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Hummels backs ‘orange cards’ and crackdown on time wasting



The Bayern Munich defender offered his opinion on FIFA technical director Marco van Basten’s suggested rule changes in an interview with Goal

Mats Hummels has stated his support for introducing ‘orange cards’ in football as well as cracking down on time wasting.

FIFA technical director Marco van Basten recently suggested changes to a number of the game’s rules in a bid to improve the quality and entertainment value of matches.

They included the abolition of offsides and alterations to the structure of penalty shootouts as well as new disciplinary measures.

When asked about the proposals by Goal, Bayern Munich defender Hummels was most supportive of so-called orange cards – a middle ground between yellow and red cards that would see players sent off for a set period of time, rather than the rest of the match – and new measures to eliminate attempts to run down the clock.

Marco van Basten

« Timed penalties [off the pitch as punishment] are an option, I think that’s not a bad idea, » Hummels said. « Of all the proposals, this could be the best to implement. »

On time wasting, he added: « I think we need to start to punish time wasting more rigorously, for example with more additional time or earlier yellow cards. We had some opponents this year which started time wasting in the 15th minute.

« If referees were willing to show a yellow card after 20 minutes, the issue would have been settled and the player who did it could not do it again. But currently it is often the case that the refs wait until the 87th minute to show a card. »

The German also admitted he would like to see referees given video assistance in order to reduce officiating errors.

« A video referee is useful for sure, » Hummels said. « Some people may say wrong decisions belong in football, but if a final is decided in the 90th minute by a wrong decision, for me that is not a fair result. A mistake decided the game.

« If we talk about that, I would be delighted If I would know you can watch the replay afterwards. And if [there is not enough evidence] to overturn the decision which was made you just retain the original call. In my eyes that’s quite simple. »

Two ideas Hummels was less supportive of were a transformation of penalty shootouts and the abandonment of the offside rule.

Van Basten pondered the viability of introducing a style of shootout previously seen in MLS, where players have eight seconds to run at the goalkeeper from 25 yards out and shoot.

« The shootout [proposal] is an idea, but I don’t know if that would make any difference in contrast to penalties and in a few years’ time we would be thinking about something new again, » Hummels opined.

« You could do that, but actually penalties already offer a lot of drama. »

On getting rid of offsides, the centre-back said: « No, that makes no sense.


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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches



Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw



With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »



Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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