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Fifa open investigation against Germany legend Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer is being investigated. Credit: PA

Germany football legend Franz Beckenbauer is under investigation by American attorney Michael Garcia along with Harold Mayne-Nicholls from Chile, who headed the inspection team which compiled reports into the countries bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The investigations come after Garcia stated "a number of individuals" have had formal cases opened against them.

Fifa members under investigation following Garcia report

Angel Maria Villar Llona is one of the members being investigated. Credit: PA

Three current Fifa executive committee members - Spain's Angel Maria Villar Llona, Michel D'Hooghe from Belgium and Worawi Makudi from Thailand - are under investigation by ethics chief Michael Garcia following his probe into World Cup bidding, Press Association Sport understands.


Pakistan batsman Shehzad: I froze after hearing of Hughes death

The Pakistan Test opener Ahmed Shehzad says he 'froze' after learning of Phil Hughes' death.

Shehzad, 23, fractured a cheekbone after he was struck on the head by New Zealand bowler Corey Anderson last month.

Ahmed Shehzad is fit after his injury. Credit: PA

“I froze when I heard this tragic news and my heart went out to his family because I have been very fortunate to be on my feet again," Shehzad said.

“I know how it feels. That moment. The day Hughes was hit I knew what his family was going through. I prayed for his recovery.”

Ex-England captain Strauss: Neck not usually a dangerous place to be hit

Andrew Strauss says the causes of Phil Hughes' death need to be investigated, but says he was struck on the neck on many occasions.

Hughes, who played with Strauss at Middlesex, died after being struck by a ball on the neck while batting, which burst a blood vessel in his neck.

Andrew Strauss played with Phil Hughes at Middlesex. Credit: PA

"The protection in the game of cricket has never been better than it is today," Strauss told Sky Sports News. "I think it's really important we investigate this fully and see what can be done.

"Let's look if we can do anything more on the protection side. I don't know the full details of it, it sounds like he got hit on the neck, which is not usually a particularly dangerous place to get hit. I've been hit on the neck a number of times, I can remember twice by Brett Lee in the same Test match, so whether this is just one of those freak, tragic accidents or not remains to be seen."

Hughes death will shake batsmen - former England captain Atherton

Ex-England captain Michael Atherton says the death of Australia batsman Phil Hughes will be a poignant reminder of the dangers of cricket.

Former Lancashire opener Atherton admitted that players can be complacent when it comes to their own well-being, but admits the sport is safer than ever.

Michael Atherton believes this will be a wake up call for batsmen. Credit: PA

"It's an incredibly safe game but I think this will shake batsmen slightly out of what might have been complacency," Atherton wrote in the Times.

"I wore the same helmet for 10 years. I never changed it. I didn't give it much thought really. If there is that kind of complacency that I was guilty of, then I think people will be shaken out of that.

"I'll be making sure my 12-year-old boy's helmet is up to scratch and the latest model. But fundamentally it's a safe game with risk attached."


Pakistan and New Zealand postpone Test due to Hughes death

Pakistan and New Zealand have postponed the second day of the third Test in Sharjah following the passing of Phil Hughes.

Many of the Pakistan team had faced Hughes in one-day internationals last month.

Pakistan team manager Moin Khan said: We found him to be a cheerful and friendly person.

"This is indeed a tragedy, and we share in the grief of his family and our Aussie mates."

Phil Hughes died after being struck on the head. Credit: PA

A Pakistan Cricket Board statement read: "It's a sad day for cricket.

"We share the grief of Phil Hughes' untimely and tragic death with his friends and family, and also with our friends in Cricket Australia.

"Pakistan's cricketing fraternity is saddened by his passing away. All our thoughts and prayers are with Phil and his family."

Helmet maker 'truly saddened' by death of Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes was wearing a Masuri helmet when he was struck on the side of the neck. Credit: AAP

Phil Hughes was wearing a Masuri helmet at the time of the incident and the company issued a short statement following the death of the 25-year-old Australian.

It read: "Masuri would like to send sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of Phillip Hughes over their great loss.

"Everyone at Masuri is truly saddened by this event."

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