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Blues unhappy with Matic ruling

first_img Matic was sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after the Burnley striker had caught the Serbian high on his shin with a late tackle during Saturday’s 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge. The FA’s independent regulatory commission reduced Matic’s three-game ban by one match on appeal on Tuesday evening, but Chelsea were unhappy with the outcome, insisting that the 26-year-old had been “unjustly punished”. “The Chelsea Football Club Board is extremely disappointed and frustrated that the FA Regulatory Commission has today decided not to reduce Nemanja Matic’s suspension to the maximum extent permitted under FA rules,” a statement posted on the Blues’ website, headlined ‘Chelsea FC appalled with the FA’s decision on Matic’, read. “Chelsea FC challenged the standard three-match suspension which automatically followed the red card issued to Matic by referee Martin Atkinson during Saturday’s Premier League match against Burnley. “There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge made by Ashley Barnes on Matic and it is the club’s view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle. “It is Chelsea’s opinion that referees and the football authorities must do more to protect players at all levels of the game from dangerous challenges. This decision also clearly demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process.” Matic will miss Sunday’s Capital One final against Tottenham and next Wednesday’s Premier League encounter at West Ham. The defensive midfielder will be available for Chelsea’s Champions League last-16 return leg against Paris St Germain at Stamford Bridge on March 11 and could return to domestic duty four days later as the league leaders host Southampton. The FA’s decision not to rescind Matic’s red card is likely to irk Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who defended Matic’s reaction and branded Barnes’ challenge as ”criminal” while appearing on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme. The FA announced on Monday that Barnes would face no disciplinary action for his challenge , but Mourinho told the programme that he thought Barnes’ tackle was at least as bad as the one against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg that earned striker Diego Costa a three-game ban last month. ”I would like to know how do you, Sky Sports, describe the actions of the Burnley player yesterday? My English is not good enough to find a word,” said Mourinho. ”When you think ‘Diego crimes’ after he puts his boot on a hand, when this is ‘Diego crimes’, the minimum you have to say is ‘criminal tackle’ (by Barnes). ”When Diego Costa has a three-match ban, probably three matches to Matic…tell me how many matches this player deserves?” Mourinho’s comments about Barnes’ tackle prompted Burnley manager Sean Dyche to defend his player in an interview aired on Burnley TV on Monday night. ”When moments like that occur, it’s very rare there is not a reaction to that moment in the stadium,” Dyche said. ”Look at the reaction from a bunch of expert footballers from the Chelsea side – the likes of John Terry, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic – big, strong boys who are on right top of this moment. ”Jose Mourinho has a similar view to me, the crowd behind me, circa 15,000, no-one reacts. In live time no-one reacts except Matic. ”After the event, with hindsight and slow motion, statements like ‘criminal tackle’ are being used. I find that hard to adjust to.” Dyche also believes Barnes’ tackle was not malicious, but instead a natural movement of his leg after the forward failed to complete a pass. ”After the event of course, it looks an ugly challenge,” Dyche said. ”Ashley Barnes tried to play the ball down to Dave Jones behind him, his momentum and the pendulum motion of his leg swings up through the ball. ”Matic is late getting there – not in a vicious way – but that means his (Barnes’) leg pendulums through and hits him on the shin.” Press Association Chelsea are “appalled” and “frustrated” that Nemanja Matic still has to serve a ban after the Football Association reduced the midfielder’s three-game violent conduct suspension to two matches.last_img read more

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DSWV appeal to see change in German betting regulation

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles The German Betting Association (DSWV) has made an appeal to the government regarding the terms of the latest Gambling Treaty Amendment. This forms a part of the lengthy and ongoing battle to reform and better regulate sports betting in Germany. The amendment to the State Treaty provides the introduction of a quality approval system for sports betting providers. This followed the 2012 move which introduced a licensing procedure for up to 20 sports betting companies; this was immediately criticised by a number of people in and around the industry and it ultimately failed.DSWV president Mathias Dahms commented: “The minimally invasive revision of the treaty is a small step in the right direction, but it falls short. The restrictive regulations for sports betting operators derive from an outdated monopoly system and have not been capable of creating an attractive and legal range of games. “If a number of consumers continue to make use of black market products, then neither addiction nor youth and consumer protection can be ensured.”In short, Dahms is stating that the regulation needs to reflect the social realities that take place in sports betting, and that limiting it to a reduced amount of operators is dangerous. It’s far safer for everyone involved to properly regulate it and not to limit the market in such a drastic fashion, as this leaves a space for and encourages shady and illegal operators.  Dahms continued: “We are only at the beginning of a much-needed reform process. The present regulations are out of date in many areas. The test orders decided by the Prime Minister concerning the development of the regulation certainly help, but require the involvement of the companies concerned. ”There needs to be an open dialogue going forward, and the DSWV wishes to play a central role in the evaluation process. Dahms noted: “The experience of our members in other European countries shows that successful regulation exists only where providers and authorities cooperate confidently and work together for the environment. We are available at any time for this type of co-operation.” Share Share Submitlast_img read more

