Bewildered football fans take on VAR

first_imgFILE PHOTO: VARLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | The use of VAR for the first time in the Premier League bewildered fans and experts alike at the weekend, prompting demands for change.The Video Assistant Referee system, previously used in England in the FA and League Cups, is supposed to eradicate any doubt that the right decision has been taken over goals, penalties and other key moments.There were several contentious calls. They included a penalty retaken by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero because of encroachment by defenders in the 5-0 hammering of West Ham. There was also a disallowed goal for Wolverhampton Wanderers Leander Dendoncker due to the ball striking team-mate Willy Boly on the arm before he scored.“We are going to have to play with our hands chopped off in future,” was the reaction from Wolves captain Conor Coady.Shearer, though, took issue with leaving the paying fans inside the stadia unaware of why the decision has either been taken or over-ruled.TV viewers, in contrast, see the images being studied by the VAR referee —  based in a studio in a suburb in the west of London — although they cannot hear the conversation between the officials.“What would be a massive improvement for me would be if the fans could actually hear what the referee is hearing from the VAR officials,” Shearer wrote in his column for The Sun.“After all, the fans pay the money to be inside the stadium and watch their team play, so if they can hear why the referee or the VAR official has come to a particular decision then that would benefit everyone.“If they know why the decision has been made and they can hear it then it would give them a better understanding of what’s going on.” – Lack of transparency –The lack of transparency was highlighted in Martin Samuel’s column for The Daily Mail, in which he revealed that after the match neither West Ham nor Manchester City directors knew why Aguero’s penalty had been retaken.“The reason for the re-shoot was sent, by email, to members of the press about 10 minutes after the incident; perhaps when the Premier League heard even City’s fans, whose team had benefited from the call, serenading the officials with a chorus of, ‘What the f*** is going on?’” wrote Samuel.Former leading English referee Keith Hackett concurred about the need for more transparency in his column for The Daily Telegraph.“My last plea, however, would be for an even greater emphasis on transparency,” wrote Hackett.“The Premier League should publish, as a matter of routine, a breakdown of all the VAR checks made during a match, detailing what they were for and what the verdict was.“I would also be keen on the video footage being studied in Stockley Park (where the VAR referee is based) being played on the big screen inside the grounds, so fans can understand what is happening in real time.“Innovations can be hard to gain acceptance -– the more transparent and open the authorities are about how they are being used, and why, the better for everyone.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Merkel gives go-ahead for Bundesliga to resume in mid-May

first_imgBerlin, Germany | AFP | German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders on Wednesday gave the Bundesliga the green light to restart behind closed doors from mid-May after weeks of shutdown imposed to control the spread of the coronavirus.The political blessing makes the German top-flight the first of Europe’s five major leagues to return to the field.“Matches will be allowed under the approved rules,” said Merkel at a press conference in Berlin, referring to a plan by the German Football League (DFL) for the Bundesliga to resume in empty stadiums and with players regularly tested.Permission was granted on condition that strict guidelines are followed — with a hygiene officer appointed to each team — to prevent contagion of the virus.The DFL must now set a date for the restart with either the weekend of May 16-17 or the following weekend earmarked.Representatives from the clubs will finalise those details in a videoconference on Thursday.With 13 of the 36 teams in Germany’s top two divisions reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy, the league desperately needs to claim around 300 million euros ($325 million) from TV contracts if the season is completed.– 10 cases of coronavirus –The season was suspended in mid-March. The league has long urged restarting play, which it says is vital for a sector that employs 56,000 people in Germany.Teams returned to training on April 6 although sessions have followed stringent social distancing rules and players are not allowed to change at training grounds.The league says its intensive testing plan allows matches to be relaunched with low risk to health.So far, clubs in the top two divisions have returned 10 positive results for coronavirus from 1,724 tests since training resumed.Three of the cases are known to be from the Cologne club and two from Borussia Moenchengladbach. Health Minister Jens Spahn has argued that the testing regime “makes sense and can serve as an example for other forms of professional sport,” although he warned “it has to be lived up to”.The league and politicians reacted with consternation when Hertha Berlin player Salomon Kalou filmed himself shaking hands with teammates this week, flaunting the social distancing rules that clubs have put in place.“The video has done the German league and professional football a disservice,” Anja Stahmann, who chairs Germany’s regional sports ministers, told RBB radio on Wednesday.Hertha have suspended Kalou, and the 34-year-old former Chelsea player has apologised profusely.Bayern Munich, seeking their eighth consecutive title, were four points clear at the top of the table when play was halted.– Different approaches –Leagues across Europe are taking different approaches to the unprecedented crisis.The French league announced last week it will not resume the Ligue 1 or Ligue 2 seasons, with Paris Saint-Germain being awarded the top-flight title.The Netherlands abandoned its season a week earlier.The Premier League, Europe’s richest league, has said it aims to restart in June, but deep differences have emerged over plans to use neutral stadiums.Players in Italy’s Serie A returned to training this week and in Spain, Barcelona say players will undergo coronavirus tests on Wednesday as La Liga clubs begin restricted training ahead of a proposed resumption of the season next month.The Serbian and Turkish leagues have also announced plans for matches to resume.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Highlights from 2013 Midget League Football Championship Games

