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Man City’s Mendy pleads not guilty to nine sex offences

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Manchester City and France footballer Benjamin Mendy denied nine sexual offences against six young women as he appeared in court on Monday.

The 27-year-old player stood in the dock at Chester Crown Court and repeated: “Not guilty” as the charges were put to him and he entered pleas for the first time.

The defender denies seven counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of attempted rape, relating to six complainants.

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All the alleged offences are said to have taken place at his home address near Macclesfield, northwest England, between October 2018 and August last year.

Mendy entered his pleas during a hearing on Monday ahead of his trial, scheduled to begin later this year.

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He will go before a jury on July 25 along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who also entered not guilty pleas to all charges.

Matturie denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, relating to eight young women. His alleged offences span from July 2012 to August last year.

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After both defendants entered their pleas, the hearing went into private session with press excluded from the courtroom.

Mendy joined Premier League champions City from French club Monaco in 2017. He has played 75 times for the club but his playing time has been limited by injuries and a loss of form.

The last of his 10 caps for France came in November 2019, after the defender won the World Cup in 2018.

Mendy was suspended by City after being charged by police.

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What to Expect in the 2022 World Cup

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As the 2022 World Cup will be the first to not be held in May, June, or July, we still have a few months to wait until it officially begins. Taking place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December, this will be the 22nd edition of the tournament. While Africa will have only five nations playing among the 32 teams, it’s still a fun event that gets people from every country excited even if they’re not passionate football fans. So, which teams are participating, and who has the highest chances of winning the title? Keep on reading for some fun predictions and information about the upcoming tournament.

Which teams have the highest chances according to predictions?

Let’s start by noting that this will be the last World Cup to involve 32 teams as the 2026 tournament will have 48 teams. Moreover, only 29 of the 32 teams are currently known, as the three final squads will earn their place during the playoffs in the summer. The upcoming matches between Costa Rica and New Zealand, Ukraine and Wales, and UAE or Australia and Peru will determine who will travel to Qatar.

Seeing as how many bettors from Africa are impatiently waiting for the tournament to start, they are also looking for predictions and useful tips for making the best betting decisions. With that in mind, let’s go over the current favorites.

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For starters, Brazil is in the top spot according to many experts. Their team is full of amazing players, such as Neymar, Fabinho, Casemiro, and Vinicius Junior. Plus, they are the most successful team in the history of the tournament with five titles, while they also went unbeaten for 17 games during the CONMEBOL qualifying. On the other hand, they didn’t win the title since 2002 and lost Copa America to Argentina, on home soil.

Then, the defending champions – France – are also thought to have a high chance of lifting the trophy. If they do, they will be the first nation to manage to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in ’58 and ‘62. France will probably have some of the most dangerous forwards on their side, as Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema are both expected to play.

Other favored countries include England, Spain, and Germany, which are all within the top 15 countries on the FIFA Men’s World Ranking. Argentina is also ranked relatively high, with similar chances as Germany. On the other hand, nations like Qatar, Tunisia, and South Korea are more towards the bottom, but we all know that underdogs shouldn’t be disregarded either.

ALSO READ:- World Cup 2022 Fixtures, Date and kick-off times in Qatar

The groups, schedule, and stadiums

If you prefer making your own predictions according to the extensive knowledge of the game that you have, you should know more about the draw and which groups are the most difficult to get through in order to reach the Round of 16. Here are the 2022 World Cup groups:

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Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

Group B: England, Iran, USA, winner of Wales vs. Ukraine

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D: France, IC play-off 1 (either Australia, UAE, or Peru), Denmark, Tunisia

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Group E: Spain, IC play-off 2 (Costa Rica or New Zealand), Germany, Japan

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

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The group matches will start on 21 November, with four being played each day at 13:00, 16:00, 19:00, and 22:00 during the first two rounds while the last round will have simultaneous kick-offs at 18:00 and 22:00. The latter schedule will also be used for the knockout stage of the tournament. The third-place match is scheduled for 17 December at 18:00 and the final will take place on 18 December also at 18:00.

This is the first World Cup to take place in the Arab world and the first in a country that is predominantly Muslim. Due to the climate, the event was moved from the summer to the November/December slot. Moreover, the stadiums where the matches will be played are to be equipped with cooling systems that should reduce the temperature by up to 20 °C.

The tournament will be played at eight stadiums across Qatar. These are: Lusail Iconic Stadium (capacity of 80,000), Al Bayt Stadium (65,000), Stadium 974 (40,000), Al Thumama Stadium (40,000), Education City Stadium (45,350), Ahmad bin Ali Stadium (44,740), Khalifa International Stadium (40,000), and Al Janoub Stadium (40,000).

The match for the third place will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium while the final will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium.

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Are you eagerly waiting for the World Cup to start? Who is your favorite?

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Why Ronaldo to miss Portugal Nations League trip to Switzerland

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Why Ronaldo to miss Portugal Nations League trip to Switzerland: Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho and Raphael Guerreiro will all miss Portugal’s Nations League match against Switzerland this weekend, coach Fernando Santos announced on Saturday.

The trio have been excused the journey to Geneva on “management” grounds rather than injury.

“It’s not about physical problems, it’s a question of management,” said Santos during a press conference in Lisbon.

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“It wouldn’t make sense to travel to Switzerland with 26 players, when we can only have 23 on the bench,” he added without further details.

Ronaldo, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, did not take part in the final training session before the squad took off for Geneva.

Portugal face Switzerland on Sunday to stay top of Group 2 in League A of the Nations League.

