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Football News: Review Of The Day 15th February 2020

Review Of The Day 15th February 2020
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Real Salt Lake midfielder Luke Mulholland has signed a 1 year deal.



Genoa have loaned Brazilian goalkeer Jandrei to Athletico Paranaense.

Dunajska Streda have signed Andrija Balic on loan from Udinese.


Injury Round-Up

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is struggling for fitness after a knee operation.


Disciplinary Charges

UEFA have hit Manchester City with a 2 season ban from European competition. A UEFA statement explained: "The Adjudicatory Chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016. The Adjudicatory Chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the Club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case by the CFCB. The Adjudicatory Chamber has imposed disciplinary measures on Manchester City Football Club directing that it shall be excluded from participation in UEFA club competitions in the next two seasons (ie. the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons) and pay a fine of € 30 million. The decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber is subject to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). If Manchester City Football Club exercises that right the full reasoned decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber will not be published prior to publication of the final award by the CAS." Man City hit back with their own statement: "The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position. In December 2018, the Uefa chief investigator publicly previewed the outcome and sanction he intended to be delivered to Manchester City, before any investigation had even begun. The subsequent flawed and consistently leaked Uefa process he oversaw has meant that there was little doubt in the result that he would deliver. The club has formally complained to the Uefa disciplinary body, a complaint which was validated by a CAS ruling. Simply put, this is a case initiated by Uefa, prosecuted by Uefa and judged by Uefa. With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity." La Liga's president Javier Tebas has praised UEFA for "finally taking decisive action. Enforcing the rules of financial fair play and punishing financial doping is essential for the future of football. For years we have been calling for severe action against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, we finally have a good example of action and hope to see more." Funny how Tebas left Real Madrid off that list.


Volland Keen On English League

Kevin Volland, the Bayer Leverkusen striker attracting interest from English Premier League sides, has admitted he would be interested in a move to England. Volland told Sport 1: "The Premier League is a very interesting league for me. The pace is extremely high, the league requires a lot of readiness to run and that would certainly suit me. I am not the type of person who says: I definitely have to play in England, Italy or Spain. I feel very comfortable in Leverkusen and leave everything open."


Killie Vow To Deal With Racism At Their Club

SPFL side Kilmarnock were caught up in a storm after TV cameras appeared to catch a racist shout aimed at Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos on Wednesday. Killie manager Alex Dyer said: "If we can find the person who did this they will obviously be banned from the football club. I didn't hear it on the night, but if that is the case, I know the club will look into it. We won't tolerate anything like this. We also know this isn't just about football. It's society's problem, but at the end of the day, we don't want anyone with that mentality around this football club. Kilmarnock have been brilliant. The club has given me a opportunity to manage it. As you can see, I'm a black man, but that never came into it at all. I was hired because of my ability and long may that continue. This is a great football club and a great town to live in with good people. One or two aren't going to spoil it for the rest. If people do have those thoughts, we'll eradicate it from this football club."


Jose Backs Tanganga

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has given defender Japhet Tanganga his backing. Mourinho gave Tanganga his debut against Liverpool last month and has kept him in the side pretty much ever since. Mourinho has now given him and fellow youngster Oliver Skipp his public backing, saying: "Tanganga's already in the dressing room, with Skipp. Both are fantastic kids - both kids in which we believe a lot. The difference is with Japhet that the big opportunity appeared. With Skipp that has not happened yet - the big opportunity to start matches and play many minutes. But both are in the first-team dressing room. And our objective - what we are working on - is to make them Tottenham players for many years."


CAF Hits Back At Auditors

The Confederation of African Football has hit back at the report by auditors Pricewaterhouse Coopers, calling its finding "unfounded". A CAF statement said that there were "unfounded allegations contained in the report". CAF claim their use of FIFA Forward funds, which PwC found to have just five of the 40 payments "appeared to be aligned to purpose", had been "strictly governed by procedures set by FIFA".


Nuno Happy At Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers' manager Nuno Espirito Santo has dismissed talks of leaving the club after being linked with a number of clubs in recent years. The former goalkeeper admitted they had not had talks about a new contract, but he committed himself to the club with a new deal as recently as July, which takes him through to the end of next season. Santo said: "I have not had a proposal. I have one year more of my contract and I don't think about that. When you sign something, you stick to it or you don't. I am happy with the group of players we have and the way we work. They [the fans] can be assured that every day, this is my obsession. Wolves is my obsession. It is my life. I don't think about anything else."


Bury In Trouble Once More

Bury FC is once more surrounded by doubts over his future after they defaulted on a settlement plan to pay off their outstanding debts. Bury had until Tuesday to pay a CVA agreed back in July. It is now likely that the club will face further action, which could well end in liquidation, which has been a fear since they were epelled from the EFL in August.


Italy Wants VAR Challenges

The Italian football federation, FIGC, has asked FIFA for a system to challenge decisions, similar to that used in sports such as tennis and cricket. The FIGC said it is ""convinced that, by continuing the path already undertaken, football can be brought into a dimension ever closer to the millions of fans, without affecting the referee's authority but rather by providing him with concrete tools".

Written by Tris Burke February 14 2020 22:41:28


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