Dembele banned for six matches

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May 062016
Spurs received nine yellow cards against Chelsea, the most by one team in a match in Premier League history

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele has been banned for six games by the Football Association for violent conduct against Chelsea’s Diego Costa.

Belgium international Dembele appeared to eye-gouge forward Costa during Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Monday.

Referee Mark Clattenburg did not punish the 28-year-old during the game.

Dembele chose not to contest the charge, and will now be unavailable to manager Mauricio Pochettino until Spurs’ fifth game of next season.

He has made 29 appearances in the league this season, scoring three goals.

Dembele was one of nine Spurs players booked in the draw at Stamford Bridge – a Premier League record for one team.

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May 062016
St Jakob-Park was a host stadium during the 2008 European Championship

Uefa has defended its decision to host the Europa League final at St Jakob-Park, which has a capacity of 35,000.

The home of Swiss club FC Basel will become the second smallest venue to host the competition’s final when Liverpool face Sevilla there on 18 May.

The executive committee of European football’s governing body made its decision in September 2014.

“Of course, it is impossible to predict in advance which clubs will reach the final,” Uefa said on its website.