Football’s day of reckoning around corner as MPs to get tough over coronavirus

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE stakeholders will hold another conference call today — and unanimously agree they have no idea when football can return to action.All manner of proposals will be put forward as to the best way of completing the virus- interrupted season.4 Daniel Levy was one of two Prem owners to make their staff furloughCredit: PA:Press AssociationBut none of them will mean a thing until we know when this deadly pandemic is going to end — and that is the trillion-dollar question which absolutely no one has the answer to right now.I expect the Prem to re-emphasise its complete commitment to avoid curtailing the campaign.But I am completely committed to winning the lottery. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.More and more Premier League teams are coming around to the idea of playing the remaining 92 fixtures behind closed doors, probably at neutral venues. Yet even that suggestion remains a million miles away while the country is in lockdown.As Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish found out to his cost this week, even two footballers getting together is absolutely forbidden at the moment.So the idea of two full teams plus subs, match officials, coaches, medics, groundsmen and camera crews being allowed to congregate is fanciful in the extreme.4 Health Secretary Matt Holland called on Premier League players to do moreCredit: crown copyrightEven if clubs could somehow guarantee that everyone in the stadium was virus-free, they would still need Government backing for football to come out of isolation.And getting any favours from the authorities seems highly unlikely in light of the way the game is carrying on during this crisis.Ministers and MPs are rightly appalled that clubs such as Tottenham and Newcastle United have placed all their non-playing staff on furlough and requested a bail-out from the taxpayers.It is a cynical ploy by the likes of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Toon owner Mike Ashley to ultimately slash their wage bills.The gruesome twosome are prepared to take a short-term hit in terms of negative publicity if it leads to their players taking a long-term pay cut.They are trying to publicly shame multi-millionaire footballers into accepting a wage cut to bail out hundreds of lower-paid workers.Gordon Taylor and the Professional Footballers’ Association have so far resisted calls for a collective deferral until they have been allowed to examine the accounts of the clubs.4 Mike Ashley also made non-playing staff members furloughCredit: EPAThe players’ union is right to remain suspicious of many club owners, who are seeking to use this crisis to wriggle out of their contractual obligations.But football’s mega-wealthy really need to understand which way the wind is blowing because there’s a hurricane heading their way and it’s about to blow the whole house down.The general public is looking for a scapegoat and the players are currently losing the PR war. They need to act fast to ensure they’re not holding the parcel of blame when the music stops.At the moment they are coming across like Goodfellas mob boss Paulie leaning on struggling restaurants.“Business is bad? F*** you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? F*** you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning? F*** you, pay me.”The reality is very different.Hundreds of players have been making charitable donations and are helping out with community projects during this time of national emergency.But unfortunately, it’s not enough to placate an increasingly anxious country which is now struggling to make ends meet. That’s why the well-intentioned #FootballUnited campaign seems to be struggling to reach its target of raising £100,000 to help local communities.It’s a lovely idea but sceptical members of the public are left wondering why big stars can’t just donate the money themselves. Most players would willingly take a pay deferral to support their lower-paid colleagues and secure the survival of lower league clubs in danger of going into liquidation.But many owners want way more than that.They want players to renegotiate their contracts and in an ideal world they would also cut agents out of all future deals.Football, like every other business, is living in extraordinary times and someone is going to have to pick up the tab when all this is finally over.The Government has broken all its financial governance to save the country from going broke and somewhere down the line they will have to claw this money back.So it comes as no surprise that the chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is now calling for a “windfall tax” on the Premier League’s multi-billion-pound global television broadcast deals.Julian Knight MP calls the current situation “obscene” — and he has given the clubs until next Tuesday to put their houses in order.And if they continue to operate a two-tier system of paying their players but not the rest of their staff, he wants the Chancellor to intervene.That would be the ultimate nightmare for clubs who are already leveraged up to their necks despite that annual windfall.But after years of living beyond its means, football’s day of reckoning is coming much sooner than anyone bargained for.McClean and jerkTHE longer this lockdown continues, the greater the chances of bored football stars posting inappropriate material online.Stoke’s James McClean has already shared a picture of him wearing a paramilitary balaclava to deliver a history lesson to his children.With a teacher that thick, what hope is there for the poor kids?But I fear he is not going to be the last numbskull to cross the borders of poor taste.Footballers have a very short attention span and are obsessed with sharing every detail of their often vacuous lives.And that’s a dangerous combination which can only end in tears.4 James McClean uploaded this hugely controversial postmost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’Ju must be jokingJUVENTUS chief Andrea Agnelli has got some front when he calls for united responsibility to ensure football’s long-term well-being and sustainability.As chairman of the European Club Association, Agnelli has spent the past few years trying to turn the Champions League into a closed shop.If he’d had his way, Europe’s richest clubs would be guaranteed entry every year at the expense of ambitious teams such as Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Leicester and Lyon.But now the s*** has hit the fan and suddenly we’re all in it together.Let’s hope that Agnelli remains in isolation long after the rest of Italy has emerged from lockdown.DURING these difficult times, we have to take solace where we can. One crumb of comfort is the fact that no one has mentioned VAR for weeks. Enjoy the silence while it lasts.Health Secretary Matt Hancock calls on Premier League footballers to take a pay cut during coronavirus battlelast_img read more

