Marcio Lassiter gets confidence boost after strong Game 2 showing

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard While Lassiter, slowly getting back his form, he nearly had another terrible night on the floor in Game 2.The 31-year-old swingman scored just five total points in the first three quarters but he exploded for 10 points in the fourth quarter for the Beermen, including a late triple that gave them a 106-92 lead with 1:44 left to play.And that shot may just be what he needs to finally get his groove back this series.“That late three was a confidence booster because you kind of need one to fall down so I’m just hoping to build upon that and get some more good looks,” said Lassiter who went 4-of-13 from the field in Game 2.“I got to thank my teammates honestly, they keep telling me to shoot it and it’s uplifting for me especially when they continue to support me, it means a lot. I just got to keep shooting.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MANILA, Philippines—Marcio Lassiter may have had a dreadful start to the PBA Philippine Cup finals, but he feels he’s slowly turning things around.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Serena Williams set to return from injury at Italian Open LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief MOST READ After a scoreless outing in Game 1, Lassiter managed 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists in Game 2 to help the Beermen to a 108-101 win which leveled the series at 1-1.“I definitely think I’m turning things around,” said Lassiter after the win. “In the first half I wasn’t that aggressive, I think it was maybe because of the fouls, but in the second half I was able to get more aggressive and I looked for my shots and they were able to come down in the end.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: Out of rhythm in return, Marcio Lassiter working to get touch back in Game 2In the opener, Lassiter, considered one of the deadliest shooters in the league, went 0-of-8 from the floor in nearly 33 minutes of play which didn’t bode well for the Beermen.last_img read more

Violence against women and children

first_imgRecently a number of cases involving women and children being sexually assaulted engaged the attention of the High Court here. During the hearings, in quite a few of them the nation was shocked to learn of the details which emerged of how the victims were sexually and physically abused. In one of the cases, a logger was found guilty on two counts of sexual activity with a child family member by the jury at the High Court. A relative of the victim read out the girl’s statement in court where the child outlined that she lives in discomfort and harbours difficulty relating to males. According to the victim, since the sexual abuse, she often has nightmares and bad dreams, with constant flashbacks of the harrowing attacks inflicted upon her. She related that she does not play with friends and spends much time self-harming herself. She was quoted in the media saying: “I feel messed up about what happened to me”.Then there was another case in which a man appeared in court for a similar matter. He is currently serving a life sentence after being found guilty last year of raping a male family member, who was seven and eight years old when he was violated. These are just two of a long list of cases of our children being sexually violated. While life would never be the same again for the victims involved, it is good to see that the perpetrators are facing justice for these despicable and cruel acts. However, this might just be the tip of the iceburg, as it is highly believed that many child sexual abuse cases are deliberately hidden and go unreported due to varying reasons.Sexual violence against children is considered to be a gross violation of children’s rights. According to United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), sexual violence can take the form of sexual abuse, harassment, rape or sexual exploitation in prostitution or pornography. It can happen in homes, institutions, schools, workplaces, in travel and tourism facilities, within communities. Increasingly, the Internet and mobile phones also put children at risk of sexual violence as some adults look to the Internet to pursue sexual relationships with children. There is also an increase in the number and circulation of images of child abuse.The UNICEF study, ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’, estimates that worldwide, around 120 million girls under the age of 20 (about one in 10) have been subjected to forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts at some point in their lives. Boys also report experiences of sexual violence, but they do so to a lesser extent than girls.Evidence shows that sexual violence can have serious short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences not only for girls or boys, but also for their families and communities. This includes increased risks for illness, unwanted pregnancy, psychological distress, stigma, discrimination and difficulties at school.In Guyana, stakeholders must seek to obtain empirical data about the incidences of these crimes against children, especially in the geographical areas in which it is known to occur and put systems in place to prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law.The Guyana Police Force is also a key partner in the fight against child sexual violence. The Force must continue to provide the necessary training to its officers to properly investigate sexual crimes against children. Our children need to be assured that when violence against them is reported, the law will act quickly to prosecute the perpetrators and that our judicial system will function efficiently and equitably to bring such criminals to justice.Importantly too is that all the necessary support systems must be put in place to ensure victims and their families are provided with the counselling, etc, to overcome the trauma of sexual violence.Women and children, irrespective of their ethnic, religious, cultural or social backgrounds, deserve to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and are part of loving and nurturing families.last_img read more

