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    German FA say two officials who taunted the Sweden bench will not be allowed pitchside

    The German Football Association (DFB) has said two team officials will not have access to the pitch at their final World Cup Group F match against South Korea after their 'unsportsmanlike' behaviour in the game against Sweden.Team media officer Ulrich Voigt and the director of the DFB office for the national team, Georg Behlau, had charged towards the Sweden bench pumping their fists when Toni Kroos' stoppage-time goal gave Germany a 2-1 victory on Saturday.The enraged Swedish coaching staff and reserve players then stood up and immediately confronted them, shoving them back towards their technical area. Emotions ran high following ...

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    Allan McGregor's arrival at Rangers fires me up to prove I'm No 1 for Scotland, says Craig Gordon

    In an age when an all-seeing eye seems to cast its gaze across the globe, being out of sight and out of mind is nigh on impossible.Allan McGregor was hardly likely to fall off the face of the earth in a football sense when he joined Hull City five years ago.Without question, though, the goalkeeper's decision to return to Rangers this summer significantly increases his visibility in the game. Allan McGregor's return to Rangers this summer has given Craig Gordon reason to worry The Celtic stopper knows McGregor playing in Scotland will enhance national team chances The implications for Craig ...

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    VAR caused the referee more problems than answers during Portugal's draw with Iran

    VAR was given a real test in the Portugal-Iran game. It seemed to cause Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres more problems than answers.Players demanded reviews, penalties were awarded and Ronaldo got a yellow card for an off the ball clash.FIFA must review this game quickly and come up with some answers for referees who look like being confronted by mass dissent with every VAR review. They must also impose sanctions and fines against Iran even though they are going home after drawing this match. VAR seemed to cause referee Enrique Caceres more problems than answers on Monday night The Paraguayan referee ...

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    Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack slams Motherwell's Cedric Kipre for 'shocking' challenge

    Ryan Jack has slammed Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre for the 'shocking' challenge that cost him six months of his Rangers career.The midfielder's debut season at Ibrox was ended on December 27 when a clash with Kipre in a Premiership meeting left Jack with knee ligament damage.The following day, former Rangers manager Graeme Murty cleared the Fir Park centre-back of blame and described the incident - which wasn't punished by referee John Beaton - as a 'coming together'. Ryan Jack's first season at Rangers was brought to an abrupt halt by a knee ligament injury Jack, however, has now broken his silence ...

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    Iranian women were allowed to watch Portugal clash on big screen in Tehran despite ban

    Iranian women were allowed to watch their national team playing in their World Cup match against Portugal on a big screen in a Tehran stadium on Monday, Iran's ISNA news agency reported, despite a ban backed by hardliners.Since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, women have been barred from attending male football matches, based partly on the idea that they should be shielded from hearing male fans swearing and cursing.'Those individuals and families who have bought tickets, can attend the stadium to watch the World Cup game live,' ISNA quoted a statement published by Tehran's governor office. Iranian women were allowed to ...

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    Fernando Hierro insists Spain were 'lucky' to top the group after leaking five goals in three games

    Spain may have scraped fortuitously into the World Cup last 16 but they should not be conceding so many goals and must improve, said coach Fernando Hierro after Monday's 2-2 draw with Morocco.Substitute Iago Aspas scored in stoppage-time to earn Spain a point against the North Africans which gave them top spot in Group B and a knockout game next against hosts Russia.'Morocco are an excellent team who had lost two matches 1-0, while deserving much more, and this entire group was very tough for us. But despite the challenges we faced, we have emerged on top and we must ...

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    West Brom slap £20m price tag on defender Craig Dawson after rejecting £12m bid from West Ham

    West Ham have seen a £12million bid for defender Craig Dawson rejected by West Bromwich Albion.Dawson is subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs, including Burnley, but West Brom are holding out for a substantial fee.The 28-year-old, who can play at right-back but prefers central defence, was one of the few West Brom players who enjoyed a good season and the club want £20m. Defender Craig Dawson is subject of interest from a number of Premier League clubs That price is not deterring sides from enquiring but West Ham will have to raise their opening offer significantly.West ...

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    Portugal boss Fernando Santos dismisses VAR decisions, insists team have 'weapons' to beat Uruguay

    Portugal boss Fernando Santos brushed aside various VAR decisions and a sub-par performance from Cristiano Ronaldo to stress his players achieved their goal by qualifying for the World Cup last 16.The 1-1 draw with Iran, combined with Spain's 2-2 draw with Morocco and an earlier win for Uruguay over hosts Russia in Group A, means Portugal will play Uruguay in Sochi on June 30, while Group B winners Spain will face Russia in Moscow on July 1.'The important thing is to think about the [round of 16] match, think about the game, get to know your adversaries and then to ...

