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Manchester City's France midfielder Samir Nasri has been given a three-match international ban for his behaviour during Euro 2012.

A French Football Federation committee decided to punish him following several incidents in Poland and Ukraine.

Paris St-Germain's Jeremy Menez was given a one-match ban for an argument with team-mate Hugo Lloris during the 2-0 quarter-final defeat by Spain.

Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa and Rennes' Yann M'Vila received warnings.

Richard Dunne is also said to considering international retirement, after talking it over with Paul Lambert.

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Those bloody French don't seem to learn! Is there a generally assumed reason why they keep kicking off about things, or are they just a bunch of dicks >_>?

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I think its because Samir Nasri is a cunt.

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A lot of the French internationals have egos that have been wrongly massaged over the years, and not quashed. Meaning you end up with players like Anelka, Ribery and now Nasri and Evra and friends.

Jupiler Pro League - Belgium's top division - is about to kick off with Kortrijk v Anderlecht. I am super excited. Belgium is my league for this year, I'll watch others of course but this is taking priority after the Premier League for me. I have no idea why, but I decided at the end of last season it would be so and have been learning and studying accordingly.

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Belgian football is the best football in the world ever. No one can defend and there was tons of goals this weekend. 34 goals in 8 matches over the past two days, utterly staggering, just got done watching Genk 3-3 Cercle Brugge, having watched this weekend Kortrijk 1-1 Anderlecht, Club Brugge 3-1 Waasland-Beveren, Standard Liege 0-1 Zulte-Waregem and then the Genk-Cercle Brugge match just now. Great fun the lot of them really, Jelle Vossen and Christian Benteke are about 23 and 20 and are brilliant strikers already. Definitely think Vossen has what it takes to play at a higher level, and I know FM fans will have heard of him as well as I recall him being brilliant on one of the recent editions.

I have Rostov v Anzhi on as background viewing earlier as well and saw Anzhi scored a 95th minute equaliser, Tagirbekov the left back with two goals in the game and he was there long before the billions of pounds transformed the club - so that's always something enjoyable to see. Former Tottenham substitute Stipe Pletikosa was in nets for Rostov as well.

The big boy leagues are still a few weeks away but we have the Olympics as well to tide us over. :)

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Has the Belgian league started already?

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte's request for a three-month ban in an attempt to avoid a court hearing over match-fixing has been rejected.

Conte has been accused of failing to report match-fixing while he was coach of Siena.

A tribunal for the Italian football federation (FIGC) has turned down his proposal for the ban.

Conte had initially denied the allegations before trying to reach a deal with the Italian authorities.

The hearing on Wednesday ruled that Conte's proposal, which would have allowed him to return to coach Juventus in November, was not acceptable.

Now Conte, who guided Juventus to the Serie A title in May, will either have to propose a new deal including a longer ban, or face a sports tribunal which could hand down a stiffer penalty if he is found guilty.

The matches involving Siena at the centre of the allegations were a 2-2 draw with Novara and a 1-0 defeat by Albinoleffe in Serie B in May 2011.

In total 13 clubs and 45 players and training staff face disciplinary action as part of a larger investigation into match-fixing in in Italian football.

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Italian football club Inter Milan says that a group of Chinese investors is to become its second largest shareholder.

In a statement Internazionale Holding, the parent company, said the group would acquire a stake but that the Moratti family would retain control.

It also said it would build a new stadium in partnership with a unit of China Railway Construction to be completed in 2017.

The Serie A club is looking to increase its presence in Asia.

The location of the new stadium has not yet been decided, the statement said.

The club said Kamchi Li, Kenneth Huang and Fabrizio Rindi would become members of the board of directors as a result of the investment.

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Calling it a "new phase in the life of the club", Inter said the move was "aimed at expanding its presence in the Asian markets to raise new resources for the enhancement of its international future development and winning perspectives".

Inter is the latest European club to attract the attention of business tycoons from Asia.

