Kick It Out seeks sterner sanctions

first_img Bailey said: “We do not consider there is a real prospect of successfully appealing to extend the sanction imposed. “The grounds of appeal available to us are limited to legal challenges or to circumstances in which the sanction imposed is ‘so unduly lenient as to be unreasonable’. That is a high test.” Bailey confirmed the FA had pressed the commission to impose a harsher sanction than five matches. Anelka will be suspended for the trips to Swansea, Hull and Norwich as well as the home games against Cardiff and Tottenham. It has been confirmed that neither Anelka nor the FA will appeal against the five-match ban imposed by an independent regulatory commission for the player making an gesture associated with anti-Semitism. Football’s anti-racism organisation Kick It Out claimed it was “beyond feasibility” that Anelka did not know the ‘quenelle’ salute had anti-Semitic connotations and said people would be perplexed the FA is not appealing against the leniency of the sentence. It also called on the FA to bring its minimum punishment into line with UEFA’s 10-game ban even though the governing body only brought in its five-match rule last year. Anelka had told the commission he made the gesture as a goal celebration against West Ham on December 28 in support of the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who has been convicted seven times of anti-Semitic crimes, but that he was unaware of any anti-Semitic associations. A statement from the group read: “Kick It Out finds it difficult to reconcile the sanctions imposed and conclusions reached by the commission. “There are many ambiguities that are not easily reconcilable with the final outcome. For instance, Anelka has attended one of Dieudonne’s live performances and admits to being a friend of his, and to claim that he does not understand the anti-Semitic connotations of the quenelle is beyond feasibility. “Kick It Out urges the FA to review its anti-discrimination regulations and increase its minimum ban for players found guilty of discriminatory acts to 10 matches, in line with UEFA, so as to provide a much more meaningful deterrent to deal with potential offences.” West Brom have also come in for criticism from Kick It Out. The statement added: “His employer West Bromwich Albion should have exercised its leadership as a community institution to apologise for the offence caused and deal with the matter in accordance with its disciplinary procedures.” The FA’s director of governance Darren Bailey explained why no appeal would be launched. The Football Association has been urged to double its minimum ban for racist offences from five matches to 10 following the Nicolas Anelka ruling. Press Associationlast_img read more

Solomons targets top-six finish

first_img Tom Heathcote is at stand-off and while Sam Hidalgo-Clyne continues at scrum-half. The pack is unchanged since Sunday’s European outing, with Alasdair Dickinson at loosehead, WP Nel at tighthead and Ross Ford at hooker. Ford will also captain the side again as Mike Coman continues with his return-to-play protocols following a head knock against Scarlets two weeks ago. Meanwhile, Anton Bresler and Ben Toolis form the partnership at lock with Roddy Grant, Hamish Watson and David Denton in the back row at blindside, openside and number eight respectively. With four games to go before the Guinness PRO12 play-offs, the Irish Province are flying high in third place and have only the league contest to focus on after being knocked out of the European Champions Cup. Edinburgh, though, are fighting on two fronts. Press Association Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons has warned his players they are in for a war of attrition when they take on Munster at Murrayfield. They have a European Challenge Cup semi-final with Newport Gwent Dragons to look forward to next week but before that hope to take another step towards qualifying for next year’s Champions Cup by claiming a PRO12 top-six finish. Edinburgh are currently seventh, equal on points with Connacht and three points ahead of Scarlets. A sixth-place finish would see the Gunners through while seventh spot requires a play-off match to determine if they take part in the continent’s top competition. But with Munster free to concentrate on their league form, Solomons knows his side will be up against it. He said: “Munster come to BT Murrayfield at full strength, well rested, on the back of a great Six Nations for Ireland and being out of Europe, they only have the PRO12 play-offs on their mind. “So we are all fully aware of what Saturday brings. “The players are looking forward to what will be a big match and know that only their best will do.” Solomons keeps faith with the starting XV that beat London Irish to set up their semi-final meeting against Dragons. Retaining his place at fullback is Greig Tonks while Dougie Fife – a late withdrawal from the starters last week due to a nose injury – comes back on the right wing with Tim Visser on the left. Phil Burleigh and Andries Strauss maintain their centre pairing. last_img read more

