Month: April 2019

  • Gary Neville slams Ross Barkley’s stud-high tackle on Dejan Lovren as a “shocker” in Merseyside Derby

    Gary Neville has blasted 'dy in contention for an England spot after his club heroics.Abraham has managed seven goals in his past three games against Norwich City, Sheffield United and Wolves.The 21-year-old, who was on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season, hass stud-high challenge on as a "shocker". The 23-year-old took a heavy touch while leading an attack allowing centre-back to intercept the ball. However, the Toffees' midfielder attempted to keep his dribble alive by lunging in on Lovren. Barkley's studs were high and planted firmly on Lovren's ankle. The Croatian immediately went sprawling, grabbing his ankle in the process. Barkley received a yellow who was brought on for the final four minutes in Tottenham's 3-2 home defeat against Wolves on Sunday – wasted no time as Spurs' U23s took on Wolves in a PL2 clash.Parrott was on hand to convert from close range just eight minutes in after being focard for his challenge. Neville, however, believed the England midfielder was lucky to stay on the pitch. Speaking on Sky Sports, he said: "It's a really poor challenge by Ross Barkley.content_img I think it's a red card and I think Ross knows it. It's a shocker. "It's the frustration of his touch being bad and he over-runs it. He then makes a poor tackle off the back of it. He goes right into Lovren's shin." At half-time Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness added their thoughts, Carragher said: "His tackle on Can early on was a yellow card and he’s very lucky the challenge on Lovren wasn’t a red." Souness added: "Barkley is a problem. It’s not natural for him to go from him being the creative player to being dogged for five minutes. He doesn’t find it easy to switch from one mode to the other." At time of writing Liverpool lead the Merseyside derby 2-1. Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead after just eight minutes. Everton equalised 20 minutes later through Matthew Pennington. But the away side's joy was cut short only three minutes later when Philippe Coutinho curled in a stunning strike.
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  • Swansea’s Francesco Guidolin facing sack threat after only FIVE matches following a disappointing start

    Francesco Guidolin is under mounting pressure at - just five games into the Premier League season. There is growing concern about ’s position at the club after a poor start to the campaign which has seen them fail to win since their opening day 1-0 victory at promoted Burnley. Guidolin, who only signed a two-year contract in May after steering content_imgthe Welsh side to safety last season following the sacking of Garry Monk, is aware his job is under threat. The under-fire boss now faces three crunch games which could decide his fate, with Manchester City visit the Liberty Sthis summer.The Germany international says he's baffled by reports Arsenal are eager to move him on.Mustafi told Kicker: "I do not know where these reports always come from. It's funny, I've been here for almost three years now, and after half a yeartadium twice in four days - in the League Cup on Wednesday and in the Premier League at the weekend - followed by another home game, against Liverpool. Swansea find themselves just a point above theaulo Fonseca says Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan was injured when he arrived on loan.Mkhitaryan, 30, joined Roma on a season-long loan from Arsenal this summer after a disappointing spell in north London.The Armenian international scored on hi bottom three following at Southampton, and Guidolin’s cause has not been helped after two high-profile fall-outs with his own players in the space of a week. Ki Sung-yueng was unhappy at being substituted against Saints and did not shake Guidolin’s hand. The 60-year-old Italian criticised the South Korean midfielder’s attitude afterwards, but that incident comes just seven days after after substituting him in the first half of a 2-2 draw with Chelsea. Under-fire Guidolin has denied there is a rift between him and his players but knows he must turn things around quickly. Huw Jenkins has kept his position as chairman following and remains central to the key decisions at the club. Last season, Jenkins caused surprise by axing Monk in December before trying to bring former manager Brendan Rodgers back to the Liberty Stadium. That attempt failed, and they appointed ex-Parma, Monaco and Udinese coach Guidolin in January. An impressive end to the season saw them stay up, but the poor start has not been what the club wanted. Should Swansea sack Francesco Guidolin?0+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Belgrade derby marred by racist chanting which left Partizan midfielder Everton Luiz in tears

