Coronavirus: Former Arsenal star Alex Song breaks his silence over Sion sacking


The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 2021 on March 24 – one of the last major sporting events that fell victim to the corona virus this summer.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a pivotal conference call with the chief of the Olympics, Thomas Bach, on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they chose to postpone for 12 months.

The decision also means that the Tokyo Paralympic Games are delayed by a year.

Despite the delay, the delayed Games remain the name of Tokyo 2020, said city governor Yuriko Koike. of Japan has concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo should be rescheduled for a date beyond 2020 but no later than summer 2021, to protect the health of athletes, everyone involved in the Olympics and the international community .

& # 39; Leaders agreed that the Tokyo Olympics could be a beacon of hope for the world during these difficult times and that the Olympic flame could light at the end of the tunnel the world is currently in.

& # 39; Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will remain in Japan. It has also been agreed that the Games will retain the name Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. & # 39;

There was a lot of skepticism that the Olympics would go ahead and continue as planned, while events related to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was canceled on Friday, March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.

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Large crowds defied Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit the cauldron in the Greek city of Sparta, despite repeated warnings for spectators not to attend due to coronavirus.

That compelled the decision by the Greek Olympic Committee to stop the torchlight procession on Greek soil on the second day of the planned eight-day trip. It is the only third time that a relay to Athens for the summer games has not been completed.

The Olympic flame is still being handed over to the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday March 19, but without fans.

Athletes were told to continue training, but many had difficulty considering the government's final measures.

On Friday, March 13, US President Donald Trump's proposal to postpone the Tokyo Olympics for a year because of the corona virus was shot immediately by the Japanese Olympic minister.

& # 39; The IOC and the Organizing Committee are not considering cancellation or postponement – absolutely not & # 39; said Seiko Hashimoto, an Olympic bronze medalist, at a news conference in Tokyo.

On Tuesday, March 17, Kozo Tashima, one of the vice presidents of the Japanese Olympic Committee and president of the Japanese Football Association, tested positive for coronavirus.

The International Olympic Committee and the organizers of Tokyo have kept up to date since the viral outbreak in China three months ago across Asia and around the world: matches will open as scheduled on July 24 .

The organizers of Tokyo 2020 received the Olympic flame during a scaled-down transfer ceremony in the Greek capital on March 19.


The World Indoor Athletics Championships, planned to be held March 13-15 in Nanjing, will be postponed to March 2021.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed due to concerns about the danger of the coronavirus and its ability to spread

North Korea canceled the Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border fence due to the level of the outbreak in South Korea, where the Seoul Marathon is canceled to protect runners.

The Paris Half Marathon is canceled and the French government has already decided to organize public gatherings of more than 100 people before ordering people to stay at least 15 days from March 15. The race with some 44,000 participants was scheduled for Sunday, March 1. Organizers said the race will be postponed to a date to be determined.

The London Marathon, which would take place on April 26, has been postponed to October 4. More than 40,000 runners would participate.

The Barcelona Marathon scheduled for March 15 has been postponed to October.


Olympic qualifications for boxing in Wuhan were canceled by the International Olympic Committee, but took place in Amman from March 3-11.

The IBF title fight between Daniele Scardina and Andrew Francillette in Milan on February 28 was postponed by Matchroom due to restrictions in Italy after the outbreak.

The Japanese Boxing Commission has canceled all combat tickets scheduled for March on the advice of the government to suspend all pending sports matches. They are not moved.

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That decision has postponed the tough game between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce. That fight, which was framed for April 11, has been moved to July 11 at the O2 Arena.

Matchroom Boxing has also postponed all scheduled events for March and April, including Josh Kelly's European title fight against Russian David Avanesyan (scheduled for March 28).

The European Olympic boxing qualifying tournament in London has been suspended. It was thanks to the Tokyo 2020 qualification for 77 male and female boxers, with 322 participating.

Edroom Hearn, chief of Matchroom Boxing, said Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev, scheduled for June 20, can be rescheduled for July. All battles promoted by Matchroom in March and April have been postponed.

Canelo Alvarez vs. Billy Joe Saunders, destined for May in Las Vegas, was delayed before they were even announced, but the Mexican is reportedly still planning to host the game in June.


The English tour of Sri Lanka was postponed on March 13, indicating the English and Wales Cricket Board & # 39; Completely Unprecedented Times & # 39 ;.

The decision was confirmed while Joe Root & # 39; s squad was in the field at Colombo & # 39; s P Sara Oval, where he fought a warm-up match for a series of two tests.

On March 18, the West Indies offered to organize England's upcoming home tests against them in the Caribbean rather than the UK – should the coronavirus outbreak have not improved by then. England will face the Windies in a series of three tests, which starts at the Oval on June 4, but can be delayed until September. If playing the series in England proves to be unworkable, CWI has offered to step in for this series, as well as the three England tests against Pakistan that will start on July 30. While there are Covid-19 cases in the Caribbean, the impact there has been limited so far.

