Football News: Review Of The Day 16th February 2018


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Review Of The Day 16th February 2018
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Review of the Day

MK Lose Gilbey To Injury

MK Dons midfielder Alex Gilbey has been ruled out for a significant time after having surgery on a serious knee injury. "He will be out for a significant period of time," said the club's head of sports medicine Simon Crampton. "He will certainly be out for the remainder of the campaign and into next season."

Robinson To Retire

Birmingham City player-coach Paul Robinson has announced he will retire at the end of the season. The defender is now 39 years old and made just 3 appearances this season. "At the end of the season it will be bye to playing but the start of a new exciting chapter," he said on Twitter. "I have loved wearing every shirt with pride. I have played my heart out every time and I've achieved from a young age my dream."

Love Given Five Game Ban For Racist Remarks

Clyde midfielder Ally Love has received a five game ban for "excessive misconduct". The 26 year old was making his debut for Clyde before making comments to Annan Athletic's Rabin Omar, which were reported to the referee as racist.

Sittard Deny Oliseh Claims Of Illegal Activities

After Sunday Oliseh was suspended from his role of manager of Netherlands second-tier side Fortuna Sittard for "unacceptable actions", he has claimed the club wanted him to "violate the law". Oliseh also claimed that the suspension was because of his "refusal to participate in illegal activities". "Fortuna does not recognize itself at all in these accusations, which were not highlighted by Sunday Oliseh to the club," the club wrote on its website.
"The case will be presented by Fortuna Sittard to the arbitration committee of the KNVB (the Dutch Football Association), an independent body, which will now make an assessment of whether there is sufficient grounds to terminate the employment contract of Sunday Oliseh."

Rodriguez Given 3 Week Extension

Jay Rodriguez has had his 16th February deadline extended to 9th March to respond to the charge of racially abusing Brighton defender Gaetan Bong. The West Brom striker was accused during the 2-0 win at the Hawthorns on 13th January.

Ex-Pompey Owner In Jail For Stealing The Money To Buy Portsmouth

Sulaiman Al Fahim had fronted the deal by Abu Dhabi United Group which saw them take control of Manchester City in 2008. In 2009 he stepped in to buy struggling Portsmouth from Sacha Gaydamak, then sold the club on 6 weeks later to Ali Al Faraj. Al Fahim has now been sentenced to 5 years in jail for stealing the £5m to buy Pompey from his wife. Portsmouth were a Premier League club at the time it happened.

Scotland Go Back To McLeish

The Scottish FA have once more looked to Alex McLeish to lead them into the future, 11 years after his last term ended in acrimony as he walked out. McLeish will be awarded a contract until 2020 as he looks to pick up the pieces after the Gordon Strachan era.

Grasshoppers Sign Australian Defender

Trent Sainsbury has left the riches of the Chinese Super League to move to Swiss team Grasshoppers Zurich in order to improve his preparation for the forthcoming World Cup. With the Aussie struggling to make the matchday squad in Jiangsu, his match fitness and overall preparation were suffering.

Lemina Fit To Face Baggies

After suffering dizziness bad enough to see him taken off in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has now been passed fit to face West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup this weekend. "Mario is okay," manager Mauricio Pellegrino said. "He felt a little bit dizzy during the game, but it is not a problem." Saints injury doubts now surround non-scoring striker Shane Long (time between goals) who has a leg injury.

Doyle Embarks On New Career

Former Republic of Ireland international forward Kevin Doyle retired from playing late last year after severe and persistent concussion symptoms. The 34 year old returned home to Wexford to live and linked up with Wexford U-20s GAA team in an advisory role. I am not sure how much help he will be able to give with Gaelic football and how much this is just a bit of publicity for Wexford.

Ronaldo Picks Up New Sponsorship Deal

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken on yet another brand ambassador role, this time as the face of luggage brand American Tourister. This came as a surprise to me, I never knew there were any brands out there left he was not already representing!

Casagrande Questions Neymar Jr

Former Brazil international Walter Casagrande has hit out at the "monster" Neymar Jr. "It bothers me that most fans and media are still tapping Neymar on the back," he told SporTV. "He has already shown several inappropriate behaviours within a team. Against Real, he took a yellow in the first half and could have been sent off in the second. It would be disastrous if he acted like that at the World Cup. We are creating a monster, which some consider a genius. Neymar doesn't have the quality of Messi, [Diego] Maradona or Cristiano Ronaldo, who can win a match at any time."

Neymar Sr Hits Back At Vultures

Neymar Sr has taken a swipe at critics of his self-obsessed son Neymar Jr. On Instagram he posted: "In a 'war' there are always the ones who feed on victories and those who, like vultures, feed on carrion of the defeated. They do nothing, make nothing but living on the shine or, more often, on their 'preys' most difficult moments. We know a lot of people on the football world that have this 'vulture behaviour', without much of their own glow, always on the shadows of the most talented, to vent their own frustrations. They enjoy defeats, or a lost BATTLE, to lurk around, waiting for the war to be lost to feed their own egos as vultures feed on carrion. They failed to do so on the Rio Games but stood there, waiting for their first chance to bring their bad omen. But remember: we lost a battle, not the war. My son has always been 'waging' this war, facing the good combats, dodging vultures and coming back stronger each time!! Mostly, he always respected everyone, even the vultures... We lost a battle, as for the war we'll see, it will go on as long as he's on a football pitch. And be sure of this, he'll be reborn as a phoenix, prepared for as many combats there will be ahead! As for you, vulture, you'll be left starving. And there will be nothing left but to swallow your words, as rotten as carrion." Hardly a war though is it? If it was your son would be long dead after dumping on his squadmates from a great height repeatedly and forgetting completely about teamwork.

Ronaldo Urges World To Support Rohingya's Muslim Refugees

"One world where we all love our children," said Ronaldo in a Twitter post on Thursday, featuring photos of himself with his children and a Rohingya man with his child at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The tweet also contained a link to a fundraising page: via Save The Children.

Written by Tris Burke

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