Football fan reaction to huge eight-year bans

first_img1 Football fans were given an early Christmas present when they woke to discover Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned for eight years.The bans have been imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee judge Hans-Joachim Eckert for a “disloyal payment” of 2million Swiss francs [£1.3million] to Platini, signed off by Blatter.There was not enough evidence to secure charges of corruption, but the news was still received positively by some supporters.Here, talkSPORT has looked at some of the reaction. Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have been banned from football for eight years last_img

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SACKED! Rafa Benitez replaced as Real Madrid manager by Zinedine Zidane

first_img1 Rafael Benitez has been sacked as manager of Real Madrid and replaced by Zinedine Zidane, club president Florentino Perez has confirmed.The Spaniard was shown the door on Monday, less than 24 hours after Real were held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia.Benitez was only appointed in the summer on a three-year deal, succeeding Carlo Ancelotti in the Bernabeu hotseat, and leaves the club four points off league leaders Atletico Madrid.Addressing the essembled media, Perez spoke very little of the deposed Benitez referring to him only as a “great professional”, before introducing Zidane as the new boss – the first managerial role in his career.He said: “I invited you all here today to announce that we have terminated the contract of Rafa Benitez.“I would like to make it clear that he is a great professional.“Zidane, you are from this moment, the coach of Real Madrid.“This is your club, this is your stadium. And you have all our support. From this moment, you are the trainer of Madrid. I know that the word ‘impossible’ does not exist for you.”Zidane then took the stage and expressed his determination to ensure that there will be a trophy to be celebrated at the Bernabeu come the end of the season.“This is the best club in the world and the best fanbase in the world,” said the former Ballon d’Or winner.“I want to ensure that by the end of the season, the club will have a trophy. I will be working hard with all the players and I think that it will go well. Tomorrow is when the work starts.“I will put all my heart into this club. Thank you everyone.” Zinedine Zidane with club president Florentino Perez last_img read more

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Former Spurs and QPR boss ‘too much of a risk’ for Slovenian side

first_img1 Harry Redknapp Milan Mandaric insists Harry Redknapp will not be the new NK Olimpija Ljubljana manager.Mandaric has a close relationship with Redknapp, having worked with him during his time as Portsmouth owner.That has led to speculation he could try and tempt the Englishman to take charge of Ljubljana, the Slovenian club he now owns.Olimpija director Ranko Stojic even claimed last week that there was a real possibility Redknapp could be drafted in to replace Marijan Pusnik, who left as head coach in December.But Mandaric has now quashed talk of an approach for the former Pompey, Tottenham and QPR manager.“We cannot afford the slightest error because there is too much at stake,” Mandaric said via the club’s official website.“We need someone for whom the Slovenian football environment is not foreign. It would therefore be pointless at this stage to engage experts from Western Europe.“I know that it has recently been written and spoken about the arrival of my good friend and former colleague at Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp.“I can assure you that (it will not be him) because we cannot afford too many risks.”last_img read more

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Cardiff City 4-1 Brighton: Whittingham’s double helps Bluebirds down Seagulls

