‘I acted like a fool’: Neymar regrets Marseille red card

first_imgNeymar said he “acted like a fool” following his red card against Marseille but called on football officials to do more to combat discrimination after accusing Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism.The Brazil forward was one of five players sent off after a mass brawl at the end of PSG’s 1-0 loss in Ligue 1 on Sunday, and later claimed Gonzalez had called him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets.PSG have stood by the world’s most expensive player, saying the club “strongly supports” him, but Neymar conceded he would accept his punishment which is expected to be revealed by the French league’s disciplinary commission on Wednesday. “Should I have ignored it? I don’t know yet… Today, with a cool head, I say yes, but in due course, my companions and I asked the referees for help and we were ignored. “I accept my punishment because I should have followed the path of clean football. I hope, on the other hand, that the offender will also be punished.”Racism exists. It exists, but we have to stop it. No more. Enough!””The guy was a fool. I also acted like a fool for letting me get involved in that,” he added.Marseille defend Gonzalez PSG have lost their opening two games of the season for the first time since 1984/85, and face another spell without Neymar whose first two seasons in France were marred by injuries.They host Metz on Metz on Wednesday in what was originally scheduled to be their Ligue 1 season opener.Meanwhile, Marseille issued a statement of their own defending Gonzalez. He denied racism and accused Neymar of being a bad loser.”Alvaro Gonzalez is not racist. He has shown us that by his daily behaviour since joining the club, as his team-mates have already testified,” the statement read.The league’s disciplinary commission, which will decide the punishments, could investigate Neymar’s accusations against Gonzalez, who Marseille claim was spat on by Angel Di Maria.Marseille pledged to “fully cooperate” with any investigation and said the club would remain at the disposal of the commission.Any racist behaviour carries a maximum suspension of 10 matches. Spitting directed at another player can lead to a ban of up to six matches.Kurzawa meanwhile could be suspended for up to seven matches for violent conduct after aiming a punch at opposition full-back Amavi.Topics : “Yesterday I revolted. I was punished with red because I wanted to hit someone who offended me,” Neymar said in a lengthy Instagram post Monday.”I thought I could not leave without doing something because I realised that those in charge would not do anything, did not notice or ignored the fact.”Marseille player Alvaro Gonzalez allegedly said to Neymar:‘Shut up Monkey’Neymar turns to officials:‘Racism no?’#Neymar #PSG #Marseille #Brawl #Racism #Ligue1 pic.twitter.com/euEHLkpXOp— Daoud Nawaz (@DaoudNawaz) September 13, 2020Neymar was dismissed for slapping Gonzalez on the back of the head, with team-mates Layvin Kurzawa and Leandro Paredes also sent off, as well as Marseille’s Dario Benedetto and Jordan Amavi.”In our sport, aggressions, insults, swearing are part of the game, of the dispute. You can’t be affectionate. I understand this guy partly, all is part of the game, but racism and intolerance are unacceptable,” Neymar continued.last_img read more

PGGM, ATP join sovereign wealth funds in €3.7bn car-lease deal

first_imgThe €186bn Dutch asset manager PGGM and the €110bn Danish statutory pension fund ATP have bought minority stakes in Dutch car-lease company LeasePlan.They made the investment as part of an international group, which purchased full ownership from Global Mobility Holding – jointly owned by Volkswagen Group and Germany-based Fleet Investments – in a €3.7bn transaction.The consortium included the sovereign wealth funds of Abu Dhabi (ADIA) and Singapore (GIC), as well as institutional investment funds managed by TDR Capital and Goldman Sachs’s Merchant Banking Division.PGGM spokesman Maurice Wilbrink said: “We consider LeasePlan as a very promising company with a solid growth strategy for added value.” PGGM, asset manager for the €166bn healthcare scheme PFZW, cited its participation as “a long-term investment with an attractive risk/return ratio”.It said it would supply one of the consortium’s additional two members on the supervisory board of the car-lease firm, and that the group would share its expertise with the company’s management.Wilbrink declined to provide details about PGGM’s stake or about expected returns.The €19.7bn company, however, reported a net profit of 14% over 2014.On behalf of the consortium, Eric-Jan Vink, head of PGGM’s private equity team, said: “We are investing in the future of a company with an unmatched portfolio of market-leading assets, highly knowledgeable and dedicated staff and a sound strategy under a highly experienced management.”According to LeasePlan, the group intended to finance the acquisition through an equity investment of approximately 50% of the purchase price, a mandatory convertible note of €480m and a cash-pay debt facility of €1.55bn.Founded in 1963, the company has become a global market leader, with operations in 32 countries and total fleet management of 1.4m vehicles.It employs 6,800 staff in total.The deal should be concluded by the end of this year, pending regulatory approval.last_img read more

South Africa Police Force learns Mandarin

first_imgAt least 40 South African police officers graduated from their Chinese Language Classes in Cape Town this weekThe first South Africa Police Service Chinese training course opened on August 15.The exercise is jointly sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in South Africa and the Chinese Ministry of Public Security. The South African Chinese Community and Police Cooperation Center hosts the class, attended by a total of 18 students.last_img

