Australian channel apologises for ‘racist’ rugby video

first_imgThe clip, on the popular Fox Sports Matty Johns Show, showed small children attempting to pronounce the ‘funniest’ player names in the NRL (National Rugby League), most of which being Pacific Islander surnames, 9News network reports.But the “Footy Kids in Cars” video has not gone down well with players. Former Samoa international Frank Puletua told 9News he was “disappointed that a segment like that got to air without any sort of thought about how it might be perceived by people in Pacific Island league communities.”Most vocal was Anastastia Nimo Tagataese, wife of current player Sam Tagataese, who wrote in a Facebook post that “casual racism is not OK”.Writing that she believed there was no malice intended in the video, she told her social media followers that “having parents laugh with their children because they are unable to pronounce Pacific Islander surnames is completely disrespectful”.Not innocent funNigel Vagana, who has represented both New Zealand and Samoa as well as serving a stint for the Warrington Wolves in the UK, criticised any idea that the segment was innocent fun, saying that such things could normalise abuse against Polynesian children in schools.”Are we saying it’s alright for those kids to go to school and be mocked by their surname because it was okay on TV the night before?” he asked New Zealand’s Stuff news website.Addressing the incident on his Monday night show, Matty Johns said “it was never the intention to disrespect anybody, particularly people in the Polynesian community.”I’d like to apologise for any hurt or offence we have caused, and we have caused offence and we have caused hurt and I acknowledge that,” Sportingnews.com quoted the Fox Sports presenter as saying. Photo Getty Images. Caption: Former Samoan international Nigel Vagana (centre) criticised the “Footy Kids in Cars” videolast_img read more

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A wish for Taumalolo respect

first_imgPhoto by: BRADLEY KANARIS/ GETTY IMAGES (Caption: Jason Taumalolo – pictured playing his last test for the Kiwis – has been accused by NZ coach David Kidwell of ‘a lack of respect’) Kiwis coach David Kidwell has accused Jason Taumalolo of a lack of respect after his controversial decision to switch allegiance to Tonga.Taumalolo – rated the best forward in world rugby league – opted to play for Tonga at the Rugby League World Cup after 10 caps for the Kiwis.Kidwell told the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper that Taumalolo’s actions still rankled and he said there were no guarantees the North Queensland Cowboys star would play for the Kiwis again.His comments are sure to add fuel to the fire when the Kiwis face Tonga in Hamilton on November 11.David Kidwell is not sure whether the Kiwis will take Jason Taumalolo back after he chose to play for Tonga at the World Cup.”The issue I have is I would have liked Jason to tell me to my face [that he was switching to Tonga],” Kidwell said.”I can understand why he wanted to play for Tonga and represent his heritage but I just wished he showed me some respect.”I found out that he wanted to play for Tonga from a third party. He never told me – I still haven’t heard from him or spoken to him.”I’m not going to have any ill-feeling towards Jason but if he explained things to me, I would have at least sat down and said, ‘OK, what are your reasons?’.”I would never step in someone’s way of representing another country if that player doesn’t feel connected to the New Zealand jumper.”I have 24 guys in this team now who feel they belong to the Kiwis and will play for the jumper. That’s the attitude I want.”The Courier Mail said it was understood some Kiwis players were “bitterly disappointed” with Taumalolo.Kidwell admitted he still did not know “why he doesn’t want to play for us”.”If he has an issue with me, I’m not aware of it. I coached Jason when he was in the Junior Kiwis.”If there is an issue, I just wanted him to see me and tell me how he was feeling. I’m an open book. I’m not closed. I’d like to think I have a mindset where I listen to people.It won’t be up to me whether Jason plays for New Zealand again. It won’t be the selectors either.”It will be players. I’m trying to shape our culture at the moment and they are the ones driving it.”Kiwis skipper Adam Blair told the Courier Mail that while he was surprised at Taumalolo’s decision, he and his teammates were looking ahead to their first World Cup game against Samoa on Saturday.”Our focus is on the players that want to represent our country. The media keeps bringing it up, but we’ve put the Taumalolo stuff behind us.”last_img read more

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Madang FC welcomes the Komolong Brothers

first_imgAlwin Komolong is the bigger brother and the PNG under 23 captain in the recent Pacific Games in Port Moresby while Felix plays on the backline and is one of the top backliners along with his brother up front in the Pacific Games.The two brothers returned from studies in the USA and New Zealand respectively and are now in camp with Madang FC team.Madang FC assistant coach Amos Romo told PNG Loop that the two brothers have joined the team and resumed training on Monday.“We are more than happy for them to join the team, and they add more experience and bonus into the team.“Our last game against Lae City Dwellers, they were with us in Lae, but were on the bench and this week Monday we resume training after one week off and they are coping well,” Romo said.Romo added that Alwin was the captain of Madang FC last year and lead the team into its first grand final against Lae City Dwellers and his return to the team has boosted the morale of players and team management to aim high.He said they are a complete team now and looking forward to round two of the NSL season.Photo: File picture. Photo taken during the 2015 Pacific Games.last_img read more

