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« Last post by xiaolan on September 22, 2017, 11:16:55 PM »
One of Mark Sampson’s former rivals for the England manager’s job has said rumours of his inappropriate relationships with female players at Bristol Academy were “common knowledge” in the women’s game before he was appointed.
Keith Boanas, now Watford Ladies coach, said he “cannot believe” those who recruited Sampson in December 2013 had not heard concerns about the 34-year-old’s conduct at Bristol where he was first a development coach and later managed the first team. Pressure is mounting on the Football Association’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, technical director, Dan Ashworth, and other senior figures at the governing body to explain how Sampson remained in such a high-profile role for almost four years. The FA has also been heavily criticised for its handling of allegations made by the England striker Eni Aluko about bullying and racism, first revealed in the Guardian, during Sampson’s reign.
The Welshman’s contract was terminated this week after Glenn apparently became aware of the “full detail” of safeguarding allegations made against Sampson in March 2014. Glenn arrived as the FA chief executive in May 2015 and said this week he became aware of the report in October of that year and saw the full version only last week.
But Boanas, who was overlooked for the England job, said the claims were in effect an open secret. “They were common knowledge,” he told the Guardian. “It reverberated around the game and I was told of specific things on numerous occasions. If they weren’t substantiated rumours, Brian Propp Youth Jersey then they may have gone: ‘OK we’re going to go with you’ but to come out now and say: ‘It’s only just come to light’ is hard to believe. I’m married to a player I coached but ours is a serious relationship and we’ve always kept our private life away from football.”
Boanas, who is married to the former England goalkeeper Pauline Cope-Boanas, said the FA abandoned the criteria it stated were necessary for the job of manager in order to appoint Sampson. “They said the candidate must have a professional licence and international experience but Mark had neither.”
Mo Marley, the head coach of England women’s Under-19s and Marieanne Spacey, http://www.officialflyersteamonline.com/Brayden_Schenn_Jersey England women’s player and coach developer, have emerged as leading contenders to replace Sampson as first team manager. Boanas believes the FA will deliberately seek out a woman for the job and that male coaches may all be tarred with the same brush in future.
“I certainly think with the situation with Mark they’ll go more towards a female coach because that’s considered safe,” said Boanas, “but that’s almost sexist in another way to assume that just because it’s a female coach that the same thing can’t happen.”
Ashworth sat on the four-strong panel that recruited Sampson along with the then technical director, Sir Trevor Brooking, Club England’s managing director, Adrian Bevington, and Kelly Simmons, then national game and women’s football director. Ashworth is the most senior current employee who worked for the FA through the entire relevant period. Jose Juan Barea Womens Jersey He will be called on by parliament’s culture, media and sport select committee to explain why the FA continued to employ Sampson after safeguarding concerns were first raised.
The details of the full report remained confidential after it was decided Sampson did not pose a safeguarding risk and was ordered to undergo an education course.
Glenn said it was only because external figures approached the governing body in the wake of the http://www.mavericksteamonline.com/Jose_Barea_Jersey Aluko furore and urged him to look at the full detail of the Bristol allegations that he requested the full version of the 2015 report.
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 22, 2017, 05:43:28 PM »
Martin Glenn, the Football Association’s heavily criticised chief executive, faces further embarrassment after admitting the organisation deliberately chose a black woman to investigate the Mark Sampson race allegations – without apparently realising the FA’s lawyers had already sent a letter to the Guardian warning such a claim was “plainly false”.
Glenn, one of the executives most under scrutiny after Sampson’s sudden sacking on Wednesday, promised he would offer a personal apology to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence if the controversial and reopened independent inquiry found that the now‑deposed England women’s manager had made racial comments to the two players.
However, Glenn also went on to say he had made it a condition to have a woman who is not white in charge of the inquiry, without appearing to realise that the FA’s solicitors, Farrer & Co, had written to the Guardian on 25 August to say that any suggestion that it had deliberately chosen a black woman would be inaccurate and construed as a personal attack. “That suggestion is plainly false and categorically rejected,” it read.
