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Midday Ticker: Rooney injured, Beckenbauer fined and more

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Manchester United was dealt a blow on Wednesday, while a German legend has been handed down punishment by FIFA.

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been left out of the team’s trip to FC Midtjylland for Thursday’s Europa League match after reportedly suffering knee ligament damage. The Man United captain could reportedly miss up to two months of action. (REPORT)

Franz Beckenbauer has been fined by FIFA’s Ethics Committee in connection with his failure to cooperate with an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan reportedly won’t sign a new contract with the German side, amid heavy interest from English Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool. (REPORT)

Barcelona and Manchester City will battle for the services of 20-year old Schalke 04 forward Leroy Sane this summer. (REPORT)

Johan Cruyff has come out and defended Lionel Messi after his penalty kick assist over the weekend against Celta Vigo. The Dutch and former Barcelona great said,”What Messi did thrilled me. If anyone can get away with that, it’s him.” (REPORT)

UEFA has charged Lokomotiv Moskow and Dmitri Tarasov for misconduct during the team’s Europa League match against Fenerbahce on Tuesday. Tarasov unveiled a pro-Vladimir Putin shirt, sparking debate between the Russian and Turkish sides. (REPORT)

How badly will the loss of Rooney hurt United? What do you think of FIFA’s action against Beckenbauer? Should Gundogan stay at Dortmund?

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  1. I’ve only been watching a couple of recent Dortmund games, so maybe a longer-time Dortmund fan can answer this: does Ilkay Gundogan leaving possibly create a starting slot for Pulisic?


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