first_imgIf you’re a referee that’s heading to the NTL in 2 weeks time, (or you’re just a referee after a good deal), then this story is for you.TFA are offering a special deal on socks with the old TFA logo.TFA are offering green and gold long socks and green and gold sports socks in all sizes for $5.50 per pair. Normally $7.70 per pair the special deal is only available until Tuesday February 28th.There is also limited stock in red and blue long socks and sports socks, so if you’re interested in placing an order email Rachel at media@austouch.com.au or call 1800 654 951NTL referees please note…there will be no gear for sale at the NTL, if you are going to need some spare socks, make the most of this sale and pick up a pair now.last_img


first_imgCongratulations to the following players who have been selected into the Australian Senior Squads for the 2007 World Cup. 30’s Division:TFA are selecting a Men’s, Womens and Mixed 30’s team.  The specific teams will be finalised after the notification from FIT as to which divisions are going ahead. The deadline for FIT nominations is 30th September 2006.  Players selected into the 30 Womens or Mens Squads were asked to indicate their availability or otherwise for the Senior Mixed Team. The possibility exists that the Senior Mixed will be the only viable division at the World Cup and all available players will be considered for this team if the Mens and/or Womens divisions are cancelled.Please note: the Mens and Womens Teams will still take priority in selections if either or both divisions go ahead.   Final Teams/Squads will be selected after the 2006 State Of Origin Series in August. TFA may include additional players based on performance at any stage during the selection process and notification of initial squad selection is not an indication of selection in the World Cup Team.If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.MENS 30’s:    Matt Barclay Chris Benfield Danny Bretherton William Chan Scott Danswan Adam Fahim Wayne Gleeson Craig Green Chris Hill Christopher Jonson Graham Knights Swain Rovelli Jason Scharenguivel Ben Smith Dean Taylor Manu Wakely MENS 35’s:    Sean Barrett Joe Biskup Jamie Clifford Russell Cox Anthony Dudeck Ferno Harb Troy Hastie John Georgiou Barry Gibson Ian Jordan Pule Latoa Mark Leonard Corey McLeod George Ornelas Barry Pickens David Raper Paul Thomasson Mark Wheatley MENS 40’s:    Simon Baldwin Mitch Bonaventura David Cheung Jeff Cheung Michael Cheung Scott Collins Derek Duguid Mark Hearnden Trevor Jolly David Kafoa Andrew Keayes Robyn Kildare Tim Kitchingham Brandon McDonaldDori Meta Paul Ridder Michael RyanJohn Samin Mark Springfield Trevor Strachan Peter Wandl WOMENS 30’s: Amanda Bourne Rachel Byrne Suzy BarrettMaree Curran Julie Danswan Sharon GrayDione Kelvin Sharon KildareAmanda Koehler Theresa Lowe Katrina McIiwraithe Edith Nathan Debbie PottsCathy Ring Athanasia Savvuodis Tanya Shuker Kylie Small Kylie Stewart Tracy Williamson Debbie Wilson WOMENS 35’s: Kylie Crossley Jenni Fielding Donna Fraser  Terri Kronk Kay Lenitschek Joanne Martin Lisa Miller Julie Seward Judith Tynan Vicki Wheatleylast_img read more

Sports Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women

first_imgSports Leadership Grants and Scholarships for WomenThe Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and Australian Government Office for Women are looking to develop the next generation of female leaders in sport. Applications opened on Thursday, 17 March and close on Friday, 29 April 2011 for the 2011-12 round of Sports Leadership Grants and Scholarships for Women. The ASC and Office for Women’s Sports Leadership Grants and Scholarships are offered to inspire and assist women in the sports industry to reach their full potential in leadership, through education and development opportunities.Substantial funding for individuals and organisations is available: Successful grant applicants can receive a one-off Sport Leadership grant of up to $5000 for individuals and up to $10,000 for organisations, and   Successful scholarship applicants can receive up to $10,000 per annum for three years with a Sport Leadership Pathway Scholarship.The ASC invites women from all areas and levels of the Australian sports community to apply, including women involved in sport as managers, administrators, media and communication officers, coaches, officials, and women in sport governance.For more information visit www.ausport.gov.au/women or call 02 6214 1111.Related Filessp_32424_slg_flyer_fa2-pdflast_img read more

