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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez has been treated like a murderer, says Liverpools Iago Aspas

Aspas attacks former team-mates punishment for biting To not let him be presented by Barcelona or train is too muchIago Aspas says his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Surez has been treated like a murderer by Fifa after the Uruguayan bit Italys Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.Aspas, who has been loaned to Sevilla for the upcoming season, told the Spanish radio station Cadena Cope that he can understand why Surez was banned from playing because it is not his first offence. However, he believes the Barcelona forwards ban from all football related activity is excessive. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Premier League: Chelsea players ran and played the most at the World Cup | Toby Moses

Premier League stars played a combined total of more than 16 days of football during their summer break, covering 2,481.6km of Brazilian turf in the search for glory. Its not much of a holidayPremier League stars played a combined total of more than 16 days of football during their summer break, covering 2,481.6km of Brazilian turf in the search for glory. Its not much of a holiday.The season will start in just over four weeks, giving those who lasted the distance at most a couple of weeks away before the grind of pre-season kicks in. Expect another fortnight before the usual moans of player fatigue commence. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – DeAndre Yedlin linked to Roma and Liverpool after World Cup success

Seattle Sounders defender impressed in Brazil Roma have established links with Major League SoccerSeveral of the USA World Cup players returned to Major League Soccer action this weekend, many to heroes’ welcomes. For some, the rumour mill was already churning.Seattle’s 20-year-old home-grown prodigy DeAndre Yedlin, whose fearless substitute performances as a speedy attacking right-back caught the eye in Brazil, has been the subject of a number of enquiries. The Sounders’ general manager, Adrian Hanauer, acknowledged lots of interest in the player and felt obliged to point out that Yedlin was in Seattle for now. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Players union calls for Luis Suárez to receive serious treatment

Fifpro wants striker to get help for off-field issues Union say Suátezs right to work is being infringedThe international players union FifPro has questioned why Luis Surezs four-month ban from all football for biting an opponent does not include serious treatment to help the striker deal with his problem. His attack on Italys Giorgio Chiellini was the third time in four years that he has bitten an opponent.The union is also concerned that Liverpool have been affected by the ban and have said Surezs right to work was also being infringed. Continue reading…

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