Exclusive – Former England captain slams Sterling’s tired excuse

first_imgAlan Shearer has told talkSPORT he still cannot understand why Raheem Sterling said he was “too tired” to turn out for England in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia.Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson confirmed after the 1-0 win in Tallinn the Liverpool attacker had admitted to being fatigued on the eve of the game and was therefore left on the bench.Sterling, 19, did appear as a substitute on 64 minutes, but the England manager’s revelation has prompted fans and former players to lay into the Reds star. And Shearer, who captained England 34 times out of his 64 caps, says he still cannot understand the teenager’s decision.Asked if he had any sympathy for Sterling the Newcastle legend told Drivetime: “No. I understand a guy saying to a manager, ‘Look is there anything you can help me with? I’m feeling a bit tired or can the sports scientist help me out, or the nutritionist. But don’t ever think I don’t want to play the game tomorrow night, I’m desperate to play.’“I would never ever give the manager an excuse to leave me out. I was amazed that it came out and that Raheem went and said it. I look at the best players in the world and I look at Lionel Messi and I’m pretty certain he started when he was 17 and look at the way he’s going.“I’m fascinated to find out whether he would have told the manager he was tired if it was a World Cup final. I don’t think he would have. Was it because it was Estonia away or what? I’m not sure.”Shearer added no one during his era of the game would ever admit to being too tired to feature in a match.“I understand that players do need rests and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a working man or a footballer you can be tired at times,” he said.“But in the time I was brought up and I was playing I never heard it and never would have said it. I do find it hard to understand and I don’t think the man on the street would ever understand someone who played football to say they’re tired.“It’s very rare you’re a 100 per cent fit in any game you go into because you’re always carrying some kind of knock and you’ve got to get through that game.”last_img read more

Authorities unsure robbers favor Asians

first_img“Any time people come together to do retail, you’re going to have those people that lurk in the shadows,” he said. “Most of the businesses in these parking lots target the Asian community, and most victims associated are Asian. Are they targeted (by criminals)? I’m not sure.” But both Peng and Christine Kuan, whose mother was robbed outside a Rowland Heights store in July, said they’ve heard multiple stories of robberies in the parking lots of grocery stores catering to the Asian community. “It’s happened so many times,” she said. “People get hurt and lose money. My mom lost $600.” Peng said she was loading groceries into her trunk at about 3 p.m. outside a Hacienda Heights store when a man she described as Latino, weighing about 200 pounds with a shaved head, grabbed her purse and dragged her. He only let go when he saw her husband, she added. She was not hurt and managed to keep her purse. Kuan was not so lucky. The 59-year-old Hacienda Heights woman said she was shopping with her 85-year-old mother at the Rowland Heights 99 Ranch store when a woman approached her and asked to borrow $10. Before Kuan could respond, she said, the woman snatched her mother’s purse. Kuan chased her to an apparent getaway car, but fell and dislocated her arm when the woman pushed her to the ground and drove away. Jennifer Tsao, spokeswoman for 99 Ranch Market, said the stores can only hire security guards inside. Parking lot security is the responsibility of the property owner, Pacific Castle, she said. “All the (outside) security should be hired by them,” she said. “They are the landlord. We told them we’d like to have a safer area as a tenant.” Representatives from Pacific Castle did not return phone calls seeking comment. David Wong, assistant property manager for Golden Pacific, which owns the shopping center where the Rowland Heights store is located, said two security guards are on-site. “We have beefed it up,” he said. “They are quite visible.” Both women, who said they were surprised by the brazen, daylight attacks, reported the crimes to authorities, but said that usually doesn’t happen. “Chinese people are always like this,” Kuan said. “They don’t like to (talk about it), but I have to, because I was hurt.” Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Sanford, who patrols Hacienda Heights, stressed the importance of reporting crimes. “If people are getting assaulted and not reporting it, it’s kind of hard for us to follow up,” he said. “It’s really important for people to call and report.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HACIENDA HEIGHTS – After Tammy Peng was attacked by a would-be robber on Monday in the parking lot of 99 Ranch Market on Azusa Avenue and Colima Road, she found out that she wasn’t the only victim. Reports of parking lot robberies have been hitting the pages of Chinese-language newspapers with frequency and victims said they know such attacks are not rare by any means. “Chinese ladies, especially older immigrants, are notorious about carrying cash,” Peng said. “Sizewise, we’re easier to manage.” But authorities said they don’t believe there has been a higher rate of robberies in 99 Ranch Market parking lots or other grocery stores catering to the Asian community. Sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Jackson said there are just as many crimes reported in the Puente Hills Mall parking lot across the street from the Hacienda Heights 99 Ranch Market. last_img read more

