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Barça bill scandal stains La Masia

first_imgAccording to Sport, Tantra Soft SA is a consultancy services company in computer science and information technology that was founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in June 2007. Its manager -since July 2016, Juan Carlos Vera Zanotti, has also been linked to I3Ventures. . Furthermore, since September 25, 2009 -as recorded in the minutes of the company’s Ordinary Assembly- “Carlos Rafael Ibáñez Constantino” was appointed as Alternate Director. Carlos Ibáñez is the maximum person in charge of I3 Ventures.The information relates that the managers of the Blaugrana grassroots soccer saw expenses in their budget on behalf of Tantra Soft that they did not locate. When they complained to the board that this expense came from, they received no response and had to assume it because the club’s CEO, Grascar Grau, had authorized it. The scandal of the fragmented invoices by Barcelona to pay the company I3 Ventures for the monitoring of Social Networks does not stop. The Sport newspaper advanced through Xavier Torres information confirming that The fees charged by this company came out in part from the budget of Blaugrana grassroots football, which in two years paid a company called Tantra Soft, a subsidiary of I3 Ventures, 297,000 euros.Payments were made as follows: 198,000 were paid in season 18-19 and 99,000 in the current season. This second amount corresponds to the first term of what was agreed for this exercise. The second was not paid because Cadena SER discovered the scandal and contracts were suspended.The concept of these payments, which depended directly on the presidency department headed by Jaume Masferrer, supposedly removed from his duties as a result of the scandal, and were paid by way of monitoring the club’s social media accounts related to grassroots football.last_img read more

Four years in prison for the intermediary of the signing of Casillas for Porto

first_imgThe Superior Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands (TSJB) has dismissed the appeal presented by the defense of Santos Márquez González in which he requested the annulment of the sentence that sentenced this soccer intermediary to 4 years and one day in prison for the crime of aggravated fraud in the signing of Real Madrid exporter Iker Casillas for Porto.The TSJB magistrates reject all the arguments of Santos Márquez’s lawyers to annul the resolution issued by the Palma Hearing in 2014. According to that sentence, the agent He deceived his ex-partner Jorge Ignacio S., who made him believe that the footballer wanted to sign for some team in the United States.It also made him think that the commission for this transfer would go to the accounts of the company Mallorca Viva SL, in which both had been partners and with which he continued to collaborate. The company, therefore, contributed 9,100 euros to Márquez for his total availability in the negotiation of the signing of Casillas, whose commission, once closed, the representative “had resolved not to allocate” to the company.In fact, in June 2015, He began contacts as a “free agent” with the athlete’s manager to negotiate his transfer to Porto. The judgment of the Audience of Palma also imposed Santos Márquez an indemnification in concept of civil responsibility to the complainant of 115,666 euros and to assume two thirds of the costs of the procedure.The intermediary’s lawyers alleged before the TSJB that there was no deception in the Casillas operation because “All of Spain found out about the signing and Santos Márquez appeared in the national press.”The magistrates’ response was: “This is not known to the Chamber nor is it disclosed that it was published in the press.” The judgment of the Balearic magistrates is appealable before the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Javier Tebas: “I would like the League to start on June 12”

