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Newcastle United expected to make formal complaint about Premier League refereeing standards



Newcastle United are set to make complaint about refereeing standards in the Premier League...

Newcastle United are set to make complaint about refereeing standards in the Premier League, following the denial of a clear penalty against Manchester City by Martin Atkinson.

According to the Telegraph, the relegation-threatened Magpies are expected to ask for clarity from the Premier League following a number of dubious refereeing decisions in the recent defeats to Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Newcastle are currently 19th in the table and have the worst defensive record in the league, shipping 41 goals in just 18 games. A series of controversial decisions have gone against Howe’s side in recent weeks and have potentially cost the team valuable points in their battle for survival.

Off the field, the new boss has been massively ‘incensed’ at the decisions that have gone against his team and therefore asked backroom staff members to put together a reel of highlights to use as evidence when filling the complaint to the Premier League.

Some supporters on Tyneside have even gone as far as to claim there is a conspiracy against the club since the Saudi-led takeover back in October, which has ‘in theory’ made Newcastle United the richest club in football history.

Fans have taken to social media to vent their anger in recent weeks and some claim the Premier League would like to see them relegated rather than compete for honours in the top flight due to the financial power held by the PIF and the human-rights issues in Saudi Arabia.

One thing is for sure, the performances haven’t been good enough so far this campaign and Howe’s side need some instant improvement on the pitch if they are to maintain their Premier League status come the end of the season. The January transfer window may be prove the most important in the clubs history.

The conspiracy theories about the Premier League are far-fetched but there’s no doubt that the club have been on the wrong end of some howlers from referees and VAR – questions need to be asked and answered.

Newcastle were extremely unlucky to have a penalty awarded against them in the 4-0 loss away at Leicester when James Maddison clearly dived in order to influence referee Peter Bankes, who eventually awarded a spot-kick.

Despite replays showing there was minimal contact between the outstretched leg of Jamaal Lascelles and the ankle of Maddison, who was going to ground before the touch was made, VAR sided with the on-field decision.

Perhaps the issue here is with VAR and not just with refereeing decisions alone…

The Magpies were let down yet again by the referee last week against Liverpool at Anfield – this time it was Mike Dean. Having taken a surprise lead courtesy of Jonjo Shelvey, the away side conceded an equaliser in controversial fashion.

After clearing an Andy Robertson corner, Midfielder Isaac Hayden hit the deck clutching his head. However, the ball was recycled as Klopp’s side continued to play and as Dean waved play-on the hosts levelled the scoring through Diogo Jota who netted from close range at the back post. There were four seconds between the incidents.

In the post-match interview, Howe was clearly frustrated by Dean’s decision to wave play-on and stated that the referee had told him: “I though he was holding his chest,” and that was the reasoning behind not stopping play.

The most controversial decision came in the 4-0 loss at home to Manchester City on Sunday afternoon at SJP…

After a misunderstanding between defender Joao Cancelo and ‘keeper Ederson, the right-back cleared the ball as the Brazilian shot-stopper rushed out of his net and as a result, collided heavily with the pressing Newcastle winger Ryan Fraser. A stonewall penalty.

Yet, the decision was again supported by VAR as match officials have since argued that because Cancelo came away with the ball, it was not a penalty.

Does this mean a player can just kick a member of the opposition as long as their team is in possession of the ball?

What a farce.

Referee Martin Atkinson waved play on despite furious protest from the Geordie faithful and was backed up by VAR once again who failed to ask him to watch the incident back on the pitch-side monitor.

More to follow…









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Meet the British Woman Hoping to End F1’s 46-year Wait For a Female Driver



The modern sports industry remains a very male dominated field. Historically motorsport especially being one of the most inaccessible to women.

In its entire 72-year history, only two women have ever driven in a Formula 1 grand prix. The last was the pioneer Lella Lombardi, the Italian who competed in 12 races between 1974 and 1976 for teams including Williams.

Now, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick is aiming to end the 46-year wait for a woman to sit behind the wheel of a car on the starting grid at the very top level of racing.

The 23-year-old from Bath, is the most prominent woman in world the world of motorsport thanks to the strong results she has earned in the early stages of her career across multiple categories.

Chadwick is about to embark on her third season in W Series, an all-female racing championship launched in 2019 which aims to ensure more women are able to make professional careers out of motor racing.

The aim means that, in conjunction with the heated rivalry that understandably comes with battling for the championship on track, the athletes competing in W Series feel they share a common goal to help one another improve and make overall progress for women in motorsport too. Chadwick has won the title in both of W Series’ first two campaigns.

Speaking to Metro she said:  ‘Everyone expects us not to get on [because we are rivals] but we really, genuinely do. The big reason in my opinion is that we’ve all been through such a similar experience in the sport individually. We can share those experiences with each other and push each other to bring one another on, and hopefully leave the sport in a better place for the next generation coming through.’

Do you think she stands a chance of making it?

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Newcastle co-owner says Chelsea’s Abramovich having to sell isn’t fair



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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley “doesnt think its particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich is selling following the Russia-Ukraine war.

The businessman announced he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” in a statement on the Premier League club’s website.

There has been calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, as Chris Bryant alleges leaked Home Office document from 2019 shows he had links to Russian state as well as to “corrupt activity and practices” – the Guardian reports.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Staveley said: “We’re always going to have geopolitical issues.

I’m really sad that someone is going to have a football club taken away because of a relationship he may have with someone.

“I don’t think that’s particularly fair to be honest. But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account.”

In his statement, Abramovich said: “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process.”

Abramovich has said that he won’t be asking for loans to be repaid.

He added: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

The businessman bought Chelsea back in 2003 for £140m, and has since loaned the club over £1.5bn.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has told Swiss newspaper Blick that he has the chance to buy Chelsea.

However he says that at the moment Abramovich is “asking far too much.”

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Russia’s captain Aleksandr Golovin speaks out on Russian invasion



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Russia’s football captain Aleksandr Golovin has spoke out about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a post uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, the footballer said he hadn’t before now because he wasn’t an expert in politics.

However, he said he would now express his opinion, because he has been drawn to this topic from “all sides.”

It follows furious backlash from Ukrainian players Vitalii Mykolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko about Russian players staying quiet about the invasion of Ukraine.

The captain wrote: “War is a frightful thing. But I am shocked by human aggression and hatred, which every day acquires some sort of unprecedented scale.

“I am against discrimination based on nationality. I’m not ashamed that I’m Russian. I am proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes should suffer now.”

He continued he was “against double standards.”

Golovin added: “Why is it that one can do everything, but all the dogs are hanged on us. Why has everyone always shouted about sports outside of politics, but at the first opportunity, when it comes to Russia, this principle is completely forgotten?”

He expressed that “anger, dirt and bile” is being poured on Russian people, “regardless of their position and profession.”

The Zenit St Petersburg forward concluded: “P.S. And to some colleagues in the workshop who sit on their ass in mansions in England and say nasty things: it cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!”

On Tuesday in an Instagram post, Everton’s Mykolenko criticised Russia’s international players for remaining silent whilst “peaceful civilians are being killed in Ukraine.”

The 22-year-old wrote: “You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m glad.”

West Ham’s Yarmolenko also hit out at Russian players on Tuesday.

In a video uploaded to Instagram, he said: “Guys, why are you sitting like shitheads and not saying anything? In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.”

Russia has been suspended from all competition, Fifa and Uefa have ruled.



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