Scotland failed to qualify for Euro 2016 and now UEFA have given them more bad news

first_imgUEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Scottish Football Association for its handling of Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Poland at Hampden Park.The governing body listed “insufficient organisation”, “field invasions by supporters” and “stairways blocked” among its concerns that arose during the 2-2 draw.The same action is being taken against the Polish Football Federation.Incidents listed by UEFA concerning the PZPN include “kit infringement”, “setting off and throwing of fireworks”, “throwing of objects”, and “crowd disturbances”.In addition to a young Scotland supporter entering the pitch during the second half to have a photo taken with Poland’s Robert Lewandowksi, whose 94th-minute equalising goal ended Scotland’s hopes of reaching next summer’s tournament, Poland’s fans could be seen setting off flares in the away end.Police Scotland have confirmed that a total of 21 arrests were made throughout the course of the match.Each were for “minor disorders”, with no major incidents reported, and those involved included fans for each team.UEFA’s disciplinary proceedings are to be held on October 22. 1 Scotland last_img read more

Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has ban reduced to two games

first_img Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has ban reduced to two games after sending off against Rotherham Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has had his suspension for his red card against Rotherham reduced to two games on appeal.The 27-year-old Swiss player was shown a straight red in his side’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Elland Road on Saturday after being involved in an off-the-ball incident with Leon Best.Best was dismissed for an apparent elbow in the Leeds man’s face, with Berardi – who was left with a bloody nose – joining him for an early bath for his reaction, which included getting feisty with the officials.Berardi was facing a standard three-game ban but the Football Association on Tuesday confirmed via its Twitter feed the suspension had been reduced to two matches after Leeds’ claim that the punishment was excessive had been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.Although the club appealed over the duration of the ban, a statement on Leeds’ website stressed they “did not condone” Berardi’s actions and fully accepted his sending off. 1last_img read more

Victor Valdes sends farewell message as goalkeeper prepares for Man United exit

first_imgManchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has sent a farewell message to fans as the Spanish goalkeeper edges towards an Old Trafford exit.The 34-year-old is expected to join Belgian side Standard Liege after a frustrating spell at United, where he has not made a single appearance or even been given a shirt number this season.The former Barcelona No.1 posted a message on Twitter above a picture of United’s training ground saying: “Thank you all for your support during these months of hard work for me. I will never forget! See you soon!”Valdes signed an 18-month contract with United after moving to Old Trafford a year ago but fell out with manager Louis van Gaal over the summer.He did not go on the summer tour to the USA and was not permitted to train with the first-team squad.Valdes won the Champions League three times at Barcelona and has also won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain. Victor Valdes 1last_img

Done deal! Watford sign £8m French star from Rennes

first_imgWatford have announced the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The 23-year-old midfielder moves to Vicarage Road from Ligue 1 side Rennes.The Hornets wrote on Twitter: “We’re delighted here at #watfordfc to announce the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Ligue 1 club Rennes. Welcome!”Doucoure has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, but has been immediately loaned to Granada in Spain for the rest of the season.The France Under-21 international will link up with Watford in the summer.Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury said on the club’s official website: “The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucoure now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player.“He is very much part of Watford’s future plans, and in the time between now and pre-season he’ll be experiencing high-level competitive football in Spain.” Abdoulaye Doucoure 1last_img

REVEALED! Manchester United FAILED with £23m move for striker in January

first_img Mauro Icardi 1 Manchester United failed with a January bid for Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi, according to reports in Italy.The 22-year-old was one of the best performers in Serie A last season and finished up as the league’s top scorer.Several clubs tried to sign the Argentina international in the summer but Inter rejected all enquires.According to Corriere dello Sport, United also failed to land Icardi in the January transfer window.The Premier League giants are said to have bid £23m for the striker but Inter immediately turned the offer down.The Serie A side have no plans to part with Icardi and want to keep hold of him long-term.last_img