Nigeria given Friday deadline by FIFA

first_img0Shares0000ABUJA, October 29- Nigeria will be banned from all football unless a court decision that sacked the country’s recently elected FA executives is not overturned by Friday, world governing body FIFA announced on Tuesday.A leadership crisis has bedeviled the African champions for the past four months despite several interventions by FIFA, who have now warned it will slap a lengthy ban on it. Last week, a group led by Chris Giwa secured a court ruling that sacked the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) executive committee led by Amaju Pinnick.Giwa, who maintains he was elected NFF president on August 26 although FIFA refused to recognise it, took the matter to court in contravention of FIFA statutes forbidding football issues to be deliberated in a civil court.But a letter from FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke to Pinnick, who was elected as president of the NFF on September 30, said FIFA had extended the deadline for Nigeria till Friday as an opportunity to avoid a lengthy ban.“This gives Nigerian football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy suspension,” stated Valcke in his letter.“We inform you that if by Friday 31 October 2014 at midday Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case (the Jos Federal High Court ruling that sacked the Pinnick led NFF board) has been definitively withdrawn from court and that the board elected on 30 September 2014 is able to carry out its activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for implementation of the suspension,” he added.On Tuesday, it was revealed the country’s sports minister was locked in a meeting with Pinnick and the group led by Giwa in Abuja in a bid to ensure Nigeria avoided the ban.The NFF have also appealed the court ruling and also requested a stay of execution.Their appeal is to be heard on Wednesday in Jos.The crisis has been going on since July when Nigeria was suspended briefly after another court in Jos sacked the NFF then led by Aminu Maigari and the country’s sports minister appointed a civil servant to run the federation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Lazy Americans