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Lae Tigers too strong for Owan Titans

first_imgTitans showed class in the first 40 minutes, leading 12-6 in a trial match played at Yonki yesterday in front of a packed local crowd.Tigers scored a successfully converted try in the first quarter after some strong performances by both sides.After studying the Tigers’ game, Titans coach Merrah Kipefa regrouped his troops resulting in them running over the line twice to collect eight points.The conversions found the mark, ensuring the home side went for the break with a 12-6 lead.Local supporters were over the moon, seeing a semi-professional team trailing behind the local boys.However, realising a possible danger, the Tigers took things more seriously and fought back hard in the third quarter with tries accumulating to 24 while the Titans were still on 12.Tigers added more in the final quarter before the Titans crossed the line once, bringing the final score to 34-16 in favour of the visitors.Local support was split because Tigers got some of its new recruits from the Titans.Kipefa, who is also the local Member of Parliament, thanked the Tigers for giving his talents a game at their home turf.”We have had a unique relationship with the Tigers for some time now and this match comes at the back of that, providing an entertainment for the community,” Kipefa said during a dinner after the match.He added that bringing a city-based semi-professional team to his district was a boost for the local league and was also a positive development in engaging with youths and families.Tigers coach Stanley Tepend acknowledged the Titans team and management for organising a wonderful match.”Titans participate in our 9s and other competitions in Lae and every year we get some of their boys into the Tigers squad,” Tepend said.This season, two young talents were added to the squad who played at their home soil yesterday.Next weekend, the Tigers will have another trial match against the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis in Goroka.Meanwhile, the Tigers season launch will be held on April 15 in Lae with a special appearance by an Australian league legend.(The Owan Titans after yesterday’s match.)last_img read more

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Coates would be “very surprised” if IOC opts to overturn ban on Russia

first_imgCoates, seen as a close ally of IOC President Thomas Bach, said he would be “very, very surprised” if the IOC overturned the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).”It’s an International Federation’s right to suspend a National Federation and I don’t think we would overturn that at all,” he said.The Australian, who has described the Russian testing system as “rotten to the core”, also welcomed similar investigations now taking place within other sports.This comes after the IAAF Council decided unanimously yesterday against lifting the ban due to a Russian failure to meet criteria required by the body’s Task Force.Only Russians who can prove they have been operating in an “effective testing system” will be permitted to compete as independent athletes – with this essentially meaning only those who have been based outside of the country.The IOC have generally been seen as opposed to the suspension, partly to provide all countries with a right to participate and partly in order to maintain their close political relations with Russia.An Olympic Stakeholders Summit is due to be held in Lausanne on Tuesday (June 21) with the aim of finding a compromise between “collective responsibility and individual justice”.last_img read more

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Sara Sorribes made former number one Naomi Osaka cry

first_imgSara Sorribes gave Spain an sudden victory in opposition to Japan within the Federation Cup on Friday. The Nationwide Workforce, which aspires to be within the new closing Davis-style section of the nation competitors, face with out Muguruza this qualifying tie, the so-called qualifiers, and it was as much as Sorribes to put on Garbiñe to face Naomi Osaka, not way back world number one (now the 10th) and Japanese chief. Absolutely fulfilled that of Castellón, 23, who He took the win in an hour and 17 minutes with a thread included within the first (6-Zero and 6-3).Sorribes got here out with a well-defined script: give the initiative to Osaka, go balls and search for the fault of his rival. It went completely within the first half. Defending himself with the reverse lower and enjoying with heights, he discovered a torrent of errors from the Japanese, who gave up thrice his serve and delivered the set to zero. Already within the second sleeve targeted Osaka and commenced to dominate with its reverse. The worst moments of Sorribes arrived, You misplaced your outbound service. However the Castellón, animated by the charanga that was put in within the stands of the La Manga Tennis Middle of Cartagena, remained tight to its technique and this returned to provide returns. Supported once more in Naomi’s errors, he took the sport by the flaps and regained management with two breaks in a row. At that time the desperation of the Japanese arrived, who with 5-Three burst into tears and took a cheer from the gathered followers. Cruel, Sorribes put his relaxation 6-Three and 1-Zero for Spain within the tie.It’s his second victory in singles in 5 video games and as many playoffs, the second on land and, doubtless, an important of his profession. His tears on the finish (“it’s the sport with extra emotion of my life,” he stated) corroborate it. Flip now for Carla Suárez, who within the yr of his goodbye to the tracks can put the Nationwide Workforce within the Finals.last_img read more

