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Oscar gets eight-match ban for petulant display in China

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Oscar‘s antics aren’t missed in the Premier League, and they won’t be missed over the next two months in China.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has been banned for eight matches after igniting a brawl between Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou (video here) by lashing a pair of shots at defenders and then hitting the ground in comical fashion.

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It’s amazing Oscar lived through the vicious shove (at least this dive didn’t influence a UEFA Champions League match).

While his antics won’t be missed, his playmaking will; It comes as no surprise that Oscar has thrived in the nascent Chinese Super League, posting nine assists and a goal in 13 league matches.

Messi explains actions that warranted 4-match ban

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Lionel Messi is set to miss four Argentina matches for something we arguably see every week on TV.

That doesn’t make it okay, but is anyone else scratching their head at the suspension handed down to the world’s best player for verbal abuse of an official?

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Messi, 29, shouted an obscenity at the linesman in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Chile, and was both banned and served the first match of his ban on Tuesday, as Argentina was beaten 2-0 in Bolivia.

Messi explained his actions Wednesday with the following:

“My expressions were never directed to the referee, they were said to the air,” Messi told La Nacion.

That’s pretty ridiculous, yeah? But I can’t help but feel the four matches are a bit harsh. Hardly a high-level match goes by without seeing a player clearly being derisive toward an offical, and usually lipreading proves it wasn’t G-rated.

Again, I have no problem for setting a standard, as abuse of officials is unnecessary (and even those of us who are serially offenders know it).

But if confederations and leagues want to get serious about cutting it out, this can’t be a one-off suspension; End the group upbraiding of referees during games, the wild gesticulations, so on and so forth.

Report: Jake Livermore fails cocaine test, out of Hull’s final two relegation battles

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Feel free to call it a big blow for Hull City, as Jake Livermore will not be able to help the Tigers’ final two relegation battles after testing positive for cocaine after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

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Only Ahmed Elmohamady has hit the pitch for Hull more often than Livermore this season, so this is not a minor hiccup for Steve Bruce’s crew. Livermore, 25, has scored once for the Tigers this season.

Hull sits two points clear of safety and has to face Spurs and Manchester United in attempts to save their Premier League lives.

From The Telegraph:

The club are expected to release a statement this afternoon, but it is a massive blow to manager Steve Bruce, whose side are desperately trying to avoid relegation.

Livermore, who came through Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy, was superb for Hull last season as they managed to stay in the top flight and also reach the FA Cup Final. But his form has dipped this term along with the rest of the Hull side.

Woof. This is a horrible mistake for Livermore, who very well may’ve cost the talent-shallow Tigers their already thin shot at safety.

Suarez to appeal “fascist” suspension to Court of Arbitration of Sport

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It will be said that Luis Suarez went down for a bite, but not without a fight.

One day after FIFA rejected the Barcelona striker’s appeal against a four-month ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup, Suarez’s lawyer has confirmed his client will take the only other step available by appealing his suspension to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

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And he’s using some mighty strong accusatory language.

From the BBC:

As part of the ban, Suarez cannot train with his club and is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium, although players’ union Fifpro argues the details “lack clarity”.

“[It] is blatantly draconian, totalitarian and fascist,” Balbi told Spanish radio station Cope.

“The right of a footballer to work is being violated, and football should be worried about that. The nine international games may seem excessive, but the fact that he can’t watch a game of football, or train or carry out his job – we are talking about unpleasant things.”

Ordinarily, Cas would sit and hear the matter while the player adhered to the terms of his ban.

However, as the World Cup is still taking place, Suarez’s legal team could apply to the Cas ‘ad-hoc’ division, which exists for the duration of the tournament to hear matters such as this.

“Look, my guy bit a dude during a sporting event for the third time after severe suspensions for the first and second bite, proving those lengths didn’t teach any lessons, and you’re going to punish him with a more severe ban? BLACKSHIRTS!”

It’s not being reduced.

Wow: Nigeria Football Federation suspended by FIFA

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That’s not a typo: FIFA has suspended the Nigeria Football Federation from inclusion in international activity.

Specifically, the suspension comes from the FIFA Emergency Committee and says that NFF is guilty of breaking FIFA statutes that demand federations work without third-party interference.

The NFF has been in trouble since the nation’s government stepped in and fired the NFF’s entire administration, ignoring several edicts from FIFA.

What’s the punishment? Harsh.

— No teams, including clubs, can compete internationally during the suspension. No sporting contact, tournaments, training, friendlies, nothing.

— No members or officials can take part in any training courses.

— If the suspension isn’t lifted by July 15, Nigeria will see its first ban: from August’s U-20 Women’s World Cup.

From FIFA:

The decision follows a letter sent by FIFA to the NFF on 4 July 2014, in which it expressed its great concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings and consequently an order preventing the president of the NFF, the NFF Executive Committee members and the NFF Congress from running the affairs of Nigerian football was granted by a High Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The said court order compelled the Nigerian Minister of Sports to appoint a senior member of the civil service to manage the NFF until the matter was heard in court, without giving any date for such a hearing. The authorities then appointed a person who decided to convene an extraordinary general assembly on 5 July 2014. This extraordinary general assembly was convened in violation of the NFF statutes.

Originally, an elective congress had been planned by the NFF to take place on 26 August 2014.

The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn and the properly elected NFF Executive Committee, the NFF general assembly and the NFF administration are able to work without any interference in their affairs.

 

If FIFA’s throwing down a suspension gauntlet, you know there’s some really nefarious antics behind the scenes.