English Premier League club Queen's Park Rangers is owned by Tony Fernandes, head of the Malaysian budget airline Air Asia, after he completed a takeover last year.

English Championship side Birmingham City is owned by Hong Kong billionaire Carson Yeung who took over the club in 2009, while Thailand-based Asia Football Investments owns Leicester City.

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Has the Belgian league started already?

Yep end of July it starts, into the second weekend now. Standard Liege couldn't beat Lierse today who had a man sent off in the 26th minute. It's quite a small league - only 16 - teams, and after they've played each other twice they go into bizarre play off groups so it's usually done quite early on. Russian league is back as well. Not sure how I'll juggle anything once the big 5 leagues get back going as well..

This whole Conte deal seems odd. It stems from one person saying he said in the dressing room "it's okay, this will end as a draw" or something, right? But no other person has agreed that he said it. I admit when it comes to things like this in off the field issues I generally don't take a massive vested interested in terms of keeping on top of it but it just seems rather odd. A lot of journalists and the like seemingly disappointed with the way it's been handled and not a lot of faith in the system for the seemingly inconsistent rulings that are given.

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Those bloody French don't seem to learn! Is there a generally assumed reason why they keep kicking off about things, or are they just a bunch of dicks >_>?

Speaking from personal experience all Frenchies are like that.

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CSKA are currently 3-1 down at home to Zenit St. Petersburg. Can't see Leonid Slutskiy (great name) lasting much longer at CSKA now, surprised he made it to the new season to be honest but probably on borrowed time now. Shame as he done well with Krylia Sovetov to get the job in the first place but it appears it could be over soon unless CSKA can turn this around in the second half.

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Juventus coach Antonio Conte has been banned for 10 months after an investigation into match-fixing claims.

Last year Conte, 43, led the club to the Serie A title in his first season in charge without losing a single game.

Conte was accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing involving former club Siena in the 2010-11 season.

After being questioned by police in May, Conte denied the claims and said he was "strongly determined to prove his total innocence".

Conte had a plea bargain deal rejected by the Italian federation (FIGC) earlier this month. He put forward a proposal which would have seen him serve a three-month suspension and pay a fine of 200,000 euros.

The federation has now confirmed the 10-month sanction.

Police had previously said Conte was being investigated on suspicion of sporting fraud and fraudulent association over allegations concerning a match between his Serie B side Siena and Novara in April 2011.

Grosseto and Lecce have both been excluded from Serie B, the Italian second tier, for the 2012-13 season for their part in the scandal, with both clubs' former presidents banned for five years.

In May, police searched more than 30 homes, including those of players, trainers and administrators of clubs in Serie A, Serie B and lower divisions.

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, 32, was held along with former Genoa midfielder Omar Milanetto, while officers visited Italy's pre-Euro 2012 training camp to question left-back Domenico Criscito, 25.

Five people were also arrested in Hungary on suspicion of being part of an illegal international betting ring.

The action followed the launch last June of a match-fixing task force in response to a number of high-profile cases.

Former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni was banned for three-and-a-half years in August 2011 for his part in the 'Calcioscommesse' scandal involving Serie B matches last season. He was also arrested in December 2011 over match-fixing and betting allegations.

In addition, former Lazio and Italy striker Giuseppe Signori was banned for five years and 15 other players were banned for between one and five years for their parts.

Here's a fantastic preview for the French league season.

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Juve came out straight away saying they're sticking by Conte and co and there's an appeal going straight in, which wiull 99% be successful and he'll have his ban reduced to something like 4 months.

It'll take a massive shock for it to be turned down considering they have Giulia Bongiorno on their side, the woman that helped free the likes of Amanada Knox amongst other Mafia cases and all other sorts. It's also only a touchline ban. Obviously shouldn't of been banned what so ever, but yeah, expect to see this turned around to something much lower.

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Emanuele Pesoli of Serie B side Verona has gone on hunger strike in protest over his three-year match-fixing ban.

The defender has also chained himself to the gates of the Italian Football Federation's headquarters in Rome.

