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Sports News – Friday 7/12/18

Arsenal to 'remind players of their responsibilities' after 'hippy crack' video emerges

Arsenal say they will "remind players of their responsibilities" after a video emerged which appears to show a number of Arsenal player’s inhaling nitrous oxide.

Stars including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from CCTV footage and was published by The Sun.

In a statement Arsenal said: "The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club."


Nearly two-thirds of retired rugby players have experienced mental health problems

The RFA described the revelations, which were published today in the Telegraph, as a "major issue" and have called on others in the sport to increase their backing for former players.

The study is based on 200 retired players (46% retired internationals; 77% who have played 100 club matches or at international level), in wich 62% has suffered some sort of mental issue; 52% did not feel in control of their lives two years after hanging up their boots; nearly 50% had financial concerns(ranging from panic attacks to suicidal thoughts - were driven mainly by financial concerns) and 46% were not prepared for life after the oval ball.

"That is almost two in three players suffering mental health issues. If that is not a major issue that requires focus then I do not know what is"


Jim McGuinness has been appointed in the United Soccer League

Former Donegal All Ireland-winning boss, Jim McGuinness has been appointed manager of the Charlotte Independence in the United Soccer League on a three-year contact.

He worked as a coach alongside Neil Lennon at Celtic before stepping down from Donegal in 2014 and moving to Glasgow on a permanent basis to manage the Under-20s. McGuinness then joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan.

"I am very excited about the prospect of taking up the head coach role at the Charlotte Independence and am both proud and grateful to the club for having put its faith in me," said McGuinness.

"With Jim as Head Coach and our experienced management team, we believe we are now ideally positioned to compete strongly in the USL Championship in 2019 and beyond."