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Football News: Review Of The Day 17th May 2022

Review Of The Day 17th May 2022
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Review of the Day


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West Bromwich Albion defender Semi Ajayi has agreed a contract extension keeping him at the Baggies until 2025.

Stoke City duo Nick Powell and Mario Vrancic have extended their deals to run until the end of next season.

Ipswich Town have given Wes Burns a new contract which will expire in 2025.

Liam Bennett has been awarded a new 2 year deal with an option for a further 12 months.

Wycombe Wanderers' former Burnley striker Sam Vokes has agreed a new 1-year contract.

Experienced Oxford United striker Sam Baldock has signed a new 2-year deal.

Kieron Morris has also put pen to paper on a new 2-year contract, his with Tranmere Rovers.

Maxime Chanot has signed a new 2-year contract with MLS side New York City, one of the group of club's belonging to Manchester City's owners.

Also in Major League Soccer, Chris Brady has extended his deal with Chicago Fire until 2026 with a club option for 2027.



Paulo Dybala has announced he will be leaving Juventus in the summer when his contract expires.

Bristol City have released Callum O'Dowda, Khari Allen, Louis Britton, Barney Soady and Nathaniel Williams. Coming into Bristol is Oxford United midfielder Mark Sykes on a free transfer.

Harry Lewis is joining Bradford City on a free transfer from Southampton.

Shakhtar Donetsk youngster Mykhaylo Mudryk has rejected a move to Brentford as the 21-year-old Ukraine winger holds out for a move to Bayer Leverkusen.


Injury Round Up

Liverpool expect Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah to be fit for the final league game on Sunday against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The pair were taken off injured during the FA Cup final win against Chelsea and were ruled out of the game against Southampton.


Managerial Changes

Incoming Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will miss Ajax's post-season trip to Curacao in order to start working in Manchester early. The 52-year-old said: "There's a lot of work that still needs to be done. I think that's understandable. This applies to every new club. A number of things still need to be organised with the staff and also with the squad. We will be working intensively on that from [Monday]."

Portugese coach Jose Peseiro has agreed to become the new head coach of the Nigerian national side. The 62-year-old recently quit Venezuela due to unpaid wages. He was named as the Nigeria coach back in December, to take over after the African Cup of Nations but the deal fell apart in February, but the deal was revived.

Paul Ince has been given the job of Reading manager on a permanent basis. The 54-year-old was given the role on an interim basis in February. His assistant Alex Rae has also been made permanent. Mark Bowen has also returned to the Royals to become head of football operations.

League Two AFC Wimbledon have appointed former Charlton Athletic manager Johnnie Jackson as their new head coach.


Disciplinary Charges

Two Brentford players have made complaints that their families were racially abused at Goodison Park. Former Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney and full-back Rico Henry have made the allegations in the wake of their side's 3-2 win away at Everton. Everton stated: "There is no place in football - or society - for racism. We are assisting Merseyside Police to ensure the individual is identified and dealt with appropriately." Henry posted on social media, after the game in which he scored the winner: "I never usually speak out on things that don't physically harm me or my family but to see my mom upset after being racially abused by a few Everton fans brought fire to my stomach!" While Toney posted: "And for the man that racially abused my family I'll do everything I can to get you the punishment you deserve!"

Two Ghanaian clubs have been heavily sanctioned after being found guilty of match manipulation. Allegations came to light after Hashmin Musah claimed he scored two own goals in a 7-0 win for Ashanti Gold over Inter Allies to try and prevent a 5-1 scoreline that had been prearranged. His claims and notifications of suspicious betting patterns were investigated by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and both teams were found guilty of match manipulation. They were both relegated to the third tier and a number of club officials, coaches and players from the clubs have been banned from football.

Ashanti Gold were charged with instigating an attempt to fix the match in their favour, that their club president and CEO made several calls to Emmanuel Nii Amoah to assist them in manipulating the result with Inter Allies and with acting together with Inter Allies to fix the result. Ashanti Gold had failed to comply with a request for a comprehensive internal investigations report. The club was relegated to Division Two League (Ghana's third tier) and fined 100,000GHc. Club President Dr. Kwaku Frimpong was banned from football for a period of 120 months (10 years) and fined 100,000Ghc. CEO Emmanuel Frimpong, the son of the club's president, was banned for 96 months from football and fined 50,000GHc. Head coach Thomas Duah was banned for just 24 months. Team manager Aidoo Gee Ahmed was also banned for 2 years, as were the following players: Stephen Owusu Banahene, Dacosta Ampem, Frank Akoto, Agyemang Isaac Opoku, Amos Kofi Nkrumah, Eric Esso, Moses Kwame and Solomon Afriyie. Samed Mohamed, another player for Gold, was banned for 30 months, as was Seth Osei. For failing to appear before the disciplinary committee, sporting director Nana Kwasi Darling and players Emmanuel Owusu, Mohamed Bailou, Amos Addai and Paul De Vries Asare were all banned for 4 years.

Inter Allies were demoted to the same division and also fined 100,000GHc. Their coach Felix Aboagye was banned for 2 years, as was team manager Reuben Adjetey and the players Mohammed Zakari, Richard Acquaah, Shaibu Taufiq and Felix Abuska. Richard Lamptey was banned for 30 months, while Fard Ibrahim was banned for 2 years and banned for a further 12 months from placing bets on matches and competitions on his phone. Emmanuel Nii Amoah, also known as Nii Agogo, was banned for life. After failing to appear before the committee the following players received 2 year bans: Danso Wiredu Mensah, Alex Aso, Abdul Kadir Mohammed, Isah Ali and Andy okpe. Goalkeeping coach Boye Joseph Markwei also failed to show up and was banned for 2 years. Hashmin Musah was also given a 2 year ban but the sentence was reduced to 6 months for acting to reveal the match fixing.


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Written by Tris Burke May 17 2022 08:17:14


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