    A football star left the pitch in tcontent_imgears after being subjected to shocking from the terraces. Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz, 28, required the support of his team-mates after monkey noises were allegedly made in his direction. The incident took place in Sunday's Belgrade derby against local rivals Rad Beograd. Vile supporters unveiled a banner insulting Brazilian star Luiz before the end of the match, which Partizan won 1-0. The referee halted the game while the banner was removed, while public messages were released by stewards to try and get the Rad fans to stop their chanting. But the pleas were ignored. At the final whistle, Luiz made a one-fingered gesture in the direction of the Rad fans, who had to be restrained by the police. Following the match, Luiz said: "I've been suffering racist abuse during the entire 90 minutes and also was upset by the home players, who supported that. They were all attacking me. "I want to forget this as soon as possible. I love Serbia and the people here, that is why I cried. "But please say no to racism!" Partizan coach Marko Nikolic added: "It's a return to the reality of Serbian football. "Everton should not have reacted but something provoked his outburst, didn't it?" There has been a series of incidents with racist motives that have marred Serbian football in recent years. England Under-21's black players, including Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Tottenham's Danny Rose, suffered abuse from the stands The match in Krusevac was and Danny Rose was sent off after the final whistle – making monkey gestures in response to alleged racist abuse from the crowd. QPR defender Nedum Onuoha was subjected to similar abuse in a game against Serbia in 2007. Recalling that day, he said: "It is an experience that will never leave me, and to this day it is a source of sadness and anger that during an international football match, played in the 21st century, I was the victim emier League football.The Spaniard, signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer, scored a cracking goal in Tuesday's 4-1 win over Burnley.And Guardiola has been impressed with the midfielder's willingness to learn on and off the pitch."[Rodri] was incrof racist chanting from Serbia supporters. "It started during the first half of our group match in Nijmegen and got louder and louder, so much so that the PA announcer had to ask the fans to calm down." Problems continued later in 2012 when travelling Serbian supporters rioted at a senior Euro 2012 qualifier in Italy, forcing the game to be abandoned. A 2014 international qualifier against Albania was also above the Partizan Stadium, causing riots between players. UEFA banned Albania fans from attending the Group I clash but a drone carrying an Albanian flag, apparently featuring a map of Kosovo, was flown over the pitch. ran helped Real Betis to a 3-2 win over Athletic Bilbao.The Real Betis captain scored the first hat-trick of his career, becoming the oldest player in LaLiga Santander history to do so, taking his tally for the season to six goals.Right-back Emerson Stefan Mitrovic pulled down the flag, leading to a mass brawl between the players. Riot police then moved in when around a dozen fans invaded the pitch and attacked Albania players - with one hooligan throwing a stool at striker Bekim Balaj. Earlier that evening, Serbia supporters had burned a NATO flag in the stands, before clashing with police. Partizan Belgrade themselves were after an anti-Semitic banner was unfurled during a Europa League game against Tottenham. A small section of the home kop unfurled the message the sign emblazoned with the message "Only Jews and Pussies" in relation to UEFA fined the club 40,000 euros (£31,430) and forced a partial closure on their stadium.
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  • West Ham co-owner David Sullivan tracks down homeless Manchester attack hero after pledging to reward him

