FA battles Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola about abolishing cup repetitions despite growing concerns about player fatigue and injuries
- The FA is under pressure from Premier League managers to cup repeats to be abolished
- Many managers are concerned with domestic calendar that puts pressure on players
FA refuses to bow to calls to reform domestic cup tournaments
The FA does not bow to pressure from Premier League managers scrap FA Cup repeats despite growing fears of player fatigue and injury.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola this week called for a radical reform of the domestic cup competitions, including the abandonment of all FA Cup repeats, amid growing concern about the well-being of players after Marcus Rashford was excluded most of the season with a double stress fracture of his back.
The injury of Rashford follows a hamstring problem from Harry Kane that causes both players to face a race against the clock to be fit for Euro 2020 and also to emphasize the issue of a crowded list of competitions.
The introduction of a winter break in the Premier League this season has exacerbated the problem in some respects, as there is no room in the schedule for repeats of the fourth round for top flight clubs without rearranging League matches.
The FA are adamant that they will not unilaterally delete early round-repeats, however, are an important source of income for clubs of the lower division, who earn extra broadcast income and have a greater chance of playing in a larger stadium in a game in which all gate income is evenly distributed.
For example, a championship side plays away at a Premier League club in the third round earlier this month, earning more than £ 900,000.
The FA also made a sacrifice last year by dumping fifth-round repetitions to create room for the winter break as part of an agreement with the Premier League and the EFL, and insisting that they not be repeated give ground.
As a result, it is unlikely that until 2024, the proposed start date for an extended Champions League, there will be major changes in the national cups.
Suspending Barnsley defends Bambo Diaby while FA investigates the failed drug test after a defeat at Blackburn on November 23
- Barnsley defends Bambo Diaby is suspended in the midst of an FA investigation
- The 22-year-old reportedly failed a drug test in Blackburn last November
- Diaby vowed to clear his name and plead his innocence for teammates
Barnsley suspended Bambo Diaby while the FA investigated alleged anti-doping violation by the defender.
The 22-year-old is believed to have been tested on November 23, after Tykes' 3-2 defeat against Blackburn in Ewood Park.
They issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon stating: & # 39; Barnsley Football Club has received a notification from the FA that they are investigating a possible anti-doping violation by our player, Bambo Diaby.
] & # 39; The player and the club work together and respond directly with the FA.
& # 39; The player is now subject to a suspension while playing while this case is being investigated. No further comments will be made during this procedure. & # 39;
The defender born in Spain has advocated his innocence and is adamant that he will erase his name, as reported by The Mirror this year
Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber called his team for a team meeting to break the news last week before informing the group that Diaby would not play against Bristol City last Saturday.
Positive drug tests can take a while to process and come with a maximum of four ban but still remains a rarity in football.
Diaby is allowed to continue playing while the drug testing continues.
The FA cooperates with UK Anti-Doping to test players after matches during training and at other random intervals.
Former Southport defender Mike Phenix is considered the last soccer player to have tested positive for a banned substance. [1 9459015]
Phenix tested positive for cocaine in September 2018, but did not receive its four-year ban until May of last year. It is unknown for which substance Diaby has been tested positive.
Jurgen Klopp wants FA Cup shake-up when Liverpool boss calls for replays to be dumped in favor of penalty shootouts and says smaller club should always play at home
- ] Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called for all FA Cup repeats to be canceled
- The German is concerned that the domestic calendar is burdening players
- Klopp also favors a format where lower-ranked clubs can play home tires
Jurgen Klopp wants everything FA Cup is playing and is being replaced by a classification whereby lower-ranked clubs can automatically play tires at home.
Now the German has called on the football association to take a drastic step. Klopp said: "Is playing in the FA Cup? No, penalties.
& # 39; The usual explanation against this is that the smaller teams have a chance to win the repeat when they get home. Then give them the home game in the first place.
"Go there, play there. If they beat us: “Congratulations. Go for it. & # 39; But things like this are being played again. It's just another game on television. But who watches these games? That is the place where we must begin. "
Klopp was vocal at the weekend in his criticism of a decision to move the Africa Cup of Nations to January. He said it will influence his thinking to buy African players in the future.
