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Ghanaian Match official banned for life due to match manipulation

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to ban the Ghanaian match official Joseph Odartei Lamptey from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life.

The official was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November 2016.

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Ligue 1: Monaco, PSG register crucial wins

Monaco maintained their recent momentum with a 3-0 away win over Caen in Ligue 1 on Sunday to maintain a three-point lead over defending champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who beat Olympique Lyon 2-1 at home.

Missing their top scorer Radamel Falcao due to a hip injury, French football league leaders Monaco were boosted by an excellent performance by promising youngster Kylian Mbappe.

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Dutch Eredivisie: Feyenoord win, Ajax held

Dutch Eredivisie leaders Feyenoord booked a crucial 2-1 win at SC Heerenveen with main rivals Ajax Amsterdam dropping points following a 1-1 draw at Excelsior.

Heerenveen were the better side in the first half against Feyenoord and took the lead in the 18th minute of Sunday evening's encounter. Heerenveen striker Reza Ghoochannejhad was brought down by Miquel Nelom and the Iranian converted the penalty himself. Thanks to several saves by their goalkeeper Brad Jones, Feyenoord only conceded one goal in the first half.

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Liverpool hold Manchester City to a draw at the Etihad

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Manchester City played out a disappointing 1-1 draw with Liverpool in an English Premier League tie at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

In what was a bruising encounter between two aspirants for a top 4 berth come the end of the season, the Referee was the centre of attraction in a close first half that saw numerous penalty appeals but none being awarded.

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La Liga: Barcelona down Valencia 4-2

FC Barcelona defeated Valencia CF 4-2 at the Camp Nou to remain in touch with Real Madrid as the Spanish La Liga reached the final international break of the season.

Barca, however, had to work hard against Valencia in a game in which their attacking trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez was again decisive.

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Manchester United down Boro 3-1 to climb to 5th

Manchester United snatched an important 3-1 away win against Middlesbrough to jump above Arsenal into fifth spot in the Premier League standings at Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring for Manchester United 30 minutes into the first half, before Jesse Lingard scored again for the visitors at the 62-minute mark.

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Matt Besler and Sacha Kljestan Added to U.S. roster

U.S. Men's National Team head coach Bruce Arena has called defender Matt Besler and attacker Sacha Kljestan to the team's training camp in San Jose, Calif. Kljestan has been added as a replacement for the injured Bobby Wood (back), while Besler joins camp to bolster the MNT defense.

Besler and Kljestan will join the 25-player MNT roster as it convenes in San Jose ahead of USA-Honduras, presented by Volpi Foods, on March 24 at Avaya Stadium at 7:30 p.m. PT on FS1, UniMas and UDN. Four days later, the U.S. travels to take on Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City, live at 10 p.m. ET on beIN Sports, Telemundo and NBC Universo.

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