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  • Lazio and Naples postpone the return to training

    first_imgThere were tensions over the matter in the past week as the owners of Lazio and Naples did intend to return to work soon. Andrea Agnelli attacked President Claudio Lotito during the Series A assembly on March 13 (“You think more about the classification than the health of your footballers“He said) and yesterday Massimo Cellino, president of Brescia, did the same in the‘ Corriere dello Sport ’:”If Lotito wants the scudetto, let him have it. I am already thinking about the next course, nothing else“ Lazio and Naples, as expected, will not train again this week. The Roman club yesterday announced that the return to work was postponed ‘sine die’ due to the coronavirus emergency. Southerners, on the other hand, they had communicated during the past week first that the team would have trained this Monday, while on Friday the date was postponed to Wednesday.A formal communication, which caused a lot of controversy on social networks and will soon be replaced by another. The Azzurri players already knew informally that on Wednesday they will not have to go to the sports city of Castel Volturno, an inevitable decision in the face of the coronavirus emergency in the transalpine country, which today it has 63,927 total infected and 6,077 deceased.last_img read more

  • This is the uncertain future of some red players

    first_imgFran Mérida is the oldest of the four. He arrived in Osasuna, from Huesca, in July 2016. He signed for three seasons and last year the club extended his contract until June 2020. Throughout these four campaigns, he has played 104 games with the elastic rojilla and has scored 11 goals. . As for Adrián, he arrived in the summer of 2019, after a bad sports experience in Porto. He has played 20 games and scored in the Cup against Recreativo. With the League suspended and no date for its resumption if it occurs, undoubtedly the most affected players are those who end their contract next June. The current situation is not allowing them to demonstrate their ability, the clubs do not think now about renovations, but about ERTES And players also have no way of showing other clubs that they may be eligible to play there, in case their current club does not offer to continue.In Osasuna there are four players who are in this situation. These are goalkeeper Rubén Martínez, defender Facundo Roncaglia, pivot Fran Mérida and striker Adrián. The ownership of all of them has been intermittent this season. Rubén celebrates his second season at Osasuna. He arrived in the summer of 2018, coming from Dépor and signed for two seasons. He has played 50 games and has conceded 42 goals. Roncaglia arrived last summer, after spending time with Celta and signed for a single season. He has played fifteen games and has scored a goal.last_img read more

  • Paco: “We must ensure 100% of the salary to employees”

    first_img-It will not be the same. Soccer without an audience almost doesn’t make sense. Another thing is that we have to finish the championship by obligation and because it is the best for the clubs, to leave this settled.-There is uncertainty for those who end the contract …It is a rather legal issue and I think that there will be no problem. I finish on June 30 and if I have to stay to finish LaLiga in August, I will. The world of football has a good predisposition to everything: lower wages, help people … It has always been a solidarity group and this will be the same. -And the players?We do not speak daily, but we do videoconference all together every several days. The physios, the readapters, the physical trainer … are in contact with them to change their training, due to the issue of diets …– Does it strike you that other clubs have thought of returning or have called players for controls? Is there some impatience already?-I highly respect what others do. We all want to start, not some more than others, but we understand that now there is something much more important than that. If we have been told that we should stay home, we have to be consistent and in solidarity with the people who are doing it. That we could possibly be training in groups of two … Yes, but this is not a matter of what each one wants but of what the experts tell us. -Do you think LaLiga will end?-One thing is to anticipate possible scenarios and another, to know what will happen. It is a path that we have never explored and we do not know where it will take us. Everyone’s intention is to end the season. I would like LaLiga to talk with technicians and players before making decisions or designing protocols, to find the best possible solutions among all. We have interesting things to say.-What does seem certain is that he would return with games behind closed doors. CONGRATULATIONS RESUMPTION OF COMPETITION “I would like LaLiga to talk to coaches and players before designing protocols” “This year it’s my turn to sing happy birthday on the computer” Paco Jémez, coach of Vallecano Ray, meet today 50 years. He does it in full confinement by the epidemic of coronavirus and with the family distributed between Madrid, A Coruña and Córdoba. Your wish? Let life and football return.-How is the running of the bulls?-Each day more tired and more eager for everything to end. It is especially difficult for me not to be able to go out and breathe fresh air, although I am aware that there is still room. I turn my head to do different things and that the days pass in the most pleasant way possible. -The Ray had the intention of applying an ERTE, how is that issue now?-The club sent us the notification that it was going to apply an ERTE, which it has not yet submitted because it is in negotiations. I want to think that in the end we will reach an agreement and it will not be necessary. An agreement must be reached in which the workers, with the exception of the first team players and the coaching staff, are sure that they will receive 100% of their salary until the end of the season. We all have that disposition to look for a formula in which workers do not lose a single euro, whatever is done. That is what matters most to me. That those employees who need their salary to take home and feed their family, pay water and electricity or rent do not lose a single euro. Not reaching an agreement would be a mistake that none of us would ever forgive ourselves. If we and the club have to make an effort to safeguard those people, we will. Definitely.-This Saturday turns 50. Make a wish!– Right now I am clear: to recover our lives, to stop dying people, to see the family and to hug each other … That this makes us better and does not fall on deaf ears, although I am very skeptical.-Plans for today?-I cook, but I don’t control how to make a cake (laughs). We will invent something. They will sing happy birthday to me on the computer. I know it’s a very sad thing, but it’s what it is (laughs). This year I will spend Father’s Day and birthday locked up and without being surrounded by the people I love. On top of that it was a nice figure, to have celebrated it in a big way with the family and with the players.last_img read more

