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Football News: Review Of The Day 1st November 2019

Review Of The Day 1st November 2019
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RB Salzburg's Japanese midfielder Masaya Okugawa signed a new deal running until 2023.

Italian midfielder Marco Verratti signed a new five year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

James Forrest has extended his contract with Celtic until 2023.

Cadiz midfielder Jon Ander Garrido has signed a new contract which runs until 2023.

Billy Bodin has extended his Preston North End contract until 2021.

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain has extended his contract by a year.



West Bromwich Albion's Scottish midfielder James Morrison retires. Morrison had made over 400 appearances for the Baggies and won 46 caps for his country. He will now take up a coaching role at the club's academy.

Former Motherwell midfielder Christian Mbulu has signed for Crewe Alexandra on a short term deal.


Injury Round-Up

Celtic fear striker Vakoun Bayo will need surgery that will keep him out for six weeks. The forward has had a scan on his knee and manager Neil Lennon is pessimistic of his chances saying: "Bayo's seeing a specialist. It's not good. So if he does need surgery we are looking at maybe six weeks."


South Africa Name Squad

South Africa squad:
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Goss (Bidvest Wits), Darren Keet (OH Leuven, Belgium), Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Defenders: Sifiso Hlanti, Thulani Hlatshwayo (both Bidvest Wits), Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), Mulomowandau Mathoho (Kaizer Chiefs), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City), Buhle Mkhwanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thapelo Morena (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Midfielders: Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Modiba (SuperSport United), Thato Mokeke (Cape Town City), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford, England), Mothobi Mvala (Highlands Park), Lebogang Phiri (En Avant Guingamp, France), Thulani Serero (Al Jazira, United Arab Emirates), Percy Tau (Club Brugge, Belgium), Bongani Zungu (Amiens, France), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Forwards: Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City), Bradley Grobler (SuperSport United), Lebohang Mothiba (Racing Strasbourg, France)


Italian Footballers Banned For Blasphemy

Two Serie A footballers have been given one-match bans for blasphemy after being shown on TV making blasphemous remarks. The Italian FA has disciplined players for blasphemy since 2010 and Sassuolo's Francesco Magnenelli and Parma's Matteo Scozzarella have become the latest disciplined.


UEFA Discipline Bulgaria And England

Bulgaria's Football Union have been fined just 75,000 euros for the racist behaviour and throwing of objects by its supporters during their match against England in the European qualifiers recently. They will also have to play one match behind closed doors, plus a suspended further closed doors penalty will be hung over their head for the next two years. They also have to display a 'No To Racism' banner at their next two games, which I am sure will make a huge difference and is not just UEFA paying lip service to attempts to stop racism. They were also fined 10,000 euros for causing a disturbance during a national anthem and warned about showing replays on a giant screen. England were also fined 5,000 euros for disrupting a national anthem and they have a further charge of insufficient number of travelling stewards to answer next month.


Macc Not Paying Up

Macclesfield Town has told its players and staff that October's wages will not be paid on time. This follows a similar issue last month for the League Two club, when salaries were paid two weeks late.


Toney Asks Fans To Change Chant

Peterborough United forward Ivan Toney has asked the club's fans to change a chant about him to make it more family friendly, rather than referring to the size of his penis, so that youngsters can join in. Former Newcastle United youngster Toney told the club's website: "It would be great to hear a new family version of the song so all of the young supporters in the stadium can join in too."


Bury Fight Goes On

The court battle to decide on Bury FC's future has been adjourned for 35 days. The club believe that they have automatically been paying tax on wages, despite those wages no longer being paid, and have overpaid on tax. The judge adjourned the case to give time to determine is HMRC were overpaid.


Mackems Get US Investment

Sunderland have confirmed that they have received a "significant investment" from American consortium FPP Sunderland Limited, although they refused to reveal exact numbers. A club statement read: "FPP Sunderland Limited is backing the current management of Sunderland AFC through a significant investment it has made in the club's holding company, Madrox Partners Ltd. Other terms of the investment are not being disclosed. The new investment is consistent with Mr.Donald's intention to attract additional financial resources to support the second phase of his plan to regenerate the club, including investing in the club's academy, recruitment structure, stadium infrastructure and fan experience."


Swans Vice Chair Steps Down

Swansea City vice-chairman Leigh Dineen has quit his role at the club. Dineen is a founding member of the Swansea City Supporters' Trust. The Swans say they have plans to replace him.


Johnson Gets One Match Ban

Bristol City's head coach Lee Johnson, son of Gary Johnson, has been fined £2,000 and given a one-match touchline ban by the Football Association. The 38 year old admitted a charge of misconduct following the 3-0 defeat at the hands of Luton Town.


QPR Hit Out At UEFA And FIFA Over Racist Abuse

Queens Park Rangers chief executive Lee Hoos has claimed that allegations of racist abuse against the club's players have been "swept under the carpet" by UEFA and FIFA. Their under-18s side walked off the pitch after being racially abused in Spain, 10 weeks ago, and they are still awaiting a verdict. Hoos stated: "There were a substantial number of people within the game who warned me at the time that this issue would be swept under the carpet and I am appalled to see this appears to be the case. I am disgusted, embarrassed and dismayed to call them our governing bodies when they are incapable of governing. Both Fifa and Uefa seem to treat complaints about racism like a complaint about a broken seat in a stadium. I am left confused, frustrated and incredibly angry that more than 10 weeks after we lodged our complaint of racism, we are still awaiting a decision. Incredibly, despite the seriousness of this issue, it took seven weeks and the personal intervention of Greg Clarke - the chairman of the FA and vice-chairman of Fifa - to get a response from Fifa." UEFA refused to act, claiming it was outside their jurisdiction, so the club complained to FIFA, who took 7 weeks just to acknowledge they had received the complaint. Then they simply passed the complaint back to UEFA to deal with on 9th October! UEFA have since stated: "Uefa has been in regular contact with the Spanish Football Association on the matter. The case is still being investigated by the Andalusian Football Association - the competent body to deal with the case in the first place. UEFA would have the right to investigate the matter if the Spanish/Andalusian football associations closed the case without action."


