Here is your afternoon football round-up…
Tottenham have suffered their third Premier League defeat in a row for the first time since November 2012. The Lilywhites succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea.
Speaking after the game, Spurs’ head coach José Mourinho said his side got everything they deserved: nothing. The loss has earned Mourinho a first time unwanted career achievement – the Portuguese manager had never lost consecutive home league games before.
Spurs moved down to eighth place in the table, 14 points behind the leaders Manchester City, with Chelsea moving up to sixth 11 points away from the top spot.
🗣️ "I saw togetherness and it's not easy to see togetherness with bad results"
— BETFRED (@Betfred) February 5, 2021
Liverpool will not be able to travel to Germany to face RB Leipzig in their first leg tie of the Champions League last-16. The German government announced that the fixture “does not meet the requirements for an exception.”
UEFA confirmed that it was “in touch with the respective clubs” about the issue. One of the options could be reversing the tie so Liverpool hosts the first leg, as Germany’s restriction are in place only until the 17 February.
The match at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena was meant to be played on 16 February.
Liverpool's Champions League round-of-16 first-leg match at RB Leipzig will not be able to take place in Germany, government officials have confirmed.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 5, 2021
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been handed a 12-month suspension for a doping violation. The 24-year-old failed a doping test in October after reportedly taking his wife’s medicine by accident. The suspension is active as of 5 February and applies to all football activities at both national and international level.
Ajax will appeal the decision made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The club stated: “On the morning of 30 October Onana did not feel well. He wanted to take a tablet. Unwittingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed.”
The disciplinary body of the European football association, UEFA, has imposed a suspension of 12 months on Andre Onana for a doping violation.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 5, 2021
Ajax’s record-signing Sebastien Haller will not be able to play in the Europa League for the remainder of the 2020/21 season due to an admin error.
Haller joined the Dutch club on a four-and-a-half-year contract from West Ham United for £20.2m in January. However, they failed to register the player in their Europa league squad on Wednesday. Ajax were in discussion with UEFA and KNVB (the Dutch FA) but have now accepted that Haller will not be eligible to play.
UEFA have informed Ajax that Sébastien Haller will definitely not be available in the UEFA Europa League for the rest of the 2020/2021 season.
The club “accidentally” left out their most expensive signing from their European squad. 🥴 pic.twitter.com/lAsfsHDVCW
— REVEAL (@RevealFooty) February 5, 2021
That’s all for your afternoon football round up!