Son could miss Spurs training return and go into quarantine after military stint

first_img3SON HEUNG-MIN could miss Tottenham’s training return and be put back in quarantine after South Korea military service.The South Korean international is not expected back in England until may after undergoing his three-week mandatory national service amid the coronavirus crisis.3 Son Heung-min could miss Tottenham training return and be put back in quarantine after South Korea military serviceSon, 27, headed back to his native country to partake in the service following his stint in isolation and is set to complete his military service on May 10.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updatesIt is likely he will have to self-isolate for another 14 days with the authorities tightening up on measures for those jetting into the country.Under South Korean law, before the age of 28 you must complete 21 months of national service, unless you earn an exemption.The Spurs ace has earned that exemption after winning gold with his country at the Asian Games in 2018 but opted to undertake the short-term training after the Premier League was KO’d indefinitely by coronavirus.Son was instructed to self-isolate in February after returning from arm surgery in his homeland, before being forced to once again complete another spell in quarantine in Seoul last month.Premier League clubs have hashed out plans to resume training on May 18 with the hope that the top flight can resume on June 8.The government have suggested that clubs give their players 48 hours’ notice to return to training, with plans for Prem football played behind closed doors to be back on TV within weeks.3All 20 clubs will hold a conference call on Friday to devise a plan for the resumption of the top flight – which will only take place if the government gives plans the green light.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticA restart date in June and mid-July finish is on the cards, with next season starting in August following the coronavirus crisis, according to a Premier League insider.Arsenal are the first Premier League team to return to action with Gunners stars back in training after 47 days away during the coronavirus pandemic.The North Londoners ten-pitch Hertfordshire HQ will be strictly conforming to the government’s social-distancing rules — with players working on a different pitch and will have their own footballs to avoid any threat of cross-contamination.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today stars leave training as they become first Premier League club to return after 47 days of isolationlast_img read more

Residents fear threat of leaning pole at Wismar Housing Scheme

first_imgResidents of Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) are concerned about a pole which has been leaning on an electrical wire along the roadway in the area, which they consider a serious threat. The pole,The slanted pole at Wismar Housing Schemewhich is situated in close proximity to the Wismar Hill Nursery and Primary schools, has been in the same position for several weeks now, residents fear the danger it poses to the school children. They are calling on the relevant authorities to look into the situation and to have it rectified before the situation worsens. A resident in the area pointed out that the pole, which is leaned over the centre of the roadway, appears to be falling closer to the ground as time progresses.“This pole been like this for weeks now and like nobody ain’t care. It’s like they’re waiting for something to happen before they can fix it. School children passing here daily to go to school and yet still,” the resident pointed out.Residents and school children traverse the area constantly on a daily basis, given it is one of the main thoroughfares. It is unclear if the pole is the property of the electricity or telephone company; however, concerned residents are calling for urgent attention to be paid to the situation as soon as possible.last_img read more

