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Football News: Review Of The Day 1st November 2018

Review Of The Day 1st November 2018
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Review of the Day


Nyantakyi Appeals Against Life Ban

The former president of the Ghanaian FA, Kwesi Nyantakyi, is appealing against his life ban from football via the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He stated: "My legal advisors are under my instructions to urgently appeal the decision as I think it was unfair, harsh and unwarranted. I wish to express my shock and deep sadness after receiving the decision from the Fifa ethics adjudicatory committee on Tuesday. I will use all the legal channels available to seek redress and establish the facts I presented to the committee. Even though I have already resigned from all my football positions, it is important I establish the facts with the sole aim of clearing my name. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the people of Ghana, Africa and indeed across the globe for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy." He does have a point, it was unfair, as the crimes he has committed should have resulted in prison time, not a mere ban!


PFA Chairman Returns To The Saddlers

Free agent defender Ben Purkiss, the current chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, he returned to Walsall on non-contract terms while he rehabilitates from a neck injury. The 34 year old left Swindown Town at the end of the previous season.


Hull City Takeover Set To Be Completed

The Allam family, owners of Hull City, have said goodbye to staff at the stadium as the takeover of the club is set to be completed. There were a number of consortiums who were bidding for ownership and it is still unclear which of those had finally clinched the deal.


Riot Police Needed To Protect Ref From Players

In the Copa Libertadores referee Andres Cunha had to be given a riot police escort off the pitch after the award of a late penalty in a semi-final between River Plater and Gremio. VAR decided that Gremio defender Bressan handled the ball to concede a penalty, which was scored by Gonzalo Martinez in the 5th of 14 minutes of added time. Bressan was sent off for disputing the handball and play was held up while Gremio's players protested against the decision. The incident initially began in the 86th minute, with Gremio, holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, were holding on to a 2-1 aggregate lead, but protesting Gremio players caused a 9 minute delay as riot police entered the pitch to protect the referee. The penalty meant River Plate went through to the final.


Benin Players And Former FA President Jailed For Age Cheating

Ten youth players and the former football federation president Anjorin Moucharafou have all been handed prison sentences after they failed MRI tests in Niger. They were caught last September during qualifying for the 2019 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations in a regional tournament based in Niger, leading to Benin's disqualification. The players were given 6 month jail sentences, though 5 months were suspended and they will be released now due to being held in prison since their return from the tournament. Moucharafou was handed a 12 month sentence, with 10 months suspended, and he has also served some of his time while awaiting trial. The coach of the team, Lafiou Tessoufof, and two other officials also received similar sentences.


Wenger Rules Out Return To English Football

Arsene Wenger still expects to return to management "in the New Year" but rules out any chance of managing another English club, saying: "I have dedicated my whole life to one club - it would be difficult and not well accepted."


Mourinho Escapes Punishment

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has escaped punishment for the second time in the last few days. After avoiding punishment for his attempts to get to Chelsea coach Marco Ianni following his celebrations of an equaliser, he has now avoided punishments for his comments to a TV camera after the win over Newcastle United at the beginning of October. The FA are considering an appeal and their statement read: "A charge against Jose Mourinho for allegedly using language which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper has been found not proven following an independent regulatory commission hearing. Written reasons for the decision of the independent regulatory commission will be published in due course. This decision is subject to appeal."


World Cup Winner Jailed For Mafia Offences

Former Italian World Cup winner Vincenzo Iaquinta, who was part of Italy's victorious 2006 squad, has been sentenced to 2 years in jail for firearms offences as part of 148 people standing trial for alleged links to a major Italian mafia network called the 'Ndrangheta. The 38 year old former Juventus player saw the charges of connections to the mafia dismissed, but found guilty of illegally passing 2 guns to his father, who was one of more than 120 others who were found guilty of being connected to the mafia. His father was under a court order banning him from keeping firearms at the time and his mafia links saw him handed a 19 year jail sentence.


FIFA Look To Expand 2022 World Cup

FIFA's planned World Cup expansion, from 32 to 48 teams, could be brought forward to the next World Cup in Qatar. FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: "If it is possible, why not? We have to see if it is possible, if it is feasible. We are discussing with our Qatari friends, we are discussing with our many other friends in the region and we hope that this can happen. And, if not, we will have tried. We will have tried because we always have to try to do things in a better way." Considering Qatar is in the middle of a cold war with almost all of its neighbours and that any expansion would require them to share hosting duties with those neighbours, it does seem to be little more than a pipe dream.


Patricio Dispute Resolved

Wolverhampton Wanderers signing of Rui Patricio from Sporting Clube de Portugal has finally been concluded after a fee was agreed of £16m for the 30 year old goalkeeper. It makes Patricio the 12th most expensive keeper of all time, with 4 of those more expensive transfer happening this summer. Sporting were claiming a £50m fee, after Patricio requested a contract termination following fans' attacks on the players at the Lisbon club, then joined Wolves in the summer.


23 Year Old Sociedad Midfielder Suffers Stroke

Real Sociedad midfielder Luca Sangalli was taken to hospital after suffering a mild stroke on Wednesday. A Sociedad statement read: "Luca Sangalli suffered a mild stroke this morning. He is currently in the stroke unit of the Donostia University Hospital, where he will be studied." As well as playing professionally in La Liga, the 23 year old has a degree in mechanical engineering and was studying for his masters in industrial engineering when he began to feel unwell.

Written by Tris Burke November 01 2018 05:29:21


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