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Football News: Review Of The Day 4th December 2021

Review Of The Day 4th December 2021
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Review of the Day


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Wycombe Wanderers have given Anis Mehmeti a new deal which will run until 2024.

Partick Thistle defender Stephen Hendrie has a new deal until the end of the season.

Major League Soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps have given Cristian Dajome, Marcus Godinho, Brian White, David Egbo, Cristian Gutierrez, Javain Brown, Florian Jungwirth, Michael Baldisimo and Thomas Hasal new contracts.

Also in MLS, San Jose Earthquakes have handed Eric Remedi, Tanner Beason, Marcos Lopez, JT Marcinkowski, Judson, Siad Haji, Shea Salinas, Jack Skahan and Benjamin Kikanovic a 1-year deal.

Veteran Lecce defender Fabio Lucioni has been given a contract until 2024.

Ellis Iandolo has extended his contract with Swindon Town.

Exeter City midfielder Timothee Dieng has extended his contract until 2024.

Despite a long-term injury, former Everton defender Brendan Galloway has been offered a new 18-month long deal by Plymouth Argyle.

Doncaster Rovers have given Joseph Olowu a contract extension. The 22-year-old defender signed on a short-term contract after being released by Arsenal in the summer. He is now contracted until 2023.

Josh Campbell has a new deal with Hibernian which will expire in 2025.



Serie A club Cagliari have release Brazilian forward Diego Farias.

New York Red Bulls have completed the permanent transfer of loanee goalkeeper Carlos Coronel from RB Salzburg.

After injuries have bit, Stoke City have moved to sign free agent goalkeeper Frank Fielding on a short-term contract.

Motherwell will complete the signing of young Irish midfielder Ross Tierney from Bohemian on 1st January.


Injury Round-Up

Gillingham midfielder Daniel Adshead, on loan from Norwich City for the season, has broken his foot and will be missing "until January at the earliest".

Watford trio Ismaila Sarr, Ben Foster and Nicolas Nkoulou have all been ruled out for at least a month. Sarr's injury, which is a knee ligament injury, will need to be reassessed in a month. The Senegal winger is in danger of missing the AFCON tournament due to it.

Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola has claimed his team have a player "emergency" with just "14 or 15" senior players available to him for Wednesday's trip to Aston Villa. Guardiola said: "We are in an emergency in the squad because we have few, few, few people. We never complain when it is not possible for players to play because of injuries or red cards because I trust the squad a lot and other players can come in. But we are in real trouble for December - the toughest month of the year. We have just 14 or 15, players. And a lot of players have played a lot of minutes."

John Fleck has returned to training with Sheffield United. The Scottish international midfielder collapsed on the pitch during their game against Reading on 23rd November.

St Johnstone midfielder David Wotherspoon is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Inter Milan's former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen is training at Odense Boldklub as he seeks to return to football following his on-pitch collapse at Euro 2020. The 29-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest which has led to him being fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator device, that device makes him ineligible to play in Serie A.


Managerial Changes

Hartlepool United have appointed their former defender Graeme Lee as their new manager. The 43-year-old was working as a coach with Middlesbrough's under-23s. Michael Nelson, another form Pools defender, has been brought in as his assistant.

Richie Wellens has been sacked by Doncaster Rovers after 6 months in charge of the League One strugglers. Wellens won just 3 of 19 league games and Donnie are currently sat 23rd in the table. Under-18 manager Gary McSheffrey will step in as caretaker manager while a permanent appointment is sought.

Nick Mwendwa has stepped down as president of the Kenyan FA after he was charged with multiple counts of fraud.

Manchester United coach Michael Carrick has left the club following his spell as caretaker coach coming to an end. Ralf Rangnick is to take up the reins for the rest of the season as interim manager.


Disciplinary Charges

Plymouth Argyle are to issue over 25 stadium bans for the fans they have identified involved in violent clashes with Wigan Athletic fans on Saturday. Argyle chairman Simon Hallett wrote on social media: "No tolerance for that appalling behaviour. I don't want to hear that these people are "childish", "idiotic", or even "just being lads". They are violent, wicked and never welcome at Home Park."

A 24-year-old man was arrested after Heart of Midlothian's former Rangers winger Barrie McKay was hit by an object thrown from the crowd as he was taking a corner in front of the Celtic support during an SPFL match on Thursday.

St Mirren's chairman John Needham has been fined £5,000 with a further £1,000 for "discriminatory or offensive" comments, bringing the game into disrepute and improper behaviour over posts he made on social media.

Both Aston Villa and Crystal Palace have been charged with misconduct by the FA.

Eight clubs have been sanctioned by UEFA for Financial Fair Play breaches. Portugese duo Porto and Sporting Clube de Portugal were both fined. Porto 300,000euro and reigning Portugese champions Sporting CP received a 250,000euro fine. Fellow Portugese team Santa Clara were also sanctioned. Also punished are Real Betis of Spain, Kazakhstani side Astana, CFR Cluj of Romania (does anyone else always misread that as clunj and think of Jay of the Inbetweeners??), Bulgaria's CSKA Sofia and Mons Calpe of Gibraltar. The 8 clubs are sanctioned over "non-compliance with 'no overdue payables' requirement" and have been warned to pay the outstanding amounts or face further punishment. Is it just me who thinks it odd to fine clubs for struggling to meet FFP requirements and so put further strain on their finances?


Ronaldo Hits Out At Ballon d'Or Claim

The editor of France Football, and organiser of the Ballon d'Or popularity contest, Pascal Ferre has been accused of lying by Cristiano Ronaldo after attempting to big up his ridiculous award by making it seem relevant. Ferre have told the New York Times: "Ronaldo has only one ambition, and that is to retire with more Ballons d'Or than Messi - and I know that because he has told me." Ronaldo rebutted the comments on his social media by posting: "Pascal Ferre lied, he used my name to promote himself and to promote the publication he works for. It is unacceptable that the person responsible for awarding such a prestigious prize could lie in this way, in absolute disrespect for someone who has always respected France Football and the Ballon d'Or. The biggest ambition of my career is to win national and international titles for the clubs I represent and for the national team in my country. The biggest ambition of my career is to leave my name written in golden letters in the history of world football."


Forest Plan Ground Redevelopment

Nottingham Forest have submitted plans to redevelop the Peter Taylor stand at the City Ground, increasing capacity and to upgrade its training facilities. The updates at their Wilford Lane training base would include a new academy building, which would house 14 changing rooms, 3 classrooms, a physio room and a gym.


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Written by Tris Burke December 04 2021 01:08:57


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