Marcus Rashford will return to Manchester United for treatment after being ruled out of England's European Championship qualifying double-header through injury.

Gareth Southgate's World Cup semi-finalists open their Euro 2020 campaign on Friday against the Czech Republic before meeting Montenegro on Monday.

They will do so, however, without Rashford, who has been deemed unfit due to an ankle injury.

Southgate said: "He's been with the medical team all week. We've tried to increase his training but it's clear to us he's not going to be ready for our matches, so he's out of the two games and going back to his club."

Rashford's absence is a blow to England, with the 21-year-old having established himself as United's first-choice striker following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager.

He has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, including a last-gasp penalty to help propel United past Paris Saint-Germain and into the Champions League quarter-finals.

Southgate has not ruled out calling up a replacement for the Montenegro game should any of his other attackers suffer a setback against the Czech Republic.

But he insisted it would be a player currently in the Three Lions' system.

He added: "We will have a look where we after the game on Friday.

"At the moment that’s not our intention, but if we lose anyone after the game then we'll do it.

"If we do it, it'll probably be someone from the Under-21s, as we'll know they've been training all week, not in Dubai or Ibiza or anywhere else."

Marcus Rashford will return to Manchester United for treatment after being ruled out of England's European Championship qualifying double-header through injury.

Gareth Southgate's World Cup semi-finalists open their Euro 2020 campaign on Friday against the Czech Republic before meeting Montenegro on Monday.

They will do so, however, without Rashford, who has been deemed unfit due to an ankle injury.

Southgate said: "He's been with the medical team all week. We've tried to increase his training but it's clear to us he's not going to be ready for our matches, so he's out of the two games and going back to his club."

Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for Juventus' Champions League quarter-final against Ajax having been punished with a €20,000 fine for his celebrations during the last-16 comeback versus Atletico Madrid.

Trailing 2-0 from the opening game, Juve won the second leg 3-0 thanks to a Ronaldo hat-trick at the Allianz Stadium to book a meeting with Real Madrid's conquerors.

Ronaldo celebrated the feat with a groin-thrusting celebration, apparently in response to Atleti boss Diego Simeone grabbing his crotch when his team took control of the first fixture between the teams at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Simeone, like Ronaldo, was charged with improper conduct before also being hit with a €20,000 fine, and he was free to coach his side from the touchline in Turin.

UEFA's announcement on Thursday means Ronaldo will be available for Juve against Ajax, with the first leg to be played in Amsterdam on April 10.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for Juventus' Champions League quarter-final against Ajax having been punished with a €20,000 fine for his celebrations during the last-16 comeback against Atletico Madrid.

Trailing 2-0 from the opening game, Juve won the second leg 3-0 thanks to a Ronaldo hat-trick at the Allianz Stadium to book a meeting with Real Madrid's conquerors .

Ronaldo celebrated the feat with a groin-thrusting celebration, apparently in response to Atleti boss Diego Simeone grabbing his crotch when his team took control of the first fixture between the teams at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Simeone, like Ronaldo, was charged with improper conduct before also being hit with a €20,000 fine, and he was free to coach his side from the touchline in Turin.

UEFA's announcement on Thursday means Ronaldo will be available for Juve against Ajax, with the first leg to be played in Amsterdam on April 10.

 

Paris Saint-Germain's appeal against UEFA's decision to reopen an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

UEFA confirmed last September that it was looking again at a probe into PSG's financial conduct, which was first opened in September 2017 in the wake of the world-record €222million signing of Neymar and the €180m loan-to-buy deal for Kylian Mbappe.

UEFA's Club Financial Control Board closed the investigation last June after deciding PSG had complied with FFP rules but reopened it after a review.

However, CAS has now ruled that the original decision to close the case is "final and binding" after upholding PSG's claim that the CFCB's request for a review was made outside of a stipulated 10-day time limit.

In a statement released on Tuesday, CAS said: "The appeal filed at CAS on October 3 2018 by Paris Saint-Germain against the decision issued on September 19 2018 by the Adjudicatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) (the Challenged Decision) is upheld and the Challenged decision is set aside.

"The decision issued on 13 June 2018 by the Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA CFCB in which the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain's compliance with the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations was closed is thus final and binding.