first_imgI would not name it opposition, I would name it ignorance. About what can and can’t be achieved. Soccer will not be an simply transmitted sport. The virus is transmitted by saliva. The danger goes to be virtually nil in a match as a result of some checks are going to be carried out with an error fee of 5%. There’s a report that gamers go head to head on common not more than 67 seconds in a match. The danger would be in the event that they have been round 15 minutes.Do you suppose that behind these criticisms for not taking part in there are additionally sports activities pursuits?Chances are you’ll suppose that there’s some curiosity behind the criticism in order that it’s not performed. Today we talked to the CEOs of the huge 5 leagues and he mentioned “how the speech adjustments relying on the place of the membership I used to be speaking to.” The Frenchman disagreed strongly with the suspension. They’re satisfied that they’ve rushed, simply as we can not assure to end. However we’re optimistic. In France they’ve been dashing bitterly. These conferences with the huge 5 leagues have helped us and the French and Dutch leagues have rushed.Are the groups at all times going to journey throughout the day? What about these concentrations that you really want to do?You’ll not at all times journey in the day. We’re working on these journey protocols. We additionally do it in opposition to that loneliness of cement and echo. We’re doing digital and sound checks. We’re even interplay subjects throughout video games. Now, even, we’re going to find a way to supply different sorts of photographs. With out followers in the area, we’ll strive to take benefit to do attention-grabbing issues in the broadcasts. As for the concentrations, it marks what the Bundesliga does. I can announce that the focus that we had deliberate, primarily based on the outcomes of the checks, that of the 18th is not going to be obligatory and we’ll delay it for per week. Because of these outcomes, solely 5 positives, we don’t consider that these concentrations are vital. It was for safety. In the Bundesliga they’ve already concentrated immediately. It would not shock me that when the League ends the gamers can rejoice giving one another hugs.Whether it is interrupted, are you conscious that your administration will likely be thought of a failure?I at all times say that the world is courageous and after we strive to do issues, there isn’t a failure. My brother is a world coronavirus specialist, marketing consultant in the United States, and I look ahead to well being and use that inside data. It’s a crucial determination. It’s unattainable for a membership to come to us with a number of contaminated at the identical time, that’s negligence. The subject of the Dresden Dynamo can not occur for those who take the right stockings. The German workforce is the final of the second …Had been you afraid after the Eibar assertion that it would have a drag impact on the different groups?No, I strive to keep up a correspondence with the groups. I perceive all conditions. that in all the altering rooms there’s a feeling of worry. In Eibar it was the majority and so they launched the assertion. Javier Tebas was on the set of ‘El Partidazo’ by #Vamos, by Movistar, to refer to the present scenario of the LaLiga Santander and LaLiga Smartbank groups which can be beginning with the checks and a few have began coaching in accordance to the protocols of the Ministry of Well being.How is soccer that we hope will return?We have now to adapt to the circumstances and that’s what we have now labored on. The matches will likely be the identical, however with out followers. It’s not the identical for the gamers how to get to matches, coaching classes or how to act at residence with your loved ones to arrive in the greatest circumstances and with out threatening third events.5 positives have confirmed …They’re lower than we anticipated. We anticipated 25 or 30, in accordance to the forecasts seen in the Bundesliga. In accordance to the penetration in Spain of the virus, this forecast was given. It’s excellent news solely these positives. There are areas of Spain with only a few infections already. There are three extra positives from non-gamblers. Out of two,500 checks solely eight positives. The gamers have already got a really low viral load, they’re in the closing section of the illness and this week they are going to be examined once more. When the competitors arrives, the gamers will likely be examined 24 hours earlier than. In the social gathering setting, an infection is virtually unattainable as a result of we have now carried out a examine that we’ll current that may present that the least danger is in events. If everybody respects sanitary norms. What I ask for is extra pressure and focus to meet these requirements. We hope for the return of the competitors nearly no contaminated. If issues are achieved as they need to be, there shouldn’t be. If 5 contaminated seem in a membership, it would denote some negligence. We’re going to be on high. There’s a place the place we have now no management, which is when the gamers and coaches go residence. They’ve been given a sheet of what to do.If a participant skips protocol?We are going to inform the membership. We would inform him to take him away from work. The intense factor is that it violates societal norms, not these of soccer. Soccer is a sounding board to set an instance and extra on this section that we’re in. I believe it is not going to occur to us as a result of individuals are very conscious.Many say that you’re making a mistake attempting to speed up the return of soccer.In the finish who may have to authorize us are the well being authorities. They clarify what could be achieved. In the de-escalation phases they’ve already established the phases {of professional} sports activities and we adjust to what the authorities says. We don’t rush, we’re not the ones who resolve the phases.When does the competitors resume?I don’t know, it can rely on the phases. I want it was June 12. It is going to rely on the phases. It is going to rely on the rebounds of the virus … The First and the Second Division will finish at the identical time. There will likely be soccer every single day for 35 days.Have you ever had a lot opposition to the return?last_img read more

