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Football News: Review Of The Day 21st October 2021

Review Of The Day 21st October 2021
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Review of the Day


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Blackpool have given former Liverpool youngster Matty Virtue a new deal running until 2023 with a club option for a further year.



Free agent former Celtic defender Jozo Simunovic has signed for HNK Gorica.

Major League Soccer expansion team Charlotte FC have signed Jordy Alcivar from LDU Quito after sending $100,000 to FC Cincinnati in exchange for his Discovery Priority. Charlotte paid a fee reported to be around $3m to sign the player from Ecuadorian club Quito.

Walsall have signed free agent midfielder Otis Khan on a short-term contract.


Injury Round-Up

Birmingham City's French full-back Maxime Colin is to visit a specialist to look at his Achilles tendon issue that has been plaguing him this season.

Everton midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has suffered a "stress response in a bone in his foot" during the defeat to West Ham United. The French midfielder will be assessed by their medical team, but they do not believe it will require surgery.


Managerial Changes

Newport County have appointed James Rowberry as their new manager. Rowberry was a youth player at the Exiles and had previously coached in the academy. He had been working as a first team coach at Cardiff City since 2019.

Portugese coach Horacio Goncalves has been sacked by Mozambique just 6 months into his spell as the African nation's head coach. Mozambique lost back-to-back games against Cameroon to end their hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

In probably the least surprising news of the season, Steve Bruce has left Newcastle United. Graeme Jones will be in temporary charge of first team affairs while a new head coach is sought.


Disciplinary Charges

Ipswich Town have banned one of their 'supporters' from Portman Road indefinitely for racially abusing one of the club's players on social media after a 2-2 draw with Cambridge United.

Robbie Neilson is to serve a three-match touchline ban after his sending off in the draw with SPFL leaders Rangers. Neilson, who is in charge of Heart of Midlothian, had a suspended punishment held over from last season which has been triggered taking the one-game ban up to a three-match suspension.

Uganda's head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic has been found guilty of two counts of sexual assault in South Africa. The Serb has been sentenced to two separate 3-year jail terms, both suspended for 5 years. Sredojevic has appealed the verdict saying: "It was only fitting to put an application for the leave to appeal the judgement, which I believe was erroneously arrived at. I had no doubt in my mind that the criminal justice system of South Africa is objective and sober. My belief has not been tainted." Uganda have confirmed that he will continue on with his duties as normal, despite the ruling.

Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema has finally gone on trial in France over a case dating back to 2015. Benzema and four other men are accused of trying to blackmail Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape. Valbuena and Benzema were then colleagues in the French national team, though Benzema was sidelined for a while, he has recently been given a recall.


Prem Block Sponsorships

Eighteen of the twenty Premier League clubs have voted to temporarily block sponsorship deals linked to a club's owners in an emergency meeting following the Saudi-backed takeover of Newcastle United. Newcastle were the only club to vote against the measure, while Manchester City, who benefit from a number of these kind of sponsorships from Etihad, abstained. The ban will run from a month while the Premier League take time for further talks on the matter.


Burnley Attract New Investment

NFL player Malcolm Jenkins has taken a minority stake in Burnley. The 33-year-old, who has won the Super Bowl twice, has bought into the ALK Capital group that bought Burnley last year. Jenkins said: "I'm excited to enter this new relationship. Burnley is known for its tenacity, work ethic, good sportsmanship and efficient operational infrastructure. It is a great fit for me personally and my company to invest in the growth of the sport alongside a historic organisation that aligns with our values."


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Written by Tris Burke October 21 2021 01:34:18


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