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Hull City 2-1 Reading

 Posted by at 5:15 AM
Dec 172015
 
77:19

Attempt saved. Robert Snodgrass (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

77:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Robert Snodgrass replaces Chuba Akpom.

76:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Shaun Maloney replaces Sam Clucas.

75:42

Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:42

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

75:22

Hand ball by Nick Blackman (Reading).

74:37

Offside, Reading. Álex Fernández tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

74:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Garath McCleary.

72:28

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jonathan Bond.

72:26

Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

70:35

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

70:35

Álex Fernández (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:07 Booking

Booking Jonathan Bond (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

68:32

Hand ball by Jonathan Bond (Reading).

66:43

Offside, Hull City. Abel Hernández tries a through ball, but Chuba Akpom is caught offside.

66:00

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

64:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Anton Ferdinand because of an injury.

64:15

Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).

64:15

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:34

Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

62:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:02

Delay in match Anton Ferdinand (Reading) because of an injury.

61:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 1, Reading 1. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

61:08

Attempt saved. Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross.

59:38

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

58:50

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

58:50

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:44

Delay in match Nick Blackman (Reading) because of an injury.

51:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Álex Fernández replaces Andrew Taylor because of an injury.

50:06

Attempt missed. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Robertson with a cross.

49:29

Attempt saved. Jake Livermore (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:34

Foul by Harry Maguire (Hull City).

47:34

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:08

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

47:03

Attempt saved. Moses Odubajo (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:34

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

45:00

Second Half begins Hull City 0, Reading 1.

45:00 +1:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hull City 0, Reading 1.

45:00 +0:41 Booking

Booking Jake Livermore (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

45:00 +0:36

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:38

Nick Blackman (Reading) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

41:53

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

41:53

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:05

Attempt missed. David Meyler (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Clucas with a cross following a corner.

39:43

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

37:47

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

35:37

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:37

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

33:08

Attempt saved. Curtis Davies (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:15

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:15

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

28:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hull City 0, Reading 1. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

28:18

Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).

28:18

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:03

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

27:03

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:22

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

24:31

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

21:08

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:08

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

20:02

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

20:02

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:49

Offside, Hull City. Moses Odubajo tries a through ball, but Chuba Akpom is caught offside.

10:15

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Michael Hector.

6:47

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

6:47

Abel Hernández (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:52

Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

5:04

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

5:04

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

3:14

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

3:12

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

1:11

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

1:11

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Dec 172015
 

The Football Association would find it “difficult” to back Michel Platini’s bid to become Fifa president, even if he is cleared by the ethics committee of football’s world governing body.

Uefa chief Platini, 60, is being investigated over
a £1.35m payment he received from Sepp Blatter, Fifa’s outgoing president, in 2011.

Both men deny any wrongdoing.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said outstanding questions would make it hard to support the Frenchman.

“From a personal point of view, I think that whatever happens to Michel Platini, and I genuinely think that Uefa has been well-run under his watch, we just need someone where there is no doubt,” he said.

“Fifa and football need to change and need to be seen to be changing, so I think it would be difficult if that accusation was not totally laid to rest and I think it’s quite hard to do that, so I think it would be difficult.”

Platini, who is serving a 90-day provisional ban from football,
will boycott the hearing into allegations of corruption on Friday.

Lawyers for the former France captain and manager believe the “verdict is already announced”.

A decision could be made by 21 December, though both men could then submit further appeals.

The FA, which
suspended its support for Platini in October, says it will not make any decision on who to support in February’s presidential election until much nearer the time.

Platini still hopes to be a candidate to replace 79-year-old Blatter – who is stepping down after 17 years in charge – but can only stand if he is cleared.







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Guardiola to clarify Bayern future

 Posted by at 12:00 AM
Dec 172015
 
Guardiola to clarify Bayern future

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he will give “clarity” on his future at the Bundesliga champions next week.

The 44-year-old Spaniard, who has been linked with
Manchester City,  has led Bayern to two titles since taking over in 2013 but is out of contract in June.

