Lionel Messi To Sign New Barca Deal, Ashley Cole to Earn 100th Cap for England, Liverpool Thrust to Match-Fixing Scandal
FC Barcelona announced that the 25-year-old striker agreed to a two-year extension that will extend his stay at Camp Nou until June 2018, which has been his home since he was 13 years old.
Messi, who is currently with the Argentina national football team for a friendly in Sweden, will formally sign the contract on Thursday, which will be the third contract-extension signing for the club this month.
Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez recently signed extensions that tied them up with Barca until 2016.
Ashley Cole to Start for England
England manager Roy Hodgson announced on Tuesday that Ashley Cole will start for the team in their friendly against Brazil on Wednesday at Wembley.
Hodgson said that Cole deserves to start at left-back, which will give the 32-year-old veteran his 100th international cap for England to become the latest member of the so-called England centurions.
Cole will be the seventh England international to earn 100 caps after Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105) and current England captain Steven Gerrard (100).
Match Fixing in 2009 Champions League
Multiple reports confirmed the European law enforcement agency Europol is currently investigating Hungarian club Debrecen for an alleged match-fixing incident in their 2009 Champions League clash against Liverpool.
According to reports, Europol is investigating Debrecen over their 1-0 loss against Liverpool at Anfield four years ago in which goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was allegedly asked to allow at least three goals to yield an “over 2.5 goals” bet results.
Poleksic was also handed a two-year ban after not reporting a match-fixing approach during their 3-4 defeat to Fiorentina in the group stages of the 2009 Champions League.
Liverpool released a statement, saying that they have not been approached by Europol or UEFA about the said incident.