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Outdated in the age of VAR? Offside rule sparks debate after FA Cup tie

A disallowed goal in the third round of the FA Cup has prompted the question: does the offside rule need to be updated? The incident in question occurred during Southampton’s replay against Derby County when the visitors thought they had broken the deadlock through Craig Bryson’s finish. But, after a two-minute wait, Rams player Martyn Waghorn was judged by the Video Assistant Referee to have been offside. Derby can feel a bit hard done by with that decision, according to the boys in the studio. Live: @BBCOnehttps://t.co/rzGHGKxKrB#FACup pic.twitter.com/F56pNfuJYB — Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) January 16, 2019 Brighton’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the third round of the 2018 FA Cup was the first competitive game in England where VAR technology was made available. And, while the technol...

Hasenhuttl takes positives from FA Cup exit as focus switches to survival scrap

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes his players can take some positives out of the FA Cup replay penalty shoot-out defeat by Derby back into their Premier League survival battle. The Rams came from 2-0 down on Wednesday night, just as they did in the original third-round tie, to force extra-time before winning a penalty shoot-out 5-3 at St Mary’s Stadium. Hasenhuttl accepts his squad failed to display the required focus to see the fixture out after two goals in as many second-half minutes from Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond had put them in control. The Austrian, though, believes there were still glimpses of what his players can produce as they turn attentions back to the Premier League. Southampton are currently in 16th place, but just a point above the relegation zone heading int...

Arsenal defend ticket allocation for FA Cup clash against Manchester United

MUST hit out after the Gunners handed just 8.7 per cent of tickets for the January 25 meeting at the Emirates Stadium to United fans. Arsenal have defended offering a smaller ticket allocation to Manchester United for their FA Cup fourth-round clash – with a leading fan group for the Red Devils labelling the decision “hypocritical”. United have only been given 8.7 per cent of tickets for the January 25 meeting at the Emirates Stadium – with FA Cup rules stating 15 per cent should be made available for visiting sides. The decision has been derided by the Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) – whose strongly-worded statement issued on Wednesday evening criticised both the Gunners and the Football Association. “We are hugely disappointed by the decision to uphold Arsenal’s self-intereste...

Ricketts salutes players after comeback win knocks Stoke out of FA Cup

Buoyant Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts saluted his battling side as they sprung a fine FA Cup shock by beating Stoke City 3-2. Goals from James Bolton, Fejiri Okenabirhie and Josh Laurent completed a stunning comeback victory for the Sky Bet League One side after the Championship hosts squandered a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead. “I’m extremely proud of the players,” said Ricketts. “That’s probably the biggest comeback win of my career. On a personal note that’s definitely up there. “We were playing 60-70 per cent of ourselves in the first half, we just weren’t ourselves and were not aggressive enough. “But I made a tactical change at half-time and it worked for us. The biggest thing was the tactical change simplified things for the players. “At half-time everyone thought the game was ove...

Agnew delighted with response as Sheffield Wednesday bounce back with FA Cup win

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss Steve Agnew was thrilled with his side’s reaction as they earned an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Chelsea by beating Luton 1-0 on Tuesday night. The Owls bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at Hull on Saturday to edge out their Sky Bet League One hosts thanks to Atdhe Nuhiu’s goal, moments after half-time of this third-round replay. Agnew said: “I’m really pleased with the players, it was a very tricky tie and I thought we stood up to it well. “Luton did push us back after we got the goal, and (goalkeeper) Cameron (Dawson) made one or two really good saves and they hit the post, but so did we first half through (Steven) Fletcher. “From a spectator point of view, it was a terrific FA Cup tie. “I just think it was a spirited performance, we showed passion, energy,...

FA to investigate after Bielsa admits responsibility for spying incident

Leeds manager was behind Derby training ground snooping.

