Euro 2020 to be Held Across Europe, Mikel Banned,

In football news, 

The European Championships will be held across the continent instead of in a single country by the year 2020. 

UEFA's executive committee gave the green light to the decision as a way of avoiding high costs in a financially troubling time. 

The response has been extremely positive from all the national associations, apart from Turkey, who are one of the candidates for hosting the 2020 tournament by itself. 

UEFA are planning their project proposal for next month, and it would be rubber-stamped then or at the executive committee meeting in March.

Over in English football,

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has been given a 3-match ban and a $97,000 US Dollar fine after admitting the use of abusive language towards referee Mark Clattenburg. 

The incident took place in the official's changing room after a home defeat by Manchester United in October. 

Chelsea had complained immediately after the controversial defeat about Clattenburg using "inappropriate language" to two of their players, one of whom was Mikel. 

The official was then stood down from his refereeing duties before the FA decided that he had no case to answer. 

The FA added that Mikel's ban would have been longer had he not genuinely believed that he had been racially abused.
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he Nigerian will now miss Premier League matches against Sunderland and Aston Villa as well as the League Cup tie against Leeds United.