Leeds United fined £200,000 by EFL over ‘spygate’

Leeds United have been fined £200,000 by the English Football League for watching opponents train before matches. A member of Leeds’ staff was found acting suspiciously outside Derby’s training ground before the fixture between the two sides on 10 January. Boss Marcelo Bielsa said he had sent a member of staff to watch every team they have played this season train. The EFL found Leeds breached rules over treating teams with “good faith”. Leeds have also received a formal reprimand from the EFL, which is bringing in a rule to…

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Keane not keen on UAE

Earlier today, former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane was pictured taking part in a training session with UAE club Al-Ahli. The images first appeared on the Twitter account of the UAE side. The speculation was rife that the former Republic of Ireland skipper has chosen his next destination following his five-year stint with MLS side LA Galaxy. النجم الايرلندي روبي كين يشارك في تدريبات الفرسان صباح اليوم pic.twitter.com/0S9P4z2yxM — النـــادي الاهــــلي (@AlAhliClub) February 6, 2017 However, according to the Irish Times, Keane is not expected to join the Dubai’s side. The…

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Promising Championship season kicks-off

Two Champions League-winning managers plying their trades in the second tier of any football league is unprecedented. However, this will be the reality for the Championship this season as Newcastle United and Aston Villa will be managed by Rafa Benitez and Roberto Di Matteo respectively. Everyone football fan is buzzed about the competitiveness of the Premier League, but the Championship promises to be equally competitive and boosts some big names in football management this season. Leeds United have appointed former Swansea City manager Gary Monk as their new manager while Reading have…

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Championship Season Review – Hull, Ipswich, Leeds, Middlesbrough

Hull City: 4th (promoted via play-offs) Manager Steve Bruce offered to resign after failing to keep Hull in the Premier League in 2015, but the club managed to convince him to stay on. That persuasion eventually paid off as the club returned to the top-flight at the first attempt by coming out on top in the play-offs. They were in the mix all season as a strong start immediately had them among the promotion contenders. The only early blemishes came in away defeats to Charlton Athletic and fellow pace setters…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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FA Cup Round Five Preview

The last 16 of the FA Cup is when a number of clubs normally begin to feel that they may just have a chance of winning the famous trophy in May, and many of the big guns make up the names that remain in the competition, with six of the Premier League’s current top seven involved in the eight fixtures to be played over the course of this weekend. Having triumphed in each of the last two seasons, Arsenal are the team to stop and they begin proceedings with a…

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Man United gossip: Red Devils hero PRAISES Hector Moreno’s challenge, while Championship prospect targeted

Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Former United captain Roy Keane has praised the challenge made by Hector Moreno that led to Luke Shaw’s horrific injury, according to the Daily Mirror. The tough-tackling midfielder also suggested that it was only after it was clear that Shaw was severely hurt that anyone had a problem with the attempt to win the ball. “I thought it was a brilliant challenge. I love the physical side of the game. You can always tell by the players’ reactions – they are…

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Man United plot £4m bid for Leeds United prospect Charlie Taylor

Manchester United are reportedly planning to make a £4m bid for Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor, according to the Daily Star. The Red Devils were hoping to prise one of the brightest talents in Uwe Rosler’s squad away in the summer, but due to the horrific injury sustained by Luke Shaw against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, the Premier League side now plan to make their bid in January (via Star). The 21-year-old is now one of the first names on Rosler’s teamsheet, after establishing himself midway through last…

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(Video) TWENTY ARRESTED as Leeds United fans brawl wildly during pre-season friendly

Leeds United’s pre-season friendly defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt was completely overshadowed as some of the fans from both clubs violently clashed. According to the Metro, police made 20 arrests following the shocking scenes in Austria. The sets of supporters clashed on the pitch initially after some of the German fans decided to tear down a Leeds flag (via Metro). Riot police were then called in as 100 Frankfurt supporters confronted fans of the Championship side following the final whistle, in scenes that saw two people – including one United fan –…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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The Premier League’s best forward trios EVER: Surprising name at the top

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The Daily Mirror have taken the 20 teams that have spent the most seasons in the Premier League, and put together a list of who they deem to be their top three strikers from down the years. READ MORE: Alexis Sanchez on international duty Diego Simeone says Man United can have striker Six key battles for Premier League’s opening weekend Let us know whether you agree with their selections:     20) West Brom – Peter Odemwingie, Geoff Horsfield, Robbie Earnshaw This poll has arguably come a little too early…

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Young Championship XI that Premier League clubs should be looking at

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With a promotion race that remained a four-horse race right until the final couple games of the season, the Championship retained its reputation as one of the most competitive leagues in Europe this year. While Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich can look forward to playing in the top flight next season – as can some of the loan stars that shone – there are a number of young players who will, at the moment anyway, be plying their trade at this level for another year. Here is an XI made up…

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Harry Kane beware: 15 Premier League strikers who flopped after great seasons

When Tottenham began their Premier League season with an 1-0 win over West Ham, few would have expected that the man that Mauricio Pochettino would only throw on in the 83rd minute would turn out to be one of the league’s top goalscorers. READ MORE: Premier League News and Goals Amazingly – given that he wouldn’t start a single game in the league until November – Harry Kane would go on to finish the season with more goals than anyone else, apart from Manchester City’s talisman Sergio Aguero. His 21…

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Championship season review: Ipswich, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Millwall

Ipswich Town: 6th A hardworking and industrious side, but few expected Ipswich to significantly improve on their 2014 placing of ninth, particularly as they did not make many summer signings while some of their rivals looked better equipped. However, in Mick McCarthy they have a manager used to achieving success in the Championship, and for a number of months he raised great hopes among those in Suffolk that the Tractor Boys were in line for a return to the top-flight after some 13 years away. After an inconsistent August, they…

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