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Football News: Review Of The Day 10th April 2018

Review Of The Day 10th April 2018
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Review of the Day

 

West Brom's Safe Standing Proposal Is Rejected

West Bromwich Albion had proposed to change 3600 seats in the Smethwick End to 'rail seats' in time for the start of next season, they claim in the interests of safety as they have an issue with persistent standing by supporters. However the government rejected the proposal as sports minister Tracey Crouch says there are no plans to change the all-seater policy as football stadiums.

 

Torres Confirms Move From Atletico

Fernando Torres has found himself mostly watching the games this season at Atletico Madrid as the 34 year old has seen Diego Costa push him out of the team. The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker, who began his career with Atleti before returning in 2014 after a difficult spell with Chelsea. With his contract set to run out in the summer, he has now confirmed he will be leaving the club in the summer. Torres said: "This will be my last season at the club. As you can see I am playing very little. I felt obliged to inform the supporters. It's not been an easy decision. This is not a day for reproaches. It's very difficult to say goodbye for the second time. My aim was to hang up my boots here. I want to keep playing for two, three or five years."

Also in transfer news, Juninho, no, not that one, has returned to Palmeiras after his loan spell with Ituano ended.

 

Spurs To Appeal For Kane Goal

Harry Kane's chase to get the Premier League Golden Boot has got a little more desperate since he had an injury as he looks to get the second goal against Stoke City at the weekend awarded to him, rather than Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Christian Eriksen. Spurs are set to appeal the decision by the Premier League Goals Accreditation Panel to award it to Eriksen as it took the merest brush off Kane's shoulder.

 

FIFA Surprised By $25bn Offer

FIFA Council was stunned by president Gianni Infantino after he revealed that a mystery consortium from the Middle East and Asia have offered $25bn to the rights for a new expanded version of FIFA's Club World Cup as well as a proposed global league for national teams. The council rejected Infantino's request to move forward with the proposal, instead seeking time to gain more information on the proposal. FIFA have never sold the rights to a competition before, their business model being built on the sales of tickets, sponsorships and media rights of their competitions. Selling the rights would also include giving up control of the decision as to where to host them. They are also considering plans to expand the Club World Cup from an annual competition between regional champions to a competition held every four years, similar to the World Cup, to be contested by club sides, a minimum of 12 from Europe alone.

 

Oceania Funding Suspended After FIFA Corruption Probe

Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) are in turmoil after a FIFA audit into construction of their new headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand. OFC president David Chung suddenly resigned, for 'personal reasons', after the audit uncovered "potential irregularities" in the Auckland project. FIFA have suspended funding for the OFC while they investigate. "The OFC Executive Committee has appointed an external lawyer to lead an internal investigation into potential wrongdoings and to take legal action if required," it said in a statement.

 

Meunier Suggests Everton Move

PSG right back Thomas Meunier has found himself sidelined with Dani Alves in the team and has now suggested in an interview with Belgium's RTBF that he will look for a move to get regular football, naming Everton as a possible destination. Meunier said: "I do not ask too much for now, what I want is to play football. If I have to go down a notch to be able to be on the pitch, I'll do it. We will see how it goes, I have two more years in Paris, my goal is to stay in. I like it a lot, just like my family. The club did not contact me, it's hard to predict. I could aim at a club like Everton, Valencia or Dortmund. Michy Batshuayi did really well going there, the fun is playing football, and that's the only thing I miss right now."

 

Capello Announces Retirement

Former England, Russia, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Juventus and Roma manager Fabio Capello has announced his retirement from football management after being linked with the Italian national team. The 71 year old Italian left Jiangsu Suning of the Chinese Super League last month and has backed Roberto Mancini to take charge of Italy saying: "I've already had some experience with the English and Russian national teams, I wanted to try to train a club once again and Jiangsu was my last football experience. I did everything I wanted, I'm very happy with what I did, and now I am delighted to be a TV commentator. You always win in this role! Roberto is a coach of experience who has travelled the world. His experience will help him build relations with the players, but the national team lack talent. We are good coaches when we have good players. It is difficult to do well with mediocre players. At the moment Italian football is missing great players that can make the difference, there are no leaders. In Serie A there is little quality. You learn from the best but if the best are bought by the strongest foreign clubs, Italian football doesn't have good teachers, good players from whom to learn."

 

Leicester Plan Stadium Expansion

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has announced plans to expand the Foxes home stadium, currently known as the King Power Stadium, but better known to most football fans as the 'Crisp Bowl' after a long-running sponsorship by local firm Walkers Crisps. The stadium, which is only 16 years old, has a current capacity of 32,243 at the moment but the club have yet to confirm how big they intend to go.

 

Brighton Appeal Red Card

After midfielder Davy Propper was shown a controversial red card in the second half of the draw with Huddersfield Town, Brighton & Hove Albion have appeal against the decision. Propper faces a 3 match ban if the card is not overturned.

Written by Tris Burke April 10 2018 06:39:48