What happened in football today: April 2, 2021

Juventus trio dropped out after lockdown breach

Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo has dropped Weston McKennie, Paulo Dybala and Arthur after reporting the trio attended a gathering which breached COVID-19 regulations.

Italian newspaper La Stampa reported earlier this week that Dybala and Arthur attended a rally at McKennie’s Turin home, along with a number of other guests, which resulted in the police being called.

Large gatherings are currently banned under COVID-19 restrictions in Italy and a nighttime curfew is in place in the country between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Konsa signs new contract with Aston Villa

Ezri Konsa has signed a new contract at Aston Villa, promising his future at the club for another five years.

The 23-year-old centre-half has been exceptional this season and Villa have been renegotiating the terms of his contract for some time.

Boss Dean Smith believes Konsa will improve further in the years to come and is delighted to secure his services for an extended period.

Son and Reguilon available for Spurs

Tottenham striker Son Heung-min and Spain international Sergio Reguilon will be available for selection for Sunday’s game against Newcastle United after recovering from injury.

Mourinho said: “(Son) was injured. He trained fully with the team this morning. He did partial exercises with the squad yesterday and last week didn’t train at all.

The Tottenham manager however added that they would still be without Matt Doherty and Ben Davies.

N’Golo Kante out of Chelsea

Chelsea were injured after coach Thomas Tuchel said ‘everyone was in training today except N’Golo Kante’.

Tammy Abraham, Thiago Silva, Jorginho and Callum Hudson-Odoi have all returned to training during the international break, but Kante will miss Chelsea’s game against West Brom on Saturday.

Watford and Bournemouth win as Norwich concede late equalizer

Watford beat second-placed Sheffield on Wednesday 1-0 to extend their gap with third-placed Swansea to nine points. They are now six points behind Norwich, after Daniel Farke’s side conceded a 94th-minute equalizer in Preston to draw 1-1.

Bournemouth returned to the play-offs with a 3-1 win at home to Middlesbrough but could drop out again if Reading beat Barnsley later in the evening.

Wycombe Wanderers won just their seventh win of the season, beating Blackburn 1-0 at home, while fellow wrestlers Rotherham lost 1-0 at Millwall.

LeBron James will ‘weigh in’ on Liverpool management

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner expects LeBron James to ‘weigh in’ on the management of the Premier League club after the NBA star becomes a partner at Fenway Sports Group.

On Wednesday, FSG confirmed an investment in the company by RedBird Capital Partners, a move which saw LeBron become part of the Liverpool ownership group.

And, speaking in an exclusive interview with Athleticism, Werner said he would be “surprised” if LeBron and his business partner Maverick Carter don’t weigh in on managerial decisions involving Liverpool. “I would welcome their thoughts,” he added.

Go further below to read the full interview.

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