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UEFA introduces new rule to allow new players represent new clubs

UEFA has changed their ruling in order to allow players represent two different clubs in the same European cup competition from next season.

The current ruling enforces that January signings cannot play for a second club in the Champions League or Europa League if they have already featured in that competition, but by next season a club may register three new eligible players without any restrictions after the group stage.

“This is in line with the existing regulatory situation in the different domestic leagues,” UEFA added, “which does not impose restrictions on the eligibility for competitions of players registered for a new club during the winter transfer window.”

The current ruling saw FC Barcelona being unable to select Philippe Coutinho for their Champions League knockout ties because he featured earlier in the competition for Liverpool.

The same goes for Arsenal as striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot play for the Gunners in their Europa League campaign because they were in the same competition as Borussia Dortmund, for whom he played in the Champions League before Christmas.

Other ruling UEFA added include the allowance of a fourth substitute but only in extra time of knockout ties, while up to 12 substitutes can be named in the finals — meaning that teams contesting the Champions League and Europa League finals, plus the UEFA Super Cup, can name a matchday squad of 23 players instead of the 18 allowed in the rest of the competition.

Additionally, a number of Champions League group games will kick off earlier — at 17:55 BST/GMT, although all knockout ties will keep with their kick off time at 20:00 BST/GMT.

As for the Europa League, matches from the group stage until the last 16 will kick off at 17:55 and 20:00. Starting from the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, fixtures will all kick off at 20:00.

Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher aplogises for spitting incident

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has apologised after a video recorded showed the former England and Liverpool defender spitting towards a girl in a car from his own vehicle.

In a tweet on Sunday night Carragher wrote: “Totally out of order & Ive apologised personally to all the family this evening. I was goaded 3/4 times along the motorway while being filmed & lost my rag. No excuse apologies.”

However, in spite of his apology a spokesperson for Sky reprimanded the former Liverpool defender as Sky Sports holding talks over his future at the moment, saying: “It’s unacceptable behaviour and we will be addressing it with Jamie.”

The incident, which was caught on a mobile phone and obtained by the Daily Mirror, came following the Saturday lunchtime match at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Liverpool, with Carragher winding down his window and spitting towards another car carrying a teenage girl.

The girl, a 14-year-old United supporter was in the passenger seat while her father was driving and talking to the former England defender about the game.

In the video, Carragher exchanges waves with the girl’s dad. Carragher winds down his window while the girl’s dad winds down his passenger side window. The dad can then be heard repeatedly shouting: “Unlucky Jamie lad. Two, one.”

Carragher is heard to say: “All right”, before spitting at the car alongside his. The incident, recorded by the girl’s father, ends with the daughter saying to her dad that Carragher’s spittle had hit her in the face.

Carragher, 40, is due to front the Monday Night Football programme as Sky’s cameras travel to Stoke v Manchester City but much will depend on the outcome of Monday’s meetings.

Brazil national team doctor: Neymar facing up to 3 months out

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain vs Olympique de Marseille – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – February 25, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar lies on the pitch after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on Saturday, according to the Brazilian national team’s doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

The forward suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in PSG’s Sunday Ligue 1 win over Marseille.

Lasmar has said that Neymar would be resigned to the lengthy lay-off after the 26-year-old was carried off nine minutes from the end of his side’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.

“Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone,” Lasmar said. “The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months. That depends a lot on his post-surgery recovery. We will have more details after the procedure.”

“Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible.”

The injury had also since been confirmed by PSG: “After tests, and with the player’s agreement, it has been decided that surgery is the best option,” the club said. “He will be operated on in Brazil at the end of the week.”

Both club’s decision and national team made a joint decision in taking the surgical route after “three days of planned care”.

Nevertheless, the injury lay-off means that Neymar would be absent for the rest of PSG’s domestic season as he is only expected to return to fitness just weeks before Brazil’s World Cup campaign.