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Sunday Fulham Stuff - 25/04/21...
« on: April 25, 2021, 08:01:25 AM »
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Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff - 25/04/21...
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 08:04:36 AM »
Borto pens professional deal

Fulham have handed American goalkeeper Alex Borto his first professional contract after an impressive first season in London.

The seventeen year old stopper signed for the Whites from the Cedar Stars Academy last summer, having reportedly been tracked by the likes of Manchester United and Leicester City. Borto had to endure the difficulties of a coronavirus-enforced travel ban and quarantining in the United Kingdom before being able to train with his new team-mates and made his debut in the under 18s’ 4-1 win at West Bromwich Albion in October.

The New Jersey native has quickly established himself as Steve Wigley’s first choice goalkeeper, keeping six clean sheets in eleven appearances as the under 18s have moved to the top of the Premier League south table. Borto was delighted to have been rewarded with a professional deal, telling Fulham’s official website:

“I was really happy because it was always a dream of mine to go pro. For me to hear that news, I was just so blessed. All the hard work that I’ve been putting in has paid off. My parents sacrificed so much for me. They’d drive me an hour, maybe two to practice and to games and to see it pay off is just amazing.

This is a great academy and my aim is to play with the under-23s next year and hopefully train with the first team eventually. The goal of course, is to get to a point where I’m training with the First Team everyday.”

Fulham’s academy director, Huw Jennings, added:

“Alex is a goalkeeper who hails from the US. He had to overcome a range of challenges during the pandemic, such as leaving home and settling into a brand new environment. He has managed very well and has become the 18s number one, performing at a high level. Alex qualifies to play for Poland as well as USA and both nations are monitoring his progress closely.”



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Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff - 25/04/21...
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2021, 08:05:21 AM »
Bowie brace fires five-star Fulham U18s back to summit

In-form Kieron Bowie grabbed another brace as Fulham’s under 18s thrashed Reading 5-1 yesterday at the LSE to return to the top of the table.

The Scottish striker took his tally to thirteen goals in the last ten games as Steve Wigley’s side eventually brushed aside a spirit challenge from the Royals to move above Crystal Palace on goal difference. Fulham didn’t have to wait long for Bowie to break the deadlock as the former Raith Rovers forward powered into shooting range and fired his finish under Matthew Rowley with just sixteen seconds gone.

Bowie saw an instinctive strike well blocked by Jay Senga after excellent approach play down the left from Idris Odutayo. Reading then were unfortunate not to draw level when, first, Harvey Maudner’s free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar and then Alex Borto produced an outstanding save to prevent Hamid Abdel-Salam scoring from a tight angle.

Irish youth international Ollie O’Neill doubled Fulham’s lead just after the half hour when he latched onto a fine flick from Bowie and poked home. The visitors got a deserved lifeline six minutes before the break when Jahmari Clarke emphatically converted David Nyarko’s pull back. But Fulham restored their two-goal cushion right on half time. O’Neill sent over a devilish free-kick, Ibane Bowat climbed well to meet it and the ball fell invitingly for his compatriot Bowie, who needed no second invitation to sweep it home.

The open nature of the contest continued after the interval. Highly-rated winger Michael Olakigbe was denied by Rowley at one end before Louie Holzman header over after a bout of pinball in the Fulham box. The only blot on Bowie’s copybook during another accomplished performance was when he spurned a glorious opportunity to register a hat-trick, skying his penalty over the bar after O’Neill had been felled in the box.

The miss would not prove too costly as, after Rowley had athletically denied Luke Harris, Wigley’s charges wrapped up the contest. Matt Dibley-Dias’ powerful strike took a deflection that left Rowley helpless before Odutayo rounded Fulham’s sixth straight win with a thumping finish, although there was more than a suspicion of handball in the warm-up. The Whites are top of the table with three games remaining – a tricky trip to Leicester City is up next.

FULHAM (4-3-3): Borto; Parkes, Bowat, Williams, Odutayo; Dibley-Dias, Harris (Sanderson 85’), O’Neill; Olakigbe (Lanquedoc 66), Stansfield, Bowie. Subs (not used): Antonsson, Okkas, Caton.



