The Barcelona defender claims Real Madrid fans at Santiago Bernabeu verbally assaulted him during Wednesday afternoon’s Copa del Rey semifinal. He also said he experiences similar taunts in stadiums all over Spain.
The headline in papers around the world are his words that the fight against racism in stadiums is “a lost war,” but he also expressed a desire to see “drastic measures” imposed upon teams whose fans verbally assault players. So maybe he doesn’t think it is such a lost cause?
And it’s not. It’s horrible we have to keep hearing about these instances, but every time we do, we get a little closer to solving the problem. From Alves’ statement to Jozy Altidore’s poised interview and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s response, the issue continues to come to the forefront.
For too long, racism in soccer has been something to ignore, something that was brushed under the table by team management, league officials, and the bigger bodies. The players are the ones who need to force the change. It seems that they are starting to realize the power they have and how they can wield it. We, as journalists and fans, should do everything we can to support the cause.
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.
Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.
The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.
Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.
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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.
However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.
Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.