Man Utd Cleared in Pogba Deal

first_imgFIFA has cleared Manchester United but opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus over Paul Pogba’s world record transfer, football’s governing body announced yesterday.The France midfielder returned to United in a deal worth more than $111 million in August 2016 from the Italian giants.In May, FIFA began an inquiry into the move, requesting information about the headline transfer from United. But in a statement FIFA confirmed that while United was in the clear of any wrongdoing, it was taking action against Juventus.“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC.“We can also confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United,” the statement said.It added: “As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”Pogba’s move came under particular scrutiny amid reports the player’s agent Mino Raiola would earn some 49 million euros from the deal.Raiola is suspected of a conflict of interest, as he was at the time agent for Pogba, Juventus and Manchester United.In May, French website Mediapart, quoting the Football Leaks documents, claimed: “Pogba in reality cost 127 million euros to Manchester United with 49 millions going into Raiola’s pockets and only 78 millions into Juve’s bank account.”According to the investigative site, Raiola “didn’t appear to let Manchester United know that he was also working for Juventus,” an arrangement that is outlawed under English rules.Pogba, 24, started his career with United but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.Pogba appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament’s best young player.Pogba’s performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.Last season he helped propel United to a first ever Europa League title, scoring in his team’s 2-0 victory over Ajax in Stockholm on May 25.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Mercedes to race in black cars for 2020 F1 season

first_imgMercedes will run a new black livery in Formula 1 in 2020 as a signal of their commitment to greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport.Silver had been the company’s colour scheme in racing since the 1930s.Mercedes said the Black Lives Matter movement had “shone a searching light on how much we need new measures and actions in the fight against racism”.Lewis Hamilton called it an “important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business”.Mercedes F1 team said in a statement that “just 3% of our workforce identify as belonging to minority ethnic groups and only 12% of our employees are women.“This lack of diversity shows that we need to find new approaches to attract talent from many areas of society we do not currently reach.” The team will also launch a diversity and inclusion programme that will include raising awareness, analysis of their recruitment programme, collaboration with F1 stakeholders on accessibility and education initiatives.Mercedes F1 team principal Toto Wolff said: “Racism and discrimination have no place in our society, our sport or our team: this is a core belief at Mercedes.“But having the right beliefs and the right mindset isn’t enough if we remain silent.“We wish to use our voice and our global platform to speak up for respect and equality, and the Silver Arrow will race in black for the entire 2020 season to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport.“We will not shy away from our weaknesses in this area, nor from the progress we must still make; our livery is our public pledge to take positive action.” Six-time world champion Hamilton has announced he is setting up a commission in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering to promote black participation in motorsport.He added: “It’s so important that we seize this moment and use it to educate ourselves, whether you are an individual, brand or company to make real meaningful changes when it comes to ensuring equality and inclusivity.“I have personally experienced racism in my life and seen my family and friends experience racism, and I am speaking from the heart when I appeal for change.“When I spoke to Toto about my hopes for what we could achieve as a team, I said it was so important that we stand united.“I would like to say a huge thank you to Toto and the Mercedes board for taking the time to listen, to talk, and to really understand my experiences and passion, and for making this important statement that we are willing to change and improve as a business. “We want to build a legacy that goes beyond sport, and if we can be the leaders and can start building more diversity within our own business, it will send such a strong message and give others the confidence to begin a dialogue about how they can implement change.”last_img read more

DONEGAL JUST TOO GOOD FOR POOR KERRY SIDE

first_imgRoss Wherity in action for Donegal against Kerry todayDONEGAL 1-12, KERRY 0-06 DONEGAL weren’t at their best here in Ballybofey today – but they were too good for a poor Kerry side in this Division One clash.And the visitors task after trailing by five points at half-time was made much harder after Kerry’s Tomás Ó Sé was sent off by referee Derek Fahy in the 42nd minute for kicking out at Ryan McHugh.Donegal dominated proceedings in the first half, storming into an early lead. Michael Murphy fired home a penalty after just six minutes, making up for the one he missed against Tyrone in Omagh a week ago.Murphy also fired over a point, with scores from McBrearty and McFadden.Donegal should have had a second penalty, but the referee waved away the appeals.Kerry did managed three points, against the run of play in the first half with Brosnan one of the few players showing any sort of form. Leo McLoone and Neil Gallagher joined Murphy in adding some excellent scores early in the second half to push Donegal 1-08 to 0-03 ahead before Rory Kavanagh pointed instead of going for goal to extend the lead to nine points.It was the 18th minute of the second half before Kerry could score again, Darren O’Sullivan with the point.Michael Murphy added his third point of the day from a free after being hauled to the ground to extend the lead again to 1-10 to 0-04 before adding his fourth a couple of minutes later to put Donegal ten points ahead.Matthew Smyth joined the fray for Donegal, replacing Rory Kavanagh as Jim McGuinness took advantage of Donegal’s superiority.Kieran O’Leary was then denied a goal after a superb save by Paul Durcan before Johnny Buckley finally scored Kerry’s fifth point to reduce the deficit. And Durcan was the hero against five minutes from the end when he pulled off a fantastic save from a penalty.Ciaran Donaghey was pulled down in the box but Durcan denied O’Leary again; this time from the spot.Buckley hit a point soon after – only for Murphy to score again to take his tally to 1-05.It was a decent display from Donegal against an under-strength Kerry team. Donegal: Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamonn McGee; Anthony Thompson, Frank McGlynn, Ryan McHugh; Rory Kavanagh (0-01) Neil Gallagher (0-01); Ross Wherity, Leo McLoone (0-02), Ryan Bradley (0-01); Patrick McBrearty (0-01), Michael Murphy (1-05, 1-00 pen, 0-02f), Colm McFadden (0-01, 0-01f).Subs used: Martin McElhinney for Wherity (53 mins), Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy for McBrearty (55), Matthew Smyth for Kavanagh (60); Gary McFadden for Gallagher (65).Kerry: Brendan Kealy; Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony, Shane McEnright; Tomás Ó Sé (0-01), Killian Young, Peter Crowley; Kieran Donaghy, Eoin Brosnan (0-01); Jonathan Lyne, Donnchadh Walsh, Johnny Buckley (0-03, 0-02f); James O’Donoghue, Darran O’Sullivan (0-01), Michael Geary.Subs used: Brian McGuire for M Ó Sé (28 mins, inj), Fionn Fitzgerald for J O’Donoghue (47), Jack Sherwood for Crowley (53), Kieran O’Leary for O’Sullivan (60), Andrew Garnett for Donaghy (69, inj).DONEGAL JUST TOO GOOD FOR POOR KERRY SIDE was last modified: March 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL JUST TOO GOOD FOR POOR KERRY SIDElast_img read more