Tag: The FA

Kiko Casilla of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Reading at Elland Road on February 22, 2020 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa defends decision to make Casilla captain despite racism ban

Leeds' goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has been banned for eight games after being found guilty of using the N-word at Charlton striker, Jonathan Leko.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 18: A general view inside the stadium prior to the FA Cup Semi Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on July 18, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Justin Tallis/Pool via Getty Images)

Arsenal and Chelsea fans urged to stay away from Wembley to avoid Liverpool repeat

Arsenal and Chelsea fans have been urged to stay away from Wembley for Saturday's FA Cup final with the FA fearing a repeat of scenes outside Anfield when Liverpool won the Premier League for the first time in 30 years.
Arsenal's Spanish head coach Mikel Arteta gives indications to his players during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium in London on July 1, 2020. (Photo by Richard Heathcote / POOL / AFP)

2 dates picked for start of next season’s Premier League

Clubs and the Premier League will meet this week to discuss the start of next season with the 19/20 campaign still underway.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - MAY 11: The FA WSL Trophy is seen ahead of the WSL match between Arsenal Women and Manchester City Women at Meadow Park on May 11, 2019 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Did The FA get it right with women’s football this season?

Now that the FA has announced the end of the 2019/20 season, it is time to look forward to 2020/21 with a start date set for September 6, but The FA made a number of poor decisions when they ended this season.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal celebrates scoring her side's first goal with team mates during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Meadow Park on October 27, 2019 in Borehamwood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Kate McShane/Getty Images)

Women’s Super League to be cancelled

Despite the FA sending out a lengthy email that basically said 'hang on, we're still discussing it', the FA WSL is set to be cancelled although the final standings/outcome has yet to be determined.
General view of the match ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on March 07, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.

Premier League return date to be pushed back

If you are one of the few people who believed football would actually return on April 30, then I'm sorry to say more disappointment is coming your way.
Phil Neville, Manager of England Women reacts during a press conference for an England Women SheBelieves Cup Squad Announcement at Wembley Stadium on February 18, 2020 in London, England.

FA confident Neville won’t resign

According to the Guardian, the FA are not expecting Phil Neville to quit as the boss of England's women's team despite rumours he was considering handing in his resignation.
12th May 1925: The French women's football team, complete with berets, line up before the England vs France Women's International Football match in aid of shipwrecked mariners at Herne Hill in London. England is represented by Dick Kerr's team From Preston. (Photo by MacGregor/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Why men are ‘better’ at football than women

Malcolm Gladwell explained in Outliers why talent is not what takes a person to the top. He shows that where you come from and when you’re born is just as important, but his theory also translates across gender lines and helps explain why women’s football still struggles. That, and the FA banning the game for 50 years.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (14) and Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal celebrate victory after the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Newcastle United at Emirates Stadium on April 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

FA forget what body part fist bumps involve but that’s not the weird bit

In the rush to avoid the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-10, the FA's medics were today praised by the Daily Mail for being 'ahead of the curve' when they banned England players from shaking hands with players during the last international break - in November.

FA force England women to fly economy but always charter for men and u21...

The FA have reportedly refused to meet the cost of a chartered plane for the England women's team ahead of their defence of the SheBelieves Cup and instead are making them take an economy flight from Heathrow.
Phil Neville manager of England Women during a photocall at Old Trafford the opening venue for the Women's Euro 2021 Championship.

UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 to kick off at Old Trafford

The FA have announced that Old Trafford will host the opening game of the 2021 Women's Euro that will take place from 7 July...
A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Football sets up Brexit party to decide foreign quotas

A Premier League shareholder meeting held last week came to the conclusion that a Brexit working party was required to find consensus between the...
JANUARY 28: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round between Cardiff City and Manchester City on January 28, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on October 1, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

FA drop Manchester City hacking complaint about Liverpool

The FA will take no action against Liverpool for an alleged hack into Manchester City's scouting system.

Premier League takeover of WSL more than 2 years away

The FA are expected to remain in charge of the Women's Super League for at least two more seasons to ensure the standards of facilities and competition is raised before a Premier League takeover.
1936: Arsenal's Alex James and the FA Cup trophy are lifted in victory after Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

FA bow to TV companies FA cup games

The magic of the FA Cup will be ruined further after the FA agreed to spread fifth round ties over five days, including three weekdays instead of the usual two.

Mark Sampson racism charge dropped

An FA charge against Mark Sampson that he used racist language (again) has been dropped as 'unproven'.
A picture taken on January 23, 2020 shows the European Union flag and the British Union Jack waving in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. (Photo by Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

FA and Premier League discuss post-Brexit ‘credits’ for using English players

The FA and Premier League are seriously discussing rewarding clubs post-Brexit with credits to allow them to buy more foreign players if they field more English ones first.

Every club should stand with Liverpool on this

The FA will not use Anfield to host an England game because of Liverpool's ban on S*n journalists but Liverpool's is a stand that every club in the country should get behind.

If the FA want to grow the women’s game, why all the secrecy?

With the England u21 squad named for the Nordic Cup, we were treated to the usual behind-closed-doors sign for this well known u23 international tournament, adding to fans' frustrations.
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Yeovil Town Ladies FC warm-up prior to the FA WSL match between Chelsea Women and Yeovil Town FC at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Is the FA putting clubs at risk to help the England team?

