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Football News: Review Of The Day 30th June 2022

Review Of The Day 30th June 2022
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Review of the Day


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Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Lee Nicholls has signed a 4-year deal.

Australian international defender Bailey Wright has signed a new 2-year contract with Sunderland.

Will Hondermarck has agreed a deal to remain at Barnsley until 2024.

Exeter City defender Jonathan Grounds has signed a 1-year contract.

Real Sociedad goalkeeper Alex Remiro has signed a 5-year deal.

Lassana Coulibaly has agreed to stay with Salernitana until 2026.

Experienced Real Vallodolid keeper Jordi Masip has been tied down until 2024.

Teenage Manchester United defender Will Fish has extended until 2025 with an option for a further year.

Samuele di Benedetto has signed a new contract with VfB Stuttgart which will keep the 16-year-old German youth international at the club until 2026.



Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan on loan for the season from Chelsea for a loan fee of £7.2m, just a year after leaving Inter to return to Chelsea.

Leeds United have sold Liam McCarron to Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

Harrogate Town have signed Miles Welch-Hayes on a free transfer from Colchester United.

Burnley left-back Anthony Glennon has signed for Grimsby Town on a free transfer.

Ben Purrington has joined Ross County on a free transfer from Charlton Athletic.

Leyton Orient have spent an undisclosed fee on George Moncur from Hull City.

Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Ashley Maynard-Brewer has signed for Gillingham on a season-long loan deal.

Inter Miami of Major League Soccer have spent £982,000 to sign Corentin Jean from Racing Lens. Jean is one of the most expensive signings in Inter Miami's entire 20 minutes history.

Genoa have taken Spanish goalkeeper Josep Martinez on loan from RB Leipzig.

Monza have signed Mattia Valoti from SPAL.

Enrico Brignola has moved to Benevento from Sassuolo.

Veteran Italian defender Domenico Criscito has completed a move to MLS team Toronto from Genoa on a free transfer.

Braga have signed Victor Gomez on loan from Espanyol.

FC Copenhagen midfielder Jens Stage has signed for Werder Bremen.

Angers SCO have signed Adrien Honou from Minnesota United.

Rangers target Antonio Colak is set to move once his team, PAOK, have a replacement according to the team's manager Razvan Lucescu: "I can tell you I know about an offer for Antonio from a good club that for him could be important. At the same time if Antonio leaves in the next few days it's a problem as it leaves us with one striker. The official games are coming soon and it's not easy to bring in new players. You need time. Time for negotiations, money, players that are available and not, players that have chemistry with us. So these are the two aspects and they are not so easy to be solved. From Antonio and from us."

Argentine side Lanus have confirmed an agreement to sell Alexandro Bernabei to Celtic, with 10% of the player's registration to be held by Lanus.

Barcelona have excused 5 players from pre-season to sort out moves away from the Nou Camp. Samuel Umtiti, Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig, Martin Braithwaite and Clement Lenglet are not in Xavi's plans for the season. Barca's on-loan forward Antoine Griezmann has confirmed that he will be staying at Atletico Madrid for next season on loan. Atleti have an obligation to sign him if he completes this season there.

Juventus have officially released Paulo Dybala, Federico Bernadeschi and Alvaro Morata. The club's CEO Maurizio Arrivabene has also revealed that Juve are close to agreeing a deal to sign Paul Pogba on a free transfer from Manchester United. Arrivabene has suggested that there will be another one to leave when discussing Matthijs De Ligt: "It is impossible to keep a player that wants to leave, but it is always a matter of numbers. It is not like you just show him the door. When it happens, all three parties must leave the negotiating table satisfied. In the end, whoever has the most money still wins."

Monza CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed that they will be signing Stefano Sensi from Inter Milan, pending a medical, but their attempts to sign Verona defender Nicolo Casale have failed.

Keeping the rumour mill turning is Bayern Munich's wantaway striker Robert Lewandowski, who was pictured in the same restaurant in Ibiza as the head coach of Barcelona, the club he is trying to sign for.

Werder Bremen have paid an undisclosed fee to sign former Nottingham Forest forward Oli Burke from Sheffield United.

Andreas Poulsen has signed for Aalborg BK from Borussia Moenchengladbach.


