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Football News: Review Of The Day 24th October 2020

Review Of The Day 24th October 2020
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Former Liverpool youngster Martin Hansen has signed a 3 year contract with Hannover 96.



Former Bournemouth left-back Charlie Daniels has signed a short-term deal with Shrewsbury Town. The 34 year old was a free agent and is now contracted until January with the Shrews.

Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Blerim Dzemaili has been released by Shenzhen FC, currently managed by Jordi Cruyff.

Australian A-League side Perth Glory have signed free agent defender Darryl Lachman.


Injury Round-Up

Eight players from Accrington Stanley have tested CV positive and gone into self-isolation.

Jack Butland of Crystal Palace has also tested positive.

Millwall's manager Gary Rowett is another in self-isolation following a positive test.


Managerial Changes

Barnsley have turned to former Crystal Palace defender Valerien Ismael to replace Gerhard Struber as their new head coach. Ismael, born in France but nowadays a German citizen, has previously worked as head coach with VfL Wolfsburg, Apollon Smyrnis and Austrian side LASK, who he left in July.


Disciplinary Charges

Norwich City and Rotherham United have both been fined £5,000 by the Football Assocation for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. Both clubs admitted the charge related to their match in the Championship on the 17th October, when both sets of players clashed in the 70th minute following a foul which saw Rotherham defender Angus MacDonald receive a red card.

Stoke City defender Nathan Collins has had his red card rescinded. Collins was sent off after the assistant referee spotted an off the ball tussle with Barnsley's Dominik Frieser, which the assistant felt was violent conduct. Stoke appealed against the decision and won, with the 3-match ban also being rescinded.


Games Off

After an outbreak of CV saw 8 Accrington Stanley players test positive, their League One match against Bristol Rovers that was scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. All 8 players, plus a member of staff that also tested positive, have gone into self-isolation. They already had one member of staff in self-isolation. Stanley's manager, John Coleman, says the club has "basically closed down" due to the outbreak. Coleman, who is also in isolation despite testing negative, said: "We also need to protect those who haven't tested positive. We need to batten down the hatches to stop it circulating any further. I have spoken to the players and some of them are asymptomatic while a few are feeling it a little bit. Luckily none are seriously ill, but they are fit lads and we hope that will help them a bit. Now it's about following protocol and keeping everyone safe and limiting the spread, that's our duty to the general public."

In the Scottish Premiership, the game between St Mirren and Hamilton Academical has also been postponed after a number of positive tests for the home team. Saints told the SPFL that they had just 11 registered fit players available. St Mirren also revealed in a statement that their entire first-team and coaching staff have been ordered into isolation by Public Health Scotland.

A second League One match is off after "a number of positive Covid-19 cases" at Swindon Town has led to their match with Oxford United being called off.


EFL Requests Tax Deferments

The English Football League has asked the British government for its clubs to be allowed to defer tax payments, as it attempts to save the league from a large number of clubs going bust. The request asks for PAYE and National Insurance payments from November onwards to be deferred while the funding crisis is rectified.


R.I.P. Skovdahl

Former Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl has succumbed to cancer at the age of 75. The Dane spent 4 years in charge of Aberdeen, as well as three spells as manager of Brondby, where he was the Danish club's most successful manager. In honour of his time there, where he won four league championships and three domestic cups, Brondby renamed a lounge at their stadium the Ebbe Skovdahl Fan Lounge. He is the uncle of the great Danes Michael and Brian Laudrup.


Dyche Hits Out At Screams

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has accused some players of "squealing and screaming" in order to win penalties while the stadiums are empty. Dyche said: "I've seen so many given this season which are nothing moments. The new one now is the feigning of injury and people squealing and holding their face. And the referee because of the empty stadiums you can scream and yelp and that seems to find a way of making the referee think differently. I'm not talking about gamesmanship that has been there forever. You get tripped in the box and go down, there's been clever strikers forever. But now you have blatant cheating, you have blatant feigning of injury, people squealing and screaming." Dyche was upset after his team, who have won the fewest penalties in Europe in the last 3 years with just 4 in 105 games, were denied one when Dyche felt Kevin Long was pushed in the back while in West Bromwich Albion's penalty box. Dyche said of the incident: "They go down honestly and not with their arms flying and rolling around, then we don't get them. Would I tell my players to be wiser and fall in a certain way? No. Now I've got to talk about my players to not be naive and fall on the floor and possibly squeal. Bizarre in my view, but that's the way football is at the moment."


Ole Unhappy With Press Treatment Of Greenwood

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised the English media for their treatment of Manchester United's young forward Mason Greenwood. Solksjaer said: "Mason made a mistake this summer with England and suddenly the whole English press go after him. I have to disappoint you [media], he is never late for training. He is never a problem when he is on the training ground. He is always on time. I have seen the stories and some ex-United players talking about him and they don't know what they are talking about. We have photographers outside the training ground every day, they can see he is on time every day. I don't know where these stories have come from. He has a good family behind him. He has had a good background in the academy. He is a good trainer. He trains really well. I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional."


Pique Criticises Barca

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit out at the Catalan club's handling of Lionel Messi's contract, just a day ahead of facing Real Madrid in a La Liga match. In an interview with La Vanguardia newspaper, Pique said: "We should preserve our figureheads, not underappreciate them. It's all too confrontational. What's going on? Messi deserves everything; the new stadium should be named after him first and then the sponsor. I ask myself: How can it be that the best-ever player to have played the game, who we have been lucky enough to enjoy, wakes up one day and sends a Burofax (recorded delivery mail) because he feels like he's not being listened to?" The former Manchester United defender then took aim at the story that Barca president Josep Bartomeu had hired a social media agency to criticise the club's players: "I, as a Barca player, see that my club have spent money, money they're now asking us for (in salary reductions), to criticise us - and I'm not talking about criticising people outside the club, but current players - it's atrocious. I asked (Bartomeu) for an explanation and he said 'Gerard, I didn't know about it', and I believed him. But then you see that the person who was responsible for doing this is still working at the club. That hurts me a lot. And I'm saying that here because I've already said it to the president, too."

Written by Tris Burke October 24 2020 06:23:14


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