Football News: Review Of The Day 27th April 2018

Review Of The Day 27th April 2018
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Review of the Day


Swansea Survival Hopes Hit By Defensive Injuries

Swansea have defensive worries as two of their centre backs have had to have scans on knee injuries. "If the scans are not great, they will not play," said boss Carlos Carvalhal of Federico Fernandez and Kyle Bartley. The Swans are just four points clear of Southampton and Stoke City and have to face both clubs before the season ends.


Boateng Out For The Season

Bayern Munich's German international defender Jerome Boateng will now be focused on getting fit for the summer's World Cup, after a thigh injury he picked up in the semi-final first leg defeat against Real Madrid has ruled him out of the rest of the season. The injury, a "structural injury in the adductor muscle", usually takes around 4 to 6 weeks to recover from, with the FIFA deadline for World Cup squads set for the 4th of June. Boateng wrote on social media: "Life is full of setbacks. Now it's time to fight to be in Russia. I will give everything for that."


Turkey And Germany Submit 2024 Euros Hosting Bids

Germany and Turkey have submitted separate bids to host Euro 2024, as the competition reverts back to a single host nation, after 2020's event is to be held in 12 different cities across Europe. Germany have hosted the Euros once before, in 1988, while Turkey have never held a major tournament before.


Messi Wins Trademark Battle

A seven year court battle has ended as Lionel Messi wins the right to be able to use his name on sports goods. His initial application was challenged by a Spanish cycling brand called Massi, which claimed that the similarity in names would confuse people. The EU initially ruled against Messi due to that similarity but the EU's General Court has now ruled that the player's worldwide fame would counteract any similarities. "The football player's fame counteracts the visual and phonetic similarities. Mr Messi is, in fact, a well-known public figure who can be seen on television and who is regularly discussed on television or on the radio," the court said. That was good timing for Messi, as he was struggling along on a mere £108m earnings last year, according to France Football.


Bayern Charged By UEFA

Bayern Munich have added the indignity of a UEFA charge to that of yet another defeat at the hands of Real Madrid. Bayern have been charged after their fans displayed an offensive banner and the 2-1 defeat ended with a pitch invasion which saw one fan grab the shirt of Franck Ribery and another taking photographs with the Real Madrid players after the game ended.


Besiktas Reject Replay After Violence

After violence saw a Turkish Cup semi-final second leg between Besiktas and Fenerbahce, at Fenerbahce's stadium, have to be abandoned with less than an hour played, Besiktas are refusing to play a replay. Turkish football chiefs have ordered the game to be replayed on 3rd May behind closed doors, but Besiktas said: "We have been on the field for 115 years, we have won, had draws or lost on the field. In order not to accept being losers, we will not show up." The original game saw Besiktas' head coach taken to hospital after being hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd with the score at 2-2 on aggregate.


Fulham Owner Makes Wembley Offer

Fulham's billionaire owner Shahid Khan has made a near-billion pound offer to buy England's national stadium, Wembley, as he looks for the stadium to host more NFL games in London. Khan also owns NFL side Jacksonville Jaguars and has been looking towards a permanent NFL franchise based in London as the Jaguars already play their 'home' games at Wembley. Khan said: "This offer makes a lot of sense for us. When I say us, I'm talking about the Jaguars, NFL, Wembley, and I think it also makes a lot of sense for the FA and the English football team. I'm pretty confident - that's why we're putting our name, our reputation on the line to get it done."


Trump Tries To Drum Up Backing For US World Cup Bid With Threats

President of the USA Donald Trump (does no one else get cold shivers down their spine at those words?) has threatened to withdraw all support, including within the UN, from any country that opposes the joint US/Canadian/Mexican bid to host the 2026 World Cup. As FIFA talk of a 'fair' and 'transparent' bidding process, while casting aspersions against the Morocco bid constantly, Trump has now waded in to extort countries to support the USA. It is astounding that FIFA have actually managed to get worse since Sepp Blatter was removed from power!


Sahin To Study At Harvard

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin has shown that not all footballers have the intelligence of a squashed gnat as he is accepted by famed US university Harvard. The 29 year old will combine his studies with continuing to play for Dortmund. Sahin wrote on social media: "I'm pleased to inform you that I've been admitted to @HarvardHBS! Super excited about the programme and delighted to meet legendary @anitaelberse." England international Wayne Rooney is also awaiting word on his application for part-time study with Hogwarts....


Caniggia Claims His Suspension Cost Argentina 1990 World Cup

Former Argentina international Claudio Caniggia has said that Argentina would have beaten Germany in the 1990 World Cup final if he had not been suspended for the final after picking up his second booking of the tournament in the semi-final. "I was so good and I felt so confident... I saw the Germans as being easier than the Italians or Brazilians. Bigots, slower... They would have brought me down and resulted in a penalty or someone would have kicked me. I'm sure that we would have defeated the Germans." I think the translation might have lost something there, I am assuming that he meant 'bigger' rather than 'bigots' with regard to the Germans.


Maradona Jokingly (Maybe) Threatens To Sue EA Sports Over Juve Error

After being informed that his image was used in the videogame FIFA 18 on a banner at the Juventus Stadium in a crowd scene with the words "I love Juventus" on it, Diego Maradona, the Napoli legend, has joked on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli that he will sue the game makers over the gaffe. At least I think it was a joke when Maradona said: "I have instructed my lawyers to look into this, as some mistakes just cannot be made. You can't have that in a game that is played and seen by so many people. Someone was trying to be sneaky here, but they will pay for it."

Written by Tris Burke April 27 2018 07:01:17