Morning Ticker: Blatter to consider replay, Di Maria to Madrid and more

Morning Ticker: Blatter to consider replay, Di Maria to Madrid and more

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Morning Ticker: Blatter to consider replay, Di Maria to Madrid and more




After the events of the last couple of weeks, more specifically on Sunday, FIFA president Sepp Blatter didn't really have any other choice.

Blatter has stated that FIFA will "re-open the file on goal-line technology" during meetings next month to determine whether the organization will implement the use of instant replay in the future.

England and Mexico were victims of two calls that swung the momentum of their respective knockout games in their opponents' favor. It would appear that the use of instant replay would only be viable to determine whether the ball has crossed the goal-line, though, meaning that the goal Carlos Tevez scored from a clear offside position against El Tri would still stand under any future rule change.

Blatter reportedly issued apologies to both England and Mexico in the aftermath of both controversies.

Here are a few more stories to hold you over until the World Cup resumes:


Real Madrid and Benfica have reportedly agreed on a transfer fee for Argentina midfielder Angel Di Maria. The 22-year-old will sign a six-year deal at the Bernabeu worth roughly $30.5 million.

Di Maria has had a solid World Cup for Diego Maradona's side, starting every match of its run to the quarterfinals.


Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan, who scored the goal that eliminated the United States from the World Cup, injured his ankle in training on Monday.

He reportedly left training with ice wrapped around the ankle, but the team does not expect him to miss the Black Stars' quarterfinal match against Uruguay.

Someone who is likely to miss that match, though, is Uruguayan defender Diego Godin, who injured his thigh in Saturday's win over South Korea. Mauricio Victorino would start in his place.


Tottenham is continuing its busy offseason by bidding for Palermo's Edinson Cavani and Simon Kjaer, two standout performers from the World Cup.

Cavani, who has helped Uruguay reach the quarterfinals, is a 23-year-old forward that would inject some youth into Harry Redknapp's front line. Kjaer starred for Denmark in the group stage, but the 21-year-old central defender was forced to miss the team's third match against Japan because of card accumulation.

Tottenham's bid for both players is reportedly £28.5 million.


Happy to hear that Blatter is considering replay? Think it actually gets implemented in the future? What do you make of Di Maria-to-Madrid and Cavani-and-Kjaer-to-Spurs? Who do you think wins the Ghana-Uruguay quarterfinal?

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