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Gyan puts penalty woes behind to focus on debut

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan insists he is completely over his World Cup penalty heartache as he prepares to make his Premier League debut for Sunderland.

sports Updated: Sep 10, 2010 01:09 IST

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan insists he is completely over his World Cup penalty heartache as he prepares to make his Premier League debut for Sunderland.

Gyan became Sunderland's record signing when he moved to the Stadium of Light from French club Rennes for 13 million pounds (20 million dollars) on transfer deadline day last month. The 24-year-old is expected to be a big hit with Sunderland fans after his impressive performances for Ghana at the World Cup.

But, despite a host of fine displays in South Africa, Gyan's contribution to the tournament will be best remembered for a missed last-minute penalty against Uruguay that would have sent his country into the semi-finals.

However, he refuses to dwell on that costly miss and prefers to look ahead to his first match in England at Wigan.

"Sure, I have already got over it. You could see after I missed the penalty, I came back and I scored (in the penalty shoot-out against Uruguay), so you could see I had just put that behind me," Gyan said.

Evra ban upheld
Patrice Evra's five-match suspension from the French national team was on Thursday upheld by the French Football Federation's (FFF) appeals commission. The left-back had appealed against the ban, which was handed down to him by the FFF as a punishment for his leading role, as captain, in the France squad's training boycott at the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA may scrap extra time
Geneva: FIFA President Sepp Blatter wants the governing body of football to consider scrapping extra time at the 2014 World Cup to encourage attacking ambition after seeing too much defensive tactics in South Africa.

Blatter said today that he wants to stop teams from being defensive when they are even after 90 minutes in a knockout match "in an attempt to avoid conceding a goal at all costs."

"To prevent this, we could go directly to a penalty shootout at full time, or reintroduce the golden goal rule," Blatter said in an interview published on FIFA's website. "We have to try to find a way to encourage free-flowing football in tournaments like the World Cup, with teams playing to win."