This is a fight Rio Ferdinand should have waged the moment England’s squad was announced. Granted, we all knew John Terry would be chosen over him. We also knew there was no way Ferdinand and Terry would be in the squad together. That doesn’t make the selection any less dubious.
Or “morally very suspect,” a description attributed to Ferdinand by The Guardian. Gee, you think? Select a man who’s on trial (with significant video evidence supporting the charges) over a former captain? And for the sake of keeping a Chelsea-centric back line together? While that policy doesn’t break any commandments, it’s also not going to be part of anybody’s standards and practices documentation. It’s a horrible choice.
Retracing the John Terry-Rio Ferdinand backstory
But as I write, it occurs to me: There may be some people reading this who aren’t familiar with the Terry-Ferdinand backstory. Don’t worry. This isn’t Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. In fact, up until about three years ago, this was a viable center-half tandem for England’s national team, making it even more pathetic that the two men, approaching the end of their international careers, can’t get on the field together.
Since early 2010, so many briefs have been filed in Terry v Ferdinand that we assume everybody knows why there’s an implied tension between the two defenders. Still, it might do us some good to go back a couple of years and see what’s led to this point.
In February 2010, various allegations of misconduct lead to John Terry being stripped of England’s captaincy.
Rio Ferdinand, then vice-captain, ascended to the position, but a knee injury suffered in training for the World Cup meant Steven Gerrard wore the armband in South Africa.
Concerns over Ferdinand’s fitness (specifically, his ongoing back problems) led to Terry being re-named captain by Fabio Capello in March 2011.
In November 2011, John Terry was placed under investigation for racial abusing a player during a Premier League match. That player: Ferdinand’s younger brother, Anton.
In December, Terry was formally charged with using racist language. His trial is set to take place after the European Championships, with Terry having already pled not guilty.
England’s FA stripped Terry of the captaincy once again, leading Fabio Capello to resign from his position as head coach.
Roy Hodgson, Capello’s replacement, named Gerrard his permanent captain and selected Terry to his Euro 2012 squad. Ferdinand was excluded.
Hodgson claims the choice was a pure football decision while it is widely speculated Hodgson sought to avoid teaming Terry and Ferdinand.
Pre-Euro 2012 injuries forced Hodgson to replace three players (Gareth Barry, Frank Lampard, and Gary Cahill). Despite choosing two new defenders (Phil Jagielka, Martin Kelly), Ferdinand was not brought into the team.
A World in which Martin Kelly’s Preferred to Rio Ferdinand
There are vague reports claiming Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told Hodgson that Ferdinand’s health would preclude using the 33-year-old in consecutive games. Regardless, it’s difficult to see Hodgson selecting Martin Kelly over Ferdinand unless Terry’s presence wasn’t a factor.
Kelly has payed two minutes of international soccer (last week against Norway). He doesn’t start for Liverpool. At Euro 2012, he would be third choice at left or right back, fifth choice in the middle.
Ferdinand, meanwhile, could be justified as a starter, if not England’s best defensive option in any match for which he is healthy. He is a former captain, has 81 caps, made 30 league appearances for United last season, and (by all accounts) is a well-liked, respected player for both club and country.
For Hodgson, Situation Keeps Getting Worse
There’s no way Hodgson comes out of this looking good. If you believe that he excluded Ferdinand for competitive reasons, then you have to question Hodgson’s decision-making. If you don’t believe him, then he’s being dishonest, disrespectful and “morally .. suspect.”
Regardless, Hodgson is abdicating his responsibility as a manager. Although it’s always been implied that Terry-Ferdinand is an either-or situation, it’s not. Hodgson doesn’t have to choose. At some point, he could have tried and broker an arrangement that saw both players named to the squad. It wouldn’t be the first time in managerial history that a coach had to intervene between players.
Would it have worked? Given the history that’s built up, probably not. But at least Hodgson would be going through the process. At least he would be placing the responsibility on the players to work through their issues. If one of them couldn’t make the necessary sacrifices, they’d be volunteering to be excluded. Hodgson needed to ask for that sacrifice.
Ferdinand may have balked, and with good reason. Would you want to play next to a man who’d racially abused your brother? And that gets to the heart of Ferdinand’s “morally very suspect” complaint.
No matter how you slice it, Hodgson is condoning Terry’s actions. John, you may have done these things, but it’s OK. We’d rather sacrifice Rio than lose you. We’d rather see a respected member of our set-up lose out on his last chance to participate in a major tournament than look at that nasty video of you abusing Anton Ferdinand. If that means being so intimately linked with somebody who’s capable of those actions, so be it.
Even if Ferdinand’s feelings are being relayed to the press via third-parties, he should take his case to the public. Having not been contacted by Hodgson or the FA since the original squad was announced, Ferdinand has little other recourse. As Hodgson’s pretenses are peeled away to expose the hypocrisy of his “footballing reasons,” Ferdinand has no obligation to stay quiet (and thereby condone Hodgson’s mistakes). He has every right for some degree of satisfaction, and while it won’t get him a plane ticket to Krakow, it might deliver him some base, visceral sense of justice.