Day Two Summary

first_imgThe Australian Men’s Open game against New Zealand was one of the highlights of the day, and lived up to all expectations. Australia got out to an early lead, and nothing separated the teams at half time, locked up at three-all.The second half was just as thrilling as the first, with New Zealand eventually taking the game by one touchdown, 5-4. In the Men’s Open’s earlier games, Australia defeated Scotland 23-2.  The Mixed Open team continued its impressive form on day two, with three big wins. Australia were 20-0 winners over Switzerland in their first game, and defeated Catalonia 18-1 in game two. Game three saw the side up against South Africa, with Australia taking out the game 12-2. The touchdowns kept coming for the Australian Women’s Open team on day two when they met the England Women’s Open team. In their only game of the day, Australia were 16-1 winners. The Men’s 30’s continued on their winning ways on day two, despite a number of injuries in the side. They started their day with a 14-2 win over Japan and were11-4 winners over England on Thursday afternoon. After their win over New Zealand on the first day, the Australian Senior Mixed side continued their winning ways on Thursday, with two wins. The side were 9-4 winners over South Africa in their first game of the day, and defeated England 14-3 in their second game. The Men’s 35’s were also winners in their only game of the day, defeated South Africa 9-3 on Thursday afternoon. The Australian Men’s 40’s made it four wins from their five games so far, with two wins on day two. The Men’s 40’s were 13-0 winners over Ireland, and defeated Wales 18-1. Stay up to date with all of the latest news and information from the 2011 World Cup in the following ways:Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 Twitter:www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus YouTube:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Sports Super Developments

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is affiliated with Sports Super, the superannuation fund designed for all participants within the Australian sports industry.TFA’s members are eligible to join Sports Super – the super fund that is as committed to Touch Football as you, and we invite you to find out more to see if this could be an appropriate superannuation program for you. Sports Super has low fees for all members, is secure and strong – part of Australia’s largest super fund, has a strong and consistent performance history, and is quick and easy to join. Unlike all other fund programs Sports Super pays part of your fees directly back into our great sport. This is a fantastic new revenue opportunity for the sport of Touch Football which will allow us to continue to provide first class training and development programs. Score now with a great, secure, low fee fund with proven returns that uniquely benefits the whole Touch Football community. You may also be able to make some significant super fee savings. TFA advises that interested members should seek independent financial advice. TFA does not represent or warrant current or future financial performance or returns. You should obtain your own independent financial advice on the product.To find out more about this opportunity, email sportssuper@myclubfinancialservices.com.au or visit the website www.sports-super.com.au. A superannuation fee comparison between Sports Super and your existing arrangement can be provided upon request.last_img read more

10 months agoInter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?

first_imgInter Milan coach Spalletti: Icardi and Wanda?by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti doesn’t doubt the commitment of Mauro Icardi.Icardi’s future is again under question over the relationship between Inter and his wife and agent, Wanda Nara.But Spalletti says: “Team not scoring enough barring Icardi? He’s played more and he must be the element that finishes off our moves.“I agree the goals also have to come from other players so we can move further up the table.“Rumours about his renewal? They haven’t created problems. Everyone is thinking about their work and doing well.“The news doesn’t concern what we do on the field and our attitude to stay in the game.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton win

first_imgBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was happy to have Lewis Dunk back for their 1-0 win over Everton.Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoPerez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajax

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Perez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajaxby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax striker Kenneth Perez could see his old club being interested in Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.However, Perez says Ajax would not have the spending power to convince Brighton to sell.”Do you really think they could just pick up a boy like that?” quizzed Perez on FOX Sports.”He played one year in the Premier League at Brighton (in fact two years). He did very well.”What would Brighton not ask for him?”He had a good year at Brighton. There is a good chance that another English club would also be interested. For example, Everton laughs and pays thirty, forty, fifty million euros for a domestic transfer.” last_img read more

