Alexis Sanchez scored before being sent off in a dramatic first Inter start as his side battled to a 3-1 away win over Sampdoria.

Inter made it six victories from six in Serie A, ensuring they kept the two-point lead over Juventus at the top of the table that they held at the start of Saturday.

Two goals in the space of 128 first-half seconds from Stefano Sensi and Sanchez had Antonio Conte's men on course for a dominant victory in response to Juve's earlier win over SPAL.

Sanchez received a second yellow for diving early in the second half and there was brief alarm for 10-man Inter when that was followed by a strike from Samp's Jakub Jankto, but Roberto Gagliardini wrapped up the points.

After a scrappy opening 20 minutes, Inter scored two goals in rapid succession.

First, in-form Sensi fired in an effort from 30 yards which struck Sanchez on the back and deflected past Emil Audero in the Sampdoria goal.

Then, on Inter's next attack, another Sensi strike that was hit less cleanly was latched on to by an opportunistic Sanchez, who knew more about this one as he pounced to slot in from inside the six-yard box.

Antonio Candreva's goal from a Sanchez chipped pass was ruled out for offside before Lautaro Martinez fired wide from one good chance and struck another straight at the keeper.

Audero denied Sensi as Inter ended the first half in complete control but the match took a dramatic twist 54 seconds after the restart. When a Martinez shot was saved, Sanchez went down under pressure from Julian Chabot, who appeared to back out of the challenge.

That immediately earned Sanchez a second booking – his first having come just before the break for a foul on Albin Ekdal.

Samp's first shot on target got them back into the match, Jankto collecting a pass from Karol Linetty before turning and finding the bottom corner with an angled left-footed strike – his first league goal for the club.

But just after the hour mark – six minutes after Jankto's strike - weak goalkeeping from Audero meant Marcelo Brozovic's over-hit pass was eventually parried into the path of Gagliardini to tap in.
 

What does it mean? Inter poised for pivotal week

Romelu Lukaku, Danilo D'Ambrosio and Nicolo Barella – who all came on after Jankto's goal - were rested by Conte along with Diego Godin ahead of a crucial week that sees Inter take on Barcelona and Juve in their two main competitions.

Sanchez's dramatic debut was the interesting talking point here, but the bigger picture is Inter's magnificent start domestically and another confident performance in a game they dominated despite playing half of it with 10 men.

Samp are bottom as the pressure grows on boss Eusebio Di Francesco.

Supreme Sensi shines again

Sensi already looks like one of the signings of the season. He continued his fine form here and ended with a stat line that read one goal, one assist and two key passes.

The midfielder also had another shot well saved just before the break and Conte took no risks with the match safe at 3-1 with 25 minutes to go, bringing Sensi off to keep him fresh for the key week ahead.

Martinez needs goals to keep starting spot

Martinez has impressed with his all-round play this season, but with Lukaku and Sanchez among Inter's attacking options he will want to improve his goalscoring rate to remain a prominent part of Conte's plans.

He had three excellent chances in this game but could not covert any of them, Audero denying him twice while another effort was fired wide. Martinez is undoubtedly an extremely promising player, but seven Serie A goals in 33 games is a record that needs to get better.

What's next?

It is a huge week for Inter, who are at Camp Nou on Wednesday for Champions League business before they meet Juve in the Derby d'Italia at San Siro on October 6.

Samp are in desperate need of points when they travel to Hellas Verona next Saturday.

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri revealed he has yet to watch Inter in action this season ahead of next week's top-of-the-table showdown in Serie A.

Reigning Italian champions Juve moved above Inter into top spot with Saturday's 2-0 win over SPAL at the Allianz Stadium – Conte's side featuring away to Sampdoria shortly after.

Inter won their first five matches this season and will return to the summit with victory over Sampdoria in their game in hand.

Juve travel to San Siro in eight days but Sarri will not turn focus to that match until after the midweek clash with Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League.

"I haven't actually watched any Inter games this season as we've focused mainly on the teams we are facing next," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"We'll watch a couple of Bayer Leverkusen matches and then go to dinner.

"I hear that Inter are playing very well? I had no doubt they would considering the quality of the coach and their players. I always said this would be a far more balanced season."