  • Advantage Humble Lion

    first_img Swaby, who returned from injury and started on the bench, was full of praise for his team. “It feels good to come off the bench, and to score the second goal, but it was a team effort. We will focus on the next game against Portmore,” Swaby said. Jeffrey Hewitt, Portmore’s head coach, said the tie is far from over. “Humble Lion did well and gained the advantage, but we have everything to play for in the next game,” Hewitt said. The winners on aggregate will advance to the final. Montego Bay United will host defending champions Arnett Gardens at the Montego Bay Sports Complex tonight, starting at 8:40 o’clock in the second semi-final. At the Red Stripe Premier League press briefing last Thursday, Arnett’s coach Jerome Waite said his team was “fully recovered (from the recent Caribbean Club Championships) and ready for the semi-finals”. Montego Bay United director Lincoln White said: “We are ready to regain the title from Arnett Gardens. Coach Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis will field the strongest team.” Swaby entered the match in the 69th minute for Kemeel Wolfe and scored two minutes later to put his team 2-0 ahead. However, Portmore got a vital goal when Ricketts slotted home 15 minutes from the end. Humble Lion’s head coach, Vessel Reynolds, was elated for the win heading into the second-leg semi-final next Monday at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, starting at 6 p.m. “It was a good performance as Portmore are technically a very good team. We have been improving in our finishing and got two goals today,” Reynolds told The Gleaner. Looking ahead to the next game, the head coach said: “I am very confident as the team is peaking at the right time.” HIGH PRAISES 2-0 LEAD Humble Lion made home advantage count yesterday when they edged Portmore United 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre in their first-leg Red Stripe Premier League semi-final. Ricardo Cousins scored in the 59th minute and substitute Francois Swaby the 71, to put Portmore 2-0 up before Osani Ricketts pulled a goal back for Portmore in the 75th minute. Humble Lion started well and looked more purposeful as a result of good link-up play from captain Wolry Wolfe, Cousins and Andrew Vanzie in midfield. Portmore countered with captain Omar Daley, Ewan Grandison, and Ricardo Morris. The half ended 0-0. In the second half, Cousins sent the home crowd into wild celebrations when he sent a shot from inside the 18-yard box past Portmore’s goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul.last_img read more

