Tuesday, November 30

Tag: EFL

Dele-Bashiru, Ajayi collect a point each in Championship as Oduor suffers defeat
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Dele-Bashiru, Ajayi collect a point each in Championship as Oduor suffers defeat

  The West Africans were involved in English second-tier competition but failed to inspire their teams to victory Nigeria midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru played a crucial role in helping Reading claim a 3-3 draw in an EFL Championship match against QPR on Saturday. The 21-year-old midfielder played the entire game as his team recovered from a slow start to get a point at home. The icing on the cake was his assist in the 64th minute that gave the home team a deserved lead. The scoring opened when Michael Morrison turned the ball into his own net after just 11 minutes to give the visitors an advantage. John Swift then completed an Allen Halilovic pass to bring the teams back to level terms.      
Jordi Osei-Tutu: Nottingham Forest sign Arsenal defender on loan
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Jordi Osei-Tutu: Nottingham Forest sign Arsenal defender on loan

Having represented Cardiff City last term, the 22-year-old Ghana prospect has found a new home in England but on a short-term deal EFL Championship side Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of defender Jordi Osei-Tutu from Arsenal. In a bid to first-team experience, the Ghana prospect will represent the Tricky Trees for the 2021-22 season, which is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. “Nottingham Forest are delighted to confirm the third signing of the summer window with Jordi Osei-Tutu joining on a season-long loan from Arsenal,” a statement from the club read.  
Famara Diedhiou: Alanyaspor sign former Bristol City striker on long-term contract
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Famara Diedhiou: Alanyaspor sign former Bristol City striker on long-term contract

The Senegal international agreed to continue his career in the Turkish top-flight after spending four years in the EFL Championship Turkish Super Lig club Alanyaspor have announced the signing of Famara Diedhiou on a four-year contract. Diedhiou completed a free transfer to the Bahcecehir Okullari Stadium on Monday after he left EFL Championship outfit Bristol City at the end of his contract in May. The 28-year-old will be expected to provide competition for his compatriot Khouma Babacar and Mauritania's El Mami Tetah in Semih Tokatli’s team in the 2021-22 campaign
Michael Olise: Crystal Palace sign ex-Reading winger
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Michael Olise: Crystal Palace sign ex-Reading winger

The France youth international of Nigerian descent has joined the Selhurst Park giants from Madejski Stadium Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Michael Olise from EFL Championship side Reading. The 19-year-old winger joins the Eagles on a five-year contract which will keep him at Selhurst Park until 2026. With this, the highly-rated teenager becomes Patrick Vieira’s first signing since his appointment as Palace’s permanent manager.
Adelakun and Diedhiou released by Bristol City
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Adelakun and Diedhiou released by Bristol City

The Anglo-Nigerian and the Senegal international are among the 11 players the Robins did not renew the contracts of EFL Championship side Bristol City have announced the release of Hakeeb Adelakun and Famara Diedhiou on Friday. Adelakun teamed up with the Ashton Gate outfit in the summer of 2018 from Scunthorpe United, signing a three-year deal but only made seven league appearances for the side. The winger has, however, spent most of his time with the Robins on loan at Rotherham United and Hull City, and after coming to the end of his contract, the forward has not been handed an extension.
UEFA Sets Deadline for Changing Venue of Champions League Final
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UEFA Sets Deadline for Changing Venue of Champions League Final

UEFA will decide whether to change the venue of the Champions League final on Wednesday, according to the UK Times. The European football governing body will meet with the FA and UK government officials on Monday. The discussion will centre around arrangements for the match between Chelsea and Manchester City on May 29. Currently, the game is scheduled to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, but Turkey is on the UK’s travel red list and fans have been told not to travel, “except in the most extreme circumstances”. The UK government wants the match to be moved to London, but a stumbling block is that the Championship play-off final is also due to be held on 29 May. However, the EFL have said they would consider moving the fixture to accommodate the Champions...
O’Neill Hails Mikel Obi as “a Brilliant Signing”
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O’Neill Hails Mikel Obi as “a Brilliant Signing”