The start of the Indian Premier League season has also been postponed to April 15. The 2020 campaign would begin on March 29. The IPL franchises are also ready to quarantine their foreign players for a period of 14 weeks. days, when the travel restrictions are lifted so that they can arrive.

On March 13, India's ongoing one-day international series against South Africa was postponed, while Australia's one-day internationals against New Zealand are played behind closed

Scotland's one-day series against the United States and UAE has been postponed. The games are said to be played in Florida in April.

The English cricketers only played a recast test series against the West Indies in the Caribbean on December at the earliest in December, which appeared on March 19.


Cycling's Giro d & # 39; Italia has been canceled and the race is scheduled for May in Hungary.

The last two stages of the UAE Tour were canceled after two race officials were suspected of the disease.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Danish cyclist Michael Morkov was tested for coronavirus after being isolated

The Tour de France is in danger of being canceled, with the planned start in Nice in just over three months, on June 27. The British and French governments expect the pandemic to last through the summer, tournament organizers are studying alternative planning.

The Paris-Roubaix cycling race, another important event on the French sports calendar, was postponed due to the pandemic, while the April 5 Tour of Flanders, previously canceled during the First World War, was also postponed in a further sign that Le Tour is under serious threat.


This summer's Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed to the following summer (2021) after a UEFA conference held in March 17. The postponement provides an opportunity for completion of European club competitions.

All football in England will be suspended until at least April 30 – but the 2019-20 season will eventually have to be completed after the FA has adapted their own rules to extend the SURE campaign after holding crisis talks on March 19 . ovid-19.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Premier League has moved to cancel matches after the worldwide outbreak of Coronavius ​​

The Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal, scheduled for March 11, had already been delayed as & # 39; precaution & # 39; after Olympiacos and Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for coronavirus weeks after watching his Greek team plays at the Emirates Stadium.

On March 13, UEFA announced that all scheduled Champions League and Europa League games have been postponed, as well as the quarterfinals draw for both leagues. UEFA hopes to complete the games in the summer, but dates are not yet known.

Birmingham City became the first championship match where players temporarily saw 50 percent pay cuts to ease financial pressure. Leeds United soon followed in an attempt to continue paying all their non-football staff.

All Chinese domestic matches at all levels were postponed and the season was pushed back, the first football hit by the outbreak in the country of origin. However, there are reports suggesting that the competition may resume on April 18 if China master the virus.

Asian Champions League games with Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Shanghai SIPG are postponed to April.

] The start of the Korean K-League season is postponed. The four teams in the AFC Champions League play their matches behind closed doors.

The Japanese J-League has postponed all domestic games until mid-March, but further delays are inevitable.

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Italy, the country most affected by the virus outside China, was canceled before the government locked the population. All sports, including Serie A matches, were suspended until at least April 3 to contain the virus.

In France, it was announced on Friday March 13 that there will be no top football in France for the foreseeable future after their governing body postponed all matches.

In Spain the Copa del Rey final of April 18 between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad has been postponed. LaLiga is also being postponed until at least the end of March.

The German Bundesliga, the other major European league, will also be suspended until at least April 3.

The Dutch Eredivisie and the Primeira Liga of Portugal have also been suspended.

The Irish Football Association has announced that all football under its jurisdiction will end until March 29.

Major League Soccer has been suspended for 30 days to mid-April with the delay of Inter Miami's first home game at David Beckham.

The South American Football Association has postponed this year's Copa America, which will take place from June 12 to July 12, until 2021.

FIFA said the newly expanded Club World Cup, originally scheduled to take place in China in June 2021, will be postponed and a new date will be announced when 'there is more clarity on the situation' # 39 ;.

On March 13, the FA announced that all England games are scheduled for the month. would be postponed, including that of development teams. It means that England's friendly matches with Italy and Denmark have been canceled.

Euro 2020 playoff games to be held on March 26, including Scotland against Israel, have been postponed to June.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Olympiakos & # 39; owner Evangelos Marinakis tested positive for the coronavirus

Manchester United clash on Austrian side Lask was behind closed doors, with United sharing £ 350 to each fan to help with travel and accommodation after getting 900 tickets before the Europa League game.

Newcastle United forbade their players to shake hands amid fears of the corona virus.

Cristiano Ronaldo became isolated in Madeira after it was revealed that his Juventus teammate, Daniele Rugani, has coronavirus. Squad members Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala also tested positive.

Elsewhere in Italy, Fiorentina striker Patrick Cutrone, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, tested positive for coronavirus.

In Spain, 35% of Valencia team members tested positive for coronavirus, with all cases being asymptomatic.

The Real Madrid first-team squad was quarantined after a member of the basketball team tested positive for Covid-19. The two teams share the same training facility.

Liverpool has announced a charity match between Reds Legends and Barcelona Legends, to be played in Anfield on March 28, has been postponed.

FIFA says it will postpone the South American World Cup qualifying matches taking place in March.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus on March 12, placing the entire squad of the first team in isolation. Gunners' game against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been postponed.

In the early hours of Friday, March 13, Chelsea announced that winger Callum Hudson-Odoi had diagnosed the disease.

