What happened in football today: January 6, 2021

Slaven Bilic named manager of Chinese Super League team Beijing Guoan

Slaven Bilic has been appointed manager of Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan less than a month after being sacked by West Brom.

Bilic has signed a two-year contract to replace Bruno Genesio, the Chinese side announced on Wednesday.

West Brom sacked Bilic after their 1-1 draw with Manchester City in December. He left the club 19th in the Premier League, with just one win in their first 13 games of the season.

Nuno fined £25,000 after Wolves manager’s criticism of referee Lee Mason

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been fined £25,000 by the FA for his criticism of referee Lee Mason.

The FA also warned the 46-year-old about his conduct after a personal hearing.

Wolves lost 2-1 to Burnley on December 21 and Nuno said afterwards that Mason “wasn’t good enough” to officiate at the top level.

EFL confirms it will introduce twice-weekly COVID-19 testing for all clubs

Bi-weekly COVID-19 testing will be introduced for all 72 EFL clubs from Monday 11 December.

This follows the Premier League’s return to bi-weekly testing on December 29 and a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases at English football clubs in recent weeks.

The EFL confirmed on Wednesday that the tests have been purchased from the private sector and will be fully funded by the PFA.

Wayne Rooney and entire first team will miss Derby clash with Chorley

Derby County travel to Chorley for their FA Cup third round tie without caretaker manager Wayne Rooney, the rest of the coaching staff and their first-team players.

Derby was forced to close its Moor Farm training ground on Monday due to a spike in COVID-19 and are expected to reopen it next week.

Several first-team staff and players have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the move.

Southampton’s FA Cup draw with Shrewsbury is in serious doubt

Southampton’s FA Cup game against Shrewsbury at St Mary’s is in serious doubt due to a number of positive COVID-19 tests from the League One side

Athleticism understands that Saturday’s game should be postponed.

Although the precise number of positive tests has been kept secret, all they have to do is contact the FA to inform them of their situation.

The FA are currently deciding whether Saturday’s game can go ahead.

Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey closes in on Hibernian

Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey will undergo a medical with Scottish Premiership side Hibernian today ahead of a permanent transfer.

Macey, 26, has been at Arsenal since 2013 when he signed from Bristol Rovers for £100,000. He began training with the Arsenal first team before loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Luton Town and Plymouth Argyle. This season he has been used as Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper, although he was unable to add to the two senior appearances he made for the club in the 2017 campaign- 18.

Macey’s departure leaves Bernd Leno and Alex Runarrsson as Arsenal’s only senior goalkeepers, following Emiliano Martinez’s £20million move to Aston Villa in the summer.

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