Advertisement Zorc, right, has defended the comments made by Watzke, left, about Aubameyang (Getty)But Zorc has defended his colleague and believes Watzke was only speaking in jest, while he is surprised by the ferocity of Aubameyang’s response given how much he was supported at Dortmund.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think Auba was a bit out of tune to the tone and choice of words. Aki [Watzke] did not say anything bad and meant no harm,’ said Zorc at a press conference on Friday.‘In the time Auba was with us, during four-and-a-half years, we have always stood behind him even in difficult situations.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘In that sense, I cannot understand now why he’s had such a strong and exaggerated reaction.’Asked what Aubameyang’s tweet was referring to, Zorc added: ‘What he means, and I know all the details, I cannot tell you. We don’t have any blame.’ Comment The Arsenal striker reacted angrily to comments made by Hans-Joachim Watzke (Picture: Getty)Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has defended Hans-Joachim Watzke after he became involved in a spat with Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Dortmund CEO took an unprompted swipe at Aubameyang during Wednesday’s Champions League action, suggesting he only moved to the Emirates for the money.Aubameyang reacted angrily to the remarks, calling Watzke a ‘clown’ and citing the club’s sale of Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona as a mark of his hypocrisy. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link422Shares The Arsenal striker has been prolific for the Gunners since leaving Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang missed out on Champions League football again this season, with Watzke saying he would be ‘saddened’ when watching the competition even if his bank balance is healthy.The Arsenal star responded on Twitter, saying: ‘Better for you I never talk about why I really left Dortmund Mr Watzke you such a clown.‘I remember that time you said we never gonna sell Ousmane then you saw more than 100M you were the first to take that money don’t talk about money please!!! Leave me alone pls (sic).’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Borussia Dortmund chief ‘cannot understand’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ‘clown’ outburst Advertisement
Hull boss Steve Bruce has accused Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez of faking injury and insists his club will “vigorously defend” a Football Association charge arising from last weekend’s goalless draw at the King Power Stadium. Press Association Bruce said: “I’ve got the highest respect for Mahrez but the way he rolled around the pitch is something which for me we’ve got to stamp out because I think that’s what incenses all of us. “The frustration was that he was blatantly trying to get somebody sent off. We surrounded the referee because it was a perfectly fair challenge and we will vigorously defend it. “I’m not saying the reaction of the players (was right), but there was an injustice and the one thing we have to stamp out more than anything is players rolling around faking injuries.” Tom Huddlestone’s sending-off in the same fixture means the former Tottenham man will be suspended for the visit of Jose Mourinho’s men while Nikica Jelavic is facing at least six weeks on the sidelines following knee surgery. And Bruce believes Chelsea’s exit from continental competition could count against the Tigers as they look to boost their survival chances by claiming more valuable points against the biggest teams in the division. Bruce added: “Jose has focused his attention straight back on the Premier League. The one thing (the exit) has done for them is refocus them because they haven’t got that distraction and they are near-on certainties to go on and win the league. “Chelsea are the team everybody is trying to beat. You can’t see them, five points clear and with a game in hand, blowing the situation. But we need a result ourselves because we’ve got some tough games ahead.” Meanwhile Bruce revealed he had spoken briefly with Paul Ince over son Tom’s decision this week to no longer make himself available for the England Under-21s. Ince, currently on loan at Derby, played in all of the Under-21s’ successful European Championship qualifying campaign but informed boss Gareth Southgate this week he did not wish to be considered for the squad. Bruce said: “I had a quick word with his father at Derby this week and it has been their decision, but whatever decision they take of course we will back. “I haven’t really spoken to Tom himself about it, but I will go and speak to him and see what his ideas are. He has had a long, tough season playing with various clubs.” The Tigers were charged with failing to control their players following a 68th-minute incident in which they surrounded referee Jonathan Moss after Alex Bruce was booked for his challenge on the Foxes winger. But ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea – who were also accused of badgering the referee during their UEFA Champions League match at home to Paris St Germain recently – Bruce says Mahrez’s alleged offence is more serious.
Approximately 43,000 additional Disney employees will be furloughed due to ongoing coronavirus closures, after an agreement was reached over the weekend with the unions that represent the workers.The agreement with the Service Trades Council, a coalition of six unions, was announced Saturday on Facebook Live. It is the largest number of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March.The workers will be out of the job beginning on April 19. Under the agreements, the workers will continue to receive health and educational benefits during furloughs scheduled to start on the day.According to the unions, impacted workers will be immediately eligible to enroll in unemployment benefits through the state.In addition, health care benefits will be available free of cost to workers for a year.Meanwhile, as those affected at Disney join the unemployment ranks, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he has hired 2,000 additional workers to sort through claims.He says the Department of Economic Opportunity is also working to increase its website’s capacity.Disney World and other theme parks across the country have been closed since mid-March, social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have taken effect.
Barry BondsPITTSBURGH (AP) – Barry Bonds, Dick Groat and Jim Leyland are going to help the Pittsburgh Pirates honor their award winners from last season on opening day.The former Pirates stars will be on hand Monday when Pittsburgh celebrates its first winning season and trip to the playoffs since 1992 before playing the Chicago Cubs.Bonds, the 1992 NL MVP, and Groat, the 1960 winner, are set to give center fielder Andrew McCutcheon his NL MVP award. The recently retired Leyland, Manager of the Year in 1990 and ’92 with the Pirates, will give Clint Hurdle the award he won for guiding last year’s club to a 94-68 record.Jack Wilson, a 2004 Silver Slugger winner for best-hitting shortstop, is going to give McCutcheon and third baseman Pedro Alvarez their Silver Sluggers.