  Stoke City manager, Michael O’Neill has hailed John Mikel Obi as “a brilliant signing”. O’Neill’s men finished the 2020/2021 EFL Championship season with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth. Mikel Obi made his 39th league appearance in the game and played from the start, as they ended their six-game winless run. The 34-year-old signed for the Potters on a short-term deal last August and O’Neill have now expressed satisfaction with his contributions. When asked about the Nigerian midfielder’s performance, O’Neill told Stoke on TrentLive: “Brilliant. I thought he was brilliant. The [control and the] pass he plays for Rabbi Matondo in the first half too. “I’ve just said to him in the dressing room that I hope we can get that player on loan from Chelsea again next season. Tod...
‘He’s a model player for the club’ – Eustace’s delight for Queens Park Rangers’ Kakay
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‘He’s a model player for the club’ – Eustace’s delight for Queens Park Rangers’ Kakay

The Sierra Leone international got his maiden goal for the Superhoops, to the pleasure of his club’s assistant manager John Eustace has expressed his delight with Osman Kakay following his first goal for Queens Park Rangers. The Sierra Leonean defender was on target as the Superhoops secured a 2-0 away victory versus Stoke City in Saturday’s EFL Championship encounter. Charlie Austin had given the visitors a 17th-minute lead before the African sealed the win against Michael O'Neill’s team 20 minutes prior to full-time after profiting from a Stefan Johansen assist.
English Football Announces Social Media Boycott
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English Football Announces Social Media Boycott

Governing bodies across the men and women's game are uniting to take a stance against those who continue to tarnish the game. A social media boycott has been announced across English football, with the FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and FSA uniting to put a blackout in place between April 30 and May 3. Action is being taken in a bid to "eradicate online hate while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination", with the UK government also being urged to push through "strong legislation" in its Online Safety Bill. The 2020-21 campaign has delivered more instances of sportspeople being targeted by online trolls, with the general consensus of those running the ga...
Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City: Fans to Attend Carabao Cup final
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Tottenham Hotspur vs Man City: Fans to Attend Carabao Cup final

  The EFL are confident fans will be in stadiums for the Carabao Cup Final in April. This follows positive talks over making the game safe for supporters to return. Tottenham and Manchester City meet at Wembley stadium on April 25. The match was initially excluded from a list of events that would welcome a reduced number of spectators during the roadmap out of lockdown. The EFL have since campaigned for what chairman Rick Parry has described as “the pinnacle of the season”. Asked on Sky Sports about fans attending the Final, Parry said recently: “Clearly we are hopeful. We didn’t enter into this season thinking we were going to be without fans. “Of course, the Carabao Cup isn’t a dress rehearsal for us, it’s the pinnacle of the season and a really important ev...
Leeds, Southampton crash out of League Cup
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Leeds, Southampton crash out of League Cup

Leeds and Southampton were the Premier League casualties in the second round of the League Cup on Wednesday as League One Hull won a Yorkshire derby 9-8 on penalties at Elland Road, while Saints lost 2-0 at home to Brentford. On their first appearance in the top-flight for 16 years, Leeds were unlucky not to hold Liverpool to a thrilling draw at Anfield on Saturday, but Marcelo Bielsa's decision to make 11 changes backfired as his side were far less clinical against a team two divisions below them. Mallik Wilks's early deflected effort gave the Tigers something to hold on to and, despite handing club Spanish international forward Rodrigo his first start, Leeds failed to muster a response until deep into stoppage time when Ezgjan Alioski fired home. A marathon shootout followed w...
Eight Championship Players and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Eight Championship Players and Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus

The latest round of EFL Coronavirus testing has returned eight positive results from a total of 2213 tests on players and staff in the Championship. In a statement, the English Football League revealed that the eight positive Covid-19 tests are from six clubs and that the tests were carried out from last Thursday until midnight Tuesday. An EFL statement read: “The EFL can confirm that 2,213 players and club staff from the 24 Championship Clubs were tested over the course of the past week with eight individuals testing positive from six Clubs. “Those players or Club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities.” The results fro...
Liverpool To Play 2 Matches In 2 Different Countries Within 24 Hours
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Liverpool To Play 2 Matches In 2 Different Countries Within 24 Hours

