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.
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.
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.
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.
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