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No, they couldn’t. Well, they could but it was too late now, no longer in their hands. And, after 62 minutes, Gabriel scooped a gorgeous ball over the defence to Alex Szymanowski Authentic Gary Roberts Youth Jersey to score. It was 9.18pm; 1-1 in Bilbao. In Villarreal, it was still 0-0. “When they told me Leganés had scored I knew it was over,” Burgui admitted.Bayer Leverkusen hang on in Bundesliga, but shake-up is already under way or crawled, depending on where you were and who you were. The three cities were connected; up in Eibar, Sporting were comfortable but what mattered more was that at El Madrigal, Cedric Bakambu passed up a great chance and that Deportivo defended; what mattered most was that Leganés, too, held on, a third centre-back introduced. Athletic approached, the ball flying into the area, over and over. High at San Mamés, almost 1,000 fans screamed for the whistle to go. In Eibar, Sporting’s fans willed it not to. They pleaded for a goal. Just one. Their game was won but the game was elsewhere. Amorebieta went to the bench. Still no sign. And then, at 9.49pm, Sporting slipped away. They were down; Depor and Leganés had done it.With 33 and 34 points respectively, survival had been cheap; for Sporting http://www.officialflamesauthentic.com/Jarome_Iginla_Jersey relegation may be costly – but at least not as costly as if it had happened last season when survival really might have meant survival. Not that it came as much consolation. They were crying at Ipurua. “It hurts,” Rubi said. “This tastes awful. We hoped to at least make it to the final week; we thought that we might have one last bullet then but if [Depor and Leganés] could get a point against teams as good as that we have to congratulate them. I absolve the players: we have worked day and night, they have worked, run, fought. If we lacked something, it wasn’t that.”“We feel like fucking shit,” Xavi Torres said. “This is the other side of football and it’s hard to live it.”The other side was Jonathan Huberdeau Authentic Jersey down at El Madrigal where Depor’s players were dancing in a circle; they hadn’t expected Over in Bilbao, Leganés were celebrating, too, embracing in tears, bowing down before their supporters. Their case was different to Depor’s. An unexpectedly welcome addition to the top flight, Leganés always thought they would be in a relegation fight. They hoped to be, in fact: some anticipated them being down ahead of time. Instead, they had survived with a week to spare. Back home to the south of Madrid, those who had stayed behind were dancing in the streets. “I don’t like to over-celebrate survival, getting carried away, as it makes you a small club,” the coach, Asier Garitano, insisted. “We’re very happy http://www.officialpanthersonlinestore.com/Jonathan_Huberdeau_Jersey but civic receptions? Bus rides …”Maybe not but this was something to celebrate. “This is what you play football for,” Garitano rightly said. Leganés had done it and at the best possible place, too – “somewhere historic, the cathedral of football,” as Szymanowski put it. Like his team-mates, the former pizza delivery boy who is now a first division player, the man who scored the goal that kept them up, was wearing a T-shirt that read “mission accomplished” on the front. It had been some mission – impossible, most said – but here they were. Here they are. Before the game, the Leganés captain, Martin Mantovani, had laid The last night at the Bernabéu was played out to olés and huge roars, the noise of a stadium that knows it is close now – close to something historic, even for them. A 4-1 win over Sevilla takes Madrid to within four points of a first league title in five years and maybe a first league and European double in 59. Nacho’s fast free-kick, legal but rolled into the net when no one was ready, a Sevilla player was helping an opponent to his feet and the ref was standing in the way – argue away down there – gave them the lead. Stevan Jovetic could have had four, twice hitting the bar, and for a while Madrid were on edge, but by the end they had blown Sevilla to bits. James said goodbye. Nacho was sent off for standing up. Toni Kroos bowling-balled another finish so smooth that the word smooth should really be spelled with an extra “o” or three, and Ronaldo belted in a real beauty off the bar. “We still have a long way to go,” Zidane said, twisting and turning himself inside out. “Well, not a long way. Every day, it is less. But it is not done. We have to think about the most negative possible scenarios. We’re very positive.
