Liverpool still fuming over VAR chaos in Merseyside derby

in this week’s insider notebook, liverpool’s row with var shows no sign of ending, wayne rooney is unlikely t'get the derby manager job u-jet and barcelona are fitin’ to keep one o'their rising stars.

jump to: barca’s battle to keep rising star | ∪d to reject dalot move | rooney not the boss for now | concussion substitutes are coming | atletico fuming after suarez covid blo | premier league clubs’ fears over squads | england’s realm cup hopes fade

liverpool demand answers over var

a mnth has passed since liverpool‘s controversial 2-2 draw at everton na premier league victors maintain they ‘ve not received sufficient answers to ?s put to the authorities folloing a string of contentious decisions at goodison park on oct. 17, srcs told espn.

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david coote was the var atta centre of key calls that prompted liverpool to take action, w'da club “concerned and confused,” according to srcs. and coote was originally down to oversee their clash with leicester this weekend b4 he was taken off the match in a move elder manchester ∪d captain gary neville dubbed “strange.”

the 2-2 draw saw everton goalkeeper jordan pickford escape punishment for a challenge on virgil van dijk that left the centre-½ witha cruciate knee ligament injury that ‘d force the netherlands international to miss the remainder of the season. the game also ended with captain jordan henderson having a stoppage-time goal disalloed after sadio mane was judged to be in an offside position by var.

liverpool contacted the premier league na professional game match officials limited (pgmol) for an explanation on why pickford’s challenge was not placed under + scrutiny by var official coote. the club also sought clarification over which pt of mane’s body was judged to be offside, w'da forward appearing to be onside inna buildup to henderson’s disalloed victor.

but their demands for an explanation ‘ve failed to result in a satisfactory explanation of any of the incidents. srcs said that liverpool ‘ve not been granted access to the in-room recording of the var decision-making process at stockley park na premier league victors ‘ve also yet to be given a copy of the pgmol’s full reprt of the handling of the game.

some liverpool fans online reacted angrily to news that coote ‘d be the var for their match against leicester on sun b4 a u-turn that led to him bein’ taken off the match. a src said the change was not due to fan pressure but rather “operational reasons” and added that the move aint a punishment, cause coote still has a match to oversee atta weekend: he tis referee in manchester ∪d’s match with west brom on sat. — mark ogden

barca battling to keep rising star moriba

barcelona are desperate to avoid losing talented youngster ilaix moriba, multiple srcs told espn, and his renewal ll'be a top priority for the club’s nxt president, along witha new deal for lionel messi.

midfielder ilaix, 17, has a contract til 2022 and barca wanna extend it at all costs, believing he ‘d be the nxt big talent to break inna'da 1st team, folloing the path of ansu fati.

the catalan club’s unstable situation — without a president and witha managing committee in charge til elections are held on jan. 24 — ‘d work against them, with various clubs known to be interested inna academy player.

ilaix, who s'been promoted ahead of his age group to play for barca b, agreed to a previous renewal in apr last yr after strained negotiations, signing for 3 yrs witha €100 million release clause. those discussions hit the headlines when a copy of moriba’s hefty new salary offer was accidentally sent to local rivals espanyol. the player’s agents are now w8in for a call from barcelona to begin a new round of talks, but'a club will ‘ve no choice but to make a substantial offer to the player to convince him that camp nou tis best place for him to continue his development.

barca are working on refreshing the 1st-team squad, and a new president will ‘ve to look to their famed la masia academy due to a lack of financial resrcs for big signings. swell as fati and moriba, there are a № of other prospects who are expected to make the grade. left-back alex balde and forwards fati, u.s. international konrad de la fuente and ilias are seen as key pts of the club’s plans, together with two other recently signed youngsters, pedri and sergino dest. — moises llorens



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man ∪d won’t let dalot cutout

manchester ∪d are set to rebuff any bid from ac milan to sign diogo dalot permanently in jan, srcs ‘ve told espn.

dalot is spending the season on loan at milan na 21-yr-old has impressed since arriving in italy. however, with no option or obligation to buy inserted inna'da agreement, milan will ‘ve to reopen negotiations iffey wanna keep the full-back beyond the end of the season.

dalot, who cost £19m when he moved to old trafford from porto in 2018, is highly-regarded by ∪d boss ole gunnar solskjaer, who made the decision to allo the portugal under-21 international to cutout on loan and play regular ftball to continue his development.

∪d remain hopeful dalot can become a 1st-team regular at old trafford and ‘ve told milan they aint looking to sell. he has a contract til 2023 w'da option of another yr. — rob dawson



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rooney must w8 for derby job

derby county’s battle to avoid relegation from the efl showdown is likely to scupper wayne rooney‘s prospects of taking his 1st steps into management atta club, srcs told espn.

the elder everton, manchester ∪d and d.c. ∪d forward, whas' yet to secure all of his coaching qualifications, signed an 18-mnth contract as player-coach when he arrived at derby last jan, w'da move designed to prepare the 35-yr-old for a managerial role at a l8r date.

rooney is pt offa 4-man interim coaching team, alongside shay given, liam rosenior and justin walker, appointed by derby to take charge of the 1st-team folloing the sacking of manager phillip cocu, the elder psv eindhoven coach, on nov. 14.