  • More arrests expected in FIFA probe – Lynch

    first_imgZURICH (AP):FIFA and embattled Presi-dent, Sepp Blatter, faced more pressure yesterday as Unites States Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned ofnew indictments in a widening investigation of corruption in international soccer.”We do anticipate pursuing additional charges against individuals and entities,” Lynch said in FIFA’s home city, citing unspecified new evidence gathered since the stunning May 27 arrests of seven people at a luxury hotel in Zurich.Lynch spoke at a news conference alongside her Swiss counterpart, Michael Lauber, whose separate investigation of money laundering appears equally threatening to FIFA and its soon-departing president.A total of 121 different bank accounts have been reported as suspicious by a Swiss financial intelligence unit to Lauber’s team of prosecutors, he said.massive amounts of dataThe two lawyers shared a stage on the sidelines of an annual conference of federal prosecutors, almost four months after the scale of their investigations was made public.The Swiss case could spread beyond the World Cup bids won by Russia and Qatar as prosecutors sift through massive amounts of data and documents seized from FIFA headquarters in May and June.Much of FIFA’s contracts and finances during Blatter’s 17-year presidency now seem open to investigation.”We have a lot of facts at the moment out of house searches and out of the documents we received,” said Lauber, when asked about an allegation that Blatter knowingly undersold World Cup television rights for the Caribbean in exchange for political support.The US indictment alleged a $10 million bribery scheme tied to Warner and Blazer voting for South Africa as 2010 World Cup host and bribery in broadcasting rights for continental championships in North and South America.Lynch’s warning that “entities” could be indicted prompted one question about whether the Miami-based CONCACAF governing body and South American body CONMEBOL could be formally charged.”If they used the US finance system, we certainly feel we would have the ability to charge them,” she said.”I think they have a lot to consider,” Lynch said of FIFA’s response to the cases. “To anyone who seeks to live in the past and to return soccer to the days of corruption and bribery, cronyism and patronage, this global response sends a clear message: you are on the wrong side of progress.”last_img read more

  • WICB Director displeased by lack of say in Simmons suspension

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Cricket Board director Azim Bassarath has disagreed with how the decision to suspend head coach Phil Simmons was taken.Bassarath, the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board president, said any decision of that magnitude should have been first discussed and sanctioned by the board of directors.”It is strange that a decision is made by the management committee concerning something as serious as this and it did not come to the board,” Bassarath told the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.”When Simmons was interviewed for the post of coach, the board had to ratify it, so I don’t agree with the management committee making this decision all by themselves.”The WICB announced Monday it was suspending Simmons for the tour of Sri Lanka, following his outburst to media on Friday regarding the selection of the one-day international squad for the upcoming series.hasty actionsA release from the WICB said “management” had taken the decision and had also appointed selector Eldine Baptiste, a former Windies seamer, to serve as interim coach.The outspoken Bassarath said the WICB may have acted prematurely in suspending Simmons.”Simmons never said where the ‘outside’ interference came from, and it is shocking to see the haste with which he was suspended,” he said.”This to me is very strange. They could have called him in and found out where he thinks the outside influence was coming from and then go from there. Supposed it was coming from people in the public domain?”The management committee by their actions is making it look as if he is speaking about the WICB when he talks about outside influence.”Last Friday, Simmons took the unusual step of publicly criticising the selection process after the omission of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from the one-day squad to tour Sri Lanka next month.Speaking to media in Barbados following the end of a West Indies training camp, he claimed there had been “interference from outside”, and as a result, West Indies would not have their best team available.last_img read more

  • Wolmer’s launch JC appeal!