The club's first team became self-insulated, while two buildings were closed on their training ground in Cobham.

Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Manchester City, have sent players home to train alone following the British government's growing crackdown on mass rallies and unnecessary social contact.

West Ham chief Karren Brady called for the season to be annulled, while Aston Villa believes no team should be banned. In this situation, Liverpool, the runaway league leaders, may be horrified to be refused the title, despite being on the verge of securing their first league trophy in nearly 30 years. Europe is bracing itself for a reported total closure of each league until September.

Top level English and Scottish football was initially suspended until April 3 at the earliest. The Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League, the FA Women's Super League and the FA Women's Championship all agreed to end the competition with immediate effect.

All levels of English football under the National League North and South have been canceled and canceled without promotion and relegation because the calendar was decimated by the coronavirus outbreak.


The seasonally opening Australian Grand Prix was called off after a McLaren team member went down with Covid-19, leading to the British team retiring earlier to decide if the race will continue.

The announcement came hours after Lewis Hamilton said it was & # 39; shocking & # 39; was that the race continued.

The Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19 was the first race to be postponed, without deciding whether to re-enter the 2020 calendar for later in the season.

The Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for March 20-22, will also be cut short, as will the inaugural Vietnam Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on April 5 in Hanoi.

It was hoped that the Dutch Grand Prix on May 3 would be the first race of the new season, but that has also been postponed due to Covid-19.

The iconic Monaco Grand Prix on May 24 was canceled for the first time in 66 years before Formula 1 announced their race in Azerbaijan had been postponed.

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On March 13, the Masters was postponed. In a statement released online, Fred Ridley, president of Augusta National Golf Club, stressed that decision makers hope the championship will be "later". hold. The first major of the year for men would begin on April 9.

The US PGA Championship, the second major of the year, has now joined and postponed the Masters. It was supposed to take place at San Francisco's TPC Harding Park May 11-17, but it moved later this summer.

After deciding to play without spectators from the second round of the Players Championship after that, the PGA Tour canceled the event completely after the first round on March 12.

They also canceled the following three events leading up to the Masters, but then canceled four other events in April and May – the RBC Heritage, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the Wells Fargo Championship, and the AT&T Byron Nelson – also the dust. It is hoped that the season can be summarized by the end of May.

The European Tour canceled all tournaments until the popular Made in Denmark event on May 21. Many of them would take place in China or East Asia in countries hard hit by the outbreak.

The women's game has also been affected by postponement and cancellation, with the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, the most famous victim.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Masters has been delayed for the first time since World War II

Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari were withdrawn from the Oman Open on medical grounds after Gagli showed symptoms of the virus. He shared a hotel room with Molinari and was told to isolate himself. They were later placed back into the tournament after being tested negative for the virus.


The Grand National was canceled due to new restrictions imposed by the British government to combat the spread of the corona virus, making it impossible to spot the Aintree showpiece to be organized on April 4. Cheltenham Festival continued under some criticism before tightening social distance measures.

The Japan Racing Association has revealed that & # 39; government-approved races & # 39; will take place behind closed doors.

Racing in Ireland attempted to take place behind closed doors from March 29, but that decision was changed after the government canceled all sporting events.

The World Cup meeting in Dubai continues on March 28 & # 39; without paid catering spectators & # 39 ;.

Racing Post had to temporarily suspend the publication of the flagship daily racing newspaper for the first time since its inception in 1986 as all action in the UK and Ireland was suspended.

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This year's Six Nations will have to wait for completion with all remaining games postponed.

England game with Italy and Ireland The trip to France had already been canceled with Wales and Scotland until the day before the game was canceled.

Saturday, October 31, is a possible date for the last weekend of games.

The Women's Six Nations has also been affected by procrastination.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Irish Six Nations meeting with Italy on 7 March has been postponed


The RFU has suspended all levels of rugby in England until April 14, with the announcement shortly after the premiere ship was discontinued for five weeks.

The quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have also been postponed. Those games were scheduled for April 3, 4 and 5.

The RFL and the Super League of the rugby league have now followed the same example and postponed all matches for at least three weeks. Eight Leeds Rhinos players were found to be self-insulating.


The French Open, one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, is being postponed to September due to a wide closing in France.

The clay-court major was scheduled for May 24 through June 7, but that has shifted to September 20 through October 4, after the US Open, which was to be the last major of the year.

Players have quickly criticized the move, which has caused a conflict with the Laver Cup men's team event led by Roger Federer, and a women's tournament in China.

All events on the ATP Tour are suspended for six weeks.

The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, which was to begin on March 9, was postponed at eleven. It came after a confirmed case of the coronavirus in the nearby Coachella Valley.

The final of an ATP Challenger event in Bergamo, Italy, between Enzo Couacaud and Illya Marchenko of Ukraine, has been canceled. Both players received ranking points and prize money for reaching the final. They were not given the opportunity to play behind closed doors.

China lost a Davis Cup tie because the men's team could not travel to Romania for the play-off from March 6 to 7.

