United confirm Moyes appointment

first_img Moyes said: “It’s a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done for the football club. “I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season.” With Moyes committed to concluding the season at Everton, he will not be introduced as United manager until after the campaign is over. “I have had a terrific job at Everton, with a tremendous chairman and board of directors and a great set of players,” he added. “Between now and the end of the season, I will do everything in my power to make sure we finish as high as possible in the table. “Everton’s fantastic fans have played a big part in making my years at Goodison so enjoyable and I thank them wholeheartedly for the support they have given me and the players. Everton will be close to me for the rest of my life.” Having decided to end his near 27-year stint at United this summer, Ferguson quickly came to the conclusion his fellow countryman would be the right man to follow. “When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes, we unanimously agreed on David Moyes,” said Ferguson. “David is a man of great integrity with a strong work ethic. I’ve admired his work for a long time and approached him as far back as 1998 to discuss the position of assistant manager here.” Press Association The 50-year-old has signed a six-year-contract with the Old Trafford outfit and will join officially on July 1 after completing the season with Everton. Moyes has the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson, who confirmed his retirement on Wednesday, and his first official competitive game will be the Community Shield against either Manchester City or Wigan at Wembley on August 11. center_img Manchester United have confirmed David Moyes as their new manager.last_img read more

Sunrisers Hyderabad aim to end losing streak against Chennai Super Kings

first_imgHyderabad: It will be an uphill task for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure a victory and get back on the winning track when they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Sunrisers, who secured three back to back wins after their loss in the opening encounter in the ongoing IPL, have failed miserably in the last three games.Their batting, which has been largely dependent on the destructive opening pair of Johnny Bairstow and David Warner, hasn’t been able to perform and appears to be in disarray as none of the other batsman have taken the responsibility and finish the games. The Kane Williamson-led side are currently standing at the sixth spot in the points table, and would be desperately hoping to get a win under their bag and move up the table.Chennai, on the other hand, is sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from eight games. The Men in Yellow will look to confirm their spot in the playoffs against the Sunrisers. In the batting department, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and captain M.S. Dhoni have all been among the runs while the bowling has also looked pretty strong with Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh taking the responsibility and picking up wickets at regular intervals. (IANS)Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Badgers blow out helpless Hoosiers

