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Former England captain Wayne Rooney has appeared in court and admitted drink-driving. He was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the early hours on 1 September.

The 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.

Rooney was also ordered to pay £170 when he appeared at Stockport Magistrates' Court.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is already playing under the terms of his new contract.

While Messi agreed to a contract extension until 2021 in July, the Barca star is yet to put pen to paper on the contract with the LaLiga giants.

It has raised doubts over Messi’s future at Camp Nou following Neymar’s world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barca have continually reiterated that the 30-year-old will sign his contract and Bartomeu provided another update on Thursday.

England’s staff and players will be forewarned against using public or hotel Wi-Fi ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

BBC Sport has revealed that the Three Lions’ senior set up will be told not to use wireless connections in Russia, ahead of their inevitable participation in the competition next summer, over fears of hackers potentially leaking intercepted data and news from the England camp.

The Football Association is concerned that other sporting leaks, such as those published by hacking group Fancy Bears, could lead to England’s team being the next victim of a possible attack.

Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half when Manchester City were leading 1-0

Liverpool will appeal against the length of Sadio Mane's three-match ban after he was sent off during Saturday's 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Mane, 25, was dismissed in the 37th minute after catching City goalkeeper Ederson in the face with a high foot.

The Senegal forward is due to miss Premier League matches against Burnley and Leicester, as well as a trip to the latter in the EFL Cup.

His ban could be reduced by one or two matches if the appeal is successful.

The knock-on effect of FIFA ordering a replay of the South Africa-Senegal World Cup qualifier because of corrupt officiating has taken another twist with group leader Burkina Faso criticising the move as unconstitutional.

South Africa’s Football Association (SAFA) held emergency talks on Monday following FIFA’s decision which was based on “match manipulation” by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey who has been banned for life.

South Africa won the game 2-1 but the bigger picture is that Senegal are only a point behind Burkina Faso after four qualifiers, prompting the Burkino Faso FA (FBF) to issue a strongly worded condemnation of FIFA’s ruling, describing it as “illegal.”

It has been a whirlwind summer in terms of transfers, with some interesting deals taking place all across Europe.

For some players, a move this summer meant reuniting with a particular former teammate, so let's take a look at 7 or the more high-profile cases of this...


7. Mehdi Benatia and Douglas Costa

FC Bayern Muenchen Attend Oktoberfest 2015
Moroccan international defender Mehdi Benatia spent two full seasons at the Allianz Arena, but never really threatened to hold down a regular first-team spot and was sent on loan to Juventus last season, making the deal permanent over the summer.

While Benatia's exit from Bavaria was hardly surprising, Brazilian winger Douglas Costa, who had performed well since signing from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2015, was unexpectedly shown the door this summer too, joining the centre-back amongst the Serie A champions' ranks.


6. Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma

FC Porto's Ricardo Quaresma (L) waves to
After a decade with Real Madrid, no-nonsense defender Pepe swapped the Spanish capital for Besiktas, with the Turkish side even using his former teammate at Porto, Ricardo Quaresma,to announce his arrival via social media.

In addition to playing with the eccentric winger for the Portuguese national side, with whom they both helped to emerge victorious at Euro 2016, Pepe will now line up alongside Quaresma week in, week out.

5. Benjamin Mendy and Beranrdo Silva

Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy were not left apart very long - 23 days to be exact - as Manchester City finally ended their long-term pursuit of the latter by announcing his arrival at the Etihad.

A few weeks earlier Mendy's teammate at Monaco, Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva, was also unveiled by the Citizens and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be hoping the pair can produce the same sort of magic as they did last season in the Champions League.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy


Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City - Premier League
A relatively new addition to the highest level of Turkish football, Istanbul Basaksehir have made a statement again this summer, by bringing in high-profile names to a club which was only formed in 1990.

Two of those that came through the doors at the Fatih Terim Stadium are Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy. The duo, who both made their name at Arsenal, are now in the twilight periods of their careers.


3. Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder


Wesley Sneijder of FC Inter Milan (R) an
Both Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder were part of Inter's historic treble-wining season during the 2009/10 campaign, but each one took a rather different path there after, with the Dutchman spending the next five years in Turkey with Galatasaray.

The Italian striker, meanwhile, went back and forth between the Premier League and Serie A before eventually finding salvation with Nice. The bad boy has now been joined in the south of France by Sneijder and will play again together in the Champions League this season.


2. Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante


Leicester City's incredible title in two seasons ago had a lot to do with the hard-working partnership of Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kante in midfield and the latter, who earned the PFA Player of the Year award as a result, was captured by Chelsea for £30m soon after.

The French international proved to be a snip as he played a crucial role in delivering the title to the Blues and his former partner in crime has now followed suit, signing for the Blues for a reported £35m.

1. Dani Alves and Neymar

Undoubtedly the biggest story of the summer, Neymar's record-breaking move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain has countless side stories, one of which is his reunion with former Barca man and international teammate Dani Alves.

Alves, who only arrived in the French capital himself a few weeks before Neymar, spent last season at Juventus and faced off against the 25-year-old superstar in the Champions League final.


Source: 90minutes.com

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