World Cup Today: France again prohibits private fan zones for security reasons

Just like during Euro 2016, French authorities are banning fan zones during the World Cup that aren't organized in closed or strictly controlled areas.

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The security measures reflect the continuing threat of terrorist attacks in France.

"I remind all publicly-elected officials of the fact that 'big screen' zones are completely forbidden in public spaces," said France's ministry for the interior in a statement.

During Euro 2016, France held officially sanctioned "fan zones" in each of the 10 host cities with a heavy security presence. During the 2018 World Cup, heavy security will again be required -- paid for at the "cost of the organizer," the ministry noted.

Salah sighting. Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah's race against the clock to rehab his injured left shoulder has taken him to Spain, where footage of him undergoing treatment without a sling brought hope that the Liverpool forward's shoulder can heal in time for the start of the World Cup. The Pharaohs begin play on the second day of the tournament against Uruguay.

In his own words ...

Liverpool physiotherapist Ruben Pons described to Marca (in Spanish) the immediate aftermath to Salah's injury:

“We knew that it was something serious as soon as [Salah] fell on the ground because he never complains, we were afraid of the worst. We were in the field until the break, I was devastated, I tried to transmit calmness, I told him that nothing could be done and that he did not worry too much, it was time to look for solutions and not to regret because things did not work.

"We were watching the game, we were looking at social networks and the security was telling us the result, Madrid has scored, we equalized. When we came back, the game was over, the whole team had changed and prepared for riding the team bus, we helped him change because he could not do it alone and we went to the airport.

“Once we knew the injury, we planned the treatment, he is sad about what happened but he is totally focused on recovery and seeing when he can be ready. He is going to mark the recovery times, in principle it will be from three to four weeks but we are going to try to reduce those deadlines, that’s the big goal.”
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