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoBefore Indiana snapped the ball on offense, it was down a timeout and three points. It was merely a sign of the struggles to come. The Badgers (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten), behind an array of looks at running back who combined for 279 rushing yards, thumped the Hoosiers (5-4, 2-4 Big Ten) 33-3 Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. P.J. Hill set the tempo early on, rushing for 57 yards on 12 carries and a first-quarter touchdown to give Wisconsin a 10-0 lead before leaving the game for good with what head coach Bret Bielema called a “bruised top of his foot.” In Hill’s place, sophomore Lance Smith rushed for a career-best 79 yards and two second-half touchdowns on 15 carries. From the outset, Indiana’s high-powered spread offense that had scored at least 14 points in every game this season looked lifeless. It went three-and-out on its first series — this after calling a timeout before its first offensive play — and managed 18 yards of total offense in the first quarter. “As an offense, it makes you a lot more comfortable and puts you in a comfort zone knowing that you can stick to your game plan and not get out of whack,” UW quarterback Tyler Donovan said of how the defense’s play allowed the offense to stick with the running game. Then the sloppy play set in. Indiana running back Josiah Sears fumbled away a drive on the Hoosiers’ next possession. It was one of five turnovers forced by the Badger defense — a unit that had seven takeaways on the season coming in. “We were creating those turnovers,” Bielema said. “You see guys attacking the football. … which carried over to turnovers. There were some big hits, sound collisions and two guys to the ball.” Wisconsin used a nine-play, 40-yard drive capped by a Taylor Mehlhaff 41-yard field goal to jump out to the early lead. Going back to what worked, the Badgers utilized nine rushes by Hill to charge down the field and build a two-possession lead when the sophomore tailback punched it in from inside the 1-yard line on fourth down. Thanks to Hill and company’s bruising runs, the Badgers controlled the ball for 12:21 in the opening frame, and 35:23 during the game. The defense did its part as well. Some of the biggest playmakers in the Big Ten — receiver James Hardy and quarterback Kellen Lewis — were held in check throughout. “The spread was basically haunting us all year and we came out great against them with a great quarterback and great receiver threat, and we came out ready to play, ready to take on that challenge,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said.Hardy, who had 11 touchdowns and 748 receiving yards entering Saturday’s game, finished with a season-low 17 yards on four catches. He also fumbled away a reception when the Hoosiers were down 17-3 and driving in the third quarter. “With the defense, we really had the idea that we wanted [Indiana] to play left-handed,” Bielema said. “We wanted to take away what they do best, kind of dictate the flow of the game.”I thought our guys really flew to the football.”It appeared as though the Hoosiers’ string of bad luck was over when running back Marcus Thigpen dashed 84 yards into the end zone to cut the Badgers’ lead to 17-9. But it only worsened their predicament.Hardy was called for a holding penalty downfield, and Thigpen, who assumed the run counted, was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for his touchdown celebration. Instead of kicking the point after, Indiana faced a third-and-17 from its own 12-yard line. As was the trend all day — UW held IU to 4 of 14 on third down conversions — the Hoosiers were stopped and forced to punt. Linebacker DeAndre Levy doesn’t know if that play would have gone in Wisconsin’s favor a few weeks ago, given the defense’s struggles at that point in time. “That’s a play that never gets called back a few weeks back,” he said. “We’re looking, praying that it gets called back. But the (refs) made a good call catching Hardy on the [hold].”The Badgers wasted little time taking advantage of the Hoosiers’ errors, pounding the ball 78 yards to boost their lead to 24-3 on Smith’s 6-yard run.Lewis never got into a groove, finishing 17-of-33 with 113 passing yards and 59 rushing yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble. Then again, neither did Donovan. The UW senior signal caller failed to throw a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game and extended his streak of games with a pick to six. Late in the second quarter he stared down receiver Paul Hubbard and cornerback Tracy Porter stepped underneath to pick the pass off at the goal line. Indiana capitalized on Donovan’s mistake by scoring its only points of the day — a 49-yard field goal from the leg of Austin Starr on its ensuing possession. Freshman running back Zach Brown picked up his first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter to give Wisconsin a 17-0 lead. He finished with a personal best 40 yards on 14 carries. “He’s not a freshman anymore. He has really settled into the way he’s prepared,” Bielema said. “And the way he handled the game today, the way he ran the football, protecting it, speaks volumes for him in the future.”last_img read more

Heartbreak in Salt Lake: Trojans fall to Utah 24-21

first_imgA sloppy effort led to a disastrous finish for the USC Trojans, whose Pac-12 title hopes took a serious hit in a 24-21 road loss to the Utah Utes. Just 10 seconds remained on the clock when quarterback Travis Wilson found a wide open Kaelin Clay for a go ahead one-yard touchdown that gave the No. 19 Utes (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) yet another signature win.The No. 20 Trojans (5-3, 4-2) took a 21-17 lead with 10:18 remaining in the final quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass from redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler to sophomore wideout Darreus Rogers. USC reclaimed possession with just over seven minutes to play, but could not convert a fourth and short opportunity at the Utah 27-yard line with 2:08 remaining. That was all the time Wilson and the Utes needed for a game-winning drive.USC head coach Steve Sarkisian managed to find a few positives in his team’s effort, but was ultimately disappointed.“Utah played a hard fought game,” Sarkisian said. “Our guys played hard but we didn’t get it done.”A wild opening opening quarter got off to a less-than-thrilling start for the Trojans. On just the second offensive play of the game, Utah defensive back Davion Orphey scooped up a backward lateral intended for Rogers and took it 65 yards for a touchdown. Orphey’s heads-up play came as most of the USC offense returned to the huddle, figuring the whistle had blown.The Trojans would respond quickly, however, in the form of a 10-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a 10-yard strike to freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith. Kessler, who came out of the game for a short time after a hard hit, was a perfect 5-for-5 on the series.The Utes took the lead once again midway through the second quarter, using good field position to set up a 24-yard field goal from All-American kicker Andy Phillips. Unfortunately for Utah, the advantage was short lived. Freshman cornerback/wide receiver Adoree’ Jackson took the ensuing kickoff 105 yards for a score, giving the Trojans a 14-10 lead. The touchdown marked the second of Jackson’s career — but the youngster was not done yet.Midway through the third quarter, Utah’s Clay returned a punt 51 yards to the USC 16-yard line. Just as it looked like the Utes would take their second lead of the night, however, Jackson stripped wide receiver Tim Patrick near the Trojans’ one yard line. Because Patrick was incorrectly ruled down on the play, Jackson was denied a chance at his first career defensive touchdown and USC took the ball at its own 20.The poor call came back to hurt the Trojans. Almost immediately, linebacker Jason Fanaika intercepted a poor throw from Kessler at the USC 38, leading to a 25-yard touchdown run from Utes’ running back Davontae Booker. To their credit, the Trojans bounced back with the 12-play, 73-yard drive that led to Rogers’ third touchdown of the season. But it would not be enough.The USC offense was rendered completely ineffective for large portions of the contest, including a stretch that consisted of a fumble, five punts and an interception in seven consecutive drives. Kessler, who finished the game 24-32 for 264 yards and two touchdowns, was the unit’s lone bright spot, while the Utah defense held redshirt junior running back Javorius “Buck” Allen to just 3.7 yards per carry. Smith tied for a career high with six receptions.Even through all the sloppiness and questionable play-calling, USC still had the game within its grasp in the final minutes. Sophomore linebacker Su’a Cravens, who spearheaded a gutsy defensive effort with two sacks, summed up the team’s feelings after the game.“I’ve been saying it for a couple weeks now, we need to know how to finish.” Cravens said.The Trojans will aim to pick themselves up off the mat for the third time this season next Saturday on the road once again, this time against the Washington State Cougars.“We’ll get back up,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll get back on the horse for next Saturday.”last_img read more