20 days agoLiverpool boss Klopp delivers huge Alisson boost

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp delivers huge Alisson boostby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Alisson Becker is ready to return.The Brazilian keeper has been sidelined for seven weeks with a calf tear he suffered as the curtain came up on the new season.But he has trained fully for the last 10 days, and has now returned to squad training, and crucially, Klopp confirmed he has done all the defensive drills with the first team.That is the biggest hint yet that he will make his comeback against Leicester on Saturday, with the manager clearing the way when agreed he could play the keeper with no risks: “It’s different for keepers, yes. Alisson has been training for 10 days, now he is in team training.“If yesterday was his first training session, we would not have to even think about it, but I have to talk. Yesterday he trained with the team for the first time and looked really good.“Ali has been doing all the training already for 10 days and is now team training. He has done important stuff. We could take him out of the general team stuff and do work of much higher intensity than he could do in just a five a side, so he is there.” last_img read more

13 days agoAjax chief Van der Sar: De Ligt just like Juventus teammate Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax chief Van der Sar: De Ligt just like Juventus teammate Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax chief Edwin van der Sar has sung the praises of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt left Ajax for Juve last summer.“His mentality, that of someone who always tries to improve, makes him want to be the best in the world,” the Bianconeri’s former No 1 told ESPN.“I’ve already seen some players like him. One of them plays for his own team and it’s Cristiano Ronaldo.“I played with him at Manchester United and saw the same desire to work hard and be the best.“He has the same desire and hunger as De Ligt. Matthijs is only 19 years old. He was fantastic with us at Ajax: he was our rock and captain.“In Italy he must learn a new language, he must get to know his new teammates. “Chiellini’s injury helped him get into the team right away but maybe put more pressure on his shoulders.” last_img read more

4-Star LB Ellis Brooks Announces Decommitment From Duke On Twitter

first_imgEllis Brooks' decommitment from Duke.This past March, Duke football scored a huge get, landing the services of four-star linebacker Ellis Brooks. Friday, Brooks announced that he’s changed his mind. Brooks, a product of Richmond, Virginia, took to Twitter to decommit from the Blue Devils – thanking the team’s coaching staff in the process.Brooks is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound player for the class of 2017, according to 247 Sports. Hereby reopening my recruitment after careful consideration with my family pic.twitter.com/wcKlhEidkX— Ellis Brooks (@EllisBrooks35) May 20, 2016Brooks currently has offers from over a dozen schools, including Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.last_img

Gimenez hopes ‘partner’ Godin stays at Atleti

first_imgJose Gimenez hopes to be able to play alongside Diego Godin at Atletico Madrid for a long time as the veteran defender continues to be linked with Inter.Godin is out of contract at the end of the season and the Uruguay centre-back has been tipped to join Serie A outfit Inter in July.The 32-year-old, who turned down a move to Premier League giants Manchester United at the start of the campaign, has called Atletico home since arriving from LaLiga rivals Villarreal in 2010. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And Gimenez wants international and club team-mate Godin to remain in the Spanish capital.”There is a lot of talk of team-mates and I want everyone to do well in their careers,” Gimenez said following Atletico’s 1-1 draw at Girona in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday.”But I want them with me because they are great players and we need them.”I hope everyone stays, I love them all personally. The club also loves them and will do their best for everyone. I hope Diego is my partner for a long time.”Gimenez is not alone in wanting to Godin to stay with Atleti either.  | PRESS CONFERENCE  @JoseMaGimenez13 analyses our 1-1 draw against @GironaFC   https://t.co/fRtguQ9CnN #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/yEDzXZSNal — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) January 9, 2019 Ahead of Wednesday’s match midfielder Koke also backed the defender to stay on, saying he believes the club will be able to reach an agreement with the Uruguayan and that Godin would want to stay around. “Godin? I think he will want to stay on with us,” he told Marca . “He will have to talk with the club but I am sure they will find an agreement. “Many clubs are interested in Atletico Madrid players, it is also up to the player to choose.” Godin played a major part in Atletico’s La Liga triumph in 2013-14 and had been regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe as part of Diego Simeone’s side.  Atletico, having earned 1-1 draws in each of their first two matches of 2019, return to the pitch Sunday to take on Levante in La Liga.last_img read more

