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Football News: Review Of The Day 9th September 2021

Review Of The Day 9th September 2021
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Review of the Day

 

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Contracts

AFC Wimbledon have given Nik Tzanev a new 3 year deal.

 


Transfers

Crawley Town have signed free agent defender Joel Lynch on a short-term contract.

Free agent veteran goalkeeper Stephen Henderson has returned to former club Charlton Athletic.

Kean Bryan has signed for West Bromwich Albion. The 24-year-old was a free agent after leaving Sheffield United at the end of the season.

Matt Millar has signed for St Mirren on a free transfer from Newcastle Jets.

Former Rangers winger Barrie McKay has signed for Rangers on a free transfer from Swansea City.

SCO Angers have signed Billal Brahimi from Stade Reims.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool player Steven Caulker has joined Gaziantep FK on a free transfer from Fenerbahce.

Stefano Okaka has moved to Basaksehir from Udinese.

Former Manchester United right-back Rafael has signed for Botafogo in the Brazilian second tier from Basaksehir on a free transfer.

Monaco midfielder Youssef Ait Bennasser has joined Adanaspor on a free transfer.

 


Injury Round-Up

 

 

Managerial Changes

Former Real Madrid head coach Carlos Queiroz has been appointed to take charge of the Egyptian national team. Queiroz replaces Hossam El Badry, who was sacked on Monday following a draw with Gabon in World Cup qualifying left them 2 points behind Group F leaders Libya.

 


Disciplinary Charges

MK Dons have been fined £2,500 for failing to ensure their players behaved "in an orderly fashion" during their 2-0 home win over Accrington Stanley.

Chelsea have been fined £25,000 for the same offence after Reece James was shown a red card against Liverpool before the international break.

In France's Ligue 1 the crowd trouble which led to the game between OGC Nice and Olympique Marseille being abandoned, after a barrage of objects finally led Marseille midfielder Dmitri Payet to respond by throwing a plastic bottle back into the crowd. The Nice supporters then stormed the pitch, injuring a number of Marseille players as stewards failed to hold them back. Nice have been docked one point, with another point suspended and they are to play three home games behind closed doors, one of which will be the replay of the Marseille game. Payet was given a one-match suspended ban, team-mate Alvaro Gonzalez has been banned for two matches, while Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez received a nine-game touchline suspension.

 


Oldham Not For Sale

Oldham Athletic's unpopular owner Abdallah Lemsagam has ruled out selling the club, despite fan protests at home games all this season. Lemsagam took over in 2018, but his popularity with the supporters was, at best, low and is now right at the bottom due to financial difficulties that have afflicted them under the Moroccan's reign. Lemsagam said: "I do not want to sell my ownership of the club. I am more determined than ever to make the club successful. The actions of certain fans at the moment, the ones that want me to sell, are hurting the club. Encouraging non-attendance at matches, invading the pitch during matches, throwing objects at the players - those things all hurt the team and the club. I have not received one single serious offer to buy the club in the past three years. I am not leaving. I am not selling. I want to work with the fans and not fight with them."

 


PSG Chief Hits Back At Tebas

The head of the Spanish La Liga has upset Paris Saint-Germain after a series of digs at their spending (ironic considering the top 3 clubs in Spain are in serious financial difficulties due to overspending in recent years) and the age of their players. PSG general secretary Victoriano Melero has now hit back: "Time after time, you allow yourself to publicly attack the French League, our clubs, our players while constantly posting insulting and defamatory statements insinuating that we do not conform to the football financial regulations. It will not have escaped your attention that we comply with Uefa and French regulations. It is worth noting that the French League did not, like your league, wait until recent years to put in place strong financial regulations. It is now publicly known that certain Spanish clubs and your league are facing unsustainable levels of debt after gross mis-management, not to mention the way Spanish football has been financed over the past decade - including by the state. Now you are also directly and disrespectfully attacking the players. Your remarkable comments on the age of these players not only insults their past and current roles in defining how our great game is played but also the millions of fans around the world who idolise them. I am quite surprised you are not focusing more of your attention on the two clubs in your league - Real Madrid and Barcelona - that remain steadfast focused on breaking up your league and European football as a whole. We invite you to focus on solving your domestic issues, which you are responsible, and to stop your transparent and repeated diversion attempts." Melero was unhappy after Tebas called PSG a "state club" (sort of like Real Madrid have been since the Franco era I think he means), said they were "as dangerous" as the European Super League proposal and also said: "PSG looks like the league of legends given the age of some players." The French League itself, the LFP, also criticised Tebas stating: "The LFP asks Mr Javier Tebas to watch his outrageous statements. However, the LFP wishes to point out that the financial largesse from which Spanish clubs have benefited for many seasons and which is at the root of the current problems, is neither its responsibility nor that of Paris St Germain."

 


Italy Set New Mark

Reigning European champions Italy have become the first national side to embark on a run of 37 matches without defeat after handing Lithuania a 5-0 thrashing. Italy won 28 games and drew 9 during the run. Brazil claimed the previous record with 36 undefeated between 1993 and 1996.

 

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Written by Tris Burke September 09 2021 04:37:20

 

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