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Walter Mazzarri is the latest to be given the bad news, the Italian having been summoned to the training ground in London Colney on Tuesday to be informed of the decision. Watford want Marco Silva talks with Walter Mazzarri to go amid player unrest Read more In the Italian’s first and apparently only season in England, Watford spent a single week in the bottom three – and even that was in August – effectively secured their top?flight status with six weeks to spare and became the only team outside the current top three to beat both Manchester United and Arsenal. Yet like Quique Sánchez Flores, the Spaniard who took charge last season, he enters the final weekend as a lame duck manager, with his future decided and disclosed. In all there have been seven permanent appointments in the five years since the Pozzo family bought the club, with only the first, Gianfranco Zola, lasting longer than a year and the shortest reign, that of Billy McKinlay in 2014, ending after eight days. Under the Italians’ ownership Watford have Luc Robitaille Jersey earned a foothold in the Premier League but also a reputation for dispensing with coaches at the slightest provocation. Nevertheless, with top-flight football, along with all its associated profile and profit, and the ability to live in north London on offer there is no concern that attracting a replacement will prove a problem. Mazzarri’s departure will be mourned by few at Vicarage Road. A recent survey on a fans’ forum found 78% support for his sacking, with the manager’s inability or refusal to speak English in public – but for the answer to one question in one interview by the BBC last month – particularly influential in alienating supporters. It did not help his relationship with the players, either. In training instructions had to be relayed to English speakers by one of the bilingual players, while in matches Mazzarri had to be accompanied to the touchline by one of his coaches. Often the team’s performances looked as if something had been lost in translation, with their defending from set pieces particularly puzzling. Gradually, with the communication issues just one problem among many, the Italian’s relationship with his players started to disintegrate. Advertisement In Italy Mazzarri created a reputation, at least before his short and undistinguished spell at Internazionale, for improving strikers and fashioning exciting, high-scoring sides. There has been little sign of either trait during his time in Hertfordshire: Odion Ighalo, scourge of rival defences in the first half of last season, was sold to China in January having scored just once, while Troy Deeney has managed seven goals from open play and has started several recent games on the bench, to his great disgruntlement. Deeney’s underwhelming tally http://www.officialkingsteamstore.com/Marcel_Dionne_Jersey is less a reflection of his own poor form than the team’s inability to create chances for him, with Watford’s attacking play often as lacking in fluency as their manager’s press conferences. There were certainly some highs along the way, with a thrilling and thoroughly deserved win against Arsenal in January and the three consecutive home victories that carried the team to 40 points and near?certain safety among them. However, Watford have found success hard to sustain: the win at the Emirates Stadium came two days after a dismal FA Cup defeat at Millwall, and those three home victories were immediately followed by a hideous 2-0 defeat at Hull, a side on their way to relegation who played with 10 men for more than an hour. Watford have lost all four games since, finally achieving consistency of the most underwhelming sort. At Inter, Mazzarri created another reputation: for producing increasingly far-fetched excuses for his team’s failures, most notoriously blaming a draw with Verona on some rain. Ultimately this is the version of Mazzarri that Watford’s fans will recognise. When his side lost 1-0 against Liverpool recently, courtesy of Emre Can’s stunning overhead kick, Mazzarri told the media that “usually I don’t like to speak about luck but today we were completely unlucky”. It was a bizarre turn of phrase from someone who complained that his side were “unlucky” after games against Bournemouth, Stoke, Southampton, Chelsea and Hull, had “no luck at all” on a “very unlucky day” at Crystal Palace, were “not very lucky” at Swansea, and “missed a bit of luck” against Middlesbrough. In fact Mazzarri speaks about luck almost constantly, most recently moaning that the injury crisis currently affecting Jacob deGrom Womens Jersey his defence is “very unlucky and I’m very angry”. Advertisement Others at Watford are far from convinced that the injuries are as unlucky as Mazzarri insists. Some, such as the serious knee problems that prematurely ended Roberto Pereyra’s and Mauro Zárate’s seasons, certainly seem unfortunate. But though it might not be as obvious as the number of goals they concede from corners, the quantity of muscular injuries sustained by Watford’s players is seen as another indicator of poor training methods. There are questions about both quality and quantity: Mazzarri’s recent decision to demand the players attend training on 12 consecutive days tested both the players’ patience and their endurance. Mazzarri had been set no specific target before the season started. Survival was the least that was expected of him, but there was no exhortation to beat last season’s league position or points tally. He was expected to entertain and to impress – in the end he achieved neither. Watford will hope the next man in the manager’s office is a considerable improvement. And if not, well, they can always find another
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Real Madrid are close now. They have one league game left and a draw would be enough to take them to their first La Liga title in five years. Win the next match after that and they will Joe Mullen Authentic Jersey claim a league and European Cup double for the first time in 59 years.For three months they had waited to play Celta Vigo after a storm tore through  Galicia and the Balaídos roof, forcing its postponement; last night they finally met, two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and one each from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos taking them three points clear of Barcelona and within touching distance of the title.“It’s still not decided,” Zinedine Zidane said but on Sunday Madrid go to Málaga where a point will suffice. The game against Celta turned wild and sometimes ugly, and it ended with Celta’s fans singing their support for a team who were down to 10 men while Madrid’s supporters celebrated. It closed with players confronting each other and Kroos making it 4-1. That came late; the first had http://www.officialbluesauthentic.com/authentic-7-joe-mullen-jersey.html come early, scored after just 10 minutes by the man who has dominated these final, decisive weeks and made history here.Ronaldo smashed a left-foot shot through the legs of Gustavo Cabral and past Sergio to take Madrid beyond Barcelona and Ronaldo beyond Jimmy Greaves. With 367 goals, no player has scored more in Europe’s five major leagues. It was his 38th goal of the season, his 23rd in the league – a statistic made more significant by when he has scored them. Another followed. Another decisive moment was his.Zidane’s managing of Ronaldo’s minutes, his protection of the forward, had paid off once more. The coach has encouraged him to rest, rotating his squad and reserving his No7; Ronaldo has responded by accelerating to the finish Authentic Dwyane Wade Youth Jersey line when once he struggled towards it. Of the last seven league away games, this was only his second appearance; he had not played on the road since 19 March. Now he had scored his 12th in eight games. Madrid’s substitutes ran to join the celebrations, conscious of its importance.This was in Madrid’s hands now although, driven by Iago Aspas,Celta responded. Pione Sisto struck over before Keylor Navas pushed away Daniel Wass’s free-kick. Aspas then had three efforts in four minutes and turned the ball into the path of John Guidetti with his chest, but the Swede left it behind, which summed up much of the night. Next Celta appealed for a penalty when Raphaël Varane handled on the edge of the area as Jonny looked to go beyond him. He appeared http://www.officialheatauthentic.com/authentic-41-glen-rice-jersey.html to be outside but the handball was clear; the referee, though, gave nothing except a yellow card for Aspas’s protests.Madrid had completed fewer passes and taken fewer shots but were one up at the break. Virtually straight after it, it was two. Wass nodded down to Guidetti six yards out but he misjudged it, the control taking him away from goal. The chance went, possession was lost and suddenly Isco was running through the middle, riding challenges and slipping it to Ronaldo, who side-footed home off the post.Celta did not give up but the task soon got harder. Aspas received the ball in the area and Sergio Ramos ran into the back of him. If Aspas encouraged the contact and made the most of it, the foul was no invention. But across came the referee Juan Martínez Munuera holding yellow and red cards. Even with 10 men Celta attacked and Guidetti finally found a way through with a deflected shot, while the referee lost control sending Celta’s assistant coach walking off – across the pitch. Benzema turned in Marcelo’s pass to score the third from a yard.More should have followed, Madrid walking through now. Ronaldo had an opportunity to get a hat-trick but inexplicably put it wide from six yards. Balaídos burst into laughter. He had been close, after all. But ultimately it did not matter: Kroos scored a fourth and Madrid are closer still.
