One match down and the Premier League’s favorite quote machine, Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway, has already been charged with improper conduct and “bringing the game into disrepute” following comments against match officials after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham.
Holloway’s post-match comments questioned referee Mark Clattenburg’s failure to call a foul on Spurs’ Etienne Capoue after he barreled over Palace’s Stephen Dobbie. A minute and a half later Spurs were up the pitch and Aaron Lennon’s cross hit the outstretched arm of Palace defender, Dean Moxey, who was whistled for a penalty.
The incident had Holloway beside himself for two reasons. First, he believed that if the Dobbie foul had been called, Spurs would never have had the break that resulted in the penalty. Second, Holloway explained that he “must not know what a foul is” if Moxey’s movement were deserved of a penalty.
Replays showed that Dobbie had, in fact, been fouled but that Moxey’s arm blatantly handled Lennon’s cross.
Nevertheless, Holloway claimed that he “wouldn’t have gotten that penalty at Spurs” and that lesser teams like his Eagles suffered from decisions that generally go the way of more illustrious opponents. The alleged disparity is something Holloway claims he experienced during his last managerial stint in the Premier League with Blackpool.
“It’s going to be a long, hard season for me with these people (referees). I had this with Blackpool – certain clubs get fouls and others don’t,” Holloway said. “I just want a bit of fairness. I want a foul like anyone else would have got one. I’ve got a horrible taste in my mouth after that.”
Holloway has until 10:00am ET on Friday to respond to the charges.
Ante Rebic, Luka Modric, and Ivan Rakitic have Croatia in the knockout rounds and Argentina on the verge of World Cup disaster.
Croatia scored a pair of second half goals, one aided by a Willy Caballero howler, in a 2-0 win in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.
Argentina will enter its final match against Nigeria on the outskirts of the knockout rounds regardless of how Nigeria-Iceland ends on Friday.
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Ivan Perisic forced a big save out of Wily Caballero for an early Croatia corner kick that came to nothing.
Messi had a chance stopped inside of 10 minutes, then started a play that Dejan Lovren blocked for a corner in the 13th.
Enzo Perez missed an open goal off a poor Croatia giveaway in the 30th minute.
There were a pair of fouls not out of place on a red card lowlight reel, one for each team, but neither resulting in a sending off.
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Croatia took the lead through Caballero’s gaffe and Rebic’s smash in the 54th.
Argentina nearly answered moments later. After a mazy Messi dribble, Argentina regained possession in the 64th minute, spearheaded by a Gonzalo Higuain run that led to a corner.
Croatia came close to making it 2-0, as Mario Mandzukic couldn’t turn a flick on frame and instead saw it glide into the outside of the goal.
Then Modric put the match to bed as the clock hit 80, an absolute beauty. Another huge defensive mistake allowed Mateo Kovacic to cue up Rakitic for the third.
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Willy Caballero has made one of the bigger blunders in recent World Cup history.
His Argentina side needs at least a point from Thursday’s match-up with Croatia, and the match remained scoreless into halftime.
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But 10 minutes after the break, Caballero flubbed a clearance in a big way.
The Argentina goalkeeper then could only watch as Ante Rebic kept his composure to blast a side volley into the goal.
It was a fine finish, to be sure, but not possible without such a terrible gaffe.
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Chelsea could be set to join Barcelona in the race for Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blues and new manager Maurizio Sarri are said to be open to looking to Serie A to solve some of the team’s troubled areas, including in the center of the park to join France international N'Golo Kante.
Sarri is already said to be keen on signing Napoli star Dries Mertens, whom he has coached for several years at the Stadio San Paolo
Meanwhile, Juve has interest in a World Cup star, with Mexico’s Hirving Lozano attracting significant looks from around the world.
Lozano scored for El Tri in their 1-0 victory over Germany to open their 2018 World Cup campaign, and has become an instant star in the Dutch Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven.
PSV would reportedly be willing to complete a deal if the Serie A champions shell out over $40 million.
Sticking with Juve, Emre Can‘s move to the Turin side appears to be close to finalization.
Can is set to have a medical in Italy on Thursday, as the 24-year-old anticipates completing a five-year contract with the Serie A giants.
Finally, West Ham United is looking to add to its attacking options next season, and the club could be nearing a record move.
Lazio winger Felipe Anderson is reportedly set to come to the London Stadium in 2018/19 as the Hammers prepare a $46 million deal.
Anderson tallied four goals in 21 Serie A matches last season for the Biancocelesti.
The 30-year-old has spent two seasons managing Hoffenheim, guiding the club to back-to-back top-four finishes in the Bundesliga.
Leipzig is currently without a manager ahead of the next season, so it remains unclear who will take over until Nagelsmann assumes his role in 2019.