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FA extends Whelan misconduct charge deadline

The FA has given Wigan chairman Dave Whelan an extra week to respond to his misconduct charge.

The 78-year-old last month allegedly made remarks about Chinese and Jewish people in response to criticism of the club's decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the Latics' new manager.

Whelan publicly apologised for the comments attributed to him in the Guardian and also suggested he may have been misquoted, yet was still charged by football's governing body.

The Wigan owner had until 6pm on Friday to respond to the charge, but the FA has now granted him a week's extension.


Following a request by Dave Whelan, The FA has granted him an extension to the date by which he had to reply to his misconduct charge...


...charge for media comments. The Wigan Athletic chairman now has until 6pm on Friday 12 December 2014 to respond to the charge.


Hignett leaves Middlesbrough

Craig Hignett
Craig Hignett has left the Riverside. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have confirmed that assistant head coach Craig Hignett has left the Sky Bet Championship club with immediate effect.

The 44-year-old left his role as assistant manager to Colin Cooper at League Two Hartlepool in March to join Aitor Karanka's backroom staff at the Riverside Stadium and has helped guide Boro into play-off contention this season.


Cooper brace sees Reading end poor run at Norwich

Jake Cooper
Jake Cooper, front, headed two goals. Credit: PA

Young defender Jake Cooper was the Reading hero as they emerged from a poor run of away form with an excellent 2-1 win at misfiring Norwich.

The 19-year-old opened his account for the Royals with two first-half headers to earn the points from the Sky Bet Championship tussle after Gary Hooper had fired the hosts into an early lead.

It was Reading's first win in seven away matches - while Norwich have now only won once in 10 games and the team managed by Neil Adams were loudly booed off by frustrated fans at the final whistle.

Debut Bent goal not enough as Brighton lose to Fulham

Sami Hyypia
Sami Hyypia has endured a poor start at Brighton. Credit: PA

Darren Bent scored on his Brighton debut but it was not enough to prevent the Seagulls slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to fellow-strugglers Fulham.

The former England striker was signed on loan from Aston Villa this week and made an immediate impact at the Amex Stadium with the opening goal early in the second half.

However, Brighton's lead lasted just 10 minutes before Hugo Rodallega struck an equaliser and Lasse Vigan Christensen's goal then turned the match in Fulham's favour.

Defeat for the home side was compounded by the last-minute dismissal of Adrian Colunga as Sami Hyypia's Brighton slipped into the bottom three in the Sky Bet Championship.

Assombalonga scores and gets sent off in Forest defeat at Birmingham

Britt Assombalonga
Britt Assombalonga made an impact at both ends. Credit: PA

Birmingham beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in a frantic finish at St Andrew's to increase their unbeaten run to five games under Gary Rowett.

Birmingham appeared to be coasting to a comfortable win following David Cotterill's first-half strike when Britt Assombalonga grabbed a fine equaliser in the 84th minute.

Assombalonga was Forest's hero with his goal but he then became their villain five minutes later when he handled the ball in the area and was sent off for the offence.

Paul Caddis, who had missed the previous penalty he had taken at St Andrew's, made no mistake from the spot sending goalkeeper Karl Darlow the wrong way.

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