Chelsea & Arsenal Resume Champions League Campaigns Tonight

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Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has defended Diego Costa ahead of the striker returning to the first team tonight. He’s serving a three-match suspension domestically for violent conduct – but is available for their game away to Porto in the Champions League. Costa was given the ban retrospectively for an incident in their recent Premier League win over Arsenal. Fabregas reckons the treatment of his team-mate has been harsh [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/46212/medium/”] Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says none of his players are “untouchable” after their below-par start to the season. Chelsea, the Premier League title holders, have only won twice in the English top flight so far. Mourinho says his players must perform – or they’ll be dropped [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/46213/medium/”] Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side need to get back on track in the Champions League this evening. After a surprise defeat away to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening group game, they host Greek side Olympiakos. Wenger believes it’s a must win game – and expects tonight’s opponents to give them a stern test [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/46214/medium/”] Alexis Sanchez returned to form by scoring a hat-trick against Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday. Team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says the Chile forward is a good role model [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/46215/medium/”] The games kick-off at 7.45. Denny Division 2B this evening sees Lixnaw go up against Mitchels Avenue B in Mounthawk Park at 7.30. Jack Grealish won’t be eligible for a call-up to the England squad for at least a month. The Aston Villa midfielder has chosen to play for the country of his birth, rather than the Republic of Ireland – who he’s represented up to under-21 level. But it’s understood international clearance for the switch won’t be cleared for four to six weeks. England manager Roy Hodgson names his latest squad on Thursday. Northern Ireland have called up Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward to their latest Euro 2016 qualifying squad. Michael O’Neill’s side are on the verge of qualification to their first major tournament in 30 years. Leading scorer Kyle Lafferty, midfielder Chris Baird and full-back Conor McLaughlin are all suspended from the first match against Greece, but are available to face Finland three days later Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned from all soccer related activity for life. The ethics committee at the sport’s world governing body claims he repeatedly committed misconduct during his time as a high-ranking official. Swiss authorities have granted an American request to extradite former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo Li. He was ousted from FIFA’s executive committee in May after being arrested during a dawn raid on a Zurich hotel.

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