‘I just want to play football’ – Sancho keen on Dortmund stay

first_imgJadon Sancho has admitted that he has no plans to leave Borussia Dortmund any time soon amid speculation that he would make a swift return to England.The 18-year-old has hit the ground running since his arrival in Germany, lighting up the Bundesliga with his quick feet and trickery as well as scoring seven goals and providing 10 assists for his new team-mates across all competitions.The youngster’s success with Dortmund led to an England call-up for the starlet, leading many fans to wonder how quickly a Premier League side would move for his services. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? For Sancho, though, he is right where he needs to be, learning the language, culture and footballing style of a new country as he continues his rapid progression.Asked by reporters if he plans to stay in the Bundesliga, he said: “I will. I just want to play football and I’m getting that opportunity here. I’m happy right now.“[The language barrier] worried me quite a lot, but when I came and everyone started speaking English I got more comfortable. My German isn’t the best but I’m learning, I have to learn.“I’ve adapted really well. Obviously when I first came it was a bit difficult because I’m not around the corner from my house. But my family have helped me with that – and the club also.Jadon Sancho Borussia Dortmund 2018-19“Going abroad wasn’t really a big deal. Since I was young I’ve always been away from home so I was comfortable. I thought ‘why not Germany?’ and look what’s happened now.“There were some people that said they weren’t really sure because it’s a big step moving away from home and everyone that I’m close to but I think it’s worked out really well.”Sitting at the top of the Bundesliga, four points ahead of Bayern Munich, Lucien Favre’s side continue to produce good results on a consistent basis and have fans dreaming of their first league title since 2011-12.Despite the gap, however, Sancho is keen not to slow down, knowing that taking their foot off the gas could see Bayern swiftly take advantage.“My aim for the second half of the season is just to maintain and try to get points because we know Bayern are right behind us and other teams are looking to take points off us,” he said.“We just need to keep on working hard. Obviously last season wasn’t the best season for us so we knew that this season we had to prove a point to our fans.“It was a stage that we just weren’t at our best – now we are and we’re top of the league. Everyone gives their best – we fight til the end.”last_img read more

Mia Khalifa includes Mooy in her list of fave footballers

first_imgAustralian midfielder Aaron Mooy has a fan in Mia Khalifa with the former adult film actress listing the Huddersfield Town star as one of her favourite footballers.Khalifa, who is a mad West Ham supporter, revealed her admiration for the 28-year-old Socceroo, alongside legends David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane.She likened Mooy to Toronto Raptors NBA star Kawhi Leonard who also shies away from media but is the most vital part of his team. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “[Aaron Mooy] is like the Kawhi Leonard of football. He acts like him – he’s kind of camera shy, he’s a little goofy but you never see it,” Khalifa told Arsenal Fan TV.”I don’t know, he reminds me of him. Kawhi Leonard is a good guy.”Mooy is currently out injured until the start of February with a knee complaint and is missing Australia’s Asian Cup title defence in the UAE.Huddersfield could use green and gold playmaker’s talent currently as they sit bottom of the table in the Premier League – eight points adrift from safety with 16 games to play.The ex-Melbourne City midfielder joined Huddersfield on loan from Manchester City in 2016 before making the move permanent a year later. He’s gone on to make 105 total appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.Huddersfield’s coach David Wagner resigned on Monday despite snapping an eight-game league losing streak with a draw in their last match at Cardiff City.last_img read more

Brazil gets Peru in Copa America draw

first_imgReigning Copa America champions Chile have been drawn with Uruguay in Group C of the Copa America, while Brazil has been placed with Peru and Argentina is in with Colombia in the 2019 edition of CONMEBOL’s regional tournament.The 2019 tournament is back in South America after the 2016 edition, the centennial Copa America, took place in the United States.Brazil, who did not advance out of the group stage in the Copa America Centenario, are this year’s hosts for the 12-team event, which features all the nations of CONMEBOL along with two guest participants –  AFC nations Japan and Qatar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The hosts will have a purely South American affair in Group A, as the Selecao have been matched up with Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela.It marks the third straight Copa America where Brazil and Peru have been matched up in the group stages, with Brazil topping their foursome in 2015 only for Peru to return the favour a year later.Venezuela, will be aiming to make it two straight Copa Americas where they advanced to the knockout stages, having done so in 2016.Meanwhile, Argentina, finalists in the last two Copa Americas only to lose on penalties to Chile each time, face Colombia in what will be one of the top matches of the group stage.La Albiceleste, who can expect to welcome Lionel Messi back into the fold in March, will also meet Paraguay, under former Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, and guest nation Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 World Cup. Despite being one in Pot 1 with Brazil and Uruguay for the draw, Argentina may face a tough road to top the group against a Colombia side that finished third in the 2016 edition and were bounced on penalties by England in the 2018 World Cup.While Argentina dealt with disappointment in Russia, for Chile, this will be the first major international tournament since the 2016 Copa America Centenario, having failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Looking to make it three-straight regional titles, Chile has been placed in Group C with Uruguay in what may be the top matchup of the group stage.Ecuador and guest nation Japan are the other two nations in Group C. The Copa America group stage will get underway on June 14, with the final taking place on July 7 at the Maracana.last_img read more