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Re: Sunday Fulham Stuff - 25/04/21...
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2021, 08:08:03 AM »
Arsenal and West Ham eye summer transfer bid for Fulham loanee Joachim Andersen

Andersen has impressed at Craven Cottage this season having been made captain after just a few games at the club, and is keen to stay in the Premier League if Fulham are relegated

Arsenal and West Ham are considering a move for Fulham loan star Joachim Andersen this summer.

The Gunners have yet to agree a new deal with David Luiz, who is out of contract at the end of the season, and are studying their options for a replacement central defender.

While the Hammers and boss David Moyes are looking to strengthen their squad for what they hope will be a Champions League campaign after a dazzling march into the top four.

Andersen, 24, has impressed at Fulham despite their struggles during his loan from Lyon and that has prompted interest from the two London clubs.


Joachim Andersen is on the radar of both Arsenal and West Ham for this summer (Image: Pool via REUTERS)

 Lyon's financial situation, like many other clubs, has been hit by the coronavirus crisis are the Ligue 1 side are expected to cash in on him.

The player is also keen to stay in the Premier League.

Fulham would love to keep the £20million-rated centre-back but, with relegation likely, they know there’s little chance of that happening.

The Danish international has made 27 appearances for Fulham this season and has a good relationship with boss Scott Parker.

 Reports elsewhere have also linked Tottenham with Andersen's signature, while Lyon chief Juninho Pernambucano has not ruled out his return to the Groupama Stadium.

Speaking earlier this month, Pernambucano said: "I think he will want to extend his adventure in the Premier League.

"He has played well at Fulham, and if he wants to come back, we will welcome him with open arms."



https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-west-ham-transfer-andersen-23974176

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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2021, 08:12:50 AM »
Social Media Boycott



The Premier League has issued the below statement.

The FA, Premier League, EFL, FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, PFA, LMA, PGMOL, Kick It Out and the FSA will unite for a social media boycott from 15.00 on Friday 30 April to 23.59 on Monday 3 May, in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory abuse received online by players and many others connected to football.

This has been scheduled to take place across a full fixture programme in the men’s and women’s professional game and will see clubs across the Premier League, EFL, WSL and Women’s Championship switch off their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

As a collective, the game recognises the considerable reach and value of social media to our sport. The connectivity and access to supporters who are at the heart of football remains vital.

However, the boycott shows English football coming together to emphasise that social media companies must do more to eradicate online hate, while highlighting the importance of educating people in the ongoing fight against discrimination.

In our letter of February 2021, English football outlined its requests of social media companies, urging filtering, blocking and swift takedowns of offensive posts, an improved verification process and re-registration prevention, plus active assistance for law enforcement agencies to identify and prosecute originators of illegal content. While some progress has been made, we reiterate those requests today in an effort to stem the relentless flow of discriminatory messages and ensure that there are real-life consequences for purveyors of online abuse across all platforms.

Boycott action from football in isolation will, of course, not eradicate the scourge of online discriminatory abuse, but it will demonstrate that the game is willing to take voluntary and proactive steps in this continued fight.

Finally, while football takes a stand, we urge the UK Government to ensure its Online Safety Bill will bring in strong legislation to make social media companies more accountable for what happens on their platforms, as discussed at the DCMS Online Abuse roundtable earlier this week.

Edleen John, The FA’s Director of International Relations, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said:  “It’s simply unacceptable that people across English football and society more broadly continue to be subjected to discriminatory abuse online on a daily basis, with no real-world consequences for perpetrators. This needs to change quickly, and we continue to urge social media companies to act now to address this. We will not stop talking about this issue and will continue to work with government in ensuring that the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient regulatory and supervisory powers to Ofcom. Social media companies need to be held accountable if they continue to fall short of their moral and social responsibilities to address this endemic problem.

“We have recently seen how powerful it can be when everybody is united for the good of the English game. We are calling on organisations and individuals across the game to join us in a temporary boycott of these social media platforms, to show solidarity and unite in the message that English football will not tolerate discrimination in any form.”

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Racist behaviour of any form is unacceptable and the appalling abuse we are seeing players receive on social media platforms cannot be allowed to continue.

