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Sead Kolasinac keen on Germany return as Schalke hold talks over move to bring back Arsenal left-back on loan

first_imgSead Kolasinac keen on Germany return as Schalke hold talks over move to bring back Arsenal left-back on loan Comment The left-back rose through the ranks at Schalke (Picture: Getty Images)According to Sky Sport Germany, the 27-year-old is not entirely happy in north London and would like to return to the Bundesliga.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTInitial negotiations have taken place over a potential loan move, in which Kolasinac’s wages would be split between the two clubs, however, his earnings are still proving to be a sticking point.The defender is on an annual salary of around €8 million (£7.2m) at Arsenal, while the German club are unwilling to offer anything above €2.5 million (£2.2m), meaning he would need to take a pay cut.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalElsewhere, Arsenal are set to complete the £27 million signing of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes.The Gunners have been embroiled in a battle with Napoli for his signature, but have now won the race, fending off late interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the process.The Brazilian centre-back is in London for his medical ahead of the proposed move.MORE: Arsenal academy starlet poached by Leeds as Gunners sign Spurs youngsterMORE: Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho speaks out on his future after winning Champions LeagueFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 7:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Kolasinac has struggled to nail down the left-back spot (Picture: Getty Images)Schalke are in the initial stages of discussions with Arsenal over a move to bring left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the club, according to reports in Germany.The Bosnian made the switch from the Bundesliga outfit to the Emirates in 2017 on a free transfer, but has faced stiff competition for a place in the side over his three seasons at the club.With the signing of Kieran Tierney last summer and emergence of Bukayo Saka – who filled in for the two defenders at left-back – Kolasinac has been in and out of the team. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Golden Jaguars to kick off Qatar World Cup Qualifier in October

first_imgGUYANA’s ‘Golden Jaguars’, the country’s senior Men’s National Football team, will kick off their Qatar World Cup campaign in October, according to CONCACAF’s latest announcement  and updated men’s international calendar, which includes a new format for the Concacaf Qualifiers to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and updates on the Nations League and 2021 Gold Cup. The teams will play home and away in a direct elimination format in the FIFA match window of March 2021. The three winners will progress to the final round.The final round (eight teams) of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will see the three winners from the second round join the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 1-5 (Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and Jamaica) based on the FIFA rankings as of July 16, 2020. According to a release from the confederation responsible for football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, the new CONCACAF Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 comprise three rounds and provide all participating Member Associations with the chance to compete for the Confederation’s three and a half World Cup spots.The First Round (30 teams) will be played between the Concacaf Member Associations ranked 6-35 based on the FIFA rankings as of July 16, 2020.Guyana is currently ranked 16 in CONCACAF and 166 across FIFA, according to the latest global rankings.The 30 men’s national teams will be drawn into six groups of five in a seeded draw. The six highest ranked teams, El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago will be pre-seeded into groups A to F respectively.Each team will play every other team in their group once, playing a total of four matches– two home and two away. These games will be played in the FIFA match windows of October 2020 and November 2020.At the end of the first round, the six group winners will progress to the second round.The second round (six teams) will be played between the group winners from the first round, with the match-ups pre-determined where Group A winner will play the winner of Group F; winner of Group B will collide with Group E winner; and Group C winner will face the winner of Group D. center_img The national teams ranked 1-5 had already gained enough FIFA ranking points to guarantee their place in the final round prior to the development of a new format.Final round teams: (1) Mexico  (2) USA  (3) Costa Rica  (4) Jamaica  (5) Honduras (6) Second Round winner (7) Second Round winner  (8) Second Round winner.The final round will begin in the double FIFA match window in June 2021 and continue in the FIFA match windows of September, October, November 2021 and January and March 2022.The eight teams will play each other on a home-and-away basis, with each team playing 14 matches.At the end of the final round, the top three finishing teams will qualify directly to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The fourth placed team will qualify for the FIFA Intercontinental Playoff, scheduled to be played in June 2022.last_img read more

