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Football News: Review Of The Day 5th December 2019

Review Of The Day 5th December 2019
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Review of the Day

 



Contracts

German goalkeeper Jens Grahl has extended his contract with VfB Stuttgart until 2022.

Real Betis have given their veteran Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado a contract until 2022.

Barcelona's teenage starlet Ansu Fati has signed a new 4 year deal with a buyout clause set at 170m euros.

 


Transfers

Free agent French forward Edouard Butin has signed for US Orleans.

Toronto FC have taken Juan Agudelo on a free transfer from New England Revolution.

Shrewsbury Town have signed free agent French midfielder for the rest of the season, with a club option for a further year.

Sporting Kansas City have added a 28 year old Croatian defender to their roster. Roberto Puncec has signed a 2 year contract with the MLS.

Real Salt Lake have exercised their buy option in the loan move of Everton Luiz from SPAL. The 31 year old spent last season on loan with a view to buy and RSL have completed the deal to sign him permanently.

 


Scunnie And Vale Fined

League Two sides Scunthorpe United and Port Vale have been fined by the Football Association for "failing to ensure players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion". Scunthorpe were also fined £1,000 and Vale were fined £2,000, with both admitting the charge.

 


Sol Backs Winding Up Bid

The winding-up petition issued against Macclesfield Town by HMRC has been backed by their former manager Sol Campbell. The former England, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender is owed £180,000 by the League Two side. Campbell was manager of the Silkmen between November 2018 and August this year, when he left by mutual consent.

 


Bury Given More Time

Bury have been given another extension to the winding-up petition in the High Court. They were given a 35-day extension in October, the case has once more been adjourned, this time until 18th December.

 


Brum Appoint Pep

Birmingham City have appointed Pep Clotet as their permanent head coach, six months after he took over on a caretaker basis. Clotet was previously assistant to Garry Monk, until Monk was sacked in June after 15 months in charge. Clotet has previously been in charge at Oxford United and lifted the Blues to 15th in the table, A Birmingham statement read: "We have a clear vision of what our footballing philosophy needs to be and Pep and his staff have begun to implement that. Pep has shown his coaching expertise, man-management and leadership skills, allied to exemplary professional conduct, that can help take the club forward. We trust that our supporters will continue to get behind Pep, the coaching staff and the players, all of whom are passionate about bringing success to Birmingham City and have the club's interests at heart."

 


Former AFCON Player of the Tournament Retires From Internationals

Burkina Faso striker Jonathan Pitroipa, the Player of the Tournament at 2013's Africa Cup of Nations, has retired from international football. The 33 year old has been representing his country as a full international for 13 years, during which time he took part in 5 AFCON tournaments. Pitroipa wrote on social media: "Of course, the decision was very difficult to make, but it's time for me to write another page of my life. These years spent with the national team have been incredibly emotional and above all an incredible life experience. I would first like to thank my teammates, supporters, people involved near and far and without forgetting my loved ones, my family who made this adventure so special. I am proud to have put on the jersey and have contributed to writing the most beautiful pages in the history of Burkina Faso football. I hope I can continue to bring my experience to my young talented brothers, so that in turn, they make us dream, by raising the colours of our dearest nation. I will be very honoured to continue to contribute outside the field, to the progress of Burkina Faso football."

 


Bordeaux Game Suspended

Play was suspended in Girondin Bordeaux's Ligue 1 match with Nimes for 25 minutes due to a protest by Bordeaux fans. The supporters had left the stands and gathered at the corner of the pitch after 11 minutes of the game to call for the resignation of club president Frederic Longuepee. The protest did not seem to affect their own team though, who went on to win 6-0 after play resumed.

 


Agent Fees Rise

According to a FIFA report, spending on intermediaries involved in international transfers has risen by almost 20% since last year. According to the report, global spending reached £501m, 80% of that being spent by Italy, England, Germany, Portugal, Spain and France. Portugese clubs managed to spend more on the commission fees than they did on transfer fees.

Written by Tris Burke December 04 2019 23:53:17

 

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