first_imgCHAMPIONS—Coach Jeff Marian and his coaching staff with the 2013 championship team Lincoln Larimer Saints. (Photos by J. L. Martello)DARUS BRUCE (6) was outstanding on defense and offense as he picks up rushing yardage here to help his team to the win.DAIVION CHRISTMAS (11) runs hard in the championship game against Lincoln Larimer.RAYMOND HOLMES (23) breaks through the defensive line and through four or five more tackles before he rushes in for his first of 2 touchdowns of the day.TREY MONTGOMERY (13) 9 years old carried the ball many times for a lot of yards but still was not enough for the win.JASHAWN WILLIAMS (7) 10 years old gets the call on one of his many carries.CHRISTOPHER MOREFIELD (1) runs 60 yards for a touchdown that was called back due to an offensive flag. It would have been his second touchdown of the day.CHAMPIONS—This year’s champions are the Lincoln Larimer Termites.last_img read more

Inslee Announces Rollbacks to Some Activities to Slow COVID-19 Exposure

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State GovernorGov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.It has been four months since the governor announced the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Since then, cases in Washington have risen from 2,000 to almost 50,000, and deaths have increased from 110 to nearly 1,500.To combat the rising numbers, the governor and secretary are changing guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms.“We do not take these steps lightly. We know every prohibition is a challenge for individuals and business owners,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday. “But we know that if we fail to act, we expose people and businesses to even greater risk down the line.”Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more

Taxi driver charged with careless driving

first_imgAs Police seek to clamp down on drivers who are careless on the roadways, a taxi driver was on Wednesday charged with careless driving and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Justin Court, 32, of Georgetown, pleaded guilty after the charge was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The charge stated that on August 26, 2016 at Thomas and Quamina Streets, Georgetown, Court drove his motor car without due care and attention thereby causing damage to another vehicle.He explained that on the day in question, he was given the go-ahead by another driver to pass and while doing so another vehicle emerged from the opposite side, causing the collision.The prosecution had no objection to bail; however, it noted that the defendant failed to stop thereby causing the other vehicle involved in the accident to suffer extensive damage.A not-guilty plea was entered after his explanation to the court.He was granted ,000 bail and was scheduled to next appear on September 27, 2016.last_img read more

Sale of Terra Energy’s Montney assets to Crew Energy closes

first_imgThe sale was the third and final transaction between the two Calgary-based companies, which combined for gross proceeds of $78 million. The first stage was completed in Decemeber 2012, and included Montney assets in Monias and Groundbirch for $22 million, and the second was completed in February 2013 and included Montney assets located in Stoddart, Eagle and Attachie for $20 million. The proceeds will go towards paying down Terra Energy’s net debt, which is currently estimated at approximately $20 million following the closing of this deal.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Dunn and Glennie Lead Women’s Golf On First Day Of ISU Invite

first_imgTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Madison Glennie and Grace Dunn led the Drake University women’s golf team on the first day of the Indiana State Spring Invitational on Sunday at the Country Club of Terre Haute.”Madison and Grace both finished their rounds strong today, something we’ve been working on,” Drake head coach Rachael Pruett said. “As a team we need to clean up the mental errors and we’ll see a big improvement.”Glennie and Dunn each fired a 79 and are tied for 21st-place. Freshman Adrianna Elliott registered an 83, while senior Katie Clausen shot a 90. Freshman Sophie Hill rounded out the Bulldogs’ effort with a 94.As a team, the Bulldogs finished the first 18 holes with a 331 and tied for 12th-place with Evansville.Drake closes out the ISU Spring Invite on Monday at 10 a.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Report: Giants interview Cubs executive for front office opening