AK-47, M-70 rifles found in home of WCD businessman

first_imgTwo high powered rifles, an AK-47 and an M-70 rifle, were on Thursday afternoon discovered in the Meten-Meer-Zorg home of a 33-year-old businessman who operates a restaurant in that West Coast Demerara community. Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has confirmed that the high powered rifles were found, but he could not confirm the calibers. He has, however, said that members of the Major Crime Unit have travelled to the area and are questioning the occupant of the house. He also said the weapons have been lodged at the CID Headquarters in Georgetown as investigations continue.Guyana Times understands that, acting on information received, the police swooped down on the businessman’s house and conducted a search, unearthing the weapons inside duffer bag, hidden under a commerical gas stove. A source has disclosed that from the condition of the weapons, they probably had not been used in a while. Based on reports gathered, the suspect might have been keeping the weapons for a known drug dealer.Meanwhile, the young man who was arrested on Thursday following the discovery of the high profile weapons will be interrogated and ultimately charged for illegal possession of firearms.last_img read more


first_imgA YOUNG soccer player who went on a St Patrick’s Day drinking spree after a match tried to start a fight with a bouncer before telling a Garda to f*** off, a court has heard.Michael Doherty, from Glencar Irish in Letterkenny was apprehended outside the club on the Ramelton Road in the town in the early hours of March 17 this year.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that 22-year-old Doherty was drunk in a public place and used threatening and abusive behaviour. At one point Doherty had tried to grab a member of the door staff and when Garda Joe Kealy tried to calm him, Doherty had told him to ‘f*** off.’Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had played a football match earlier and had gone out for a drink afterwards.“The party extended into the small hours. There was a tussle at the door with bar staff in what was an unwinnable argument for this young man,” Mr Dorrian told Judge Paul Kelly.“He is a very keen and able young sports man and alcohol does not form part of his life. He is otherwise a very reasonable young man.”Mr Dorrian added: “He is very contrite about what happened and he assures me there will be no repeat performance.”Doherty, a student, was ordered to make a €100 donation to the Donegal Youth Service.SOCCER PLAYER WHO THREATENED GARDA ‘A REASONABLE YOUNG MAN’ – COURT TOLD was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:Glencar IrishletterkennyMichael DohertySt Patrick’s Daythreatening behaviourlast_img read more

Harry Kane nets hat-trick as England create history with rout of Panama

first_img Harry Kane makes off with the ball after his hat-trick 5 5 England have never before scored more than four goals in a World Cup match, and even Felipe Baloy’s late consolation strike will not take away from the history made by Gareth Southgate’s side.Panama started brightly, Anibal Godoy wasting a fine chance to put his nation ahead when he wildly shot over after being played through on goal. Yoel Barcenas also went close a few moments later, but his curling effort flashed just wide of Jordan Pickford’s far post, with the keeper at full stretch.Despite these chances in the final third, Panama were amateurish at the back, with Stones opening the scoring with a free header from a corner.Kane then grabbed his first of the game, from the penalty spot, after Fidel Escobar and Gabriel Torres pulled Lingard down inside the area, before Lingard himself netted from outside the box with a stunning finish from outside the box after a lovely give-and-go with Raheem Sterling.Stones added England’s fourth four minutes later, after a brilliantly worked free-kick routine. Kieran Trippier laid the set-piece off to Jordan Henderson, who curled a first-time ball to the far post. Kane headed the ball back across the face of goal, only to see Sterling head straight at goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, but the rebound fell straight to Stones, who headed past Penedo into the roof of the net. LINE-UPSEngland: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier (Rose 70′), Loftus-Cheek, Henderson, Lingard (Delph 63′), Young, Sterling, Kane (Vardy 63′)Subs not used: Butland, Dier, Welbeck, Cahill, Jones, Rashford, Alli, Alexander-Arnold, PopePanama: Penedo, Murillo, Roman Torres, Escobar, Davis, Barcenas (Arroyo 69′), Cooper, Gomez (Baloy 69′), Godoy (Avila 62′), Jose Luis Rodriguez, PerezSubs not used: Calderon, Cummings, Gabriel Torres, Diaz, Machado, Pimentel, Ovalle, Tejada, Alex RodriguezGROUP G TABLE Trippier played 70 minutes before being replaced by Danny Rose 5 The wing-back was challenged defensively even less in this match than he was against Tunisia, but that meant he could dominate the right flank when England were on the attack. He sent in the corner from which Stones scored the opening goal, and was a constant menace with some excellent crosses from open play. Trippier has also developed into a fine set-piece taker, and Gareth Southgate has utilised this talent remarkably well at the tournament.MOMENT OF THE MATCHAny one of the goals could be regarded as the finest moment of the match – even Panama’s debut strike at a World Cup finals – but Kane’s hat-trick finish will go down in history. He was ridiculously lucky to score in the manner he did, as Loftus-Cheek’s shot flicked of Kane’s boot into the back of the net, but that strike made Kane the first England player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup since Gary Lineker in 1986. 5 Just minutes later, the lead was extended again, with Kane scoring a perfect replica of his opening penalty, after being bundled to the ground, to make it 5-0 at the break.Understandably, England turned down the pace after the restart, but it took less than ten minutes into the second half for Kane to complete his hat-trick – in the most fortuitous of circumstances. Ruben Loftus-Cheek worked his way into space on the edge of the Panama area, and his weak shot  hit the back of Kane’s foot and looped over Penedo and into the back of the Panama net.Michael Murillo did threaten to pull one back for Panama, but Pickford did well to deny the wide player after a well-worked move saw him through on goal.Torres should have scored after a cut-back fell to him at the far post, yet he poked the ball slightly wide, before Felipe Baloy made up for Torres’ error by netting Panama’s first ever World Cup goal when he broke England’s offside trap from a free-kick and slotted the ball into the corner of Pickford’s goal.Baloy made history by scoring this debut goal for Panama, but England were the real history makers in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday. On to Belgium on Thursday, where the Three Lions will look to secure top spot in Group G.STAR MANAs in England’s World Cup opener, the defeat of Tunisia, Kieran Trippier put in a truly superb performance down the right flank. Kane became just the third England player to score a World Cup hat-trick Stones scored his first two goals for England against Panama England secured their biggest ever World Cup victory on Sunday afternoon, beating Panama 6-1 in Nizhny Novgorod to book their place in the last 16.Harry Kane became the third player after Geoff Hurst and Gary Lineker to score a finals hat-trick for the Three Lions, while John Stones added a brace of his own. Jesse Lingard also scored with a fine long-range effort that was England’s first proper open play goal of the tournament. 5 talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more