In an even more strongly worded letter, Huston Street Authentic Jersey the same legal firm followed that up on Thursday by saying that the colour of Katharine Newton’s skin had been “utterly irrelevant” in the selection process and only an issue for those who did not understand, or wished to undermine, the investigation.
Yet the FA’s inability to get its stories straight resurfaced when Glenn agreed to face the Guardian’s questions about the criticisms of the initial internal review – carried out by the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, and the human resources director, Rachel Brace – in the face of criticism from the Professional Footballers’ Association that it was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “a sham which was not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson”.
Glenn defended his colleagues http://www.officialangelsproshop.com/Garrett_Richards_JerseyJohn Riggins Authentic Jersey I feel good about doing that. You can pick holes but I’m not going to get into a ‘he said, she said’ about why some things were raised. You can deal only with complaints that get raised, not total hearsay. It was a full investigation.”
Glenn and his top-level colleagues, in particular Ashworth and the chairman, Greg Clarke, are under scrutiny after Sampson’s dismissal and being forced to admit they had never fully looked into the safeguarding investigation surrounding a complaint about his behaviour and relationship with players at Bristol Academy, his previous job.
With the FA still under pressure to resolve the escalating story involving Aluko and Spence, Newton’s investigation has led to criticism from, among others, Kick It Out, the PFA and Women in Football. Glenn, http://www.footballredskinsprostore.com/Darrell_Green_Jersey_Cheap however, appeared to indicate that Spence was at fault for not coming forward earlier. “If someone has had something said to them, the thing you would expect them to do is raise a complaint. The specifics of that complaint could then be dealt with. If you worked your whole life on hearsay, you’d never be able to run a classroom let alone the Football Association.”
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 21, 2017, 06:55:48 PM »
The circumstances might have been low-key compared to Wenger-Ferguson duels of old, but the second generation of a legendary footballing family did his upmost to ensure it was an edgy, vehemently competed affair as Arsenal squeaked past Doncaster Rovers. Darren Ferguson’s team gave Arsenal a fright as a contest that looked relatively comfortable in the first half turned into a nail-biter.
The Carabao Cup might not be a priority – the lowest recorded crowd since Arsenal moved to the Emirates of 44,064 attested to a certain lack of enthusiasm in north London – but Doncaster and their merry followers were able to admire a battling performance that belied their position in the lower reaches of League One.
Arsenal did enough thanks to Theo Walcott’s neatly taken dink of a match-winning goal. But the real boon belonged to the man who walked off the pitch with his shirt off and a big thumbs-up for the crowd. Jack Wilshere completed 90 minutes for Arsenal for the first time in almost three years. That is a meaningful statistic for a player who has had more than his fair share of setbacks.
Wilshere’s creative performance shone a light on the qualities he is capable of bringing to his team from the heart of midfield. Against opponents where there was space to look and think, he relished the opportunity to orchestrate, Alshon Jeffery Authentic Jersey to spray passes with elan and to direct traffic with quick thinking and clear vision. He was not in a situation where he had to overstretch and over-compete, which suited him well. It was a positive stride along the road to recovery at his boyhood club that has had plenty of potholes.
Arsène Wenger felt the opportunity was perfect for Wilshere. “I wanted to leave him on to give him 90 minutes. Overall it was the ideal game for him to gain confidence and fitness,” he said. “We will see how he responds now. He is available now to play – the decision is when to play him. He needs 90 minutes of intensity repeated. He will soon be back. Everyone is looking at him. Everyone expects him to come back to his best. I wish that as well.”
Even though Wenger tends to favour what he calls a “mixed” line-up in these less significant challenges on the season’s wish-list, it was a surprise to see Alexis Sánchez in the starting XI. http://www.eaglesofficialsshop.com/Brandon_Graham_Jersey_Cheap Any kind of injury picked up in a game like this would have opened up a supersized can of worms. But from Wenger’s perspective the Chilean, who had an extended summer holiday, still needed minutes in his legs to regain full sharpness. This was another useful 90-minute workout.
