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Football News: Review Of The Day 10th December 2018

Review Of The Day 10th December 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Darmian Wants Italy Return

Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian has admitted he misses Italian football and wants to return to the national side, amid links with a return to Serie A. The 29 year old has managed just 3 appearances for Man Utd so far this season as he struggles badly to establish himself in the team. Darmian told Gazzetta dello Sport: "I must say, I really do miss Serie A and Italy now. I know that I am at one of the best clubs in the world and I am proud to be at Manchester United, but I do miss Italy. I love my country. Returning to play for Italy is my objective. Roberto Mancini (Italy head coach) hasn't called me up yet, but I hope he will in future."

 

FIFA Sign African Football Development Deal

FIFA has signed an agreement with the French Football Federation as a means of improving football in African nations that were once part of France's colonial empire. It is not clear exactly what the two parties intend to actually do as part of the agreement, but French football owes a lot, especially its World Cup win, to African football, with 14 players in the winning squad having African roots, including two that were born on the continent.

 

Congo Deny Rumours Of Hosting AfCON

Congo Brazzaville's sports minister, Hugues Ngouelondele, has denied his country is in the running to host next year's Africa Cup of Nations after the vice-president of CAF told Radio France International that they were. Ngouelondele said: ""We are six months away from the organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations and it will not be possible for us to organise it with honour and dignity. It's rather quite the opposite, Congo-Brazzaville will not be a candidate, it will not be possible. One day maybe we will be candidates, but for the moment it is not on the agenda of our government. Maybe the idea has circulated, but in the face of reality, we can't organise a big party like this. We do not have the structures for the moment. We are not going to embark on such an adventure so that the festival is not beautiful and dishonour our country. Congo is not ready. We have other priorities than to organise the CAN at the moment."

 

Afghan Football Federation President Suspended

The president of the Afghan Football Federation has been suspended while allegations of sexual abuse of members of the women's national team are investigated. Keramuddin Keram is one of six officials that have been suspended while the investigation is ongoing. Allegations have been made by several former players and the American former head coach of the team, which have been denied and called 'groundless' by the Afghan Football Federation. FIFA has also said they are "looking into" the claims.

 

Atlanta United Win MLS In Only Their Second Season

I am not sure if it shows how good or how bad Major League Soccer is that newly created club Atlanta United have won it in only their second season. Atlanta boss Gerardo Martino will leave to become head coach of Mexico now, after his side beat Portland Timbers 2-0 in the final. Atlanta were formed in 2014 and joined MLS's Eastern Conference in 2017, where they finished second this season to qualify for the play-offs.

 

Sterling Claims Media "Fuel Racism"

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, just a day after he was racially abused during a game against Chelsea, has claimed on social media, with much justification, that the newspapers are helping to "fuel racism" with their biased reporting. Sterling pointed out how newspaper headlines based on his team-mates differed based on the skin colour of the two youngsters involved. White youngster Phil Foden bought his mother a house and the headline read "Manchester City starlet buys new £2m home for him mum" before going on to praise him for having "set up a future" for his family. When it was another Man City youngster, Tosin Adarabioyo, who happens to be black, the headline instead read: "Young Manchester City footballer, 20, on £25,000 a week splashes out on mansion on market for £2.25million despite having never started a Premier League match". Sterling said: "You have two young players starting out their careers - both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are. But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player. I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour. All I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity and give all players an equal chance."

 

Post-Season Transfers In MLS

FC Dallas have moved on a couple of their players at the end of the MLS Season. Forward Tesho Akindele has joined Orlando City SC for over £100,000 and Maximiliano Urruti has headed to Canada with Montreal Impact. Another Canadian side, Vancouver Whitecaps, have sent Nicolas Mezquida to Colorado Rapids.

 

Lazio Fans Display Their Distasteful Side

Lazio fans have a reputation for being facists and have been long known for their distasteful displays. They have once again shown why they earned that reputation as they displayed a racist banner, aimed at one of their own players. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has not been having the best of season's which has made the Serbian the target of the nastier side of Lazio fans, who displayed a banner outside their home stadium which translated as 'Milinkovic Gipsy'.

Written by Tris Burke December 10 2018 04:44:25

 

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