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  1. The Premier League is arguably the greatest league in the world but rather than homegrown players making an impact, it's foreign imports lighting up the league. Since the formation of the Premier League in 1992, we have seen the National team go from mediocre to really average. Teams that have had great success Nationally have seen their National players thrive in their respective leagues. Should the FA be doing more to address the situation of boosting home grown talent? On Boxing Day 1999, Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli fielded the first non-British starting 11 against Southampton. This wasn't the first time something like this had happened as 6 years later, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal was without a single Englishman in their match day squad when they beat Crystal Palace 5-1 in 2005. Manchester United started the Manchester Derby in 2009 with no English players in the starting 11 with Rooney & Scholes coming on as second half substitutes in the second half in Manchester United's 2-0 win over City rivals Manchester City. As the years went on, more and more English players were being pushed out of big teams making way for foreign imports and those English players were often loaned out or dropped down divisions. Chelsea are the main culprits for loaning young players out with a reported 31 players out on loan this season. Since Roman Abramovich arrived in 2003, Chelsea have fielded the most foreign imports in Europe’s top 5 divisions. Despite winning 5 consecutive youth championships, only 32.5% of Chelsea youth players have gone on to make it into the first team. Most recently, a product of the youth system Reuben Loftus-Cheek has been given the opportunity to make his mark and force his way into the Chelsea team since making an impact for England since his Man of the Match debut v Germany in 2017 and further performances in this years World Cup with limited game time. He also made a mark while playing on loan at Crystal Palace last season with consistent performances. But if they have high expectations of him, why would they sign players such as Barkley or Kovacic who play in a similar position? Rather than keeping the bench warm, he should be loaned out for game time. U-17 World Cup winner Callum Hudson-Odoi another Chelsea product, had fans raving in pre-season after his game v Arsenal. Surely he should be in the frame for a start? Ademola Lookman, a player with great potential at 20 years old. Loaned out to RB Leipzig last season scoring 5 goals, 3 assists in 11 games for them. But Everton are reluctant to sell the striker by slapping a £28m price tag on him despite having signed Richarlison for £40m who is alongside Walcott & Tosun who play similar positions. Another example that a young product is being over shadowed and not allowed game time, it seems. Sepp Blatter once suggested that the Premier League should introduce the 6+5 rule only for the Premier League to refuse to adapt this rule. The Premier League however do state that out of 25 players in a squad 8 of which should be home grown. But we still don't see many homegrown players playing for the top clubs which makes it hard for selection of the National team. Gareth Southgate, as we seen in this years World Cup with the young England squad reaching the Semi-Finals, has faith in the youth system of the Country which has seen them achieve great success with the England youth teams winning World Cups and European Cups. Surely, to boost the National game and raise standard for the England National Team would be for the FA to adapt a system where each club has to field at least 5 or 6 home grown players. This would boost players chances of playing regular football rather than being pushed out of clubs and not being given any sort of opportunity. Share your thoughts about this feature on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. FA chief executive Martin Glenn has confirmed that plans are in place to introduce a winter break in the Premier League beginning from the 2019-20 season. It was revealed in February that a break is to be introduced in late January and early February 2020 after England's football governing body agreed to play the entire FA Cup fifth round in midweek. Now, Glenn has confirmed during his speech to the FA council on Tuesday that these plans were in motion. “We’ve also working closer and more collaboratively with the professional game than at any time in recent years,” he said. “Very soon this will pay dividends with the creation of a mid-season break, which is a much needed improvement for our clubs and England teams.” The break for Premier League teams will be staggered over two weekends, with 10 teams playing one weekend and the other 10 the next weekend, allowing every club a two-week break from competition. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  3. In the last week, football fans in England were outraged at the prospect of Wembley Stadium being sold to Fulham FC & Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan for a cost of £600m up front rising to over £1bn. Khan is thought to have had this bid lined up for months and has stated he expects the deal to be completed in the next six weeks. Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal was quoted in saying that Wembley is as much of a monument in England as Big Ben and the thought of it being sold off is something he disagrees with. But where does this leave English Football? Since the news emerged of the bid, the FA have made a statement aiming to justify the sale of our national stadium suggesting that £600m from this sale would be pumped into grassroots football which would allow up to 1,500 new pitches being created, and new drainage systems and floodlights to be introduced. For years, people have been demonstrating the need for money to be given to grassroots football to help our young footballers improve. In 2015, the Premier League was given TV rights of up to £5.14bn until 2019, then from the 2019-20 season are given £4.464bn with more game coverage. Considering this amount of money being pumped into the top level of English football, grassroots are yet to see any of that money so it's not hard to understand why there are skeptical fans out there wondering if the money from Wembley being sold would actually be pumped into our Grassroots system which is in desperate need of new funding. The old Wembley was demolished between the 2002-03 season with the new Wembley being opened in 2007. During these four years with no national stadium, playoffs and cup finals were played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. The England national team, meanwhile, played their friendlies and qualifiers at grounds all over the country from Villa Park to Old Trafford. Ticket prices and travel to Wembley have left some fans unable to attend matches feeling that England should re-travel the country. Travelling the country would allow more fans to attend matches locally without having to pay excessive travel fees and in some cases accommodation costs which may be needed especially if a match was to be played on a weeknight, as most matches during qualifiers are. England could experiment with the idea of playing away from Wembley with the introduction of the UEFA Nations League as well as having friendlies across England while keeping qualifying games at Wembley. During the first couple of years after Wembley was re-opened, many people were quick to criticise the playing surface as unsuitable due to concerts and NFL games being played on the ground. Considering the potential buyer owns an NFL team in the shape of the Jacksonville Jaguars, could eventually, over the coming years, transform this into an NFL arena? Indeed, would playoffs and cup finals remain at Wembley? And will grassroots football see any of that money if it was sold? Do you as a football fan agree with this decision? Share your thoughts about this opinion article on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. West Ham have confirmed that they will hand lifetime bans to fans who invaded the pitch and threw missiles during Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to Burnley. Four separate pitch invasions interrupted the game at the London Stadium, and co-owner David Sullivan was hit by a coin and forced to leave the directors' box amid protests aimed at the club board. The Football Association has given West Ham until the end of the week to provide their observations on the unrest, and the Hammers have vowed to work alongside the authorities in order to identify those involved in the violence. A statement released on Wednesday morning read: "West Ham United are committed to taking decisive and positive action with the primary focus of ensuring London Stadium is a safe, comfortable and secure environment for supporters attending future matches. "Following the incidents which marred the second half of the Premier League fixture with Burnley on Saturday 10 March, the Club is conducting a full and thorough investigation and has attended a series of emergency meetings with London Stadium stakeholders. "The Club is working in close conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to identify those individuals, who entered the pitch during the second half, and with stadium operator LS185, using London Stadium's high-quality CCTV footage, to identify those who threw missiles, both of which are specific offences under the Football (Offences) Act 1991. "Any individual found guilty will be banned from attending any West Ham United fixture, home and away, for life and the Club will request the courts serve a banning order to prevent these individuals attending any football matches in the future. "West Ham United maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards any behaviour of this nature, with the safety of all supporters always the Club's number one priority." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has apologised "for any offence" after comparing the Star of David with symbols such as the Nazi swastika. Glenn was discussing Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola, who has been wearing a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned politicians in Catalonia. “It could be the Star of David, it could the hammer and sickle, it could be a swastika, anything like Robert Mugabe on your shirt, these are the things we don’t want," Glenn had said. But he later apologised for his comment, releasing a statement which read: “I would like to apologise for any offence caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world. I will be speaking with the Jewish Leadership Council and to Kick It Out to personally apologise.” The Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson had earlier criticised Glenn. He said: “I have no problem with the FA clarifying Rule Four and specifying that all religious symbols are prohibited on a kit, if that is the case. “In explaining that decision, the chief executive’s examples are ill-judged and in poor taste. The Star of David is a Jewish religious symbol of immense importance to Jews worldwide. To put it in the same bracket as the swastika and Robert Mugabe is offensive and inappropriate. We will raise formally with the FA the Jewish community’s deep disappointment with this statement.” Johnson later said he had spoken to Glenn and accepted the apology: “I spoke to Martin Glenn today. I explained why his comments yesterday has caused such serious offence. Martin apologised, explained the context for his comments and stated that he did not intend to cause offence, which I accepted. We have agreed to meet soon along with the CST [Community Security Trust, a charity which supports British Jews]. I have thanked the FA for their apology and I am glad that this has been dealt with swiftly.” Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Arsene Wenger will contest his FA charge after criticising officials again following Arsenal's draw with Chelsea on Wednesday night. The Gunners salvaged a 2-2 draw at the Emirates but the Frenchman bemoaned the decision to award a penalty for a foul on Eden Hazard by Hector Bellerin. Wenger claimed the "farcical decision" to award the champions a penalty cost his side, before insisting he will "100 percent" challenge the charge against him. Failure to win an appeal could see him receive a stadium ban due to this latest charge coming less than 12 months after receiving a four-match touchline ban. "It was a fantastic football game," he told Sky Sports. "Overall I believe it could have gone both ways, the regret we have is that we were first on the scoring sheet. "After that, we got again a farcical decision and mentally we were shocked. Then we could have lost the game but we had the resources to come back, and in the end maybe it's a fair result. "When you come here you see football, and unfortunately the games are always spoiled by factors you can't master. "We can only continue to play the way we want to play, and hope at one stage things will go for us." Asked whether he thought Taylor's decision was worse than the penalty Mike Dean gave in Arsenal's 1-1 draw with West Brom three days prior, Wenger added: "Worse or not worse, we know what we get. "Look since the start of the season, it is what we have to take. We have to take it and to fight, but we cannot influence that. "You ask me if it's a penalty, I say it's a farcical decision. You could give 10 penalties like that per game. "You decide what you want. Anyway, read the foreign papers what they write about that, and then look after at the English papers, you will see the difference." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Southampton striker Charlie Austin has been given a three-match ban by the FA for violent conduct. The 28-year-old caught Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl in the face with his boot in Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at St Mary's. Austin, who scored the opening goal in that game, accepted the charge of violent conduct but argued the suspension was excessive, which was rejected by an independent panel. The Englishman, who is Saints' leading scorer this season with six goals, will miss games against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Crystal Palace. "After seeing the video footage, this should usually never happen, that an opponent hurts another opponent on purpose," David Wagner said after the game. "I don't like to say this, but it looks this way. Jonas as well was absolutely surprised. This was a nasty challenge and nothing I like to see. "I think he looks like this challenge was very ugly and nasty. This should never happen. Charlie Austin made the wrong decision in this moment." Austin went on to suffer a hamstring injury and was replaced in the 79th minute of that game, with boss Mauricio Pellegrino saying it could keep Austin out for "a couple of weeks minimum". Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Leicester City have confirmed that they will not take the Adrien Silva registration case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Foxes and the Football Association asked FIFA to ratify the transfer of paperwork for Silva’s £22m deadline day move from Sporting Lisbon after the paperwork arrived 14 seconds late. But FIFA rejected the request for Silva to be registered and now the player cannot turn out for the Foxes until January. A statement from a Leicester spokesman read: "It was our intention to submit an application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for expedited proceedings so that the matter could be resolved as quickly as possible. "However, it has been made clear to us that FIFA will not support an expedited process, forcing the club to reluctantly accept the single-judge ruling of FIFA's Players' Status Committee without reasonable opportunity for independent arbitration that is timely enough to be effective. "Our frustration at the denial of effective due process doubles our disappointment at the original outcome and while the club is now essentially powerless to continue to challenge the decision, we will continue to support Adrien in any personal appeal he wishes to undertake. "We intend to register Adrien at the earliest opportunity. In the meantime, he will remain under our care, training with the squad under the supervision of our coaching, medical and sport science staff." