Manchester United legend Paul Scholes fined £8,000 for breaching Football Association betting rules

19 Jun

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association for breaching betting regulations over a four-year period.

Scholes placed 140 bets on football matches between August 2015 and January 2019 while he was co-owner and director at Salford City.

Paul Scholes has apologised for his actions
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The former England midfielder, who had a short stint as Oldham boss earlier this year, apologised for his actions on Wednesday.

In a statement, he said: “I accept [the] ruling. I would like to apologise and I understand and fully accept the fine imposed by the FA.

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“It was a genuine mistake and was not done with any deliberate intention to flout the rules.

“I wrongly believed that as long as there was no personal connection between me and any of the matches that I bet upon then there would be no issue.

“However, I understand now that this is not the case and I should have taken steps to verify this at the time.”

Scholes did not place any bets on football games during his 31 days in charge of Oldham.

The 44-year-old resigned from his role amid claims of broken promises from Latics chiefs.

Adrian Durham slams England fans for booing Netherlands national anthem before Nations League semi-final defeat

8 Jun

Adrian Durham has slammed England fans for booing the Dutch national anthem on Thursday.

The Three Lions were beaten 3-1 by the Netherlands in the Nations League semi-final after conceding twice in extra time.

Some England fans damaged the country’s reputation in Portugal
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A section of England fans clashed with riot police in Porto ahead of the Netherlands game and were branded an ‘embarrassment to the team’ by the FA.

And they further damaged the travelling supporters’ reputation by booing the Dutch national anthem inside the stadium.

talkSPORT host Durham said: “The amount of flags were incredible in that stadium, the noise was incredible.

“The Dutch national anthem got booed by the England fans, they keep doing that, that’s got to stop.

“When we’re talking about respecting another country, respecting a city, that’s the first step. That booing of another national team’s anthem has to stop immediately.”

Durham wants disruptive fans to ‘educate themselves’ and thinks stadium bans should be handed out.

He added: “This has got to stop as well, during the national anthem for England, there’s a moment when the England fans shout ‘no surrender’ – and that has to stop.

“They know when it is, it’s not part of the lyrics of the national anthem, it has to stop. It’s part of the problem. So booing the other team’s national anthem has got to stop and the singing of ‘no surrender’ during our national anthem also has to stop.

“Those fans are in the stadium doing this – what we have to start doing is locating them, identifying them and banning them. That’s what’s got to happen.

“The way forward [is] teaching some England fans, I stress it’s the minority, teaching some England fans to respect opponents and to respect another country and its population.

“That’s got to be the first step and hopefully fans will learn and they’ll start to educate themselves.”

Everton midfielder Andre Gomes charged by FA after ‘stamp’ on Aleksandar Mitrovic

15 Apr

Everton’s Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct after his tackle on Aleksandar Mitrovic during Saturday’s Premier League defeat at Fulham, the Football Association has announced.

Portuguese midfielder Gomes appeared to stamp on Mitrovic in stoppage time in an incident which was not seen by referee Lee Probert.

Andre Gomes is in trouble with the FA after his ‘stamp’

“Everton’s Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct,” read an FA statement.

“This follows an incident in the 95th minute of the Premier League fixture against Fulham on Saturday [13/04/2019] that was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. The midfielder has until 18:00 on Tuesday [16/04/2019] to respond to the charge.”

Gomes escaped punishment from referee Probert, while Fulham, already relegated, won the game 2-0 thanks to goals from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel.

Everton signed Gomes on a season-long loan from Barcelona in August last year and he has been a regular for Marco Silva’s side this season, making a total of 28 appearances.

Should the charge be upheld, the midfielder could face a three-match ban which would rule him out of upcoming fixtures against Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Burnley.

He has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock charged by FA for referee comments made on talkSPORT after Chelsea defeat

12 Apr

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has been charged by the FA for his controversial comments about Premier League officials.

Referee Craig Pawson and his linesman failed to spot that Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta was offside when he headed in a late equaliser before Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted a stoppage-time winner for a 2-1 victory in Wales last month.

Warnock called the officials ‘the worst in the world’ before giving another explosive interview to talkSPORT less than 24 hours later.

Neil Warnock stared down the officials at full-time

A 2-0 defeat at Manchester City followed for Cardiff, who are five points from safety with six games to go.

An FA statement said: “Neil Warnock has been charged with three breaches of FA Rule E3.

“It is alleged that comments he made in a post-match interview with the BBC, and a post-match interview with Sky Sports, following the Premier League game against Chelsea on 31 March 2019, were improper in that they questioned the integrity of the Match Official and/or implied bias.

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“It is further alleged that comments he made in a talkSPORT radio interview on 01 April 2019 constitute improper conduct and/or bring the game into disrepute.

“The Cardiff City manager has until 18:00 on 16 April 2019 to provide a response.”

Reports have claimed Warnock could step down as Cardiff manager regardless of which division they are in next season.

However, the 70-year-old insisted he owes it to the Bluebirds fans to stay on.