Klopp is also concerned about FIFA's plans to introduce a 24-Club World Club Cup in China in 2021, but knows that Liverpool will be attracted by the money offered.
& # 39; But the semi-final of the two-legged Carabao Cup has nothing to do with money, & # 39; he added. & # 39; Nothing. It is not OK, these games are not OK. And that is not about money.
Ask one of the teams involved in the semi-final what they think the second stage is another race in that period.
& # 39; And then you can win a competition. If you win it is great, if you lose nobody remembers that you were in the final.
"Yes, it's silverware and that's great. But you pushed the boys and we never think about that. The Football League and the FA must talk and find a solution, only internally.
"Every year we do the same. We talk about it at this stage of the year and then we don't talk about it the rest of the year.
"We now have seven games in a week and so we start talking about it. So we're just talking now because it's that time. & # 39;
Klopp said at the weekend that he felt sympathy for Harry Kane after the attacker Tottenham and England had sustained a major hamstring injury.
Since then, Marcus Rashford of Manchester United has been diagnosed with a double stress fracture of the back – attributed to too much football.
Klopp even suggested that he would like to take a salary reduction if it meant fewer games.
& # 39; It is a strange situation because we are asking for fewer games and we would get less money, & he said.
& # 39; But I am ready, I can say it here. & # 39;
Manchester United hit with FA attack on players around referee Craig Pawson after allowing Roberto Firmino & # 39; s goal to remain standing despite Virgil van Dijk's foul against Liverpool
The incident followed the rejected goal of Roberto Firmino, when referee Craig Pawson initially did not give a free kick for what appeared to be an error by Virgil van Dijk on David De Gea.
The United players surrounded the referee to complain about the decision. It was eventually destroyed with the intervention of VAR.
Now United have been hit by the Football Association with the indictment.
Former United defender Gary Neville admitted that he was surprised by the choice to refuse the goal.
& # 39; They think it's a mistake by Virgil van Dijk on David de Gea, but my first reaction was that it definitely wasn't. It seemed that he had just dropped it. We will see on VAR and it depends on whether Van Dijk raised his arm or not, "Neville told Sky Sports.
" I don't think that's a mistake. Van Dijk actually dropped his arms and jumped to the ball, but we'll see. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is furious, David de Gea is furious.
& # 39; We have seen it before, David, you must be stronger if you are challenged. I just think he's dropping it.
I think it's soft. If it were against me on the other hand, I would not expect a mistake. & # 39;
& # 39; Only 400,000 fewer than Spurs v Boro in the FA Cup on BBC One & # 39 ;: Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher go head-to-head on Twitter after MOTD presenter responds to claims from Liverpool icon that the land & # 39; gripped & # 39; is charged by their title
Gary Lineker is battling Jamie Carragher after each other defended the former Liverpool claimed that the country & # 39; seized & # 39; is on the way to a first national title in 30 years due to the attack of the Reds.
Sky Sports expert Carragher initially posted a tweet in honor of Liverpool's 2-0 win over Manchester United with peak experience figures of 3.9 million.
Carragher replied: & # 39; And 3.5 million more than BT! Our pay TV competitors and your second channel! You beat the ITV football of your competitors with a million at the World Cup! & # 39;
Lineker responded within minutes and gave a list of the most watched TV programs of the 2010s.
The former British attacker said: & # 39; What did you think? from hosting 3 of the top 4 and 6 of the top 10 of the last decade. It is a lead that is almost as large as that of Liverpool. & # 39;
Former England manager for women, Mark Sampson, became a & # 39; snake and a spinless c *** & # 39 by a former Stevenage boss. who accused him of making a racially discriminatory remark about signing a Nigerian defender … because he is DELETED by the FA after incident
- Mark Sampson was accused of making of a racist comment about a Nigerian player
- The FA did not find the charge after a hearing in the alleged incident
- Former Stevenage boss Dino Maamria
Stevenage first team coach Mark Sampson has been released. of making a racist comment at a club meeting by the FA.
