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Football News: Review Of The Day 19th May 2019

Review Of The Day 19th May 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Joshua Guilavogui has signed a new long term deal which runs until 2023.

40 year old Peruvian centre forward Claudio Pizarro has signed a new one year deal with Werder Bremen.

 

Transfers

Bournemouth have spent over £13m on Bristol City defender Lloyd Kelly.

Swansea City have released striker Wilfried Bony.

Argentine defender Lisandro Martinez has moved to Ajax for £6.3m from Defensa y Justicia.

Hull City are to release Ondrej Mazuch, Callum Burton, Adam Curry, Evandro, Will Keane, James Weir and Liam Ridgewell.

Australia captain Mark Milligan has been released by Hibernian.

 

Potter To Leave Swans

Despite being offered a new deal to stay at Swansea City, Graham Potter is set to leave the Swans to take charge at Brighton & Hove Albion. With Swansea still needing to sell to stay afloat, it is little surprise that Potter is taking the option to move to Premier League, and financially sound, Brighton.

 

Ziyech To Leave Ajax

Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech is set to leave Ajax in the summer transfer window after attracting interest due to his European exploits. Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars said: "He is in focus because of his achievements in the Champions League. Many big clubs are buzzing around him. We promised Hakim that we would agree if there is a good transfer."

 

Nigeria Admit To Not Paying Coaches Salaries

The Nigerian Football Federation have claimed that the delay in paying salaries to their coaches is a "short-term issue". NFF vice-president Shehu Dikko told the BBC: "As we speak all our coaches have not received their salary on time, but coach Gernot Rohr has now been paid until March. It's only a short-term issue because our sponsors (Aiteo) that we sourced to pay the coach have always fulfilled their contractual obligations. Since 2017, when we signed this deal, there has not been any issue or delay, and sometimes he [Rohr] was paid upfront by this sponsor. Unfortunately, the sponsors are not happy about the negative happenings and it's taken its toll on the NFF financial inflow. We had written to the coach to explain all these challenges leading to salary delays and he understands."

 

Guinea Guilty Of Age Cheating

Guinea have been disqualified from this year's Under-17 World Cup in Brazil after being found guilty of age-cheating at the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, which served as a qualifier for the World Cup. Guinea came second but were found guilty of using two ineligible players and will be replaced by Senegal in Brazil. A CAF statement read: "The players Aboubacar Conte and Ahmed Tidiane Keita were not eligible to participate with Guinea in the Final Tournament of the U-17 Afcon played in Tanzania. Due to the existence of two different passports for each of the players concerned, one passport was used for the International Under-16 Cup held in Japan, the year of birth date being 2001, and the other for the final U-17 Afcon tournament in Tanzania, which indicated the year of birth as 2002, which clearly shows that there was forgery. Because of their participation, the team is excluded from the competition and all its results and achievements during the competition must be cancelled. The Guinean Football Federation, following its disqualification, is prevented from representing Caf at the Fifa U-17 World Cup to be held in 2019. The Organizing Committee will be invited to reinstate Senegal and the Executive Committee to approve the participation of Senegal as Caf's 4th representative at the Fifa U-17 World Cup to be held in 2019." Guinea were also fined a total of US$100,000.

 

Benfica Clinch Title

Benfica beat Santa Clara 4-1 on the final day of the Portugese league season to lift the league title. Benfica finished 2 points ahead of Porto to win their 37th league title.

 

Bayern Lift 7th Successive Title

A 5-1 win for Bayern Munich has seen them win their 7th successive Bundesliga title to also win the league by two points, this time over Borussia Dortmund. Munich had clawed back a 9 point deficit to Dortmund after 12 games.

 

Spurs Upset Over Barca Lenience

Tottenham Hotspur have set out "grave concerns" over UEFA's lenience towards Barcelona after Spurs fans were attacked by Barca stewards at a Champions League match. Barca were fined just 20,000 euros for "insufficient organisation". A Spurs statement read: "We have grave concerns that the punishment imposed will not act as enough of a deterrent to avoid a repeat. The treatment our fans was completely unacceptable, something Uefa has acknowledged, and some are still recovering as a result of this ordeal. No visiting supporters should have to experience what our fans went through that night again." Spurs themselves were fined 10,000 euros for a late kick off, which is obviously seen as nearly as bad as fans being attacked with batons inside the ground and attacked entering the Nou Camp. Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust have revealed they plan on taking legal advice: "We submitted a detailed dossier of accounts from supporters who were caught up in that night's violence. This decision by Uefa sends clear signals. It says supporters are fair game for security staff to do what they want to. It says that broadcast rights and kick-off times are more important than supporter safety. And it says Uefa is unfit for purpose."

 

Atleti Fans Jeer Griezmann

In his final match for Atletico Madrid, French forward Antoice Griezmann suffered jeers and chants of "out, out, out" throughout the game. The 28 year old announced last week that he would be leaving Atleti in the summer, despite signing a new 5 year deal in June.

 

Pep's "Coatigan" To Be Auctioned

That god awful grey cardigan thing Pep Guardiola has been wearing on the touchline most of the season is to be auctioned off for charity. Despite it being ugly as hell, I am sure someone will pay for it. Pep said: "I think it's for the charity and now it's summer time, so I don't need it any more." Manchester City strolled through the 90 minutes to lift the FA Cup with a 6-0 win over Watford.

 

Former Arsenal Full Back To Coach Lyon

Brazilian former Barcelona and Arsenal left-back Sylvinho is to take up his first head coach role with Olympique Lyonnais. Sylvinho will be joined by compatriot Juninho, who will take up a role as sports director of the club. Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas said: "Juninho will arrive quickly. He chose the coach. I met with Sylvinho...he agreed."

Written by Tris Burke May 19 2019 06:55:04

 

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