Some players who warrant the Champions League platform might coast through a Carabao Cup run-out but not Sánchez. His motivation was fully charged. His hunger to play manifested itself in a display full of chasing causes, darting runs and a willingness to shoot.
It was his instinct for a raking attacking pass that provided Arsenal with the decisive goal, which invited Walcott to finish past the goalkeeper Ian Lawlor. Aaron Sanchez Authentic Jersey The home team had the chances to open up a comfortable lead and Olivier Giroud will wonder how he did not manage to claim his 100th Arsenal goal after a series of decent efforts, while Walcott ought to have added more.
Doncaster were satisfied to go in at half-time still in contention, with enough encouraging moments of their own to give them hope. As the game wore on Arsenal became more ragged and Doncaster’s determined attitude as they chased an equaliser won the hearts of the massed visiting support in the Clock end.
By the end Arsenal’s strangely imbalanced defensive line-up was on the rocks and Rovers went agonisingly close. Ben Whiteman had a free run at goal. http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/Darwin_Barney_Jersey Liam Mandeville’s clever cut-back and shot was deflected. Matty Blair’s header hit the crossbar. Despite their valiant efforts, it was not to be.
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 20, 2017, 08:09:42 PM »
According to Martin Glenn, the Football Association chief executive who broke the news, Mark Sampson was “calm but angry” as he found out from a fourth‑floor office at Wembley that his luck had finally run out.
The summons had come the night before. Sampson arrived around midday and the formalities did not last too long once he realised that a scandal had caught up with him – just not the scandal, perhaps, that most people might have envisaged.
That does not make the other allegations swirling around the now-deposed England Women’s manager any less serious or change the fact that a second crisis is running concurrently – a story featuring racism allegations, hush money and yet more evidence of systematic failure – that needs a proper ending rather than any more of the FA’s attempted spin, deflection and pulling down of shutters.
The Eni Aluko affair, a story this newspaper has been driving for several weeks, Authentic Andrew Whitworth Womens Jersey is already threatening to go to the top of the FA now that a third investigation is under way and the culture, media and sport select committee is summoning the relevant people to explain the gaping holes in the previous two inquiries.
If, that is, it can still be called the Eni Aluko affair when a second player, Drew Spence, will meet the barrister Katharine Newton on Friday for an interview that should have taken place the best part of a year ago. As if Sampson does not have enough on his plate, Spence intends to corroborate Aluko’s version of events by saying she, too, was the recipient of an allegedly racial remark.
Ultimately, though, Sampson has gone for something entirely different, involving a safeguarding investigation that went on for the best part of a year, a breakdown in communications within the FA structure and, http://www.losangelesramsauthorizedstore.com/benny-cunningham-jersey-elite it appears, some particularly dubious behaviour from his time at Bristol Academy where there are first-hand reports that some of the club’s trips were more like a coming together of stag- and hen-dos.
No doubt more will come out in time but it is not going to be pretty when it involves a football manager, a number of backroom staff, a women’s team and a culture where, according to reliable evidence, some of the more sensible players became increasingly alarmed about what was deemed acceptable.
Stories about Bristol Academy have been floating around for some time and a lot of them now appear to be true. Andrew Quarless Womens Jersey For the moment, we will probably have to join the dots. “No law was broken but we felt that, during his time at Bristol, Mark had overstepped the professional boundaries between player and coach,” Glenn said.
There will be some, undoubtedly, who find this all a bit convenient. Here we have the FA, in the midst of what could be an appalling race controversy, suddenly finding an entirely separate reason to get rid of the alleged offender for something that happened in his previous employment.
