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Football: Croatian Livaja causes storm after insulting fans

Croatian striker Marko Livaja could be in a lot of trouble with his club Atalanta after insulting fans following his substitution in Saturday's Serie A 2-1 defeat at home to Verona. Atalanta coach Stefano Colantuono replaced Livaja with Maxi Moralez seven minutes into the second half. The Croatian, who has scored just twice in Serie A this season, was subject to insults and jeers by some sections of the home crows and reacted angrily.

Football: Mourinho mocks referees after first home league loss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho angrily mocked the match officials after suffering his first home defeat in the Premier League in a 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea's defeat, which left them two points behind leaders Liverpool, having played a game more, was Mourinho's first in 78 home league matches at the helm of the London club. "I just want to say four things, and I'm sorry, because if you make me (answer) more questions, I will repeat in exactly the same way," Mourinho told Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.

Football: Mourinho mocks referees after first home league loss

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho angrily mocked the match officials after suffering his first home defeat in the Premier League in a 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea's defeat, which left them two points behind leaders Liverpool, having played a game more, was Mourinho's first in 78 home league matches at the helm of the London club. "I just want to say four things, and I'm sorry, because if you make me (answer) more questions, I will repeat in exactly the same way," Mourinho told Sky Sports shortly after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge.

Football: Mourinho suffers first home league defeat as Chelsea boss

Jose Mourinho suffered his first home league defeat as Chelsea manager in 78 matches after bottom of the table Sunderland stunned the Premier League title contenders 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Few gave Sunderland, managed by former Chelsea player Gus Poyet, much of a chance before kick-off and it looked like business as usual when Samuel Eto'o gave Chelsea, in their second spell under Mourinho, a 12th-minute lead.

Football: Atletico look to edge towards title before Chelsea visit

Atletico Madrid can take another step towards their first league title in 18 years when they host Elche at the Vicente Calderon on Friday. Los Rojiblancos need to win just four of their five remaining games to seal the championship and will be keen to finish off relegation threatened Elche early on with the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to come on Tuesday. "Within the group the only thing that is worrying us is how to approach the match against Elche in the best way possible," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.

Football: Roma fail in appeal against Destro ban

Roma have seen their appeal to overturn a three-match ban inflicted on striker Mattia Destro turned down after the Italian federation upheld the punishment for catching an opponent in the face with his hand. The 23-year-old striker bagged a hat-trick during Roma's 3-1 win at Cagliari on April 6 but fell victim to trial by television following a request by the disciplinary commission of the federation.

Football: Hodgson fears Pirlo in Italy World Cup clash

England coach Roy Hodgson admitted Thursday that he fears the damage Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo could cause when the countries clash at the World Cup. "The player I fear the most? We respect everyone but if I have to name someone it would be Andrea Pirlo," said Hodgson in an interview with Mediaset. "Pirlo has played in Italy for 10 years. I coached him for six months (1998-1999 at Inter Milan). He has had an incredible career."

Football: Plenty of life still in Barca, insists Martino

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino maintained his side can still return to their former glories after they were beaten 2-1 by a Gareth Bale inspired Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday. The Welshman ran half the length of the field to score the winner five minutes from time and subject Barca a third consecutive defeat in all competitions which leaves them on the verge of failing to win a major trophy for the first time in six years.

Football: No World Cup for Totti and fellow veterans - Prandelli

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Tuesday ruled veterans Francesco Totti, Luca Toni and Antonio Di Natale out of his World Cup squad for Brazil as he backed Giuseppe Rossi and a clutch of emerging younger players. Totti and Toni had notably harboured hopes of travelling to Brazil for what would have been a last World Cup hurrah -- Toni's dreams boosted by his 17-goal tally so far in Serie A this season.

Football: No need for Benitez advice on Benfica

Juventus coach Antonio Conte said he won't be turning to Napoli counterpart Rafael Benitez for useful tips on Portuguese sides ahead of the Bianconeri's upcoming Europa League semi-finals against Benfica. Juventus travel to a Benfica side which is on the verge of securing the Portuguese title for the first leg of their last four tie on April 24. Asked if he would be asking for advice from Benitez, whose side were ousted from the competition's last 16 by FC Porto, Conte told Sky Sport: "I don't think so, given their previous results against Portuguese teams.
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