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Chelsea appalled by FA’s decision to reduce Nemanja Matic ban to 2 games

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic's suspension has been reduced from three matches to two, the Football Association has announced.

Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea appalled by FA’s decision to reduce Nemanja Matic ban to 2 games

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic's suspension has been reduced from three matches to two, the Football Association has announced.

Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Blues midfielder high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

No FA action against Burnley’s Ashley Barnes for Nemanja Matic foul

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Burnley's Ashley Barnes will face no disciplinary action for his challenge on Nemanja Matic, the Football Association has confirmed.

Barnes put in a full-blooded tackle on the Blues midfielder during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, leaving his foot up and studs showing as he made contact with Matic's leg.

No FA action against Burnley’s Ashley Barnes for Nemanja Matic foul

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Burnley's Ashley Barnes will face no disciplinary action for his challenge on Nemanja Matic, the Football Association has confirmed.

Barnes put in a full-blooded tackle on the Blues midfielder during Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, leaving his foot up and studs showing as he made contact with Matic's leg.

Louis Van Gaal will appeal against FA charge regarding referee comments

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will contest a Football Association disrepute charge over comments he made after last month's FA Cup trip to Cambridge.

Van Gaal was charged by the governing body for remarks which "allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bringing the game into disrepute".

Louis Van Gaal will appeal against FA charge regarding referee comments

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will contest a Football Association disrepute charge over comments he made after last month's FA Cup trip to Cambridge.

Van Gaal was charged by the governing body for remarks which "allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bringing the game into disrepute".

Chelsea striker Diego Costa pleads innocence over stamping incident

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa insists there was no malicious intent behind the stamp on Emre Can which earned him a three-match ban from the Football Association.

The 26-year-old was suspended for three games for violent conduct by the FA after an independent regulatory commission on Friday ruled he deliberately stamped on the ankle of the Liverpool midfielder in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa pleads innocence over stamping incident

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa insists there was no malicious intent behind the stamp on Emre Can which earned him a three-match ban from the Football Association.

The 26-year-old was suspended for three games for violent conduct by the FA after an independent regulatory commission on Friday ruled he deliberately stamped on the ankle of the Liverpool midfielder in Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

Jose Mourinho fined £25,000 for his ‘clear campaign’ against Chelsea comments

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Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 and warned over his future conduct by the Football Association for claiming there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea.

The Blues boss' complaints following the draw at Southampton on December 28 were found to be improper and brought the game into disrepute.

Jose Mourinho fined £25,000 for his ‘clear campaign’ against Chelsea comments

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Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 and warned over his future conduct by the Football Association for claiming there was a "clear campaign" against Chelsea.

The Blues boss' complaints following the draw at Southampton on December 28 were found to be improper and brought the game into disrepute.

Jose Mourinho Charged by FA Over ‘Clear Campaign’ Remarks

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for comments made about match officials after last month's draw at Southampton, the Football Association has announced.

Mourinho claimed there is a "clear campaign" by "people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams" against Chelsea and labeled the booking of Cesc Fabregas for diving at St Mary's on December 28 a "scandal".

Jose Mourinho Charged by FA Over ‘Clear Campaign’ Remarks

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for comments made about match officials after last month's draw at Southampton, the Football Association has announced.

Mourinho claimed there is a "clear campaign" by "people, pundits, commentators and coaches from other teams" against Chelsea and labeled the booking of Cesc Fabregas for diving at St Mary's on December 28 a "scandal".

Jose Mourinho Complains That Ref Phil Dowd Was Too Slow

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A seething Jose Mourinho invited scrutiny on the performance of referee Phil Dowd after witnessing his Chelsea side lose 5-3 at Tottenham in a result which wiped out their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs ended a 10-match winless run against the Blues, who now share the Premier League lead with a Manchester City side who have erased an eight-point deficit to Mourinho's men.

Jose Mourinho Complains That Ref Phil Dowd Was Too Slow

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A seething Jose Mourinho invited scrutiny on the performance of referee Phil Dowd after witnessing his Chelsea side lose 5-3 at Tottenham in a result which wiped out their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs ended a 10-match winless run against the Blues, who now share the Premier League lead with a Manchester City side who have erased an eight-point deficit to Mourinho's men.

Garry Monk: No Plans to Sell Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey

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Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant he has no plans to sell England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in January.

