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Football News: Review Of The Day 8th September 2018

Review Of The Day 8th September 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Cheltenham Town have continued their signing spree, despite losing their manager, as free agent defender Craig Alcock signs with them until January. The 30 year old full-back left Doncaster Rovers in the summer.

Newcastle United's forgotten man Rolando Aarons has been sent on another loan move. Last season he ended on loan with Verona in Italy, this season he will spend the first half with Czech club Slovan Liberec.

 

Cherries' Junior Nets New Deal

Bournemouth forward Junior Stanislas has been given a new three year deal with the club. The 28 year old former West Ham United winger is now committed to the club until 2021. Stanislas told the official club site: "It's a nice feeling to get rewarded for some good work over the last couple of years. As soon as it was there I wanted to get it signed and then get my head down and start focusing on improving over the next few years as well. I spoke to the gaffer (Eddie Howe) and he was keen to get something done and signed. That shows the faith the manager has put in me - that is something that I really appreciate. I just try to do my best every time I get out on the pitch and help the team, whether that be assisting goals, scoring them or contributing to the team's success. I plan to do that again this season, and maybe take it to another level."

 

Bordeaux New Man Is Not Henry

Girondins Bordeaux have appointed a new manager in the shape of Brazilian Ricardo Gomes after talks with Thierry Henry broke down. In what is becoming a familiar theme with the former Arsenal player, Henry was asking for too much money. Gomes will have to make do without new signing Toma Basic in the Europa League group stage after an administrative error saw the midfielder missed out of the squad submitted to UEFA.

 

Red Star Get Away Day Fan Ban

Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade will have no travelling support for their next two away games in the Champions League after UEFA found them guilty of several charges, including a pitch invasion and the setting off of fireworks. As well as the ban, Red Star have also been fined 30,000 euros and ordered to pay Salzburg for the damages caused by their fans.

 

Sane Leaves Germany Squad

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane's season is showing no signs of improvement after he left Germany's team hotel to return home, ahead of Sunday's friendly with Peru. The 22 year old was left out of Germany's World Cup squad and has struggled to even make the bench for his club side so far this season. Now, after talks with Germany head coach Joachim Low, "Leroy Sane has left the team hotel in Munich for private reasons". According to Bild, the German tabloid, Sane has merely gone home to be with his partner who is heavily pregnant and due to give birth.

 

Tebas Claims Man City Were Behind Girona's Involvement In USA Game

While Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales has been talking about his disgust at La Liga's plan to play a match in the USA and moaning about not even being spoken to over the plan, La Liga's president Javier Tebas is already shifting the blame for the plan onto Manchester City. Rubiales told the Guardian newspaper that: "Javier Tebas spoke to everyone except the people he had to speak to. It's a total lack of respect, unfaithful and incomprehensible. This president demands a lot from others when his own behaviour, frankly, leaves a lot to be desired. We've not had even a single call. I haven't seen the contract, so I can't say much, but I will say this: the FIFA president protects domestic competition, and taking competition somewhere else represents an invasion of that country. He (Tebas) has totally ignored the players and even the clubs, signing a contract with a private country for 10 or 15 years. His behaviour was terrible. He has signed an agreement that it is not up to him to sign. What he has signed is worthless. It means nothing without our authorisation, so we will see what happens to this game." Tebas himself is putting the blame for the choice to use Girona squarely at the feet of Man City's ownership group, City Football Group. City Football Group also own 44.3% of Girona, alongside a group fronted by Pep Guardiola's brother Pere, who own the same percentage, and Tebas claim they are the movers behind the deal. Tebas, speaking to Spanish radio station Onda Cero, said: "Girona-Barcelona will 90 per cent be played in the United States, but the agreement is not about just one game, it's about a process which is much bigger. There's no obligation for teams to play one game a year in the United States, only the clubs who volunteer to go will go. But this is much more than a game, it's about strategy and sponsorship. The game is designed to help teams that don't have a very big fan base. Girona are partly owned by City and together with (Miami Dolphins owner) Stephen Ross, they told us Girona were interested in playing this game." Is Tebas just throwing Man City under the bus to take the flak, a hell of a lot of which is being fired at the planned game, or are they genuinely the ones pushing for the deal? Tebas does have a fraught relationship with the English club and their owners, heavily criticising them for their operating conduct and for being able to outspend the Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. He even urged UEFA to investigate City's spending in 2013, before later accusing them of 'peeing in the pool' and 'laughing at the system' in another row over Financial Fair Play. It got to the point where Citeh threatened him with legal action. So is Tebas just an innocent along for the ride, or just looking for someone else to take the blame from the likes of Rivaldo, who said: "In my opinion, the decision to play LaLiga matches in the USA is already a serious issue that raises lot of questions. I think that taking games to the US is wrong and seriously damages Spanish fans and players. Most of the fans won't be able to attend the game."

Written by Tris Burke September 08 2018 05:49:04

 

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