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Tuchel: “I can’t say 100% that Neymar will play against Dortmund”

first_imgNeymar Jr could miss the Dortmund-PSG of the knockout stages of the Champions League. Lor that it seemed a scare in the ribs against Montpellier is becoming a nightmare for a player who has not been able to play the final phase of the European Cup in the last two years. “I can’t confirm 100% that Neymar can play the game against Dortmund next week,” said Thomas Tuchel in the press conference after the match against Dijon corresponding to the quarterfinals of the French Cup. The Brazilian was injured against Montpellier on February 1 and has not played again since then.If confirmed, Neymar would have missed at least one game in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the third consecutive year. In his first season in Paris, he lost his lap against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes, while he was unable to play against Manchester United last year. Both lesions were of the fifth metatarsal, while the lesion is now in the ribs.last_img read more

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Achraf wants minutes to return to Real Madrid

first_imgThe Erasmus Achraf Hakimi (21 years old) is being most productive. Not only is he enjoying what he was looking for when he left on loan to Dortmund (minutes) but he is uncovering as a versatile band player on both sides. In June, when you finish your second and last year of assignment in the Rhineland club, you will have to assess your future and your Real Madrid options. There are more than three months left for that moment, but the baggage is outstanding. “I want to continue growing where they give me the opportunity, as they are doing here in Germany. I am demonstrating the type of player I am and, above all, I am enjoying,” he said in The spar of the SER Chain after the victory (2-1) of his team against PSG in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. In Madrid they estimate his return to stay. An assessment accentuated by the versatility with which it would return, specifically for the two lateral positions in the rear. But as will happen to other players in the plan to renew Odegaard, Reguilón or Ceballos, the final decision will depend, depending on the case, on Zidane’s opinion and on the position of the players involved. Super Cuponefifteen00 German Cup313100 Bundesliga221,775two9 Sources: Opta and Transfermarkt.At the end of the season, his future will be considered. “In June, everything can happen and we will see what the summer holds,” he said in the SER night sports program, where he expressed his desire: “In my head what I have is that I want to play and keep growing as before.” That is his aspiration, although when Manu Carreño asked him if he would accept a substitute role, he did not rule out scenarios. “We should see it too,” he replied laconically. Champions762240 CompetitionPjMin.GoalsAssist TOTAL332,54369 But its performance goes beyond numbers. His coach, Lucien Favre (62 years old), has made Achraf an indispensable piece while versatile in his scheme. Last season the Swiss coach alternated him as a side by both flanks and this has advanced his position. He first tried it as a left interior and in recent months he has relocated it as a versatile left interior in his functions within the ‘mutant’ drawing of Favre.Achraf numbers in the 2019-2020 season The adaptation of the Real Madrid squad to German football has been almost perfect. A last injury prevented him from putting the finishing touch to a season last year in which he played 2,349 minutes spread over 28 games, scored three goals and gave seven assists. This season has become omnipresent. He has participated in all official matches of Dortmund (33). He has only been a substitute in six and has played full 23. Completed two thirds of the campaign, he has already surpassed all his records from the previous one. He has 2,543 minutes played, has scored six goals and given nine assists. Of his half dozen of so many, four have been in double doubles in Champions to Slavia Prague and Inter Milan.last_img read more

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“There are so many fights because women’s football sells”

first_imgMila Martinez serves AS from his home in Japan, the country that has given him his first opportunity on a men’s bench, that of Suzuka Unlimited of the Japanese fourth division. After a little over a year in the Japanese country, La Mancha looks longingly at her past at Primera Iberdrola, where she pioneered as a coach at Albacete, to which she rose and held two years in the top flight, before the club decided to leave her unemployed.How is the situation in Spain living from Japan?I am worried about my parents because they are older. It is scary that they can be spread. Here there is no prohibition. You can go outside to walk, be accompanied and even go to restaurants.But sports activity does stop, right?We suspended training on March 29 because we shared facilities with an athletics club that tested positive for coronavirus.It is shocking that Japan, being so close to China, does not take more prohibition measures …I think there are fewer cases than in Spain due to culture. They kiss less and hug each other than we do. In addition, the use of masks is very normal to avoid infecting others. Those customs help it not spread as much.In your case, has a date been set for the League to start?We have been informed that in principle it will be on July 18 when the league will officially begin. As long as everything is fine. It seems that here the fastest cases now rise. It is all provisional, but before that date it will not be because there are facilities that are closed like ours. In the end you cannot train well because the players train at home and the floors here are very small so they do not have space to do the exercises well.What do you think of the new RFEF plan to end the Women’s League in Spain? It is a complicated situation. The RFEF always complains about the dates of the women’s league, about the fact of fitting dates, and this makes everything difficult. There will be more teams, many days and missing dates. I think that the fairest thing would be to finish the competitions when possible and that the promotions, descents and the league title are decided in a fair way.On a personal level, how do you rate your first year in Japan?I am very happy here and I feel highly valued as a coach. In Japan they have given me the confidence that in Spain they did not give me.How do you see the growth of women’s football from there?I think the Women’s League is a product that is selling well, although it still has a lot to improve. But I always say that there are so many fights (television rights, training rights, etc.) because women’s football sells. If not, no one would fight over him. Three or four years ago, nobody fought.Would you like to return to a women’s bench?Yes. When you have given everything in a women’s team, you feel a little angry that other people are occupying positions that you have fought for. I have a special affection for women and would be delighted to return to this League.What do you think that there is only one coach in the First Iberdrola?There are very good Spanish coaches, but in Spain they give us very few opportunities. We have fought a lot, first to play and then to train, and now we have to look for success outside.Finally, do you think that the emergence of Real Madrid will help women’s football?Yes. I think Real Madrid’s arrival is positive and will help make the Primera Iberdrola brand more visible internationally and nationally.last_img read more