Glenn was at pains to absolve himself of any responsibility and also said the same about Greg Clarke, the chairman. Dan Ashworth, the technical director, http://www.officialauthenticlions.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_ANTWIONE_WILLIAMS_JERSEY.html was the person who appointed Sampson, championed him and brought him through the system. Surely he could have stopped this? “No,” Glenn again insisted. And it was staggering how it panned out – all of the FA’s top three executives were, apparently, not to blame one bit.
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 20, 2017, 12:21:00 AM »
It was an unusual vibe, with the stadium containing 23,926 supporters, and Mauricio Pochettino having made it plain the Carabao Cup was a long way down his trophy wishlist. But Tottenham Hotspur will continue in the competition after Dele Alli found a way to break Barnsley’s resistance midway through the second half.
There is seemingly no way to keep the 21-year-old out of the limelight, whether for good or, sometimes, bad and he was on hand to shoot low past Adam Davies from close range for his third goal of the campaign.
Barnsley played a full part in a decent enough tie, with fierce backing from their fans in one enclosure of this great bowl, and the club that occupies 20th place in the Championship will wonder how it might have turned out if Ike Ugbo had converted a wonderful chance at the beginning of the second half.
Tottenham, though, deserved to win and they might have added to Alli’s goal with the substitute George-Kevin Nkoudou, Authentic Eddie Lack Womens Jersey Alli and Son Heung-min, twice, going close.
Tottenham called the tune in territorial terms but Barnsley were set up to fight in their compact 4-3-3 formation. Spurs needed to be patient while also remaining alive to Barnsley’s threat on the counter. It came principally through Ugbo, the on-loan Chelsea striker who impressed with his mixture of deftness and brawn.
Ugbo embarrassed Jan Vertonghen with one glorious flick and burst on halfway in the 43rd minute while he had earlier put Harvey Barnes away for a break. http://www.officialcarolinahurricanes.com/Adidas-Cam-Ward-Jersey Vertonghen got back to tackle.
Barnsley’s big chance of the first half came from Ryan Hedges’s corner on 41 minutes, when Liam Lindsay nodded wide when well placed. Glory had beckoned. Ugbo would have an even bigger one in the 46th minute. Clean through with only Michel Vorm to beat, his shot was too close to the goalkeeper. “That save kept us alive,” Pochettino said.
Tottenham’s first-half threat had been limited to set pieces. The debutant centre-half, Juan Foyth, who had a few wobbles but showed his promise, Authentic Chris Driedger Womens Jersey flashed an early header wide from Kieran Trippier’s corner with what was his first meaningful touch in English football and only Fernando Llorente knows how he did not open the scoring midway through the period. He rose all alone to meet another Trippier corner but from close range he was horribly off target.
There was no getting away from the weirdness of seeing the stadium this empty. The top tier was shut while the middle one was sparsely populated. “Wembley’s about finals for me,” Paul Heckingbottom, the Barnsley manager, said. “It was like a different stadium tonight.”
Spurs had done their best to encourage fans to attend by starting adult tickets at £10 and children’s at £5. http://www.officialottawasenators.com/Adidas-Chris-Kelly-Jersey It ought to be remembered that they attracted 26,244 for the Gillingham tie at White Hart Lane for this stage of the competition last season.
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 19, 2017, 06:28:34 PM »
Pape Souaré remembers wincing in disbelief as the car swerved out in front of him and, a split second later, the sickening crunch as his Mercedes G63 collided at speed with the central reservation. But it was only once the dust from the deployed airbags had settled and he slowly became aware of his surroundings, his ears ringing and senses numbed by shock, that the fear truly kicked in.
His right leg was trapped, the driver’s door of his mangled vehicle having folded itself inwards on impact and pinned him to his seat. Another commuter on the M4, who had witnessed the crash that sunny afternoon a little over a year ago, had pulled over and was urging the injured footballer, as calmly as he could, to focus. “He kept saying my name, which surprised me. I didn’t understand how he knew my name,” Souaré recalls. “He was telling me: ‘Stay with me, stay with me.’ I was really listening to him, waiting and waiting, and I couldn’t move or do anything.
