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Liverpool have joined Uruguay in considering legal action against Fifa after striker Luis Suarez, 27, was given a four-month ban from all footballing activity for biting Giorgio Chiellini. Times (subscription only) (external)

How The Times have reported Luis Suarez’s four-month ban
The four-month suspension from all football has given Barcelona hope that they get Suarez for around £50m. Daily Mirror (external)
However, the Reds insist they will not let Suarez leave on the cheap despite his punishment. Daily Star (external)
Uruguay great Alcides Ghiggia, who scored the winning goal in the 1950 World Cup final in Brazil, has become the first prominent Uruguayan to criticise Suarez. Telegraph (external)
Oscar Tabarez’s squad have landed in Rio for their last-16 tie with Colombia, while Suarez has flown home to Uruguay. Guardian (external)
Argentina are sweating over the fitness of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, with doubts over whether the 26-year-old will play any further part at the World Cup. Guardian (external)

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero was carried off against Nigeria and could be out of the World Cup
Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo, 35, has responded to Italy’s failure to progress from the group stage of the World Cup by revealing he is ready to reverse his decision to retire from international football at the end of the tournament. Telegraph (external)
Nigerian striker Peter Odemwingie says Lionel Messi can forget about lifting the World Cup unless his Argentina team-mates sort out their dodgy defending. Sun (subscription only) (external)
Manchester United are preparing to test Juventus’ resolve over Arturo Vidal, 27, by launching a £30m bid for the Chile midfielder. Daily Star (external)
Sevilla claims Liverpool’s pursuit of left-back Alberto Moreno, 21, is all but over after the clubs failed to agree a fee. The Spanish side want £20m. Independent (external)

Lars Bender had to miss the World Cup after picking up a thigh injury in May
Italy striker Mario Balotelli will not be returning to the Premier League with Arsenal after AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani told AC Milan’s website that the 23-year-old will remain with the club. Daily Express (external)
Arsenal are considering a £21m bid for Bayern Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender after having a £15m offer for the 25-year-old rejected last summer. Daily Express (external)
Arsenal have turned their attention to Newcastle United defender Mathieu Debuchy, 28. Metro (external)
New West Brom boss Alan Irvine is ready to make a fresh £1.75m bid for Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson, 20. Metro (external)
Former FA chairman David Bernstein has delivered a damning indictment of the organisation he led until last year, urging the Government to impose change at the top of the English game or condemn the national team to “a vicious circle of failure”. Telegraph (external)
New Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna, 31, has hit back at suggestions that he left Arsenal only for the money and has hailed new team-mate Yaya Toure as the best midfielder in the world. Daily Mirror (external)

USA president Barack Obama watching the World Cup game against Germany
A picture was tweeted (external)of USA president Barack Obama watching his country’s game against Germany aboard Air Force One en-route to Minneapolis.
Pop singer Rihanna, from Barbados, continues to use Twitter to support whichever team is playing the USA. Bleacher Report (external)
England and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere (external) tweeted: “Lying in my bed thinking about the World Cup, this feeling will haunt me for a while! Only good thing is I have my son snoring next to me!”
Cheryl Cole has become Newcastle United’s latest signing after the former Girls Aloud singer was given a personalised shirt at X-Factor auditions in the city. Daily Mail (external)

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