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Leeds and Huddersfield managers banned

Monk and Wagner have both been banned for two games. Credit: PA

David Wagner and Garry Monk have been handed touchline bans by the Football Association for their roles in the touchline melee that marred Huddersfield's win over Leeds earlier this month.

Terriers boss Wagner has been handed a two-game ban while Monk will serve a one-match suspension after the pair were sent to the stands following a clash that sparked ugly scenes at the John Smith's Stadium.

Both clubs were fined £10,000 and warned about their future conduct after admitting FA charges of failing to control their players during Huddersfield's 2-1 win.

An FA statement read:

Huddersfield Town and Leeds United have each been fined £10,000 and warned as to their future conduct following their game on February 5, 2017.

Both clubs admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour in or around the 89th minute of the fixture. Furthermore, Huddersfield manager David Wagner and Leeds manager Garry Monk will serve touchline suspensions of two matches and one match respectively with immediate effect after being charged for misconduct in relation to the same game.

Mr Wagner admitted entering the field of play in or around the 89th minute, in contravention of FA Rule E3, but denied a further breach that his behaviour upon his return to the vicinity of the technical area amounted to improper conduct. However, this breach was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

He was also fined £6,000 and warned as to his future conduct. Mr Monk admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that in or around the 89th minute, his behaviour amounted to improper conduct. He was also fined £3,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

– FA statement

Liverpool captain Henderson ruled out Leicester trip

Henderson will miss Monday's showdown with Leicester. Credit: PA

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of Monday's visit to Leicester with a foot problem.

Press Association Sport understands the England international was injured in training on Friday following a challenge from a team-mate.

Henderson was sent for a scan as there were initial fears he could have broken a metatarsal, which could have potentially ended his season, and that has revealed heavy bruising but no fracture.

It means he will not be in the squad at the King Power Stadium and is now a major doubt for Saturday's visit of top-four rivals Arsenal.

Aston Villa show loss of £81m for last financial year

Aston Villa recorded a loss of over £81million for the last financial year, according to the club's latest accounts.

Aston Villa are going through tought times on and off the pitch. Credit: PA

The figures for the 2015/16 period show that with an operating loss of £81.3million the deficit more than trebled, up from £26.6million, before Villa were relegated from the Premier League.

The club's statement states losses of £79.6million due to "exceptional items" but provides little explanation as to what these are, other than to say "for the impairment of tangible fixed assets and intangible assets".

Turnover fell from £115.7million in 2014/15 to £108.8 million, with the club attributing the drop in revenue to a reduction in their share of money from the FA Premier League's broadcasting agreements as a result of the final league standings.

Villa were relegated from the Premier League for the first time last season after finishing bottom of the table and are playing outside of the top flight for the first time in 30 years.

Dr Tony Xia completed his takeover of the club on June 14, 2016 so any figures associated with his purchase will not show until the 2016/17 accounts are published

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Jonker leaves Arsenal to become Wolfsburg manager

Dutchman Andries Jonker has left his job as director of Arsenal's youth academy to become the new head coach of Bundesliga strugglers Wolfsburg.

Jonker has left Arsenal to become Wolfsburg's new manager. Credit: PA

He replaces Frenchman Valerien Ismael, who left the club on Sunday after the 2-1 home defeat by Werder Bremen left them 14th in the table.

The 54-year-old Jonker has signed a deal with Wolfsburg which will see him remain as coach until 2018.

Sporting director Olaf Rebbe told the club's official website: "Andries Jonker knows VfL Wolfsburg well and maintained regular contact with the club even after his move to London.

"Both factors were vital in us achieving this top solution so quickly. He is an internationally experienced coach and an expert tactician, who provides the best possible requirements to get VfL back on track quickly and sustainably."

The 2008/09 Bundesliga champions decided to make a change after Ismael, a former defender with the club, won six games in 17 matches in charge having taken over from Dieter Hecking in October 2016.

Jonker, who was assistant to Felix Magath at Wolfsburg from 2012 to 2014, has also coached at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

McClaren suffer engine problems on first day of testing

McLaren's pre-season campaign got off to the worst possible start as Fernando Alonso completed just one lap before stopping with an engine issue.

McClaren's campaign got off to the worst possible start. Credit: PA

While the new era of Formula One roared back into life at a sun-blazed Circuit de Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona, Alonso was forced to watch the opening morning from the sidelines.

McLaren, the famous British team who have won 12 drivers' championships and eight constructors' titles, are desperate to return to the front of the grid.

But Alonso, the double world champion who is out of contract with McLaren at the end of the year, managed just one tour of the Barcelona circuit.

McLaren are unsure whether they will be able to fix the problem before the day's action concludes.

"We have an oil systems issue which requires a full investigation," a spokesperson for their engine supplier Honda said.

"We plan to run again today, but due to the difficult access location it will take several hours to resolve."

Campagnaro, Dollman and Woodburn sign Exeter deals

Italy centre Michele Campagnaro and backs Phil Dollman and Olly Woodburn have all signed new deals with Exeter Chiefs.

Campagnaro in action for the Exter Chiefs. Credit: PA

Campagnaro, 23, has agreed a one-year contract extension, while 31-year-old full-back Dollman and wing Woodburn, 25, have committed to two more seasons in Devon.

Exeter boss Rob Baxter insisted Campagnaro never wanted to leave Sandy Park, in hailing the trio of new deals.

"I think some people thought there were issues between us, but that has never been the case, and Michele has never wanted to leave, and we have never wanted to let go of him,' said Baxter.

"He is a great guy, he has worked exceptionally hard. He didn't come in post-World Cup (2015) expecting just to jump straight into the team.

"He knew there were a few things he would have to learn, and even though he speaks very good English, there is a difference between that and being communicated with in the hurly-burly of a Premiership rugby game, and having to process it all very quickly.

"I think he has done really well adapting to that and he is improving all the time. He has worked very hard to be as good a player as he can be, but he still has got massive improvement to make.

"I am delighted he is staying, and I am really pleased he wanted to stay, and I think he sees this as a really good rugby environment for him, and I think it is a win-win story for both of us."

Smalling tips duo to lead Man United trophy charge

Chris Smalling believes "born winner" Jose Mourinho and talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic can lead Manchester United to more trophies this season.

Chris Smalling is excited about the future at Man United. Credit: PA

Ibrahimovic struck twice in Sunday's 3-2 EFL Cup win over Southampton, hitting a 30-yard free-kick to open the scoring and heading home an 87th-minute winner after Saints had fought back from two goals down.

The victory means Mourinho becomes the first manager in United's history to win a major trophy in his maiden season at the club, and they remain in the FA Cup and Europa League with a top-six battle in the Premier League ongoing.

Smalling, who led United out as captain at Wembley with Wayne Rooney an unused substitute, reckons the big-name summer arrivals can deliver more silverware - with Ibrahimovic now on 26 goals for the season.

He said:

With the belief and confidence we have here, we have got a manager who is a born winner and Ibra finishing chances like that, who knows what can happen?"

He (Ibrahimovic) is our main man. He is our focal point, he is our target man who can hold it up and run in behind so we are lucky to have him.

We will all enjoy it, but we all knew the importance of winning this and we are in so many other competitions as well.

– Man United defender Chris Smalling
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