Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeat

first_img Comment Mikel Arteta needed Bernd Leno to rescue Arsenal on several occasions (Getty Images)Asked if he could take any positives from the game, Arteta replied: ‘The very early stages because we were in the game.‘We looked a threat and the game was balanced.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But when we gave the goal away before half-time, conceded the penalty and then 10 men against them is a mountain to club.‘But the boys didn’t throw in the towel. They kept going, they kept trying, even until the last minute.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. David Luiz was given a straight red card for a foul on Riyad Mahrez (PA) Advertisement David Luiz was sent off as Arsenal were beaten by Manchester City (PA)Bacary Sagna has offered his services to Arsenal after Mikel Arteta’s side were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City in the first game of their Premier League restart on Wednesday evening.David Luiz’s calamitous display saw him at fault for City’s opening goal as his failed clearance allowed Raheem Sterling to score from close range.But it got even worse for the Brazilian defender shortly after half-time as he gave away a penalty and was sent off for a foul on Riyad Mahrez.Kevin De Bruyne scored the penalty to double City’s lead, while Phil Foden also found the net to wrap up a 3-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSagna, who made 284 appearances for the Gunners and helped the club win the FA Cup in 2014, was clearly not a fan of his former side’s defending as he posted on Twitter during the game: ‘Well… I believe I can still play.’The defeat has left Arsenal ninth in the Premier League, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Bacary Sagna saw the funny side as Arsenal were comfortably beaten by Man City (Twitter)Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta admits he is keen to forget Arsenal’s latest setback ‘I want to delete the game from the hard drive,’ the Arsenal manager told BBC Sport.‘It’s a lot of things that happened and there’s no point taking things from this game.‘Just delete it and start preparing tomorrow for the game against Brighton.’ Bacary Sagna mocks Arsenal over David Luiz red card in Manchester City defeat Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jun 2020 2:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link925Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Juventus getting serious about Barcelona forward Suarez

first_img Loading… Juventus are getting serious about signing Barcelona forward Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan forward has been told he can leave by new Barca boss Ronald Koeman. Calciomercato says Juve have begun talks with Suarez’s representatives about a potential move to Italy.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie Williams6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earthcenter_img read also:Suarez breaks silence amid Barcelona exit rumours The Old Lady are also targeting Roma striker Edin Dzeko. But the dream move would be for Suarez, who has a net salary of 15 million euros per season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Negredo relishing City switch

first_img Sevilla announced Negredo would join City, pending a medical, and held a “farewell” press conference for their star striker on Wednesday evening. Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season and whose transfer will cost a reported 23 million euros (£20million), said on the club’s official website: “I think in football there are stages. For four years I have been very happy, but I think my time was here over. Spain striker Alvaro Negredo is looking forward to taking his career to the next stage by joining Manchester City. “I am happy to go to a big team.” The 27-year-old paid an emotional tribute to Sevilla for “four fantastic years” and added: “For me this will be my home for a lifetime.” But he revealed he was relishing the chance to link up again with Jesus Navas, who has already moved to the Etihad from the Andalucian club. He said: “I am happy to be spending another year with him.” Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido earlier revealed Negredo would sign the “contract of his life” at City. He said: “Manchester City are buying a great player, the top-scoring Spaniard in La Liga. This is a big deal for Sevilla, the second most important in our history after we sold (now-Barcelona full-back) Daniel Alves, and the player will sign the contract of his life. “Everyone should be happy; it is a great deal for all three parties.” Should the deal go through, Negredo would become new City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Navas and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Hardik Pandya dropped for Sydney ODI vs Australia, reportedly set to return home