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Arnett can punish lowly Waterhouse

first_imgAfter a short break for the holidays, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will resume today with five quality matches and another of equal importance tomorrow.Promoted team Portmore United, who trail leaders Montego Bay United on goal difference, will have the opportunity to overtake the St James-based team for, at least, 24 hours if they get the better of visitors Reno at Juici Park in Clarendon. Mid-table Boys’ Town will play away to the struggling Cavalier SC at Stadium East while relegation-threatened Rivoli United will host the improving Harbour View at the Prison Oval.Eighth-placed UWI FC have been steadily showing that they belong among the big boys, and a victory over fourth-placed Humble Lion will make believers of others besides their growing band of fans, but, perhaps, the most interest will be in the Arnett Gardens-Waterhouse match at Drewsland. The Drewsland-based team has experienced the greatest reversal of form of all the teams in the League and are now looking to their third coach for the season, Paul Young, to deliver them from their sorry position.No wins yetIn their two matches under Young’s guidance so far, Waterhouse have played to two draws, scored six goals while conceding six. The second was a 4-4 draw with Cavalier FC, where the score resembled an incomplete set of a tennis match. While it was good that Waterhouse scored goals, Kenroy Howell scoring three, it also showed that they are very porous as Cavalier have struggled all season to find the back of the net and had only scored seven from their previous seven games.The above situation could be very inviting to defending champions Arnett Gardens.”Despite their poor showing when Waterhouse play against Arnett Gardens, they usually come with their best effort,” said Arnett Gardens coach Jerome Waite, perhaps masking his excitement at the prospect of facing them.”They have a good coach in Paul Young and, under his charge, they have played two games and have drawn both. They also scored six goals and conceded six, so they have positives in terms of the goals that they have scored, but they have negatives in terms of the goals they have conceded, so we will see,” added the analytical Waite.Young is hoping he can move the team to safety and possibly a semi-final place.”The effort is there at training every day. The attitude is good and the team spirit is good, so I am looking to good things on Sunday,” Young told The Gleaner last Thursday at the Red Stripe Premier League’s weekly press briefing at Red Stripe.However, if they are able to get their act together on the field, they may have a good chance to surprise the defending champions as they will be without two of their key players in defensive rock, captain O’Neil ‘Bigga’ Thompson and midfielder Renae Lloyd. With Thompson out of the backline, Jermain Anderson, Howell, and company may have a greater chance of advancing on goal.At the other end, the home team will have to pay great attention to their former player, Kemal Malcolm, who is having his best Premier League season so far with nine goals to be third on the goal scoring table. With Rohan Amos looking way past his best and Nicholi Finlayson looking casual at best, that combination could be easing pickings for Malcolm and the rejuvenated Leon Strickland, also a former Waterhouse player. Both could be aiming to show Waterhouse what they are missing.Today’s Games:5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Boys’ Town – Stadium East3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Reno – Juici Park, Clarendon3 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Harbour View – Prison Oval3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Humble Lion – UWI Bowl, Mona6 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Arnett Gardens – Drewsland StadiumTomorrow’s game:8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Tivoli Gardens – Montego Bay Sports Complex Points standingTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMoBay United 18 9 7 2 29 11 18 34Portmore 18 10 4 4 19 14 5 34Arnett 18 10 2 6 27 15 12 32Humble Lion FC 18 7 7 4 14 12 2 28H.View 18 6 7 5 18 18 0 25Boys’ Town 18 7 4 7 21 23 -2 25Reno 18 5 8 5 17 19 -2 23UWI FC 18 6 4 8 17 25 -8 22Tivoli 18 5 4 9 23 26 -3 19Cavalier 18 4 6 8 11 18 -7 18Rivoli 18 4 5 9 19 25 -6 17Waterhouse 18 3 6 9 17 26 -9 15last_img read more

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