Following the huge uproar around Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’ head injury and the fact that he was allowed to play on being hit against Everton on Sunday, Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas has given his view on how it all panned out.
The 36-year-old Portuguese manager believes the North London club acted correctly, according to BBC Sport, and doesn’t exactly appreciate the comparisons being made between head injuries in soccer and other sports.
“I stand by the decision I took and I stand by the decision made by my medical staff. They did everything by the book,” AVB said. “A couple of people used this as an opportunity to get some publicity. They have no experience on the pitch of these situations. It is not comparable to NFL or rugby. It is not comparable to [Chelsea goalkeeper] Petr Cech. It astonishes me that it is trying to be put in the same mode as these situations.”
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You can see the incident unfold above, as Lloris’ head take a blow from the knee of Everton striker Romelu Lukaku who was challenging for the ball. And Tottenham’s manager, although not blaming Lukaku for the injury, does think the whole situation could’ve been easily averted.
“I don’t want to question Lukaku because he is a good young player,” AVB said. “But I think he could have jumped over Hugo [Lloris].”
Lloris is incredibly already back in training and is being considered to start in Spurs’ Europa League clash with Sheriff Tiraspol on Thursday.
No matter what you think about the situation, there has been a alarming spike in players being knocked unconscious and returning to the field this season. Lukaku himself did that after scoring vs. West Ham on his Everton debut, while Stoke defender Robert Huth also suffered a nasty head collision but carried on a few weeks back.
The Professional Footballers’ Association and FIFA’s medical staff have spoken about how more protection and clearer guidelines are needed for treating head injuries in soccer, as the incident involving Lloris continues to spark heated debate across the soccer community.
The ongoing World Cup hasn’t halted the transfer talk across global soccer, and on Wednesday there are a number of potentially intriguing storylines.
Two Premier League sides are chasing Real Madrid attacker Marco Asensio, including Chelsea and Manchester United, while they will have to battle Paris Saint-Germain as well.
Although Asensio is prepared to stay in Spain next season, he wants to be assured of playing time under new manager Julen Lopetegui, who recently joined the club.
The 22-year-old scored 11 goals in all competitions last season for Los Blancos.
Juventus continues to have several players at the center of transfer rumors, and Miralem Pjanic is a name that keeps popping up.
The midfielder won’t come cheap though, with Juve reportedly set to ask for $92.6 million in the event that a club wants to acquire Pjanic.
Barcelona is rumored to be seeking a move for Pjanic with Andres Iniesta now heading to Vissel Kobe in the J-League.
New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is reportedly looking to bring several of his former Napoli players to Stamford Bridge, including Belgium star Dries Mertens.
The Blues are seeking more attacking options ahead of the fall, and the veteran Mertens has become a proven commodity in front of goal over the course of his Serie A career.
The first two nations have advanced to the knockout phase out of Group A.
Uruguay reached the Round of 16 on Wednesday with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia, who has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup.
Hosts Russia will also reach the knockout rounds with the Uruguay win, thus eliminating Egypt as well.
The Barcelona striker gave Uruguay the lead in the 23rd minute, after a poor read from Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais.
Suarez was given a wide-open finish at the far post off the corner kick for his first goal at the World Cup. The 31-year-old had scored a combined five goals during his last two World Cup appearances (2010 & 2014).
The Uruguyans dictated the tempo throughout much of the match, but Saudi Arabia’s back line held strong for the majority of the game.
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Uruguay will close out group play against Group A leaders and hosts Russia on June 25, while Saudi Arabia and Egypt will tango that same day.
Luis Suarez was clearly upset with his lack of finishing in Uruguay’s opener last Friday, but the Barcelona man is finally on the scoresheet at the 2018 World Cup.
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The veteran striker gave Uruguay the lead in the 23rd minute after a close-range finish off of a corner kick.
Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais came out to try and collect the cross, however, he was slow in his reaction, allowing the ball to slip through to Suarez for the easy finish.
The Uruguayans will reach the Round of 16 with one match remaining if they hold on to their 1-0 lead.
Wellington, New Zealand (AP) The coach of New Zealand’s women’s football team has been placed on leave pending an investigation of complaints about his conduct from members of the national team.
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The complaints centered around tactics Andreas Heraf used in a recent home international against Japan and his comments to media after that match. Players reportedly objected to the defensive nature of Heraf’s tactics in the 3-1 loss.
New Zealand Football chief executive Andy Martin said at a news conference on Wednesday that his organization had received a letter from the New Zealand Professional Footballers Association, containing letters of complaint from 13 national team members.
Defending his approach at a news conference after the match, Heraf said the New Zealand players would never have the “quality” to compete with a team of Japan’s ability and might have lost 8-0 if they had not adopted a defensive style.
Further reports have emerged of player concerns about Heraf’s behavior, including allegations of bullying.
Martin was repeatedly questioned at the news conference about when New Zealand Football first had notice of the players’ concerns about Heraf. He insisted he was not aware of any problems until the letter from the NZPFA containing the players’ complaints was released on Monday.
In a statement, New Zealand Football Chairman Deryck Shaw said player welfare was “of utmost importance.”
“We hold player welfare as a matter of utmost importance and that is why we are conducting a thorough, independent review. We want to ensure we better understand these issues in an objective review. There is no place for inappropriate behavior of any kind with New Zealand Football.”