Men’s tennis falls to Florida, upsets No. 5 Georgia at Pac-12/SEC Challenge

first_imgThe No. 8 USC men’s tennis team traveled to the annual Pac-12/SEC Challenge in Gainsville, Fla. this weekend, and the Trojans split their two matches, suffering their first loss of the year to host No. 11 Florida to kick off the tournament on Saturday before grabbing an upset victory over No. 5 Georgia on Sunday. USC picked up the doubles point to open the match against the Gators. After the pair of senior Nick Crystal and sophomore Laurens Verboven beat Florida’s Chase Perez-Blanco and Maxx Lipman 6-3, senior Rob Bellamy and sophomore Jack Jaede put the Trojans on the board with a 7-5 win over McClain Kessler and Elliott Orkin.But Florida stormed back to take four singles wins to secure victory, beating Crystal, sophomore Logan Smith, freshman Riley Smith and junior Thibault Forget. Jaede and freshman Brandon Holt tallied the last two points of the day, winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (6) and 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 over their Gator opponents, respectively, but the duo could only narrow the final margin of defeat to one point as USC fell 4-3.After taking their first loss of the season on Saturday, the Trojans took on fifth-ranked Georgia on Sunday. Their 4-0 victory against the Bulldogs closed out the annual tournament in style, opening with a quick doubles victory by way of Bellamy and Jaede, who notched a 6-2 win over Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Ponwith. Minutes later, Holt and Riley Smith secured a 6-4 win to score the match’s first point.Bellamy went on to beat Robert Loeb 6-2, 6-3, and Holt followed by setting USC up for a clincher with his 6-1, 6-4 victory over Emil Reinberg. Jaede then closed out the upset with a 6-1, 7-6 victory against Walker Duncan to send the Trojans home with a win.USC will continue play with a doubleheader on Friday, as the Trojans host UC Davis and San Francisco at Marks Stadium.last_img read more

Drom & Inch ease into next round of Mid Senior Hurling Championship.

first_imgClub secretary Matty Ryan was pleased with the victory but feels Drom have more work to do. It was a close first half with Drom leading by 12 points to 9 at the interval.They pulled clear with second half goals from Tommy Nolan, county senior Seamus Callanan and David Butler.The result in Holycross means Drom & Inch progress to the next round of the Mid championship.last_img

