the second time the club have been. is the second time the club have been. postpone a fixture this year. at the end of last season they didn't play their match with bre ntford didn't play their match with brentford because of a player strike over unpaid wages so potentially they are facing sanctions on two cou nts they are facing sanctions on two counts from the ear fell over failing to fulfil a fixture. if you think ligue one who are yet to start their season, they've not been allowed to buy the efl, several games suspended over financial concerns and they haven't been able to prove to the efl they are financially viable going forward so a degree of turmoil in ligue one at the moment. let's round up some of the day's other sports stories now. oliver norwood's decision to retire from internationalfootball has been slammed by the northern ireland manager michael o'neill. still only 28, the sheffield united captain wants to focus on his club career. o'neill says he's making a huge mistake. phillipe coutinho‘s joined bayern munich from barcelona on a season—long loan deal. bayern have the option to buy him forjust short of 110 million pounds at the end of the loan spell.
and jimmy white has finally broken his crucible jinx. after losing six world championship finals he won a world seniors event being held at the venue in sheffield for the first time. ever since australia batsman steve smith went down after being struck on the neck during the second ashes test on saturday, there's been a lot of talk around how quickly he was allowed to continue. he was struck by a bouncer travelling at over 92mph, but was cleared to return an hour later, before being diagnosed with delayed concussion and sitting out the final day yesterday. he could be back on thursday if he shows no ill effects, but leading brain injury charity headway says that's too soon, and that cricket should follow the lead of other sports in enforcing a compulsory period out for any player following a concussion. luke griggs is their deputy chief executive.
currently, the return to play protocols don't mandate a set period of time where a player who has been diagnosed with concussion has to sit it out. football, rugby, hockey, all these boards have these periods of at least six or seven days in the professional sport and parameters it is three weeks. they mandate once you've been diagnosed you've got to go through a return to play protocol and you can't play until then. cricket doesn't have that i think that's wrong and it needs to be looked at very quickly and very carefully. this is what the icc say in their concussion management guidelines regarding a return to play decision. a concussed player requires formal medical clearance to return to training and play but are never permitted to return on the day of the injury. usually, a player will recover in about seven days but this can vary from individual to individual. but that time frame is not enforced. the icc wouldn't comment further tonight. speaking today, the former england opener nick compton backed calls to put safety at the forefront, but said you can never
eliminate the risk. risk is a big fact of life when you're playing cricket at the top level, that is what we want to see, thatis level, that is what we want to see, that is what breeds excitement, it breeds players like steve smith, one of the greats, we want to watch that skill, we want to be shown the difference between him and others. and that's why not everyone can play at the top level. at the same stretch of the imagination, we need to make sure carers at the forefront of our minds and make sure the rules behind concussion are more stringent. steve smith going off the field as opposed to his other batting partner who got struck as well and didn't go off, so clearly there was a difference in the way they reacted and what the medical officers saw. perhaps there needs to bea officers saw. perhaps there needs to be a bit more and strength on that line but at the same time that is why we watch test cricket, we want
to see these players up against the best, the fastest and archer has been a wonderful addition to test cricket. now, olympic qualification awaits the winner of the eurohockey championships. england could have qualified for the semi—finals with a game to spare, but could only draw with germany. there was a huge win for ireland who beat belarus ii—o. nigel ringland is in antwerp in belgium where the tournament's being staged. today marks the third anniversary of great britain's women winning the gold medal at the olympics in rio and seven of that squad are here in antwerp this week looking for qualification for tokyo 2020 and to do so they have to win the tournament and they went in today's match knowing a win could secure a semifinal spot. they got off to the perfect start. your hunter's bulb picked up and the finish applied. germany came back into the game after half—time and with just seconds remaining in the third quarter, they equalised. very disappointed with the draw would say