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British & Irish Lions touring party have not yet left Heathrow but they are already receiving plenty of sage advice. The New Zealand coach, Steve Hansen, has even warned this week about the pressure set to be generated next month by the “massive expectation” of the Lions’ supporters. Eh? It is akin to the Big Bad Wolf advising Little Red Riding Hood to beware the slightly loose paving stone up the garden path. Warren Gatland uses Messy Adidas Gilbert Perreault Authentic Jersey Monday to prepare Lions for New Zealand challenge Read more Pressure from their own fans? If Hansen were to don a wig and baseball cap and quietly hire himself a camper van for a week before the Test series he would soon realise just how ridiculous a notion that is. In New Zealand people expect their national team to win every week. That’s pressure. The Lions, in contrast, have won only six Tests against the All Blacks in 38 attempts. They will travel, as always, with undiluted hope in their hearts but absolutely nil in the way of expectation. That is what makes them such a glorious institution and, it seems, is giving Hansen and his squad slight palpitations. Every Lions tour has this fear of the unknown at its soul: there is no footage available to pore over because the team have never played, no precedent in the professional era other than the Lions’ disjointed expedition in 2005. New Zealand do not know what is about to happen, primarily because their guests have no firm idea either. In many ways the Lions are a state of mind: get that right and everything else looks after itself. Perhaps the best tip for all involved is to read When Lions Roared, the outstanding book about the memorable 1971 Lions tour to be published on Thursday. The authors, Tom English and Peter Burns, have either interviewed, commissioned or tracked down first-person testimony from a wide range of leading figures who experienced the most legendary of all tours at first hand. Barry John, Willie John McBride, Colin “Pinetree” Meads, Gareth Edwards – so evocative are their recollections the intervening 46 years instantly melt away. On all sort of levels, it is a http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewers.com/Wily-Peralta-Jersey compelling read. The quality of the Lions backs, the coaching intelligence of Carwyn James, the shrewd management of Doug Smith, the growing Kiwi horror at what was unfolding: all of it feels strangely fresh, partly because it is so well told and partly because so much fascinating detail has lain untouched for ages. To read of the simmering private antipathy between one or two Lions forwards or the manager John Spencer’s view of the soothsayer James – “I didn’t think he was the greatest coach” – is to be instantly jolted upright. To relive the full gory details of the savage game with Canterbury is also to be reminded of the era’s more psychopathic excesses. Forty years on: When we saw fantasy rugby in New Zealand Martin Kelner Read more John’s brilliance shines equally clearly through every chapter. One of his constant refrains was to call his forwards “donkeys” and blithely tell them: “Just get me the ball and I’ll do the rest.” The great Irish prop Ray McLoughlin recalls the Welsh fly-half asking him roughly three times a week: “Remind me again, Ray, are you a loosehead donkey or a tighthead donkey?” Imagine a No10 today deciding to copy John’s actions at Hawke’s Bay: sitting on the ball in protest at the rough http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jason-demers-jersey physical treatment he was receiving, with the crowd screaming “kill, kill, kill” and the onrushing home forwards more than happy to oblige. Other searing images include the battered post-Lancaster Park face of Sandy Carmichael, not to mention the picture of the Taranaki prop Jazz Muller flying into contact with a cocked boot at waist height. This was more than a fizzing masterclass in backline artistry that led to a tactical sea-change in New Zealand rugby thinking. Spanning over three months, with officially sanctioned player expenses of 75p per day, it was the ultimate expedition: part raw-boned odyssey, part voyage of discovery, part sporting war. The moral of the story? That true heroes are not necessarily the ones who get paid the most or stay successful for the longest consecutive period. They are the ones who front up on foreign soil when no one gives them much of a chance, soak up everything their opponents have to offer, laugh uproariously in the face of adversity and, 46 years on, still recall the stories as if it were yesterday. “I often think about the individual sports, about people who win the men’s singles at Wimbledon or the Open at golf,” concludes Mike Gibson, the incomparable Irish centre. “There is nobody at that winning moment who can understand how the person feels. 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Premiership Rugby announced on Wednesday a new four-year deal to stage regular-season games in the US, starting, as previously reported in the Guardian, with Saracens – “the Manchester United of rugby” – against Newcastle http://www.authenticsandiegopadres.com/Johnny-Manziel-Jersey in Philadelphia on 16 September. Aviva Premiership moves US game to September, start of NFL season Read more The game, which will be played out of international rugby windows but which will land on an NFL and college football weekend, is a home fixture for Newcastle. In a statement on the club’s website, managing director Mick Hogan heralded “an exciting opportunity which … enables us to further invest in our squad and in the stadium facilities at Kingston Park”, but added: “We do appreciate some of our supporters will be disappointed by one of our regular home games being moved. We will be in touch with season-ticket members and corporate sponsors directly to inform them of our compensatory offers.” Dan Lyle, the former USA, Bath and Leicester No8 who is now director of AEG Rugby, the agency promoting the game in the US, told the Guardian that “if there was a Manchester United of pro rugby Saracens would be that. Double European champions, maybe treble league champions depending Luis Sardinas Jersey on a tough game at Exeter this weekend. “They also