“The Premier League and our clubs stand alongside football in staging this boycott to highlight the urgent need for social media companies to do more in eliminating racial hatred. We will not stop challenging social media companies and want to see significant improvements in their policies and processes to tackle online discriminatory abuse on their platforms.

“Football is a diverse sport, which brings together communities and cultures from all backgrounds and this diversity makes the competition stronger. No Room For Racism represents all the work we do to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and tackling discrimination.”

Trevor Birch, Chief Executive of the EFL said: “EFL clubs have expressed a clear desire to take a united stand against abhorrent racist, discriminatory, and threatening abuse on social media platforms which we fully support alongside the rest of the football family. 

“While we recognise the value and role social media plays in our game, online abuse will not be tolerated and we will continue to strongly pursue all avenues open to us to affect change.

“The boycott is only part of the work being undertaken in this area but further highlights the need for social media companies to take additional responsibility for the inappropriate and unwelcome behaviour that appears on their platforms. 

Simone Pound, Director of EDI at the PFA said: "Social media channels represent an extension of the working environment for professional footballers, and as the players' union, we are committed to finding solutions that better protect our membership and the wider community from online abuse.

"As part of our work to address this issue, which started with the 24-hour #Enough boycott of social media channels, the PFA has been pushing for collaboration between the platforms, the game, the Government, police and CPS to find solutions and protect players from the abuse they face daily.

"In 2021, with a collective voice, we can hold social media companies to account and send a powerful message to a global audience – abusive behaviour is unacceptable."

Sanjay Bhandari, Kick It Out Chair, said: “Social media is now sadly a regular vessel for toxic abuse. This boycott signifies our collective anger at the damage this causes to the people who play, watch and work in the game. By removing ourselves from the platforms, we are making a symbolic gesture to those with power. We need you to act. We need you to create change.

“We need social media companies to make their platforms a hostile environment for trolls rather than for the football family. We need the Government to hold its nerve and keep its promises to regulate. The Online Safety Bill could be a game changer and we aim to help make that happen. There should be no space for hate and everyone can play their part. If you watch, work in or love the game, join in.”

Richard Bevan, Chief Executive at the LMA said: “The LMA fully supports the social media boycott across the professional game.   A unified silence will send a loud and powerful message to those that perpetrate online abuse that their actions will no longer be tolerated, and to the social media companies that they have a responsibility to do everything in their power to eradicate online hate.

“We also urge Government to understand the significance of this collective action and to ensure that its Online Safety Bill delivers appropriately strong legislation.”

Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters' Association said: “The Football Supporters' Association is fully behind the game's efforts to stamp out online hate and discrimination and will join next weekend's social media boycott. Much media attention has rightly focused on the vile abuse aimed at players, managers and journalists in the men's and women's game and we see that aimed at fans groups too. It has to stop.

"Many of our most active fan groups tell us that they have received disgusting abuse when they are doing nothing more than trying to represent their supporter base. It's a threat to the very existence of supporter organisations who are run by volunteers in their spare time. As fans we stand with players, managers, referees and all in the game in calling for the social media companies to step up."



https://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2021/april/Social-Media-Boycott/

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2021, 08:14:04 AM »
Arsenal to rival Tottenham Hotspur for Lyon's Joachim Andersen?

 Arsenal are reportedly ready to battle bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the signature of Lyon defender Joachim Andersen.

The Denmark international has played a starring role at Fulham since joining the Cottagers on loan last summer, starting 27 Premier League matches under Scott Parker.

Andersen is thought to be open to staying at Craven Cottage - even if the capital outfit suffer relegation - but Tottenham and Manchester United have both been tipped to swoop for the £25m-rated defender.

Now, The Mirror claims that Arsenal have joined the race for Andersen's signature, with Lyon prepared to cash in on the 24-year-old amid their volatile financial situation.

The report adds that Andersen could be signed as a replacement for David Luiz, whose Arsenal contract expires in the summer, but Lyon chief Juninho is happy to welcome him back to the Groupama Stadium should he wish.

West Ham United have also been credited with an interest in Andersen, whose Lyon contract still has another three years left to run.



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