What happened in football today: January 5, 2021

Premier League announces record 40 positive COVID-19 tests

The Premier League has announced a record 40 positive COVID-19 tests in the last two rounds of testing.

This is a sharp increase from last week’s total of 18 positive cases, which was a record at the time.

The results come from a total of 2,295 players and staff tested as the Premier League returns to two rounds of testing per week.

Jurgen Klopp avoids FA action after criticizing referee

Jurgen Klopp will face no action from the FA after he criticized referee Andre Marriner following Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton on Monday night.

Klopp felt Liverpool should have had a penalty for a tackle on Sadio Mane in the loss. He then commented: “What Andre Marriner did with Sadio Mane tonight, I’m not sure is good, to be honest.”

He also compared the number of penalties awarded to Liverpool to those awarded to Manchester United during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure. Liverpool’s next Premier League game is against United, which is why some fans saw it as an attempt to influence the officials ahead of that game.

Athletic understand they won’t face any sanction from the FA for their comments.

CONMEBOL hit Edinson Cavani ban and defend Manchester United striker

South American football governing body CONMEBOL has criticized the FA’s decision to suspend Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani over a social media post.

The Uruguay international used the Spanish phrase ‘negrito’ in an Instagram story and received a three-game ban from the English FA as a result. He missed the win over Aston Villa on Friday.

In a statement released on Tuesday, CONMEBOL said: “CONMEBOL condemns and will always condemn in the strongest possible terms any racist or discriminatory demonstration, but the specific case for which Cavani was sanctioned does not constitute one.”

Crystal Palace without Jeffrey Schlupp for at least three months due to injury

Crystal Palace are ready to be without Jeffrey Schlupp for at least three months after suffering a serious hamstring injury in Saturday’s Premier League win over Sheffield United, reports Dominic Fifield.

The midfielder scored the hosts’ opening goal at Selhurst Park, his second of the season, but limped from the scrum five minutes before half-time to be replaced by Eberechi Eze.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson suggested after the match that the 28-year-old had “felt a hamstring pull”, although The Athletic understands that analyzes of the injury undertaken earlier this week revealed that the damage was greater.

Spanish takeover of Wigan Athletic fails

Wigan Athletic’s extended sale to Spanish buyers has failed.

A Spanish group, led by Leganes chairman Felipe Moreno Romero, were in line to complete a takeover around Christmas time, but Wigan directors say they have now ‘broken off negotiations’ after the offer was reduced by “almost 50%”.

Wigan, who are currently 22nd in the League One table, have been on sale since struggling financially last summer.

Kai Kennedy nears new long-term deal with Rangers

Kai Kennedy is set to sign a new long-term contract with Rangers, reports Jordan Campbell.

The 18-year-old’s contract was due to expire this summer, but Athleticism understands that in recent weeks negotiations have resumed and an agreement has been reached.

With his future now secure, it is believed that Kennedy, who is one of the most exciting prospects to be produced at Auchnhowie in recent years, will be loaned out for the rest of the season.

To stay up to date with the latest significant developments in the transfer window, take a closer look below.

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