Thursday, September 10, 2009

Breaking News:Axel Witsel horror tackle ban reduced

Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel has had his suspension for the foul that broke Marcin Wasilewski leg cut to eight matches on appeal.

Witsel had originally been banned until November 23, a punishment that would have kept him out for 10 matches in the league and one round of the Belgian Cup.

His fine has also been cut from 2,500 euros to 250 euros, the Belgian Football Association's appeals panel ruled.

In further good news for the player, the file will not now be sent to UEFA or FIFA. Witsel, 20, could have missed Liege's first four Champions League matches if UEFA had extended the ban's scope.

Witsel was sent off for stamping on Anderlecht's Polish defender Wasilewski in Sunday's 1-1 draw. Wasilewski suffered a double fracture of his right leg.

Witsel has received emailed death threats, which the police have taken seriously, according to Belgian media.

Wasilewski's injury appears to be less serious than initially thought, however. The doctor of the Polish national team has said he could be back in training as early as March.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Arsenal duo pen new deals

Brazilian midfielder Denilson and Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner have both pledged their futures to Arsenal by signing new long-term deals.

The development of Denilson from squad player to integral component of the Gunners' engine room last season was one of the highlights of Arsenal's campaign.

The 21-year-old made 51 appearances for Arsenal last season - more than any other player - and found the net three times.

Bendtner was the top scorer in the Barclays Premier League aged 21 or under last term, scoring 15 goals from 27 starts.

Nicklas has impressed me highly with his application and determination over the last season, you can see that he wants to compete at the highest level and win things with his team-mates.