national newspapers: "I struggle to find words for how strongly I feel. We feel it's unacceptable."

Man City referred to Uefa's adjudicatory chamber following FFP probe

Uefa's club financial control body chief investigator has referred Manchester City to the adjudicatory chamber for breaches of financial fair play regulations Credit: Pa

Uefa's club financial control body chief investigator has referred Manchester City to the adjudicatory chamber for breaches of financial fair play regulations, Europe's governing body has announced.

City were fined £49million and hit with restrictions on transfer spending and their Champions League squad after FFP breaches were originally investigated in 2014, and Uefa began a new probe after further allegations about the same period were made in German publication Der Spiegel last year.

"The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) chief investigator, after having consulted with the other members of the independent investigatory chamber of the CFCB, has decided to refer Manchester City FC to the CFCB adjudicatory chamber following the conclusion of his investigation," said a Uefa statement.

"The CFCB investigatory chamber had opened an investigation into Manchester City FC on 7 March 2019 for potential breaches of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations that were made public in various media outlets.

"Uefa will not be making any further comment on the matter until a decision is announced by the CFCB adjudicatory chamber."

Uefa investigators 'want Man City banned' from Champions League

Manchester City are Credit: pa

Manchester City are "fully co-operating in good faith" with Uefa's ongoing investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations by the club.

The Premier League champions have, however, expressed concern about reports that investigators will push for a Champions League ban before any official statement has been made by the European governing body.

Uefa opened an investigation into alleged financial irregularities at the club earlier this year.

A statement from City read: "Manchester City FC is fully co-operating in good faith with the CFCB IC's (club financial control body investigatory chamber) ongoing investigation.

"In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC's independence and commitment to due process; and on Uefa's commitment of March 7 that it '...will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing'.

"The New York Times report citing 'people familiar with the case' is therefore extremely concerning.

"The implications are that either Manchester City's good faith in the CFCB IC is misplaced or the CFCB IC process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club's reputation and its commercial interests. Or both."

Chelsea lose Fifa appeal against signing players for next two transfer windows

Chelsea have lost their appeal against signing players in the next two transfer windows Credit: PA

Fifa has broadly rejected Chelsea's appeal against its two-window transfer ban for signing underage players, world football's governing body has announced.

The Premier League club were given the sanction, which runs until July 2020, in February and were also fined £460,000 for 29 breaches of the rules on the international transfer of minors.

Denying any wrongdoing, Chelsea immediately lodged an appeal, with the case heard by Fifa's appeal committee last month.

In a statement, Fifa said it has "partially upheld" the appeal but only in the sense that Chelsea will now be allowed to sign players aged under 16, providing they come from within the European Economic Area.

The ban on signing over-16s remains in place, as does the fine, although it does not apply to the futsal or women's teams.

"With respect to all men's teams, the ban on registering new players, both nationally and internationally for two registration periods, has been confirmed by the Fifa Appeal Committee," it said.

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