Juve were frustrated by SPAL keeper Etrit Berisha for large parts of Saturday's contest, but an impressive hit from Miralem Pjanic and a late header from Cristiano Ronaldo made it three league wins in a row for the Turin giants.

Sarri acknowledged his side were a little off the pace in the first half, despite managing four attempts on target, but was pleased they got the job done on home soil.

"We had a few difficulties finding the right tempo in the opening stages, especially as SPAL were so clammed up," he said.

"It wasn't the tempo of the players. We moved the ball too slowly and there wasn't enough movement off the ball.

"It was better in the second half - we created many chances and conceded very few. I was pleased with the determination shown by the players who came off the bench."

Gonzalo Higuain was left on the bench as Sarri used Ronaldo alongside Paulo Dybala, the latter teeing up his strike partner with a fine delivery to settle the contest.

"Cristiano Ronaldo was lively and created four or five scoring opportunities, while Higuain has been doing well this season.

"It's good to have three forwards where any combination you choose - you can't really go wrong."

Alexis Sanchez has been handed his first start for Inter in their Serie A clash with Sampdoria on Saturday.

Sanchez joined Inter on a season-long loan from Manchester United last month but has managed a combined total of just 17 minutes in two substitute appearances.

He lines up alongside Lautaro Martinez in attack, with Romelu Lukaku dropping to the bench.

Antonio Conte has made a host of changes from the side that beat Lazio in midweek, with Alessandro Bastoni, Antonio Candreva, Roberto Gagliardini, Stefano Sensi and Kwadwo Asamoah all coming into the starting XI.

Miralem Pjanic's stunning effort and a late header from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Juventus move top of Serie A with a 2-0 victory over struggling SPAL.

Juve dominated throughout Saturday's encounter in Turin, but they found visiting goalkeeper Etrit Berisha in fine form.

It took a sublime strike from Pjanic to beat him - the playmaker breaking SPAL's resistance with a wonderful effort in the 45th minute.

Having been denied by Berisha once more just after the hour, Ronaldo finally had his goal with 12 minutes remaining, heading home from Paulo Dybala's pinpoint cross to cap off a dominant Juve performance.

On his return after missing the victory over Brescia, Ronaldo had Juve's first sight of goal, drawing a smart stop from Berisha.

Ronaldo did beat Berisha in the 19th minute, but his deflected effort crept wide of the right-hand upright.

Berisha soon came to SPAL's rescue twice more, tipping Dybala's strike wide before he brilliantly kept out Aaron Ramsey's close-range header.

But his work was undone on the stroke of half-time - Pjanic curling home an exceptional first-time finish from the edge of the area after SPAL's goalkeeper mistakenly elected to punch, rather than catch, a cross.

Berisha made another outstanding stop early in the second half - this time getting down to repel Sami Khedira's header.

Dybala and Ronaldo tested Berisha in quick succession as Juve looked to press home their dominance, though it was not until the duo combined that the hosts finally had their second.

Having raced clear down the left, Dybala picked out his strike partner with an exquisite delivery from which Ronaldo made no mistake, though there was still time for Berisha to make a final stop to prevent the Portugal forward doubling his tally in the final minute.

 

What does it mean? Juve back on top... for now

It does not look likely to be an easy ride for Maurizio Sarri's side in Serie A this season, though the champions moved into pole position with this win, temporarily at least.

Inter, however, would move back above the Bianconeri if they keep up their perfect start to the season against lowly Sampdoria.

Berisha blunts Juve's attack

Juve's dominant performance should have resulted in a far more convincing scoreline, and it would have done if not for Berisha. However, SPAL's star performer did make an error when he flapped at a cross prior to Pjanic's opener and he could also have done better with Ronaldo's goal.

Juve's wasteful attack a cause for concern

Sarri shoehorned both Dybala and Ronaldo in to his team, but while the individual quality of Juve's star attackers is not in doubt, as a partnership they failed to click until the Argentina international teed up the former Real Madrid star for the hosts' second.

Meanwhile, the supporting cast did not offer enough and, had SPAL been able to offer more of a threat up front, Juve may well have failed to take the points from a match they dominated from the off.

What's next?

Juve host Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Tuesday, while SPAL face Parma in their next Serie A outing.

