Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Mourinho targeted by PSG, Agbonlahor suspended again

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Newcastle 1-1 Manchester City
(Anita 31')-(Aguero 14')

La Liga
Espanyol 1-1 Celta Vigo
(Asensio 39')-(Aspas 28')

Real Betis 1-0 Las Palmas
(van Wolfswinkel 83')

Serie A
Napoli 6-0 Bologna
(Gabbiadini 10', 35', Mertens 58', 80', 88', Lopez 89')

DfB Pokal- Semi-finals
Bayern Munich 2-0 Werder Bremen
(Muller 30', 71')

Coupe de France- Semi-finals
Lorient 0-1 Paris-St. Germain
(Ibrahimovic 75')

Headlines
The latest Jose Mourinho rumors have surfaced and they suggest he is not looking to England anymore. Despite the "pre-contract" he supposedly has with Manchester United. he is being talked about for Paris-St. Germain. He still wants to go to United, but if that falls through for one reason or another, he still has another option, I guess.

Like the rest of Aston Villa, it has been a rough year for Gabriel Agbonlahor. He was photographed smoking a hookah pipe over the last international break and was suspended for that. Now word has surfaced that Villa have suspended him again after he was spotted partying in London after the club's relegation fate was sealed on Saturday. He was apparently photographed in London partying with, of all things, laughing gas.

MLS has announced "elevated security policies" that are going into effect for the league's remaining matches. These new measures include pat downs, metal detector wands, and limits to the sizes of bags that can be carried into stadiums. This brings MLS policies in line with other major American sports, which already use these techniques.

A big story coming out of this weekend was referee Kevin Friend, a Leicester City supporter, being removed from Monday' night's Tottenham-Stoke City match because of his personal allegiances. It made sense to me, although I wondered how difficult it is to keep referees from presiding over matches than can greatly affect the club they follow closely. The BBC has a piece that details all the Premier League referees and which club they support, as well as how many times they have officiated that club or their primary rivals. Officials are required to disclose their allegiances to the league and their backgrounds are audited every year.

Apparently, where the referee calls home also comes in to play when referee assignments are doled out. An official from Liverpool, for instance, will see less of a likelihood of getting put onto a Liverpool or Everton match.

I was an interesting look into an area of the game that goes overlooked and it's worth checking out.

Today's Matches
Premier League
West Ham v. Watford- 2:45pm
Liverpool v. Everton- 3pm- NBCSN
Manchester United v. Crystal Palace- 3pm

La Liga
Deportivo La Coruna v. Barcelona- 2pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm
Malaga v. Rayo Vallecano- 2:45pm
Sporting Gijon v. Sevilla- 2:45pm
Valencia v. Eibar- 2:45pm
Real Madrid v. Villarreal- 4pm

CONCACAF Champions League- Final First Leg
UANL v. Club America- 9:45pm- FS2

Serie A
Sassuolo v. Sampdoria- 12:30pm
AS Roma v. Torino- 2:45pm
Chievo Verona v. Frosinone- 2:45pm
Empoli v. Hellas Verona- 2:45pm
Genoa v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm
Juventus v. Lazio- 2:45pm- beIN
Palermo v. Atalanta- 2:45pm
Udinese v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm

DfB Pokal- Semi-finals
Hertha BErlin v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:30pm

Coupe de France- Semi-finals
Sochaux v. Olympique Marseille- 3pm

USL
Orange County Blues v. Portland Timbers 2- YouTube

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