first_imgThe solution to illegal immigration is simple: Get off your butt and do your own yard work, wash your own car, get the family together one day a week to clean the house, raise your own kids, and pay a little more to a legal citizen who employs legal immigrants to remodel your house. Lazy Americans have helped create the illegal-immigration problem. – Jennifer Rabuchin Burbank Bush v. Carter Of course President Carter is “irrelevant.” Remember, this is the same Bush administration that claims the Geneva Convention is irrelevant. – Ray Rodriguez Van Nuys Stop complaining Re: “Future in limbo for grads without legal status” (May 20): I’m pleased that Joselyn Arroyo earned a degree from CSUN and pursued graduate school. The world needs more people who are ambitious and want to contribute to society. I don’t agree with the fact that she, and other graduates, complain about not getting a job because they are illegal immigrants. She states that she graduated at the top of her class. She became a legal adult at 18. Since she’s so intelligent, why, in the past seven years, has she not attempted to become a legal citizen? Instead of college students “pinning their hopes on some form of immigration reform,” get their butts busy on doing what it takes to become a legal citizen and stop complaining! – Jan Simmons North Hills Question … Just a thought on the newly written immigration bill: If state, local and federal governments have been thus far unwilling or unable to enforce our present immigration laws, what possible reason would American citizens have to believe these government agencies will be willing or able to enforce the provisions in the “new” immigration bill? Just asking! – Christine Lavine Moorpark Posed photo Re: “Israel drawn into Palestinian factional fight,” accompanying photo (May 18): Israelis (mostly invisible to you) must always accept rocket and bomb explosions. Rare indeed it is for your paper to show the Israeli children with metal fragments in their brains who are victims of bombs and rockets. But you amazingly have a ready supply of photos of crying Palestinian children. Is this photo meant to make a point? When you are intent on illustrating news, then keep it to news and not advertising and posed photo propaganda for one side. – E.L. Henen Santa Clarita Activist abuse Re: “Police abuse” (Our Opinions, May 21) I’m more than a little surprised, as the Daily News at least now has it about half right – “The federal consent decree was unnecessary” – but as always, the Daily News doesn’t know a thing, or just suffers from editorial ambivalence, about what actually occurred at the May Day illegal-immigrant-supported media and Mexican riot at MacArthur Park. It’s pretty simple, really. If all federal immigration laws had been enforced as written and intended, there couldn’t have been any “illegally unlawful assembly” for that purpose in Los Angeles. If blame belongs anywhere, it lies at the door of the city’s politicians, who blindly signed the federal consent decree, and who ordered that the LAPD not arrest or cause the deportation of federal immigration violators. – Richard M. Holbrook Retired LAPD lieutenant Weatherford, Tex. Driving costs Re: “Travelers get blues at pump” (May 22): Although this piece makes a good point, it vastly understates the cost of operating a car. It quotes the price of gas as the cost of getting from point A to point B. That is like saying the cost of living is simply the cost of food that we eat, ignoring the cost of clothing, medical care, insurance and housing among other things. A car should be insured, will use tires, needs maintenance and requires replacement of parts that just wear out. In 2007 the IRS allows $.485 for business mileage. This is a much more realistic cost (although low for more expensive cars and SUVs that get far lower mileage). If you do the math. you will see that for one or two people, planes, trains and buses are far more economical than cars. Even for a family of four, the costs are much closer than the article makes them appear. – Philip A. Lindenauer Granada Hills Elephant elation Re: “House homeless, not the elephants” (Their Opinions, May 17): I am so thankful and relieved that our precious Ruby will now have the chance to know what it is like to be an elephant at her new home at PAWS. It brought tears to my eyes when the media showed her frolicking in her new pad. Many thanks to all who have worked tirelessly to ensure Ruby will have a better quality of life for the years she has left. – Karen Bonadio Los Angeles The Paris obsession Re Your Opinions, May 21: Who is Paris Hilton, and what did she ever do to the legion of letter-to-the-editor writers to be so vindictive over her incarceration? I’ve read nicer things written about the late Seung-Hui Cho. Certainly Hilton deserves to be punished for violating her parole, but it seems unseemly for adults to gloat over and revel in that punishment, or express regret that the punishment was not more severe. If you want to talk got-off-easy, look no further than that pillar of virtue, St. Mel Gibson (more than twice Paris Hilton’s age, and old enough to know better), who you’ll recall received a slap on the wrist and a “naughty-naughty” for his drunk-driving rampage last year. If anyone has a right to feel indignation, it’s Boy George, who was made to pick up garbage around New York City last fall. – Kevin Dawson Tujunga Paris in the lockup I don’t believe in special treatment for famous people, but it is also unfair to use them as an example. I personally had the misfortune to end up in a county lockup. Anyone who has not experienced this situation is not aware of the hell you are subjected to. Sure, Paris Hilton will be housed in a special section, as she should be. She would not have a chance in general population. I saw many inmates (with more severe crimes than Paris’) released after doing only 10 percent of their sentence – due to overcrowding. Under these guidelines, Paris should be released in four or five days. I believe, as with myself, she will never put herself in a position to return to this house of horrors. Anyone who disregards the law a second time deserves to do a full sentence, and not a day less. – Daniel Houy Burbank Z visa bargain Why wouldn’t illegal aliens want to pay $5,000 in fees for citizenship? They can find the money to pay $6,000 to a coyote to cross a dangerous desert illegally. If they signed up for a Z Visa, they could go across the border safely multiple times and it wouldn’t cost them a peso. – Joyce Peyton Los Angeles Outsourcing prisons Think of it. If we send all the prisoners out and pay other states one-half of what it costs to imprison criminals here, we save billions. If we send them out, we don’t have to spend the $7.8 billion on new beds. If they’re gone, there is no need for 55,000 prison employees. That’s billions more saved. Without prisoners, we can sell the 33 facilities or convert them into schools – more billions! The budget problem is gone! Should I run for office or just accept a finder’s fee? – Bob Driscoll Woodland Hills 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LAUSD studies shared-use success story

