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Ryan Mason to retire footballing career following head injury

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Ryan Mason will retire from football on medical advice following the head injury he suffered during Hull City’s Premier League match at Chelsea in January 2017.

Mason, 26, sustained a fractured skull in a collision of heads with Gary Cahill whilst helping to defend a corner during his team’s defeat and subsequently received treatment for around nine minutes on the Stamford Bridge pitch.

The player subsequently had surgery at St Mary’s Hospital in London and was released eight days later but has since struggled with his recovery, before admitting he had “no option” but to retire and

“I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch,” Mason said in a statement released on his Instagram account. “Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice, I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury.”

“I am and always will be eternally grateful for the incredible network of people around me who have helped me to recover from what was a life-threatening injury in January 2017,” he added.

Mason began his career at Tottenham and had loan spells with Yeovil, Doncaster, Millwall and Swindon before joining Hull in a £12m move in 2016.

“Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world-renowned neurologists and neurosurgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised,” the Championship club said in a statement.

After Mason confirmed that his career is over, he had since been overwhelmed with messages on social media wishing him luck for the future, including one from Cahill.

“Devastated to hear today’s news from Ryan,” read a tweet from the England defender Cahill. “Competing for a corner is something we’ve done thousands of times and to see those consequences for a top professional like Ryan is heartbreaking. Sending all my love to him and his family, and wishing him the best for the future.”

Matt Ritchie goal earns shock win for Newcastle over Manchester United

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Matt Ritchie scored the only goal for Newcastle in the second half to secure a shock victory over second-placed Manchester United at St. James Park.

The Magpies climbed out of the relegation zone and left the visitors 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after the Red Devils missed a string of chances to take something from a ground at which manager Jose Mourinho is yet to win a league match.

Debutant Martin Dubravka was excellent in the Newcastle goal, denying Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick, with the hosts having a first-half penalty denied when Chris Smalling tripped Dwight Gayle.

Smalling escaped reprieve on that occasion, but was rightly booked for a ridiculous dive in the second half in the build-up to Newcastle’s goal.

The ensuing free-kick from Jonjo Shelvey was headed down by Florian Lejeune and cleverly backheeled into Ritchie’s path by Dwight Gayle, and with a left-foot shot was dispatched low into a corner of the net.

“Hopefully I’ll have bigger wins than this one with Newcastle,” says Newcastle coach Rafael Benitez. “But it was a really great game against a top side. The way we were playing, with everybody giving everything, was absolutely fantastic.”

“We have been so close in so many games and not won but, although, we were a little bit lucky at the end today I still think we deserved three points. It keeps us believing we can win against anyone.”

“Newcastle United’s players and, of course, their staff gave what they have and what they don’t have and I think that’s a beautiful thing in football,” said United coach Jose Mourinho.

“I think they came to fight for a point but found themselves 1-0 up and, from that point, went beyond all the limits. They showed everything a manager likes to see in this game. I can imagine that Benítez is more than pleased with the effort.”

Their win also raises the chances of Manchester City being crowned champions when the teams meet at Etihad Stadium on 7 April; should both teams win all of their league matches prior to that, City would only need to draw with their fierce neigbouring rivals to secure the title that day.

Arsene Wenger: English players are now the ‘masters’ of diving

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that English players has now mastered simulation ahead of a North London derby game between the Gunners and Tottenham Hotspurs.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was booked for simulation in Sunday’s draw at Liverpool, with his teammate Harry Kane also accused of diving by Reds defender Virgil van Dijk in winning a penalty.

“I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it,” Wenger said. “But I must say the English players have learned very quickly and they might even be the masters now.”

Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino had also claimed after the game against Liverpool that overanalysing every controversy could “kill the game”; however, it was a stance which Wenger takes contrary to as the Frenchman believes that the issue is one that needs attention.

“You want your players to be intelligent. Sometimes they have played a little bit with the rules, they make more of it on the penalty case. Every striker will do that. How far can you go? That is down to the referees and I think that sometimes, at normal speed, it is very difficult to determine.”

“As much as I can be harsh with the referees, on that front I am quite tolerant because when you watch a game live it is very difficult at 100% pace to distinguish whether it is a dive or not.”

“Most of the time, when a player is going to the goalkeeper, they push the ball away from goal. They had a good rule in England when I arrived here. When the striker pushes the ball away from the goal, they didn’t give penalties because the only resource the striker has after is to look for a penalty.”

“In many cases now, the guy goes and if the goalkeeper has their hands off, the striker leaves a leg as long as he can to make sure that the goalkeeper touches him. But that’s not really a penalty.”

“We have to get diving out of the game,” he added. “I don’t tell my players to dive. I don’t encourage them to dive at all.”

Arsenal plays Tottenham on Saturday at Wembley.

Prediction:

Tottenham 0 – 2 Arsenal

West Ham United to sign Patrice Evra on free agent

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West Ham United is set to sign former France captain Patrice Evra until the end of the season.

Evra, 36, has been without a club since his contract with Marseille was terminated by mutual consent in November after kicking one of the club’s home fans before a Europa League match.

The former Manchester United defender was subsequently banned from UEFA fixtures for the rest of the season, but will be allowed to play domestically for West Ham.

He played for current Hammers boss David Moyes when the Scotsman managed Manchester United, before leavingOld Trafford for Juventus in 2014, spending three seasons there before moving to Marseille in January 2017.

He played 379 games for United between 2006 and 2014 and won nine major trophies, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2008.

Evra made nine appearances for Marseille this season, most recently in October, before the incident prior to a European game against Vitoria Guimaraes on 2 November.

West Ham has also insisted they are not making plans to change manager in the summer and will hold talks with Moyes at the end of the season, after reports surfaced claiming that Moyes is unlikely to extend his stay at West Ham past the end of the current campaign regardless of whether or not the club stay in the Premier League.

Moyes had agreed on a contract with the Hammers until the end of the season when he replaced Slaven Bilic in November but despite a significant upturn in results and performances, says that he has no intention of opening talks about a new deal yet.