Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Uruguayan plays after head injury

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Even after taking a knee to the head in the 61st minute, Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Pereira insisted on playing Thursday against England.

"I only recall I was unconscious for an instant," he said.

As he wobbled toward the sideline, the team doctor asked for a sub. But Pereira wagged a finger to signal he didn't want to come out. And after sitting out two minutes, he didn't.

"I said sorry a thousand times to the doctor," Pereira said. "What really matters is that everything is okay. It was just a scare."

There was no confirmation if he sustained a concussion.

FIFA puts impartial doctors at every game and are allowed to overrule team doctors and coaches. No FIFA official was available for comment.

ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, whose MLS career ended after a concussion, tweeted his anger toward FIFA president Sepp Blatter: "Hey @Sepp Blatter let me know when you want to address head injuries in our game. Pereira should've been taken off. Has to stop."

Gay slurs? FIFA said it is investigating claims that Mexican fans chanted gay slurs during the opener against Cameroon. The same chants, often heard during Mexican league matches when a keeper takes a goal kick, also were heard during Tuesday's game against Brazil.

Italy: Top keeper Gianluigi Buffon (twisted left ankle) and top defender (ankle tendinitis) Andrea Barzagli are doubtful for today against Costa Rica.

Netherlands: Defender Bruno Martins Indi remained at a hospital in Porto Alegre a day after sustaining a suspected concussion against Australia. The team didn't update his status.

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