Jerome admits betting charges

first_img Press Association The 26-year-old, a former Birmingham and England under-21 international player, has been charged with betting on a competition in which his team plays, which is contrary to FA regulations. It is understood that there is no suggestion of any match-fixing allegations or that Jerome has gambled on games he has been involved in. Stoke striker Cameron Jerome has admitted charges of breaching the Football Association’s betting regulations.center_img An FA statement said: “The FA has charged Stoke City’s Cameron Jerome with breaches of its rules in relation to a number of betting offences. “Jerome has admitted the charges. A date for an Independent Regulatory Commission to hear the case will be set in due course.” Stoke said they would be supporting the striker at the disciplinary hearing. A statement from the club read: “Stoke City can confirm that Cameron Jerome accepts the FA charges made against him in relation to breaches of its betting rules. “Cameron has admitted the charges and will in due course attend an Independent Regulatory Commission, at which he will be supported by the club. “The club or the player will not be making any further comment at this time.” In June, Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend was fined £18,000 and banned for four months, three of those months suspended, for a breach of betting regulations. The charges meant that he missed playing for England under-21s in the European Championships after he withdrew from the squad. last_img read more

Whelan out of Austria match

first_imgGlenn Whelan has been ruled out of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Austria. A Football Association of Ireland spokesman said: “The Football Association of Ireland today confirmed that Glenn Whelan has withdrawn from the Irish squad to face Austria in Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna on Tuesday, September 10 with a hamstring injury following a scan this afternoon. “Hull City’s Stephen Quinn has been called up as a replacement, and will join up with the squad in time to depart for Vienna tomorrow afternoon. “Jon Walters also underwent a scan this afternoon on an ankle injury, and will sit out training tomorrow as a precautionary measure, but is expected to be fit for Tuesday’s game.” Press Associationcenter_img The Stoke midfielder has withdrawn from the squad with a hamstring injury suffered during Friday night’s 2-1 home defeat by Sweden. Hull’s Stephen Quinn has been drafted into the squad due to fly to Vienna on Sunday. last_img read more

Eto’o set for Chelsea debut

first_img “He is a player adapted to the style of play we want in our team which is a bit contradictory to the general style and philosophy in the Premier League. “We are not any more a physical, direct team. We want to use the qualities of our attacking players in a different way. “His movement is very intelligent. He knows exactly the kind of movement he has to do to give continuity to the attacking game. He has a natural appetite for goals and he will score a few goals for us and he will give us experience. “Everybody is very young, for example against Bayern Munich (in the Super Cup) Andre Schurrle, Oscar and Eden Hazard were all under 22. So Samuel is a player to add experience to a young part of the pitch.” Mourinho insisted that it was imperative to have three main strikers at his disposal as Eto’o takes his place along with Fernando Torres and Demba Ba in the squad. “If sometimes I have to risk one point to get three I do it almost every time,” Mourinho explained. “Against Manchester United I didn’t because I felt it was an important point. But I like to have strikers on the bench and I like to finish matches with two of them. That’s why this group of three is fundamental. It is very rare I don’t make changes.” Mourinho and Eto’o have had their differences in the past and when Eto’o was with Barcelona he vowed he would never play for the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’. Mourinho, however, laughed off such instances and said: “You have to be experienced and smart and know the football world is very small. Sometimes you say things and a few years later you are faced with a difficult situation. The 32-year-old Cameroon international, signed from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer transfer window, is likely to start on the bench when Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park in the late afternoon game on Saturday. Mourinho said: “He will be selected and when you are selected and you are a striker you play, you start or finish the game but normally my attacking players when selected play because it is the area where I make more changes during the match. So normally he will play his first minutes for Chelsea in the Premier League. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Samuel Eto’o can supply the old head which can give his side the perfect blend of youth and experience in their quest for the Premier League title. “I had a funny situation with (Portugal midfielder) Deco. Deco was in Porto, I was in Leiria. In November we play Leiria against Porto. In the match we exchanged some hot words and two weeks later I was Porto manager. “So I come into the dressing room and the first thing I did was look at Deco and he was looking to his knees, but when we are on the same side everything changes. And Samuel with me at Inter Milan was a golden period for both of us and here he is again.” Mourinho admitted he believed Tottenham had been the big winners in the summer transfer window, strengthening their squad with the cash they received for Gareth Bale, but he was also surprised that Real Madrid had let £43million Mesut Ozil join Arsenal. “I’m surprised Madrid have let him go but that’s football,” said Mourinho. “That’s the market. Ozil left a big club but comes to the biggest league in the world. If Madrid sold him it was because it was good for them. I am happy a big player like him comes to the Premier League.” Mourinho also insisted Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, who has been left on the bench recently, has a future at Chelsea. He said: “He is in the same plans as all the others. He’s a player I like very much. A player I trust a lot and who will fight for his position like everyone else, sometimes starts, sometimes on the bench, sometimes maybe he has not to be selected like everyone else.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Romania end Ireland hopes