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. FIFA rejected Leicester City's application to register Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva as they missed the cut-off point by 14 seconds, it has been widely reported. The Foxes had hoped to sign the Portugal international for £22m after an agreement was reached between the two clubs on transfer deadline day. Leicester thought they had beaten the deadline to sign Silva as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, whose move to Chelsea was also confirmed after the cut-off. It was announced late on Tuesday night that the world football governing had blocked the move, however, as despite being granted a two-hour extension, the correct paperwork was still not submitted in time. It has now reportedly emerged that the documentation confirming the deal between Leicester and Sporting for the move arrived with the Football Association 14 seconds after their deadline had passed. A Leicester spokesman said: "We are working with Adrien and Sporting Clube de Portugal to overcome some issues relating to the player's registration and exploring all options to find a resolution." Leicester still hope to complete the deal but Sporting President Bruno de Carvalho added: "The transfer of Adrien is already completed. Hopefully Leicester find a solution for him." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. Players who dive in English leagues and cup competitions will face bans from next season under new Football Association regulations. If found guilty of simulation, the offending player will receive a two-match ban, while the FA will also have the power to rescind a yellow or red card given to the player who was deemed to have committed a foul during the game. Each case will be independently reviewed by an ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player. A statement from the FA read: "A new offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ will be in force from the start of the 2017-18 season, after the regulation change was approved by The FA Council today [18 May] and following a period of consultation with stakeholders over the past few months. "Where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player’s team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed, The FA will be able to act retrospectively under its Fast Track system. "A panel consisting of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player will be asked to review all available video footage of the incident independently of one another and then advise The FA as to whether they believe it was an offence of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’. "Only in circumstances where the panel are unanimous would The FA charge the individual concerned. "This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence [violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting at an opponent] which was not seen at the time by the match officials but caught on camera. "In this situation, three ex-elite match officials review all the available video footage independently of one another and then advise The FA as to whether they believe it was an offence worthy of instant dismissal. "In accepted and/or proven cases of simulation and/or feigning injury, the offending player would receive a two-match suspension. "Although attempts to deceive the referee by feigning injury or pretending to have been fouled is a cautionable offence for unsporting behaviour, the fact that the act of simulation has succeeded in deceiving a match official and, therefore, led to a penalty and/or dismissal, justifies a more severe penalty which would act as a deterrent. "Should a charge of ‘Successful Deception of a Match Official’ be admitted or found proven, the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the power to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player as a result of the simulation if it chooses to do so. "The Fast Track system for dealing with incidents retrospectively, which was brought in by The FA for the start of the 2004-05 season, enables disciplinary cases to be dealt with prior to the offending player’s next competitive game." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Greg Clarke has revealed that the FA is "considering" its relationship with gambling firms and alcohol companies. The announcement of the review comes a week after Burnley midfielder Joey Barton was hit with an 18-month ban for breaking player betting rules. The 34-year-old said on his website that if the FA was "truly serious about tackling the culture of gambling in football", it needed to look at its "own dependence on the gambling companies". Clarke has announced that a decision will be made at the end of the season after the findings of an investigation into gambling practices in the sport are reviewed, while stressing that any outcome will not be linked to the Barton case. He told The Times: "We are actively considering what our position will be and should be. I have thought about the relationship between betting and football, and alcohol and football, and I raised this at the start of the season when I took over as chairman. "I asked for the management team to produce a report on what our position should be on a number of things, and gambling and alcohol were among those things. At the end of the season, when that paper is produced, the FA board will take a measured decision on what our position should be. "Until I see that paper, I don't have a position but it is right we consider it and then make a positive decision on what we are going to do or not. This is not linked to the Joey Barton case at all, this goes back to the start of the season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings believes that the Football Association's decision to suspend him for five games after a stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "upsetting". Last weekend, the two players were involved in a number of altercations on the pitch during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, and Ibrahimovic has received a three-match ban for a deliberate elbowing Mings. However, the FA deemed Mings's actions to be more excessive than the Manchester United