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Angels Links: Dani Alves out of World Cup

The Brazilian legend injured his knee and won’t be able to recover in time for Russia 2018.

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Dani Alves ruled out of World Cup 2018

Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil right back Dani Alves has been ruled out of the World Cup due to a knee injury suffered in the Coupe de France final. Initially, it was believed that it would only sideline him for the rest of the domestic season, but a statement by Brazil’s medical team confirmed that he injured his ACL and will require surgery, and will not be ready for the World Cup. Obviously, this is a huge blow for Brazil, who now have to figure out who will start on the right flank, with Felipe Luis also out after breaking his leg.

Gigi Buffon charged by UEFA for post-UCL rant on Michael Oliver

Breaking news: calling a referee an “animal” and saying he has “a rubbish bin where the heart should be” after getting knocked out of the Champions League is going to get you charged by UEFA. UEFA has opened a case against Juventus keeper Gigi Buffon for saying just that after referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty to Real Madrid in extra time, when defender Medhi Benatia tried to clear a ball by kicking across the chest of Lucas Vazquez. Buffon then got in Oliver’s face and earned a red card, right before Cristiano Ronaldo buried the penalty to send Madrid through. The case, however, will be heard on May 31, after Buffon will have played his final match.

D.C. United’s Ben Olsen confirms interest in Wayne Rooney

The Wayne Rooney to D.C. United story has already escalated beyond expectations, with TMZ approaching United coach Ben Olsen in an airport to ask about the potential transfer of England’s all-time leading scorer. Olsen said, “The deal is not done but there is some interest from our end.” On the other side of the pond, Everton manager Sam Allardyce had something to say about the potential transfer as well:

“If the player wants to go - if any player wants to leave - then I’m comfortable with that,” Allardyce said.

”My understanding of the situation is there seems to have been some negotiation somewhere along the line.”

”I don’t get involved in anything with regards transfers so all I know is there appears to be interest from D.C. United. Where that lies and where Wayne lies with it I can’t tell you at the moment.”

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