What happened in football today: January 29, 2021

Premier League confirm introduction of concussion substitutes

The Premier League has confirmed that it will introduce concussion substitutes from February 6, which Athleticism unveiled Thursday evening.

The lawsuit was approved at the general meeting of shareholders last week. The Premier League have now confirmed that, as Athleticism revealed on Thursday, the top flight intend to implement the plan from Matchday 23.

Trials will also take place from the fifth round of the FA Cup and from February 6 in the Women’s Super League.

Rojo close to Boca Juniors transfer

Marcos Rojo is set to complete his transfer to Boca Juniors, ending a seven-year spell at Manchester United.

The 30-year-old defender has been in Argentina and will undergo a medical at Boca once the final terms of his departure from Old Trafford are agreed.

Rojo still has six months left on his contract at United and while exact departure terms are yet to be confirmed, the move is expected to be a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.

West Brom contact police over racist message

West Brom reported a racist message Romaine Sawyers received to the police.

West Brom have made it clear they will work with police to help with their investigations and are now seeking the harshest legal sanction available.

They will also seek to impose a lifetime ban from The Hawthorns for the person responsible.

Southgate joins study on neurodegenerative disorders

Gareth Southgate will take part in an FA-backed study examining potential links between neurodegenerative disorders and former footballers.

The links between football and neurodegenerative disorders have been a growing concern in recent years, with increasing numbers of former players revealing they suffer from dementia and other brain-related illnesses.

The England manager will now help an FA-backed study and has also called on former professionals to take part in the studies.

Derby County players paid their January wages

Derby County players and staff have received their wages for January, Athleticism revealed.

The club were under a transfer embargo as they failed to pay their December wages to their staff on time. But this matter was resolved at the beginning of the week.

Manager Wayne Rooney said on Wednesday he was confident the players would receive their January salaries without any problems. Athleticism now understands that they were paid as expected on Friday.

Southampton join race to sign Maitland-Niles

Southampton entered the race to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan before the January transfer window closed at 11pm on Monday and are believed to be Arsenal’s preferred destination for the midfielder.

Thusday, Athleticism reported that West Brom are doing all they can to sign the 23-year-old.

For more on Maitland-Niles’ future, dive deeper below.

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