The Whitecaps said they are in close discussions with the public health officer, local health authorities, and infectious disease experts and hope to confirm “plans for individual player workouts in the coming days.”___The Big 12 has become the first Power Five conference to say it will hold its football media days virtually.Big 12 coaches and athletic directors made the decision Wednesday during a virtual spring meeting that replaced their annual gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona.About 500 media members are usually credentialed to attend Big 12 media days, which were scheduled to be held July 21-22 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the site of the league’s championship game. ___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.___ Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.” Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___ If the the guidelines are met, athletes would be able to work out with teammates and coaches through at least Aug. 1.The decision comes after Jennifer McCormick, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction, clarified that June 30 will be the end of the traditionally defined school year. ___Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke and the school’s five highest-paid coaches will take voluntary 20% pay cuts as the athletic department deals with a projected $7.5 million revenue shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.Football coach Kevin Sumlin, men’s basketball coach Sean Miller, and baseball coach Jay Johnson will all take cuts for the 2020-21 school year. Women’s basketball coach Adia Barnes and softball coach Mike Candrea also agreed to salary reductions. The CFL’s proposal to the federal government involves $30 million now to manage the current impact the novel coronavirus outbreak has had on league business, and up to another $120 million if the 2020 season is canceled.___The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the resumption of prep sports around the state can tentatively begin July 1.All school-sponsored athletic activities were put on hold in March and later canceled because of school closures due to the new coronavirus. Those policies will remain in place through June.The resumption of prep sports remains contingent on the state’s ability to gradually reopen for business under the plan outlined last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb. The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils. The one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games because of the new coronavirus, and global restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, have left video conferencing as the best option.The IOC says its executive board will discuss the Session agenda and a secure voting protocol. The board is due to meet remotely next week, on May 14.___North Carolina says it’s launching a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to help provide financial assistance to school athletes facing “extreme hardships” amid the coronavirus pandemic.The school announced the creation of the Helping Heels Fund on Wednesday. It is designed to receive gifts to directly aid athletes and their families with expenses as permitted by NCAA rules. Those expenses could include groceries, medical bills and technology needs for online classes or remote learning. Associated Press The online media days will likely be held those same dates, though that was tentative.___Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie will testify at a House of Commons standing committee on finance Thursday.The appearance on a videoconference will come nine days after news broke that the CFL asked the Canadian government for up to $150 million Canadian in financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie is part of a panel on arts, culture, sports and charitable organizations. The fund is designed to supplement the school’s existing Student-Athlete Assistance Fund for the same issues. UNC has more than 800 student-athletes in 28 varsity sports.Athletics director Bubba Cunningham says many people have reached out seeking to help school athletes amid the pandemic that has shut down college sports while displacing athletes from campuses and team facilities. He says the new fund “is an opportunity to offer resources beyond what our department is currently able to provide.”The school’s compliance office will vet any funds provided and no money will go directly from a donor to an athlete.___Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment. ___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff. The Latest: MLS player on quarantine after breaking protocol Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager.— Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore May 6, 2020 Other Arizona coaches will take smaller salary cuts as part of a university plan to reduce projected losses of $250 million through the 2020-21 fiscal year.Heeke last month said the athletic department faces a roughly $7.5 million revenue shortfall in 2019-20 after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and all spring sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.___The International Olympic Committee will hold an annual meeting through video conferencing on July 17.The meeting of around 100 members, known as the IOC Session, had originally been scheduled to be held in Tokyo before the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Vancouver Whitecaps forward Yordy Reyna has started a 14-day quarantine after breaking physical distancing protocols. More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. ___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted. The Whitecaps made the announcement Wednesday, adding that the club has made Major League Soccer aware of the incident and will remain in contact with the league office.Vancouver says Reyna’s quarantine was “ordered by club officials, in consultation with the team’s medical staff, after contravening club and league orders to abide by provincial physical distancing guidelines.”The 26-year-old from Peru, who joined the Whitecaps in January 2017, has apologized to his teammates, coaches and community for his actions.MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams. A league-wide moratorium on group and team training remains in effect through May 15 and it’s unclear when the season might resume.Four American-based MLS teams took the first small step toward returning to play Wednesday by allowing players to use team training fields for individual workouts. ___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021. ___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together.He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.” The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The