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Australian won’t play after tearing hamstring

– Ivan Franjic was ruled out of the remainder of Australia’s World Cup campaign after injuring his left hamstring in Friday’s 3-1 loss to Chile.

Franjic was replaced early in the second half, and Australia coach Ange Postecoglou told domestic media Saturday that medical scans showed a “fairly significant tear.”

The 26-year-old defender had a difficult start as Australia conceded two early goals but played a role in the comeback with a cross in the lead-up to Tim Cahill’s goal that made it 2-1 before halftime.

His absence leaves a hole for Australia at right back for Wednesday’s match against Netherlands, with Ryan McGowan likely to take Franjic’s starting spot.

Franjic posted comments on his social network accounts, saying he was “shattered to get the bad news.”

Staying home

Franz Beckenbauer won’t go to the World Cup in Brazil after being suspended by FIFA for refusing to cooperate with a corruption investigation.

“I presume I’m no longer welcome at FIFA,” the German soccer great told the Bild newspaper.

FIFA confirmed Saturday that Beckenbauer, who captained and coached West Germany to win World Cups, is barred from attending matches during his 90-day ban.

Beckenbauer is also barred from official duty as Bayern Munich’s global ambassador and as a special adviser to FIFA’s football committee.

FIFA’s ethics committee suspended Beckenbauer on Friday for declining to help prosecutor Michael Garcia’s inquiry of alleged corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes. The case against him for non-cooperation is being investigated by a member of Garcia’s ethics panel.

Beckenbauer was a voter on FIFA’s board when it chose Russia and Qatar as World Cup hosts in 2010.

Security to tighten

Tighter security checks were promised at World Cup stadiums after Chile fans let off fireworks when their team sealed victory over Australia.

Brazil’s organizing committee spokesman Saint-Clair Milesi said it aims to make security “even more rigorous.” Milesi said the fireworks in Cuiaba on Friday “isn’t acceptable for fans and for organizers.”

Free transportation

Fans with game tickets will be offered free ground transportation between host cities at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Alexey Sorokin, the head of the Russian organizing committee, said “free travel is a guarantee that we signed at the highest level during our bid.”

Speaking Saturday in Rio, Sorokin said train or bus travel will be offered between the 11 host cities, all located in the west of the country.

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