25
Sep

Juventus enact rule forcing substituted players to remain on bench

Sometimes team spirit isn’t organic. Sometimes it needs to be manufactured.

Maybe a team watches a movie together to foster chemistry. Or maybe the coach comes up with a rule where substituted players must remain on the bench and watch the game with his teammates, or else face harsh punishment.

Say what? That’s exactly what Juventus coach Antonio Conte has done. Players that are taken off in-game will be required to watch the rest of the game from the bench, or else face a fine and a month-long ban.

Harsh, indeed! Conte, clearly upset after Pirlo opted to march down the tunnel after being subbed off against Verona, had this to say about the situation:

“Before it, there had never been the need to have a rule, but from now on there is a rule and it is valid for all players.” The only exception? Players that that are on a stretcher and have to see the doctor.

So much for catching and early shower and beating traffic.

(h/t Football-Italia)

23
Aug

Monaco, Toulouse play scoreless draw and no one is there to see it

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If you don’t score in an empty stadium, does that mean it never happened?

Unfortunately for Monaco, their 0-0 draw with Toulouse did happen, and resulted in their first dropped points of the Ligue 1 season.

The match on Friday was played in an empty stadium as punishment because of crowd trouble in Monaco’s final match against Le Mans at the end of last season. They beat Le Mans 2-1, securing the Ligue 2 title and winning promotion to Ligue 1, but fans rushed the field after the final whistle, and set off flares during the title celebration.

Despite not taking advantage of a weaker Toulouse team, Monaco is still off to a strong start in Ligue 1 as they sit atop the league, one point ahead of Lyon, Marseille and St. Etienne.

17
Jul

Horrendous tackle to the face nets player 14-game ban

The Peruvian Football Federation has banned a player for 14 matches following a reckless, high kick to the face of an opponent. Willigton Smith of second tier club Alianza Huanuco wildly followed through on this tackle, or clearance, or whatever he was going for, and struck the face of Deportivo player Omar Cuya, who was knocked out cold.

"Y boom," indeed.

22
Apr

Patrice Evra mocks Luis Suarez, bites fake arm thrown on pitch

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If you thought that Manchester United winning their 20th Premier League title would knock Luis Suarez out of the news, you were wrong. Once the Red Devils finished their destruction of Aston Villa to clinch the BPL title, the players broke into celebration. After a fan threw a fake arm onto the pitch, Patrice Evra played along and took a bite out of it.

Clearly, a metaphorical slap in the face to Luis Suarez, who set off the soccer world with his bite in Sunday’s game. For those that don’t recall, Luis Suarez was banned 8 matches in 2011 after he was found guilty of racially abusing Evra. 

Fresh off of his fifth Premier League title with Manchester United, it would appear that Patrice Evra got the last laugh.

21
Apr

Suarez takes a bite out of Ivanovic

Looks like someone didn’t eat their Wheaties today.

Luis Suarez is doing Luis Suarez things once again. It’s clear as day that he sunk his teeth into Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic’s arm during today’s match. Adding insult to injury, Suarez put in the late equalizer during stoppage time to seal a 2-2 draw.

This isn’t the first time Suarez has taken a bite out of another player. In 2010 with Ajax, Suarez was banned for seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bokkal’s shoulder.

What’s next for Suarez - a ban for the rest of the season? Ordered to wear a muzzle?

UPDATE: Suarez’s best Mike Tyson impression did not go unnoticed. Take a look at who just followed Suarez on Twitter.

4
Apr

A player for Brazilian side Bangu has been handed a six-match ban for illegally entering the pitch to make a goal-line clearance. Celsinho was on the sideline receiving treatment, but when his goalkeeper turned the ball over to the opposing team, he sprang into action.

Without permission, Celsinho ran back onto the field and stopped what was a certain goal, but in the process, netted himself a red card, and now the six-match ban.

While Celsinho’s instinctive play salvaged a point for his team — the opposing team was awarded an indirect free kick that they were unable to convert, and the match ended in a 2-2 draw — now he’ll be sitting out a long time before making his next clearance. Would he make that sacrifice again?

8
Mar

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified.

The Argentina international, who was banned from driving for six months on January 16, was arrested on Thursday near his home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified.

The Argentina international, who was banned from driving for six months on January 16, was arrested on Thursday near his home in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. He was later bailed pending further inquiries.

A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: “At 5.13pm yesterday police arrested a 29-year-old man from Alderley Edge on the A538 in Macclesfield.” Read more here.

Watch Tevez’s expensive sled get towed away second by second.