Sport Southgate: Ugo a credit to football

20:30  21 april  2017
20:30  21 april  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Michail Antonio out for the rest of the season

  Michail Antonio out for the rest of the season Michail Antonio has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. West Ham’s top scorer this season picked up the injury during the 3-2 home defeat to Leicester back in March despite playing the full 90 minutes on the day. The injury forced Antonio to pull out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Germany and Lithuania at the end of the month and sidelined him for three weeks. He made his return to the side earlier in April, starting the midweek game at Arsenal before being substituted at half-time, presumably after aggravating the injury. Slaven Bilic then decided Antonio was fit to start last weekend against Swansea but shortly before half-time, Antonio felt his hamstring go again and was replaced by Jonathan Calleri. Speaking at his press conference this morning, Bilic has confirmed that Antonio’s season is over: “We are without Michail Antonio. It’s a significant injury and he’s out for the season.” In his absence, expect Robert Snodgrass or Sofiane Feghouli to return to the starting line-up for the trip to Sunderland this weekend.

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “ a credit to football ” after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “ a credit to football ” after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach

England manager Gareth Southgate has paid tribute to Ugo Ehiogu and spoken of the "true partnership" he shared with his former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough team-mate.

Ehiogu, who was working as an U23 coach at Tottenham, was rushed to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest on Thursday and a statement from Spurs on Friday announced the 44-year-old had passed away "in the early hours of this morning".

Southgate and Ehiogu enjoyed a successful playing partnership in central defence at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, helping both sides to League Cup triumphs, and the England boss released a statement saying he was devastated by the passing of a man he called a "colossus on the pitch".

Michail Antonio out for the rest of the season

  Michail Antonio out for the rest of the season Michail Antonio has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. West Ham’s top scorer this season picked up the injury during the 3-2 home defeat to Leicester back in March despite playing the full 90 minutes on the day. The injury forced Antonio to pull out of Gareth Southgate’s England squad to face Germany and Lithuania at the end of the month and sidelined him for three weeks. He made his return to the side earlier in April, starting the midweek game at Arsenal before being substituted at half-time, presumably after aggravating the injury. Slaven Bilic then decided Antonio was fit to start last weekend against Swansea but shortly before half-time, Antonio felt his hamstring go again and was replaced by Jonathan Calleri. Speaking at his press conference this morning, Bilic has confirmed that Antonio’s season is over: “We are without Michail Antonio. It’s a significant injury and he’s out for the season.” In his absence, expect Robert Snodgrass or Sofiane Feghouli to return to the starting line-up for the trip to Sunderland this weekend.

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as "a gentleman" and " a credit to football " after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham's training centre, where he worked as the club's under-23 coach

England manager Gareth Southgate described his long-time friend and team-mate Ugo Ehiogu as “a gentleman” and “ a credit to football ” after his death at the age of 44. Ehiogu collapsed at Tottenham’s training centre, where he worked as the club’s under-23 coach

He said: "I'm stunned and deeply saddened by Ugo's passing and clearly my initial thoughts are with his wife Gemma, his children and his family.

"I know that football will be grieving because he was so highly respected by everybody he worked with and losing him at such a young age is difficult to come to terms with.

"Most importantly, he was a gentleman and he is one of those characters that people would find it difficult to have anything bad to say about him.

"I probably played more games with Ugo than anybody else in my career and while in many ways he was a gentle giant away from football, he was a colossus on the pitch. It felt like a true partnership with Ugo because we were prepared to put our bodies on the line for each other.

"We shared highs, lows and won a couple of trophies together with Villa and Boro and it's those memories that I will always cherish when I think of Ugo.

"He was one of the most professional people I played with in terms of how he applied himself to his job and it was great to see him progressing though the coaching pathway with that thirst for learning."

Southgate revealed he had been in contact with former colleagues and team-mates on Friday and spoke of their "disbelief" at the news.

"I've spoken to several of our former team-mates today and there's just a sense of disbelief that we're having these conversations," he said.

"Ugo was a credit to football, a credit to his family and he will be missed by everybody who was lucky enough to know him."

Man, 81, held over sex abuse in youth football .
An 81-year-old man has been charged by police in Scotland investigating alleged historical sexual abuse in youth football. The man, understood to be former Celtic Boys Club official Frank Cairney, is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: "An 81-year-old man has been detained and charged in connection with non-recent sexual offences."The sport has been hit by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority.Police Scotland launched a major inquiry into non-recent child abuse in youth football at the end of last year.

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