first_imgIt may still only be a paper dream but Colaiste Ailigh has moved one step closer to realising its dream of a new school building.The Irish-speaking secondary school, located at Sprackburn House in Letterkenny, is home to more than 200 pupils. But plans for their new school arrived this week and were put proudly on display.The new school, which will include state of the art facilities as well as a full size GAA pitch and gym, could be complete by 2013.Headmaster Micheal O Giobuin has been driving the project and it is hoped that contractors may commence work as early as the start of the New Year.The school is the only Irish-speaking secondary school outside the Gealtacht area in Donegal. Its popularity is evident buy a record intake of 55 pupils to first year just a few weeks ago.The school is now awaiting council approval on planning permission before work commences.PLANS ARRIVE AS LETTERKENNY SCHOOL MOVES CLOSER TO A BRAND NEW HOME was last modified: November 11th, 2011 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Colaiste Ailighletterkennylast_img read more

Breaking News: Search operation launched as diver goes missing off Fanad Head

first_imgA major search operation has been launched as a diver has gone missing twenty miles north of the Fanad Head peninsula.The missing diver was reported to Malin Head Coast Guard at 4:30pm.Lough Swilly Life Boat, the Sligo-based Rescue 118 helicopter, and a number of local boats are searching the area for the diver. It is understood that a number of the divers had been exploring shipwrecks in the area. The alarm was raised after all divers reported back expect for one.The identity and nationality of the missing diver are not yet known.We will bring you more on this breaking news story as we have it.Breaking News: Search operation launched as diver goes missing off Fanad Head was last modified: August 13th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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) Tags:diverFanad HeadLough Swilly LIfeboatmissinglast_img read more

Live playoff updates: Warriors beat Blazers in Western Conference finals Game 1

first_imgCan the kid from Oakland ruin the Warriors’ last hurrah at Oracle? Join us Tuesday at 6 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis as Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers face the Warriors at Oracle in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.Lillard, who starred at Oakland High after first playing varsity hoops at Arroyo High in San Lorenzo and St. Joseph/Notre Dame in Alameda, has done well … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

A continent in midst of ‘seismic shift’

first_imgA spectacular increase in global flows into Africa and Middle East funds supports experts’ view that the economic balance of power is shifting as “frontier economies” increasingly drive growth.The centre of economic gravity is shifting eastwards and southwards with “huge consequences” for the world we live in, according to John Battersby, the UK country manager for the International Marketing Council of South Africa. Speaking after a May international media forum in Johannesburg, Battersby said the global power balance was changing: emerging countries were more rightly called “high growth”.Click here to get the full story from Fund Strategy.last_img read more