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Transfer Deadline: Batshuayi On Loan To Crystal Palace, As Fulham Signs Markovic From Liverpool

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Transfer Deadline: Batshuayi On Loan To Crystal Palace, As Fulham Signs Markovic From Liverpool

Crystal Palace has signed Belgian professional footballer, Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea until the end of the 2018-19 season.

25-year-old striker had been on a season-long loan at La Liga side Valencia. There are speculations that Spurs were interested in the Belgian but Chelsea does not want to loan the striker to a top four rival. “This is a fantastic signing for Crystal Palace,” said club chairman Steve Parish.

Meanwhile in the final moments of the transfer window Fulham have signed the Serbian, Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic.

Fulham lodged a deal sheet for the player with the Premier League just before the 11pm deadline in the hope of pushing through the move, which they managed to successfully.

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CAF Dismiss Gambian Federation Appeal Over Oloufade’s Eligibility

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CAF Dismiss Gambian Federation Appeal Over Oloufade's Eligibility

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) dismissed the Gambia Football Federation’s (GFF) appeal over the eligibility of Togo defender Adewale Oloufade and upheld the original decision of its disciplinary board.

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CAF had dismissed the GFF’S first protest which claimed the player, also known as James, is Nigerian and does not meet the necessary criteria to play for Togo.

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Lagos Court Issues Bench Warrant Against Jay Jay Okocha

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Lagos Court Issues Bench Warrant Against Jay Jay Okocha

Lagos division of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of former Super Eagles star, Austin Okocha, over tax evasion charges.

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Jay Jay Okocha as he is popularly known has allegedly failed to appear before the court to answer why he allegedly failed to pay his income taxes.

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Justice Adedayo Akintoye issued the warrant for the arrest of the former Eagles captain on January 29 and thereafter adjourned until February 19.

The football star is facing a three-count charge instituted by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice bordering on failure to furnish his income returns and nonpayment of tax.

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FIFA Bans Chelsea From Signing New Players For Two Windows, Gives Three Days To Appeal

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FIFA Bans Chelsea From Signing New Players, Gives Three Days To Appeal

Chelsea have been banned by FIFA from signing players for two transfer windows after being found guilty of breaching rules in signing youth players.

FIFA announced that the premier league club were found guilty of 29 incidences of breaching article 19, which relates to the transfer of players aged under 18.

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Chelsea have also been fined more than £460,000, while the FA face a £390,000 sanction. The FA will appeal the fine, citing “concerns” with FIFA’s disciplinary processes. It comes following a FIFA investigation into Chelsea’s signing of foreign under-18 players, including former striker Bertrand Traore.

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The ban which is to last until the end of January 2020, does not prevent Chelsea from releasing players does not apply to their women’s and futsal teams. According to reports, the transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea is most likely not affected as the player was registered in FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) in January.

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