Verstappen to start Russain GP from the back after engine change

Championship leader Max Verstappen will start Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after opting to change his engine. The move was expected due to title rivals Mercedes’ historic dominance at the Sochi Autodrom.

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Lukaku calls for meetings with social media chiefs

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku says social media companies should sit down with Premier League footballers to help combat online abuse. A large number of footballers have been subjected to racist abuse in recent years and spoken out about the discrimination, including Lukaku and his Chelsea team-mates Reece James and Antonio Rudiger.

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Lionel Messi a doubt for Man City clash due to knee injury

Lionel Messi has been ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 clash at Metz and is in doubt for next Tuesday’s Champions League game against Manchester City after sustaining a left knee injury. Messi was substituted on his home debut in PSG’s victory over Lyon on Sunday and the club has announced he is set to undergo scans after suffering a knock.

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FIFA to discuss biennial World Cup next week

Fifa will hold an online summit with its member associations on 30 September to discuss the international men’s and women’s calendar. A World Cup every two years rather than four is part of Fifa’s plans. The current match calendar for the women’s game runs to the end of 2023, while the men’s expires in 2024.

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