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Review of the Day
Plymouth Argyle’s manager Ryan Lowe and his assistant Steven Schumacher have signed contract extensions to run until 2024.
Harry Souttar has signed a new “long-term” deal with Stoke City.
Norwich City have loaned striker Josip Drmic to HNK Rijeka for the rest of the season.
Free agent former Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has signed for Parma.
Stoke City right back Moritz Bauer has joined Ufa on loan.
Sampdoria’s Brazilian left-back Dodo has joined Atletico Mineiro on a free transfer.
Free agent Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda has joined Portimonense.
Major League Soccer side FC Cincinnati have spent just over £10.5m to buy young Brazilian forward Brenner from Sao Paulo.
Crewe Alexandra with have to do without midfielder Oli Finney for the rest of the season after he broke his leg during Tuesday’s win over Shrewsbury Town.
Bristol City striker Chris Martin has picked up a serious hamstring injury which is expected to sideline him for at least 2 months.
Welsh international midfielder Ryan Hedges will be out of action for the rest of the season. The Aberdeen player suffered a pectoral muscle injury which requires surgery.
Attacking duo Rodrigo and Ian Poveda are out of action for the next few weeks due to injuries. Spanish international forward Rodrigo strained a muscle in the win over Leicester City on Sunday. Poveda picked up an ankle injury playing for the under-23s. There is better news for Leeds with regard to long-term injured defender Gaetano Berardi, who is to return to training with the rest of the squad from Monday.
Napoli duo Faouzi Ghoulam and Kalidou Koulibaly have become the latest players to test CV positive.
Barcelona’s young starlet Ansu Fati has suffered a setback in his return from a knee injury, which is likely to rule him out until April.
Legendary former German international striker Miroslav Klose is to begin an internship with AC Milan under Stefano Pioli. Pioli managed Klose when the German was a key part of his Lazio side. Klose is working on getting his coaching badges, which has been delated by the pandemic.
Crawley Town head coach John Yems has been charged with “improper and/or violent conduct” after he tried to enter the match officials changing room after a 0-0 draw against Leyton Orient.
Rangers forward Kemar Roofe has been charged retrospectively with violent conduct. The 28 year old former Leeds United attacker was booked for a challenge on St Johnstone’s Murray Davidson, but a panel of former referees have decided that the offence was more serious.
Celtic are contesting Albian Ajeti’s diving charge.
Ajax’s Cameroon international goalkeeper Andre Onana has been banned from football for a year after failing a drugs test in October. Onana said he mistakenly took medication prescribed for his wife when feeling unwell as the packaging was “almost identical” to that of aspirin. The banned substance furosemide was found in his urine sample afterwards. The 24 year old is set to appeal to CAS.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is facing investigation by La Liga following comments calling the impartiality of match officials in Spain into question. Former referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez had stated that nine out of ten officials are Real Madrid fans and Pique referenced it and asked if that would make the officials biased towards Madrid, even if the bias is unconscious.
Swindon Close To Bankruptcy
The owner of Swindon Town, Lee Power, has admitted that the League One club are “on the brink” of bankruptcy, despite selling Diallang Jaiyesimi to Charlton Athletic this week. Power told the BBC: “It’s a ridiculously hard position that we’re in. I use the words on the brink, that’s probably where it is. Every month I have to worry about finding funding to get the wages paid and that’s where we are. I’m surprised we’ve got this far with no supporters and no income since March. I’m sure there are other businesses in the world that are suffering like us and there’s definitely other football clubs. I speak to the other owners and chairmen all the time and this is the situation that football finds itself in. We’re all doing our best, I’m doing my best. It’s sleepless nights every night and I’m just trying to wheel and deal to keep this club alive. I funded the club and invested very heavily for promotion last year to make sure that the team got out of League Two, that was from me personally, no-one else contrary to what people say. At that time I believed that from that funding in League One the crowds would be back and we’d be back to normal, but that hasn’t happened so it’s been a double whammy. Monies and funds that were used to get us up aren’t there now to keep us alive.”
Morocco Finally Get Their Man
After years of trying, 25 year old forward Munir El Haddadi has been granted permission by FIFA to change his national allegiance from Spain to Morocco. El Haddadi made a brief appearance for Spain back in 2014, playing less than 15 minutes of a European Championship qualifier against Macedonia. This is one of many attempts to change his national team, two of which he went so far as to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as he tried to overturn the ban on switching. FIFA have now finally amended their rules to make El Haddadi eligible for Morocco.
Hollywood Glamour Takes Wrexham
Movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney’s takeover of National League club Wrexham has received the go ahead from the Financial Conduct Authority. A statement from current owners the Wrexham Supporters Trust read: “Both parties shall now work to formally complete the sale of shares in Wrexham AFC next week. We would like to thank supporters for their patience in this process and reassure you the Wrexham Supporters Trust will make a full statement once this is completed.”
Written by Tris Burke February 06 2021 05:45:13