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Aluko slams ‘disrespectful’ England Women after show of support for Sampson

Date Posted,September 19, 2017

Eni Aluko accused the England team of showing “disrespect” following their touchline celebration with manager Mark Sampson at Prenton Park .

Former Lionesses striker Aluko accused Sampson of racism, harassment and bullying, bringing the case to national media attention.

Sampson has been cleared twice, by an FA review and an independent investigation, and he firmly denies any wrongdoing.

The issue has not gone away and the FA has faced calls from anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out and the Professional Footballers’ Association to look again at the case.

England Women thrashed Russia (Image: Getty Images Europe)
The Lionesses celebrated with boss Mark Sampson (Image: PA)
Sampson was twice cleared of any wrongdoing (Image: Getty Images Europe)

But England’s players delivered a show of unity, indicating they are firmly behind boss Sampson, by celebrating the opening goal from Nikita Parris with him during a 6-0 World Cup qualifying win over Russia.

The entire team rushed to the bench after the 11th-minute strike.

Reacting to a photograph of the celebration, Aluko tweeted: “The same players who unanimously voted me as their representative to discuss the teams central contracts with the FA. A benefit for all.”

Eni Aluko accused Sampson of racism, harassment and bullying (Image: PA)
Sampson did not comment on Aluko’s tweet (Image: PA)

She added: “It goes without saying I’m delighted, relieved, blessed to be sat where I am right now. Blessings in disguise are often the best blessings.

“For the most together team in the world tonight’s ‘message’ only shows a level of disrespect that represents division and selfish action.”

Sampson was told of the comments from Aluko after the match and declined to comment.

Parris said: “I can’t celebrate on behalf of Eni. I can only celebrate on behalf of myself and how I feel in that moment.

“I’m not here to disrespect anyone. I’m just here to show how happy I am to be in this squad and how happy I am to score for England.

“It’s not an easy job to score in any international match.”

FIFA probe Chelsea for THIRD time in eight years over alleged youth transfer breach

Date Posted,September 19, 2017

Chelsea are to be investigated by FIFA over an alleged breach of regulations concerning signing foreign youth players.

The Blues have faced two previous investigations in the past eight years, concerning the transfers of Gael Kakuta and Bertrand Traore and now face another, report the Mail.

The Premier League champions received a transfer ban in 2009 as a result of the former, though it was later successfully appealed in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA have been quick to crack down on illicit youth transfers in recent years, with Atletico Madrid currently serving a ban over the matter, though the Blues’ case is thought to be less severe.

Bertrand Traore impressed on loan at Ajax before sealing a permanent move away from Chelsea (Image: Getty Images Europe)
Atletico Madrid were unable to sign players this summer due to a FIFA ban (Image: REUTERS)

While Liverpool and Manchester City were found guilty concerning the transfer of domestic youth players.

A FIFA spokesman refused to divulge details of the Blues’ case: “As the investigation is on-going no further comment is possible for the time being.”

While Chelsea confirmed that they comply “with all FIFA Statutes and Regulations when recruiting players.”

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Shaw praying his goal of being Man United’s No1 left-back doesn’t go for a Burton AGAIN in Carabao Cup

Date Posted,September 19, 2017

Luke Shaw is finally getting another chance to prove he can solve Manchester United ’s problems at left-back.

Defender Shaw has yet to play for the League Cup holders this season, having only just returned following a four-month injury lay-off with ligament damage suffered last April.

The 22-year-old has played three times for the reserves this season but was pulled out of that squad to face Chelsea on Monday, to keep him fresh for Wednesday night’s visit from Championship side Burton that sees the Reds begin their defence of the trophy.

England international Shaw has endured three injury-blighted seasons since his much-heralded £27million move from Southampton in 2014, making just 47 appearances.

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A broken leg saw him miss virtually all of the 2015-16 campaign, while current manager Jose Mourinho and predecessor Louis van Gaal both publicly questioned Shaw’s focus and professionalism.

But this week’s Carabao Cup third round tie gives Shaw his latest opportunity to show he can finally make United’s left-back position his own.

As well as Shaw, Mourinho has tried Matteo Darmian, Ashley Young, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo there without anyone doing enough to make himself undroppable.

Shaw got pulled from the United U23 squad playing on Monday so he can face Burton instead (Image: Man Utd/Getty)

Former United defender turned top TV pundit Gary Neville, speaking after Sunday’s 4-0 Premier League win over Everton, identified the position as the one area still causing concern for Mourinho.

“I think the problem is at left-back, where Ashley Young was put under a lot of pressure by [Everton duo Tom] Davies and [Cuco] Martina,” said Neville.

“Blind’s played there, Rojo’s played there, Shaw’s played there, Darmian’s played there, but they can’t button that one down.”

Luke Shaw screams in pain whilst he receives treatment on a leg injury
A badly broken leg kept Shaw out from September 2015 until last August (Image: Man Utd via Getty)
Further injuries limited him to 11 Prem games last season — and none so far this term (Image: Getty)

Mourinho will rest several of his established players against Burton, but claimed his squad simply is not big enough for him to make wholesale changes to the line-up.

“I’ve given only four players two days off — David De Gea, Antonio Valencia, Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly,” he said. “Apart from that, everyone is selected.

“It’s a competition, and we take it seriously. If we go to the next round, probably these guys [those rested on Wednesday] will play and I’ll give a rest to others.

