Thursday Kickoff: Jones under fire, Suarez appealing ban and more

Thursday Kickoff: Jones under fire, Suarez appealing ban and more

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Thursday Kickoff: Jones under fire, Suarez appealing ban and more


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U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jones could be facing some disciplinary action in the coming days.  

Jones is reportedly under investigation by the German Football Federation for allegedly stepping on an opposing player's injured foot on purpose during Schalke's 3-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach in the German Cup Round of 16 on Wednesday.

Jones, who was sent off in second-half stoppage time for picking up his second yellow card of the match — and his eighth in as many matches in all club competitions — was caught by television cameras stepping on Marco Reus' left foot in the sixth minute of the match while Reus was holding the ball after a foul call and arguing with the referee.

Reus, who scored twice in the game, was playing with a broken toe and wearing a special shoe designed to protect the foot.

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Luis Suarez maintains his innocence, and he's willing to risk receiving an even larger punishment than what he has already received to try and prove that.

After being suspended eight games and fined £40,000 by the FA for making racist remarks to Manchester United's Patrice Evra, Suarez is preparing to appeal the ban. By doing so, the Liverpool striker could face an even harsher penalty, as the FA reserves the right to increase its sentence after the appeal hearing.

In a show of solidarity, Liverpool players wore Suarez T-shirts while warming up before Wednesday's 0-0 draw with Wigan Athletic, a match that Suarez started. The club's players and technical staff have all been outspoken in Suarez' defense since the FA's ruling came down on Tuesday. 


Manchester United's long list of injured players grew by two Wednesday, as summer transfers Phil Jones and Ashley Young both got injured in the club's 5-0 victory over Fulham.

Jones took a Clint Dempsey elbow to the face during an aerial challenge in the opening minutes and had to come off soon after. He is set to have X-rays on his face, with the hope that neither his jaw nor cheekbone is broken. Early fears, though, have Jones missing the next six weeks of action.

Young come on as a substitute for Jones but didn't last much longer, as he was forced off just before the hour mark with a knee injury after a hard challenge. He is expected to miss up to three weeks.


The threat of a London subway strike has caused Arsenal to move its Boxing Day fixture against Wolves slated for Monday back a day.

In a statement on Arsenal's website, the club wrote, "In addition to the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, there would also have been no services operating on overground train services into London on this day. Also, normal parking restrictions close to the stadium would have still applied. This would have caused severe disruption, or at worst, inability for supporters or matchday employees and workers to get to Emirates Stadium."

Other London clubs aren't necessarily taking the same course of action. Chelsea, which would also be affected by the strike, has announced that it will go ahead as scheduled with its match against London rival Fulham.


What do you make of the Jones situation? What's your take on how Suarez and Liverpool have handled themsleves after the FA's decision? Think United is in trouble considering its injured list?

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