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Football News: Sheffield United Fans Banned For ISIS Chants And More News Of The Day

Sheffield United Fans Banned For ISIS Chants And More News Of The Day
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1. Celtic rule out move for McGeady
Tabloids and other football media have been linking Everton's flop winger Aiden McGeady with a return to former club Celtic in recent months. The Republic of Ireland international made his name with the Glasgow club before a big money move to Spartak Moscow in 2010, but since then has seen his career nosedive after joining the Toffees in 2014. He has barely featured, and when he has it has been clear he is out of his depth in the English Premier League, which has led to the Blues signing a replacement in Gerard Deulofeu. Now Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed he can leave, along with former Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson, who is also an Irish international. Martinez said: "We have had a lot of interest in Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady and we need to sit down and consider what is the next step. It has been disappointing for them not to have enough minutes on the pitch and they need to be playing until the end of the season due to the opportunity of playing for Ireland in the Euros. They deserve to have special attention at this stage of the season. They have not played enough and now is a good opportunity to see if the second half of the season can be a good one." Celtic have ruled out the chances of any deal involving themselves, with Celtic boss Ronny Diela pointing out that McGeady's wage demands would be out of reach and now assistant John Collins saying the same thing. "I would rule that out - yes," said Collins when asked about the prospect of the Scottish champions attempting to bring back McGeady. "I don't think it was realistic. Aiden is a Premier League player on Premier League wages. We have always got to be realistic, we have budgets and there is a big gap between the Premier League and the Championship and our league." Celtic are currently looking for a loan move for striker Anthony Stokes, while taking a look at Romanian defender Andrei Peteleu (23) and Norwegian midfielder Kristoffer Ajer (17) on trial.

2. Flores complains about the FA Cup
Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has hit out at the FA Cup, claiming that there are too many wins needed to lift the trophy. Totally ignoring the fact that it is that which makes the FA Cup so exciting and the most successful in the world, Flores concentrated on how it affects his own team's hopes. While he is right, the cup is an extremely difficult competition to win, it is that difficulty that makes it great. This is another example of why it is such a bad idea to have the entrants into a competition deciding on the rules of it. Every team wants the rules set to suit their desires and needs, rather than the people who matter, the fans.


3. Maxwell scores a cracker for PSG
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian left back charged forward to hit a cracking volley in the win over Bastia. A through ball from Angel Di Maria was sliced clear by a defender and Maxwell was there to finish it:

4. Blades fans handed banning orders after ISIS chants
Sheffield United have taken action after an investigation by the club following claims of racist chants from their supporters during a match with Bradford City. The Blades found a number of the fans to be guilty of chanting 'you're just a town full of ISIS' at the visiting fans during the match at Bramall Lane. There were also smoke bombs used by a small number of fans. The results of the investigation have been passed on to both the FA and South Yorkshire police. Sheffield United's safety officer Steve Hicks said: "Quite simply, we are determined to bring to a swift end this inappropriate behaviour by a group of fans. This week's banning orders indicate that we are wheedling out the troublemakers and we will continue to do so to protect the reputation of the club and the impact on other fans. Each Football League club is responsible for the actions of its own supporters - home or away - and the actions of a minority is putting the lives of fellow supporters in danger as well as potentially putting the club at risk of costly and severe sanctions from the Football Association." A statement on Sheffield United's website read: 'Club officials have this week handed out banning orders to a number of fans and are warning that further incidents will be treated in a similar manner.'


5. Premier League giants freeze season ticket prices
Manchester United have joined Arsenal in announcing that they will not be increasing the price of season tickets for the 2016-17 Premier League season. This is the Red Devils fifth year in succession that they have frozen the price of season tickets, though that does not tell the whole story, as they have put caveats regarding cup games in. Still, it is good to see that they recognise the extreme financial burden that supporting a football club places on families. "As we look ahead to the second-half of the current season, the club is delighted to confirm that season ticket prices will be frozen for 2016-17, making a fifth consecutive price freeze (and the sixth in seven seasons)," a United statement said. "Season ticket prices remain some of the best value in the league, with prices from just £10 (per game equivalent) for under 16s and £28 (per game equivalent) for adults. Discounted season tickets for under 16s (priced at just £190 in the Family Stand / Sir Alex Ferguson Stand tier 3) and for other age categories (50% off for 16-17 year olds & 65+ years [capped at £380] and 25% off for 18-20 year olds) will also continue as part of our ongoing commitment to make tickets more accessible for supporters of all ages. Demand for season tickets (and the opportunity to guarantee your seat for every home game) continues to grow and last May, Season tickets sold out within 24 hours of the renewal deadline. Match tickets for all Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup home games have also continued to sell out exclusively to Official Members."

6. Teenage sensation looking for lengthy Milan stay
AC Milan have unearthed themselves a gem this season in the shape of 16 year old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. The youngster has stepped up and made himself first choice over former Real Madrid stopper Diego Lopez. Now the youngster, who came through the youth ranks at Milan, has said he would like to stay with AC Milan for a long time. Donnarumma told Sky Italia that "I would love to stay at Milan for a long time, as I've always been a fan of AC Milan." Donnarumma got a chance in October and has made himself first choice with his performances since then.


7. Juve want top player in January says Allegri
Juventus' head coach Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that the Serie A champions are looking to make a big signing in this January transfer window, as they work to retain their title following a poor start to the season. With players such as Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega and Borussia Dortmund's midfielder Ilkay Gundogan being linked to Juve in recent weeks, Allegri has made it known that the club do have plans to add a big name player to their squad. "We have discussed the transfer plans with the board," the Juventus coach said at a news conference. "We have come up with a strategy. We want to sign a top player to strengthen the team. If an opportunity comes up, we will take it. But it does not make sense to sign anyone if he does not really strengthen the team. Juve should always have top players in every department." Allegri also ruled out the sale of promising young defender Daniele Rugani. "Rugani will stay with us," he added. "We have no reason to sell young, promising talent. He is doing his thing and it is only normal that he wants to play. But we have some very good players in defence. He is a young player and will stay at Juventus for the next few years."

8. Golazo
The Mexican league might not be of the highest quality, but this finish was:


9. Lazio keeper extends contract
Lazio goalkeeper Federico Marchetti has been linked with a big money move away from the Rome club in recent weeks, but he is set to stay. With his contract set to expire in the summer, he was being linked to a number of clubs that are known to be looking for a new stopper, but the Italian international has chosen to commit his future to Lazio with a new contract that runs until 2018. Marchetti joined Lazio from Cagliari ahead of the 2011-12 season, and has made the goalkeeper slot his own since then. A Lazio statement read: "Lazio announced that Federico Marchetti has renewed his contract with the [club] until 2018." Marchetti is currently injured, after picking up an injury sprinting to join his team-mates celebrating a goal against Sampdoria last month.

10. Januzaj criticised by Dortmund after his loan spell ended early
Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has hit out at former loan player Adnan Januzaj, following the Belgian attackers return to parent club Manchester United. Januzaj failed to make a single Bundesliga start while at Dortmund, because, according to Tuchel, he failed to show the right attitude and desire. "It is a pity he did not show the desire and attitude you need to progress at his age," the BVB boss said to Sportbild. "My feeling was that he never was completely with us, that a part of him always stayed in Manchester and he compared everything here with United. We were not able to help him to shake that off. They are coming to us to ask for a second chance."

Written by Tris Burke January 09 2016 13:27:52