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Football News: Review Of The Day 28th November 2018

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

 

Gerrard At Rangers For The Long Term

Rookie Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has said he was to stay at Rangers to work with chairman Dave King for a long time. Rangers are currently second in the SPFL in Gerrard's first season as a manager. Gerrard said at the club's AGM: "I'd like to thank Dave for the support he's given me since day one and also the rest of the board. They've been really supportive to me and my staff and I'd like to thank Mark and Stewart, who I work with on a daily basis. Without the support behind myself and my coaching staff, we wouldn't have been able to have achieved what we have so far. I can assure everyone that we'll give every bit of time and effort we've got to continue moving the club forward on the pitch and we'll continue trying to attract the best players possible to help bring success back to this incredible club. I feel I'm in such a blessed position to be here as manager. I hope I stay here for a very long time and we share some really good times together."

 

Sol Finally Gets His Chance In The Sun

The self-proclaimed great mind of Sol Campbell will have its chance to test his wits against lower league managers after he was appointed to take charge of Macclesfield Town in League Two. They are currently bottom of the Football League, 4 points off safety. Macclesfield were also the team that gave Paul Ince his first break in football management, when he rescued them from an even worse position.

 

Dortmund Bus Bomber Jailed

In 2017 the Borussia Dortmund team coach was hit by bombs, packed with metal pins, hidden in a hedge which the bus passed on its way to a Champions League quarter-final game. Two people on the bus were hurt by the blast, which the bomber, Sergei Wenergold, claims he planted in order to drive down the value of Dortmund on the stock market, so he could make money, rather than with any intent to hurt. The court disagreed and Wenergold was convicted of 28 counts of attempted murder and handed a 14 year jail sentence.

 

Arsenal Tie Moved To Kiev

With parts of the Ukraine under martial law, Arsenal's Europa League ties with Ukrainian team Vorskla Poltava has been moved from Poltava to Kiev amid security fears. UEFA are continuing to monitor the situation, with matches likely to be played outside of the country if the situation worsens.

 

Libertadores Final To Be Played Outside Argentina

The twice postponed Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate is to take place outside of Argentina, CONMEBOL have announced. Odd decision as the last time a similar problem occurred butween the two clubs, it was River Plate players that were attacked with tear gas by Boca fans and River were awarded the game, rather than it just being rearranged. Paraguay, Brazil and the Italian city of Genoa have all offered to host the match, while the possibility of playing it in the UAE as a precursor to the Club World Cup, which the winners qualify to enter, has also been mooted as a possibility.

 

Champions League Game Marred By Violence In The Stands

AEK Athens' 2-0 home defeat to Ajax was marred by violence as flares and firebombs were reportedly launched into the stands housing Ajax fans, setting fires burning close to their section. There were also images of Ajax fans being beaten by police officers, as Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt pleaded with the Ajax fans for calm.

 

Kirchhoff Trials With Loons

Minnesota United (for some reason nicknamed the 'Loons') have had former Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers defender/midfielder Jan Kirchhoff on trial. The former Bayern Munich player has been a free agent since being released by Bolton.

 

Club Fakes Death To Get Match Postponed

An Irish amateur team has had to issue a public apology for a "grave and unnaceptable mistake" after they reported one of its players had died in a car crash in order to get a match postponed. Not only was Ballybrack FC's match with Arklow Town postponed, but all teams in the league held a minute's silence and the players all wore black armbands after Ballybrack had reported that Spanish player Fernando Nuno la Fuente had died. It was later revealed that the player had simply returned home to Spain and was alive and healthy. Leinster Senior League chairman David Moran said: "We were informed on Friday morning that a young lad had passed away. So, yesterday we asked the secretary for the league to find out when the funeral was or what was happening so we could send a representative of the league and make sure the family was alright for a few bob. We got a call back saying that his body had been sent back to Spain and that's when the alarm bells rang. I was saying 'what do you mean?'. They wouldn't have been able to do an autopsy or whatever in that time. We started investigating it yesterday and then I got a call saying that he had just left to go home to Spain. I'm delighted the young lad's alive but I'm absolutely dumbfounded by what's going on."

 

Just For A Change Hughes Moans About Decisions

Unusually for Southampton manager Mark Hughes, who is well known for his stoicism and refusal to ever criticise anyone else, he has criticised a decision made by VAR. The VAR he has been calling for non-stop. Well inbetween whines about referees, bad luck and anything else he can blame that is not him anyway, as it is clear none of it is ever his fault. He is just unlucky, not crap, it must be true as he said it himself. And now VAR is at fault for slowing down the footage too much.

Written by Tris Burke November 28 2018 04:36:59

 

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