I’m the wrong person to ask Qatar politics question – Klopp

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool manager, Juergen Klopp, says it is wrong that managers and players are asked to make judgments on the suitability of a country for hosting global tournaments. Klopp is currently in Qatar for the Club World Cup, where his team are already in the semi-finals. The European champions will play Mexico’s Monterrey at the Khalifa International Stadium on Wednesday in the semi-final of the FIFA tournament which ends on Saturday. Asked at a news conference about whether it was right to play in a country where rights for homosexuals are restricted, Klopp said that was for others to address. “This is a real serious thing to talk about I think and the answers should come from people who know more about it. I have to be influential in football but not in politics,” he said. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 when fans from 32 nations will flock to the gulf state for a month of football action. “Anything I say wouldn’t help, it would just create another headline, positive or negative. I like you (to) ask the question but I think I am the wrong person,” he added. As in a number of majority Muslim countries, homosexual acts are strictly prohibited in Qatar although the law is rarely enforced. During the preparations for the competition, Qatari officials had met with Liverpool supporters groups, including the LGBT group ‘Kop Outs!’ to discuss their concerns about attending the tournament. Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said the club were given assurances by Qatari authorities that their LGBT supporters would be welcomed in the Gulf state. Klopp said decisions on where to host events were not matters for sportspeople themselves but the administrators. “We arrived here, we were very welcomed. Everything is organised as it should be. Organising the competition wherever it is they have to think about it. Athletes shouldn’t,” he said. “We represent Liverpool, we are invited so we should go there. If sportsmen make a decision about competitions wherever it is in the world, that is not right. “My personal opinion, I have one, of course. I think we should all be treated equally, that is clear.” The German said fans visiting Qatar should respect the country, as they would anywhere else. “I don’t think anyone has to be concerned to come here if they do the normal stuff. You have to respect the rules of different countries, I have to respect the rules of England when I am there, it is only cultural but that’s how it is,” he said.Tags: Club World CupJuergen KloppLiverpoolQatarlast_img read more

Mike Tyson: I was a drug addict

first_imgMike Tyson has admitted to using illegal substances for a large part of his boxing career but he got away with it by cheating drugs tests.The former heavyweight champion used a fake penis to hide any trace of the drugs he was using from testers. Tyson shot to fame as a youngster when he won the world title at the age of just 20.In his autobiography, Undisputed Truth, he admitted to being a regular drug user from an early age.“I was a full-blown cokehead,” Tyson said while revealing he first took cocaine when he was 11.“The history of war is the history of drugs. Every great general and warrior from the beginning of time was high.”He was eventually caught in 2000 after testing positive for marijuana and fined $200,000. But he avoided detection for most of his career because he was able to game the system.Tyson explained in his book that he would often take drugs before a fight and then fill a fake penis with someone else’s urine to escape detection.One of his entourage would carry it, which he called his “whizzer”, then hand it to Tyson after the fight.The former heavyweight champion claimed to have taken cocaine before his 2004 defeat to Danny Williams and also said he had take the drugs during his famous press conference brawl with Lennox Lewis in 2002.He gave it all up in 2009, though and turned to a vegan diet to clean up his health. He told Oprah Winfrey in 2013: “Well my life is different today because I have stability in my life. I’m not on drugs. I’m not out on the streets or in clubs and everything in my life that I do now is structured around the development of my life and my family.“I lost weight. I dropped over 100lbs and I just felt like changing my life, doing something different and I became a vegan.“Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe. High blood pressure, almost dying, arthritis and once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished.”The 53-year-old is currently on the comeback trail and has been posting videos showing his ferocious power and speed.RelatedPosts Interior Ministry Perm Sec releases autobiography Mike Tyson comeback fight postponed WBA Champion Charr to hold Ruiz Jr talks Tags: AutobiographyBOXINGDrug AddictionDrug usemike tysonlast_img read more

