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Football News: Review Of The Day 11th March 2019

Review Of The Day 11th March 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Contracts

Ajax have extended full-back Noussair Mazraoui's deal until 2022.

Also in the Eredivisie, SBV Excelsior have extended 32 year old winger Luigi Bruins contract until 2021 with a relegation clause.

 

Pique Defends Coutinho From Fan Jeers

Big money Brazilian Coutinho faced jeers from Barcelona fans on Saturday, who whistled at him until he was taken off with 10 minutes left of the game. Barca team-mate has come out in support of the 26 year old, saying: "We have to accept the reaction of the fans - but from the inside we have to give him our support. Philippe is having a good season. Obviously his cost was very high so that means there are more expectations of his performance level. It is what it is. We need him at his best for the end of the season and I'm sure he will be." Pique obviously just has odd ideas of what a good season is!

 

Spectator Arrested And Charged For Attack On Pitch

Sunday's second city derby between Birmingham City and Aston Villa witnessed shocking scenes as an advert for abortion ran onto the pitch to attack Aston Villa player Jack Grealish. Bravely the idiot punched Grealish from behind before celebrating and blowing kisses to the crowd as he was led away in handcuffs. I was about to type that you have to wonder what goes through the minds of these imbeciles when they do things like that, but then I realised if he had a mind he would not have been on the pitch attacking a player from behind. 27 year old Paul Mitchell of Rubery, Worcestershire was arrested and has been charged with encroachment on to the pitch and assault by West Midlands Police. Birmingham City have apologised to both Grealish and Villa and have said they will be reviewing safety procedures at their St Andrew's stadium.

 

Pep Denies Juve Rumours

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied that he has agreed a deal to take over at Juventus in the summer after rumours circulated from Italy. Guardiola said he will remain at City for "at least 2 more years" unless the Mancunians sack him.

 

FIFA Urged To Investigate Fresh Qatar Claims

FIFA have been urged to investigate themselves (as if!) after fresh allegations of impropriety emerged over the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Sunday Times has claimed that state-owned Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera had signed a TV contract with FIFA which included a $100m bonus paid in to a FIFA account if Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup. They have also alleged that another $480m payment was offered 3 years later. I am not sure why FIFA is being asked to investigate, if the allegations are true, they are a criminal matter of bribery. The investigation should be carried out by criminal investigators in whatever countries have jurisdiction. FIFA have shown they have not changed under Gianni Infantino and are still the same corrupt set of bureaucrats as they were under Blatter, they can not be trusted to investigate anything. Their only interest is in making as much money as possible, shown by the ridiculously harsh punishments given to any breach that involves covering up sponsors logos etc, instead of the things that matter such as racism, homophobic abuse etc.

 

Mbappe Claims He Can't Sleep Since Exit

Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has said the defeat to Manchester United which saw the Parisians knocked out of the Champions League has left him unable to sleep. Mbappe told French TV: "I'm stunned. We'd worked so hard to get to this point. I haven't been able to sleep. I'm pretty sure it's been the same with everyone. Honestly, it's hard to give it too much thought because the Champions League was our goal. The stadium was full for a magnificent occasion, we spoiled the party. We didn't want to ruin it but in the end we did." PSG have yet to make it past the Champions League quarter finals, despite spending huge amounts of cash attempting to do so. Despite those failings Mbappe has said he will stay at the club next season, but stopped short of pledging himself to the club in the long term.

 

PSG Move Training Sessions

Security concerns forced Paris Saint-Germain to move their training sessions to their Parc des Princes Stadium, according to French news agency AFP. The agency said the decision was made after graffiti was daubed over their training ground which read: "Shameful! Spineless. Respect Us." The training session inside the stadium was disrupted as the club allowed 500 fans in to watch the Sunday session, only for the team to face a barrage of insults from the fans.

 

Youth Keeper Attacked

Liverpool's Under-23s goalkeeper Shamal George has been attacked outside a bar in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday morning. The 21 year old was with his brother, who is 28, outside the Red Door bar when the incident occurred. Police are looking for two men in connection with the attack. Liverpool said that they were "shocked and appalled that Shamal and a family member have been subjected to such a terrible ordeal. As a club, we will offer Shamal and his family any support that they require. The matter is now in the hands of Merseyside Police and we will defer all enquiries to them. We would also urge anyone with information about the incident to come forward."

 

Another Moron On The Pitch At Arsenal

It seems to be a trend lately but yet another idiot decided to run onto the pitch, this time during Arsenal's 2-0 win against Manchester United. After Arsenal scored their second from the penalty spot, the idiot somehow thought it was a good idea to run on and shove Manchester United player Chris Smalling before running towards where the Arsenal players were celebrating. The moron was arrested on suspicion (suspicion? We all saw him, I think that is a bit more than suspicion!) of assault and pitch invasion. Despite the circumstances, Smalling managed not to react. An Arsenal spokesperson said: "We utterly condemn the behaviour of the individual who ran on to the pitch and approached Chris Smalling during today's match. We would like to apologise to Chris and Manchester United, and are pleased that [the spectator] was apprehended and arrested. We will be working closely with the Metropolitan Police in their investigation. The individual will also be banned from Arsenal matches home and away. Our matchday staff receive ongoing training on managing incidents such as this."

Written by Tris Burke March 11 2019 05:32:40

 

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