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Football News: Review Of The Day 24th May 2018

Review Of The Day 24th May 2018
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Ghana FA Boss To Face Investigation

Kwesi Nyantakyi, the head of Ghana Football Association, vice-president of the Confederation of African Football and FIFA Council member, is accused of fraudently using the name of the president of the country. He has been caught on camera attempting to induce potential investors to part with money using the names of senior government officials, including the president's.


Transfer Round Up

Swansea City have completed the signing of Yan Dhanda from Liverpool. The 19 year old joined Liverpool's academy from West Bromwich Albion in 2013. Dhanda said: "I wasn't really getting a chance at Liverpool and I wanted to come somewhere where I hope I will have a better chance to play in the first team. I want to show what I can do."

Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has finally confirmed his new club will be in Japan. The 34 year old will be joining up with Lukas Podolski at Vissel Kobe.

Fleetwood Town have stepped in to sign up young left back Eddie Clarke from Tranmere Rovers.

Bromley forward Louis Dennis has left the club on a free transfer to join Portsmouth.

Teenage defender James Finnerty has signed a two year deal with Rochdale after leaving Aston Villa.

Forest Green Rovers have signed free agent goalkeeper James Montgomery. The 24 year old had been released by National League side Gateshead.

Port Vale have signed two players on free transfers. Centre defender Leon Legge has arrived from Cambridge United, while Connell Rawlinson has joined from The New Saints.

League Two side Lincoln City have released Billy Knott and terminated Cameron Stewart's contract.

Arsenal's Japanese forward Takuma Asano is set to spend next season on loan at Hannover 96.

Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky has signed for Bayer Leverkusen.


Sunderland Given Ross Permission

St Mirren have granted Sunderland permission to talk to their manager Jack Ross about the vacant manager's job at the Stadium Of Light. Ross was also given permission to speak to Ipswich Town recently. Sunderland's new owner, Stewart Donald, has told a radio station that a deal is done over a new manager and that seems likely to be Ross after a St Mirren statement read: "St Mirren Football Club can confirm we received an approach from Sunderland AFC this afternoon for permission to speak to our manager Jack Ross. After agreeing to our terms we have reluctantly given them permission to speak to Jack about their vacant managers' position."


Man Utd Most Valuable Club In Europe

KPMG have released a study of the top sides in Europe's 'enterprise value' based on the 2015/16 and 2016/17 seasons. Using profitability, broadcasting rights, popularity, sporting potential and stadium value to come up with these rankings, it is yet another pointless list to remind people of how useful their services are. When you include a spurious value such as 'sporting potential', which is little more than a guess, how can this list offer any genuine value? Only 32 clubs were even included in the study, which further limits it. However, for those that are interested, here are the top 10 (figures are in euros):
1. Manchester United - 3.255bn
2. Real Madrid - 2.92bn
3. Barcelona - 2.78bn
4. Bayern Munich - 2.55bn
5. Manchester City - 2.16bn
6. Arsenal - 2.1bn
7. Chelsea - 1.76bn
8. Liverpool - 1.58bn
9. Juventus - 1.3bn
10. Tottenham Hotspur - 1.29bn


Morocco Register Complaint With FIFA Over World Cup Voting

The Moroccan FA have written to FIFA to complain that the voting process for the 2026 World Cup is unfair, as US territories are allowed to vote. Morocco are up against a joint bid from USA, Mexico and Canada and they are claiming that there is a conflict of interest for US territories, asking FIFA to remove their vote for this bidding process. Guam, American Samoa, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico all have a separate vote despite being territories of the USA.


Arsenal Fans Ask For Investigation Into Spanish Police

After Spanish police in Madrid, were filmed attacking Arsenal fans with batons, Arsenal Independent Supporters' Association (AISA) have written to Spain's UK ambassador and UEFA to complain about their treatment. AISA said: "The violence of police officers in Madrid was inexcusable. The behaviour of some police officers was that of violent uniformed thugs. Without any provocation, police officers hit Arsenal fans with their batons. Among them were women, children and older supporters." The letter also offered to provide video evidence and witness statements if required.


Hammers Set For Spending Spree

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has cleverly raised the price of every player the club goes in for, with yet another promise to the fans, as he has said: "We will probably spend more money in this window than we've spent in any window in the past."


Rabiot Rejects Standby Call

Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot has rejected a place on France's standby list for the World Cup, after being named amongst the 11 reserves, after missing out on the 23 man final squad.


Ancelotti Replaces Sarri

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis got fed up of waiting for incumbent Maurizio Sarri to make up his mind about whether he was staying or not, so he took matters into his own hands. Sarri was pushed out of the door with a thank you and Carlo Ancelotti appointed to replace him.


Arsenal Unveil New Sleeves Sponsor

Arsenal have agreed a 3 year deal with Visit Rwanda for the tourist board's logo to appear on their shirt sleeves. The deal is the Gunners' first ever sleeve sponsor and is the biggest in Premier League history. Though it is early days, as next season will only be the second season that sleeve sponsors have been allowed in the English Premier League.


Falcao Hit With Tax Fine

Radamel Falcao has joined the ever-growing list of sports stars that have been hit with a fine and suspended prison sentence. Falcao has already paid 8.2m euros to the courts after being charged with owing 7.4m euros plus fines. Now he has a further 9m euros to pay, after his 16 month jail sentence was commuted to a 9m euros fine.


Organisers Of 2006 World Cup Indicted For Tax Evasion

Three of the German organisers of the 2006 World Cup, which took place in Germany, have been charged with tax evasion linked to a payment to FIFA. Theo Zwanziger, Wolfgang Niersbach and Horst R. Schmidt have been accused of falsifying tax returns on behalf of the German football federation (DFB). The DFB have already paid 19.2m euros in back taxes. Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has also been targeted as Swiss federal prosecutors and FIFA's ethics committee investigate a number of issues arising from the 2006 World Cup. The inquiry has so far uncovered a payment to FIFA of 6.7m euros, in April 2005, which ended up in a Swiss account belonging to former Adidas boss Robert Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away in 2009. The inquiry could not prove, or rule out, that votes were bought by Germany to beat South Africa to the hosting rights for 2006.

Written by Tris Burke May 24 2018 13:46:15


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