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    Brazil players greeted as they arrive in Moscow for Serbia clash

    Brazil may not have set the 2018 World Cup alight on the field yet, but their fans are doing their best to brighten the tournament up.The Brazilian squad arrived in Moscow on Monday night ahead of their final Group E game against Serbia at the Spartak Stadium. They were greeted by a huge group of Brazilian supporters, lighting up the dark streets with a sea of green and yellow. The Brazilian squad arrived in Moscow on Monday night ahead of their final Group E game Brazil’s yellow bird mascot, Canarinho, was also present, getting up close to Neymar They were greeted ...

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    Iceland boss confident that his side can make it through to last-16 stage of World Cup

    Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson has described the nation as having 'optimism in the genes' ahead of Tuesday's attempt to make the last 16 of the World Cup.The 51-year-old has also emphasised he is in no doubt that pulling off the feat would rank as the biggest success in Icelandic football history.Tuesday evening's concluding round of Group D fixtures sees Iceland, who are at a World Cup finals for the first time, face already-qualified leaders Croatia, while Argentina take on Nigeria. Iceland boss Heimir Hallgrimsson is optimistic that his side can progress to the last-16  And Iceland need a win to ...

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    Iran manager Carlos Queiroz hits out at VAR after Cristiano Ronaldo escapes red card in Portugal tie

    Iran manager Carlos Queiroz has hit out at VAR after referee Enrique Caceres decided against sending Cristiano Ronaldo off for apparently elbowing Morteza Pouraliganji.Ronaldo was eventually shown a yellow for the clumsy incident but Iran's Portuguese manager was less than happy with the outcome on Monday evening.The former Portugal boss insisted that the system needs to be more transparent after it dominated the headlines after the game. Iran boss Carlos Queiroz has hit out at VAR after a series of controversial decisions on Monday Cristiano Ronaldo (C) escaped a red card for apparently elbowing Iran's Morteza Pouraliganji Referee Enrique Caceres failed to ...

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    Government to launch review into safe standing as Crouch condemns abuse

    The government will launch a review into safe standing following a debate at which sports minister Tracey Crouch revealed she had been subjected to threats of physical and sexual violence.Crouch came under fire earlier this year when she refused West Bromwich Albion's request to install rail seats at The Hawthorns and claimed that those in favour of allowing standing were a 'vocal minority'.That decision prompted a petition, which attracted more than 100,000 signatures and triggered the talk at Westminster Hall. The government will launch a review into safe standing following a debate at Westminster Hall An emotional Crouch promised a review ...

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    Gerard Pique should have seen red against Morocco for rash tackle, says pundit Leon Osman

    Television pundits Leon Osman and Joleen Lescott were left questioning how Gerard Pique's two-footed challenge avoided a red card - or even a referral to the Video Assistant Referee [VAR] - against Morocco. The Barcelona defender flew in, off the ground, into Morocco's Khalid Boutaib but escaped any punishment from Uzbekistan referee Ravshan Irmatov. But speaking after Spain salvaged a 2-2 draw against the African side in the final moments, both Osman and Lescott felt the former Manchester United man was lucky to have remained on the pitch.    Gerard Pique has been criticised for his rash challenge on Morocco forward Khalid Boutaib The Barcelona ...

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    Egypt manager Hector Cuper believes Mohamed Salah will play on

    Egypt coach Hector Cuper has dismissed suggestions that Mohamed Salah is set to quit international football.Liverpool forward Salah is reportedly unhappy with the Egyptian FA at being used for political ends, including being pictured with controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a man accused of numerous human rights violations.Egypt were based in the Chechen capital Grozny during the World Cup, with Kadyrov making Salah an honorary citizen of the Russian republic. Egypt coach Hector Cuper has dismissed idea Mohamed Salah may quit international football Salah scored as Egypt were beaten 2-1 by Saudi Arabia to end a miserable World Cup Cuper ...

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    Argentina’s big players must step up against Nigeria

    The final round of group games is underway with Spain, Portugal, Uruguay and Russia securing their places in the last 16.Tuesday sees the climax of Groups C and D with Lionel Messi and Argentina hoping to save their campaign against Nigeria while France look to make it three wins from three and finish top. Here Sportsmail's CHRIS SUTTON gives his verdict ahead of an another action-packed day of World Cup football in Russia. Lionel Messi (right) and Sergio Aguero must step up when Argentina face Nigeria on TuesdayAustralia vs PeruGroup C - 3pm in Sochi  Peru lost narrowly to France and were ...

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