Gayle sparkles but Renegades beaten

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Marquee West Indies opener Chris Gayle extended his decent form in the Big Bash League, but his Melbourne Renegades crashed to a ten-wicket defeat to Perth Scorchers yesterday.The left-handed Gayle stroked 41 off 35 balls to help Renegades up to 170 for four off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Docklands Stadium.He struck two fours and three sixes and put on 98 off 68 deliveries for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch, who slammed 72 off 48 balls with six fours and three sixes. Gayle was one of two wickets to fall in the 12th over off successive deliveries, but Finch and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who hit 35 from 25 balls, added a further 47 for the third wicket to keep the innings afloat.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 14 from ten balls at the death.In reply, captain Michael Klinger smashed an unbeaten 90 from 58 balls with seven fours and three sixes, while opening partner Shaun Marsh cracked 76 not out off 54 deliveries, as Scorchers motored to their target in the penultimate over.Medium pacer Bravo went wicket-less from his four overs, which cost 35 runs.last_img read more

Reggie Jackson fires Pistons into play-offs

first_imgAUBURN HILLS, Michigan (AP): Detroit clinched an NBA play-off berth for the first time in seven years by beating Washington 112-99 on Friday night, led by 39 points from Reggie Jackson. The Pistons became the seventh team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a play-off spot, while eighth-placed Indiana will have to wait a little longer after losing at Toronto. Elsewhere, Denver defeated a second-string San Antonio team to complete the unique feat of beating both the league’s top two teams – the Spurs and Golden State – and a Jamal Crawford shot with two-tenths of a second left in overtime gave the Los Angeles Clippers victory over Utah. Detroit’s last play-off berth came in 2009 when they were swept in the first round by LeBron James and Cleveland. The Pistons are likely to face the same opponents this year. Markieff Morris had 29 points for Washington, which came from 19 points down to take the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Jackson continued to attack and helped the Pistons take a 100-94 lead with five minutes left. Denver ended a run of 10 straight losses to San Antonio dating back to 2013 by downing the Spurs 102-98. Jusuf Nurkic scored a career-high 21 points and Gary Harris had two pivotal defensive plays in the waning seconds for the Nuggets. Tim Duncan was the only regular starter to play for the Spurs and finished with a season-high 21 points. Coming off a loss to Golden State, they dropped two straight for the first time this season. Toronto rookie Norman Powell scored a season-high 27 points as the Raptors beat Indiana 111-98, delaying the Pacers’ bid for a play-off berth. The Pacers need one more win or a Chicago loss to qualify for the postseason. The Clippers rested four starters at Utah and needed the last-gasp three-pointer from Crawford to snatch a 102-99 win. Crawford finished with 30 points and Cole Aldrich added 21 points and 18 rebounds – both season highs – for Los Angeles, which have won eight of their past nine games. Gordon Hayward had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Jazz, for whom defeat complicated their push for a play-off spot. Dallas closed in on another play-off spot by beating Memphis 103-93. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points and rookie Justin Anderson had a career-high 19 for the Mavericks, who matched a season best with a sixth straight win. The Mavericks will make the postseason for the 15th time in 16 seasons with a win or Houston loss in the final three games. Orlando put a dent in Miami’s push for a top-four spot in the East play-offs by beating the Heat 112-109, with Nikola Vucevic scoring the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds on his way to 29 points. Boston continued their play-off charge with a 124-109 win against Milwaukee, as Tyler Zeller tied his career high with 26 points. Charlotte completed a four-game season sweep of Brooklyn by downing the Nets 113-99. New Orleans dominated Los Angeles in retiring Lakers star Kobe Bryant’s final game in the Big Easy, winning 110-102. New York also completed a four-game sweep of Philadelphia – for the first time in 21 years – as Robin Lopez had 24 points and 15 rebounds in a 109-102 win. SEASON HIGHSlast_img read more