FA to investigate Emery water bottle incident

The FA is looking at Emery’s conduct against Brighton. The Football Association is looking into the incident where Arsenal boss Unai Emery kicked a water bottle into the crowd at Brighton. The Gunners manager immediately apologised but the FA is considering whether to punish him. The Spaniard went to speak to the home supporter after the incident and at full-time after the Gunners drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day. “I said to them I’m sorry. It wasn’t hard but it touched one supporter,” Emery told the BBC afterwards. Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho received a touchline ban for kicking a bottle of water against West Ham in 2016. He was also sent to the stands during his side’s 1-1 draw after lashing out at the bottle in frustration, following referee Jonathan Moss’ deci...

FA accepts decision to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language

The Football Association has accepted the decision by an independent regulatory commission to clear Jose Mourinho of using foul language at the end of Manchester United’s match against Newcastle based on a legal technicality. As a result, the United boss will now not face any further disciplinary action, which could have included a touchline ban. After coming back to win the Premier League clash 3-2 on October 6 against a backdrop of intense scrutiny about the Portuguese’s Old Trafford future, the 55-year-old was filmed in animated mood, allegedly swearing into a camera in Portuguese. That led to an FA charge for using abusive, insulting or improper language but Mourinho was cleared of that charge by an independent commission at a hearing on October 31. The FA, however, appealed against th...

Outgoing FA chief Glenn proud of England successes and sees bright future

Martin Glenn believes he is leaving the Football Association in rude health after announcing his resignation as chief executive. Glenn, who joined the governing body in May 2015, will depart at the end of the 2018/19 season. The 58-year-old was credited in an FA statement with helping to create a culture around the England teams which “led to an unprecedented period of success”. Our Chief Executive Officer will depart at the end of this season: https://t.co/l3mNFzjASq — The FA (@FA) December 13, 2018 He also presided over a series of challenging situations, including the sacking of England women’s manager Mark Sampson, the appointment and rapid departure of men’s boss Sam Allardyce, and the failed sale of Wembley Stadium. “When I accepted the role of CEO at The FA, I was tasked with improv...

The successes and failures of Martin Glenn’s FA reign

Martin Glenn has announced he will be stepping down as chief executive of the Football Association at the end of the 2018-19 season. Here, Press Association Sport assesses his time in charge of the governing body – a spell that has seen more hits than misses since he joined the FA in May 2015. Shareholder value Prize money has doubled in the FA Cup since Glenn took office (Nick Potts/PA) For many chief executives, this is where the assessment would start and finish. He cut costs, tidied up the payroll and increased the FA’s income by 40 per cent, which meant he could invest more in the national teams, double prize money for the men’s and women’s FA Cups and return millions to his shareholders: you, me and everyone else who plays or watches football for fun. Nasty in Nice England manager Ro...

Jurgen Klopp accepts FA misconduct charge for celebrating on pitch

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has accepted his Football Association misconduct charge for running on the pitch after conceding it was a mistake. The German raced into the centre circle to celebrate with goalkeeper Alisson Becker when Divock Origi scored a winner in the sixth minute of added time against Everton at Anfield on Sunday. He immediately apologised to Toffees boss Marco Silva afterwards but an FA charge was inevitable and Klopp, whom it is understood has been fined £8,000, has no issue with that. “Absolutely OK, to be honest. I couldn’t avoid it obviously, but that’s what the rules are for, and if you break rules you have to be fined for it,” he said. Divock Origi scores the winner against Everton (Peter Byrne/PA) “That’s what happened, no problem with that, it’s completely norm...

Result: Fleetwood ride luck to defeat Guiseley in FA Cup replay

Joey Barton’s side booked a third round tie against Wimbledon. Joey Barton’s Fleetwood rode their luck to sink non-league Guiseley and book a home FA Cup third round clash with Wimbledon. First half strikes from Paddy Madden and Wes Burns saw Fleetwood through but the League One side were forced to withstand some serious early pressure. Alex Purver reduced the deficit for the National League North strugglers in an action-packed first period but the second half failed to deliver more hoped-for excitement. Barton’s men had travelled under no illusions about the size of their task after Guiseley stormed into a 4-0 lead over Cambridge in round one before clinging on to win 4-3. And at a packed Nethermoor, the hosts started strongly again, with Fleetwood keeper Alex Cairns saving well to deny b...

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