‘An absolute joke’: Roma furious over referee’s decisions

first_imgRoma’s Aleksandar Kolarov, right, reacts at the end of the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Roma and Liverpool at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Liverpool advanced to its first Champions League final in more than a decade despite a 4-2 loss at Roma on Wednesday. The Reds scored two early goals and that was all they needed to advance 7-6 on aggregate after a 5-2 win in the first leg. (Fabio Frustaci/ANSA via AP)ROME — First it was Juventus. Now it’s Roma.Both Italian clubs were eliminated from the Champions League following questionable decisions by the referee. And both are demanding that the video assistant referee (VAR) be installed immediately in the top club competition.ADVERTISEMENT The VAR has already been introduced in Serie A this season and will also be used at the upcoming World Cup in Russia for the first time.“There were two clear penalties not given — and a red card,” Roma sporting director Monchi said after the Giallorossi were eliminated from the semifinals on 7-6 aggregate despite a 4-2 win over Liverpool on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The time has come for Italian football to raise its voice. Well done to Liverpool, of course. But these things need to be reviewed. I do not understand why VAR is not used in the most important club competition there is.”Roma protested to no avail for a hand ball on Dejan Lovren in the first half, a potential penalty committed on Edin Dzeko after the break, then a clear handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold shortly after the hour mark. MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ UEFA’s hesitation is due to the fact that the Champions League involves so many countries, many of which — like in the English Premier League — don’t use the VAR domestically.Still, a bigger problem for Roma was conceding two goals in the first half of both legs against Liverpool.“We gifted them two goals thanks in part to our naivety,” Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said, referring to defensive lapses. “But after that we had them on the ropes. The boys did something amazing. It was almost the perfect game — which we didn’t manage at Anfield.“But the mentality we need for this competition has improved,” the coach added.It was the first time Roma reached the semifinals since getting beat by Liverpool in the 1984 final, which was held in its stadium. And it came in the season after long-time Roma captain Francesco Totti retired.“I congratulate my teammates. I am so proud of them all. To be captain of this group of great players is an incredible privilege,” said new Roma captain Daniele De Rossi. “But now to make this run even more memorable we have to make sure we qualify for the competition again next year.”With three matches remaining in Serie A, Roma sits third, level on points with fourth-place Lazio and four ahead of fifth-place Inter Milan. The top four finishers qualify for the Champions League.“This has got to be something we continue, year on year,” defender Federico Fazio said. “We need to learn from our mistakes. We’ve got to think positively. We need to lift our heads and carry on.” P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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If the problem is instructing the referees from all of the federations then let’s take some of them aside and set up a quick course.”ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Cahill to be left out of World Cup squad – reports

first_imgGary Cahill has struggled for form this seasonChelsea captain Gary Cahill is set to miss out on a place in England’s World Cup squad, according to reports.Boss Gareth Southgate will on Wednesday name his 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament in Russia.And he is tipped to leave out Cahill, who has struggled for form for club and country this season.He was dropped from the side by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who recently restored him partly to try to boost Cahill’s chances of regaining his England place.Conte said last month: “I think Gary is deserving to play – to play and then to have the chance to go and play in the World Cup.“We are talking about an important player for Chelsea. I think we are talking about an important player for the national team. He has great experience.”Meanwhile, Willian has been named in Brazil’s World Cup squad but his Chelsea team-mate David Luiz misses out, having struggled with a knee problem for much of the season.See also:Cahill hopeful of World Cup spot after winning Chelsea place backConte keen for Cahill to play ahead of World CupCahill: Chelsea players need to look at themselvesHazard wants new signings at ChelseaCahill admits CV might not be enough to secure World Cup place Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Spyware targeted prominent human rights activists in Maharashtra

