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Bottle incident leaves Unai Emery in hot water

Unai Emery has been hit with a Football Association charge of improper conduct after the Arsenal head coach kicked a water bottle into the crowd during his side’s draw at Brighton. The Spaniard immediately apologised to a supporter, who was also given the shirt of Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny as a gesture by the club. Emery went to speak to the home fan following the incident and at full-time after the Gunners drew 1-1 at the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day. Emery spoke to the supporter after the game before shaking hands with Brighton counterpart Chris Hughton (Gareth Fuller/PA) The FA announced on Thursday afternoon that the 47-year-old had been charged over the incident. “Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged following the game against Brighton yesterday [26 December 2018],” a sta...

Liverpool’s Salah to face no action over penalty incident

Salah has escaped a Football Association charge after winning a spot-kick against Newcastle. Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will be available against Arsenal and Manchester City as he will not face a ban for diving. Salah went down in the area to earn a penalty – which he scored – in the 4-0 Boxing Day win over Newcastle. He tumbled after pressure from defender Paul Dummett, who appeared to put his hand on the Egypt international. And the Football Association has decided not to pursue a charge as there was contact, so the incident did not meet the threshold for a diving charge. Had the FA opted to investigate, Salah could have missed the games against Arsenal on Saturday and City next Thursday. Premier League leaders Liverpool were 1-0 ahead at the time of the spot-kick and Newcastle boss...

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...

Arsenal identify suspect in Dele Alli bottle-throwing incident

Arsenal have identified a man they suspect of throwing a bottle at Dele Alli during Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham and are working with the Metropolitan Police to find him. The Gunners also apologised to the 22-year-old England midfielder, who was hit by the bottle but not hurt, and to Tottenham, saying the incident had “embarrassed” the club and that “behaviour of this type has no place at Emirates Stadium”. Arsenal promised that the individual concerned “will receive a lengthy club ban and their details will be passed to the police to commence legal proceedings”. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino praised the way Alli reacted to the incident and said he did not feel Arsenal should be punished for the actions of one individual. 🤷🏽‍♂️😂 pic.twitter.com/hq9MaK5Fse — Dele (@dele_official) De...

Barnes not surprised by Sterling incident

Former Liverpool and England international John Barnes believes ethnic minorities would not have been surprised by the abuse suffered by Raheem Sterling as racism remains “prevalent” in British society. Manchester City forward Sterling was subject to alleged racial abuse during Saturday’s Premier League game at Chelsea. Barnes, capped 79 times by his country, was the victim of persistent racism during his playing days, including monkey chants and having bananas thrown at him. The 55-year-old feels prejudice and discrimination extend far beyond football and stems from “hundreds of years of indoctrination”. Barnes experienced racism from the terraces on a regular basis during his playing career (PA Archive) “When people talk about, ‘Oh isn’t that terrible what happened to Raheem Sterling?’, ...

Stokes sorry after accepting CDC sanctions for Bristol incident

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales remain eligible for England selection following the outcome of a disciplinary hearing into their roles in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017. All-rounder Stokes, who was cleared of affray in August, was handed an eight-match England ban by the Cricket Discipline Commission Disciplinary Panel but those games are deemed to have been served. Hales, who did not face criminal charges, was given a six-match white-ball ban with two already served and four suspended. pic.twitter.com/jA2GMq1lS0 — Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) December 7, 2018 Stokes, 27, was fined a total of £30,000, while Hales, 29, was fined £17,500, £10,000 of which is suspended. After the verdicts were announced, Durham man Stokes apologised for the incident, accepting the verdict and said he had ...

Hamilton claims pole in Brazil after avoiding sanction for Sirotkin incident

Lewis Hamilton will start the first race of his championship parade from pole position after he avoided sanction for a near-miss during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix. On virtually the identical piece of Interlagos tarmac where he passed Timo Glock to sensationally win his maiden title here a decade ago, there was further drama for Hamilton on Saturday. At first, it appeared as though the Mercedes star was at fault. In attempting to jump out of Sergey Sirotkin’s way, he inadvertently drove into the Russian’s path with the pair only inches away from a 150mph shunt. HAMILTON: “That was some qualifying session – the weather was going up and down. I’m really happy to be in Brazil. I’ve got Senna’s design on the back of my helmet. I appreciate the lo...

MacLean accepts two-match ban after Kouassi incident at Murrayfield

Hearts’ other forwards, Steven Naismith and Uche Ikpeazu, are both injured. Hearts striker Steven MacLean will sit out tonight’s Edinburgh derby clash with Hibernian after accepting a two-match ban for grabbing Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi’s private parts. The Jambos frontman was caught on camera squeezing his rival’s groin during Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final clash at BT Murrayfield. MacLean has now accepted the charge, ruling him out of the Tynecastle showdown with Neil Lennon’s team as well as Hearts’ opening League Cup game next season. The Scottish Football Association confirmed MacLean had turned down the chance to plead his case at a hearing on Thursday, adding: “Two match automatic suspension (has been applied), one match applies immediately to the player’s recognised team’s n...

Man charged over coin-throwing incident during Livingston-Rangers match

Linesmen Calum Spence needed treatment for a wound to the back of his head. A 30-year-old man has been charged after an assistant referee was struck with a coin during Rangers’ defeat at Livingston on Sunday. Police said they had received an “overwhelming” response after appealing for information over the incident at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Calum Spence received treatment for a wound to the back of his head after being struck by an object while running the line in front of the Rangers support. Superintendent Craig Smith, event commander for the Ladbrokes Premiership match, said: “As a result of this incident we received an overwhelming number of calls from the public, who shared our position that such behaviour was totally unacceptable. “I’d like to thank both sets of supporters, the resp...

Manchester United’s open training session passes without incident

Paul Pogba warmly greeted Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff as he entered the training pitch with Sergio Romero. Manchester United’s first open training session since Paul Pogba’s frosty exchange with Jose Mourinho passed without incident. With the squad reeling from the 3-1 loss at West Ham on Saturday, attention turned to the midweek Champions League clash with Valencia. There were no issues for Jose Mourinho this time around (Martin Rickett/PA) Monday was United’s first open training session since the one last week that made headlines across the world when Pogba and Mourinho were filmed having a tense conversation. But there were seemingly no such issues in the 15 minutes open to the media at the Aon Training Complex this time. France World Cup winner Pogba, hauled off in the second half o...

SFA are urged to investigate missile-throwing incident at Livingston

Linesman Calum Spence required treatment after being struck during Sunday’s game against Rangers. By Andy Newport, Press Association SportFiled: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 17:06 UK Last Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 22:16 UK Union chiefs representing Scotland’s referees have called on the SFA to investigate Sunday’s missile attack on linesman Calum Spence. The assistant referee was targeted as he ran the line during Livingston’s shock 1-0 win over Rangers at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Spence was struck by an object thrown from the East Stand, which housed the travelling Gers support. Now the Prospect Scotland Football Referees Branch, the professional trade union for senior football referees in Scotland, has called on Hampden bosses to probe the matter. In a statement posted on t...

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