Podolski to miss Baggies clash
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has raided his old club
Blackpool to land goalkeeping coach George Wood.
Wood, who played for the Eagles between 1983 and 1987, replaces
Lee Turner after he followed former boss Dougie Freedman to
“Working with Ian Holloway and Keith Millen was one of the main
attractions of coming here and the other was the chance to win
promotion to the top flight with Crystal Palace,” Wood told the
club’s official website.
“I know of both Julian Speroni and Lewis Price, who are two very
good goalkeepers and look forward to working with both of them as
well as the academy keepers.”
The midfielder entered the referee’s dressing room after the 28
October clash at Stamford Bridge to confront match official Mark
Mikel had been informed by team-mates that Clattenburg had used
inappropriate language of a racist nature towards him during the
match, allegations which later proved to be false.
The Football Association acknowledged the circumstances that led
to his actions and said the levels of the ban and fine had been
A statement on the FA website read: “The Regulatory Commission’s
independent chairman Christopher Quinlan QC emphasised that the
Independent Regulatory Commission accepted, as did The FA, that at
the time he threatened the referee the player genuinely believed
that the referee had racially abused him.
“But for that factor the suspension would have been
Mikel accepted the FA’s charge of “using threatening and/or
abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the official’s
changing room” and will now miss the Premier League games against
Sunderland and Southampton as well as the Capital One cup
quarter-final against Leeds.
Theo Walcott, Bacary Sagna and Laurent Koscielny will also miss
the match because of calf, foot and thigh injuries
The Gunners will be attempting to bounce back from defeats to
Swansea and Olympiakos.
“From Tuesday night in Greece there are no new injuries so we
have a selection from the combined squad of Tuesday and Saturday,”
manager Arsene Wenger told the club’s website.
“Podolski’s injury is a hamstring. It should be short-term.
Andre Santos will not be ready for Saturday but he is not far away
with an abdominal injury.”