World Cup in brief

Inquiry into Mexico fans’ behaviour
WORLD governing body Fifa have opened an inquiry into “improper conduct” by Mexico fans following claims of homophobic chants during last Friday’s match against Cameroon. Meanwhile, Cameroon coach Volker Finke has vowed to discover why defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto aimed a headbutt at team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo during Wednesday’s defeat to Cameroon. Finke said: “It’s not the image of Cameroon I want to project.”

Spain defeat signals end of an era
SPAIN’S dominance of international football is over, midfielder Xabi Alonso has conceded. The World Cup holders and winners of the last two European Championships lost their first two games in Brazil and cannot now qualify from Group B. Alonso said: “The joy and success we’ve experienced is over. Normally cycles come to an end after a defeat.”

Fellaini makes haircut promise
MANCHESTER United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has promised to cut his trademark afro hair should Belgium win the World Cup. The 26-year-old said: “Am I sure? Yes, absolutely. We have a deal.” Belgium, who beat Algeria 2-1 in their opening match, hope to have defender Vincent Kompany fit for Sunday’s second Group H clash with Russia after the Manchester City captain missed training yesterday with a groin strain.

GAMES ON TV

ITALY v COSTA RICA
Today 5pm, BBC ONE

SWITZERLAND v FRANCE
Today 8pm, ITV1

HONDURAS v ECUADOR
Today 11pm, ITV1