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Football News: Review Of The Day 18th February 2020

Review Of The Day 18th February 2020
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Review of the Day



TSG Hoffenheim's Swiss midfielder Steven Zuber has signed a new deal running until 2023.

Racing Strasbourg goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara has extended his contract to 2023.



Former Manchester City and Rangers winger Vladimir Weiss has finally found a new club. The 30 year was released by Al Gharafa and has now signed for Slovan Bratislava on a free.

Chicago Fire paid £360,000 for Boris Sekulic from Gornik Zabrze.

FC Sion have signed Dimitri Cavare from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.


Injury Round-Up

Neymar is back in the Paris Saint-Germain squad after his annual birthday break with a 'rib injury'.

On his return from a 6-month injury layoff, LOSC Lille forward Timothy Weah has suffered another hamstring tear.

Bayern Munich defender Niklas Sule has returned to running on grass following a cruciate ligament rupture.


Disciplinary Charges

Hamilton Academicals have appealed against the red card which was shown to Jamie Hamilton in their weekend draw with Heart of Midlothian.


Lowe Hits Back At Ramage Comments

Former Derby County player turned BBC pundit Craig Ramage has been sacked by BBC Radio Derby after he made comments about "young black lads" on the Derby team. Ramage said: "When I look at certain players, their body language, their stance, the way they act, you just feel, hold on a minute, he needs pulling down a peg or two. So I'd probably say that about all the young black lads, all the young advice if they wanted it, that, you know, it's about, when you are struggling for form, you are going through a sticky patch, it's about going back to basics, working hard, and doing the right things." Rams player Max Lowe has described the comments as "racial ignorance" and "stereotyping". Lowe posted a statement on social media which read: "As a young black footballer making my way in the game, I was shocked by comments made by one of the analysts on BBC Radio Derby's Sportscene programme after our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield. Racial ignorance, stereotyping and intolerance negatively affects the image of impressionable young footballers and creates an unnecessary divide in society. I am also disappointed that a public service broadcaster did not step in to ask the analyst to explain his reasoning or to distance themselves from these archaic thoughts. This was a broadcast at the same time BBC Derby is promoting a 27-minute feature with former Rams defender Charlie Palmer about the difficulties he faced as a young black footballer in the 1980s. As a professional footballer at an ambitious, high-profile Championship club I know that my performances will be scrutinised and I have no problem with that whatsoever - but I do not think it is acceptable for myself and my team-mate Jayden Bogle to be judged by the colour of our skin." Ramage has since apologised for his comments.


Barca To Make Signing

Barcelona have been granted permission to make a signing outside of the transfer window due to the injury suffered by Ousmane Dembele being considered a 6 month injury. La Liga rules allow a team to make a signing from within Spain if a player is ruled out for more than five months. Funnily enough Dembele suffered the exact same injury previously but it was only considered a four month lay-off then, as Barca did not need a striker.


Munich Hero Passes Away

Sad news as Manchester United's legendary goalkeeper Harry Gregg has died at the age of 87. Gregg was part of the United team that were involved in the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 and helped to rescue a number of other people, including a baby and her badly injured, pregnant mother, from the wreckage. Former Man Utd team-mate Bobby Charlton, who Gregg saved from the wreckage, said: "For all the matter of fact things Harry said about that night in Munich for me he will always be remembered as a heroic figure. It's incredible to think that he went on to play in a match against Sheffield Wednesday just 13 days after that tragic night. A shining light both on and off the pitch. For so many reasons, he deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest names in Manchester United's history. Harry will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with [his wife] Carolyn and his family at this very sad time." R.I.P.


Casillas To Run For Presidency

Former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has put himself forward as a candidate for the presidency of the Spanish Football Federation. Casillas has not played since suffering a heart attack in training for club side Porto in May 2019. His announcement on social media read: "Yes, I will stand for presidency of the Spanish FA when elections are called. Together we will put our federation at the level of the best football in the world."


Barca Deny Making Social Media Attacks On Own Players

A local radio station in Spain, SER Catalunya, has made the stunning claim that Barcelona have hired a firm to produce social media posts that disparage its own players. The radio station claim that Barca use a firm called I3 Ventures to manage "dozens of accounts on Twitter and Facebook" that have attacked current players Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique, former manager Pep Guardiola, ex-players Xavi and Carles Puyol, as well as some of current club president Josep Maria Bartomeu's presidential rivals. Barca admit I3 Ventures works for the club but said that it "has no relationship with the accounts mentioned and, if any relationship were to come to light, the club would immediately end their contractual agreement and bring about any necessary legal action to defend their interests. As such, FC Barcelona confirm it has services contracted relating to the monitoring of social media with the aim of analysing both positive and negative messages about the organisation itself."


Player Walks Off Due To Racist Abuse

Porto forward Moussa Marega walked off the pitch midway through a game against Vitoria Guimaraes, alleging he was being racially abused by the fans. Marega had scored a goal that turned out to be the winner in a 2-1 victory, but less than ten minutes later he walked off despite the attempt of team-mates and opponents to persuade him to play on. Porto sadly substituted him, rather than supported him by walking off with him. Marega described the Guimaraes supporters "who come to the stadium to make racist screams" as "idiots".


Wenger Denies Rennes Presidency Interest

Arsene Wenger, the former Arsenal manager, has denied he is interested in stepping into the vacant Rennes president's role. Wenger said: "On the topic of Rennes [presidency], I am not a candidate as I am busy helping the development of the game with FIFA and I am focused on that."


Raiola Hits Out At Ole

After Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solksjaer told a media briefing that French midfielder Paul Pogba is the property of Man Utd and his agent Mino Raiola, Raiola took to social media to respond. Solksjaer said: "I've not spoken to Mino, that's for sure and no, I haven't sat down and told Paul to tell his agent what to say. But Paul is our player and not Mino's." Raiola responded: "Paul is not mine and for sure not Solskjaer's property, Paul is Paul Pogba's. You cannot own a human being already for a long time in the UK or anywhere else. I HOPE Solskjaer DO NOT WANT TO SUGGEST THAT PAUL IS HIS PRISONER. BUT BEFORE Solskjaer makes comments about things I say he should inform himself better about the content of what has been said. I am a free citizen who can think and express my thoughts. Until now I was maybe to nice to him. Solskjaer should just remember things that he said in the summer to Paul. I think Solskjaer may be frustrated for different reasons and is now mixing up some issues. I think that Solskjaer has other things to worry about. AT LEAST IF I WAS HIM I WOULD."

Written by Tris Burke February 18 2020 00:00:15


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