Newcastle United offered Rafa Benitez to Spain as World Cup coach: Spanish FA

first_imgThe 2018 FIFA World Cup for Spain got off to worst start possible when their coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.Former sporting director Fernando Hierro was named as Spain’s interim coach several hours after Lopetegui was sacked one day before the World Cup began, with the 2010 winners later suffering a shock exit to hosts Russia in the last 16.But according to a startling revelation by Spanish federation president Luis Rubiales, Newcastle United had offered the Spain national team the chance to have Rafael Benitez as their coach during the World Cup.”When I sacked Julen I immediately called Hierro and told him I didn’t want to make any changes. Two days later a letter arrived from Newcastle saying ‘Are you interested in our coach? He’s at your disposition.’ We said thanks but no,” Rubiales told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE on Tuesday.”We would have never done that, we couldn’t hire Benitez because it would have been acting in the same way for which we reproached Julen.”Lopetegui was sacked for announcing he had agreed to take over Real Madrid immediately after the World Cup without the consent of Rubiales.Newcastle did not immediately respond to a request to comment from Reuters.Benitez mentioned the possibility of coaching Spain during the World Cup earlier this month, telling reporters at Newcastle’s training camp in Dublin: “There was maybe a chance, but still I am here and I am happy to be here.”Luis Enrique was appointed as Spain’s coach earlier this month.advertisementRubiales has been criticised in certain sections of the Spanish media for taking a seismic decision which threw Spain’s World Cup preparations into chaos after an impressive qualifying campaign.The federation president, however, said that he had received sympathy from former U.S. Barack Obama.”I had a conversation with Obama and he mentioned the sacking of Lopetegui,” added Rubiales, who met the former head of state at a conference in Madrid in July.”He told me that when you do not act you get criticised less but sometimes you have to act, and he had taken similar decisions to the one we took with Lopetegui.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

MHA asks citizens not to use plastic national flags

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (PTI) Two days ahead of Independence Day, the Centre has urged all citizens not to use national flags made of plastic and asked the states and the union territories to ensure strict compliance of the flag code.In an advisory to states and union territories, the Home Ministry said the national flag represents hopes and aspirations of the people of India and hence should occupy a position of honour.The ministry said it has been brought to its notice that during important events, the national flag made of plastic is used in place of paper flags.Since plastic flags are not biodegradable like paper flags, they do not get decomposed for a long time and ensuring appropriate disposal of national flag made of plastic commensurate with the dignity of the flag, is a practical problem, the advisory said.The advisory is issued every year ahead of Independence Day and Republic Day. The ministry had also issued the advisory on August 8.According to Section 2 of ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971’ – Whoever in any public place or in any other place within public view burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or otherwise shows disrespect to or brings into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.The advisory said on important national, cultural and sports events, flags made of paper only are to be used by public in terms of the provisions of the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and such paper flags are not to be discarded or thrown on the ground after the event.advertisementSuch flags are to be disposed of, in private, consistent with the dignity of the flag. Wide publicity for not using the national flag made of plastic should be made along with its advertisement in the electronic and print mediaState governments, UT administrations, secretaries of all ministries and departments of government of India were told to ensure strict compliance of the provisions contained in the ‘Flag Code of India, 2002’ and ‘The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.There is universal affection and respect for and loyalty to the national flag. Yet, a perceptible lack of awareness is often noticed amongst people as well as organisations and agencies of the government in regard to laws, practices and conventions that apply to ‘display of the national flag’, the advisory said. PTI ACB ACB DIVDIVlast_img read more