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mund has lost two more defend-
ers to injuries in a major blow
before its Bundesliga showdown
with Bayern Munich.
Mats Hummels and Marcel
Schmelzer both have been ruled
out of Saturday's match, meaning
that three of Dortmund's regular
defenders won't be available.
Neven Subotic is out for the sea-
son with a knee injury.
Hummels, a central defender,
twisted his right foot and dam-
aged ligaments in his heel in Ger-
many's 1-0 win over England on
Tuesday. Schmelzer sustained a
right-calf injury in the same
Hummels will miss the rest of
the year while Schmelzer, a left
back, will be sidelined for three
Dortmund reacted by signing
former Germany international
Manuel Friedrich until the end of
The 34-year-old defender, who
has been without a club since the
end of the last season, has been
training with Dortmund for a few
"Manuel Friedrich is very expe-
rienced and left a good impression
in training," Dortmund's director
of sports Michael Zorc said.
Friedrich last played for Bayer
Leverkusen and before that was
in Mainz, under current Dort-
mund coach Juergen Klopp.
"It's an exceptional situation,"
Dortmund's chief executive Hans-
Joachim Watzke said.
Bayern holds a four-point lead
over Dortmund and Leverkusen
in the Bundesliga and Dortmund
could see its title hopes all but
vanish if it falls another three
Saturday's match in Dortmund
is a replay of the Champions
League final, won by Bayern in
Bayern is still undefeated in the
Bundesliga, while Dortmund is
coming off a 2-1 loss in Wolfs-
burg. Subotic, Hummels' partner
in central defense, tore right-knee
ligaments in that game.
Hummels played only 20 min-
utes against England after coming
on at the start of the second half.
Schmelzer played the first half.
On Friday, Hummels scored
Germany's goal in a 1-1 draw in
a friendly in Italy.
Hummels had been relegated
to the bench in the last couple of
World Cup qualifying games by
Germany coach Joachim Loew.
Bayern travels to Dortmund
without midfielder Bastian
Schweinsteiger, who is out long-
term with an ankle injury. Winger
Arjen Robben is likely to be avail-
able despite receiving a knock on
his ankle while on international
duty for the Netherlands.
The match also marks the
return of midfielder Mario Goetze
to Dortmund for the first time
since he left his childhood team
for Bayern at the start of the sea-
ZURICH---Fifa will let referees use a
vanishing spray to mark out the dis-
tance for a defensive wall from a free
kick during matches at the Club World
Cup in Morocco next month.
Referees paint a white line 9.15
metres (ten yards) from the ball which
defenders must stay behind at a free
kick. The line disappears within one
Fifa's head of refereeing Massimo
Busacca says feedback from Morocco
and trials at Under-20 and Under-17
World Cups this year will help decide
if the tests are extended.
Vanishing spray is unlikely to be used
at the World Cup in Brazil, though a
decision could potentially be taken
March 1-2 when Fifa's rules-making
panel meets in Zurich.
The spray is popular in South Amer-
ica but is not widely used elsewhere.
ZURICH---Pressure on Qatar to
improve the labor conditions for
migrant workers building 2022 World
Cup projects increased yesterday with
Fifa president Sepp Blatter describing
the situation as unacceptable.
Fifa issued a statement after Blatter
met International Trade Union Con-
federation president Michael Sommer
and agreed that "fair working conditions
must be introduced quickly, consistently
and on a sustained basis in Qatar."
Qatar has been criticised in reports
by the United Nations and Amnesty
International over pay, labor and hous-
ing conditions for workers brought
mostly from south Asia.
"Economic and political leaders must
contribute to improving the unaccept-
able situation in Qatar," said Blatter,
who met this month with the Emir of
Qatar and other government officials
in Doha. "I am convinced that Qatar
is taking the situation very seriously."
Fifa has previously been tackled for
not intervening more quickly with the
Qatari authorities. Blatter has said the
issue is "not Fifa's primary responsibility
but we cannot turn a blind eye."
Sommer said it was "our mission to
establish humane working conditions"
in Qatar, where reported abuses include
workers having pay withheld, passports
confiscated and being prevented from
leaving the country without consent
"Qatar must guarantee the (Inter-
national Labor Organisation's) core
labor standards and thus eliminate dis-
crimination and forced labor as well as
allow freedom of association for its 1.3
million migrant workers," Sommer said.
Qatari World Cup organisers have
acknowledged that the "kafala" system
of employment sponsorship---which
the UN wants abolished---needs to be
modernised, and say the government
is preparing reforms.
Fifa, trade unions to work
on Qatar labor issues
Club World Cup refs
to use vanishing spray
Dortmund loses two more defenders
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, left, closes in on Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer during the
Champions League group F soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and
Arsenal FC in Dortmund, Germany, on November 6. AP PHOTO
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