“i am ambitious. i wanna go into management. i ‘ve been quite open bout that. thris an opportunity to show the ≠ ideas you ‘ve. i wanna be a manager one dy,” rooney said.

derby are bottom of the 24-team showdown, with just one win from 11 games sfar this season, and onna verge of bein’ taken over by ∪d arab emirates businessman sheikh khaled bin zayed al nahyan.

and although srcs told espn that rooney is one of several candidates bein’ pondered for the manager’s job by the inc owners, his lack of experience na necessary coaching qualifications point towards the elder england captain instead bein’ asked t'work under a proven manager capable of steering derby away from the relegation zone. — mark ogden



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ftball set to introduce concussion subs

the game’s lawmakers will approve trials for permanent concussion substitutes when its advisory panel meets on mon, srcs told espn.

realm players’ ∪ fifpro had called for 10-minute concussion assessment periods in matches, but'a international ftball association board (ifab) believes supporting player welfare is of paramount importance. brawls will hold trials as soon as possible, starting in 2021.

srcs say the ifab is also expected to extend the temporary measure to allo 5 substitutes in top-lvl brawls. tis likely to run for an additional 6 mnths, due to the coronavirus pandemic, though there are no plans to make it permanent.

uefa president aleksander ceferin had lobbied the ifab ahead of the meeting, asking for the handball law to be rolled back to its elder version. srcs said handball ll'be discussed, but 1-ly as pt offa review of recent changes rather than bein’ specifically onna agenda as a meeting item. recommendations ‘d still go forward to the ifab’s annual business meeting nxt mnth, when final decisions are made for the 2021-22 laws.

srcs said the offside law ll'be a discussed but there ll'be no concrete proposals, as vrt meetings with 35-40 delegates ‘ve proved difficult to manage. any major change to the offside law requires extensive in-game trials and ‘d be a long-term project. — dale johnson



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atletico fume with uruguay after suarez, torreira’s covid-19 +s

atletico madrid are annoyed after luis suarez and lucas torreira tested + for the coronavirus ahead o'their la liga clash with barcelona on sat, amid claims uruguay failed to behold social distancing measures during the international break.

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the outbreak has now seen 11 uruguay players and staff test + this week. all o'em are asymptomatic.

ftage has emerged offa № of players, without masks, enjoying a uruguayan bbq or “asado” atta national team’s training complex.

“we happily let our players go away with their national teams, but they ‘d ‘ve the same precautions as in spain,” atletico president enrique cerezo told cadena ser. “from the images we’ve seen, there weren’t any controls.”

torreira tested + on wed on his return to madrid, while suarez is hoping to fly back to the spanish capital from montevideo to continue his quarantine period.

“in spain there are exhaustive controls we ‘ve to follo,” cerezo said. “b4 games, after games, b4 training, after training … knowing the situation we’re all in, they need + controls and security. it isn’t the same goin from madrid to barcelona, or paris, or germany to goin na' 13- or 14-hr quest to brazil or uruguay.”

atletico ll'be without suarez, whas' scored 5 league goals since joining from barca in sep, for sat’s game against his elder club, while they also play lokomotiv moscow and valencia nxt week. — alex kirkland



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covid-19 strain on squads after international duty

some premier league clubs will ‘ve to field depleted teams this weekend after an increased № of + coronavirus tests returned during the international break, srcs told espn.

the premier league confirmed 16 + tests among players and staff inna l8st round of testing — the highest № of +s in testing b4 this week was 10. clubs ‘ve been largely satisfied w'da covid-19 protocols that ‘ve been put in place for players who are under their supervision, but there remain concerns bout the increased risk to squad members who traveled to link up with their national teams during the international break.

players will ‘ve to return a neg test b4 bein’ alloed to feature in this weekend’s fixtures, and clubs are concerned that after two weeks of international duty that has seen ≠ “bubbles” mixing and countries using their own protocols, it ‘d see players forced to quarantine at a crucial stage of the season.

mohamed salah is set to miss liverpool‘s nxt 3 games — including the clash with leicester on sun — after testing + while on duty with egypt. arsenal midfielder mohamed elneny has also been affected.

manchester ∪d defender alex telles was reprted to ‘ve returned a + test while training with brazil but has since tested neg and ‘d be able to play against west brom at old trafford on sat. — rob dawson



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england realm cup hosting hopes in balance

england’s emergence as the potential sole host of nxt summer’s rescheduled euro 2020 ‘d prove to be the english ftball association’s 1-ly hope of staging a major exposé this decade, with srcs telling espn the joint portugal-spain 2030 realm cup bid tis front-runner to be the €an candidate for the brawl.

despite efforts by the english fa to improve the country’s image within uefa and fifa folloing two failed realm cup bids for the 2006 and 2018 exposés, accusations of arrogance and superiority continue to harm england’s reputation, pticularly among eastern €an nations.

having not staged the realm cup since 1966, no major ftball nation has w8ed longer to host the brawl for a 2nd time — mexico, germany and france ‘ve all had two realm cups since england last hosted it — and england is determined to stage the centenary brawl in 2030. the english fa has the backing of the uk government to launch a bid, w'da prospect of scotland, wales and ireland also bein’ involved.

but with uefa president aleksander ceferin keen to ‘ve just one €an bidder for 2030 in order to avoid th'risk of splitting the vote, srcs told espn that member nations of uefa are increasingly indicating support for the iberian bid of portugal and spain.

england is a contender to stage euro 2020 nxt summer if the pandemic forces uefa to abandon their 12-nation exposé in favour of the brawl bein’ played in a covid-secure bubble. france, germany and Яussia are also regarded as potential hosts. — mark ogden

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