something, that is a positive because in the first half we did probably enough where we could have got some more chances and taken the wind. overall, good, pleasing we got a step up from yesterday and we want to do it against belarus. neither country guaranteed a place in the semifinals because ireland came back into the equation with a thumping 11-0 into the equation with a thumping 11—0 win over belarus. upton scored four goals from penalty corners as ireland run riot in the second half. england will be firm favourites to secure the first of the semifinal places but if ireland can upset the odds and beat germany they'd join them in the semifinals. there's more olympic qualification at stake at the european showjumping championships which are getting under way in the netherlands tomorrow. the squad includes leading riders scott brash and ben mayer, who were both part of the line—up when team gb claimed olympic silver at london 2012. but many will be looking out for one of the most exciting partnerships in british showjumping
at the moment, holly smith and her horse heart's destiny. they made their international debut at the world equestrian games last year she's now seen as a potential olympic medallist. ijust i just feel like everything ijust feel like everything is really clicking into place. we've already had a grand prix win this year out on the sunshine tour. we did fantastic in dublin last weekend. from a physical or mental point of view from the horse, i feel everything is clicking into place andi everything is clicking into place and ijust everything is clicking into place and i just hope everything is clicking into place and ijust hope we perform how i think we can because the horse is top, top class. and, before i go, the list of fifa's top ten goals of the year has been announced. the puscas award. mo salah won it last year. and this year it features some of the usual suspects. lionel messi, zlatan. but there's one name you might not expect. this is billie simpson of cliftonville ladies with this unbelievable strike. she's on the list and you can vote for your favourite to win
the award on the fifa website until the september 1st. she has my vote! that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are political strategist, jo tanner and broadcaster & authorjohn kampfner. in the telegraph, tearing up the backstop, borisjohnson in the telegraph, tearing up the backstop, boris johnson demands in the telegraph, tearing up the backstop, borisjohnson demands an alternative from the eu after an argument in ireland. the same story leads the guardian of ac mrjohnson has told the eu he wants the backstop replaced with a set of
commitments to prevent a hard border. in the metro, sir eltonjohn defends the duke and duchess of sussex after criticism they took four flights sussex after criticism they took fourflights in ii sussex after criticism they took four flights in 11 days. sussex after criticism they took fourflights in 11 days. in the mail, 1000 dementia patients a day admitted to hospital with poor social care. the mirror is leading with the death of the ripper hoaxer, the man who derailed the inquiry by convincing the police he was the yorkshire ripper. he has died. in the express, a taser for every officer, says one police chief, who is talking about soaring violent crime. we will talk about some of those. take us to the guardian on what it is saying about what borisjohnson is saying about what borisjohnson is saying about what borisjohnson is saying to the eu. today, boris johnson, newly installed prime minister, has written to the eu, setting out that the backstop could be replaced by a new form of
commitments come at as it has been called, which is the first step on starting to wade in to the issue about the existing withdrawal agreement on what is going to happen next. he has proposed in a 4—page letter that the backstop is anti—democratic... i letter that the backstop is anti—democratic. .. i can't letter that the backstop is anti—democratic... i can't even say it! and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the uk which is now pa rt sovereignty of the uk which is now part of this rhetoric of i'm standing upfor part of this rhetoric of i'm standing up for the uk, this is about britain, boris is going to stand up for about britain, boris is going to stand upfor our about britain, boris is going to stand up for our sovereignty. and the nvidia is foreigner, and the eu are the problem in this process. not the government and what it has done in the past. the guardian saying that you remain unconvinced by boris move. and boris has himself said our friends and partners on the other side of the channel are showing a little reluctance to change their position. it is a nice
understatement. otherwise known as a giant german and french shrewsbury being blown and these proposals. he is off to see them this week, so interesting chats when he turns up. he has all these meetings coming up in the next few days, hasn't he, with some interesting encounters to come. angela merkel, who i have seen and known for some time, she is massively unimpressed by chancers, she disdains donald trump, thinks he isa she disdains donald trump, thinks he is a complete pillock or the german equivalent of that. i haven't worked that —— heard that word for ages! it's fantastic! nobody takes him seriously, borisjohnson, it's fantastic! nobody takes him seriously, boris johnson, making it's fantastic! nobody takes him seriously, borisjohnson, making up stories about straight bananas when he was in the telegraph back in the 90s. she will be civil, she will be listening, she is a good listener.