have two American players who are well known to the rugby community here, Chris Wyles and Titi Lamositele. They have six Lions, copious amounts of England internationals and others including a world player of the year in Schalk Burger.” Lyle added: “I also like Newcastle in so many ways. I think Newcastle and Philadelphia as sports cities are similar, they’re north-eastern, places with the sea trade and the industrial past, and in rugby Newcastle were the first Premiership champions and they also have a USA player, Nick Civetta.” The game will be played at the Talen Energy Stadium, the home of the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer team which has staged US rugby internationals and is host to the Collegiate Rugby Championship sevens tournament each June. Advertisement In March 2016, Premiership Rugby Adidas Danny Gare Youth Jersey brought Saracens and London Irish to play at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. That game, with US promotion handled by TLA and an official attendance of 14,811, was meant to be the first of three Irish “home fixtures”, only for their relegation from the Premiership to complicate the picture. The deal with AEG replaces that agreement. “TLA have done very well in the Rugby Weekend international games [including Ireland v New Zealand in Chicago last November] and are doing the USA v Ireland game at Red Bull [on 10 June],” said Lyle. “They’re focusing on the Test level … this is a chance from Premiership Rugby to stage a game consistently for four years, parallel with the NBC broadcast deal that they have.” Premiership games, with analysis from Lyle and the New York-born England and Lions prop Alex Corbisiero, have been shown live and on delay by NBC Sports this season. Internationally, interest in US rugby as a source of players and supporters remains high. As with the 2016 US fixture, this year’s Premiership game will not clash with the sanctioning agreement for domestic club rugby held by Doug Schoninger, the New York businessman behind PRO Rugby, the five-team US league that completed its first season last July but has not returned to the field. Premiership Rugby’s announcement also comes http://www.authenticbuffalosabres.com/authentic-derek-roy-jersey amidst reports of the Scottish, Irish, Welsh and Italian Pro12 nearing completion on plans to place a team in Houston
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Omar Fraile took his maiden Grand Tour victory on stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com as Tom Dumoulin hung on to the overall lead despite a frantic and stressful day in the pink jersey. Team Dimension Data’s Fraile won the 161-kilometre stage from Firenze to Bagno di Romagna out of the remnants of a large breakaway which at one point threatened to knock Dumoulin off top spot, and forced his Team Sunweb squad to work hard all day to limit their losses.The pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana, second in the general classification, crossed the line in the same group as Dumoulin, a little over 90 seconds behind Fraile. But Quintana’s team-mate Andrey Amador was in the break and moved up to sixth overall, 3min 5sec back overall to give the Movistar squad plenty of options for the days to come. Tom Dumoulin leads Giro d’Italia after brilliant stage 10 time trial Read more Fraile had been aggressive in the break but it came down to a select sprint between the final MARlNERS Jersey four survivors as he beat Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates), Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) and Tanel Kangert (Astana) to the line. A furious pace from the start of the day split the peloton into pieces and allowed Dumoulin’s rivals to test the strength of Sunweb over the day’s four classified climbs and the long descent to the finish. Amador was at one point the virtual race leader as the breakaway moved five minutes clear but it soon began to splinter. Fraile went clear with Team Sky’s http://www.authenticflyerstore.com/authentic-7-bill-barber-jersey.html Landa, with the British squad forced into being creative after the crash on Sunday appeared to have knocked both Landa and Geraint Thomas out of contention. They were reeled in on the final climb before Fraile chased down an attack from Rolland and the pair went clear to crest the summit first and set up the long chase to the finish. Fraile’s victory was Dimension Data’s first in the Giro. Behind, the defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) launched attacks which split the peloton further, dropping Thomas and creating further http://www.officialmarinershop.com/Adam_Lind_Jersey time gaps in the general classification
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The rain did not stop from the first race to the last here on Wednesday and though Shutter Speed, the odds-on favourite, managed to cope with the softening ground in the Musidora Stakes, her trainer, John Gosden, may walk the course on Thursday morning before he decides whether Cracksman, the third-favourite for the Derby, will take his chance in the Dante Stakes, the feature event of York’s May meeting. If Cracksman does not go to post for the Dante, the last recognised Derby trial will lose its favourite Randy Jones Jersey and a potential favourite for the Classic itself. It will also leave Gosden with the problem of how to apply the finishing touches to a colt with only two runs behind him before the Investec Derby, a fortnight on Saturday. Racing tips and news: Bet4Causes defends failure to donate to sporting charities Read more Cracksman, a son of Frankel, runs in the colours of Anthony Oppenheimer, whose Golden Horn had also had two starts before he completed the Dante?Derby double in 2015. He does at least have some experience of Epsom, having scraped home by a short head from Permian – another declared runner for the Dante – in the track’s 10-furlong Classic Trial in April, and he could get a second chance to gallop around Tattenham Corner at the Breakfast With The Stars event next Tuesday. That possibility could increase Gosden’s reluctance to risk a hard race on testing ground only 16 days before the Derby. The going here was officially good to soft and good in places overnight but had changed to soft by