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma claims the club's players are fully behind under-pressure coach Marco Giampaolo.

Milan are 13th in Serie A after three defeats in their first five games of the league season.

After an opening day defeat to Udinese, Milan won their next two games against Brescia and Hellas Verona but have since suffered back-to-back losses.

Last weekend they were beaten by city rivals Inter 2-0 in a San Siro derby and then on Thursday threw away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at Torino.

Despite their predicament Donnarumma believes his team-mates are united behind Giampaolo ahead of Sunday's clash with Fiorentina.

"We are all with him," said the 20-year-old. “Giampaolo's a great coach. I'm sorry because against Torino we had a great game and we didn't deserve to lose.

"It's normal to struggle a bit at the start with new ideas and new players, but we should continue to follow him. We're all with him.

"After the first goal, we fell apart. We need to improve on this. If we'd remained compact, we would've been able to take the win home.

"However, we took a positive turn against Torino. We kept the ball throughout, so it burns to lose a game like that."

Donnarumma has urged Milan to ensure their clash with La Viola sparks an upturn in fortunes.

"There will be the game that marks a turning point and changes our season," he added.

"We are a young and very hungry team. We will have to play the game and attack them, it will take character on our part.

"Against Torino I saw the team give everything, I'm sorry for everyone, the fans included."

Brescia have been hit with a partial stadium closure following racial abuse aimed at Juventus' Miralem Pjanic, although the punishment is suspended.

The midfielder hit the winning goal in a 2-1 victory for the Serie A champions on Tuesday but was reportedly subjected to chants of "zingaro", which in English translates as "gypsy".

Bosnia-Herzegovina international Pjanic subsequently condemned "demented racists" in a post on Instagram about the incident.

Serie A disciplinary chiefs stated in a bulletin on Friday that Brescia's 'Curva Nord' section of their stadium would be closed for one home game; however, it added that the punishment has been suspended for a period of 12 months.

Earlier this season, Cagliari avoided punishment from the league after Inter striker Romelu Lukaku was racially abused.

Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants, yet it was ruled by the sporting justice panel of the Italian FA that there was too much shouting and whistling to identify the "discriminatory" nature.

The recent Serie A game between Atalanta and Fiorentina was also suspended for a short period after racist insults were aimed at Viola defender Dalbert.

Roma this week banned a fan for life after sending Juan Jesus racist messages via social media.

"Are you really serious about tackling racism in Italian football, @SerieA? It's time for zero tolerance," Roma posted on Twitter on Friday.

The Lega Serie A account replied, suggesting Roma had been slow off the mark themselves in one respect, stating: "Dear @ASRomaEN, we're all on the same side. Together, we're building the Serie A TIM team against racism: we've been eagerly awaiting the name of your ambassador for three weeks!"

Cristiano Ronaldo is fit to face SPAL after an adductor injury and could be played in tandem with Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, according to coach Maurizio Sarri.

Ronaldo missed Tuesday's slender 2-1 win at Brescia due to the injury, having scored the winner from the spot three days earlier against Hellas Verona.

Higuain and Dybala led the line in Ronaldo's absence, and Sarri could resist dropping one of them in order to fit last season's top-scorer back into the starting XI.

He sees no problem in playing all three together, with Juve yet to win by more than one goal across all competitions this term.

"Yes, Ronaldo can play and he can coexist with Higuain and Dybala," Sarri told reporters at his pre-match news conference.

"Higuain is a guy with great technical skill, Dybala is technically super fine and Ronaldo is a champion.

"I think they can therefore coexist in pairs and in certain phases of the game even in a three."

Adrien Rabiot made his first start for Juve in the win over Brescia and Sarri's post-match comments were interpreted as criticism by some, with the coach suggesting he expects more from the Frenchman.

But Sarri insists he was not being critical of the 24-year-old, rather realistic having not featured in a competitive match since December last year.

When asked if he was unsatisfied by Rabiot's display, Sarri hit back: "I didn't say that.

"Surely he can do much more. In 2019, Rabiot has never played, so we need to be patient without expecting everything right away.

"He has good qualities, even in physical terms. He has good strength and is technically strong. He must be supported and must get used to our football."

Inter head coach Antonio Conte says the club are working hard to help Alexis Sanchez rediscover his golden touch.