STGC host Innswood in big clash

first_imgHaving “forgotten” their 1-2 loss to Group C leaders Innswood, St George’s College (StGC) coach, Neville Bell is warning his St Catherine based opponents not to expect the same result in today’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/Flow Manning Cup return game at Winchester Park.This titanic clash will provide plenty offireworks with both teams playing for group honours and a place in the Walker Cup.St George’s, reigning Walker Cup champions are fresh off a 6-0 win over Eltham High, while Innswood beat Denham Town 3-2 last week.”We want to win the game (today), we wanted to win that one (Innswood 2-1 win), we got the chances, we didn’t score,” Bell recalled.”The surface wasn’t the best but we take our licks and we moved on. We have forgotten that,” he stressed.shocking outcomeBell dismissed the result as “shocking”, noting it will not dent StGC’s title ambitions.”We lost that game and people say it was a shocker, but every year we … I remember last year, we were beaten by JosÈ MartÌ after we had won the zone, and they were not a bad team. The Innswood team is not a bad team, they played well. They played well, and they deserved to win the match,” Bell reiterated.”Hopefully we will play much better than we did against them at their place on Monday (today), and hopefully we will do well here (Winchester Park),” he underlined.Meanwhile, in an interview with The Gleaner following last week’s 2-1 victory, Innswood’s coach – Anthony Thompson said his team cannot allow themselves to get carried away with the result.”My aim is to challenge for whatever title I can. We set up ourselves (with this win) to be the bait now, so we are going to have to try and sustain it and keep their (players) head level because they are schoolboys,” Thompson said.”This is not over, because we are at their (St George’s) home next week (today) and it’s not going to be easy,” he assessed.Innswood come into this game perfect, with 15 points from five matches. They scored 12 goals and conceded four, while StGC are on 12 points from five. They won four matches, lost to Innswood and racked up 21 goals, while conceding two.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgSpanish prosecutors call for arrest of Messi’s father MADRID (AP): Barcelona prosecutors are calling for the arrest of Lionel Messi’s father in a tax fraud case. Prosecutors have cleared Messi of wrongdoing but are seeking an 18-month prison sentence for his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, for allegedly defrauding Spain’s tax office of €4 million (US$4.5 million) in unpaid taxes from 2007-09. The decision is considered a win for Lionel Messi, who also had been mentioned in the investigation. A Spanish judge had recently rejected an appeal filed by the player’s lawyers to drop the Barcelona star from the case. In the documents made public yesterday, prosecutors also called for a fine of €2 million (US$2.2 million) for the father of the Argentina playmaker. Klopp could take over at Liverpool LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Juergen Klopp appears to be close to taking over as Liverpool manager. Representatives of the former Borussia Dortmund coach are in talks with the Premier League club, which fired Brendan Rodgers on Sunday after the team’s 18-month slump since nearly winning the league title in 2014. Liverpool could make a new appointment by the end of the week. The team’s next game is against Tottenham on October 17. The 48-year-old Klopp has been out of work since leaving Dortmund at the end of last season, after winning two German league titles. He is regarded as one of European football’s most respected coaches. Former Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, is also considered to be a potential candidate to replace Rodgers. Rio Olympics cutting costs RIO DE JANEIRO (AP): Olympic organisers, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced. To keep spending in line, officials say they will cut back on volunteers, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. “This is a very strict budget,” said Sidney Levy, the organising committee’s chief executive officer. “There’ll be no excess, but we are not going to compromise the essentials.” News of the budget austerity comes as hundreds of journalists from around the world are in Rio this week visiting Olympic venues and talking with organisers about how the Games will run when they open August 5, 2016.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgJordan surprise Australia SEOUL, South Korea (AP): Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0 yesterday and move to the top of Group B in the second round of Asian qualifying for the World Cup. The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan (10) a one-point lead over the Socceroos, with four games remaining. In other qualifiers, AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals as Japan beat Syria 3-0 to take top spot in Group E. South Africa take series 2-0 KOLKATA, India (AP): The third and final Twenty20 International between India and South Africa was abandoned yesterday without a ball being bowled after rain rendered the outfield unfit for play. South Africa won the series 2-0 after scoring a seven-wicket win in the opening match in Dharamsala and a six-wicket victory at Cuttack in a match that was interrupted twice due to crowd trouble. Jean-Paul Duminy was declared the man of the series for his unbeaten knocks of 68 and 30 in the two games. The teams will now play a five-match one-day international series starting with a day game in Kanpur on Sunday. The ODIs will be followed by four Tests during a tour that stretches to 72 days. NY close to MLS East title HARRISON, New Jersey (AP): New York’s Sacha Kljestan and Lloyd Sam scored to help the Red Bulls beat ten-man Montreal 2-1 on Wednesday, moving six points clear atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference and closer to clinching the conference title. New York need just one more point from its remaining two games in the regular season to seal top spot in the East and an advantageous draw in the playoffs. The Red Bulls are three points ahead of the West’s top teams for the overall league lead. Montreal played a man down from the 15th minute when Ambroise Oyongo was sent off for using a hand to block Bradley Wright-Phillips’ goal-bound shot. Kljestan put away the ensuing penalty. Wright-Phillips slipped behind the defence on a breakaway, pulling goalkeeper Evan Bush out to the top of the box, but couldn’t convert either of two shots. The second, however, ricocheted back to Sam, who chipped over a scrambling Bush to make it 2-0 before half-time. Didier Drogba converted a penalty in the 67th for Montreal but the visitors could not find an equaliser. Klitschko on schedule for November return BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP): Wladimir Klitschko is on schedule in his recovery from an injured left calf, and the heavyweight champion says he will be ready to defend his title belts against Tyson Fury next month. Klitschko will begin training in less than two weeks at his usual camp in the Austrian Alps, the champ said Wednesday while taking a brief break from rehabilitation in California. The fight was delayed five weeks after Klitschko was injured in training last month. The bout was rescheduled for November 28 at Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany, where a capacity crowd of 55,000 is still expected despite the date change. Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) had never hurt his calf before, but he knew rest and recovery would be preferable to fighting while injured, as Manny Pacquiao did against Floyd Mayweather Jr in May.last_img read more

