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Football News: Review Of The Day 19th September 2018

Review Of The Day 19th September 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Costa Gets Ban

After Juventus winger Douglas Costa spent most of Sunday's victory over Sassuolo trying to get himself sent off, first elbowing an opponent, then headbutting one, before finally getting his red card for spitting in Federico Di Francesco's open mouth, Serie A's VAR has caught him for the spitting offence. Costa will now sit out Juve's next four games. An FIGC statement said: "Suspended for four matchdays - Douglas Costa de Souza (Juventus): for behaviour contrary to the regulations. In the 48th minute of the second half, (Costa) spat in the face of an opponent; infringement detected by VAR."

 

MacPherson Returns To Buddies

Gus MacPherson quit as Queen's Park head coach to return to St Mirren as technical director. MacPherson originally joined St Mirren in 2003 as player/assistant manager and spent 7 years as manager there, leading them to promotion in 2006.

 

Sierra Leone FA Offices Raided

Sierra Leone's Anti-Corruption Commission has raided the offices of the country's football association a week after they gave SLFA President Isha Johansen an ultimatum to step down. The ACC have told them that, under Sierra Leone law, Johansen and her secretary general Chris Kamara (no not that one!) must leave their posts while they are being investigated. FIFA are also set to open an inquiry into possible match-fixing in the country involving games stretching back as far as 2008.

 

Gazidis Jumps Ship To Milan

Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis has left the London club to take a similar role with AC Milan. Gazidis was appointed in 2008 and has overseen a period which is far from the most illustrious in the club's history. Raul Sanllehi has been promoted from head of football relations (whatever that is) to head of football and Vinai Venkatesham moves from chief commercial officer to managing director as the Gunners look to fill the gap left by Gazidis's departure.

 

Serie B Officials Deny League Has Been Suspended

Serie B chiefs have been forced to deny stories that the league has been suspended after three of the teams that were meant to play in it this season went bankrupt and a decision was made to play out the season with 19 teams instead of the usual 22. However, the loss of Avellino, Bari and Cesena has meant legal challenges from both teams relegated from Serie B and teams that just missed out on promotion to Serie B. This led to a comment from Franco Frattini, a former foreign minister now working in the High Court of Sports Justice, who told radio station inBlu that a successful appeal by Serie C side Pro Vercelli has meant that the issue of league composition would be reviewed on Friday. Frattini also stated that, if it was decided the league must have 22 teams, the issue of which three teams were to be added would be settled on Monday. A Serie B statement criticised Frattini's comments as "damaging" and "untruthful news" and continued that: "Serie B is not suspended and the championship continues because it is what millions of fans want." The league has already completed the first three rounds of games.

 

Former Man City Star On The Move

Former Real Madrid, Sevilla, Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo has left Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas to join UAE Gulf League's Dubai-based Al-Nasr on a free transfer. The 33 year old had notched 3 goals in his 6 appearances for Besiktas this season.

 

Former Liverpool Defender Forced To Retire Aged Just 29

Bolton Wanderers defender Stephen Darby, who only got married in the summer, has been forced to retire after being diagnosed with the incurable motor neurone disease. The 29 year old came through the Liverpool youth academy before leaving on a permanent deal to join Bradford City, where he became club captain. He joined Bolton in the summer of 2017, to work once again with Phil Parkinson, who gave him the armband while in charge at Bradford. Darby said: "It is with great sadness that I announce my immediate retirement from professional football due to a recent diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my teammates, Phil Parkinson and all the staff at Bolton Wanderers Football Club for their amazing support at what has been an extremely difficult period for myself and my family. I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and so that I can spend time with those closest to me."

Written by Tris Burke September 19 2018 05:58:21

 

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