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Football News: Review Of The Day 3rd March 2019

Review Of The Day 3rd March 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Surprisingly, despite him being out of favour, Manchester City have picked up a year extension option in Eliaquim Mangala's contract. He is now contracted until 2020.

 

Transfers

Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids have released left winger Shkelzen Gashi.

Also in MLS, former Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur forward Giovani dos Santos has been released by LA Galaxy.

 

Keane Gets Booked

Roy Keane may not be on the pitch any more, but he still managed to pick up a booking as the team he is assistant manager with, Nottingham Forest, lost to Stoke City. It was his first booking as a coach.

 

Rangers In Plea To Fans To Behave

With recent complaints about sectarian chants and songs from the Rangers' fans overshadowing their recent wins, the Ibrox club have asked fans to behave ahead of a Scottish Cup tie with Aberdeen. A club statement read: "Let's not give anyone a chance to criticise this great club, your club. The majority of our supporters recognise that they are the club's ambassadors and that unacceptable behaviour has no place in our ranks. Let's go to Aberdeen determined to make sure that triumphs, like that wonderful 5-0 Scottish Cup replay win against Kilmarnock last week, are not downplayed because of negative headlines generated by unacceptable chants and songs. If this continues, those fans who indulge will succeed only in damaging their own club. Support the team, be louder than our opponents and drive our players forward but let's do so in the correct manner."

 

Cousin Agrees Gabon Deal

Former Rangers' striker Daniel Cousin has finally settled his dispute with Gabon and signed a written contract to be the nations' coach. Cousin has been working in the role since September without a contract, according to local media he has also been working without any pay. He will now be able to concentrate on their forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi.

 

Celtic Win Marred By Bottles Thrown From Crowd

Police are investigating after a glass bottle nearly hit Celtic winger Scott Sinclair during their victory over Hibernian in the Scottish Cup. Hibs have released a statement that claimed two bottles were thrown from the crowd, one from each set of fans. Hibs' statement read: "We will review the CCTV footage and work with the appropriate authorities to identify those involved in throwing items on to the pitch. We understand two bottles were thrown, one from each set of supporters. This is entirely unacceptable and puts players and others at risk. The match was a good game, played in a great spirit, but unfortunately yet again the headlines will be around this kind of unacceptable conduct."

 

Changes Announced To Handball Rules For Next Season

Goals scored by accidental handballs will not stand from next season onwards. That also includes the ball being controlled or possession gained from any handball. There has also been a change to allow defenders to keep their arms by their side, rather than needing them to put them behind their back. Now a handball will only be given if the arms extend beyond a 'natural silhouette', whether accidental or not. The technical director of the International FA Board, former referee David Elleray, said: "Deliberate handball remains an offence. In the past we've managed to improve the laws by focusing on outcome rather than intent. What we are looking at particularly in attacking situations is where the player gets a clear unfair advantage by gaining possession or control of the ball, as a result of it making contact with their hand or arm." With regard to defenders, Elleray explained: "We've changed it to say the body has a certain silhouette. If the arms are extended beyond that silhouette then the body is being made unnaturally bigger, with the purpose of it being a bigger barrier to the opponent or the ball. Players should be allowed to have their arms by their side because it's their natural silhouette." There has also been a change to substitutions, with players now having to leave the pitch by the nearest touchline in an attempt to stop the timewasting as players move as far away as possible just before they are subbed off. Free kicks rules have also changed to ban attacking players from being within 1 metre of the defensive wall. Also goal kicks no longer have to leave the penalty area and goalkeepers only have to have one foot on the line when facing a penalty.

 

Bale Booed And Jeered By Madrid Fans - Again

As Welsh forward Gareth Bale was substituted in last night's defeat to Barcelona, Real Madrid fans booed and jeered their one time world record signing in the latest show of dislike on his rare appearances on the pitch. After his lack of performance saw him lose his place on Madrid's left to teenager Vinicius Jr., Bale was given a run out on the right and failed to perform once more in a Madrid shirt. With fans already unhappy over his constant injuries, which are often aggravated by playing golf in the back garden of his Spanish home which he has had made into a golf course, and his inability to speak Spanish, despite living in the country for 6 years, it seems likely that even Florentino Perez will have to give up on Bale in the summer.

Written by Tris Burke March 03 2019 04:46:13

 

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