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By DAN KARELL
In one of the more bizarre incidents of the 2013/2014 English Premier League season, Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris convinced his manager and medical team that he could stay on the pitch late in the match, despite being knocked unconscious.
FIFA’s medical chief Jiri Dvorak has weighed in on the controversy, saying that Lloris should have been taken off, citing the statistics that Lloris must have suffered a concussion. Everton forward Romelu Lukaku’s left knee collided with the head of Lloris as the Belgian raced towards a through ball in Sunday’s scoreless draw.
A United Kingdom brain injury charity, Headway, has also protested the decision to allow the French international to remain on the field. After the match, Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas revealed that Lloris couldn’t remember the incident, another sign of a likely concussion.
Tottenham announced on Monday that after undergoing a CT Scan on Sunday evening, Lloris had been given the all-clear to return to his home.
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UNDER-FIRE MILAN COACH ALLEGRI RECEIVES BACKING FROM CEO GALLIANI
AC Milan’s fall from grace has them now in 11th place in Serie A from 11 matches, following a 2-0 defeat at home to Fiorentina that has head coach Massimiliano Allegri under fire from fans for the team’s performances.
Despite the slow start to the season with just three wins in the league, Allegri has received the backing of Milan CEO Adriano Galliani.
“There is faith in Allegri – he is not the problem,” Galliani told Gazzetta Dello Sport in Italy. “All managers depend on results, but this is not a decisive week for him. If someone keeps losing then there is no one who can survive that. This is certainly a difficult moment because we are not picking up results, but we will carry on. From experience I say that we should remain calm.”
The famed Italian club, who won Serie A as recently as in 2011, finished a disappointing third last season after a slow start and have started slowly in similar fashion again this season. Many fans are also calling for star forward Mario Balotelli to leave, after struggling to score recently.
BARCELONA TEAMMATES BACK MESSI THROUGH “SCORING DROUGHT”
Since returning to full training during the most recent international break, Lionel Messi has failed to score a league goal.
The Argentine forward recently admitted that he still wasn’t 100 percent fit after failing to score in his fourth consecutive La Liga game last Friday in Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over neighbors Espanyol. However, Messi has received the backing of many of his teammates and his coach Gerardo Martino to return to his usual goal-scoring form soon.
I see him very well (every day), he trains with a lot of desire,” Barcelona winger Pedro said to Marca. “Goals are going to come and more if you’re Leo Messi, the best player in the world. He works hard and also assists his teammates. I think he’s very calm because he knows that things will be okay.”
Messi and Barcelona take on AC Milan on Wednesday at home in UEFA Champions League action.
Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, and Sergio Aguero are all members of a 23-man Argentina squad called up for two friendly matches against Ecuador and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the United States. (REPORT)
During the always on-edge Belgrade derby between hated Serbian rivals Red Star and Partizan, the Partizan fans lit a section of Red Star’s Marakana stadium on fire. Alas, Red Star won, 2-1. (REPORT)
Ahead of their match with Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Arsene Wenger’s style of play over Barcelona, and compared the feeling of coming out of the dressing room onto the Signal Iduna Park pitch akin to being born. (REPORT)
Reports out of Ireland state that former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill will take over the Ireland National Team on a two-year contract, and his top assistant coach appears to be former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane. (REPORT)
What do you think of these reports? Do you see the Premier League adopting stronger concussion protocols? Do you believe that Allegri should be sacked? Do you see Messi scoring in his next league match?
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