“It is strange, LaLiga preaches that it sanitized the economy and asks ERTE”

first_imgThe Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) has issued a new official statement this Sunday to confirm the position of its associates in the current crisis that Spanish football is experiencing due to the effects of the coronavirus. The footballers’ union does so after the meetings, via telematics, which it has held with the First and Second captains in the last two days, after failing to reach an agreement with LaLiga during the four meetings held in seven days and once. that the employers have urged the clubs to initiate more ERTE as an urgent solution to the problems caused by inactivity.David Aganzo, president of AFE, will meet again tomorrow afternoon with the head of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, and on Tuesday both institutions will meet by videoconference with Luis Rubiales (RFEF) within the Follow-up Commission created by the Federation to debate measures, schedules and aid for Spanish football.This is the full statement from the union:“After the meetings held by the Association of Spanish Soccer Players with captains and representatives of the first squads of the First and Second Division clubs, These groups want to express the following:1.- First and Second Division footballers want to state that being aware of the situation we are experiencing, we affirm that in all meetings held, the first concern and demand is health, and that The competition must not be resumed until authorized by the health authorities. 2.- Regarding the competition schedule, it is subject to the decisions of the health authorities. A decision will be required from AFE for this purpose. Everything is conditioned to individual health and the protection of public health, that of all the citizens of this country.3.- The return to the competition, which means a return to the playing fields and our changing rooms, will require a protocol that determines the existence of a risk prevention coordinator and pandemic specialist, that guarantees health safety to all operators operating in the field of football.4.- As for the ERTES, it is strange that from LaLiga they support them, Taking into account that the economic control, and the well-balanced economy preached from the employers, in relation to the clubs, has not been a mattress for a temporary situation of two months, being aware that the competition has been suspended and not canceled. And considering that the clubs themselves and the players individually are reaching agreements when it comes to wages. What footballers are not going to do is stop guaranteeing our labor rights5.- To finish, Those of us who sign this document today are so committed to this society that we want to make it clear that a return to competition should not be done without an express decision by the authorities, Well, it’s not about the footballer, but about his entire environment. And in this sense, if we have to carry out an initiative in the Congress of Deputies, we will. Health should be everyone’s business. “last_img read more

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“Something happened between Luis Enrique and me that I still can’t explain”