“At that moment you can do something stupid, trying to move your leg or trying to get out of the car, so I have to thank that stranger for talking to me, for telling me to wait and trust the ambulance people who were coming. But even when he was talking to me I was nervous. The door was on my leg and I didn’t know what was going on. The only thing I had in Africa growing up was my dream of being a footballer. I only have my legs to do that. I was worried. I was scared, thinking about my career.”
Souaré tells his story without even a grimace these days. He wants people to know what happened to him at a little after midday on Sunday 11 September last year, in part to thank those who have offered him support or words of encouragement over a draining 12 months. There were times, Authentic Adidas Eddie Lack Womens Jersey particularly in the immediate aftermath of the crash, when fears abounded that the Senegalese might not even walk again, let alone resume a footballing career that has taken him from the Diambars academy in Saly to the Premier League via Lille. And yet, 373 days on from the horrific events on the motorway near Cranford, the left-back will return to the Crystal Palace first team for Tuesday’s League Cup third‑round tie with Huddersfield Town. His recovery is the club’s good news story of the campaign.
The journey back has been painful at times, arduous throughout, and began with that stranger urging the wounded Souaré to sit still while the medical services arrived. The 27-year-old had been dropping a friend off at Heathrow airport and was only 10 minutes from his home when the accident occurred. Paramedics attended the scene, with firefighters forced to slice off the roof of the player’s car to remove him from the wreckage. A bike race had closed local roads, ruling out transportation by ambulance to the nearest trauma unit and meaning Souaré had to be airlifted to a hospital across the capital. “I remember them cutting the roof to get me out because the door was still on my leg, so they couldn’t lift me,” he says. “And I remember the air ambulance before they gave me something to stop the pain. By then I was starting to feel my leg.”
He would wake up in the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel to find Palace’s club doctor, Dr Zaf Iqbal, who had trained previously at the facility and had been contacted by paramedics, already a reassuring presence on the scene. “I had scans of the whole of my body, and was told I’d broken my jaw and my right thigh bone,” http://www.authenticcarolinahurricanes.com/authentic-cam-ward-jersey says Souaré. The results of those assessments were actually positive, with no serious damage sustained to the hip bone or joint, even if it was now clear just how close he had come to a far grimmer prognosis. Had the impact been a couple of centimetres higher “it could have broken my spine and I would have been paralysed. I was told I was very lucky”.
It would be two days before he underwent surgery on his thigh, involving the insertion of a nail to hold the bone in place, and three before his jaw was wired by a maxillofacial trauma surgeon. His recovery was sustained by soft foods and drinks for several weeks. Souaré’s father was undergoing treatment for cancer in Paris and had been told he did not have long to live. His mother, back in Senegal, suffered a fall on the day after her son’s crash and broke her own leg.
The sense of helplessness ate away at the patient, who chose not to relay news of his accident to his parents. “There were a lot of things happening at that time. I was thinking about my career as a footballer, Adidas Brett Hull Womens Jersey and people were telling me no one had come back to play at the top level from this kind of injury. It makes you think. But my dad was very sick. When I visited him [during rehabilitation late last year] and saw how he was, and I only had a broken leg, it showed I could not just give up.” Souaré Sr died in December.
Palace’s players and management did their best to support their stricken team‑mate. Scott Dann and Damien Delaney were among the first to visit him in his hospital bed. “They were shocked when they saw me because my face was very swollen,” he says. “To see someone who they had been playing with one day, and then like this the next … it is crazy, but I want to thank them because they supported me all along. They lifted me, and I had a lot of messages from the fans.” The Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, a team-mate at Diambars and Lille, has been in regular contact checking on his progress. Souaré’s social media platforms have been awash with support.
