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Ancelotti denies move talks with Real Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti moved Saturday to deny reports in Friday's Le Parisien newspaper he had told French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint Germain he would be leaving his post at the end of the season.

Ancelotti denies move talks with Real Madrid
PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti. File photo: Franck Fife/AFP

The 53-year-old Italian – who has been at PSG since January 2012 – also denied he had held talks with other clubs such as Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Ancelotti – a Champions League winner both as player and then coach with AC Milan – has been allowed to spend freely by the clubs' Qatari owners.

Apart from taking them to within sight of their first Ligue 1 title since the 1993/94 season they also reached the Champions League quarter-finals – where they were narrowly beaten by Barcelona – and the French Cup quarter-finals, beaten by Evian on penalties, this season.

"I will take my decision after having spoken with the club when the title has been won," he told reporters Saturday.

"However, we have not spoken yet about the matter. We have time. It is not true that I told the club that I want to leave PSG."

Ancelotti was reported by Le Parisien to have told PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi on Wednesday of his desire to leave while sports daily L'Equipe claimed he was very close to signing terms with Real Madrid, who look certain to dispense with the services of Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.

"The press has talked about Real Madrid and other clubs, but I haven't spoken to anyone at another team," he said. "That is because I want to be transparent with the club for whom I work."

"It is a choice I alone must make, and it is not an easy one, but I am calm about it, serene even. I have a contract, therefore my hands are tied, as I have to take into account I am contracted till June 2014."

"I spoke to the players yesterday  (Friday) because of all the rumours, but there is no hard news. I already told them before: I want to finish the championship as agreed with the club and we will speak afterwards so we can come to a decision."

PSG are presently nine points clear of Marseille with five matches remaining and are away at their French Cup conquerors Evian on Sunday.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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