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Watford, Bournemouth relegated from Premier League

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Watford’s five-year stay in the Premier League is over after they were beaten by Arsenal in a thriller on the final day of the season.Watford headed to the Emirates on the final day of a hugely difficult season needing to better Aston Villa’s result at West Ham, with a win for their relegation rivals at London Stadium, meaning they would also have to triumph – but by two goals more. The Hornets – who sat bottom of the table with only one win in 15 games when Nigel Pearson was appointed to replace Quique Sanchez Flores in December – had initially moved six points clear of the bottom three following successive home victories over Norwich and Newcastle earlier this month.However, things quickly unravelled again for Watford, who made the surprising decision to dismiss Pearson following a costly 3-1 loss at West Ham and disagreement with owner Gino Pozzo.And caretaker manager Mullins could only watch on as his side suffered the worst possible start, conceding a penalty inside 34 seconds as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck the first blow of the afternoon.Things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Aubameyang tuned provider as Kieran Tierney scored his first goal for the Gunners on 33 minutes, before the Arsenal captain acrobatically scored his second and Arsenal’s third to put the hosts 3-0 up.Troy Deeney did provide a glimmer of hope after the Watford skipper converted a penalty on 43 minutes – the fifth that David Luiz has conceded this season – as they went in 3-1 down at the break. Danny Welbeck cut Arsenal’s lead to 3-2 with 66 minutes on the clock, as Arsenal looked like they were about let a three-goal lead slip.Bournemouth were also relegated from the Premier League despite beating Everton.The Cherries went into the final day with a mountain to climb after languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League for much of the season.They sat three points from safety and were reliant on other results going their way to keep their place at the top table.Tags: AFC BouremouthPremier LeagueWatford FClast_img read more

No points penalty due over Ji

first_img Gaps in the 22-year-old Black Cats star’s paperwork were highlighted following a routine drugs test, and the Premier League and Sunderland resolved the issues as a result. The Premier League remains comfortable with the punishment handed out to Sunderland, and is not thought to believe any legal challenge can be mounted against the decision. Sunderland forward Ji was correctly registered on arrival at the club in 2011, but issues arose after a loan spell with German club Augsburg. Despite always being correctly registered with the Premier League and the Football Association, Ji’s name was missed off a list of Sunderland players sent to world governing body FIFA for doping purposes. Sunderland are thought to have reported this issue to the Premier League as soon as it was brought to their attention. Press Association Sport understands the Premier League’s investigation found that an online form had not been properly submitted to FIFA. Sunderland are thought to have told the Premier League they submitted the form, but that a technical fault caused it never to reach FIFA correctly. The Premier League board is understood to have determined that the technical nature of the oversight merited the fine meted out. Sunderland will not face a points deduction from the Premier League in the continuing row over fielding Ji Dong-won with incomplete registration. The Press Association understands no further action will be taken, despite two of Sunderland’s relegation rivals making enquiries into the Premier League’s disciplinary process. Following Norwich’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea, manager Neil Adams suggested the Canaries are assessing their options relating to Ji. Adams said: “It’s for the board. They’ll look at it, I’m sure, but I wouldn’t want to comment on that. It’s not a football matter. “But I’m well aware of what’s happened. They’re aware of it, and I’m aware that they’re aware of it. But that’s for them. My brief is football matters. That’s the legal side.” Press Association Sport understands the Premier League is confident any issues regarding Sunderland striker Ji’s incomplete registration were resolved as soon as they were uncovered. Fulham and Norwich are understood to have contacted the Premier League for clarification on the fine handed to Sunderland over fielding Ji for four games without full registration. Press Associationlast_img read more