"I am hurt by the sentence and I would like to confront those who accuse me," said Pesoli.

The 31-year-old has been banned after a probe into illegal betting on matches while he was at Siena, who he left for Verona in July.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte has been suspended for 10 months for not reporting match-fixing when he was in charge of Siena, then in Serie B, in the 2010-11 season.

"It is a strong protest but they are ruining my life for something I have not done," added Pesoli. "I will stay here until I can't do it anymore."

Pesoli was one of a number of players, coaches and officials to be handed bans by the federation on Friday in the latest scandal to engulf Italian football.

In May, police searched more than 30 homes, including those of players, trainers and administrators of clubs in Serie A, Serie B and the lower divisions.

Lazio captain Stefano Mauri, 32, was held along with former Genoa midfielder Omar Milanetto, while officers visited Italy's pre-Euro 2012 training camp to question left-back Domenico Criscito, 25.

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TV coverage of European football in Canada is quite weird this year, at least until more deals are signed.

One or two Prem, Europa League and Champions League games are available each matchday on easily available channels, but new this year is being able to get all matches from those competitions live (all 3:00 Prem starts live!) for $20/month. Also gets you an SPL game of the week.

Bundesliga's available on the same network it was last year too, but Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Championship are all off TV (barring one Serie A game in Italian and one L1 game in French) for now.

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Just saw Michel Bastos' overhead from earlier. Tikkaboo son.

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A lot of chanting last night at Mallorca at the RFEF about the ridiculously late kick off time. They managed to beat Espanyol 2-1 though. At the moment Real Madrid and Valencia are 1-1 and it's half time, Casillas and Pepe had a nasty clash on the Valencia goal and it looks like Casillas may not be fully recovered so wouldn't be surprised to see him not to come back out for the second half. Athletic are currently 3-0 down at home against Real Betis, no Llorente or Martinez as well as two other regular defenders missing. Villanova takes charge of his first Barcelona match as manager at 8 against Real Sociedad.

In Belgium Standard won the Wallonia derby 6-2. Ran away with it when Charleroi went down to 10 men.

Rennes continue to be rubbish in France, losing to Bordeaux. PSG travel to Ajaccio at 8 and it's on ESPN for anyone who wants to watch.

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Fuck you, Real Madrid - I had a few quid on them to win with half hour to go. Finished 1-1. A good point for Valencia, though.

Barcelona are playing Sociedad at the moment, and lead 3-1 in the first half. Messi has bagged two already.

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I considered betting on Real Madrid too but decided against it for now. They'll no doubt kick into gear quickly, and Valencia are as tough an opponent as they're going to face outside of the Clasicos so a draw isn't terrible. Seemed a very slow and pedestrian game from what I saw.

Barcelona just battering Real Sociedad here, as expected. Messi, as said, with two already so looks like he's set to notch another massive total this season as well. And a winning start in store for Villanova you'd assume.

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An Italian football tribunal confirms a 10-month ban for Juventus coach Antonio Conte, rejecting his appeal against a verdict handed down earlier this month.

Conte, who led an undefeated Juventus to the Italian title in his first season in charge last term, was accused of failing to report incidents of match-fixing in two games in the 2010-11 season when he was the coach of then Serie B side Siena.

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El Classico part one tonight, first leg of the Super Copa at Barcelona. I know a lot of people get sick of the sheer amount of these matches, and the pettiness that comes with them - but we get to see some of the best players in the world which is always a plus - and these two don't treat this cup as an afterthought which means it's always a pretty decent match.

Of course, Europa League to contend with first. :)

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Match hasn't gone particularly well. Too cloggy, too much diving and just all around not a great match. Real Madrid look content for the 0-0. Barca lack the sharpness just now to find the penetration.

EDIT: Jinxed it didn't I. Real Madrid go 1-0 up.

SECOND EDIT: Hello! There we are. 1-1 immediately, Pedro.

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Suddenly come to life this game now. Looking like a goal every attack!

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