West Brom boss Tony Pulis charged with misconduct after loss to Leicester

first_img Pulis has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge. He confirmed he would look to speak to referees’ chief Mike Riley following the defeat which left Albion with just one home win in the Barclays Premier League this season. He said after the game: “We are disappointed with the penalty decisions. Everyone in the crowd would have said Fletcher’s was a penalty. “With Jonny Evans the referee is only two yards away and he gets pulled back. You have to do well to miss it. Why he has not given those two I don’t know. “I will speak to Mike Riley. At this level the referee should be getting those decisions correct. They say for the second goal the lad (Riyad Mahrez) is offside. We have a linesman over the far side who can see it clearly and can see it across the line. “Decisions which could have helped us didn’t go with us.” Tony Pulis has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following West Brom’s defeat to Leicester. The head coach is alleged to “have used language and/or behaviour in or around the tunnel area after the fixture which amounts to improper conduct,” an FA statement said. West Brom lost the match 3-2. Pulis was angry with referee Anthony Taylor after the game and admitted he had confronted the official, before apologising, as he felt Albion should have been awarded two penalties for fouls on Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News Sevilla on the way for 6th Europa League title

first_imgNew Delhi: La Liga side and five-time UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla have successfully qualified for the Europa League after defeating Czech football club Sigma Olomouc by 3-0 in the second leg of the qualifying fixture. Sevilla defeated the Czech side by 1-0 in the first leg that was played at Andruv Stadion. Sigma were daring with their effort but left open plenty of chances for the home side due to their offense-first approach and hence suffered the consequences of playing at such a high level of European football.Jakub Plsek of Sigma had the first bite of attack just within 2 minutes of the first half, but Sevilla were lethal with their approach as Nolito slotted home the first goal in the 9th minute only to be disallowed for a previous foul.ALSO READ: UEFA Champions League draw: Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus face Man UtdNew signing Maxime Gonalons opened his account for Sevilla in the 21st minute and Sigma’s forward Martin Nespor added to Sevilla’s tally by scoring an own goal soon after.Sigma lost their energy and will to fight back in the second half, mainly due to the humid conditions in Seville and late substitution Yissam Ben Yedder scored the third for the hosts as the clock displayed 75th minute. ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind 4th Test: ‘It was pretty tough,’ says Sam CurranThe draw for the UEFA Europa League 2018/19 group stages is set to take place on Friday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Neil Danns explores music scene

first_imgBy Vishani RagobeerYOU know him as ace footballer for the ‘Golden Jags’ or even as Bury FC midfield player, but Neil Danns is intent on showing his versatility by exploring the music scene.“I’ve been studying music production and engineering for the last couple of years,” Danns told the Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview, adding “I’m still learning and progressing but I’m only just starting to get the confidence to put it out.”Initially, the footballer connected with music as a pastime, even though he always had a passion for music and writing.“I started off playing guitar for a hobby when I was in my early 20s and I always liked to write poetry and melodies,” he reflected. And so his musical journey started off with him fiddling around and just writing simple chord songs just for his own personal listening pleasure.He taught himself how to play the piano over the past few years – nothing too fancy – but just enough to help him create his own music and depth to his skills.His desire to develop his musical ambitions has been insatiable, however, and resultantly, he tried learning music engineering. “It’s just been gradual building,” he said modestly.It’s not his aim to be an artiste, at least not for the most part. Instead, he is aiming to just write and produce music.“I hope to work with aspiring artistes in the future … and it would be amazing to collaborate with some top Guyanese artistes out there in the future,” Danns noted.But even so, he’s putting a few tracks out there, just so that people would know that he knows his stuff and he’s good at it. In fact, he’s currently making one of his tracks available on Spotify and iTunes; it’s called ‘What you thinking’ and will come under his alias: Melodix.“When people hear my stuff it’s mostly a shock as a lot of people do not realise I play any instruments but I’m still a long way from where I want to get to; but I enjoy learning and improving in everything I have passion for,” he affirmed. “It takes a lot of hours and can be frustrating but that’s what makes it worth it when you make positive steps.”His endeavours in music, however, do not sidetrack from his finesse in football. He’s been involved in the game – professionally- for about 20 years, and that’s just not something he can stop being involved in.Moving into the music scene fulltime is a possibility, but only after he considers what options present themselves once he is retired.But Danns’ musical ambitions will be put on pause for a bit, as he prepares for Guyana’s historic showing at next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.Danns will be a key figure for Guyana, when they face defending champs USA on June 18, followed by last FIFA World Cup debutants Panama on June 22 then Trinidad and Tobago on June 26.last_img read more