    co-owner has got in touch with the homeless man who helped victims in the aftermath of Monday night's at at the Manchester Arena after offering to reward him for his actions. Stephen Jones was sleeping rough close to the city centre when the explosion which killed 22 and injured more than 60 people took place. After realising what had happened he rushed to the aid of those hurt in the blast, . Upon hearing this account, Hammers chief Sullivan pledged to offer shelter and money to the 35-year-old. "It looks like he needs some help, so we are desperate to find who he is and give him six months free accommodation and a little bit of money to help him on his way," he told BBC Radio 5 live on Tuesday night. Sullivan's son Dave has since taken to Twitter to reveal that they have managed to make contact with Jones. "We found Steve!," he tweeted. "Shows the power for good social media has. Thank you to all those involved, you have helped change a mans life [sic]." West Ham have confirmed that the Sullivans are working alongside a local charity to ensure that Jones is given accommodation. “Dave and myself were both hugely impressed by the bravery shown by Steve, the content_imgemergency services and all those who rushed to the aid of those affected by the Manchester attack,” the Hammers' co-owner told their official website. “This was a terrible incident, but the response of the people of Manchester has been one of bravery, togetherness and resilience – the hallmarks of what makes Britain such a fantastic place. “Steve was just one of hundreds of people whitic is one player who has been linked with an exit before the window closes, despite Valverde's insistence that he is a player being counted on."He's very important for us," Valverde said."His work is there. Right now I don't know if he'll stay, buto forgot about their own safety and rushed to the aid of others, and we were both moved by his story.” A public appeal has also been set up on the JustGiving website to raise money for Jones following his heroic actions, with more than £19,000 raised by Wednesday lunchtime. In Jones' harrowing account he described the scenes he saw outside the Arena. "We were having to pull nails and bits of glass out of their arms and faces," he said, as he recalls seeing "lifeless" bodies of children on the floor, next to their "hysterical" mothers. He continued: "Just because I'm homeless, doesn't meeen Jude Bellingham, it has been claimed.BILD says BVB have struck terms with the Blues prospect.And they're prepared to pay Birmingham €35m to ferry Bellingham to Germany this summer.The 16 year-old is also a top target for Manchester United, thouan that I haven't got a heart and I'm not human still. "They needed help and I like to think that someone would come and help me if I needed it. "It's just instinct to go and help and it was children and it was a lot of children with blood all over them and crying and screaming. Latest news after Arena attack "It had to be done, you had to help them. I wouldn't have been able to live with myself for walking away and leaving kids like that." Manchester United will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence before their Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm tonight.
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  • Arsene Wenger convinced Arsenal’s run in can save stuttering Gunners’ Premier League title challenge

    is convinced ’s run-in can give them a huge advantage over their title rivals. Wenger has set his players a target of being within a point of the top with a month to go That is the reason why Wenger is refusing to panic even Arsenal face a nightmare February after Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth with Leicester at the Emirates, an FA Cup tie with Hull three days before they face Barcelona and they finish the month at Manchester United. Arsenal vs Southampton: Best pictures But they still have Swansea, West Brom, Watford, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Asas jumped to the support of manager Unai Emery.Emery has come under mounting pressure following a string of poor performances and a record of just two wins from their last 10 Premier League games."We're working together everyday on a constant basis tton Villa to come at the Emirates as Arsenal have got winnable games in the run-in. They still have to go to Tottenham, West Ham and Everton but a potential title decider at Manchester City is their only game against a team from the top half of the table in the final month. Gunners boss Wenger insists his players are not feeling the pressure and was measured in his criticism after the game, maintaining they played well but could not finish. Wenger said: “It’s true that we’ve had a stuttering start content_imgin 2016. Our January was bad, starting from the last minute at Liverpool, and then at Stoke. Where we especially have a big deficit is in our last two home games. “That’s where we have the deficit at the moment. We have to catch that back and we have a difficult programme, especiaas brought a new sense of self-belief to the squad.The Hornets sat rock bottom when Pearson took over from Quique Sanchez Flores but have now given themselves a much greater chance of staying up, sitting outside the relegation zone on goal differencelly away from home. We need to respond quickly away from home now. “We are still in the fight in the Premier League, so let’s as well be a bit realistic. I believe that top-quality people respond when they are in trouble. That’s a good way to do it.” Arsenal have, however, suffered confirmation of their worst injury fears Scans revealed 35-year-old Rosicky has suffered severe damage to his thigh which he injured just three minutes into his comeback game last Saturday. Czech midfielder Rosicky is now facing a race to be fit for the Euros this summer after his contract expires at the Emirates. After four games without a win - have Arsenal blown their title chances?3000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Martin Keown: Mesut Ozil looks like he’s given up on his Arsenal teammates – but they’re the ones carrying him