The former English female boss was accused of misconduct in November about the incident allegedly taking place during a discussion about recruiting players.
It was claimed that Sampson, while talking about signing a new player on September 2, 2019, said: & # 39; … a black Nigerian center back, you can't trust it. & # 39;
But a hearing earlier this month found the charge not proven and rejected it, the FA said in an announcement on its official website.
The findings of the hearing also revealed that Sampson was viewed by former Stevenage boss Dino Maamria as a & # 39; snake and spinless c *** & # 39; was branded.
The 48-year-old was fired on September 8 after a poor start to the season and Sampson, who worked as his assistant manager, was promoted to janitor in his stead.
Maamria admitted that he was & # 39; irritated and disappointed & # 39; was with Sampson because he expected all his staff to leave the club with him.
After Sampson decided to stay, he sent him a WhatsApp message with the different conditions.
He told the FA that he responded to the alleged comment by saying: "No wonder Eni Aluko has filed a complaint, she must have been right about you."
Ali Uzunhasanoglu, another member of Maamria's staff, also provided evidence about the alleged remark made by Sampson.
Maamria referred to the former female striker of England, who accused Sampson of making a racist comment about her Nigerian family who did not bring Ebola to Wembley.
Another allegation came from Aluko & # 39; s England teammate Drew Spence, who complained about Sampson asking if she had been previously arrested and then jokingly suggested that she had been arrested four times.
Sampson was released after the two investigations by the FA, but the governing body was forced to apologize in October 2017 when attorney Katherine Newton decided after a third investigation that Sampson was not racist, but based on & # 39 ; the probability & # 39; said that & # 39; was discriminatory on the basis of race & # 39 ;. Sampson also apologized.
Sampson was fired a month earlier by the FA as a female manager of England after she & # 39; clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behavior & # 39; because of his relationship with a female player, who was over 18 years of age, during his time as a Bristol Academy boss, which he managed between 2009 and 2013.
However, Sampson finally filed an unfair dismissal claim and received a & # 39; important & # 39; settlement in 2019.
It has also emerged later that Sampson received a triple play ban from UEFA after verbal abuse of two female officials and leaving behind a fear that she was about to be hit with a metal pole during the semi-final loss of England against Euro 2017 against England.
concluded the & # 39; sampson language used and his attitude grossly violated the basic rules of decent behavior & # 39; and accused him of exhibiting an & # 39; aggressive and offensive attitude & # 39;
An FA statement on Monday said: & # 39; An indictment against Mark Sampson for a violation of FA Rule E3 has not been proven by an independent regulatory committee.
& # 39; It was claimed that a Stevenage FC coach from the first team team violated FA Rule E3 (1) if it was inappropriate and / or offensive and / or offensive.
& # 39; It was further claimed that the comment also included a & # 39; aggravated violation & # 39; which is defined in FA Rule E3 (2) because it is by race and / or color and / or nationality.
& # 39; Mark Sampson denied the charge and requested a personal hearing that took place at Wembley Stadium on January 9 and 10, 2020. & # 39;
A statement by Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace read: & # 39; The & # 39; Unproved & # 39; outcome was clear to us after a very thorough investigation of the facts four months ago and I am pleased that the 17 pages of today's findings issued today are consistent with our own internal investigation in September.
& I am pleased that Mark is now able to fully concentrate on his future and do not be troubled by accusations from former manager Dino Maamria and former coach Ali Uzunhasanoglu after they were fired.
& # 39; The club has stood shoulder to shoulder with Mark because the evidence presented by those Independent attendees was at the time inconsistent with the allegation.
& # 39; Our club will never tolerate racism and we implement the EFL Equality Code of Practice to manage the club and protect the nine most important protected features of the Equality Act 2010, but that doesn't mean we remain useless if we feel that accusations are being used for a purpose. & # 39;
AHEAD OF THE GAME: FA asked Joe Gomez if he wanted to report the Raheem Sterling incident to the police following a collision in St George's Park
- Joe Gomez was FA asked if he wanted to report Raheem Sterling to the police
- Gomez was attacked by Sterling while in international service last November
- Liverpool defender rejected that offer quickly and made that offer peace with Sterling
- England will use its own facilities in Euro 2020 despite the additional costs
Joe Gomez was asked by the Football Association if he wanted Raheem Sterling to report to the police after their notorious collision in the canteen of the English players in St George & # 39; s Park last November.
