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Football News: Review Of The Day 13th April 2019

Review Of The Day 13th April 2019
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Review of the Day

 


Transfers

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Alex Palmer has joined Notts County on a 7-day emergency loan. The League 2 side, who are currently the EFL's oldest club but face dropping out of the league, lost their first choice goalkeeping due. Ryan Schofield is suspended and Ross Fitzsimons is ruled out through illness.

 

Bolton Scout Unpaid For 3 Months

According to Bolton Wanderers' manager Phil Parkinson their financial situation has got so ludicrous that their chief scout, former West Ham United player Tim Breacker, cannot afford to even scout after 3 months without pay. Parkinson said: "Tim Breacker hasn't been paid for three months and can't afford to put diesel in his car to watch games to help us work on the opposition. There's lots of smaller scenarios around the training ground which are happening. There's no sign of when he's going to get any of his money."

 

Arsenal Investigate Racial Abuse Video

After a social media video showed an Arsenal fan racially abusing Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly during the Europa League quarter-final between the two clubs, Arsenal have launched an investigation in an attempt to find the fan. Arsenal said: "We utterly condemn use of this type of racist language. We have launched an investigation to identify the culprit. We operate a zero-tolerance approach and anyone behaving like this is not welcome at Arsenal and will be banned from matches. We have an extremely diverse community of fans who are all part of the Arsenal family and such incidents are rare at the Emirates Stadium. We encourage supporters to report any incidents as they happen to stewards or via our matchday alert service."

 

Spurs Ban Fans For Persistent Standing

Apparently the definition of persistent in north London is doing something twice, as Tottenham Hotspur have banned fans for persistent standing after two games. An email from the club said: "It is important that everyone is able to see the match and enjoy it. We appreciate that fans will rise up at key moments in the match. Persistently standing for the whole match or for long periods, along with failing to heed requests from the stewards and fellow fans to be seated, is not acceptable behaviour, notwithstanding it's against ground regulations."

 

No More Anfield Iron

Legendary former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith has passed away at the age of 74. Smith was one of those people lucky (and good enough) to play for the club he supported as a boy, spending 18 years at Anfield, winning 4 league titles and 1 European cup, scoring in the final, on his way to 638 appearances. His daughter told Liverpool's official website that Tommy died peacefully in his sleep after growing increasingly frail over the last few months.

 

Belgian League Match Abandoned Due To Flares

A league match between Standard Liege and rivals Anderlecht was abandoned after Anderlecht fans threw flares onto the pitch. The match, which Liege were leading 2-0, was disrupted twice before the referee called a halt to it after 30 minutes of play. It was stopped initially after Liege's Alen Halilovic had a goal chalked off by VAR. Then, after Razvan Marin had opened the scoring with a legitimate goal in the 22nd minute play had to be brought to halt, for about 10 minutes, as smoke covered the pitch. Just after the match restarted Liege were awarded a penalty through VAR, which adjudged Moussa Djenepo to have been fouled by Kara Mbodji in the area. Kara Mbodji was shown a second yello and Paul-Jose Mpoku stepped up to convert the penalty. Anderlecht fans then threw a new set of flares on to the pitch and the referee, Erik Lambrechts, decided enough was enough and abandoned the game.

 

Kovac Confirms Fisticuffs

Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has confirmed that reports in Bild regarding Robert Lewandowski and Kingsley Coman coming to blows in training were true. Kovac said: "The three of us talked about it. The players are sorry and have apologised for their behaviour. There will be no financial penalties and the matter has been resolved."

 

French Ligue Game Stopped Due To Racist Abuse

Amiens defender Prince Gouano requested a stop to a match at Dijon in Ligue 1 after the former French U-20 international was racially abused. Dijob identified the man responsible, who was arrested. The match, which ended 0-0, was stopped in the 78th minute but was able to resume and play to a finish.

 

AFCON Draw

The draw for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, for its first ever European summer scheduling, has taken place. The tournament is usually played during January and February, but has been moved in order to bring it in line with the European club schedule. This year's tournament will take place between 21 June and 19th July with host country Egypt's match with Zimbabwe the opening game.
Draw in full
Group A: Egypt, DR Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Group B: Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi
Group C: Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania
Group D: Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia
Group E: Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola
Group F: Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau

Written by Tris Burke April 13 2019 05:53:09

 

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