first_imgDo you think that the Europa League that Atlético wins in 2010 with you on the Atletico bench was the beginning of the change in the team that came later with Simeone?The fans remind me of this and thanks me, and that fills me with pride. It is true that winning that title, after the previous one had been achieved almost 40 years ago, was like breaking down a wall; like taking a run towards the jump that occurred later with Cholo.In a hypothetical match between your 2010 Atleti and this season’s Cholo, for example, who would win?We also have great players: Forlán, Agüero, Diego Costa, Simao, Reyes, Jurado … And we were also organized and we came out very well against, which is the idiosyncrasy of Atleti. So I don’t know how that hypothetical match would end.A curiosity: what happened between Luis Enrique and you so that after being friends that relationship was broken? It was surprising that when you were at Espanyol and he was at Barça, Luis Enrique did not want to take the traditional coaches photo before those derbies. “Training Valencia I received comments that there could be the possibility of managing Real Madrid” Quique Sánchez Flores (Madrid, 5-2-1965) has given a telematic interview to AS in which he has told how he is managing confinement due to the coronavirus crisis and has reviewed experiences and outstanding episodes of his time as a former soccer player in Valencia , Real Madrid and Zaragoza, and as coach in the ten clubs in which he has been hired.What do you miss the most from this confinement?The loss of space, of freedom, of contact with ours. This has been a very big emotional impact.Have you thought about the first thing you are going to do when we get out of the Alarm State and our life becomes a little normal?Yes, hug, kiss, want to be close to people …Do you think that when normality arrives in our lives it will be very different from what we did until now?I think it will take a long time, and it will be different; We will have to make a solidarity effort because the world that we are going to find to the one of a month and a half ago will be very different. We have to build and walk that adaptation among all of us and we have to do it well so as not to take steps back until the vaccine is found.We go with his professional stage. His career as a coach started with Real Madrid Youth. Since then his career on the bench is extensive. At some point did Madrid call you to return and occupy the white bench?Not directly. It is true that training Valencia, where we were doing things well in the League and in the Champions League, comments came to me that that possibility could exist, but beyond that, nothing.Of the 10 clubs you have trained, what life and football teaching have you taken in each one of them?It is that they have all been very different. At Getafe, in the first year, it was a lot of fun; Valencia has been my usual club and I have lived it with a very deep feeling; At Benfica I always had the feeling of being in a club with tremendously professional people; What can I say about Atleti, with such a friendly, understanding, long-suffering interest; In Espanyol, in the first year, it was very special … And then the experiences abroad have also been very enriching, in which I have continued to grow as a coach and where I have experienced other ways of understanding football. “Winning the Europa League in 2010 with Atleti was like taking a run towards the team’s leap with Cholo” Hey, finally, is it true that your cousin Antonio Flores played in the lower categories of Madrid and how was he playing?Yes it’s true, yes (laughs). We played in the then Madrid Social Tournament, whose team names were those of the first team footballers. We were in the ‘Del Bosque’. We did not train, we went on Saturdays and we played. There was my brother Isidro, Manolo Sanchís, my cousin Antonio and me. Antonio must be said that he came when he wanted, but he was a ‘box to box’ midfielder as they say now, with a privileged physique.center_img I ask him about Espanyol, his last experience on a bench in Spain. In the end, were you right and the team gives for what it gives (is the bottom of the League before the break the crisis of COVID-19), as he said before leaving the club?What I meant by that is that in the second year we wanted to complete the project. It was not possible to improve that season the base of the squad of the previous year and how good performance it had given. I said it publicly, that I did not believe so much in that team and what happened did not surprise me. That said, I wish that if the League resumes, it saves the category, because it is a historic club.The day he said goodbye as coach of Valencia he said: “I lose a charge, but I earn a life.” Would you one day like to lose a life and return to that position? And what would you change if you returned to the Mestalla bench to maintain that life?Now everything looks different, 13 years later, but I would love to train Valencia again, with the most experience I have. And what would change is the way of understanding people, because the position of coach is not only understanding the team, finding the line-up and the right system for each game, it is giving people what they want to see. Perhaps at the time I did not see it as I do now.As a godson and disciple of Di Stéfano, what lessons did he leave for the game and for life ?; And did you reproach him when he accepted Atlético’s offer?Nooo !! (laughs) … Don Alfredo will always be with me. It has been like a second father to me. I became a Valencianist for him. I have had him as a coach and he has always advised me. He has left me and has left us many teachings, because it was very natural and great at the same time. Something happened that twenty-one years later I still can’t explain. I think that people can realize over time how things really happened or that mistakes can be made, but if they are not, you feel very sad. It is something I do not want to remove. Being a taxpayer of what happened, I even considered that I could forgive, but if the other person perseveres in the error so long after …You know English football well. Do you see it possible that in a short space of time England can be world champion?In the last World Cup we saw a younger, bolder England with a good generation of players, but if I was asked to choose the best teams in the world, I don’t think I would include it. Now, its league yes that is leading; together with the Spanish they are the ones that offer the most in the world.Do you think this pandemic will make the quarry work harder?It is that nothing should happen for the clubs to work and take care of the quarry. But that look at the quarry must be real. And the lower categories must take care of themselves beyond the spontaneous generations that may arise, such as the ‘Quinta del Buitre’ or the generation of Xavi, Puyol, Iniesta, Busquets … because it will benefit the first team and the club.In January 1995, the Bernabéu experienced an ecstasy with that 5-0 to Cruyff’s ‘Dream Team’ and perhaps one of the turning points in the game was the expulsion of Stoichkov, who attacked you and could not stop your continued attack on the right wing. What do you remember of that ‘hand’ to Barca?It was without a doubt the best memory of that season. The defeat by the same difference at Camp Nou was so close in time, that as the result increased, we were excited and pursued such an excellent victory. I remember the great performance of the team, the euphoria after… It should not be forgotten that that team had ended Madrid’s dominance of the ‘Quinta del Buitre’ and had established another supremacy in the League. “My cousin Antonio played with me at the Real Madrid Social Tournament; he was a ‘box to box’ midfielder as they say now, with a privileged physicist.last_img read more