Sanchez joined Inter on a season-long loan from Manchester United in a bid to revive his career after a substantial dip in form at Old Trafford, having previously impressed for Arsenal.

However, the Chile forward has managed a combined total of just 17 minutes in two substitute appearances for Inter this season.

Conte has promised Sanchez more game time in the near future as Inter seek to reinvigorate the 30-year-old's fortunes on the pitch.

"It is up to us to help him find the form and the brilliance he has lost a little," Conte told a news conference on Friday, ahead of Inter's match with Sampdoria.

"Alexis is a footballer who has certain characteristics. He is a tough player, and sooner or later you will see him on the pitch.

"Each of us has room for improvement. For some it will be a path that is more simple; for others more complex.

"We have room for improvement in everything and my job is to try to improve the players in all aspects.

"I am always very cautious; we need to improve in everything and do not think that it comes with the magic wand and everything improves."

Unbeaten Inter are top of Serie A having chalked up five straight victories, although Conte urged caution and warned his players not to let their intensity drop off.

"We've got five in a row and it's important, but we're just getting started," he said.

"We must continue with the same desire, trying to improve ourselves.

"If you want to be a protagonist and become a big and strong team, you need points, stability, certainties. We are trying to improve in this respect.

"We are not the first to win the first five games. This group was leader of the league two years ago and ended up in the Champions League only on the final day.

"Even with (Roberto) Mancini, it was like that. Good horses are only seen on arrival."

Gonzalo Higuain said star Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo has matured since the pair's time together at Real Madrid.

Juve striker Higuain and Ronaldo have reunited in Turin after the duo won three titles with LaLiga giants Madrid before the former departed for Napoli in 2013.

Higuain eventually joined Juventus in 2016, while Ronaldo arrived in 2018-19, prompting his ex-Madrid team-mate to move to Serie A rivals AC Milan on loan and then Chelsea last term.

Higuain and Ronaldo – who won the Scudetto in his first season – are now together again under Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri, and the former Argentina international hailed the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

"We had already played together with Real," Higuain, who has impressed for the Serie A champions this season, told Fox Sports.

"Many years have passed, and I have found another player, a more mature person, with a family.

"I enjoyed playing alongside him before and I am glad that we are back together."

Higuain is contracted to Juve until 2021 and he did not rule out a return to Argentine giants River Plate.

The 31-year-old made a name for himself at River, emerging from the youth team in 2005 and scoring 15 goals in total before being lured to the Santiago Bernabeu by Madrid in 2007.

"I have this year and next year left [at Juventus]," Higuain added. "I never close the door to anything.

"[At River] there is a great coach and several team-mates of mine who I have a great affection for.

"The people of River were always spectacular with me. But hey, right now I'm trying to think in the present and enjoy my time here in Italian football."

Marco Giampaolo said AC Milan did not deserve to lose to Torino, describing the team's performance as their best of the Serie A season.

Milan crashed to back-to-back defeats after Andrea Belotti's quick-fire brace stunned the visitors and saw Torino triumph 2-1 on Thursday.

Beaten by Inter in the derby last week, Milan looked comfortable and on track to respond with victory in Turin thanks to Krzysztof Piatek's first-half penalty.

But Belotti sensationally turned the match on its head with two goals in four minutes to heap further pressure on Milan head coach Giampaolo, who has overseen three losses in five matches since replacing Gennaro Gattuso in the off-season.

Former Sampdoria boss Giampaolo, however, felt Milan deserved more from the match against Torino.

"The game was under our control, we just didn't have the clinical edge to kill it off. We ran barely any risks until that goal and then in four minutes, the whole match changed," Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.

"We had the opportunities to score again with Piatek and [Franck] Kessie, so we created the chances. There were errors, but it was Milan's best performance of the season so far and we dominated for long periods. Clearly, the defeat is not good enough.

"It disappoints me because the team works hard and does all it can, so when results don't come, that is disappointing. They are trying to work as a team and follow the plan rather than just go off individually.

"It was an undeserved defeat and clearly that slows down the growth process, our self-esteem, but I have seen that this is a good squad and I hope they don't lose heart.