first_imgWatch | Explained: Pegasus, the spyware that came in via WhatsApp Two activists associated with the Bhima-Koregaon case were among those whom Citizen Lab, University of Toronto’s cyber security group, reached out to informing them that their phone security was compromised by a spyware.Human rights activist and academic Anand Teltumbde, who had been named in the FIR, and Nagpur-based civil liberties lawyer Nihalsing Rathod were were contacted by Citizen Lab early this month. Later, WhatsApp informed them that their video calling feature was exploited to install the malware.“I had mailed them in April informing them about getting video calls from unknown numbers. Typically one number would start the call and another number would join,” said Mr. Rathod, who is representing lawyer Surendra Gadling in the Bhima-Koregaon case.In a telephonic conversation with The Hindu, Mr. Rathod alleged that the incriminatory letters cited as evidence in the Bhima-Koregaon case may have been planted by government agencies using the spyware. “Even Mr. Gadling received such phone calls,” he said.Besides Mr. Gadling, nine prominent activists, lawyers and academics have been arrested and imprisoned for over a year in the Bhima-Koregaon case. They include Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale, Rona Wilson, Arun Ferriera, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha. Mr. Teltumbde told The Hindu that he noticed that his phone had been acting up but thought it was a hardware issue. He said, “Nothing can be done now. They [government] can do anything. The state has no morality left.” Mr. Teltumbde said surveillance methods and techniques have reached a level of sophistication that it can only be prevented by a moral state.“Today it was this, tomorrow they can do something else. They can do anything to anyone. It is a statement of absolute power,” he said.center_img Explained | Pegasus, the spyware that came in via WhatsAppVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:3301:33  last_img read more

TFA Anti-Doping Policy 2015

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has recently reviewed and updated the TFA Anti-Doping Policy, in line with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority standards.  It is a requirement by TFA that all state, regional and affiliate entities formally adopt the TFA Anti-Doping Policy 2015 version of this policy, under the TFA constitution. This policy will take effect from 1 January 2015 and will be made available via the TFA website. For more information, please click on the memo and policy attached below. Related Filesmemorandum_-_anti-doping_policy_2015_update-pdftfa_anti-doping_policy_2015-pdfRelated LinksAnti-Doping Policylast_img read more

10 days agoFrench great Fernandez blasts PSG coach Tuchel: You’re no Klopp!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say French great Fernandez blasts PSG coach Tuchel: You’re no Klopp!by Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench great Luis Fernandez has used Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to take aim at PSG coach Thomas Tuchel.Fernandez has praised Klopp for the way he improves his players.He said, “Thomas Tuchel p***ed me off with the kids. Just look at what another German coach, Jurgen Klopp, is doing. When you see Liverpool playing for two or three years, you say that this is a coach who has advanced his team. “With Tuchel I wait, he’s a coach who won the Championship, but neither the Coupe de France nor the Coupe de la Ligue. Ancelotti, Blanc and Emery, they won these competitions. I would like this coach to succeed with the squad he has. We look forward to it.” last_img read more

Thunder Bay police officer now off duty as investigation into Saturdays incident

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe Chief of the Thunder Bay police service says a female officer who was filmed yelling, and then pushing down on a patient strapped to an ambulance gurney is “off duty.”Sylvie Hauth says the officer, who has not been named, is also being investigated.According to a release from police, officers received a call at 7:25 pm e.t.“While on scene, an intoxicated 17-year-old female was located inside the residence. While being readied for transport to hospital, a female Uniform Patrol officer is seen to be in physical contact with the youth,” said the release.Hauth says the officer has been informed that an investigation is taking place.The 21-second video starts from the outside steps of an apartment building where a paramedic and officer are responding to a person who is laying on a stretcher, wrapped in blankets.“I don’t know why she decided to start being combative here,” the officer is heard saying at the beginning of the video. The officer’s leg is visible standing next to the gurney.“F**k you,” the teenager can be heard replying back.“You’re just going to the hospital, you’re going to the hospital,” she says to the young girl, who is 17-years-old according to Latisha Hardy, who posted the video to her Facebook account.Then things turn angry.“That’s enough. Do not spit on me,” the officer can be heard yelling immediately after what looks and sounds to be a hard slap to the head 13 seconds into the video.“You do not spit on me,” the officer continues to yell as her right hand covers the victim’s mouth, pushing down with force.Nishnawbe Aski Nation confirmed the teen is from Nibinimik First Nation and student of the Matawa Learning Centre.The person who recorded the video wants to remain anonymous.That’s when the video, which is pointed towards the ground, pans up just in time to see the officer strike the young woman.“We are outraged by the actions of the officer depicted in this video. We do not know all of the details that led to this incident, but there is simply no justification for such violent and callous treatment of a youth in a defenseless position,” said NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler in a press release. “Such actions by the police, whatever the cause, must be fully independent authority and the results made public by the Chief of Police.”Hardy told APTN News police had been called to a party on the city’s north side on Saturday around 6 p.m. because someone was bleeding and needed medical attention.They said first responders were taking the teenager in the video to the hospital because she was too intoxicated.APTN was told the officer hit her so hard she started to bleed and the young girl was taken to hospital. She has since been released.“She’s doing good right now, she said she has anxiety about this whole thing,” Hardy said.Thunder Bay police did not return calls to explain what the term “off duty” meant.Police have not said where the province’s special investigations unit has been informed of the [email protected]@willowblasizzolast_img read more

