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Football News: Review Of The Day 20th March 2019

Review Of The Day 20th March 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Veteran German midfielder Oliver Fink has extended his deal by a year to take it to 2020.

Aron Gunnarsson will not be signing a new deal with Cardiff City and will leave the club at the end of the season when his current deal ends. The Icelander, who captains his national side, had signed a 1 year deal after the club won promotion to the Premier League.

 

Bolton Takeover Falls Through

Bolton Wanderers will go to the High Court today to fight their winding up order issued by HMRC without a promised takeover happening. Owner Ken Anderson had claimed that staff wages were held up in February as the deal was about to go through, but now it has been confirmed by the club that the takeover talks have ended. Questions will now be asked about Wanderers ability to see out the season.

 

Mbokani Out

DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani has withdrawn from the national squad for their AFCON qualifier against Liberia. The 33 year old Royal Antwerp forward has not played for his country for over 2 years but the former Hull City and Norwich City striker is out with a knee injury.

 

Cameroon Coach Abducted

Emmanuel Ndoumbe Bosso, the head coach of Cameroonian top-flight club Yong Sports Academy of Bamenda, has been kidnapped by gunmen. Bosso was on his way in to take charge of a training session at the club's stadium when he was abducted. Club chairman Yong Jacques said: "Coach Ndoumbe Bosso is loved here in Bamenda and we don't think anyone will want to hurt him. We've called off the two training sessions billed for today and the club is working closely with all interested parties to make sure that our coach is safe." Kidnappings in the region are on the rise as government forces fight against an attempt to get independence.

 

Everton Under FA Investigation

The Football Association are investigating Everton after an object was thrown in the direction of their former player Ross Barkley when he visited Goodison Park with his Chelsea side. While no one was hit by the object, which was thrown in the 7th minute as Chelsea took a corner in front of the Gwladys Street End. It was Barkley's first time back playing at Goodison since leaving Everton in 2018 and he was booed throughout the match and taunted after the final whistle, with Everton having won 2-0, with chants of "Barkley, Barkley, what's the score?"

 

Silva Gets Fined

Staying with the subject of Everton in trouble with the FA, manager Marco Silva has been fined £12,000 for angrily confronting officials after his side were beaten by Newcastle United. The Portugese coach was furious after his side threw away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 and complained that the Newcastle winning goal was offside.

 

PSG Block UEFA Investigation

Paris Saint-Germain have won a case in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which blocks UEFA investigating PSG's finances up unto June 2017. UEFA initially cleared the Parisians of breaking FFP regulations but launched a review in September after the 10 day deadline outlined in the regulations. UEFA have now said they will look into amending the regulations. PSG will remain under investigation for the 2017-18 season finances, the season when they signed Neymar Jr from Barcelona and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, both for enormous fees.

 

Pogrebnyak Criticised Over Comments

Former Fulham and Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been criticised by Vladimir Putin's 'human rights advisor' Mikhail Fedotov. Pogrebnyak had told a Russian tabloid, in reference to two Brazilian born players who have received Russian passports and raised the possibility of an international call-up: "I don't see the point of this. I do not understand at all why Ari received a Russian passport. It is laughable when a black player represents the Russian national side. Mario Fernandes is a top player. But we also have Igor Smolnikov in his position. We could make do without foreigners as well." Fedotov stated on Russian TV that Pogrebnyak's comments "smelt of racism" and continued on to say: "I believe that any football player who plays well and has Russian citizenship has a right to represent the Russian national side. The colour of their skin, eyes, hair and everything else has no significance. This should be obvious to anyone." Pogrebnyak has since replied that his comments were not meant to be offensive saying: "I do not have anything against black players. In the interview I voiced my strictly personal opinion that in the Russian national side I would like to see footballers who were born and raised in our country. That is all. I did not mean to insult anyone."

 

Inter Given Suspended Stand Closure Over Racist Abuse

Racist chants aimed at AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie by Inter Milan fans has been 'punished' by a suspended stand closure, which is suspended for just a year, despite it not even being the first incidence of racial abuse this season. Inter were forced to play 2 home games behind closed doors after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused. Surely punishments should go higher for a repeat offence or it is pointless having them? AC Milan was also fined 10,000 euros due to a potentially-dangerous blunt object being thrown onto the pitch.

Written by Tris Burke March 20 2019 05:29:40

 

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