THE season is underway and the third round of the Carabao Cup is set to start this week meaning the big boys are involved. There have been a number of changes over the last couple of years including extra time being removed from the Carabao Cup and managers can now receive cards from referees. Do yellow and red cards affect players across all competitions? New rules have been brought in this season which mean changes across many areas including the yellow and red card system. In the past, yellow cards picked up in the Premier League, football leagues, FA Cup or Carabao Cup would be added up together. This meant that five yellow cards across all competitions would result in a player missing one match - in whichever competition they should have been playing in next. However, the changes this season will see yellow cards only counting in the competition they are received.Red cards will continue to count across all competitions. Jose Holebas was shown a straight red for Watford against … [Read more...] about Do yellow and red cards count across all competitions, when do players receive a ban in Carabao Cup, Premier League or FA Cup, and when are yellows wiped?
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Air Force Blue has been all the rage throughout the winter and is one of 13 declared for the Newmarket showpiece at 3:45pm. Aidan O'Brien's charge has been backed as though defeat is out of the question and StanJames.com are top priced 4/5 last year's champion 2yo can claim the first Classic of the season. Stormy Antarctic is next best in the market at 6/1 having won the Craven on his seasonal bow but the last horse to complete the Craven/Guineas double was Haafhd in 2003. Betting-wise it looks very much an each way race and Buratino at a standout 14/1 looks a very good punt as bearing in mind he is the only horse to have beaten the favourite. Two previous Classic winners take each other on in the Jockey Club Stakes at 3:05pm in the form of Simple Verse and Jack Hobbs. John Gosden's charge is 8/15, which looks skinny enough bearing in mind he'll have bigger objectives later in the year, so I'm going to take a chance with Big Orange who ran a cracker in Dubai last time and will strip … [Read more...] about StanJames.com share the best bets on Newmarket, Boxing and Premier League action this weekend
When former Premier League footballer Dion Dublin joined the Homes Under The Hammer presenting team, a fair few eyebrows were raised. He might have played for eight top teams and have four England caps under his belt, but what did he know about property? It wasn’t just the usual Twitter trolls who sank their claws in – even Dion’s own football buddies couldn’t resist a quip or two. "It was a surprising move for a footballer, I suppose," he says, with a laugh. "I got a bit of stick off my old team-mates, who said things like, 'What do you know?' and 'I can’t get rid of you, you’re there every time I turn on my TV.' Even now, people still Tweet occasionally and say, 'What is Dion Dublin doing?' But most of it’s been in good humour." Four years on and Dion’s still going strong, bringing cheeriness and cheesy puns to the daytime staple. It turns out he does know a thing or two about bricks and mortar: in the late 90s, he built up a portfolio … [Read more...] about Dion Dublin: ‘I was so broke when I started playing football, I’d clean the other players’ cars for a couple of quid’
ENGLAND were down on their luck as Jesse Lingard thought he had scored against Holland in Uefa Nations League. But it was put down to an offside following a review with VAR. What decisions is VAR used for? THE video assistant referee can be called upon for four key on-field incidents. These are: Awarding goals Penalty decisions Red card decisions Cases of mistaken identity How does VAR work? THE video assistant referee will liaise with the on-pitch referee to relay information on calls. The video assistant referee - a top official who is watching the game away from the stadium - has access to every camera angle and goal-line technology cameras.And interestingly, he will have to wear FULL KIT while on duty. The VAR also has an assistant watching the game with them. Most read in footballON THEIR WAY Euro 2020: Which teams have qualified and when are the play-off dates? EUR JOKING Do you earn a Euro 2020 qualifying play-off place through Uefa Nations League? PREVIEW Albania … [Read more...] about What is VAR in football, how is it being used at the Nations League and what decisions can it make?
Arsene Wenger took charge of his 1235th and final game as Arsenal manager in May, a 1-0 win away at Huddersfield Town earned through a goal from his final signing for the club, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to call time on a 22-year career in North London. And the club made their first managerial appointment since 1996 just days later when former Sevilla and Paris St Germain boss Unai Emery was confirmed as the man to replace Wenger and charged with masterminding Arsenal's first Premier League title since 2004. Liverpool emerged victorious from a European classic against Roma to secure a place in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kyiv, but not before allowing the Italians to claw their way back from 5-0 down to peg Jurgen Klopp's side back to 7-6. The Reds' luck didn't see them through to the end of the month however, German goalkeeper Lorius Karius costing them the showpiece final in Ukraine with two catastrophic errors to hand Real and Zinedine Zidane a third consecutive … [Read more...] about When Real Madrid won third successive Champions League title – May 2018 review of the year