A banner was unfurled in the Holmesdale End, reading “Keep strong Pape”, at the home victory over Stoke the following Sunday with similar messages of support on the big screen inside Selhurst Park. “Pape was incredibly brave,” says the manager at the time, Alan Pardew. http://www.authenticdetroitredwings.com/authentic-brendan-shanahan-jersey “I remember visiting him in the hospital the following day and he still offered up that beaming smile of his as best he could through the broken jaw, even after everything that had happened. We all loved him at the club – he was so popular, a star on and off the field, and we missed him badly as a team and a group after the crash. To see him up, running and playing again now is testimony to his commitment and the hard work he and the medical staff put in. It’s wonderful to see him back.”
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 18, 2017, 08:35:23 PM »
  Jaws dropped and heads shook when Manchester City spent around £130m on three full-backs this summer. In financial terms that sum meant little to City’s infinitely rich Abu Dhabi rulers. But on the pitch the sense of those investments is becoming clear. They nearly complete City’s team.
The two most expensive of those full-backs, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy, each cost more than £50m, about double what City paid Real Madrid for the third, Danilo. Walker and Mendy could not be deployed together for the first few matches of this campaign because of injury and suspension, but they have started City’s last three games and the opposition have paid a heavy price. Liverpool, Feyenoord and Watford have been demolished by a combined score of 15-0.
In those matches Mendy and Walker dominated their flanks, flying up and down relentlessly in a way that showed “full-back” to be an outdated label. Antwione Williams Womens Jersey They also showed how far past it last season’s counterparts were, once-fine performers such as Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Aleksandar Kolarov having become creaking thirty-somethings unable to contribute like the new thrusters.
“[Mendy and Walker] are having a big impact, Danilo too,” says Pep Guardiola. “They are young – Mendy is 23 and Kyle (27) is also young enough. They have huge energy to go up and it stretches our play and means we can have more players in the middle to do the short passes. I like our passes to be three, four, five or six metres, no more than that. It gives us continuity. We create spaces in behind and you need players in those positions. Without these signings it would have been more complicated.”
Guardiola’s description of the impact was particularly accurate at Vicarage Road, as Mendy and Walker’s raids enabled Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to flit in-field as they pleased. The pair tormented the hosts. http://www.lionsshopnfljersey.com/authentic-andrew-quarless-jersey.html De Bruyne, mind you, is evidently exempt from his manager’s six-metre guideline, his visionary short- and long-range passing making him a marvellous law unto himself.
Silva, too, conjures at will. His cross from the left led to Nicolás Otamendi nodding in City’s fourth goal at Watford. With Sergio Agüero scoring a hat-trick, creating a goal for Gabriel Jesus and allowing Raheem Sterling to convert a late penalty, the hosts were overwhelmed despite not playing badly. City could have hit double figures.
For all that, City have also benefitted from other factors during their recent run: Liverpool were weakened by the sending-off of Sadio Mané, and Watford were missing their first-choice centre-backs through injury and complained, correctly, that two of City’s first three goals should have been disallowed for offside. Those are important details even if it can feel like nitpicking to point them out given how formidable City have seemed. Similarly, the fact that Watford hinted at lingering problems in City’s central defence when they threatened from a couple of late set-pieces does not mean that Guardiola’s team did not deserve to win heavily. But the Catalan knows his team are not perfect. Authentic Bobby Cox Womens Jersey “After this [win at Watford] it looks like ‘oh no, we cannot improve. But of course we can improve! There are still movements and actions we can improve.”
Guardiola notes the progress from last season but also knows that the biggest gauge so far of how much they have improved will come at the end of this month, when they travel to Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s team beat City home and away on their way to the title last season.
“I think we have made steps forward,” he says. “Last season we did not win a game away in the Champions League and now we have done that. http://www.authenticatlantabraves.com/Bob-Uecker-Jersey We won a lot of games away in the Premier League [12 out of 19] but this kind of performance [against Watford] we did not see. We will see when we go to face last season’s champions what our level is.”
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 17, 2017, 11:27:44 PM »
On a rowdy, bruising, enjoyably intense afternoon at Stamford Bridge Chelsea showed two sides to their game. First came the one that doesn’t involve Eden Hazard. For the opening 70 minutes of this 0-0 draw the champions were neat, focused, disciplined and aggressively blunt in their attacking rhythms, the gears a little gummed.
