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Football News: Review Of The Day 28th August 2018

Review Of The Day 28th August 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Free agent midfielder Chris Clements has signed for Cheltenham Town on a short term deal. The former Crewe Alexandra midfielder was released by Grimsby Town at the end of the season after spending the second-half of the season on loan with Cheltenham's local rivals Forest Green Rovers.

Brentford goalkeeper Jack Bonham has moved to Bristol Rovers on loan for the rest of the season.

Southampton youngster Harrison Reed has joined Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan. The 23 year old spent last season at Norwich City, where the midfielder played mainly at right back, where he impressed.

Benfica have paid £9m for Brazilian attacking midfielder Gabriel from Leganes.

Las Palmas have taken German winger Danny Blum on loan from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Argentine defender Santiago Vergini has made a free transfer from Boca Juniors to Bursaspor.

Paris Saint-Germain have sold their Portugese winger Goncalo Guedes to Valencia for £36m.

Young Ukrainian keeper Andriy Lunin, who only joined Real Madrid this summer, has left Madrid on loan for Leganes.

German midfielder Sebastian Rudy has left Bayern Munich to join Schalke 04 for just over £14m.

1.FSV Mainz 05 have stepped into the Dutch market to sign winger Jean-Paul Boetius from Feyenoord for just over £3m.

Venezuelan defender Williams Velasquez has joined CE Sabadell on loan from Watford.

 

Hartley Leaves Falkirk

Falkirk manager Paul Hartley has left the club by 'mutual agreement' with the Bairns bottom of the Scottish Championship. The 41 year old leaves after just 3 games, without a single point registered so far. His assistant Gordon Young will take charge until a permanent manager is found. A club statement read: "The board of directors wish to place on record their gratitude to Paul for all of his work during his time at the Falkirk Stadium. We wish Paul and his family the very best for the future. A recruitment process will begin with immediate effect."

 

Chester Gives Williams Backing

Wales and Aston Villa defender James Chester has given his backing to Welsh team-mate Ashley Williams to continue on for his nation for a long time. Williams disastrous season at Everton last time around has seen him quickly punted to Stoke City on loan for the season, where he has started off in equally poor form. Chester told the Press Association: "The lads know what an important player Ash has been, and is, for us. It was unfortunate that he had a difficult season at Everton last year but it did not matter when he turned up for Wales. He is our leader and I think Ash will certainly be around for a long time yet." And that is exactly why Wales will never go anywhere, Williams has never been good enough but now, at 34, his legs have gone and he has been past it for 2 years at least.

 

Former Rangers Players Get EBT Warning

Former Rangers players and staff who were paid 'top ups' to their salaries via an offshore trust that was termed as a loan, though they were told it would never have to be repaid, have now been told, unsurprisingly, by the Supreme Court that they will have to pay tax on those earnings. The so-called Employee Benefit Trusts were a tax loophole that were used by hundreds of companies in an attempt to evade tax. In recent years HMRC have chased the tax that is owed and now people like former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson, former goalkeeper Stefan Klos and current Scotland manager Alex McLeish, as well as former Rangers owner David Murray, have been told they owe large sums in back taxes. In some cases the amounts could be in the millions.

 

Richarlison Gets First Brazil Call Up

Following his big money move to Everton and a good start to the season, weekend sending off notwithstanding, 21 year old forward Richarlison has been given his first call up to the Brazil national squad. Richarlison has already notched three goals for the Toffees since his summer move from Watford.

 

Rayo Vallecano's Stadium Shut For Safety Reasons

It is not just Tottenham Hotspur who are having safety issues with their stadium, as Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano have had to postpone Saturday's home game with Athletic Bilbao after fans complained about the state of their ground. The Vallecas Stadium will be shut until at least October, after fans attending the home game with Sevilla complained that the ground was in a dangerous state. Renovation work had been carried out in the summer, but fans complained of debris, dust and poles that had been left lying around the ground.

 

Rat Eats My Foot Says Mabbutt

No this is not one of those classic Daily Sport headlines to match the London bus on the moon. Former England and Spurs defender Gary Mabbutt was in South Africa's Kruger National Park to visit his daughter who works there. Mabbutt told the BBC: "I've gone to sleep and during the night a rat has come into the bedroom, climbed into the bed and has decided to chew on my foot. It's made quite a big hole in my toe, going down to the bone, and ate underneath my foot. It bit my daughter's thumb first in the other bedroom, and then she came into me and said 'Dad, something's bitten me'. Being in Africa, you think of snakes and scorpions." Mabbutt suffers from type 1 diabetes and has next to no feeling in his feet because of it. The 57 year old was told at the age of 17 that he would have to give up football but instead went on to make over 600 appearances for Spurs and win 16 England caps. Mabbutt remarked to Radio 5 Live: "All the opponents that I've played against and I finally get taken out by a rat!" He is still undergoing daily hospital treatment for his injuries.

 

French Footballer Arrested After High Speed Car Chase

Montpellier forward Andy Delort, who has played for clubs as diverse as Wigan Athletic and Tigres in Mexico, was arrested on Sunday night after a high speed car chase according to French media reports. The former French international was in the passenger seat of his 4X4 which was speeding and the police attempted to pull it over. Instead of slowing down the driver accelerated and tried to lose the police along the Mediterranean coast. When the police finally forced the driver to stop, the driver was found to be both drunk and to have no driving license. Delort is reported to have told police: "I don't give a damn. I make 150,000 euros a month."

Written by Tris Burke August 28 2018 06:50:26

 

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