Football

FIFA suspends Israel manager Luis Fernandez

By Simon Griver, February 17, 2011

FIFA has instructed the Israel FA to suspend national team coach Luis Fernandez with immediate effect.

The suspension relates to an outstanding debt the Frenchman has to Al Rayyan, the Qatari team he coached before taking the Israel job in May 2010.

A FIFA spokesman told the JC: “Coach Luis Fernandez did not comply with the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on November 26, 2009. Therefore, Luis Fernandez is banned from taking part in any football-related activity with immediate effect.

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Leeds cruise in the cup

By David Gold, February 17, 2011

Two goals from Richard Black helped Leeds Maccabi cruise into the fourth round of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they overpowered Haroldeans in Liverpool.
Following weather disruptions, the tie finally went ahead at the fourth time of asking and it was the visitors who made all the running.

Black was the star man while further strikes from Colin Abrahams, Dan Ross and Rob Brown set up a tie against Sporting JLGB. Josh Silverberg and Paul Harris replied for Haroldeans.

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Fortune still in pole position, says Souber

February 17, 2011

Andrew Souber, the manager of Temple Fortune A, is confident that his team will bounce back from Sunday's 3-2 defeat against title rivals Brixton Old Boys.

Goals from Jamie Kent and Matt Sheldon condemned Fortune to their first defeat in seven matches and took Brixton to within a point of Fortune, although they have played a game more in Division Two. John Fisher and Scott Shindler struck for Fortune for whom striker Rob Benson suffered a rare lapse.

Souber said: "I am extremely disappointed because this was a match we should have won.

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Midfield general Kayal impresses Ferguson

By Simon Griver, February 17, 2011

Manchester United are reportedly in the process of launching an £8m summer swoop for Celtic's Biram Kayal.

Sir Alex Ferguson travelled to Glasgow to run his eye over Kayal's teammate Emilio Izaguirre in the Old Firm cup tie at Ibrox earlier this month. However, Kayal's tough-tackling performance made an impression on the United manager who has instructed the team's scouts to continue monitoring the former Maccabi Haifa player.

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London Lions thumped by London Colney

By Danny Caro, February 15, 2011

London Lions’s topsy-turvy form continued as a depleted side lost 4-1 to London Colney in the South Midlands League Division One.

The win one, lose one conveyor belt Lions currently find themselves on stayed true to form as manager Tony Gold once again had to make several changes to the team that had beaten Wodson Park midweek.

London Colney bossed the game from start to finish and were in control throughout.

Lions were lightweight in the wide attacking areas. They did not threaten and were equally poor defensively looking sluggish and uninterested.

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South Manchester 2nd reach last four of Feldman Trophy

By Danny Caro, February 14, 2011

A hat-trick from Steve Satinoff eased South Manchester Sports Club 2nd into the last four of the Feldman Trophy as they hit Westdene 2nd for six.

South Manchester went in front as early as the third minute when Ben Polak met Nathan Ezair’s corner with a scissors-kick, evoking memories of Wayne Rooney’s goal in the Manchester derby the day before.

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Jacobs cracks JLGB resistance

By David Gold, February 14, 2011

A hat trick from David Jacobs eased Hyde Park Rovers into the next round of the Feldman Trophy as they cruised past JLGB.

A shock looked on the cards early on as Jamie Gordon had put Sporting ahead but strikes from Bobby Abrams and Oli Grant completed the turnaround.

Sporting went in front when Rafi Bloom found himself through on goal but scuffed his shot, but recovered to reach the loose ball and send in a cross which Gordon headed home from six yards.

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Levy helps South Manchester ease relegation fears

By Danny Caro, February 14, 2011

South Manchester eased relegation fears with an impressive win over Vida in the Accountants League Premier Division.

Manager Darryl Lee welcomed Toby Levy from China-albeit for one week ahead of this relegation six-pointer delighted

Incredibly from the kick off David Chaytow put Levy through and he chipped the keeper from 20 yards to put South in front before 30 seconds had ticked by.

Vida then resorted to a couple of physical challenges, which Lee, himself a referee, could not believe did not earn at least yellow cards.

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Kayal named SPL Player of the Month

By Danny Caro, February 14, 2011

Celtic midfielder Biram Kayal is the SPL Player of the Month.

The former Maccabi Haifa star, 22, has been a revelation since returning from a groin operation and has starred in the recent Old Firm derbies against Rangers.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon said: "I am delighted with him. He is a hungry boy.

"He came back from his injury far, far better than we expected and he has just carried it on.

"He has made a huge difference in the last month or so, he has been superb.

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Ben Haim considers legal bid

By Simon Griver, February 11, 2011

Tal Ben Haim is considering legal action against West Ham United.

The Israel defender claims there was a performance-related clause in his loan contract with the Hammers, which binds the Premier League side to extend his stay there.

A West Ham spokesman dismissed Ben Haim's claims, saying: "As far as the club is concerned Tal Ben Haim is back with Portsmouth and a Portsmouth player."

Ben Haim returned to Fratton Park last week. But Portsmouth, recently out of administration, cannot afford Ben Haim's £37,000 weekly salary.

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