Ayoze Perez drops Newcastle exit hint

first_imgAyoze Perez has suggested that a “long summer” could lead him away from Newcastle, with the Spanish forward offering no guarantees amid links to the likes of Tottenham and Valencia.The 25-year-old has spent five years in English football, with the 2018-19 campaign proving to be his most productive to date.He delivered a personal best 13 goals to the Magpies’ cause, sparking talk of a potential first senior international call-up. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? With his efforts attracting inertest from afar, Perez conceded that he would like to test himself in La Liga at some stage.It could be that the summer of 2019 sees him take on that challenge, though he could remain in the Premier League either in his current surroundings or at a domestic rival.Perez is reluctant to be drawn into a debate on what could happen, but has kept the exit door open by telling the Shields Gazette: “It’s something that I cannot say right now. You cannot guarantee it.“We’ll see. It’s going to be a long summer. Obviously, there’s going to be a day where you make a decision.”It depends on many things. Let’s see what happens. Obviously, this place is always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. We’ll see what happens.”Perez is pleased with the progress he has made since linking up with Newcastle.Ayoze PerezHe was a highly-rated youngster when leaving Tenerife in 2014, but admits he was stepping into the unknown when swapping the Canary Islands for Tyneside.“I didn’t know what was coming. I have no idea, to be honest,” Perez added.“But what I know is that I cannot thank Newcastle enough – the city, the club, everything around – for what they have given me.“I say again, I wasn’t even a professional. I came to a different world, and I cannot thank Newcastle enough for what they gave me.”It’s been five unbelievable years, ups and downs, unforgettable moments, bad moments, but it’s part of the process that made me a better footballer and person.“Obviously, it’s always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. This place, this city, this club – everything is going to be in my heart forever.”While hinting at a switch elsewhere, Perez concedes he will find it difficult to drag himself away from St James’ Park.He added: “Yes, that’s something that’s always in [my] mind.“This kind of environment … you don’t see it in many places. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be a long summer, whatever can happen. I cannot guarantee anything, but we’ll see.“It’s time to rest, to enjoy and be with my family and friends. We’ll see.”last_img read more

Arsenal hit out at ‘unacceptable’ Osei-Tutu racial abuse

first_imgArsenal have hit out at the ‘unacceptable racial abuse’ that Jordi Osei-Tutu suffered during his debut for German side VfL Bochum on Tuesday night.The Gunners right-back is on loan with Bochum and was making his first start for his new club during a pre-season friendly against Swiss side St. Gallen.But he was left distraught following an incident with an opposing player just before half-time and left the pitch in tears, before eventually coming back out to continue the game. Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare The video of the incident, which shows Osei-Tutu inconsolable on the pitch, has been spread on social media and Arsenal, Bochum and the player himself have now responded by issuing joint statements.Arsenal said: “Last night Jordi Osei-Tutu received unacceptable racial abuse playing for VfL Bochum during a pre-season friendly match against Swiss club St Gallen.“We are working closely with Bochum and Jordi and we are giving him our full support. “Racism has no place in our game and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.”Osei-Tutu joined Bochum last week and will spend the full 2019-2020 campaign on loan with the Bundesliga 2 outfit.A statement released by the German club said: “Jordi Osei-Tutu was unfortunately the victim of a racist incident during a pre-season friendly between FC St. Gallen and VfL Bochum 1848.“VfL Bochum 1848, Jordi Osei-Tutu and his parent club, Arsenal, are in close coordination to deal with this incident. Both clubs, VfL and Arsenal, stand by Jordi Osei-Tutu and assure him of their full support.Freddie Ljungberg Jordi Osei-Tutu“We do not tolerate any form of discrimination. Racism has no place in our game.”Osei-Tutu was inundated with messages of support on social media following the incident on Tuesday night, both from team-mates and from fans who had seen the video.And in a statement of his own, the 20-year-old defender admitted he was left stunned at the treatment he received from a fellow player.“I am very disappointed about what happened,” he said.“No one should ever be subject to any discrimination and it is really hard to understand how a fellow professional footballer could do this.“Arsenal and Bochum have provided great support to me and I hope that if nothing else, we can show that racism has no place within football.”Bochum will now continue dialogue with St. Gallen over the incident in a bid to ensure further action is taken.But a statement released by the Swiss club suggests they do not feel any further action is necessary, following talks with the player involved in the incident.”St. Gallen would like to make it clear the club condemns every form of racism or discrimination,” said the statement. “Any such behaviour will be punished.”Our players treat each other with respect regardless of origins, skin colour or religion. The player who was involved in the incident has assured the club’s hierarchy that he stuck to the club’s philosophy in yesterday’s game against Bochum.”last_img read more

