Brentford’s McCormack given five-game ban for gender slur, Rotherham appoint Jackett as new manager and Bobby Robson to be honoured in Easter fixture


1. Brentford midfielder Alan McCormack has been handed a five-game ban for alleged remarks made to an official in the club’s game against Cardiff City in April. Tough tackling former Swindon midfielder McCormack allegedly referred to the official’s gender.

2. Lauren Holiday, who won the Women’s World Cup as part of the American national team in 2015, has had a brain tumour removed after giving birth. She was diagnosed whilst eight months pregnant, just six weeks before she was due.

3. Tony Pulis has put West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino on a weight loss programme as he aims to get the England international striker back to the fitness and form that saw him earn national team recognition.

4. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has denied reports claiming he is trying to force fan favourites Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero out of the club. He insists that the Belgium and Argentina internationals both have a future with the club.

5. Rotherham United have appointed Kenny Jackett as their new manager on a three-year contract. Former Wolves boss Jackett succeeds Alan Stubbs who was sacked by the Championship’s bottom club following their defeat at Blackburn on Tuesday.

6. Former Liverpool defender-turned-BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson claims Wayne Rooney’s recent decline in form is due to the England and Manchester United striker making his senior debut when he was too young (Express).

7. Earlier in the week we told you about Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi’s dispute with sections of the club’s fans which had seen some supporters put an expletive-laden banner outside the player’s house. Well, now his autobiography has been reprinted with the chapters which caused the offence removed (WhoAteAllThePies).

8. When Newcastle United take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Easter Monday the two clubs have decreed that it should be known as ‘Bobby Robson Day’ in honour of the late England manager who managed both clubs during his career (ChronicleLive).

9. Former West Ham, Chelsea and England international midfielder Joe Cole rolled back the years with a screamer for Tampa Bay Rowdies (WhoAteAllThePies).

10. And finally…Germany international, Jerome Boateng, says he couldn’t eat for two days after losing the Champions League final as part of the Bayern Munich team that lost out on penalties to Chelsea (Info-Europa).

By Chris Horricks (@chrishorricks31).

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