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Mar 17, 2015

Soccer-FA concerned by rise in players intimidating officials

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – There has been a “scary increase” in the number of times players have attempted to intimidate referees by swarming around them at key decisions this season, English FA chairman Greg Dyke said on Tuesday.

The FA has written to every club in the top five divisions to stop the kind of behaviour shown when nine Chelsea players swarmed around the referee to get Paris St Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off in a Champions League game last week.

Mar 17, 2015

Advocaat replaces Poyet as coach at Sunderland

LONDON (Reuters) – Sunderland are banking on the guile of Dick Advocaat to steer them to safety after the English Premier League strugglers appointed the Dutchman as head coach until the end of the season on Tuesday.

The club, who sacked Gus Poyet on Monday following a poor run of results that culminated in a 4-0 home thrashing by Aston Villa at the weekend, are one point and one place clear of the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.

Mar 17, 2015

Soccer-Advocaat replaces Poyet as coach at Sunderland

LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – Sunderland are banking on the guile of Dick Advocaat to steer them to safety after the English Premier League strugglers appointed the Dutchman as head coach until the end of the season on Tuesday.

The club, who sacked Gus Poyet on Monday following a poor run of results that culminated in a 4-0 home thrashing by Aston Villa at the weekend, are one point and one place clear of the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.

Mar 16, 2015

Poyet leaves Sunderland with relegation looming

LONDON (Reuters) – Sunderland parted company with manager Gus Poyet on Monday with the club facing a battle for Premier League survival after a crushing 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday.

Sunderland are 17th in the 20-team league with 26 points, one place and one point above the relegation zone with only nine matches left to play. They have won only one of their last 12 league games.

Mar 16, 2015

Soccer-Poyet leaves Sunderland with relegation looming

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Sunderland parted company with manager Gus Poyet on Monday with the club facing a battle for Premier League survival after a crushing 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa on Saturday.

Sunderland are 17th in the 20-team league with 26 points, one place and one point above the relegation zone with only nine matches left to play. They have won only one of their last 12 league games.

Mar 14, 2015

Villa kid joins elite band of 16-year-old debutants

LONDON (Reuters) – Young Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy joined an elite band of 16-year-olds to play in the Premier League when he came on as a late substitute in the 4-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday.

Hepburn-Murphy, aged 16 years and 176 days, replaced Christian Benteke for the last seven minutes as he became the fourth youngest player in the history of the competition.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Villa kid joins elite band of 16-year-old debutants

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Young Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy joined an elite band of 16-year-olds to play in the Premier League when he came on as a late substitute in the 4-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday.

Hepburn-Murphy, aged 16 years and 176 days, replaced Christian Benteke for the last seven minutes as he became the fourth youngest player in the history of the competition.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Villa kid joins elite band of 16-year-old debutants

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Young Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy joined an elite band of 16-year-olds to play in the Premier League when he came on as a late substitute in the 4-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday.

Hepburn-Murphy, aged 16 years and 176 days, replaced Christian Benteke for the last seven minutes as he became the fourth youngest player in the history of the competition.

Mar 14, 2015

Pellegrini not ready to concede City’s title race is over

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was in no mood to concede his team’s Premier League title challenge was over after watching them dominate possession but lose 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday.

The result was a major blow for the champions who are chasing a third title in four seasons but remain second behind Chelsea on 58 points with nine matches to play.

Mar 14, 2015

Soccer-Pellegrini not ready to concede City’s title race is over

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini was in no mood to concede his team’s Premier League title challenge was over after watching them dominate possession but lose 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday.

The result was a major blow for the champions who are chasing a third title in four seasons but remain second behind Chelsea on 58 points with nine matches to play.