QPR boss Warburton insists season must be completed

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook QPR manager Mark Warburton has insisted that the football season must be completed – even if it means the structure of the following season is radically altered.English football matches have been suspended until 30 April because of the coronavirus epidemic.AdChoices广告However, it is widely expected that games will not resume on that date or in the near future.There have been suggestions that the season could even be cancelled.But Warburton says that must not happen – even if major changes are made in order for the season to be completed.“I get really frustrated,” he told the Press Association.“You can’t have this global pandemic and expect nothing to change.“You have to feel change somewhere. We need to finish this season and I can’t believe in some places what I am reading (about cancelling the season).“For the integrity of the game, for the fans, they need this season to finish – so we do that.”Truncated 2020-21 season?The season being completed in the autumn or even later would then create another issue: how to complete the 2020-21 campaign before next year’s European Championships, which have been put back a year because of the coronavirus crisis.Warburton believes the football authorities need to be creative in order to come up with solutions.“If that means we finish everything by November 1, we say the new season would start December 1,” he said.Warburton’s QPR side are six points from the Championship play-off places“There is a four-week transfer window, we deal with it. Then we have got from December 1 to say, through to May 21, we have got to put our season into there.“What do we do? A one-season different format? Do you have a knockout type where the top-half go into play-offs? A different format for one season to recognise the fact we have faced an unprecedented social event?“We are going to have some pain, people might not like it, but we just have to finish this season.“We can’t have 80 percent of the season done and write it off, when I saw some of the comments I just found them to be ludicrous, I really did.”‘Uncharted territory’Above all, Warburton says, football clubs need a realistic possible re-starting date for this season.He said: “Football is one tiny, micro part of what is going on in the world but when they have some clarity of the resumption of the league programme then we can all work towards that day.“If they say September 1, for example, I think if we know that is the start date then August 1 the players return. It is a way away but would respect the health situation and, God willing, gives time for all this to peak and pass.“It gives fans, players, staff to work towards and that is what we need right now – it is the uncertainty causing the anxiety in most people at the moment.“There are some very, very smart minds on these big committees but if I am in charge of one of those committees right now we are agreeing a date.“We agree that football will resume, use that date September 1 again, so four weeks earlier all clubs agree to bring their players back and have a level playing field.“At least that is in the diary, all contracts are extended. The league season can’t be finished over 11 weeks – it could be eight games in three weeks, if that is what it is don’t complain about it, it would be the same for everybody.“If there is a dramatic improvement health-wise, the clarity would still be there. Follow the same process and it goes from September 1 to August 1, no issues.“We have got to be flexible because we are facing uncharted territory and the more uncertainty we have – meeting and saying April 30, meet again and say May 15, then June 1 – it just delays the inevitable, makes the wait all the more tedious, the uncertainty greater and increases the anxiety for so many people.”[scriptless] See also:Warburton and Ferdinand among staff taking pay cut at QPRQPR boss Warburton doubts there will be transfer windowLeistner: I won’t be returning to QPRlast_img read more

Parker Meadows leads charge as Whitecaps take two-of-three versus Great Lakes

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West Indies batsman Gayle awarded $220k in damages for defamation

first_imgSYDNEY, (Reuters) – West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was awarded A$300,000 ($220,770) in damages by an Australian court today, more than a year after he won a defamation case against Fairfax Media over an alleged incident during the 2015 World Cup. New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Lucy McCallum made the award for articles published in January 2016 that alleged the 103-test cricketer had exposed himself to a masseuse during the tournament.In October 2017, a jury found Fairfax had failed to establish the truth of the reports. It also found Fairfax had failed to establish that the allegation Gayle had propositioned the masseuse was “substantially true”.Chris GayleJustice McCallam said in her decision that the defamation “went to the heart of Mr Gayle’s professional life as a respected batsman” and “had particular resonance in cricketing circles”. The jury also found that Fairfax was motivated by malice in publishing the stories, which could have left the company open to punitive damages.Justice McCallam said she decided against aggravated damages because Gayle had not given evidence about whether the harm he suffered was increased by the malice.Fairfax Media said the publisher intended to appeal because of concerns over the way the trial was conducted. “The jury was misled in a way that prejudiced Fairfax, and Fairfax did not get a fair trial,” a spokesman said in a statement.“The damages award merely confirms the appalling burden of defamation laws in this country.”last_img read more

South Africa hand England fifth successive defeat

first_imgBy Mitch PhillipsSouth Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham on Saturday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup.Two tries put South Africa 20-6 ahead a minute into the second half and though England scored two quickfire rolling maul tries to get level, Schalk Burger got the key third Springbok score and the boot of flyhalf Pat Lambie brought them home.The victory made it 11 wins and a draw for the Boks against England, dating back to 2006, and was a hugely satisfying one following their defeat by Ireland last weekend.The frustration for England was that, just as a week ago against the All Blacks, they dominated the early stages but this time failed to turn possession into points and found themselves 10-0 down after 15 minutes after Jan Serfontein intercepted a Danny Care pass.When England did fashion an opening, poor handling or bad decision-making let them down, encapsulated when massive lock Dave Attwood ignored a two-man overlap and backed himself to get to the line, only to blow the chance.England had the best of possession and territory in the first half but were generally too lateral in their attacks and only two Owen Farrell penalties kept them in touch at 13-6 down.That gap became 14 points 38 seconds after the restart when Lambie chipped a perfectly weighted kick into the arms of Willie le Roux which the fullback gathered without breaking stride before slipping a lovely offload for Cobus Reinach to complete a wonderful score.England needed to hit back immediately and did so emphatically in the way they know best.A monster maul that South Africa, deprived of sin-binned lock Victor Matfield, were powerless to stop, sent prop David Wilson over and minutes later virtually the entire England team combined for another irresistible 40-metre charge that ended with Ben Morgan making it 20-20.South Africa showed, however, that they too could score through the forwards when, still with 14 men, they rolled over the corner for Burger to score and Lambie took his side 10 points clear with a penalty and a drop goal.Centre Brad Barritt scored England’s third try in the last minute but, just as last week, it came too late and merely made the margin of defeat look more respectable.last_img read more