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Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has stated that FIFA should consider banning Luis Suarez from the game. The Uruguay striker bit Chiellini in the shoulders during a match between Uruguay and Italy in the group stages of the World Cup. Uruguay won the match 1-0 and progressed to the last 16 of the World Cup. The victory, however, was marred by footage showing Suarez biting into the shoulders of Chiellini. Even though the 28-year-old complained to the referee almost immediately, the 27-year-old was not punished.
However, it is believed that FIFA will be opening investigations into the matter, as it is the third time that the player has been found biting into a document. He has been punished in the previous two occasions serving a suspension for 17 matches in total. The last high-profile incident involving Suarez came in 2013 when he bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the arm. Several sports psychologist have stated that Suarez is unlikely to become a changed man as a result of a ban. FIFA regulations stated that they can ban a footballer for up to 2 years or 24 matches.
Several Italy players protested against the incident and water to the player to be sent off, but Uruguayan players did not show the same feelings. The manager, Oscar Tabarez, was also astounded as to how Suarez has been treated by the British media. “Suarez has bitten me and the referee saw it, but then there is the need to have the courage to take decisions. We will see if there is the courage to utilise the TV images to ban him. It’s a shame. Today’s game has been decided by the referee. We take our responsibilities, but the referee has been bad,” said Chiellini.
The result, though, saw Italy knocked out of the World Cup at the group stages for the second consecutive time.
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Colombia are one of the favorites nation to escape from the group stages of the 2014 World Cup and advance into the next round as they were placed against Greece, Japan and Ivory Coast, in a simple first view it doesn’t look like a very complicated group. Jose Pekerman is the head coach of Colombia and a few days ago he announced his provisional squad which includes players that are performing in top tier clubs such as: Fredy Guarin (Inter Milan), Christian Zapata (Ac.Milan), Juan Cuadrado (Fiorentina) and of course Radamel Falcao.
Falcao remains injured according to the footballer site and are still doubtful on whether or not he will be able to recover in time for the World Cup but Pekerman has already revealed that he is going to wait until the final deadline day before announcing whether or not Falcao will be travelling with him to Brazil.
Greece on the other hand mostly has players with are less known compared to Colombia and have not managed to stand out from their respective opponents but the manager of Greece, Fernando Santos stated that it’s a mistake considering Colombia to be favorites as he talked during a press conference.
‘’It’s an error to consider that Colombia are favorites of our group and underestimate the rest of the team. Colombia is a squad that has a long time without playing in a World Cup and they have a lot of faith. They have a generation of players who are performing well with their respective teams and they will certainly have the support of their nationwide fans but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Colombia is going to perform at a level higher than the rest of us’’ Fernando Santos revealed.
The Greek squad will want to avoid suffering the same kind of disappointing World Cup they experienced in 1994 when they failed to score and lost all 3 matches. It was their first World Cup appearance and now with more experience, let’s see how they do.
Bayern Munich appear to be ready to listen to offers for striker Mario Mandzukic after CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated that the player might not feel entirely happy next season. Hence, they may have to take a decision on the future of the Croatian striker. Mandzukic was a major revelation in his first season at Bayern Munich after joining the club for only around £ 11 million. He managed to start the majority of the matches under Jupp Heynckes and led the club to a famous treble including the Champions League title in 2013.
However, his starting position has been under threat for most of the last season under Pep Guardiola, who has favoured the possession style of football. A physical striker, Mandzukic does not appear to have been playing at his best this season. This is despite the striker getting 24 goals in the league alone. Rummenigge has hinted that the club may decide to sell the forward in the summer with the decision to bring in Borussia Dortmund hitman Robert Lewandowski, on a free transfer, confirmed several months ago. Lewandowski will be joining a five-year contract, which will further reduce the first-team opportunities for Mandzukic.
Chelsea are thought to be one of the club’s heavily interested in the 27-year-old, as they look to replace the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
“If Mario stays here, it won’t be easy for him because a world-class player is coming to us. The question is whether he wants to face up to his competition or would prefer to go to another club. We are open and fair and we talk about everything, so nothing is decided,” said the Bayern Munich Chief Executive. The club have spent an enormous sum of money in order to get Lewandowski, who has reportedly signed a $ 75 million contract.
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England manager Roy Hodgson has said that he has a clear indication about the players he will include in the squad for the World Cup. The former Liverpool and West Brom manager is expected to name his squad in the second week of May.
There are several areas where pundits are confused as to whether Hodgson will leave out star names. This is especially true in the case of the left back position where Ashley Cole has played very little football in the second half of the season. Hence, there have been suggestions that Hodgson would take the likes of Luke Shaw, who is inexperienced at the top level. Continue reading →
Sunderland failed to make the most out of their matches against teams in and around them in the league after they lost 2-1 to West Ham United on Monday night. This has left the team perilously close to relegation with only six matches left in the campaign. Midfielder Adam Johnson, who has won a Premier league title with Manchester city in the past, says that it will now take a miracle to keep Sunderland in the Premier league. The club has managed to maintain its Premier league status for several years after being first promoted under Roy Keane.
After several managerial changes in the last 12 months, they are looking to pay the price for instability. Gus Poyet has managed to make the players play much better than under the previous regime, but it has certainly not translated into results. The next couple of matches will be even tougher for Sunderland since title chasing teams like Manchester city and Chelsea will be the next opponents. Johnson has been one of the few bright aspects for Sunderland this campaign.
He says that the team were believing that they would get three points from subsequent matches, but the fact is that matches running out with no points on the board for the team. Sunderland next take on Tottenham, who are in a lot of problems themselves.
“It’s another game down. We keep saying ‘This is the game, this is the game’ but time is running out now. The games are running out and we have got some tough ones coming up. We have to capitalise on the games at home, which we haven’t done all season. We have got four home games left and I think if we win all four, we have got a chance. There are still eight games and points to play for,” said Johnson.
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