SCREAMER LIVE: Scimeca retires - plus more from the world of football
Keep up to date with the stories breaking across the football world with Screamer Live - Sportsmail Online's regularly updated round-up. Check back throughout the day, with the latest news appearing at the top of the page. All over: Riccardo Scimeca Cardiff's Riccardo Scimeca has announced his retirement from football just a day after undergoing an operation on his groin.The former Aston Villa midfielder made his first-team comeback earlier this month, only to then suffer a recurrence of the problem.The 34-year-old, who also played for Nottingham Forest, Leicester and West Brom, will say his final goodbye to fans in the Boxing Day clash at home to Plymouth.'There comes a time when you have to call a halt,' he said. 'Whatever the temptation to go on and to try again, you can't ignore what your body is telling you.' Brighton manager Gus Poyet has dismissed reports linking him with a return to Real Zaragoza. Poyet played more than 200 games in seven years with the Spanish club, who sacked their manager Marcellino at the weekend. The Uruguayan was only appointed Seagulls boss last month and has no intention of moving on. 'I have been here for a month and, of course, I am not looking to change things right now,' he said. Sepp Blatter remains adamant that football will not use TV replays to review decisions as long as he is FIFA president. Blatter said on Thursday that football's governing body will 'not use monitors to stop the game' and that bad refereeing decisions must be accepted because 'there are always errors in life.' Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines may have to undergo two bouts of surgery torepair his damaged ankle. Former Sheffield Wednesday club captain Steve Watson will work alongside temporary manager Sean McAuley on an informal basis at Hillsborough. Watson, 35, was forced to retire from in the summer due to a hip problem but has been training with the Owls and following the departure of Brian Laws and coaches Russ Wilcox and John Dungworth, McAuley is grateful to be able to call on him. Plymouth have confirmed the appointment of John Carver as assistant to head coach Paul Mariner. The former Newcastle and Leeds coach, 44, will start work with Mariner ahead of Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship clash against Coventry at Home Park. Carver has recently been head coach of Major League Soccer side Toronto. West Ham midfielder Jack Collison has backed Robert Green to put his blunder at Bolton behind him. Green dropped a howler with the Hammers level at the Reebok to propel their relegation rivals to victory. Clanger: Robert Green drops the ball against Bolton But Collison said: 'It was a bit unfortunate, and Greeny has been magnificent for us. These things happen in football and if it is a 'keeper, it is highlighted more. 'Greeny is a very strong character and a massive player for us. I am sure he is going to bounce back - and what better match than to do it against Chelsea on Sunday. It is a great opportunity to show what a good 'keeper he is and really claim his place as number one for England.' Hertha Berlin have agreed a deal with Bayer Leverkusen to take striker Theofanis Gekas on loan until the end of the season, with the option to make the move permanent in the summer.The Greek had asked for time to consider the move after Leverkusen and Berlin agreed terms, but has now given his approval to the switch.
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