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Job Changes

Juventus have brought back a club legend to take charge of the Turin club's under-19 squad, the Primavera. Paolo Montero was a tough-as-teak Uruguayan defender who spent 9 years with the Bianconeri as a player between 1996 and 2005. He has been working in coaching since 2014.

Bild have removed a reporter from coverage of Bayern Munich after discovering that Lena Wurzenberger is in a relationship with Julian Nagelsmann. Nagelsmann has recently split from his wife but had kept the relationship secret until pictures of them holidaying together in Ibiza appeared recently online. Wurzenberger was very close to the Bayern players, regularly being the one to conduct interviews with them, including a recent one with Sadio Mane following his move Bayern from Liverpool.


Disciplinary Charges

Online hate crime can now result in football banning orders to stop the abuser from attending football matches. They were previously only given when the offence took place in person but the power has been extended due to the proliferation of online hate towards footballers.

Saudi Arabia and Al-Ittihad star Fahad Al-Mowallad has been banned from football for a year after failing a dope test. Al-Mowallad tested positive for phenethylamine.

Cristiano Ronaldo is seeking $626,000 from the lawyer of the woman who accused him of rape in Las Vegas. The case was thrown out of court due to Kathryn Mayorga's lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, using stolen and leaked documents to create a case. The judge said that Stovall "crossed the border of ethical behavior before he filed this action, and his disregard for the rules of this court has continued unabated." Those documents had revealed that Ronaldo had paid Mayorga $375,000 in hush-money to drop a criminal complaint of sexual assault against him and to sign a confidentiality agreement in 2010. Stovall has been accused, by Ronaldo's lawyer Peter Christiansen, of obtaining stolen material containing confidential attorney-client communication and then attempting repeatedly to make them public by attaching them to court filings. Christiansen has also requested that part of the court record, which contained confidential documents, is sealed. The New York Times has made a public records request to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police to see the police report that they compiled about the incident after Mayorga's lawsuit was filed in 2018. The police department contend that as no charges were filed the file should remain sealed. Charges were not filed because Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson decided too much time had passed since the incident to prove the case to a jury beyond reasonable doubt.

An audio file has been leaked which reveals Sergio Ramos, then at Real Madrid, asking the president of the Spanish FA, Luis Rubiales, to use his connections to help him win the Ballon d'Or. The conversation took place in the summer of 2020, but the award itself was cancelled that year due to the pandemic, so we will never know if Rubiales did manage to help Ramos win it. Ramos told Rubiales: "You know that I've never asked you for anything but if I want to do it today it's because I think this has been a special year for the performances I've delivered. I would like you to help me in whatever way you can and use your connections at UEFA linked to the Ballon d'Or. I would be grateful to you all my life, not only for me but also because I think Spanish football deserves it very much." Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (like most people) would argue that there was a far more deserving winner out there.

Serie A's chief executive Luigi De Servio has rebuked AS Roma and their chief executive Pietro Berardi for reviving a deal with TV broadcasters BeIN Sports. De Servio's falling out with BeIN has cost Serie A clubs over £100m annually, which led to Roma's Dan Friedkin to step in and use his friendship with BeIN's Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Paris Saint-Germain president, to rescue the situation and bring BeIN back to the negotiating deal. An unhappy De Servio has written to Roma to ask "on the basis of what title and under what mandate AS Roma has 'negotiated' the license in question". He went on to write: "negotiations parallel to those of statutory bodies by anyone conducted or in any case, directly and / or indirectly, known and / or supported, as well as detrimental to the prerogatives of the competent subjects, are harmful:
for the collective interest of the Associates of the League;
for the credibility of the processes established by Legal externally:
for the very structure of the League which sees its statute violated, isn't it? Delegitimized its organization chart and its internal rules of operation". The rift began when De Servio opted to play the Supercoppa in Saudi Arabia during the height of the piracy by beoutQ, a Saudi-supported broadcaster.


Serie A Makes Decider Change

The Italian Football Federation has announced a change to the rules in Serie A. Up until now, if the top two teams finish with the same number of points their head-to-head record would have been the first tiebreaker to be used. In future a play-off will take place if the top two finish the season on the same number of points. The play-off would be 90 minutes and then straight to a penalty shootout if the scores are still even, with no extra-time to be played. Head-to-head record will still be used first for all positions other than the top two. The English Premier League, like many others, uses goal difference as the first tiebreaker.


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Written by Tris Burke June 30 2022 17:03:52


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