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Chapecoense honoured with Copa Sudamericana title

The whole football world has mourned for stricken club Chapecoense. Credit: PA

Tragic Brazilian club Chapecoense have been crowned winners of the Copa Sudamericana after their plane crashed while travelling to the final.

The jet carrying the Chapecoense team, along with club officials and journalists, to Medellin for the final against Colombian side Atletico Nacional came down late last Monday, killing 71 people including 19 players.

And the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has declared them Copa Sudamericana champions 2016.

The gesture comes after Nacional asked CONMEBOL to award the title to Chapecoense in tribute to the victims of the crash.

The governing body also announced it has awarded Nacional the Centennial CONMEBOL Fair Play award, consisting of USD one million (£785,000) .


West Brom and Watford both charged by the FA

West Brom and Watford have been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following Saturday's Premier League match at The Hawthorns.

It was a fiery clash between West Brom and Watford at the Hawthorns. Credit: PA

Watford forward Roberto Pereyra was sent off six minutes from the end of West Brom's 3-1 win when he reacted angrily to a James McClean challenge.

The incident resulted in both sets of players clashing on the touchline.

An FA statement read: "Both West Bromwich Albion and Watford have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

"It follows an incident in the 84th minute of the game on Saturday December 3 2016.

"Both clubs have until 6pm December 8 2016 to respond to the charge."

Earlier on Monday Manchester City and Chelsea were charged with failing to control their players after the bad-tempered conclusion to Saturday's clash.

Sam McQueen signs new contract with Southampton

Southampton academy graduate Sam McQueen has signed a new four-year-deal.

The 21 year-old made his Premier League debut in October. Credit: PA

The 21-year-old, who made his Premier League debut in the Saints' 3-1 win over Burnley in October, will remain at the club until 2021.

"It feels really good, as you'd expect," the left-back told the club's official website. "I'm delighted to sign a new deal with the club, having been here for so long already.

"It has been years and years of hard work to get to this point. I'm really happy to be out on the pitch playing games for the first team.

"The last couple of months have been amazing for me and this new contract really just rounds that off. Now it's important that I keep working hard and make as much of an impression as I can."

Executive director of football Les Reed added: "We've been delighted with the way in which Sam has developed in recent months, becoming an important part of Claude Puel's first-team squad."

McQueen made his first-team debut for the Saints in 2014 before a loan spell at Southend during the second half of last season.

Man City and Chelsea both charged by the FA

Tempers boiled over at the Etihad on Saturday. Credit: Reuters

Man City and Chelsea have been charged by the FA for failing to control their players in the closing stages of Saturday's Premier League fixture.

A reckless challenge from Sergio Aguero on David Luiz sparked ugly scenes that resulted in both Aguero and Fernandinho receiving their marching orders.

But the flashpoint also involved several other players from both sides, as emotions spilled over in one of this season's most entertaining and highly-charged matches.

Chelsea came from one goal down to record a stunning 3-1 victory that kept them on top of the Premier League table.

A statement from the FA read:

Both Manchester City and Chelsea have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

It follows an incident in the 95th minute of the game on Saturday 3 December. Both clubs have until 6pm on 8 December 2016 to respond to the charge.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas will not face any further action in relation to an incident involving City’s Fernandinho. Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

– Football Association statement


Basel manager: Arsenal were 'dominated' by West Ham

Fischer felt that West Ham dominated against Arsenal despite the 5-1 loss. Credit: PA

Basel manager Urs Fischer insists Arsenal were "dominated" by West Ham on Saturday evening, despite hammering the Hammers 5-1.

Fischer welcomes the Gunners to Switzerland for a Champions League tie this week knowing the odds are stacked against his team.

Despite that, former Switzerland defender Fischer will not go out looking just for a share of the spoils against Arsene Wenger's men.

He said:

We do not go into the game with the goal of a draw. That would be too dangerous. I think we need to score goals, especially against a team like Arsenal.

Arsenal have that quality that even when you think you are quite good, they still score a goal. Alexis Sanchez didn't have to score three goals for us to know he is an excellent player.

I did see the 5-1 match - West Ham dominated that match. What I could see is that Arsenal have really dynamic movement and good forward runs.

They are a very efficient squad. In the first half it was balanced, in the second half West Ham were the better team and were dominating the match. But then Arsenal scored and it changed so fast and made them pay.

– Basel manager Urs Fischer

Preston team-mates handed fines after public fight

Doyle and Beckford embarrassed themselves at the weekend. Credit: PA

Preston have fined Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle following their dismissals for fighting between themselves during Saturday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and will use the money to refund the club's travelling fans.

Beckford and team-mate Doyle were both shown straight red cards by referee Scott Duncan in stoppage-time following an angry exchange and furious manager Simon Grayson promised disciplinary action for both players after his side's 2-1 loss.

Preston have confirmed they will not be appealing either red card after holding their own internal investigation, while the duo have issued a joint apology.

The Championship club said in a statement:

After Saturday's incident at Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End have held an internal inquiry and can confirm that they will not be appealing the red cards issued to Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle.

On top of the punishment they will receive from the FA for their sendings off, they have also been fined by the club for their actions.

These fines will be used to repay all Preston North End supporters who attended the trip to Hillsborough the cost of their ticket money back.

– Preston North End statement

Man City striker Aguero banned for four games

Aguero was sent off for fouling Luiz. Credit: PA

Sergio Aguero has been banned for four matches, as expected, by the Football Association following his weekend dismissal which prompted a fractious finale to Manchester City's loss to Chelsea.

City striker Aguero was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Chelsea defender David Luiz, which led to a bench-clearing melee at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Fernandinho was also sent off for shoving Cesc Fabregas during the incident, with City's Brazilian midfielder banned for three matches, as indicated on the disciplinary pages of the FA website.

Premier League leaders Chelsea won the game 3-1 for an eighth successive victory, but both clubs can anticipate FA disciplinary action for a failure to control their players.

Fabregas' role in Fernandinho's dismissal could also be scrutinised after it appeared he struck the City man in the face, prompting the Brazil international's furious reaction.

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