No Man United or Chelsea players, so who is the Premier League’s top right-back?

first_img 5 5 5. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) – Click the arrow, right, to see who has been this season’s top right-back! – Clyne has been solid for Liverpool all season – arguably the only one of their defenders able to say that about their performances. Looks likely to hold down the right-back spot for England at Euro 2016 in the summer but his club manager, Jurgen Klopp, will be expecting him to improve even more next season once he brings in his own recruits. 3. Danny Simpson (Leicester City) – Released from Manchester United, deemed surplus to requirements at Newcastle but now a key player for table-topping Leicester City, Simpson has had quite the turnaround. The only blemish on his splendid season is his silly sending off away to Arsenal when the Foxes were 1-0 ahead but went on to lose 2-1 after his dismissal. 4. Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) – When he left Arsenal, Sagna appeared to be destined for a bit-part role behind Pablo Zabaleta but the Frenchman has established himself as City’s first choice right-back this season. Manuel Pellegrini has begun to rotate the pair in recent weeks but Sagna’s all-round play makes him one of the stand out full-backs of the season. 5 5 Right-backs have evolved over time to almost become wing-backs in the mould of a Dani Alves, the Barcelona and Brazil ace.While the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea have trialled a number of full-backs this season, others have excelled and overtaken many of last season’s top performers.But who are these top performers?Click the arrow above, right, to see the five best performing right-backs in the Premier League this season.REVEALED: BEST LEFT BACKS THIS SEASON 2. Kyle Walker (Tottenham) – Walker has been brilliant for Tottenham this season and will hope it is enough to persuade Roy Hodgson to take two right-backs to the Euros rather than one and a versatile centre-back. Offensively he is very dangerous and although he is still capable of some suspect defending, so great is his pace that it gets him out of a lot of problems. 5 1. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal) – Another Barcelona academy prospect snatched from under their noses by Arsenal, Bellerin has become the outstanding right-back in the league. His has famously overtaken Theo Walcott as the fastest player in the Premier League and as a result is able to play almost as a wing-back while not shirking his defensive responsibilities.last_img read more

DANIEL AND MAJELLA’S B&B TRAVEL SHOW SET TO HIT AMERICA!

first_imgDaniel and MajellaDANIEL and Majella O’Donnell’s hit UTV travel show has been snapped up by a US TV Network.Their B&B Road Trip – which they came up with – will be show on the PBS Channel.And it’s also going to be shown in Britain. The show sees the O’Donnells visit B&Bs around Ireland; and had half a million viewers last Monday.In the North, it even beat the soap Eastenders!Philip Kampff, managing director of VIP productions told the Mail on Sunday: “We knew it would be popular but people of all ages have really embraced it.“The programme came about when Daniel’s manager had come to me saying that Daniel and Majella were keen to do something together and they wanted to do it in Ireland. “We put our heads together and came up with two ideas. Daniel and Majella were in Tenerife at the time and we sent them both ideas and they immediately came back and said the B&B one.He added: “We had limited time to make the programmes because of Daniel’s schedule and I sent the idea out to everyone, including RTÉ.“But it was Mary Curtis at UTV who came back and gave a definite yes. So that was that. It’s now going to PBS in the States and we’ll be talking with UK broadcasters over the next few weeks.”  DANIEL AND MAJELLA’S B&B TRAVEL SHOW SET TO HIT AMERICA! was last modified: November 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DanielMajellaO’DonnellUSAUTVlast_img read more