After a 1-1 draw in Seville with Spain and two wins in Lisbon over Switzerland, in which Ronaldo scored twice, and the Czech Republic, Portugal have seven points, two ahead of the Spanish.

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World Cup 2022 Fixtures, Date and kick-off times in Qatar

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World Cup 2022 – 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials has been appointed for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar per FIFA report

FIFA World Cup 2022  is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and it will be the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 tournament was held in South Korea and Japan. In addition, the tournament will be the last to involve 32 teams, with an increase to 48 teams scheduled for the 2026 tournament in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Recall that the defending World Cup 2022 Champions is France.

World Cup 2022 – England’s World Cup opening game with Iran will take place on Monday November 21; Three Lions’ clash with USA will be on Friday November 25; final group game against Scotland, Wales or Ukraine will be on Tuesday November 29; World Cup final is at 6pm (UK time) on December 18.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 – When and where is the  World Cup 2022 ?

World Cup 2022 is taking place in Qatar in the winter months rather than the usual summer ones, due to the heat.

FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament kicks off on Monday November 21 at the Al Thumama Stadium when Senegal take on the Netherlands in Group A, with England vs Iran being the second game of the tournament in Al Rayyan. That game is followed by hosts Qatar against Ecuador at the Al Bayt Stadium.

World Cup 2022 – The tournament kicks off on Monday November 21 at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor with a match that will feature the host country against Ecuador.

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England will also play on the opening day when they take on Iran. Gareth Southgate’s team will then finish Group B with games against the USA on Friday November 25 and versus either Scotland, Wales or Ukraine on Tuesday November 29.

World Cup 2022 knock-out stage begins on Saturday December 3.

The final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha a week before Christmas on Sunday December 18.

FIFA World Cup 2022 – What is the World Cup 2022 format and schedule?

The 2022 World Cup will feature 32 teams in eight groups of four.

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Report says that Four matches will be played each day during the group stage, which will run over a 12-day period and see winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16.

Matches will only be assigned to particular venues after the finals draw, so organisers can choose optimal kick-off times to suit television audiences in different countries, as well as supporters out in Qatar.

Unlike at Euro 2020, there will be a third-place play-off game on December 17.

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Group Stage

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World Cup 2022 fixtures

Monday November 21

Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10am)
Group B: England vs Iran (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group A: Qatar vs Ecuador (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group B: USA vs Scotland/Wales/Ukraine (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday November 22

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 10am)
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group CMexico vs Poland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group D: France vs UAE/Australia/Peru (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 7pm)

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Wednesday November 23

Group F: Morocco vs Croatia (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 10am)
Group E: Germany vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica/New Zealand (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 4pm)
Group F: Belgium vs Canada (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Thursday November 24

Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

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Friday November 25

Group B: Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs Iran (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group ANetherlands vs Ecuador (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)

Group B: England vs USA (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Saturday November 26

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Group C: Tunisia vs UAE/Australia/Peru (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group CPoland vs Saudi Arabia (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group D: France vs Denmark (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday November 27

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica/New Zealand (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 10am)
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 1pm)
Group F: Croatia vs Canada (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 4pm)
Group E: Spain vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Monday November 28

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Group GCameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 10am)
Group G: South Korea vs Ghana (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 1pm)
Group H: Brazil vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 4pm)
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday November 29

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group B: Scotland/Wales/Ukraine vs England (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)
Group B: Iran vs USA (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday November 30

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Group D: UAE/Australia/Peru vs Denmark (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group D: Tunisia vs France (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group C: Poland vs Argentina (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Thursday December 1

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group F: Canada vs Morocco (Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 3pm)
Group E: Costa Rica/New Zealand vs Germany (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)
Group E: Japan vs Spain (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

World Cup 2022 Friday, December 2

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Group G: South Korea vs Portugal (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
Group G
: Ghana vs Uruguay (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
Group H: Serbia vs Switzerland (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)
Group H:
 Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Round of 16

Saturday December 3
49 – Winners of Group A vs. Runners-up of Group B (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
50 – Winners of Group C vs. Runners-up of Group D (Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 7pm)

Sunday December 4
52 – Winners of Group D vs. Runners-up of Group C (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3pm)
51 – Winners of Group B vs. Runners-up of Group A (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

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Monday December 5
53 – Winners of Group E vs. Runners-up of Group F (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 3pm)
54 – Winners of Group G vs. Runners-up of Group H (Stadium 974, Doha; kick-off 7pm)

Tuesday December 6
55 – Winners of Group F vs. Runners-up of Group E (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
56 – Winners of Group H vs. Runners-up of Group G (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

World Cup 2022 Quarter-finals

Friday December 9
58 – Winners of 53 vs. Winners of 54 (Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)
57 – Winners of 49 vs. Winners of 50 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; 3pm)

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Saturday December 10
60 – Winners of 55 vs. Winners of 56 (Al Thumama Stadium, Doha; kick-off 3pm)
59 – Winners of 51 vs. Winners of 52 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

World Cup 2022 Semi-finals

Tuesday December 13
61 – Winners of 57 vs. Winners of 58 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 7pm)

Wednesday December 14
62 – Winners of 59 vs. Winners of 60 (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor; kick-off 7pm)

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Third-place play-off

World Cup 2022 – Saturday December 17

63 – Losers of 61 vs. Losers of 62 (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan; kick-off 3pm)

World Cup 2022 Final

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FIFA World Cup 2022 Final on Sunday December 18
64 – Winners of 61 vs. Winners of 62 (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 3pm

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