WTA events have also been canceled. The WTA has announced that they are evaluating their schedule with a number of events scheduled for China in the second half of the season.

The International Tennis Federation has announced that the Fed Cup finals have been postponed. The event would be held in Budapest in April, and the league's playoffs, which would take place in eight different locations, have also been put on hold.

The WTA also announced that there will be no tournaments. staged for at least five weeks.


The NBA has been suspended indefinitely after two Utah Jazz players contracted the virus. On March 17, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant confirmed that he had tested positive for the virus alongside three unnamed teammates.

In a tool to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus, the NBA had told players not to take objects such as signature seeker's pens, markers, balls, and jerseys.

The NHL has announced it has interrupted the 2019-20 season without a confirmed date for it to resume.

The UFC has canceled its next three events, although President Dana White continues for the long-awaited lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.

MotoGP has canceled the first two races of the season in Qatar and Thailand.

South Korea's baseball league canceled all 50 preseason games scheduled for March 14-24. It is the first time since the start of the competitions in 1982 that a whole series of exhibition games has been eliminated.

The drawing of the first leg for the World Table Tennis Championships, scheduled for South Korea from March 22-29, is postponed.

A beach volleyball tournament, held in Yangzhou from April 22-26 from April, will be postponed until after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The World Short Track Speed ​​Skating Championship in Seoul is canceled.

The World Triathlon Series event in Abu Dhabi was postponed as a precaution.

The World Ice Hockey Women's Championships in Canada have been canceled.

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In badminton, the German Open (March 3-8), Vietnam Open (March 24-29) and Polish Open (March 26) 29) all Olympic qualifying events are canceled because of & # 39; strict health protection & # 39 ;.

The Japanese professional baseball league decided to play their 72 games for the season until March 15 behind closed doors. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan.

Doubts remain as the Asian Weightlifting Championships, scheduled for March, are moving from Kazakhstan to neighboring Uzbekistan. They can still be postponed.

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Coronavirus Switzerland: Ex-Arsenal duo Johan Djourou and Alex Song sacked for refusing Sion paycut

Former Arsenal stars Johan Djourou and Alex Song among NINE players released by Swiss club Sion for refusing to pay a cut in wages during the coronavirus outbreak

  • Johan Djourou and Alex Song are among the nine players released by Sion
  • Swiss side also fired club captain Xavier Kouassi amid coronavirus chaos
  • Ex- Fulham and Newcastle stars Pajtim Kasami and Sey are also leaving
  • Symptoms of coronavirus : what are they and should you see a doctor?

Swiss club Sion has fired nine players, including former Arsenal star Alex Song and Johan Djorou after refusing to accept a salary cut in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic decimating the finances of clubs across Europe.

The country The competition was halted indefinitely because of an outbreak that has seriously impeded the ability of teams to continue to receive much needed income to continue to pay their personnel. Kouassi, Pajtim Kasami, Ermir Lenjani, Seydou Doumbia, Mickael Facchinetti, Christian Zock and Birama Ndoye.

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They said the players had refused to sign an agreement to cut wages while the interruption continues. The club did not confirm the layoffs and was not immediately available for comment.

The Swiss competition was halted on March 1 after the government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people.

Sion is eighth in the 10-team Swiss Super League and only four points from the relegation spot. There are 13 rounds to play when the championship starts again.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Captain Xavier Kouassi is also one of nine players who are also fired by the club

Sion President Christian Constantin has employed about 40 coaches since taking over the club in 2003, including himself for a short period. Others have included current Napoli coach Gennaro Gattuso.

In 2011, Sion was kicked out of the Europa League for putting an ineligible player on the field and taking his case to a local civil court, which was against FIFA statutes.

] Two years ago, the club was banned from European football for one season due to a transfer debt at another club and in the same year Constantin was banned for 14 months, later reduced to nine, for hitting a TV -expert.

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Arsenal new boy Pablo Mari does his best Ricky Martin impression for initiation song

Arsenal's new boy Pablo Mari makes his best Ricky Martin impression with a rendition of his hit track & # 39; Maria & # 39; from 1995 while taking center stage for the initiation song

  • Arsenal & # 39; s new signature Pablo Mari & # 39; Maria & # 39; by Ricky Martin sung for his initiation
  • The defender played a decent performance on Instagram
  • The Spaniard joined the Gunners of Brazilian side Flamengo in January
  • Mari still has to appear before the first team while building his competitive fitness

Arsenal is new signature by Pablo Mari showed his best Ricky Martin impression for his initiation song after the Spaniard's move to North London last month.

The former Manchester City defender joined the Gunners during the January transfer on loan from the Brazilian side Flamengo. Although he traveled with the team for their recent Europa League band with Olympiacos, he still has to play for the higher side in building up his competitive fitness.

However, the 26-year-old has not only worked hard on the training field while working out his vocal cords for the song & # 39; Maria & # 39; from Ricky Martin from 1995.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= He even added some dance moves to his performance for his new teammates

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang posted a video of the initiation of the Spaniard on his Instagram account.