If anything, Ferdinand should have spoken out more vehemently when the original 23-man squad was announced. We all suspected that he as being excluded because of the Terry conflict, yet we wanted to believe that Hodgson was beyond that. He’s clearly not. Ferdinand should have disillusioned us of that notion weeks ago. He should have put a spotlighted the issue at the onset: England elected to back a man due to be tried for racial abuse rather than include another deserving player in the squad.
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Prior to every matchweek this season, we’ll update this Premier League injuries page with the latest news and update, so make sure to check back regularly to see how your favorite — or least-favorite — club is getting on.
Let’s check out the latest Premier League injury news, below.
OUT: William Saliba (back), Eddie Nketiah (ankle), Takehiro Tomiyasu (knee), Mohamed Elneny (knock) | QUESTIONABLE: Thomas Partey (undisclosed), Kieran Tierney (calf)
OUT: Miguel Almiron (thigh), Emil Krafth (knee), Ryan Fraser (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Allan Saint-Maximin (thigh), Sven Botman (illness), Anthony Gordon (ankle), Nick Pope (knock)
Nottingham Forest injuries
OUT: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Scott McKenna (thigh), Willy Boly (thigh), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Omar Richards (calf) | QUESTIONABLE: Brennan Johnson (groin), Chris Wood (thigh), Cheickou Kouyate (thigh), Andre Ayew (knee), Serge Aurier (knock), Wayne Hennessey (knee), Ryan Yates (shoulder)
OUT: Armel Bella-Kotchap (shoulder), Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor) | QUESTIONABLE: Che Adams (calf)
Tottenham Hotspur injuries
OUT: Rodrigo Bentancur (torn ACL – out for season), Yves Bissouma (foot), Emerson Royal (knee), Ben Davies (hamstring) | QUESTIONABLE: Richarlison (undisclosed), Hugo Lloris (knee), Ivan Perisic (calf), Ryan Sessegnon (thigh)
With nine teams currently separated by four points, from 20th to 12th places, the 2022-23 Premier League relegation scrap is not only set to last until the final day, but the final two months of the season are sure to be one of the wildest roller-coaster rides of all time.
Three clubs will be relegated from the Premier League (and replaced by three teams from the EFL Championship, of course) at season’s end. Never before have this many clubs been this close to the bottom-three, and the bottom of the table, at this point of a season.
How many games remaining between relegation candidates?
There are 23 remaining head-to-head matchups between the nine teams currently in the relegation battle.
Crystal Palace: 8 games (1 against every other team)
Wolves: 4 games
Leeds: 5 games
Everton: 4 games
Nottingham Forest: 4 games
Leicester: 6 games
West Ham: 5 games
Bournemouth: 6 games
Southampton: 4 games
FIFA said Indonesia was removed from staging the 24-team tournament scheduled to start on May 20 “due to the current circumstances” without specifying details.
The decision came after a meeting in Doha between FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Indonesian soccer federation president Erick Thohir.
Israel qualified last June for its first U20 World Cup. But the country’s participation in Friday’s scheduled draw in Bali provoked political opposition this month.
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation and does not have formal diplomatic relations with Israel, while publicly supporting the Palestinian cause.
Indonesia’s hosting was cast into doubt on Sunday when FIFA postponed the draw.
It is unclear who could now host the tournament, which was scheduled to be played in six stadiums in Indonesia. Argentina, which did not qualify for the tournament, is reportedly interested in hosting.
“A new host will be announced as soon as possible, with the dates of the tournament currently remaining unchanged,” FIFA said.
The Indonesian soccer federation could be further disciplined by FIFA. A suspension could remove Indonesia from Asian qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, which starts in October.
FIFA seemed to remove all blame Wednesday from Thohir, the former president of Italian club Inter Milan – the team Infantino supports – and a former co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers.
FIFA staff will continue to work in Indonesia in the months ahead, the governing body said, “under the leadership of President Thohir.”
Soccer and public authorities in Indonesia agreed to FIFA’s hosting requirements in 2019 before being selected to stage the 2021 edition of the U20 World Cup. The coronavirus pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed for two years.
But Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Tuesday evening that his administration objected to Israel’s participation. He told citizens that the country agreed to host before knowing Israel would qualify.
Israel qualified by reaching the semifinals of the U19 European Championship. The team went on to lose to England in that final.
Israel plays in Europe as a member of UEFA after leaving the Asian Football Confederation in the 1970s for political and security reasons.
FIFA bills the men’s U20 World Cup as “the tournament of tomorrow’s superstars.”
Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba are previous winners of the official player of the tournament award, and Erling Haaland was the top scorer at the 2019 edition.
Premier League fixtures for 2022-23 season: How to watch, TV schedule, live stream links, Peacock, channel
Remember: you can watch all 380 Premier League games across NBC, USA Network, NBCSports.com and Peacock. We’ve got you covered.