Sen. McCain set to raise funds in Beverly Hills

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS – Arizona Sen. John McCain is scheduled to attend a fund-raising reception tonight in Beverly Hills on behalf of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination on the 40th anniversary of his capture by the North Vietnamese. On Oct. 26, 1967, McCain was on his 23rd bombing mission as a U.S. Navy aviator, when a missile struck his plane and forced him to eject, knocking him unconscious and breaking both his arms and a leg. McCain was taken as a prisoner of war to the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was denied necessary medical treatment and often beaten by the North Vietnamese. McCain served more than five years as a prisoner of war, being released in 1973 in conjunction with the Paris Peace Accords, which ended U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The telephone survey of 364 Republican primary voters conducted last Friday though Monday has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. Poor second-quarter fundraising and heavy spending prompted 50 to 100 campaign staffers to be laid off in early July, with others taking pay cuts or working without pay. “His early campaign effort was poorly organized,” Pitney said. “He blew a lot of money very early on a top-heavy organization. There was a great deal of infighting and that led a lot of Republican donors to take their checkbooks elsewhere.” McCain was also hurt by his support of ultimately failed legislation that would have liberalized immigration laws, Pitney said. “He took a leadership position against the Republican base,” Pitney said. “If you want to win the Republican nomination, the dumbest thing you can say is `Let’s liberalize immigration laws.”‘ The 71-year-old McCain is also hurt by his appearance, Pitney said. “McCain would be the oldest elected president, and unfortunately, he looks it,” Pitney said. Ronald Reagan was 69 when he was first elected in 1980. “He looked really good,” Pitney said. “McCain does not convey the same sense of vigor that Reagan did in `80.” There was no immediate response from the McCain campaign. McCain is set to be the second of four Republican presidential candidates to visit the Southland in a nine-day period. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is scheduled to begin a two-day visit Monday with a fundraiser in San Juan Capistrano, while Texas Rep. Ron Paul is set to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and conduct a Hollywood Hills fundraiser Tuesday. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee conducted a fundraiser in Newport Beach Monday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.McCain made reference to his captivity during Sunday’s Republican candidates debate in Orlando, Fla. in what several pundits and bloggers would call “the best line of the campaign.” When discussing Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton’s since- abandoned attempt to have $1 million in federal funds allocated for a museum dedicated to the Woodstock rock festival, McCain said, “I wasn’t there. I’m sure it was a cultural and pharmaceutical event. I was, I was tied up at the time.” A day later, his campaign began airing a commercial featuring the comment in the early primary state of New Hampshire. “It’s a great line that will resonate with conservatives over the age of 50, but for a lot of people under the age of 50, they’re going to have to go to Google to find out what Woodstock was,” John J. Pitney, a Claremont McKenna College government professor, told City News Service. McCain has struggled in the polls and fundraising. He was in a statistical three-way tie for second with 15 percent in a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll, which former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani led with 32 percent. last_img

Marijuana dispensary to close

first_imgThe lease, which expires in October 2008, includes provisions that the clinic not violate any laws. “The collective is operating in conformance with state and municipal law, but the difference is we’re not in conformance with federal law,” Brizendine said. Since the clinic doesn’t have the money to appeal an adverse judgement, it decided to shut down voluntarily, he said. “Obviously we’re disappointed, but what is really necessary is for the federal and state governments to come into alignment on the laws surrounding medical marijuana, he said. California voters in 1996 approved Proposition 215 allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law. WHITTIER – There will be no more medical marijuana dispensed from the city’s only clinic after Dec. 31, the planning commission ruled Monday night. Additionally, the Whittier Collective, 12450-A Washington Blvd., has reached agreement with its landlord, the Phelan Family Trust – owners of the Washington-Whittier Medical Center – to vacate the site by that date. The dispensary had applied to extend its conditional use permit until Oct. 31, 2008, but that became moot after the landlord sought to evict the clinic. The attempted eviction because of a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to the landlord threatening jail time and loss of property because it’s renting to a medical marijuana clinic, said Richard Brizendine, the collective’s attorney. The clinic has several hundred patients, said Bill Britt, a member of the Whittier Collective and executive director and founder of Association of Patient Advocates. “It’s so sad,” Britt said. “You’re getting sick and disabled people who had safe access who now are forced to go into the streets and buy it from criminals.” The Whittier Collective opened in September 2005. City officials learned of it while the council was debating an ordinance to allow, but regulate such clinics. The clinic opened in an area where the city didn’t allow medical marijuana dispensaries. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Death, life sentences given in slayings

first_imgOne defendant was given death, the other life in prison Tuesday for the duo’s involvement in the murder of an elderly couple in La Habra Heights in 2001. Theodore Shove, who prosecutors said masterminded the killings, was given the death penalty, while Lewis Hardin, hired to carry out the murders, was given life without parole. Shove, 55, and Hardin, 35, were convicted of the 2001 beating deaths of Hubert “Bert” Souther, 81, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, 79. Hardin’s lawyer, James Goldstein, said a life sentence was the outcome he and his client hoped for Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said he understands the jury’s decision. “But for Shove and his murder scheme, these murders never would have happened,” Walgren said. Walgren said the sentences will be a comfort for the family of the slain couple. “I’m just glad it’s reached a final resolution for the victims’ family,” he said. “They’ve been waiting for a long time to see a conclusion in this case – for six years.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our job from the beginning was to save his life,” Goldstein said. “We’ve done that now, so we’re grateful.” Goldstein said Hardin will request a new trial. If that request is thrown out, he will appeal his conviction. Shove’s attorney could not be reached for comment. Prosecutors had urged the Los Angeles Superior Court jury to decide on the death penalty for both defendants in the murder-for-hire case. The Southers’ badly beaten bodies were found in their home in September 2001. Shove hired Hardin to kill the Southers because he wanted the couple’s surplus hardware and tool business, Cal Aero Supply, according to prosecutors, who said the murder weapon was a tire iron. last_img read more