defense as a wholeSyracuse’s defense turned in its best game of the season, holding a Virginia Tech team that averaged nearly 40 points coming into the game to just 17. The big mistakes that plagued the team in previous games were gone and replaced by big stops.SU recovered a fumble, grabbed an interception and stopped the Hokies on fourth down in its own territory. VT finished just 4-for-13 on third downs and its quarterback, Jerod Evans, threw just his second interception all year.Kiran Ramsey | Digital Design EditorStock DownCole MurphyCole Murphy finished just 1-for-3 on field goals, including one that was blocked. His first kick attempt of 53 fluttered midway into the end zone after hitting someone upfront. The next one boomed through the uprights from 51 yards away, a career long, but then his third sailed wide left from 51 again.He would’ve had another miss if not for a last-second timeout. In the second quarter, SU initially elected to kick a field goal from 50 yards away. The snap came with a second left on the play clock and the kick hit off the right upright to miss, but the Orange had called a timeout right before the snap.“We weren’t great on field goals,” head coach Dino Babers said, “but you know what? We didn’t need the field goal tonight.”Jordan FredericksIn the same week that he was added to the two-deep depth chart at running back, Jordan Fredericks did not get a single snap, nor did he line up at running back once. Dontae Strickland handled the bulk of the running back duties with Moe Neal getting a little bit of time.Fredericks’s offensive duties were limited to a lead-blocking role at the goal line on a fourth down play that Syracuse did not convert. Comments Published on October 16, 2016 at 9:25 am Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus Syracuse pulled off a seemingly improbable upset, taking down No. 17 Virginia Tech, 31-17, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The two teams were tied 17-17 in the final quarter, but the Orange charged ahead with two touchdowns on the next two drives and its defense stopped VT with a three-and-out and turnover on the Hokies’ last two drives.Here’s a look at where some players and units stood out.Stock UpEric DungeyEric Dungey finished the game 28-for-53 with 311 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception. He ran the ball 24 times for a total of 106 yards and a score, becoming the first SU player to throw for more than 300 yards in a game while running for more than 100 yards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDungey hurt his right leg in the second quarter and missed one play to get checked out on the sideline, put on a brace and jog around. But the quarterback returned to the game, leading his team on two more touchdown drives late in the game and continuously running the ball despite already being battered. He was sharp on most of his short throws and mixed in deep tosses when available.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorDe’Jon WilsonIn his first start for the Orange, the graduate transfer from Colorado turned in his best performance for the team. He picked up one sack, two tackles and a fumble recovery while starting in place of a suspended Kendall Coleman.Wilson sacked Virginia Tech quarterback Jerod Evans on VT’s first offensive play then pried the ball out of a pile on VT’s last offensive play, securing the game for SU. Even on the Orange’s interception, it was Wilson who provided the pressure to force Evans into a bad throw and just his second interception of the year.Christopher FredrickThe redshirt freshman defensive back recorded four tackles, including one for a loss, in his first career start in place of an injured Cordell Hudson. Fredrick came up with several big hits, including a stop on third down in the first quarter. He did give up a touchdown on a throw to Isaiah Ford, but it was a near-perfectly thrown ball dropped in over the receiver’s shoulder.All in all, Fredrick turned in a solid day while being thrust into the spotlight after hardly playing a defensive snap prior.MORE COVERAGE:What we learned from Syracuse’s upset winSyracuse’s win over Virginia Tech shows glimpse into the futureWatch Dino Babers go nuts in the locker room after SU’s victory Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Syracuse takes on Monmouth at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Friday. The No. 18 Orange (2-0) is coming off two blowout wins. The Hawks are coming off a one-point overtime loss on the road to South Carolina.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (2-0)Learning to flySyracuse 77, Monmouth 62Monmouth bolsters a roster substantially more talented than any of SU’s opponents thus far. The Hawks were picked as preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference favorites, led by senior guard Justin Robinson, who was unanimously named preseason MAAC Player of the Year. Expect the Orange offense to continue firing on all cylinders, much like it did on Tuesday, but Monmouth isn’t built to get blown out by 44. The Hawks will test Syracuse’s defense.Matt Schneidman (2-0)Bench mobbedSyracuse 78, Monmouth 70AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKing Rice’s team just missed the NCAA Tournament last year even though the Hawks didn’t win their conference tournament. Robinson is one of the more underrated stars in the country and will cause problems for the 2-3 zone from the point. But against a team that became famous for its bench celebrations last year, it’ll be the Orange’s bench that pushes Jim Boeheim’s offense over the top in a game that is closer than many in Syracuse’s corner would like.Paul Schwedelson (2-0)Talon ClippingSyracuse 74, Monmouth 62Tyler Lydon emerged in the Orange’s second game of the year against Holy Cross last Friday night. His 17 points and six rebounds validated the preseason hype surrounding him. As Syracuse’s offense continues to find itself, SU hits Taco Time again but Friday’s contest comes against a much tougher Monmouth team compared to the squads the Orange has already defeated. Students traveling for Thanksgiving after the game will have a happy trip home. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2016 at 3:33 pm read more
The Premier County – who were in third position in Group 1 on score difference prior to throw-in – saw their hopes of progressing dashed by a 2-19 to 3-12 defeat against Antrim.Things seemed more positive at the interval when Tipp led 2-7 to 1-7.However, the home side couldn’t maintain that advantage and so went down to a costly defeat at The Ragg.
