By Iacovos ConstantinouAPOEL had to come from behind to overcome Apollonas by 2-1 in Sunday’s top of the table clash at GSP. The surprise of the day though came at the Tasos Marcou stadium where Paralimni trounced early season title favourites Anorthosis, by 4-0.Apollonas began the game confidently, moving the ball around crisply and closing down APOEL high up the field. The ploy worked and with just eleven minutes on the clock APOEL’s Selim Benasour was dispossessed on the half-way line and the ball was threaded through to Gaston Sangoy who finished off the move with aplomb.APOEL needed a while to get over the shock but gradually began to take control of the game as Apollonas inexplicably retreated. Apollon’s Merkis had to make a goal-line clearance with keeper Vale well beaten, while Benasour failed to direct a simple header into the net.Greek coach Giorgos Donis introduced two out-and-out strikers in Santin and Sheridan at the interval, which changed the game completely. APOEL dominated the game and the visiting team was pegged back.APOEL drew level with Thomas de Vincenti in the 67th minute after Apollon’s captain Merkis was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. The winner came seven minutes later when the same player squeezed the ball past Vale from a very tight angle.Despite APOEL’s dominance after the break, Gaston Sangoy could have sewn up the game for the visitors early in the second half if he had found the net with only APOEL’s keeper Pardo to beat.Nicos Kostenoglou, the newly appointed Anorthosis coach, watched his team being humbled by Enosis Neon Paralimniou by 4-0. The new coach, who officially takes charge today, must have been shocked by the way his team crumbled as soon as the home team took the lead.Enosis’ Ibrahim was outstanding, netting a hat-trick, providing Angulo with the fourth, and in general running the Anorthosis defence ragged. However Enosis need a few more performances like this and hope the other relegation candidates, Aris and AEK Kouklion, falter further as they did on Saturday.Aris Lemesou had to fight back from two goals down and draw their game against AEK Larnaca while AEK Kouklion and Doxa Katokopias played out a drab 0-0 draw with Doxa looking the likelier to score as the game wore on.Omonia defeated Nea Salamina in Larnaca with Cerfa getting the only goal of the game in the seventh minute. Omonia just about deserved the win as they were more dangerous than the home side in the final third of the field.Three more points for Ethinkos Achnas who defeated relegated Alki by 2-1. Dimitris Froxylias and Chidi the scorers for Ethinkos with Patranoiu getting Alki’s consolation goal.League leaders AEL entertain Ermis Aradippou tonight at 7pm for the last of this week’s fixture list.
As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “I just felt like I needed to stand up for my guys,” Walton said on Monday night. “What happened on the floor wasn’t right. My only concern is our guys in the locker room and our team.“If I feel like something’s not right, I’m going to stand up for our guys.” CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Seven technical fouls called in the game — six of them against the Lakers.With 4:14 remaining in the first quarter, the ill-feeling spawned by the first Kings-Lakers meeting of the season re-emerged as Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins grabbed the arms of Lakers forward Julius Randle, causing him to fall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWalton, angry that no foul was called, strode to the center of the court and berated the officials as Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson tried to hold him back.Immediately after the game, Walton was unrepentant. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Head coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers gestures on the sideline in the first half against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on October 28, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton has been fined $15,000 (14,280 euros) for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court promptly when he was tossed from Monday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.The NBA announced the fine on Wednesday, two days after Walton was slapped with a double technical foul in the first quarter of the 116-92 defeat in Sacramento.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus View comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is expectant father We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Pingris should know, given that Cone previously called the shots for the Purefoods franchise and even carried the squad to a Grand Slam back in 2014.Pingris also kidded that for the Hotshots to gain the slightest edge, he may have to hold his former teammate and Game 6 hero Joe Devance hostage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’m going to give you a Black Label,” Pingris shouted to Devance in a post-game banter.On a serious note, the energetic forward said that though odds are against Star, that doesn’t mean that it will just roll over and die. “For us, we have to defend. We have to look at our mistakes today,” said Pingris, as the Hotshots hope to bounce back from this 91-67 Game 6 defeat to Ginebra on Sunday.