Batesville Fire & Rescue adds two

first_imgBatesville, In. — Two new members of the Batesville Fire & Rescue team were sworn in Monday night at the Memorial Building.Lisa Jennings of Bright is the first female Firefighter/Paramedic in the history of the department. Since 2013 she has worked with Ripley County EMS and has been a member of the UC Health Air Care & Mobile Care Special Events Team. She is married with four children.After serving part-time for approximately three yours Donovan Imel is now full-time. Imel is a 2014 graduate of Waldron High School and has also worked with Ripley County EMS.last_img

Berget completes Cardiff move

first_img Solskjaer has already brought in midfielders Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli from Heerenveen and Molde respectively. Berget, who like Eikrem and Daehli shares an agent with Solskjaer, was out of contract with Molde in the summer and has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at Cardiff City Stadium. The 21-year-old has made just four appearances for the Red Devils this season, one of which came in the Community Shield win over Wigan. A move to Cardiff would allow the England cap to gain regular first-team action, but Solskjaer insisted, contrary to reports, that the player has not had a medical. ”You have to ask Manchester United,” said the Bluebirds boss. ”He is a Manchester United player. I cannot comment about players who are not Cardiff players. Nothing has been concluded. “I can confirm he has not had a medical for Cardiff. I can say that. I don’t know what he has done with other clubs but he has not had a medical with Cardiff.” Cardiff are also close to completing a deal for Wigan defender Ivan Ramis after having a bid accepted by the Sky Bet Championship club. Cardiff are currently bottom of the Premier League and, with survival the priority, Saturday’s trip to Bolton in the FA Cup may be a fixture Cardiff could do without. But Solskjaer wants his side to use the fourth-round tie as a means of generating momentum. He said: “Tomorrow is going to be an important game for the club. “It is vital to build momentum and confidence. I hear many people say it is a distraction but for me it is another chance to get to know the lads and for them to implement what we are trying to do. “The FA Cup was the biggest one-game occasion in football. I watched probably all of them. This is one final we really want to get to and this game is massive for us. “But we need fresh legs and energy, especially mental energy, we need to rotate as we have another game on Tuesday and then Saturday.” And the Norwegian has urged his players to believe they belong at the elite level. “Sometimes they need to get told they are better players than they think they are,” he said. “You cannot outperform your ego. So, they have got to start believing that they belong in the Premier League and that they should be playing against the Manchester Citys and the Manchester Uniteds.” Solskjaer said on Friday: “I’m delighted to welcome Jo to the club. He went through his medical last night and signed his contract this morning. “He’s a forward and a full Norwegian international and arrives on a very good deal for us. He knows the way I want to play, he’s a secondary frontman and is a very strong and intelligent footballer. He’ll do well for us.” The trio of Eikrem, Daehli and Berget may not be the big-name signings Cardiff fans would like to see, but Solskjaer has backed the trio to shine in English football. “We are talking about three full internationals I have brought in for a very cheap price compared to what they give us,” he said. “They are long-term value for money. “Of course they haven’t played in the Premier League but they are all full internationals and I know them because I have had them before. “I know their personalities.” Another man expected to complete a move to Cardiff is Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha. Press Association Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made his third Norwegian signing after Molde striker Jo Inge Berget completed his move to Cardiff for an undisclosed fee.last_img read more

Iheanacho’s Missed Chance against City Causes Buzz on Twitter

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeKelechi Iheanacho’s 87th minute missed chance on Monday night to level scores for Leicester City and put spanner into Manchester City’s ambition to retain the English Premier League title back-to-back has received backlash from angry Liverpool fans on social media.If Iheanacho had scored that begging chanced deep into the Premiership game at Etihad, the Citizens would have been trailing Liverpool on 93 points going into Sunday’s final round of matches rather than the edge of 95 points they enjoy now. But most of the fans who pilloried the former Manchester city forward for his tepid play that went wide off mark insinuated that Iheanacho may have done his former club the favour to enable them win the trophy.Iheanacho who moved from City in 2017, was put through clear on goal in the dying moments by Hamza Choudhury but he dragged his effort well wide of the post with just Ederson in goal for City to beat.He could have come back to haunt his former side but instead City go into the final round of fixtures ahead of Liverpool in the title race with that stunning 30-yard kick by Vincent Kompany.After that enthralling match, football fans – including those from Liverpool – flocked to social media to poke fun of Iheanacho.One Liverpool supporter, devastated by the last-gasp miss, joked on Twitter: “That must be Iheanacho’s best game for Man City.”Another social media user wrote: “Iheanacho should receive a Premier League medal after his shocking miss.”Another football fan said on Twitter: “Petition to investigate Iheanacho’s miss incoming.”But the teasing didn’t stop there, with plenty more fans taking to Twitter to voice either their frustration or delight depending on which camp they sit in.Longclaw (@somtozil) May 6, 2019 noted: “City selling Iheanacho for him to miss a sitter to help them win the league 2 years.”One Manchester United fan, Scott Banks (@Twatots) May 6, 2019 clearly pleased with the result, joked: “Iheanacho couldn’t bear the thought of listening to Liverpool supporters for the next 40 years either. Good lad.”“Someone needs to investigate that, Iheanacho didn’t want to score there,” another football fan alleged following the final whistle.Iheanacho’s miss allowed Pep Guardiola’s men to hold on to their crucial advantage and they will be confident of securing the Premier League title on Sunday.Man City is to travel to Brighton needing a win to defend their top-flight crown, while Liverpool host Wolves at Anfield in what should be a brilliant finale to the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Haitian Diaspora Group Wants Urgent End to Political Crisis

