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Swansea give skipper Williams pre-Euros rest

Ashley Williams will miss the final two games. Credit: PA

Wales captain Ashley Williams will not play for Swansea again this season as head coach Francesco Guidolin feels his skipper deserves a pre-Euro 2016 breather.

Williams has played every minute of Swansea's Premier League campaign and missed only seven games during the Welsh club's five seasons in the top flight.

Guidolin's decision will delight Wales manager Chris Coleman, who has acknowledged the amount of football his skipper has played over the last few seasons.

Ash will not play again this season, he needs a break.

He is tired because he has played a lot of games this season and before.

Ash is the skipper, a good player and leader, and he is very important for me and our team.

But it is better for Ash to rest and be prepared for the Euros and for next season.

– Francesco Guidolin

Pardew fines Crystal Palace winger for comments

Lee Chung-Yong has been fined by Crystal Palace after criticising manager Alan Pardew during an interview in his native South Korea.

Speaking to Sports Seoul, the winger accused Pardew of forgetting how many substitutes he had used during a match, and claimed that he was left out of Pardew's squad despite being led on to believe he would start.

Addressing the issue ahead of Stoke's Premier League visit on Saturday, Pardew admitted that Chung-Yong had made a mistake and suggested that his comments were factually incorrect.

He said:

I have dealt with it because he's incorrect on a couple of point there, one of them about the team selection, and stuff like that. And he's made an error.

He said to me it got lost in translation which can happen. I've had it before. But some of it isn't lost in translation, and he's going to take a fine for that because you can't criticise things that didn't happen. And one of the key things in there didn't occur.

– Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew

Man United and Leicester stars get three-match ban

Robert Huth's season is over. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Leicester defender Robert Huth have both been banned for three matches after clashing in Sunday's Premier League game, the Football Association has announced

Both players accepted the charge, however, Huth contested that the standard penalty of a three-match suspension would be 'clearly excessive'. This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

– FA Statement

Louis van Gaal reiterated his stance that United should have had a penalty for Huth's offence but accepted Fellaini should not have reacted in the manner he did.

When the FA give Huth a suspension of three matches, then they admit it was a penalty. I have said that also after the match.

For us it is very disappointing that the referee was not seeing the fact. I think and still believe that Fellaini makes a reaction like a human being but he has to control himself better, that is true.

When you grab somebody in his hair, always this situation shall exist.

– Louis van Gaal


Everton boss: Leicester an inspiration for everyone

Roberto Martinez needs some inspiration. Credit: PA

Roberto Martinez hailed Leicester as an inspiration - but would be surprised to see other underdogs follow in their footsteps.

Everton will be the guests at the Foxes' title party on Saturday when Claudio Ranieri's men will complete their impossible dream by lifting the Premier League trophy.

Usurping the big boys in the way Leicester have has caught the imagination of people across the world and left fans of teams everywhere wondering whether next time it could be them.

You need to see it as the exception that proves the norm or something that is going to change the landscape of the competitive nature of the league. It's too early to see how that's going to develop.

What Leicester have achieved is a great inspiration for any team sport and for any group in order to dream high and have huge expectations but I think we need to be realistic that this is not the norm.

It's something we haven't seen in the modern game and I don't think that's going to be repeated easily.

– Roberto Martinez
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