Scoil Mhuire Milford chefs slice and dice their way to Big School Cook Off final

first_imgA team of pupils from Scoil Mhuire Milford have been named a regional finalist of the 2017 Mount Charles Big School Cook Off. Budding chefs Margaret McGreevy and Molly Sweeney will progress to the grand finale in June.The competition, which is organised in association with the Irish News and Business in the Community, was created to inspire young people to think about healthy eating and food provenance, and to encourage them to consider a future career in the hospitality industry.After whittling down more than 120 entries at stage one, the heats saw 39 teams of pupils between Year 8 – Year 10 from 21 schools across Northern Ireland and Donegal given the same set of ingredients to create a pasta dish of their choice. Mr Roarty, Principal of Scoil Mhuire Milford said: “We are delighted and honoured to win a regional heat of the Big School Cooking Off and we are looking forward to the final in June. “This is our first year in entering the competition, and our success is a credit to one of our parents, Elaine Nelis, and the love for cooking that she has given our pupils over the past number of years.”Leann Duffy, Group Director of Catering at Mount Charles said: “Well done to the Scoil Mhuire Milford team, and thank you to St Cecilia’s in Derry for hosting what turned out to be a truly fierce competition! We were seriously impressed by the knowledge of those taking part, and by their passion for food and cooking.“It was amazing to see how the same set of ingredients could be used to create such a variety of wonderful dishes, demonstrating the creativity and innovation of our young chefs. “Each of our regional finalists will take part in the grand final event on 16th June, where they’ll cook the dish that they submitted in their original entry to the competition and we are very much looking forward to seeing these recipes come to life. “Good luck to our finalist teams, make sure you get plenty of practice in to give yourselves the best chance of becoming the Big School Cook Off 2017 champions!” Irish News Marketing Manager John Brolly added: “It was really exciting for the Irish News to be involved in the Big School Cook Off with Mount Charles as you got a real sense of the excitement and passion that our young students have for food. The professionalism and energy that they put into the cooking challenge was amazing to experience. “I would like to thank all the schools, teachers and students that took part as it was a pleasure to experience the high standards they have set for themselves. We are really looking forward to the final,” he said.Each county winning team has won £200 of vouchers for their school and a masterclass in cookery from Mount Charles Group Development Chef, Simon Toye, previously Executive Chef at the Michelin-starred Deanes restaurant in Belfast. The overall winning team at the grand final will win £300 of vouchers for their school as well as a treat for their family, with a meal at the award-winning George’s of The Market restaurant and family tickets to see the Belfast Giants ice hockey team at the SSE ArenaMount Charles is Ireland’s largest locally owned provider of contract catering, cleaning and vending services for business, industry, retail, education, government and healthcare organisations across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. Scoil Mhuire Milford chefs slice and dice their way to Big School Cook Off final was last modified: April 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:competioncookingeducationscoil mhuire milfordlast_img read more

FOOTBALL: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS

first_imgDONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUEResults:Donegal Schoolboys Under-16 Champions LeagueSemi-Finals 1st LegLetterkenny Rovers 6 v 1 Donegal TownCappry Rovers 2 v 3 Keadue Rovers Under-16 Europa CupGweedore United 3 v 0 Glenea UnitedEany Celtic 3 v 0 Bonagee TigersTriangular Cup Under-12sEany Celtic 2 v 1 St. Catherines Glenree United 1 v 6 Keadue RoversEast DivisionUnder-14 LeagueCappry Rovers 3 v 0 Castlefin Celtic Drumkeen United 2 v 1 Raphoe TownSouth DivisionUnder-14 LeagueDonegal Town 5 v 1 Eany CelticErne Wanderers 4 v 2 St. CatherinesDrumbar United 0 v 5 Dunkineely CelticNorthwest DivisionUnder-12 LeagueGweedore United 3 v 4 Glenree UnitedDungloe Town 0 v 3 Gweedore CelticUnder-12 League CupGlenea United 3 v 0 Glenree UnitedLetterkenny DivisionUnder-12 Reserve LeagueDunfanaghy Blues 1 v 0 Cappry CrusadersLurgy Celtic 0 v 4 Ballyraine CelticUnder-14 Reserve LeagueBallyare Diamonds 0 v 3 Bonagee TigersUnder-16 League Cup Semi – FinalsBonagee United 4 v 2 Lagan HarpsIllistrin United 4 v 0 Mulroy AcademyMATCH REPORTSU14      League        Result Drumkeen  Utd 2  Vs  Raphoe Town  1This  game was played in freezing condition with snow falling & a bitter wind blowing, a credit to both teams the game was played..Drumkeen were missing a few players due to injury but went into the lead after 12 minutes when a shoot by Kennedy was well saved by the Raphoe keeper but the ball fell to Ryan Gallagher and he finished well. the home team lost the serveries of P Dolan due to a injury , the team manager had to make early changes  bringing in u12 player Jason mc Daid.& Paddy Quinn, Conor Bonner, P J Mc Daid.Drumkeen  went two goals  after 25 minutes the same circumstances when Gallagher found himself  unmarked 12yds out  to score his second. Two nil at half time to the home side. Raphoe came more into the game in the second half  but found the   home defence  playing well Raphoe tried hard and got a deserved equaliser when a shot from the edge of the penalty area by K Bogle  went into the top corner given the home keeper no chance. J Duffy should  have made it three for the home team but his shot went narrowly wide,J mc Daid had another good  chance which the Raphoe keeper saved well . A credit to both teams they both tryed hard under very testing overhead conditions .U18 Colin  Breslin Cup Semi FinalResult  Drumkeen0 Vs Rosses Acdm 2This game kicked under very  cold windey conditions both teams had chances but failed to score in the first half .Drumkeen looked a bit rusty as the have not played  in the last 4 weeks.Oisin Meritt  and Leon Boyle   playing well  in defence, Lee Guthrie, Aaron Doherty, in midfield ,and Gerard Bonner, and Travis Lafferty working hard up front.  Half Time o-o. In the second half Rosses prove the stronger team scoring twice with goals from David Mc Carrey on 70 minutes and   Ryan Green on 80 minutes, Rosses going through to the finalu10 The under tens game called  off due to the poor weather conditions FOOTBALL: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FOOTBALL: DONEGAL SCHOOLBOYS LEAGUE RESULTSlast_img read more