striker, and he was subsequently given a five-match suspension. Bournemouth have openly expressed their own disappointment at the judgement of the FA, and Mings has now also spoken out after being forced onto the sidelines for the club's upcoming fixtures. The 23-year-old said: "I am extremely disappointed at the FA's decision to ban me for five matches, following what was an accidental collision with Zlatan Ibrahimovic. At no time was there any intentional stamp or movement to suggest that." "My foot did not change course and at no point did I try and move my foot towards his head. My only focus was to get back in and defend, conduct like that is not part of my game. So for people to deem that I could intentionally stamp on a fellow professional's head is upsetting." "It is an action which would not be acceptable in any walk of life, never mind a football pitch, and one that would never cross my mind. I would like to thank AFC Bournemouth and all of the club's fans for their unwavering support this week. "I can't wait to get back playing again and help the team retain our Premier League status for another season." Mings is set to miss Bournemouth's trip Tottenham Hotspur on April 15.
  13. Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner and Leeds United counterpart Garry Monk have been punished by the Football Association for their altercation in their Championship fixture on February 5. The Terriers boss sprinted down the touchline to join his players in celebrating towards the end of their 2-1 victory at the John Smith's Stadium before clashing with Monk, who took exception to the act. Wagner has been given a two-match touchline ban and a £6,000 fine, while Monk has been given a one-match touchline ban and a £3,000 fine. In addition, both clubs have been fined £10,000 for failing to ensure their players "conducted themselves in an orderly fashion". The FA said in a statement: "Mr Wagner admitted entering the field of play in or around the 89th minute, in contravention of FA Rule E3, but denied a further breach that his behaviour upon his return to the vicinity of the technical area amounted to improper conduct. However, this breach was found proven following an independent regulatory commission hearing." Both managers will serve their bans with immediate effect. Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  14. MPs have passed a motion of 'no confidence' in the Football Association and its plans to reform. Parliament has threatened to hit the FA with legislation if it fails to alter its overhaul proposals accordingly. The government has warned English football's governing body that it stands to lose between £30m and £40m of public funding if it fails to modernise. Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chairman Damian Collins in a statement: "The FA, to use a football analogy, are not only in extra time, they are at the end of extra time, in 'Fergie Time'. "They are 1-0 down and if they don't pick up fairly quickly, reform will be delivered to them." FA chairman Greg Clarke has confirmed that he will step down if his organisation's reform plans fail to win government backing. He said: "I watched the debate and respect the opinions of the MPs. As previously stated, we remain committed to reforming governance at the FA to the agreed timescale of the minister." The FA could face legislation if it fails to submit revised reform plans by April. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  15. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will accept his misconduct charge by the Football Association, although he requests a personal hearing. The Frenchman was sent to the stands by referee Jon Moss after confronting fourth official Anthony Taylor when a stoppage-time penalty was awarded to Burnley in last weekend's game. The 67-year-old tried to watch the remainder of the match from the tunnel at the Emirates and TV cameras spotted him appearing to push Taylor's arm when the match official asked him to go to the stands. After the game, which Arsenal ended up winning 2-1 thanks to Alexis Sanchez's 98th-minute penalty, Wenger apologised for his behaviour. He now faces a touchline ban after admitting that he will accept any punishment that comes his way from the English governing body. During Thursday's press conference, when asked if he would accept the charge, Wenger told reporters: "Yes, I answered that in the press conference, I have little more to add. I am big enough to stand up for what I do. "When I don't behave like I think I should behave, I am big enough to say I am not right. I'm a passionate guy and I believe that I am completely committed in my job and want to win the football games." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  16. The Football Association has charged Arsene Wenger with misconduct after an incident during the closing stages of Arsenal's game with Burnley on Sunday afternoon. After Sean Dyche's charges were awarded a penalty in added-on time, Wenger was dismissed for his reaction in the technical area. He then pushed the fourth official on three occasions after apparently refusing to walk down the tunnel. Wenger apologised for his actions after the match, but it has not stopped the FA from punishing the Gunners boss, who could face a touchline ban if reports are to be believed. A statement read: "Arsene Wenger has been charged for misconduct following Arsenal's game against Burnley on Sunday [22 January 2017]. "It is alleged that in or around the 92nd minute, he used abusive and/or insulting words towards the fourth official. "It is further alleged that following his dismissal from the technical area, his behaviour in remaining in the tunnel area and making physical contact with the fourth official amounted to improper conduct. "He has until 6pm on 26 January 2017 to respond to the charge." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  17. Crewe Alexandra have confirmed that director of football Dario Gradi has been suspended pending a Football Association investigation that will include looking into claims he "smoothed over" a complaint of sexual assault against a Chelsea scout in the 1970s. The Cheshire club, based in League Two, has been at the centre of the shocking allegations, with numerous ex-players claiming that they suffered abuse at the hands of former coach and convicted paedophile Barry Bennell. It is unclear whether Gradi's suspension is in relation to alleged crimes that occurred at Crewe or over allegations that while working as Chelsea assistant coach he visited the home of a former youth player to help "smooth over" a complaint of alleged sexual assault against Eddie Heath. On Monday, Crewe released a statement, which read: "Following discussions with the Football Association, Crewe Alexandra Football Club can confirm that Dario Gradi is currently under an FA interim suspension from football." The 75-year-old denies any wrongdoing and will cooperate the FA's review. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  18. The Football Association is outdated, held back by "elderly white men" and unable to counter the power of the Premier League, according to five former executives of the governing body. David Bernstein, David Davies, Greg Dyke, Alex Horne and David Triesman say the FA has failed to "self-reform" and have asked Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport committee to propose legislation to promote reform. The quintet wrote to committee chairman Damian Collins MP claiming that the "well meaning individuals" are "collectively unrepresentative of English society" and "under-qualified" to deal with the FA's role in modern football. The letter also said the FA lacks independence and makes decisions based on vested interests due to a lack of checks and balances. It said the FA was resistant to change, and that Parliament needs to step in. The letter concluded: "Football is a much-loved sport enjoyed by millions, and it has genuine cultural significance in the country which first codified what is now a global sport. "A focused intervention can undoubtedly build on these attributes, as has been recognised in many past inquiries and reports. It would give millions of players and fans confidence they will no longer be marginal to the future of their sport. "It may well move us to redressing the woeful lack of English players or managers and the embarrassing failures of our national team for the past 50 years." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  19. The Football Association has banned Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino from football for 18 months and issued him with a fine of £250,000. Cellino's penalties are because of a breach of rules relating to the club's sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham two years ago. The Italian has been reprimanded following a 12-month investigation into the transfer of the striker for an £11m fee with add-ons in July 2014. Cellino, whose ban will come into effect on February 1 next year, had previously denied allegations of any wrongdoing. "I am surprised to read the news regarding the FA's intentions to ban and fine me, as well as fine the club," he said in a statement on the Leeds website yesterday. "I am not guilty and I will take the right steps to defend myself through the tribunal. I feel that I am guilty of one thing - protecting Leeds United since I took charge of the club." In a statement, the FA said that Cellino would additionally be required to attend "an FA education programme covering the duties and responsibilities of an owner and director of an English football club" before May 2017. As a club, Leeds have been issued with an additional fine of £250,000 for their part in proceedings. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  20. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been given a four-game ban by the Football Association after getting sent off in Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Chelsea. The Argentina international was dismissed seven minutes into injury time following a reckless challenge on David Luiz. City's frustration then spilled over as Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving and appearing to grab the throat of Cesc Fabregas. As a result, the midfielder has been issued with a standard three-match ban for violent conduct, while Aguero has been given an additional one-game suspension because of a similar ban from earlier in the season. City manager Pep Guardiola will be without Aguero for Premier League matches against Leicester City, Watford, Arsenal and for the club's Boxing Day clash against Hull City. In total, the North-West outfit will have three players suspended for the trip to Leicester this weekend as defender Nicolas Otamendi will be unavailable after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Chelsea. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  21. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been handed a one-match touchline ban after being sent to the stands against West Ham United at the weekend. The Portuguese coach was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association - his third charge of the season. Referee Jonathan Moss ordered Mourinho to the stands after the 53-year-old kicked a water bottle in frustration when Paul Pogba was booked for diving during United's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. After admitting the charge, the former Chelsea boss was issued with an immediate suspension and fined £16,000 by the English governing body. As a result, Mourinho will be absent from the touchline for tonight's clash against West Ham in the EFL Cup quarter-finals, but will be allowed to speak to his players before the match, at half-time and after the final whistle. It is the second charge for Mourinho in two months after he was sent off against Burnley on 29 October. Mourinho received a one-match ban and an £8,000 fine for that incident. The former Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid boss was also fined £50,000 for comments he made about referee Anthony Taylor before the Liverpool match at Anfield on 17 October. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  22. Gareth Southgate has been appointed England manager on a permanent basis, the Football Association has confirmed. After the departure of Sam Allardyce, the 46-year-old was placed in temporary charge of the Three Lions and he went on to lead his team to two victories and two draws during his interim role. The FA made the decision to proceed with the process of interviewing Southgate for the full-time position and after talks which lasted over a week, the former Middlesbrough boss has been given a deal which will run until the summer of 2020. Southgate told reporters: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the players over these past four games and I think there is huge potential. ""I am extremely proud to be appointed England manager. However, I am also conscious getting the job is one thing, now I want to do the job successfully. "I'm determined to give everything I have to give the country a team that they're proud of and one that they're going to enjoy watching play and develop." Southgate's first game in full charge will come away to Germany in a friendly international on March 22, before England host Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  23. The Football Association says it is launching an internal investigation into historic allegations of sexual abuse in the game. The announcement comes after multiple ex-footballers came forward to claim that they had been sexually abused as children by former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell. An NSPCC helpline was launched earlier this week in light of the allegations, and it has since been reported that over 100 calls have been made to the number. The FA said in a statement: "We are working closely with the police to support their lead investigations and must ensure we do not do anything to interfere with or jeopardise the criminal process. "The internal review will look into what information the FA was aware of at the relevant times around the issues that have been raised in the press, what clubs were aware of, and what action was or should have been taken." In addition, Crewe confirmed this weekend that they would also be investigating the matter. The club said on Saturday: "Crewe Alexandra Football Club can today announce that it is to launch an independent review of the way the club dealt with historical child abuse allegations. "The club is determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity and believes an independent review, to be conducted via the appointment of external legal counsel, is the correct way forward in the circumstances." Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  24. Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater will serve an immediate three-match ban after accepting an FA charge of violent conduct. The 26-year-old has been hit with retrospective action following an incident that occurred during last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Watford. TV cameras picked up footage of Drinkwater elbowing Hornets midfielder Valon Behrami during a challenge for the ball in the game at Vicarage Road. Rather than contesting the charge, the England international has accepted a three-match ban. This will rule him out of Premier League games against Middlesbrough, Sunderland and Manchester City. Drinkwater has started every Leicester game this season and helped them into the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday when the Foxes defeated Club Brugge 2-1. However, Claudio Ranieri's charges have won just three of their 12 games in the Premier League this season, which has put them 14th in the table. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.
  25. Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with allegedly using abusive language about an opponent's race, ethnicity or nationality. The incident occurred in the 87th minute of Newcastle's 2-0 Championship defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers on September 17. The Football Association says the misdemeanour was an "aggravated breach" of rules, and if found guilty the 24-year-old faces a minimum five-game ban. A statement from the FA added: "It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an 'Aggravated Breach' as defined in Rule E3(2), as it included reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or nationality." Shelvey, who joined Newcastle from Swansea City in January, has until November 16 to respond to the charge. In May 2013, the FA introduced new guidelines stating that any player found guilty of racially abusing an opponent or discriminating on religion, sexuality or disability, would be banned for at least five games. Share your thoughts about this story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the conversation.

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