first_img1 Brighton missed the chance to climb into the automatic promotion places jn the Championship as Cardiff boosted their play-off aspirations with a thumping 4-1 win.Both sides had entered the game on the back of five-match unbeaten runs and, with Middlesbrough and Hull not in league action, the visitors knew they could move into the top two.Cardiff, however, produced their best display of Russell Slade’s 16-month tenure as a Peter Whittingham double plus further goals from Anthony Pilkington and Lex Immers saw the Bluebirds find the net four times in one game for the first time since December 2012.Dale Stephens briefly gave the Seagulls hope of a fightback but they never looked like avoiding a second away defeat of the season.Brighton had made a solid enough start in their bid to climb the table but they fell behind against the run of play in the 16th minute.Steven Sidwell failed to track Whittingham’s forward run and the midfielder controlled Matthew Connolly’s pass and gently guided the ball beyond David Stockdale and into the bottom of the net.While the Seagulls keeper had little chance of keeping out the opener, he was culpable for the second just three minutes later.His poor clearance fell straight to Stuart O’Keefe and Cardiff swiftly moved the ball to Pilkington through Immers. The stand-in striker cut inside his man and fired the ball through Stockdale’s hands.Brighton were stunned and Inigo Calderon’s optimistic curling effort was their only real strike on goal as Cardiff buzzed with confidence.More poor defending from the visitors made a bad situation worse as they fell 3-0 adrift on the half-hour. Connor Goldson’s block tackle on Whittingham only diverted the ball across his own area and darts fanatic Immers hit the bullseye by sliding home from just inside the area.Brighton should have pulled one back seven minutes before the break when Jiri Skalak’s excellent cross found Bobby Zamora’s run, but the striker could only steer wide from eight yards on his 150th league appearance for the visitors.Chances continued to come at the other end with Tom Lawrence forcing a sharp save from Stockdale and Immers curling an effort narrowly wide either side of the interval.Brighton’s hopes of an unlikely comeback were boosted when Stephens got across his marker to glance a close-range header beyond David Marshall and it sparked their best spell of the game.Substitute Tomer Hemed ended a smart break by driving a shot against Scott Malone, while Anthony Knockaert blazed wildly over when a poor Connolly clearance fell straight to him.But their hopes were extinguished in the 66th minute. Pilkington tricked and teased his way into the box and drew a clumsy challenge from Goldson to leave referee Darren Bond with little option but to point to the spot.Whittingham stepped up and emphatically despatched the spot-kick into the top corner to rubber-stamp the win. Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham last_img read more

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Reds prospect signs new Liverpool contract

first_img1 Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has signed a new contract with the club.The Reds did not reveal the length of the deal when announcing it on Tuesday, but it is reported to take Stewart through to the summer of 2020, with the option of a further year.The 22-year-old has been with Liverpool since leaving Tottenham in 2014, although he only made his first-team debut for the Merseyside outfit in January.That came with a start in the FA Cup, and three other run-outs in that competition – each time as part of the first XI – have followed, as well as one appearance as a substitute in the Barclays Premier League.Stewart, currently nursing an ankle injury, told liverpoolfc.com: “It gives me more confidence, it shows (the club) believe in me and believe that I could go on to become a good player for them.“It has just given me confidence in myself and the security (gives me) time to prove myself and get better with good coaches and good players.”Prior to making his Liverpool bow, London-born Stewart had spent time on loan with Cheltenham, Burton and, earlier this season, Swindon.He never made a first-team appearance for Tottenham, but did play his maiden senior game while on loan from Spurs at Crewe. Kevin Stewart made his first-team debut in January last_img read more

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Economy seen as top concern

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityTwenty-two percent of those with a high school education or less named the economy as the country’s worst problem, compared with 8 percent with college degrees. In addition, 20 percent of minorities cited the economy as the top issue, compared with 9 percent who did so in July. There was no real difference between Republicans and Democrats, with just less than one-fifth of each naming the economy as the biggest worry. Foreign affairs was considered the top problem by 42 percent, down from 49percent in July. Within that category, concern about the Iraq war and other conflicts was named most frequently – by 30 percent – and showed little change since the summer, while fewer people chose immigration as the top issue. Democrats were nearly twice as likely as Republicans to mention war as the primary concern. Domestic issues were named by 33 percent in this month’s poll, about the same as the 29 percent who cited them in July. That included 8 percent who named morality as the major problem, up from 2percent in the earlier survey. The poll was taken Oct. 1-3 and involved telephone interviews with 499 adults. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. WASHINGTON – A growing number of people say the economy is the nation’s top problem, with the less educated among the most worried, an Associated Press-Ipsos poll showed Tuesday. Yet even with a credit crunch and soft housing market, economic angst remains well behind war and domestic issues among the public’s chief concerns, according to survey results. Given an open-ended opportunity to name the major problem facing the United States, 15 percent volunteered the economy. That was 6 percentage points more than named it when the AP-Ipsos poll last asked the question in July. “They talk about a big surge in Iraq; well, there hasn’t been a big surge over here,” said Sadruddin El-Amin, 55, a truck driver in Hanahan, S.C., who named the economy as the top problem. “The job market isn’t getting any better, not for the working class.” last_img read more

