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Eni Aluko has alleged England women's national team manager Mark Sampson told her to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to a game at Wembley.

Striker Aluko last year made a series of allegations to the Football Association in a complaint about the behaviour of Sampson, who was subsequently cleared of racial discrimination, bullying and harassment following an independent inquiry commissioned by the governing body.

Monaco's unsettled striker Kylian Mbappe came under fire on Tuesday from hardcore supporters of the French champions.

Ultras Monaco 1994 took to Twitter to claim that the reported Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid target had "proved nothing special in his few dozen matches as a professional".

Jose Mourinho is in the running for FIFA's coach of the year award - won last year by Claudio Ranieri - after his debut season with Manchester United.

After winning three trophies at the club, including the Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield, the Portuguese is up against the world's top bosses.

Other nominees included Tottenham manager Maurico Pochettino after leading his side to second in the Premier League.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes it is possible that Lionel Messi's €300 million buyout clause could be activated.

Messi has agreed to sign a new contract with Barcelona, though the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is yet to officially put pen to paper.

With Messi's signature missing from the Barca contract, the Argentine star has been linked with Guardiola's City in the Premier League.

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus), Lionel Messi (Argentina, Barcelona) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, Real Madrid) are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

The award will be presented at the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August.

Fuelled by a historically lavish spending spree, the Premier League returns on Friday when Arsenal host Leicester in the opening game of the hotly-anticipated new season.

Taking advantage of astronomical broadcast contracts and lucrative sponsorship deals, England’s superpowers have been splashing the cash at an unprecedented rate.

Since the end of last season, transfer records have been shattered across the country as over one billion pounds has changed hands in a frenzy that could well set a new high for a single window.

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