Gomez was left with a scratch under his right eye after Sterling attacked his teammate by blocking him when they met for international service.
The FA took the incident so seriously that they asked the Liverpool defender if he wanted to print cartoons.
Gomez quickly rejected that offer and made peace with Sterling within a few hours, accepting his apology and giving his blessing to manager Gareth Southgate's decision that the Manchester City attacker should be able to stay with the team.
Sterling was dropped by Southgate from England, team match day for the European Championship qualification against Montenegro in Wembley, with Gomez booed by a small proportion of home fans when he was introduced as a substitute for the second half.
England uses its own facilities by Euro 2020 despite costs
from Gareth Southgate to base England on St George & # 39; s Park for the entire duration of Euro 2020 will push the FA because UEFA does not want to pay for the team's stay.
As tournament organizers, UEFA covers the costs of competing countries staying in their officially sanctioned hotels, but with all three of their group games and a possible semi-final and final in Wembley, the FA has chosen to use their own facilities regardless of the costs.
Late start see bookies in cash in
Gambling companies have a number of half-time during three Premier League games advertising spaces booked next week screened by BT Sport despite the so-called whistle-to-whistle ban.
Sportsmail revealed this week that gambling companies are aiming for ad breaks before the second half of the games that start at 8 p.m. Their advertisements can be displayed if the rest time is beyond the 21:00 catchment area for those competitions, a loophole that will be fully exploited next week.
BT Sport has the right to show all 10 midweek Premier League matches, as Amazon Prime did last month for a midweek round, so several games will start later than normal.
Chelsea vs. Arsenal and Manchester United vs. Burnley start at 8:15 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, and Liverpool vs Wolves will begin Thursday at 8:00 pm, with the bookmakers planning to raise money.
Birmingham can claim travel expenses for the clash of St Andrew
Birmingham City will be able to claim travel expenses for completing a short bus trip to their own stadium when they Meet Coventry City in St. Andrew & # 39; s in the FA Cup one week on Saturday.
The Blues are drawn as the away team in the fourth round the draw takes place on their own gr ound, where Coventry tenants are this season following a dispute with rugby union club Wasps about playing in the Ricoh Arena.
According to FA rules, all gate tickets are split 50/50 between the clubs, so that Birmingham will not lose to the away team, and they can also claim gas money.
Euro hope in Premier League
Premier League clubs hope UEFA's unexpectedly lucrative sale of Champions League rights for the 2021-24 cycle demands from their European counterparts for their European counterparts will reduce a major competition reform from 2024.
European clubs such as Juventus and Real Madrid want extra games to increase the value of TV rights, but the media UEFA's sales team has exceeded expectations in the current tender, by reaching record deals in the United States and France and the value of the UK contract with BT Sport.
The Premier League will claim that such record figures show that the Champions League does not need major reforms when the issue for the UEFA Congress is discussed in March.
Iker Casillas promoted to be president of the Spanish FA as he recovers from a heart attack that shocked football last year
Spain & # 39; s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas has been promoted as a candidate for the new president of the Spanish Football Association (RFEF).
Casillas is recovering from a heart attack and suffered in May 2019 – he is currently the contact between the first team and the board of directors in Porto.
According to the Spanish outlet The COPE Party The 38-year-old is drafted by current LaLiga president Javier Thebes – former Real Madrid teammate David Agnazo also insists on Casillas to present itself.
Speaking until Brand The current president of the Spanish Football Association Aganzo said: "President of the players' union, I would like to that the presidents of the Federation are football players.
& # 39; Iker is a person I have known for over 30 years and who loves football, the same as Luis Rubiales [current president].
& # 39; I also think it is democratically good that there is more than one option for presidency. & # 39;
The next series of presidential elections takes place in the second half of March, just before Spain plays two friendly games against Germany and Spain.