ESI London confirms dates, early bird tickets go on sale

first_imgWe are delighted to announce that ESI London is confirmed for September 18-20th and that tickets are now live.Following the dual successes of the ESI Forum Series in 2017, and the Esports Insider Super Forum at Stamford Bridge in March 2018, we are pleased to announce our next business focused event. ESI London is a three day esports business conference focused on building a bridge between expertise and interest while explaining the esports industry from the inside out from the 18th till the 20th September 2018 at Olympia London.A full day of esports focused workshops covering topics such as how to build a brand and make content just like an esport endemic, league, event and team operations, the importance of PR in esports, legal and compliance and much more will cover just day one.Day two will boast a comprehensive Betting on Esports track covering everything from data, to building a product for esports’ fans and the opportunity for casinos and betting providers.Here’s what’s happening:-September 18th – ESI Warm Up – Pre-registration, dinner and social September 19th – ESI Esports WorkshopsYou have the right to an attorney – Esports and the lawIt’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it – The Esports PR SymposiumBuilding a brand the esports wayTeam operationsLeague and event operations – The unsung heroesBuilding an esports org – Recruitment and talent sourcingSeptember 20th – Betting on Esports Conference Keynote: Case study of an esports betting partnershipBlockchain and betting; more than a buzzword?Casinos, it’s time to turn to video gamesBuilding the product esports fans wantData and the differences across esports titlesFocus On: The USAExhibition:The exhibition space will be open through the 19th to the close of play on the 20th and will feature over 15 exhibitors, networking areas, meeting rooms, tournaments and fun in the Interactive Zone, and rest assured plenty of refreshments, lunch and networking drinks.Networking:There’ll be networking events each evening on the 18th, 19th and 20th. This will be a combination of dinners, drinks, socials and, of course, an official closing party. All the parties are included in every ticketing option available. In case you thought the dates and London esports seemed familiar, you hit the nail on the head.  In fact, there’s no better time to be in the city for some esports action with FACEIT’s CS:GO Major, the nation’s first, set to get underway on the 20th, the day that our ESI London event comes to a close. As ever, we’ve ensured that the early birds will get the worm and there’s a sizable 33% discount for those who book now. This makes the pass, which gets you access to the full works across three days including networking parties each evening, a snip at just £315 (+VAT). Head here to secure yours. For sponsorship inquiries please reach out to info@esportsinsider.comlast_img read more

Tom Brady injury update: Patriots QB (elbow) questionable for game vs. Cowboys

first_imgFANTASY: Start ’em/sit ’em advice for Week 12 Brady, 42, has displayed legendary durability throughout his career. He has started all 10 of New England’s games this season, and aside from 2016, when he was suspended by the NFL for the first four games for his role in Deflategate, and 2008, when he suffered season-ending knee injury in Week 1, he has started all 16 games every year from 2002-18. He started 14 of 14 games after taking over for an injured Drew Bledsoe as the No. 1 QB in Week 3 of the 2001 season. The Patriots head into the weekend with a possible concern about quarterback Tom Brady.New England listed Brady (elbow) as questionable for its late-afternoon game Sunday vs. the Cowboys, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Brady is expected to play. Brady was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, the team said. If Brady cannot go Sunday, then rookie Jarrett Stidham would take over. Stidham, 23, has thrown four passes, completing two, this year. He also has thrown an interception, which the Jets’ Jamal Adams returned for a touchdown.Brady has led the Patriots to a 9-1 record, but several of his key numbers are down compared to recent years. His completion percentage (63.7), yards per attempt (7.0) and passer rating (90.7) are all at their lowest since the 2013 season.New England leads the AFC East by two games over the Bills and also have a head-to-head tiebreaker over Buffalo.last_img read more