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – It’s a venue for junior high P.E. classes, after-school basketball games and city athletics leagues. Located on the campus of Sierra Vista Junior High, the Boys & Girls Club facility has become a model of shared uses and, more importantly, a place for kids that’s open during the day, after school and on the weekends. On a visit to Sierra Vista earlier this year, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer III toured the clubhouse when school was in session. Impressed by the collaboration of entities that built the clubhouse, Brewer said last week he wanted to replicate the concept in Los Angeles to promote greater safety on campuses. Brewer also said he was struck by the spirit of the partnership. “It has a huge computer lab in it, a huge gym, all kinds of activities, college-going help, college counseling, all of this going on inside of that middle school,” he said. “It’s extremely important that we partner and collaborate with the community in bringing in those resources.” “It’s a great partnership,” said Tom Dierckman, a semi-retired Valencia development company executive who spearheaded the fundraising drive to build the $6.2 million, 27,000-square-foot center that opened in 2004. “The school district has a facility they wouldn’t otherwise have, the Boys & Girls Club has programs they wouldn’t have and the city of Santa Clarita has a gym for park leagues that it wouldn’t have had. “It’s not just used nine months of the year or six hours a day.” The club, the Hart Union High School District and the city of Santa Clarita pooled their money for the clubhouse, which also features classrooms, a computer lab and a teen center. The local Boys & Girls Club Foundation also collected significant chunks of state and federal funding as well as private contributions. “At our first meeting on this project we agreed that these are our kids – not your kids during the day and my kids after school. These are our kids and our community,” said Jim Ventress, chief professional officer of the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club. “And in this community if it’s about the kids and it’s the right thing to do, somehow this community gets it done.” The Sierra Vista site is the largest of three Boys & Girls Club facilities in the Santa Clarita Valley, with 2,000 of the local chapter’s 3,500 total members. In the four years since the Sierra Vista facility replaced a small center on the edge of campus, Ventress has received calls from school districts in Northern California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Georgia and Connecticut. “They all wanted to know, ‘How did you do it?”‘ Ventress said. “I just said, ‘Common sense.”‘ The community itself donated $1 million, and it’s paid off, giving kids supervision and plenty to do. For many, the option is to stay alone till their parents come home from work – and at that pivotal junior-high age, that can mean problems. An average of 240 kids, ages 7-17, visit the club daily, said branch manager John Kim. Among the employees is 2006 Youth of the Year Deandre James, who came to the club about five years ago after his mother died and he came to live with an aunt. “He wasn’t doing well in school, he had some problems adjusting,” Kim said. “But he raised his grades and became one of our model leaders.” James won a scholarship to attend College of the Canyons and continues to work at the club. The Sierra Vista branch is the local club’s third – and most complex – shared-use project. It operates a clubhouse in the county’s Val Verde Park near Castaic and has a larger center in the city’s Newhall Park. When the latter project was proposed in the mid-80s, opposition was strong from nearby residents who feared problem kids would be gathering after school in the park. Santa Clarita, with a population now pushing 200,000, was much smaller then and youth crime rare. With growth, things have changed and Ventress said the club has helped keep a lot of borderline kids out of trouble and touted the Newhall project as forward-thinking. A larger center in the Castaic area is probably the next big move, but that’s years away, Dierckman said. The club, which raised $400,000 last week at its annual auction, wants to keep a handle on operating costs before beginning a new campaign. The cushion is it owes nothing on its properties, thanks to the shared-use agreements. Dierckman said of the Sierra Vista club, “This is the poster child for the way things should be done.” Staff writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this story. (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video: Ex-Liverpool star scores wonder goal against Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup

first_imgIt always takes something special to score against Barcelona and Mikel San Jose will be watching this one back a fair few times as he gave Athletic Bilbao the lead in the Spanish Super Cup first leg.The ex-Liverpool starlet took full advantage as Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s Manuel Neuer impression fell straight to his feet just inside the Barcelona half.With the German shot-stopper’s header under control he whacked a shot back over the goalkeeper’s head and into the back of the net, much to the delight of his team-mates, his coach, and Athletic’s fans.You can see the splendid strike from Mikel San Jose below… 1 Mikel San Jose celebrates his goal against Barcelona last_img

Poll: Is this the most underwhelming England squad you can remember?

first_imgThe likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Ryan Mason were called up to the Three Lions squad for upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers – are they good enough?The Drive lads want your thoughts!Cast you votes now… 1 England internationals Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin last_img

