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Real Madrid coach Ancelotti to be sentenced to prison for 5 years



Spanish prosecutors on Wednesday called for Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti to be sentenced to prison for four years and nine months for allegedly failing to declare earnings to the tax office.

Madrid state prosecutor’s office accused the 64-year-old Italian of having deprived Spain’s treasury of over one million euros in earnings from image rights in 2014 and 2015.

“Although he himself declared himself to be a tax resident in Spain and indicated that his home was in Madrid, he only declared in his tax returns the personal remuneration received from Real Madrid,” the tax office said in a statement.

It accused Ancelotti of allegedly setting up a “confusing” system of shell companies to hide his extra earnings from his image rights.

A Spanish court in July ordered Ancelotti to stand trial over the affair but no date has been set.

Ancelotti took over at Real Madrid in 2013, leaving in May 2015, before being appointed at Bayern Munich the following year.

He later managed Napoli and Everton before returning to Real Madrid in 2021.

In December he extended his contract with Real Madrid to June 2026.

Ancelotti is regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all time.

He has won the Champions League four times — twice with AC Milan and also on two occasions with Real Madrid.

He has won domestic league titles with Madrid and Milan, in England with Chelsea, in Germany with Bayern Munich and in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Madrid face RB Leipzig on Wednesday in a Champions League last 16 second leg clash, after Ancelotti’s side carved out a 1-0 advantage in Germany.

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Inter Milan Win Serie A Title In Derby Thriller With AC Milan



Inter Milan won Serie A on Monday after beating AC Milan 2-1 and creating an unassailable lead at the top of the league with their sixth straight derby victory.

Goals from Francesco Acerbi and Marcus Thuram gave Inter a 17-point advantage over closest challengers Milan and secured their 20th league crown with five matches of the season remaining.

Simone Inzaghi won the first league title of his managerial career on a cold, soaking wet evening at the San Siro where a clutch of Inter’s “away” fans in the 75,000 crowd roared in delight at the final whistle.

Milan made a fight of it in the final moments after Fikayo Tomori pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining but Inter held out to kick off a title party.

Inter have become the second team to win 20 Italian league titles and will have a second star stitched onto their jersey, after Juventus who are way out in the lead with 36 league crowns.

Inzaghi’s team did it style, laying waste to the rest of the division and becoming the first team to claim the title by winning the Milan derby.

With outgoing champions Napoli crashing and burning early in the campaign and Milan falling away in the autumn Inter raced off into the distance at the turn of the year.

Juventus looked like putting up a fight but they collapsed in February just as Inter strung together a run of 13 wins which also gave them hope of repeating a deep run in the Champions League.

Inter failed in that mission as they were knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid in mid-March, but by that time the domestic damage had already been done.

The future looks bright too as Inzaghi, captain Lautaro Martinez and Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella are all set to renew their contracts while smart work in the transfer market and increased revenue has helped mitigate significant financial harm wrought by the Covid-29 pandemic.

Piotr Zielinski and Medhi Taremi will arrive from Napoli and Porto as free agents in the close season while big stars like Marcus Thuram should stay.

Off the pitch Inter’s president Steven Zhang is trying to make sure that investment fund Oaktree don’t take control of the club with non-repayment of an emergency loan — granted in 2021 — next month.

Zhang is looking at taking out another loan with fellow US fund Pimco so that Inter can pay Oaktree loan and ensure that the club don’t wind up owned by Oaktree as Milan did with Elliott in 2018.


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EPL: Arsenal go top with 2-0 win at Wolves



Arsenal have returned to the top of the Premier League with a battling 2-0 win at Wolves.

The Gunners missed the chance last Sunday, following a 2-0 shock defeat at home to Aston Villa.

However, Mikel Arteta’s men were in control of the match at the Molineux and took the lead in the first half, thanks to Leandro Trossard’s smart finish.

Martin Odegaard then sealed the win in the dying minutes of the game.

Arsenal now have 74 points after 33 matches.

Manchester City are second with 73 points from 32 matches, while Liverpool who face Fulham on Sunday are on 71 points.

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FA Cup: Why Thiago Silva cried after Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Man City



Chelsea veteran defender, Thiago Silva was seen crying profusely after the Blues went down 1-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal on Saturday.

According to a football expert, Fabrizio Romano, the reason for the player’s display of emotion could be tied to the fact that he has missed out on playing his last final in Europe.

Manchester City defeated Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday to earn their place in the FA Cup final.

They now await the winner of the second semifinal to be played between Manchester United and Coventry.

“Thiago Silva crying after the game at Wembley…as it could have been his last final in Europe,” Romano wrote, sharing the Brazilian’s pictures.

“Thiago and Chelsea will discuss his future soon, he could leave the club at the end of the season — as current deal expires in June.”

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