Race row with Evra reignited: Why Luis Suarez should keep quiet and let his goals do the talking

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Luis Suarez has reignited an issue that threatened to ruin his soccer career.

Why?

Liverpool’s star striker, currently the Premier League’s leading scorer with 23 goals, has told Uruguayan radio station Sport890 AM that racist allegations made by Manchester Untied defender Patrice Evra were ‘all false,’ after the incident that happened two years ago.

By speaking out about this topic, Suarez has risked reopening the race row which saw him banned for eight games back in February 2011 after he was found guilty of racially abusing United left back Evra by the English Football Association.

Since then 27-year-old Suarez bit Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last season, which he admitted regretting in the same radio interview where he talked about Evra, along with regretting another separate biting incident that occurred while he was playing for Ajax in 2011.

As for the incident with Evra, the Uruguayan goalscoring machine showed no remorse. This is what he had to say.

The case with Evra was all false. I was accused without proof. But that’s in the past. I was sad at that moment, but I’m happy today. I have grown up. I have thought more about things before doing them. Now people in England can’t talk about me because I’m not doing anything wrong. They have to talk about me only as a footballer.

We love to talk about you as a soccer player Luis, so please keep it that way.

But I fear that with this outburst against Evra and the Liverpool star hitting out at allegations of racism thrown towards him, we may be chatting about Suarez’s off-field issues and previous discrepancies instead of focusing on what a wonderful player he really is. Let’s not drag the past up. It should be all about there here and the now, because Suarez has been sensational this season.

(MORE: Suarez claims Patrice Evra race allegations were “all false”)

Despite missing the opening eight games of the PL campaign, after being banned for biting Ivanovic last season, Suarez leads the PL with 23 goals in just 18 games. He has been sensational ever since he returned and is a big reason why Liverpool are just four points off top spot with 12 games to go. Suarez, believe it or not, is a shoe-in to win the PFA Player of the Year award and is likely to be in the Premier League Team of the Year too.

There’s only thing that can scupper him picking up all of those individual accolades at the end of the season… his mouth.

Zip it shut, Luis. You really don’t need to talk about anything that has happened in the past, no matter how much injustice you feel. Let your boots do the talking, keep banging in the goals and get your head down to help Liverpool qualify for the UEFA Champions league, or potentially win the PL title, and Uruguay do well in the World Cup.

Talking, or doing other things with his mouth, has only got Suarez in huge amounts of trouble in the past. Now won’t be any different.

Chinese clubs to pay 100% tax on foreign transfers

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The days of Chinese Super League sides spending eye-popping figures on a handful of international superstars are over — either that, or those figures are about to double — for now, at least.

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China’s Football Association announced Thursday that, effective immediately, any foreign player signed for a fee exceeding $6.63 million would be subject to a 100-percent tax on top of the fee paid to acquire the player. The tax will remain in effect until the end of China’s ongoing transfer window, July 14. The tax will also apply to Chinese players signed for a fee exceeding $3 million.

It’s Chinese authorities’ latest attempt to prevent big spending by CSL clubs, which has in every instance been detrimental to the development of young Chinese players making their way through the academy system. The taxed money will then be reinvested in “youth training, construction of public sporting facilities and scientific progress in football development,” according to a statement by the CFA.

Just last week, China was eliminated from contention to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The only time China has ever qualified for the World Cup was in 2002.

Young Englishman Oxford goes abroad, to Gladbach, on loan

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MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (AP) Borussia Moenchengladbach has signed English central defender Reece Oxford on loan for the season from Premier League club West Ham.

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says “Oxford has gone through all the England youth teams and is one of the biggest defensive talents in Britain.”

The 18-year-old Oxford, who spent the second half of last season on loan at second-division club Reading, is Gladbach’s fifth arrival of the off-season.

Qatar stadium safety concerns again raised by death investigation

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An investigation into why a British man fell to his death on a building site for the 2022 Qatar soccer World Cup has raised concerns about stadium roof safety.

World Cup organizers on Thursday released partial findings of an assessment of the accident at the Khalifa International Stadium, but said the full report cannot be released while local authorities continue their own investigation. It is one of two work-related deaths detailed in Qatar’s latest welfare report on preparations for the 2022 soccer tournament, which currently involves 12,367 workers on eight construction sites.

The 40-year-old British man fell 39 meters in January after one end of the roof catwalk he was installing dropped and a safety rope snapped.

“During the course of the investigation, the team had raised concerns with the method of installation of the raised catwalk system,” the welfare report from Qatar’s World Cup organizers stated. “This required further investigation regarding the method itself and the supervision skills of the specialist contractor staff.”

It has led to “corrective and preventative actions” being implemented by the contractor, a joint venture between Belgian and Qatari firms, along with safety checks across all stadium sites, the report said.

“These included a review of all working-at-height activities across all SC projects, an enhanced process when reviewing specialist activities within construction sites, and a detailed review of all roof and gantry designs,” the Supreme Committee overseeing stadium projects added.

The British man is the only European working on Qatar stadiums to have died in a country relying on a low-paid migrant workforce from south Asia to prepare for the first World Cup in the Middle East. Six non-work related deaths have been announced by organizers, with most suffering from heart or breathing problems.

Hassan Al Thawadi, the supreme committee’s secretary general, said medical staff are trying to raise awareness of the “importance of healthy lifestyles” by evaluating diets and identifying health issues, including hypertension and diabetes. Cooling helmets have also been developed in an attempt to make it safer for workers on outdoor sites during the searing summer heat.

World Cup preparations have been dogged by concerns about the welfare of workers since the natural gas-rich Gulf nation won the FIFA vote in 2010. Mounting international pressure led to Qatar raising living standards and worker rights. Inspections led to three contractors being blacklisted and 14 entities “demobilized” from projects for failing to tackle welfare issues, the World Cup report reveals.

“There is still work to be done to ensure our workers’ welfare standards continue to have a tangible impact on the ground and we are comprehensive in our attempts to tackle the myriad of issues facing migrant workers across the SC program,” Khalid Al-Kubaisi, who oversees worker welfare at the Supreme Committee, said in a statement.

The report has been released as Qatar is gripped by a diplomatic crisis that has seen it isolated in the region. Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar earlier this month and blocked air, sea and land traffic over its support for Islamist groups and ties with Iran. Qatar denies the charges and says the allegations are politically motivated.

Official (finally): Salah completes move from Roma to Liverpool

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It was the summer’s first transfer rumor-turned-real-story-turned-never-ending-saga that seemed to refuse to cross the finish line, but it’s finally come to pass: Mohamed Salah is a Liverpool player.

Salah’s move from Roma to Liverpool took so long to complete that the club’s poor social-media manager probably never wants to read the words “Announce Salah” for the rest of his/her life.

The deal will cost Liverpool something in the neighborhood of $50 million — a new Liverpool club record — and completes the utterly terrifying attacking quartet Jurgen Klopp can’t wait to unleash on the Premier League come August — Salah on one side, Sadio Mane opposite, Philippe Coutinho in the middle, and Roberto Firmino at striker. Salah, by the way, will take over Firmino’s no. 11 shirt, with the Brazilian switching to no. 9.