Asamoah Gyan ruled to have ‘unethical hair’

We often hear about footballers bringing the game into disrepute for things they say or do off the pitch – controversial tweets, being drunk in the street, that sort of thing – but never before have players been castigated for their hairstyle. Until now, that is.

Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan is one of 46 players who have received written warnings about their “unethical hair” under United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines.

The former Sunderland forward, currently playing on loan for Dubai-based side Al Ahli, has been pulled up because of his penchant for having motifs shaved into his head. ‘Qaza’ hairstyles – where only part of the head is shaved – is banned under some Islamic teachings.

In the UAE, match referees can judge the appropriateness of a haircut and some operate a strict interpretation, apparently due to concerns that children may want to copy their heroes’ hairstyles.

This isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2012, Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah was deemed to have “un-Islamic” hair by the referee and told to cut it before he played for his side, Al Shabab.

Gyan and the others have been sent a warning letter by the UAEFA. If they don’t comply with it, they risk a fine and then suspension.

Who will win in the Bournemouth v Man City game? Our factz will give you some pointers

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City

  • City beat Bournemouth 4-0 earlier in the season at the Eithad.
  • Bournemouth have never beaten City in a league match in 9 previous attempts – 7 losses, including all 3 PL encounters.
  • The Cherries have yet to win in 2017, losing 4 and drawing 2
  • City have lost just 2 of their past 9 league matches, although both of those have come away from
  • Bournemouth have the leakiest defence in the PL in 2017 – conceding 16 in just 5 matches.

Who will win today’s Premier League matches? Our factz will give you a guide

Who will win today’s matches in the Premier League? Check out our factz for some pointers:

Burnley v Chelsea

* Chelsea beat Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season and have won 4 out of 5 meetings in the PL.

* Burnley have won 28 of their 29 points at home – a record bettered by only Chelsea and Spurs.

* Chelsea have won 16 of their last 18 matches.

* Burnley have won their last 5 PL matches at Turf Moor.

* Burnley’s last win over Chelsea came in 1983 – although they didn’t play each other again until 2009.

Swansea City v Leicester City

* Leicester beat Swansea 2-1 at the King Power earlier in the season.

* Swansea have won 3 of their last 5 matches – as many as they won in the previous 19 this season.

* Leicester meanwhile have lost their last 4 league games – and failed to score in all of them – although they did win in the FA Cup in midweek.

* Swansea have the leakiest defence in the PL – conceding 54 in 24 matches.

* Leicester haven’t won away from home in 14 attempts.

Who’s going to win today’s Premier League matches? Check out these factz for a guide

Who will win today’s Premier League matches? Check out these facts on all today’s game for some pointers.

Arsenal v Hull City (12.30)

* Arsenal won 1-4 at the KCom Stadium earlier in the season.

* Arsenal are unbeaten against Hull in their past 13 league and cup matches – winning 11.

* The Gooners aren’t in great form, having lost 4 of their last 9 in the league, although they have also won 4.

* Hull have won 7 points in the 4 matches since Marco Silva took over.

* Hull have drawn a blank in 11 of their 24 PL matches this season – more than any other side.

Manchester United v Watford

* Watford won 3-1 at Vicarage Road earlier in the season – their first win over the Reds since 1986.

* United are unbeaten in 15 PL games but they have drawn 7 of those.

* Watford have won their last 2 PL games and are unbeaten in 4.

* United are also unbeaten in the last 18 home matches (12 wins)

* If Watford win, they will become just the 9th team to do the double over United in the PL era.

Middlesbrough v Everton

* Everton have won their last 4 matches against Boro, including a 0-2 win at the Riverside earlier in the season.

* Boro have won just 1 of their last 9 PL matches, losing 5.

* Everton meanwhile are unbeaten in 7 PL games, winning 5 of those.

* Middlesbrough are the lowest scorers in the league with just 19 in 24 matches.

* Romelu Lukaku is just one goal shy of equalling Toffees legend Duncan Ferguson’s record of 60 PL goals.

Stoke City v Crystal Palace

* Palace hammered Stoke 4-1 earlier in the season and have won their last 4 matches against the Potters.

* Stoke have only been beaten once at the Bet365 stadium in their last 10 outings.

* Palace have lost 7 of their last 10 PL matches, winning just 1.

* The Eagles have won more points away from home than at Selhurst Park this season.

* Stoke have won 2 of their 5 PL games in 2017.

Sunderland v Southampton

* The sides drew 1-1 at St Mary’s earlier in the season.

* The last goalless draw between the sides was in 1978 – 37 games ago.

* Sunderland have won 1 of their last 7 PL games – but that came last time out when they thrashed Crystal Palace 0-4.

* Saints meanwhile are in an awful run – losing 6 of their last 7 PL matches.

* Sunderland have kept successive clean sheets – as many as they managed in their previous 22 this season.

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

* The Baggies won 4-2 earlier in the season. But they haven’t won at West Ham since 2003.

* West Ham have won 6 of their last 9 PL matches, losing the other 3.

* Albion have lost once in 2017 in the league, as well as winning 2 and drawing 2.

* Only Kevin De Bruyne has more assists than West Brom’s Matt Phillips 8 this season.

* Andy Carroll is the Hammers’ form player with 4 goals in his last 5 outings.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur (5.30)

* The sides drew 1-1 earlier in the season. In fact, the last 3 meetings have ended all-square.

* Liverpool haven’t won in the league this year – 3 draws and 2 defeats.

* Spurs are unbeaten in their last 11 league and cup matches – winning 9.

* Harry Kane is Spurs’ form player wth 6 goals since the turn of the year.

* Liverpool haven’t lost to Spurs since November 2012 – 8 games ago.

Ex-Liverpool star quits game to become a DJ

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has announced his retirement from football, and has said he now plans to concentrate on his music career and clothing brand.

Cisse, 35, is well-remembered by Reds fans for scoring a penalty in the Champions League final shoot-out against AC Milan in 2005, and then netting in the final of the FA Cup the following year.

However, after a succession of injuries – he initially retired in 2015, but after a successful operation attempted a comeback but failed to find a club – Cisse has finally put an end to his football career.

But he already has his next moves lined up: Cisse is now forging a career as a DJ and producer, as well a building his clothing brand, ‘Mr Lenoir’.

“I loved being a footballer and so far the ball has been my life,” said Cisse. “I would have liked to continue playing but I must admit today that football is over.

“With the same passion, I will devote myself wholeheartedly to my career as DJ, producer and consultant, as well as developing my clothing brand.”