WORLD FOOTBALL TID-BITS - 4TH MARCH 2015
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ADHIRAJ DUTTA : UEFA has punished Dynamo Kiev with a partial stadium closure and fined the Ukrainian club following crowd trouble in their Europa League last-32 tie against Guingamp last month. Play was brought to a halt with quarter of an hour remaining in the second-leg contest after Kiev fans became embroiled in ugly scenes with the team leading 3-1.
Despite being blighted by injury worries, Vincenzo Montella has promised Fiorentina will ask questions of Juventus in Thursday's Coppa Italia semi-final. Montella's side boast a 12-match unbeaten run going into their first-leg meeting with the Serie A champions in Turin, but will have to contend with a number of injury concerns - with Borja Valero, David Pizarro, Jose Basanta, Stefan Savic, Nenad Tomovic and Matias Fernandez all doubtful.
Juventus to be boosted by the return of Paul Pogba in Thursday's Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Fiorentina. Paul Pogba will return to Juventus' starting XI for their Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Fiorentina on Thursday, coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.
The Dutch Football Association deducted three points from Twente's Eredivisie tally on Wednesday due to financial trouble. Twente lost three points in the Eredivisie on Wednesday, after being penalised by the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) for failing to reduce their debts. The KNVB's license commission released a statement declaring Twente "for the second time failed" to follow its own debt payment plan.
Denmark's upcoming international friendlies are under threat with the local FA and Danish players at odds over a new pay deal. The Danish Football Association (DBU) agreed to a new series of meetings with the Danish Players' Association (Spillerforeningen) on Tuesday in an effort to agree a new pay deal, although Denmark's March friendlies remain under threat.
Tony Pulis staunchly defended Ben Foster after the West Brom goalkeeper's error deep into stoppage time handed Aston Villa a 2-1 victory. West Brom head coach Tony Pulis refused to criticise goalkeeper Ben Foster after their last-gasp 2-1 derby loss at Aston Villa.
Marco Reus only suffered a dead leg during Borussia Dortmund's win at Dynamo Dresden on Tuesday, according to coach Jurgen Klopp. Jurgen Klopp has calmed fears surrounding Marco Reus' injury, claiming he only suffered a dead leg during Tuesday's DFB-Pokal win over Dynamo Dresden. The Germany international - who was plagued by ankle problems in 2014 - was forced off midway through the second half after a collision with Dennis Erdmann, sparking fears over his fitness.
Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette can be as good as Karim Benzema, according to chairman Jean-Michel Aulas. Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas believes Alexandre Lacazette can reach the same level as Karim Benzema, but expects it to happen at the Ligue 1 club. Lacazette, 23, is Ligue 1's top goalscorer this campaign with 21 strikes, helping Lyon into top spot ahead of Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Monaco.
Borussia M'gladbach winger Patrick Herrmann has revealed that he could be moving to English Premier League in the near future. The 24-year-old has been one of die Fohlen's star performers for several years now, and it appears he is ready to search for a new challenge.