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Football News: Review Of The Day 16th February 2021

Review Of The Day 16th February 2021
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Review of the Day

 

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Contracts

Blackburn Rovers midfielder John Buckley has signed a new three and a half year deal, with an option for a further year.

St Mirren have extended the contract of manager Jim Goodwin until 2024.

 


Transfers

Free agent winger Danny Rowe has signed for Burton Albion.

RB Leipzig have turned Angelino's loan move from Manchester City into a permanent deal. RBL have also confirmed that Bayern Munich will pay Dayot Upamecano's buy-out clause, reported to be around £38m, to sign the French defender at the end of the season.

One-time Brazilian 'wonderkid' Alexandre Pato has found himself a new club in MLS football as the free agent forward has signed for Orlando City.

Former Liverpool left-back Emiliano Insua has moved to Aldosivi from Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy on a free transfer.

Lille centre-back Sven Botman has been claimed to have an agreement to join a 'big European club' in the summer, by Canal+. Botman's agent, Nikki Bruinenberg, dismissed the story as "fake news".

AS Roma midfielder Ante Coric has joined NK Olimpija on loan.

Former Liverpool and Fulham winger Alexander Kacaniklic has joined Hajduk Split on a free transfer from Hammarby.

San Jose Quakes of Major League Soccer have paid £409,000 to sign Eric Remedi from fellow MLS side Atlanta United.

Genoa teenager Darian Males has moved to FC Basel on loan.

Manchester United youngster Dylan Levitt has joined NK Istra on loan.

Former Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon has joined CSKA Moscow on loan after they paid Dalian Professional a loan fee of £450,000.

Lars Bohinen's son Emil has moved to CSKA Moscow for a fee of £1.35m from Stabaek.

Guinea-Bissau winger Gerso has left MLS football for the South Korean K-League as he has joined Jeju United on a free transfer from Sporting Kansas City.

 


Injury Round-Up

Barcelona's former Manchester United defender Gerard Pique has returned to full training for the first time since picking up a knee ligament injury against Atletico Madrid in November.

Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett will be missing for a couple of weeks from training and matches as the 59 year old is to have an operation to remove a mole from his forearm.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has returned to training but has been left behind to work on his fitness while the first team head off to Hungary to face RB Leipzig.

Napoli's former Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina suffered a first-degree adductor injury in his right thigh during the warm-up before their 1-0 win over Juventus and is expected to miss the next two games. Hirving Lozano was also injured during that game but his is a second-degree injury to his right hamstring which is expected to keep him out for a month.

Luis Suarez, no, not that one, but the Colombian striker who plays for Granada, has been ruled out for two months with a fibrillar injury to his right hamstring.

Real Madrid's Spanish international right-back Dani Carvajal's injury-hit season is showing no signs of improving. He has now suffered a muscular injury in his tendon which is estimated to sideline him for two months. Previous muscle injuries this season have already seen him miss a total of three months of action.

Sheffield United's already slim hopes of avoiding relegation have taken yet another hit after centre-back stalwart John Egan suffered what appears to be a "serious foot/leg injury" in the 3-0 defeat to West Ham United on Monday. The Irish international has been a key player as the Blades tried to fight their way clear of the drop zone.

 


Managerial Changes

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has been appointed new manager of Port Vale after the two clubs agreed a compensation deal. Clarke has previously managed Bristol Rovers. His assistant Brian Dutton will take charge of Walsall until the end of the season.

Aberdeen have cancelled a question and answer event between the chairman, Dave Cormack and fans as the supporters have called for a change of manager for the struggling SPFL side. Cormack instead asked the fans to back under-fire boss Derek McInnes.

Borussia Moenchengladbach have revealed that their head coach Marco Rose is to leave them in the summer to take charge of Borussia Dortmund.

 


Disciplinary Charges

Crawley Town head coach John Yems has been given a two-match touchline ban for attempting to enter the match officials' changing room after a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient. Yems admitted improper conduct and was also fined £750.

Rangers have launched an internal investigation into allegations that some of their players were at a house party broken up by police in the early hours of Sunday morning. Police Scotland said: "We received a report of a gathering at a property in Hayburn Lane, Glasgow, around 1.10am on Sunday, 14 February. Officers attended and those in attendance left. Ten people were issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching coronavirus regulations." There was no mention of any footballers being involved by the police.

Livingston are appealing against a red card shown to Jack Fitzwater in their defeat to Dundee United.

Lazio's Manuel Lazzari is facing a one-match ban for blasphemy after he was caught on camera swearing towards the assistant referee in their defeat to Inter Milan on Sunday. Juventus' legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has also been reported to Italy's football tribunal for blasphemy and faces the same punishment if found guilty.

 


Celtic Reveal Losses

Celtic's half-year financial report has revealed a pre-tax loss of nearly £6m, as revenue decreased by almost a quarter. Club chairman Ian Bankier said: "The prolonged summer transfer window, the impact of Covid-19 and, crucially, the loss of our passionate support at matches have undoubtedly had a damaging effect on our performance levels in domestic and European competitions, but we recognise that our performance has not been good enough. Amidst this challenging environment, however, we secured victory in the postponed 2019-20 Scottish Cup final to deliver an incredible fourth consecutive treble, following on from securing our ninth consecutive league title. The scale of this achievement cannot be underplayed and should be a cause for pride and celebration for years to come. I must state clearly that all decisions we take will be taken calmly and rationally. We will not make hasty decisions that we might regret. There is considerable uncertainty as to how and when the game will get back to normal. Equally, there are opportunities ahead of us, as the structure of European competitions evolves over the next three to five years."

 


Barca Fans Attempt PSG Mind Games

The arrival of Paris Saint-Germain into Barcelona for their Champions League tie saw a crowd of Barca fans waiting outside their hotel to insult PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The fans called him a son of a bitch, one called for him to "give me a million euros" and they all shouted at him to "Leave Messi alone, thief!" The Barca fans then decided to spend the night letting off fireworks in an attempt to spoil the Parisiens' sleep.

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Written by Tris Burke February 16 2021 06:10:25

 

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