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Jamie Carragher faces no further sanctions.

On Saturday afternoon, Jamie Carragher was attacked by the public when a video surfaced on the internet of the ex-footballer spitting at a Manchester United’s fan.

This was followed by the result of the match between Liverpool versus Manchester United (2-1).

Amateur footage revealed that Carragher was being heavily taunted before reaching his breaking point and leaning over the car window to spit at the two fans. Carragher described it as ‘a moment of madness’ and that ‘it was the worst mistake of his career’. He has repeatedly apologised to the family in question.

Sky has also added their input and claimed that while Carragher will be suspended from the rest of the football season, and that he won’t be paid at all from his £1 million pound a year job, he will face no further sanctions against him. But, Sky has admitted that Carragher will undergo an interview prior to the next season to see if he is still fit to go on. Any other details has been said to not ‘be in the public’s interest’.

Jamie Carragher’s job of football analysing has also been under immense pressure lately. Ever since the outrageous video has surfaced, fans have been calling in to sack Carragher from his job. Sky has not yet touched on the subject.

The family who was exploited has since been identified and has been recently receiving death threats. Carragher has begged his fans on twitter to leave the family alone and that out of the whole incident, he is the one to blame. Although the father has been accused of using his phone whilst driving, no charges will be pressed against him.

 

VAR, The Story So Far.

VAR has been through a roller coaster of praise and criticism as the controversial system carries on into the World Cup.

VAR also known as Video Assistant Referee is a system which assists the officials during a match, another referee from the league will be in a control room and will point out anything the referee on the ground might not be able to see. VAR can be used in the following situations:
•Disallowed goals
•Penalty Decisions
•DIRECT Red Card (Can’t be used in second yellow card decisions)
•Mistaken Identity (If the referee punishes the incorrect player)

There have been multiple controversial moments in VAR’s short time in the Premier League, such as, in Chelsea’s FA Cup game against Norwich in the late minutes of Extra Time there was a penalty shout that was checked by VAR and was deemed to have been a dive which Willian got a yellow card for, the controversy came from the fact that the video was showing clear contact from Norwich defender Timm Klose. Chelsea could’ve won that game instead of going to Penalties. Chelsea won on penalties, but this still doesn’t hide the fact that the Referee of that game should’ve viewed the footage.

VAR also has a silver lining though because history was made in Leicester City’s FA Cup fixture against Fleetwood when Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike to score in the seventy seventh minute was disallowed by an offside decision, VAR’s “parallel line” decision feature for offside calls was used to overturn the offside call and award the goal, this was the first time in the Premier League that VAR awarded a goal that wouldn’t have been given without it.

Report made by Joe.

England National Team Call Ups

Gareth Southgate has named his 26 man squad for England’s matches against Germany in a friendly, and the World Cup qualifying match against Lithuania, and in his squad he has included a player who hasn’t featured for the Three Lions, since November 2013, in a game against Chile.

Sunderland star man, Jermain Defoe has been given, what many would consider, a deserved call up to the national squad, after his outstanding past few seasons with the struggling Black Cats.

Since joining Sunderland back in 2014, Defoe has scored 33 goals in 77 appearances in the Premier League. In this season alone, he has netted a total of 14 times in his 27 games.

There was no room for Arsenal players Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere, and Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge all miss out due to injury.

James Ward-Prowse, Michael Keane, Nathan Redmond and Michail Antonio are all included in the squad but are yet to play for England, while Jake Livermore has only made senior appearance for England.

Gareth Southgate’s full squad includes:

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, Tom Heaton

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jones, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Michail Antonio, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling, James Ward-Prowse

Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford, Jamie Vardy

EA Sports Player Of The Month – Harry Kane

Following on from a great scoring month for Tottenham’s number 10, with 4 goals and 1 assist, EA SPORTS granted Harry Kane with the EA SPORTS Player of the Month award for February. Kane spoke about the title race, breaking Alan Shearer’s goal scoring record and The handshake with Dele Alli we’ve all been wondering about.

When asked how how he felt about being given such a prestigious award he said “It’s a great honour. To get the recognition from the ex-players who are involved in the voting is amazing. It was a great month for myself but also the team; it’s a real honour to receive this award.”

He was asked:

“You were instrumental in the 4-0 win against Stoke City, what’s your abiding memory of the match and can you talk us through the goals?”

He replied by saying:

“It was obviously a great match for us, to win 4-0 shows how well we have been playing as a team at the moment. With the first goal, the ball just dropped to me inside the box and I thought I would just try and get a quick shot off and it happened to sneak through one of their player’s legs and find the corner.”

The second goal was probably one of my better goals of the season, Eriksen whipped in a corner to the edge of the box and I managed to catch it sweetly with my left foot on the volley, that was a nice feeling. And then the third one was a bit luckier, it was a long-range free kick, which got a nice deflection and went in and then of course I finished it off with an assist for Dele. It was an amazing game for both the team and myself.

The press questioned:

“What do you think the key is to your good run of form at the minute? Is there anything specific in which you’re doing?”

He replied by saying:

“My diet has actually changed slightly since January, I have got a new chef who I have been working with around my nutrition and helping me become a little bit leaner and quicker, which seems to be working. Your teammates always help as well though, when you’ve got Eriksen and Dele behind you and the guys behind them backing you up, they’re the ones creating all the chances for me so I’m just trying my hardest to put them in the back of the net. I can’t thank my teammates enough for that.”

