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Football News: Review Of The Day 12th April 2019

Review Of The Day 12th April 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Galatasaray full-back Martin Linnes has a new contract which runs until 2021.

1,FC Kaiserslautern have given winger Florian Pick a new deal which also expires in 2021.

 

Transfers

Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy have signed Costa Rican centre back Giancarlo Gonzalez from Bologna.

Motherwell have agreed a deal to sign 28 year old centre back Declan Gallagher from fellow SPFL side Livingston in the summer. Gallagher is out of contract in the summer and will join on a free.

 

Swans Hold On To Academy Elite Status

Despite budget cuts since relegation, Swansea City have managed to hold onto elite status for their academy. Seven of the regular starting eleven this season were academy graduates and four started for Wales in last month's win over Slovakia.

 

Bolton Players Affected By Club Financial Problems

Bolton Wanderers' troubles are adversely affecting the players' lives admits defender Andrew Taylor. Players have not been paid yet for last month, the second month in a row that they have been paid late. Taylor told the BBC: "We don't know if or when we are going to get paid or anything. We've maintained a good attitude to everything but there's only so much you can take as a group when it starts to impact on your personal and family life. That then affects your working life. When you're unsure of when and if you're going to get paid, how much you're going to get paid, it does start to affect you because whether you're earning £100 a week or £100,000 a week, you still have bills to pay. In January, a couple of the lads helped out some of the younger boys because they were unable to pay for the train ticket to get to training. We've contributed to certain players to help them out and I'm sure that talks will be ongoing if there's a few younger boys who need help again in this [current] situation. I'm sure if we can, we will as well." The PFA confirmed that they had to loan the club the money to pay player wages in December saying: "A substantial loan was made to the club last December to cover the player's wages. We have subsequently been in regular contact with the players, the EFL and the club, including the owner. We will continue to work closely with all parties."

 

One Man Charged With Hate Crime During Edinburgh Derby

A teenager has been charged with a hate crime during Saturday's Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibernian. There were 3 other arrests at the game, during which smoke bombs were let off and a coconut thrown onto the pitch.

 

Shinnie Holds Rams Talks

Derby County are holding talks with Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie over a free transfer in the summer. The 27 year old is out of contract in the summer and has made a trip down to Derby for talks while he is suspended. Shinnie joined the Dons on a free in 2015.

 

Hearts To Close A Section Of The Ground

Due to fan misbehaviour, Heart of Midlothian are set to close a section of their Tynecastle ground in a bid to end the problems. Pyrotechnics, coins, hot drinks and a coconut were thrown on to the pitch at the weekend as they lost to Hibernian. Hearts owner Ann Budge has revealed that a section of the Wheatfield Stand will be closed. A statement from Budge read: "I have said before we will continue to take action to drive this behaviour out of Tynecastle and I know that I have the support of all fair-minded Hearts supporters in our efforts. Every single instance could have resulted in injury and, in the case of the pyrotechnics, this did result in damage to the pitch - a pitch which, with the financial support of our fans, we have recently put down at a cost of £1m. Why would our own fans want to damage this? It beggars belief. That we are having to reduce available capacity when we have worked so hard to increase it through building our new stand is nothing short of ludicrous. As ludicrous as having spent £1m on a state-of-the-art pitch, which some of our own fans are willing to risk destroying."

 

Teen Sets Europa League Record

Benfica's win over Eintracht Frankfurt will live long in the memory of 19 year old Joao Felix, who set a new record for being the youngest player ever to score a Europa League hat-trick. At the age of 19 years and 152 days, Felix broke the record set by Marko Pjaca for Dinamo Zagreb against Celtic in 2014, when he was 19 years and 219 days old.

 

Yossi Retires

Former Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham United midfielder Yossi Benayoun has announced his retirement at the age of 38. The Israeli legend, who won 102 caps in his career, was plying his trade in his home country with Beitar Jerusalem this season. Benayoun said on social media: "It's important for me to thank the fans, the ones who gave me love wherever I went. I am sure that the next chapter will be challenging and no less exciting. There are moments [from my football career] I'll take with me for life."

 

Spurs Face UEFA Charge

Tottenham Hotspur have been charged by UEFA because a fan ran onto the pitch and approached Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph during the Champions League quarter final on Tuesday night. The charge will be heard on 16th May.

 

Malouda Unaware Of His Release

FC Zurich have announced that former France winger Florent Malouda has agreed by mutual consent to leave the club, unfortunately no one seemed to have told the former Chelsea man about it. FC Zurich's official Twitter feed stated: "FC Zurich and @real florentm have decided, by mutual agreement, to terminate the recently started cooperation." Malouda joined the Swiss club less than 2 months ago as a coach. However Malouda seemed genuinely surprised and replied: "really I didn't know that...??"

 

Costa Gets Lengthy Ban

Atletico Madrid will have to make do without temperamental Spanish/Brazilian striker Diego Costa for the rest of the season after he was given an 8 match ban, though they have confirmed an intent to appeal. The Spanish Football Federation gave Costa four games for insulting the referee's mother and another four for grabbing the referee's arm. Costa denies insulting the referee's mother.

 

Chelsea Ban Fans Over Salah Chant

Chelsea blocked 3 fans from entering the stadium in Prague for their Europa League clash with Slavia Prague after a video emerged of them chanting an abusive song aimed at Liverpool's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah. Three of the six people in the video were identified and baerred from the game and the club are continuing to attempt to identify the other three, all six being termed an "embarrassment" to Chelsea. A Liverpool statement read: "This behaviour needs to be called out for what it is - unadulterated bigotry. There is no place for this behaviour in football, there is no place for it in society. A crime of this nature has more victims than any individual it is aimed at and, as such, collective and decisive action is needed to address it." Chelsea backed Liverpool's stance and released a statement which read: "Where there is clear evidence of Chelsea season ticket holders or members involved in such behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action against them. Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won't tolerate them in their club."

 

Choupo-Moting Finally Hits Something

Former Stoke City player Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, guilty of the worst miss I have ever seen in mid-week, when he made what can only be described as a goal-line clearance with the goal gaping, has been involved in a traffic accident on Thursday morning. The 30 year old Cameroon international hit another car on a roundabout, but escaped without injury, though the other driver suffered minor injuries to his ribs.

 

Dani Alves Tells PSG To Listen To Him

Thirty-five year old Brazilian Dani Alves has told PSG they should take his advice if they want to win in Europe. The former Juventus and Barcelona full-back told RMC Sport: "I know how to win. When I want to say something I would like to be followed. Not because I'm better than any other but because I've been there. When someone has been there maybe it's good to listen to them, to rely on their experience. Maybe it will work, maybe it won't. I would like that when I say something, one would listen more." Am I the only one reading that who wonders how muffled his voice must have been with his head so far up his own backside?!?

 

Mislintat Gets New Role

After leaving a job as Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has returned to the Bundesliga to become VfB Stuttgart's new sporting director. Mislintat arrived at the Emirates as part of their transition from the Arsene Wenger-era but the man nicknamed "Diamond Eye" for his ability to unearth talent was quickly sidelined under the new regime and left. Mislintat was with Arsenal for the signings of Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzie.

Written by Tris Burke April 12 2019 06:33:06

 

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