It has been a shameful few
weeks for racism in the world of football. Last Wednesday, the striker from
Chelsea, Tammy Abraham had faced racial abuse on social media following his
penalty miss in the game against Liverpool in UEFA Super Cup.
As a reaction to this,
Frank Lampard had said that he is disgusted by these comments which have been
made against Abraham and asked for action to be taken against this.
Again, Paul Pogan had been
subjected to a similar kind of abuse as he missed out on the penalty during the
draw of Manchester United to Wolves. Marcus Rashford, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, and
Harry Maguire, the teammates have rallied behind this Frenchman since them
while Manchester United and also kick it out are all set to meet Twitter.
Even the police have come
forward to help and find out the people who had been responsible for these
tweets. Manchester United looks forward to issue a lifetime ban on the people
who tweet these.
Racism doesn’t have a place in football and the fact that it is still taking place is a shame. Monkey chants have turned out to be quite common in various parts of Europe. A man who has been subjected to this is Hulk, the Shanghai SIPG forward.
At present, Hulk is 33 and has spent 4 years with Porto and 4 years with Zenit Saint Petersburg. One game that people still remembers is the one between Benfica and Porto in the year 2012 where he had been subjected by Monkey chants by fans of Benfica. However, he scored a screamer and found a way to shut them up. The fans of Benfica had been completely silent after the rocket by Hulk as the ball went at a speed of 108 km/hr.
Felix a 19-year-old has ascended to unmistakable quality for the Lisbon-based monsters this season and got 20 objectives while enrolling 11 helps for the club, who recovered the Portuguese top flight. It is said by the fresh report that ‘all paths lead to Felix’ for Atleti, despite ‘strong interest from both Manchester sides’.
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The season is less than two months left and many clubs have begun to look at potential incomings ahead of next season. Latest reports from Italy claim that Arsenal are planning on making a bid for Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo.
The Spaniard has been impressive during his time in Portugal and is one of the top-rated young left back in Europe. Spanish side Atletico Madrid are also looking at the 23-year-old as they look to replace Lucas Hernandez. The French defender recently made a move to Bayern Munich this week for a record fee of €80 million.
Wolves have enjoyed a good return to the Premier League as they are the highest ranked promoted side in the League. It has been an excellent debut season for manager Nuno Espirito Santo as he has been able to assemble a team capable of beating the top teams in the league.
One player that played a huge role in this run is Mexico international Raul Jimenez. The forward currently on loan from Portuguese side Benfica has proven to be a masterstroke transfer for the Premier League side.
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has refuted claims of a possible move to Benfica, insisting that a move to his homeland is not a part of his plans at the moment.
Since his Old Trafford sacking, Mourinho has linked with the managerial job at Portuguese League outfit Benfica but the Portuguese gaffer has ruled out any chances of moving to Portugal.
On Wednesday, Benfica’s hard work proved to be fruitful as it finished its campaign of Champions League with a win over the team of AEK Athens with a score of 2-0. Neither of the 2 teams was in contention for the knockout stage, and the club of Benfica was already at the 3rd position and had already secured a spot in the upcoming round of thirty-two of the Europa League.
The match was poised well between both the team until the 88th minute when Alex Grimaldo of Benfica scored the first and only goal of the match with a properly-struck free kick on the wall. Despite getting many opportunities to hit the goal both teams were unable to make the most out of it. However, Grimaldo proved to be an exception to it. In the post-match show, Alex Grimaldo said: “We had a great match, and definitely deserved this win.” He added, “We tried until the last minute and I am delighted that we managed to do it.”
Benfica has reportedly offered Joao Felix a new contract containing a 105 million release clause. £ (120 million) among rumors, he is wanted by Chelsea. According to Mirror Chris, Hatherall, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has watched the progress of Felix in this season. Current contract No. 10 contains a 45 million release clause £ (51.5 million €). Per Hatherall, according to sources in Portugal, Felix is on the verge of signing the new contract with Benfica and could put pen on paper for documentation on Monday.
The 18-year-old has broken the first team of Benfica this season and produced two goals and a help in the 190 minutes play. That game time has come across eight looks, with Felix spending time on both flanks and in an attacked midfield game. His first goal will live long in the memory of Benfica fans, per Portuguese football team expert Jan Hagen: The teenager has also been impressed with the under-21 side of Portugal.