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Second meeting of Concussion Expert Group recommends trials of additional permanent substitutions

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Constructive discussions and recommendations concluded today’s second meeting of the Concussion Expert Group (CEG), consisting of medical concussion experts, team doctors, player representatives, coaches, competition organisers and refereeing and Laws of the Game experts. The meeting was chaired by Jonathan Ford, the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales and a member of The IFAB Board of Directors.

ECA reiterates need for player and club protection in upcoming international matches

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The decisions made on 1 October by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, which will see emergency measures relating to the release of players for upcoming national team matches extended, provide comfort to players and releasing clubs but reiterate the need for heightened stakeholder awareness and further considerations in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Evans’ hunger to help providing a boost for Pacific football

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If passion and raw enthusiasm for growing women’s football is any gauge, then the Pacific is set to richly benefit from Emma Evans. Appointed as OFC’s Women’s Football Development Officer in early 2019, Evans has set about developing the women’s game right across the Pacific from the ground up.

FA statement following formal complaint at Wycombe Wanderers v Fleetwood Town match

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On 08 July 2020, The FA received a formal complaint from Wycombe Wanderers FC (WWFC) in relation to a potentially discriminatory comment made by a member of Fleetwood Town FC (FTFC) during the clubs’ EFL League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg on 06 July 2020. It was alleged that the member of FTFC had referred to a WWFC player as a “fat water buffalo”.

P&G to support Para athletes’ community work

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International Paralympic Committee (IPC) partner Procter & Gamble (P&) has launched an initiative that awards 52 grants worth USD 10,000 (EUR 8,452) each to support an athlete’s charitable cause and help advance their work in the community.

Bosnian union secures player salaries with special campaign

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Bosnian player union SPFBiH came to the rescue when an owner left a prominent club and its players in serious problems. The union managed to safe a significant part of players’ salaries, supported new ownership for the club and helped change disciplinary regulations.

FIFPRO publishes covid-19 recovery recommendations

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FIFPRO is today publishing a set of recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the professional football industry during the pandemic, at the same time as protecting jobs, careers and the wellbeing of players.

EU Athletes supports Belarusian athletes and calls for the release of Yelena Leuchanka

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EU Athletes share serious concerns expressed by the international community regarding the situation in Belarus. We stand in solidarity with nearly 700 athletes and other persons from Belarusian sport who have called for, among others, new elections, end to police violence and assistance to all victims of illegal actions of the regime in their open letter[1]. The Free Union of Athletes has become a source of inspiration for the protests, despite the risks for their profesional and personal situations and safety.

NWHL and NWHL Players' Association unite with Power the Polls

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On National Voter Registration Day, the National Women’s Hockey League and the NWHL Players’ Association have unveiled “NWHL Votes” – a league-wide, non-partisan initiative to inspire fans, staff, players, and everyone in the close-knit hockey community to register to vote and to participate in the upcoming elections on November 3.

FIFA and European Commission working together to take action against racism

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The European Commission launched its new Anti-Racism Action Plan in Belgium on Friday with the support of FIFA. Unveiled during a local girls’ team’s training session at the Sippelberg Stadium in Molenbeek, the action plan outlines how the Commission plans to readdress inequalities in European society.

IOC statement on the execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran

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The execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran is very sad news. The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. In letters, Thomas Bach, the IOC President, had made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Piutau appeal dismissed

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Bristol Bears' Siale Piutau appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Thursday 10 September. He appealed his three match suspension, which was given for punching or striking Worcester Warriors' Andrew Kitchener contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.

Kitchener and Piutau accept disciplinary charges

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Kitchener was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 79th minute of the match between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears on Friday 4 September 2020. Piutau was cited by independent citing commissioner Tony Diprose following the same match. In both cases this was for punching or striking, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.

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