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AFC Wimbledon Suspend Wally Downes…

AFC Wimbledon, currently in the bottom 3 of League 1 have today suspended their first team manager Wally Downes until further notice, for a breach of FA Betting rules.

A Club Statement Read:

Club manager Wally Downes has been suspended from first team duties pending further notice.

The club has been informed that Wally has been charged by the FA for Misconduct under FA Rule E1(b) in respect of 8 bets placed on football matches between 30 November 2013 and 12 July 2019.

Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time for the club and Dons Trust boards to look at the allegations more closely and make a further announcement in due course.

 

This couldn’t have come at a worse time for AFC Wimbledon, who are in the middle of a bad run of form.

Wally Downes was appointed, in December last year and led them against all the odds to survival in League 1, thanks to a last day draw at Bradford City.

The period in question relates to a time when Downes was employed in India with Kerala Blasters during 2016/2017. And carried on during his subsequent appointment as manager for AFC Wimbledon in December 2018.

Prior to his appointment as manager and during his interview process, Downes was quizzed on comments made which related to homophobia on his Twitter account. Though the board were happy with his explanation of these matters and his Twitter account was quickly deleted.

It remains to be seen what the outcome will be. Downes will most likely be aware of the outcome for Joey Barton, now manager at Fleetwood Town; Joey was charged for the same offence and suspended from all football activities for 18 months.

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EFL Suspend Yet Another Bury Game As Shakers Remain In Crisis

THE English Football League (EFL) have today suspended the Sky Bet League One clash between Rotherham United and Bury FC at the AESSEAL New York Stadium due to outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments which hasn’t been provided by Bury owner Steve Dale.

The suspension of the fixture between the ‘Millers’ and the ‘Shakers’ means Bury have every one of their games this season in the Sky Bet League One and Carabao Cup suspended by the authority.

Bury have also been issued with a a notice of charge after they failed to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

A statement from the EFL read:“The EFL Board has taken the decision to suspend Bury FC’s upcoming League One fixture with Rotherham United on Tuesday 20 August 2019 as the outstanding evidence regarding a number of financial commitments has still not been provided by owner Steve Dale.

It is now the Club’s fourth game of the season not to take place as originally scheduled and they will be referred to a Disciplinary Commission in respect of all suspended League matches.

However, as previously stated the EFL maintains the view that League matches cannot continue being suspended indefinitely, as the pressures of a congested fixture calendar will simply not allow such flexibility and the deadline of 23 August for withdrawal of membership remains in place.

Bury are due to play Tranmere Rovers on 24 August 2019 and, because of the close proximity to the notice of withdrawal deadline, a decision on whether to suspend that fixture will take place in the early part of week commencing 19 August 2019.

In addition, Bury have also been served with a notice of charge in regard to its failure to fulfil the cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday 13 August 2019.

The Club has been given until 5pm on Wednesday 21 August 2019 to respond.  At this stage the management committee of the competition (the EFL Board) will determine the matter or refer it to a Disciplinary Commission under EFL Regulations.”

It seems to be a horrible time for Shakers fans who fear their club could be on the brink of liquidation and could even as early as next Friday (23rd August) have their EFL membership withdrawn if the financial difficulties aren’t resolved by then.

Bury fans let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below.

What do you think will happen between now and 23rd August? Will your club survive?

Coventry City owner breaks silence

Coventry City owner, Joy Seppala has finally spoken out about the recent troubles the club have faced over the last 12 years.

Seppala has received the blame from Sky Blues fans since her company, Sisu took over the club.

During her reign, the club have received two 10-point deductions, two relegations, going into administration and moving the club out of the city twice to play home games.

The director of Sisu has had death treats thrown at her, her house being broken into and many protests outside her office and the Ricoh Arena.

She revealed her reaction to the abuse, “Our home was broken into. I wasn’t worried about me, more my family. My children at the time were very young.

“I knew the anger from the supporters.

“We got a call from security saying someone is in your home. I went upstairs to check on the children. I had to think very carefully about how they got to school. That was the most difficult part of it.

“I can tell you of hundreds and hundreds of abuse emails and letters calling me all sorts of names, incessant calls to the office and the various protests. It was very upsetting.”

Seppala went on to speak about how she feels about the club playing home games next season at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews, “It’s an absolute tragedy we’re playing in Birmingham, it’s not what we would ever choose,” she said.

“As I said, all we want to be is like any other football club being able to play in our own stadium but there are just circumstances beyond our control.”

Speaking to Sky Sports in an exclusive interview, the Coventry owner went on to say the situation between the club and Ricoh Arena owners, Wasps RFC, “We signed an agreement with Wasps that we would not litigate against them over the sale of the Ricoh. We agreed to terms.

“But then when they came back, they wanted us to sign something that wasn’t feasible. Not just SISU, but the football club as well, underwriting damages and costs that they might incur.

“It basically stripped the football club of its right to pursue anything. There was no chance we were going to jeopardise the football club, so it wouldn’t have the ability to exercise its own liberties.”

Upon This Rock: Oldham Away Days

Heading into this match you’d think Peterborough would have an advantage with them being in 2nd and Oldham rock bottom of League 1. Oldham played very well to stunt the Posh’s recent form with two goals from Eion Doyle and one from Dan Gardner to give the home side a 3-2 over them.

This match shows that a form guide won’t help you in the lower leagues, on paper Oldham should have been outclassed, with Peterborough off the back of a big win at home to Wigan and sit in second three points behind Shrewsbury. This was also Oldham’s first game without John Sheridan who left the club the day before after poor results.

The first half of the game wasn’t great from either side, Peterborough passed the ball around well and Oldham created a few good chances but the first half wasn’t exactly great. The only talking point is Junior Morias going off injured with a thigh problem 37 minutes in after being clipped during a challenge.

The second half burst into life straight away and the home side took the lead after Jack Byrne’s shot was sent directly into the path of a waiting Eion Doyle who scored from the second chance effort. Poor possession from Peterborough allowed this goal and it was only the start of a shaky defensive display.

The away side got back into it after Marcus Maddison scored from the spot after he was brought down by Brian Wilson who got sent off for the foul, Oldham, who looked strong defensively had a slip up at the back which allowed Maddison in past the defence before being brought down. The Posh looked like they could take the lead for most of the second half after Wilson was sent off, some great attacking possessions from the Posh during the entire second half.

The match reached the final 10 minutes and Oldham retook the lead after Eion Doyle fed a pass to Dan Gardner who seemed to have all the time in the world to shot and scored past the Posh. From my view you could see the goal unfurling in front from the moment Peterborough lost the ball, no one picked up men and the defence looked all over the place.

It got worse for Posh fans when Doyle got his brace to make it 3-1, Abdelhakim Omrani waltzed past two Posh players while he was keeping the ball in the corner and his low cross into the box was met by Doyle who added misery to the away fans, Peterborough needed to be stronger here the defence let them in too easily and got punished for it.

With the game winding down we got eight, yes eight minutes, of added time after the sending off and Oldham players using full use of the clock, with this Posh fans would have thought there was a chance, especially when Jack Marriott scored from 8 yards out with just two minutes gone of added time. Even with the pressure, Posh put on at the end Oldham held on for the win.

A disappointing game for Peterborough but a confidence boost for Oldham under Richie Wellens, sometimes a new manager can rejuvenate a squad and that is exactly what has happened here, Oldham head to Portsmouth this weekend and will look for a similar result down on the south coast, for Peterborough though they will look to bounce back at home to Oxford.