Daily Football Round-Up Thursday 28th March

FIFA have received a complaint about alleged racist chanting by England fans during Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against San Marino. Fans were heard chanting about Rio Ferdinand following his withdrawal from the England squad for their qualification double header, but I personally heard nothing with racial intent.

 

Coventry City have been deducted ten points after the Football League ruled the League One club is in administration. The Sky Blues are now 15 points adrift of the play-off places but have seven days to appeal the decision.

 

Arsenal have been handed a double injury blow today, as Abou Diaby has been ruled out for up to nine months after tearing a cruciate ligament and Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for another two weeks after being told to rest his ankle for longer to prevent it becoming a long term problem.

 

Roberto Mancini has conceded that their title charge is over but insists his team have to keep winning matches to stave of Chelsea and Tottenham who currently sit four and five points behind them respectively.

 

Tottenham’s seemingly unending pursuit of Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao looks, finally, to be heading towards a conclusion. Internacional director of football Luis Cesar Souto de Moura has admitted he expects the striker to leave the club in the summer. Napoli are also reported to have an interest amid speculation that Edinson Cavani could leave at the end of the season.

 

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted he will sign a new deal when his team reach 38 points, a tally he believes will see them escape relegation. The Hammers are currently on 33 points and currently occupy 14th place in the Premier League.

 

Graham Barrow and John Carver have received their punishment for a spat at half time of Wigan’s victory over Newcastle earlier this month. Wigan coach Barrow received a £1,000 fine and a one-match touchline ban while Newcastle’s assistant manager Carver was fined and warned about his future conduct.

 

Swindon Town have signed defender Nathan Byrne and midfielders Dean Parrett and Massimo Luongo from Spurs on loan until the end of the season after having their transfer embargo lifted. For the complete list of loan deadline day deals click here.