Monthly Archives: September 2017

AC Milan’s Serie A struggles continues with defeat to Sampdoria

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AC Milan continues to struggle in their new Serie A campaign after a weekend which saw them lose by 2-0 to Sampdoria, condemning them to their second defeat of the season.

Sampdoria started on the front foot, and were initially awarded an early penalty after two minutes when a cross from Ivan Strinic hit the arm of Franck Kessie.

However, the referee then changed his decision after reviewing the incident on video, as Franck Kessie’s arm was against his back when it was hit by Ivan Strinic’s cross.

Although Samp also had a host of chances, they only opened their account through striker Duvan Zapata.

Zapata, who was up against his cousin Cristian Zapata, exploited a mistake when the Milan defender mistakenly headed an attempted clearance towards him and scored from six yards, breaking the deadlock in the 73rd minute, while his teammate substitute Ricardo Alvarez wrapped up the win with a breakaway goal in stoppage time.

Milan — who spent £175m this summer — would slip to six in the table. While they remain one point above Sampdoria, they are six points behind leaders Napoli and Juventus.

Ahead of Milan were also their city rivals Internazionale, who stay two points behind the top two after a narrow 1-0 victory over Genoa, with Lazio three points further back after beating Hellas Verona 3-0.

Samir Handanovic pulled off a number of saves to keep Inter in the game until a late goal finally helped the Nerazzurri secure a 1-0 win over Genoa, which ended the match with nine men. Both dismissed players were sent off in injury time.

Manchester United urged to stop ‘racist’ Romelu Lukaku fan chant

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Anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out has urged Manchester United to stop their fans from singing a “racist” chant about striker Romelu Lukaku.

Kick It Out had intervened after footage emerged of United fans singing the song, which goes to the tune of the Stone Roses hit Made of Stone, during the team’s 3-0 victory over Basel at Old Trafford in the Champions League last week.

The organization approached United directly in writing, asking them to act in a statement published by The Times a spokesperson for the organisation.

“Kick It Out is aware of the footage of the alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening [13 September],” the statement reads. “The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of showing support for a player.”

“We have contacted Manchester United and will be working closely with them and the FA to ensure that the issue is addressed swiftly. The perpetrators can expect to face punishment.”

The chant was also believed to have been repeated during the Red Devil’s Sunday’s 4-0 win against Everton at the same venue when Lukaku, who joined United from the Merseyside club for a fee of £75m rising to £90m with add-ons in July, scored one goal and assisted another.

A blog by Manchester United has already asked the club’s fans to refrain from the song, although the club is also waiting to learn whether the chant about the Belgium forward is regarded as racist for criminal purposes and is therefore actionable.

“It’s a cheap and insulting stereotype that has no place in this day and age,” United fan Scott Patterson wrote in a post on The Republik of Mancunia.

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool manager ‘really sick’ of poor defending

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Liverpool manager said he feels “really sick” with Liverpool’s defending after they conceded two poor goals. during a damaging defeat against Leicester City in the third round of the League Cup.

The Reds were also knocked out from the League Cup altogether after their 2-0 loss at Leicester, with the defeat also capping off a streak of four winless games in all competitions for the Merseyside club — a streak which also saw them concede 10 goals.

Despite making eight changes to the team that drew 1-1 against Burnley in the Premier League during the weekend, registering 21 shots at the King Power Stadium on top of 70% possession, Klopp’s team yielded no goals in the League Cup fixture.

Instead, it was Leicester who found the breakthrough at 69 minutes through Shinji Okazaki, which came after Liverpool failed to clear a corner and conceded yet another goal through set pieces — a problem that has plagued Liverpool since Klopp took over the club from Brendan Rodgers in 2015.

12 minutes later, Islam Slimani’s doubled Leicester’s lead through a superb left-footed shot following a throw-in, which in turn found the top-corner and effectively took the game out of Liverpool hands.

“The story of this game is really easy to tell,” Klopp said after the game, lamenting familiar failings. “We were the much better team in the first half, we didn’t score — that’s sometimes part of football. It was unlucky in one or two moments, maybe not clinical enough in others. But as long as we concede goals like we conceded today again, then it is quite difficult.”

“We should have scored three but as long as you leave games open, you have to defend. We always have to defend these situations better. The second ball after the corner, it’s close but it’s not offside. So we need to make it more clear that it’s offside.”

“The only thing you can do is to push up — we didn’t. With the second one it is a throw-in again. Everyone can imagine we know how to defend them but obviously we don’t do it, because always somebody else is doing it. It doesn’t feel too cool but it’s the truth.”

Bookmakers mistakenly adds late Ugo Ehiogu in odds for Birmingham post

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A bookmaker has apologized for mistakenly offering odds for a deceased to take up the position as coach of Birmingham City after the dismissal of Harry Redknapp last Saturday.

Ugo Ehiogu, a former centre-back who made more than 200 appearances for Aston Villa between 1991 and 2000 and then spent seven years at Middlesbrough, had four England caps under his name.

He passed away in April at the age of 44 following a cardiac arrest on 20 April at Tottenham’s training ground, where he worked as a coach with their under-23 side.

Gambling firm Paddy Powers briefly advertised odds of 66-1 on ex-Aston Villa and England defender Ugo Ehiogu taking charge of the Championship club, and his inclusion provoked anger on social media.

Tom Wainwright said it was “sick” that punters could bet on the former centre-back, while David Kelly said it was “pretty poor taste”.

Replying to Twitter users individually, Paddy Power — which also offered odds of 2,500/1 on Brummie rocker Ozzy Osbourne replacing Redknapp — has apologised for a “genuine error”.

The company later issued a statement to the Press Association, saying: “This was a genuine error, a trader re-used an old market as a template for this one, and didn’t notice that Mr Ehiogu was included. Obviously, that was a mistake, one which was rectified as soon as it was spotted, within minutes.”

A spokesman said customers were able to put money on Ehiogu for “less than five minutes” before the error was discovered, adding that nobody actually placed that particular bet.

“We would like to apologise to Mr Ehiogu’s family if they did see the tweet,” he said. “It was obviously a mistake and no offence was meant.”