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LEEDS UNITED are still in the hunt for transfers ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.

The Whites have reportedly made a £25m bid for Daniel James with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to sell, and are also looking at signing Todd Cantwell.

Stay up to date with all the latest from Elland Road below…

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Christian Coleman OUT of next year’s Tokyo Olympics as world’s fastest man receives two-year suspension

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ATHLETICS superstar Christian Coleman will MISS next summer’s Tokyo Olympics after he was handed a two-year ban for missing drugs tests.

In a damaging day for the sport, the world’s fastest man is ineligible to compete in track-and-field events until May 13, 2022, meaning he will not take part in the rescheduled Games in Japan.

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Christian Coleman will MISS the Tokyo Olympics after a two-year ban was upheldCredit: AP:Associated Press

Coleman’s agent, Emanuel Hudson of HSInternational Sports Management, said: “The decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal established under the World Athletics rules is unfortunate and will be immediately appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Mr Coleman has nothing further to say until such time as the matter can be heard in the Court of jurisdiction.”

The Atlanta-born athlete has a history of missing tests, having escaped a ban on a technicality in 2019 before winning gold at the Doha Athletics World Championships.

The AIU charged Coleman, 24, in June 2020 for three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period.

One related to a missed test on January 16, 2019, which he did not contest. But Coleman did dispute the filing failure on April 26, 2019 and the missed test on December 9, 2019.

For the first one, it was claimed the athlete only updated his whereabouts information – he was training in the State of Iowa – after a doping officer attended his home residence in Lexington, Kentucky, and then called his mobile.

Last December, two drug-busters reportedly “rang the bell and knocked loudly” on Coleman’s apartment door for over an hour – while the runner was out Christmas shopping nearby.

The AIU rejected Coleman’s “impossible” explanation of events that he had returned home briefly during the allocated one-hour time period, ate a purchased chipotle, watched the start of a Monday night NFL game, and then went out again.

The AIU say receipts showing he had bought 16 items from Walmart disproved his claims he had popped home.

At the time of his provisional suspension, Coleman had complained that the AIU’s doping control officers had not called him on that night weeks before Christmas.

The AIU said in its judgement that doping control officers were not required to phone athletes.

The AIU report said: “The consequences for athletes who are subject to three missed tests are draconian.

“But rather than learn from his experience with USADA, the athlete’s attitude to his obligations can fairly be described as entirely careless, perhaps even reckless.

“We understand that it is very difficult for a young man, blessed with the prodigious talent which the athlete obviously has, to find himself suddenly at the centre of the public gaze.

“But success of this nature, and the financial rewards that follow, also give rise to responsibilities that must be taken seriously and observed.”

Coleman, who maintains his innonence, has never failed a drugs test and the report added that there is no evidence that he has doped during his career.

It added: “For the avoidance of doubt, there is no suggestion that the athlete has ever taken any prohibited substance and we wish to make that clear at the outset.”

According to emails sent by his lawyer to USA Today, it is understood Coleman will appeal the ban imposed by the Athletics Integrity Unit through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

But unless he wins that case he will sit out the Olympics next summer, opening the door for a potential British runner to win a medal.

Christian Coleman wins mens 100m final at the World Athletics Championships with a time of 9.76 seconds

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Jurgen Klopp admits Fabinho’s hamstring injury does ‘not look good’ after Brazilian hobbles off

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is facing a defensive crisis after makeshift centre back Fabinho worryingly hobbled off with a hamstring injury in the first-half against Midtjylland on Tuesday night. 

The Brazilian, who was filling in at centre back alongside Joe Gomez following Virgil van Dijk‘s season-ending ACL injury, pulled up after 27 minutes while running back towards his own goal. 

Concern amongst the Liverpool players on the pitch was palpable straight away and Fabinho limped off, replaced by 19-year-old Rhys Williams. 

Fabinho went down with an injury in the 27th minute and immediately felt his right hamstring

Fabinho went down with an injury in the 27th minute and immediately felt his right hamstring

Fabinho went down with an injury in the 27th minute and immediately felt his right hamstring

The Brazilian was substituted, presenting another concerning defensive issue for Jurgen Klopp

The Brazilian was substituted, presenting another concerning defensive issue for Jurgen Klopp

The Brazilian was substituted, presenting another concerning defensive issue for Jurgen Klopp

With Joel Matip also not currently match-fit, it leaves just Gomez as Klopp’s only fit senior option at centre back.  

Manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game: ‘Exactly the last thing we needed! I don’t know… I know he felt a hamstring and that’s not good .

‘[He] didn’t feel it that much, [he] said he could have played on but no sprints anymore which doesn’t help in that position obviously.

‘We will see, a scan and we’ll know more but of course – it’s not good.’

Speaking to BT Sport at half-time, former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch admitted the injury was a ‘huge blow’ to Klopp and his team. 

The Brazilian seemed incredibly downbeat after coming off in the 30th minute on Tuesday

The Brazilian seemed incredibly downbeat after coming off in the 30th minute on Tuesday

The Brazilian seemed incredibly downbeat after coming off in the 30th minute on Tuesday

‘Yeah this is huge, Fabinho’s been a fantastic replacement, looks like a hamstring…’ Crouch said. 

‘Really disappointing, huge blow for Liverpool – you just hope to God that it’s not long-term.’

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, who left the club in the summer for Brighton, added: ‘Typical, it happens when a big centre half is missing and then another one like that.

