After the world saw and heard various racist chants directed at Vinicius Junior last evening, La Liga are at long last starting to move on the matter.
The previous evening various recordings rose up out of outside the Civitas Metropolitano which showed Atletico Madrid fans reciting “Vinicius is a monkey.” Those chants continued within the stadium during the match.
As indicated by Isaac Fouto of Cadena Adapt, La Liga are compiling evidence of last night’s events into a report to send to the Anti-violence Commission. That commission is in charge of dealing with cases of discrimination of any sort.
As well as the racist chants heard against Real Madrid’s Vinicius, chants of “Vinicius, die,” were also heard and will be included in the report.
Regardless of the report, the test of how serious La Liga are about the matter will be in the action taken after it. Atletico Madrid also have a history of turning a blind eye to various despicable actions from a section of their fans.
Source: Football Espana
Beleaguered Newcastle Boss Full of Praise For Squad Mentality Despite Continued Off-F
Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has lavished praise on his side, citing their Premier League survival as nothing short of a ‘miracle’.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Napoli boss has received universal acclaim for the work he has done at St James’ Park, having led the Magpies to safety despite the constraints of a shoestring financial budget.
Speaking to Marca, Benitez praised the consistency shown by his team throughout the season, whilst highlighting that the financial firepower of a newly promoted side from the Championship varies considerably from the league’s big spenders.
“People ask if this was more difficult than winning the Champions League with Liverpool. It’s not comparable, as the Premier League is all about consistency. Newcastle surviving means that many things were done right over a long period of time.
“People don’t understand the economic difference between a newly promoted club and the rest. There are sides with less of a name, but with a much larger budget for acquiring players.
“The economic difference between a newly promoted club and the rest is very great. There are teams with less name, but with more money to sign. Newcastle has not spent so much. Moreover, there has been a surplus from signings.”
Benitez, who has been nominated for the prestigious Premier League Manager of the Year award, continued by saying that Newcastle’s achievements were nothing short of miraculous, praising the work ethic and desire of his players to better themselves.
“Surviving in the Premier League with five matches remaining was almost a miracle. The keys to this season have been hope, the willingness to improve and the relationship between our supporters and the players.
“This squad have overachieved when you take into account the technical level.”
The club’s ownership wrangle continues to be a point of contention, with funding for a potential summer spending spree still very much up in the air. Benitez, along with Newcastle fans up and down the country, will be hopeful of investment as they look to build on a credible 10th place Premier League finish.
LAFC’s Cristian Arango joins CF Pachuca
Cristian Arango is headed to Liga MX.
The LAFC figure will join CF Pachuca amid the 2023 Liga MX Clausura, after almost two years in Major League Soccer.
“I am very grateful to everyone at LAFC,” Arango said. “Thank you to all the fans and to the 3252 for all of the beautiful moments we were able to share, and for us to become champions together.”
Chicho Arango first joined LAFC on August 2, 2021 from Colombia’s Millonarios FC, making an immediate impact on the squad. He managed 14 goals and two assists in his first 17 games, before adding another 16 and five in the 2022 campaign.
He inspired LAFC’s recent historic run, propelling the team to lift the Supporters’ Shield and first-ever MLS trophy. The forward now departs LAFC as the third-leading scorer in team history, trailing only Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi.
“We knew coming out of a successful 2022, we would need to make a major move, and likely a difficult decision ahead of roster compliance,” LAFC Co-President & General Manager John Thorrington said.
“We evaluated all possibilities and this transfer provides the needed resources and flexibility to continue our ambition of winning trophies. Whenever possible, we work with the player, as we did in this case upon receiving Chicho’s request. Chicho will forever remain an important part of LAFC, and we wish him and his family all the best in the next stage of his career at Pachuca.”
He now joins the reigning Liga MX champions, as Pachuca defeated Toluca 8-2 in the Liguilla final to lift the 2022 Apertura trophy. The team currently leads the table after four weeks, with nine points and a record of 3W-1L-0D.
Arango is set to replace Nico Ibanez under head coach Guillermo Almada, as the former leading scorer for Pachuca transferred to Tigres UANL just weeks ago. The team has since been missing a true number 9 to take his place, playing with Roberto de la Rosa in the meantime.
The new figure will likely not be ready for Pachuca’s match against Club Leon on Saturday, February 4, and instead debut against Chivas de Guadalajara on February 11.
Arsenal eye Hudson-Odoi; Man Utd’s Tielemans bid
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Arsenal are tracking the progress of Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is expected to be sold by the Blues once his loan with Bayer Leverkusen comes to an end in the summer. (The Guardian)
Another Chelsea player, left-back Ben Chilwell, is being lined up for a big-money move to Manchester City after the departure of Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich. (The Times)
Real Madrid have been saving money for their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham and are prepared to throw everything they have at the England international in the summer. (AS)
Following Bellingham from Dortmund to Real Madrid could be Germany forward Karim Adeyemi, who has also been identified as a summer target. (Defensa Central)
Manchester United pursued a January move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans after news of Christian Eriksen’s injury, but the Belgian was valued too highly by his current club and so United went for Marcel Sabitzer instead. (Sky Sports)
A striker is among Man Utd‘s top priorities for the summer, with a bid for £70m-rated Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic on the agenda. (Rudy Galetti)
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Liverpool were keen to sign Ghana winger Kamaldeen Sulemana in January before his Deadline Day switch to Southampton, but Jurgen Klopp’s side could reignite their interest in the summer if he settles in the Premier League. (El Nacional)
Tottenham are looking to bolster in defence in the summer and are interested in Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi. (football.london)
Paris Saint-Germain declined to pay over €10m to sign Inter centre-back Milan Skriniar in January and will instead wait until the summer to sign him on a free transfer. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)
In an attempt to replace Skriniar, Inter made a Deadline Day move for Bayern Munich‘s Benjamin Pavard but saw their approach knocked back. (L’Equipe)
Barcelona have offered a new one-year contract extension to Sergi Roberto, with their proposal also including another 12-month extension clause based on appearances. (Mundo Deportivo)
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