Football News: Review Of The Day 29th April 2018

Review Of The Day 29th April 2018
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Review of the Day


Hughton Criticises Burnley Fans Over Bong Boos

Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has criticised the Burnley fans for their treatment of Brighton left back Gaetan Bong. Bong had accused Burnley-born Jay Rodriguez of racially abusing him in January, a charge which was found 'not proven' but the FA. Burnley fans, though Rodriguez left the club a long time ago now, booed Bong each time he touched the back and chanted "Jay Rodriguez, he's one of our own". Hughton said afterwards: "I was incredibly surprised, I must admit. I certainly didn't expect it. I thought the reaction of the Burnley supporters towards Gaetan was shameful. He's an incredibly disciplined and straight individual - as honest a person as you will meet. It's something that happened, it's not nice at all, and of course he's big enough and strong enough to cope with it."


Montella Sacked For The Second Time In A Season

The odd decision by Sevilla on the 28th December to hire Vincenzo Montella has now been reversed as the Italian suffered his second sacking of the season. Sevilla had not won in 9 games, since knocking Man Utd out of the Champions League last-16 and he is removed with Sevilla sat in 7th in La Liga. Earlier in the season Montella was sacked by AC Milan, with accusations, borne out by performances on the pitch, of a team of players lacking fitness, in particular, as criticism over his training methods followed him out of the door. Joaquin Caparros will now take caretaker charge of Sevilla until the end of the season. Sevilla's statement read: "Sevilla FC have dismissed Vincenzo Montella after the side's bad run of results since winning last in Old Trafford on the 13th of March. Caparros will lead the team in the 2017/18 run-in and will then stay linked with the club in a role which had already been determined once Sevilla's sporting structure had been reorganised." Sporting director Oscar Arias had also been sacked in mid-week.


Ozil Reacts To Objects Thrown At Him By Atletico Fans

During the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid, Arsenal's Mesut Ozil was preparing to take a corner and was the target of a number of objects thrown from the Atleti fans. One of those objects was a piece of bread and, as he cleared space to take the corner, he picked up the bread, kissed it and placed it on his forehead before putting it to the side.


Roma President Hits Out At Violence

The president of AS Roma has heavily criticised the actions of a small group of Roma fans who left a 53 year old man in critical condition in Liverpool. James Pallotta wrote on Roma's website: "I don't want to talk about the game at all at Liverpool. What I want to talk about is how these games are great but they're not life and death. What's going on right now with Sean Cox in Liverpool, that's life and death and that affects his family. I don't really give a s**t about the score of the game. It was just the most disgusting stupidity and my prayers are for him and his family. It's depressing, though, that all of the other fans at Roma get blamed for something that, going back to that saying that I had about a year and a half ago... a few people wrecking things for everyone else. 99.9 percent are great. Then, occasionally, you get a few, normally outside of the game, more than anything else... it's just absolutely ridiculous. It's time now for things to change in Italy and in Rome, because it is just happening too much. We have a long history at Roma and what's going on when you have a few stupid people is that they destroy our history and they attack our legacy and I'm tired of it. Our fans are the best fans in the world - it's just a couple of f***ing morons that take the rest of us down."


Rooney Sets A New Everton Record

This is probably not a record he will look back on fondly in future years but Wayne Rooney has set a new Everton record for being substituted more often than any other player in their history. The previous record of being taken off 23 times for shooting their bolt too early were Aiyegbeni Yakubu in 2007/08 in 36 starts and Marcus Bent in 2004/05 in 34 starts. Rooney has now raised the bar to 24 as he was once again given the hook around the hour mark in a game.


FIFA Lift Trabzonspor Transfer Ban

Trabzonspor have had their transfer ban lifted on appeal. The Turkish club had been banned from registering new players during the next transfer window after missing a deadline to pay an unpaid transfer fee. Tranzonspor appealed, claiming to have paid the fee and that the Slovakian team had just not informed FIFA. The successful appeal suggests FIFA found Trabzonspor to be telling the truth.


Guardiola Hits Out At Fake News

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, when asked about the possibility of him signing Andres Iniesta said: "There is lot of fake news about the transfers. I'm not going to comment on the fake news. He decides his own future and he has decided to go to China and play there and he's going to finish there. Afterwards he has to come back to Barcelona for the next generations, to help us to be the club we are. No chance." Then he was asked about the reported decision to sell John Stone in the summer: "It's another fake news. I'm not going to comment on the fake news when it's about the transfers. I don't know how people believe we're going to sell John Stones. He is a young player, an international English player. He's a huge part of the reason why we won the title. The first six months he was amazing but after going to national team twice he came back injured. After that, he handled the situation. Vinnie [Kompany] came back at a good level, Nico [Otamendi] has been at an amazing level all the season, and [Aymeric] Laporte - his impact from the beginning, left-footed, was so, so good. All four know they have to compete between them. The best ones I am going to decide. But John is not going to move. I don't know how long I will be here in Manchester, but as long as I'm here, John Stones will be with us. First of all, he is a f*cking amazing guy and he's going to stay here with me. He is a joy to train, I want to help him, and we cannot forget the first six months, with Nico, he was excellent, he was top. And now he is trying to recover. When he is injured and comes back, injured and comes back, injured and comes back, sometimes it's not easy. But John Stones is going to stay here with us. I'm sorry for the guys who announce we're going to want to sell him. I'm sorry - they lie."

Written by Tris Burke April 29 2018 07:37:29