Monk criticized Shelvey ahead of the Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool when he told the 22-year-old to "wise up" and said he would not tolerate his "laziness" any more.

Shelvey was selected against his former club on Monday, but had an unhappy night in Swansea's 4-1 defeat as he failed to track Adam Lallana for Liverpool's third goal and then headed into his own net to cap a miserable night for Monk's men.

Garry Monk: No Plans to Sell Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey

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Swansea manager Garry Monk is adamant he has no plans to sell England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey in January.

Monk criticized Shelvey ahead of the Barclays Premier League game at Liverpool when he told the 22-year-old to "wise up" and said he would not tolerate his "laziness" any more.

Shelvey was selected against his former club on Monday, but had an unhappy night in Swansea's 4-1 defeat as he failed to track Adam Lallana for Liverpool's third goal and then headed into his own net to cap a miserable night for Monk's men.

Newcastle Striker Papiss Cisse Faces 3 Match Ban After Being Charged by FA

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is facing a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for using his elbow on Everton's Seamus Coleman.

The FA's video review panel looked at the incident, which happened in Newcastle's 3-2 win on Sunday, and decided it was worthy of a charge and three-game ban.

Newcastle Striker Papiss Cisse Faces 3 Match Ban After Being Charged by FA

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Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse is facing a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for using his elbow on Everton's Seamus Coleman.

The FA's video review panel looked at the incident, which happened in Newcastle's 3-2 win on Sunday, and decided it was worthy of a charge and three-game ban.

Wenger: Respect Must Be a Two Way Street In Nigel Pearson Case

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out over the Football Association charge issued to his Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson for abusing a spectator, insisting respect must be a two-way street.

Pearson was charged on Thursday after footage emerged of him shouting at someone in the crowd during the team's 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on December 2.

Wenger: Respect Must Be a Two Way Street In Nigel Pearson Case

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken out over the Football Association charge issued to his Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson for abusing a spectator, insisting respect must be a two-way street.

Pearson was charged on Thursday after footage emerged of him shouting at someone in the crowd during the team's 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on December 2.

Swansea to Appeal Fabianski Red Card

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Swansea have announced they will be appealing the red card shown to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski during Sunday's Barclays Premier League defeat to West Ham.

The Poland international was dismissed in the 68th minute of the match at Upton Park for impeding West Ham substitute Diafra Sakho as he burst through on goal.

Swansea to Appeal Fabianski Red Card

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Swansea have announced they will be appealing the red card shown to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski during Sunday's Barclays Premier League defeat to West Ham.

The Poland international was dismissed in the 68th minute of the match at Upton Park for impeding West Ham substitute Diafra Sakho as he burst through on goal.

Stoke City Chairman Fined £5,000 By FA For Comments About Referees

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Stoke chairman Peter Coates has been fined £5,000 by the Football Association for comments he made about referees.

Speaking to local paper the Sentinel last month after a series of matches where Stoke felt they had been badly treated, Coates said: "We feel we don't always get fair treatment and that is all we are asking for.

Stoke City Chairman Fined £5,000 By FA For Comments About Referees

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Stoke chairman Peter Coates has been fined £5,000 by the Football Association for comments he made about referees.

Speaking to local paper the Sentinel last month after a series of matches where Stoke felt they had been badly treated, Coates said: "We feel we don't always get fair treatment and that is all we are asking for.

Swansea Manager Garry Monk Avoids FA Sanction For Criticism of Referee

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Swansea boss Garry Monk has avoided punishment after accusing Stoke winger Victor Moses of "clear cheating" and saw his wife rally to his support on Wednesday.

The Football Association announced Monk will not face any further action following his post-match comments on October 19, when he was incensed over Moses winning Stoke a penalty from which they equalized on their way to a 2-1 win over Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

Hull City Owner Puts Club Up For Sale Due To Name Change Dispute

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Today, Hull City owner Assem Allam kept to his word and announced that he is putting the club up for sale. The Egyptian businessman had previously stated if the Football Association would not allow himto rename the team "Hull Tigers", he would consider selling the 110-year-old Yorkshire club.

Speaking to the media at the KC Stadium this afternoon, Allam said: "Lately there have been a lot of rumors and that is not a good thing, so I decided it was better to have a face-to-face conference and clear the air.

