Skrtel confirms six-week lay-off

 Posted by at 4:34 AM
Dec 232015

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has confirmed he will be sidelined for six weeks through injury.

The 31-year-old Slovakia international limped off in the 41st minute of the
Reds’ 3-0 defeat by Watford on Sunday.

In a post on his
Instagram account,  Skrtel said he had suffered a tear in his hamstring and tendon.

He wrote: “I will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before.”

Skrtel has been ever-present for Liverpool this season, making 26 appearances in all competitions.

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Lennon keeps job as Bolton manager

 Posted by at 2:04 AM
Dec 232015

Neil Lennon will remain in charge of Bolton after the club concluded an internal investigation into allegations made by a newspaper about the manager.

The club
conducted the investigation after the
Sunday Mirror  alleged Lennon, 44, made a threat to somebody he was said to be romantically involved with.

Bolton said they had “dealt with the matter and acted accordingly, details of which will remain private”.

Lennon will lead the Championship’s bottom club on Boxing Day at Rotherham.

Bolton are £172.9m in debt and
received a winding-up petition for about £600,000 in unpaid taxes.

Takeover talks have been held with four parties but unless a deal is done, they face administration and a 12-point deduction.

Bolton’s players had not been paid in November, but Lennon confirmed they would get their wages by 29 December with help from the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Following the conclusion of their investigation, Bolton also said in
a statement  on Tuesday they “will be making no further comment on the matter”.

BBC Sport contacted Lennon for comment on Monday but a club spokesperson said the manager was unavailable.

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Dec 222015

Chelsea Ladies have signed England international Karen Carney from Birmingham City Ladies.

The 28-year-old winger has agreed a two-year deal with the Blues, who won the Women’s Super League title and the FA Women’s Cup double last season.

“The team established themselves as the top club in the country and I’m excited about the prospect of helping to build on that,”
she told Chelsea’s website. 

‘It is the right point in my career to begin a new challenge.”

Carney has won 110 international caps and was a member of the England side which
finished third at the World Cup earlier this year.

She has previously played under Chelsea manager Emma Hayes at Arsenal Ladies and Chicago Red Stars.

“Karen was a major target and a genuine world-class addition to the squad,” Hayes said.

“She is a student of the game and brings additional leadership to our squad.

“I see Karen complimenting the talent we already possess in the final third. All our attacking players will benefit hugely from her vision and passing.”

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Platini: Fifa asleep for four years

 Posted by at 9:03 PM
Dec 222015

Banned Uefa president Michel Platini has accused world football’s ethics committee of “sleeping” for four years before
barring him from football.

Platini and Fifa president Sepp Blatter were ruled to have abused their positions over a £1.3m ($2m) “disloyal payment” made to Platini in 2011.

Both men are appealing against eight-year bans issued on Monday.

“What was the Fifa ethics committee doing between 2011 when I was paid and 2015?” said Platini. “Was it sleeping?”

In an interview with French media agency AFP, the 60-year-old former France captain added: “Suddenly it wakes up. Ah yes, it wakes up in a Fifa election year when I’m a candidate. It’s amazing.”

Swiss Blatter, 79 – Fifa boss since 1998 –
had already announced he was quitting with a presidential election in February – with Platini, also a vice-president, tipped to succeed him.

Platini has been in charge of Uefa – European football’s governing body – since 2007 and was backed in a statement on Monday, with the organisation saying it was “extremely disappointed” with the decision.

He has submitted his candidacy but cannot stand while banned from all footballing activities. Both men are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Platini said: “I will fight. But then I’ll take my responsibilities according to what happens.

“Whatever happens, my reputation has been sullied, I’ve been kicked in the teeth: I’ve been put in the same bag as Blatter.”

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