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Football News: Review Of The Day 24th June 2022

Review Of The Day 24th June 2022
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Review of the Day


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Teenage German starlet Florian Wirtz has signed a long-term deal with Bayer Leverkusen which ties him to the club until 2027.

Stade Rennais's teenage midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu has been handed a 3-year contract.

Experienced defender Ermin Bicakcic has agreed a 1-year deal with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

Inter Milan have given veteran goalkeeper Alex Cordaz a 1-year contract.



Newcastle United have paid an undisclosed fee of over £10m to sign goalkeeper Nick Pope from Burnley.

Aberdeen have also paid an undisclosed fee for their new signing from MTK Budapest, North Macedonia striker Bojan Miovski.

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ryan Giles has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the season.

Charlton Athletic have signed Joe Wollacott on a free transfer.

Southampton midfielder Caleb Watts has moved to Morecambe on a season-long loan deal.

Stevenage have signed Fulham goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond on loan and Kane Smith from Boreham Wood.

Swindon Town have signed Tyrese Shade on a free transfer from Leicester City and Sol Brynn on loan from Middlesbrough.

Chelsea defender Sam McClelland has joined Barrow on a season-long loan deal and Barrow paid an undisclosed fee for the return of forward Richie Bennett from Sutton United.

Ryan Edmondson has signed for Carlisle United on a free transfer from Leeds United.

Major League Soccer side DC United have transferred Peruvian winger Edison Flores to Mexican Liga MX side Atlas Guadalajara.

AJ Auxerre full-back Calens Arcus has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a free transfer.

VfL Bochum have signed Arsenal full-back Jordi Osei-Tutu on a free transfer.

RB Leipzig have loaned Dennis Borkowski to Dynamo Dresden.

Eintracht Frankfurt's Austrian centre-back Martin Hinteregger has announced his retirement from playing at the age of just 29. Despite winning the Europa League last season and suffering no injury problems he decided to retire after a storm of criticism due to ties with a far-right businessman. Hinteregger had set up an amateur football tournament in his hometown with Heinrich Sickl, now a councillor for right-wing populist party FPO, but he was a former member of banned German neo-Nazi group Nationalist Front.

Almeria have spent £2.7m to sign Gui from Vitoria Guimaraes.

SM Caen have signed Anthony Mandrea on a free transfer from Angers SCO.

Erik Thommy is to sign for MLS franchise Sporting Kansas City on a free transfer from VfB Stuttgart when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Turkish Super Lig side Altay have confirmed that Chilean striker Martin Rodriguez is set to sign for DC United.

Australian international Awer Mabil has signed for La Liga side Cadiz on a free transfer from Midtjylland.


Injury Round Up

Brazil and Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Lucas Paqueta has had to have surgery on his hand after a freak accident. The 24-year-old cut his hand while flying a kite which required surgery to save the mobility of his fingers.

Job Changes

Charlton Athletic first team coach Jason Euell has left the club and Scott Marshall has been brought in to replace him by new manager Ben Garner. Marshall had worked with Garner at Swindon Town previously.

Slaven Skeledzic has accepted an offer to become assistant coach to Miroslav Klose at Austrian Bundesliga side SCR Altach. Skeledzic was team leader for individual training at Bayern Munich's training complex since 2020. Prior to that he assisted Klose with the Bayern U17s.


Disciplinary Charges

A Manchester City fan has been given a 3-year football ban, fined £1,440 and ordered to pay £229 costs for throwing a lit flare on to the pitch after City equalised against Aston Villa to make it 2-2 in the final match of the Premier League season. Phillip Maxwell was caught by a police spotter throwing the flare at the Etihad Stadium. The court heard that 20 lit flares were seen at the game, with some of those thrown hitting other fans.

Two Sheffield United players have been charged with common assault after trouble erupted at the Championship play-off semi-final with Nottingham Forest. Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster were involved in altercations with Forest fans who had invaded the pitch. The same game also saw a man cowardly headbutt Sheff Utd's captain Billy Sharp as he stood on the sidelines watching the game during the pitch invasion.

Bournemouth's operations director Liz Finney has told a supporter working group that the club is upgrading their CCTV system over the summer due to the "degenerated" behaviour of fans in the post-Covid era. English football was plagued last season with numerous incidents and two Cherries fans received 3-year banning orders last year.


World Cup Squad Increase

FIFA have agreed to increase the size of national squads for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from 23 to 26. They have also said that up to 15 players can be named on the substitutes bench, in other words everyone in the squad is available for every match to either start or come on as a substitute. Prior to the pandemic 23 was the standard size for FIFA competition squads, but it was increased to allow for positive tests ruling players out, on top of the usual injuries. The deadline to submit squads for the tournament is 20th October, 30 days ahead of the opening game. FIFA have also set a maximum limit of 26 people on the team bench, up to 15 subs and 11 team officials, one of which must be the team doctor.


The Arguments Rumble On

La Liga president Javier Tebas has been quick to answer back to Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi in a long-running row which pretty much just amounts to two hypocrites arguing over who is doing the most financial doping in football. Tebas has now accused Al-Khelaifi of being an arrogant liar in a social media post: "Al-Khelaifi is another level. He takes us all for fools (not even he believes his lies) and shows up in @marca preaching with pride and arrogance about the 'nouveau riche'. The rules do not exist for @PSG_inside. We will continue to fight for a football that is sustainable and without cheating." La Liga has hired legal firms in France and Switzerland to prosecute cases against Manchester City and PSG for being richer and better at financial doping than Barcelona and Real Madrid. They are also considering taking action against Al-Khelaifi for a conflict of interest as the Qatari is PSG president, in charge of the TV company that broadcasts Ligue 1 and La Liga BeIn Sports, chairs the European Club Association and is part of UEFA's executive committee. French football's financial authority (DNCG) revealed this month that PSG's losses increased by 80% over the previous year to reach 224.3m euros in 2020/21.


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Written by Tris Burke June 24 2022 10:50:50


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