"On June 22 2018, the Chairman of the UEFA CFCB, on the basis of Article 16 (1) of the UEFA CFCB Procedural Rules (the Applicable Rules), ordered that the Adjudicatory Chamber review the decision taken by the Investigatory Chamber on 13 June 2018. The Adjudicatory Chamber ruled on September 19 2018 that the case should be referred back to the Investigatory Chamber for further investigation.

"On October 3 2018, Paris Saint-Germain filed an appeal at the CAS seeking to have such decision annulled on the basis that Article 16 (1) provided for a 10-day review period during which any review should be instigated and completed and that the Challenged Decision was manifestly late.

"The CAS Panel in charge of the matter issued its decision on the basis of the parties' written submissions. The CAS Panel concurred that the 10-day time limit which starts to run from the date of communication of the decision of the Chief Investigator to the CFCB Chairman, as set out in Article 16 (1) of the Applicable Rules, did indeed mean that the review conducted by the Adjudicatory Chamber should have taken place within ten days and that since the Challenged Decision was issued beyond the 10-day time limit, the Challenged Decision was untimely and must be annulled."

UEFA's initial investigation was to examine whether PSG had flouted rules aimed at preventing clubs from spending more than they generate through revenues.

The regulations were introduced to prevent clubs becoming at risk of financial instability through unmanageable spending, although they have been criticised by some who claim they inhibit teams from competing with the established European elite.

In 2014, PSG were fined €60m and saw their Champions League squad size reduced after a previous separate UEFA investigation into alleged FFP breaches.

The Parc des Princes club has invested significantly in the playing squad since being taken over by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011.

Paris Saint-Germain's appeal against UEFA's decision to reopen an investigation into alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play rules has been upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Luis Suarez is set to be fit for Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United despite suffering a sprained ankle.

Suarez sustained the injury during Barca's 4-1 LaLiga victory at Real Betis on Sunday, where he made way for Philippe Coutinho during the closing stages after a goalscoring contribution.

Barcelona have confirmed a 10-15 day absence for the 32-year-old, ruling him out of Uruguay's forthcoming participation in the China Cup friendly tournament.

But Suarez could be back in action for the league derby against Espanyol on March 30 and his prognosis means he will be available for the clash with second-placed Atletico Madrid on April 6, as well as the trip to Old Trafford four days later.

The goal against Betis was Suarez's 18th in LaLiga this term and took him level with Diego Forlan as the highest-scoring Uruguayan of all time in the competition, with 128.

Victory moved Barcelona 10 points clear of Atleti at the summit with 10 games remaining.

Cristiano Ronaldo faces an improper conduct charge from UEFA before Juventus resume their bid for Champions League glory against Ajax next month.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a second-leg hat-trick as Juventus beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 to progress to the quarter-finals, overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit in Turin.

Ronaldo celebrated the feat with a groin-thrusting celebration, apparently in response to Atleti boss Diego Simeone grabbing his crotch when his team took control of the first fixture between the teams at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Simeone was handed the same charge before being hit with a €20,000 fine, though he avoided a touchline ban.

Omnisport understands Ronaldo is similarly unlikely to receive a suspension for the first leg of Juve's showdown with Ajax in Amsterdam on April 10.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United star will learn his fate after the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body meet this Thursday, March 21.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Serie A game at Genoa, which runaway leaders Juve lost 2-0 as Ronaldo was rested, head coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed the notion of a ban for the 34-year-old.

"Absolutely not," he said. "I think everyone celebrated their own way on the field and in the stands. I saw nothing strange, just a celebration. There won't be a ban."

Simeone also had no qualms over Ronaldo's actions immediately after the match at the Allianz Stadium.

"I'm sure Cristiano made the gesture with the same intention I did, with his people," he said.

"He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character."

Ronaldo's star turn against Atleti took his previously paltry Champions League goals tally this season to four, though he has scored 19 in 26 Serie A appearances.

 

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Indian Wells Masters due to a knee injury ahead of his scheduled semi-final match with Roger Federer.

The world number two was set to face Federer for a place in the final, having reached the last four without dropping a set in wins over Jared Donaldson, Diego Schwartzman, Filip Krajinovic and Karen Khachanov this week.

