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Football News: Review Of The Day 21st December 2021

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


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Major League Soccer side Austin FC have signed Ethan Finlay from Minnesota United on a free transfer. Leaving Austin is Ben Sweat to join Kansas City, also on a free.

DC United forward Yordy Reyna has signed for Charlotte on a free transfer.

New England Revolution have paid £1.06m to sign Sebastian Lletget from fellow MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy.

Birmingham City have placed club captain Harlee Dean on the transfer list.

Steven Caulker has been cleared to transfer his international allegiances to Sierra Leone from England by FIFA.


Injury Round-Up

Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has been ruled out for at least 3 months with a knee injury.


Managerial Changes

Charlton Athletic have appointed caretaker manager Johnnie Jackson as their new permanent manager after a 10-game spell in charge.

Brighton & Hove Albion have given permission for their technical director Dan Ashworth to talk to Newcastle United about taking up a director of football role.

Shaun Maloney has taken charge at Hibernian and will be assisted by Gary Caldwell. It is Maloney's first job as a head coach.


Disciplinary Charges

The UEFA Conference League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stade Rennais, which was due to be played on 9th December but was postponed due to a number of positive CV tests in the Spurs camp, has been awarded to Rennes as a 3-0 victory by the UEFA Appeals Body. That has seen Spurs out of the competition.

UEFA have rejected the appeal by PAOK and fined them 70,000euro for lighting and throwing of fireworks, suspended Michailidis Ioannis for 3 UEFA competition matches for assaulting another player, another 8,000euro fine for the use of laser pointers and a final 4,000euro for the improper conduct of the team.

Atalanta have been fined a total of 18,125euro for throwing of objects, lighting of fireworks and blocking of public passageways for their 2nd November Champions League match against Manchester United.

Bayern Munich were fined 5,000euro for a pitch invastion in their home game against Benfica in the UEFA Champions League. Benfica were also fined, 1,500euro for lighting of fireworks.

Sevilla against Lille has seen the Spaniards fined 16,000euro for improper conduct of the team (6 or more players and officials). Lille received a 14,000euro fine for improper conduct of the team (5 players or more).

Paris Saint-Germain's trip to RB Leipzig has resulted in an 18,000euro fine for improper conduct of the team (5 players or more).

A pitch invasion in the game between Dynamo Kiev and Bayern Munich has left Kiev with a 5,000euro fine to pay.

Inter Milan will be paying a 4,750euro fine for lighting of fireworks when they faced Shakhtar Donetsk.

Manchester City picked up a 5,000euro fine for a pitch invasion against PSG.

Another pitch invasion has cost Sheriff Tiraspol 5,000euro from their game at home to Real Madrid.

Club Brugge have condemned its own fans after Anderlecht head coach Vincent Kompany accused them of racially abusing him.

Leeds United have been fined £20,000 by the FA for improper conduct by their players.

Manchester United right-back Aaron Wan-Bissake has been banned from driving for 6 months and fined £31,500. The 24-year-old was guilty of driving while disqualified.

Newcastle United have written to the Premier League to demand an explanation over refereeing decisions given against them in their last three matches.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has publicly criticised his midfield duo Phil Foden and Jack Grealish for their off-the-pitch behaviour after dropping them for Sunday's match against Newcastle. Guardiola told the BBC: "I pay a lot of attention to behaviour on and off the pitch. And when off the pitch is not proper they are not going to play. So they have to be focused all the time because the distractions in the Christmastime and everything that happens - you have to still be focused."


Bradford Takeover Rejected

A group of US cryptocurrency investors called WAGMI United have had an offer to buy Bradford City rejected. They were were looking to use non-fungible tokens as a model of ownership, whatever that means. Bradford chairman Stefan Rupp wrote on the club's site: "A great deal has been aired publicly since the offer was made. This, as well as a number of factors which will remain private, has led me to this decision. As a proud custodian of this wonderful football club, my first and most important responsibility is to protect it and safeguard its long-term future, while upholding our values. I, and certainly no one else connected to this football club, is actively trying to promote its sale, and my commitment has not changed. The matter is closed, and our attention returns to what is truly important, as we build towards a strong second half of the season and aim to achieve our goals."


No FA Cup Replays

The FA Cup has scrapped replays in the 3rd and 4th round to help with the fixture backlog caused by the pandemic postponements. There were no replays at all in the competition last season due to the condensed schedule.


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Written by Tris Burke December 21 2021 02:50:04


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