Warriors’ Mark Stevens banned 1 year, fined $500K for shoving Kyle Lowry

first_img“There’s no place for that,” Lowry told reporters Wednesday. “He had no reason to touch me. He had no reason to reach over two seats and then say some vulgar language to me. There’s no place for people like that in our league.”Lowry called for Stevens’ ban to be permanent when he met with reporters one day after the game.“More should be done,” Lowry said, via the Washington Post. “He’s not a good look for the ownership group they have. A guy like that showing his true class, he shouldn’t be a part of our league. There’s no place for that.”Stevens apologized for his actions in a statement later Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions (Wednesday) at the NBA Finals and am embarrassed by what transpired,” Stevens’ statement read, in part. “What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it. Mr. Lowry deserves better, and I have reached out today in an attempt to directly apologize. The incident occurred early in the fourth quarter when Lowry dove into the crowd. Stevens reached over and pushed the guard before the two exchanged words. He was then ejected from the stadium.Golden State went on to lose 123-109 and now trails Toronto in the series, 2-1. Related News “I hope the Mr. Lowry and others impacted by this lapse in judgment understand that the behavior I demonstrated last night (Wednesday) does not reflect the person I am or have been throughout my life. I made a mistake and I’m truly sorry.”The Warriors will host the Raptors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET. NBA Finals 2019: Raptors aren’t focused on who is or isn’t playing for Warriors Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens has been banned from attending games and team activities for one year and fined $500,000 for shoving Raptors guard Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the league announced Thursday.“A team representative must be held to the highest possible standard,” the league said in an earlier statement. “The conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens last night was beyond unacceptable and has no place in our league.” Warriors injury updates: Klay Thompson to play Game 4, but Kevin Durant out NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from the Raptors’ Game 3 road win over the Warriorslast_img read more

Govt refuses to accept CJ’s decision in no-confidence cases

first_img…moves to Court of AppealBy Jarryl BryanThe Government has appealed the no-confidence related cases it lost on January 31, asking the Court of Appeal to set aside some of the judgements made by acting Chief Justice Roxane George.The first case Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams is appealing is the case of AG v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader. The second is AG v Christopher Ram.The initial case directly pertains to the passage of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly by a majority of 33 to 32 on December 21, 2018. In the case of AG v Speaker of the National Assembly and Opposition Leader, Williams’s submission argues that “there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the Government to be defeated on a vote of no confidence”.The Government’s submission had claimed that acquiring 33 instead of 34 or more votes breached Article 106 (6) of the Constitution and was unlawful. It had also claimed that the Speaker’s certification of the vote by issuing Resolution 101 was not conclusive.In the second case, Ram had argued that Cabinet should have resigned as per the Constitution. Ram had successfully sought to have the High Court validate the no-confidence resolution and have Government comply with constitutional provisions to demit office and call elections no later than March of this year.Ram has also argued that Cabinet’s failure to resign with all convenient speed and to fix an election date could lead to uncertainty and a constitutional crisis if neither occurs in keeping with the Constitution.The Chief Justice had upheld both cases, ruling that the no-confidence vote was validly passed, and that Cabinet should have resigned. However, Williams in his appeal is claiming that the Chief Justice made an error in both of these rulings.AppealParticularly, the AG expressed that the Chief Justice’s decision was “unreasonable and cannot be supported having regard to the evidence”. He is seeking an order setting aside both rulings and all consequential orders, adding that more submissions will be made upon receipt of the CJ’s written ruling.The appeal comes at a time when local and international organisations have been calling for a speedy resolution to these legal matters.President David Granger and the Government as a whole have said they will not resign while these legal cases are pending. On Monday, the European Union called for the appeals to be expedited in much the same way as the Chief Justice expedited the initial case.The EU’s local mission revealed that it was keeping an eye on developments following the vote. The EU urged that democratic procedures and the rule of law be respected and upheld.The EU also called for free and fair elections to be held and for the Guyana Government to follow all requirements outlined in the Constitution of Guyana following the December 21, 2018 no-confidence vote.Government has always said it would appeal the rulings if not favourable. According to the EU, it is best if these appeals are expedited, hinting that foreign investments into Guyana are being held up by the political uncertainty.The EU’s urging came shortly after United Nations Resident Coordinator Mikiko Tanaka urged the Government to demonstrate its integrity and respect Guyana’s Constitution.According to Tanaka, building a peaceful and just society requires respect for the rule of law and confidence in national institutions. “It is hoped that the third arm of the State, the Executive, will demonstrate its integrity and respect for Guyana’s Constitution and the Judiciary that constitute the foundation for the rule of law,” Tanaka added.She also noted that upcoming General and Regional Elections would be a big test for Guyana, considering the atmosphere of mistrust that permeated previous elections. She noted that the need for political parties to be responsible was absolutely critical for bringing an end to racial inequality.last_img read more

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