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Football News: Review Of The Day 6th September 2018

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

 

Nyatakyi Has Suspension Extended

Former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has had his ban on all football activities extended by 45 days, on top of the original 90 days suspension handed out on the 9th June. Nyantakyi was filmed taking money from an undercover reporter. After the ban he resigned his posts with FIFA council and CAP, uncluding first vice-president, as well as quitting as Ghana FA president, despite denying any wrongdoing.

 

Leeds Keeper Rejects England Overtures

Leeds United's young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has pledged his international future to Northern Ireland, despite being asked by England to switch his national allegiance. Peacock-Farrell said: "I've had several chats with the England goalkeeping coaches - one rang me the other week in fact, but I'm loyal to Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland got in really early and made me feel wanted. At that time when I met Michael [O'Neill] I was a nobody, I was just a young keeper. But for him to take that time out of his day to come and chat to me, and tell me about Northern Ireland, the pathway and what we're planning on doing as a country, for me that was special. I don't think you'd get that from any other international manager. That togetherness is one of the main things that Michael brings - those family-orientated values. It's a great honour to have the opportunity to be involved with the team."

 

Transfers

Greece midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis has joined Nottingham Forest on a free transfer, following his release on Friday from sister club Olympiakos. The 27 year old has 25 caps for Greece.

Sebastian Perez has left Boca Juniors to sign for Mexican side CF Pachuca.

Villareal have signed Manuel Iturra on a free transfer. The Chile international was released by Malaga in the summer.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nacer Barazite has found a new club following his summer release from Yeni Malatyaspor. Barazite will be turning out in the UAE Gulf League for Al-Jazira.

 

Republic Suffer Another Withdrawal

Martin O'Neill has lost another player as Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne is ruled out with a calf injury. They had always lost James McClean, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Scott Hogan and Shane Long to injury, as well as Harry Arter over a training ground bust up with Roy 'Mr Nice' Keane. O'Neill also has to make do without West Ham United's Declan Rice, who is considering his international future amid overtures from England.

 

Zaha Gives Boost To Palace Ladies

After a report in the Guardian made the claim that women wanting to play for Crystal Palace Ladies needed to come up with £250 in sponsorship or be released, the men's team star player, Wilfried Zaha, has agreed to make "a substantial financial contribution" to the side. Zaha had signed a new contract in August, which sees him receive in excess of £100,000 per week.

 

Sane Told To Improve His Attitude

Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has told his international compatriot Leroy Sane that he needs to improve his attitude if he is to reach his potential. Sane was surprisingly left out of the German World Cup squad with head coach Joachim Low having worries over the player's attitude that saw him believe the quality of the player did not outweigh the way he was behaving. Since then, Sane has found himself sidelined by his club side as well, with the Manchester City winger only getting 30 minutes in total of competitive action, despite the large number of Citeh players who were away at the World Cup. Kroos has now said of the lightning quick winger: "Sometimes you have the feeling with Leroy's body language that it's all the same if we win or lose. He's a player who has everything you need to be a world class player but sometimes you have to tell him he has to perform better. What is crystal clear is his quality, his pace, his left foot. If he performs, he's a real weapon. He has the quality, especially for us, but maybe the head coach looked at his performances for the national team and wasn't happy. He was fantastic for City last year but Pep [Guardiola] has the same problem at the moment - he's trying to get the best out of him."

 

Team Miami Gets A Name

David Beckham's Miami MLS team has announced its choice of team name, with the choice to copy one of the Milan sides' names, though, surprisingly, not AC Milan, who Beckham once played for. Instead it will be named after Inter Milan, with the club being known as Inter Miami CF, or Club Internacional de Futbol Miami. Nice to see originality is not dead!

 

La Liga Misses The Point Again

Spain's La Liga has once again missed the point as they attempt to alleviate fears over their plan to play a league game in the USA by offering to subsidise travel and accommodation for Spanish fans wishing to attend the game. With the Spanish FA and Spanish Footballers' Union all strongly criticising the idea, La Liga are now working hard to win over the fans by offering free flights for a number of home season ticket holders, along with overnight accommodation. They are still completely ignoring the unfair disadvantage that the 'home' team will face by giving up its home game to play in a venue that is likely to favour whichever of the big clubs (at this moment likely to be Barcelona) that they face.

 

Danish Scratch Side Suffers Against Slovakia

Due to the ongoing commercial rights dispute between the Danish Football Association (DBU) and Danish professional footballers, Denmark were forced to field a side of part-timers and futsal players to face Slovakia in an international friendly. Slovakia strolled to a 3-0 victory, with the final goal an own goal scored by Danish futsal player Adam Fogt. Denmark managed just 27% possession, one corner and one shot on target in the 90 minutes, as their internet freestyle footballer, salesman, student and other lower league players were outclassed. The Danes have until Sunday to sort out the dispute when they face Wales in their first ever Nations League match.

 

Belgium Hit By Triple Premier League Withdrawal

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez will have to make do without three Premier League players after they withdrew from his squad. Back up goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has returned to Liverpool after picking up an injury, though he will not be all that much of a loss to anything other than the bench. There will also be little hurt surrounding the withdrawal of Crystal Palace's non-scoring striker Christian Benteke, who probably should never have been called up in the first place. Martinez will be hurt by the withdrawal of the sharpest elbows in world football as Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini has withdrawn due to a clash of dates with his appearance at a Saved By The Bell reunion. Or possibly he is injured too.

Written by Tris Burke September 06 2018 06:33:04

 

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