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James Tarkowski’s lucky husky: This team is the dog’s

James Tarkowski told Bees Player of his delight at the team’s work rate as they plough on towards the Championship.
The former Oldham centre back is “happy to keep the clean sheets” and sure enough, in his eight games, the club are yet to concede while he’s been on the pitch.

Sky blue thinking backfires for Pressley and Chuba Akpom

Coventry City Manager Steven Pressley has this week complained that performing insufficient background checks on players has led to significant failings in the transfer market for his side. Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, the Scot admitted “A number of signings this season have been rushed”.

Although Pressley declined to divulge names, one of the players believed to be in the firing line is Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom, whose loan was cut short after being slammed by Pressley for continually returning to Arsenal for Youth team matches.

Akpom spent a month on loan at Brentford this season, but the club decided against extending his time at Griffin Park.

Off-the-field controversy continues to blight Football League

It’s been one of those weeks in lower league English football. We began it reeling from the hangover of multiple betting scandals for which Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore ultimately paid for with
his job.

Wednesday was dominated by reaction to the incident at Griffin Park on Tuesday night when Crawley’s Paul Connelly appeared strike out at a Brentford fan (link to yesterday’s story). The investigations remain ongoing.

Now today news has emerged that former Sheffield United striker Colin Kazim-Richards has been found guilty of making a homophobic gesture towards Brighton supporters while playing for Blackburn.

The Independent reported that Kazim-Richards had dismissed the gesture – reportedly made “four or five times during the match” – as “banter”.

Whilst the punishment – a £750 fine plus court costs – appears soft, the verdict undoubtedly sends a message to players and fans alike that racist & homophobic behaviour must no longer be tolerated.

Jake Shoolheifer