Déjà vu: Alvaro Pereira again knocked out, again returns to the field

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Concussion narratives are getting old, yet they still deserve an audience.

Alvaro Pereira, the Uruguayan player who returned to the field after being knocked out during a World Cup group stage match, repeated his dangerous actions yet again on the club scene.

On loan to Brazilian side São Paulo, Pereira was very clearly knocked unconscious in the match against Criciuma on Saturday. But yet again, he eventually returned to the field of play.

In the 24th minute, Pereira controlled a loose ball and began to dribble across the mid line, under the challenge of Criciuma striker Bruno Lopes. Pereira went down. His head appears to possibly clip the knee of Criciuma’s Serginho coming the other way, and then he slams face-first into the turf.

You can watch the video of the incident here.

As Pereira turns over onto his back, replays show his eyes rolled back into his head and he goes motionless for a few moments as Bruno Lopes frantically calls for the trainer.

Pereira is put into the back of the golf cart, and having regained full consciousness at this time, begins shaking his finger at trainers who are obviously suggesting he come out of the game. The 28-year-old is carted off, but gets up immediately as the cart leaves the field of play, and returns almost instantly to the delight of the home crowd.

After the match, Pereira told reporters after the match – which ended in a 1-1 draw – that the challenge left him “a little dizzy.” Yeah, sure.

Having already made this mistake once just a month ago, the fact he again was allowed to return to the pitch is disgraceful. Second-impact syndrome is fatal, and should Pereira have received a second blow to the head without waiting for his initial concussion to subside, he could have died.

[ MORE: In wake of Pereira incident, players union lashes out at FIFA ]

Concussions are difficult for soccer to logistically implement proper procedures that will cut down on these type of incidents, but FIFA must act. The same player waving off training staffs with such regularity is alarming, and it shows not only do procedures and rules need changing, but the organization must also educate its players.

It’s obvious that Pereira is unaware of the dangers he’s putting himself in, and that’s the fundamental issue.  Soccer is important to these individuals – more than most of us can comprehend – but their lives are infinitely more valuable.

2-year doping ban upheld for Finland, CSKA Moscow player

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld a two-year ban for CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Eremenko for a positive test for cocaine.

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CAS says the ban imposed by UEFA was “appropriate” and dismissed the Finland international’s appeal.

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The ban will expire on Oct. 5, 2018, when Eremenko will be 31.

Eremenko tested positive after playing in a Champions League game for CSKA Moscow against Bayer Leverkusen last September. The 2-2 result was not affected despite Eremenko scoring CSKA’s second goal.

Born in Moscow, Eremenko grew up in Finland and has represented its national team 73 times.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Friday night’s effort at Orlando City Stadium wasn’t the prettiest for either side but Atlanta United will gladly take three points from the fixture as the Central Florida venue proved to be a fortress once more. The Lions were far superior in their attacking threats throughout the match, testing USMNT and Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan on multiple occasions. However, it was Hector Villalba that proved to be the difference when he blasted a long-distance effort to beat Joe Bendik in the 86th minute. Atlanta extends its unbeaten streak to four matches with Friday’s decision, keeping Tata Martino’s side in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando City moves into fifth.

Three moments that mattered

36′ — Guzan stands tall, denies Rivas — Carlos Rivas thought he scorched this one (and he did…), but Brad Guzan acted like it was nothing as he held his ground to make the stop.

39′ — Spector gets ripped off by Guzan — The U.S. goalkeeper is at it again… What a save!

86′ — Villalba unleashes stunner to propel Atlanta — Sometimes it just takes one good hit as a striker.

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Man of the match: Brad Guzan

Goalscorers: Hector Villalba (86′)

Report: Man City adding Mendy to continue backline restoration

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Fresh off of completing a record deal to help bolster the club’s back line this summer, Manchester City is back at it with the Premier League season looming.

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The Citizens are reportedly on the brink of signing Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy to yet another world-record fee — which will total over $67 million.

Confirmation of the deal has yet to be announced by either team, but L’Equipe is reporting that the Citizens are hot on the 23-year-old’s trail in adding to their pricy back four.

Manager Pep Guardiola and Man City have not been shy readjusting their defensive unit over the past year, adding expensive first-team choices John Stones and Kyle Walker.