He would not answer questions about his future on Tuesday, but indicated an announcement would soon follow.

Spanish newspaper Marca reported on Wednesday that Guardiola has already told Bayern he will leave the club.

The Madrid-based publication claims he believes both he and the club would benefit from a change of scenery because his intense work ethic can wear players down.

Reports in Spain last month claimed the former Barcelona coach had agreed to leave Bayern at the end of the season to take over at Manchester City.

The Bavarian giants hold a five-point lead in the German league as they prepare for their final game of 2015 – at Hannover on Saturday.


Will Man United leave Guardiola to City?


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Platini to boycott Fifa hearing

 Posted by at 8:08 PM
Dec 162015
 

Suspended Fifa vice-president Michel Platini will boycott an ethics committee hearing into allegations of corruption on Friday.

Lawyers for the Frenchman, who is also president of Uefa, believe the “verdict is already announced”.

He is accused of receiving a £1.35m “disloyal payment” from Fifa president Sepp Blatter – who is also banned and facing ethics charges over the claim.

Both deny wrongdoing and were due to have personal hearings on Friday.

Blatter, 79, has compared the investigation against him to “the Inquisition”, while 60-year-old Platini’s attempt to lift his 90-day provisional ban from football denied by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 11 December.

A verdict could come as early as 21 December, although both men could then submit further appeals.

Platini still hopes to be a candidate to replace the outgoing Blatter in the world football governing body’s presidential election on 26 February – but can only stand if he is cleared.

However, he has expressed his “deepest outrage” at what he considers an attempt to prevent his candidacy.

In a statement issued on behalf of Fifa’s ethics judges on Wednesday, Platini was told his case will be dealt with “independently and in an unbiased manner”.

Platini’s lawyer Thibaud d’Ales has previously said he believes Fifa’s ethics investigators have recommended an “excessive” lifetime ban.

More follows.

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Chelsea discuss Mourinho future

 Posted by at 7:51 PM
Dec 162015
 
Chelsea discuss Mourinho future

Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea future is in question after the board discussed the manager in the past 24 hours.

Owner Roman Abramovich led talks on how the champions can end a slump of nine defeats in their opening 16 Premier League games.

The Blues are one point above the relegation places after the 2-1 loss at Leicester on Monday.

Mourinho’s role was part of a debate on how to turn things around, but there is no emergency meeting on Wednesday.

It is not yet clear which way the club will go or whether the 52-year-old Portuguese will be in charge for Saturday’s home game against Sunderland.


Chelsea have ‘no chance’ of top four

Mourinho, in his second spell in charge of Chelsea, was given Abramovich’s
public backing in October, but domestic results have not improved since.

The Russian’s instinct has always been to keep backing the man who brought the Premier League title back to Stamford Bridge last season and signed a new four-year contract in August.

However, Chelsea’s form has collapsed and the loss at Leicester left them 16th in the table with 15 points.

Abramovich and the rest of Chelsea’s hierarchy are weighing up how long they can afford to wait for improvement. They are 20 points behind leaders Leicester and 14 off the Champions League places, with a crucial
last-16 tie against Paris St-Germain to come in that tournament.







The other dilemma is whether to deprive a manager with a proven track record of success the opportunity to turn things around – and the January transfer window may provide that chance.

Mourinho turned on his players after Monday’s defeat at The King Power Stadium, claiming they had “betrayed his work” by conceding goals to Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez after he insisted he had flagged up their specific danger before the game.

In response,
midfielder Cesc Fabregas said his team-mates needed to justify their “big wages” and start playing like “big players”. He was
one of seven players the Blues manager said had been underperforming at the start of the season.

Abramovich and Chelsea’s other problem is the lack of an available, quality successor with the unemployed Carlo Ancelotti having already been sacked by the club and other potential targets, such as Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, out of reach at present.

It has led to speculation the Blues may turn once more to Guus Hiddink on a temporary basis after the 69-year-old Dutchman’s spell as caretaker in 2009, during which he won the FA Cup.

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