The Football Association (FA) is considering introducing retrospective bans for players who dive, according to a media report. Diving came under the spotlight yet again after Hull City's Robert Snodgrass won a spot-kick during a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace last month and later conceded that the penalty should never have been awarded. The FA will send officials to Scotland to see how the punishment works there, according to the Times.
Pep Guardiola suffered his worst-ever league defeat as a manager on Sunday as Manchester City were hammered 4-0 at Everton in the Premier League. Post-game he was understandably glum. Guardiola even appeared to concede the Premier League title, as the preseason favorites for the crown have now fallen 10 points behind leaders Chelsea with 17 games to go. When asked if City’s title hopes were over after a fifth defeat of the season, the Spaniard’s answer was emphatic. “Yes. Ten is a lot of points,” Guardiola said. “The second one [Tottenham] is three points. We have to see. I spoke to my players the last three weeks or a month, forget about the table. Focus on the next game and try to do our best
Serge Gnabry was understandably skeptical when he received a phone call claiming he had been selected to represent Germany at the Olympics. Loaned to West Bromwich Albion last summer, he made a handful of appearances before manager Tony Pulis admitted publicly that Gnabry was not up to the required level. “He’s come from academy football and not played much league football,” Pulis told the Express and Star.