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Meralco nips Ginebra, ties PBA Finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sophomore playmaker Baser Amer also came through in the clutch, drilling a confidence-boosting corner trey with 1:16 remaining to give the Bolts the 83-81 lead. He wound up with 11 markers on a 2-of-4shooting from three, on top of three assists and two boards.Black said that Meralco really looked at Game 4 as a must-win. “If we go down 3-1, then it would have been very difficult for us to come back.”But with the two teams now on an even keel, the former Grand Slam-winning mentor can set his sights once again on finishing the “unfinished business” from last season’s campaign.“It’s just a great win for us to tie the series. That basically means we have at least two games in Philippine Arena now. So that should be very exciting. Big win for our program, big win for the series, to come back and tie them after being down 2-0. It’s a morale-booster for us and we really just have to see what we can do about giving our guys a little bit of rest in practice and making sure that we fix what we did wrong tonight and hopefully execute better in the next game,” said Black.Brownlee did all he could for Ginebra, firing 34 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals, while Joe Devance got 15 markers, six boards, four dimes, and two steals in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAllen Durham unleashed another colossal performance to tow Meralco to an 85-83 Game 4 victory to even up the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at two games apiece Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The hulking reinforcement muscled his way down low and scored the marginal undergoal stab off a Reynel Hugnatan assist with 46.6 seconds on the clock to capped off another amazing output of 28 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT “As always, it’s beautiful if it works. Our execution down the stretch was pretty good today, except for that last layup of JD (Dillinger). But everything went pretty smoothly,” said coach Norman Black of the game-winning connection between his veteran forward and the two-time Best Import. “The guys really focused in this time on what we did in the huddle as far as instructions were concerned, unlike in Game 2. And we made some big shots and some big plays down the stretch.”The Gin Kings still had numerous cracks at the basket, but Sol Mercado muffed his right wing trey, and Justin Brownlee botched his two attempts in the final 26 seconds off the game, none tougher than a missed one-hander at the buzzer which could have forced overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMeralco and Ginebra now go to a virtual best-of-three, with the remaining games to be played at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Game 5 is slated this Sunday.Chris Newsome added 18 markers, 11 boards, and four dimes, while Hugnatan once again was instrumental in the win as he churned out 14 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ginebra fought back from 13-points down in the second half, turning a 63-50 deficit with 3:24 late in the third quarter to a 70-all tie with 7:48 remaining. Old reliables Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand turned back the clock and paired up with Brownlee in staging that huge 20-7 blast abridging the final frames to set up the thrilling finish.The Scores:MERALCO 85 – Durham 28, Newsome 18, Hugnatan 14, Amer 11, Hodge 7, Dillinger 2, Caram 2, Faundo 2, Lanete 1, Tolomia 0.GINEBRA 83 – Brownlee 34, Devance 15, Caguioa 8, Aguilar 7, Slaughter 6, Cruz 4, Thompson 4, Ferrer 3, Helterbrand 2, Tenorio 0, Mercado 0.Quarters: 17-17, 41-40, 68-63, 85-83.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set From role player to Rookie of the Year: Getting award feels ‘surreal’ for Pogoy It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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June Mar Fajardo hard on himself after ‘terrible’ season debut for San Miguel