Rape charges dropped against Hudson-Odoi

first_imgRelatedPosts 100 Benue girls get training, empowerment against rape NOA campaigns against rape, COVID-19, social violence in Okigwe Court remands carpenter accused of raping 12-year-old girl Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has welcomed the decision by Metropolitan Police to end their investigation into allegations of rape made against him, with the 19-year-old pleased to see his name cleared.The England international was arrested on May 17 after facing accusations of sexual assault. He was subsequently released from custody and bailed until mid-June.The relevant authorities have now carried out all of their enquiries and determined that Hudson-Odoi has no case to answer.He has welcomed that ruling and taken to social media to thank those who have offered their support during a testing time.Hudson-Odoi has also vowed to be more aware of the responsibilities he has as a professional footballer in the public eye, with the teenager determined to become a “role model”.A statement posted on Twitter read: “At a time when there are bigger things happening in the world right now, you may also be aware of the serious allegations that were made against me. “I have stayed silent and assisted the police fully throughout their enquiries, as I knew the day would soon come when my name would be cleared.“Following a full and thorough investigation, the police have now confirmed they will take no further action.“I would like to use this platform to thank everyone who has stood by my side and supported me during this difficult period.“I have learned that being a footballer and playing for one of the best clubs in the world comes with great responsibility, and going forward I will try and use my platform as a Chelsea player to be the best role model that I can be.”Tags: Callum Hudson-OdoiRapeSexual asaultlast_img read more

Football: No. 8 Badgers must contain J.T. Barrett for shot at upsetting Ohio State

first_imgEach player on the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense will be keyed into No. 16 of Ohio State University come Saturday night, when the Badgers welcome the Buckeyes in a premier top 10 matchup.No. 16 is J.T. Barrett, OSU’s stud redshirt junior quarterback. The guy can do it all. Everyone, including the Badgers, knows it. Contain him, and UW’s chances of winning will vastly increase. That is easier said than done, according to redshirt sophomore inside linebacker T.J. Edwards.“I think he’s so good in both passing and with his feet,” Edwards said Wednesday when asked which aspect of Barrett’s game sticks out to him the most.Football: No. 8 Badgers must contain J.T. Barrett for shot at upsetting Ohio StateEach player on the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense will be keyed into No. 16 of Ohio State University Read…In Edwards’ film study of the Irving, Texas native, he noticed Barrett is not only one of the best athletes on the field, but also among the smartest. The way he orchestrates the No. 2 OSU (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) offense, Edwards said, is impressive.“I think he’s got a really good understanding of what’s going on,” Edwards said.Since the 6-foot-2, 222-pound Barrett poses a significant dual-threat, the No. 8 Badgers (4-1, 0-1) will have to account for his running abilities every drop-back. There’s only so much the defense can concentrate on during practice, Edwards said, so it’s not like they necessarily carve out extra time to practice defending quarterback scrambles.But if the Badger defense stays true to its base schemes, Edwards said, they have confidence they can at least slow Barrett down through the air and on the ground.UW head coach Paul Chryst also pointed out Barrett’s cerebral sense, comparing him to a point guard.“He is a really good one, because everything goes through him,” Chryst said. “He’s got poise. He knows what they’re doing, what they’re trying to affect on each play and he makes really good decisions.”Barrett’s combination of skill and smarts; speed and arm strength, have translated to gaudy numbers on the field. As the Buckeyes’ starter during the 2014 season, he talked himself into the Heisman conversation before breaking his ankle against Michigan during the final regular season game. That meant the Badgers didn’t face him during the 59-0 Big Ten Championship loss. Cardale Jones then led the Buckeyes to the national title after demolishing UW, and the two essentially split quarterback duties last season.With 86 career touchdowns (60 throwing, 26 rushing) Barrett is three scores away from surpassing Ohio State’s all-time career touchdown record, which is currently held by Barrett’s predecessor, Braxton Miller. In 2016, Barrett has led an Ohio State attack that averaged 53.2 points and 531.6 yards per game.Barrett’s last game, against Indiana, saw a downward trend in his passing numbers. He completed just 9 of his 22 passes, with a touchdown and an interception. But on the ground, he carried the ball 26 times for 137 yards and a touchdown.Edwards won’t let that get the Badgers’ hopes up.“It’s going to be a challenge,” he said.last_img read more

