Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Vardy suspension very real, Liverpool facing more UEFA charges

Yesterdays's Match
Premier League
Stoke City 0-4 Tottenham
(Kane 10', 71', Alli 68', 82')

Full match recap

Headlines
Jamie Vardy has, indeed, been charged with improper conduct by the FA and could face an additional suspension. Leicester City and Vardy will have until Thursday to appeal the decision, which they most certainly will do. The closest case to this one from this season was Diego Costa's improper conduct charge after his sending off in the FA Cup against Everton. He was fined £20,000 and given an additional one game suspension.

Liverpool are facing UEFA charges stemming from some fans launching fireworks and flares during their thrilling comeback victory over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday. This is in addition to similar charges brought against the club for similar behavior when the club beat Manchester United in the previous round of the Europa League. These cases will be heard after the Europa League final, so it will not affect this European season.

Aston Villa has had another unfortunate event come their way. After their relegation to the Championship was confirmed, two members of their board have quit. Mervyn King and David Bernstein have both left the club with "regret" after both having been there for less than two months.

Finally, in the continuing saga of Neymar and the Brazilian National Team at Copa America, the latest reports out of Spain say that he will, in fact join his compatriots in the USA for the special tournament and not in Brazil for the Olympics. The reason? Barcelona will not release him for the Olympics, but they would have to for the Copa America. Who knows what will actually happen with this anymore. There have been enough reports coming out saying that he would play in both tournaments that I, for one, won't believe anything until Neymar is actually on the pitch in America or Brazil this summer.

Atlanta United have announced they are constricting a privately funded training faciltiy in Marietta, Georgia, north of their downtown Atlanta home. The facility will be home to their senior team training center as well as their youth academy. The $15 million facility is being funded entirely by the club and it's wealth owner, Arthur Blank.

Finally, Montreal Impact owner Joey Saputo met with Pope Francis in Montreal. In a meeting discribed as surreal, the Montreal owner gifted the Argentinian Pope a signed Ignacio Piatti jersey. Piatti, who has been Montreal's best player so far this season, played at San Lorenzo before coming to Quebec. Pope Francis is a known supporter of the Argentine club, so Saputo thought it would be a nice gift for him.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Espanyol v. Celta Vigo- 2pm
Real Betis v. Las Palmas- 3pm

Serie A
Napoli v. Bologna- 2:45pm

DfB Pokal- Semi-finals
Bayern Munich v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm
Hertha Berlin v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:30pm

Coupe de France- Semi-finals
Lorient v. Paris-St. Germain- 3pm
Sochaux v. Marseille- 3pm

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