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MK Dons manager Karl Robinson was left incensed before his side’s match with Burnley at Turf Moor when referee Kevin Wright demanded a change of kit at the last minute.
Wright insisted that the Dons change their white socks due to a clash with those of the home side, despite prior approval from the Football League.
But without any alternative socks of their own, the stadium:MK outfit were forced to borrow Burnley’s away socks and went on to lose 2-1, as an exquisite George Boyd volley secured a fourth straight victory for the Clarets.
Chairman: “Football’s gone mad”
Referee Mark Heywood’s decision to send off Peterborough’s Jermaine Anderson for violent conduct left caretaker-boss Grant McCann in disbelief after the Posh’s 1-1 draw with Walsall.
Heywood dismissed the England youth international on 84 minutes for accidentally throwing a water bottle in to the London Road crowd, on the advice of the fourth official.
McCann told the Peterborough Telegraph: “It was a ridiculous decision, one of the most bizarre I’ve seen in all my time in football. Hopefully common sense will prevail and we will have the red card over-turned.”
Meanwhile Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony echoed McCann, tweeting: “Football’s gone mad – 19-year-old misplacing where he threw a bottle of water. Bravo 4th official. Classy red card!”
Dons On The Move
Chelsea are close to securing a deal to buy AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow ground as the Wombles submit plans for an 11,000 seater stadium in their spiritual home of Merton, south west London.
The Blues intend to use the ground as a base for their ladies and youth teams, with Wimbledon set to receive £600,000 up front before two further installments when they move out.
Wimbledon will receive an undisclosed sum which will exceed the amount that they have invested into the site over the duration of their stay, but are due to compensate their fellow tenants, non-league Kingstonian, who have also agreed to leave the ground.
Glovers In Crisis
Yeovil Town physio Mike Micciche says has never experienced an injury crisis quite like the one he is suffering now in his six years at the club.
The Glovers have ten players in the treatment room, and Micciche is stumped by the club’s misfortune.
“It’s been trauma in games,” he said. “We’ve had two hand fractures for example – and it stacks up. It’s just bad luck.
“The combination of volume and severity has caused problems. We’ve had more injuries in previous seasons, but they’ve been less serious. This year we’ve had seven players not even close to coming back at one time.”
Quick Turnaround At The DW
Wigan midfielder Sanmi Odelusi has been told he can the club despite signing on a three-year deal in the summer, according to reports.
Latics boss Gary Caldwell secured the services of the forward for an undisclosed fee from Bolton Wanderers in July, but after a mere two appearances this season the 22-year-old has reportedly been told that he is free to leave the club.
League Faces Re-Brand
The Football League could be set for a major rebranding under new plans to market English football’s second, third and fourth tiers to a younger audience.
The three leagues have been known as the Championship, League One and League Two since 2004 but that could change next season.
Shaun Harvey, chief executive of the Football League, told The Daily Telegraph: “We’ve entered into a very extensive consultative process with all the stakeholders, including the Premier League, sponsors and fans.
“There is no limit to where that work can go and, equally, there is no certainty that there will be any form of radical change.
“We felt we needed to undertake this rebrand at this stage, where the Football League is strong, to build on that base, rather than look to cover up any shortcomings.
“Ultimately, this is about finding the right basis for the Football League to go on for the next 20 years.’