the time of the first race, and the rain was forecast to continue for several hours after the last. “The Dante is closer to the Derby than usual due to a late Easter,” Gosden said. “There are only 16 days between the Derby and Dante and no one is going to have an easy race in the Dante. “He’s in great form. Since he ran at Epsom, he knows what he’s doing, he’s highly professional after that one race. I’m thrilled with the horse. I’m staying nearby and I could nip in early on and have a look, and see what the http://www.officialmarinershop.com/Taijuan_Walker_Jersey lie of the land is.” Gosden’s filly Shutter Speed did not enjoy the ground here on Wednesday but still proved much too good for four opponents in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes, a race that the trainer has now won six times in all. Advertisement Shutter Speed will not follow the traditional path of Musidora winners and run in the Oaks at Epsom, however, as this race confirmed Gosden’s strong suspicion that she will be best at up to a mile and a half. “She hated it, it’s too soft and she wasn’t happy at all,” Gosden said, “but she’s got the class to win anyhow. She’ll go to the [10-furlong] Prix de Diane [French Oaks] in over a month’s time so we’ve got time to get over the race, she’s a mile-and-a-quarter filly and this just stretched her stamina today.” Shutter Speed is quoted as the 6-4 favourite (from 3-1) for the Prix de Diane by Paddy Power, while her stable companion Enable, who took the Cheshire Oaks last week, is now the 5-1 second-favourite for the Oaks behind Rhododendron, the 1,000 Guineas winner, at 9-4. 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Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal still have a “good chance” of a top-four finish, after watching Alexis Sánchez inspire a nervy 2-0 home win over a Sunderland team that fought throughout, despite Authentic Danny DeKeyser Womens Jersey the fact they were already relegated.The Arsenal manager knows that his club will need a favour from either Middlesbrough, who visit Liverpool on Sunday– the final day of the Premier League season – or Watford, who host Manchester City.But, as he demanded that those teams put in the same effort as Sunderland did  Arsenal return to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to face Everton. They sit one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three behind City, who are third.“I don’t think about the percentages,” Wenger said. “I just think: ‘Let’s make sure we win against Everton.’ Even if you have only a 1% chance, you would have to play totally at 100% but I think we have a good chance. If we won, it would be the first time you make 75 points and you are not in the top four.“I answer for 20 years the question: ‘Is the top four nothing special?’ I don’t know why, suddenly, it could become such a big problem [not to finish in the top four]. I am quite surprised. I want to make sure, absolutely, that we are in there but let’s get to 75 points and see what happens. You want all the teams to fight like Sunderland did tonight and, after, you have to accept the result.”Sánchez scored both of the goals towards the end of the game, having shaken off the thigh problem that had threatened his participation. “I made the decision to start him at 4pm,” Wenger said. “I felt he had something still left. Once he is on the pitch and has the ball, he becomes the devil and forgets his pain.”Wenger claimed not to have noticed the massive number of empty seats inside the stadium or to care about them. It http://www.officialredwingsauthentic.com/authentic-65-danny-dekeyser-jersey.html had felt like the latest protest against him and his desire to continue into next season.“It’s a Tuesday night against Sunderland, who everyone expects us to beat,” Wenger said. “When you play football, you do not count how many people are sitting in the stand. We do our job and we have done that tonight. Will it be full against Everton? We are sold out.”The Sunderland manager, David Moyes, took issue with Wenger’s pre-match comments about how teams with nothing left to play for were sometimes “on holiday.” Moyes said: “That’s an insult to footballers. When you are brought up in this country, you are brought up to show that every game matters.”It has been a long and arduous season for Arsène Wenger and Arsenal, underpinned by hostility and a basic lack of any real sense of enjoyment. It still has a pulse though. Wenger’s team continued their recent surge, digging deep to overcome obdurate opponents in Sunderland who, by the manager’s pre-match reckoning, ought to have been on http://www.officialflamesauthentic.com/Gary_Roberts_Jersey the beach.They were not and it took Arsenal until the closing stages to kill them off. Inevitably, it was Alexis Sánchez who inflicted the fatal cuts, the forward’s 22nd and 23rd goals of the Premier League season putting him one behind Everton’s Romelu Lukaku in the race for the Golden Boot.More importantly, when Everton visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday – the final day of the league campaign – Arsenal will have hope. It is the faintest of hope but it is hope nonetheless. If Liverpool were to slip up at home to Middlesbrough or Manchester City were to lose badly at Watford, the door would be ajar for Wenger to prolong his run of never having failed to finish in the top four.Wenger Jarome Iginla Authentic Jersey said after this game that he had spent the past 20 years arguing with fans who have been underwhelmed by mere top-four finishes. “I don’t know why, suddenly, it [coming in below fourth] could become such a big problem,” he said. His tone was rather facetious but there is no doubt that if he could produce another one, it would put a more positive spin on the campaign.It was an evening when a stand-out detail was the number of empty seats inside the Emirates. At kick-off, it did not seem overly generous to put the ground at two-thirds full and, in relation to the great debate over Wenger’s future beyond the end of the season, it felt as though fans had voted with their feet. It should be said that the ground did fill up – a bit.Arsenal were nervy and disjointed, with Wenger saying his players had felt the strain of playing a fourth game in 10 days.