    first_imgIan Forbes, team manager of defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-Flow Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC), says there is no truth to claims that his school used an ineligible player in their 3-1 quarter-final elimination win over Wolmer’s Boys last Wednesday.His defence came after the Wolmer’s management launched an appeal to ISSA, which could see them taking JC’s place in the Manning Cup semi-finals.Wolmer’s claim that JC used an ineligible player in their recent Manning Cup game.”It’s total rubbish. We are not careless,” Forbes told The Gleaner.”It’s total BS. It is total rubbish, baseless, without any foundation, and we have not breached any rule or regulations,” Forbes hit back at the Wolmer’s claim.The teams have been locked in a tussle since Wolmer’s ousted JC from the Walker Cup semis. JC returned to eliminate the Heroes Circle-based school from the Flow Super Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 blanking.They also sent Wolmer’s packing from the Manning Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 drubbing, but the Maroon and gold are crying foul, claiming JC did so unfairly.”We launched an appeal. We identified an ineligible player from the game. I am trying not to say much right now, but we launched a protest that a player played against us who shouldn’t have played,” said Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds in a telephone interview yesterday.RED-CARDSITUATION”It’s a red-card situation, and I will leave it at that. We are hoping that ISSA will rule according to the rules they themselves lay down. No animosity thing, but we just strongly feel that JC breached the rule that ISSA has laid down,” added Reynolds.He stressed that he is confident Wolmer’s will be reinstated, but Forbes disagrees and remains confident his JC team will continue the defence of their Manning Cup title.”(There has been) absolutely no foul play from us. JC has to check with ISSA before we do anything. We are not gonna make those mistakes; its foolishness,” Forbes said.Meanwhile, ISSA’s competitions officer, George Forbes, could not be reached for a comment. His cell phone went straight to voicemail after numerous attempts.- Shayne Fairmanlast_img read more

  • Athletes impress in field events

    first_imgWHILE most attention was being focused on track events at last Saturday’s Digicel/PUMA Youngster Goldsmith Classic inside the National Stadium, athletes in the field were making their mark with some strong performances, with Excelsior High’s Shanice Love leading the way.Love, who is conditioned by outstanding throwing coach, Michael Vassell, remained unbeaten this season after a splendid 51.92 metres to win the girls Class One discus.Former Buff Bay High School top female thrower, Fiona Richards, who is now competing for Edwin Allen High, shared the spotlight as she was a double winner. Richards, who will not be eligible for this year’s ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, captured the Class Two discus with 48.27m, before winning the shot put with 15.46m.Other outstanding female performances came from Kimberly Lugg of Excelsior and Sanique Burgher of Edwin Allen. Lugg captured the girl’s Class Three discus with 35.00m, while Burgher soared 1.75m in winning the Class Three high jump.Field events could play a major role in deciding the title at Champs this year and many of the top athletes were on show.Calabar High’s Class One thrower, Warren Barrett Jr, stayed unbeaten in the discus and shot put. He easily won the shot put with 19.30m, way ahead of second-place finisher, Vashon McCarthy, of Jamaica College (JC), with 14.86m.UPSETThere was an upset in the boys’ triple jump Open, as Campion College’s Jordan Scott surprised JC’s Obrien Wasome. Scott won with 15.81m, while Wasome had to settle for second with 15.44m.Otherwise, JC showed their strength in the jumps with Clayton Brown getting the better of St Jago High’s Lushane Wilson in the Class One high jump. An event which will be worth going miles to see at Champs, Brown cleared the bar at 2.18m to beat Wilson, 2.15m.Other JC athletes, Paketo Dudley (7.25m) in the Class One long jump and John Mark Rainford, (5.79m) in the Class Three long jump, also won.Kingston College’s Zico Campbell was a double winner in the boys’ Class Two throws. Campbell, formerly of Glenmuir High, took the discus with 53.18m and the shot put with an impressive 17.96m.last_img read more