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Hardik Pandya’s woes has increased following all the backlash which he has received from social media following his ‘outrageous’ remarks on the show Koffee With Karan hosted by popular film director Karan Johar. PTI quoted BCCI officials who were close to the development stating, “The team management has told Pandya that he is not playing tomorrow as they are yet to get a final directive. Rahul, in any case, wasn’t in contention for a first XI berth. The team management is waiting for an official communication on whether there is a provisional suspension and if they will be sent back,” the source said. The move comes after Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji said that the duo should be suspended until further course of action is taken. The former India women’s cricket player had initially suggested a two-match suspension for the duo but referred the matter to the legal cell after CoA chief Vinod Rai agreed with her and recommended the same.The move was taken by BCCI legal team refused to declare their comments on women in the chat show Koffee With Karan a violation of the code of conduct. “We feel that present matter doesn’t fall under the ambit of Code of Conduct and procedure of Code of Conduct can’t be invoked in present circumstances,” the firm stated. The firm said the behaviour in question was neither a criticism of any match or against a player or support staff or match official. A senior BCCI official said this was not a code of conduct but it was about bringing an organisation to disrepute. The official cited the example of Steve Smith, who was only banned for one Test in the ICC Code of Conduct situation but was banned for one year by Cricket Australia.Read More | India in Australia ODIs – 5 previous performances from Dhoni to DadaVirat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, had condemned the comments of Pandya. “From the Indian cricket team point of view, any inappropriate comments that are made in that scenario are something that we definitely don’t support…and that has been communicated (to the two players. We definitely don’t align with those views and those are purely individual views. The two concerned players (have) felt what has gone wrong and they have understood the magnitude of what’s happened,” Kohli said in the pre-match press conference.Read More | Pandya, Rahul should be suspended till further action: EduljiThe situation came into light with this one conversation when Johar was asking questions about not asking women’s name in a night club and what do men talk about. To this, Pandya replied, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.” Pandya also boasted about how he casually discussed his sex life with his parents. “When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya replied with laughter.India is set to face Australia in the first ODI in Sydney on January 12 and they will play two further ODIs in Australia before embarking on a five-match ODI series against New Zealand. last_img read more

Court Suspends Warrant of Arrest for Pinnick, Four Others

first_imgA statement from the law firm of Mamman, Nasir & Co, counsels representing the NFF, yesterday maintained that the warrant was obtained by SPIP erroneously “as it ultra vires the enabling law establishing SPIP.”The statement signed by Muhammad Sani Katu Esq, stressed that this fresh order for the maintenance of status quo thereby suspending the execution of the warrant of arrest was made on 14th day of January, 2019 under the hand of the presiding judge of the Court (Chief District Judge II).“The Court made the order after hearing our clients’ application No. MN/04/2019 challenging the jurisdiction of the court, among others.“By the same order, the SPIP has now been put on notice to appear before the Court to answer to other fundamental and substantial issues of law put forward by our clients in the matter, including the fact that there is no basiswhatsoever for a warrant of arrest to be issued against them under the law,” observed the statement.It further stated that notwithstanding this positive and deserved outcome, expected by our clients, “we hold unto their firm instructions to pursue with utmost diligence and determination Suit No. FC/ABJ/CS/17/2019 pending separately at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division, which our clients have instituted against Chief Obono Obla and SPIP for violating our clients’ rights under the law and, acting outside and contrary to the enabling law setting up SPIP.”The law firm further averred that: “For the avoidance of any doubt, our clients reiterate most categorically that there are no charges against them existing anywhere, as they have not committed any crimes under the law, whatsoever.“They maintain that this whole lamentable matter is nothing more than the machination of some persons who are adverse to competing fairly for the leadership of NFF, but desperately wish to be foisted on the federation (NFF) by external forces, who are apparently misled.“Our clients are, therefore, confident that this conspiracy will surely be defeated in time,” the statement maintained.On behalf of Pinnick and the four others board members, the law firm of Mamman. Nasir & Co expressed NFF’s appreciation to all its sponsors, partners and other stakeholders for their steadfast loyalty and support.“They should rest assured that NFF remains committed to the orderly, transparent and accountable management of its affairs at all times, in keeping with best global standards,” the statement concluded.Last Friday, four operatives of the SPIP had stormed the NFF’s Glass House in Abuja to effect the arrest warrant on NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and four other top NFF officials.The SPIP had obtained a warrant of arrest from an Abuja Magistrate Court penultimate Tuesday for the NFF President; First Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi; Second Vice President, Shehu Dikko; NFF Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi and Ahmed Yusuf.In swift reaction to what it termed trial by media, the NFF counsel hadbemoaned the “orchestrated media campaign” against its clients and the use of an “online media mob” to promote the pre-determined media reportage of the activities of Obono-Obla and SPIP.“It must be pointed out that while these publications of the news of the warrant of arrest started on Wednesday, 9th January, 2019, the date on the face of the eventual published warrant unlawfully obtained from a magistrate’s court in Abuja is Thursday, 10th January, 2019,” it noted in an earlier statement issued before heading to get the suspension of the said warrant of arrest on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Amaju Pinnick NFF President Duro IkhazuagbeAttempts by the Okoi Obono-Obla-led Special Presidential Investigative Panel (SPIP) to arrest President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and four other board members on allegations of corruption suffered a set back on Monday as the earlier warrant of arrest granted to the body has been suspended.An Abuja Chief Magistrate District Court II, sitting at Wuse Zone 2 and presided by his Worship Mabel T. Segun Bello, through its order put in abeyance the warrant of arrest it had issued previously to the Obono-Obla panel against some elected officials of NFF, namely; Amaju Melvin Pinnick (NFF President), Seyi Akinwunmi, Shehu Dikko, Ahmed Yusuf and Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, its General Secretary.last_img read more