“It was their night. We did all we can but the game was really for them. So on Game 7, we have to give it our all and leave nothing behind. Whatever we have left, we have to put it out there.”Pingris finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Game 6, but there’s no doubt that his team needs more from him and everyone else if they want to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.“The game here is on our adjustments. Whoever adjusts better for Game 7 will get the edge,” he said. “We know every one will give their 100-percent, so let’s see what happens on Game 7.” ADVERTISEMENT 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Ginebra forges ‘50-50’ Game 7 Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESWith the Star-Ginebra semifinals series going the distance, Marc Pingris admits the Hotshots will be the underdogs in their do-or-die on Tuesday.“They have the advantage because they have coach Tim (Cone),” he said in Filipino. “He has a lot of experience in these situations compared to coach Chito (Victolero).”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study View comments
The US State Department has just issued its latest annual Human Rights Report that is based on data from 2015. As such, it evaluated the record of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government over the last six months of the year. With the new Government insisting its raison d’être was “change”, the Report offers a framework to examine what changes were instituted in this fundamental aspect of national governance.One of the most strident criticisms by the present Government when in Opposition against its predecessor was its draconian control over the State media. Very little coverage was afforded to the Opposition and the bulk amounted to simply providing public relations for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government. APNU/AFC’s Presidential Candidate David Granger explicitly declared there would be no place for State ownership of the media in his Administration.However, the US Human Rights Report, Section 2. Respect for Civil Liberties, specifically referring to “Freedom of Speech and Press”, points out:“Censorship or Content Restrictions: In August, the Prime Minister issued a directive that all headlines in the State-owned print media be first scrutinised and approved by his office before they are published. The directive was a response to a headline criticising the Government. The Prime Minister also serves as Minister of Information.” The Report neglected to mention that the newspaper, the Guyana Chronicle, was forced to issue an editorial position agreeing with, and defending, the Prime Minister’s position on the role of the State media.The coverage of the State newspaper became even more sycophantic following the Prime Minister’s directive and in fact, earlier this year, took it upon itself to actually photoshop a front page picture to “show” the President with a multiracial crowd. Maybe this may appear in next year’s report.Another area on which the “government as opposition” had criticised its predecessor was in the ethnic composition of the Cabinet. Taking a stance that it was much more open about the reality of Guyanese voting along ethnic lines, the parties to the coalition were specifically constituted to address ethnic imbalances in representation. Under the category of “Elections and Political Participation”, the Report agreed with the above assessment and noted:“While supporters of the two major parties (the PPP/C and A Partnership for National Unity) were drawn largely from the Indo-Guyanese and Afro-Guyanese communities respectively, political party leadership was more diverse. The Cabinet is also ethnically diverse, mirroring the ethnic makeup of the general population. Four Cabinet members are Indo-Guyanese, including the Prime Minister. The ethnically diverse National Assembly included several indigenous members. There were also two indigenous Cabinet ministers.”But there are some ambiguities and contradictions in the above statement that need to be explicated. Firstly, President Granger had created 27 Ministries – three within a Ministry of the Presidency and 23 others. Secondly, he has made a distinction between “Senior” and “Junior” Ministers and claims that only the former – amounting to 16 persons – attend “Cabinet” meetings. Evidently, the Report is referring to the latter group. But four Indo-Guyanese out of a total of 16 or 25 per cent is not “mirroring the ethnic makeup of the general population” when that group constitutes 43 per cent of the population according to the last declared census. If the total number of Ministers is considered, then the number of Indo-Guyanese increases to six. However, 6 out of 27 comes out to 23 per cent which makes the proportion even less representative.Finally, in terms of “Representation of Women”, the Report noted: “The Constitution requires that one-third of each party list of electoral candidates be women” and “there were 16 women in the 65-member National Assembly”. It pointed out, however, as several NGOs had pointed out at the time, “President Granger named two women (or 13 per cent) to his 16-member Cabinet.”It is clear that, as in several other areas of national life, the APNU/AFC Government has to pull its socks up.
