Parker ‘gutted’ as Fulham relegation is confirmed with defeat

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Parker ‘gutted’ as Fulham relegation is confirmed with defeat

Scott Parker says he is ‘gutted’ after Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League was confirmed with a .

The Cottagers had to win to ensure their top-flight survival but failed to register much attacking threat on the night.

Ashley Westwood opened the scoring for the Clarets in the 35th minute.


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Matej Vydra did well on the byline before squaring it for Westwood, who managed to tap home.

Chris Wood then made Fulham’s task much harder with a brilliant strike in the 44th minute.

His half-volley, set up by Josh Brownhill, marked his 5oth goal for Burnley.

Fulham hit the crossbar through Frank Anguissa in the second half but couldn’t get a goal back.

The result confirmed Fulham’s second relegation from the Prem in three seasons.

Reacting to the loss, Parker told : “It has been looming but it doesn’t hide the disappointment, hurt and sadness I feel tonight. It’s inevitable now. I am gutted.

“This year at times, while we have had some big improvements and pushed on in certain elements, the facts are that we have fallen short. We have not been quite good enough.

“Tonight is how the season has gone at times. Between the two boxes we did very well. The difference was defensively, the two goals we conceded were poor, and in the final moment when you need to score and make good decisions we did not have that.

“Probably when I look back over the season that has been the big difference. We have lacked quality in certain moments. The players need to understand what you need to bring at this level. There’s an effort and endeavour but you need to have more to survive at this level. This level is brutal. The tiny details are key.

“At this moment in time I have nothing but sadness. Now and in the coming days we will have a long hard think and regroup. My job is to make sure these games end in the right way.

“The club needs to make big decisions. We’ve had a relegation, a promotion and a relegation. The rollercoaster of that and the highs and lows is not something you want.

“As a football club we need to make good decisions and work out where we want to go.”

This summer looks set to be an important one for Parker and Fulham as they try to figure out how to take the next step.

In the mean time, Parker will focus on the Cottagers’ next match. They play Southampton on Saturday at 15:00.

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CL final at Wembley looking less likely due to UEFA issues

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CL final at Wembley looking less likely due to UEFA issues

Hopes of the Champions League final being staged at Wembley appear to have receded, according to reports.

UEFA representatives met virtually with Government officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on Monday morning to discuss moving the all-English final to Wembley from Istanbul, after the Government’s decision on Friday to place Turkey on its high-risk ‘red list’ for international travel.

Government sources described the meeting as cordial and helpful and stated that the ball remains in UEFA’s court.


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However, according to the PA news agency, some of the assurances UEFA is looking for – particularly around quarantine-free travel for sponsors and other VIPs coming into the UK – are not straightforward for the Government to deal with at a time when border controls remain necessarily so strict amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Discussions between the Government and UEFA are ongoing, but one other option under consideration could be moving the match to Portugal. The country hosted the final stages of last season’s Champions League last August, and is on the British Government’s ‘green list’ for international travel.

This would mean players, staff and supporters of and Manchester City could return to the UK without needing to quarantine.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday that supporters of Chelsea and Manchester City should not travel to Turkey for the match on May 29, but added that the Government was “very open” to staging it here.

Following that announcement, to host the final. However, UEFA would require big changes to be made to the ground for it to be suitable.

Turkey was placed on the Government’s ‘red list’ after a rise in coronavirus infections in the country.

It is understood UEFA was given notice of the Government’s intention to make this move well ahead of it being publicly confirmed on Friday evening.

Relations between the two are strong after UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recognised the key role played by the Government in putting pressure on the clubs who threatened to form a .

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