See how Ghana missed 3 penalties against South Africa to miss out on Tokyo Olympics [VIDEO]

first_imgThe Black Meteors missed out on a place at next year’s Tokyo Olympics after losing 6-5 on penalties to South Africa on Friday.The third-place playoff match finished 2-2 after 90 minutes with the game heading straight to a shootout.The Meteors had already lost on penalties at the tournament, only days earlier in their semi-final match against Ivory Coast.This time, things seemed on the up after South Africa missed their first penalty.The Stars were perfect until Kingsley Fobi missed his spot-kick with the South Africans scoring their remaining kicks to take it into sudden death.After goalkeeper Baah made a save, handing Edward Sarpong a chance to win it for the Black Meteors.However, his effort probably hit an actual meteor, as he fired it well over the bar. Emmanuel Cudjoe also missed his effort, handing the South Africans the final Olympics spot.The Meteors will now miss their fourth straight Olympics tournament, having failed to qualify for Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio in 2016.Watch the highlights of the match below: Once Egypt had beaten South Africa rather convincingly, one Olympics spot remained and the South Africans were all that stood between Ghana and a place in Tokyo.Surely the Black Meteors could beat a side that had been humbled by the hosts and had only scored one goal all tournament.The players and manager were saying the right things and yet again hopes were high.Those hopes were dented when South Africa took the lead through a fortuitous own goal.Evans Mensah equalised, and after the South Africans found another goal, Samuel Obeng levelled again.With the game ending 2-2 yet again, the Meteors had to face a penalty shootout yet again.Having been full of hope and expectations prior to the tournament, the players and technical team will return to Ghana this weekend empty-handed, dreading these two missed (pun intended) opportunities.last_img read more

Jaylen Brown, Mike Scott express disappointment in ‘bad list’ of social justice messages for NBA jerseys

first_imgThe following personalized statements can be placed above jersey numbers, per Spears:Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and MentorIn a joint statement finalizing a plan to restart the 2019-20 season, the NBA and NBPA declared that there was a shared goal of “taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice.””Our platform in Orlando presents a unique opportunity to extend the ongoing fight against systemic racism and police brutality in this country,” NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said. “We will continue to work with our players and the league to develop specific plans in Orlando as well as long-term initiatives to bring about real change on these issues.” Mike Scott: “I don’t know, they gave us some names and phrases to put on the back of jerseys. That was terrible. It was a bad list, bad choice, they didn’t give players a chance to voice their opinion. They just gave us a list to pick from. So that was bad, that’s terrible.”— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) July 6, 2020Didn’t have enough space to fit in one tweet, but this was part of his response to a question of how players can use the platform in Orlando to promote causes that fight racial injustice/police reform.Scott said he didn’t know, but he clearly wasn’t impressed with the jerseys.— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) July 6, 2020MORE: Key dates, schedule & more to know about NBA seasonAfter hearing what Scott said Monday, Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said he agreed with the assessment, telling reporters that he was “very disappointed” with the list. He suggested additional phrases like “Break the Cycle” and “Inequality by Design” should be available.Jaylen Brown agrees with Mike Scott: He would like more options for players to wear on the backs of their jerseys. He says he would like to see some additions.“I’m very disappointed in the list.”— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) July 6, 2020Jaylen Brown on jersey messages: “I would like to see more options available to put on the bask of our jersey…For issues and causes such as now, I think that list is an example of a form of limitations…I was very disappointed in the list.”— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) July 6, 2020NBA players decided not to use the names of those who have died in police custody or in racially-motivated incidents, according to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears.  The NBA and National Basketball Players Association reportedly agreed to a list of social justice messages that can be displayed on the backs of jerseys for the league’s restart in Orlando, Fla., but that doesn’t mean all players are happy with the options.Sixers forward Mike Scott ripped the list of messages that can be featured above players’ numbers, calling it “bad” and “terrible.”last_img read more

Virat Kohli explains similarity between batting and a ‘chole bhature cheat meal’

