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Football News: Review Of The Day 8th March 2019

Review Of The Day 8th March 2019
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Borussia Moenchengladbach's Brazilian veteran forward Raffael has signed a 1 year contract extension to see him through until 2020.

Hamburg's Spanish winger Jairo Samperio has also extended his current deal by a year to reach 2020.

Hearts forward Uche Ikpeazu has signed a contract extension. The 24 year old signed for the SPFL side from Cambridge United last summer and is now tied down until 2022.



New Zealand international goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic has signed a short term deal with Bristol City, who have lost first choice keeper Frank Fielding to injury for the rest of the season. Marinovic spent a week on trial with the Robins, who also lost second choice keeper Niki Maenpaa to injury at the weekend. Marinovic spent last year with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.

A few days after his release from Barcelona, Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper has joined former Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta at Vissel Kobe in Japan.

Norwegian centre forward Jo Inge Berget has joined Malmo FF on a free transfer from New York City FC.


Rodgers Burgled

New Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers' home in Scotland was burgled while he was away but his wife and step-daughter were at home sleeping. The break-in happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning, days after he left Celtic to take the Leicester job. Rodgers said: "For the girls to have someone come into the room, it's horrendous really. I just made sure they are secure up there. We are looking to buy a house here in Leicester and they will move down very soon. When I got the call in the early hours of the morning you're worried about their safety. The reaction from lots of people has been great. We've been given great support. One of our friends, Lord Willie Haughey, I rang him straight away and he was straight on to making Charlotte and Lola were secure. I thank him for that. I am always very focused on the football as well so it wouldn't detract from my work. It's not nice for any family to go through. It gave the girls a fright. The last 10 days there's been a lot around my move to here but I don't want it to detract from an amazing time we had as a family in Scotland. The people were amazing and the experiences we had will live with us. We will not let it, or the reaction of the last 10 days, cloud any of that."


Bolton And Leeds Fined By FA

The FA have cleverly decided to punish financially crippled Bolton Wanderers with a fine of £8,000 for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. Leeds United were also fined £5,000 for the same offence, after the two sets of players clashed during Bolton's 2-1 defeat at the hands of Leeds last month. Trotters manager Phil Parkinson, who was sent to the stands, accepted a charge of misconduct and was fined £3,000 and given a 2-match touchline ban.


Naismith Out For 2 Months

Veteran former Rangers and Everton forward Steven Naismith is set to be sidelined for 2 months to undergo his second surgery in just 5 months. The Scottish international was likely to pick up his 50th cap for his country in this month's internationals, but will now return from his loan spell with Hearts to undertake rehabilitation with parent club Norwich City.


City Fan Out Of Coma

The Manchester City fan who was assaulted following City's win over Schalke in the Champions League is out of his coma and could be set to return home in just over a week. The 32 year old suffered a serious head injury in a violent clash with two Schalke supporters. Gelsenkirchen police have arrested a 30 year old man, believed to be a member of Schalke's 'ultras' over the incident. The Citeh fan is said to be responsive but unable to speak, a friend saying on social media: "He is now awake and out of coma, he is responsive and can squeeze our hands and nod answers to yes or no questions. He is unable to talk at the moment due to the tracheostomy tube still in place, the doctors have checked his throat and are confident he will be able to talk again. He has started some physio which will need to be continued when back in the UK. If he continues to improve they are looking at bringing him home in the next 7-10 days."


Turkish Player Banned For Life

A Turkish 3rd Division player has been banned for life for cutting opponents "with a sharp object". Sakaryaspor had claimed that their players were attacked while inspecting the pitch before an away match against Amed SK and then attacked again during the warm up, with a number of their players needing hospital treatment after the game. One player from each side was shown a red card before kick off as players clashed and the Turkish Football Federation have stepped in and banned Amed SK midfielder Mansur Calar for life for cutting Sakaryaspor with a sharp object and fined him 25,000 lira. Amed Sk have also been ordered to play one game behind closed doors. Amed SK player Muhlis Ystemi was given a 5 match ban and 3,000 lira fine, as well as team-mate Muhammed Ali Ozdemir getting a 4 match suspension and 2,400 lira fine for "attacks on rival team athletes". Sakaryaspor player Serkan Odabasoglu was banned for 5 games and fined 3,000 lira for the same offence.