first_img Madalin’s second-half effort condemned Ireland, managed by Noel King’s number two Harry McCue, to a 1-0 defeat at the Showgrounds in Sligo on Tuesday afternoon. Ireland went into the game confident of firmly establishing themselves in second place in Group 6 behind leaders and favourites Germany after recording a 0-0 draw against the Romanians on Piatra Neamt on Friday. However, they were unable to claw themselves back into the game after Madalin’s intervention and now face a battle to get themselves back into the mix. The home side started brightly and went close to the opening goal when Frankie Sutherland tested keeper Laurentiu Branescu from distance with nine minutes gone. They thought they had taken the lead through Sean McGinty’s 19th-minute header, only for an offside flag to end his celebrations. But Romania grew into the game and although Irish keeper Aaron McCarey saved well from Stefan Popescu, there was nothing he could do to keep out Madalin’s 54th-minute effort from all of 30 yards. Ireland might have snatched a point a minute from time when substitute Will Hayhurst got his head to Anthony Forde’s free-kick, but he sent his effort tamely wide. The win – a first in four attempts in the group – saw the Romanians leapfrog their hosts into third place. Ireland, who have now collected only four points from as many games, have a month to stew on a missed opportunity as they prepare for the Faroe Islands’ arrival and their trip to Montenegro in November. Press Associationcenter_img Martin Madalin’s spectacular strike dealt Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the 2015 European Under-21s Championship finals a major blow.last_img read more

Northern Ireland to play Turkey

first_imgNorthern Ireland will visit Turkey for an international friendly to be held on November 15, the Irish Football Association has announced. Press Association Michael O’Neill’s men – who recently finished fifth in World Cup qualifying group F, winning only one of their 10 games – face Turkey in the southern city of Adana during the next international break. A statement from the Irish FA confirmed the game would take place at the Adana 5 Ocak Stadium with a kick-off time of 1900 GMT. center_img Northern Ireland have lost their last three meetings with Turkey, the most recent encounter a 2-0 defeat for Nigel Worthington’s side in Connecticut in May 2010. Turkey won 3-0 both home and away during qualifying for the 2000 European Championships. Turkey are currently managed by Fatih Terim but, like next month’s visitors, will not participate in next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil after finishing fourth in qualifying Group D. last_img read more

Fans group challenges Hull rebrand

first_imgHull fans group City Till We Die will meet owner Assem Allam on Friday to debate his proposal to rename the club Hull Tigers. A range of supporters’ groups have come together under the City Til We Die banner in a bid to stop the change in its tracks and representatives will have the chance to put their case to Allam this week. A statement from the group read: “City Till We Die campaigners will be urging Dr Allam to reconsider his decision to change Hull City’s 109-year-old name, explaining that it is an important part of the local community, and that a rebrand to “Hull Tigers” is not necessary to market the club more successfully. “They will also be calling on the owner to engage in proper consultation with supporters.” Allam revealed in the summer he wanted to rebrand the club and ditch the current Hull City AFC moniker, which has stood for 109 years. He angered fans when he claimed that it was a “lousy identity” and that the ‘City’ suffix was “common”. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Riise pondering return to Norway

first_img Press Association John Arne Riise’s Fulham career could soon be over, with the left-back revealing it may be time to return to his native Norway. Having coming through the youth ranks at Aalesund, the 33-year-old played for Monaco, Liverpool and Roma before joining the Whites in 2011. Riise was initially a first-team regular under Martin Jol, but has fallen out of favour and only appeared twice in the Premier League for Fulham this term. center_img A January move to join up with his brother Bjorn Helge at Lillestrom has been mooted and, with his contract up at the end of the season, the full-back concedes he could soon leave Craven Cottage. “I have lived abroad for almost half my life,” Riise told TV2. “The time may be ripe to move home in the new year. “It would be fun to end my career in Lillestrom with my brother, but I have not taken any decision on what to do yet. I feel at least I can play in four or five years.” last_img read more

Wilshere set to learn fate

first_img Wilshere feels Arsenal must learn fast from their disappointing defensive display at the Etihad Stadium, where City made the most of some uncharacteristic poor defending. “Most of the goals were individual mistakes. I know I certainly am beating myself up about it and the other players I know will be disappointed,” Wilshere said on Arsenal Player. “We will learn from that individually and collectively. “I think we were too stretched and the space between the defence and the midfield was too much. “We have to tighten up a little bit.” Arsenal are set to monitor the healing process of the deep cut to defender Laurent Koscielny’s knee which was sustained when attempting to prevent City’s second goal late in the first half and was unable to continue. Under their own disciplinary procedures, the governing body has until 6pm on Tuesday to lodge any formal charge against the player. Such sanctions have been implemented in the past as was the case with Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was suspended for one match, fined £20,000 and warned about his future conduct after he made a gesture to home fans as he walked off the pitch following a 1-0 defeat at Fulham in December 2011. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his post-match press conference that “if he did it and he is banned, then we will have to accept it.” If that is the case, then Wilshere, who could request a personal hearing, will miss the visit of Chelsea on December 23. Defeat for Arsenal – who have been drawn with Bayern Munich once again in the last 16 of the Champions League – saw their lead at the top of the table cut to just two points. Wenger feels the way his men respond from the defeat could well shape the rest of what has so far been a promising campaign. The Gunners could now be overtaken by first Liverpool, who host Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime, and then City who are at struggling Fulham later in the afternoon. Indeed Wenger’s men may well end up down in fourth spot for Christmas should Chelsea win at the Emirates Stadium – with fifth-placed Everton also out to close up to potentially within just one point if they can win at Swansea. Press Association Television cameras picked up Wilshere raising his middle finger in the direction of Manchester City fans at the Etihad Stadium during the second half of the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat on Saturday lunchtime. Press Association Sport understands the FA is gathering more evidence to help with the context of the situation having now received the submission of observations from referee Martin Atkinson and his officials. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere should discover later on Tuesday whether he will face a misconduct charge from the Football Association and a possible ban from the top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League showdown against Chelsea.last_img read more

