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James Maddison delighted to be playing for Leicester again after marking European debut with goal

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James Maddison admits he has missed the magic of playing after he marked his European debut with a goal in Leicester’s 3-0 win over Zorya Luhansk.

Midfielder Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho netted as the Foxes eventually made light work of their Europa League Group G rivals.

Victory helped Leicester recover following surprise defeats to West Ham and Aston Villa in the Premier League.

James Maddison admits he has missed the magic of playing after Leicester beat Zorya Luhansk

James Maddison admits he has missed the magic of playing after Leicester beat Zorya Luhansk

Maddison marked his European debut with the opening goal as the Foxes beat their rivals

Maddison marked his European debut with the opening goal as the Foxes beat their rivals

Maddison is back following a hip injury and he wants to make his mark now this season.

‘It was really good to be out there, when you have an injury it brings back the magic of why you love football,’ said the England international. ‘To be back out starting, pain free and in Europe for the first time is special.

‘It was a different challenge for us, it was a little bit of the unknown but they were a good team.

‘It’s a fantastic night but a little bit bittersweet. I don’t want to take the shine off it myself, it’s a European debut and a goal, I should be happy with it, but I wish my family were up there and we had a full King Power Stadium.

Harvey Barnes (right) and Kelechi Iheanacho (centre) were also on the scoresheet for the hosts

Harvey Barnes (right) and Kelechi Iheanacho (centre) were also on the scoresheet for the hosts

Maddison is back following a hip injury and he wants to make his mark now this season

Maddison is back following a hip injury and he wants to make his mark now this season

‘I’m someone who likes pressure and if there are no fans to do that I’ll do it myself because I know what levels I can get to.’

Zorya were limited but still nearly opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Kasper Schmeichel denied Vladyslav Kabayev after he was left free in the area.

Yet Leicester took control seven minutes later when Barnes’ strike hit the post and, after a scramble, Maddison tapped in his second goal of the season.

Dmytro Ivanisenya lobbed wide after Schmeichel’s poor clearance but Leicester doubled their lead in first-half injury time when Barnes ran through to score.

But the midfielder admitted the shine was taken off his goal as no fans were in the stadium

But the midfielder admitted the shine was taken off his goal as no fans were in the stadium

Iheanacho made it 3-0 in the 67th minute following Ivanisenya’s wretched pass as the Foxes marked their return to European football after a three-year absence with victory.

Zorya boss Viktor Skripnik said: ‘I’d like to congratulate Leicester but our guys played a decent game. We have nothing to feel ashamed about, we haven’t lost anything which can’t be recovered.

‘We have another five games to play so we are hoping to put some points on the board.

Zorya boss Viktor Skripnik said his side had nothing to be ashamed of despite their defeat

Zorya boss Viktor Skripnik said his side had nothing to be ashamed of despite their defeat

‘These kind of games are good experience. The first 30 minutes we were playing really well, before the first goal but then we had some bad moments.

‘There was inconsistency in our game. We didn’t get a result this time but we were playing against a very good team.

‘Not everything is lost and there is everything to gain.’

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Mino Raiola clashes with Simon Jordan on talkSPORT over FIFA 21 image rights row

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Simon Jordan clashed with Mino Raiola over the Fifa 21 image rights row surrounding the super-agent’s client Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The AC Milan striker is considering legal action after he called out FIFPro and the FIFA video game series on Twitter on Monday night as he ordered an investigation into who permitted the game to use his name and face.

Gareth Bale tweeted his support of Ibrahimovic while Raiola claimed in the Telegraph that there are 300 players ready to join the Swedish striker in his fight with EA Sports.

Mino Raiola claims 300 players are ready to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his fight with EA Sports

Mino Raiola claims 300 players are ready to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his fight with EA Sports

Mino Raiola claims 300 players are ready to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his fight with EA Sports

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan said Raiola is interested in claiming commission

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan said Raiola is interested in claiming commission

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan said Raiola is interested in claiming commission

Raiola appeared on talkSport to speak his case on the matter and ended up clashing with former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan.

Raiola was asked by Jordan why he hadn’t done anything before to which the super agent said ‘everything has its right times’.

Jordan responded: ‘No, hold on this is either about stopping Zlatan’s image or it is about money.’

Raiola fired back: ‘It’s all about money it is all about money because it’s not EA Sports, it’s not a charity foundation. I know that for you nothing is about money because you do everything for charity because you’re the nicest guy in the world.

‘This is about money, this is about rights this is about who can exploit who’s rights and it’s a principle, and why we don’t do things before or after is a call that we will make which we don’t need to explain now.’

