Monday 19 February 2018

Premier League backs winter 2022 World Cup

The Premier League is close to an agreement for the 2022 World Cup to be switched to November and December, according to FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke.

Valcke, who is leading the review into whether the tournament in Qatar should be moved to the winter, confirmed that – barring unforeseen circumstances – it would be played at the end of 2022.

Meanwhile, an English Football Association plan to ban players for diving using video evidence has been blocked by the Premier League, Football League and elite referees.

LIMERICK REFS' STRIKE PUTS GAMES IN DOUBT

No junior football will be played on Shannonside for the second weekend running if the dispute between Limerick's referees and the Limerick District League's management committee (LDMC) is not resolved by Friday.

The Limerick Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society are effectively on strike because of a dispute over match expenses with the LDMC, which resulted in up to 30 matches scheduled for last weekend being cancelled.

It is understood that a meeting between all parties concerned and the FAI will take place tomorrow in an effort to resolve the impasse.

CARRICK INJURY BLOW FOR MANCHESTER UNITED

MICHAEL CARRICK is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after undergoing a procedure to resolve a persistent Achilles injury.

The 32-year-old, who has withdrawn from the England squad for the Wembley friendlies against Chile and Germany as a result of the problem, yesterday received an injection aimed at reducing the inflammation that has troubled him in recent weeks.

Danny Welbeck has also withdrawn from the England squad, while Robin van Persie has pulled out of the Dutch squad to face Japan and Colombia due to toe and groin injuries.

MEULENSTEEN IN POLE POSITION FOR PALACE

Crystal Palace are in negotiations with former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen as they close in on appointing a successor to Ian Holloway.

The previous favourite, Aitor Karanka, will be unveiled as the new Middlesbrough manager today.

RICE LEAVES ROVERS

SHAMROCK ROVERS' long- serving midfielder Stephen Rice is looking for a new club after the Hoops decided not to offer him a new contract.

Irish Independent

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