Archive | May 18, 2016

Smoke rises and the tranquility of Switzerland has been disturbed….

#LFC fans making for an incredible atmosphere #bbcsportsday

Liverpool fans are creating incredible atmospheres in Basel ahead of the Europa League final. They are painting the town red. #LIVSEV.

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UEFA sets date for presidential vote….

Michel Platini

UEFA says it will elect a new president on 14 September, following Michel Platini’s resignation after nine years in charge. The Frenchman, 60, quit on 9 May after failing to overturn his ban from all football activities. Platini was found guilty of ethics breaches over a 2m Swiss Franc payment he received from FIFA. Possible replacements include Slovenian federation president Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA vice-presidents Angel Maria Villar and Michael van Praag. The deadline for contenders to register is 20 July.

Demichelis fined by FA….

Demichelis

Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis has been fined £22,058 and warned over his future conduct after accepting an FA charge in relation to betting. The Argentine centre-back breached FA Rule E8 in respect of 29 bets placed on football matches between 22 January and 15 February. New rules that came into force for the 2014-15 season mean players and coaches are prevented from betting on any worldwide footballing activity. The FA has the power to fine or suspend any person found guilty of a rule breach.

John Terry signs new Chelsea deal….

John Terry

Chelsea’s captain John Terry has signed a new one-year deal with the club. In a statement, Chelsea said the decision to offer Terry a new deal came after discussions between incoming manager Antonio Conte, owner Roman Abramovich, Terry himself, and the board. “I am delighted to sign a new contract with the club. Everyone knows I’m Chelsea through and through,” former England captain Terry said. “I am looking forward to next season under the new manager and hopefully we can make it a successful one.” Chairman Bruce Buck said: “We are delighted John will spend another year at the club. He has been the leader of the Chelsea squad throughout the most successful period in our history. He recently reached the 700-appearance mark, which is testament to his professionalism and dedication as well as his undoubted talent.” Director Marina Granovskaia added: “We look forward to another year with John at the club, and believe he will be an important figure in the dressing room and on the pitch as we look to bring success back to the club next season.” 

Ekeng’s Dinamo lose Romanian Cup final….

Patrick Ekeng

Tributes were paid to the late Cameroon international Patrick Ekeng at Tuesday’s Romanian Cup final but his Dinamo Bucharest side lost to CFR Cluj. Ekeng died aged 26 after collapsing on the pitch during a Dinamo match earlier this month. There was a minute’s silence before kick-off and the game was halted in the 14th minute in memory of Ekeng, who wore the number 14 shirt at the club. Cluj won 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 following extra time.

Jay Jay Okocha still has it in him as he trills Bolton fans….

Former Bolton Wanderers and Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Jay Jay Okocha scored a hat-trick in the Bolton Wanderers legends match played at the Macron Stadium as John McGinlay’s All Star XI ran out 6-2 winners over Tony Kelly’s side. Okocha played and scored for the two sides in both halves of the game that featured the likes of Patrice Muamba.