I was lucky enough to win the Best Female Football Blogger award in 2013, and was a finalist in 2014. This year the female category does not exist, so I will be running for Best Young Football Blogger.
The time has come again where my social media accounts will be full of tweets pestering you guys for votes - the Football Blogging Awards 2015 has begun.
Hull City’s Jake Livermore is due to appear at a hearing at the end of August, where he could be banned for up to two years after he tested positive for cocaine in April.
Steve Bruce has admitted Livermore was in a “dark place” when he took the class A drug. The Hull boss has also added that he hopes the FA takes into account the midfielder’s personal situations before making their decision. It is believed that the night the 25-year-old took the drug came days after he learned the outcome of the inquest into his child’s death.
While taking class A drugs cannot be condoned, the footballing world has a duty of care to its players, and must try and understand the circumstances completely before doling out any harsh punishment.
While managers nowadays tend to pick up the majority of the blame when something goes wrong at a football club, does this really mean that they are above the rest of their staff and the welfare of their players and team?
Jose Mourinho would appear to believe so. He has now demoted Eva Carneiro after he was unhappy that the club doctor ran onto the pitch to treat Hazard during Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea on Saturday.
It has since been revealed by Sam Wallace of the Independent that the doctor was beckoned onto the pitch twice by referee Michael Oliver. This means that under the General Medical Council good medical practice guidelines, it would have been compulsory for Carneiro to enter the pitch after being beckoned.