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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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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez ‘exhibits behaviour of a frustrated child’ by biting

Emotion rather than reason triggers infantile biting say psychologists, who are urging the striker to seek helpIn apparently biting the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini on Tuesday, Luis Surez exhibited the behaviour of a frustrated child unable to control his emotions, according to psychologists, who urged the Uruguay and Liverpool forward to seek professional help.After biting opponents on two previous occasions, in Holland and England, Surez was given lengthy bans of seven and 10 matches respectively, which added to the shock that he would risk such a punishment again by transgressing in front of the cameras in such a high-profile match. Fifa, football’s world governing body, said on Wednesday morning that it opened a disciplinary case against the player. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Luis Suárez set to lose endorsement deal with poker firm over bite

888poker reviewing relationship with Uruguay striker Fifa have launched inquiry after latest biting allegations Paolo Bandini: third bite is the deepest for SuárezPoker brand 888 is reviewing its sponsorship deal with Luis Surez after the Uruguay striker was accused of biting Italys Giorgio Chiellini.The Liverpool forward became one of the online gambling firms official worldwide ambassadors last month, with Itai Pazner, a senior vice-president, calling him an incredible sporting talent passionate, competitive, technically gifted, and emotionally invested in the game. Its those qualities that make him an exciting player to watch, in poker as well as football. Its fantastic to have him on board.Following recent allegations made against Luis Surez, we are reviewing our relationship with him. We will not tolerate unsporting behavior. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Newspapers gnash their teeth in reporting England’s World Cup defeat

The picture on today’s front pages of The Times and The Independent of Luis Suarez consoling Steven Gerrard at the end of the World Cup match summed up the game’s emotional drama. The Liverpool player who had destroyed England’s World Cup dreams with two goals was reaching out to a Liverpool player for whom the result was a nightmare. It was such a good photograph it was surprising others didn’t leap on it too.”Don’t cry, Kai. If Italy beat Costa Rica today… then Suarez & Co lose to Italy.. and Daddy scores a couple (or maybe more) against Costa Rica…” Continue reading…

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