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Yakubu Hassan a Nigerian footballer handed, suspension indefinitely for slapping a referee.

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The Nasarawa Football Association has announced the indefinite suspension of one footballer for assaulting a centre referee,

Yakubu Hassan, who plays for ”Dubagari Football Club”, Lafia, a local team in Nasarawa state slapped a centre referee Kasimu Ahmadu during a football match with another local team, Winda Force Football Club after he was cautioned for an infringement. The incident occurred on Oct. 29.

The fixture was part of the state’s FA 2019/2020 ‘Premier League Competition’.

Confirming the disciplinary action, Halidu Akwashiki, the Vice Chairman of the Nasarawa Football Association said: “The actions we took will serve as lessons to other players and clubs never to intimidate or instigate violence on match officials and to adhere strictly to the rules of the game.”

“It was embarrassing for everyone, and I mean everyone including the fans because we all assumed this action is unheard of in this generation but to our surprise, we have been reminded on the dangers match officials face just for doing their jobs; it is sad,” he said.

He also added that aside from the suspension, the player was ordered to write an apology letter to the match officials and his club to pay a fine to the FA.

Also speaking on the situation, Mohammed Isa, Secretary-General, Nasarawa state Referees Council, expressed his disappointment over the incident and also suggested that a stiffer punishment should be handed to any player who violently attacks referees on the field of play.

“We feel bad on the issue and reported to the FA who have now taken action against the player and his team but despite that, we have called on the state FA to ensure that what happened does not repeat itself again,” he said.

Isa further revealed that the referee council will boycott any fixture if the player who assaulted the referee is selected in any upcoming games.

“I want to assure you that the player will never participate in any competition within this state again and if he is participating, the referees in the state shall not participate; that is our stand,” he said.

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Israel Adesanya, Nigerian-born UFC champion wins award for best fight and walk-out of 2019

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Israel Adesanya had a successful year in the UFC winning two major fights and was crowned UFC’s middleweight champion in 2019.

The Nigerian-born New Zealand fighter became the interim champion after defeating American Kelvin Gastelum via unanimous decision.

And the 30-year-old ended the year as middleweight champion following a knockout victory over Robert Whittaker.

Adesanya has now been awarded with the 2019 Helwani Nose Award for the fight of the year against Gastelum.

The Last Stylebender told his corner he was willing to die going into the final round of his incredible battle with Gastelum.

He also earned the best Walk Out of the Year when he performed choreography with his dance group before his fight with Whittaker.

Adesanya’s second title defence is likely to be with Yoel Romero in March after a mandatory challenger Paulo Costa was forced out through injury.

“The fight’s done,” Adesanya said.

“I literally just got to the gym now. I’m about to get some work in. Make no mistake, I’m still putting work in. I’m still getting ready for my second title defense against a veteran in the game, a veteran in the wrestling, a tough motherf—–, the boogeyman of the division, the guy no one calls out – except ‘Stylebender.’”

“The fight will happen, and it will happen on our terms as well,” he added.

“I’m happy. I have no doubt that I’m going to get what I want out of this fight.”

The British heavyweight champion has agreed to give up his belts after he was ordered to face Kubrat Pulev or Oleksandr Usyk to retain his IBO and IBF titles.

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Asisat Oshoala wins Africa’s Best Women Footballer’s Award for the fourth time

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Super Falcons player, Asisat Oshoala took to Instagram to celebrate winning the African best women footballer award for the fourth time. 

Oshoala who noted that sometimes people forget to smell the roses along the way in life, revealed that she is always thinking about her next move and also never stops to celebrate her wins. 

The Barcelona star revealed that winning the award for the fourth time is an amazing accomplishment and she is extremely blessed to have been in a position to accomplish it. 

She wrote; 

4 times baby!!! Sometimes you forget to smell the roses along the way in life. I’m always the type thinking about my next move and never really stop and celebrate he things in between. This is such an amazing accomplishment and I’m extremely blessed to have been in this position to accomplish it. It’s a blessing to see the wonderful lives I’ve touched in my young life. I truly appreciate all the love. But there’s still work to do 

Asisat Oshoala celebrates winning the African best women footballer award for the 4th time
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Ronaldo is 1st star to score for 18 consecutive years in Europe’s top 5 leagues

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Cristiano Ronaldo has taken his legendary prodigy to another significant landmark after becoming first football star to score at least one goal in one of Europe’s top-five leagues in each of the last 18 years.

The Portuguese superstar, at 34, is showing massive hunger to break and set big records, thereby proving that age is just a number with his predatory instinct making the points.

Cristiano Ronaldo unleashed his incredible prodigy and shut down his critics with a brilliant hat-trick to hand Juventus a vital 4-0 win over tough Cagliari on Monday afternoon, January 6.

The astonishing brilliance, which is his 36th league hat-trick of his trophy-laden career, saw him increase his tally to 13 goals and two assists in 1315 minutes played since the beginning of the season.

The former Real Madrid star made history by becoming the second player in history to hit treble in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League after former Barcelona and Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez.

As if that was not enough, Ronaldo also added another feather to his cap by becoming the first player to score in Europe’s top 5 leagues (EPL, La Liga, Serie A, French league and Bundesliga) for successive 18 years.

What this means is that the former Real Madrid star is the first player in history to hit the back of the net with at least one goal for good eighteen football seasons.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the only player in Europe’s top five leagues to hit double digits for 15 consecutive seasons following his first-half double for Juventus against Udinese.

Old Lady came into the game head-high on Sunday evening, December 15, with Ronaldo leading the attack-line in another show of formidable partnership with Paulo Dybala.

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