Burnley defender Michael Duff has red card rescinded, will be available vs Hull City

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Burnley won’t get their valuable three points back, but there’s some respite from a 1-0 loss to West Ham over the weekend.

37-year-old defender Michael Duff had his red card rescinded on appeal by the FA after referee Jon Moss sent off the Burnley man in just the 23rd minute, forcing the Clarets to chase the game a man down for over an hour.

Duff was ruled to have brought down Cheikhou Kouyate in the penalty area, and Moss sent him off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. Mark Noble slotted home the penalty, and West Ham cruised from there.

With the club now bottom of the league table and seven points back of safety, they mathematically cannot lose from here on out in order to have any shot at staving off relegation. Burnley manager Sean Dyche was furious about the decision after the game, producing a fantastic quote knowing it could be a critical moment in determining whether his team can maintain its Premier League status.

“I’ve got no problem with the fact it’s a penalty. I think there’s a stadium full of people who are very surprised it’s a sending-off,” Dyche said. “I can only imagine their manager was surprised. Their staff were certainly surprised. I think the subs were surprised it was a sending-off. I think the groundsman was surprised it was a sending-off, I think the linesman was surprised it was a sending-off. I think there was a tube station nearby where they were surprised it was a sending-off.”

“When you really need decisions to be right, in my opinion it wasn’t right. It’s a massive moment in a game like this. That changes everything. It’s hard enough to win games at this level 11 v 11.”

As stated, any loss from here on out would doom Burnley to the Championship just a year after they were promoted. They would also be condemned to the drop should they drop any points and Sunderland pick up any points the rest of the way. Even if they win out, one win by Sunderland would confirm relegation for the Clarets.

Thankfully, Burnley will now have Duff available against Hull City, who are also fighting for their Premier League lives. That match was thought a few weeks ago to be a vastly important relegation six-pointer, and while it still is for Hull, to Burnley they’re all of equal importance from here on out.

Russell hat trick snaps Sporting KC’s win streak (video)

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Struggling, short-handed Sporting KC needed a star show to kickstart its summer, and Johnny Russell was ready to go.

Maybe the 29-year-old Scotsman was feeding off the buzz of his old club Derby County preparing for the Championship Playoff Final, but Russell scored thrice as Sporting took care of Seattle 3-2 in Washington on Sunday.

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The right winger scored his fifth, sixth, and seventh goals of the MLS season as Sporting won its first match since March 30.

Russell scored 35 goals with 34 assists in 205 matches with the Rams, but has destroyed that mark with KC. He now has 19 and 16 in 55.

Seattle loses ground on LAFC in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, while KC is now within four points of the playoff places.

 

 

Report: Newcastle in takeover talks with UAE billionaire

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Reports out of Northeast England say Newcastle United supporters who want owner Mike Ashley out at all costs have new hope.

United Arab Emirates billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan is said to be in talks with Ashley about a takeover of the St. James’ Park-based club, though there’s a lot of work to do for a deal to be complete.

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One report goes as far as to say Ashley has agreed to accept $444 million for the Premier League club.

Sheikh Khaled, 61, was educated at American colleges Boston University and Michigan State. He’s the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and was turned down with a $2.5 billion bid for Liverpool last season.

From The Chronicle:

NUFC have confirmed some talks with Sheikh Khaled. But say there is still “some way” to go on a deal. Newcastle United refusing to make any further comment at this time.

Takeover talks are nothing new at Newcastle, and there does seem to be some heat to these reports, but Ashley and his crew have spun these stories of interest in the past. And with Magpies supporters waiting for news on Rafa Benitez‘s new deal, some will be way of a smoke screen for an inability to reach an agreement with the celebrated Newcastle manager.

Wondolowski scores 149th, 150th goals; Earthquakes win

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TORONTO (AP) Chris Wondolowski scored his 149th and 150th MLS goals in the San Jose Earthquakes’ 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday night.

The MLS career goals leader scored both from close range.

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Wondolowski got a yard’s separation from Drew Moor and deftly redirected in Cristian Espinoza’s cross in the 37th minute to tie it at 1. The go-ahead goal in the 81st minute was a virtual replay, with Espinoza finding Wondolowski in space.

The San Jose striker has six goals in two games. He scored all four goals in a 4-1 victory over Chicago last weekend to surpass Landon Donovan’s league record of 145 goals and up his career total to 148.

Richie Laryea opened the scoring for Toronto (5-6-2) in the 28th minute

San Jose (5-6-2) won for the first time in six road games this season.

Chairman Mubarak: Other clubs are ‘jealous’ of Man City’s success

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak believes that other clubs — namely those who have fallen miles back of the back-to-back Premier League champions — are “jealous” of the club’s success.

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The root of the perceived jealousy is, of course, Man City’s seemingly unlimited spending power which dwarves that of just about — if not — every other club in the PL. There’s a growing sense around the league — and around the world — that clubs like City, just to name one, are doing the game a disservice by distorting the transfer market and building an infallible super-team with the aid of unprecedented financial resources.

Mubarak believes that these feelings also stem from other clubs’ failed dealings in the transfer market: spending comparable — if not more — money on players who don’t justify that price tag the same way some of City’s big-money buys have done — quotes from the BBC:

“With success, there is a certain level of jealousy, envy, whatever you call it. That’s part of the game.

“It’s not easy for our competition, we know that. But the reality is, we didn’t buy the most expensive player in the Premier League [Paul Pogba], we didn’t buy the most expensive goalkeeper [Kepa Arrizabalaga], we didn’t buy the most expensive midfielder, we didn’t buy the most expensive striker [Romelu Lukaku].

“People make decisions, they’ve got to live by them. This is a well-run club.”

City’s financial dealings have regularly been in the headlines of late, as they are believed to have circumvented FFP rules by lying about sponsorship deals so as to balance a larger expenditure on transfer fees and player wages with revenue generated by the club.