Barton Ban Confirmed

Barton’s Burnley Career Looks Over

Burnley Football Club have this morning confirmed that midfielder Joey Barton has been suspended from football and all football activity for 18-months with immediate effect after he admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting.

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It was alleged that between 26 March, 2006 and 13 May, 2016, he placed 1,260 bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions in breach of FA Rule E8.

Following the Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, the Burnley midfielder was also fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct. Barton and his legal team are currently preparing an appeal to the length of the ban, however it does now look like the midfielders career at Turf Moor has sadly come to an end.

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Guiseley AFC v Tranmere Rovers

Guiseley AFC 1 v 2 Tranmere Rovers (Vanarama National Conference)

Promotion chasing Tranmere staged a second half comeback that consigned Guiseley to a third successive defeat and leave the Lions in nineteenth place two places and one point above the last relegation place with two games left to play.

Tranmere arrived at Nethermoor knowing that nothing short of a victory would keep the pressure on leaders Lincoln City but they were pegged back when a long clearance that was contested by Steve McNulty and Michael Rankine fell to Derek Asamoah who rifled in a wicked dipping shot from twenty yards out that beat Scott Davies all ends up on thirty-three minutes.

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Before this James Wesolowski had gone close from distance and Kevan Hurst’s cross was just behind Rankine as his header looped over the bar.  Tranmere Rovers had gone close early on as James Norwood tested Jonathan Maxted and Andy Cook had a header cleared off the line and it was these two who put Guiseley to the sword straight from the restart.

First the unmarked Norwood headed home a corner at the far post on 49 minutes and then when the home side failed to clear the ball from midfield Cooke steamed in to give Rovers the lead on 58 minutes. Maxted then did well to tip over Lee Vaughan’s effort shortly after.

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The introduction of Alex Purver and Jordan Preston added some urgency to the Lions search for an equaliser and during a period of sustained pressure the home side had what looked like two valid penalty claims for handball in the area waved away.

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Having survived these Tranmere hung on for the win but in the end it was to no avail Lincolns result at Gateshead mirrored the score at Nethermoor to give top spot and with it the automatic promotion placeand leave Rovers to contest the play-offs.

Having looked fairly safe just a couple of weeks ago the Lions now need two good results away at Bromley on Saturday and then at home to Solihull Moors in the final game of the season on Saturday 29 April.

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Match Details 

Guiseley AFC – Maxted, Brown, Lawlor, Palmer, Hatfield, Hurst, Rankine, Williams, Walton, Wesolowski, Asamoah (Subs) Boyes, Preston, Purver, East, Atkinson

Tranmere Rovers – Davies, Vaughan, Ridehalgh, McNulty, Ihiekwe, Buxton, Hughes, Wallace, C. Jennings, Cook, Norwood (Subs) Turner, Mangan, Stockton, Dunn, Collins.

Goals(Guiseley) Asamoah (33) (Tranmere Rovers) Norwood (49), Cook (58)

Attendance – 2,148

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Former Bantam Charged with Fraud

Blair Turgott Charged with Fraud & Money Laundering

Former West Ham United midfielder Blair Turgott who was on loan at Bradford City under former manager Phil Parkinson, will appear in court after being charged with fraud offences. Turgott who now plays for Bromley, faces charges of fraud by false representation and money laundering.

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Turgott, who was a substitute for City in the 2013 Capital One Cup Final at Wembley was charged by detectives from Operation Falcon, which respond to fraud and linked crime online, he will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 28th April 2017.

After joining West Ham at the age of eight he made his way through the youth and development teams before making his West Ham debut in 2014.  He then went on to represent England U19 in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup against Canada.

He joined Leyton Orient and his first goal for the club was described as “stunning” after he volleyed the ball past the Stevenage goalkeeper from 18 yards at the start of the 2015 season.  Turgott now plays for Bromley since joining them in August last year after a successful pre-season where he scored four goals.

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Clarets Chasing Swans Defender

Kyle Bartley Interesting Clarets

As the Clarets look set to lose England centre-back Michael Keane this summer, the Burnley boss Sean Dyche is currently checking his options and Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley is firmly in his sights.

