Gabriel Jesus handed two-month international ban

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Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been banned from international football for two months by CONMEBOL over his conduct in the Copa America final.

Jesus scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-1 victory over Peru at the Maracana last month but was later sent off for a second bookable offence.

Having received his marching orders, the forward remonstrated with Chilean referee Roberto Tobar before punching a dugout, pushing pitchside VAR equipment and retreating to the tunnel in tears.

The suspension rules Jesus, who has also been fined 30,000 US dollars (£24,700), out of Brazil’s friendly clashes with Colombia and Peru in September.

The 22-year-old has a week to lodge an appeal against the ruling.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi received a three-month ban and was fined 50,000 US dollars (£41,200) earlier this month for alleging his side had suffered “corruption” during the tournament, after he was sent off in the third-place play-off against Chile.

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Ex-Man United, Atletico Madrid and Uruguay forward Diego Forlan announces retirement

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Former Manchester United and Uruguay forward Diego Forlan has announced his retirement.

The 40-year-old, who also played for Villarreal, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan, revealed his decision on Twitter.

He wrote: “After 21 years I made the decision to end my career as a professional footballer.

“A beautiful stage closes full of great memories and emotions but another of new challenges will begin.

“Thanks to all who in one way or another accompanied me on this path!”

Forlan moved to United from Argentine side Independiente for £6.9million in January 2002.

He had to wait until September to score his first goal, and went on to find the net 17 times in 98 appearances.

Although his time at Old Trafford was not exactly a roaring success, Forlan became a prolific goalscorer in La Liga for both Villareal and Atletico.

He also scored 36 goals in 112 games for Uruguay, helping them to the Copa America title in 2011.

Forlan won the Golden Ball award for the best player at the 2010 World Cup – where Uruguay reached the semi-finals.

He wound down his career with boyhood club Penarol, Mumbai City and most recently Kitchee in Hong Kong.

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Video: Wayne Rooney says he is a player first in Derby move

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Wayne Rooney‘s surprise return to English football as a player-coach at Derby will shift attention to his post-playing future but the former England captain insists he still has plenty to offer on the pitch first.

Rooney will cut short his 18-month American adventure with DC United at the end of the MLS season to join Derby in January 2020.

The 33-year-old’s player-coach status will allow him to build his credentials as a future manager under the tutelage of Phillip Cocu, but Rooney believes he can help fire the Rams into the Premier League on the pitch too.

“First and foremost I’m a player and that’s what my main focus is on,” said Rooney, who has agreed an 18-month deal with an option for a further season.


“As Phillip says, it’s about learning that (coaching) role, but I’m coming here to play and help the team and hopefully push for promotion.








“Being out of the country for a short period of time, you want to come back and prove yourself again. That’s my sole focus at the minute.”



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