Chelsea v Liverpool: Tale of the Tape! Klopp or Conte – who’s your money on?

first_img 7 Conte’s success as a player continued through to his managerial career. The Italian led Bari to promotion from Serie B in 2009, yet it was back at his old club Juventus where he made his name. He created an imperious side that dominated Serie A, picking up three Scudetto’s as well as going unbeaten for the entirety of the 2011-2012 season. So which manager do you think has the edge?Let us know by commenting below! Playing styleJurgen Klopp has declared he plays ‘heavy metal’ football, and it’s hard to remove that image from your mind when you watch his sides. The chaotic and frantic pace Liverpool and Dortmund operate at is weirdly similar to the intense music the German is a fan of. Utilising a possession based brand of football, with emphasis on high pressing, the Reds are a far more explosive and dynamic side since the days of Brendan Rodgers.Conte is famed for his rigorous and no-nonsense tactical approach. His players are expected to abide by his dogged defensive stance, which may well come from his will to win. Conte once described losing as ‘a state of virtual death’. Under his new regime, Thibaut Courtois has only had to face seven shots in the Premier League.Touchline anticsThere is rarely a moment on the side-line at Anfield where Klopp cannot be found wildly gesticulating or gesturing. After Sadio Mane’s brilliant solo goal against Arsenal earlier thjis season, the German sprinted onto the Emirates turf and proceeded to hoist the Senegalese striker into a piggyback. When his over-exuberant celebrations at Carrow Road last season saw him break his glasses, Klopp told talkSPORT: “I usually have a second pair of glasses but I can’t find them because it’s hard to find glasses without glasses!” The two managers will lock horns for the first time Hair transplantsKlopp has been sporting a much fuller hairstyle since his leaving Dortmund. The German is not shy either when discussing the results of his transplant. When asked to confirm the rumours, Klopp confidently replied: “Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don’t you?” 7 Liverpool and Chelsea face off on Friday evening in an eagerly anticipated clash between two Premier League heavyweights. The fixture also pits two of the most eccentric managers in world football against one another. For the first time in their careers, Antonio Conte and Jürgen Klopp will lock horns in a competitive fixture. Here, talkSPORT examines the pair in an attempt to predict who will come out on top…Playing careerThe two mavericks have taken contrasting routes into the world of football. Klopp spent the entirety of his playing career with Mainz 05. He represented the club for 21 years, racking up 337 appearances – yet never won any honours. Originally a striker, the 49-year-old eventually dropped back to play as a defender.Conte on the other hand, enjoyed a career littered with success. The combative midfielder enjoyed domestic and European glory during his time with Juventus. He also represented his country, guiding Italy to the finals of both the World Cup in 1994 and the European Championships in 2000.Managerial HonoursWhile he may have experienced a rather tepid playing career, Klopp really found himself as a manager. Appointed as Mainz manager in 2001 following his retirement, the German remained in charge for seven years. After leading the Carnival Club to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history, Klopp joined Borussia Dortmund where his stay was far more successful. Two consecutive Bundesliga titles as well as the German Cup in 2012 helped enhance Klopp’s reputation as one of the most exciting managers in the world. Not one to be outdone, Conte is also famed for his energy and passion on the touchline. During Italy’s European Championship victory over Spain this summer, the 47-year-old clambered onto the roof of the dugout in an attempt to celebrate with his countrymen in the stands. 7 7 Conte himself has undertaken drastic measures to restore his thinning hairline. The Italian may have been the stalwart of a successful Juventus side during his playing days, yet his hairline was certainly not as solid. Since the operation, his much fuller mane has become a familiar sight on the touchline. 7 7 7last_img read more

