Category: Football

4-1 against Manchester shitty. 5-2 on aggregate.

Manchester United are set to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager, BBC Sport understands.

It is believed a deal with the 53-year-old Portuguese was agreed in principle before United’s FA Cup final win against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

With United failing to qualify for the Champions League under Louis van Gaal, the Old Trafford hierarchy is thought to have decided a change is required.

Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in December.

The club plan to announce his arrival early next week after telling Van Gaal, 64, his reign has come to an end.

Source: Jose Mourinho: Manchester United to appoint former Chelsea boss – BBC Sport

Former Newcastle United footballer David Ginola remains in hospital ‘in a coma’ today after ‘suffering a suspected heart attack on the pitch’ during a football game in the south of France.

The 49-year-old is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest and fallen unconscious on a football pitch at the home of Jean-Stéphane Camerini – the organiser of the Mapauto Golf Cup – in the Mandelieu region yesterday afternoon.

French media initially reported that the former French international suffered a cardiac arrest but his agent later took to his official Twitter account to ease fears and claim he was simply struck down with heatstroke after ‘playing footy in the midday heat’.

However, a journalist who witnessed the entire medical episode last night said Ginola is ‘not in a good state’ and not out of the woods yet, raising renewed fears for the father-of-two’s health.

Source: David Ginola in Monaco hospital having tests after collapsing in France | Daily Mail Online

WARRINGTON, England – The 96 Liverpool football fans who died in Britain’s worst-ever sporting disaster, the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium crush, were unlawfully killed, with police failures to blame, a jury hearing inquests into the deaths concluded on Tuesday.

The victims, many young, died in an overcrowded, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, at an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on a warm, sunny afternoon in April 27 years ago.

Harrowing images of young fans crushed against metal fences, bodies lying on the pitch and spectators using wooden advertising hoardings as makeshift stretchers horrified the nation.

The Hillsborough tragedy, which happened within minutes of kick-off, changed the face of English football. Banks of terracing and metal fences around pitches disappeared, replaced by modern, all-seated venues and better security.

It also led to a cover-up by police who initially accused aggressive, drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans of being responsible by forcing their way into the stadium.

New inquests were ordered in December 2012 when London’s High Court quashed accidental death verdicts from 21 years earlier after an independent inquiry found new evidence and absolved the fans of any responsibility.

The jury overseeing the new inquests ruled that the fans had been unlawfully killed and that police commanders had made mistakes in the build-up to the match and on the day itself, the BBC reported.

They also absolved Liverpool fans of any role in causing the crush.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it was considering whether criminal charges should be brought against individuals or any corporate body.

Source: Victims of Hillsborough stadium disaster were unlawfully killed | Reuters

A footballer in Saudi Arabia was forced to have an impromptu haircut at the side of the pitch due to the country’s crackdown on “unIslamic hairstyles” in the sport.

Footage shows Waleed Abdullah, a goalkeeper for Al Shabaab and Saudi Arabia’s national team, having a small mohawk chopped off by the referee before being allowed onto the pitch, Agence France Presse reports.

It follows an announcement by Saudi Arabia’s youth federation asking football clubs and the Olympic committee to  “ban the qazaa phenomenon”, using the Arabic term for eccentric hairstyles worn by athletes, according to Arabic sports website Arriyadiyah.

Source: Saudi Arabia crackdown on ‘un-Islamic’ hairstyles forces footballer to have pitch-side haircut | Middle East | News | The Independent

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