Arsenal wait on Kallstrom injury

first_img But it appears the seriousness of Kallstrom’s injury is yet to be determined by the club, who will be hoping to have him available as soon as possible with fellow midfielders Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey also injured and Mathieu Flamini serving a four-game ban. Arsene Wenger’s side enter an important month in their search for silverware and, after a home game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, face a daunting schedule including Premier League and FA Cup tussles with Liverpool, a league visit from Manchester United and the opening leg of their Champions League tie against holders Bayern Munich. Arsenal are assessing a back injury to new signing Kim Kallstrom, Press Association Sport understands. Press Associationcenter_img The 31-year-old midfielder moved to the Emirates Stadium on a loan deal until the end of the season on Friday and his arrival was the only incoming business concluded by the Gunners during the transfer window. Reports in Sweden on Saturday morning suggested the former Lyon man had suffered a long-term injury during his first training session, claiming he could miss a large part of his temporary stay at Arsenal. last_img read more

PL chief sceptical over B team plan

first_img Press Association The Premier League is worried that Greg Dyke’s plan for a B team league would “decimate” the English football pyramid. ‘League Three’, as it has become known, would contain a mix of non-league sides and Premier League B teams. The idea behind the league is that it would allow young players at England’s top clubs to play competitive football, rather than academy matches. Many top-flight managers have backed the proposal, but Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore thinks ‘League Three’ would be a bad idea. “I’ve been on record very recently as saying the English pyramid is one of our unique strengths and would like to think we would be able to come up with a solution, which doesn’t mean the decimation, the infiltration or the damage of something precious,” Scudamore told Sky Sports News. “I have some real concerns that we shouldn’t be looking to infiltrate and damage the pyramid, and therefore I would like to think we should exhaust all other options and ideas.” According to the commission’s report, 32 per cent of starters qualified to play for England in the 2012-13 Premier League season. Twenty years ago, that figure stood at 69 per cent. The commission now wants the number of English players in the Premier League to rise to 45 per cent over the next eight years. The creation of a B team league has infuriated some chairmen of lower league and non-league teams. The England Commission, led by Football Association chairman Dyke, laid out its plans for the future of the national game at Wembley on Thursday. One of the commission’s proposals is to insert a new tier into the football pyramid below League Two and the Conference. “It will destroy the whole fabric of the league structure,” Portsmouth chief executive Mark Catlin told the BBC. Former Leeds and England manager Howard Wilkinson, who sat on the commission, thinks the critics will come around eventually though. “I understand their concerns fully and over time it will need to be shown to them that the positives outweigh the negatives,” Wilkinson told Press Association Sport. “When the Premier League came in there was a furore for four months about what impact that would have and look where they are now. Those who are in it are very happy.” There was a backlash from some fans. Nearly 20,000 people signed a petition against plans for League Three within 24 hours of Dyke’s proposals being launched. The petition was started by 21-year-old Grimsby fan Lewis Horwell, who said Dyke’s plans would “ruin years of tradition” if implemented. Many Premier League managers backed the initiative on Friday, however. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who spent much of his early coaching career overseeing youth development at Reading and Chelsea, told talkSPORT: “It’s something that I’ve thought for years that should happen. It’s something I’m a big advocate of. “I’ve worked in development for nearly 15 years and I look at the investment; there’s a huge investment that’s been put into young players in this country, and there’s a huge investment that’s been put into coaching. “The under-21s (league) doesn’t bring the competition, the competitive nature, that’s required for you as a manager to assess a young player. “People will always talk about the tradition of the game here in this country, but one of the things that’s most constant is change and you have to look at ways in which you can be better and giving young players a chance.” Ryan Giggs, the most-decorated player in the history of the English game, came through the youth ranks at Manchester United along with the likes of Paul Scholes, David Beckham and Gary Neville. The Welshman, now interim player-manager at United, also gave his backing to the idea of a B team league. He said: “I would support it. “I remember playing at Old Trafford for the reserves when I was 15 or 16 against Everton. “I was playing against men and it helped me. It helped you physically, mentally and it definitely brought me on. “Rather than playing against players of their own age when it is all about technical ability, which is obviously important, you would be coming up against men at an early age and that would prepare you for what is the fastest and quickest and strongest league in the world.” last_img read more