Pendergast’s “relentless” defense could be a quick fix

first_imgAfter arguably the worst performance ever by a team ranked No. 1 in the preseason, there were bound to be major changes to the program after USC’s shockingly mediocre 2012 season.Many of the Trojan faithful were calling for USC head coach Lane Kiffin to be fired after overseeing a campaign that yielded the most losses by a preseason No. 1 in NCAA history, but had to settle for the resignation of his father Monte.The hiring of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast away from California didn’t exactly quell the concerns of USC fans, given the fact that the Golden Bears’ defense actually gave up more points per game (33.1) than the Trojans (24.3) last year.But look further into the numbers and study the personnel on USC’s roster and there’s reason to believe that Pendergast’s 5-2 scheme might slow the roll of spread offenses currently in wide usage across the Pac-12.For starters, California allowed the fewest yards per game in the conference under Pendergast in both 2010 and 2011.“When I looked at all the candidates and saw what [Pendergast] did in a very short time, I thought that was a very big part of the hire,” Kiffin said. “We obviously didn’t want something that took years to develop; we wanted something that would work now.”And even though the Bears regressed in their third year under Pendergast, there were flashes of greatness that suggested that his scheme could trigger major headaches for opponents, even when facing more talented offenses. The same UCLA squad that put up 38 points on USC last year turned the ball over six times against the Bears in a 43-17 rout.”We want to be a turnover-oriented defense,” Pendergast said. “That’s something we harp on every day, something we’re trying to create a lot of.”USC fans will be happy to hear Pendergast has already shown he can quickly install a defense that can stop the vaunted attack of Oregon.In 2010, Pendergast’s first year on the job in the Bay Area, California held the Ducks to 15 points, and only one offensive touchdown, in a narrow 2-point loss. That’s one of only three times in the past three years the Ducks have been held to less than 27 points.The other two teams that pulled off the feat? Last year’s Rose Bowl champions (Stanford) and 2010’s BCS champions (Auburn).The Trojans are confident that they can become a defense with a similar pedigree this year.“I feel like we have the personnel that if we can give tenacity and get after the ball, it doesn’t matter what offense we play,” redshirt senior Devon Kennard, who now plays as an outside linebacker after playing at defensive end before Pendergast’s arrival, said. “I think one of the best things about this [scheme] is that it reignited every player on the defense. It puts everyone in position to make plays.”Pendergast’s scheme aims to rack up turnovers by incorporating a hefty amount of blitzing from linebackers combined with tight man coverage in the secondary, as opposed to the more conservative, predominantly zone-coverage system previously incorporated by the elder Kiffin.“[Pendergast] is a lot more aggressive [as a] playcaller, and we just try to dictate what the offense can do to us,” junior linebacker Lamar Dawson said. “When we go man coverage, that means the ball is coming out fast, because we’re putting a lot of pressure on the quarterback, so that gives us more opportunities for interceptions.”Players on USC’s offense quickly took notice of the hectic pace Pendergast has instilled in the defense.“We see them every day in practice. They’ve been relentless,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Max Wittek said. “They’ve been like that all summer and even in the spring, so that was good to see.”Kiffin and Pendergast have been reluctant to name starters, insisting that all 11 spots on defense are up for grabs.Several previously unheralded players, such as redshirt sophomore linebacker Anthony Sarao and senior safety Demetrius Wright, have unexpectedly shined and made these decisions tougher for the coaching staff.“It’s been a great transition,” redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard said. “They’ve simplified this defense for us guys to go out there and play fast and play to the best of our ability.”If Pendergast’s 5-2 system is indeed the catalyst that brings out the talent littered across USC’s defense, it might not make much of a difference which of USC’s many 4- and 5-star recruits claim the starting gigs.For the first time since Kiffin took over at Troy, USC’s defense might be more of a sure thing than its offense. And Trojan fans who witnessed last season know that this is not necessarily a bad thing.Follow Will Laws on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