Inter Milan Sign Lukaku from Man Utd for £74m

first_imgLukaku’s agent, Federico Pastorello, flew to London on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve Lukaku’s future.Later that evening, Pastorello posted a photo on Instagram of them on board a private jet with the caption: “Ready to take off. Direction Milano.”United and Inter Milan had been some way apart in their valuation, with United wanting to recoup at least the £75m they paid Everton two years ago.Inter and fellow Serie A side Juventus have been competing to sign Lukaku, who did not play in pre-season because of an ankle injury.Inter manager Antonio Conte – who wanted to sign Lukaku when he was Chelsea boss – has said he remains his number one target, adding: “I consider him a player who could improve our team.”United have an interest in Juventus’ Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic, 33, who could reinforce their forward.Lukaku moved to United from Everton in 2017 and at the time was only the fourth player to score 80 goals in the Premier League before turning 24 – after Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Wayne Rooney.In his debut season, Lukaku became one of only 11 United players to score 25 goals or more in a campaign since 1992-93. Cantona, Andy Cole and current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (25 each) are among the strikers who never matched Lukaku’s 27-goal tally in a United campaign.However, 26% of his United goals – 11 out of 42 – came in the first two months of his Old Trafford career.He has scored 42 goals in 96 appearances for United but was often overlooked in the second half of last season in favour of England striker Marcus Rashford.Lukaku’s impending departure leaves United with just three established forwards – Rashford, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez – in addition to youngsters Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong.United have spent £140m this summer on Harry Maguire,Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Romelu Lukaku Inter Milan have reached an agreement with Manchester United to sign striker Romelu Lukaku for a fee that could rise to 80m euros (£74m).In July, United rejected Inter’s £54m bid for Lukaku, who was fined by the club after missing training on Tuesday.Belgium international Lukaku, 26, has trained at his former team Anderlecht for the past two days.last_img read more

Barca Place £631m Clause on Messi’s Exit

first_imgBarcelona are reportedly going to demand that clubs must pay Lionel Messi’s £631million release clause should he hand in a transfer request.The attacker’s future at the LaLiga giants has been thrown into serious doubt after the club performed poorly on the pitch last season and have made massive personnel changes off the field.There have been links with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and some of Europe’s elite but even if he wanted to leave the Nou Camp this summer with one year left on his deal, it could prove tricky for him to do so. Lionel Messi According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan club will tell Messi that he can only leave if a club is willing to pay his monstrous £631m release clause or he will be staying put.The asking price is simply too much for any club in world football to afford, as it would accumulate to more than triple the highest fee ever paid for a footballer by Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar in 2017.If Barcelona were to budge on their outrageous asking price, then there are plenty of clubs exploring the option of signing the 33-year-old.PSG, Inter, Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City, managed by Messi’s former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, have all reportedly thrown their hat in the ring should the Argentine become available.Messi has reportedly now held talks with new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman to discuss his future after it was revealed that he was ‘more out than in’ at the club.According to Spanish outlet Sport, each of the aforementioned clubs would have enough pulling power to attract Messi should he leave Spain – but his price would prove to be the massive obstacle to getting a deal done.The attacker cut his holiday short last week to return and hold talks with Koeman, after manager Quique Setien was sacked following their embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Argentinian outlets reported that Messi was left furious after the fact he held a meeting with the new boss became public.Koeman opened up about Messi’s situation and said: ‘He’s still got a contract and is still a Barcelona player. At this point I need to speak to him because he is the captain.‘We need to work with him and speak with various players. We need to make some decisions but in Messi’s case I hope he stays with us.‘I don’t know if I have to convince Messi [to stay], whether it’s that or not. He is the best player in the world and the best player in the world you want in your team, you don’t want him playing against you.‘As a coach I would love to work with Messi because he wins matches. If he’s at the ability and level he has always shown I’d be more than happy for him to stay.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wisconsin defense reveals holes in first away win