Boss Mourinho says he hasn’t the squad or the inclination to change his whole XI (Image: AFP/Getty)

“Our squad is good, but we don’t have 30 players. We have what we have, and a couple of injuries now with Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe, so we need some of the players that played against Everton.

“We need some to be on the bench, we need to have a strong team. I know the quality of the Championship and I know if we don’t take it seriously, we’re going to lose.”

United club captain Michael Carrick, yet to feature this term, is set to start with Mourinho admitting he is one of several players who need to be patient.

“Sergio Romero played the Europa League final — which was the game of the season for us — and he is not playing [at the moment],” said Mourinho.

“Ander Herrera was [United’s] player of the season and he’s not starting matches. That’s life in big clubs.

“We gave Michael a contract because we think he’s a good player, an important player. He’s just in a team where I think, in this moment, Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini are in the best form that I’ve ever seen them.

Carrick is club captain but is being kept out of the league side by Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini (Image: Man Utd/Getty)

“I never saw Matic or Fellaini play so well, so he’s in a team with these two guys playing absolutely phenomenally. So for Carrick and Ander it’s just patience, because that time will arrive and they’ll be important players for us, for sure.”

PROBABLE TEAMS

MANCHESTER UNITED Romero; Darmian, Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw; Carrick, Herrera; Lingard, Fellaini, Young; Martial.

BURTON Ripley, Allen, Turner, Buxton, Warnock, McFadzean, Akins, Palmer, Dyer, Varney, Mason.

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Mourinho IS like my dad Brian, says Burton boss Clough before Carabao Cup trip to Man United

Date Posted,September 19, 2017

Burton boss Nigel Clough believes Jose Mourinho is a modern-day version of his no-nonsense dad Brian.

Clough junior says comparisons between the ‘Special One’ and his legendary old man are inescapable.

Clough senior, who won the European Cup twice at Nottingham Forest and the title once each with them and Derby, even compared himself to Manchester United manager Mourinho when the Portuguese first arrived at Chelsea in 2004.

“The way they deal with things in such a no-nonsense manner is similar,” said Nigel. “I think they look at things in very similar ways.

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“The way he deals with the press and the media, Jose says what he thinks — and that’s the biggest similarity.”

In a biography of Brian, it was revealed Clough had said of Mourinho: “He reminds me a lot of me when I was his age — but I was better looking!”

Mourinho is chasing his fourth Premier League title — and third Champions League (Image: Man United/Getty)

Burton go to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, with skipper Jake Buxton urging his team-mates to show no fear and to have a go at Mourinho’s stars.

Buxton and Brewers team-mate Stephen Warnock were both part of the Wigan side beaten 4-0 at United in the FA Cup last January.

He recalls: “We were doing OK at half-time, but they went up the gears in the second half.

“The key is not to let the occasion get to you. It’s a chance to punch with the big boys. You have to stand toe-to-toe and have a go at them.”

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Barcelona player ratings – Messi freakish with four vs Eibar but was he perfect?

Date Posted,September 19, 2017

Lionel Messi put on a trademark masterclass with four goals in Barcelona’s 6-1 thrashing of Eibar.

It was the 49th career hat-trick for the little maestro as usual cohort Luis Suarez was rested.

Barca’s lead at the top of La Liga is now five points with Real Madrid in action tomorrow night in the knowledge they are already seven points adrift.

Cristiano Ronaldo will also return for Los Blancos with his rival having already put nine goals to his name before he’s had a chance to get off the mark.

Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Galvez brought down Nelson Semedo , and then Paulinho headed home Denis Suarez’s corner to double Barcelona’s lead.

Eibar defenders do all they can – but Messi scores after this (Image: Getty Images Europe)

The Argentine playmaker turned on the style in the second half, contributing in the build-up to Suarez’s third, before Sergio Enrich pulled one back in the 57th minute.

Messi wasn’t having it and netted the fourth with a pin-point accurate effort from the edge of the area, and the fifth after Paulinho slipped him in.

Messi added another despite the pushing and pulling of three Eibar defenders. No points for guessing his rating below from Rik Sharma.

(Image: REUTERS)

BARCELONA

Ter Stegen 7 – No chance with the goal and made a couple of good saves.

Nelson Semedo 8 – Earned Barcelona a penalty and put in another strong showing.

Gerard Pique 7 – His usual reliable self, without too much to do.

Javier Mascherano 7 – Become a reserve but showed his reliability as he slipped straight back into action.

Lucas Digne 7 – Solid down the left and built confidence as the game progressed.

(Image: REUTERS)

Paulinho 9 – Scored a header in the first half and set up Messi for his third. Delivering at a much higher level than expected.

Sergio Busquets 7 – Brought off in the second half for a rest after a controlling display.

Andres Iniesta 7 – A quiet but consistent display from the captain, whom Valverde is trying to convince that he is essential to his plans.

Gerard Deulofeu 6 – Lively but ineffective. Deulofeu has a great chance of cementing his place in the side but must do more than this.

Lionel Messi 10 – A ten for Messi, but not one of his better 10 out of 10 performances. It sounds silly, but then he is stupidly good.

(Image: Getty Images Europe)

Denis Suarez 8 – More games will add to his confidence, which is already high after another goal and an assist for Paulinho.

SUBS

Sergi Roberto 6, Ivan Rakitic 6, Aleix Vidal n/a

EIBAR: Dmitrovic 6, Arbilla 5, Oliveira 6, Galvez 4, Junca 6, Garcia 6 (Riviera), Escalante 7, Capa 6 (Pena 6), Jordan 6, Inui 6, Enrich 7 (Dias).