FA confirm they’re reviewing Mourinho incident


As his team continues to struggle on the pitch, Jose Mourinho looks set for some more time in the stands.

Manchester United’s manager was sent off by referee Jon Moss on Sunday after he kicked a water bottle down the touchline following a decision to book Paul Pogba for simulation in their 1-1 draw against West Ham United.

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The video above shows the incident in full.

Now, it is being reported by Sky Sports in the UK that the English Football Association is currently reviewing the footage and are awaiting the referees match report before taking further action.

Adding in¬†Mourinho’s recent outbursts, it’s pretty nailed on that at least another one-game touchline ban is coming his way and he’ll probably get two.

The Portuguese manager was handed a one-game ban last month and fined by the FA, plus warned about his future conduct, after he was sent off for remonstrating decisions at half time of United’s 0-0 draw against Burnley. He was also fined $62,000 last month by the FA and warned about his future conduct after he questioned the decision to appoint referee Anthony Taylor as the official for United’s big derby game at Anfield against Liverpool.

Adding all that into the mix, plus Mourinho being banned for one-game last season while he was Chelsea boss (again, he was sent to the stands by Jon Moss for an outburst against a decision against West Ham) and there is only one outcome: Mourinho won’t be on the sidelines for United’s next few games.

The silly thing about all of this is that he didn’t even need to remonstrate. Pogba clearly dived.

With United 11 points off first-place Chelsea and sitting in sixth place in the Premier League, Mourinho is letting his frustrations get the best of him.

France veteran Malouda loses appeal in Gold Cup case

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former France winger Florent Malouda has lost his appeal against being ruled ineligible to play for French Guiana at the 2017 Gold Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its judges dismissed Malouda’s appeal against North American soccer body CONCACAF.

French Guiana fielded Malouda in a 0-0 draw against Honduras last July despite being told he was not eligible. CONCACAF awarded a 3-0 win to Honduras and suspended Malouda.

The Gold Cup uses FIFA eligibility rules which bar players from transferring allegiance after playing a competitive game for one country.

Malouda played 80 times for France including a 2006 World Cup final loss against Italy.

The French Guiana soccer federation hoped Malouda, now aged 37, could play in the Gold Cup because it is not a FIFA member.

Report: Bobby Wood unlikely to come to MLS this summer

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A U.S. Men’s National Team forward will probably have to wait a bit longer to come to Major League Soccer if that is the path that he chooses.

Reports have recently surfaced linking Bobby Wood to MLS at the conclusion of the Bundesliga season, however, MLSSoccer.com is reporting that a move for the American likely won’t come in 2018.

Wood, who remains under contract for three more seasons at Hamburg, is currently fighting relegation in Germany with his club side.

Hamburg currently sits 17th in the German top flight, eight points buried in the relegation zone with four matches remaining.

The MLSSoccer.com report suggests that MLS clubs aren’t willing to compensate Wood at the current rate of his contract in Germany.

Currently, Wood is making “several million dollars” per season, and even if Hamburg is relegated in 2017/18 Wood’s contract wouldn’t decrease to a number that clubs are comfortable paying.

If Wood was to join MLS, he would be considered a Discovery signing as he is not currently on the MLS player allocation list. The Washington Post previously reported that an MLS club has Wood included on their Discovery list, although the team’s identity isn’t known.

Report: Fellaini eyes MLS, China after shooting down Man United terms

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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.

The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.

Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.

The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.

Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.

This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.

Chicago Fire venue to be renamed SeatGeek Stadium

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The Chicago Fire won’t be moving into a new stadium 2019, however, their venue will have a new name donned on the side of it.

For years, the Eastern Conference side has played its home matches at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, but starting next season the Fire’s home turf will be called SeatGeek Stadium as part of a rebrand.

SeatGeek is one of the largest online after-market ticket distributors, and was created back in 2009.

Toyota Park will undergo its transformation at the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season.

The venue is also home to the NWSL’s Chicago Red Stars.