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Former Ukraine midfielder Husin dies

Andriy Husin
Andriy Husin won 71 caps. Credit: PA

Former Ukraine midfielder Andriy Husin has died at the age of 41, the nation's football federation has announced.

Local reports say Husin, who won 71 caps for his country, was killed in a motorcycle accident on a race track in the Ukraine capital.

Husin was a defensive midfielder who spent most of his career with Dynamo Kiev, where he won seven league titles, four Ukraine Cups and also helped the club reach the semi-finals of the Champions League in 1999, where they lost to Bayern Munich.

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McDonald rejects Carlisle job

West Ham assistant boss Neil McDonald has turned down the chance to become Carlisle manager.

Sam Allardyce's number two was in the frame to replace the sacked Graham Kavanagh at the club where he previously had a spell in charge eight years ago.

But McDonald has decided to stay at Upton Park leaving the Cumbrians, currently bottom of League Two, looking elsewhere for a new boss.

Simeone admits Atletico are under pressure

Simeone
Atletico fell to a surprise defeat at Olympiacos. Credit: PA

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted defeat in their Champions League opener at Olympiacos has piled the pressure on his side ahead of their next fixture against Juventus.

The Argentinian told the club's official website: "Olympiacos start from a very strong position to qualify and it makes us more uncomfortable to play at home against Juventus, who also started from a good position."

"I think the team attacked well, they had very clear chances in the first half, but they were hard on the attack.

"Olympiacos were precise when scoring and we weren't with the chances we had."

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Foster plays down injury worries

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has played down surgery fears after suffering a fractured thumb.

Foster was forced to return from England duty during the recent international break due to the injury but believes he can cope with the problem with the aid of pain-killing jabs.

There was a little bit of bone that I chipped off it in training, which is a little bit unfortunate.

Hopefully I won't need surgery. I am managing it pretty well and getting some injections in it to kill the pain, so it's fine.

It is the way it is and I just have to hope it heals itself.

I'm hopeful it will and the doctors are as well, so that's that.

– Ben Foster Birmingham Mail
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