first_imgLATEST STORIES But even with any of his teammates capable of leading the team, five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo still rued his poor individual performance in the Beermen’s first game of the season.“I had a terrible game, I missed a lot of shots, all of my teammates had terrific games, but I played horribly,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “It’s just sad with how the way I performed.”Fajardo was subjected to the usual double-teams but he regretted the way he failed to fight off those defensive schemes.The person who made life difficult for Fajardo was Columbian forward Jackson Corpuz, who continuedly popped from the weak side to knock the ball off the center’s hands and force turnovers.“Corpuz played great defense because he was always at the weak side and I really can’t see him,” said Fajardo who finished with 16 points, on 6-of-15 shooting, 13 rebounds while turning the ball over seven times.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Joshua Pacio: A champion’s job is to prepare for anything MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s quest to a fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup title started off on the wrong note after it absorbed a shock 124-118 loss to ragtag Columbian Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.What would’ve been a breeze turned into a turbulent wind for the Beermen who fell victim to a team that features zero players on Gilas Pilipinas, a stark contrast to San Miguel’s roster. MOST READ Fajardo was visibly upset that he couldn’t do more for his team whom he said carried much of the burden in the loss.Arwind Santos, for one, tied his career-high of 34 points with seven rebounds while Marcio Lassiter finished with 25 points, five rebounds, five assists, and four steals.“It’s disappointing because my teammates played great games and they followed the game plan while I had a ton of lapses earlier,” said Fajardo who played much of the time against former teammate JayR Reyes.Rashawn McCarthy, also a former Beerman, came up big for the Dyip nailing a three-pointer with 1:07 left for Columbian’s 117-113 lead.McCarthy, who once languished at the San Miguel bench, promptly sealed the game for Columbian when he dove for the loose ball and called a timeout with 35.3 seconds left and the Dyip holding a 120-113 lead.“Credit to Columbian because that team played great, while I have to improve some more,” said Fajardo. “I have a lot to work out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

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Finance Minister Tweah Must Tell the People the Truth About the ‘Missing Money’

first_imgThe “hala hala” over this missing money business appears to be going nowhere, try as hard as they may to smolder free spirited public discussion on the matter. Since this newspaper began following the matter closely, it has received, in addition to commendations from the public including condemnations of the vilest sort from some quarters as well. For the record, this newspaper has also since received offers of financial inducements from some officials to bury or kill the story and refrain from further comments on the issue. The Finance Minister must therefore tell the Liberian People the Truth.But just why would government officials be offering financial inducements to kill the story or have this newspaper refrain from reporting or commenting on unfolding developments if they have nothing to hide? As it appears, every effort is being spent to cast blame entirely on the Central Bank of Liberia while other government officials, adopting a holier than thou attitude, continue to issue conflicting accounts of monies brought into the country.As noted in previous editorials, Information Minister Eugene Nagbe knew just what he was talking about when he affirmed that money was indeed printed in Lebanon and China. The Central Bank maintains that money they received into their accounts was printed in Sweden by a company called Crane and that every penny can be accounted for. Interestingly money did come into the country after the changeover in government from President Sirleaf to President George Weah as was attested to by Minister Nagbe on public radio.According to sources, Finance officials appear bent on changing the narrative from money missing to no money missing and this was what President Sirleaf may have been referring to when she emphatically stated that every penny printed under her watch can be accounted for. The investigating team set up to probe this affair appears to be lost in the woods just as its head, Alexander Cuffy of the Financial Intelligence Unit, who has come under fire for removing the name of his sister from the list of persons of interest.From all indications, this investigation may not get anywhere just as the public has predicted. In the opinion of this newspaper, the National Port Authority did, at one point, have custody of the printed money. Any serious investigating body would seek to establish the entire chain of custody of the printed bills. Documents in the possession of the National Port Authority(NPA) would include the Bill of Lading and copy of the manifest.Other details should include the port of lading meaning the name of the city, town or port where the goods were loaded on the carrier; the name of the shipping agency and the vessel; the identification number of the container; the manifest; the port of destination, meaning the place/port where the container was offloaded from the ship; the receiving agent(s) which should be the NPA/Customs and the Consignee, meaning the person/institution who ordered the goods, the Cost of Insurance and Freight as well.Going by Minister Nagbe’s account, the bill of lading should also show that the goods were loaded on the vessel in Beirut or any other Lebanese Port for that matter and the date on which it was loaded onto the vessel that brought the goods to Monrovia. Investigators should also be able to establish the date of arrival of the goods, as well as names of individuals who signed receipt of the goods into the warehouse at the Freeport of Monrovia after unloading. This should include NPA and Customs officials.The date on which the goods were cleared from the Port and by whom should be established. Since vehicles in Liberia are not generally fitted with GPS tracking equipment, investigators would have to rely on accounts of those, including customs officers, brokers and Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) officials who escorted or accompanied the goods out of the Port to its final destination. The time of arrival of the goods at final destination, time of unloading and carting into the warehouse or bank vault as well as officials/functionaries who received the goods and the condition in which the goods were received, should all be recorded.The CBL has already stated that newly printed money received into its vaults came from Sweden only and no other place. On the other hand, Information Minister has publicly disclosed that to his certain knowledge money was also printed in Lebanon and China. Accordingly, the task now is to show when the money from China and Lebanon arrived in the country and into whose custody the money was entrusted. In short, getting to the bottom of this affair would require a thorough review of the chain of custody.But if the head of the investigating team, Alexander Cuffy, would out rightly declare that the managing director of the NPA, Cecilia Cuffy Brown is delisted as a person of interest in this investigation, it raises a key question how can the chain of custody be fully established when the head of an institution which played a key role in the movement of that money is excluded from the investigation. What if, for example, officials of the NPA did collude in the unauthorized removal and the surreptitious conveyance of the goods to a destination other than the vaults of the CBL?At this point, it remains unclear whether or not money printed in Lebanon and China was deposited in the vaults of the Central Bank. Although the CBL has said that it can only account for money printed in Sweden, it has however not said or told the public whether the money printed in Lebanon and China was also received by CBL and deposited in its vaults. Lest we forget, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah did tell the nation that the money was infused into the economy although to date he has not provided evidence of how that money was infused into the economy.But the public does have evidence showing variations in the security features of the Liberian 100 dollar bill. A businessman, (name withheld) did recently display for the Observer, copies of the Liberian 100 dollar as well as the 50-dollar bills showing distinct but varying security features. These are concerns that must be addressed for the evidence does appear to suggest bad money was indeed infused into the economy.This is because such variations on the banknotes simply suggest that different templates were used to produce the bills. Had the money been printed by a single source, Crane, as declared in the CBL’s recent press statement, there would not be such variations. Quite clearly, these are issues which Finance Ministry officials need to address rather than the empty but half-hearted explanations coming from that Ministry that leave the public even more confused than ever.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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College roundup: San Diego brings Pepperdine’s season to an end

