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Football News: Review Of The Day 13th November 2020

Review Of The Day 13th November 2020
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Teenage winger Yeremi Pino has signed a 4 year deal with Villareal, as has Spanish forward Fer Nino. Alex Baena has agreed a 5 year deal with the Yellow Submarine.

Spezia's Croatian defender Martin Erlic has signed a 4 year contract.



Barcelona star Lionel Messi's agent (and father) Jorge Messi has dismissed the reports about talks with Paris Saint-Germain as "fake news". ESPN had made the claim that Messi senior had spoken to PSG in order to reach a deal on a transfer, that may even happen as early as January. The older Messi hit back on social media by posting up the report with a message reading: "Stop inventing! #fakenews" plastered over the top.


Injury Round-Up

Rotherham United winger Kieran Sadlier is out for three months due to an ankle ligament injury received when playing in the team's win over Preston North End.

Croatia's captain, Domagoj Vida, played the first half of their 3-3 draw with Turkey before finding out that he had tested CV positive. The player had been replaced at half-time anyway, before the result came back and was immediately placed into isolation.

Manchester City defender Nathan Ake had to be taken off just five minutes into the Netherlands' meaningless friendly draw with Spain, after the 25 year old injured a hamstring. LOSC Lille defender Sven Botman has been called up to replace him.

Liverpool's England centre-back Joe Gomez is to miss a "significant part" of the season after his knee injury was operated on. Liverpool reported: "The issue was isolated to Gomez's tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments. No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21."

Italian midfielder Marco Verratti has returned to training with Paris Saint-Germain. Verratti has been out since the October international break with a quad injury he suffered while on international duty.

Everton await news on their veteran right-back Seamus Coleman, after he pulled out of Ireland's friendly with England with a recurrence of a previous injury.


Managerial Changes

Former FA chairman Greg Clarke has also stood down as vice-president of FIFA, where he acted as UEFA's representative on the FIFA Council. However UEFA's president Aleksander Ceferin has reacted to Clarke's claim to the BBC that the Swede had asked him to stay on, by phoning him and telling him to quit.


Disciplinary Charges

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has been fined £1,750 for his comments in a post-match interview following their loss at Lincoln City in League One. Lambert admitted an improper conduct charge and was fined for a second time in a week after being fined £1,000 and given a one-match touchline ban for "abusive and insulting" language towards a match official during the game itself.


Burnley Confirm Ongoing Takeover Talks

Premier League side Burnley have confirmed that the reports about the club being in takeover talks are true. A statement read: "Regarding various comments in the media, Burnley football club confirms that the club's ownership remain in discussions with interested parties regarding future investment in the club. In full respect of ongoing processes, the club will not be providing any further commentary on this matter until those discussions have reached a conclusion."


FA Request Iceland Exemption

With a British government ban on travel from Denmark in effect, it was expected that the Nations League game between England and Iceland on Wednesday would have to be played in a neutral venue. Iceland are set to play Denmark in Copenhagen on Sunday, which would make them ineligible to travel to the UK, with the government making clear there would be no exceptions. Despite this, the Football Association have requested an exception saying: "While in Denmark they will have been under strict Uefa protocols in a sporting bubble and will be PCR tested before travelling to England. The PCR test picks up the Cluster 5 [mutated] variant. We have agreed with the Icelandic team that they arrive on private charter to a private terminal and will only have access to their hotel and the stadium. We will also put in place additional testing over and above the multiple tests normally required for each participant and staff at the match." The game would be most likely to take place in Germany, if the travel ban can not be overturned. The spectre of playing a 'home' match abroad has been put to bed though as England were granted permission to host their match against Iceland at Wembley. The UK Government have issued a travel exemption for the Iceland team.


Barca Reach Pay Cut Stalemate

Barcelona have admitted that there has been no agreement on pay cuts despite several days of meetings in an attempt to solve the impasse. Barca admit to having "serious financial problems" which "require a salary adjustment of 191m euros". Their statement read: "All parties know that the negotiations are exhausted, but the club and the professional footballers as well as the collective of employees are aware of the immense value that they must raise together and with full understanding of this complex situation, even if the club has to accept that it will not be able to achieve the minimally necessary targets and, in the case of the professional footballers, will have to make a greater contribution than they expect." Though that message seems to have escaped head coach Ronald Koeman who recently called for new signings in a Mundo Deportivo interview.


FIFA Rankings

Going into the internationals this is the FIFA rankings:
1. Belgium - 1765 points
2. France - 1752 points
3. Brazil - 1725 points
4. England - 1669 points
5. Portugal - 1661 points
6. Spain - 1639 points
7. Uruguay - 1637 points
8. Argentina - 1636 points
9. Croatia - 1634 points
10. Colombia - 1631 points
11. Mexico - 1625 points
12. Italy - 1612 points
13. Denmark - 1610 points
14. Germany - 1607 points
15. Netherlands - 1596 points
16. Switzerland - 1589 points
17. Chile - 1570 points
18. Poland - 1568 points
19. Sweden - 1558 points
20. Wales - 1550 points
21. Senegal - 1549 points
22. USA - 1542 points
23. Ukraine - 1539 points
24. Peru - 1533 points
25. Austria - 1523 points
26. Tunisia - 1507 points
27. Japan - 1503 points
28. Venezuela - 1493 points
29. Iran - 1492 points
30. Algeria - 1489 points
31. Serbia - 1489 points
32. Nigeria - 1488 points
33. Turkey - 1486 points
34. Russia - 1480 points
35. Paraguay - 1476 points
36. Republic of Ireland - 1467 points
37. Slovakia - 1466 points
38. South Korea - 1464 points
39. Morocco - 1461 points
40. Iceland - 1461 points


RB Link Up Is A Goa

Indian Super League side FC Goa have announced a three-year partnership with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. The two teams have been in talks over the link up since 2018. The partnership will include holding football training camps for young players in India, training of coaches and the exchange of know-how with regards to club structures.


Dortmund Hit Out At Racist Abuse

Borussia Dortmund player Manuel Akanji has been racially abused on social media following the game against Bayern Munich. A Dortmund statement read: "Our player Manuel Akanji was racially abused on Instagram after the big game against Bayern Munich last Saturday. For us, this isn't just another incident in these times of national and international hostility against football players from a variety of clubs and leagues. The actual extent of racist abuse in sport is probably much higher, but all too often these incidents go unnoticed by a wider public. We won't stop publicising these incidents. We will continue to protect affected players and fans and consistently fight against racism in football and wider society. Borussia unites. Together against racism!"


EFL Accept Lower League Rescue Package

The English Football League have accepted the Premier League's revised rescue package. Initially the Premier League had offered £50m to be shared between teams in League One and Two, which, in a surprising show of solidarity not often seen in football, was rejected by the two divisions because it did not include help for those in the Championship. The new offer from the Prem will help Championship clubs that are "suffering significant COVID-19-related hardship". An EFL statement explained their decision: "A collective agreement in principle was made to move forward and finalise the negotiations, with Championship Clubs making it clear today that they wanted to ensure their colleagues in League One and League Two received the proposed 50 million pounds financial support package. Championship Clubs also acknowledged that discussions in respect of the levels of support they will receive will remain ongoing."

Written by Tris Burke November 12 2020 20:30:18


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