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So, Anelka's been banned for five games and fined £80k for his quenelle gesture. I've absolutely no idea what to make of it. On the one hand, the FA want to appear to be looking proactive in their fight against racism, so doing nothing would look ridiculous. On the other, they've got a minimum five game ban for racism now, so that'd be the minimum if they did anything, which seems quite harsh. Meanwhile they've acknowledged that Anelka wasn't found to be anti semitic (much like Suarez isn't a racist), and that he didn't use the gesture to promote anti semitism (unlike Suarez). So they've said that he didn't mean to cause offence, but banned him for five games. My judgement leans towards it being quite harsh. Suarez and Terry both did mean to cause offence, and surely most of this goes down to intent and context. Anyway, there we go.
Fulham midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe joins Wigan Athletic on loan. Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the loan signing of 21-year-old midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe from Fulham for the remainder of the season. The former England Youth Team player, who was schooled at Manchester United for over 10 years, followed his former mentor Rene Meulensteen to Craven Cottage on the final day of the January transfer window. He impressed greatly in his two Premier League appearances for the Cottagers in their terrific 2-2 draw at Old Trafford and in the narrow defeat to Liverpool. The former Peterborough United and Barnsley loanee spent the first half of the 2013/14 season on loan at Ipswich Town from Old Trafford, making 29 appearances including one at the DW Stadium as Latics won 2-0 in September. Latics manager Uwe Rosler said: "Ryan is a very promising prospect player who has experience in the Championship, and after we lost Ben, I am delighted we have got someone who is so football-educated, having come through the ranks at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson. "He is a different type of player from Ben but will definitely add a new dimension to us." During his time at Peterborough, Tunnicliffe made his first professional appearance as an 87th minute substitute against Crystal Palace in August 2011 and went on to 30 times in total. Tunnicliffe made his Manchester United debut as a late substitute in the League Cup against Newcastle United in September 2012, playing alongside Nick Powell. Read more at http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/news/a...gan-athletic-1382536.aspx#ybcIbbCIjWErMStu.99
Chelsea’s arrival in Istanbul for their Champions League reunion with Didier Drogba was overshadowed on Monday night by an extraordinary row over a series of unguarded but highly disparaging remarks by Jose Mourinho about the club’s strikers. RELATED ARTICLES Mourinho was recorded by the French television company Canal Plus in what he thought was a private conversation with the owner of theSwiss watch manufacturer Hublot. “I have a team but no striker,” said Mourinho. “The problem at Chelsea is that we are lacking a goalscorer. I have one [Samuel Eto’o] but he is 32, possibly 35, who knows?” The remark about Eto’o is understood to be a reference to the supposed doubt about the true age of some African players. Chelsea have not disputed the authenticity of Mourinho’s comments but are adamant that they were supposed to be light-hearted and not meant for broadcast or publication. The conversation took place last week at a sponsorship event for Hublot, with Mourinho unaware that Canal Plus, there to conduct an interview, were actually filming the exchange. The conversation was then posted online on Monday, with Mourinho’s comments soon being translated from French and then published around the world. The footage was subsequently removed from the Canal Plus website. Mourinho is now furious that what he thought was a private conversation has reached the public domain and it will surely also have left him needing to reassure his group of strikers. Although Mourinho has repeatedly referenced the lack of goals this season from his forwards, he has also always publicly praised their effort and work-rate. At £50 million, Fernando Torres is the most...
Is it even a debate anymore? I've always been in the Welbeck > Sturridge camp but Sturridge's main weakness was his selfishness and Rodgers really seems to have coached it out of him and he's come on leaps and bounds. Combine that with Welbeck not improving quite as I'd hoped and I'd say Sturridge is comfortably the better player for now. Hopefully Welbeck can catch up, Sturridge is older afterall. I think think Welbeck has fantastic potential but we need to see more improvement if you ask me.