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Liverpool granted permission to increase Anfield capacity

Anfield's capacity will increase to around 54,000. Credit: Liverpool FC

Liverpool have won planning permission to add an additional 8,500 seats to the Main Stand at Anfield - increasing the capacity to around 54,000.

It emerged last week that the club's proposals to expand their stadium had been recommended for approval by Liverpool council planners.

A vote was taken on the scheme on Tuesday after elected members of the planning committee visited Anfield, with the Reds being given the green light to proceed with phase one of the project - the extension of the Main Stand.

In phase two, the Anfield Road stand would be increased, with the project as a whole taking the capacity from around 45,000 to around 58,800.

The resolution from members of Liverpool City Council's Planning Committee to grant planning permission, subject to conditions and legal agreement, was unanimous.

Construction work on the proposed Main Stand - during which matches will continue to be played at Anfield - is expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016-17 season.


Footballers to be educated on concussion

Fifa's medical committee have suggested that players, team doctors, coaches, referees and officials should take undergo an education programme on the dangers of concussion and how to recognise it.

Football's governing body have been looking to improve the protocol on concussion and high-profile incidents at the World Cup have forced a rethink.

A Fifa statement read: "The incidents at the World Cup have shown that the role of team doctors needs to be reinforced in order to ensure the correct management of potential cases of concussion in the heat of the competition."

Matches could be stopped for 3 minutes under new concussion rules

Germany's Christoph Kramer had to leave the pitch with concussion in the World Cup Final. Credit: PA

FIFA's medical committee have put together a proposal that would allow a referee to stop a football match for up to three minutes to deal with a suspected concussion.

The proposal will be made to the FIFA executive committee and would see team doctors treat the player on the pitch.

The referee would then only let the injured player continue with the authorisation of the team doctor, who will have the final decision.

The issue of concussions in football has long been debated and recently came into the spotlight again, during the World Cup Final when German player Christoph Kramer was concussed but initially played on before being substituted.


Morrison poised to join Cardiff despite court case looming over him

Morrison looks set to join Cardiff on loan. Credit: PA

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison is poised to complete a season-long loan switch to Cardiff tonight, according to the Daily Mail.

The deal will include an option for Morrison to return from Wales in January, with a court case looming after he allegedly threatened to kill his former girlfriend.

The 21 year-old will go on trial in January after allegedly threatening to throw acid over former lover, Parveen Mansoor, and have her killed.

He is also accused of trying to blow up her house and assaulting the 19 year-old and her mother in the early hours of July 27th 2014.

Morrison spent last season on loan at QPR, helping them win promotion from the Premier League, but has only featured twice for West Ham this season.

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