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Hollywood film, TV writers’ union authorized to strike

first_imgMembers of Hollywood’s film and television writers union have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike anytime after their contract expires at the end of the month. More than 5,000 members of the Writers Guild of America cast ballots, with 90 percent voting in favor of authorizing the strike, the union said Friday evening. Members voted on Thursday. “Writers do not want to strike, but they are resolute and prepared to take strong, united action to defend our interests,” Writers Guild President Patric Verrone said in a statement. “What we must have is a contract that gives us the ability to keep up with the financial success of this ever-expanding global industry.” Since July, the WGA has been in talks with film studios and production companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Both sides acknowledge they have not made progress. A key issue dividing producers and writers, as well as actors, whose contract expires next June, is compensation for DVD sales and productions that get distributed on the Internet or in other new media formats. The writers’ current three-year labor contract expires Oct. 31, and their vote gives the union’s leaders authorization to call a strike anytime after that day. Nick Counter, the AMPTP’s president, said he was not surprised by the vote. “Our focus is on negotiating a reasonable agreement with the WGA,” he said in a statement. Studios and TV networks have accelerated filming of shows and movies and begun stockpiling scripts in case of a strike. The last strike in 1988 lasted 22 weeks. Losses to the industry were put at $500 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Another injury for the punchless Rangers

first_imgSmid had a goal and four assists in eight games for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons. He played 77 games for Edmonton last season and had three goals and 10 assists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.New York is already without Martin Straka and agitator Sean Avery up front. Straka broke a finger Saturday at Boston and is expected to be sidelined four weeks, and Avery still has another seven to 10 days to recover from a shoulder injury that has limited him to two games this season. The Rangers, returning from a three-game road trip that produced one point, begin a six-game homestand tonight against New Jersey. Oilers shelve Souray The Edmonton Oilers placed defenseman Sheldon Souray on the injured list with a sprained left shoulder and recalled Ladislav Smid. Souray has missed three games since being injured against Vancouver on Oct.13. He is expected to be out two more weeks. He had a goal and an assist in six games. From news services Rangers forward Ryan Callahan will be sidelined indefinitely because of a sprained knee, yet another blow to New York’s struggling offense. Callahan, who has one of New York’s 13 goals in eight games this season, was injured Tuesday night at Pittsburgh in the Rangers’ second consecutive 1-0 defeat. An MRI taken Wednesday revealed a Grade 2 sprain that won’t require surgery. The Rangers have gotten off to a 2-5-1 start, and surprisingly the lack of offense is a big reason for their troubles. New York has dropped four straight, including back-to-back 1-0 losses for the first time in the club’s 82 seasons. last_img read more

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Booty return may boost the offense

