World Football Gossip Roundup: Gareth Bale, Lazio Chanting, Mark Clattenburg
Movement is the key word in this Friday edition of the B/R World Football Gossip Roundup.
As Americans move en masse to stores for Black Friday deals, we have reports about Gareth Bale's potential move away from Tottenham Hotspur, Mark Clattenburg's return to refereeing and Harry Redknapp's potential return to management.
All that and more inside. Read on for all the details.
Gareth Bale to Tell Tottenham He Wants Real Madrid Move?
Gareth Bale is prepared to tell Tottenham Hotspur of his desire to move to Real Madrid next summer, according to Goal.com.
Real Madrid would have to match Spurs' asking price, which is reportedly €62 million. According to the report, Real manager Jose Mourinho has identified the winger as a transfer target.
Bale, a 23-year-old Welsh international, joined Tottenham from Southampton in 2007.
FA to Mention Lazio Fans' Anti-Semitic Chanting in UEFA Report
The English Football Association will provide a report to UEFA after anti-Semitic chanting by Lazio fans during a Europa League match between Lazio and Tottenham Hotspur in Rome on Thursday (Reuters via Yahoo! Sport).
Lazio fans chanted "Juden Tottenham" during the first half. Tottenham have a significant Jewish following, and supporters call themselves the "Yid Army."
Violence the night before the match resulted in injuries to several Tottenham fans.
UEFA fined Lazio €40,000 in October following racist chanting by away fans at Tottenham's White Hart Lane.
Thursday's match ended in a scoreless draw.
QPR Sack Mark Hughes, Harry Redknapp Expected to Succeed
Queens Park Rangers have sacked manager Mark Hughes. Harry Redknapp is widely expected to take over at the London club (via The Guardian).
Hughes, 49, joined QPR in January after the sacking of Neil Warnock. Rangers narrowly avoided relegation last season and currently sit in last place despite heavy investment in the squad over the summer.
The Daily Mail reports that Redknapp will lead QPR at Manchester United on Sunday.
Redknapp, 65, most recently managed Tottenham Hotspur. The Independent places Redknapp at the top of a list of six possible candidates to succeed Hughes.
Mark Clattenburg to Return to Work as Official
Referee Mark Clattenburg will return to work this weekend as the fourth official in the match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United (via The Independent).
Clattenburg, 37, has not worked since being accused of racially abusing Chelsea's John Obi Mikel on Oct. 28. Clattenburg has been cleared in the incident.
Clattenburg will be compensated for loss of earnings the past three weeks. Chelsea are under pressure to apologize.
Arsenal Agree to New Shirt Sponsorship Deal
Arsenal have agreed to a new £150 million shirt sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines through the 2018-19 season (via The Guardian).
Emirates will retain naming rights to Arsenal's 60,000-seat stadium until 2028.
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the deal demonstrates the club's desire to "keep at the top of the game in England and Europe."
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