‘It’s finished’ – Lennon insists Tierney move to Arsenal is off

first_imgCeltic manager Neil Lennon has said that in his eyes, left-back Kieran Tierney’s transfer to Arsenal is off.The Gunners have made multiple bids for the 22-year-old, with the club’s improved £25 million ($31m) bid rejected last week. Though many have expected a deal to eventually get done, Lennon believes that the Scotland international will not be moving to the Emirates this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “The deal, as 
far as I’m aware, is not happening,” Lennon said. “We are delighted about that and it’s just a question of appeasing his mind now.“As far as I am aware, it is finished. I don’t know if Arsenal are going to meet our valuation. So it is 
basically as you were.”Lennon has admitted that a transfer falling through could be difficult for Tierney to accept, as the left-back has more than proven himself worthy of a move to a bigger league.The Hoops boss knows that if Tierney does stick around, he’ll have a difficult job to get him refocused as Celtic chase a ninth consecutive Scottish title. “That may be difficult for Kieran to get his head around – or he comes back to the fold and gets on with things.“I’ll have to speak to him and I’m sure the club will as well. But it may rumble on as well, I don’t know.”Though Lennon attempted to shut down Tierney’s move to Arsenal, he admitted that nothing would be completely settled until after the Premier League transfer window closes on August 8.“Until the window closes, we can’t relax 
and I’m sure Kieran 
can’t either,” Lennon said. Lennon also shut the door on a rumoured incoming move, with former Leicester City full-back Danny Simpson not coming to Parkhead.“That [Simpson] is not happening,” Lennon said. “We are down the line with one player, so he is going through the medical process.”last_img read more

Solskjaer: Man United’s pre-season wins mean nothing

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer insisted Manchester United’s pre-season results meant nothing as they look ahead to their Premier League opener.United have won all five of their friendlies this summer, posting victories against Perth Glory, Leeds, Inter, Tottenham and Kristiansund.But Solskjaer, ahead of a clash with AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, said the results were irrelevant ahead of his side’s first game of the 2019-20 campaign against Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 11. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “We’ve been very pleased with it. It’s been nice seeing the boys come back to pre-season in good shape,” he told talkSPORT on Thursday.”But then again, no points have been handed out, and it doesn’t really matter when Chelsea come to Old Trafford on 11th August.”Solskjaer added: “We need to improve and we need to be better. The more we improve and the more we get better, the bigger the chance we can challenge for trophies at the end of the season.”These boys have shown their capabilities. If we just stay level-headed, I can see us improving a lot.Solskjaer helped the Premier League giants briefly turn their form around last term after replacing Jose Mourinho at the helm in December.The Red Devils won 15 of his first 17 matches in charge across all competitions, restoring the feel-good factor around Old Trafford for a brief period.However, United won just two of their final nine league games of the season, finishing sixth in the table and failing to qualify for the Champions League.Solskjaer, confirmed as permanent manager on a three-year deal in March, feels the difficult campaign eventually took its toll on his players.”Football is an emotional game. It’s always difficult when a new manager has to come in and the previous one loses his job, but the players handled it well over the summer and they’ve come back really fit and sharp,” he said.”I know how fine the margins are in football and how easily things can go from good to bad. It’s a mental game, it’s all in the head.”We didn’t handle the ups and the downs well enough, we know that. That would be down to mental tiredness because it was a draining season for everyone, but we’ll be better this year.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more