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Football News: Review Of The Day 27th December 2018

Review Of The Day 27th December 2018
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Napoli Request Match Suspension Due To Racial Abuse

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Napoli requested the match was stopped three times due to Kalidou Koulibaly being racially abused in the match against Inter Milan at the San Siro. Ancelotti also said that there were 3 separate warnings issued in the stadium but the abuse never stopped. Koulibaly was sent off in the closing stages, but said on social media: "I'm sorry for the defeat and above all for having left my brothers! But I'm proud of the colour of my skin. Of being French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: man." Ancelotti said after the game: "The next time we'll stop playing, even if we lose the match. What happened today is not good not only for us but also for Italian football as a whole. I'm very sorry about what happened to Koulibaly. The boy was on edge, he is an educated footballer who was targeted. Despite our requests the match was not interrupted. I'm unhappy because three times we asked for the match to be suspended."



Veteran Italian forward Fabio Quagliarella has signed a one year contract extension with Sampdoria which ties the 35 year old to the Italian club until 2020.

Former Leeds United midfielder Rodolph Austin has signed a one year contract extension with Esbjerg. The 33 year old spent 3 seasons with Leeds between 2012 and 2015 when the Jamaican was released.

Another veteran to get a one year contract extension is Montreal Impact's former Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna. The French full-back will stay with the club for the 2019 season.

Marseille have handed a new 3 and a half year deal to highly rated central midfielder Morgan Sanson. The 24 year old is tied to the club until 2022.

Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack is another to extend his stay with his current club. The Scottish central midfielder was awarded a 3 year deal for his performances under Steven Gerrard.

Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro has agreed a new contract with Juventus which runs until 2023.

France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has inked a new deal lasting until 2023 with Paris Saint-Germain. The 25 year old was part of the French squad for the World Cup in the summer.

Burnley's Irish midfielder Jeff Hendrick has signed a one-year extension with the struggling Premier League side.

Daniel Amartey is now contracted to Leicester City until 2022. The Ghana midfielder is usually found playing at right-back for the recent Premier League winners.

Wigan Athletic captain and Egyptian international Sam Morsy has signed a new contract with the Championship club which runs until 2021. The 27 year old was part of the Latics League One title winning side and featured for his country in the World Cup in Russia.


Palace Hopeful Of Benteke Return

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is hopeful of a quick return for Belgian striker Christian Benteke. Hodgson said: "I think the medical and sports science people always told me I wouldn't be able to count on him until the end of December,beginning of January. That's where he is. He was a week ahead of schedule and we were hoping we would be back in training with the team next week, but that's been put back. I think it will probably now be after the FA Cup tie but the good thing is he is working hard and he is absolutely determined to get back on that field of play and score the goals that he was brought to the club to score. His attitude has been excellent in his recovery and we're looking forward to seeing him again. We don't think it will be too long."


Wolves Winger Off To Oxford

Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Jordan Graham will be joining Oxford United on loan when the January transfer window opens. The 23 year old was on loan with Ipswich Town, but the loan was cut short and will now spend the rest of the season with Oxford.


McInnes Hits Back At "Irrational And Immature" Levein

After Hearts manager Craig Levein claimed that Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said that Levein was "crying his eyes out" about referees, McInnes has refuted the claim and stated that it was in fact the reverse that happened. McInnes told the BBC: "It is disappointing. For someone I have always held in high regard and I respect, I think his reaction has been irrational and childish. After doing the school run, I received a call from him and he was the one complaining and saying 'what are we going to do about referees?' That was a private phone call that has now been shared publically. But there was nothing revealing in that conversation. So for him to try to distort it in a way that I was greetin' my eyes out... he was the one complaining that morning, I wasn't getting involved. It isn't a regular call so when I saw his number I was surprised. You have to ask yourselves why did he phone me, and whether he was maybe trying to gain support for his own argument." Levein responded when told about the comments: "Is that the best he can do?. As far as I am concerned it is done. I have said what I had to say. He spoke out of turn and criticised me and the team about something that had absolutely nothing to do with him. So he is better just keeping quiet. If that is his best retort, all day long I am happy with that."

Written by Tris Burke December 27 2018 05:55:11


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