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Suarez charged with violent conduct

first_imgThe Football Association has charged Liverpool forward Luis Suarez with violent conduct for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. The incident occurred in the 74th minute of Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Anfield, in which Suarez went on to score a 96th-minute equaliser. Suarez could face an extended ban after the FA claimed the standard three-match ban for violent conduct was “clearly insufficient”. Press Associationcenter_img An FA statement read: “The FA has charged Liverpool forward Luis Suarez with violent conduct. The charge follows an incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in yesterday’s fixture at Anfield [21 April 2013]. The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed. “It is alleged that the conduct of Suarez constitutes violent conduct and it is the FA’s contention that the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient in these circumstances. Suarez has until 6pm on Tuesday 23 April to respond to the charge, thereafter an Independent Regulatory Commission will be convened this Wednesday, 24 April.” Liverpool have pledged not to sell the Uruguay international after his latest transgression, despite many commentators suggesting they should offload a player who had brought more than his fair share of controversy. The 26-year-old has been fined – with the player requesting the money goes to the Hillsborough Family Support Group – but that will be the extent of the club’s discipline. Suarez, however, has been told that there cannot be any repeat offences and that he must change his behaviour on the pitch. Asked whether the incident would have any effect on the player’s future managing director Ian Ayre, who has liaised with owners Fenway Sports Group over the last 24 hours, told liverpoolfc.com: “No, not at all. It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline – but Luis is a very important player to the club. “He signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract. He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there. “This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to (manager) Brendan (Rodgers) now to work with him on that side of his character, Brendan will be working with him further on his discipline.” last_img read more

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Faceoff X, new facility, goalie competition consume talk at Saturday exhibition games

first_img Published on January 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse hosted Hofstra and Le Moyne at the Ensley Athletic Center for a series of scrimmages on Saturday morning through the mid-afternoon. The Orange defeated the Pride, 18-8, and took down the Dolphins by a score of 10-9 in game two.Here are several notes on the exhibitions that were open to the media for 90 minutes, but closed off to the general public:X-manWhat started as an open proclamation of competition by SU head coach John Desko at the faceoff X throughout the fall and preseason, has turned more into a one-man show. Ben Williams, a transfer from Holy Cross, has given a sense of clarity at the X. He took the majority of the faceoffs in the first half of the Hofstra scrimmage, Desko said, and hopes that he can stamp Williams as the man to replace Chris Daddio as specialist.“He’s done a terrific job,” Desko said. “He’s done a lot of work on his own. Coach Donahue has spent a bunch of time with him and the other faceoff guys.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDesko said finding a faceoff specialist is a priority for the Orange, and that there are six or seven other guys still in competition for reps. And after Williams got his chances in the first half, the second half was done by committee. It was Williams, though, that set himself apart from the rest.New digsSaturday marked the first organized athletic event in the new indoor athletic center. Last season, the team was not always able to practice on a regulation field, which was to SU’s detriment in the early going, Desko said.“It’s huge, and I think you saw that today,” Desko said, “I think our spacing was pretty good, we moved the ball well. Fewer turnovers than we had this time last year. Clearing the ball is better, riding’s better. Everything is better when you have a game facility.”Defender Brandon Mullins said after the game that it hurt last year to only have a 60-yard facility.“You just look around and you see this amazing facility,” Mullins said. “You’ve got the speakers blasting. The guys just can’t wait to practice here.”Net goalTwo weeks ago, Desko committed to Bobby Wardwell as his starter in goal for the beginning of the season. On Saturday, when asked again, there was no such assurance.Desko said he’d use Wardwell and Onondaga Community College transfer Warren Hill equally on Saturday. Wardwell started with the first-line defense against Hofstra. Hill started with the first-line defense against Le Moyne.“This is a big moment to show who’s going to be playing,” Wardwell said. “… As long as we’re winning games that’s the most important part.” Commentslast_img read more

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