The final question Kane was asked was “The celebration you and Dele Allit did together against Everton… where did that come from and whose idea was it?” This highly anticipated question was answered like this: “We were just at training a few weeks back and Dele mentioned that we should have a handshake, as we all make sure we shake hands with every teammate each morning.

He said that he has a similar sort of thing with some of the other guys so he said we should make one and if one of us scores weshould celebrate with it. So we made the handshake and when I scored the other day we did it and the camera caught it perfectly. It’s a bit of fun; obviously we’re at the training ground, working hard together every day so it’s just a bit of a laugh and with the more goals we score the more we’ll do it.”

Kane also beat five other contenders: Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and David Silva, West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley, Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic and Romelu Lukaku, Everton’s forward.

Champions League Review

 As the round of 16 of the Champions League drew to a close, we have decided to take a look back at the fixtures and results of each team involved.

In the first set of fixtures, we witnessed some absolutely astonishing set of results. First came the clash of the super clubs, Paris Saint Germain and FC Barcelona. In the capital of France the, the French giants PSG, defeated the super team of spain by 4 goals, keeping a cleansheet in the progress.

During the second leg, in the beautiful city of Barcelona, the story was however very different. Barcelona had begun their historic comeback by scoring 3 goals in around 50 minutes, making the score 4-3 on aggregate to PSG. Star striker Edinson Cavani struck back for the blues, before an incredible 3 goals in the final 7 minutes for Barcelona taking them through 6-5 on aggregate.

It was like déjà vu in the game between Bayern Munich and Arsenal, as they have faced each other 3 times in the last 16 of the Champions League, in the past 4 seasons. Each leg seemed like a complete copy of the other, with Bayern winning both times, by 5 goals to 1.

Once again in the matches between Spanish giants Real Madrid and the Italians Napoli, the results were the same in both legs. The final result on aggregate was 6-2, after the 3-1 win in both legs for Madrid.

In the games between Borussia Dortmund and Benfica, the Portuguese team created an upset in the first leg on their home turf, before the Germans made a really improved performance in the second leg, winning 4-1 overall.  

Reigning Premier league Champions Leicester City, took on Sevilla and could only settle with a 2-1 defeat away in Spain, but did take back to the King Power, a crucial away goal. Not long after this match, Leicester’s boss, Claudio Ranieri was sacked. Even considering this, Leicester still went on to win the home leg 2-0 and went through 3-2 on aggregate.

Juventus took on Porto and took a clean sweep by winning both legs, the first 2-0 and the second 1-0, without conceding a goal.

Atletico Madrid were set to face Bayer Leverkusen, and won the first leg 4-2, setting them up nicely for the second leg. Back in spain, Madrid did exactly what they needed to and kept the score line at 0-0 to guarantee they went through to the quarter finals.

The final match of the round of 16 was an absolute thriller between two high goalscoring teams in Monaco and Manchester city. The first leg was an incredible 5-3 win for the blues, but the second leg was quite a contrast. Monaco won in the second leg 3-1, making the aggregate score 6-6, and as a result sending them through on the away goals rule.

This leaves the quarter final teams as: AS Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Leicester City and Real Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp questions Gary Neville’s Suitability as a TV pundit

 

 

Jurgen Klopp has recently questioned Gary Neville’s suitability as a TV pundit after he criticised Liverpool’s goalkeeper in his match against Bournemouth conceding four goals.

Klopp said “He showed he struggled with the job to judge players so why do we let him talk about talk about players on TV?”

Klopp made reference to Gary’s short-lived career as a manager of Valencia CF, only lasting four months.

His brother Phil then said the keeper should “keep his mouth shut”, as BBC’s Match of the Day analysed the keeper’s display against the Hammers last weekend.

“The Neville brothers – the one who was the manager he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps” Klopp said about Gary’s poor job at Valencia.

Both Gary Neville and Carragher criticised Karius after the loss at Bournemouth in November, before the former Mainz keeper hit back at Neville in a newspaper interview.

He said “I messed up but I don’t care what Gary Neville says… he is always very critical.”

 

By Matthew

African Footballer of the Year Announced

After weeks of voting, the African footballer of the year has been announced, and Riyhad Mahrez took the trophy over Yaya Toure, Andre Ayew, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.

On the 12th December 2016 at 5:30 pm, Riyhad Mahrez won his first ever African Footballer of the year, which is voted for by the public. It is a very prestigious award in Africa, as it shows you were the best footballer in that continent in that respected year. The voting system eliminates three of the five candidates early on, and then reveals the winner about an hour later. The three people eliminated first are in particular order, but the last two are the first and second in the voting.  Sadio Mane came in a close second but Riyhad Mahrez took the trophy. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was eliminated first which left some people very surprised. The next footballer eliminated was Yaya Toure who has won the award twice (the same amount as Jay-Jay Okocha and one more than George Weah) but maybe he didn’t have as good of a year as the other contestants, so there was not much outcry over his elimination. The last of the first three eliminations came in the form of West Ham’s Andre Ayew who was injured at the start of this season so it came as no surprise when he was eliminated.

It came down to the final two footballers: Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Leicester’s Riyhad Mahrez. Both players had never won the award before, and so wanted just as bad as each other. Eventually, Mahrez won the award after taking Leicester to a BPL title. He told BBC sport   “It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud”.

By Matthew

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