Football injuries cost €705 million in Qatar World Cup year

Murillo of Nottingham Forest goes down with an injury during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Nottingham Forest at London Stadium

Injuries to European footballers became more severe after the winter World Cup in Qatar last year, contributing to a nearly 30% annual jump in the cost to clubs of seeing their players sit on the sidelines.

The findings come in a report by City of London insurance firm Howden Group Holdings Ltd., which said clubs in Europe’s leading five leagues suffered a €704.9 million ($767 million) hit from injuries last season, up from €553.6 million ...