COMMENT Donning different roles and executing them to perfection and even taking defeat graciously in a “Bazigaar style” has been the hallmark of India’s greatest ever boxer Vijender Singh.READ: ‘Queen Of Indian Track And Field’ PT Usha Gets Nominated For IAAF’s Veteran PinHaving won his 11th straight pro boxing bout, Vijender now aims at World Pro Boxing title next year. He is also keeping Olympic option and will train to make the qualifications as well.If there is any perfect blend of a great sportsperson and a mega Sportstar, Vijender Singh could fit in as a perfect example. And when this diminutive and versatile boxer says he is open to rejoining politics after winning World Title in Pro Boxing albeit in a different platform you just sit up and take notice.READ: Hima Das Clinches 4th Gold In 15 Days, Proud Netizens Salute ‘Unstoppable’ Sprinter WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By LIVE TV Is there a ‘Change of Heart’ for Vijender Singh as far as his political leanings and platforms are concerned? It may well be too early to conclude that but there are enough indications that Vijender is open to rejoining politics at some stage but under a different banner.Many still believe that given his enormous personal charisma & popularity which earned him over one lakh votes in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, he could have fared much better had he contested under a different banner.When Republic TV asked Vijender about rejoining politics after his impressive election show in Lok Sabha earlier this year, Vijender made it quite clear that he was open to it but perhaps at a different platform. Last Updated: 19th July, 2019 21:06 IST A “Change Of Heart” For Vijender Singh? Vijender Hails Jadhav Verdict As Victory For India; Open To Rejoining Politics On A New Platform Many still believe that given his enormous personal charisma & popularity which earned him over one lakh votes in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, he could have fared much better had he contested under a different banner. “Why not? I am open to rejoining. Parties don’t matter. I want to serve the people at some stage and make a difference,” Vijender told Republic TV in an exclusive chat. Vijender was also quick and prompt to react on ICJ’s verdict on Kulbhushan Jadhav. “Its a victory for India (read Indian govt), Its your victory, Its my Victory.” First Published: 19th July, 2019 19:11 IST FOLLOW US Suman Ray read more
Photo: © pixabay Roger Federer is one win away from his 8th Wimbledon title and 18th Grand Slam.He takes on Marin Cilic in the men’s singles final this afternoon, and aims to become the oldest winner of the event since 1930.Cilic is playing his first Wimbledon decider, though he did win the US Open in 2014. Federer says he’s going to try make the most of the opportunity to claim yet another Grand Slam trophy.Play gets underway at 2pm.
The Coolmore Ivawood Stakes is the feature on the card at 6.55.Aidan O’Brien saddles recent Curragh scorer Ballet Shoes, ridden by his son Donnacha as well as smart Leopardstown winner Easter Lily with Seamie Heffernan aboard.The first at Limerick Junction is off at 4.45.
Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Betsson sees strong prospects in disrupted Kenya June 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert1.828.60 3Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas37.80 4Harry Lang – Pinnacle47.00 5Alexman – OLBG25.10 6Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 7Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 8Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 9Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 10Michael Robinson – Betsafe13.50 11Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 12Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 13Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share Betsafe Horse Racing Manager Michael Robinson squeezed into the top 10 in the Tipster Challenge despite a disappointing race day at Goodwood.However, the 3.50 points that he collected from a victory for Havana Grey (7/2) was enough to convincingly upstage challenge regular Stephen Harris.The horse racing guru from bettingexpert failed to pick up any points across the seven races, with just one second place on 5/2F Invincible Army in the 3:00.Race Winners at Goodwood:Cool Sky – 25/1Londinium – 9/1Havana Grey – 7/2Here Comes When – 20/1Threading – 12/1Billesdon Bess – 7/1Truth Or Dare – 6/1Tipster Challenge 2017 Leaderboard Share bettingexpert and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average total for bettingexpert.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.Each tipster will get a ‘Nap of the Day’ each week which scores double points.For example, if bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris backs a winning horse at 8/1, he will get 8 points; if he has put this horse forward as his ‘Nap of the Day’, the reward is 16 points. read more
Submit BonusFinder research finds 94% of UK gamblers aware of RG tools June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles KSA launches operator tender for problem gambling helpline June 22, 2020 The Senet Group, the industry-led independent body dedicated to raising betting social responsibility standards has called on the sector to adopt a responsible gambling campaign which has demonstrated high levels of engagement with UK audiences. The body’s “When the Fun Stops, Stop” campaign has now reached an estimated 82% of regular UK gamblers, with 33%, or an indicative 5 million adults confirming that it has helped them gamble more responsibly since the campaign was launched by Senet in 2015, according to independent research conducted last year.In letters sent today to the heads of all the trade associations representing major high street betting, casino, remote gambling, licensed arcades and bingo operators in the UK, the Senet Group has urged those companies not already carrying the messaging to incorporate it into all industry advertising and promotional channels such as TV, radio, print, outdoor and online.Senet Group Chair, Gillian Wilmot, commented: “The When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign has proven its ability to connect meaningfully with players and to help tackle problem gambling. Some seven weeks before the football World Cup kicks off in Russia, during which an estimated £1 billion will be wagered in the UK on the competition, the gambling industry has an opportunity to demonstrate its global leadership in self-regulation by uniting behind a powerful responsible messaging campaign.“Senet’s approach to consumer engagement reflects the lessons learnt by public information campaigns over the past 20 years, that positive messaging is more likely to resonate with our target cohort of young men between the ages of 18 and 24, where research indicates that they are more likely to be problem gamblers.” Revised guidelines published in March 2018 by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), now require all UK gambling companies to include a responsible gambling message for the full length of all television adverts from the end of June 2018. The Senet Group’s When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign has been shown to have the highest levels of consumer engagement of any responsibility campaign commissioned by the industry to date. Alongside the main tagline, the campaign also incorporates a series of practical advice such as setting betting limits, avoiding betting if you’re angry or chasing losses.Marc Etches, Chief Executive of the charity GambleAware, added: “GambleAware welcomes this initiative by the Senet Group to make its advertising material more widely available. We believe that effective collaboration by the industry to promote safer gambling is essential to prevent gambling related harms. GambleAware is leading a new national safer gambling campaign and we are pleased to be working with the Senet Group, the industry and others to build upon and learn from the success of existing campaigns.”The Senet Group’s When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign is already carried by about 40% of UK gambling companies as measured by sales revenues. Since the campaign launched in 2015, advertising space devoted to the messaging has had an equivalent advertising value of £16 million each year. A figure that is forecast to double under a more widespread use of the campaign material by the sector. Figures compiled by the sector’s regulator, the Gambling Commission, estimate that 0.7% of the UK population might be problem gamblers, equating to approximately 6.6% of regular gamblers, with a further 3.9% of adults classified at either low or moderate risk. Problem gamblers are known to participate in a diverse range of gambling activities, underlining the importance of a consistent approach to consumer messaging across the sector.The Senet Group has held the copyright to the When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign since 2015, however it is now waiving certain of these rights to ensure the entire gambling industry can make use of the material without obstacles. Share GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 read more