The compelling display of Martin's hit seemed to take place after the 1-0 victory of Arsenal over Olympiacos in the Round of 32 draw in Athens.

Mari has even added some dance moves to his performance that have been treated with his new teammates who are laughing along.

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<p> <img id= He still has to play for the higher side while he builds fitness after loan from Flamengo

Mari wore last week for the e there is an Arsenal shirt for the U23 party of Arsenal against Chel Zee in a 2-1 defeat in Premier League 2.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was impressed by the first appearances of the defenders for the club .

& # 39; When he came to the club, he had played a long time and he also had a little niggle when he came to us, & # 39; said Arteta.

& # 39; But his attitude and commitment is real, really good and very surprising. He did very well recently and hopefully we can start using it soon. & # 39;

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Dan Lawrence on song with the bat and the ball as England Lions roar Down Under

Essex-younger Dan Lawrence sings with the bat and the ball while England Lions Down Under roar

  • The Essex off-spinner took three wickets in four balls and ended with four for 28
  • Then, with 35 runs, he weighed the bat to claim man-of-the-match
  • The tourists chased the 180 goal of a Cricket Australia XI

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Dan Lawrence has packed career-best bowling figures, including : three wickets in four balls, while England Lions kept a record of 100 percent during their tour through Australia.

Essex & # 39; s occasional off-spinner ended with four for 28 – and then weighed in with 35 runs with the bat to claim the man-of-the-match award.

The tourists chased the 180-run target set by saving a Cricket Australia XI with nine overs in Carrara, Queensland.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Then Lawrence took three wickets in four balls while England Lions defeated Australia

Also prominent in making it two victories of two for the Lions was Durham & # 39; s Brydon Carse, who reduced numbers from 2/2/17-3 and then entered an undefeated 19th.

& # 39; It's great to have another win under our belt in what was pretty challenging conditions, with the threat of bad weather, which means we were against during our pursuit, "Lawrence said

"These first two wins give us great confidence in the rest of the one. -day series, which shows that we can perform at all stages of the game and adapt to the competition situation. & # 39;

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England & # 39; s second series plays eight games Down Under and will compete against a recent trend such tours, face an Australia A team with nine full internationals in their first class competition in Melbourne from February 22-25.

Moises Henriques leads a team with 2019 Ashes stars Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson.

Former schoolboy in Leeds Josh Inglis – who moved to Australia as a teenager – is one of three uncapped players.

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George Furbank should ace the initiation song before his England debut

George Furbank must ace the initiation song for his England debut in Six Nations clash with France – he was in a Take That tribute!

  • England Hand Debut to Full-Back George Furbank in Six Nations Clash in France
  • The Younger is likely to avoid extreme initiation ceremonies in Paris
  • Furbank has good core skills and is like a New Zealander in his all-court competition

Debuts are no longer what they used to be, such as George Furbank will discover today.

I still have the photo from 2013 when Jonny May shaved off half of his hair after his first cap in Argentina.

Someone hid the hair clippers – and his clothes! – so he was left behind with some crooks of hair after too many beers.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= George Furbank is a perfect fit for England on full-back for his debut against France

Today, Furbank is likely to get away singing a song on the bus, although he used to be in a Take That tribute band, so that wouldn't be too much trouble!

What has not changed, however, are the demands on a full-back on an international level.

There has been much experimentation with England No. 15 jersey and it is good to see that Eddie Jones is joining a specialist in the position.

Elliot Daly has spent about a year there, but there has never been a click and from the wing he will have the freedom to do what he is best at.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Elliot Daly never seemed a natural fit fit at full-back and can now thrive on the wing for England


The rapid defense of France, devised by the new coach Shaun Edwards, will test England today. The way to beat them is by using physical ball carriers because you can't try to get around them.

The speed of the ball is important because they fly off the line, so you want the strides to be in the air as short as possible. Long steps mean that someone will be in your face. You want runners in two and three so that you are not noticed. Otherwise you will be crushed.

Tip-on passes keep the defenders guessing. A tactic that England can use is to launch a series of cracks and then flow along the short side, to switch the direction of the attack, to ignore their line speed.

Full-back George Furbank will come into play here. Suppose you have moved the ball all the way to the sidelines and then you have returned to the field. The defense will have many more players on the leg on the opening side.

This is a chance for the full-back to attack the blindside because the defense will have much less line speed. You want to make one-on-one tackles.

Furbank is really solid in the core skills of a full-back.

He is good under the high ball, makes brave deck equipment and has a long kick to match.

In size, he is not the largest, but he has fought a lot in his games for Northampton.

Eddie will like that about him. Moreover, he has a real X factor in the attack and he reminds me of George Bridge, the All Black.

He is like a New Zealander with his all court game.

As a full-back specialist, Furbank must feel a little more comfortable making his debut in Paris.

There is much to learn when you first come to the camp, but not as much as at club level.

The information is much more streamlined because Eddie knows he only has a week or so with the players.

There will be five or six scrum games – depending on the area of ​​the field – and three or four patterns off lineouts.