WPB Woman Finds Python in her Washing Machine

first_imgA West Palm Beach woman says she “screamed out loud” when she found a hissing python in her washing machine.Emily snakeEmily Visnic, of West Palm Beach, says she was pulling clothes out of her washer when she found snake skin and then felt something move. It’s believed the snake was a pet that got into the vents of the apartment building and it was determined that it had been living in the appliance for a while.A maintenance worker at the apartment complex came and took the snake away.The python in the washing machine is believed to be an isolated incident and not related to the 100-thousand pythons slithering around the Florida Everglades.last_img read more

Other companies will use deal as ammunition to get tax refunds – Jagdeo

DDL/GRA settlement…Govt will lose billionOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoBeverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited’s (DDL) whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) just opened avenues for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid, thus ultimately depriving the state of billions of dollars.Condemning in the strongest possible sense the controversial out-of-court settlement, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo disclosed that already there are reports in the private sector of other major companies consulting lawyers about this possibility.“Management officials from a major local alcohol and beverage producing company have made it clear, in the past when I was President, that the company would be seeking a refund depending on the outcome of the DDL matter. If this company were to conservatively use DDL’s case to advance a call for a refund of taxes it paid this could result in the treasury balance being further diminished. Extrapolating the refund for one company on consumption tax alone could total some $7.6 billion up to 2006, inclusive of interest,” he pointed out in a statement to the media on Saturday evening.He added that the total would represent over $16 billion in revenues loss, in the case of only two companies (adding the refund for one company and the liabilities for DDL [$10.6 billion] and subtracting the $1.5 billion that was paid by DDL in the settlement).Jagdeo reminded that during his meeting with President David Granger, he had offered to have the Attorney General Basil Williams be briefed by his predecessor Anil Nandlall about five major cases involving billions of dollars in taxes lawfully owed to the State, including the DDL matter; however the offer was rejected.“The offer was made because the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) believes we must safeguard the State’s revenue sources and this is not a matter that ought to be contaminated by politics,” he stated.Jagdeo also argued that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, will cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition government told the nation they could not afford to fund.“It would have taken $1.7 billion to keep the Wales Sugar Estate functional, thereby safeguarding 2000 jobs and the welfare of 28,000 residents on the West Bank Demerara.It would have taken $1.6 billion to continue the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant for 177,000 public school children across the country.It would have taken a further $500 million in water and electricity subsidies that would have benefited upwards of 40,000 pensioners.These would have amounted to only $3.8 billion, but were callously not funded. While these social interventions would have cost only $3.8 billion, this single tax deal will cost the treasury upwards of $16 billion for the period 2001 to 2006,” he stated.Jagdeo further contended that the settlement sends the wrong message to the business community, “that a company can unilaterally decide to stop paying taxes, while other companies comply with the law, take the matter to court and drag it out until a sympathetic government comes to power and settles its debts to the State.”He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amount to more money than the State received in loans and grants in any single year.“We call on the international community and in particular the international financial institutions to note this wanton and deliberate haemorrhaging of the National Treasury by the coalition Government,” he urged.Moreover, he asserted that the lack of transparency and the secrecy with which government continue to manage the affairs of State are increasingly becoming causes for concern and are now being institutionalised.He therefore demand that government disclose critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.Furthermore, observers are questioning the secrecy with which this multibillion dollar tax write-off was negotiated which has now given credence to a claim by former Commissioner General of GRA Khurshid Sattaur that he was asked to get involved in unsavoury acts, including massive tax write-offs.In January 2016, when Sattaur was fired, he made some damning revelations, among them was he being asked on “repeated occasions” since the new government took office to do various things such as settling taxpayer’s cases for meagre sums that would have cost the country billions of dollar in lost revenue.While Sattaur at the time did not name any individual or company, the DDL case may very well be one such which he had referenced. read more

