Daily Archives: August 5, 2016

French player Jeremy Menez loses part of ear in friendly

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Pic (left:) Menez tangles with Didier Ndong, (right:) Menez leave the pitch with medics in tow.

Bordeaux striker Jeremy Menez has underwent surgery after losing part of the top of his right year in his debut for the French Ligue 1 club.

Mene, 29, joined Bordeaux from AC Milan just three days before the game.

He went to the ground following an air battle with Lorient midfielder Didier Ndong 15 minutes into the match. Ndong’s left foot then accidentally made contact with Menez’s ear. Menez was taken off the pitch immediately.

“Jeremy was operated on under local anaesthesia on Wednesday night to sew up his ear,” Bordeaux said after the game.

“We wish a speedy recovery to our player and hope to see him back soon.”

Ndong, a Gabon international, apologised for the injury inflicted on Menez, saying it was “absolutely unintentional”.

“I apologise to Jeremy Menez, and to Bordeaux. I’m giving [Menez] my full support over the next few days and hopefully I will see him back in Ligue 1 action soon,” he said in a statement posted on Lorient’s website.

Bordeaux, who won 3-1, said no date had been set for the 29-year-old Menez’s return. The club’s first league game is on 13 August against St Étienne.

Menez last played for France in 2013 and has 24 caps. He signed a three-year deal with Bordeaux after two seasons in the Serie A, having scored 18 goals in 43 league matches for Milan. He has also played for Monaco, Roma and Paris Saint-Germain previously.


West Ham United defeats Domzale in new home stadium

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Cheikhou Kouyate scored twice for West Ham United as the Hammers begin life at the Olympic Stadium.

West Ham swapped Upton Park – their home for the past 112 years – in the summer, for the stadium that hosted athletics at London 2012.

However, the Premier League team had no trouble adjusting to new surroundings as they defeated NK Domzale by 3-0 (4-2 on aggregate) to advance to the Europa League playoff stages.

The London club had trailed 2-1 from the first leg, but they lead on the away goal rule after Kouyate’s eighth minute goal. They increased their lead as Kouyate scored a low finish for his second goal, and as Sofiane Feghouli added the third just after 80 minutes.

Slaven Billic, manager of West Ham, took the result as a positive start.

“It was difficult psychologically for us but for the stage we are at we played really well,” he said. “We were fit, aggressive and played good football.”

“We could have scored more goals, but it was a very mature performance. We played badly in the first leg but a week later we are fresher and closer to the season.”

“It was more than I expected,” he praised the new stadium. “The atmosphere is loud. You can hear them. There is no point comparing it to Upton Park.”

West Ham will now join 43 other clubs in Friday’s play-off round draw, which includes 15 losers from the 2016-17 Champions League third qualifying round.



Mourinho’s treatment of Schweinsteiger collectively scorned

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Jose Mourinho’s treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger had been condemned collectively.

Schweinsteiger, 32, was an important player Germany’s World Cup winning squad, but is now reportedly training with Manchester United’s reserves players.

He had already been informed that he will not feature in new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans, and was not among the 22 players used by Mourinho in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial on Wednesday.

Among the people to criticize Mourinho’s actions were a member of Fifpro and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president of Schweinsteiger’s former club, Bayern Munich.

Dejan Stefanovic, a lawyer and FifPro member from Slovenia believes that Mourinho’s actions is worthy of a prison sentence.

“It’s clear bullying,” he said. “In Slovenia, we would have indicted Mourinho and asked for the highest penalty – three years in prison.”

“This is clearly meant to discourage Bastian. Mourinho is setting a bad example. I would take it to the ordinary court. In our case, the penal code is quite clear. If there is bullying and harassment, there’s a prison sanction, a maximum of three years in prison.”

Rummenigge also weighs on Schweinsteiger’s treatment, saying that United could discourage players from joining the Red Devils.

“I could hardly believe it,” he said. “One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”

However, Schweinsteiger had to force his way back into the first team at Bayern after being told in 2005 by then coach Felix Magath to train with the reserves since he did not have a place for him in the first team. He bounced back to lead Bayern to a domestic double, before further contributing to his haul of eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokals and the 2013 Champions League.