Daily Football Round-Up Wednesday 27th February

Swansea are close to agreeing a new contract with manager Michael Laudrup, according to chairman Huw Jenkins. The Dane has been touted as a possible successor at Manchester City, Chelsea and even Real Madrid after guiding The Swans to Capital One Cup glory and a possible top ten finish.

 

Robert Huth has decided not to contest the three-match ban he received for his clash with Philippe Senderos on Saturday. He will now miss the games against West Ham, Newcastle and West Brom.

 

Brendan Rodgers said he was expecting Raheem Sterling’s recent dip in form, saying that fans should be patient with the young midfielder. He has conceded he will need to rest the youngster soon as to not burn him out physically and mentally.

 

Simon Mignolet has hit back at reports that he is looking to leave Sunderland saying he is proud to represent the club. He admitted his ambition is to regain his number one spot for Belgium but is confident he can do that at The Black Cats.

 

A Millwall fan has been fined £425 and banned from football stadiums for five years by the court for racially abusing El-Hadji Diouf during their game with Leeds. The London club, however, have banned the man from the Den for life.

 

Paolo Di Canio told Sky Sports that he will not be returning to take charge of Swindon after his resignation last week. He said, “I don’t have any regrets about leaving, the regret is only that we brought this club to the top without any help.”

 

Portsmouth City Council has approved a loan of £1.45 million to Pompey Supporters’ Trust which will enable the group to buy Fratton Park subject to a High Court Judgement.

 

According to reports in France, Anzhi Makhachkala are preparing to offer Younes Kaboul £4 million-a-year after tax if they can persuade Tottenham to sell the defender.

 

Aston Villa say they don’t expect contract negotiations with Andreas Weimann to be sorted out until the end of the season. The Austrian was said to have rejected a previous deal, but move to rubbish this claim.

 

Lazio have been ordered to play their next two European games behind closed doors because of the racist behaviour of their fans in the games against Borussia Monchengladbach and Tottenham in this seasons Europa League.

 

West Brom manager Steve Clarke is confident Chelsea will allow Romelu Lukaku to extend his loan spell at the club for another season. The Belgium international has been a big hit at The Hawthorns this season, bagging 12 goals in his 25 appearances for the club.

 

UEFA confirmed it has extended the automatic one-match ban of Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his red card for a challenge on Valencia midfielder Andres Guardado earlier this month. The ban takes effect immediately.