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Eight of the professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport. The football child abuse scandal just keeps on growing Read more The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, wrote to every amateur and professional club in England and Wales on 11 January asking them to supply any information that could help relating to the period covered by the review, from 1970 to 2005, and requesting this was done by 15 March at the latest. Sheldon and his colleagues consider that part of the process to be vital if they are to form an accurate picture of what happened in the past, whether there were institutional failures, who knew and what was done about it. However, the first http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jaromir-jagr-jersey phase of the investigation has been hindered by the difficulties they have encountered waiting for a number of clubs to cooperate. The clubs who did not respond within the initial two-month period were contacted a second time and informed that a new deadline had been put in place of the end of April. Yet the fact eight clubs still failed to meet that six-week extension has led to the FA being notified and leaves questions about whether there are still people within the sport who are unwilling to cooperate at a time when Clarke has emphasised the importance of transparency. “The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around Adidas John Wensink Womens Jersey 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston http://www.authenticbuffalosabres.com/authentic-jack-eichel-jersey Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible. Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout. Manchester City, facing the possibility of civil action from a number of their former junior players, have started their own investigation, using two of Manchester’s leading law firms as well as appointing Jane Mulcahy, a London-based QC who is on the national child safeguarding in sport panel and has been involved with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s appeals panel in child-protection cases. Advertisement The next stage of Sheldon’s inquiry will last several months and be devoted to interviewing the survivors and key witnesses. He and his team have received professional training to ensure the process is handled delicately and there will be the opportunity for people to speak anonymously, with an introductory link on the Sport Resolutions website. 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It wouldn’t have been any different had the Wizards won, by the way, although John Wall is a bigger potential X-factor than anybody on the Celtics roster. The truth was that the winner of this series, no matter which team it was, was going to be rewarded with the opportunity to be flattened by a far superior Cavaliers team. 'You ever hear of manslaughter?': Popovich rips Warriors over Leonard injury Read more In the NBA, it’s all about the last team standing, which means a series like the one the Celtics http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jakub-kindl-jersey and the Wizards just had, will most likely be forgotten, overshadowed by whatever is to come. This would be a shame. After consecutive series sweeps by the Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors there was a growing sense that this postseason would mostly consist of biding time until the Finals. The Celtics and Wizards managed to find a way to keep things interesting, mostly by keeping things weird. The Celtics won the first two games of the series, despite falling behind by double-digits early in both cases. The Wizards then utterly humiliated the Celtics in the next two games, leading to a tied series that really felt like one team should have swept the other. Perhaps, it was this frustration that led to Washington’s Kelly Oubre Jr earning himself a Game 4 suspension after going after Kelly Olynyk in what has to be the first instance of Kelly-on-Kelly violence in NBA historyGiven all of this bad blood, it was probably a bad idea for the Celtics to wear Adidas James Reimer Youth Jersey all-black into Game 6. Yes, the Celtics were a game away from burying the Wizards after pulling off an effortless 123-101 win in Game 5, but they were just inviting bad karma by dressing for the Wizards’ “funeral” at Verizon Center, particularly since they had yet to win a road game in the series. In the end, the Celtics managed to let a 5 point lead slip away in the game’s final seconds as John Wall hit the biggest shot of his career, a stunning three-pointer that sealed a 92-91 victory which forced a GameAnd just because there wasn’t enough controversy heading into Game 7, it came out Adidas Joe Colborne Jersey that the Celtics were robbed of 1.8 seconds during their final, futile possession of Game 6. Of course, after that game’s funeral stunt, it kind of felt like Boston was inviting that sort of bad luck. Advertisement In any case they would get the best kind of revenge in Game 7, which ended the only way this surreal series could: with Kelly Olynyk, the most hated man in Washington other than You-Know-Who, outscoring the Wizards bench 26-5, with 14 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Thanks to his out-of-nowhere performance, the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference playoffs a day before the NBA Draft Lottery, where they have the best chance of landing the No1 pick. None of this, it probably should be emphasized, is how things are supposed to go. The Wizards-Celtics had a downright Lynchian ending: it made no logical sense and, in retrospect, seems preposterous and silly, yet as it all came together it felt http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-joe-sakic-jersey strangely inevitable. After all, this was a series that followed its own internal logic, something we desperately needed while the rest of the NBA playoff picture was falling into place in the most predictable manner possible. Of course this was how it was going to end, with Kelly freaking Olynyk channeling his inner Jordan. We won’t have long to enjoy this break in normality as the Eastern Conference Finals start on Wednesday and Cleveland will most likely remind us all what the status quo is in the NBA. Despite the fact that they will have home court advantage, the Celtics have little shot at beating a fully rested Cavaliers team. No matter, even if they end up getting swept, which might actually be the most likely scenario here, the Celtics should have no regrets about how their season ended
