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Football: FIFA is experimenting with “concussion swap” at World Cup clubs
2.17 pm: Already at the upcoming World Cup for clubs in Qatar, an extra substitution option is being tested in case it is suspected that a football player has suffered a concussion. The global federation FIFA has given permission for this. The World Cup for the continental club champions will be held from 1 to 11 February in Qatar, which will also host the global final round for countries at the end of 2022.
Last month, the international rules committee IFAB decided that testing can be done with extra substitutions in the event of a (possible) concussion. Experts have been pushing for such a measure for some time. Often, knocked-out players are patched up again after head injuries and continue the match anyway. Sometimes a minor or severe concussion is then diagnosed later.
At the World Cup for clubs, clubs are allowed to substitute a maximum of one extra player per match if a concussion is suspected. The trainers are allowed to make five regular changes per match, two more than usual. Because of the corona problems, the IFAB also gave permission last year to temporarily increase the number of exchange options from three to five.
On behalf of Europe Bayern Munich, the winner of the Champions League, is participating in the World Cup for clubs.
Football: Zidane just on the couch at Real after negative test
12.18 pm: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane can take a seat on the bench on Saturday evening (9 p.m.) when his team takes on Osasuna. The 48-year-old Frenchman, who was in quarantine, has passed a negative corona test and La Liga gave him permission to attend the away match.
Zidane was quarantined for being in contact with an infected person. As a result, he missed Real’s training on Thursday.
Real Madrid is the number 2 in La Liga, behind fellow city rivals Atlético Madrid.
Football: Aston Villa despite FA Cup corona problems against Liverpool
11.51 am: Although the English football club Aston Villa had to close the training complex on Thursday due to an outbreak of the corona virus within the selection, the cup match against Liverpool will continue on Friday evening. Villa, the club of former Ajax player Anwar El Ghazi, will take on the English champions from 8.45 p.m. in the third round of the FA Cup tournament.
A large part of the selection and staff tested positive for the corona virus at the beginning of this week. Those involved immediately went into isolation. A second round of testing on Thursday revealed even more infections. The club then decided to close the Bodymoor Heath training complex.
The last training in the run-up to the match against Liverpool was canceled. The game at Villa Park in Birmingham will be played, the home club announced on Friday morning.
Tennis: Kenin sees Belgian Flipkens give up in Abu Dhabi
11.28 am: The American tennis player Sofia Kenin has reached the third round of the WTA tournament in Abu Dhabi due to a statement by the Belgian Kirsten Flipkens. Flipkens sustained an ankle injury in the final phase of the second set.
The 34-year-old Flipkens, the number 86 in the world, surprisingly had won the first set 7-5. In the second set, Kenin led 5-4.
First-seeded Kenin, winner of the Australian Open last year, will face the winner of the game between Czech Barbora Krejcikova and Yoelija Poetintseva, who plays for Kazakhstan in the third round.
Kenin (22) plays her first tournament in Abu Dhabi since the Roland Garros final in October last year. The Polish Iga Swiatek was the boss in Paris.
Football: Duel Go Ahead Eagles moved due to corona
10.32 am: The KNVB has postponed the match in the Kitchen Champion Division between Go Ahead Eagles and TOP Oss for two days. The clubs would meet on Friday evening in the Adelaarshorst in Deventer, but at the request of Go Ahead, the game has been postponed to Sunday evening, kick-off at 8.15 pm. The club from Deventer currently has insufficient match-fit players, as a result of a considerable corona wave within the selection.
Due to corona cases and injuries, trainer Kees van Wonderen has only ten field players from the A-selection at his disposal and one keeper of the reserves. After consultation between the club doctor and the union doctor of the KNVB, the union decided to move the match against TOP Oss to Sunday.
Earlier in the week, Van Wonderen missed ten players against Young PSV as a result of corona infections. With many young talents in the team, Go Ahead Eagles, the number 7 in the rankings, managed to win on Tuesday-evening (3-2).
“We just played” back then, without grumbling, “says general manager Jan Willem van Dop. “Usually with players who have not played a full game for months, because practice matches are not allowed. In view of injuries, it was irresponsible to play again three days later. Especially now that we do not have any exchange options. ”
Van Dop is pleased that both the KNVB and TOP Oss have shown understanding. „For the progress of the competition, it has been decided to still play the game in this round, but on Sunday. Those two days already make a big difference. I therefore think that you can speak of a happy medium. ”
Tennis: Zverev seeks new coach after breakup with Ferrer
08.42 am: German tennis player Alexander Zverev has to look for a new coach. Just before the start of the new season, it came to a break with the Spaniard David Ferrer. The collaboration lasted only six months. With Ferrer as a coach, Zverev reached the final of the US Open, in which he lost against Dominic Thiem. The 23-year-old German then won the two ATP tournaments in Cologne.
“I told” Sascha “that I would rather not continue, that we do not go into the new season together,” Ferrer said in Spanish media. Zverev, the number 7 in the world, confirms the break on Instagram. “I thank David for the months we have spent together on and off the track. I also want to thank his family for giving me the opportunity to spend precious weeks with David during this difficult time. I have a lot of respect for the way David plays tennis and coaches. ”
The 38-year-old Ferrer himself belonged to the top for years. The Spaniard played his last match in Madrid in May 2019, against Zverev.
Badminton: Lifelong Indonesian suspension for match fixing
08.14 am: The global badminton federation BWF has three badminton players from Indonesia suspended for life because of their share in a match-fixing case. Five other players from Indonesia received suspensions ranging from six to twelve years. These are badminton players who were active in the lower international competitions until 2019, especially in Asia.
According to the WCF, the Indonesians are guilty of match fixing, manipulation and gambling on the outcome of badminton matches. A whistleblower started the matter. The eight badminton players were temporarily suspended early last year. They can now still appeal to the international sports tribunal CAS.
A Malaysian who works as a representative for a badminton brand that sponsors international top players has also been suspended for life. He offered players money to influence the course of games.
Basketball: Brooklyn Nets quit Sixers’ winning streak
7.30 am: The Brooklyn Nets basketball players have ended the Philadelphia 76ers’ winning streak in the NBA. After five wins in a row, the “Sixers” in New York were beaten 122-109. With seven victories against now two losses, Philadelphia is still the best performing team in the first weeks of the season.
The Sixers had to make do in Brooklyn without Seth Curry. Golden State Warriors’ brother Stephen Curry was unable to participate due to an ankle injury. According to American media, the American initially sat on the couch, but left the hall after the first quarter. Curry would have been told that he has been tested positive for the corona virus. According to ESPN, the rest of the squad had to stay in New York after the game for contact investigation and an additional round of testing.
Champion Los Angeles Lakers suffered their third loss of the season against San Antonio Spurs: 118-109. LaMarcus Aldridge was the best Spurs shooter with 28 points. With the Lakers, LeBron James scored 27 points and also provided 12 assists. Dallas Mavericks beat Denver Nuggets 124-117. The Eastern Europeans Luka Doncic (Mavericks) and Nikola Jokic (Nuggets) both scored 38 points.
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