    Former defender Martin Keown has laid into accusing the club's record signing of faubameyang away from Arsenal.Barca need to find a new striker signing this month after losing Luis Suarez until at least late April due to knee surgery.Aubameyang, with less than 18 months to run on his contract, is a priority target for the Catalans.iling to pull his weight throughout the season. The World Cup winner was yet again criticised for failing to leave his mark on a big game as Arsenal lost to local rivals Tottenham 2-0 on Sunday. Ozil struggled to break through Spurs' defence and failed to track back and help out his team-mates when they were defending. Keown argued that while Ozil looks to have given up on his team-mates, they are in fact the ones carrying him. Dion Dublin believes that Jurgen Klopp is the next coming of Sir Alex Ferguson.Dublin has first hand experience of working under Ferguson, having spent several seasons with the legendary coach at the Theatre of Dreams in the 1990s.And he believes th "Arsenal are simply carrying Mesut Ozil and they cannot afford to do so. It is very clear that he is not giving everything to the cause," Keown wrote in his column for the "It looks as if Ozil has given up on his team-mates. I don’t know whether he is trying to sulk his way to a move. "Who does he think he is kidding with his performances? He is supposed to be Arsenal’s most influential player, their playmaker. Against Tottenham he was just jogging around the pitch. "Alexis Sanchez started badly but grew into the game. content_imgOzil did not make a contribution all afternoon."
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  • Liverpool target Mario Gotze insists he is “looking forward to new season in Munich”

    Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their hunt of after the World Cup winner seemingly committed his future to The German international forward was reportedly top of wishlist, with boss Jurgen Klopp hoping for a reunion with his former player. Gotze starred under Klopp during their time together at Borussia Dortmund and it had been rumoured he was willing to make the switch to Anfield. However, according to the media in his native country, that now seems unlikely.rtmund chief exec Hans-Joachim Watzke has spoken of working with - and losing - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.Klopp joined the Reds in October 2015 after seven successful years with the Bundesliga club - a transfer that Watzke said made him cry “real Gotdes has been at Manchester United for two years.The Portuguese has one United appearance under his belt sicontent_imgnce joining from Sporting Lisbon last month.But he is already impressing teammates with how well he has settled in."Perfectly. I mean, it is likze is reported as telling German outlet “I look forward to the new season in Munich and will do everything possible to be in top shape for my first training session under Carlo Ancelotti." It had been previously intimated that Gotze did not feature in Ancelotti's plans. The 23-year-old has only one year left on his contract with the Bavarians. Will Mario Gotze sign for Liverpool this summer?5000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Barcelona superstar Neymar harks back to childhood in Brazil with stylish new leg tattoo

    Barcelona superstar has provided an artistic throwback to his childhood in Brazil with a stylish new leg tattoo. The body art shows the Ballon d'Or finalist starinshed as title contenders.Klopp says his squad can't take it for granted that they will once again be involved in another title race. Liverpool, who host Arsenal on Saturday, have won both their opening two fixtures while Manchester City were held lasg up at the favelas, wearing a Brazil cap and holding a football. He is dreaming of having his own house, playing the ost difficult opponent he's played content_imgagainst.Milner has faced off against skillful attacker Zaha four times as a Reds player - having moved to Merseyside in 2015. “I've been sent off for tackles on him twice," Milner told the Guardian. "He's a talentbeautiful game, and seemingly winning the Tattooist Miguel Bohigues took to his Instagram to explain the meaning behind the creation. He said: "Seeing the meaning of this tattoo may be a successful title for my work, in which we see a young Neymar remembering origins, place of origin and all the years behind us on the road, leading us to a place where we can all endeavour to achieve our dreams. To become a No 1 Neymar. "Thanks again for your skin me (sic) to continue with my plan, thanks for inspiring to many and make us dream that in each of us there is Neymar." The 23-year-old revealed a portrait of his sister Rafaella tattooed on his arm earlier this year. He will not play for against Bayer Leverkusen this evening in the Champions League, after picking up an injury in training. Neymar has enjoyed a productive season for the Catalans so far, netting 14 times in 13 La Liga appearances. Who should win the Ballon d'Or?9000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • New Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri’s first job is convincing Esteban Cambiasso to stay