"I have a solid group of good lads and I cannot complain. Even those who are most criticised are real leaders. There are moments when a player is in better shape. We knew Theo Hernandez and Ismael Bennacer had talent, this is not a surprise. I am convinced the squad can continue, despite this setback, to stay on the right track."

Torino recovered from a slow start to avoid three consecutive defeats and Belotti said: "At half-time, we looked each other in the eyes and something changed. We pulled out that anger and determination, because after two straight defeats, we really didn't want a third. That would've been annoying!"

Roma have banned a fan for life after sending Brazilian defender Juan Jesus racist messages via social media.

The club posted screenshots of the user's Instagram account and the messages on their official Twitter account.

They vowed to prevent the person responsible from ever attending a Roma match again, while also confirming they reported the user to the police and Instagram.

A statement from Roma read: "The owner of the below Instagram account sent Juan Jesus disgusting racist abuse via direct message today [Thursday].

"We have reported the account to the Italian police. We have reported the account to Instagram.

"The person responsible will be banned from Roma games for life."

AC Milan failed to bounce back from their derby defeat to Inter, as Andrea Belotti's late brace secured Torino a 2-1 win on Thursday.

Milan coach Marco Giampaolo was left fielding questions about whether he felt "at risk" of the sack following the Inter loss, and his side's inability to hold on to their lead in Turin will likely increase the uncertainty after just two wins from five in Serie A.

The visitors began the entertaining contest well enough and were good value for the lead when Krzysztof Piatek dispatched a first-half penalty, but they were made to rue not adding to that.

Belotti levelled for a resurgent Torino deep into the second half and then got the winner four minutes later, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma failing to cover himself in glory for either.

Milan's start gave every indication the breakthrough would come from them and they opened the scoring 18 minutes in – Piatek coolly converting from 12 yards after Lorenzo De Silvestri nudged over Rafael Leao in the box.

Torino twice had to rely on Salvatore Sirigu to remain only one behind shortly after, the goalkeeper tipping Leao's looping header over before stopping Hakan Calhanoglu's long-range effort.

Donnarumma's decision to charge out of his box just before the interval allowed Torino the chance to level, but Belotti shot over the open goal.

Piatek nearly took full advantage early in the second half when steering agonisingly wide from 10 yards, though Torino soon became the more threatening side.

Torino's pressure eventually told 18 minutes from time, as Belotti cut in from the left and unleashed a fierce drive that found the net despite Donnarumma getting a hand to it.

Belotti completed the turnaround a few moments later, inadvertently flicking the ball up for himself and then acrobatically netting from close range after Simone Zaza's effort was parried by Donnarumma.

Milan twice might have equalised in stoppage time, but Franck Kessie inexplicably blazed over from six yards, before Sirigu pulled off a point-blank save to keep out Piatek's header.

Cristiano Ronaldo is available to face SPAL on Saturday, Juventus have confirmed.

Juventus said on Thursday that Ronaldo was back training with the group after missing the midweek trip to Brescia due to "slight fatigue in the adductor" following three games in the space of eight days.

In his absence, Juve fell behind early but came back to win 2-1 thanks to a Jhon Chancellor own goal and Miralem Pjanic's 20-yard volley.

Left-back Alex Sandro was an absentee from Thursday's training session due to family reasons.

Ronaldo has scored twice in four league appearances this season, with Serie A champions Juve two points behind early pace-setters Inter.

This week he finished third in the voting for The Best FIFA Men's Player award, behind Virgil van Dijk and winner Lionel Messi.

AC Milan and Inter have revealed their two shortlisted designs for a new stadium to replace San Siro.

The proposal, featuring extensive renovation of the area around the new ground which will be built on land adjacent to San Siro, has been presented to the municipality.

Fans will also be consulted over construction of the 60,000-seat Nuovo Stadio Milano that is expected to cost in the region of €650million.

The two projects in the running are The Rings of Milano by architecture firms Manica and Sportium, and The Cathedral by Populus.

The Rings of Milano's structure is comprised of two interlocking rings, which can change colour depending upon which Milan club is playing at home and are intended to represent two clubs forever in opposition but united.

The surrounding gardens and piazza, which would be used to host festivals and events, will preserve the location of the original San Siro pitch as a community field.