Nadal's knee appeared to flare up in his quarter-final win over Khachanov on Friday, where he twice received treatment from his trainer, with the Spaniard stressing after the match he would need to assess the injury ahead of the match on Saturday.

Although the second seed hoped to be fit to play, he deemed he was not in a suitable condition after a warm-up.

"I warmed up today and I felt that my knee was not good to compete at the level I needed to compete in semi-finals," said Nadal.

"It's tough for me to accept all these things that I'm going through in my career. Sometimes I feel sad because I'm in a disadvantage to all my opponents.

"[I need to] be positive and grateful for all the things tennis has given to me. I feel fortunate for all the things I've done in my life and the world of tennis."

Federer will therefore advance to the final with a walkover and face Dominic Thiem or Milos Raonic.

Nadal had been seeking his fourth victory at Indian Wells, where he last triumphed in 2013.

The 32-year-old was playing only his second event since reaching the final of the Australian Open; he lost to Nick Kyrgios in the last 16 of the Mexican Open.

Federer and Nadal were set for their 39th meeting, the Spaniard having won 23 times to his great rival's 15, although the Swiss has triumphed in their past five encounters.

After his win over Khachanov, Nadal told reporters: "I love to play on hard [courts], but probably my body doesn't love it that much."

Arsenal face a tough test against Napoli while Chelsea will take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League quarter-finals.

Unai Emery's Gunners overturned a first-leg deficit to progress at the expense of Rennes on Thursday but will now have to get past Serie A's second-placed side if they are to progress to the last four.

An all-Premier League final in Baku remains a possibility after Arsenal and Chelsea, who will be wary of a Slavia Prague team who knocked out Sevilla in the previous round, were kept apart in the semi-final draw.

In the other quarter-final ties, Villarreal will go up against familiar foes in LaLiga rivals Valencia and Eintracht Frankfurt's reward for ending Inter's European campaign is a clash with Benfica.

Arsenal were initially set to host Napoli in the second leg at Emirates Stadium on April 18 but their fixtures have been switched to make sure they do not play at home on the same day as Chelsea, in accordance with UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles.

After dismissing Dynamo Kiev 8-0 on aggregate, the Blues will travel to Prague on April 11. Maurizio Sarri's side will have home advantage a week later for the return game, though in between they travel to Liverpool in Premier League action.

Relegation-threatened Villarreal are struggling domestically but will hope to upset domestic rivals Valencia, who progressed in dramatic circumstances on Thursday when Goncalo Guedes' injury-time equaliser away to Krasnodar secured a 3-2 aggregate triumph.

Frankfurt sealed their place in the quarters with a 1-0 victory at San Siro, Luka Jovic – who is on loan at the Bundesliga club from future opponents Benfica – grabbing the only goal in the first half.

 

Europa League quarter-final draw in full:

Arsenal v Napoli
Villarreal v Valencia
Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague v Chelsea

Barcelona and Manchester United will face each other in the pick of the Champions League quarter-final contests.

United defied the odds in reaching the last eight, as they progressed past Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw despite losing the first leg at home 2-0.

If they are to get to the semi-finals they will certainly have done so the hard way, as they are due to face LaLiga champions Barcelona and Lionel Messi in the quarter-finals.

Ernesto Valverde's men trounced Lyon 5-1 on Wednesday – Messi starring with two goals and assists – to ease into the next round, having played out a goalless stalemate in France.

Whoever progresses from that repeat of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 finals will play either Liverpool or Porto, having defeated Bayern Munich and Roma, respectively in the round of 16.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are among the favourites having gone all the way to the final last year before losing to Real Madrid.

Ajax impressively beat the defending champions 5-3, owing much of that to a virtuoso display from Dusan Tadic in the 4-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.

Their reward is another major challenge, as they prepare to go up against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo, who inspired their turnaround against Atletico Madrid – scoring a second-leg hat-trick to secure a 3-0 win as they battled back to progress 3-2.

The other tie is an all-English affair, with Manchester City and Tottenham set to tussle for the right to play against either Ajax or Juve in the last four.

 

Champions League quarter-final draw:

Ajax v Juventus
Liverpool v Porto
Tottenham v Manchester City
Barcelona v Manchester United

 

Birmingham City have been charged by the Football Association following the incident that saw Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish punched by a spectator during Sunday's derby at St Andrew's.

