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Cole: “Heavier sanctions” needed for racist abuse

Andrew Cole has called for heavier sanctions such as stadium closures after England‘s Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro was marred by racist chanting. Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were subjected to monkey chants in the first half in Podgorica on Monday. And Raheem Sterling, who was also subjected to racist chants, reacted to scoring England’s fifth goal in a 5-1 win by pulling his ears in front of home fans as a sign of defiance to what he later called racists on social media. Andrew Cole has called for stiffer punishments to help stamp out racist chanting at games (Niall Carson/PA) Rose was abused again towards the end of the match, while UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the hosts, which includes a charge of racist behaviour. And former Manchester United a...

Lloris warns Tottenham improvements are needed for Dortmund clash

Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham against Leicester, but the captain knows he will not be able to repeat the feat if his side defend the same against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday. The France international kept out Jamie Vardy’s penalty, which was the striker’s first touch of the game, and made a number of other important stops as Spurs won 3-1 at Wembley. Although the scoreline suggests an easy win for Mauricio Pochettino, Leicester were well in the game and had 20 shots at goal. Hugo Lloris played a key role in Spurs’ win over Leicester on Sunday (John Walton/PA) Lloris was able to bail his side out, but the prospect of conceding so many chances against the Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie worries him. “Leicester played in a fan...

Further discussions needed before Hibs appoint new head coach

Hibernian chief executive Leeann Dempster has stated there are more talks to be held before the club appoints a new head coach. A Hibs delegation travelled south in recent days to hold discussions with potential successors to Neil Lennon, who left suddenly late last month. Former Blackburn and Oxford manager Michael Appleton and former Barnsley and Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom have emerged as the two favourites for the post. Youth academy head Eddie May, with the support of Grant Murray, has taken charge of three matches. The former Falkirk boss has been pencilled in to host a media conference on Friday to preview Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup fifth-round visit of Raith Rovers. Dempster told Hibs TV: “The search is well under way. We have had a lot of interest in the po...

Red Bull ‘needed’ Honda switch – Webber

Mark Webber has backed Red Bull’s decision to switch to Honda power for 2019. Mark Webber has backed Red Bull‘s decision to switch to Honda power for 2019. Although Honda’s recent history in F1 has been unsuccessful, former Red Bull driver Webber thinks dropping customer Renault power was the right move for the team. “Red Bull needed a change,” he told Speed Week. “You get new energy from that. The biggest challenge for Honda will be to get all the performance out over the required life of the engine. “I have no doubt that Honda will catch up in qualifying, but reliability in the race is something else. That needs time,” the Australian said. As for his countryman Daniel Ricciardo‘s decision to leave Red Bull, Webber is not so sure. R...

Wednesday: Warrant for Forestieri no longer needed

Italian was due in court on Friday. Sheffield Wednesday say the arrest warrant issued for striker Fernando Forestieri on Friday will now not be pursued. The 28-year-old was due to appear at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning but he failed to attend. In a statement released on Saturday afternoon, the Owls said that “neither the club, Forestieri nor his legal team were aware of this court date” and a “new court date is to be arranged”. Court staff told the Press Association that Forestieri faces one charge of using threatening words or behaviour and another of racially aggravated harassment on July 24. The offences are understood to have occurred during a post-match brawl which took place at the end of a pre-season friendly between Wednesday and Mansfield at the One Call Stadium....

Derek McInnes needed some stern words to inspire Aberdeen to victory

The Dons have won six of their last eight games. Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits that some strong half-time words were needed in order to get an important 2-1 Ladbrokes Premiership victory at St Mirren. The scores were level at the break after Cammy MacPherson had cancelled out Stevie May’s penalty, but the Dons soon seized the initiative in the second-half through Sam Cosgrove’s header. And McInnes says he was not slow to let his players know the importance of getting a reward for their endeavours. “We said to the players at half-time that we were in danger of throwing away points,” the Dons boss said. “We were too untidy and played in the wrong areas. We’ve come all the way down from Aberdeen and our supporters were here in great numbers so it was great to make our effort worthwhile f...

Former midfielder Andrews thinks O’Neill’s management style needed update

Former Republic of Ireland international Keith Andrews believes Martin O’Neill’s style of management has become outdated. O’Neill, assistant Roy Keane and their staff parted company with the Football Association of Ireland on Wednesday after its chief executive John Delaney had held talks with O’Neill in London on Tuesday evening. The split had looked increasingly inevitable after a poor Nations League campaign, which drew to a close with Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Denmark in Aarhus, where Ireland failed to muster a single shot on target. BREAKING: The Board of the Football Association of Ireland have mutually agreed with Martin O’Neill to part company. Full Story: https://t.co/zumDg6wvre #COYBIG pic.twitter.com/pxwLLN5e8c — FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 21, 2018 “The first three-...

Pep Segura: ‘Ousmane Dembele has needed time to adapt at Barcelona’

Barcelona chief Pep Segura insists that “there is no problem” with Ousmane Dembele, amid reports that the French forward is close to leaving Camp Nou. Barcelona general manager Pep Segura has denied suggestions that Ousmane Dembele could be on his way out of the club, insisting that the French forward’s struggles are entirely understandable. Dembele has scored just once for the Spanish champions since September 18 and is no longer a regular pick in the forward line, despite the recent absence of Lionel Messi. The 21-year-old has emerged as a rumoured January target for Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool, with reports in Spain suggesting that poor punctuality is to blame for his lack of starts over the past two months. Segura paints a different picture, though, cl...

Paddy McNair happy to switch to right-back if needed for Northern Ireland

Paddy McNair is happy to switch to right-back if it will get him game time for club and country. The 23-year-old has had a slow start to the season at club level as he looks to force his way into Middlesbrough’s crowded midfield. But he turned out at right-back for Northern Ireland in a friendly victory against Israel last month and has also played there for Tony Pulis’ side, too. 📷 Just two days until we’re back in action against Austria in the @UEFAEURO Nations League! 👊🏽⚽️ #GAWA pic.twitter.com/a38dhlE7or — Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 10, 2018 McNair fears not having a regular position will count against him, but boss Michael O’Neill has said he will always find a place for him in the national team when fit. “It’s great to hear Michael say that, but I do think it w...

Jurgen Klopp: ‘James Milner needed 15 stitches for head injury’

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits that James Milner needed 15 stitches to suture a head wound suffered during Saturday’s 5-0 friendly win over Napoli. By Giuseppe Labellarte, ReporterFiled: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 10:35 UK Last Updated: Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 10:38 UK Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that James Milner needed 15 stitches to suture a head wound suffered during Saturday’s 5-0 friendly win over Napoli. The midfielder scored the opening goal in the Reds’ penultimate pre-season game, but was taken off early in the second half after colliding with defender Mario Rui. Klopp confirmed the extent of Milner’s injury but did not confirm if the player had been ruled out of their Premier League opener against West Ham United next Sunday. “I kn...

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