Cristiano Ronaldo Ronaldo, Messi, Pogba and… Eddie Thomas!? UEFA kick off #EqualGame campaign Goal 22:22 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy UEFA Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Paul Pogba Videos UEFA are working with some of the biggest names in the game to kick off their campaign to promote inclusion, diversity and accessibility in football When one thinks of football across Europe, he or she immediately thinks of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba strutting their stuff on stages like the UEFA Champions League. But football doesn’t only live in the spotlight. It lives in streets and towns; it lives in people’s hearts and their blood. Eddie Thomas from Merthyr in Wales embodies that. A footballer all his life and a former Welsh veteran’s representative, the retired 66-year-old has turned to walking football to stay active and satisfy his unwavering love for the game. Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “I think I had two sessions of walking football” said Eddie of his introduction to the format. “I loved it. I’ve hardly missed a session since.”Walking football is just one strand of the game UEFA is promoting with its #EqualGame campaign, drawing attention to the diversity and accessibility of the sport. “During the course of my career, our beloved sport has taught me many things, but above all it’s shown me that football really is a universal game that is accessible to all, regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation and religious beliefs,” said Lionel Messi to UEFA. Eddie would agree. For more information on the initiative, visit EqualGame.com.
Paul Pogba Juventus claim they’ve been cleared of wrongdoing over Pogba transfer Stephen Darwin Last updated 2 years ago 20:07 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Paul Pogba Juventus Manchester United Premier League Serie A The Serie A champions were being investigated by FIFA over their conduct relating to the France midfielder’s move to Manchester United Juventus have claimed that FIFA has cleared the Serie A club of any wrongdoing and subsequently not handed them any penalty or fine over Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United.World football’s governing body had launched an investigation into Juve’s conduct over the sale of the France international, who joined United in the summer of 2016 for a then-record transfer of around £89.5 million.Juve 16/1 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was alleged that Mino Raiola, who represents Pogba, could have breached third-party ownership rules, with a FIFA statement back in June 2017 confirming an investigation.It read: “We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing. We can confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United.”It appears Juventus are now in the clear, however, with club president Andrea Agnelli revealing that FIFA will not be taking any action.He announced at a shareholders meeting: “The FIFA investigation into the Pogba deal is concluded, [there will be] no penalties or fines for Juventus.”Agnelli also expressed his pride at the club having won six Serie A titles in a row, adding: “On behalf of the club, supporters, team and technical staff, we are extremely proud about winning six straight Scudetto titles.”At this club we believe the greatest success is always the next one, our challenges is to prove ourselves again in Italy and Europe.”
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claimed that he was not aware of the warnings by the Indian intelligence agencies about the Easter Sunday attacks, saying that the tragedy could have been prevented had he been kept in the loop by the concerned officers. Sirisena had last month said a clear report about a possible terror attack was sent by Indian intelligence agencies 17 days prior to the April 21 bombings, that killed 258 people, but he was not informed about it. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe president said he left for a foreign trip on April 16 and till then he was not informed about the Indian intelligence report, though there had been exchanges on the issue between the defence secretary and the then inspector general of police. I was not aware of the prior warnings of the April 21 attacks but if the officers attached to defence establishments had informed me, I would have taken steps to prevent them,” he said during the National Conference on Peace, Harmony and Coexistence on Tuesday. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSirisena said that the attacks could not be avoided due to shortcomings of certain government officers. I was blamed for not doing anything to prevent the attack but the truth is that I was never aware of it, he added. The Easter Sunday attacks have led to a fear psychosis among the communities in this country. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims have begun to suspect each other. “Those who died in the Easter Sunday attacks are Sri Lankans. Also one should consider that Muslims also suffered as a result of the riots that broke out after the Easter Sunday attacks, he said. As a fallout to the Easter Sunday attacks, clashes broke out between the Muslims and Christians, killing one person in northwestern Sri Lanka and forcing the police to impose curfew in certain areas. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts on April 21 that tore through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attack since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings which killed 258 people, including 11 Indians.
(Quinn Meawasige, from Serpent River First Nation, carries an eagle staff leading the procession to close the Assembly of First Nation’s annual meeting in Moncton, NB. APTN/Photo)APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-Quinn Meawasige was in rehab trying to kick a drug and drinking habit when he received a phone call from Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo.Nine months later Meawasige, 17, carried an eagle staff and led Thursday’s procession to close off the AFN’s national assembly in Moncton, NB.Moments earlier, while standing next to Atleo, Meawasige was heralded as a shining example of the future.“This young man has inspired me,” said Atleo, in his closing speech to the assembly. “This young man told his community where he comes from that he made a decision that he was going to seek treatment and healing because he knew he needed to prepare himself, that he would become a leader for his people.”As Atleo spoke, the assembled chiefs gave Meawasige, who is from Serpent River First Nation in Ontario, a standing ovation.“Quinn shows us that (the youth) are leaders right now,” said Atleo. “It takes courage, conviction and standing up to the fears that might hold us back…We still have a long way to go, (but) when we see something like this let us…recognize the incredibly courageous things that are happening in our communities every single day.”Meawasige said it was his involvement in protests last spring against the harmonized sales tax in Ontario that triggered his desire to give up drugs and alcohol. He said he had spent five years lost in a haze of crack, cocaine, OxyContin and liquor.“It was really one question: What does it mean to be Aboriginal?” said Meawasige. “That really stopped to make me think. ‘What does it mean?’ The more I started to think about it, the more I started to be interested in it.”Meawasige, who said he came from a good family, finally decided to go into rehab after spending a day in court facing break and enter charges. He said he stole to support his drug habit.“After sitting in that court room I said I need to go (into rehab),” he said.It wasn’t easy to kick the drug habit.“I was scared about what would happen,” he said. “I had bad withdrawals, night sweats. It was tough.”Last November, during his 108-day stay in a rehab centre near London, Ont., Meawasige received a surprised phone call from the national chief.“The executive director comes running in and she says ‘Chief Atleo’s assistant just called (and said) that Chief Atleo will call you in the next half hour to an hour,’” he said. “I waited by the phone.”During the phone conversation Atleo told Meawasige he was an inspiration.“He said he was really proud of me. He said ‘you inspired me once again,’” said Meawasige. “He said I followed my heart.”The two had met at a rally on Parliament Hill that year, but Meawasige said he still doesn’t know how Atleo knew to call him at the rehab centre.“It was out of nowhere,” he said.After dozens of congratulatory handshakes and photographs, including one with an RCMP officer in full uniform, Meawasige sat at a table with a young woman discussing political projects.As their conversation ended, the young woman paused for a moment and said “you’re a rock star.”