Miami – Manchester United goalkeeper, David De Gea, is absent from the British club’s official marketing products this season due to his last-minute failed transfer on deadline day to Real Madrid.The Red Devils were allegedly forced to remove his image from several of the promotional materials where players’ names and photos appear, such as the club’s calendar.According to UK’s Daily Mirror, a former Man United employee declared that the British club was not sure if De Gea was going to remain with them. Therefore, they had to eliminate his image as a Red Devils player when he was about to sign with Real Madrid, because it was risky and it would have affected the fans.“The marketing department was running out of time, they were desperate to include De Gea, but thought he would end up leaving so they could not risk to have one of their former stars appear in the calendar that would hang on their fans’ walls,” explained the former club’s employee.The same source, who chose to speak on the condition of anonymity, said the Spanish star was also taken out of every other Manchester United official advertisement this season.David De Gea’s photo does not appear on the team’s souvenirs, such as books and notebooks, which were printed before the closing of the last summer transfer window.Ever since his transfer to Real Madrid failed, the 24-year-old Spanish international resolved his problems with manager Louis Van Gaal and both have been quoted as saying to be “delighted” to continue working together.De Gea is back to being the team’s main goalie after signing a new four-year contract with the Red Devils until 2019, with option for extension.Even if deleted from the team’s marketing, De Gea will still receive royalties from the sale of the club’s products.
“I am deeply disturbed by the killing of this journalist,” said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, in a statement today. “Such an act appears to be part of a growing pattern of threats, intimidation and violence directed against journalists and other media professionals carrying out their duties in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq,” he added. According to UN Iraq, the body of Widad Hussein Ali, a freelance reporter and news website journalist, was found hours after the abduction, unconscious on the side of a road with severe head injuries, bruising and other serious wounds that displayed strong signs of severe beatings and other forms of ill-treatment. Mr. Ali’s died at the hospital and a police investigation was immediately launched into murder. “Such incidents threaten the legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of expression and opinion and the right to seek, impart and receive information which are fundamental to a democratic State,” stressed Mr. Busztin, who called upon the government of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to ensure that the crime was “urgently and thoroughly investigated” and that the perpetrators were held accountable according to the law. “A space for open debate and freedom of expression in the Kurdistan Region will only be maintained if justice is done and security measures are in place to safeguard all media professionals,” underscored Mr. Busztin. “I urge the Kurdistan Regional authorities to promote a safe and enabling environment for all journalists to perform their work independently and without interference.”