After which, in glimpses, they played the other version, the Hazard-remix, the one where Chelsea’s No10 provides a vital free radical element in Antonio Conte’s hard-running 3-5-2, somebody to see the angles between the angles, to create space rather than simply applying relentless physical pressure.
Even with a convalescent Hazard on the pitch Chelsea looked not just more potent, but better balanced, a team with deeper gears, even a little champion swagger. At one point as the game ticked down Hazard dropped back, picked up the ball inside the Arsenal half and turned away from Olivier Giroud in a slightly mocking parabola, spinning through 180 degrees like a frigate evading a supertanker, showing in that moment the ability to beat an opponent almost as an afterthought that is beyond anybody else in this Chelsea team.
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But then Conte’s champions have always been a linear, pared-back machine. Forty-eight of their 85 league goals last season were either scored or made by two players not on the pitch at the start here. Hazard, http://www.officialnationalshop.com/authentic-20-daniel-murphy-jersey.html of course, but also the rogue Diego Costa, Arsenal’s own cackling, kidney‑jabbing nemesis who presumably watched this game on TV in Brazil in a state of unusual excitement, nipping out every few minutes to give his under‑gardener Chinese burns or rake his studs down the achilles of his sous-chef.
Chelsea started well here. With 10 minutes gone Morata should have scored, glancing a deep cross from César Azpilicueta wide. After which a strange thing happened. Arsenal began to dig in, to press recklessly high and match Chelsea not just in their formation, but in registers such as will, muscle and work rate. It took Conte to half-time to alter the balance of his Cesc Fàbregas-Kanté pivot in central midfield. For all his incision Fàbregas has been a stretch as a pure central midfielder ever since he came to the club. Here it was one of those days where too many battles are lost, too much ground conceded.
In the second half Chelsea were stronger, Tiémoué Bakayoko coming on and almost immediately picking up the ball and driving through the middle of the pitch, all strolling power and balance. Still, Authentic Darian Thompson Womens Jersey though, in a tight game what Chelsea really lacked was a moment of stillness.
The game-plan often seems to involve playing tight, high-pressure football and waiting for a mistake, which is let’s face it never the worst idea against late‑Wenger Arsenal. The parts continued to function well here. Now and then Marcos Alonso would spank a hard, flat pass 50 metres to Moses on the other wing. Willian and Pedro sprinted with verve through the channels and Conte became increasingly animated on his touchline as the game began to congeal a little.
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« Last post by xiaolan on September 17, 2017, 06:45:55 PM »
The Football Association is giving serious consideration to launching a new investigation into the Mark Sampson affair after Drew Spence, one of the two players to allege he had made a racial remark, came forward for the first time to tell the governing body what Eni Aluko has said about the England women’s team manager is true.
In a key development to a controversy that is threatening to go to the top of the FA, the Guardian can reveal Spence has given a written statement to the organisation alleging that on her first England callup, at the China Cup in October 2015, she was left upset and offended by Sampson asking her, a mixed-race player, how many times she had been arrested.
Spence has also had a private meeting with senior FA officials to give her version of events and is understood to have expressed surprise that the two inquiries which have cleared Sampson of any wrongdoing – one an internal review and the other a three-month independent inquiry, carried out by the barrister Katharine Newton, on behalf of the FA – did not think it necessary to speak to her.
As the Guardian revealed this week, the two inquiries also chose not to interview any of the other players present at the meeting where Sampson is alleged to have turned to a mixed-raced player, Lorenzen Wright Youth Jersey then 22, and said: “Haven’t you been arrested before? Four times, isn’t it?” Aluko has described the inquiries as a “farce” and the Professional Footballers’ Association has accused the FA of holding an internal review that was “not a genuine search of the truth” and “a sham which was not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson”.