  • $100 million for better football – Forbes

    first_imgWestern Bureau: It would cost the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), the governing body for high-school sports in Jamaica, approximately $100 million to make competitions like the daCosta Cup and Manning Cup more desirable, said George Forbes, competitions director. Forbes, in assessing the just-concluded high-school football season, told The Gleaner that while its operations were satisfactory, there remains scope for large-scale improvements, particularly as it relates to playing surfaces. “What the general public doesn’t necessarily know is that ISSA is in need of cash to make competitions like daCosta Cup and the likes better,” Forbes said. “You take the playing fields, for example: We would have liked very much to be in a position to assist schools on that issue, as it would make for more technically sound players,” he stated. “But our budget is not healthy enough to go there.” “Unfortunately, we cannot do so, because we just do not have that amount of cash, which is why we still urge corporate Jamaica to come on board with us as associate sponsors …” Forbes added. ISSA currently gets approximately $30 million a year from title sponsors FLOW, which, according to Forbes, goes into printing jerseys for the approximately 120 teams that took part in the 2016 season. “In addition, each school is also allotted $80,000, and the referee groups also get paid for the season from that,” said Forbes. Seventy-seven schools took part in the 2016 daCosta Cup season; a further 38 teams participated in the Manning Cup. Cornwall College defeated STETHS for the rural area title, while Jamaica College claimed a fourth successive Manning Cup win. Forbes said he was pleased that in spite of challenges, such as a referee strike and postponement of matches due to the passing of hurricane Mathew that disrupted games particularly in the eastern end of the island, it was a successful season from an administrative standpoint for ISSA. “There can be no doubt it was a good season and a successful one when based on how things unfolded over the nearly four months-long competitions,” Forbes said.last_img read more

  • Man U, Saints hunt League Cup on Sunday

    first_img Top four meeting Pts P W D L GF GA GD 1. Chelsea 60 25 19 3 3 52 18 34 2. City 52 25 16 4 5 51 29 22 3. Tottenham 50 25 14 8 3 46 18 28 4. Arsenal 50 25 15 5 5 54 28 26 5. Liverpool 49 25 14 7 4 54 30 24 6. Man United 48 25 13 9 3 38 21 17 7. Everton 41 25 11 8 6 40 27 13 8. West Brom 37 25 10 7 8 34 31 3 9. Stoke 32 25 8 8 9 30 36 -6 10. West Ham 32 25 9 5 11 34 43 -9 11. Southampton 30 25 8 6 11 28 31 -3 12. Burnley 30 25 9 3 13 27 36 -9 13. Watford 30 25 8 6 11 29 42 -13 14. Bournemouth 26 25 7 5 13 35 49 -14 15. Swansea 24 25 7 3 15 31 54 -23 16. Middlesbrough 22 25 4 10 11 19 27 -8 17. Leicester 21 25 5 6 14 24 43 -19 18. Hull 20 25 5 5 15 22 49 -27 19. Crystal Palace 19 25 5 4 16 32 46 -14 20. Sunderland 19 25 5 4 16 24 46 -22 Meanwhile, in Spain, there’s a top four meeting, and it seems the worst possible timing for Barcelona. Atletico Madrid host the second-place Catalan club on Sunday in the midst of a four-match winning run at home. And Barcelona’s confidence has been battered by a 4-0 humiliation at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and a difficult 2-1 win over relegation-threatened Leganes on the return to domestic duty. But if Luis Enrique can turn it around, the coach could end the weekend on top with Real Madrid. The two-time defending champions are only one point behind leaders Real Madrid, who play on Sunday at Villarreal, where they have not won since 2014. In Italy, this weekend could be decisive in determining the European ambitions of Atalanta and Inter Milan, who are currently level in Europa League spots. Atalanta’s youthful, mainly homegrown team has greater ambitions: Champions League qualification. Tomorrow, Atalanta take on Napoli, who are six points ahead in the third and final Champions League place. Inter face a tough game on Sunday, hosting second-place Roma, who have an eight-point advantage over them in second place. Juventus are already seven points in front of Roma and play struggling Empoli tomorrow. Points standingcenter_img LONDON, (AP): The first trophy of the English season will be handed out Sunday at Wembley, a more familiar stadium for Manchester United than League Cup final opponents Southampton. The last time Southampton visited seven years ago, they won the Football League Trophy as a third-tier side. Now firmly established in the Premier League, the south coast team is chasing its first major honour since beating United in the 1976 FA Cup final. Jose Mourinho takes charge of United in a cup final for the first time, with one eye on the more important pursuit of England’s four Champions League places. United are sixth in the Premier League and Liverpool can pull further ahead Monday by beating defending champions Leicester, who are hovering above the relegation zone. At the top, leaders Chelsea host Swansea and third-place Tottenham take on Stoke. Arsenal and Manchester City have the weekend off because they were to play Southampton and United, respectively.last_img read more