    Leicester believe Claudio Ranieri can be the ace up their sleeve as they fight to convince to commit to them. Argentinian Cambiasso was a mainstay of the Inter Milan team when Ranieri had a spell there in 2011-12. The veteran midfield maestro, 34, was crucial to stunning great escape from relegation last term. But his and he is currently mulling over a series of offers - including the for another 12 months. Leicester are desperate to have the ex-Inter and Real Madrid ace on board for another season, with his experience and class vital in dragging them over the safety line last term. Now they hope the presence of Ranieri, who knows the player well from their time together at the San SIro, can clinch what is viewed as one of their priority deals this summer. Cambiasso’s agent and brother Federico has jetted into England with further talks expected with Foxes officials in the next seven days. Ranieri himself is currently in Austria with the Foxes for their pre-season training camp but is back in the UK next week, with his first match in charge coming in a friendly at Lincoln on Tuesday. Will Cambiasso stay at Leicester?500+ VOTES SO Fer says victory over Manchester City made up for their past draw at home with Liverpool.Solskcontent_imgjaer admits the 2=0 win was a "special moment".He told VG: "Of course it was. We should have done this against Liverpool earlier."You start thinking 'are we AR He lasted just four months in his last job as Greece boss, with Leicester his ninth club in just 11 years. Ranieri’s appointment has drawn criticism in some quarters with among those unconvinced. He said: “They made a massive risk who did such a good job football-wise towards the end of last season. To appoint Ranieri now, bearing in mind where he has been the last 10 years, is a huge gamble. “He has managed in Premier League football before but when he did manage with Chelsea, he was working with players that were capable of winning the Premier League. “At Leicester, it’s a completely different ball game. He is going to be dealing with players that are good players but Leicester have got a fight for survival on their hands. “It’s going to be a little bit different managing at the bottom of the Premier League than at the top. He will neeled with a new offer for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.The Mirror says the Cherries have made a £12 million bid to land England goalkeeper Jack Butland from Stoke.But the Potters have rejected the offer as it falls well below their £20million d to hit the ground running and make sure they get some points on the board. “If he does that, he will get the fans on his side and have a chance, but if they get a poor start, I think there will be itchy feet among the fans. “I was hoping Neil Lennon or Martin O’Neill would go back to the club, people who understand what Leicester is all about, what the city is about and what it means to the fans. “Ranieri is quite a big name in the football world but sometimes it’s better to go with people who understand the football club. I’m disappointed one of my ex-players and ex-managers didn’t get the chance to go back to the club.” Will Claudio Ranieri complete the 2015-16 season as Leicester manager?1000+ VOTES SO FAR
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Euro 2016 final in tears after 24 minutes following early knee injury

    was left in tears as his final ended after just 24 minutes. le winner Chris Sutton has taken aim at Newcastle United fans.Sutton believes Toon fans will be having regrets over the way they treated manager Steve Bruce earlier this season.Speaking on BBC 5 Live, he said: “It was always going to be easier to jThe winger had to be replaced following a collision with France's Dimitri Payet early in the match. Ronaldo received initial treatment on his knee and tried to battle on through the pain to complete the match. But after five minutes, he fell to the ground in tears as he realised that his dream of leading Portugal to Euros glory was over. However, Ronaldo was not substituted and returned to the action with supportive bandaging around his leg. But despite the medical team's best efforts, icontent_imgt was not enough Divock Origi as a "starter" for manager Jurgen Klopp.Indeed, Heskey believes Klopp will buy a new striker to add greater competition to his start front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.He told Gentingbet: "He'll just add one or to prevent the pain and he slammed down his armband as he referee Mark Clattenburg called for a stretcher. The Real Madrid winger held his head in his hands as he was carried off the Stade de France pitch. This time he was replaced, as Ricardo Queresma took his spot on the left-hand side of the attack while Nani took the captain's armband. It is the first time that Ronaldo has been substituted at a major international tournament since the 2006 World Cup, such is his presence in the Portugal team. 7 things we learned in Paris All you need to know about the final
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