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Football News: Review Of The Day 5th October 2021

Review Of The Day 5th October 2021
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Review of the Day


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Club captain Lorenzo Pellegrini has signed a new contract at AS Roma which runs until 2026 and he has given up his exit clause.



Racing Lens have loaned Ismael Boura to AC Le Havre.

Free agent right-back Serge Aurier, who was released by Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, has signed for Villareal.

Cardiff City have released Lee Tomlin by mutual consent as injury problems have kept the experienced forward out of the team for a year.

Free agent former Spurs youngster Kazaiah Sterling has signed for non-league side Potters Bar.

Former Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley has also finally found a new club, the free agent has signed for Cheltenham Town.


Injury Round-Up

Derby County duo Krystian Bielik and Colim Kazim-Richards are closing on a return to the team as they are set to return to fill training this month. Bielik has been out since January following cruciate ligament surgery, while Kazim-Richards has been sidelined since August with an Achilles problem.

Northern Ireland have lost Shayne Lavery, Ali McCann, Gavin Whyte, Michael Smith and Trevor Carson from their squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. All of the quintet, apart from Whyte, have suffered injuries which have ruled them out. Whyte has tested positive for CV. Liam Hughes, Paul Smyth, Ryan McLaughlin and Carl Winchester have been called up to replace them.

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has withdrawn from the England squad due to a calf injury. Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been called up to replace him.


Managerial Changes

Watford have turned to Claudio Ranieri as their next (interim) coach on a 2-year contract. He replaces Xisco Munoz who lasted just 10 months despite leading the Hornets to promotion last season.


Disciplinary Charges

Port Vale are investigating after a racially abusive message was sent to Leyton Orient's former Liverpool youngster Lawrence Vigouroux following Vale's 3-2 win over Orient on Saturday. Vale's official social media account reposted a message from Orient's account showing a photograph of Vigouroux with the words "Hate won't win" attached and also stated: "We are aware of an abusive message sent privately to a Leyton Orient player. Port Vale FC will not tolerate abuse of any kind towards officials, players, staff or supporters." Vigouroux had shared screenshots of the messages he received after the game on his own social media account and said: "Football such a beautiful game ruined by people like this."

Meanwhile Leyton Orient have, along with Mansfield Town, been fined £1,000 by the Football Association. Both teams were found guilty of failing to control their players during a League Two match between the two on 25th September.

Peterborough United have withdrawn their appeal against a four-match ban handed to Jonson Clarke-Harris for social media posts made nine years ago when the forward was 18. The Championship club had initially appealed but on receiving the FA's written reasons for the ban they have decided to withdraw their appeal for fear the ban may even be increased.

Hibernian have appealed against the red card shown to Ryan Porteous in their 2-1 defeat to Rangers on Sunday.

There was more racist abuse on Sunday as Napoli beat Fiorentina 2-1 away. Fiorentina relased a statement condemning the racial abuse that their fans were giving to Kalidou Koulibaly and Victor Osimhen. It is also being reported that on-loan Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa was targeted by the Fiorentina fans during the game. A statement from Fiorentina read: "Fiorentina expresses the most firm and harsh condemnation for the episodes of racism that took place yesterday during the match against Napoli. General Manager [Joe] Barone, already after the match, personally apologised." CCTV footage is now being examined by the club in an attempt to find the culprits.

Dundee United have also complained over racist abuse they allege was given to their midfielder Jeando Fuchs in a match against Ross County. A County fan was alleged to have used racist language though County denied it saying: "no racist language had been used, however swearing and foul language had been". After the match, Dundee United's head coach Thomas Courts held up an anti-racism t-shirt in front of the County away support, which County claim risked the safety of their fans leaving the ground after the game.

Liverpool are investigating allegations one of their fans spat at a member of Manchester City's backroom staff during the 2-2 draw on Sunday. The club have stated that they have collected "substantial evidence" which could be handed to police for criminal charges.


End Park Song

Former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung has appealed to Manchester United supporters to stop singing a song about him which contains racial stereotypes about his South Korean nationality. The 40-year-old revealed that he was caused "discomfort" by the song during his playing days and was unhappy after Man Utd fans trotted it out when facing Wolverhampton Wanderers and their new Korean forward Hwang Hee-chan. Park said: "I'm really sorry for him to hear that. I have to educate the fans to stop that word, which is usually these days a racial insult to the Korean people. Listening to the chant even 10 years later now, I feel sorry for the younger me who tried to overcome this discomfort that I felt back then. I also feel responsible for the young people who are still discriminated against as Asians or Koreans, and struggling with that kind of discomfort. In Korea, things have changed a lot. The culture has changed. I really request the fans to stop singing that word. It causes discomfort to Korean people when they hear that song. It's time to stop." Manchester United itself have backed Park and asked the fans to respect his wishes.


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Written by Tris Burke October 05 2021 15:47:31


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