first_imgBy Scott Wolf Staff Writer USC coach Pete Carroll rarely offers forecasts, but he predicted big things for the Trojans’ much-maligned offense, with an expanded playbook accompanying the return of quarterback John David Booty. “I really think it will change this week,” Carroll said. “I think we can make it go.” Carroll said Booty resembled his pre-injury performances. “He looked like John always looks,” Carroll said. Backup Mark Sanchez, said the past three games were “invaluable” and said he enjoyed the Oregon game despite the fact USC lost. “It was the funnest time of my life,” Sanchez said. “It blows my mind how much your outlook changes when you get to play. Next year I won’t be so emotional like I was against Arizona.” Sanchez is resigned to losing the starting job. “I think we can see where it’s heading,” he said. The tailback rotation remains unchanged. Chauncey Washington (South Torrance High) starts with Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight behind him. Washington averages 4.4 yards per carry but running backs coach Todd McNair said it’s a deceiving statistic. “If you take out short-yard and goal-line runs, it’s about 5.6 yards,” McNair said. “I’m happy with the way he’s running.” Offensive tackle Sam Baker (hamstring) did not practice and probably will not play although no official decision will be made before Thursday. Center Kris O’Dowd practiced but was also used at guard and tackle just in case further injuries occur during the Oregon State game. “I’ll fight back to get whatever (playing time) I can get,” O’Dowd said. Senior Matt Spanos remains the starter. “He’s not going to take Matt’s spot right away,” Carroll said. Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (wrist) will play with a hard cast on his arm. No change Baker doubtful Sudden improvement Oregon State coach Mike Riley said tailback Yvenson Bernard might be available. “We got some good news as far as the MRI. He’s got a sprained shoulder. It’s not dislocated, so it’s really going to be a day-to-day thing,” Riley said. “It’s pretty darn sore, I’ll tell you that. I’m sure he will want to play. Right now, I would say it’s just day-to-day and the news is pretty good from the reports that we got.” scott.wolf@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.USC scored only 17 points despite being inside Oregon’s 20-yard line five times during Saturday’s loss. Booty showed no effects from his broken finger and took all the snaps with the first team during Tuesday’s practice. He even got hit in the hand by a defensive lineman without further injury. “Someone came in and batted (the ball out),” Booty said. “I was kind of glad I did get hit, to see it was OK.” Booty also took extensive snaps from the shotgun, which USC finally appears ready to implement. He said he never wondered if he would return to the starting lineup. “I don’t think you can play football at this level and think that way,” Booty said. “For me, there was never any doubt in my mind.” last_img read more

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Locked-up kids get chance to shine on stage

first_imgMALIBU – While most theater directors rejoice at the sight of actors returning to work with them, Susie Duff finds the reunion bittersweet. Creator of a theater program for kids serving time in juvenile camps, Duff would prefer never working with her actors once they’re released. “The recidivism rate is bad,” said Duff, while rehearsing with 10 actors at Los Angeles County Probation Camp Vernon Kilpatrick for a storytelling festival at Exposition Park today. “I’m mad that you’re back here, but I’m glad to see you,” Duff recently told two boys who were sent back to the camp to serve more time. While her program is called “Locked Up In Malibu,” its goal is to liberate adolescent creativity through theatrical improvisation and open their minds to more positive associations with their peers and people from other backgrounds. “It’s very hard to hate someone you just laughed with,” Duff said. A classically trained actor whose made her living on commercials, Duff said she began doing volunteer work in the camp system 12 years ago. Her work over the years at county youth probation camps David Gonzalez and Kilpatrick was prompted by a friend’s comment to her kids. After a particularly bad day with her children, Duff’s friend took them for a ride. “She drove up her kids … to Camp David Gonzalez,” Duff said. “`This is where the bad kids go,”‘ she said her friend told her kids. “She thought that was such a great move, and I was horrified,” Duff said. “How can we, with all the power and privilege that we have in Malibu, (say) that a) there are such a thing as bad kids and b) those kids are any less than we are? … The difference is when our kids get locked up, we have the money and the means to help them.” Craig Levy, director of Camp Kilpatrick, which houses males 12 to 18 years of age sentenced through juvenile courts, said programs such as Duff’s allow some young people to experience success for the first time. “This is the first time any of our kids have been out on a stage,” Levy said about the positive experience of applause. “It opens their eyes to something they’ve never been able to do before and now they know they can do it. It’s no longer a question.” WANT TO GO? The Sixth Annual Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, today, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., EXPO Center, 3980 S. Menlo Ave., Exposition Park. Locked Up In Malibu will perform at 4:30 p.m. Visit lastorytellingfestival.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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