Two bloggers held by Revolutionary Guards could face death penalty

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa September 23, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two bloggers held by Revolutionary Guards could face death penalty News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Prison conditions, forced confessions February 25, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about serious human rights violations by the Revolutionary Guards against journalists and netizens held in Iranian prisons. Prosecutors may be about to request the death penalty for two bloggers who have been detained since 2008, Vahid Asghari and Hossein Derakhshan.“The serious charges against Asghari and Derakhshan, which are completely groundless, are punishable by the death penalty under Islamic law,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The international community must intervene and demand explanations from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is backed by the Revolutionary Guards, and from the judicial authorities, who are abusing the law.”Organised Crime Surveillance CentreEver since its creation by the Revolutionary Guards in March 2009, the Organised Crime Surveillance Centre has played an active role in tracking down and arresting outspoken netizens.Shortly after its creation, the centre announced the dismantling of a “malevolent” online network in March 2009 and the arrests of several website moderators. Their photos and “confessions” were posted on the centre’s website, Gerdab (, a few days later. They reportedly admitted to links with websites that criticised Islam and the government, and to their intention of “misleading” Iranian youth by publicising porn sites. They also confessed to participating in a plot supported by the Americans and Israelis.On 17 June 2009, two days after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection triggered a wave of street protests, the centre issued a communiqué announcing that it had noted “several cases of websites and personal blogs posting articles inciting disturbances of public order and urging the population to rebel.”“These sites, created with the help of American and Canadian companies, receive the support of media that are protected by the American and British security services such as the BBC, Radio Farda (Free Europe) and Radio Zamaneh,” the statement added, urging website managers to suppress “content that incites the population to riot and spreads threats and rumours.”One of the Revolutionary Guard commanders, Ebrahim Jabari, officially confirmed on 20 May of this year that a “cyber army” had been created to crack down on “destructive” online networks. The “cyber army” has reportedly been responsible for the arrests of hundreds of netizens and attacks on such websites as Twitter and the Radio Zamaneh site. Follow the news on Iran Receive email alertscenter_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Detainees have been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement and to torture to obtain confessions that are used in their trials. Asghari, a leading target of the “network dismantling” policy, is one of the victims of such abuses. Aged 24 and an ICT student in India, he was arrested on 11 May 2008 at Tehran airport for possessing several credit cards. He is still awaiting trial more than two years later.He was held in solitary confinement for seven month and was mistreated and tortured to make him confess to organising a pornographic network that blasphemed Islam and criticised the government in order to pervert Iranian youth. And what was Asghari’s crime ? Hosting websites, including the sites of government opponents.“I was beaten with a stick for hours and hours while blindfolded and handcuffed,” he wrote in a letter to the president of the 15th chamber of the Revolutionary Court on 17 October 2009. “With a knife against my throat, I was threatened with death and rape. I and my family were insulted. I was forced to make a confession and sign it. They then videoed my confession and broadcast the video with the national television station’s complicity although I was legally presumed to be innocent.”According to article 168 of the constitution, defendants prosecuted on political charges should be given public, jury trials but most of the trials have been held behind closed doors. Their lawyers are often sidelined and denied access to the case files and in some cases defendants were not told they had been tried and condemned. Asghari said in his letter : “I have never seen my lawyer and, even in court, I did not have the right to say hello to him.”Asghari also wrote : “I was alleged to have received money from abroad as a result of Google advertising on the websites I hosted. I was accused of insulting the Shiite Imams and the Prophet because of their content. And I was forced to say that Hossein Derakhshan was an agent of both the Iranian ministry of intelligence and the CIA.”Derakhshan, who has Iranian and Canadian dual nationality, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards on 1 November 2008. He was given a trial without due process and has remained in detention even since awaiting the court’s verdict.A trumped-up charge of “insulting government leaders and Islam’s holy texts” was brought against him although he clearly defended not only the Islamic revolution’s principles but also President Ahmadinejad’s policies in his blog entries. He appears to be a collateral victim of the in-fighting between the Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian intelligence services. Sign the petition calling for his release.Two other bloggers, Kouhyar Goudarzi and Hossien Ronaghi Maleki, are also being held in extremely arduous conditions.“Canada and the rest of the international community must redouble their efforts to get the Iranian authorities to release all of the imprisoned netizens and journalists,” Reporters Without Borders added. Nine netizens and 26 journalists are currently detained in Iran, which is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” News Organisation Newslast_img read more