first_imgRoss DeRogatis had 22 points, including five 3-pointers and San Diego knocked out Pepperdine 95-82 Friday to advance in the first round of West Coast Conference tournament in Portland. Marvin Lea had 17 points, seven rebound and four steals for the eighth-seed Waves (8-23). Gregg Barlow, Willie Galick and Chase Griffin each added 12. Gyno Pomare 20 points and seven rebounds for the fifth-seeded Toreros, who move on to face fourth seed San Francisco today. Nir Cohen added 19 points and Brandon Johnson had 11 rebounds. WOMEN’S USC 4, Georgia 3: Junior second baseman Matt Cusick’s RBI triple in the top of the ninth gave the Trojans (11-7) the nonconference victory over the host Bulldogs (4-5). East Carolina 5, Pepperdine 4: Ryan Tousley’s seventh-inning single broke a 4-4 tie and lifted the Pirates (6-5) to the victory over the No. 12 Waves (11-4) in the Keith LeClair Classic at Greenville, N.C. Texas Tech 5, CSUN 0: CSUN (10-8) was shut down by Texas Tech’s A.J. Ramos, who went seven innings and struck out 10 batters. Texas Tech improved to 10-4. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img BASKETBALL UCLA 72, Washington St. 58: Lindsey Pluimer scored 15 points and Noelle Quinn added 14 points as the No. 7 seed Bruins (14-17) beat the No. 10 seed Cougars (5-24) in a first-round game of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament at San Jose. UCLA plays No. 2 seed Arizona State today in the quarterfinals. Quinn became the fifth Bruin to record over 1,800 points. She also has 792 career rebounds and needs eight more to become the second Pac-10 player, joining current WNBA star Nicole Powell, to score 1,800 points, grab 800 rebounds and record at least 400 assists. BASEBALL last_img read more