All players download an app on their mobile or iPad that gives you constant access to the games.

The analysts make images of all movements so that you can watch them again.

With boys like Eddie and Owen Farrell you have to know your role inside out, otherwise you will be called up.

Eddie has spent the week inflating Furbank's tires. He is a coach who can give you the feeling that you are at the top of the world.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Northampton Saints youngster benefits from specialist in his position

A positive word in the ear here; a tap on the back there. It is that kind of man management that has made Jonny May one of the best wingers in the world.

Jonny is a trusted player who is proud of his speed, so Eddie would play on it. He would build it up by telling him how fast he looks.

But if he wants a response from Jonny, he might say something like "Have you seen the GPS measurements from Ollie Thorley today?" That boy is fast. He's great at the gym. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Eddie Jones is an expert man manager and will know how to handle Furbank before the game

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Under Jones's guidance, Jonny May has become one of the best wings in the world

With Furbank this week all of them are positive. A debut away in France is something to remember for the rest of your life – and hopefully for the right reasons. Of course there will be nerves and that first high-ball will be the key. I remember my debut against South Africa in 2007, I just thought & don't drop it & # 39 ;.

If you drop it, you know they will come all day for you, but that's why you spend hours of training.

The Stade de France is one of the best stadiums to play. Strangely enough, we are always late every time we play there.

They use a police escort to help you through the traffic and get you there on time, but we always end up in an unreliable back street that is too narrow. You usually go backwards, but Eddie always warns us it would happen. Once you're inside, it's loud and you'll hear that when you go to your first high-ball – but that's what you dream of.

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Sunderland apologise after signing of Kyle Lafferty announced with controversial song

No Laff-ing Matter! Sunderland apologizes for Kyle Lafferty blunder after new signing with controversial song lyrics referring to loyalist flute bands in Northern Ireland

  • Kyle Lafftery joined Sunderland in Norway last week after time for a free transfer
  • The club wrote a message on their Twitter account to welcome the striker
  • But it refers to a song that refers to loyalist flute bands in Northern Ireland
  • The post was immediately removed and the club called it a & # 39; real mistake & # 39;

Sunderland have a social media description described message about new signing from Kyle Lafferty who inadvertently named loyalist pipes as a & # 39; real mistake & # 39 ;.

The Black Cats published an internal video interview with the 32-year-old Northern Ireland international and photos of him in the club's home shirt, accompanied by the message & # 39; He is seven feet and he is playing the flute & # 39; on his official Twitter account on Monday.

dating from the time of Lafferty in Scotland with Rangers and understood to have been posted by an employee who was unaware of the connotation before he was quickly removed.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Sunderland apologized after a blunder in the announcement of the signing of Kyle Lafferty

A spokesperson for the club said: "It was written in total innocence by someone who did not know how to interpret it.

" It was a real mistake and was immediately removed. "

Lafferty joined Sunderland as a free agent last week after a spell in Norway on Sarpsborg 08 with manager Phil Parkinson who wanted to add firepower to his team for a promotional allowance in the second half of the League One campaign

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Steve Cooper led England U17s to World Cup glory – now he’s got Swansea on song

When Steve Cooper attracts his runners and the fresh morning air of the Wales coast relaxes his mind, his thoughts often wander back to the excitement of his first derby as head coach of Swansea .

& # 39; I notice that I often think of that & # 39 ;, Cooper admits, recalling the beating of Cardiff at Liberty Stadium. "I like to run & # 39; in the morning and think about why we do this and messages for the players.

" We played well that day and won our way. It was damn good. The atmosphere was different. We have been to Leeds and Hillsborough, but nothing compared to that feeling. The emotion and togetherness on that day was unique. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Swansea -Boss Steve Cooper & # 39; s thoughts regularly return to the excitement of his first derby clash

Cooper is a South Walian born in Pontypridd and the journey 45 miles west of the valleys to Swansea via Wrexham, Liverpool and

He has been working in professional football since he left school and this season, when he turned 40, he stepped from the ranks of youth development to the early life of the club, which has a successful stopping place for some critically acclaimed moder ne c oaches.

Brendan Rodgers, Roberto Martinez, Graeme Jones and most recently Graham Potter have all thrived in Swansea. "It is something I have wanted to do for a long time," says Cooper. I have been a professional coach for 20 years, so I am not new to it. I would not put myself in this position if I didn't know I could do it. I just wanted to make sure I was ready.

"It is not for everyone. Some people like to work with the academies. I discovered that I worked with the older age groups and came into tactics, played philosophies, coaching methodology and leadership that gave me the ambition to work at a senior level. So I try. I have done thousands of sessions and thousands of games and I feel very comfortable at work, but I see myself at the beginning. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Cooper has been working in football since leaving school and started his life well with Helm of the Swans

Cooper left South Wales on 16-16, joins Wrexham as a trainee and spent two years as a young professional before embarking on coaching.

& # 39; I failed as a footballer and Wrexham saw something in my character that gave me a full-time coaching role in the academy, & he explains. "I was full-time coaching and part-time in the League of Wales for Bangor City, but only about 12 months.

