ONE family stands in the way of Stamford Bridge’s face lift, while France has suspended it’s use of the VAR.
Plus Jamie Carragher delivers an epic sledge to Phil Neville and Adidas release new nocturnal boots.
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ONE FAMILY STANDS IN THE WAY OF CHELSEA’S $1B STADIUM
Roman Abramovich isn’t used to people standing in his way.
However, one London family threatens to halt the progress of his £1bn Stamford Bridge face lift.
The Crosthwaite family own the closest property to the stadium, and claim that its upgrade would “seriously affect” their “sunlight and daylight.” The family, which consists of parents Lucinda and Nicholas as well as children Louis and Rose, have lived in their west London cottage for 50 years and their complaint threatens to halt constructions of Europe’s most expensive stadium indefinitely.
An injunction was taken out by the family in May, with Hammersmith and Fulham councillors to meet next week to decide what happens next.
The family have suggested the east stand, which causes the issue be “cut-back or re-designed so as not to cause interference,” and believe that the club’s attempts to sidestep their injuction with the help of the council may be illegal.
Reports suggest the family have been offered a six-figure sum as compensation, however they refuse to budge.
The new stadium will seat 60,000, if its ever built, and it appears there’s some negotiation needed if that’s ever going to happen.
FRANCE HALTS GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY AFTER MISHAPS
The French league (LFP) has decided to “immediately suspend” the use of goal-line technology after a series of glitches with the system, LFP director general Didier Quillot said on Thursday.
The decision covers all matches under the jurisdiction of the LFP, notably Ligue 1 and the French League Cup, and comes in the wake of two errors during Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-finals.
“Last night unfortunately the GLT experienced two serious malfunctions in the Amiens-PSG match — the GLT didn’t make the referee’s watch vibrate and it was the video assistant who awarded the goal — and a second incident in Angers-Montpellier where the GLT wrongly caused the referee’s watch to vibrate,” Quillot explained.
“These two irregularities are unacceptable, especially as they occur just after we put GoalControl on notice,” he said, adding that the system in its current state “was not reliable”.
The VAR has also encountered hitches while being tested by several countries, although FIFA is hoping to use the VAR at this year’s World Cup in Russia
PULISIC WINS PLAYER OF YEAR AT AGE 19
Christian Pulisic was the runaway winner Thursday of soccer’s U.S. Player of the Year, the youngest choice in the award’s 27-year- history.
The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder received 81 first-place votes and 254 points in balloting conducted among 104 media by the radio network Futbol de Primera. Jozy Altidore was second with 95 points and captain Michael Bradley third with 75.
Pulisic won the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Male Player of the Year award last month.
A midfielder from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Pulisic had six goals and four assists in nine games for the national team last year and was involved in 13 of the 17 American goals in games he played. The U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup, ending a streak of seven straight appearances.
Altidore won the 2016 award, when Pulisic was second in the voting and Bradley third. Previously, the youngest winner was Landon Donovan, who was 20 in 2002 when he the first of his record seven awards.
A player receives three points for each first-place vote in the balloting, two points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
CARRA’S BRUTAL NEVILLE TAKEDOWN
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has sensationally burnt former Manchester United player Phil Neville after the latter attempted to rip him over an Instagram post featuring Liverpool recruit Virgil van Dijk.
Carragher posted a picture of himself and the world’s most expensive defender at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground, to which Neville responded “U live at Liverpool’s training ground Carra?”
Nothing could have prepared Neville for the Sky Sports pundit’s savage response.
Carra rebutted: “@Philipeneville18 always open arms for me here Philip, unlike you at Carrington after the f*** up you & Moyes caused!!!”
It’s probably safe to say Neville will think twice before messing with Carra again!
MAN WHO DISCOVERED MESSI RECKONS BARCA OVERPAID
Josep Maria Minguella may have discovered one Barcelona superstar, but he’s no fan of their latest big-money acquisition.
Minguella, who discovered Lionel Messi, believes Barca significantly overpaid for Philippe Coutinho, after the Brazilian joined the Catalans for £142m this month.
“Coutinho is not worth €160million,” he said on the T4 programme on Radio MARCA.
“He is a good player, who will improve the team but he can’t be worth what they paid for him.
“Now Coutinho at 160 million… despite the current madness in the world of football, that can’t be accepted as the market price.”
REDS FAN’S CATCHY TUNE
After losing Coutinho, Liverpool fans understandably upset.
However, Kevin Murphy isn’t too down, in fact he’s singing!
The man dubbed ‘Cork’s biggest Liverpool fan’ immediately began crafting a catchy chant for the Kop to belt out post-Coutinho.
His tune pays tribute to the remaining members of the Reds’ fab four, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and suggests that the Reds won’t miss their diminutive Brazilian. Set to the tune of ‘sugar, sugar’ Kev’s new Kop anthem is undeniably catchy.
“If we were to sing it on The Kop, I’d love it,” Kev concludes his now viral video.
Maybe it will be the catch cry of the Reds faithful if they manage to knock off league leaders Manchester City on Sunday!
DRAXLER RUMOURS RETURN AS PSG MAN HANGS OUT WITH GUNNERS AT NBA
Julian Draxler has been a perpetual Arsenal target throughout the years, and now the PSG outcast has fanned the flames of a potential move by hanging out with Gunners stars as the NBA hit London.
Draxler was spotted with former teammate Sead Kolasinac as well as Shkodran Mustafi as London’s footballers turned out to watch the Boston Celtics beat Ben Simmons’ Philadephia 76ers.
It doesn’t appear there’s any substance to rumours the German could finally arrive at the Emirates, although it does appear that Draxler is pretty good mates with Kolasinac – which could help if Arsene Wenger ever does come knocking.
ADIDAS GOES GLOW IN THE DARK
Not that it would help on the pitch at all, Adidas have released a new pair of glow in the dark boots.
The “nocturnal” skin for their GLITCH boots is made from black kangaroo leather and features fluorescent strips on the side panels as well as the sole which shine in the dark.
They won’t improve your game, but at least you’ll be the coolest player out if the pitch lights ever go out!
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