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/AlamyAdvertisement sa6whNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs73ph01Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebr0( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1d3d0Would you ever consider trying this?😱7hCan your students do this? 🌚3oocRoller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli. THe captain of the Indian Cricket Team. The no. 1 ICC Test batsman.. Critically acclaimed to be the best batsman in the world. A renowned gym freak, the Indian cricketing icon is also revered as a fitness guru. However, like all health conscious honchos, Virat too has his favourite break away from diet, which is a meal of chole bhature, and his love for it is nothing short of the focus he has on an opposition bowler!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/AlamyYesterday on his official Twitter handle, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper tweeted a picture of him in net practice, and captioned it with a hilarious statement: “Ball out of the Bowlers hand and Chholle Bhature for a cheat meal deserve the same kind of focus.”Advertisement The Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper is known for his love for the gym. His social media is often stocked with pictures and videos of of himself in workout sessions, lifting weights or showcasing his envious six pack abs.Back in November, Kohli tweeted a video of himself doing hanging leg crunches, with the caption: “No days off.” The clip had taken the internet by storm. Check it out below-Despite being a strict diet follower, the 31 year old had revealed earlier that chole bhature is his favourite cheat meal. Back in 2017, Kohli was present in a talk show called ‘Breakfast with Champions’, hosted by Indian actor and television presenter Gaurav Kapur.After stating that he had been maintained a strict nutrition programme for four years, Virat was asked about as escape from the dietary regime.“Ram’s Chole Bhature in Rajouri Garden 110 per cent. That too I’ll go to his shop and have it…not take away. By the time it comes home, it’s not a bhatura anymore.” Virat told Gaurav.His words that followed also suggests that despite his diet routine’ he’s a big time foodie, and would have it directly at the market and not at home.“It feels like a stale bread. Fresh bhatura’s where you pop a hole with your finger along with some onions, mint chutney and some pepper pickle,” he added.Tuesday’s win over Sri Lanka in the second match of the T20 series saw a 30 off 17 knock from the skipper, as he and team will be taking on the visitors today again at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.Also read-Virat Kohli retains top spot in ICC test rankings while 3 Indian bowlers are in top 10Watch Virat Kohli flaunts his six pack abs as he hits the gym after ahead of historic D/N Eden Gardens test Advertisementlast_img read more

UH: Jovic agent charged with money laundering in Mallorca

first_imgFali Ramadani, soccer player agent, has been charged by the National Court in a money laundering plot in Mallorca According to the newspaper Last Hour. On Tuesday, the Civil Guard registered its mansion located in Calvià, where it seized the documentation it believed necessary for the investigation.The agent is accused of a crime against the Public Treasury and money laundering and, after registration, must go to Madrid within a few days to testify as investigated in the National Court. According to Last Hour, the court could block Ramadani’s assets and place two women and a soccer exporter in this plot who became an international who has not transcended the name and who, presumably, would be Ramadani’s partner.Ramadani, through the company Lian Sports, is the representative of several players who play in Europe as Koulibaly (Naples), Pjanic (Juventus), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) or Ante Rebic (Milan) among others.last_img read more

Montego Bay United striker Gordon faces three-week layoff

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Montego Bay United (MBU) FC not only lost their chance of advancing to the next round in the CFU’s Caribbean Club Championship by losing 1-0 to Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday night, they also may lose the services of red-hot striker Owayne ‘Turtle’ Gordon for at least three weeks.Midfielder Darren Mitchell’s 87th-minute strike was the decisive factor as MBU ended with 10 men after the sending off of centre back Winston Wilkinson for a second bookable offence.DECIDING GAMEBoth teams had beaten the other group contender, Cayman Islands’ Scholars FC, and their Sunday night clash was the decider. Central FC had won 6-0 over Scholars, while MBU had won 4-0.Gordon was replaced in the first half after he was accidentally poked in the left eye by a Central FC defender.”We took him to see an ophthalmologist and the diagnosis is that he suffered what they say is a laceration of the eyeball, meaning that he was scraped in the eye, most likely from a fingernail,” said Sandra Christie, the club’s chief operating officer.The injury could keep the player off the field for close to a month and comes at a most inappropriate time for both player and club.MoBay United are currently leading the Red Stripe Premier League with 55 points, one more than Portmore United, who drew 2-2 away to FC Reno in their Sunday fixture. But the Montego Bay club has played one game less, while boasting a league-leading 45 goals.Gordon, for his part, has been in sensational form, racking up seven goals in his last three outings for the club, including back-to-back braces in the Premier League before exploding for a hat-trick against Scholars FC of Cayman in last Wednesday’s opening Group Three match in the Club Championship.He has also become the focal point in attack for MoBay United in the absence of Dino Williams, who inked a season-long deal to play football in the United States.”Gordon’s injury does not sit well with the club. In fact, we are totally unhappy with the officiating in this match,” said Christie, adding that Cuban referee Marcos Despaign was not of a quality befitting such levels.”The referee, it would seem, never had an angle on the game. How can a player be seriously injured in the eye and you telling him to get up and play?” she questioned.last_img read more