Gunmen: Kids held to assure housing, schooling

first_imgSocial Welfare Secretary Esperanza Cabral talked with Ducat and offered assurances that the children would get a good education. About 2 1/2 hours after the standoff began, Sen. Bong Revilla, who said he knows Ducat, was allowed to board the bus for negotiations. There were no details released on the ages of the children, but the ones who could be seen through the bus windows appeared to be in early grades or preschoolers. Police Senior Superintendent Danilo Abarzosa disputed initial reports that indicated that the men stormed the bus while fleeing police after a holdup. “But it looks like that’s not correct. They were already inside the bus when it left” the day-care center, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MANILA, Philippines – Gunmen hijacked a busload of day-care students and teachers and drove them to Manila’s city hall Wednesday to demand better housing and education for the children. The hostage-takers scribbled in large letters on a sheet of paper, taped to the bus’ windshield, that they were holding 32 children and two teachers and were armed with two grenades, an assault rifle and a pistol, Officer Mark Andal said. They said they were demanding improved housing and education for 145 children in a day-care center in Manila’s poor Tondo district, where the incident appeared to have begun. “I love these kids; that’s why I am here,” one of the hostage-takers, identifying himself as Jun Ducat, told DZMM radio by cell phone. “We have a field trip. I invited the children for a field trip. “You can be assured that I cannot hurt the children. In case I need to shed blood, I will not be the first to fire. I am telling the policemen, have pity on these children.” A standoff mounted as dozens of police surrounded the bus near Manila’s city hall. TV footage showed the young children, one in sunglasses, waving from the windows. A woman with her arm around a child could be seen making a hand signal asking for a phone as one of the gunmen held a grenade at her shoulder. The woman reassuringly massaged the shoulders of one boy as she walked away from the front of the bus and the curtains were pulled shut. The children were allowed to wave again later, apparently to show they were OK, before the curtains were closed again. Mothers of some hostages went on radio to tearfully appeal for their children’s safety. “To the parents of the kids I am with … I am asking for justice so they can have continued education up to college,” Ducat said. last_img read more

THUGS STEAL VAN FROM LETTERKENNY AND CRASH IT

first_imgThe van which was stolen and crashed overnight in Letterkenny.Thugs stole a van stolen from outside a house in Letterkenny last night.The white Citreon van was stolen from the Gleann Rua estate and crashed a short distance away.Considerable damage was caused to the vehicle. Anybody who may have witnessed the theft or witnessed anybody driving the van should contact Letterkenny Gardai.THUGS STEAL VAN FROM LETTERKENNY AND CRASH IT was last modified: September 13th, 2015 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:GardaiLettrkennyvan stolenlast_img read more