The 19-year-old defender Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League contest

The 19-year-old defender Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League contest

The 19-year-old defender Rhys Williams replaced Fabinho in the Champions League contest

‘Hopefully it’s minor and it’s another test for the group and I think the young lad [Williams] has done well coming on, off the bench.’ 

The cause for concern with Fabinho follows Van Dijk’s injury in the Merseyside Derby against Everton, after he was clattered by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. 

The Dutchman requires surgery on his knee and after Dejan Lovren was sold to Zenit St Petersburg in the summer, Klopp now finds himself short in central defence ahead of the game against West Ham on Saturday.  

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Outgoing Barcelona chief Josep Bartomeu gives Catalans’ approval to the European Super League

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu announced his resignation from the club on Tuesday night but claimed to have ratified the club’s participation in a European Super League before he quit.

The Catalans are one of several European clubs who would likely become part of the new competition, which is threatening to replace the Champions League in the coming years.

And Bartomeu confirmed that one of his final actions as president of the LaLiga club was to given the all-clear from Barcelona towards the new idea. 

Josep Bartomeu gave Barcelona's approval for the European Super League before resigning

Josep Bartomeu gave Barcelona's approval for the European Super League before resigning

Josep Bartomeu gave Barcelona’s approval for the European Super League before resigning

The outgoing president stood down from his position on Tuesday after an emergency meeting

The outgoing president stood down from his position on Tuesday after an emergency meeting

The outgoing president stood down from his position on Tuesday after an emergency meeting

‘Yesterday at the board meeting I approved the requirements [for the club] to be part of a European Super League,’ said Bartomeu in his resignation news conference.

‘The European Club Super League will guarantee sustainability to the club and ensure it continues to belong to the members,’ added the out-going president who finally brought down the curtain on a tumultuous reign that almost culminated this summer in the departure of a disgruntled Lionel Messi.

Of Bartomeu’s European Super League boast, La Liga president Javier Tebas tweeted: ‘Unfortunate that Bartomeu announced on his last day the participation in a phantom competition, which would be the ruin of Barcelona, ratifying his ignorance in the football industry.’

LaLiga president Javier Tebas (above) was unimpressed by Bartomeu's actions on Tuesday

LaLiga president Javier Tebas (above) was unimpressed by Bartomeu's actions on Tuesday

LaLiga president Javier Tebas (above) was unimpressed by Bartomeu’s actions on Tuesday

Bartomeu has already been dubbed the ‘worst president in Barcelona’s history’ by media in Spain. The club will now hold elections to vote in his successor.

‘I am appearing before you to communicate my resignation and that of the rest of the board of directors,’ Bartomeu said at 20.45 local time just as Champions League matches were about to start around Europe. He then spoke for 35 minutes without accepting questions.

The European Super League competition is expected to involve between 16 and 18 teams, and will be played at midweek during the normal European club season.

Barcelona are one of several top European teams who could be part of the new Super League

Barcelona are one of several top European teams who could be part of the new Super League

Barcelona are one of several top European teams who could be part of the new Super League

It would start as a typical league campaign before the top-performing teams would enter a knockout competition to crown a champion.

Relegation could form part of the new league, and it is believed that some ideas from an earlier iteration could be adopted within this new proposal.

UEFA have already shown their disapproval towards the new tournament, claiming last week: ‘The principles of solidarity, of promotion, relegation and open leagues are non-negotiable. 

‘It is what makes European football work and the Champions League the best sports competition in the world. 

UEFA and the clubs are committed to build on such strength not to destroy it to create a super league of 10, 12, even 24 clubs, which would inevitably become boring.’ 

UEFA have already stated their disapproval towards the European Super League idea

UEFA have already stated their disapproval towards the European Super League idea

UEFA have already stated their disapproval towards the European Super League idea

Bartomeu was vice-president in January 2014 when Sandro Rosell resigned and he replaced him as president. 

He then won an election in 2015 after the team won the treble. But that was the last time Barcelona achieved success in Europe and off the field the club have stumbled from one disaster to another.

A recent vote of no-confidence had amassed over 20,000 signatures from club members and a referendum was due to take place at the start of November to oust him.  

That will now not be necessary as the club move into a new era, first under the stewardship of temporary president Carles Tusquets who is obliged to call elections within the next three months.

Bartomeu was facing a vote of no confidence at Barcelona before his resignation this week

Bartomeu was facing a vote of no confidence at Barcelona before his resignation this week

Bartomeu was facing a vote of no confidence at Barcelona before his resignation this week

Bartomeu’s last week in charge was as chaotic as most of his final year. On Monday he had insisted: ‘there is no reason to present my resignation. It is not a good idea to leave the club in the hands of an administrator.’

With local governement giving the go-ahead for the referendum to vote him out he had little choice but to walk.

Messi will claim an assist. When he almost quit for Manchester City seven weeks ago he said: ‘The the truth is that there has been no clear project here for a long time, they juggle and plug holes with no real plan.’

Bartomeu had many controversies at Barcelona this year, which nearly saw Lionel Messi leave

Bartomeu had many controversies at Barcelona this year, which nearly saw Lionel Messi leave

Bartomeu had many controversies at Barcelona this year, which nearly saw Lionel Messi leave

Just as scathing of the board was Gerard Pique who said in a recent interview: ‘I find it incredible that the club has spent money on criticising not just people outside the club but players still playing here.’

That was a reference to the club hiring I3 Ventures, a social media firm contracted to monitor presence online, but later linked to social media accounts that carried negative stories about figures at the club. 

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