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Feds looking at former USC star, AD Pat Haden in college admissions scandal, report says

first_imgFederal investigators are looking into any alleged involvement Pat Haden, former Southern California athletics director and star quarterback, had in the national college admissions scandal, according to The Wall Street Journal.Investigators are questioning ties Haden had with William Singer, who was the alleged organizer of a cheating scheme that altered test scores that helped students get into universities. Athletic officials were accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars to help students get into schools like USC, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown and Wake Forest, disguising them as recruits.  North Carolina coach Mack Brown has knee surgery done by former player The WSJ noted, citing an unidentified source, that Haden introduced Singer to former USC senior associate athletics director Donna Heinel and said Singer would be “someone Ms. Heinel should work with” because of his connections.In response to the report, USC released a statement (via USA Today) acknowledging the school is still conducting an internal investigation and it “will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement and regulatory investigations. Ensuring the integrity of the admissions process remains a top priority of university leadership.”According to court documents released in March, the scheme centered around a California-based non-profit called the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) founded by Singer. Vikings COO Kevin Warren becomes Big Ten’s first African American commissioner Officials said parents, including several celebrities such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, paid Singer “approximately $25 million” from 2011 to February 2019 “to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories, in violation of the duty of honest services the coaches and administrators owed to their employers, thereby facilitating the children’s admission to the universities.” Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud and obstruction of justice.After news of the scandal broke, USC parted ways with four members of its athletics department: Heinel, women’s soccer coaches Ali Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, and men’s and women’s water polo coach Jovan Vavic. Haden hasn’t been charged for any part of the scandal and just recently become a person of interest in the case, the WSJ reported. Haden wrote in a statement provided to the Journal through his son-in-law: “Like many people, I was introduced to Mr. Singer several years ago by a friend. I was unaware of his illegal activities and had no ongoing relationship with him whatsoever.” Related News SEC will allow stadiums, arenas to sell alcohol beginning this seasonlast_img read more

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Dzumhur among the 56 best Tennis Players

first_imgThe latest ATP list was published yesterday and it has a great importance. Apart from the fact that Đoković set a new record in the number of points (16.950), yesterday’s list is also showing who is going to the Olympic Games in Rio.The best 56 tennis players on the rankings who meet conditions for competing in the Olympic Games are going to Rio de Janeiro.Conditions are quite simple. Four players from one country can perform in a single, and players must be members of the Davis Cup three times in the past four years.Among the 56 players who entered the Olympics with yesterday’s rankings is Damir Džumhur, and remaining eight places in the tournament will be taken by tennis players who will be invited.Thirty six of the tennis players who are better positioned than Džumhur on the ATP rankings (Džumhur is 87th) will not go to the Olympics. Four of them quit the tournament while 31 of them do not meet condition for the number of competitors from one country or they lack performances in the Davis Cup. Aljaž Bedene does not have the right to compete because he changed sports citizenship during the Olympic cycle.Tennis players who are better positioned than Džumhur but will not go to Rio are: Rafael Nadal (4th), Dominic Thiem (6th, quit), John Isner (17th, quit), Nick Kyrgios (17th, quit), Kevin Anderson (19th), Feliciano Lopez (22nd, quit), Bernard Tomić (23rd, quit), Benoit Paire (25th), Jack Sock (27th, quit), Ivo Karlović (28th, quit), Lucas Pouille (29th), Albert Ramos-Vinolas (32nd), Jeremy Chardy (33rd), Aleksandar Zverev (38th), Steve Johnson (39th), Pablo Carreno Busta (43rd), Marcel Granollers (45th), Nicolas Almagro (47th), Nicolas Mahut (49th), Giudo Pella (50th), Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (53rd ), Adrian Mannarino (55th), Denis Kudla (56th), Aljaž Bedene (58th, has no right to perform), Ernests Gulbis (59th), Paul-Henri Mathieu (60th), Taylor Fritz (65th), John Millman (66th), Rajeev Ram (72nd), Inigo Cervantes (75th), Mihail Južni (76th), Pierre-Hugues Herbert (79th), Tommy Robredo (81st), Rogerio Dutra Silva (83rd), Kyle Edmund (84th) and Dustin Brown (86th).Here is the list of all players who ensured performance in the Olympic Games:1 Novak Đoković2 Andy Murray3 Roger Federer4 Stanislas Wawrinka5 Kei Nishikori6 Tomaš Berdych7 Miloš Raonić8 Richard Gasquet9 David Goffin10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga11 Marin Čilić12 David Ferrer13 Gael Monfils14 Roberto Bautista Agut15 Giles Simon16 Viktor Troicki17 Pablo Cuevas18 Phillipp Kohlschreiber19 Aleksandr Dolgopolov20 Joao Sousa21 Fabio Fognini22 Federico Delbonis23 Grigor Dimitrov24 Sam Querrey25 Andreas Seppi26 Marcos Baghdatis27 Andrej Kuznjecov28 Gilles Muller29 Vašek Pospišil30 Borna Ćorić31 Martin Kližan32 Fernando Verdasco33 Ričardas Berankis34 Paolo Lorenzi35 Mihail Kukuškin36 Thomaz Belucci37 Malek Jaziri38 Denis Istomin39 Jiri Vesely40 Dudi Sela41 Diego Schwartzmann42 Ivan Dodig43 Lukaš Rosol44 Ilija Marčenko45 Donald Young46 Jevgenij Donskoj47 Victor Estrella Burgos48 Dušan Lajović49 Robin Haase50 Leonardo Mayer51 Damir Džumhur52 Gastao Elias53 Daniel Evans54 Tejmuraz Gabašvili55 Lu Yen-Shun56 Karen Hačanov(Source: klix.ba/photo: kameleon.ba)last_img read more

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