Saturday 18 November 2017

Rovers return for Sullivan

SHAMROCK ROVERS have received a considerable boost with the news that Pat Sullivan has returned to the club.

The 29-year-old right-back, who famously scored a crucial goal in their Europa League victory over Partisan Belgrade, has been travelling in Australia since the turn of the year.

His return will improve Stephen Kenny's defensive options. Kerrea Gilbert has been the starting right-back this season but Rovers have struggled in defence and Sullivan -- nominated for PFAI Player of the Year last season -- will bring leadership and guile.

Players have been warned they will be yellow-carded if they walk off the pitch in protest at being racially abused at Euro 2012.

UEFA president Michel Platini confirmed that the rule preventing players from leaving the field without the referee's permission would stand.

"It's a yellow card," Platini said. "But we'd certainly support the referee if he decided to stop the game."

Steve Clarke has left Liverpool, the League Managers Association have announced. The appointment of Brendan Rodgers last week means Clarke, No 2 to predecessor Kenny Dalglish, will leave Anfield.

Rodgers has yet to name a No 2 but Liverpool and the 39-year-old's former club Swansea have agreed a compensation package which sees three of his backroom staff move to Anfield.

Liverpool reserves forward Dani Pacheco's use of the word "negrito" in a Twitter message to team-mate Glen Johnson forced the young Spaniard to defend himself on the social networking site.

The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, used the term when wishing the England international luck as he headed to Euro 2012 yesterday.

Irish Independent

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