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Morocco decision to play Amrabat after
concussion ‘questionable’: FIFA

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- FIFA has described Morocco’s decision to allow winger Nordin Amrabat to play only five days after suffering concussion as “questionable”.

Amrabat spent a night in hospital and complained of memory loss after receiving a heavy head knock in Morocco’s 1-0 loss to Iran in their World Cup opener last Friday.

But he played the full 90 minutes as his team again lost 1-0 to Portugal in Moscow on Wednesday, a result that ended the African side’s chances of advancing to the tournament’s knockout stage.

“Following the questionable handling of the concussion incident involving the Moroccan player Amrabat during the Morocco-Iran match, FIFA wrote to the Moroccan team doctor to remind him of the importance to adhere to the guidelines that have been communicated,” FIFA said in a statement.

“While the assessment and case management of concussion incidents falls under the sole responsibility of the respective team doctors, FIFA will address this matter with the Moroccan FA and, speaking in general terms, FIFA will monitor closely this matter throughout the competition,” it added.

FIFA guidelines recommend a minimum rest of six days for players who suffer concussion. After Wednesday’s match, Morocco manager Herve Renard described Amrabat as a “warrior” and said the team’s medical staff had deemed him fit to play.

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UPDATE:

Colombian police probe death threats against midfielder Sanchez 

BOGOTA Colombia (Xinhua) -- Colombian police have launched an investigation into death threats against midfielder Carlos Sanchez after the national team’s 2-1 loss to Japan in their opening FIFA World Cup match in Russia.

News of the probe comes 24 years after the death of former Colombia defender Andres Escobar, who was gunned down in Medellín just days after scoring an own goal in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Sanchez was sent off in the third minute of Tuesday’s match in Saransk for blocking a Shinji Kagawa shot with his arm inside the penalty area.

Kagawa converted the resultant penalty and Japan capitalized on their numerical advantage to avenge a 4-1 defeat to the same opponents at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The threats were posted on Twitter, with some alluding to Escobar’s murder. According Colombia’s Blu Radio, Police assigned a special cyber crime unit to investigate the messages.

Sanchez, who has been capped 80 times for his country, will miss Colombia’s second group match against Poland on Sunday because of a one-match ban.

           

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