Daily Football Round-Up Wednesday 10th April

Portsmouth Supporters’ Trust has agreed a deal over the purchase of Fratton Park with Balram Chainrai. This means the trust have finally been given the all clear to take control of the struggling League One club.

 

With European football on the agenda tonight the subject of racism is sure to be brought up at some point. The sanctions for anyone found guilty of racially aggravated abuse are set to be clearer though, with UEFA planning a minimum 10-match ban for any player or official found guilty of abuse. A second offence could lead to full closure of the stadium and a minimum fine of 50,000 euros.

 

Liverpool have announced that key midfielder Lucas Leiva has signed a new long-term contract at the club today. The Brazil international is delighted with the new deal and said he is as happy as when he first moved to the Anfield giants.

 

Jose Mourinho has once again insisted he will not discuss his future with Real Madrid until the end of the season. The Portuguese coach is contracted at the Bernabeu club until 2016 but admits he will sit down with president Florentino Perez to decide whether he will remain at the Spanish giants.

 

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has revealed that his long term plan is to restore pride in the national team. He also stated that he wants to “give heroes back to the Scottish people” like he had when he was growing up.

 

Coventry City have withdrawn their appeal against the 10-point deduction they received for going in to administration. The penalty means The Sky Blues now sit 14 points off the play-off places, which makes me wonder if a point deduction really serve any purpose other than to deepen the financial turmoil?

 

Brendan Rodgers insists he is not concerned by claims from Rafa Benitez that he will return to Liverpool one day. Rodgers made the point that Benitez was unemployed when the Anfield owners decided to hire him from Swansea in the summer.

 

Both QPR and Marseille have denied claims by Joey Barton that a deal was in place to keep the midfielder in France next season. Marseille club president did admit that his club would be interested in signing him on a permanent deal but insisted the much maligned Englishman is still a Rangers player.

 

In demand Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has admitted he would jump at the chance to join Liverpool this summer.

 

Reading captain Jobi McAnuff has said his team can only afford one more defeat this season, at most, if they are to have any chance of survival.