MINISTER TO MAKE FALCARRAGH SPEECH TAKING JOBS ROLE OFF ÚDARÁS

first_imgDINNY McGinley will tell the regional development agency Údarás na Gaeltachta tomorrow that it is set to lose its job creation remit.The agency, which was founded in 1980 following a campaign for job creation in Gaeltacht areas, will see its enterprise function transferred to Enterprise Ireland and its title will be changed to Údarás na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta. Minister for State with responsibility for Gaeltacht Affairs Dinny McGinley will announce the change in Falcarragh tomorrow morningCurrently 7,074 people are employed in companies supported by the agency, which accounts for 20% of all Gaeltacht jobs.It is expected that the radically-restructured agency will be will be responsible for national Irish-language development, and for language-related enterprise.Údarás na Gaeltachta has seen considerable reductions in its budget over the past number of years, with its 2008 budget of €22.5m being reduced to €10.2m this year. MINISTER TO MAKE FALCARRAGH SPEECH TAKING JOBS ROLE OFF ÚDARÁS was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SACRISTAN HAS LUCKY ESCAPE AS BOLT FROM HEAVENS STRIKES CHURCH

first_imgA church sacristan lost her hearing when lightning hit a chapel during mass.Dozens of parishioners had a lucky escape when bolts of lighting came down from the heavens and struck Cockhill Church in Buncrana.The lightning came down through wires on the building’s alarm system before causing an explosion in the church sacristy. The bolt caused thousands of euro of damage after it blew the sound system and smashed a stained glass window.The sacristan had a lucky escape as she was standing just feet from the explosion but has since regained her hearing.Priest Fr Rafal Janusewski, who was saying mass at the time, managed to calm the congregation before continuing in candlelight.He revealed “There was a big noise and the thunder bolt was amazing. We heard the storm; suddenly a flash of lightning shot into the church. “The speaker system was destroyed and there was an explosion in the sacristy.“The sacristan was a little deaf afterwards but she is a very brave woman.”The drama happened on Tuesday night during 7.30pm mass.The local Garda station was also struck during the huge electrical storm which knocked out its entire communications system.SACRISTAN HAS LUCKY ESCAPE AS BOLT FROM HEAVENS STRIKES CHURCH was last modified: December 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCockhill Churchlast_img read more

FORMER IRELAND MANAGER CRITICISES DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD OVER MURPHY FINAL DECISION

first_imgFORMER Ireland International Rules manager Eugene McGee has launched a verbal attack on the Donegal County Board over its decision to go ahead with last Sunday’s county final – forcing captain Michael Murphy to play two games in two days.The Glenswilly man celebrated his second Championship medal win on Sunday as his side brushed aside Killybegs.The match took place less than 24 hours after Murphy captained Ireland to victory over Australia. McGee said the fixture should be taken more seriously.“We had a ridiculous situation where the captain of the Ireland team had to play a full match on Saturday night and then go back to Donegal to play with his club team in the Donegal county final,” McGee said.“That is not acceptable. It is asking too much, although it did go well for Murphy as he was a great success in both games.”McGee also criticised the Australians for their performance.  FORMER IRELAND MANAGER CRITICISES DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD OVER MURPHY FINAL DECISION was last modified: October 22nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliafixturesglenswillyIrelandMichael Murphylast_img read more