Angry Arsenal fans reveal how Vertonghen was able to make last minute block

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 1) clear offside, let alone the fact that it wasn’t a pen even if not offside!2) that’s why Vertonghen was able to make a block on the follow up!3) Yellow card for Rose! and red for Torreira!how can all of this happen in one game? no wonder #Poch is not a fan of #VAR #TOTARS— Abolfazl M (@Abolfazl77) March 2, 2019 The north London derby produced a topsy-turvy end when Hugo Lloris saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stoppage time penalty.There was more drama to follow in the seconds afterwards when Arsenal attempted to score in the follow up, however, Jan Vertonghen got himself between Aubameyang and a certain goal to ensure the score remained 1-1. The Arsenal striker couldn’t believe it, while Vertonghen’s team-mates celebrate However, while Tottenham fans were happy with the point – earned by Harry Kane’s earlier penalty – Arsenal players used Twitter to criticise referee Anthony Taylor.They feel Vertonghen broke the rules by encroaching into the box and as Aubameyang missed, the spot kick should have been retaken. REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card The players other than the kicker and goalkeeper must be:At least 9.15 m (10 yds) from the penalty markBehind the penalty markInside the field of playOutside the penalty area Kane Penalty – Offside Auba penalty – Wrong decision Vertonghen follow up – Penalty should have been retaken.Point is, VAR is needed.— Nic (@One_Two_Pass) March 2, 2019 Vertonghen’s position before the penalty was taken. Then he was the one making the block on the rebound.Anthony Taylor may as well have not turned up today.— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) March 2, 2019 RANKED huge blow REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Pretty obvious how Vertonghen was able to make his ‘incredible block’😂😂— Frankie Hobbs (@Frankie_Hobbs) March 2, 2019 REPLY Lol so that’s how Vertonghen got in quick enough to block the rebound— Carl (@MajesticMesut) March 2, 2019 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE shining no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Vertonghen was first on the scene to ensure Aubameyang could not score the rebound FA RULES ON PENALTIES Was Vertonghen wanting to take the penalty? No wonder why he managed to make a great tackle from the cut back.Poor officials. #TOTARS— Just A Crab (@BenCrabb95) March 2, 2019last_img read more

SFA answered Resolution 12 query on Rangers Euro licence, says Regan

first_img“We’ve said if they do that then we’ll fully cooperate and comply with any requests for information from UEFA and we’ve provided details at UEFA for the requisitioners to make contact.“So we believe that the matter has been communicated to those involved and they will deal with it as they see fit.”The questions centred on whether the Ibrox side fully disclosed the details of an unpaid tax bill to HM Revenue and Customs.UEFA rules demand participants in the Champions and Europa Leagues declare any “overdue payables” to the taxman, with details on whether there is a commitment to repay amounts, or a dispute over any bill.Rangers were awarded a UEFA Club Licence despite having an outstanding £2.8m payment to HMRC over their use of a Discounted Option Scheme, in what is commonly referred to as the “wee tax case”.The Ibrox side, as the previous season’s SPL winners, entered the Champions League at the third qualifying round stage on the champions path.After defeat to Malmo, Ally McCoist’s side then dropped into the play-off phase of the Europa League, losing to Maribor.Celtic subsequently played in the Europa League, losing to Sion before the Swiss side were made to forfeit the tie after fielding ineligible players. Neil Lennon’s team then went on to play in the group stage.Hearts and Dundee United were both eliminated in the early stages of the Europa League.STV attempted to speak to Celtic secretary Michael Nicholson but he declined to comment on whether Celtic were actively involved in investigating the decision or if the club had written to UEFA.UEFA have failed to respond to numerous emails from STV over the past two weeks seeking clarity on whether they are investigating. Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan has said the governing body acted correctly in awarding Rangers a licence to play European football in 2011 and that questions on the process have been answered.A group of Celtic shareholders, known as ‘the requisitioners’ after a request put to the Celtic board at their AGM in 2013, requested that the club investigate the circumstances that lead to the licence being granted and have campaigned for answers in recent years. It is the latest step in a campaign – known as Resolution 12 – to challenge the decision-making process.Regan said that questions on the Scottish FA’s actions had been answered, that the requisitioners had been satisfied with the response and any further questions should be directed at UEFA. He said: “There has been a reply. We’ve been in dialogue with Celtic Football Club on the matter.“My understanding is that the requisitioners have accepted that they have no issues with the granting of the licence to Rangers in 2011 . “What they do have an issue with is the monitoring period immediately following that licence in March 2011.“Our position on that is that we have complied with UEFA requirements in the period immediately following March 2011 and clearly if there is still an issue with the requisitioners then that’s for them to take up with UEFA.last_img read more