Will Manchester City win yet another Premier League title? Can Arsenal push them all the way? Will Chelsea and Liverpool recover to finish in the top four? Can Manchester United’s new-look side surge into the title race? What about Tottenham? How will the new boys get on? Who will be the surprise package?
Those questions will be answered from August 2022 to May 2023, with the full list of Premier League fixtures.
While below are the answers to all of the questions you have around the Premier League fixtures and everything else you need to know for the upcoming season, with full details on the Premier League TV schedule across the NBC family of channels and more.
The Premier League fixtures for the 2022-23 season were announced on Thursday June 16, 2022 at 4am ET. Below is the full schedule, as you can watch all 380 games across our NBC platforms.
The Premier League fixture computer decides who plays who and when, as teams located close to one another are usually playing at home on opposite weekends to help with policing, crowd control and transport congestion in those areas.
When will the Premier League take a break for the 2022 World Cup?
When will the 2022-23 Premier League season finish?
The final day of the season will be on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Which teams will compete in the 2022-23 Premier League?
These are the 20 teams which will compete in the Premier League for the upcoming season:
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds United, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers
2:45pm: AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
2:45pm: Leeds v Nottingham Forest
2:45pm: Leicester vs Aston Villa
3pm: Chelsea vs Liverpool
Wednesday 5 April
3pm: Man United v Brentford
3pm: West Ham v Newcastle
Saturday 8 April
7:30am: Man Utd v Everton
Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest
Brentford v Newcastle
Fulham v West Ham
Leicester v AFC Bournemouth
Spurs v Brighton
Wolves v Chelsea
12:30pm: Southampton v Man City
Sunday 9 April
9am: Leeds v Crystal Palace
11:30am: Liverpool v Arsenal
Saturday 15 April
7:30am: Aston Villa v Newcastle
Chelsea v Brighton
Everton v Fulham
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Spurs v AFC Bournemouth
Wolves v Brentford
12:30pm: Man City v Leicester
Sunday 16 April
9am: West Ham v Arsenal
11:30am: Nottingham Forest v Man Utd
Monday 17 April
3pm: Leeds v Liverpool
Friday 21 April
3pm: Arsenal v Southampton
Saturday 22 April
7:30am: Fulham v Leeds
Brentford v Aston Villa
Crystal Palace v Everton
Leicester v Wolves
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest
Sunday 23 April
9am: AFC Bournemouth v West Ham
9am: Newcastle v Spurs
Postponed due to European action
Man Utd v Chelsea
Brighton v Man City
Tuesday 25 April
2:30pm: Wolves v Crystal Palace
2:45pm: Aston Villa v Fulham
2:45pm: Leeds v Leicester
Wednesday 26 April
2:30pm: Nottingham Forest v Brighton
2:45pm: Chelsea v Brentford
2:45pm: West Ham v Liverpool
3pm: Man City v Arsenal
Thursday 27 April
2:45pm: Everton v Newcastle
2:45pm: Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
3:15pm: Spurs v Man Utd
Saturday 29 April
7:30am: Crystal Palace v West Ham
Brentford v Nottingham Forest
Brighton v Wolves
12:30pm: Arsenal v Chelsea
Sunday 30 April
9am: AFC Bournemouth v Leeds
9am: Fulham v Man City
9am: Man Utd v Aston Villa
9am: Newcastle v Southampton
11:30am: Liverpool v Spurs
Monday 1 May
3pm: Leicester v Everton
Wednesday 3 May
3pm: Liverpool v Fulham
3pm: Man City v West Ham
Thursday 4 May
3pm: Brighton v Man Utd
Saturday 6 May
AFC Bournemouth v Chelsea
Spurs v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Aston Villa
12:30pm: Liverpool v Brentford
Sunday 7 May
9am: Man City v Leeds* subject to possible Champions League schedule
11:30am: Newcastle v Arsenal
2pm: West Ham v Man Utd
Monday 8 May
10am: Fulham v Leicester
12:30pm: Brighton v Everton
3pm: Nottingham Forest v Southampton
Saturday 13 May
Arsenal v Brighton
Aston Villa v Spurs
Brentford v West Ham
Chelsea v Nottingham Forest
Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
Everton v Man City
Leeds v Newcastle
Leicester v Liverpool
Man Utd v Wolves
Southampton v Fulham
Saturday 20 May
AFC Bournemouth v Man Utd
Brighton v Southampton
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Man City v Chelsea
Newcastle v Leicester
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Spurs v Brentford
West Ham v Leeds
Wolves v Everton
Sunday 28 May
16:00 Arsenal v Wolves
16:00 Aston Villa v Brighton
16:00 Brentford v Man City
16:00 Chelsea v Newcastle
16:00 Crystal Palace v Nottingham Forest
16:00 Everton v AFC Bournemouth
16:00 Leeds v Spurs
16:00 Leicester v West Ham
16:00 Man Utd v Fulham
16:00 Southampton v Liverpool