Michael Ryan names side for Munster quarter-final

first_img12 of the Tipp team beaten by Galway in the League final will start against Cork in tomorrows Munster Championship opener.Michael Ryan’s side are boosted by the return of Seamus Callanan from injury while John O’Keeffe comes in at corner-back for the injured Michael Cahill and Sean Curran replaces the suspended Jason Forde.Meanwhile former Tipp star Shane McGrath says the pressure of the favourites tag should suit the Premier this year. Having won the All-Ireland last year, Tipp will be out to prove that they are not a ‘once off’ team.Shane McGrath says the experience of the squad should stand to Tipp.Throw-in for the Munster quarter final is at 4 o’clock in Semple Stadium tomorrow afternoon and Tipp FM’s live coverage is in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Raymie Ryan Lighting, Cashel.last_img read more

Nigerians Ready to “SHARE-A-COKE” and Share the Love for Super Eagles

first_imgCoca-Cola the official FIFA World Cup™ partner, also the Super Eagles’ Official Soft Drink Sponsor launches Share-a-Coke-with-Super Eagles campaignCoca-Cola Nigeria has kicked off another spectacular campaign to rally fans behind the Super Eagles on the road to Russia for the FIFA 2018 World Cup tournament.The Official Soft Drink Sponsor of the Nigerian national football team, which has been rewarding fans with its ‘Score a Trip to Russia’ promotion for the past six weeks, has announced it is giving fans another chance to join in the excitement of the games and show their love for the Russia bound team with the release of a special edition Super Eagles branded Coca-Cola packaging. The special edition Super Eagles branded 35cl and 60cl PET Coca-Cola original bottles will be released as an extension of the globally acclaimed Share-a-Coke campaign.Tagged ‘Share-a-Coke-with-Super-Eagles’, the new campaign sets images of each player in the Super Eagles Russia-bound team on the Coca-Cola bottles. The images which are detachable will provide fans an opportunity to collect pictures of their favourite players and show their support for the Super Eagles Team. “Throughout this football season, we are keeping with the promise to bring to our consumers upliftment and positivity in every sip. With the release of this specially branded bottle, Coca-Cola is once again thrilled to join millions of fans around the world in their support for Nigeria’s Super Eagles. We’re toasting the Super Eagles and fans to celebrate the start of this electrifying football season” said Cletus Onyebuoha, Strategic Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola West Africa.This new development comes hot on the heels of Coca-Cola’s ongoing “Score a Trip to Russia” Promotion in which lucky participants will get a chance to travel to Russia to watch the FIFA World Cup games live on an all-expense paid trip courtesy of Coca-Cola. The promo, which randomly selects winners after weekly draws, is set to take a total of 22 lucky winners to Russia. So far, 15 winners have emerged from all over Nigeria, most of whom are ordinary people, who have been attesting to the magic of Coca-Cola: that the simple pleasure of drinking a Coca-Cola can make an ordinary moment special.As part of its multi-million-naira partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited has lined up a bevy of activities that will be rolled out in the run up to the World’s most popular sports competition to take place this summer including several consumer touch points, such as marketing activations, in-store and social media engagement.Speaking on Coca-Cola’s support of the Super Eagles, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick said, “We are happy that Coca-Cola has come on board as the official soft drink sponsor of all our national football teams including the Super Eagles. As a giant in football globally and the official partner of FIFA World Cup™ Russia 2018, Coca-Cola’s goodwill is important to us like that of 180 million Nigerians. We are therefore proud to partner with them and excitedly looking forward to a successful Super Eagles outing in Russia”.Keeping with the tradition of releasing an anthem during every FIFA World Cup™ season, the soundtrack for this year’s Coca-Cola’s FIFA World Cup™ activations will be the inspiring anthem ‘Colors’ written and recorded by global superstar Jason Derulo. The song will fill Nigerian airwaves throughout this football season.For now, football fans can look out for the Super Eagles branded bottles that will be available in stores across the country from May 15th 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