B Teams – we might not get lucky next time

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I was going to write something about B Teams, but after writing a few sentences I realised just how ridiculous the idea was and gave up. I can't help but think Shoot were rubbing their hands in glee thinking they'd be able to stretch their pre-season "Team Ladders" editions over three issues. Anyway, I just thought I'd add a few words of warning about the whole scheme.

The FA Three-Man Panel – Time For A Change Already?

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After Yaya Toure was left off the hook for his kick on Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and Craig Bellamy's three-game ban for his incident with Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman, the Football Association has been under a lot of criticism. In the case of Yaya Toure, I am not sure how he escaped any type of fine or ban.

FA Clears Mark Clattenburg of Any Wrongdoing Over Southampton Adam Lallana Incident

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The Football Association has cleared referee Mark Clattenburg of any wrongdoing over the incident involving Southampton's Adam Lallana.

In a statement from The FA, England's governing body said:

"The FA can confirm it received a complaint from Southampton concerning referee Mark Clattenburg and his alleged comments made to their player Adam Lallana.

FA Charges Brendan Rodgers Over Lee Mason Comments

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I am not surprise to hear that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly questioning the integrity of referee Lee Mason.

In his post-match comments following the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, the Liverpool boss appeared to question whether it was correct to have an official from Greater Manchester in charge of the game.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Charged By FA Over Post-Match Man City Comments

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The Football Association has charged Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with bringing the game into disrepute after his comments he made after the Manchester City-Liverpool match.

In the game between Manchester City and Liverpool, the match officials made mistakes on two clear-cut decisions.

FA Charges Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere With Making Insulting and Abusive Gesture

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The Football Association has charged Jack Wilshere retrospectively with making an offensive and/or insulting and/or abusive gesture in Arsenal's match against Manchester City this past weekend.

According to a statement from The FA,

"The charge follows an alleged gesture made during the fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 14 December.

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Democracy Or Gerrymandering? The Hull City Vote Goes Public

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It was noted on this site at least a couple of years ago that democracy in terms of football had the potential to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, genuine efforts to engage supporters to be active rather than passive in terms of involvement with their clubs arrive at their natural conclusion in the existence of supporters trusts, both at clubs where the trusts are running the show and at those at which they play the vital but not always popular role of being a "critical friend.

A Unanimous Recommendation To Reject: The FA On “Hull Tigers”

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In the interests of strict accuracy, it should be pointed that this is not completely a done deal, just yet. It may well have been that the Football Association confirmed this afternoon that their Membership Committee have made a unanimous recommendation to the FA Council to reject Hull City AFC's proposed to the name of "Hull Tigers.

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

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There's nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn't resorting to blackmail in order to force English football's governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn't recognise them from the description) to accept his thoroughly-researched, precisely-budgeted rebranding of his club to Hull Tigers.

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"#Antisemitism in Football" - Excerpt from the Government Report "Government Action on Anti-Semitism"

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Brief football-related Excerpt from the UK Government Report from the Department for Communities and Local Government "Government Action on Anti-Semitism"


II Antisemitism in football

"While not as overt as abuse directed at black players in the 1970s and 1980s, there has been a worrying rise in antisemitism in the last few years that has received less back-page coverage than it perhaps ought to have done.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 4: The first account of soccer-style football after codification?

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Our series continues with a look at football in Philadelphia after the 1863 code, including what may be the first newspaper accounts of a soccer-style game in the city.

QPR and ex-Man Utd star Rio Ferdinand’s defence of ‘sket’ comment not credible

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The Football Association has insisted that QPR defender Rio Ferdinand's defence for using the offensive term "sket" on Twitter was...

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How the press let us all down, by failing to expose the Football Association for what it is.

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By Tony Attwood

If you are a regular reader of my ramblings on Untold you might recall that a while back I reported that Sport England had decided to cut funding to the FA by £1.6 million a year after participation levels among adult males in England dropped.

Now our national press did its regular [.

Sharp In The Cup… Sheffield United’s Jekyll & Hyde Season

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According to the Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough, it was news of the reward that pushed his team over the line in their FA Cup Fifth Round match against Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon. For reasons as ever best kept to themselves, the Football Association held the draw for the quarter-finals of this year's competition towards the end of the first half of their match, and as serendipity would have it the Blades found out at half-time that winning this match would lead to a Sixth Round match against Sheffield Wednesday, if they could pull a result out of the hat in the forty-five minutes that followed and Wednesday come to beat Charlton Athletic in their now-delayed match.