Terry still sidelined by knee injury

Updated 21 December 2012
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Terry still sidelined by knee injury

LONDON: Chelsea captain John Terry is doubtful for the club’s busy holiday schedule after being ruled out of the Premier League trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.
Terry injured his knee against Liverpool last month in his first game back after serving a four-game ban and is still to feature under new manager Rafa Benitez.
The injury, which also ruled Terry out of the World Club Cup in Japan last week, is proving more complicated than first thought, Benitez told a news conference on Friday.
“The knee is quite complicated,” Benitez said. “At least he’s now on the pitch — that is positive news — but we cannot say, we cannot predict how long it will take.” “I hope so but I am not a doctor,” added the Spaniard when asked whether Terry might return to face Norwich City on Boxing Day. “I cannot guarantee anything.”


FIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran

Updated 18 July 2019
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FIFA claims progress in letting women attend games in Iran

  • Iran will host their first World Cup qualifier in October
  • FIFA wants the issue of women attending men’s games to be resolved before the game

ZURICH: FIFA says Iran’s football federation supports letting women attend 2022 World Cup qualifying games of its men’s national team, though government approval is still needed.
FIFA is working with Iranian authorities to overcome a ban on women entering stadiums for men’s games since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Some women were allowed to watch the Asian Champions League final in Tehran last November when FIFA President Gianni Infantino also attended.
FIFA wants the issue resolved before Oct. 10 when Iran — the top-ranked team in Asia — hosts its first home World Cup qualifier against Cambodia. The next is March 26 against Hong Kong.
Football’s world body says Iran federation president Mehdi Taj has replied to Infantino saying “the matter has been taken up directly with the minister of sports and youth.”