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Roberto Martinez ‘confused’ as to how Wales’ equaliser was allowed to stand

Furious Belgium boss Roberto Martinez demanded an explanation from “really high up” after describing Brennan Johnson’s Wales equaliser as “comical”.Johnson scored his first Wales goal three minutes from time to secure the Dragons a 1-1 Nations League draw in Cardiff.The assistant referee had flagged for offside, but the goal stood after a lengthy VAR offside check – and Martinez called on the football authorities to introduce clarity to such situations.Martinez said: “I am very confused. I have just seen the images and I cannot explain how the goal was allowed to stand.“We have gone a little bit mad in that...
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Belgium manager Roberto Martinez offers advice to Wales boss Robert Page

As Belgium prepare to face Wales in the Nations League on Saturday Red Devils manager Roberto Martinez offers advice to Dragons' boss Robert Page. Wales have qualified for this year's World Cup finals for the first time in 64 years, while under former Swansea boss Martinez Belgium reached the semi-final four years ago.

On this day in 2016: Everton sack Roberto Martinez

Everton sacked manager Roberto Martinez on this day in 2016, ending his three-year spell in charge of the club.Martinez, then 42, had guided the Merseysiders to the semi-finals of the both the FA Cup and League Cup that season.But that was not enough to appease Toffees fans, who had been protesting against the Spaniard in increasing numbers after the club had slipped to 12th in the Premier League.Everton announced his departure with one game of the 2015/16 season remaining after back-to-back 3-1 and 3-0 defeats at Leicester and Sunderland respectively.The club praised Martinez for his “utmost integrity and dignity” and...

Roberto Martinez: Belgium want World Cup glory after stint at rankings summit

Roberto Martinez has insisted the label of world number one is not enough for Belgium as they target World Cup glory.The Belgians, minus some of their biggest names, will run out in Dublin for Saturday’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland sitting at the top of FIFA’s pile but intent upon turning their reputation into tangible success in Qatar this winter.Speaking at a press conference at the Aviva Stadium on Friday evening, manager Martinez said: “After the World Cup in 2018, it was a real objective to become number one in the world because that is a way of measuring...

'2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the best ever' - Beligum manager Roberto Martinez

The 2022 World Cup is set to be held in the Middle-East for the first time ever.... The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is set to be unique in numerous ways. It will be the first World Cup to be held in the Middle-East region. It will also have all eight stadiums located within an hour's distance of each other, making for a compact World Cup.

Roberto Martinez among contenders to replace Rafael Benitez at Everton

Former manager Roberto Martinez is in the running for a return to Everton but the club are not ruling out other options in their quest to replace the sacked Rafael Benitez While Martinez, himself fired by the Toffees after back-to-back 11th-placed finishes during a three-year reign from 2013-2016, remains the favourite he does not come without complications.He has committed himself to Belgium up until this year’s World Cup in Qatar and, while that has not deterred his former club from pursuing him, it is understood he is not their only and final consideration.It has been suggested Everton were prepared to...