" The two things clashed and when it came to the choice, I wanted to coach because I found myself there looking forward to play more. I fell in love with coaching. & # 39;

Cooper ended his career in the mid-twenties and stayed with Wrexham until 2008, when they were banned from the Football League, and an opportunity arose at the Academy in Liverpool. "I spent time there with some brilliant people," he says. "Sir Kenny Dalglish was someone who taught me to be a good person, to show humility and to be in the ego.

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& # 39; And we had a Spanish influence with Pep Segura (sports director from Barcelona to July) and Rodolfo Borrell, who is now with Pep Guardiola in Manchester City, and they showed me a new way of working. & # 39;

After Liverpool spent five years in St George's Park with the Football Association and he led England & # 39; s Under 17 & # 39; s to World Cup glory in India in 2017. & # 39; A brilliant experience & # 39 ;, says Cooper. I am a real advocate of the modern young player, I have worked in youth development for 20 years and they have never been more professional or dedicated to their profession.

"There is a lot of stigma about" too much too fast "that I completely disagree with. People say that everything is on a plate like football time has disappeared, caught up with other sports in terms of facilities, coaching and support for his players. The players have grabbed that and this British generation is flourishing. He is right to be excited and proud of them. & # 39;

His World Cup winners were Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi plus Rhian Brewster who has just been loaned to Swansea of ​​Liverpool, and Marc Guehi who has been loaned by Chelsea .

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The 40-year-old also experienced World Cup glory with the U17 & # 39; s from England in India in 2017] opportunities & # 39 ;, says Cooper. "And if you give children a chance, they often take them. It starts to turn. We have Ben Cabango, who has come through the ranks and recently started playing games. Let's hope this chance gets even bigger. I know it is difficult and I now feel it myself: do we call this boy in if we have a more experienced player? I want to stay true to myself and we are a club that needs to develop our own players. & # 39;

Potter & s exit to Brighton after a year in Swansea provided the opening for Cooper to return to Wales, where he enjoyed his childhood youth as the son of former Premier League referee Keith Cooper.

& # 39; Maybe he got a bump in school when he made a decision about Manchester United or Liverpool & # 39 ;. "But it wasn't a bad time, and I look back with great pleasure at my father who was a referee because he was at the top. He reffed a few times in old Wembley, in the playoffs and I went to the big ones. I was there in the League Cup final in 1994 when he was out of Andrei Kanchelskis and Dean Saunders scored the penalty.

& # 39; It's amazing how many people ask about him, it's a nice reminder of how much he was loved. & # 39;

Keith follows Swansea this season and was picked out by the TV's cameras as he celebrated it during the win against Cardiff. & # 39; He enjoys the ride and feels the emotions like any father would & # 39 ;, says Cooper.

Swansea, relegated from the Premier League in 2018, was unbeaten in their first eight games of the season for a series of no wins in six and they suffered a crushing FA Cup defeat at QPR. But they are sixth in the championship and are firmly in the pack with a view to promotion, but not about to get carried away while they prepare to face Cardiff again on Sunday.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The champion club is currently in sixth place with their focus on obtaining promotion

& # 39; The good start raised expectations & # 39 ;, says Cooper. Ans Swansea in the white set, the way they played became a familiar face in the Premier League. People saw that beginning and thought it was the same Swansea, when in fact we are a completely different club. We have a new coaching and management team. The chairman only came through the door for me a few months ago.

"Leon Britton is new in his role as sports director, we have a brand new recruitment team, a new physical team. We lost the head of medicine in the summer, so that has changed, we have a brand new analysis team. It goes on and on. We raised millions in the summer, not to reinvest, but because the club needed the money.

& # 39; Live the status and expectations – to stay connected to our recent history because it is unique and important – versus where we actually are. & # 39;

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Formula One news: Lewis Hamilton aiming to get back on song in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton attempts to return to the song in Singapore as he returns to the scene of one of his greatest journeys

  • Lewis Hamilton hoping to finish three races without a win in Singapore
  • The British produced one of his best laps ever in qualifying here 12 months ago
  • He was at the top of the second practice table in the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Friday: 41 GMT, September 20, 2019 |

    Lewis Hamilton can invade the unforgettable memory to this day a year ago to end his mini slump of just two wins from the last six races.

    It is the kind of record for which all his contemporaries would sell their right foot for natural, but given that the world champion started the season on fire – six wins from the first eight rounds – he would not want to be judged by a lower standard .

    The good news for Hamilton is that he returns to the lighted scene of one of his greatest journeys – the blurring of magic that he unfolded when qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix 12 months ago .

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Lewis Hamilton watches at the Paddock after Friday practice at the Marina Bay Street Circuit

    It was perhaps his most beautiful round of all – certainly one of the two, the other claimed to be his pole on a wet Monza the season before – and it was with jaws on the floor that observers and the conquered immediately looked up in awe.