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Liberty Media scored a PR coup in working with Ferrari and finding the distraught six-year-old who had been Authentic Carlos Martinez Womens Jersey in tears after Kimi Raikkonen’s early exit from the race. Thomas Danel from Amiens in France was brought to the motorhome to meet his hero Raikkonen and there were smiles all round. His mother, Coralie Danel, was hugely impressed:“This has been the most fantastic day for us. We could not believe it when they came to get us and took us to Ferrari,” she said. “This is great for fans like us, it really makes F1 and all of its people come alive. Brilliant.” It is significant in that it is something that would almost certainly not have happened during the Bernie Ecclestone era but Liberty are aware of the importance of social media and the child’s meeting with Raikkonen created massive interest. They have also committed to improving the fans’ experience and took various initiatives at the race to promote what they described as a “fan festival”. It is straightforward stuff, of course, but these are areas that the previous owners ignored for profit reasons while Liberty are starting to make good on some of http://www.officialcardinalsbaseball.com/authentic-29-chris-carpenter-jersey.html their initial promises. Lewis Hamilton triumphs in Spanish duel with Vettel to set up F1 season Read more … And yet: new owners, same old story On the other side of the coin, Liberty made it clear that feelgood moments for fans are not going to interfere with their pursuit of the bottom line. F1’s chief executive, Chase Carey, was in Spain and he met with John Grant, the chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club who own Silverstone, who this year had expressed fears the circuit would have to stop hosting the British Grand Prix due to it becoming financially unsustainable. Their contract, which began at £12m in 2010, is set to rise to £26m by 2027. The BRDC had http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewers.com/Ryan-Braun-Jersey warned it could trigger a break clause to opt out of the contract after the 2019 race but had been buoyed by the initial responses of the new owners and were optimistic that there would be some form of renegotiation. Carey was having none of it in Barcelona. “We will not be renegotiating the contract,” he said. “We value Silverstone and we want the race to be a success and will work with them to help achieve that, but we won’t be redoing agreements that were previously concluded in good faith between two parties. Silverstone made money last year.”This is a key point in how the new owners are going to run the business. Silverstone cannot sell any more tickets, it is as successful a weekend as F1 has in numbers and it is very hard to see what could be done for it to make more money to cover the increasing costs. Liberty talk of Scooter Gennett Womens Jersey putting on rock concerts and the like to attract more fans but Silverstone simply does not need that – it has the fans but it needs a break financially. It is one area where Liberty seem decidedly to be still using the old F1 model
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Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.” “I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.” The Swiss also missed last year’s French Open through injury, the first time he failed to make the trip to Paris since his debut in 1999. He now appears to be prioritising Wimbledon, having won the tournament seven times. Sharapova’s return is building slow momentum against a backdrop of continued whispers. She tried hard to dispel the notion here at the Italian Open that she neither cares what her rivals think of her nor that she has just made the cut for the qualifying tournament at Wimbledon and might be similarly favoured for the French Open qualifiers. On the first http://www.authenticflyerstore.com count she was convincing; on the second less so. 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It was her fifth straight win over the American and her fifth win since returning last month. “At this point it’s week to week,” she said of her ranking, which stood at 211 on her arrival from Madrid, where she lost to her fiercest critic, Eugenie Andrew MacDonald Womens Jersey Bouchard, having reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart. As for criticism that she has had a gilded return (a conveniently delayed wild card in Germany and eased in here ahead of the local favourite Francesca Schiavone), she said: “I have had to face a lot of, as you say, distractions or opinions or judgment, since I was 17 years old. I play tennis for a lot of things and those are just not them any more.” She sounded similarly indifferent about making the cut for the Wimbledon qualifying tournament. “I don’t know how the Wimbledon qualifying works or the rankings,” she said to mild media astonishment. “Listen, winning matches will get me places so, if that’s where it got me today, then I will take it. 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Eight of the professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know, the Guardian can reveal. The Football Association is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport. The football child http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-jarome-iginla-jersey abuse scandal just keeps on growing Read more The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, wrote to every amateur and professional club in England and Wales on 11 January asking them to supply any information that could help relating to the period covered by the review, from 1970 to 2005, and requesting this was done by 15 March at the latest. Sheldon and his colleagues consider that part of the process to be vital if they are to form an accurate picture of what happened in the past, whether there were institutional failures, who knew and what was done about it. However, the first phase of the investigation has been hindered by the difficulties they have encountered waiting for a number of clubs to cooperate. The clubs who did not respond within the initial two-month period were contacted a second time and informed that a new deadline had been put in place of the end of April. Yet the fact eight clubs still failed to meet that six-week extension has led to the FA being notified and leaves Adidas Joe Colborne Authentic Jersey questions about whether there are still people within the sport who are unwilling to cooperate at a time when Clarke has emphasised the importance of transparency. “The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs Adidas Jason Demers Authentic Jersey named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible. Chelsea, the Guardian has http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-jonathan-huberdeau-jersey established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scou