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — With exactly three weeks remaining until the start of Major League Baseball’s general manager meetings, the Giants’ search for an executive to lead their baseball operations department is heating up.The Giants have been tied to several potential candidates in the last week including Cubs vice president of player development Jason McLeod, who interviewed with the franchise according to a report from Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago.McLeod has worked for the Cubs since …last_img read more

Leonardo Bonucci says Italy need to take a leaf out of England’s book

first_imgThe Italy captain, Leonardo Bonucci, is looking to England’s example as his team try to rebuild in the wake of their failure to qualify for the World Cup in Russia this summer.Bonucci, who will captain the Azzurri on Tuesday night when they face Gareth Southgate’s side in the friendly at Wembley, is one of the few elder statement in a young Italy side in a period of transition. And he thinks that the road back to the top of the international game will be a long one. Share on LinkedIn Italy “We all need to understand Italy starts – not from zero, but not very far from zero,” Bonucci said. We need to let these young players grow and hopefully they’ll take us back to the Italy we’re used to.”The team who will appear at Wembley will likely be filled with youngsters, much as England’s will be, but Bonucci said they have the benefit of greater experience. “England have managed to go through transition while still qualifying,” he said. “England have a group of young players with lots of experience. Our young players don’t have that experience.“There’s no point looking back. We should look forward. We have a team with not much international experience. You can’t compare our younger players to the English ones.”That sense of transition is no more obvious than in the coach. Luigi Di Biagio, who was promoted from his role as under-21 coach after Gian Piero Ventura was sacked in November, will take charge of his second and possibly last game as senior manager. Higher profile candidates including Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and even Antonio Conte are reportedly being sounded out for the job, but Di Biagio insisted that was not in his thoughts.“Nobody has told me anything either way, and it’s not on my mind,” he said. “When the time comes, I will take one path or another. Until then I’m not really thinking about it.”Di Biagio confirmed that one of Italy’s next generation, Gigi Donnarumma, will start in goal ahead of Gigi Buffon, and also said that he will make “three or four” changes from the team who lost to Argentina on Friday.Bonucci said watching the World Cup on TV will be when the reality of their failure to qualify hits home, but that their recovery starts here. “We have to work hard to get Italy back to where we deserve to be,” he said. World Cup countdown continues and Brechin get the boot – Football Weekly Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest news Share on Facebook Share via Email Friendlies Reuse this content Topics Listen England Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

SA State League Grand Finals

first_imgAn exciting last few rounds meant that grand final teams were not decided until the end of the final round, with both second placed teams qualifying for the grand final on percentage alone.In the Women’s Open division, the Central Scorpions easily sealed their position at the top of the table, remaining undefeated for the whole season. The Northern Vipers got the job done on Carnival Day to snatch second spot and set themselves up with a chance to do what no team has been able to do this year. Whilst the Central Scorpions will go into the Grand Final firm favourites, the Northern Vipers showed solid form on Carnival Day and are expected to provide quite a challenge. The final will be played at 6.30pm, with the match poised to be an epic contest. In a similar occurrence of events, the Defence Eagles remained undefeated in the Men’s Open division, sealing top spot comfortably. This left the Northern Vipers and South West Wolves to fight it out for second position on the ladder, with the Northern Vipers managing to do enough on the day to progress to the final. The Defence Eagles are highly fancied to take out the title, but the Northern Vipers cannot be overlooked after some impressive performances throughout the minor rounds. The two teams will meet at 7.30pm in the final.2011/12 State League Grand FinalsWomen’s Final – 6.30pmCentral Scorpions v Northern VipersMen’s Final – 7.30pm Defence Eagles v Northern VipersTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the finals of the 2011/12 State League, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.aulast_img read more