Jordan commented that if Raiola goes to court ‘on principle’ he would lose to which Raiola sarcastically commented: ‘You’re the best guy in England, not in England, in the world.’ 

The former Crystal Palace owner asked Raiola not to be facetious before commenting: ‘What this is about is someone like you popping up saying we’re missing an opportunity here. And ultimately, I can monetize that and of course I’ll be paid a commission on that.’

Raiola responded: ‘You know what the nice thing is, I don’t give a damn about what your opinion is okay? That’s the thing here. What you think of me is totally meaningless.’

Jordan said that he had no opinion of Raiola and that the super-agent was as ‘troublesome to him as a cloudy day’.

Ibrahimovic claimed 'somebody is making profit on my name and face'

Ibrahimovic claimed 'somebody is making profit on my name and face'

He took issue at his likeness being used on FIFA 21

He took issue at his likeness being used on FIFA 21

Ibrahimovic has led a backlash against the use of his image on the latest FIFA game by EA

Ibrahmiovic’s agent gave one final response before hanging up on Jordan and presenter Jim White.

He said:’You’re not asking me a question you’re inferring that I do these things for a reason. I do these things because very simple, the rights of my players they can’t be touched. Point. 

‘And I think that this talk is now over Jim because you need to give Simon his own program. Invite me as Jim and not as Simon, have a nice day and have fun with Simon there you should have a one-man show bye.’

It’s not the first time the pair have come to heads on TalkSport with Jordan accusing Raiola of ‘creating a culture of division’ between Manchester United and Raiola’s agent Paul Pogba earlier this year. 

Tottenham star Gareth Bale tweeted his support of AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic's row

Tottenham star Gareth Bale tweeted his support of AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic's row

Tottenham star Gareth Bale tweeted his support of AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic’s row

Ibrahimovic threatened a major row with the award-winning and hugely popular FIFA series when he tweeted this week: ‘Who gave FIFA EA Sport permission to use my name and face? @FIFPro? I’m not aware to be a member of FIFPro and if I am I was put there without any real knowledge through some weird manoeuvre. And for sure I never allowed or FIFPro to make money using me.

‘Somebody is making profit on my name and face without any agreement all these years. Time to investigate.’ 

Tottenham star Bale also joined in the questioning, and responded saying: ‘@Ibra_official Interesting… what is FIFPro?#TimeToInvestigate.’

But the developers, EA Sports, insist that the 39-year-old striker’s issue lies with the union which represents around 65,000 players across the world, FIFPro, instead. 

‘The licensing arguments being played out in social media for effect are not an issue for EA or EA Sports. This is between FIFPro, the players within their association, and their representatives,’ the developers told Forbes.

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‘FIFPro has told us this is their issue, and they’re handling it ⁠— we expect a statement to that effect imminently.

‘This isn’t our fight. This isn’t about EA Sports or video games, players or fans. It’s a battle between football agents and FIFPro.’ 

EA claimed that they worked closely with Raiola to help market FIFA 21 by using one of his clients, Erling Haaland. They also say that have ‘enjoyed a great working relationship’ with Ibrahimovic. 

In the summer AC Milan revealed a collaboration with EA Sports meaning gamers can play as the Serie A giants at the San Siro stadium.  

EA Sports have defended their use of player likenesses in the midst of the ongoing row

EA Sports have defended their use of player likenesses in the midst of the ongoing row

EA Sports have defended their use of player likenesses in the midst of the ongoing row

‘We are delighted to welcome EA Sports to the AC Milan family as a Premium Partner. This partnership is symbolic of our commitment to delivering world class interactive experiences to our fans all over the world,’ AC Milan’s chief revenue officer Casper Stylsvig said.

‘As a market leader in the world of gaming, in EA Sports we have the perfect partner to help us continue on our journey of engaging and exciting the next generation of Rossoneri fans.’

Ibrahimovic is yet to respond to EA’s statement. 

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Newbury Winter Carnival: Bet £10 on the first race and get £5 in free bets for the remaining six

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Newbury hosts its Winter Carnival this weekend

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Braga vs Leicester LIVE: Stream FREE, TV channel, team news as Vardy named on BENCH – Europa League latest updates

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LEICESTER face Braga with a place in the Europa League last-32 up for grabs.

Three points will see the Foxes safely through with two games to spare – and they put four past the Primeira Liga side just three weeks ago.

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  • Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Justin, Evans, Fuchs, Albrighton, Choudhury, Praet, Under, Thomas, Barnes, Iheanacho.

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