Train, Ferry Commuters Take Summer Disruption In Stride

first_imgBy John Burton  || As a NJ Transit commuter train left the Middletown station a couple of days after commuters had to address renovations at Penn Station, the train conductor offered a shrug and commented, “So far, so good.”For some taking NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast Line to work or for day trips, the sentiments expressed by the conductor who declined to give a name, seemed to sum it up.Donna Garvin, Middletown, was waiting for the train, which she takes to Newark, for her work. She’s grateful not to have to travel into Manhattan and will avoid some of those recent delays and disruptions. But she’s noticed a few things that are different, though minor, in her commute. “You know it’s been getting kind of busy,” more than usual, she said, suspecting other riders are taking alternative routes to work.“It is what it is. What are you going to do?” Margret Belletta of Middletown said with a shrug of her own, as she readied to make her way to work on the train.Some of these commuters observed that traffic has been light, chalking it up to that it’s mid-July and many people are probably on vacation, avoiding some of these issues.“I was wondering how it’s going to be,” after vacations, Garvin said.Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, which owns and operates the more-than-a-century old commuter rail hub, Penn Station, in midtown Manhattan, began its long-planned repair project on Monday, July 10.The project is intended to repair and upgrade infrastructure, such as some electrical and track work to the aging facility, which has been plagued by delays and other problems – regularly causing agita for harried travelers. The project is expected to take until early September, transportation officials announced, and is expected to cause delays to NJ Transit, Long Island Railroad, Amtrak and local subway service operated by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), while a number of tracks are out of service.The anticipated disruptions have caused some New York media outlets to hang the moniker “Summer of Hell” on the project.But as Edward Poplawski, a Red Bank resident awaiting the train at Red Bank’s commuter station, observed, “It’s not been terrible,” for his daily trek to work in New York. He has a theory, explaining, “There’s been so much news about it, I think people have found alternative routes.”Poplawski, too, did a little planning, preparing for what this could mean for his daily commute. “I’ve taken an earlier train to avoid some of it,” he said, observing there appeared to be fewer people or about the same and schedules have been pretty steady.“It’s been nothing out of the ordinary,” said Monmouth Beach resident Richard Coplan, waiting at the Red Bank stop. “In both directions. The same as usual.“I’ve had no disruptions,” Coplan said, adding “yet.”Work was taking Red Bank’s John Cusick into New York, not a normal occurrence for him. “When I realized I had to go in today I thought I would take a later train,” he said, “to avoid the rush crush.” And it appeared to be working so far, he observed, given the lighter than usual crowd at the rail station.Debbie Docs, Little Silver, too, was taking the later train, what she dubbed “the under-achievers train,” as opposed to the earlier ones dominated by New York-bound movers-and-shakers.“Throughout the system that seems to be the account,” that things are running relatively smoothly, said Nancy Snyder, a NJ Transit spokes- woman. And that, she continued, “is the result of weeks of preparation,” among NJ Transit and the other groups involved.In addition, “Most of our customers have done their homework mapping out their travel pattern,” she observed, giving them a leg up on the process.Some have opted for the ferry service. Regular NY Water ways rider Ed Schweitzer noticed the difference this week.As his 5:10 p.m. ferry docked at the Belford terminal Tuesday, streams of riders hurriedly made their way off and home. “There’s many, many riders,” Schweitzer said. And given that, “They’re doing the best they can,” he concluded, referring to the ferry company.The issue isn’t so much the ferry, but with the available parking around the terminal, due to the extra ridership. That has forced Schweitzer to leave his car at his Middletown home, relying on his wife to pick him up, he said.“There’s competition for the seats,” he has noticed on his two daily trips. Schweitzer said he’s been assured as a long- time customer (13 years, since the terminal opened) he would have his place on the boat. “I buy the 40-ride book (of tickets) every month,” he said. “So, I think that’s fair.”“Any business will be loyal to its customers,” confirmed Pat Smith, a spokesman for NY Waterways. “If we have a loyal NY Waterway customer we’ll take them first, over somebody who showed for the first time today.”But the company has taken additional steps to accommodate what Smith confirmed has been a bump in ridership. That has included contracting with NJ Transit by operating a specific ferry line, with two boats, from Hoboken to the 39th Street terminal intended for NJ Transit customers, with NY Waterways cross-honoring tickets. The ferry company has an additional boat “that can jump from different routes,” as needed, Smith said.“We’re dealing with all of it,” he said. “The point is to take everybody we can.”This article was first published in the July 13-20, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Rudiger calls out morons as he is subjected to monkey chants at Spurs