Chelsea have accused referee Mark Clattenburg of directing inappropriate language towards two of their players during yesterday’s acrimonious 3-2 defeat against Manchester United, with one complaint understood to relate to a comment of an alleged racial nature.A formal complaint has been made to the Premier League’s match delegate and will be forwarded to the Football Association, with the Professional Game Match Officials’ Board, the body which represents referees, now awaiting the reports from both Clattenburg and the match delegate.A spokesman for the referees said last night: “PGMO is aware of the allegations and they are being treated with the utmost seriousness. Mark will co-operate fully and welcomes the opportunity for the facts to be established. No further comment will be made until this matter has been properly investigated.”It is understood that Chelsea will allege that one player, believed to be John Obi Mikel, has complained that Clattenburg directed a comment of a racial nature at him during the game.The complaint of the other Chelsea player is understood to allege inappropriate language but not of a racial nature. Mikel, who was booked for dissent during the game, is believed to have confronted Clattenburg in the referee’s room after the game. Chelsea announced that they had made their complaint around two hours after the final whistle.“We have lodged a complaint to the Premier League match delegate with regards to inappropriate language used by the referee and directed at two of our players in two separate incidents in today’s match,” said a Chelsea statement. “The match delegate will pass the complaint to the Football Association . We will make no further comment at this time.” All officials have microphones during the game which allow them to speak freely to one another, meaning that assistant referees Michael McDonough and Simon Long, and fourth official Michael Jones, should have been able to hear all conversations between Clattenburg and the players.Allegations of racial abuse have marred English football for more than a year, with John Terry, the Chelsea captain, and Luis Suárez, the Liverpool striker, both having been banned by the FA over the past year. Terry was serving the second of his four-game ban yesterday.Chelsea were also deeply unhappy with the refereeing performance yesterday of Clattenburg, with manager Roberto di Matteo accusing him of “ruining” the game after sending off two of his players and then allowing Manchester United a winning goal that was clearly offside. The main controversy surrounded Fernando Torres’s second booking, for a supposed dive, after there appeared to be slight contact with Jonny Evans, the Manchester United defender.“I think it’s quite obvious, in the eyes of everybody, that the second yellow for Fernando wasn’t one, it was foul for us, and he probably should have booked Evans,” said Di Matteo. “The decisive goal was an offside goal. It’s a shame the game has to be decided in that manner.“Surely when he [Clattenburg] is going to watch the images he’s going to realise that he made big mistakes. Fernando put the ball between Evans’ legs and was through and was kicked on his shin and he went down. “We are massively disappointed that these key decisions were wrong. It always seems to be in favour of the opposition. It was a good game of football with two good teams and the officials ruined it.”Di Matteo, his assistant first-team coach Steve Holland and goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon, were embroiled in a furious touchline row with Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United, over the Torres dismissal.Ferguson clearly had little sympathy and later claimed that Torres had got what he deserved.“Being a striker myself, when I went through on goal, I would never think about going down,” said Ferguson. “He could have gone on and he chose not to. I thought he went down. I think Jonny may have just caught him a little bit but you can either carry on running, which he could have done, but he chose to go down. He could have carried on and scored.“I would never have missed that chance. But he did go down, that’s the issue, and he has already been booked so it’s his own fault. We have had some shocking decisions down here.” Ferguson also claimed that Clattenburg had booked Antonio Valencia for diving because he had already cautioned Mikel and did not want to send off the Chelsea midfielder. “I thought that it got a bit nasty,” said Ferguson.Chelsea also launched an investigation into reports that a steward was injured by objects that were thrown on to the pitch following United’s winning goal.Chelsea fans in the Matthew Harding stand hurled abuse and appeared to throw objects at the Manchester United players as they celebrated Javier Hernandez’s winner.The steward, who was later taken to hospital, fell to the floor at the same time that the fans responded to the celebrations and needed approximately 10 minutes’ treatment by paramedics at the side of the pitch.”We are looking at reports of objects that may have been thrown or incidents around the steward taking a fall,” a Chelsea spokesman said after the match. ”We are investigating all the incidents around that time.”My information so far is that he slipped and fell, may have hurt his knee, and was being treated by the side of the pitch.”He’s been taken to hospital.”Hernandez gestured towards the pocket of home supporters after scoring the winner for United 15 minutes from time.His captain Patrice Evra then tried to calm him down knowing the Mexican’s celebration was likely to anger the Chelsea fans. More stewards were seen coming to the aid of their injured colleague, who was clearly in pain, before a team of paramedics ran around the edge of the pitch to help him.After the game Chelsea cordoned off the section of the stand where the fans vented their anger at the United players. read more