Populus, which worked on the Emirates Stadium, London Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium among other major projects over recent years, has designed The Cathedral as a structure that takes inspiration from Milan landmarks the Duomo and the Galleria.

It also features provision for 22 acres of green space and changeable stadium livery. Both designs have placed an emphasis on strong acoustics and ensuring seating is tight to the pitch.

Milan have played at San Siro since it opened in 1926, with Inter moving in to share tenancy in 1947.

Over the subsequent 72 years, it has become one of the most celebrated football venues in Europe.

However, the decision to build a new ground is partially motivated by estimates that placed a renovation of the existing facility in the region of €510m.

The capacity of San Siro is 78,000 but an average attendance of 47,300 at matches over the past decade has played part in the decision to downsize.

An economic feasibility study also flagged that four per cent of capacity given over to premium seating at San Siro is significantly below the 15 per cent average at other leading European clubs.

FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D'Hooghe confirmed the governing body is awaiting a decision on the proposed changes to the concussion rule, including the introduction of a temporary substitute.

FIFPro has led calls for change to the current three-minute assessment and treatment of head injuries after high-profile incidents since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The issue of concussion and head injuries dominated headlines last season – a sickening incident involving Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in the Champions League semi-finals of particular concern.

Vertonghen required extensive treatment after colliding with the back of Spurs team-mate Toby Alderweireld's head in the first half of a first-leg loss to Ajax in London, where he was initially cleared to return as per the current concussion protocol.

The 32-year-old, however, had to be helped from the field moments later in worrying scenes on the sidelines. While he was cleared of concussion following days of assessment, Vertonghen had been advised to undertake a "brief period of rehabilitation" before returning to training.

It was one of many head-related incidents in 2018-19 amid calls for the introduction of an independent doctor as well as demands for 'temporary concussion substitutions'. Switzerland defender Fabian Schar, Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina, Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes and United Arab Emirates' Fares Juma Al Saadi were cleared to return under the current guidelines.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is now set to decide on changes following talks with FIFA, with the main proposal to increase the current three-minute assessment window for a suspected concussion to a mandatory 10-minute test.

"It's an actual problem," D'Hooghe told Omnisport about concussions and head injuries. "In my medical business, it's the number one problem.

"I had a meeting 14 days ago in Zurich with the members of FIFA's medical committee and also with people from the diverse federations. We came to conclusions that have to be confirmed by the FIFA Council and by the IFAB. 

"We think the doctor must be on the top level like players. That means we will introduce a new chapter in the FIFA medical diploma and we propose that each doctor on the bench in an international match would have proved to have followed this chapter of the medical diploma, so we don't have a doctor who isn't completely aware of the medical situations on the bench.

"Secondly, we introduced the team doctor can be approached not only by the second medical person but a neutral doctor, who has also the repetitive view of the incident, so he can also inform the team doctor and fourth official by saying for instance 'I've seen this player has been unconscious'. That is the second new rule. If a player has been unconscious, even for a short moment, then we want absolutely that he leaves the field.

"Then there's the last point. We have received proposals from FIFPro and some associations, asking why don't you let the doctor do the famous necessary 10 minutes for the SCAT5 examination, and why don't you allow a temporary substitute during this 10 minutes?

"First of all, I can tell you one of the mistakes is that people think this 10 minutes would replace the three minutes. That's absolutely not true. The three minutes aren't there to do a complete examination but just to ask if they player can continue or not. Not more than that.

"That last proposal can have consequences for the refereeing and the rules of the game. That's why our medical committee before deciding asks advice to the IFAB about what they think about the proposal before coming to conclusions that we could eventually take into our next medical commission of FIFA."

FIFA has previously had concerns about managers abusing the temporary substitute rule but D'Hooghe added: "I think that since we leave the decision essentially and exclusively to the team doctor, that in fact the manager has no more role in that.

"Of course I'm not naive, I can think that he will put the team doctor under pressure. But that is why the team doctor, if he has any hesitation, can call the neutral doctor who has the direct images to give his advice also. But for me, the responsibility must always remain in the hands of the team doctor because he knows the player better than anyone."

Reports suggest the proposed changes could be implemented next season but D'Hooghe said: "I think we have to wait for the next meeting of the medical committee to receive the answers. So that means that the first decisions could follow in March 2020."

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