first_imgEVANSTON, Illinois (CMC) – A broad coalition of Haitian groups in the Haitian Diaspora wants an urgent resolution of the current political crisis in the country, saying that Haiti has “crumbled under the weight of this acute crisis”.The group known as the United Front of the Haitian Diaspora (UFHD), based in Evanston, Illinois, claimed in an emailed resolution to nationals on Sunday that “anarchy and stagnation prevail everywhere”.“President (Jovenel) Moise and his administration can no longer resolve the crisis without radical changes,” said UFHD, stating that its mission is “to mobilise Haitians living in the Diaspora, our children, our friends and allies to help Haiti develop”.“So, as much as we are constitutionalists, we think that the president has to come to term with that reality and be compassionate, and make his contribution to stability and end the carnage,” it added.UFHD claimed that Moise does not have the capacity to maintain a stable government to manage the affairs of the nation in the best interests of citizens for more than a year, adding that “that such a situation has led him to the successive nomination of prime ministers but yet powerless to obtain ratification at the level of Parliament, in spite of the fact that he has had a clear majority.”It also said that Moise has been incapable of addressing the root causes of the nation’s deteriorating social-political crisis and its acute economic collapse, and is “powerlessness of bringing together divergent forces within the society to find solutions in spite of his attempt to create various commissions that bore no results, such as the Etat Generaux, the Commission de Consultation, etc, and others.”UFHD noted that, since July 2018, there have been intensive demonstrations against the government to protest rising costs of living, taxes on fuel, “rampant or blatant corruption gone unpunished (the Petro Caribe dossier), and accusations of corruption levelled against the president and his entourage.”The group said such demonstrations and failure to address their roots causes have resulted into significant loss of lives, properties, and trade and business opportunities, and disruption of basic services, including access to schools by children.In addition to the failure of the executive branch, UFHD said the Legislature (Chamber of Deputies and the Senate) has shown its “inability to perform its basic functions,” including passing the budget, enacting legislation, voting to amend the constitution to achieve significant changes and sanctioning members for illegal acts.UFHD said the judiciary has also been “disappointing” for its failure to pursue corrupt members of the executive branch and representatives of the civil society accused of corruption or misappropriation of funds.Given that “a large majority of the population demands the unconditional resignation of the president,” among other things, the coalition proposed a consultative process, in the very short term, “aimed at coordinating our efforts with those of other movements with similar views as our own.”UFHD said the consultation will be aimed at reaching points of agreement on initiatives to address the current situation, to formulate a specific set of proposals and to inform the entire population about such immediate proposal to resolve the crisis.The group also called for the establishment of an Emergency Representative Management Council (Representative Council) composed of personalities and, in observance of the spirit of the constitution, headed by a reputable member of the Court of Cassation.UFHD said this council must include representatives from key sectors of the population, both inside and outside the country, who will take charge of administering the transition.In this transition, UFHD said President Moise must transfer power to the Council peacefully “and have the opportunity to legally respond to charges against him.”UFHD also wants the Acting Prime Minister to resign from his post “in order to allow a new, acting, appropriate Interim Prime Minister to manage the day-to-day affairs of the country in collaboration with the Representative Council.”In addition, the group wants the new Interim Prime Minister, in consultation with the Representative Council, to establish a Permanent Electoral Council (CEP) that will include members of the Diaspora.last_img read more

“Field Trip Friday”: Shipwreck Tours

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis In this week’s Field Trip Friday we climbed aboard the Lady Michigan and toured the many shipwrecks on Thunder Bay.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious New Parking Changes DowntownNext Local Residents are ‘Tasting the Difference’last_img

Capitals’ Tom Wilson leaves game with injury after taking big hit; Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves ejected

first_img Capitals’ Tom Wilson will not be disciplined for blindside hit on Devils’ Brett Seney Capitals winger Tom Wilson exited Tuesday’s matchup with the Golden Knights after taking a big hit from Ryan Reaves, who received a five minute game misconduct and was ejected for the play.A trainer helped Wilson off the ice after the hit in the second period and the Capitals later ruled him out for the rest of the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson recently returned from a 14-game suspension he received due to an illegal hit he delivered in the preseason. The suspension was originally supposed to be 20 games but an arbitrator reduced the punishment in mid-November.Wilson has committed his fair share of questionable hits in his six-year NHL career. No player has accrued more penalties than Wilson since he entered the league in 2013 and he has been suspended by the league multiple times for his conduct on the ice.  Related News Capitals’ Tom Wilson ejected for illegal check to the head on Devils’ Brett Seney The severity of Wilson’s injury is unclear.last_img read more