DE BRUYNE SIDE­LINED BY GROIN IN­JURY

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - In­ter­view to SportBi­ble, Ronaldo said that he still loves the game and the idea of en­ter­tain­ing his fans and age is just a num­ber for the Por­tuguese star. “I love to en­ter­tain the fans and the peo­ple who love Cris­tiano. It doesn't mat­ter the age, it's all

Manch­ester: Manch­ester City mid­fielder Kevin de Bruyne will miss the Cham­pi­ons League clash with Di­namo Za­greb with a groin in­jury that could also see him miss Sun­day’s Pre­mier League meet­ing with Wolves. “Kevin De Bruyne suf­fered a groin in­jury in the win over Ever­ton and will miss tonight’s game against Di­namo Za­greb,” City said in a state­ment on Tues­day. De Bruyne missed the ma­jor­ity of last sea­son due to two se­ri­ous knee in­juries. How­ever, this lat­est set­back is not ex­pected to keep him out for long.

For­mer CON­CA­CAF head Sanz given life ban: FIFA

Lon­don: En­rique Sanz, the for­mer gen­eral sec­re­tary of North Amer­i­can soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body CON­CA­CAF, has been banned from any foot­ball-re­lated ac­tiv­ity for life af­ter be­ing found guilty of bribery, FIFA said on Tues­day. Sanz was found guilty of ne­go­ti­at­ing bribes in com­pe­ti­tions or­gan­ised by FIFA, CON­CA­CAF, the Caribbean Foot­ball Union and the South Amer­i­can Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion be­tween 2012 and 2015.

“The ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber of the in­de­pen­dent Ethics Com­mit­tee has found En­rique Sanz guilty of bribery in vi­o­la­tion of the Code of Ethics,” FIFA said.

Soc­cer leagues, player unions team up on con­cus­sion pro­to­col

Nyon: Euro­pean soc­cer leagues and player unions are team­ing up to im­prove how con­cus­sions are iden­ti­fied and treated dur­ing games.

The Euro­pean Leagues group and FIFPro say they will make coun­try-by-coun­try agree­ments “over the course of the com­ing two sea­sons.’’ The plan comes as soc­cer’s rule-mak­ing body IFAB is be­ing urged to ex­plore the idea of tem­po­rary sub­sti­tutes to re­place play­ers be­ing as­sessed for a head in­jury. Euro­pean Leagues and FIFPro want league rules to in­cor­po­rate in­ter­na­tional stan­dards of “con­cus­sion management pro­ce­dures on the fiel.”

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