Lata Mangeshkar show to raise funds for stadium complex in Madhya Pradesh draws flak

first_imgTo millions of her fans, Lata Mangeshkar is synonymous with melodic harmony. But in her own birthplace last fortnight, a public performance by her was at the centre of an acrid verbal crossfire.The superstar’s performance in Indore on December 4 was to collect money for a Rs 1 crore indoor,To millions of her fans, Lata Mangeshkar is synonymous with melodic harmony. But in her own birthplace last fortnight, a public performance by her was at the centre of an acrid verbal crossfire.The superstar’s performance in Indore on December 4 was to collect money for a Rs 1 crore indoor stadium-cum-sports complex which is under construction in this, the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. The stadium, which will be the third largest in the country, is the pet project of press baron Abhay Chhajlani, chairman of the Indore Table Tennis Trust (ITTT), at whose invitation the melody queen sang. But instead of the bouquets such occasions normally bring, Chhajlani found himself at the receiving end of a volley of brickbats. His critics argued that he was misusing his clout as one of the proprietors of the state’s largest selling newspaper Nai Duniya (print run: 1.48 lakh), not only to get his way with the Government, but also to build himself up in the public eye.The volatile local MLA, Suresh Seth, a former cabinet minister, who spearheaded the attack, says: “I have nothing personal against Lata Mangeshkar or anybody else. But this table tennis trust is a one-man show headed by Chhajlani. Why should they be trusted with public money?” Seth (inset) and Chhajlani showing Mangeshkar around: Public money at stakeSeth adds that government machinery was involved in a big way and that the show was exempted from entertainment tax. Therefore, he says, the state Government should claim the box-office collections.The silver-haired Seth, who incidentally is also editor of the daily Indore Samachar, first tried to stall the show by sending a telegram to the singer in Bombay. When that did not work, he organised demonstrations in Indore which led to his arrest along with some of his supporters.advertisementChhajlani, who is vice-president of the Table Tennis Federation of India, has attracted both criticism and admiration for his dedication to the project, which even while still incomplete, is impressive. Rectangular in shape, it will seat more than 6,000 and has a playing arena of 14,000 sq ft – to be used for basketball, badminton and volleyball, apart from Chhajlani’s favourite sport, table tennis.The 50-year-old Chhajlani says: “The idea first emerged in 1974 when the responsibility for holding the Table Tennis Nationals fell on Indore. I was then president of the Madhya Pradesh Table Tennis Association (MPTTA). But for lack of space, we had to organise it in the godown of the local mill. We realised that if Indore was to become a sports centre, we had to have an indoor stadium where tournaments could be held. That is how it all started.”Impressive Record: Chhajlani points to his record to prove his success in the promotion of table tennis during his eight-year tenure as president of MPTTA beginning 1974. Says he: “Between then and now, the number of players registered with the association has risen from merely 300 to 2,000. In the state championships, more than 400 players participated. When I took over, in various team events, Madhya Pradesh used to rank between sixteenth and twenty-second in the country. Today our teams figure from the second position to the tenth. Isn’t that a marked improvement?”Even his bitterest critics cannot deny that the improvement of table tennis in the state has been remarkable. But what they do question is the use of his influence to gather funds. So far, out of the estimated cost of Rs 1 crore, about Rs 60 lakh have gone into the construction.Of this, Rs 3 lakh came from the Centre, Rs 16.25 lakh from the state Government, Rs 15 lakh as loan from a cooperative bank in Indore and about Rs 25 lakh from public donations in the city.Says one critic, also a sports official: “There is not a single instance in the entire country where the Government has assisted a non-government body to such a large extent in the construction of a stadium.”Acrimonious Dispute: Seth also alleges that in some cases, government officials have misused their authority to pressurise potential donors. He says: “I would like to see if Abhay Chhajlani could raise the finances if he was not owner of the paper.”Seth has long harboured a resentment against Nai Duniya for the power it wields in state politics. He also evidently believes that a major reason he lost his berth in the Cabinet a couple of years ago is that he fell foul of Nai Duniya.Chhajlani calmly brushes aside all allegations: “The ITTT is a public trust whose accounts are duly audited. If the Government is ever dissatisfied with its working, it can always be taken over. Yes, I am the driving force but there are four prominent citizens on the trust too and their approval is required.” Meanwhile, Nai Duniya often features both Chhajlani and the stadium.advertisementChhajlani hopes that once the stadium is complete, it will inspire other sports organisations to build infrastructure in their own spheres. But unfortunately the ambitious project has become the focus of jealousy and resentment among officials of other sports who, off the record, accuse the Government of partiality to a single sport. The stadium has, even before its inauguration, become the centre of a slanging match.last_img read more