Spence’s decision to back Aluko leaves English football’s governing body under mounting pressure to abandon its previous stance that the issue was finished at a time when the culture, media and sport select committee is preparing to summon senior FA executives on 17 October to explain the holes in the process.
Although the FA is not making any comment, it has become apparent in the past few days there is a growing feeling within the organisation it has made significant errors during a controversy that has led to calls from Kick It Out, http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Allen_Iverson_Jersey the PFA and the shadow sports minister, Dr Rosena Allin‑Khan, for another inquiry. The FA is also likely to come under pressure for Newton not to be involved in any new process.
At the same time Sampson may face a more in-depth investigation into Aluko’s allegations – repeatedly denied by the manager – that he told her to be careful her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to a game at Wembley. Aluko was paid an £80,000 settlement, including a confidentiality clause, while the sum total of the FA’s investigation into that matter appears to have been asking Sampson whether it was true and receiving his denial.
Aluko told the Guardian in an exclusive interview on 21 August she felt she had lost her 11-year, George Gervin Authentic Jersey 102-cap England career as a result of reporting a number of grievances about Sampson and the FA’s credibility has come into question because of what appear to be other shortcomings in the investigation process.
The original explanation for not interviewing Spence was the FA did not know her identity, with Aluko being blamed for apparently “refusing” to help. Yet Aluko, a qualified sports lawyer, supplied evidence that clearly states it was a mixed-raced midfielder who was raised in south London, played for Chelsea and on her first England camp. Spence, to put it into context, was the only mixed-race midfielder on that trip.
The FA has also been forced to admit it delivered its initial findings to Aluko, http://www.authenticspurstore.com/Dejounte_Murray_Jersey effectively throwing out her complaints about bullying and victimisation, before it had spoken to at least one of the key witnesses.
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This was a handsome victory for a Manchester City side facing scant resistance from Feyenoord. Pep Guardiola’s team will encounter greater challenges in the Champions League but for now they deserve to enjoy a job done very impressively.
City failed to win away from home in last season’s competition and Guardiola said: “Of course this was a perfect start. It’s important to play good.”
City offered a supreme display of attacking in their Group F opener. Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesus both scored, to take the pair to seven goals in five outings in all competitions. The manager has insisted they can dovetail, and the Argentinian-Brazilian combo is certainly proving him right.
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Pre-match, the City manager was eager to stop “dreaming” of Champions League success, yet his team had a fantasy first-half that ended in a 3-0 lead, the first goal coming after 100 seconds.
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There had been a party atmosphere before kick-off as Feyenoord fans regaled those in attendance with a version of Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, but 10 minutes in and City had doubled their lead. Kyle Walker – recruited for just this kind of right-back play – whipped in a cross from which the lethal Agüero hooked home. It was a near-sensational start for City.
Guardiola had made two intriguing selections. First was Ederson’s surprise inclusion, the goalkeeper making a swift recovery from the facial damage suffered when Sadio Mané clattered him during Saturday’s win over Liverpool. The Catalan’s second choice was of interest, Alexei Kovalev Authentic Jersey though no surprise given his attacking ethos. Out went the defender Danilo and in came the Portuguese forward Bernardo Silva, the sole change.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was without Nicolai Jorgensen, who had top-scored with 21 in Feyenoord’s 15th Dutch title season, their first since 1999. What the manager needed, though, was a far firmer defensive block. Each time City roved forward they tore the home side apart.
Feyenoord finally managed a foray towards the skull-capped Ederson on 20 minutes. Michiel Kramer took aim and Stones deflected the ball out for a corner. http://www.officialcanadiensauthentic.com/Alexei_Emelin_Jersey This was about to become a stroll for City, though. Yet again they came at Feyenoord with pace. Benjamin Mendy hit a rocket at Jones and when he saved, his team stood still. This was because Nicolás Otamendi was a postcode offside but Jesus was not when finishing and that was 3-0. By the interval it was virtually men-versus-boys. City ended the half toying with Feyenoord.
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