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Rob Green joins Chelsea on free transfer after signing one-year deal with Stamford Bridge club

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Chelsea have signed veteran goalkeeper Robert Green as a free transfer on a one-year contract.

Green joins from Huddersfield Town where he spent a year as cover without making a single first-team appearance.

The former England international had considered hanging up his gloves after being released by the Terriers.

However, Chelsea’s offer was too good for him to refuse.

“It has been a whirlwind 24 hours,” said Green. “You are thinking about your career and where you want to go and then you get a phone call like this, and it is a short conversation.

“It has been a pretty dramatic time for me and I can’t wait to get started. I am absolutely delighted and it is a thrill and an honour to be here.”

Green will likely see plenty of the Stamford Bridge bench (Image: EMPICS Sport)

The 38-year-old will sign for a season while Eduardo and Jamal Blackman are out on loan.

Green’s most likely game time will come in cup competitions as he is behind Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero, who are first and second in the pecking order as it stands.

The highly experienced stopper began his career at Norwich City, making 200 appearances before departing for West Ham in 2006.

He moved across London after six years with the Hammers to join QPR for four seasons and left Loftus Road in 2016. From there he spent a year at Leeds before he signed for Huddersfield.

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During his career, Green earned 12 England caps and began the 2010 World Cup as No1. However, he lost his place after his error gifted USA’s Clint Dempsey an equaliser in the opening game. His last cap came in 2012 against Norway.

 

 

 

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FIFA suspends Moses Magogo for two months

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The chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has ratified the plea bargain entered into by Mr Moses Hassim Magogo, President of the Federation of Uganda Football Associations and member of the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee, and the chairperson of the investigatory chamber.

An investigation into Mr Magogo was opened on 23 July 2018 related to the resale of 2014 FIFA World Cup tickets.

In accordance with art. 67 par.1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the parties have mutually agreed on the following sanctions:

·  A fine of CHF 10,000.

·  A two-month suspension from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level.

The suspension became effective upon the validation of the agreement by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber on 10 October 2019.

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Cardiff City moves to appeal FIFA ruling over Sala’s transfer payment

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Cardiff disclosed on Wednesday they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s decision to make them pay Nantes the first instalment of the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.

The world governing body, FIFA this week ordered Cardiff to pay French club Nantes an initial six million euros ($6.5 million) in their dispute over the payment of the transfer fee for Sala, who died in a plane crash.

Cardiff in a statement, said : “There remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering it null and void”.

“We shall be appealing to CAS in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.”

AFP

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Ex- Manchester United striker, Berbatov retires

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Former Manchester United and Tottenham  striker, Dimitar Berbatov, has announced his retirement from football.

This is coming 18 months after leaving India’s Kerala Blasters, bringing an end to a glittering 20-year career.

The 38-year-old, Bulgaria’s record goalscorer, also played for CSKA Sofia; Bayer Leverkusen; Fulham; Monaco; and Greek side PAOK.

He has been without a club since leaving India’s Kerala Blasters 18 months ago.

“Someone told me I need to say something, and seeing that people were asking me, especially back home, I need to give a farewell message,” Berbatov wrote on Instagram.

“My last game was more then one year ago, so I think it’s the right time now to stop, and it’s long overdue.”

The Hotspur striker, who won two Premier League titles with Manchester United and was named Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year seven times between 2004 and 2010, added that he planned to remain in soccer in some capacity.

“When I think about it, it’s never the end, because I will stay in the game one way or another,” he said.

Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2008 for what was then a club record fee of 30.75 million pounds (38.38 million dollars) .

He made his Bulgaria debut in 1999, aged 18, but retired from international football in 2010 after scoring 48 goals in 79 matches.

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