W2 accelerates expansion plans after securing new investment

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon W2 Global Data (W2) has secured a series A investment to fund the expansion of its sales, marketing and technical capability in the UK and international markets.The provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) products for the Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti Money Laundering (AML) and fraud prevention due diligence markets, has received the largest ever Growth Fund investment from Mercia Fund Management and a substantial follow on investment from Finance Wales. The rest comes from existing shareholders and Thorium Technology Investors (TTI).W2, founded in 2011 by CEO Warren Russell, offers customers the ability to perform real-time identity verification and anti-money laundering checks against consumers and corporates during the process of opening an account. The Cardiff-based firm will now accelerate plans to expand its team, develop new products and extend its reach across the regulated, government and business community.Russell said: “W2 has grown from strength to strength in the last few years and this investment will allow our business to establish its position as a key world player in the field. We have a rapidly growing customer base and we can support them with an expanding team, creating job opportunities in the local area and further afield.”Julian Dennard, Investment Director at Mercia Fund Management, commented: “We are delighted to support W2 and back a management team which is highly experienced in in the anti-fraud sector and cloud-based software companies. SaaS technology is one of Mercia’s chosen areas of focus and so we are pleased to be able to support Warren and his team as they continue to scale.”Richard Thompson, Senior Investment Executive at Finance Wales, added: “We are delighted to co-invest with Mercia in this latest round to support Warren and his team in the next phase of their expansion. W2 has made impressive progress year-on-year since our initial investments, when they moved their headquarters to Cardiff. With this investment, they are positioned to accelerate their growth as their customers address the increasing regulatory demands companies must now meet.” ConnectPay ups security investment to combat online fraud May 29, 2020 Share David Pope: HooYu – Betting needs to stay alert on temporary KYC actions June 23, 2020 Share Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s poetic retirement announcement breaks hearts, crashes website

first_imgAlthough he initially wanted to stay open-ended about his future, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has decided he will retire following the 2015-16 season.“This season is all I have left to give.” Bryant wrote in a Players Tribune article.The Lakers had expected Bryant would retire following his 20th NBA season. Ever since he had season-ending right shoulder surgery last season after playing only 35 games, Bryant had expected he would not play past his current contract beyond $25 million. But Bryant had left the option open in case he changed his mind.If you are viewing this on mobile, click here. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

AAF gets $250 million lifeline from Carolina Hurricanes owner

first_img“This was a terrific opportunity for Tom to expand his investment in the sports world,” Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said in a release. “The AAF is off to an exciting start as a league and was founded on some truly unique and groundbreaking concepts. The Alliance of American Football has a new, big-money backer. Tom Dundon, owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, has committed $250 million to the new football league and will be named the chairman of the AAF’s board of directors, the Hurricanes announced Tuesday.  “Tom is excited about the direction of the Carolina Hurricanes and remains fully committed to this franchise’s current and future success in Raleigh.”A report Monday by The Athletic said Dundon’s investment came at a critical time for the league, whose teams just completed their second weekend of games. According to the report, the AAF had run short of cash on hand and there was a “good chance” its teams were going to miss payroll last Friday. The AAF has enjoyed a high-profile rollout in its debut season, securing big television deals and featuring a number of recognizable names, most notably in the coaching ranks. Five of the AAF’s eight head coaches have held the same role for NFL teams, including Mike Martz, Mike Singletary and Steve Spurrier.last_img read more

Clyde Jenkins BBQ Benefit Lunch – Saturday – 12 – 3 p.m.

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