first_imgCHAMPAIGN, Ill. — It didn’t take long for the Wisconsin football team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) to build up an insurmountable lead against Illinois (3-2, 0-2 Big Ten) Saturday night as Wisconsin jumped out to a 21-0 lead on its first three drives before stealing a 56-32 win away from home.However, while the UW offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense suffered a number of hiccups throughout the game that allowed Illinois to rack up 32 points — the second most Wisconsin has allowed this season — and 319 yards through the air.“We’re going to have to be better than that on defense,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “You have to give a lot of credit to Illinois, they are hard to stop … We had too many mental breakdowns … and we can correct [those mistakes].Through the first seven games in 2013, Wisconsin has developed a reputation as a team that makes big plays — particularly on pass plays from redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave to senior wide out Jared Abbrederis — but Saturday night it was Illinois that made the big plays through the air.During the night, Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase torched the Badgers to the tune of 249 yards alone, completing the night’s longest pass for 51 yards.That pass — with Illinois trailing Wisconsin 21-3 in the first half — gave the Illini a glimmer of hope when, three plays later, Illinois had reduced the Badgers’ lead to 11 with 6:38 left in the second quarter.Junior cornerback Peniel Jean said while the team is happy about the way it preformed in its first road win of the season, giving up these kinds of plays in the future could be much more costly.“They had three, four big plays which accumulated to like 330 yards,” Jean said. “They should have only had like 200 yards of offense. We take away those plays and it would have been a great game.”Beyond the secondary’s weaknesses giving up big plays Saturday night, the Wisconsin defense as a whole gave up eight penalties for 93 yards.“There were a couple miscues that we had,” redshirt sophomore Darius Hillary said. “We have to look at film, learn from it and then correct it. We have the bye week this upcoming week, so it would be the perfect time to correct those mistakes and move on.”Even though the Badgers allowed 32 points on the night, they started the game strong — forcing the Illini to punt on their first four possessions.Saturday’s win was the third time this season Wisconsin has given up 31 points or more to its opponent on the road, but the first time it has come home victorious in that scenario.Wisconsin’s slow deterioration of defense closely followed the loss of senior linebacker Chris Borland, who was forced to leave the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury. Redshirt junior Marcus Trotter filled in while he was out and led the Badgers with nine tackles.While the injury is not serious and it is likely he will return when Wisconsin takes the field against Iowa Nov. 2 in Iowa City, it may have revealed a new concern for a team that has depended on youth in a number of spots on defense this year.Andersen rejected the idea that the team struggled without its leader on the field for much of the game, but said if that was the case it is something that will need to be remedied quickly as the season moves on and Wisconsin tries to claw its way back into the Big Ten Championship picture.“It’s possible [not having Borland] hurt us,” Andersen said. “I thought Trotter played well. There are a lot of packages going on … with Illinois. That is part of their scheme and they do a good job with it, and you have to react on defense in a positive way.”Gordon reaches milestoneAs Illinois gave Wisconsin trouble through the air, Wisconsin ran the 102nd-ranked defense in the country ragged to the tune of 289 yards and seven touchdowns.Redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon played no small part in that attack in a milestone day for the second-year player.He finished with 142 yards on only 17 carries which was good enough to put him over 1,000 yards rushing in 2013 — the first time that he has done so in his brief career as a Badger.For Gordon, the chance to reach the 1,000-yard mark was a special moment for him in his coming-of-age as a college football running back.“It’s pretty cool,” Gordon said. “Coach always gave me crap about it in the offseason. It’s a good mark to have, but [those personal milestones] aren’t really what I’m focused on.”With Gordon reaching the milestone Saturday, at least one Wisconsin running back has done so each season going back to 2005. Gordon sits tied with former running back P.J. Hill as the fastest to the milestone, needing only seven games and 107 carries to complete the task.last_img read more

Glo Hails F’Eagles’ Khartoum Rally

first_imgThe Sudanese had taken a lead in the 27th minute of the encounter before Flying Eagles levelled the scores in 67th minute through Samuel Chukwueze while Victor Osimhen increased the tally in the 86th minute. The 2-1 victory thus placed the team in a vantage position ahead of the second leg in Nigeria.Globacom enjoined Nigerians not to relent in giving the much needed support to the Flying Eagles through prayers as they prepare to cross the hurdle to Zambia 2017.Globacom is the official telecommunications partner of the Nigerian Football Federation and the major sponsor of the Nigerian national teams.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Africa’s greatest corporate supporter of football and data grand masters, Globacom has congratulated the Flying Eagles for recording an important away win against Sudan in the first leg of the final qualifying match for 2017 U-20 African Cup of Nations.Globacom, in a press statement released in Lagos on Monday, gave kudos to the team for the victory in Khartoum which gave the team a brighter chance of qualifying for the next U-20 AFCON scheduled for Zambia in February, 2017.“The Flying Eagles were outstanding in their performance against Sudan; we urge them to sustain the momentum during the return leg in Lagos in a fortnight so as to pick the ticket and fly Nigeria’s flag at the continental championship,” Globacom said.“The match was tough and the weather was harsh. We commend the team for their hardwork, concentration and never-say-die spirit which earned them the away victory,” the statement added.last_img read more

