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By Sports Desk September 13, 2019

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  • La Liga: Pellegrino and Leganes part ways La Liga: Pellegrino and Leganes part ways

    La Liga side Leganes has parted company with Mauricio Pellegrino following a 2-0 loss to Getafe, which continued a winless start to the season.

    Los Pepineros have collected just two points from their opening nine games and are currently seven points adrift of 17th-placed Celta Vigo in the league.

    The former Southampton, Alaves and Valencia manager was appointed at the start of last season and guided Leganes to survival and a respectable 13th in La Liga.

    But results took a turn for the worse at the beginning of this campaign and the club issued a statement on Monday on the Argentine’s future.

    "Leganes and Mauricio Pellegrino have decided mutually to go their separate ways," the statement read.

     "The Argentine coach, who last year led the team to secure its status in the top flight, will not be in charge of the team for next week's game against Mallorca.

    "Reserve team coach Luis Cembranos and his assistant Carlos Martinez will take charge of the team for the next few training sessions."

  • Emery rues 'key chance' squandered by Pepe Emery rues 'key chance' squandered by Pepe

    Unai Emery claimed Nicolas Pepe’s miss from six yards was a key moment as Arsenal’s run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions came to an end at Sheffield United.

    Lys Mousset’s goal at Bramall Lane gave the Blades a 1-0 win as Arsenal’s poor run against the Blades continued, having never won against them in four Premier League attempts.

    Pepe has endured a frustrating start to his career in England having moved from Lille for £72million in the summer with the forward yet to score from open play for the Gunners.  

    The defeat means Arsenal miss an opportunity to go third in the league and Emery believes Pepe’s miss is part of a process with improvement and gaining confidence.

    "The chance for us, for Pepe, was the key," he told reporters.

    "Because if they score the first goal, defensively they’re very strong.

    "Pepe is improving I think, but his way with us is little-by-little getting better, and the next step is to score.

    "Tonight for example, the best chance is one he is usually going to score, but he didn’t take it with efficiency. He is improving and taking confidence, but it is one process."

  • Carragher apologises to Evra for t-shirts worn in support of Luiz Suarez Carragher apologises to Evra for t-shirts worn in support of Luiz Suarez

    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has apologised to Patrice Evra and admitted the club "got it massively wrong" when they wore t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez following a racism incident between the pair in 2011.

    Suarez received an eight game ban after racially abusing the Frenchman in a match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield in 2011.

    In the return match at Old Trafford, Evra refused to shake the Uruguayan’s hand but after the punishment was handed down by the Football Association, Liverpool wore T-shirts in support of Suarez in the warm-up of their Premier League clash with Wigan.  

    "There was no doubt we made a massive mistake," Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, where Evra was also a guest.

    "I’m not saying I wasn’t part of it because as the club we got it wrong and I was vice-captain. I’m not sure who was actually behind it. I think it was the players who were close to Luis in the dressing room who really wanted to support their mate.

    "Maybe I didn’t have the courage as an individual to say ‘I wasn’t wearing it’. I don’t think everyone at Liverpool thought what we were doing was right.

    "Your first reaction is to protect your team-mate. Even when you know they have done something wrong. And that's wrong.

    "I’m not condoning what we did. Apologies, we got it massively wrong."

    Evra also admitted to feeling shocked when he saw the display from Liverpool’s players.

    "When I saw it, I was like this is ridiculous, this is unbelievable. You always have to support your players but this was after the ban," he added.

    "What message do you send to the world? Supporting someone being banned because he used some racist words."

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