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Football News: Review Of The Day 25th October 2021

Review Of The Day 25th October 2021
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Review of the Day


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Veteran free agent midfielder John-Joe O'Toole has signed for Mansfield Town on a short-term deal which will expire in January.


Injury Round-Up

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti was taken off just before half-time in Le Classique with a suspected hip injury.

Borussia Dortmund had mixed injury news over the weekend. Their Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Kubel collided with the post and had to be taken off, but it has turned out to be nothing more serious than bruising. There is not such good news with regard to Norwegian striker Erling Haaland. The 21-year-old, who had only just returned from injury, has been ruled out for at least 2 weeks with a hip flexor injury.


Managerial Changes

An eighth successive loss has seen Mick McCarthy and his assistant Terry Connor leave Cardiff City. It is the worst run of defeats in the club's history and leaves them in 21st place in the Championship, one point ahead of the relegation places. Steve Morison and Tom Ramasut have been placed in caretaker charge.

After two turns as interim head coach, Indian Super League side NorthEast United have appointed Khalid Jamil as their new permanent head coach.

After just 13 games in charge, Mark van Bommel has been sacked by VfL Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg have lost 3 in a row in the Bundesliga and have not won in 7 matches.


Disciplinary Charges

Police are investigating a banner displayed by Crystal Palace fans during their home game against Newcastle United. The banner by Palace fan group Holmesdale Fanatics, took aim at the Premier League owner's test and the regime in Saudi Arabia after Newcastle's recent takeover by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. Pictured were a man in traditional Arabic clothing holding a sword with blood on it, alongside the Premier League's chief executive Richard Masters. It also had a clipboard with the headline 'Premier League Owners Test' and then a checklist which contained terrorism, beheading, civil rights abuses, murder, censorship and persecution. Holmesdale Fanatics stated: "The Saudi led takeover of Newcastle has rightly received widespread condemnation and anger. To give the thumbs up to this deal at a time when the Premier League is promoting the women's game and inclusive initiatives such as rainbow armbands, shows the total hypocrisy at play and demonstrates the league's soulless agenda where profits trump all." Croydon Police have stated that they are investigating it as an "offensive banner", with suggestions of it containing "racist abuse", which does seem wide of the mark on both counts.

In France's Ligue 1 trouble marred the big game between Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain as play had to be stopped on a number of occasions due to crowd problems. Both halves saw play halted as home fans pelted Neymar with bottles when he tried to take corners. Security staff had to protect the Brazilian with plastic shields while he took them. In the second half a pitch invader got onto the pitch and laid hands on Lionel Messi, after chasing the Argentine while he was dribbling at the Marseille defence. Both sides had a goal disallowed and PSG ended the game with ten men as the match finished 0-0.

Barcelona fans surrounded and attacked manager Ronald Koeman's car as he attempted to leave the Camp Nou following the 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid. A Barca statement condemned the problem: "FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou. The club will take security and disciplinary measures so that such unfortunate events do not happen again." It was the Catalan's third loss in five matches in all competitions.


Pointless List Of The Day

The top 10 earners at Barcelona since Lionel Messi left have been reported:
1. Frenkie de Jong - £354,000 a week
2. Sergio Busquets - £258,000 a week
3= Sergio Aguero - £230,000 a week
3= Memphis Depay - £230,000 a week
5= Gerard Pique - £210,000 a week
5= Ousmane Dembele - £210,000 a week
5= Miralem Pjanic - £210,000 a week
8. Samuel Umtiti - £208,000 a week
9. Sergi Roberto - £170,000 a week
10. Jordi Alba - £150,000 a week


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Written by Tris Burke October 25 2021 02:32:44