Some sympathy is due to Liverpool, who feel they were promised a February fixtures break (and agreed not to fill it with friendlies) only to have a replay with Shrewsbury plonked in the middle of it. Nobody could accuse the champions elect of blindness to romance or the fate of the proletariat. … [Read more...] about Self-interest of big clubs threatens to turn English football into Premier League 1 and 2
A switch to man marking by the Saints manager, Tommy Wright, muted the menace of Tom Rogic and the Perth players approached the interval with growing confidence. That proved to be illusory when Patrick Roberts gave Celtic the lead two minutes after the break with a tidily placed finish. … [Read more...] about Celtic require seven points from final three matches to smash club record points tally
Keeping Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and the Vunipolas in the country, even if they are playing in the Championship, obviously makes sense. They can be rested for large patches of the campaign given that Saracens should be able to win the league at a relative canter. (That is meant with absolutely no disrespect to the other Championship sides.) … [Read more...] about Itoje to Toulouse? Farrell to Lyon? Which Top 14 clubs would suit Saracens’ star players?
Because of the existing protocol, which requires the referee or delegates to witness the abuse directly, the abuse was not included in the referees’ official report but the league and the federation investigated, as did Espanyol. The league’s report said the chanting had lasted 10 seconds. There was widespread condemnation with Williams receiving a message of support from across the game and the prime minister, Pedro Sánchez. La Liga initially proposed a partial closure of the stand as a punishment. … [Read more...] about Espanyol to ban 12 supporters after racist abuse of Athletic’s Iñaki Williams
“We all regret maybe not going for it in 2000 when we went to Brazil,” he said. “[But] it’s supposed to be a break and if it’s going to help the clubs they need a break – it’s up to Jürgen and Liverpool to make decisions.” … [Read more...] about Manchester United need ‘perfect performance’ at City, admits Solskjær