“I’ve always known it would be a difficult decision because it’s something you love doing,” O’Loughlin said. “To not be able to do that going forward is pretty difficult to take.“The reason you start playing as a kid is because you enjoy it and I don’t think I’ve ever lost that enjoyment. It’s got more difficult as you get older, but the enjoyment is still there.“We’ve had tough years and years where we’ve done fantastically well, but I wouldn’t change any of it.- Advertisement – Sean O’Loughlin will retire from rugby league at the end of the season
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Press Association Reading have signed midfielder George Evans from Manchester City on a three-and-a-half year deal. The 21-year-old, who joined the Barclays Premier League club’s academy aged six, made his City debut in the closing stages of their Capital One Cup victory over Sunderland earlier in the season. Evans made 16 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell with Sky Bet League One promotion-chasers Walsall this term, netting four times. Royals boss Brian McDermott is thrilled to have brought Evans to the Madejski Stadium. He told the club’s official website: “I am delighted we have secured the signing of George. “I saw him play for Walsall while I was scouting for Arsenal and we’ve followed him ever since. He is a great guy and a terrific young midfielder with great pedigree, and I’m sure he will become an even better player working in our environment at Reading.” read more
FIFA has launched legal action against former president Sep Blatter and former vice-president Michel Platini in order to recover more than £1.5m.Two million Swiss francs (£1.54m) was transferred to Platini, 64, on 18 January 2011 after Blatter, 83, approved the “disloyal payment”.Earlier this month, a FIFA governance committee unanimously ruled the illicit funds should be repaid.If they are repaid, the funds will be put back into football development.In addition, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court confirmed the “gift” from world football’s governing body was an “undue payment”.In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport in July, Blatter said he was “an honest man” and had begun legal action against Fifa for the return of 60 personal watches.Blatter’s 17-year spell in charge of Fifa ended amid a corruption scandal in 2015 and he is serving a six-year ban from football.He alleges false information was spread in relation to money received by him after the 2014 World Cup.Blatter and Platini both deny any wrongdoing.(BBC Sport)read more
National football teams of BiH and Greece shared points at Bilino Polje Stadium in the match that was played tonight within the qualifications for the World Cup in Russia next year, and the score was 0: 0.Although our players were looking for a triumph in maybe even decisive duel for the second place in Group H, our Dragons could not break through a solid block of the Greeks on a crowded stadium in Zenica.Dragons were a somewhat better opponent in the first 45 minutes of the match, but the goalkeeper of the team of Greece managed to successfully defend a couple of good shots of our players.The first big chance for the team of BiH was in the 12th minute of the match when Visca found a good opportunity in front of the Greek goal, but their goalkeeper Karnezis defended his shot.Kenan Kodro, who replaced injured Lulic, shot directly in Karnezis in the middle of the first half of the match without success, and just ten minutes later Pjanic threatened from a free-kick, but his shot passed the goal as well.In the first half, Greeks played quite defensively and they were mostly waiting for their opportunities from counter attacks, and the end of the first half was ended without goals.Later on, the game slowed down, and Greeks knew how to use the situation and keep the ball far away from their goal stands.Dzeko had the best opportunity for our national team in the 75th minute but he failed, and it is interesting that selector of our Dragons Bazdarevic replaced Kodro very soon.The Greeks almost scored at the very end of the match, but Mantalos missed after he was left alone in front of our goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.After tonight’s match in Zenica, Greece remained in the second place of the Group H in the qualifications for the World Cup, while BiH is in the third place with just one point less than Greeks.(Source: N. K./Klix.ba)read more