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Dyche will faces competition for the central defender who is currently on loan at Leeds United, with former Clarets manager Eddie Howe at Bournemouth attempted to sign the ex-Arsenal man in the January transfer window, he is expected to try again alongside Mark Hughes at Stoke City and of course Gary Monk at Leeds should they win promotion to the Premier League.

Bartley has impressed in the Sky Bet Championship and has worn the armband at Elland Road when skipper Liam Bridcutt has been unavailable.  The defender has one season left on his deal at the Liberty Stadium and Paul Clement could cash in for the rights deal after the club loaned him out twice during his time with the Welsh club.

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Ng On Yee Wins Leeds Snooker Festival

Women’s Festival of Snooker

The LITEtask Festival of Snooker in Leeds was hosted by World Ladies Billiards and Snooker (WLBS) over five days at the Northern Snooker Centre saw six titles decided, including two carrying ranking points won by two-time World Women’s Snooker Champion Ng On Yee.

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The Hong Kong youngster added two further titles to her collection after defeating Emma Bonney 4-2 in the final of the Six Red competition on the opening day of the tournament, she added the 10 Red title overcoming Welsh number one Laura Evans by the same score

The women’s pairs event was won for the first time by 11-time world billiards champion Emma Bonney and Vicky Shirley, after the duo came back from 2-0 down to defeat Laura Evans and Suzie Opacic 3-2 in the final.

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The world mixed event also saw new winners crowned as professional player Sanderson Lam and WLBS number five Katrina Wan edged out Rebecca Kenna and Dylan Mitchell in the final. Wan is the second player from Hong Kong to claim the title in succession, after her compatriot Jaique Ip Wan won the event last year.

The final day of the Festival saw both Seniors and U-21 competitions staged, with Emma Bonney claiming her second title of the weekend in the Seniors event with a 3-2 success against Jenny Poulter, while Emma Parker whitewashed Shannon Metcalf 3-0 to claim the junior tournament.

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The event brought the curtain down on a landmark season on the World Women’s Snooker Tour, which has seen WLBS ranking competitions held in Germany and Singapore for the first time with the support of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.

It was another successful year for world number one Reanne Evans (absent from the Festival due to her involvement in the (World Championship qualifiers), who claimed victories at the UK Ladies Championship and Eden Women’s Masters on home soil.

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Overseas however it was Ng On Yee who took silverware in Germany and Singapore, before adding titles in Leeds this week to complete the season having earned more ranking points than any other player during 2016/17.

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Agyei Set for England World Cup Squad

Burnley Striker Set for England Call Up

Burnley starlet Daniel Agyei is looking forward to an exciting summer this year, as the Clarets youngest looks set to be offered a new contract at the club whilst it also looks likely that he will be called into the England U20 squad for this summers World Cup.

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Agyei has already broken into Burnley’s first-team squad having been named on the Clarets bench a number of times before making his Premier League debut as a substitute against Liverpool at Anfield last month.

The youngster impressed during a loan spell at Coventry City earlier this season, where his performances convinced Sean Dyche that he was ready for a senior role.  As his reputation grows he is becoming one of the best emerging youngsters in the country and Sean Dyche is looking to secure Agyei’s long term future at the club as a priority.

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Singapore Striker Joins Clarets on Trial

Suhaimi Joins Clarets on Trial

Burnley Football Club have confirmed that Singapore national striker Sahil Suhaimi has joined the clubs development squad on a month-long trial.  The striker who plays for Tampines Rovers in the S.League, has flown to England to take up the offer at Turf Moor.

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Anthony Fairclough (Head of Commercial Affairs) said: “This is a first for the club and is a great opportunity for both parties.  One billion households watch the Premier League and over 50 percent of those come from Asia.

During a recent visit to Singapore, I saw that football is a major interest out there and the Premier League can raise the club’s profile over there, but further strengthen our relationships.

We welcome Sahil to the club and hope that his experience here is productive for his career and that he can have a snapshot of the Premier League and see it from a very different perspective.”

In January, there had been talk that he would move to a second-tier Thai club, but the Stags said in a separate media release on Friday that they will cover the cost of Sahil’s travel and lodging, with chairman Krishna Ramachandra personally supporting Sahil’s daily expenses.

Club Chairman Krishna Ramachandra said, “It is a fantastic trailblazing opportunity for him and we need to encourage more young players to go further afield to ply their trade, so we wish Sahil the very best and trust he will keep the Singapore flag flying high.”

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