Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been handed a record seven-match ban for head-butting Hull City midfielder David Meyler. In addition Pardew has been fined £60,0000. That is on top of the £100,000 fine that Newcastle gave him.
The FA announced the punishment in a statement which read:
“Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.
“An independent regulatory commission today [Tuesday 11 March 2014] ruled the first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.” Read more... (304 words, 1 image, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are the first two names in the hat for the Champions League quarter-finals as respective 4-1 and 1-1 results at home saw AC Milan and Arsenal get eliminated.
Arsenal put up a spirited performance in Munich, but it was always going to be a near impossible task of the Gunners are losing 2-0 at home last month. Read more... (275 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
After one week of action and the MLS champs have already be dethroned atop the MLS Power Rankings. Real Salt Lake is the new number one, after a 1-0 in LA against the Galaxy.
1: Real Salt Lake
Go on the road to a rival. Pitch a shutout and snag a well-worked game-winner. RSL really didn’t skip a beat, did they?
Last Week: Won at LA Galaxy, 1-0
This Week: Saturday at San Jose
2: Sporting Kansas
Lacked some cutting edge in the final third, but played this one on even terms for 93 minutes before a bad late lapse. We saw nothing to indicate this won’t be one of the league’s best teams all year. Read more... (916 words, 1 image, estimated 3:40 mins reading time)
The good feeling that New England Revolution fans had heading into the new MLS season lasted all of 62 seconds. That is how long it took for Houston striker Will Bruin to capitalize on a mistake by Revs defender Jose Goncalves and make it 1-0 Houston.
Eleven minutes later it was game over when Bruin scored again. This time a sloppy Scott Caldwell pass was intercepted outside the Revs penalty box and Corey Ashe’s cross found an unmarked Bruin at the back post. Read more... (425 words, 1 image, estimated 1:42 mins reading time)
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For all the issues that Manchester United fans have with chief executive Ed Woodward with his inability to land the players that David Moyes wants, Woodward is without peer in football when it comes to growing commercial revenues.
Under Woodward’s guidance, Manchester United have rewritten the rules when it comes to commercials partnerships for a football club, and the United CEO is about to rewrite the record books once again.
The Mirror is reporting that the Premier League champions are set to to announce a world-record kit deal with Nike worth more than £600m over a 10-year period. Read more... (351 words, 1 image, estimated 1:24 mins reading time)
FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic will face Arsenal in the semi0-finals at Wembley will league One side Sheffield United will face Hull City in the other semi-final.
This is the first time since 2008 that the FA Cup semi-final draw has included two teams from outside the Premier League. The last non-Premier League side to win the cup was West Ham in 1980.
The last side from outside the top two divisions of English football to reach the FA Cup final were Southampton, who lost to Sheffield United in 1902. So history is very much against Nigel Clough’s Sheffield side, but the Blades manager is not deterred saying: Read more... (249 words, 3 images, estimated 1:0 mins reading time)
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Wigan Athletic showed that last season’s FA Cup final win over Manchester City at Wembley was no fluke as they beat the cup favorites again, this time 2-1 to set up a semifinal date with Arsenal at Wembley.
Jordi Gomez put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot after a mistake by Martin Demichelis and James Perch made it 2-0 after half-time thanks to another City error.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side hit back through Samir Nasri but could not turn intense late pressure into further goals as an outstanding defensive display by Wigan got its reward. Read more... (333 words, 1 image, estimated 1:20 mins reading time)
Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points thanks to a 4-0 win against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge in a match that will have cured the insomnia of soccer fans worldwide.
After a absolutely boring first half, Spurs self destructed in the second half to hand Chelsea the win. First defender Jan Vertonghen, while slipping tried to pass the ball across his back line, and instead found Samuel Eto’o who finished coolly through Hugo Lloris’ legs. Read more... (436 words, 1 image, estimated 1:45 mins reading time)
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The impressive win against Manchester City in the Champions League has covered up what has been a very up and down season by Barcelona.
They have failed to hit the heights of previous season’s and Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Valladolid was third defeat in seven league games and their fourth defeat in the league overall.
To put those four losses in perspective, Barcelona have not lost than many league games in a season since the 2009-09 season. And considering that Barca still have to play both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid once more this season, they could rack up the most defeats since Pep Guardiola kicked off this golden age for the Blaugrana. Read more... (325 words, 1 image, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Arsenal are a step close to ending their nine year trophy drought ager beating Everton 4-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, a result that will send them into the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley next month.
Mesut Ozil ended his three-month wait for a goal to give the Gunners a perfect start before Romelu Lukaku’s first half equaliser. The game was finely balanced until Gareth Barry brought down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 68th minute and former Everton star buried the penalty to put Arsenal 2-1. Read more... (285 words, 1 image, estimated 1:08 mins reading time)