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Review Of The Day 6th April 2018
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Review of the Day


Transfers

In Norway, Norwegian centre back Even Hovland has stepped up from second tier side Sogndal to join Rosenborg in the top flight.

Cleber Rels has moved from Santos to Parana on loan.

Also in Brazil, Thallyson has gone out on loan from Sport Recife to Boa Esporte.

Another Brazilian, striker Ricardo Santos, has dropped from top flight side Cerezo Osaka to join second tier side Fagiano Okayama.


Italian Refs Have Bullets Sent Through The Post

Police in Italy are investigating after three key figures at the Italian Referees' Association have claimed bullets were sent through the post to them. President Marcello Nicchi, vice president Narciso Pisacreta and referee selector Nicola Rizzoli are the three named as having received them. Nicchi laid the blame squarely at the door of a TV journalist in Italy: "There is a journalist who said in a broadcast: 'They have declared war on a people and in war you do not play the whistle, you are shooting. You have to shoot the referees and not allow them to referee,' This is the consequence." Last month hundreds of Lazio fans demonstrated outside the Italian FA's headquarters who believe their team has been the victim of numerous incorrect decisions by officials and VAR this season.


Player Ruled Out After 'Duel' With Team-Mate

Barnsley will have to make do without goalkeeper Nick Townsend for the rest of the season after he broke his finger. Manager Jose Morais said: "It was a duel between two players that resulted in him breaking his finger. I'm not frustrated. If I could give a pair of gloves to both of them and say 'start to fight' and they have a fair fight and it would result in a better shape for the team and a better atmosphere, then I would say the result is good." Defender Dimi Cavare is the other player involved.


Roma Badge Censored

Iranian state TV have censored the badge of AS Roma on their coverage of the Champions League. The badge shows an image from the ancient myth regarding the founding of Rome, which features the baby's Romulus and Remus being suckled by a female wolf. Iran decided this image was too much for its people to see and blurred out the wolf's teats.


Finland Bans Snowed Off Matches

The Finnish football league has been plagued by postponements which lead to fixtures pile ups at the end of each season. The league have now warned clubs that they will lose their home advantage if they do not get their pitch playable or find an alternative venue.


Kompany Backs Man City Fans To Make The Etihad As Noisy As Anfield

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has backed the City fans to make as much noise and create an atmosphere to match the one Liverpool fans made at Anfield in the first leg of the two teams UEFA Champions League quarter final. Kompany said: "They have always shown up on big games and big nights and this will be one of them. It's been all nice and easy looking from the outside. It's not been when you're playing. Now we've got to do it the hard way and they [the fans] have got a massive role to play. Fair play to Liverpool - their fans, the club, the way they lived up to this event but it's our time to do it now." This comes on the back of comments from Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, who said that he and his team-mates struggled to hear each other. Lovren said: "I think [it was] the best atmosphere from the first time I came here. I saw from the first minute to the last minute they didn't sit down, I think, on their chairs. It was amazing. We couldn't hear ourselves always. It was a massive point to have them."


Mickey To Miss Out

Southampton's task against Arsenal has got a little easier with the news that attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been ruled out of their clash. The 29 year old Armenian international limped out of the Europa League win over CSKA Moscow. Also ruled out is goalkeeper David Ospina.


Rangers Youngster Admits Players Have Let Down The Fans

With Rangers sitting in 3rd, young defender Ross McCrorie has admitted that second is the bare minimum the club should be achieving. McCrorie said: "At a club like Rangers we should be looking to win everything but right now second is bare minimum. I'm not surprised Hibs and Aberdeen are pushing us for second because there are good teams in this league. It's another challenge for us. The fans give us their support and 50,000 come out every second week for home games. They've been truly amazing. They deserve a lot more than what we have been showing. We just look at every game and try to get three points. That's what we should be doing but obviously right now that's not happening. Hopefully things will pick up soon. And when you play Celtic there's always a huge incentive. We've not won the Scottish Cup since 2009 and Celtic have been winning the league, so I'd love to give the fans a trophy. They deserve it."


Watford Hopeful Of Early Deulofeu Return

On-loan winger Gerard Deulofeu was initially believed to be out for the rest of the season after suffering a stress fracture in his foot during a league game in February. Watford manager Javi Gracia has now said that the Spaniard, who is on loan from Barcelona, will play again this season, though he is not so confident regarding Nathaniel Chalobah. Gracia said: "I am confident he (Deulofeu) will play with us before we finish the season. Chalobah is trying to recover, but in this moment I have no more news about him. He is not training with the team, but he is working in the gym."


Griffiths In Talks Over New Celtic Deal

Despite having more than 2 years left on his current deal, Leigh Griffiths has confirmed his representatives are in talks to extend the deal, as he looks to stay for the long term. Griffiths has admitted he wants to be at the Celtic long enough to have a testimonial. Griffiths said: "My representatives are working behind the scenes to try and get me a new deal. Why would you want to go anywhere else? You are playing at a top club with a top manager in front of 50,000 or 60,000 every week. There's no reason to go anywhere. You have Champions League football every season. It's hard to get there now, but when you do get there, those are memorable nights. It is early stages just now, but hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later."


Monaco Step In To Pick Up Youngster From Rennes

Youngster Wilson Isidor is set to move to AS Monaco to sign his first professional contract. The 17 year old has rejected contract offers from current club Rennes and has agreed a 3 year deal with Monaco which will be signed in June.


Khedira Denies Talking About Juventus Deal For Can

After a Sports Illustrated writer claimed that Juve midfielder's German midfielder Sami Khedira has told people that Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is set to join Juve in the summer, Khedira has rubbished the report. Khedira wrote on social media: "A Sports Illustrated journalist heard me confirm Emre Can is coming to Juventus. Only one possible explanation: I am having a secret twin brother. I don't know what Emre will do next season."


Balotelli Believes Racism Is Why He Is Not Forgiven

Nice striker Mario Balotelli has been left out of Italy's last few squads and has claimed that the colour of his skin makes it more difficult for him to earn a recall to the team: "I think that if I had been white, I'd have had fewer problems. Perhaps I did cause some of my own problems and had the wrong attitude at times, but would I have been forgiven quicker? Absolutely yes. Even if I am Italian, born and raised in Italy, the law states I only became Italian once I reached the age of 18. The law is wrong and that is perhaps why to this day some people see black as the colour of diversity, of inferiority of an error in the middle of a team photograph."


Roma Legend Claims Real Madrid And Barcelona Get Helping Hand From Referees

AS Roma legend Roberto Pruzzo has made comments similar to those that often appear on the football sites from fans following a European game involving either Real Madrid and Barcelona. As is often alleged by fans, Pruzzo has said that the two Spanish sides get help from officials: "We must take note that from a refereeing perspective with the Spanish you do not win with the good or with the bad. Barcelona and Real Madrid must always be among the top four squads in Europe, Ancelotti knows something about this. You remember the mistakes with Bayern. The only thing to save football is VAR, for this reason, they don't want it in Europe."

Written by Tris Burke



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