Alapag shares learnings from young coaching career in Asia League seminar

first_imgJones Cup: Ateneo stuns Chinese Taipei on Nieto game-winner There were around 70 coaches, who manage teams from the high school division to the professional level, from Asia who joined the clinic.And one of the main lessons Alapag taught was leadership.“Just based off my own personal experience, all the teams that I’ve seen and all the teams that I’ve been a part of always have great leadership, and it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s coming from one person, it comes from multiple players in the team.”Alapag captained the Philippines to a silver medal in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championships and the 2011 PBA MVP was a six-time champion with Talk N’ Text.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced It’s no surprise that Alapag was chosen as one of the speakers in coaching seminar the Asia League conducted on Friday at Macau East Asian Games during a break in the weeklong Super 8 tournament.Alapag led Alab to the 2018 ABL title and he went on to share his experience as a mentor to the scores of basketball minds who attended the clinic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I’m thankful for the Asia League for bringing me out here, just as I’m finishing my first season as a head coach,” said Alapag who took the Alab job in August of 2017. “I’m just excited to have shared my experiences and my approach even though I’m probably the youngest coach here.”Alapag joined Brian Goorjian, head coach of 2017 CBA champion Xinjiang, and Thomas Wisman, who was once the chief of one-time B.League champion Tochigi Brex, in the seminar. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MACAU—Not a year has passed since Jimmy Alapag became the head coach of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, but he’s already being tapped to give aspiring strategists some lessons on the craft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Petroleum agreement and Guyana Chronicle claimed firings

first_imgDear Editor,The recent dismissals of Professor David Hinds and Lincoln Lewis have not displaced the foremost news event in Guyana, this being the sinful giveaway of Guyana’s oil patrimony, followed by the awful decisions in the sugar industry. The terminations have highlighted how politicians attempt to justify inane and asinine acts, by using dishonourable, mendacious or facetious statements.The utterings by politicians to logically define the indefinable and explain the inexplicable; such as the US$460 million giveaway to Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil, are weak and ineffectual gestures to deceive the Guyanese people. Over the last two years, several tribal and servile writings of Working People’s Alliance (WPA) members, David Hinds and Tacuma Ogunseye to ‘green-wash’ the current government, has degraded their admirable soldiering with Dr Walter Rodney in the 1970s; under the banner of the WPA. Lincoln Lewis has not varied half as much in his media offerings, which tend to be tepid and insufficient. All these individuals have co-joined to assume worse misdeeds carried out by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), while at the same time, respectfully genuflecting and serving mild criticisms of the current government.As William Francis Buckley said “I will not insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you said”; this quote is most applicable as a response to claims made by Guyana’s oil politicians and the Editor-In-Chief of the Guyana Chronicle to justify decisions relative to the petroleum agreement and the termination of Hinds and Lewis. Ex-President Desmond Hoyte once referenced a People’s National Congress colleague as a “creature of the party”, truer words were never spoken when it comes to party politics and paramountcy of party leaders.We have a Chronicle Board that so enjoy their role as status supplicants that instead of resigning en masse from the Guyana Chronicle Board of Directors, thereby distancing themselves from the irrational dismissals of Hinds and Lewis. Instead, the Board members prefer to split and twist words. What we really need are persons in the hierarchy of leadership that have the courage and strength to insist on the renegotiation of the unholy petroleum agreement and to right obvious and egregious wrongs. Several options are in the marketplace that by far, are not as dishonourable.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

Ex-Charlton and Ipswich man makes League Two move

first_img1 Cheltenham have snapped up former Ipswich and Charlton forward Danny Haynes on a short-term deal.Haynes has been without a club since his release from Notts County but he has now got himself fixed up with a new employer.The 27-year-old, who can play up front or on the wing, has signed a two-month contract with the League Two club and could make his debut in the weekend’s clash with Mansfield.Haynes’ career has stalled in recent years after he burst on to the scene as a promising youngster at Ipswich.He has had spells at Bristol City, Barnsley, Charlton and Notts County since leaving Portman Road in 2009. Danny Haynes in action for Charlton last_img read more