    & # 39; Stardust & # 39 ;, said his Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. & # 39; I cannot explain what happened. & # 39;

    Last year his car had been struggling on the track all weekend, an important factor in achieving his out of nowhere, three tenths of a second margin above Max Verstappen as superhuman. This year the augatures are better. Hamilton was the fastest in practice on Friday.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Hamilton celebrates (photo) after claiming pole position for the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix

    Not that it was a day without incident for him. His team was fined £ 4,400 for incorrectly filling with 11C fuel cooler than the rules allow. But that was in the afternoon instead of the night session when he led the timing screens.

    Hamilton, 34, is traditionally staged as a season has matured, but not that far in 2019. He crashed into Germany in July and had to remove. He fell off the job in Monza fourteen days ago. His last victory came in Hungary in early August.

    But he still leads the championship with 63 points from his teammate Valtteri Bottas, with Verstappen 99 from Red Bull from the top, so any problems he has are very much of the first world variety.

    The Hamilton pursues his third consecutive victory here, he is aware of how crucial the pole is around the 23 corners of the tight roads of the city-state, where on Friday the polluting mist of the last two weeks took off.

    Eight times in 11 editions of the race went the man who started winning first, and the other three incidents prevented the pole-sitter from converting his initial advantage.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Hamilton makes his way across the course during the second training session of Friday in Singapore

    Asked to recall his dazzling qualification from a year ago, the Brit said: “It's a bit of a haze, the whole round. I don't know who drove.

    & # 39; The previous sessions had gone up and down and this happened to be the right lap at the right time. The stars were aligned. The chances of the weather happening are rather small.

    & # 39; It is very intense. It's about timing and positioning and getting into a rhythm to maximize the width of the circuit and the potential in your car. & # 39;

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Peterborough striker Ivan Toney urges fans to stop chanting controversial song about size of manhood

& # 39; Peterborough striker Ivan Toney urges fans to stop singing a controversial song about the size of his masculinity & # 39; Peterborough striker Ivan Toney

    • Peterborough's Peterborough admitted he was not personally offended by the song
    • However, he wanted supporters in instead a & # 39; family version & # 39;
    • The plea comes after Liverpool fans unfold on an attacking Divock Origi banner] 23:14 GMT, October 29, 2019 |

      Peterborough & # 39; s Toney has been advocated with supporters to stop singing a controversial song about the size of his masculinity.

      The striker had an impressive return for the goal so far this season and scored 11 goals in 17 games for Peterborough, who is third in League One.

      Toney insists that he himself is not offended by the song – which plays a racist stereotype – but has begged fans to come up with a clean version instead.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Ivan Toney begged Peterborough fans to stop singing of song about his masculinity

      In a statement on the club's website, the 23-year-old wrote: & I want to thank the supporters for the way they have supported me since I joined the football club arrived.

      "It is great to be loved by the fans.

      " Although the song is not offensive to me, it would be great to hear a new family version of the song, so that all young supporters in the stadium can also participate. & # 39;

      The number is similar to the number that Manchester United supporters sang at former striker Romelu Lukaku in 2017.

      Toney plea comes only up to a week after Liverpool fans unfolded a offensive banner about the size of Divock Origi's masculinity for the Champions League match away from Genk.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Toney has scored 11 goals in 17 games for Peterborough, who are third in League One

      Liverpool quickly condemned the banner in a statement released last Wednesday evening.

      & # 39; Liverpool Football Club condemns the offensive banner that appears in our section of the ground prior to the kick-off, & it was said.

      & # 39; For clarity's sake, the image used perpetuated a racist stereotype. This is completely unacceptable.

      & # 39; We acted quickly to have the banner removed and we are now working with local authorities and the stadium team in Genk to identify those responsible.

      & # 39; Each subsequent action will be in accordance with our sanction process. & # 39;

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Liverpool fans have last week a graphic banner unveiled that mocked Divock Origi & # 39; s masculinity

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Brother of Sean Cox condemns Manchester City for singing vile song about Liverpool

& # 39; I am disgusted … the first thing I think is Sean being attacked & # 39 ;: Brother of Sean Cox, who was left for his life after being attacked by Roma fans, condemns Manchester City for singing nasty songs about Liverpool

  • Manchester City pipped to the Premier League title with one point
  • They believe that they are mocking Liverpool with a mean song that has them & # 39; victims & # 39; mentions Red Fan Sean Cox
  • Mailonline

    | The brother of a Liverpool fan who was abandoned for life after being attacked by a Roma supporter has condemned Manchester City players after the emergence of a video in which they sing a false song about the Reds.

    Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and Vincent Kompany are among the City Players who can be seen around the Premier League trophy while celebrating that Liverpool was beaten to the title while singing to the melody of the famous Koplied & # 39; Allez, Allez, Allez & # 39; can be heard in the background.

    On the plane after their 4-1 win over Brighton, they seem to be singing a song sung by City fans this season: & all the way to Kiev, To end in defeat, Crying in the stands, And battered in the street, Kompany injured Salah, Victims of everything, Sterling won the double, The Scouts won f *** all, Allez, allez, allez. & # 39;