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‘It’s over’: Barton admits his career is finished after FA BAN star for 18 months after placing 1260 football bets

Joey Barton has been handed an 18-month ban from "all football activity" in relation to a betting charge. The Burnley midfielder accepted an FA charge in February and requested a personal hearing. Barton is alleged to have placed 1,260 bets over a period of 10 years. In addition, he has been fined £30,000. He has confirmed he will appeal the "excessive" length of the suspension and is "confident" the sanction will be reduced. He posted a statement on his official website, admitting the decision "effectively forces me into an early retirement." Barton in action against ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Wenger admits he’s “surprised” Arsenal adapted so quickly to his new system

Arsene Wenger has explained why he thinks Arsenal's new system is working well following his side's FA Cup win over Man City. The Gunners were on a terrible run in the Premier League having lost four away games on the trot going into their match with Middlesbrough on April 17. But ahead of the fixture Wenger had his team experiment with a new system, which featured three defenders instead of a typical four, on the training ground. And he bravely put it to the test at the Riverside stadium, where his revitalised Arsenal ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Video assistant referees confirmed for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Video assistant referees will be used at next year's World Cup in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed. Infantino had first talked about introducing video assistants at a meeting of the International Football Association Board in March. Speaking at a congress of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) in Santiago, Chile, he said: "At the 2018 World Cup we will have video referees, because so far the results are very positive. FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed video technology will be used in Russia (Photo: Getty) The same technology Zwayer used to make ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Newcastle MD Charnley released without charge after tax fraud probe arrest

Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has been released without charge after being arrested on Wednesday morning. Newcastle and West Ham's headquarters were raided by authorities investigating a tax fraud probe. Charnley was taken into custody by the HM Revenue and Customs but is said to have not been formally questioned by authorities. He was pictured this afternoon returning home. A statement from Newcastle said: "Newcastle United can confirm that a member of its staff has this morning been assisting HMRC with their inquiries." Charnley was released without charge (Photo: © North News & ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
We’ll fight to the finish in THIS title race vows Pochettino after Spurs beat Palace

Christian Eriksen smashed home a late winner to put Spurs back within four points of Chelsea in the title race. And Tottenham boss Mauricio Pocchettino insisted his side will fight to the finish after grinding their way past Crystal Palace for an eighth consecutive Premier League win. Spurs, who wilted on in the title run-in last year to take just two points from the final four games, struggled against in-form Palace before the break. But they showed new-found mental strength to dominate the second half, find a precious 79th-minute goal and ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
United’s Bailly reveals how close he came to playing for City in the Manchester derby

Eric Bailly goes into the Manchester derby ­admitting he expected to be playing for City rather than United. It was Manchester City who were making all of the running to sign Bailly before Jose Mourinho intervened and made a phone call last summer to clinch a £30million deal to take him to the Old Trafford giants. But Bailly, 23, who was also being chased by Barcelona, admitted he thought it was a prank when his ­mobile rang and the voice on the other end of the line said he was Mourinho. “I was ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Arsenal fans unimpressed by Sanchez’s behaviour at end of win after Fuchs’ throw

Alexis Sanchez is used to catching the attention of the Arsenal fans with his sensational skill and goal-scoring ability. However, he caught their eye for a very different reason - in one particular incident - during their 1-0 win over Leicester City on Wednesday. And it's fair to say that many Gunners supporters weren't particularly pleased with the Chilean forward. The incident in question occurred in the 93rd minute of the game, when Christian Fuchs attempted to take a long throw-in. Alexis Sanchez goes to ground in Arsenal's win over Leicester City (Photo: REUTERS) Sanchez ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Mourinho admits Ibrahimovic and Rojo injuries have changed his transfer plans

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has had to change his summer transfer plans following Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo's knee injuries. The club compared that the pair both suffered 'significant' ligament damage in the Europa Cup quarter-final second leg win over Anderlecht and could be out for the rest of the year, report the Manchester Evening News . The injury to Ibrahimovic means that the Swede is now unlikely to stay on for a second season at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils had already been looking into alternatives ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Schweinsteiger pinpoints the exact moment Man United career went wrong

Bastian Schweinsteiger has pinpointed the exact moment his Manchester United career took a turn for the worse - but insists he was a success at Old Trafford. The German World Cup winner moved to MLS outfit Chicago Fire on a free last month with the blessing of Jose Mourinho . The United boss had frozen the 32-year-old midfielder out of his first-team squad at the start of the season until he handed him just four appearances before the midfielder's departure. But Schweinsteiger reckons his time in England was successful, although he admitted things ...

Date Posted,April 26, 2017
Costa leads fired-up Chelsea seven points clear as Blues take “big step” to title

Antonio Conte claimed Chelsea passed a huge psychological test after Diego Costa’s double fired them towards the title. Striker Costa looked fired up as he celebrated his second goal after ending a six game goal drought in which his form and performances have dipped. But Conte was full of praise for Costa and his players after their victory put them seven points clear of rivals Tottenham which turns up the pressure on Mauricio Pochettino ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace on Wednesday. Blues boss Conte said: “I think that we passed a ...

Date Posted,April 25, 2017