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Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 1:00 AM
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Real are top moneymakers

LONDON (AP):

Real Madrid are football's biggest moneymakers for the 11th straight year, while Bayern Munich dropped to their lowest position in eight years.

Madrid's revenue of US$628 million in 2014-15 kept them top of the Football Money League compiled by accountancy firm Deloitte.

The revenue of the world's top 20 clubs, which are all European and include nine from the Premier League, grew 8 percent year-to-year to US$7.2 billion.

European and Spanish champions Barcelona regained second place by generating US$609 million, displacing Manchester United, who made US$560 million while still struggling on the pitch in the post-Alex Ferguson era.

French champion Paris Saint-Germain climbed to fourth by generating US$522 million, followed by Bayern on US$515 million.

Napoli coach Sarri banned

MILAN (AP):

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has been banned for two Italian Cup matches and fined US$22,000 for "directing extremely insulting epithets" toward his Inter Milan counterpart, Roberto Mancini.

Sarri was sanctioned after making anti-gay slurs to Mancini during Napoli's 2-0 loss in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Napoli says yesterday's decision "formally clarifies" that Sarri's comments were delivered in anger but were not driven by racist or anti-gay discrimination.

The club says it hopes Mancini "can accept the apologies which have repeatedly been offered."

Mancini was fined US$5,422 for "an intimidating attitude toward the coach of the opposing team, who had insulted him" and for being "disrespectful" toward the fourth official in the dressing room after the match.

Chelsea player joins Werder Bremen on loan

BREMEN, Germany (AP):

Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji has joined Werder Bremen on loan until the end of the season.

The Bundesliga club announced the deal yesterday without giving financial details.

Werder Bremen are 16th in the Bundesliga and face a struggle against relegation when the campaign resumes this weekend after the winter break. The club needed a defender after the departure of Assani Lukimya for China.

Djilobodji could make his debut on Sunday at Schalke. He arrived in Chelsea last summer from the French club Nantes and made only one brief League Cup appearance in September.