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CONMEBOL suspends officials for 'serious errors' in Argentina******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said Wednesday it suspended Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha and video assistant Esteban Ostojich for "serious errors" in Argentina's home World Cup qualifier against Brazil.。
The decision relates to an incident in which Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi struck Brazil forward Raphinha with an elbow to the face during the first half of Tuesday's match in San Juan, which ended in a goalless draw.。
The knock left Leeds United's Raphinha with a bloody wound in the mouth that required five stitches at halftime.。
In a video released by CONMEBOL on Wednesday, Ostojich is heard telling Cunha that he considered the foul a "yellow-card offense." Despite the recommendation, Cunha opted not to caution Otamendi, nor did he award a free kick against the Benfica center back.。
"The performance of the chief referee, Andres Ismael Cunha Soca Vargas, and the [video assistant referee], Esteban Daniel Ostojich Vega ... was technically analyzed by [the referees' committee], which concluded that they committed serious and manifest errors in their duty," read a CONMEBOL statement.。
It said that Otamendi had "put at risk the physical integrity" of the Leeds United player, adding that both match officials were suspended "indefinitely."
The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Wednesday night that it would send an official complaint to FIFA and request that Otamendi be banned.。
Brazil manager Tite told reporters after the match it was "inconceivable" that the referee chose not to take action after consulting the video assistant. Enditem。
Front runners Bayern rout Hoffenheim in Bundesliga******
BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- Reigning champions Bayern Munich defended its one-point advantage atop the standings after whitewashing Hoffenheim 4-0 in the 9th round of Bundesliga on Saturday.
The "Bavarians" started powerful into the clash on home soil and created their first chance with two minutes played when Robert Lewandowski chipped the ball over goalkeeper Oliver Baumann but just wide of the far post.
The hosts thought they had opened the scoring in the 8th minute but Serge Gnabry's goal was disallowed by the referee due to a foregone foul play by Jamal Musiala.
Gnabry got his name on the scoreboards nonetheless in the 16th minute after the German international benefitted on Musiala's through ball to beat Baumann from tight angle.
Hoffenheim tried to find answers, but Bayern pressed and doubled its advantage at the half hour mark when Gnabry neutralized a Hoffenheim attack at his own box with a long pass to Lewandowski, who flicked the ball into the path of Thomas Muller, who shrugged off Chris Richards before assisting Lewandowski, whose long-rang hammer caught Baumann flat footed.
Baumann had his hands full of work as he had to be on guard to defuse a promising chance from Lewandowski in the closing stage of the first half.
After the restart, the hosts took their foot off the gas pedal and handed over control. Hoffenheim, however, lacked in ideas to threaten Bayern Munich's well-organized defence.
Hoffenheim enjoyed more possession but failed to turn its dominance into a tangible reward. Bayern then ruthlessly destroyed Hoffenheim's hopes of a comeback in the 82nd minute as substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting capitalized on a miscued clearance and slotted home from close range.
The third goal took the wind out of the visitors sails meanwhile Bayern wasn't done with the scoring and made it 4-0 through Kingsley Coman, who made the most of Dayot Upamecano's deep through ball in the 87th minute.
"We are of course disappointed. We came here to front Bayern and to annoy them. We created a few chances but unfortunately didn't utilize them" said Hoffenheim defender David Raum.
With the win, Bayern Munich stay atop the standings. Hoffenheim suffered its fourth loss in the campaign and slump to the 10th place in the table.
Elsewhere, runners-up Borussia Dortmund remain on the heels of the German giants after beating Arminia Bielefeld 3-1 on the goals from Emre Can, Mats Hummels and Jude Bellingham.
In-form Freiburg move to the third place after snatching a 2-0 away victory over Wolfsburg to record the fifth win from nine games, and newly promoted Greuther Furth remain winless after losing 4-1 to Leipzig. Enditem
China League One side Wuhan secures promotion******
XI'AN, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Newly-promoted Wuhan Three Towns defeated Kunshan FC 2-0 on Monday in the 32nd round of the 2021 China League One, the country's second-tier football league, securing a berth in next season's Chinese Super League (CSL).。
With December 13 marking China's National Memorial Day for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, all players observed a minute's silence before kick-off.。
Xun Junmin and Hildeberto Pereira of Kunshan were both sent off before Marcos Vinicius Amaral Alves broke the deadlock for Wuhan in the 48th minute.。
In the 83rd minute, former Chinese international Deng Zhuoxiang sealed the win for Wuhan with a close-range effort.。
With third-placed Chengdu Rongcheng now eight points adrift of Wuhan with only two rounds of matches remaining, the win confirmed Wuhan's promotion to next season's CSL.。
"I am very happy, and I want to thank my family and my club's staff very much," said Wuhan head coach Pedro Morilla in the post-match press conference.。
In the other League One game played on Monday, fourth-placed Zhejiang FC smashed Guizhou FC 6-1 to keep its hopes of promotion alive.。
While the top two finishers in League One are automatically promoted to the CSL, the third and fourth place finishers enter a post-season playoff with the teams finishing 15th and 16th in the CSL, to determine which teams will play in next season's top tier. Enditem。