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FIFA, players union agree Suarez needs “treatment” while Uruguay backs its striker

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Both FIFA and the player’s union FIFPro have released separate statements claiming Luis Suarez needs help, albeit in a pair of different manners.

The football governing body, via secretary general Jerome Valcke, said Suarez’s bite incident of Giorgio Chiellini was “unacceptable.”

“I think he should find a way to stop doing it – he should go through a treatment,” Valcke said.

Valcke’s never been known for his suave nature or eloquent English.

FIFPro went about things a little more tactfully, releasing a statement saying, “Luis Suarez should receive all the support he needs to deal with any off-field issues he may be experiencing at this time,” the union said, adding that “treatment must be a part of any sanction,” indicating FIFA was in charge of making sure Suarez receives the help he needs.

The Uruguayan striker was suspended for nine international matches plus four months of all football-related activities following the incident with Chiellini, his third biting incident on the field.

Meanwhile, the Uruguayan team has rallied around Suarez, blaming just about everyone on planet Earth aside from the man who bit Chiellini.

Coach Oscar Tabarez resigned from the FIFA technical committee, claiming Suarez was being labeled an international “scapegoat” in a marathon 13-minute prepared speech.

“I had a position and I must leave that position. It was not was or prudent to be in an organization with people who exerted pressure and rendered the punishment, who managed criteria and values that are different to the ones I have.”

Tabarez continued Suarez’s attack of the English media, an opinion Suarez vehemently maintained after the incident with Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. “This decision is much more focused on the opinions of the media,” Tabarez said. “The media that attacked immediately after the match, and in the press conference, journalists only took that topic.”

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano agreed with his manager. “What incident?” Lugano asked in a press conference yesterday. “The footage doesn’t show anything, you can speculate from it but it’s nothing important. It appears that the English press keep coming back to this situation, I can’t find any other explanation, but I am happy with yesterday’s win.”

Uruguayan president took a more simplistic approach. “We didn’t choose him to be a philosopher, or a mechanic, or to have good manners – he’s a great player,” said Jose Mujica.

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West Ham extend Payet’s contract in “enormous show of faith”

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring while soap bubbles are blown during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.

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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.

“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”

Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.

VIDEO: Dele Alli’s magnificent juggling goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon

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Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?

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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.

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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.

Watch Live: Guatemala vs. T&T; Canada vs. Guyana in Olympic qualifying

Canadian players wave to fans after a 2-1 loss to England in a quarterfinal of the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Group B is set to kick off Thursday night at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, as Canada, third-place finishers at the 2012 Olympics, begin their quest to qualify for this summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

Guyana versus Trinidad and Tobago is up first (6 p.m. ET) from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex, followed by the Canadians, who will take on Guyana (8:30 p.m. ET) in the nightcap.

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The U.S. women’s national began its Olympic qualifying campaign in impressive fashion on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Costa Rica, while Mexico jumped to the top of Group A with a 6-0 victory over Puerto Rico.

Sunderland terminate Adam Johnson’s contract after guilty pleas in sex case

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court, England, Wednesday Feb. 10, 2016. Johnson has pleaded guilty in court to one count of sexual activity with a child and another of grooming. The 28-year-old Johnson, who has made 12 appearances for England, denies two charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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SUNDERLAND, England (AP) Sunderland has fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial.

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Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child.

Sunderland dismissed Johnson ahead of his trial resuming on Friday at Bradford Crown Court.

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In a statement, Sunderland announced Thursday that “in light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.”

The former Manchester City player joined Sunderland in 2012 for 10 million pounds (now about $14.5 million).