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Nice's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the French L 1 football match between Toulouse FC and OGC Nice at Stadium TFC, in Toulouse, southwestern France on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)

Nice's Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the French L 1 football match between Toulouse FC and OGC Nice at Stadium TFC, in Toulouse, southwestern France on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)
Nice’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the French L 1 football match between Toulouse FC and OGC Nice at Stadium TFC, in Toulouse, southwestern France on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP) (Photo by LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)

Last week, Juventus finally confirmed that Aaron Ramsey was no longer one of their players after an agreement was struck to mutually terminate his contract.

The 31-year-old then signed a deal with OGC Nice.

Aaron Ramsey signs for OGC Nice [via OGC Nice]
Aaron Ramsey signs for OGC Nice [via OGC Nice]

Ramsey was named on the bench for Nice’s game at Toulouse on Sunday afternoon. With his side 1-0 down to a 20th minute Thijs Dallinga goal, Ramsey was brought on in the 77th minute.

In the 78th, he scored to draw things level.

The Old Lady apparently payed Rambo £3.4m in an agreement to rip up the final year of his deal to get his £400kpw wages off their books.

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Nottingham Forest were believed the favourites to sign him this summer on a free transfer but, much to the surprise of everybody in the media, Ramsey penned a deal with OGC Nice in Ligue 1, instead.

He will no doubt be hopeful of enjoying his football a bit more after his disappointing spells in Italy and Scotland, and things couldn’t have gotten off to a better start.

Aaron Ramsey signs for OGC Nice [via OGC Nice]
Aaron Ramsey signs for OGC Nice [via OGC Nice]

Juventus tried to get Ramsey to leave the club almost from the minute they signed him on a free from Arsenal and agreed to pay him astronomical wages.

As we reported in June, the Old Lady gave up hopes of being able to find a buyer for the Welshman, while Rangers were not interested in turning his short-term loan deal from the second half of 21/22 into a permanent deal.

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At the end of that month, the Daily Record stated that Juventus would pay Ramsey £3.5m to leave the club. Now, The S*n then reported that a £3.4m package has been agreed.

A few clubs had expressed interest in signing Ramsey.

Cardiff City were said to be keen to re-sign the player they sold as a youngster to Arsenal.

A move to Turkish side, Fatih Karagumruk, where Ramsey would have reunited with Andre Pirlo, reportedly fell through.

Burnley, Everton, Palace, West Ham, Leeds and Southampton have also been listed as possible destinations, along with a move to the MLS.

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Then, it looked like he might end up signing for newly-promoted Nottingham Forest who were the clear favourites for his signature before Nice announced his arrival last Monday.

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Arsenal loanee keeps his 4th clean sheet

Arthur Okonkwo saving a penalty for Arsenal against Plymouth Argyle (Photo via Arete on Twitter)Crewe Alexandra came out on top against Kevin Betsy’s Crawley Town on Saturday, with the former Arsenal academy coach unable to find a way past his old goalkeeper, Arthur Okonkwo.
Okonkwo kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 1-0 win, making it nine goals conceded in nine games.
It’s a very solid start for the young Gunner, who celebrated his 21st birthday earlier this month.
Just as encouraging as his performances is the fact Okonkwo has been featuring so consistently so far. The goalkeeper is yet to miss a minute of his side’s League Two campaign.
Arsenal goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo warming up before the UEFA Europa League match at Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal. Copyright: Focus ImagesGoalkeeper loans can be a bit hit and miss, as it’s often hard to break in if you don’t make the starting lineup immediately.
Conversely, if you can nail down your place in the early stages of the loan, it sets you up well to play regularly all year.
So far, it doesn’t appear that Okonkwo is going to have much trouble earning minutes with Crewe.

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Referee gets life ban for holding VAR review on fan’s mobile phone

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Serbian referee Stefan Lazovic who used footage on a fan’s mobile phone for VAR review to overturn an offside decision has been banned for life.

