Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United are now “one of the top favourites” to win the Europa League.
United suffered a 3-2 defeat away at RB Leipzig on Tuesday which ensured that they missed out on qualification for the Champions League knockout stages.
Spurs head coach Mourinho, who took in a spell at Old Trafford between 2016 and 2018, thinks United must automatically be considered as one of the frontrunners to lift the Europa League trophy after narrowly failing to get out of an all-star Champions League group.
“Manchester United become one of the top favourites to win the competition,” the Portuguese told a press conference on Wednesday.
“The teams that drop from the Champions League are strong and normally don’t belong to the level of the Europa League.
“United are one of the top teams. The group was very hard with Paris Saint-Germain and Leipzig. We knew it was not going to be easy for any of them.”
Czech referee Pavel Kralovec, who officiates in the Champions League, has been implied in a local match-fixing scandal, Czech media said Wednesday.
The case involves former Czech Football Association (FACR) deputy head Roman Berbr, who has been in custody over suspected match-fixing since October.
Citing police wiretaps, the DNES broadsheet said Berbr had called Kralovec ahead of July’s Czech Cup final, in which Sparta Prague beat Slovan Liberec 2-1 to reach the Europa League group stage.
“Very simply, I need just one political thing, OK? You will understand. Josef Krula stopped by on Monday,” Berbr said, according to the wiretap.
Krula is Sparta’s sports manager and a former referee.
Kralovec, who answered that he did understand, came...
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), says the National Assembly lacks the power to invite President Muhammadu Buhari, to speak on security matters.
Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, said this in a statement titled, ‘Buhari’s Summon: NASS Operates Outside Constitutional Bounds’ on Wednesday.
The House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had last week invited Buhari over the rising insecurity and the killing of over 43 farmers in Borno State.
An aide to the President, Lauretta Onochie, had also revealed that Buhari would appear before a joint session of the National Assembly on Thursday. However, reports began to filter in on Tuesday that the President had decided not to attend the meeting any longer.
The Lagos State Government says the use of residential premises as morgues, embalmment centres or burial sites remain banned in the state.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Burial prohibited on residential premises – LASG’ on Wednesday.
The statement quoted the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Law Reform Commission, Mrs Ade Adeyemo, as saying that the prohibition was to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases in the State.
While noting that “it is an offense to use residential premises as morgues, embalmment centres or burial sites”, Adeyemo stressed that the Commission is tasked with the onerous responsibility of updating and reviewing laws that address immediate and peculiar needs of Lagosians at every point in time.
She said, “The Law Reform Commission is...