Liverpool will field different teams in two separate competitions within 24 hours after the EFL announced the date of their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa will not be changed. The Reds will play at Villa Park on 17 December at 19:45 GMT and will compete in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar the following day at 17:30 GMT. Manager Jurgen Klopp had initially ruled out the prospect of playing both fixtures. But the EFL said keeping the date followed a "request from the club". A Liverpool statement said: "We would like to thank the EFL for their efforts to accommodate us and we can confirm alternative dates were discussed, but ultimately none were considered suitable without compromising the scheduling of the competition itself or placing an undue strain on our pla...
Bury FC Have Been Expelled From The EFL
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Bury FC Have Been Expelled From The EFL

League One club Bury FC have been hit with the devastating news that their EFL membership has been withdrawn after owner Steve Dale failed to find a buyer for the club buy the 5pm deadline on Tuesday evening. In a statement just after 11pm on Tuesday the EFL confirmed the news saying, "The EFL Board met earlier this evening and, after a long and detailed discussion, determined that Bury FC's membership of the English Football League be withdrawn after the deadline passed at 5pm today (Tuesday 27 August) without a successful resolution. "Despite repeated requests to its owner Mr Dale over a sustained period of time, the necessary evidence in respect of how the Club would meet its financial commitments, has simply not been provided and, as a result, attentions turned to securing new ow...
Assombalonga scores his first goal of the season in Middlesbrough’s draw with Luton Town
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Assombalonga scores his first goal of the season in Middlesbrough’s draw with Luton Town

The Democratic Republic of the Congo international scored and missed a penalty in an entertaining 3-3 draw on Friday Britt Assombalonga scored his first goal of the season in Middlesbrough’s 3-3 draw with Luton Town in the opening match of the EFL Championship on Friday. The Smoggies got off to a flying start at Kenilworth Road with Ashley Fletcher opening the scoring for the visitors in the seventh minute. Sonny Bradley levelled for Luton 10 minutes later before Martin Cranie gave the Hatters the lead in the 24th minute.
Crystal Palace Make All Loan Players Available For Free
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Crystal Palace Make All Loan Players Available For Free

Crystal Palace are making a raft of players available for loan. The Times says Palace are the first Premier League team to offer free loan moves to lower division clubs provided their players are selected for first-team action, according to a report. The offer, which comes as lower-division teams struggle to meet the rising costs of loaning players from the English top flight, has been sent to all clubs in League One, League Two and the National League. Palace see the move as a way of ensuring that emerging talent gains first-team experience. The report also said that as many as 80 players from Premier League teams were expected to be sent out on loan to lower league sides before the EFL loan window closes on Friday  
Arsenal, Manchester City Won’t Face Carabao Cup Expulsion Over Fourth Substitute
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Arsenal, Manchester City Won’t Face Carabao Cup Expulsion Over Fourth Substitute

Arsenal and Manchester City are not in any danger of being thrown out of the Carabao Cup, despite some press reports on Wednesday morning. It came after both clubs used a third and fourth substitute in their Carabao Cup ties on Tuesday, with the Gunners edging past Norwich 2-1 and City beating Wolverhampton Wanders on penalties after a 0-0 draw. The Carabao Cup is taking part in a trial of a proposed new law which allows an additional substitute in extra time. But no matter how many substitutions a club makes in the 90 minutes, they are still eligible to make a total of four substitutions for the entire game through to the end of extra time. Rule 10.2 of the Carabao Cup regulations states: “Where any match goes to extra time (in accordance with the provisions of Rules 14.4, 14....
Man City Set To Sign Barca Youngster Garcia – Guardiola
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Man City Set To Sign Barca Youngster Garcia – Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has revealed that a deal is in place for 16-year-old defender Eric Garcia to swap Barcelona for Manchester City this summer. City are currently prohibited from signing academy players for the next two years after they were found guilty of “tapping up” two schoolboys by the Premier League. However, the ban only covers academy players who have been registered with a Premier League or EFL club, meaning they are free to move for Barca’s Garcia. “I have good reports about him,” City boss Guardiola told TV3. “I haven’t been lucky enough to see him play for myself yet, but people spoke very highly about him and we had the chance to sign him. He wanted to take this step in his career and we gave him the opportunity to do so.” Garcia will join City’s academy and his depart...

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