Play Fair Code strengthens Austrian sporting practices with Sportradar

first_imgShare Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 The Austrian Play Fair Code (PFC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sportradar, designed to bring a multitude of benefits to its many stakeholders.Amongst those are the exchange on knowledge and best practices focussed towards education and prevention, which is to aid the strategic objective of fighting corruption across all forms of sport, both within Austria and on a worldwide basis.Also through the strengthening of ties between the two, a “mutual coordination and support” of efforts and advocacy before international and European authorities and institutions is to be achieved.Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director of Integrity Services, explained: “We are very proud to be sharing our expertise with the Play Fair Code. The information we can provide from our monitoring and detection system including our advanced intelligence, investigation, education and consultancy will cover all bases. “Combined with PFC’s in-depth expertise in the education field, this approach will see us mutually focus on eliminating potential corruption across sporting codes.”Operating on a day-to-day basis under its PFC moniker, the firm was founded by the Austrian Sports Ministry, Austrian Football Association (AFA) and Austrian Football League, under the collective name Association for Protecting the Integrity in Sports.A number of Austrian sporting stakeholders are encapsulated, such as the Austrian Federal Sports Organisation, the Austrian Olympic Committee, the Austrian Ski Federation, the Bookmakers’ Federation, the Austrian Lotteries, the Austrian Ice Hockey League, the Austrian Basketball League, as well as a range of Austrian betting providers.Günter Kaltenbrunner, Play Fair Code President, said: “We are very pleased to strengthen our relationship with Sportradar. We are both united in our aims and our joint efforts will ensure that we can be more confident in helping to diminish the risks of potential manipulation in sports across Austria.”Play Fair Code CEO, Severin Moritzer, added: “After nearly five years of a constant and fruitful relationship, we are now happy to take a next important step in this mutually beneficial cooperation.” Related Articleslast_img read more

AffiliateINSIDER lands affiliate management agency role for Vbet

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit AffiliateINSIDER (AI) has struck a deal with Vbet to become the bookmaker’s affiliate management agency. Through the role, AI will be responsible for the BetConstruct subsidiary’s global affiliate strategy and daily program management.AI’s affiliate management service includes both strategy and program management coupled with bespoke marketing services designed to growth hack affiliate recruitment, program promotion and widen brand reach.Vbet will also benefit from access to reputable affiliates through unique events such as AffiliateFEST and AIBootcamp, for which it has already secured headline sponsorship in 2019. The second edition of the event (AIBootcamp2019) will be held at Under the Bridge in London from 21-22 March 2019.In addition to this, clients such as Vbet can take advantage of ongoing skills-development for their growing affiliate team via the AffiliateINSIDER Affiliate Manager Training academy, while benefiting from additional PR and media support via the company’s news hub. Arsen Aharonyan, Vbet VP Operations, explained: “We believe in investing in the best expertise to help our business innovate and grow Vbet’s global expansion via the affiliate channel. As such, we’ve partnered with AffiliateINSIDER to manage the commercial strategy affiliate relationship management and marketing for our global affiliate program.“AffiliateINSIDER has over two decades of affiliate marketing experience obtained in iGaming and a strong value-driven ethos which matches our own. We’re delighted to be working with AffiliateINSIDER’s experienced team to improve our affiliate program proposition.” AffiliateINSIDER Founder and CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone added: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Vbet and help support their global affiliate expansion.  I”m very excited to be working with such an exciting product and a constantly innovating brand.“As a pure affiliate marketing and events business, we specialise in working with brands who want to build personable relationships in the affiliate community and driving focussed revenue growth. Our team is well versed at implementing cost effective strategies that drive incremental revenue and brand marketing reach. We look forward to working alongside the Vbet team as the business expands into new global markets.”Vbet, winner of the Balkan Gaming Awards for Online Operator of 2018, cited AI’s “value-driven ethos” as well as the team’s connections and expertise in affiliate marketing as the main reasons for the appointment. AI has a track record of helping deliver growth and has fast become a “go-to” supplier for affiliate program strategy and account management services since launching in late 2017. Share Related Articles Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020last_img read more

Mancini: Džeko is one of Europe’s best

first_imgRoberto Mancini hailed Edin Džeko as ‘one of the best in Europe’ after the Manchester City striker fired himself into contention for an FA Cup final start, reports Daily Mail.The Bosnian, who was making just his 15th start of the Barclays Premier League campaign, scored the only goal of the game as City saw off West Brom at the Etihad Stadium. The result means City are now guaranteed a place in next season’ s Champions League group stage, as they cannot finish any lower than third.Džeko led the line with purpose and power and took his goal well, sweeping home Carlos Tevez’s cross in the 35th minute after good work by Jack Rodwell, and his performance certainly gave Mancini food for thought ahead of Saturday’s showdown with Wigan.Though Džeko has been frustrated at the lack of chances he has been given this year, Mancini says he does not want to offload him in the summer as he believes the 27-year-old – who is City’s leading scorer in the Premier League with 13 – can improve further.‘Edin could start,’ said Mancini, when asked if Džeko was in line to figure at Wembley. ‘I am happy for him; he scored an important goal. We are in the Champions League. It was good because we now have (some) days to recover before the final.‘He has scored important goals this season. He can do better but I think he is one of the best in Europe. But I also think that he can still do better. For me he is one of the best. He needs to work hard because of his body, he needs to work and play games. But he has scored an important goal.’last_img read more