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RCMP remind public that vigilante justice could be considered a criminal offence

first_imgRCMP remind the public that residents should channel their frustrations in a more constructive manner and not to seek retaliation or revenge when only knowing one side of the story.Police say vigilante justice is not acceptable and, depending on the actions taken, could be prosecuted as a criminal offence. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are thanking the public for the report of a malnourished dog.On June 15, RCMP seized the dog and took it to the North Peace SPCA shelter.Police say SPCA staff brought the 16-year-old dog to a local veterinarian office to be examined and found the dog to be in very poor health.- Advertisement -It was determined that the most compassionate plan of action was for the dog to be euthanized.RCMP contacted the owner and learned they had been MedEvac and hospitalized for the past two months. The owner entrusted their dog to the care of others on short notice while receiving medical care.Since then, the RCMP responded to a report of a mischief file at the owner’s address where a vehicle was vandalized as a result of some member of the public’s perceived lack of care for the dog.Advertisementlast_img read more

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‘Gary Neville he is walking into a volcanic atmosphere at Valencia’ – Expert view

first_imgGary Neville is a brave man to take on the Valencia job.That’s the view of La Liga expert Terry Gibson, who claims the former Manchester United star will be walking into a ‘volcanic atmosphere’ at the Mestalla.Neville has been placed in charge of the Primera Division side until the end of the season, with his brother Phil, who has been a coach at the club since July, working alongside him as his assistant.“It is going to be interesting to see how it all pans out,” said Gibson, an experienced, respected Sky Sports Spanish football pundit.“They have 25 league games to go this season and they are still in the Champions League so it is a massive job.“It is one of the most important clubs in Spanish football. He is walking into an atmosphere that is quite volcanic at the moment.“The supporters are against the owners of the club. There have been 27 first-team players accumulated in the last 18 months that all want to be starting and half of those are getting the hump every week.“It is a really, really tough job. It is brave form Valencia and even braver from Neville to take it on at the moment.”last_img read more

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CELTIC ATTACKS: COPS QUIZ TWO OVER INTERNET HATE CAMPAIGN

first_imgSCOTS police investigating death threats against Celtic boss Neil Lennon have arrested two men in raids targeting loyalist bigots behind sectarian hate crimes on the internet.A 23-year-old and a 27-year-old are in police custody after the raids in the early hours of the morning.The arrests were made in Paisley and Dalmarnock in the east end of Glasgow. Both men have been charged with sectarian breach of the peace Cops are hunting 50 people involved in incitement to attack the Lurgan man.Supt Kirk Kinnell, from Strathclyde Police’s anti-violence directorate, said: “I would like to deliver a clear message to those who continue to make hate-filled comments and cause distress to decent members of the public, that we will pursue you relentlessly until this behaviour is stopped.“Some people seem to think that they are anonymous online or can hide in a crowd, but technology can also be used to bring the police directly to you wherever you are.”The raids, which police said were ongoing, target postings of religious and racial hate comments about Celtic manager Neil Lennon and Rangers striker El Hadji-Diouf. An extra 1,000 officers will be out in Glasgow on Sunday for Celtic and Rangers last game of the season.Lennon has endured sectarian threats against him throughout his career as a player and manager at Celtic and was the target of a parcel bomb campaign, which also saw devices sent to QC Paul McBride and MSP Trish Godman.Mr McBride told the BBC: “The internet appears to be a driver for individuals to come together and spew their hatred and bile out.“And I’m afraid it’s resulted in people dying. People are being stabbed in a sectarian way in Glasgow. As a person who works in the High Court as a QC every day of the week, I see the result of sectarian crime.”First Minister Alex Salmond said there should be “no hiding place” for those responsible for sectarian abuse on the internet. He said: “We also have to have key legal changes which make convictions in that area, because of corroboration, more possible, but we have already done that for different types of offences, for example sex crimes through the internet.“It can certainly be done for sectarian crime.”CELTIC ATTACKS: COPS QUIZ TWO OVER INTERNET HATE CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 24th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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