“Sadly, it is the world we live in,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said. “It is inevitable that outstanding performances, given the broader nature of trust, is permanently a question.”That wasn’t Coe’s only problem.The debate about the wisdom of bringing the IAAF’s biggest competition to a country that is admittedly still gearing up to host the biggest in any sport — the 2022 World Cup — haunted this event from the get-go.It put Coe on the defensive about the thin crowds that suddenly — magically? — got much bigger toward the end, as the criticism mounted; and also about the road races run in the middle of the night in stifling conditions that sent dozens of athletes off the course and into the medical tent.But next year in Tokyo, the weather could be even hotter.So, consider this a warm-up for the main event.Coe said that, going into the final day, 28% of medalists in Qatar were aged 24 or under.“We have some metrics that tell us our sport is in pretty good shape,” he said.Here’s a look at a few of the up-and-comers about whom Coe speaks:JAPANESE RELAY MEMBERS MOST READ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, gold medalist in the women’s 100 meters, reacts during the medal ceremony at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)DOHA, Qatar — If the goal of this year’s track and field world championships was to find a fresh face, a vibrant personality, a one-of-a-kind talent to replace the mile-wide void left by Usain Bolt’s absence, then consider it still a work in progress.The 10-day run in the desert had its moments — a world record in the 400-meter hurdles, a hometown high jumper taking gold, female sprinters and hurdlers striking a blow for new moms everywhere. But the main message coming out of Doha very well might have been “Wait ’til Next Year.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Tokyo Olympics, the first that will take place without Bolt since 2000, start in less than 10 months, and the worlds provided some clues as to what’s ahead — and also about the problems this sport still faces.There were a few athletes with the star power to shine for at least a couple of days, including a pair of double gold medalists: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a vibrant new mom from Jamaica who established herself as the woman to beat, again, in the sprints; and Noah Lyles, the American with the silver hair who won the 200 and anchored the U.S. to a long-awaited victory in the 4×100 relay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4There were also problems aplenty for the sport that anchors the Olympic program over the final week of the games.Doping reared its head, as usual. And while Muhammad’s world record currently stands at 52.16 seconds, the talk in this event is that the 52-second barrier could be breakable.“It is definitely possible,” Muhammad said.ARMAND DUPLANTISThe Swedish pole vaulter who lives in Louisiana and went to LSU gave defending world champion Sam Kendricks of the U.S. a run for his money. Kendricks prevailed, but not after a back-and-forth tussle that ended with Duplantis taking silver.“I am young,” Duplantis said. “I have a lot more opportunities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images View comments Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Aug. 7, 2020, will be an electric day inside the Olympic Stadium. Japan has never earned Olympic gold in the men’s 4×100 relay, but the team certainly stoked some enthusiasm when it won a surprise silver in Rio de Janeiro four years ago.A foursome anchored by Hakim Sani Brown, who runs at the University of Florida, backed that up by setting a national record (37.43 seconds) to capture a bronze medal. Handoffs and teamwork are the key for Japan, which will not beat the United States on speed alone.MUTAZ BARSHIMThe biggest cheers of the Doha championships were saved for Barshim, the high jumper who was born in Doha and represents Qatar.“The Qatari Falcon” sent the fans home happy, and will be a favorite in Tokyo. Hard to imagine him savoring a victory more than this one, though.SALWA EID NASERThe women’s 400 stage belonged to heavy favorite Shaunae Miller-Uibo. But the 21-year-old Naser, born in Nigeria but now running for Bahrain, stole the show with a time of 48.14 seconds. The world record of 47.60 seconds has long been thought untouchable, in part because it was set by an East German in the 1980s. Maybe not now, though.“Anything is possible,” Naser said.WOMEN’S 400 HURDLESDalilah Muhammad broke her own world record in adding a world title to her Olympic crown. Pushing her in Doha and down the road will be 20-year-old Sydney McLaughlin, who earned the silver in Doha as Muhammad held her off by .07 seconds. It came in the form of the latest developments in the long-running Russian scandal, leading to the question: Which athletes from the world’s second-biggest delegation will be allowed to compete next year, and under what conditions?And in the form of 100-meter champion Christian Coleman’s confusing, and ultimately dismissed , whereabouts case.And then by the sudden removal of Alberto Salazar, the famed distance coach who received a four-year doping ban based on evidence that he ran experiments with supplements and testosterone, all as a way of trying to build a stronger, better runner.One of Salazar’s protégés, Sifan Hassan, pulled a first-of-its-kind double, winning gold medals in the 1,500 and 10,000 meters.She came under scrutiny, not only for associating with Salazar but for her romp in the 1,500 meters — a wire-to-wire runaway that makes her the favorite at any distance she tries next year.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Jay Gruden fired by Redskins after 0-5 start to 6th season LATEST STORIES
