Daily Football Round-Up Tuesday 26th February

The FA continued its 150 year anniversary celebrations by promising to invest £150 million into the grassroots level of football in England over the next 3 years. The plans include improving 3,000 grass pitches, building 150 artificial pitches and developing 100 all-weather surfaces, as well as refurbishing changing rooms and toilets on the most run-down sites across England.

 

Stoke City defender Robert Huth has been charged by the FA for his elbow on Philippe Senderos during Saturday’s game against Fulham. He has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the charges.

 

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has once again insisted that there is no tension between himself and club captain John Terry, and that there has been no bust up between the two.

 

Theo Walcott has jumped to the defence of manager Arsene Wenger, insisting it is down to the players to relieve some of the pressure currently resting on the Arsenal manager.

 

Barcelona have today admitted that when Neymar is ready to leave Santos they will be trying to sign him. The Brazilian international has often mentioned Barcelona when talking about a move but insists he will remain at his current club until after the World Cup in 2014.

 

Inter have been fined £43,000 after fans abused Mario Balotelli during Sunday’s derby game against AC Milan. The Italian international was also fined £8,600 for a gesture he made towards the fans at the final whistle.

 

Npower have ended their sponsorship of the Football League by announcing they will not be continuing their financial support when the current deal expires at the end of this season. It is not yet known who will be the principle sponsor next season.

 

Steve McClaren has quit as FC Twente manager insisting he did not feel supported in the role. McClaren had led the club to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but was unable to recreate that form since returning to Holland last January.

 

Nemanja Vidic has handed Manchester United a massive boost by claiming he is nearing full fitness for the first time in over a year. He has admitted that it will take two or three months of careful management before he can feel confident that he is over the injury fully though.

 

David Moyes has insisted that the clubs current slump in form must not be blamed on the lack of signings in January or his own contract uncertainty.