Paul Mitchell, 27, was jailed for 14 weeks by magistrates in Birmingham after running onto the pitch to attack Grealish.

The Aston Villa midfielder went on to score the only goal in a 1-0 win for the visitors.

The FA have charged Birmingham for breaches of Rule E20(a) and (b) – the same offence put before Arsenal after a spectator entered the pitch to celebrate a goal in their game against Manchester United later on Sunday, shoving Chris Smalling in the process.

An FA statement read: "It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion; refrained from improper or violent conduct and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the EFL Championship fixture against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Birmingham have until Friday, March 22 to respond to the charge.

Arsenal have been charged by the Football Association after a fan ran on the pitch and confronted Manchester United defender Chris Smalling during Sunday's Premier League match at Emirates Stadium.

The spectator entered the field to join in with the Gunners players' celebrations after Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang converted a second-half penalty, shoving Smalling as he ran past him.

Arsenal have until Friday, March 22 to respond to the charge, which relates to breaches of FA Rules E20(a) and (b).

A statement issued by the FA read: "It is alleged the club failed to ensure that its spectator[s] conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from encroaching onto the pitch during the Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday."

Police arrested a man on suspicion of common assault and pitch invasion, while Arsenal announced their intention to issue a ban.

The fan in question, Gary Cooper, gave an interview to the Daily Mail and apologised for his actions.

"I am just so ashamed and have let myself and my family down. What happened was out of character. I am still in shock and feel awful," he said.

"I got caught up in the emotion of the game and made a foolish mistake to run on to the pitch.

"I had no intention of approaching Chris Smalling. He happened to be there as I ran to congratulate the Arsenal players.

"I am deeply ashamed of my actions and would never do anything to harm any of the players."

The incident came at the end of a weekend where instances of supporters encroaching on to the pitch stained British football.

Rangers captain James Tavernier was confronted by a fan at Hibernian during last Friday's 1-1 draw in the Scottish Premiership, while Jack Grealish was punched by a supporter at Birmingham City before going on to score the only goal in a 1-0 derby triumph for Aston Villa.

Paul Mitchell was subsequently jailed for 14 weeks by magistrates in Birmingham for his attack on Grealish.

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes has reportedly resigned as manager of Oldham Athletic after only a month in charge.

Scholes departed the League Two club on Thursday having overseen seven games, winning only one.

He did not attend Oldham's scheduled news conference ahead of Saturday's home game with Tranmere Rovers due to what the club described as a "prior engagement".

But Scholes is believed to have stepped down from his post, hinting at communication problems with the club's board.

"It is with great regret that I have decided to leave the club with immediate effect," he said in a statement given to the BBC.

"I hoped to at the very least, see out my initial term of 18 months as the manager of a club I've supported all my life.

"The fans, players, my friends and family all knew how proud and excited I was to take this role.

"In the short period since I took on the role it unfortunately became clear that I would not be able to operate as I intended and was led to believe prior to taking on the role.

"I wish the fans, the players and the staff - who have been tremendous - all the best for the rest of the season and will continue to watch and support the club as a fan."

Oldham are 14th in League Two having lost three of their past five games under Scholes.

Real Madrid have agreed to sign Brazil international defender Eder Militao from Porto at the end of the season.

Militao, 21, only joined Porto from Sao Paulo in 2018 but he has earned rave reviews in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and Champions League.

Madrid have secured the once-capped Brazil player on a six-year contract, with the club reported to have triggered his €50million release clause.

Predominantly a centre-back, Militao is similarly adept at right-back and has even been known to fill midfield gaps if required.

Militao becomes the first signing of Zinedine Zidane's second spell as head coach and will be seen as a much-needed reinforcement, given Madrid's lack of depth in the centre of defence.

Nacho Fernandez has often failed to convince as cover for Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, while Jesus Vallejo has suffered a torrid time with injuries.

Militao will join a strong contingent of Brazilians at the club, with Marcelo, Casemiro and Vinicius Junior already in the first-team squad, while Rodrygo Goes is set to link up with them on a pre-arranged switch from Santos in June.

Former Madrid defender Pepe – who plays alongside Militao at Porto – is likely to be a good source of advice for the youngster, having left the Dragons in 2007 to spend the next decade at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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