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first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew is keeping his fingers crossed that Joe Kinnear delivers him new signings over the next week regardless of what happens with Yohan Cabaye. But ultimately, that particular decision will be made above his head and he was philosophical when asked about the possible consequences. He said: “The answer isn’t as simple as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. The answer is here he is either going to be sold and we are going to have to replace him in the window that we have left, or he’s going to stay. “In both situations, I as the manager have to protect him and protect this football club more importantly, so the first thing on my agenda is the football club, trust me, and that will always come first while I am the manager here. “It’s an ongoing situation and like a lot of players in this transfer window, there are problems while it is open. “I understand players’ positions at times, and then there are other times I don’t understand it. But the bottom line is with a world-class player, if they move on, it has to be world-class money.” Press Association Kinnear insisted earlier this week that the management team at St James’ Park had agreed before the season started that the squad was big enough and strong enough to finish in the top half of the Barclays Premier League table, but Pardew is desperate to add to it. The manager said: “Even without the Cabaye situation, that’s something we know we have to try to do. I think we have done a good bit of business with Loic Remy, I really do. From that point forward, it’s a good start and we need to finish it off.” The Magpies have been trying to land a striker for much of the summer, but missed out on Darren Bent after stalling on a deal and have as yet been unable to push through a move for Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis. However, should Arsenal prise Cabaye from Pardew’s grasp, there would be another sizeable gap to plug, and Newcastle have been linked with Wigan’s Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy as a potential replacement. Pardew, however, was giving nothing away as he contemplated the now traditional frenzied approach to the transfer deadline on Tyneside. He said: “The transfer policy here is that we keep our news to ourselves if we are going to go and buy players, and we are going to try to stay on that course. “But it’s pretty obvious that we would like to get one or two over the line.” Pardew declined to confirm whether or not Cabaye had refused to play in the opening two games of the season in the wake of Arsenal’s approach, and was unwilling to elaborate on a situation which has left disgruntled fans fearing the worst. The France international midfielder will not be involved in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup trip to Sky Bet League Two Morecambe as the Magpies await developments in Arsenal’s pursuit of a man for whom they have already had a £10million offer rejected. But whether or not the Gunners eventually come up with a figure to suit owner Mike Ashley – Newcastle’s valuation is around double the only bid to date – Pardew is hoping his director of football will finally make a much-anticipated breakthrough with loan signing Loic Remy the only new face to have arrived on Tyneside since his appointment. last_img read more

first_imgMay 1968 is not one more month in the history of France. It was the students who started the revolts, but this discontent was gradually joined by all sectors of society. Each group had its own objective of the protest and football set its sights on the French Football Federation (FFF).The former madridista gave a good account of this discomfort among the footballers Raymond Kopa, in 1963. On July 4 of that year he published an article in the France Dimanche demanding minimum rights for footballers. It was not the first time that the greatest players had fought for all their teammates. Two years earlier, the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) had been created with Just Fontaine or Eugen N’Jo Lea at the head, top-level players. The title of Kopa’s writing, Players are slaves, already hinted at the intensity of his words: “Today, in the middle of the 20th century, the professional soccer player is the only human being who can be sold and bought without having his opinion”. This message made a huge impact and was a great inspiration for what would be unleashed in ’68.On May 22, just over a month after the first protest of this time, soccer raised its voice. Amateur level footballers, some Red Star professionals and, especially, journalists from the Miroir du Football, a magazine close to the French Communist Party and the movement that was taking place in Paris, took over the headquarters of the FFF at number 60 bis, a facade through which all tourists who want to go from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower pass. , or vice versa, by the straightest line possible. To the literary phrases “let’s be realistic, ask for the impossible” or “forbidden to prohibit” that served as a slogan that spring, sport contributed the phrase “Soccer for footballers”, which shouted a banner hanging from balcony to balcony on the first floor and which Platini had as leitmotiv during his UEFA presidency. Far from the level of tension and violence that existed on other fronts of the city, that was a peaceful occupation. Pierre Delaunay, secretary general, and George Boulogne, national instructor, were locked in a room. Apart from the aforementioned banner, the phrase was also hung “The Federation, owned by 600,000 footballers” on the second floor. Meanwhile, at street level, leaflets of the Soccer Players Action Committee Program were distributed with the demands.“Like the workers occupy their factories. Like the students occupy their Faculties. Why? To give back to the 600,000 French soccer players and their millions of friends what belongs to them: soccer, which the Federation pontiffs have expropriated to serve their selfish interests to obtain economic benefit “. Then five main points of its manifestation were listed. One of the most important was 3, in which License B was denounced. This rule forced footballers to be linked to the club with which they signed their first professional contract until the age of 35 in appalling conditions, sometimes with a salary below the minimum. Something unimaginable in 2020.In point 5, and in relation to what was described in the previous paragraph, Kopa’s words were mentioned years ago: “(The Federation) mocks the human dignity of the professionals by maintaining the slave contracts denounced by Kopa and whose illegality was recognized, a year ago, by Sadoul”. The latter was the president of the League.The Federation takeover ended when the Grenelle Accords were signed, for which the minimum wage was raised by 35%. Soccer also made great strides and the hated License B was canceled. Cruyff or Bosman would fight years later in the same line of defense of the rights of soccer players.last_img read more

first_imgBoth Ranvijay Singh and Kamlesh Pathak figure in the listBoth Ranvijay Singh and Kamlesh Pathak figure in the list of eight candidates for the Legislative Council polls.Others are Balram Yadav, Shatrudra Prakash, Yashwant Singh, Bukkal Nawab, Ram Sundar Das and Jagjivan Ram.The Governor had clarified that under Article 171(5) of the Constitution, MLCs are to be nominated from five fields ? literature, art, science, cooperative movement and social service, and these belonged to none of these category.The support of 37 MLAs would be needed for a candidates victory the Rajya Sabha polls.As per the existing strength of different parties in the 403-member state Assembly, Samajwadi Party with 227 MLAs would be able to get six nominees elected to the Rajya Sabha, the BSP two, and BJP one. Of the nine seats falling vacant, BSP has six and SP three. PTI ABN SMI TIR SK SKlast_img read more

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