Zidane suggested Hakimi move was more than a football decision

By Sports Desk July 02, 2020

Zidane explained why Achraf Hakimi was being sold hours before he sealed his Inter Milan move.

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    The 17-year-old forward has caught the eye in early professional appearances for his Rio de Janeiro-based team and is now poised to switch to the Premier League.

    City announced on Twitter: "We are delighted to confirm we have reached an agreement with Fluminese regarding the future transfer of Kayky. The teenage forward will remain with Fluminese until the end of the Brazilian season."

    Kayky has joined the Fluminense first team this season and City's brief statement indicates he will remain in Brazil until the league campaign concludes there in December.

    The Campeonato Serie A is due to begin in late May.

    Kayky has caught the eye with his first two senior goals coming in April, including a stunning solo effort against Nova Iguacu in the Campeonato Carioca.

  • Bilbao and Dublin lose Euro 2020 games as Munich and Seville are confirmed as venues Bilbao and Dublin lose Euro 2020 games as Munich and Seville are confirmed as venues

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    While Munich was ratified as a host venue for the tournament after confirming it would be able to permit 14,500 spectators for its games, Bilbao and Dublin could make no such guarantees.

    Following discussions with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), the three Group E games and a round-of-16 match due to take place in Bilbao will instead be staged at Estadio La Cartuja in Seville with the intention of allowing 30 per cent capacity.

    Meanwhile, Dublin's three Group E matches have been reallocated to St Petersburg, which is already hosting three Group B games and a quarter-final, while the round-of-16 contest that was set take place in the Irish capital will now be held at Wembley.

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    "UEFA wishes to express its appreciation and gratitude to the cities of Bilbao and Dublin – both of which are considered as good venues to host future UEFA events – the national and regional governments of Spain and the Republic of Ireland, and all local stakeholders for their dedication, professionalism and efforts over the past years.

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  • Flick sympathises with Salihamidzic following online abuse: It's totally unacceptable Flick sympathises with Salihamidzic following online abuse: It's totally unacceptable

    Hansi Flick has spoken out in support of Hasan Salihamidzic after the Bayern Munich sporting director's family were targets for online abuse, with the outgoing head coach making clear the issues between the pair were never personal.

    Both Salihamidzic's wife and son, who plays for the Bundesliga club's under-19 side, posted Instagram messages calling for the personal attacks to stop being sent to family members.

    Flick made clear such actions are unacceptable during his media conference on Friday, insisting there are more important things in life than football.

    The Bayern boss stated that while the pair have had differing opinions on certain topics, Salihamidzic has still played a crucial role in a hugely successful spell working together.

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    "What we are experiencing is a no-go situation. There are lines, borders, that are being over-stepped," Flick said of the online comments sent to members of the Salihamidzic family.

    "The history between me and Hasan was never personal. If you look at the press conferences, it was always about the path we were on together. I like working more on being successful than the success at the end.

    "In two years we can now win a seventh title – I don't think a lot of people have achieved that. He contributed to that greatly, of course. Not many people in the history of Bayern can say they have won seven titles in two years – and in future that is not going to happen every other year either.

    "It's important to focus on the path we went down together. We have a different approach, a different attitude. There are certain topics we have different opinions about, but that doesn't mean we don't appreciate each other personally.

    "Each one of us here would want to protect our family. It's a no-go situation [to involve them] and I empathise with him. We have to be really, really careful these things don't become normal.

    "This is about football. Of course football is important, but it's not the most important thing in life. Family is more important than football. Health is more important than football.

    "These things should never be part of the game. With everything that has gone in with Hasan and me, this is something that I find awful. It's totally unacceptable."

    Bayern president Herbert Hainer had condemned the attacks towards Salihamidzic and his family in a statement released by the club on Wednesday.

    "FC Bayern stands united and emphatically against hostility towards Hasan Salihamidzic," Hainer said.

    "Objective criticism is, of course, always permissible. However, we condemn personal attacks and agitation in the strongest possible terms. There is no place in the slightest for that at FC Bayern."

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