Lazovic went viral after pictures emerged of his VAR check in one of Serbia’s lower-tier competitions earlier this week.

He had originally ruled out a goal for offside before studying the spectator’s video, eventually deciding that the player was in fact onside.

And the Sun reports that Serbian chiefs were not impressed by the decision and have since stripped Lazovic of his duties.

Lazovic’s alleged dismissal sparked outrage on social media, as fans stood in support of the referee.

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Former Manchester United and Chelsea star Nemanja Matic commented on an Instagram post supporting Lazovic with a two raised hands emoji.

The original comment written by ftbl.serbia read: “Support for Stefan Lazovic! Why should only he suffer, why such a rigorous sentence, why a lifetime ban from trial?

“How is it possible that there is no penalty for the delegate and all other authorities from the responsible FS of that district?

“How could the match be allowed to be played without one assistant referee?! Who is responsible here? Why does Stefan’s spear break?

“At the end of the day, the fact that he watched the video and changed the decision, just shows that he wanted everything to be FAIR!

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“He talks about the fact that he was not a slave to his vanity, but he admitted and corrected his mistake.

“Well, this video went around the world and now millions of people have heard about the ‘over there’ football clubs Popovic and Apollon, as well as the village of Vrnjci!

“In short, we appeal to the judges’ organisation and the competent authorities – now you CHANGE the decision! Let the VAR system work for you too and cancel the penalty. Correct the ERROR!

“SUPPORT FOR STEFAN LAZOVIC!”

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Dani Alves claims European football ‘full of racists’ after Vinicius Jnr slur

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Dani Alves, admitted in an interview with 'The Guardian' that he did not like the way Barcelona handled his farewell. Nor does he believe that the treatment of other legends, leaving him aside, has been appropriate. Even so, he feels grateful to Joan Laporta and Xavi Hernandez.

Dani Alves has claimed that the European football is “full of racists” as he responded to the racist abuse Vinicius Jnr was targeted with in Spain.

Real Madrid’s 22-year-old forward was targeted with a racist slur by agent Pedro Bravo, who said during an El Chiringuito discussion of the Brazil international that “in Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey”.

Following a backlash alleging that this was a racist stereotype, Bravo has subsequently apologised on social media by claiming that he misused a metaphor. It has opened a discussion across Spain and further afield of the language and attitude applied towards footballers with racial undertones.

Vinicius Junior has vowed to keep his goal dancing celebrations as they show “the happiness of a black Brazilian in Europe”, with his celebrations similar to those of his fellow Brazilian stars over the years – including international teammate Neymar.

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Indeed, the Paris Saint-Germain star took to Twitter to defend his Vinicius: “Dribble, dance and be you! Happy just the way you are. Go for it my boy, next goal we dance.” Meanwhile, Brazil legend Pele added: “Football is joy. It’s a dance. It’s a real party. Although racism still exists, we will not allow that to stop us from continuing to smile.”

However, Alves has now gone further in his reaction to the fallout from Bravo’s comments in Spain by hitting out at the culture within European football. The right-back – who is currently playing for Mexican club Pumas having joined from Barcelona earlier this year – has stated that he experienced elements of racism everywhere he went on the continent.

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Alves wrote on Twitter: “It is serious that there are idiots who continue to think that the dances are the problem. Gentlemen, the real problem is that Europe is full of RACISTs and they do not accept that other nationalities stand out in their country more than they do. I experienced that in almost every place there.”

A statement from Real Madrid added that they condemned “regrettable and unfortunate comments made against our player” and would take legal action against anyone making racist comments towards members of their squad. The Brazilian Football Federation called for “dancing, dribbling and above all respect” in a statement of solidarity.

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Brazil’s legendary striker Ronaldo, formerly of Real Madrid, joined in the condemnation of the abuse directed at Vinicius: “Your dances do not disrespect anyone, racism does: it disrespects, excludes, hurts and kills.”

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