Sascha Riether and Fulham accept ban for Januzaj stomp

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Fulham manager Martin Jol has told the press the club nor player will be contesting right-back Sascha Riether charge of violent conduct after stomping on Adnan Januzaj’s ankle.

The German defender was caught stamping on Manchester United’s young star in the dying seconds of Manchester United’s 3-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage last weekend.

In the FA’s first use of their new retrospective ruling system, a panel of former referees determined from replays that the incident was only partially seen by referees with no action taken at the time.  In the past, the incident would not have been reviewable after the fact.

It is not what you need, but we move on,” said Jol, who will now be without Riether for the next three matches.

“If he did do it deliberately it is fair enough to get three games. The referee didn’t see it. I didn’t see it, but they decided to give him that punishment and people around me said it was probably something deliberate. He said it was not deliberate but he apologised to the club, to the fans and to us.”

The three-match ban is consistent with the punishment for a straight red-card given for violent conduct.

The only question regarding the charges was whether Fulham would fight the FA’s action based on the new format.  The club asked for clarification into the ruling, with the FA’s response being that under the new rules, action can be taken against incidents that are only partially seen by referees.  In the past this was not the case.  In addition, instead of the match referee being shown footage and asked what action he would have taken had he seen the incident, a panel of three former referees make the ruling.

On Tuesday, Riether tweeted his apology to the club and his acceptance of the charges:

Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.