Yeovil Town have released another statement confirming they were docked 10 points by the FA putting them bottom of the table with minus six points but the FA have already shown they don't care for their fate.
KINGSTON UPON THAMES, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Yeovil Town Ladies FC warm-up prior to the FA WSL match between Chelsea Women and Yeovil Town FC at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Kingston upon Thames, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Has the FA put clubs at risk to help the England team?

Yeovil Town have released another statement confirming they were docked 10 points by the FA putting them bottom of the table with minus six points but the FA have already shown they don't care for their fate.
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Don’t let them think this is all the women’s game is worth

While much of the footballing world was patting itself on the back on Wednesday over the historic sponsorship deal struck between Barclays and the FA WSL that would see 'millions' pumped into the game, my first thought reading there would be a £500k prize pot was, ‘huh, is that all?’

Shocked! Tottenham and Pochettino shocked FA finally treat them like everyone else

Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are said to be furious that their manager has been banned as if he was in charge of any other Premier League club.

Unai Emery fined by FA after Brighton incident

Unai Emery has been fined £8,000 for kicking a water bottle.
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Jonjo Shelvey of Newcastle United gestures during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion at St. James Park on October 20, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Newcastle man's disgusting tackle on Paul Pogba highlighted major issue in football

As Jonjo Shelvey raked his studs down the length of Paul Pogba’s leg on Wednesday night, I knew the disgusting challenge would get no coverage in the UK media.
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Fans’ fury as 22 FA Cup matches moved for TV

Fans and their representatives were left furious when it was announced that only 10 of the 32 FA Cup third round games will kick-off at 3pm on a Saturday after 22 games were moved to accommodate the wishes of TV companies.
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (C) talks with the officials during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on December 5, 2018. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

Jose Mourinho is just Tony Pulis with money & other lessons from Old Trafford

If Arsenal fans craved something different more than anything else then they certainly got that at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Tottenham agree Wembley deal for rest of season

Tottenham have agreed a deal with the FA to play the rest of the 2018/19 season at Wembley as they struggle to get their stadium finished.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 14: Winning goalscorer Danielle Carter of Arsenal celebrates with the trophy after the SSE Women's FA Cup Final between Arsenal Ladies and Chelsea Ladies at Wembley Stadium on May 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Arsenal 25-year-old on ACL recovery + racism in the FA

Danielle Carter has been sidelined for the past four months following ACL surgery for the injury she picked up in May and she spoke to the Sunday Telegraph this weekend about her recovery and the 'difficulty' of the FA's racial make-up.

Ronaldo, Benteke, Aarons, Wembley & more: Football shorts round-up

It’s incredibly quiet out there in terms of Arsenal news so here is a round-up of a few bits and pieces I found on my travels through the papers this morning that I thought you might find interesting.

Times mislead on FA’s new bag policy

The Times recently published a small news piece that claims the FA will instigate a ‘no bag’ policy starting with their next match against the USA in November but this reporting is not entirely accurate.

When will the FA do something about awful officials?

Another Sunday and another inept referee. I really wonder if English referees are told not to worry about the players' physical integrity because it is a recurrent problem at every level.

Arsenal won't see justice from FA

At the time of writing, there has been no hint that Harry Arter will receive retrospective punishment for the dive he used to con Anthony Taylor against Arsenal on Sunday.

Why has Harry Arter not been charged by FA after Arsenal game?

At the time of writing, there has been no hint that Harry Arter will receive retrospective punishment for the dive he used to con Anthony Taylor against Arsenal on Sunday.

British bid for 2030 World Cup gathers pace

The idea of a British bid to host the 2030 World Cup is gathering pace after it received the backing of the UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin.

Arsenal homegrown numbers hint at policy change by FA

If we look at the current Arsenal squad, it is a vibrant multi-cultural international group, but do we have enough home-grown players to comply with the FA WSL rules?
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Winter break agreed, Alexis Sanchez axed v Tottenham & Manchester City transfer ban

As tends to happen when Arsenal suffer a bad defeat, the club have gone into media lockdown and the number of stories coming out of the club has dropped significantly.
WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Troy Deeney of Watford applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road on December 26, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Football’s messed-up outrages

A few Monday nights ago against Chelsea, Troy ‘cojones’ Deeney flipped off the Chelsea fans with both middle fingers. It’s a gesture we’ve all thought about at one time or another when confronted with the same set of fans, even if we haven’t actually followed through with it on Sky TV in front of millions.
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12: Alex Scott congratulates teammate Jemma Rose during the FA Women's Super League Continental Cup match between Arsenal and London Bees, on October 12, 2017 in Borehamwood, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

FA rebrand top 4 tier of women’s football pyramid

Hot on the heels of their last women's football reform, the FA has now rebranded the top four tiers of the women's football pyramid.
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn speaks at a press conference as Gareth Southgate is unveiled as the new England manager at Wembley Stadium on December 1, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Journalist: 23% gender pay gap at FA no problem as it’s bigger elsewhere

Charles Sale, writing in Friday’s Daily Mail, believes the gender pay gap at the FA, which currently stands at 23.2 per cent is not something they should be worried about because it’s less than the 31 per cent at the Lawn Tennis Association.