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Football News: Review Of The Day 30th December 2018

Review Of The Day 30th December 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Contracts

Lokomotiv Moscow have handed a contract extension to Igor Denisov. The 34 year old has agreed a one year increase to tie him to the club until 2020.

Ross Millen has extended his contract by another year, also taking him until 2020. The Kilmarnock full back only joined in the summer on a free transfer from Queen's Park.

Baghdad Bounedjah, who scored 58 goals in 2018, 39 in league football alone, has extended his Al Sadd contract until 2024. The 27 year old Algerian striker has been linked with moves to England.

 

Norwich Derby Hit By Floodlight Problems

With less than 10 minutes to play and Norwich City leading Derby County by 3 goals to 2, you could be forgiven for thinking Derby were praying for the floodlight failure which put a halt to the game. The Canaries had won 9 times in their last 11 games and looked on course to make it 10 in 12 when the game was stopped in the 83rd minute. After a 20 minute delay the players returned to the pitch and the 2nd placed team in the Championship were shocked by two late goals to hand victory to Derby, despite hitting the bar in the dying seconds of 10 minutes of injury time.

 

Levein Pokes Fun At Hibs Banner

After Hearts picked up a 1-0 win in the Edinburgh derby, Hearts manager Craig Levein was quick to poke fun at a massive Hibernian banner that had been displayed before the game. The banner read: "There's class, there's first class, then there's Hibs class". After the 1-0 win Levein said: "I'm thrilled to bits with the boys because we reached a really new level. Because there's class, there's first class, there's Hibs class, and then one above that, there's Hearts class. Brilliant, eh? I'm so pleased with that." Nice to see there is still humour in the game, much better than the childish argument he was having with Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes over who was crying about referees!

 

Ranieri Fury With Kamara

After Aboubakar Kamara snatched the ball from designated penalty taker Aleksandar Mitrovic and refused to let anyone else have it, only to then miss from the spot, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri confirmed his ire with the forward for his lack of respect. Ranieri told the BBC: "He did not respect me, the club, team-mates and crowd. I spoke with him, it is not right. I said to Aboubakar Kamara to leave the ball to Aleksandar Mitrovic, he is the man who shoots the penalties. It is unbelievable what he did. I wanted to kill him. That is normal when one man takes a ball, only because he scored the last penalty (against Manchester United). It should be Mitrovic, that is it." Kamara must have been the most relieved man on the pitch when Mitrovic broke through right at the end to notch the winner over Huddersfield Town late in the game. He still looked a complete dick though and showed he is not a team player.

 

Forestieri Arrest Warrant Withdrawn.....For Now At Least

Sheffield Wednesday have claimed that their forward Fernando Forestieri was not aware of the legal proceedings about him, which was why he missed the court hearing leading to his arrest warrant. Wednesday released a statement which read: "It has come to the club's attention that court proceedings were conducted yesterday involving Fernando Forestieri. We can confirm that neither the club, Forestieri nor his legal team were aware of this court date and thus the arrest warrant for his failure to attend court will not now be pursued and a new court date is to be arranged." Obviously unable to read a court summons then. Convenient.

 

Hibs Fan Arrested For Racial Abuse

Scottish football has a chance to lead the way on racism as a 65 year old man was arrested for racially abusing Hearts player Clevid Dikamona during the Edinburgh derby. Six other arrests were made, two for attacks on police officers. Match commander Superintendent Jim Royan said: "A 65-year-old man has now been arrested following the racial abuse of a Hearts player. There is no place in Scotland for hate crime and I want to reassure the public that reports of such incidents will be treated seriously. Fans have united in their condemnation of this behaviour and I want to thank the public for their assistance with our investigation so far. Over 20,000 fans were in attendance at Easter Road and I want to thank the vast majority, who were extremely supportive of officers and there to just support their team and enjoy the derby with friends or family. Despite this, and repeated warnings that anti-social and disruptive behaviour would not be tolerated, six arrests were made before and during the game. Three people were arrested prior to the match in connection with alleged possession of pyrotechnics. Two people were also arrested before the game following the assault of two officers who were, thankfully, uninjured. Another person was arrested within the stadium in connection with possession of alcohol." Hibs described the racial abuse as "unacceptable".

 

Napoli Fans Show Support For Koulibaly

Napoli supporters displayed posters which read: "Siamo Tutti Koulibaly" - We are all Koulibaly - at the Sao Paulo stadium on Saturday as Napoli beat Bologna, despite Koulibaly being suspended following his sending off against Inter Milan. Koulibaly had been racially abused by Inter fans, which has led to Inter being ordered to play two matches behind closed doors. Empoli, who faced Inter on Saturday, had suspended ticket sales to away fans and were intending to refuse entry to all Inter fans. The last word must go to Koulibaly's team-mate Faouzi Ghoulam, who wrote on social media on Friday:
"It doesn't matter the colour of the skin.
It doesn't matter religion.
It doesn't matter what team you're rooting for.
Football, like all sports, is a game.
And all the games are passion, fun, freedom
And in freedom we are all alike.
Tomorrow we will all be Koulibaly!"

Written by Tris Burke December 30 2018 05:47:52

 

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