Neil Warnock was furious with the officiating in his side’s 2-1 defeat to Chelsea

He said: “I just feel as long as Vincent [Cardiff owner Vincent Tan] wants me to stay, no matter what division we are in, I think I owe it to the fans to stay.

“I changed my mind in the last couple of months with the Emiliano [Sala] tragedy. It brought a lot home. In the cold light of day, I don’t see anyone better to take over at this moment in time.

“Whereas if I can steady the ship next season, I will be in my final year at Christmas time, then I can help the club pick another manager.

“That’s what I would like to do, because the fans have been so good to me. I wouldn’t like to leave them in the lurch.

“I have never seen [my wife] Sharon enjoy a club like this. I’ve never heard fans chanting the name of a manager’s wife before.

“She does love the fans, and they have taken to her, so I will keep ticking on.”

Derby hit with FA charge for failing to control their players during Brentford draw

10 Apr

Derby have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players in a 3-3 draw with Brentford on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the 48th minute when substitute Ashley Cole was booked for diving.

Derby’s promotion challenge has been dealt a couple of blows recently

The former England and Chelsea left-back was adamant he had been fouled as Derby players surrounded referee John Brooks.

An FA statement said: “Derby County FC has been charged with failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

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“The incident occurred during the 48th minute of the EFL Championship fixture against Brentford FC on Saturday (06/04/19).

“The club has until Friday (12/04/2019) to provide a response.”

Derby also had four other players booked in a fiery match which saw them surrender a two-goal lead at Griffin Park.

The Rams’ play-off hopes took another blow on Tuesday after they lost 2-0 at Blackburn.

Frank Lampard’s men are three points off sixth place Aston Villa with six games to go.

FA considering changing name to ‘English Football Association’ in attempt to aid 2030 World Cup bid

28 Mar

The Football Association is set to change its name to the ‘English Football Association’.

England’s governing body has been known as the FA for 155 years whereas every other nation’s FA has the relevant national adjective.

The Football Association could have a new name soon

FA chiefs have been referring to the governing body as the ‘English FA’ during international business for several years amid concern over appearing arrogant.

The move is believed to have gone down well with FIFA, UEFA and other major international bodies.

A name change to ‘The English Football Association’ is understood to be important in light of the FA’s desire to lead a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

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The FA has confirmed its board ‘began a discussion around the desirability to rename the Football Association as the English Football Association to reflect the modern role of the organisation’.

The case for the changes was put to a 10-member board on Thursday by departing FA chief executive Martin Glenn and chairman Greg Clarke.

The FA’s Martin Glenn will leave his role at the end of the season

An FA statement read: “The English FA will be the home of football in England, championing and supporting every aspect of the game.

“This includes: governance of the English football, rules and regulations, education and qualifications, referee and international relations.

“England Football will be the home of supporting England, participation and playing football in England.

“This includes: all 28 England team, national players, coaches, grassroots football and facilities.”

It added the FA will remain the ‘legal entity name of the organisation and the name of the holding company’ with the FA Board, FA Council, FA Cup remaining the same.

Discussions are set to continue at the next FA board meeting.

The rebrand will be Glenn’s final act as chief executive before stepping down at the end of the season.

Everton boss Marco Silva insists he did not swear or use abusive language towards Lee Mason after Newcastle defeat

15 Mar

Marco Silva has defended his outburst at Lee Mason, despite receiving a Football Association charge.

The Everton boss approached the referee at the full time whistle against Newcastle United after he felt a series of contentious calls went against his side during the defeat.

Silva approached Lee Mason and his assistants last weekend

He is currently awaiting the outcome of the charge for improper conduct, but Silva insists he did not act in an aggressive or disrespectful manner towards the officials.

“I didn’t receive the answer yet,” he said.

“Of course, what they say to me or what they did, I’m here to respect. I ask them and now I’m waiting.

“In that moment I wasn’t happy, first of all with ourselves and with some decisions, also.

“But I never was aggressive, never disrespectful with the referee.

“I didn’t use abusive words or something like that and in that moment I wasn’t happy with the two decisions. I was clear with what I said to the referee and to the assistant about the situation.”

The FA, EFL and Premier League ‘strongly condemn’ pitch invaders in wake of Jack Grealish attack

15 Mar

The FA, Premier League and EFL have promised to deliver the ‘strongest possible sanctions’ for future pitch invaders.

Last Sunday, Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish was punched from behind by a crazed fan during the ‘Second City’ derby against Birmingham City at St Andrews.

Paul Mitchell attacked Jack Grealish from behind last Sunday

Just a few hours later, an Arsenal supporter ran onto the pitch to celebrate with the team, appearing to shove Manchester United defender Chris Smalling in the process.

Although Paul Mitchell was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison, Arsenal and Birmingham City were both charged by the FA and game’s national governing body has combined with the Premier League and the English Football League to speak out.

A joint statement read: “The FA, Premier League and EFL strongly condemn the reprehensible actions of supporters who entered the field of play last weekend.

