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Irish FA invokes FIFA five-day rule over Rangers striker Lafferty

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The Irish FA has invoked FIFA's five-day rule which will prevent Kyle Lafferty playing for Rangers against Hamilton on Sunday.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill said the Gers striker cited an Achilles injury when he withdrew from the squad at the last minute ahead of crunch Nations League games away to Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Irish FA released a statement which confirmed it will block Lafferty's participation in the Ladbrokes Premiership match against Accies.

The statement read: "The Irish FA has written to Rangers FC regarding Kyle Lafferty who was selected in the Northern Ireland squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina on 12 and 15 October 2018 respectively.

"As the player did not comply with the association's call up, the player is in breach and as a result, the association is invoking the FIFA regulation (FIFA regulations for the status and transfer of players, annexe 1, section 5).

"This states that 'the player is not entitled to play for the club with which he is registered during the period for which he has been released or should have been released pursuant to the provisions of this annexe.

"This restriction on playing for the club shall, moreover, be prolonged by five days in the event that the player, for whatsoever reason, did not wish to or was unable to comply with the call-up'."

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Chisora signs with Haye's management group

Chisora and Haye after their contest in 2012 in which Chisora was stopped during round 5. Credit: PA

Dereck Chisora has unexpectedly signed management terms with one-time bitter rival David Haye, the former world heavyweight champion has revealed.

The 34-year-old Chisora, who was stopped in five rounds in a 2012 grudge match with Haye that was built after they brawled at a press conference, has seen his reputation rise recently.

Chisora secured a career-best victory when defeating Carlos Takam in July and remains the favourite to fight Dillian Whyte in a rematch on December 22, in a bill that will be promoted by Matchroom.

"Boxing is a sport where inside those ropes, beef can be squashed and replaced with the type of respect forged between two warriors in the heat of battle," Haye wrote on social media.

"Looking forward to the challenge ahead with Del Boy Chisora and Hayemaker Boxing."

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