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Robben and Rafinha to stay at Bayern until 2019

Saturday, 2018-05-12 07:44:27
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Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben looks dejected as he leaves the pitch after sustaining an injury during the Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid. (Photo: Reuters)
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Winger Arjen Robben and defender Rafinha have agreed with Bayern Munich to extend their contracts for one more season to 2019, the German champions said on Friday. The 34-year-old Dutchman Robben has been at Bayern since 2009, winning seven league titles and one Champions League crown with the Bavarians, while Brazilian Rafinha, 32, joined in 2011.

* Red Bull boss Christian Horner accused Formula One on Friday of shooting itself in the foot over aerodynamic changes for 2019 which he said would cost teams like his millions in extra expense.

* The European Karate Federation (EKF) on Friday launched an investigation into Serbian authorities' refusal of entry to Kosovo athletes bound for the European championships in Novi Sad this week. Athletes from Kosovo were refused entry into Serbia on Tuesday and Wednesday after being stopped at the border because the team had national symbols that Belgrade does not recognise.

* Multi-award winning Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is not resting on his laurels as he urged the club to end the Premier League season with a last day victory ahead of their trip to the Champions League final later this month. Liverpool need a home draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday to secure a top-four finish and a Champions League berth via league position.

* Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was charged with violating UEFA's code of conduct on Friday for comments he made about referee Michael Oliver following his team's Champions League quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid last month. The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on May 31.

* Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton returned to the top of the timesheets in second Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday, with the charging Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen hot on his heels. The Briton, who leads the championship by four points from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after four races, lapped the Circuit de Catalunya in one minute 18.259 seconds on the soft tyres.

* Arsenal have been charged by the English Football Association (FA) with failing to control their players during Wednesday's 3-1 Premier League defeat at Leicester City. The incident occurred in the 75th minute of the game, when Leicester were awarded a penalty following a foul on Demarai Gray and Arsenal's players surrounded referee Graham Scott to protest against the decision.

Reuters, CNA