“English football has worked hard over many years to ensure that our grounds are safe places. Everyone involved in staging a game deserves to enjoy the highest safety standards and we are determined to prevent these standards from being undermined.

An Arsenal supporter appeared to shove Smalling

“It is essential that all players feel safe and supported every time they go on the pitch and there is absolutely no place for any type of behaviour that puts this at risk.

“We also acknowledge that the overwhelming majority of fans attend football matches to support their team in a positive manner and we will continue to work with those fans, clubs and stakeholders to generate the best possible atmosphere at games.

“Anyone who attends a match to threaten this principle, either from the stands or by entering the field of play, will face the strongest possible sanctions.”

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies player Renee Hector says monkey noises were made at her by Sheffield United opponent

7 Jan

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies footballer Renée Hector has alleged she was racially abused by an opposition player during a game on Saturday.

The centre-back said on Twitter that monkey noises were directed at her by a Sheffield United player during Spurs’ 2-1 victory in the FA Women’s Championship.

Renee Hector alleges she was racially abused by an opponent

She said: “Such a shame that racism seems to be rising up again in football – I received some monkey noises today from an opposition player. The only reaction was to let the football do the talking and that we did. Great start to the year.”

Sheffield United Women released a statement saying they were aware of the allegations and are investigating.

The statement said: “Sheffield United are aware of the allegations made on social media following today’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies.

“We can advise that the club is conducting a thorough investigation into this matter.”

Spurs, who said the alleged incident was reported to the referee by Hector during the game, also reported it to the FA.

An FA statement said: “We take all allegations of discrimination very seriously and will be making enquiries into the matter.”

Wembley will not be sold after Fulham owner Shahid Khan withdraws offer to buy stadium, FA announce

17 Oct

Wembley will not be sold by the Football Association after Shahid Khan withdrew his offer to buy the stadium.

The Fulham owner had offered the FA £600million in cash for the stadium, as well as letting it keep the Club Wembley hospitality business, worth around another £300million.

Wembley will not be sold

FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were both strongly in favour of the deal and wanted to use the money to fix England’s dilapidated changing rooms, water-logged pitches and stretched 3G facilities.

They hoped Khan’s £600million could be the catalyst for a total investment in community facilities over the next 20 years of £3.3billion, more than double what the Football Foundation and Sport England have been able to do since 2000.

But in separate statements, Glenn admitted the proposed sale had been “more divisive than anticipated”, while Khan said it had become clear “there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin the FA chairman has required”.

This has been on the cards ever since last week’s council meeting proved just how split football was on the idea, with some seeing it as a gilt-edged opportunity to solve one of football’s most expensive problems, while others likened it to selling the family silver and questioned the FA’s ability to invest the windfall wisely.

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Martin Glenn was in favour of the deal to sell Wembley

Glenn said: “We fully respect his decision. Mr Khan believed that his offer to buy Wembley Stadium would release funds to help improve community football facilities in England and that it would be well received by all football stakeholders.

“At a recent meeting with Mr Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal.

“Wembley Stadium is an iconic venue that is revered around world and it will continue to thrive under the ownership and direction of The FA.”

As well as having the support of the FA’s senior leadership, the proposed deal was backed by the government and the professional game, but there were significant doubts elsewhere, most notably at the grassroots level itself.”

In a statement, Khan said: “The intent of my efforts was, and is, to do right by everyone in a manner that strengthens the English game and brings people together, not divides them.

“Unfortunately, given where we are today, I’ve concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favoured by the FA Chairman to sell Wembley Stadium.

Khan felt the deal could not be done with split opinions

“Wembley is indeed a national treasure, one I would care for and respect for generations.

“I recognise the passion many people have for Wembley and what it means to English football, and will be willing to re-engage with the FA on this matter under proper circumstances.”

Khan had eventually hoped to use Wembley as a home for his NFL team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and was willing to agree to a number of highly restrictive conditions on how he would run the national stadium, most notably in terms of maintaining it as a venue for all of English football’s biggest games.

Khan’s decision to withdraw the offer has been described as a “huge disappointment” and a missed opportunity by two of the biggest sponsors of grassroots facilities.

The UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation, would have been the vehicle the FA used to pick, manage and fund the projects, as it currently does with the funding it receives from the FA, Premier League and government.

In a statement, it said: “News that Mr Khan has decided to withdraw his offer to buy Wembley should come as a huge disappointment to community footballers everywhere.

“Football participation in this country is huge. Unfortunately, those who play the game, simply for the love of doing so and for the health benefits are having to put up with a stock of community football facilities that is in a shameful state.

“This would have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make considerable inroads into probably the most pressing issue facing football in this country.”

Nick Bitel, the chair of Sport England, the government agency that funds grassroots sport, was more measured but his disappointment was equally plain.

“We agree with the view that the Wembley Stadium offer was a huge opportunity to boost funding into the development and maintenance of artificial and grass pitches up and down the country,” he said.

“Now that this deal is off the table, we hope the football family will now consider other ways the much-needed additional funds for grassroots facilities can be generated.”