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Newcastle sign French international Cabella

English Premier League club Newcastle United have signed midfielder Remy Cabella from French side Montpellier.

Newcastle sign French international Cabella
Remy Cabella reacts during a match between Montpellier and Bastia on May 10th 2014. Photo: Pascal Guyot/AFP

The 24-year-old, who Newcastle first tried to sign in January, signed a six-year contract with the club for an undisclosed free.

"This is a move that I really wanted to make as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to," said Cabella, who has won one cap for his country.

"I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I'm looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this club my maximum."

Cabella, who joined fresh from being with the France squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil, is manager Alan Pardew's fourth summer acquisition after Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Ayoze Perez.

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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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