London Duo Fined

London clubs Brentford and Millwall have each been fined £14,000 by the FA for their part in an on-pitch melee in the 91st minute of Brentford's 3-2 win over the Lions. The clubs both admitted failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.


Derby Sack Captain

Derby County have sacked captain Richard Keogh for gross misconduct over his role in the drink driving incident which saw two teammates plead guilty to drink-driving. The 33 year old Keogh, who suffered a knee ligament injury which will keep him from playing for the season at least and could potentially end his career, is the only person to have been sacked, despite being a passenger in one of the two cars that collided with each other. The drivers, Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett, who are key players for the team, have been put straight back into the team, as Derby shows that morals count for nothing at their club. A club statement read: "As we have said from the outset, the club will not tolerate any of its players or staff behaving in a manner which puts themselves, their colleagues, and members of the general public at risk of injury or worse, or which brings the club into disrepute." But probably could have continued by adding: 'unless they are key players in which case we will give them a slap on the wrist and continue to pick them'. Let's be honest, Keogh was sacked because of his age and the injury, not because the club gives a toss about right or wrong.


Nice Refuse To Release Player For Under-23s Duty

French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice have refused to release Cameroon's Ignatius Ganago for duty in the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Under-23s manager, Rigobert Song, has had to leave him out of his 21-man squad.


Ghana Name Squad

Ghana squad:
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg FC, South Africa), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Razak Abalora (Azam FC, Tanzania)
Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Lumor Agbenyenu (Real Mallorca, Spain), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo, Spain), Kassim Nuhu (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy), Mohammed Salisu (Real Valladolid, Spain)
Midfielders: Samuel Owusu (Al Fahya, Saudi Arabia), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Iddrisu Baba (Real Mallorca, Spain), Christopher Antwi-Adjei (SC Paderborn, Germany)
Forwards: Andre Ayew (Swansea, England), Mohammed Kudus (FC Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Emmanuel Boateng (Dalian Yifang, China), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Torric Jibril (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Shafiu Mumuni (Ashantigold)


Nigeria Squad Named

Nigeria squad:
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem (Leganes, Spain); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Bryan Idowu (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)
Midfielders: Alexander Iwobi (Everton, England); Mikel Agu (Vitoria Guimaraes, Portugal); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada, Spain)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Victor Osimhen (Lille, France); Moses Simon (Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal, Spain); Paul Onuachu (Genk, Belgium); Emmanuel Dennis (Club Brugge, Belgium); Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux, France)
Standby: Leon Balogun (Brighton & Hove Albion, England); Peter Olayinka (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic); Oghenekaro Etebo (Stoke City, England)


DR Congo Squad

DR Congo squad:
Goalkeepers: Riffi Mandanda (US Boulogne, France), Joel Kiassumbua (Servette, Switzerland), Jackson Lunaga (AS Vita Club)
Defenders: Mukoko Amale (DC Motema Pembe), Jordan Ikoko (Ludogorets, Bulgaria), Christian Luiyndama (Galatasaray, Turkey), Marcel Tisserand (Wolfsburg, Germany), Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto, Portugal), Mustafa Avadongo (AS Vita Club), Arthur Masuaku (West Ham United, England), Fabrice Nsakala (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Wilfred Moke (MKE Ankaragucu, Turkey),
Midfielders: Giannelli Imbula (Lecce, Italy), Samuel Moutoussamy (Nantes, France), Paul-Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege, Belgium), Neeskens Kebano (Fulham, England), Chadrac Akolo (Amiens FC, France), Gael Kakuta (Amiens FC, France)
Forwards: Jordan Botaka (Saint Truiden, Belgium), Yannick Bolasie (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Dieumerci Ndongala (Genk, Belgium), Jody Lukoki (Ludogorets, Bulgaria), Cedric Bakambu (Beijing Guoan, China), Jackson Muleka (TP Mazembe, DR Congo), Nelson Balongo (Sint-Truiden, Belgium), Nill De Pauw (Rizespor, Turkey), Jonathan Okita (NEC Nijmegen, Netherlands), Jonathan Bolingi (AS Eupen, Belgium)


Watford Finally Get Work Permit

Teenage Watford striker Joao Pedro has had to wait 12 months since signing for the Hornets to finally be granted a work permit. The 18 year old will be able to join up with the squad in January. He is currently playing for Fluminese in his native Brazil.


Advocaat Replaces Stam

Feyenoord have chosen former Rangers and Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat as their new head coach until the end of the season. Advocaat replaces Jaap Stam, the former Manchester United defender, who quit after a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Ajax on Sunday.


Hearts Sack Director Of Football And Head Coach

Heart of Midlothian have sacked both their head coach and their director of football, Craig Levein, though he will continue to work for the club until the summer. Levein had worked as DoF there since 2014, before also assuming the head coach role in August 2017.


Carabao Cup Draw

Quarter-final ties:
Oxford United v Manchester City
Manchester United v Colchester United
Aston Villa v Liverpool
Everton v Leicester City


Barca Players Were Willing To Delay Payments To Sign Neymar

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that the players were willing to help the club re-sign Neymar Jr by delaying some of the payments they were due in order to ease FFP considerations. Pique said: "We were ready to adjust our contracts. We weren't going to contribute money, but we were going to make things easier by allowing some payments to be made in the second or third year instead of the first."

Written by Tris Burke October 31 2019 20:19:08


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