The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on 14 December 2015 by the disciplinary committee of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on the Brazilian player Frederico Rodrigues de Paula Santos for an anti-doping rule violation to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
With the current 20 best-ranked teams yet to play an international “A” match in 2016, the top 18 positions remain unchanged for the February edition of the FIFA World Ranking.
Belgium, Argentina and Spain hold their increasingly familiar top three slots while Turkey (20th, up 1) enter the top 20 thanks to Côte d’Ivoire’s exit (28th, down 9). Hungary’s (19th, up 1) small rise comes during a momentous season: they have qualified for their first major tournament in 30 years and have now reached their best position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was introduced in 1993.
Watford and Chelsea played out a mildly entertaining goal-less draw at Vicarage Road in what was a proverbial game of two halves. Watford dominated the first and created virtually all of their scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes with Odion Ighalo mistiming a header and Thibaut Courtois showing strong wrists to deny Etienne Capoue.
Chelsea stormed back in the second half after a poor first period and had chances galore to get on the scoresheet themselves with Oscar failing to hit the target on three occasions, while Branislav Ivanovic and Diego Costa were brilliantly denied by former Tottenham stopper Heurelho Gomes, who celebrated another clean sheet.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's face matched that of every Gunners fans tonight as Arsenal failed to beat an in-form keeper in Fraser Forster of Southampton despite registering 21 shots on goal and 11 on target.
Wenger blamed his side's poor finishing on the night as Southampton were comprehensively outplayed by the Gunners, especially in the second half, but still left the Emirates with a share of the spoils, that severely dents Arsenal's title aspirations with the Gunners sliding to fourth place in the Premier League standings, now trailing Leicester City by as many as 5 points.
The smiles were back on the faces of fans of Manchester United Football Club as the Red Devils put on a finishing masterclass to register a well deserved 3-0 win at home against a poor Stoke City side who just didn't turn up tonight.
A goal and an assist each for Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney left Old Trafford salivating at the prospect of a strong finish to the season as the Red Devils closed within 5 points of fourth placed Arsenal, who continue their wretched slide, dropping points at home to Southampton for the fourth game in succession.
Tottenham Hotspur have leapfrogged local rivals Arsenal into third place and stay very much in sight of Premier League leaders Leicester City after crafting a comfortable 3-0 win over a struggling Norwich City side at Carrow Road.
An early goal from irrepressible teen sensation Dele Alli and a brace from super striker Harry Kane kept Spurs on course for a strong finish to the season, putting Norwich to the sword and staying within sniffing distance of Leicester City and Manchester City ahead of the top two taking on each other this weekend.
A brace from Leicester City's Super Striker Jamie Vardy condemned ball hugging Liverpool to a 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium as the Premier League leaders produced an excellent hard working display at home to retain their 3 point cushion over Manchester City, heading into their major clash on Saturday afternoon.
Leicester City well rested from their week off due to their early exit from the FA Cup were able to name an unchanged side to the one that hammered Stoke City 3-0. Liverpool meanwhile named what is fast becoming Jurgen Klopp's most popular eleven, with Dejan Lovren's return to the starting eleven a welcome relief for the Reds.
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- Arsenal slip to fourth after running into big Fraser Forster
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- Chelsea striker to see out the season
- Arsenal reject late Manchester United bid
- Wenger rejects idea of signing another Chelsea legend
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