Manchester United goalkeeper ruled out of the 2018 World Cup

Manchester United goalkeeper ruled out of the 2018 World Cup

first_imgMan Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been removed from this summer’s World Cup.This is because the South American stopper sustained a knee injury while training with the Argentina squad ahead of the tournament which makes him unfit enough to take part in Russia.He represented his country in a friendly against Spain 2 months ago, fought his way back to feature in United’s final Premier League match of the season and impressed by keeping a clean sheet against Watford.“Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero will be removed from the list of 23 players who will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“The player of Manchester United today suffered a joint blockage in his right knee which requires surgery” according to a statement on the Argentinian Football Association’s website.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Nahuel Guzman has been called up as a replacement.Romero was expected to be Argentina’s first choice ‘keeper at the World Cup.Chelsea’s Willy Caballero and Franco Armani will now battle to be number one, with Guzman providing back-up.Romero was named in Argentina’s 23-man squad last Monday along with other fellow goalkeepers Willy Caballero and Franco Armani.last_img read more

Gerrard not looking beyond Hamilton game

Gerrard not looking beyond Hamilton game

first_imgAhead of the biggest week of his reign so far, with Rangers set to be tested on three fronts in the quest for silverware, manager Steven Gerrard insists he focus lies solely on the Scottish Premiership game against Hamilton on Sunday.After the game against Hamilton, Gerrard’s men host Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday knowing that a win will move them closer to their goal of qualifying from their group.Three days later, a clash against Aberdeen is all that stands between them and a League Cup final.The former Liverpool youth team coach paid Hamilton the respect of refusing to look beyond today’s game, explaining, as quoted by Daily Mail:“While we always try to get a head start on future opponents, I think the wrong thing to do is speak about certain games and get ahead of yourself.”“I didn’t like doing that as a player. I always felt it was best to focus on what was right in front of you, because it’s not a nice feeling when you take your eye off an opponent and it goes wrong.”Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“I was disappointed with us at Livingston, so I’m expecting a good performance against Hamilton – and that’s the only thing on my mind.” Gerrard cannot provide an explanation as to why his team have struggled at times on the road, but he pointed out: “Our away form wasn’t a problem against Aberdeen in the first game.”Meanwhile, Rangers will have to find a way to get past Aberdeen without the services of strikers Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty.Morelos is suspended, while Lafferty is ineligible, leaving Gerrard with a selection problem.But he claimed: “I’ve got a plan in mind. I’m not sure whether that will come out in the next couple of fixtures. We’ll have to wait and see.”“But it’s something I’ve had on my mind since I knew it was going to be happening. We’ll see on that one, but yes, it is on my mind.”last_img read more

Kamara has been suspended by Fulham after a fight

Kamara has been suspended by Fulham after a fight

first_imgThe French striker was arrested by the Metropolitan Police after he had a fight at the club’s training ground on Monday.French forward Aboubakar Kamara joined Fulham in the summer of 2017 after only one year with Amiens in the Ligue 1.But since then he has not had a good time at the English Premier League club.He has only scored ten goals in 45 matches played.Kamara made a fool of himself a few weeks ago when he fought a teammate for the penalty ball, and failed to score.And now, he was arrested after a fight in the club’s training grounds.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Police were called to a training ground in New Malden, shortly after 17.00hrs on Monday, 21 January to reports of a fight,” read a statement from the Metropolitan Police published by the AFP.“Officers attended. One man, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of ABH and criminal damage.”“The club is grateful for the swift attention and action by the Metropolitan Police immediately following our reporting of the incident on Monday,” said Fulham in a statement.“The subject who was arrested is banned indefinitely from Motspur Park and all club activities.”“We will refrain from further comment but will stress that we will fully cooperate with any new or continuing investigation or legal proceeding in the name of providing everyone a secure and safe working environment,” the club added.last_img read more