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Football News: Review Of The Day 25th January 2018

Review Of The Day 25th January 2018
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SPFL To Promote Responsible Gambling

Following calls for Scottish football to end its sponsorship deals with betting firms the Scottish Professional Football League signed a new 2 year sponsorship deal with, you guessed it, betting firm Ladbrokes. With the Scottish players union warning that gambling is rife amongst everyone involved in the game and a number of high profile cases involving players, directors and even a club chairman breaking rules on betting the SPFL have shown no signs of taking action. They have instead said that their intention, in partnership with Ladbrokes, is to promote responsible gambling.

 

Arsenal Sign Crypto-Currency Deal

The Gunners have signed a deal to promote a crypto-currency called 'CashBet Coin' after reaching agreement with the gaming company CashBet which is planning to launch the crypto-currency. Arsenal's chief commercial officer Vinai Venkatesham said: "We are looking forward to working with CashBet Coin as they launch their new crypto-currency."

 


Neville Tweets Row Rumbles On

Phil Neville has apologised for his controversial sexist tweets about women. In a statement released by the Football Association, he said: "I am fully aware of my responsibilities as the England women's head coach and am immensely proud and honoured to have been given the role." He also said his comments were not "a true and genuine reflection of either my character or beliefs". The Football Association have informed Kick It Out that they will not be charging Neville over the remarks, but he would be warned over his future conduct.

 

James McCarthy Has Leg Op

After suffering a freak injury blocking a Salomon Rondon shot on Saturday, Everton midfielder James McCarthy has undergone a successful operation to fix his double leg break. The 27 year old midfielder will miss the rest of the season, after only recovering from injury at the end of December.

 

Murray Arrested On Suspicion Of Tax Fraud

HMRC have swooped in to arrest Brighton & Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray and his wife on suspicion of tax fraud totalling £1.1m. HMRC arrested them in their home and seized computers, business and personal records during a search of the premises. Murray is Brighton's top scorer this season after returning to the club in last season's January transfer window. It is not quite on the scale of the Neymar and Lionel Messi tax probes, but it does show just how much even an average Premier League player can earn when the fraud is £1.1m!

 

Leeds Score An Own Goal

Leeds United are set to enter consultation with their fans over a new club crest, after the new one unveiled yesterday was met with a storm of criticism and gales of laughter from other fans. The new badge was almost universally hated by fans despite the club claiming to have consulted with them over the new design during a 6 months research process. Within hours of it being unveiled over 50,000 people had signed an online petition to change it. In 2013 Everton suffered a similar backlash after a badge change and were forced to alter the redesign by fans.

 

Dzeko Offers Not Acceptable

After Edin Dzeko headed home a last-minute equaliser against Sampdoria, AS Roma's sporting director Monchi has said: "At the moment Dzeko is here and we are all happy. That means that what we've received so far wasn't acceptable." The former Manchester City striker has been targeted by Chelsea, as they seek to bolster their attacking options with a target man forward. Maybe it will be Peter Crouch after all?

 

Transfer Round Up

Millwall have sold Paul Rooney to Colchester United for an undisclosed fee.

Peter Hartley has left the mess that is Blackpool under the Oystons to head to Scottish football and join Motherwell for an undisclosed fee.

 

Mash In Low Cost Deal

Hebei China Fortune have revealed that the actual price they paid to sign Javier Mascherano is much lower than reported in Spain. Spanish press reported that the Chinese Super League side paid around 10million Euros, but the team currently managed by Manuel Pellegrini have confirmed that they paid around 5.55million Euros instead. Negotiations hinged on the new transfer levy placed on clubs by the government which means any transfer fee over 5.77million Euros would trigger a 100% levy on the payment. Hebei were keen to avoid that and eventually Barcelona agreed, after lengthy negotiations, to accept a fee below that mark.

 

Bayern Receive Thiago Injury Boost

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich were boosted by the return of midfield general Thiago Alcantara to training after 2 months on the sidelines through injury. Thiago spent 45 minutes doing ball work on the training pitch but his playing return is not expected until next month.

 

Fireworks Fine For Bayern

The DFL have fined Bayern Munich 52,000 euros for the misbehaviour of their fans in 4 away games this season. Fireworks have been a repeated issue amongst Bayern's away fans and have led to a series of fines.

Written by Tris Burke January 25 2018 05:39:29