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Ben Davies: ‘Ryan Giggs criticism is unfair’

Ben Davies insists the criticism of Wales manager Ryan Giggs after hurtful back-to-back Euro 2020 qualifying defeats is unfair. Wales’ hopes of making the finals next summer were dealt a severe setback with losses to Croatia and Hungary in the space of four days. Giggs’ side now trail Group E leaders Hungary by six points, albeit with a game in hand, and are three adrift of Slovakia and Croatia in the race for a top-two spot. Ryan Giggs is under pressure after successive defeats dropped Wales to fourth place in their Euro 2020 qualifying group (Joe Giddens/PA) The Old Trafford great has had to shoulder the blame from most Welsh fans puzzled by the fact he has not profited from the attacking talents of Gareth Bale, David Brooks and new Manchester United winger Daniel James. R...

Rangers claim their players are receiving unfair treatment

Rangers say they are shocked to see defender Jon Flanagan “singled out” for retrospective action after Sunday’s Old Firm clash while Celtic‘s Jozo Simunovic has escaped punishment. Gers chiefs insist they will “vigorously defend” Flanagan after the full-back was handed a notice of complaint for elbowing Celtic captain Scott during their 2-0 Ibrox win. The former Liverpool defender was booked by referee Kevin Clancy for striking Hoops skipper Brown just before a Celtic corner, but Scottish Football Association compliance officer Clare Whyte decided the incident warranted further investigation. Jon Flanagan is booked during the Old Firm derby (Jeff Holmes/PA). Three former category one match officials all agreed Flanagan was guilty of violent conduct, mean...

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag dismisses Tottenham Hotspur claims of “unfair” advantage

Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag has pointed towards the television money Tottenham receive as a reason why their Premier League game at the weekend was not postponed. The Eredivisie called off the entire list of domestic fixtures to give the Dutch team maximum preparation time for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final, while last-four opponents Spurs had to play West Ham in a London derby. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said it was “not fair” but Ten Hag turned the tables, suggesting the monumental amount of cash they receive from the Premier League means they have to deal with a tougher schedule. Getting closerrrrr…#UCL #totaja pic.twitter.com/wjqGb4SE5D — AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) April 29, 2019 “I can’t really say a lot about that,” he said of Pochettino...

It would be unfair of me to judge Solskjaer and Mourinho, says Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is not focused on the goings on at Manchester United ahead of their Premier League showdown on Sunday. Pochettino is widely reported to be United’s first choice to take over from caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford in the summer. The Argentinian, who has said he would like to stay at Spurs for the next 20 years, was not willing to give an answer to why United have improved so dramatically since his friend Jose Mourinho’s sacking, with Solskjaer winning his first five games in charge. This Sunday. 👊#COYS pic.twitter.com/QRJm6VOo2o — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 11, 2019 “I think from the distance it’s so difficult,” he said. “Of course I cannot be unfair with both managers. After Mourinho the reality is that they’ve won fiv...

Holt: Livingston win would have been unfair on Hibernian

Livingston boss Gary Holt admits he felt like time was going backwards at Easter Road after his side were denied a stunning victory against Hibernian. The Lions, with just five points from a possible 24 on the board on their travels prior to Saturday’s clash in the capital, took a shock lead in the second half when Ryan Hardie dinked a delightful finish past Adam Bogdan. And it looked destined to be Livi’s day when Liam Kelly plunged to his right to save a pitiful penalty kick by Florian Kamberi with 19 minutes left. However, Holt concedes that he never felt comfortable – and that proved to be prescient, as Ryan Porteous headed home a late leveller. Nevertheless, Livi remain ahead of Hibs in the standings as they continue to make a mockery of those who predicted they would face a relegatio...

Perception of Northern Ireland as a physical side is unfair, says Jonny Evans

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans has criticised the refereeing in Friday’s 1-0 loss to Austria and believes the team have an undeserved reputation for physical play. Marko Arnautovic’s 71st-minute goal was enough to settle the match in Vienna and leave Northern Ireland facing a relegation battle in the Nations League. But Evans was left unhappy with a number of decisions from the officials, having been involved in a tough scrap with Arnautovic from the very first minute. “I thought the officials were really, really poor and a lot of decisions went their way,” Evans said. “It’s not often I say that. In the past refereeing has been very good throughout Europe.” Austria said before and after the match they would need to counter physical play from Northern Ireland, something Evans said he...

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