Senegal Star Sadio Mane Ruled Out of World Cup as Iran Shuts Down Protest Talk

african player of the year sadio mane Iran was ruled out of the World Cup through injury on Thursday, while Iran’s captain urged his team to focus on football rather than the anti-government protests that have rocked his country.

Mane’s omission is a brutal blow for Senegal, who were expected to go long into the tournament in Qatar thanks to their star forward. Mane suffered a calf injury while playing for Bayern Munich earlier this month but was named in the World Cup squad in the hope he could be fit again, but on Thursday the Senegalese admitted Liverpool Former player of will not do that.

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“Unfortunately, today’s MRI shows us that the recovery is not as favorable as we had imagined and unfortunately we had to withdraw Sadio from the World Cup,” team doctor Manuel Afonso said in a video on the official Senegal team Twitter account. “

As the start of Sunday draws closer, teams are still arriving in Qatar after completing last-minute preparations.

Germany enters Doha on Thursday after a 1-0 friendly win over Oman.

The 2014 champions are aiming to erase the memory of their poor campaign in Russia four years ago when they were knocked out in the group stage.

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Unlike most of the 32 teams that have opted to be based in and around Doha, Germany are staying in the seaside town of Al-Ruwais, 68 miles (111 kilometres) from the capital.

Team official Oliver Bierhoff said, “We want to develop a team spirit out there that will carry us through the tournament – ​​and for as long as possible.”

Spain were due to arrive in Qatar in the early hours of Friday after beating Jordan 3-1 on Thursday in a friendly in Amman.

‘Iran’s mind on football’
Iran’s team is preparing with its homeland rocked by anti-government protests that have claimed dozens of lives and become the regime’s biggest challenge in decades by the road.

iran captain Alireza JahanbakhshAsked by a British journalist whether his team had been able to concentrate on their first match against England on Monday, he said: “We are here to play football and that is the main thing when we are here.

“We are just four days away from playing the biggest game of our lives.”

Asked if the player would join other Iranian sports figures who have refused to celebrate victories as a show of support for the protests, he said: “You talk about celebration; celebration is something very personal. Is.

“Every single player has a different celebration and you ask about the national anthem and that is something that has to be decided in the team as well which we have already talked about.”

the heat is on
Meanwhile, other teams were adjusting to the blistering heat in Doha, where temperatures soared to 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday.

england keeper conor cody said his team planned to adapt to the hot conditions after a grueling morning workout.

“It was tough this morning,” Cody said. “Going out there thinking more about the heat or thinking it’s too hot will get us nowhere so we’re going out there to embrace it.”

The build-up to this World Cup has been marred by controversy, including Qatar’s alleged human rights abuses, repression of dissent, mistreatment of foreign workers and harassment of LGBTQ people.

Pleas from soccer’s world governing body FIFA to focus on soccer have gone unheeded by some countries.

French President Emmanuel Macron insisted that politicizing the sport was a bad idea and that Qatar’s critics as hosts should have spoken out when they were awarded the tournament in 2010.

“I think we should not politicize sport,” Macron told reporters while attending the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Bangkok.

“These questions should be addressed when deciding to host the event.”

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