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Liverpool held by Bayern as fans protest over ticket prices


Bayern’s supporters unfurled a banner early in the second half of the goalless draw that read: “Away ticket LFC 48£ FCB 55€”.

The gesture was applauded around Anfield by Liverpool supporters.

The “Twenty is plenty” refers to the campaign launched in England by the Football Supporters’ Federation for clubs to cap ticket prices for visiting supporters at £20.

Earlier this month, the English Premier League announced that its clubs would continue to cap away tickets at £30 for another three seasons after introducing the plan for the start of the 2016-2017 campaign.

This is not the first time Bayern’s fans have protested against the cost of ticket prices.

Bayern fans display a banner as they protest against ticket prices during the Champions League  match at Anderlecht in 2017.
In 2017, Bayern supporters threw fake money onto the field of play during the Champions League victory at Belgian side Anderlecht after being charged €100 to watch the tie.

In response, Anderlecht was ordered to partially refund Bayern supporters after the competition’s governing body UEFA ruled ticket prices were excessive. Bayern was fined by UEFA for the protest.

The German club also staged a protest at Arsenal in 2015 during a Champions League tie.

Liverpool supporters also have been vociferous in their criticism of ticket prices.

Around 10,000 walked out in the 77th minute of the Premier League game with Sunderland in February 2016 in response to rising season ticket prices.

The applause from the Liverpool supporters was as raucous as it got at Anfield with neither team managing to find a breakthrough.

“It was an intense game for both sides,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport. “It is not a game we will remember in 30 years. It’s the result we have and we will work with that.”

Goals were in short supply across the Champions League on Tuesday.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi endured a frustrating night against Lyon.

In the night’s other game, Barcelona was held to a goalless draw by French side Lyon.

It was the first night of Champions League football without a goal since March 15, 2016, when Manchester City was held by Dynamo Kiev and Atletico Madrid finished goalless against PSV Eindhoven.

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Meghan Markle in New York for baby shower: report


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Meghan Markle, who is expecting her first child with Britain’s Prince Harry in the spring, was in New York City for a baby shower on Tuesday, according to Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which cited unnamed sources.

It was the first trip back to the United States by the American former actress since her marriage to Harry at a celebrity-filled ceremony at Windsor Castle last May.

Kensington Palace declined to comment on the reports that Markle, 37, was attending the gift-giving party to celebrate her baby’s upcoming arrival. She was seen stepping out of a luxury hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Tuesday afternoon.

Markle, who holds the royal title of the Duchess of Sussex, arrived on Friday, Harper’s reported, and was due to be guest of honor at the shower at her hotel.

Her husband Harry is Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and sixth in line to the British throne.

Markle and Harry are due to visit Morocco from Feb. 23 to Feb. 25 on an official trip.

Reporting by Jonathan Allen, additional reporting by Guy Faulconbridge in London; Editing by Bernadette Baum and Bill Berkrot

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Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as deputy U.S. Attorney general: senior official


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy U.S. attorney general, a senior administration official said on Tuesday night.

Rosen is currently deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler

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Citi to double Brazil commercial bank unit’s assets by 2020


FILE PHOTO: The Citigroup Inc (Citi) logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc plans to double its Brazilian commercial banking unit’s assets by 2020, thanks to growth in loans to mid-sized companies, department head Antonio Rubens told journalists on Monday.

The bank’s commercial unit has roughly 5 billion reais ($1.34 billion) in assets, out of 75 billion reais for Citi’s Brazilian operation as a whole, most of it dedicated to larger corporations.

Rubens said those assets jumped by 27 percent in 2018 as an economic recovery increased demand. Deposits grew 10 percent to 3 billion reais.

Citi is targeting firms with between 200 million and 1.8 billion reais in revenues, he said.

This move underscores a shift in Citi’s strategy in Brazil toward wholesale activities after selling its retail assets there to Itaú Unibanco Holding SA for 710 million reais.

($1 = 3.7294 reais)

Editing by Bernadette Baum

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Singapore says soccer star could face jail after missing enlistment


SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s first soccer player signed to the English Premier League has missed his compulsory military service and now faces charges that carry up to three years in jail, the city-state’s defense ministry said on Monday.

Singapore’s refusal to allow Ben Davis, 18, to defer his national service sparked a debate last year over whether the country’s rigid conscription law is stifling its youth from pursuing their dreams.

Davis signed a two-year contract with London club Fulham to become the first player from the Southeast Asian nation to join an English top-flight club.

“Mr Benjamin Davis is a National Service (NS) defaulter. He failed to report for NS as required. He is also staying overseas without a valid Exit Permit,” the ministry of defense said in a statement posted on its website.

The ministry said Davis has committed offences under the Enlistment Act, and if convicted could be fined up to S$10,000 and/or imprisoned for up to three years.

His father, Harvey Davis, who has previously spoken on his behalf, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Only a handful of people have met the criteria for long-term deferment from military service, including swimmer Joseph Schooling, who won Singapore’s first ever Olympic gold medal, in the 100 meters butterfly, at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Reporting by John Geddie; editing by Darren Schuettler

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Payless Shoes to close all of its remaining US stores


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