Uruguay: Suarez “Not Ruled Out” for World Cup
The Uruguayan Football Association says star Luis Suarez may still play in the World Cup despite undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.
Suarez underwent arthroscopic knee surgery to repair damage to the meniscus in his left knee. Though it is considered a minor procedure, it raises question about his readiness for Uruguay’s opener on June 14 against Costa Rica.
Uruguayan media reports claim the operation was a success, and the Liverpool star says he’ll be ready for the tournament. Healing time for such procedures is usually between 15 days and a month.
“It would be a significant drop for Uruguay [if Suarez cannot play],” said Costa Rica goalie Keylor Navas according to AFP, “but everyone knows from where they select their forwards. They have forwards of high-level playing in major leagues, so they have options to replace him.”
Suarez scored three goals in the 2010 World Cup for a Uruguay team that finished fourth.
South Korean Demands Ignored
The South Korean Football Association continues to deny that it gave permission for Queens Park Rangers to keep one of its players during the country’s pre-World Cup camp.
According to Reuters, an official from South Korea says QPR manager Harry Redknapp was not permitted to keepfor the play-off match against Derby at the weekend. QPR are now back in the Premier League.
“For the past few days, QPR officials haven’t answered our calls. Redknapp’s comments make no sense at all.”
Yun was scheduled to arrive in South Korea on May 14.
The Korean FA said Yun is now joining the rest of the country’s 23-man squad in Brazil 2014 preparations at the National Football Center in Paju, reports The Korea Herald.
He was the last player to arrive at the NFC, as the country prepares for the June 12-July 13 tournament.
Dutch Adopt FIFA Technology
The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) became the first FIFA member association to adopt the body’s Domestic Transfer Matching System.
DTMS was created by FIFA to provide member associations with up to date information and technology services to make domestic transfer situations easier. The technology adheres to member associations regulations and consolidates all the necessary adherences in the platforms.
The system will go live in late 2014. Once it is available, member associations will be able to access DTMS along with FIFA’s International Transfer Matching System.
U.S. Soccer Partners with Bonzi
The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached an agreement with a sports solution and technology company to improve the quality of officiating in the United States.
Under the deal, the company will implement technology which will make it easier for referees to become certified and assigned.
“Our partnership with Bonzi reflects our mutual desire to create a connected system where information is seamlessly shared and available to our member organizations for the benefit of all who participate in the game of soccer,” said U.S. Soccer director of sport development Ryan Mooney.
Mooney added that one of Bonzi’s products already serves nearly half of the U.S.’s state referee associations.