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Neymar to miss Argentina******
BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Brazil forward Neymar will miss his team's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina because of a leg muscle injury, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Monday.。
The 29-year-old was ruled out of Tuesday's clash in the central-western Argentine city of San Juan after feeling pain in the adductor area of his left thigh.。
"Neymar Jr said he felt insecure about the situation and, as there is not enough time to carry out complementary exams, the technical commission decided to rest the player who will not travel with the team," a CBF statement read.。
Meanwhile, Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni confirmed that Lionel Messi would play, playing down concerns about the 34-year-old's fitness.。
The Paris Saint-Germain forward made a 14-minute cameo appearance off the bench in Argentina's 1-0 win over Uruguay on Friday, having missed Paris Saint-Germain's last two games because of knee and hamstring problems.。
"He was physically fit the other day and in the end we decided that the best thing was for him to play a few minutes so that he could get a feel for it and he is confirmed to play tomorrow," Scaloni told reporters.。
Brazil head the 10-team South American zone standings with 34 points from 12 matches, six points ahead of second-placed Argentina.。
The Selecao secured their place at next year's World Cup in Qatar with a 1-0 win over Colombia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.。
The top four teams in the group will automatically qualify for football's showpiece tournament while the fifth-ranked side while advance to an inter-continental playoff. Enditem。
Bayern announces wage cuts for unvaccinated players******
BERLIN, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- Bayern Munich have announced that players who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be subject to wage cuts.。
Media reports suggest that the record German champions have announced the cuts for unvaccinated players such as Joshua Kimmich, as professional football in Germany is suffering from a rising number of positive infection cases and quarantine orders.。
Reports speak of the club threatening to exclude affected players from regular training as a next step.。
The news comes after Werder Bremen head coach Markus Anfang resigned after he was accused of having forged his vaccination papers, with investigations continuing.。
Faked documents can be penalized with up to five years in prison.。
Due to health regulations and federal state law, employees can't count on receiving their regular salary payments if they are in quarantine.。
This regulation is in effect in the state of Bavaria, which affects Kimmich and Bayern teammates Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Michael Cuisance.。
As an unvaccinated person, German international Kimmich missed several games after having to quarantine following close contact with a positive case.。
Health regulations force unvaccinated contacts into isolation for at least seven days. Kimmich was put into quarantine when fully vaccinated Niklas Sule tested positive while with the national team.。
Five players had to leave the Germany camp before the kick-off of a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Following which a person in Kimmich's close circle of contacts also tested positive.。
The midfielder missed Bayern's Bundesliga encounter against Augsburg and will also not play in next week's Champions League tie against Dynamo Kyiv.。
Reports speak of the Bayern players being caught by surprise, as they hadn't expected such drastic steps to be made.。
Kimmich's refusal to receive the jab is causing ongoing annoyance among teammates and head coach Julian Nagelsmann.。
The Bayern coach renewed his appeal to get vaccinated and admitted to being annoyed by the disturbance.。
Statistics show Bayern's average point haul without Kimmich has dropped to 1.9 from 2.4. While Bayern have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, the club fears the loss of players in the advanced stages of the competition.。
This weekend, Bayern lost its second Bundesliga match of the season. Many at the club accuse Kimmich and others of having triggered disturbing in-house troubles. Reports speak of a majority of team members standing in favor of the clubs' actions.。
Several federal states are expected to demand that games are played behind closed doors, as infection rates in Germany are rising. RB Leipzig has to play its Champions League game against Paris Saint-Germain without fans, while the state of Bavaria has reduced the permitted stadium capacity to 25 percent. Enditem。
More countries use China******
Business operators from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar are now using the China-Laos Railway to import and export goods to and from China and beyond, according to a Lao official.
Local daily Vientiane Times on Tuesday quoted Vice President of the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Daovone Phachanthavong, as saying that more goods are being shipped between China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries through the railway.
"I think Laos' economy will improve this year now that the Laos-China Railway is in use. Businesses in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar are increasingly engaged in trade with China using the railway," he said.
"I have been hired to transport goods between China and these four ASEAN countries. In addition, many people in ASEAN countries, particularly Thailand, want to travel on the railway and visit Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang once the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided."
"I am sure that when the pandemic wanes and travel restrictions are lifted, many Chinese people will also visit Laos and other ASEAN countries, and will use the railway, which will directly benefit hotels, restaurants and other businesses in the hospitality sector," Daovone said.
Opening for service in December 2021, the China-Laos Railway has opened up the possibility of extending export routes to Central Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Europe.
"Many companies are considering investing in Laos because goods from ASEAN countries can now be sent to Europe through the Laos-China Railway," Daovone said.
"Rice and coffee from Laos have been shipped to Europe by rail, which saves a lot of time compared to sea transport."
The China-Laos Railway has so far transported more than one million passengers and 500,000 tons of cargo including 100,000 tons of cross-border goods since it became operational in December 2021.
The China-Laos Railway is a docking project between the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos' strategy to convert itself from a landlocked country to a land-linked hub.