Board Ford to close its doors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFord has been reducing its sales volume by reducing fleet sales and is no longer selling cars for rental use. As a result sales are down, he said. “Some dealers have found the reduced level of business isn’t as profitable and have made the decision to close the business,” he said. Eight of 219 Ford dealerships in California have closed in the last year, he said. Whittier Councilman Joe Vinatieri said he’s disappointed. “I’m saddened because they’ve been in town for a long time and also are a larger producer of sales-tax revenue for our community,” Vinatieri said. WHITTIER – Board Ford has announced it will close its automobile dealership no later than Jan. 9. The dealership at 15265 Whittier Blvd., which opened in 1968, is closing in part because of a strategic decision by Ford to reduce its sales volume, said John Coinard, spokesman for Ford Motor Co., which also owns Board Ford. The closure will displace 75 employees. “We know from its history that the market is quite well-served,” Coinard said. “It could be argued that it’s saturated. As a result, Board Ford is one of the dealerships closing.” City Manager Steve Helvey said while he can’t legally reveal the exact amount of sales tax, it is “substantial” and among Whittier’s top 10 producers. “It’s certainly equal to one of the larger stores at Whittwood (Mall),” Helvey said. Helvey said he doesn’t believe the closure is a negative indication for Whittier’s business climate. “(Ford) is closing dealerships much larger than Board Ford,” he said, referring to Don Kott (Carson), Keystone (Norwalk) and Claremont dealerships. “They’re also one of the few company-owned stores,” he said. “Ford didn’t want to take the full risk on the property.” In essence, Ford is saying that it wants dealers to take the risk of car sales, not the corporation, Helvey said. “When you have a dealership, you let (the owner) reap the rewards or losses of operating it,” he said. Helvey said the loss of revenue should not have a significant effect on the city’s budget. “We don’t see it as any difference than the contingency we provided when Whittwood closed for remodeling,” he said. “We view this as a temporary loss of revenue.” Mayor Owen Newcomer said he believes a replacement dealership can be found for the six-acre Board Ford site. “We’re not sure of the form it will take,” Newcomer said. “We’ve got a good market.” City officials have been talking to other dealers in Whittier about moving to a larger site, such as Board Ford’s. Those informal discussions also would include replacing the dealership that would move into the Board Ford site, Helvey said. While city officials declined to name names, it is known Toyota of Whittier aims to expand. One customer on his way to Board Ford’s parts department y said he is disappointed about the closing. “It’s too bad the corporate thing didn’t hold up,” said Lester Pearson of La Habra, who added that he has been going to the dealership for 30 years. Thursda [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgPRIVATE INFORMATION on hundreds of Donegal people may now have been leaked following a security breach at Letterkenny’s Department of Social Protection.The Deputy Director of the DATA Protection Commission has confirmed to that this is the biggest investigation his department has ever undertaken.The massive probe was sparked after a civil servant passed on sensitive material to a private investigator who then passed it on to a number of financial institutions. Mr.Gary Davis of the DPC confirmed to us that TWO private investigators and a number of financial institutions are now being examined as part of their investigation.“This is the biggest investigation we have undertaken. We can confirm it involves one individual passing on information to a private investigator whom we believe passed on this information to a number of third parties. “The investigation is still ongoing so we are limited to what we can say at the moment. I can confirm that two private investigators and a number of financial institutions have been visited as part of our investigation process,” he said.Although Mr.Davis would not be drawn on how many people’s information was accessed and passed on to the private investigator, it is believed to run into hundreds. He added that possible prosecutions arising out of the probe was a matter for the Gardai to decide upon.The civil servant, who worked at Government buildings at Oliver Plunkett Road, was caught when Gardai raided the home of the private detective.Detectives found the confidential details of a number of people at the PI’s office during the raid.The details were then cross-referenced with Government employees who had accessed all these people’s records and a match was found.A full investigation into the details of the information passed on is currently being processed by DATA protection chiefs. The Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is investigating suspicions the private investigator was using the information to send reports to a number of leading insurance companies.The Government employee at the centre of the probe has not been seen at his office in Letterkenny for a number of weeks and has now officially been suspended.The DPC’s investigation was sparked following an internal probe in the Department of Social Protection.Managers at the Letterkenny Department discovered the civil servant was accessing records of people he had no apparent business with. The department checked these to his phone logs, which showed he had contacted a number linked to the private investigator.Last night a source at the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny said yesterday’s shocking revelations on was the talk of the Department.“It had been rumoured that something had happened and that somebody had been suspended but to see it in black and white was shocking.“It’s a valuable lesson for all of us that the information we have access to is highly sensitive and we must protect it.“The public has a right to expect that information stored on them remains confidential,” he said.A spokesperson for the Department of Social Protection in Letterkenny would not comment on the matter as an investigation into the incident had been launched.EndsREVEALED: DONEGAL CIVIL SERVANT AT CENTRE OF ‘BIGGEST EVER’ PROBE INTO PERSONAL DETAIL LEAKS was last modified: January 26th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more