However, if Casillas chose to stand, this would effectively confirm his retirement from professional football, which he still has to do formally despite his heart attack.
If no objection is raised, Rubiales would be automatically re-elected for another four years at the helm.
Casillas moved from Real Madrid to Porto in 2015, where he came through the youth system to be one of the club's iconic players.
The goalkeeper won three Champions Leagues, five La Liga titles and two Copa del Rey crowns.
He also led the national team to victory, winning three major tournaments in a row – Euro 2008, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
Coventry shares port receipts with Birmingham landlords from & # 39; home & # 39; FA Cup tie in St Andrew's
- Coventry & # 39; s win over Bristol Rovers has a & # 39; home & # 39; draw set up with Birmingham
- This season the Sky Blues play home games on the grounds of Birmingham
- Birmingham will use the dressing room for the FA Cup draw on January 25
The Sky Blues play home games in Birmingham this season because they cannot play at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, because they could not agree with Wasps rugby union club to continue to organize home games there.
Coventry wins at Bristol Rovers in the third round of Tuesday's replay founded a & # 39; home & # 39; draw on with Birmingham, forcing the Championship club to use the dressing room while their fans will be housed in the off part of the ground.
Despite their difficult circumstances, Coventry – the 1987 winners – have a strong season. Under Mark Robins, a major player for Manchester United when they won the FA Cup in 1990, they are fourth in League One, three points behind league-leader Rotherham with a game in hand.
Robins said: & # 39; We just get through with it. It is our only option at the moment. We have to get back to Coventry as soon as possible. If it is not feasible now, it should be possible in the future, whenever that is.
& # 39; Although we have the circumstances that we have, we just have to continue and enjoy it. It is impossible to stay banished from Coventry forever. We know we have to go back.
& # 39; Everyone knows that and people are working to make that happen. & # 39;
& # 39; They give priority to players above the safety of players & # 39 ;: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta fears that FA Cup repeats could break the winter break
- Premier League clubs benefit thanks to a two-week, mid-season break
- The & # 39; player pause & # 39; followed conversations between the FA, Premier League and EFL
- But the rest period can be interrupted by replays of the FA Cup in the fourth round
Mikel Arteta has accused the authorities of prioritizing competitions about the safety of players.
Premier League clubs benefit for the first time from a two-week holiday in mid-season next month. The rest period was announced last summer following talks between the FA, Premier League and EFL.
Despite being described as a & # 39; player stop & # 39 ;, Premier League stars see it interrupted when their club is involved in a FA Cup replay in the fourth round .
Arsenal will only be back in action a few days after their break if they don't win in Bournemouth in the next round of the cup.
The replays will take place in the week starting on Monday, February 3, during a fourteen-day period in Arsenal & # 39; s competition list.
Manager Arteta said: & # 39; We know where the priorities are at the games, and the priority at the moment is not to protect the players and have everyone in the same condition. & # 39;
The prospect of a repeat It is also one of the factors that Arteta plans for a warm mid-season training camp for its players. Arteta wants to take its players along, but also takes the opportunity to give them some free time to spend with their families. A repeat will reject those plans.
Another factor is the security issues associated with traveling to the Middle East. Manchester United has already canceled a proposed trip to Doha due to the increasing tensions between Iran and the US.
Dubai, where they went during the March international holiday last season, was the favorite destination for Arsenal, sponsored by Emirates. The home country of Arteta, Spain, is an alternative.
Arteta said: talk During this break, we talked about different options to leave and live together in a different environment with better weather. We still have to look at a few things from a club perspective.
"But at the moment we have two or three different options. The security decision will have priority. If the club tells us it's not safe, we're not going anywhere.
"If we get two weeks, it's great. If we have to play a repeat, of course we know we won't have that, so we have to adjust. & # 39;
Arsenal will have to copy without a 16-goal captain and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after their appeal to the FA to reduce his three-game ban was unsuccessful.
Aubameyang, sent against Crystal Palace, will now miss Arsenals league games against Sheffield United and Chelsea and Bournemouth in the cup.