A Castello Housing Scheme man was on Friday afternoon shot dead after a gun belonging to his friend accidently went off at the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA), Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.Dead is Nafasie Edghill, 39, of Castello Housing Scheme, East La Penitence, Georgetown.Reports are the man was involved in a playful scuffle with his friend who was carrying a licensed firearm in his hand during which the gun went off, hitting the man to the abdomen.He was rushed to a private medical facility where he succumbed to his injuries.However, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum gave a different account, while noting that at least three persons are in custody.He noted that based on initial investigations, one man reported that he and a friend went to the GSA and while they were exiting their vehicle, his firearm accidently went off and struck Edghill.Additionally Blahum noted that the licensed firearm holder along with two individuals who were in close proximity at the time were arrested and are assisting with investigations.Guyana Times understands the firearm holder is a prominent businessman in the city.Meanwhile, when Guyana Times visited relatives of the dead man they were reluctant to speak, claiming that they will be ready to engage the media by Wednesday.The police are continuing their investigations.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 AC Milan have refuted claims that they were “desperate” to re-sign Arsenal and Chelsea target Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the transfer window.The super Swede was tracked by his former side and the 33-year-old reportedly labelled the San Siro giants “desperate” for trying to sign him while under contract at Paris Saint-Germain.Ibrahimovic, who has attracted widespread interest from the Premier League in recent months, recently committed his future to the Ligue 1 champions until his contract expires at the end of next summer.However, that did not deter Milan from putting their side of the story across in response to Ibrahimovic’s supposed comments.“Milan are not desperate,” a club statement read.“The great Ibra knows that he, and along with his agent, is bewildered by the storm created by his comments, the translation given and above all for the way they were interpreted.”The former Barcelona frontman’s agent, Mino Raiola, added: “Zlatan in fact added that he was very proud that Milan were interested in him, it means he is still an important player because Milan, always the words of Zlatan, are a top level club.”
They’ll be among 70 draft-eligible players showing MLS coaching staffs what they can do during the three-day, six-game combine. The MLS SuperDraft will be held next Friday in Philadelphia. “Willie and Daniel will always have a special place here at Cal State Northridge,” Matadors coach Terry Davila said. “They’re going to be the guys everyone else is compared to for years to come.” They’ve been anointed as two of the best to ever lace up cleats, put on shinguards and play soccer at Cal State Northridge. Now we’ll found out just how good Willie Sims and Daniel Paladini are as they embark on professional careers at Major League Soccer’s annual combine beginning today at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Three previous CSUN players have been selected in MLS drafts, although none have yet become regulars in the league. Goalkeeper Joe Barton was drafted by the Galaxy in 2003, defender Edwin Miranda by Dallas in 2004 and Benjamin Benditson by the Galaxy in last year’s supplemental draft. Sims has a guaranteed three-year MLS contract after signing with the Generation adidas program, which provides top underclassmen the opportunity to develop while not counting them against a team’s roster size or salary cap. Paladini, on the other hand, has no such assurances. “I’m very honored just to be invited to the combine,” Paladini said. “It’s almost a dream come true. It hasn’t happened yet, though. I have to play well. I’m going to keep pursuing my dream until I get the hint I’m not going to play anymore.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita CSUN emerged as a legitimate NCAA contender during Sims’ and Paladini’s tenures, winning two of the past three Big West Conference titles and reaching the playoffs four consecutive seasons. Their performances at the combine could have much to say about when, or whether, they are drafted and given the opportunity to play in the country’s top soccer league, for the likes of MLS champion Galaxy or Chivas USA, or in the second-tier USL Division I. “I’m anxious to play against the best,” said the Guatamala-born Sims, who moved to the United States when he was 6. “This is something I’ve wanted forever. It’s my ultimate goal. I’m going to go (all) out. You have to bring your ‘A’ game.” Sims, a Reseda High graduate who will turn 22 two days before the SuperDraft, was the Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman and sophomore, scoring 27 goals his first two seasons, then was a first-team All-American last fall, when he scored eight goals in the first eight games before he was sidelined with a knee injury. Paladini, a playmaker from St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge, enjoyed a breakout senior season with the Matadors, receiving Big West Midfielder of the Year honors.
LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED Ivan Toney shared the racial abuse on Twitter Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED REPLY BEST OF Toney scored twice at Fratton Park to keep alive Peterborough’s League One play-off hopes with just one game to go.After the match, he shared a screenshot of the abuse received on Twitter with an eyebrow raising emoji as a caption. In addition to those two incidents, Watford captain Troy Deeney disabled comments on his Instagram profile to avoid more racial abuse last month. no dice ADVICE We are aware of a message that has been sent to one of our players on social media of a racist nature this evening. The content of that message is wholly unacceptable and we will be reporting it to the football authorities, social networks and the police. #pufc pic.twitter.com/8w54yNibYa— Peterborough United (@theposhofficial) April 30, 2019Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out offered their support to Toney in the wake of the incident.“Yet again, more racist abuse on social media,” a Kick It Out statement read.“We fully support @theposhofficial’s condemnation of this behaviour. As always, we are here for support and guidance for both club and player.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Peterborough striker Ivan Toney has become the latest footballer to suffer racial abuse on social media.The 23-year-old was sent banana and monkey emojis on Instagram during Posh’s 3-2 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday evening. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining 🤨 pic.twitter.com/QyJbsMyfcO— Ivan Toney (@ivantoney24) April 30, 2019Peterborough announced they will be reporting the incident to the police.In a statement, the club said: “We are aware of a message that has been sent to one of our players on social media of a racist nature this evening.“The content of that message is wholly unacceptable and we will be reporting it to the football authorities, social networks and the police.” gameday cracker LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS tense Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 huge blow Toney has scored 21 goals in all competitions in a prolific season for Peterborough, who trail sixth place Doncaster by one point heading into the final day of the regular season.The former Newcastle forward has become the second footballer to be targeted with racial abuse on social media in less than a week.Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles was branded a ‘stupid monkey’ on Instagram after he was sent off in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat at Leicester on Sunday. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Swansea vs Derby (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Barcelona vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTEintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 5:30pm) – talkSPORT
Cowdenbeath player Dean Brett has been banned for four matches for making offensive comments of a discriminatory nature.The 24-year-old, who is also currently subject to a charge of betting on over 6000 football matches, was found guilty after using the word “f**got” and making other remarks on Twitter between May and November 2016.Brett will incur a further four-match suspension if he is found guilty of such an offence again before January 2018, or if he fails to attend equality training.The charge came after “two organisations concerned with equality issues” complained to the Scottish FA, according to his club. “To me it seems that the SFA have just picked up on the tweet and decided to take it from there.”The Edinburgh-born player recently admitted gambling against his own team in eight matches, five of which he played in and could directly influence the result.Scottish FA rules strictly forbid betting on any football matches. The punishment for betting in a match where a player can play a part in the outcome is likely to be more severe than that for simply placing money on other games.Brett is currently suspended by Cowdenbeath, pending the outcome of his latest charge. Earlier this week, he admitted using the term but said he did not intend to use it as a homophobic slur.“It may be another word for gay, but my friends and I have never meant it like that,” he told the Scottish Sun.“The SFA have taken it the wrong way and are trying to make it look like I am homophobic.“If someone had taken offence, then fair dos. I would apologise to that person and I would accept the complaint. But nobody had taken offence.