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Aug 13, 2015

FIFA say managers cannot dictate to doctors over injuries

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA delivered what amounted to a rebuke to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday amid reports that he has banned the club’s first team doctor Eva Carneiro following her treatment of an injured player in a Premier League match.

Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer, said that managers had no right to tell their medical staff whether or not they should go on the pitch to treat a player and that ultimately the doctor was in charge of what happened on the pitch.

Aug 13, 2015

Soccer-FIFA say managers cannot dictate to doctors over injuries

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – FIFA delivered what amounted to a rebuke to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Thursday amid reports that he has banned the club’s first team doctor Eva Carneiro following her treatment of an injured player in a Premier League match.

Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer, said that managers had no right to tell their medical staff whether or not they should go on the pitch to treat a player and that ultimately the doctor was in charge of what happened on the pitch.

Aug 13, 2015

Soccer-Lamela tweet all but confirms Soldado’s Tottenham exit

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is returning to Spain to sign for Villarreal, according to a tweet from his team mate Erik Lamela and Spurs fans Soldado bumped into at Gatwick Airport on Thursday.

Soldado, 30, who cost Tottenham a then club record fee of 26 million pounds ($40.63 million) when he joined from Valencia two years ago, failed to reproduce the scoring form for Spurs he had previously shown in Spain, with 16 goals in 76 matches in all competitions.

Aug 13, 2015

Lamela tweet all but confirms Soldado’s Tottenham exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado is returning to Spain to sign for Villarreal, according to a tweet from his team mate Erik Lamela and Spurs fans Soldado bumped into at Gatwick Airport on Thursday.

Soldado, 30, who cost Tottenham a then club record fee of 26 million pounds ($40.63 million) when he joined them from Valencia two years ago, failed to reproduce the scoring form for Spurs he had previously shown in Spain, with just 16 goals in 76 matches in all competitions.

Aug 13, 2015

City seek early psychological lift against Chelsea

LONDON (Reuters) – The destination of the Premier League trophy will not be decided when current champions Chelsea meet their immediate predecessors Manchester City on Sunday, but the winners will get a welcome psychological boost for the long campaign ahead.

The meeting between two of the main title contenders has come early in the season but three points are three points whether they are won in August or May.

Aug 13, 2015

Soccer-City seek early psychological lift against Chelsea

LONDON, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The destination of the Premier League trophy will not be decided when current champions Chelsea meet their immediate predecessors Manchester City on Sunday, but the winners will get a welcome psychological boost for the long campaign ahead.

The meeting between two of the main title contenders has come early in the season but three points are three points whether they are won in August or May.

Aug 12, 2015

Athletes must not feel obliged to reveal personal history says Coe

LONDON (Reuters) – International athletes should not feel they have to reveal their personal and private medical details to prove they are clean and have not been blood-doping, Britain’s IAAF presidential candidate Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

In a telephone interview with international media, Coe also said he still wanted to see the sport set up its own independent anti-doping agency to help combat allegations that the sport’s governing body is not doing enough to weed out drug cheats and is complicit in the sport’s doping problems.

Jul 27, 2015

Despite concerns, full steam ahead for Russia World Cup

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) – The preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia marked both a first and last step on the road to the finals.

While Saturday’s draw was the start of the countdown to the event, the announcement on the same day that FIFA’s Executive Committee had endorsed Russia as the host nation was designed to end talk of it being stripped of the finals.

Jul 27, 2015

Soccer-Despite concerns, full steam ahead for Russia World Cup

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 27 (Reuters) – The preliminary round draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia marked both a first and last step on the road to the finals.

While Saturday’s draw was the start of the countdown to the event, the announcement on the same day that FIFA’s Executive Committee had endorsed Russia as the host nation was designed to end talk of it being stripped of the finals.

Jul 25, 2015

FIFA puts troubles aside at glitzy World Cup draw

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – FIFA put its problems to one side and began the countdown to the 2018 World Cup finals on Saturday when Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Sepp Blatter re-assured the nation the tournament would go ahead as planned.

A glitzy preliminary-round draw ceremony was beamed live to 170 countries around the world, sending a powerful message that the finals would take place no matter what enquiries are going on over alleged voting irregularities which secured Russia the hosting rights five years ago.