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 “The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply Adidas Erik Johnson Jersey concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December http://www.authenticcoloradoavalanche.com/authentic-francois-beauchemin-jersey and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Andrew Norwell White Jersey Women's Limited: #68 Carolina Panthers Road" alt="Nike NFL Andrew Norwell White Jersey Women's Limited: #68 Carolina Panthers Road" />  Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to http://www.authenticfloridapanthers.com/authentic-henrik-borgstrom-jersey submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible. Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology Adidas Jakub Kindl Youth Jersey bout the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout
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John Terry has suggested he could shelve plans to play on and retire from football altogether on his release from Chelsea this summer, with the former England J.J. Jansen Youth Jerseycaptain considering his options at the end of the season. The centre-half made his first start for the champions since mid-September in the 4-3 victory over Watford, scoring his 67th goal for the club but contributing to the concession of the visitors’ immediate equaliser and finding the pace of the game hard going after so long on the sidelines. Terry, when announcing he would sever tier with Chelsea after 22 years, had initially targeted seeking more regular first-team football elsewhere, though he has hinted he may now review that decision. “I never wanted to be that player, the kind who hangs about, and who people can’t wait to get rid of,” he said. “I think the transition for myself, being on the bench and seeing it from a different aspect, has served me well and will serve me well if I go into management in the future. I never wanted to hang about and stop the progress of a younger player – that was the basis of my decision. John Terry makes his mark in http://www.panthersfootballprostore.com/james-bradberry-jersey-for-sale-c-25.html last-gasp Chelsea win over battling Watford Read more “I know I said I wanted to play regular football while I can but I’ve still not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring from football. It depends if the right offer comes along. I’ll sit down and consider it with my family, whether that [offer is] here or abroad or wherever that may be. Genuinely, I haven’t made any decisions as of yet and I’m just evaluating all my options at the moment.” His head coach, Antonio Conte, urged him to stick with his original plan and play on. “I’m looking forward to seeing him lift the [Premier League] trophy,” said the Italian. “John took his decision because he wanted to continue playing regularly, playing every game, and for that reason he preferred to leave Chelsea and play on elsewhere. He will be a big loss next season. John helped me a lot in my first season, on and off the pitch, and always sends the right message to the players. “It’s a pity for me, but I Authentic Jonathan Stewart Womens Jersey respect his decision. If your head and body are telling you to play on, then it’s right to continue trying. Chelsea will always be his home because John, first of all, is a great man and a great legend and player for Chelsea, and in future which ever team he decides to play for.” “I’m concentrating on my [coaching] badges at the moment,” added Terry. “Even this year will serve me well in the future. Seeing it from the other side: does the manager speak to players who are not in group? Is the training intense enough to make sure your fitness is right when you do get called upon, like tonight? I’ve learnt an awful lot of things sitting there and watching the group, how things have panned out. That will serve me well, just for me, to take the experience and kind of see how things will happen in the future. “[Leaving] is going to be tough. It’s tough when you’ve been at a club for so long and had so Authentic Dylan Bundy Youth Jersey many great memories and relationships, friends and managers and everything else. Tonight was tough but next week I’m going to be in bits, I know
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their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.” Advertisement The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council Mike Richter Youth Jersey on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west. The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders. Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent http://www.rangersteamonline.com/Nick_Holden_Jerseycampaigner and researcher from Brunel University. Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible.  Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Terry_Rozier_Jersey the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout. Manchester City, facing the possibility of civil action from a number of their former junior players, have started their own investigation, using two of Manchester’s leading law firms as well as appointing Jane Mulcahy, a London-based QC who is on the national child safeguarding in sport panel and has been involved with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s appeals panel in child-protection cases. Advertisement The next stage of Sheldon’s inquiry will last several months and be devoted to interviewing Tyler Zeller Youth Jersey the survivors and key witnesses. He and his team have received professional training to ensure the process is handled delicately and there will be the opportunity for people to speak anonymously, with an introductory link on the Sport Resolutions website. Mike Hartill, a senior lecturer in sociology and sport at Edge Hill University who has previously been credited with improving child-protection policies in rugby league, is liaising with Sheldon and has produced a report for the inquiry to detail the measures that used to exist in football. The inquiry team has been interviewing various members of staff from previous FA regimes, as well as gathering evidence from a variety of other sources, but has also had to devote a significant amount of time to looking for relevant information from among the 5,000 boxes of FA archives. As disappointing as it has been that almost one out of every 11 professional clubs has missed the various deadlines, that does not reflect the attitudes of the people who have been asked to take part in interviews. Everybody so http://www.officialcelticsproshop.com/Walter_Brown_Jersey far has agreed and it is hoped the FA’s involvement may influence the eight clubs who have let down the process so far
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