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Wolves fans warned against pitch invasions

Wolves fans are being urged to stay off the pitch ahead of their match at Leyton Orient today.

It follows a pitch invasion at Molineux on Good Friday, which the club said nearly led to the match against Rotherham United being abandoned.

Wolves can secure the League One title with a win today.

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Former WBA and Wolves striker, Jason Roberts, retires

Former West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Jason Roberts has announced he is retiring from football due to injury.

The 36-year-old confirmed his decision on Twitter. He has not managed a single appearance this season for his current team, Reading, due to a persistent hip problem.

Former West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Jason Roberts Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He wrote: "It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from professional football on medical advice...Thank You Football for Everything...

"It has been an honour representing the Clubs I have played for..and the Fans that have always supported me."

Walsall: Those found guilty of racism allegations will be banned for life

Walsall FC have responded to allegations of racism from a section of the crowd during their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, saying those found guilty of racist abuse will be banned from the Banks's Stadium for life.

The club say they are working closely with Wolverhampton Wanderers and the police to investigate the alleged racist abuse, aimed at two Wolves players during the match.

Walsall Football Club can confirm that we have been in dialogue with our counterparts from Wolverhampton Wanderers regarding allegations that two of their players were subjected to racist abuse during the course of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture.

We are taking this matter very seriously and will fully co-operate with West Midlands Police and Wolverhampton Wanderers throughout this investigation.

Both Wolves and Walsall are fiercely committed to stamping out all types of discrimination within football and will vigorously investigate any and all allegations of racist abuse.

Should anyone be found guilty of the above allegations, they will be issued with a lifetime ban from Banks’s Stadium.

As the matter is being investigated, the club can make no further comment at this stage.

– Walsall FC club statement

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Wolves make complaint over alleged racism in Walsall match

Wolverhampton Wanderers have made the complaint Credit: ITV News Central

Wolverhampton Wanderers have made an official complaint to the FA and to Walsall FC over alleged racism during the match between the two sides at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday.

In a statement, the club say racist abuse was aimed at defender George Elokobi in the first half while he warmed up as a substitute, and abuse aimed at goalkeeper Carl Ikeme came from behind the goal in the second half.

The game was played at Walsall's Banks's Stadium Credit: ITV News Central

The statement continued:

The complaint relates to a small number of individuals in the crowd at Saturday’s game and will not sour the good relationship that exists between the two clubs.

Both Wolves and Walsall are fiercely committed to stamping out all types of discrimination within football and will vigorously investigate all allegations of racist abuse.

Wolves will always strongly support its players who are the victims of discrimination, and Carl Ikeme and George Elokobi both displayed admirable restraint in the face of receiving the abuse on Saturday.

Kenny Jackett also commented on the situation:

Both Carl and George received racist abuse at the game on Saturday and we have made an official complaint both to Walsall and the Football Association.

We were disappointed by what was said to our players but we have a lot of respect for Walsall Football Club and we know this will be down to individuals.

There is no place for racism either in football or in society and as a Head Coach and as a club we will back our players if they are on the end of it. We have made our statement and gone about things in the right way and will now leave the authorities to deal with the situation.

Sigurdarson leaves Wolves for Norwegian side Molde

Wolverhampton Wanderers have let a third player leave the club today, with Bjorn Sigurdarson moving to Norwegian side Molde on loan until the end of the year.

The striker is the second to leave the club today, with Kevin Doyle going on loan to Queen's Park Rangers. Wolves look likely to see a third forward leave later also, as Leigh Griffiths is poised to join Scottish champions, Celtic.

Welsh international goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, also left Molineux today. He has been signed by Crystal Palace for a fee believed to be around £3million.

Sigurdarson has scored seven goals in 60 appearances for the club since signing from Lillestrom just over 18 months ago. But he hasn't featured for Wolves since mid-December.

Wanderers lose Hennessey to Palace

Wayne Hennesey has dived for his last ball in a Wanderers shirt Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Crystal Palace, after signing a permanent deal.

The Welsh stopper has moved to the Premier League outfit for an undisclosed fee after a decade of service at Molineux.

Despite losing the 27-year-old, who turned out 166 times for the club, Chief Executive Jez Moxey said:

"Wayne has been with the club for a long time since coming through the academy and produced some excellent performances... If we received an acceptable offer from a Premier League club, then we were not going to stand in his way... Everyone at Wolves would like to thank Wayne for his efforts."

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