Stoke have announced that manager Mark Hughes has signed a new deal with the club through to the summer of 2018. Welshman Hughes, who previously managed Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR, has been in charge at the Britannia since May 2013. Hughes told the club website: “I’m delighted to have signed a new contract. I think it’s exciting times for Stoke City; everyone can see there’s more progress to be made and we want to see how far we can take the club. “I believe we can do even better next season with a little bit more investment. Let’s see how far we can go.”
UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kiev to play its Europa League quarterfinal against Fiorentina with a partially closed stadium as punishment for fan racism against Everton. Two sections of the Olimpiisky Stadium will be shut for the first leg against Fiorentina next month, after UEFA ruled there was “racist behavior” during the 5-2 home win over Everton last week. Dynamo was also fined 15,000 euros (£11,000) because of fans setting off fireworks.
Sticking with the theme of football clubs doing things they shouldn’t, Hull have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players against Leicester on March 14. City initially denied the charge but were on Friday found guilty of “failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion”. The incident was brought about by the reaction of a number of Hull players after Alex Bruce was booked by referee Jon Moss following a tackle on Riyad Mahrez.
Juventus and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers a knee ligament injury in the warm-up of a training session with the national team. The 29-year-old is expected to be ruled out for several months. He immediately underwent an MRI scan which revealed a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament,” Italy doctor Enrico Castellacci said.
Striker Eniola Aluko says she’s putting her career as a trainee solicitor on hold to focus on football. Writing in her exclusive BBC Sport column, Aluko says: “Now I’m qualified, my plan is to put law on the backburner and give football my full attention. It coincides nicely with what is the biggest year of my football career.” Aluko who plays for England and Chelsea Ladies is hoping to represent England in the Women’s World Cup in Canada later this year. His brother Sone Aluko plays for Hull City and Nigeria, the country of their parents.
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is one of several former Liverpool players who will return to Anfield to play in the charity match, to feature sides led by captain Steven Gerrard and retired vice-captain Jamie Carragher. Former Reds Fernando Torres, Pepe Reina, Dirk Kuyt and Xabi Alonso will be also be involved in the game, organised by the Liverpool FC Foundation. The All-Star charity match at Anfield will take place on Sunday.
Former Scotland manager Berti Vogts is appointed technical advisor to the United States national team. Vogts, 68, previously worked with US manager Jurgen Klinsmann as a special advisor for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. “His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us,” Klinsmann said. Berti Vogts also coached Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the past taking them to the quarterfinal of the 2008 African Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could be ruled out for up to a month after suffering a muscle tear in his hip. The 25-year-old withdrew from the England squad on Monday, having sustained the injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League defeat by Manchester United on Sunday. Speaking ahead of Friday’s game against Lithuania, England manager Roy Hodgson said Sturridge was “devastated” and “didn’t want to leave” after scans showed the extent of the injury. Should Sturridge be ruled out for four weeks, he would miss Liverpool’s Premier League games against Arsenal and Newcastle United, their FA Cup quarterfinal replay against Blackburn Rovers and a potential semi-final against Aston Villa.
Newcastle United left-back Massadio Haidara looks set to be sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. The 22-year-old Frenchman was stretchered off in the win over Aston Villa last month. Haidara’s absence leaves Newcastle facing a heck of an injury crisis at the back ahead of Sunday’s derby against Sunderland, with Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett also out injured and captain Fabricio Coloccini suspended.
Premier League clubs have agreed to share £1bn from the record TV deal with the rest of the English football pyramid. Lower league sides and grass-roots football stand to benefit, while clubs have also pledged to pay all staff the living wage by the start of the 2016-17 season. The TV rights sold for a whopping £5.1bn last month.