Simeone Crotch Grab Costs Him 20,000 Euros

Atletico Madrid's head coach Diego Simeone has been fined 20,000 euros for turning round to fans and grabbing his crotch by way of goal celebration after Jose Maria Gimenez opened the scoring for his side against Juventus in the Champions League. Opposing manager Massimiliano Allegri was given a warning after his team arrived late. Both clubs were also fined due to incidents in this match, Atleti 38,000 euros because their fans threw objects and blocked stairways, Juve 30,000 for the late arrival. So UEFA fined Juve almost as much for being late as Atleti got fined for their fans throwing objects. I know which I think is a far more serious offence and it should be treated as such, and it is not arriving late! I guess throwing objects does not affect sponsorship or ad breaks though....


Fellaini Quits Internationals

International opponents around the world will be breathing a sigh of relief as they will no longer have to face the fear of serious injuries from the flying elbows of bewigged Belgian thug Marouane Fellaini. Fellaini, who has bizarrely managed to pick up 87 caps for Belgium, despite having little ability other than immunity from referee punishment for his blatant and constant use of his elbows, moved to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng from Manchester United, after realising his chances of games were limited under a manager who wants to actually play football. "I feel the time is right for me to step down and allow the next generation of players to continue this very successful period in Belgian football history," he said 31 years too late.


Roma Sack Coach

Despite their rent-a-quote club president James Pallotta blaming everyone else bar anyone connected with his club for the defeat against Porto in the Champions League, he has still sacked head coach Eusebio di Francesco for losing the match. Pallotta, who knows about as much about football and running a football club as I do about tap dancing, which is just to be careful you don't fall off and land in the sink, has spent the last few weeks telling everyone di Francesco was the best man for the job and that Roma were robbed by VAR. I wish someone would just gag the mouthy *rest of this has been censored*...


Messi Gets Argie Recall

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has got his first Argentina call-up since the World Cup. The 31 year old was left out of the recent run of friendly fixtures his country have played in since being knocked out of the World Cup by France in the summer. Messi is part of a 31 man squad named for more friendlies, this time against Venezuela and Morocco. However Tottenham Hotspur duo Erik Lamela and Paulo Gazzaniga have been dropped, while Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is sidelined due to his ongoing dispute with his club side. Premier League strike duo Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Chelsea's on-loan Gonzalo Higuain have also been left out.
Argentina squad:
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Agustin Marchesin (Club America), Juan Musso (Udinese) and Esteban Andrada (Boca Juniors).
Defenders: German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Juan Foyth (Tottenham), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Gonzalo Montiel (River Plate), Renzo Saravia (Racing Club), Lisandro Martinez (Defensa y Justicia).
Midfielders: Leandro Paredes (PSG), Guido Rodriguez (America),Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Angel Di Maria (PSG), Matias Zaracho (Racing Club), Ivan Marcone (Boca Juniors), Domingo Blanco (Defensa y Justicia), Rodrigo de Paul (Udinese).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Dario Benedetto (Boca Juniors), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Matias Suarez (River), Gonzalo Martinez (Atlanta United).


United Fan Stabbed In Paris

Following Manchester United's dramatic comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night a Man Utd fan was stabbed in Paris and undergone emergency surgery for the chest wound he suffered. A Foreign Office statement read: "We are in touch with the French authorities following an incident involving a British man in Paris on 6 March and stand ready to offer assistance if required." It has been reported that the 44 year old was in a taxi celebrating the win by his side with three other fans, when the driver took offence and pulled over to get them out of the taxi. According to media outlets, the driver threatened the female passenger with the group with the knife and the victim tried to intervene leading to his stabbing on what has been described as "a large blade". French police have arrested a suspect but have yet to recover the weapon used.


Man City Under FFP Investigation....Again

UEFA are once more investigating Manchester City for alleged financial fair play violations, saying that the investigation "will focus on several alleged violations of FFP that were recently made public in various media outlets". Allegations that City have finally denied, rather than just claiming they were an attack on the club. A City statement read: "The accusation of financial irregularities is entirely false. Manchester City welcomes the opening of a formal Uefa investigation as an opportunity to bring to an end the speculation resulting from the illegal hacking and out of context publication of City emails. The club's published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record." It is to be noted that they have not denied that those emails exist, merely that they have been quoted out of context. Citeh have previously been found guilty of breaching FFP regulations in 2014.

Written by Tris Burke March 08 2019 05:57:04


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