Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno | Returning Spain coach Luis Enrique has said he decided to part ways with his former assistant coach and successor Robert Moreno because the coach want

Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno

Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno

Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno

Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno

Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno

Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno
Football: Luis Enrique took decision to sack 'disloyal' Moreno
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MADRID: Returning Spain coach Luis Enrique has said he decided to part ways with his former assistant coach and successor Robert Moreno because the coach wanted to take charge of the team at Euro 2020 before letting him return.

Luis Enrique resigned from the role in June to spend more time with his daughter Xana after she was diagnosed with cancer, later passing away in August aged nine.

His long-time assistant Moreno succeeded him and helped Spain qualify for Euro 2020 as group winners but had an unceremonious end to his short time as coach and left the role after Spain's 5-0 win over Romania on Nov. 18.

Moreno declined to give a news conference after that match as confusion reigned but the following day it was confirmed Luis Enrique was to return as the team's head coach.

"The only person responsible for Robert Moreno not being in my coaching staff is me," Luis Enrique told a news conference at his unveiling as Spain coach on Wednesday.

"He came to see me in my house and told me he wanted to lead the team at Euro 2020 and afterwards he would be happy to be my assistant coach again.

"I understand that he has worked very hard to be the coach and that he is ambitious - but for me that is disloyal. I would never do something like that and I don't want someone with those characteristics in my staff."

Moreno first worked alongside Luis Enrique at Barcelona's B team and followed him to AS Roma, Celta Vigo and back to Barca, later joining his coaching staff when he landed the Spain job in July 2018.

"I understand his decision but cannot agree with it and told him I didn't want him as my assistant and that I felt strong," added Luis Enrique.

"Ambition is to be encouraged but excessive ambition is a defect, not a virtue."

The former Barcelona coach said he did not inform the Spanish national federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales of his intention to return to the role but he and sporting director Jose Francisco Molina offered him the chance to come back.

"This has not been a good year for me but I want to look forward and I want to pay back the faith that has been shown in me," he added.

Football: Real's Hazard has bruised ankle, should make 'Clasico'

Football: Real's Hazard has bruised ankle, should make 'Clasico'

MADRID: Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard is set to be fit for the 'Clasico' against Liga leaders Barcelona after tests showed he had bruised but not twisted his ankle as first feared.

Hazard was one of Real's top performers in Tuesday's 2-2 Champions League draw at home to Paris St Germain but hobbled off after being tackled by Belgium team mate Thomas Meunier.

The 28-year-old was substituted midway through the second half and Real coach Zinedine Zidane said he was worried about the injury and thought Hazard had twisted his ankle, throwing his availability for the Dec 18 'Clasico' into doubt.

Real's concerns were eased by the medical report released by the club on Wednesday, which stated Hazard had a bruised right ankle although it did not say how long he would be sidelined.

Newspaper Marca said the €100 million (£86 million) player was set to miss the trip to Alaves on Saturday but would be back for Real's following game at home to Espanyol on Dec 8.

Real are second in La Liga, level with Barca on 28 points after 13 games and visit their rivals at the Camp Nou next month after the fixture was rescheduled from Oct 26 over security concerns following political unrest in Barcelona.

Pope names new financial regulator following police raid

Pope names new financial regulator following police raid

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, moving quickly to fill a top financial position left vacant by an ongoing scandal, on Wednesday (Nov 27) named a senior official from the Bank of Italy to head the Vatican's financial regulator.

The Vatican said Carmelo Barbagallo, the former head of supervision at the Italian central bank, would succeed Swiss lawyer Rene Bruelhart to lead the Financial Information Authority (AIF).

Bruelhart left last week after five years in the job when the pope did not renew his mandate. His departure followed an unprecedented raid by Vatican police on Oct 1 at the offices of the AIF and the Secretariat of State that has stunned the Vatican.

The police were executing a search warrant by a Vatican magistrate investigating suspected corruption in the purchase of a building in London by the Secretariat of State, which is the key department in the Holy See's central administration.

Five Vatican employees were suspended after the Oct 1 raids, including AIF director Tommaso di Ruzza.

Domenico Giani, Vatican security chief and the pope's bodyguard, resigned later over the leak of a document related to the investigation.

Football: Italy's Barella undergoes successful knee surgery

Football: Italy's Barella undergoes successful knee surgery

MILAN: Inter Milan's Italy international Nicolo Barella has undergone successful surgery on his right knee, the club confirmed on Tusday (Nov 27).

Midfielder Barella said he "felt the knee go click," as he was forced off during Saturday's 3-0 win under heavy rain at Torino.

"Barella this morning (underwent) keyhole surgery on his right knee to remove cartilage fragment from his kneecap," Inter Milan said in a statement.

"The operation was a perfect success and the player will begin rehabilitation treatment in the coming days."

The 22-year-old former Cagliari player, who has scored two goals this season including one in the Champions League, will be out of action until the new year, according to reports in Italy.

Antonio Conte's Inter are challenging for the Serie A title just a point behind champions Juventus.

Barella misses Wednesday's key Champions League match against Slavia Prague, and Barcelona at home on Dec 10.

Barella, who has 12 caps for Italy, has also become an important player for the Azzurri as they prepare for Euro 2020.

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