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Football News: Review Of The Day 22nd November 2021

Review Of The Day 22nd November 2021
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Review of the Day


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Venezia goalkeeper Luca Lezzerini has extended his contract until 2024.

Jake Doyle-Hayes has a new deal with Hibernian which expires in 2025. Josh Doig has also signed a new deal with Hibs which will run until 2026.

Full-back Janoi Donacien has signed a new contract with Ipswich Town which will run until 2023.

Newport County have given assistant manager Wayne Hatswell a contract extension which will end in 2024, despite him admitting he would move if the right opportunity came up.

Championship side Blackpool have extended manager Neil Critchley's deal until 2026.



Free agent former Manchester City youngster Jack Byrne has signed for Shamrock Rovers.


Injury Round-Up

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Josh Sheehan has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Wigan Athletic's home match against Oxford United in League One was postponed after 7 of the Oxford players tested positive for CV. A number of their players had felt unwell over night and tests revealed a number had the illness. Oxford manager Karl Robinson said that one player had been ruled out on Wednesday, but tests on Thursday and Friday were negative for the rest of the team but then: "We tested again when we got to Wigan on Friday night. Then one or two players started feeling unwell overnight and so we tested again when they came down at 09:00 GMT. Five of them tested positive including our one available goalkeeper. We contacted the EFL and asked for permission to try and sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan and provided that happened, we would still have been happy to play the game. But by 11:00 GMT, we had two more positive tests and it was becoming clear we couldn't get a goalkeeper in time so we had no option but to call the game off. We were in contact with Wigan. I was in touch with their manager all the time, and with the EFL, and we got the news out as quickly as we could. But obviously we feel sorry for fans of both clubs who will have been looking forward to what should have been a really exciting game."


Managerial Changes

Allegations of a forged vaccine certificate have led to Werder Bremen manager Markus Anfang and his assistant Florian Junger resigning their jobs. Anfang denies that his certificate is forger and says that the "extreme stress" of the situation has caused him to resign. Anfang is currently being investigated by prosecutors.

Sadly for everyone who is not a Manchester United fan, their 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Watford has seen the trigger finally pulled on the firing of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. First team coach Michael Carrick has been placed in interim charge while a successor is sought.


Disciplinary Charges

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezman's suspension, received for his red card against Liverpool in the Champions League, has been reduced to 1 game on appeal.

MK Dons have won an appeal against young wing-back Josh Martin's sending off against Stevenage in the FA Cup. He will now not need to serve any suspension.

The Ligue 1 game between Lyon and Marseille was abandoned after just 5 minutes following Dmitry Payet being hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. The Marseille midfielder has been the centre of a similar incident this season, when he was hit by a bottle while they were playing Nice and threw it back into the crowd, leading to OGC Nice fans storming the pitch. Another Marseille midfielder, Valentin Roniger, had his lip cut by a bottle in the first game of the season at Montpellier.


Grecians To Donate Proceeds

After Exeter City were ordered to replay their FA Cup match with Bradford City, following them using an extra sixth substitution in extra-time contrary to the rules, the League Two club have announced they will give free entry to all visiting fans who attended the first game. The Grecians will also donate their share of the profits from gate receipts to charity. An Exeter statement read: "Under the rules of the competition, we are required to share the profit after costs from this match with Bradford City. Costs include the facilitation of the match, such as away travel, stewarding and floodlights. The club will incur additional overheads, such as the cost of staff, including the grounds team, media team, light and heat, and cleaning, which do not form part of this return. Whilst we appreciate that some supporters may feel frustrated paying for another game, we hope you understand that facilitating this game costs many thousands of pounds."


Rams Tax Debt Revealed

After Derby County's six connected companies updated their records with Companies House, it was revealed that they owe a total of £29.3m to HMRC. There is also a loan from US investment group MSD Holdings of £20m. On top of that, football and trade creditors are owed £15m, as well as money owed to former owner Mel Morris. The creditors' list includes £8.37m in unpaid player registration fees and £504,000 in agents' commission. St John Ambulance is owed £8,000.


Dons Post Losses

Aberdeen's annual accounts for the year ending 30th June have shown a £5.19m loss for the SPFL side, in part down to a £3.26m reduction in turnover. The club have called it "one of the toughest financial periods" they have faced and blamed the "profound impact" of the pandemic. Despite a reduction in players' wages, the wages-to-turnover ratio increased from 68% to 85%.


Citizens To Play Champions League Game Behind Closed Doors

The rise of the pandemic in Germany has led to a decision to play Manchester City's Champions League group stage game at RB Leipzig behind closed doors on 7th December. The German state, Saxony, that Leipzig is in has gone into partial lockdown.

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Written by Tris Burke November 22 2021 00:01:33


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