first_imgAnd last night the PFA called for a government enquiry into racism within football.Tottenham and Chelsea united to condemn the ‘sickening’ abuse and Spurs launched an investigation into the incident which came minutes after Son Heung-min was sent off for kicking out at Rudiger.Rudiger tweeted: “It is really sad to see racism again at a football match, but I think it’s very important to talk about it in public.“If not, it will be forgotten again in a couple of days as always. I don’t want to involve Tottenham as an entire club into this situation as I know that just a couple of idiots were the offenders.“I got a lot of supportive messages on social media from Spurs fans as well in the last hours — thank you a lot for this​“I really hope that the offenders will be found and punished soon.“And in such a modern ground like the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with dozens of TV and security cameras, it must be possible to find and subsequently punish them.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesEnglish football’s racism roll of shameSUNSPORT highlights some of the high-profile racist incidents which have shamed our game this season…SEPT 21: Hartlepool’s Gus Mafuta is among several players abused in their National League clash with Dover.DEC 7: Manchester City fan gets caught on camera at the Etihad allegedly making monkey gestures at Manchester United’s Brazilian midfielder Fred.DEC 7:  A 13-year-old Burnley supporter is ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for allegedly making a racist gesture at Spurs’ Son Heung-min.DEC 21: Millwall chiefs vow to identify a supporter who racially abused a Barnsley player at The Den.“If not, then there must have been witnesses in the stadium who saw and heard the incident.“It’s just such a shame that racism still exists in 2019. When will this nonsense stop?”Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld added: “It does not belong in football, I hope they find the individuals  because  we are all sick of it.”Chelsea captain Azpilicueta revealed after the final whistle that he wants those in charge to help eliminate racism in football as soon as possible.Azpilicueta said: “It is made very clear to us that if we have heard any racist incident to report it.“Toni came to me and he told me he was listening in the crowd to monkey noises and my job as a captain is to go straight to the referee and to report it.“We are very concerned and aware of the problems. We must work together towards the eradication of the problem.”5 Son was sent for kicking out at Rudiger during a challenge in Spurs’ loss to ChelseaCredit: AFP or licensors5 Spurs star Son was sent off after a VAR review which prompted a fan to abuse RudigerCredit: AFP or licensorsAfter the flashpoint, the PA announcer said on three occasions: “Racist behaviour among spectators is interfering with the game, please remember in football there is no place for racism.”​It is understood that this was referencing the one incident in question.​It is the first time Fifa’s racism protocol has been used in the Premier League.The North Londoners released a statement after the game, saying: “We are now conducting a thorough investigation which will include liaising with Chelsea and their players for their observations.”Any form of racism is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our stadium.”We take any such allegations extremely seriously and shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to be behaving in such a way, including stadium bans.”Rudiger incident timeline61mins 29secsSON HEUNG-MIN is shown a straight red card by referee Anthony Taylor — after VAR ruled he had kicked out at Antonio Rudiger.62mins 58secsCHELSEA defender Rudiger makes a monkey gesture to Cesar Azpilicueta — to warn his own skipper   he has been racially abused.64mins 00secsAZPILICUETA lets the ball go out and alerts ref Taylor that his team-mate has suffered abuse —pointing towards the corner-flag area.64mins 30secsREFEREE Taylor runs over to speak to the fourth official — as well as managers Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard — to explain the situation.65mins 17secsTHE controversy is not over as Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga alerts the officials that missiles have been thrown from behind his goal.5 Rudiger and Chelsea team-mates were also targeted with objects thrown from the crowdCredit: AFP or licensorsThe Professional Footballers’ Association are determined to make a stand.It released a statement saying: “We believe the time has come for all governing bodies to unite collectively to end this abuse.“The PFA calls for a government enquiry into racism and the rise in hate crime within football.”Speaking on Sky Sports, pundit Gary Neville criticised those involved in the racist abuse, saying:  “How long before the players take matters into their own hands?”If they walked off, could you blame them? No.”When it happens in other countries, we rightly scream for punishment, but we should scream equally as loud in this country. It’s not just about football.”Later he added: “We have a racism problem in England. The Premier League has to stand up. They hide behind the FA.”We just had a general election in this country with both leaders accused of fuelling racism in their parties.”If it’s accepted in the highest office in the country, it’s a far bigger problem (than one individual).”We maybe have to empower the players to walk off the pitch to stop the entertainment.”The PFA have to act, they have to protect players in this country, players are receiving abuse and that’s unacceptable.”Stop pointing the finger towards the Spanish and Bulgarian FA, and sort out your own house.”Latest Chelsea NewsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeThe FA are expected to probe the North Londoners after missiles nearly hit Chelsea’s No 1 Kepa Arrizabalaga.​Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said: “It saddens me. I hate racism in society, I hate racism in football.​Blues boss Frank Lampard said: “Of course I am going to support Toni. It has to be dealt with.”Chelsea no closer to deals for Reece James and Tammy Abraham ANTONIO RUDIGER asked “When will this nonsense end?” after being targeted with monkey chants by a racist Spurs fan.A fiery London derby was halted in the 63rd minute when Rudiger said there was racist chanting before Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta told referee Anthony Taylor about the alleged incident.5 Antonio Rudiger claims he was racially abused by a Spurs fanCredit: Sky Sports5 Cesar Azpilicueta alerted the referee and an announcement was made over the TannoyCredit: Sky SportsBiiiiiiig Wiiin! 💙👊🏾👊🏽👊🏻 #NoToRacism #PleaseGetSomeBasicEducation #AlwaysBelieve #Hustle #cleansheet @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/jootvSITzZ— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) December 22, 2019last_img read more