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Football News: Review Of The Day 25th April 2018

Review Of The Day 25th April 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Courtois Instigates Libel Proceedings Against Wilmots

Former Belgium manager Marc Wilmots is facing legal proceedings from one of his former players following an interview he gave to beIn Sports. Wilmots told the Qatar-based TV channel that he was told that Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' father had leaked team selections during the 2016 European Championship. Courtois said on Instagram: "Mr Wilmots - not for the first time - reiterates publicly and intentionally (makes) accusations against my honour and my reputation. As well as my father, we decided together to file a complaint accompanied by criminal indemnification proceedings for libel and defamation."

 

Panathinaikos Get 3 Year European Ban

Greece's oldest club have received a 3 year ban from European competition after failing to pay their debts. Earlier this month their players went on strike over unpaid wages from last year. Pana had been given a suspended sentence by UEFA in December and given until 1st March to settle their debts, but they failed to comply with the deadline. Oddly they have also been fined 100,000 euros, which will help them to repay their debts I am sure.

 

RIP Henri Michel

Former France midfielder Henri Michel has died at the age of 70. While he got 58 caps for his country, Michel is more famous now for his coaching, having led France, Cameroon, Morocco, UAE, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya in his 30 year managerial career.

 

Three Charged With Battery At Everton Europa League Match

Three men have been charged with battery following an incident at the front of the Lower Gwladys Street end of Goodison Park during a Europa League match with Lyon. A melee broke out between fans and players during Lyon's 2-1 win in October, with the Lyon keeper allegedly confronted by one fan. The three are due to appear in court in May.

 

Klopp Fears For Ox's World Cup Dream

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the injury suffered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in Liverpool's 5-2 win over AS Roma is 'serious'. Klopp said: "It's probably a really bad injury. If you can say that already before the scan then it's never good news." With the World Cup kicking off in less than two months, there are serious doubts about his chances of making the England squad.

 

Leeds Take Criticism Over Planned Myanmar Tour

With Myanmar currently in the middle of a political storm over issues in Rakhine province which as described as a 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing', Leeds United have organised a couple of friendly games in the country for pre-season. Politicians throughout the UK, of all the main political parties, have lined up to hit out at Leeds for the decision, which has been called terms such as 'morally corrupt'. Leeds themselves showed no concerns as their managing director Angus Kinnear said the club were 'delighted' to support Myanmar's ambitions for football, Kinnear added: "This tour gives us an opportunity to meet new fans of football who will hopefully support our journey back to the Premier League in the coming years."

 

France Football Apologise To Iniesta Over Lack Of Ballon D'Or

The words 'about time too' come to mind regarding this story as France Football, the magazine responsible for the Ballon d'Or award, have apologised to Andres Iniesta for never awarding it to him. Magazine editor Pascal Ferre wrote in an editorial: "He is the best game facilitator of all time. Most of his contemporaries complicate their lives, but he has had fun for about fifteen years, simplifying everything, without any conceited bad thoughts, just to make the game live. Iniesta's talent is to invent for others. Without him, Messi would have gotten tired much faster at Barca. His altruism has surely deprived him of even greater recognition. Among the great absences in the Golden Ball prize list, his is painful." It really cannot be overstated just how much Iniesta has deserved the award over the years.

 

Two Roma Fans Arrested On Suspicion Of Attempted Murder

After a 53 year old Liverpool supporter was left in a critical condition before last night's Champions League game between Liverpool and Roma, two Roma fans, aged 25 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

 

Sevilla Axe Sporting Director

Sevilla suffered a humiliating 5-0 mauling in the Copa del Rey final at the weekend but have decided to stick with head coach Vincenzo Montella and sack sporting director Oscar Arias instead. Arias was the replacement for Monchi when he left to take over at Roma, but has only lasted a year.

 

Caley Sign Rooney - No, Not That One!

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have completed the signing of Queen of the South right back Shaun Rooney on a pre-contract to join them in the summer.

Written by Tris Burke April 25 2018 08:14:43