Another blow for Man United

first_imgLONDON (AP):After another lacklustre week in the short reign of Louis van Gaal, Manchester United will revisit the scene of one of the team’s greatest embarrassments.In January 1984, Bournemouth then playing in the third tier eliminated defending champions United from the FA Cup in one of the competition’s great upsets. Now, Bournemouth are in the Premier League for the first time and preparing to host United tomorrow.The disparity between United and Bournemouth is vast. United have the league’s biggest stadium (76,000-capacity); Bournemouth’s is the smallest (11,500). United have won a record 20 top-flight titles; Bournemouth have zero.Although United are three points from first place and Bournemouth are barely out of the relegation zone on goal difference, the south-coast club has been buoyed by the greatest result in its history: Winning at Premier League champions Chelsea last weekend.United, though, are making the long trip to the seaside town after failing to qualify for the round of 16 in the Champions League.And United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger starts a three-game ban after accepting a Football Association charge for violent conduct yesterday. The German stuck out his left arm and caught West Ham defender Winston Reid in the throat as both players jostled for position from a free kick during the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.Adding to United’s problems is a lengthy injury list that includes captain Wayne Rooney and defenders Matteo Darmian and Chris Smalling.”We have a lot of injuries,” United midfielder Marouane Fellaini said. “There’s nothing we can do about that. We have a lot of players in the squad that the manager has given a chance to and now they can show themselves, but I hope the injured players come back soon.”CHELSEA DANGERRestored to the starting lineup for Chelsea’s Champions League win over FC Porto, striker Diego Costa will now be looking to start scoring on a regular basis.The Spain forward has scored only three league goals so far this season.”He is lacking in confidence, clearly,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said.After winning the league by eight points in May, Chelsea could find themselves in the relegation zone before playing at surprise leaders Leicester on Monday. Leicester are 17 points in front of 14th-place Chelsea.Mourinho’s side is only two points above the relegation zone after losing to Bournemouth, with its hopes of qualifying for the Champions League looking increasingly reliant on winning the competition.Monday’s game is Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri’s first meeting with the club he managed between 2000 and 2004, when Mourinho first took charge.”I’m sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four,” Ranieri said. “I still think they will make the Champions League. For now it is bad luck, but when they start to win, they will arrive.”GARDE REUNIONThere’s another reunion this weekend with former Arsenal player Remi Garde hosting the London club as manager of Aston Villa on Sunday.While Villa are in last place, Arsenal are two points from the top in second and looking forward to the round of 16 in the Champions League after turning around a faltering campaign.Garde won the league with Arsenal in 1998 during his three years with the club at the start of Arsene Wenger’s reign.last_img read more

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