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Italy wants to host replays experiment
ROME (AP): Italy wants to host an experiment on the use of TV replays in football.
Following a controversial top-of-the-table clash in the Serie A, the president of the Italian football federation wrote to FIFA yesterday asking to trial video replay.
The letter came four days after Juventus recorded a 3-2 victory over Roma that saw the Turin club awarded two disputed penalties and score the winning goal while offside.
Carlo Tavecchio said that while the FIGC was dedicated to preserving the traditions of football, "at the same time it supports modernisation that allows our beloved sport to maintain a winning global consensus."
The fallout from the Juve-Roma match made studying the use of replays "a priority" to uphold "credibility in the referee," a statement from the Italian federation added.
CSKA to appeal punishment for racism
MOSCOW (AP): Russian champions CSKA Moscow say they will appeal a UEFA ban that keeps fans from attending Champions League group games this season.
Last week, UEFA forced CSKA to play their next three European home games behind closed doors and banned the Russian club from selling any tickets for their remaining two away group games.
That was punishment for CSKA fans displaying far-right banners and fighting police during a 5-1 loss to AS Roma, the third time UEFA has punished CSKA for the racist behaviour of fans in less than a year.
CSKA chief executive Roman Babaev criticised the UEFA investigation yesterday in comments to Russian agency R-Sport and said the club would appeal.
Koscielny out with injury
PARIS (AP): Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out of France's upcoming friendly matches against Portugal and Armenia because of Achilles heel injuries.
Koscielny, who is suffering from tendonitis in both heels, has been released by France coach Didier Deschamps to return to Arsenal following discussions with the player and the team's doctor, the French federation said yesterday.
Koscielny's withdrawal is also a source of concern for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after Germany and Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil was sent back to London with a left knee injury expected to sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks.
Deschamps called up Roma centre back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as a cover for Koscielny. The former Montpellier defender, who is on loan at Roma from Newcastle, has three international caps.
France host Portugal tomorrow and play in Armenia three days later. All are part of Group I in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship. France have already qualified as hosts.
Djokovic, Federer in last eight
SHANGHAI (AP) - Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic avoided being the latest seed to lose at the upset-hit Shanghai Masters, rallying to defeat No. 85-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in the third round yesterday.
Roger Federer also advanced to the quarterfinals with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Roberto Bautista Agut, a night after he saved five match points and escaped with a three-set win in the second round.
Djokovic extended his 27-match winning streak in China, but it wasn't easy against the speedy Kukushkin, who kept the top-ranked Serb running with powerful forehands that repeatedly caught the lines and impressive defense to extend lengthy rallies.
Serving at 4-5 in the second set, a frustrated Djokovic even lashed out at the chair umpire after receiving a time violation as he caught his breath between serves.
"Did you not see the point before that we played?" he asked. "You're sitting there enjoying your time, right?"