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TOPSHOT - Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022.(Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT - Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022.(Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT – Lyon’s French forward Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

Prior to Lyon’s first game of the season, there had been reports of a falling out between Alexandre Lacazette and his new manager, Peter Bosz (more on that below) but if there is a problem, it wasn’t on show on Friday night.

Like Arsenal, Lyon kicked off the return of Ligue 1 on Friday night, welcoming newly promoted side AC Ajaccio to  the Groupama Stadium.

Lacazette was named in the starting lineup and helped assist his side after just 12 minutes, when Tete out them one up.

His goal came from the penalty spot just 10 minutes later in a game that also saw Lacazette booked while both sides had a player sent off.

Lyon's French forward Alexandre Lacazette kicks to score his team's second goal on a penalty during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)
Lyon’s French forward Alexandre Lacazette kicks to score his team’s second goal on a penalty during the French Ligue 1 football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and Ajaccio at The Groupama Stadium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France, on August 5, 2022. (Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP via Getty Images)

July 28 2022

Alexandre Lacazette has denied he is having issues with the Lyon boss, Peter Bosz, but there does seem to be something going on.

Lyon's Dutch coach Peter Bosz answers to journalists' questions during a press conference at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central eastern France, on April 13, 2022, on the eve of the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and West Ham United. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)
Lyon’s Dutch coach Peter Bosz answers to journalists’ questions during a press conference at the Groupama stadium in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, central eastern France, on April 13, 2022, on the eve of the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg football match between Olympique Lyonnais (OL) and West Ham United. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP) (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Alexandre Lacazette was delighted to return home to Lyon and scored just minutes into his debut friendly for the club.

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After that first game, however, Lyon’s manager Peter Bosz said of Lacazette, “I saw an intelligent centre-forward, who fortunately scored very quickly.

“So, that’s already good for him. Of course, compared to the game of his teammates, he will have to learn.

“But he’s a good player.”

Nothing quite like your new boss damning you with faint praise.

Then, on a training camp in the Netherlands ahead of a pre-season friendly against Feyenoord, Lacazette was attacked by wasps, receiving 12 stings.

Now, there are reports that he has had something of a falling out with Bosz at halftime during that match, an allegation than the former Arsenal man denies.

Foot Mercato report, via Get France Football News, that “a tactical disagreement between Peter Bosz and Alexandre Lacazette (31) has led to a confrontation between the pair.”

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The allegations claim that Bosz had asked Lacazette to play in a certain position but the forward did not do as asked.

GFFN report that Lacazette had the backing of his teammates some of whom apparently “neither understand all of Bosz’s instructions nor his game plan”.

Wearing the 91, Lacazette scored a great goal in the first half of the match, before the alleged argument.

While the alleged disagreement was not said to be ‘over the top’ is is described as not ‘trivial’.

Lacazette, however, denies there is a problem, speaking in true 21st century language by using three Pinocchio emojis.

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Lacazette still hasn’t been given an official shirt number at Lyon as he waits to see if the 9 or 10 become available.

The 9 is currently on the back of Moussa Demeble while the 10 is worn by reported Arsenal target, Lucas Paqueta.

Source: Daily Cannon

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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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