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Football News: Review Of The Day 17th December 2021

Review Of The Day 17th December 2021
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Review of the Day


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In Major League Soccer New England Revolution have given DeJuan Jones a new contract which runs until 2024.

Charlie Adams has signed a new 1-year deal with San Diego Loyal.

Veteran midfielder Sacha Kljestan has signed a 1-year contract with MLS team Los Angeles FC.

Cheltenham Town have given full-back Sean Long a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2024.

In the English Championship Nottingham Forest midfielder Tyrese Fornah has signed a new deal which ends in 2024.



Inter Milan are set to release Christian Eriksen so that he can return to playing.

After suffering a heart issue, 33-year-old Barcelona striker and Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from playing.


Injury Round-Up

Manchester United have announced more positive tests as they suffer through a CV outbreak at the club, which may force their match against Brighton & Hove Albion to get called off at the weekend. Watford and Tottenham Hotspur are also in the midst of outbreaks which have required games to be postponed. Brighton themselves tried to get their Wednesday evening game against Wolverhampton Wanderers to be postponed due to their own outbreak. Brentford have also been hit badly with 13 cases amongst the clubs players and staff. Chelsea are among a number of others also reporting cases which could see further games being called off.

Exeter City duo Pierce Sweeney and Alex Hartridge have both been ruled out with long term knee injuries suffered against Tranmere Rovers.


Managerial Changes

Kieran McKenna, an assistant first-team coach at Manchester United, is to take charge at Ipswich Town.


Disciplinary Charges

Walsall defender Manny Monthe has been given a 7-match ban after he was found guilty of making a homophobic comment during a League Two match while playing for Tranmere Rovers on 1st May. He has also been fined £1,200.

Police in Scotland are investigating crowd disorder during the last-gasp victory of Celtic away to Ross County.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have teamed up to begin legal action against La Liga after it finalised a £1.7bn investment deal with private equity fund CVC Capital Partners. The clubs are terming the deal "an illegal transaction" which would cause "irreparable damage" to Spanish football. Madrid wrote: "It flagrantly violates the most elementary principles of Spanish sports law."

Everton have hit out at their own fans for a homophobic chant aimed at a Chelsea player during their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.


Clubs Cap Capacity

Carlisle United and Lincoln City have reduced their stadium capacity to 9,999 to avoid the requirement for the government's outdoor event CV passport. Any sports with 10,000 or more spectators in attendance require those present to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result. Lincoln chief executive Liam Scully said: "Following conversations with the authorities and the EFL we will be reducing our capacity to below 10,000 while the current restrictions apply. Which ultimately means there is no requirement to implement these checks at present. We think this is a measured approach given our available resources. The industry is already experiencing significant shortages of event staff and the requirement to provide further staffing resources, which Covid passport checks undoubtedly would, will only increase this pressure. From our perspective, adding the number of staff necessary to undertake checks and provide the necessary services is a logistical challenge which would add a significant cost to our matchday operations. Our number one priority is looking after each other - and we urge our fans to follow the regulations and play their part in helping mitigate the spread of the virus."


Games Postponed

CV outbreaks have caused a number of games in the EFL that were scheduled to be played on Saturday to be postponed. In Scotland, Livingston manager David Martindale has called on the SPFL to bring forward their winter break to deal with the increase in cases saying: "I would shut the league down for two weeks. It's going to have a massive impact on football over the next couple of weeks." Also in the Scottish Premiership, Dundee United have had to shut their training base due to an outbreak of CV. Already in the English Premier League Burnley against Watford and Brentford at home to Manchester United have been called off due to CV. Brentford manager Thomas Frank has suggested that the weekend Premier League matches and next week's League Cup ties be pushed back to allow time to get through the current outbreak.

The postponed matches

Premier League
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Southampton v Brentford
Watford v Crystal Palace
West Ham United v Norwich City
Everton v Leicester City

Cardiff City v Derby County
Millwall v Preston
QPR v Swansea City
Reading v Luton Town

League One
Gillingham v Crewe Alexandra
Lincoln City v Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday v Accrington Stanley

League Two
Crawley Town v Oldham Athletic
Northampton Town v Barrow
Swindon Town v Walsall


Fleetwood In International Expansion

League One's Fleetwood Town have begun expanding internationally by setting up a team in the United Arab Emirates and one in South Africa. Fleetwood United FC are based in Dubai and will play in the UAE's third division, while Western Cape Fleetwood FC are playing in the South African fourth division. Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley told the BBC: "South Africa has the world champion rugby union team, they've got a really good cricket team, they're very good at athletics but it's my belief they haven't had the coaching or football facilities they need to develop really good players. We aim to change that. The intention is to go on a Fleetwood-esque journey and climb the football pyramid to get to a good level. We want to get those players signed on, registered to the clubs, make them as good as possibly can be and we can use our contacts to perhaps sell them or loan them to Europe and who knows where? South Africa is a very diverse country and some of the poverty out there is really quite shocking. If we can I'd like to make some of these people's lives better and give them a chance to inject some pride into their area and community."


Nations League Draw

Highlights: Italy 1-1 England (3-2 pens)
Group A1: France, Denmark, Croatia, Austria
Group A2: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic
Group A3: Italy, Germany, England, Hungary
Group A4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales

Group B1: Ukraine, Scotland, Republic of Ireland, Armenia
Group B2: Iceland, Russia, Israel, Albania
Group B3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Romania, Montenegro
Group B4: Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia

Group C1: Turkey, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Faroe Islands
Group C2: Northern Ireland, Greece, Kosovo, Cyprus/Estonia
Group C3: Slovakia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan/Moldova
Group C4: Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar

Group D1: Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan/Moldova, Andorra, Latvia
Group D2: Malta, Cyprus/Estonia, San Marino


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Written by Tris Burke December 17 2021 00:11:04


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