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English Soccer Star Jack Grealish Punched in the Head During Game By Opposing Fan, Scores Game Winning Goal

English Soccer Star Jack Grealish Punched in the Head During Game By Opposing Fan, Scores Game Winning Goal @reuters

English professional soccer player Jack Grealish, was bum-rushed Sunday by a Birmingham City fan who took the the field in the early part of the first half and sucker punched him in the head.  

Paul Mitchell, of Rubery, Worcestershire, ran on to the pitch and hit Grealish from behind about 10 minutes into Sunday’s game.  The Aston Villa club star midfielder fell to the ground as security and players from both clubs rushed the assailant.

Grealish remained in the game, and in 66th minute, received a pass just outside his opponent’s penalty box and made a made a quick stutter-step move before firing off a shot that made its way through all of Birmingham’s defense and goalkeeper. The goal would ultimately be the decider in Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory.

Shortly after the match Birmingham City released a statement apologizing to Grealish and Aston Villa, and promised that the supporter who invaded the pitch will be banned from their stadium for life. Aston Villa also released a statement that was understandably more upset with the situation:

Aston Villa Football Club is appalled by the disgraceful attack on Jack Grealish during today’s game.

A red line has been crossed by this cowardly on-field assault on a player, which is unprecedented in English football.We trust the perpetrator will feel the full force of the law and the authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding today’s deplorable incident.Local rivalries are part of the fabric of the game however, as we are sure our friends at Birmingham City would agree, to have a player’s personal safety placed under such jeopardy is a serious cause for concern for the entire football community.

Despite being punched in the head Grealish, in a postmatch interview with Sky Sports described what had happened to him today as “The best of my life. To come here, you know, for the first time, obviously, captain Aston Villa and score the winner, it’s what dreams are made of.”

As for Mitchell, he was sentenced to 14 weeks in jail.

American soccer star Pulisic linked to Chelsea FC €50m+ transfer

American soccer star Pulisic linked to Chelsea FC €50m+ transfer @cmpulisic

Chelsea FC have officially submitted a bid “north of €50 million to sign Christian Pulisic from German club Borussia Dortmund, next summer, according to ESPN FC.

Bundesliga leaders Dortmund will not sell the U.S. attacking midfielder, but he will be allowed to leave the club in six months subject to an acceptable transfer fee offer.  Pulisic has yet to show any signs of a transfer, but Dortmund is aware he wants to leave Germany.

Chelsea is currently in the lead to win the race for the 20-year old as there has been no other bids from the Premier League.  Manchester United, who have expressed an interest in the past, have lost contact with BVB since the firing of Jose Mourinho two weeks ago. The feeling is that the club will focus on the long-term successor to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before turning to prospective transfer targets for next season.

Besides United, other teams expected to make a bids are Arsenal and Bayern Munich.  Liverpool are no longer in the running.  They are loaded with attacking-midfielders.

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho

Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho @jamesmarshphoto

Off to it’s worst start to a season in 28 years; Manchester United fired infamous Manager Jose Mourinho. Michael Carrick will serve as interim coach vs Cardiff City on Saturday, however the big question is who will manage their Champions League game vs. PSG.

According to the Telegraph, former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a “leading candidate” to succeed Mourinho on a temporary basis.

The Red Devils won just seven of 17 EPL games to start the season and currently sit in sixth place on the table. Way behind Liverpool and Manchester City and on the outside looking in for 2019 Champions League (top 4 qualify).

One of five managers to have won league titles in four countries, Mourinho joined United in 2016 after successful runs with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid. The self declared the “special one” won the Europa League title in his first season but took a step backwards in his second, and this year’s slow start has come about despite his spending of $500 million in the transfer market.

The main culprit, French midfielder Paul Pogba, who rejoined Manchester United right before Mourinho’s first season with the club after it paid Juventus a then-record $113 million transfer fee. The two were rumored to clash most of this season after Mourinho stripped Pogba of his second captaincy.

Let the coaching rumors fly!

Dublin Football Club Fakes Players Death

Dublin Football Club Fakes Players Death @googleimages

The Ballybrack football club, of Dublin, Ireland has apologized for a “grave and unacceptable mistake” after it was revealed they had faked the death of a player to cancel a match.

The Leinster Senior League (LSL) Club reported Friday via their Facebook page, that their player, Fernando Nuno La-Fuenta, was killed in a road traffic accident on Thursday evening on the way home from training.

LEICESTER CITY’S OWNER CONFIRMED DEAD BY CLUB, FOLLOWING HELICOPTER CRASH OUTSIDE STADIUM

LEICESTER CITY’S OWNER CONFIRMED DEAD BY CLUB, FOLLOWING HELICOPTER CRASH OUTSIDE STADIUM @icfc

The Leicester City Football Club has finally broken their silence on the helicopter crash of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, taking to Instagram late Sunday with the following statement:

“It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we confirm our Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, was among those to have tragically lost their lives on Saturday evening when a helicopter carrying him and four other people crashed outside King Power Stadium. None of the five people on-board survived. The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss. In Khun Vichai, the world has lost a great man. A man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led. Leicester City was a family under his leadership. It is as a family that we will grieve his passing and maintain the pursuit of a vision for the Club that is now his legacy. A book of condolence, which will be shared with the Srivaddhanaprabha family, will be opened at King Power Stadium from 8am on Tuesday 30 October for supporters wishing to pay their respects. Supporters unable to visit King Power Stadium that wish to leave a message can do so through an online book of condolence, which will be made available via lcfc.com in due course. Both Tuesday’s First Team fixture against Southampton in the EFL Cup and the Development Squad fixture against Feyenoord in the Premier League International Cup have been postponed. Everyone at the Club has been truly touched by the remarkable response of the football family, whose thoughtful messages of support and solidarity have been deeply appreciated at this difficult time.”

 

Leicester’s next scheduled match on Tuesday at King Power Stadium against Southhampton in the Carabao Cup has been postponed.

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