Barcelona have asked Spain's Court for Sport (TAD) to open disciplinary proceedings against La Liga chief Javier Tebas after he criticised the team's reaction to an empty bottle being thrown in from the stands during a goal celebration. Tebas said he would be "ashamed to pretend" the way some players went down "like a game of skittles" even though the empty plastic bottle only appeared to hit striker Neymar as Barcelona celebrated Lionel Messi's injury time penalty that secured a 3-2 win in Valencia's Mestalla Stadium. Valencia were fined 1,500 euros ($1,634.10) by the Spanish football federation (RFEF), who also condemned the Barcelona players for goading the home team's fans.
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(Adds FA charge against Moyes) LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct in the wake of his comments about referee Anthony Taylor before Manchester United's goalless draw with Liverpool last week, the Football Association said on Thursday. On a busy day for the FA's disciplinary department, Sunderland boss Davis Moyes was also hit with a misconduct charge after he was sent off at Southampton in the League Cup on Wednesday. United manager Mourinho said it would be "difficult" for Taylor, who is from the Greater Manchester area, to have "a very good performance" after being put in charge of the Premier League game between two fierce rivals.
Yahoo - 10/27/2016 7:54:15 PM
By Richard Martin MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is under pressure to break up his misfiring attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale when he takes the La Liga leaders to Alaves on Saturday. Zidane's first choice forwards have managed a combined nine goals this term, with Ronaldo making his worst ever start to a season in a Real shirt, netting twice in six league games. The trio sat out the thumping 7-1 win over Cultural Leonesa in the King's Cup on Wednesday as Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio each scored twice to become Real's top scorers with six goals in all competitions while Lucas Vazquez also impressed.
Yahoo - 10/27/2016 4:01:37 PM
Gonzalo Higuain will face former club Napoli for the first time on Saturday since his acrimonious departure for Juventus, adding even more spice to the fierce rivalry between the two sides. The brooding Argentine scored a record 36 league goals for Napoli last season as he led them to the runners-up spot behind Juventus who won a fifth successive Serie A title. Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri, who brought out the best in Higuain last season, gave a light-hearted answer when asked about the meeting with his former marksman, who has scored six league goals for Juventus so far.
Yahoo - 10/27/2016 2:44:38 PM
(Adds Brady quotes, updated club statement, changes slug) LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) - England's Football Association has launched an inquiry into the violence that marred Wednesday's League Cup tie between West Ham United and Chelsea at the London Stadium while the hosts said 200 people face banning orders. There was also violence outside the stadium, the centrepiece of the 2012 Olympics, where riot police intervened as supporters clashed on their way back to the London Underground. On Thursday the FA confirmed to Reuters it had launched an investigation and will assess the evidence after talking to both clubs.
Yahoo - 10/27/2016 1:47:15 PM
Liam Twomey describes the scenes at London Stadium after violence escalated between West Ham and Chelsea supporters in the EFL Cup. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is frustrated that crowd trouble has overshadowed his team's EFL Cup win over Chelsea. West Ham and the London Stadium say 200 people face football banning orders following the violence during Wednesday night's game against Chelsea. Police made seven arrests after skirmishes broke out towards the end of the stadium's first London derby, when West Ham won 2-1. Police and stewards battled to maintain segregation behind the goal being defended by West Ham as coins, seats and other objects appeared to be thrown between rival supporters. The Hammers and Chelsea condemned the unsavoury scenes...
ESPN - 10/27/2016 12:33:00 PM
The key stats ahead of the weekend's Ligue 1 action, including an embarrassing look at Angel Di Maria's finishing. Paris Saint-Germain travel north to face Lille on Friday, but it's not certain if Angel Di Maria will be a part of Unai Emery's starting lineup. The Argentina international is struggling for form with club and country this season and has only shown fleeting glimpses of the player who was enthralling to watch at times in Ligue 1 and the Champions League last campaign. With just one goal and four assists from 12 matches across all competitions so far this term, Di Maria has come in for criticism. El...
ESPN - 10/27/2016 12:17:00 PM
Pep Guardiola says Man City's six-match winless run is part of coaching, but is confident his side can recover. Pep Guardiola is in the midst of his longest winless streak but full-back Pablo Maffeo is confident Manchester City will soon be back on track. After starting life at the Etihad Stadium with 10 straight victories in all competitions, things have gone off track in recent weeks despite City still sitting top of the Premier League. Wednesday's 1-0 EFL Cup exit at the hands of rivals Manchester United saw City fail to win for the sixth match in succession -- the longest stretch of games without a victory...
ESPN - 10/27/2016 12:01:00 PM
Three late goals made Celtic's victory over Ross County seem far more comfortable than it might have been. Stuart Armstrong, right, has proven his worth at Celtic over the past month. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has backed Stuart Armstrong to make his mark in central midfield for club and country. Armstrong started and scored in Celtic's 4-0 victory over Ross County on Wednesday night as one of two central midfielders behind an attacking four, after impressing off the bench during Sunday's cup win over Rangers. Rodgers admitted he has worked on the 24-year-old's confidence and tactical knowledge since arriving in the summer ahead of the midfielder's second full season at Parkhead. "He...
ESPN - 10/27/2016 11:35:00 AM
Wilmer Cabrera has one year of MLS head coaching experience with Chivas USA. The Houston Dynamo are preparing to announce former Chivas USA manager Wilmer Cabrera as their new head coach on Friday, according to multiple reports. Cabrera, who was the coach of Houston's USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley this season, will replace interim coach Wade Barrett, as first reported by FourFourTwo. On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that Barrett, who was put in charge when Owen Coyle left the team in May before taking over England's Blackburn Rovers, would not get the permanent...
ESPN - 10/27/2016 9:24:00 AM
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on the fine Valencia received for a fan throwing a bottle at Barcelona's players. Barcelona won late against Valencia, despite losing Iniesta to injury, Luis Enrique says it shows the team's quality. Watch the full match replay for LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Valencia vs FC Barcelona on October 22,2016. Catch all the goals scored in LaLiga Santander 2016-17 match played between Valencia vs FC Barcelona on October 22,2016. Andres Iniesta suffered a brutal injury early, while Messi saved the day scoring the game-winning penalty at the death. Barcelona have asked the Spanish Court of Arbitration for Sport to take action against the Spanish FA (RFEF)'s competition committee as well as La Liga president Javier Tebas for comments made following the incident of a bottle thrown onto the pitch by a Valencia fan during Barcelona's stoppage-time winner celebration at Mestalla on Saturd...
ESPN - 10/27/2016 9:01:00 AM