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Chelsea's Diego Costa.

Yorke, John-Williams named to FIFA committees

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Former Manchester United star Dwight Yorke and FA head David John-Williams have been appointed to committees inside football's world governing body, FIFA.

The 45-year-old Yorke, who played over 70 times for Trinidad and Tobago, will serve on FIFA's Development Committee and will be the only member from the Caribbean.

Asian Football Confederation president, Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, will chair the committee which is tasked with analysing the basic aspects of football training and technical development.

John-Williams, meanwhile, has been appointed to FIFA Players' Status Committee and is expected to serve until 2021.

Diego Costa returns tomorrow

LONDON, England (AP):

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says striker Diego Costa will be available for Chelsea's Premier League match against Hull tomorrow.

The team's top scorer missed last weekend's win at Leicester with an apparent back injury amid reports of a dispute with the club that Conte did not deny.

Conte says Costa "restarted having training sessions on Tuesday with the rest of the team. I think the player wants to stay at Chelsea. He's very happy to play with us. This idea (to move) is far from his mind".

EPL managers tell FIFA to keep offside law

LONDON, England (AP):

Several English Premier League managers delivered a clear message to FIFA on Thursday: Preserve the offside law.

Scrapping offside was the most radical of the ideas for changes to football floated by FIFA technical director Marco van Basten on Wednesday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Southampton counterpart Claude Puel were receptive to Van Basten's proposal to introduce a new orange-card sanction that sees players temporarily removed from the pitch for up to 10 minutes.

But the offside law should be sacrosanct, as removing it would change the dynamic of the game, according to Wenger.