L.A. Lakers pick up where it left off before All-Star break

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers demonstrated that at times against Brooklyn, cutting a 22-point lead to 107-100 with 2:29 remaining. But then the inevitable happened after the Lakers scored only three points the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Brooklyn shot 10 of 21 from 3-point range and featured five players in double figures, including Joe Johnson (23 points), Brook Lopez (22), Bojan Bogdanovic (18), Alan Anderson (14) and Deron Williams (12). That overshadowed the Lakers’ Jeremy Lin (18), Ed Davis (16), Robert Sacre (13), Jordan Hill (12), Jordan Clarkson (12) and Ryan Kelly (12) posting double-digits. The latest defeat brings the Lakers one step closer in landing a top five pick, which will delay the Lakers from sending their draft pick to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Steve Nash trade for another year. But Kupchak reiterated the Lakers are not losing games on purpose. “I just don’t know how you send that message to a coaching staff or players,” said Kupchak, who will spend part of his weekend scouting at unspecified NCAA games partly in case that top five pick remains intact. “That’s just not something that we want people to think we would do.” The losses just happen naturally, the Lakers riddled with season-ending injuries to Kobe Bryant (right shoulder), Nash (back), Julius Randle (right leg) and Xavier Henry (left Achilles). Yet, the Lakers still find meaning in the 28 regular-season games in what Scott described as “evaluation mode.” The week-long All-Star break afforded time for Lakers coach Byron Scott to golf in Mexico, Nick Young to visit dolphins in Hawaii and numerous others to rest their aching bodies. But the Lakers returned to a less pleasant reality, a 114-105 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday at Staples Center marking a persistent losing stretch that includes seven consecutive defeats and dropping 15 out of the past 16 contests. Scott’s first season of a four-year, $17 million contract coaching the Lakers (13-41) coincides with the team on pace to set its worst record in franchise history. And yet …“Byron and his staff have done a great job under adverse conditions,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said on Friday. “It’s important for our coaches to maintain a culture of spirited practices and players playing hard in games.”center_img Scott started Clarkson, Ellington, Kelly, Black and Sacre for the 11th consecutive game, a unit that averages 1.6 years in NBA experience. But Scott did not play forwards Carlos Boozer and Wesley Johnson, marking the first games they missed this season because of a coach’s decision. Hill appeared in his first game after missing the past five contests because of a sore right hip flexor. Price posted four points and eight assists in 28 minutes after sitting the past seven games partly to heal his sprained right elbow. “I’ll make another change,” Scott said. “I just don’t know when that’s going to be.”Scott then highlighted various possibilities as part of his pledge to consider lineup changes after every 15-20 games. He will consider starting small forward Nick Young, though his five points on a 2-of-9 clip continued a poor stretch in February where he has shot 30.2 percent from the field. Scott kept his pledge for both Price and Lin to share playing time off the bench. Scott also may feature Clarkson as a reserve as a new way to develop the rookie guard. Scott also hoped Clarkson’s mentorship with Nash will continue. “If you only work with him once or twice, it won’t take effect,” Scott said. “It has to be a constant thing. As long as Steve is willing to do that, I think that’s fantastic for Jordan. He said it was great working with Steve. I just hope they can continue to do that.”Boozer, Lin, Price and Johnson will become unrestricted free agents. The Lakers have team options on Clarkson, Hill, Black and Sacre. Davis will opt out of his $1.2 million player option in hopes of securing a long-term deal with the Lakers. “A lot of our players are one expiring contracts so they should be playing hard anyway,” Kupchak said. “If they don’t, they’re showing you something. But playing hard doesn’t necessarily mean you go out and play for yourself either. You don’t want that guy on your team.”last_img read more

Stil time to enter the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgOf course the goal of the event is to raise money for MS research.MS Bike is the largest cycling series event in North America. MS Bike is a fun cycling event that is suitable for various fitness levels, while bringing people together for an important cause ‒ to end MS. Over 10,000 cyclists participate in 27 tours across Canada between June and September.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatorydisease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsFor more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or [email protected] If you ever wanted to ride around Kokanee Glacier, then the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is just what the doctor ordered.The event, set for August 17-18, starts riders in New Denver Saturday (August 17) for the first leg of the 222 kilometer ride.Starting from Greer Park in New Denver, riders trek along Highway 6 before turning left an onto Nelson for Day one of the event.After a nice evening barbecue at Lakeside Rotary Park, riders resume the second leg of the ride in Nelson and concluding later Sunday back in New Denver.last_img read more


first_imgYOU’VE been sending in some incredible pictures to our photographic competition.The only problem is that there were so many stunning images, we struggled to find a winner.So we finally decided on two – both of whom win lunch for 2 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny. So congratulations to Donegal man Paddy McFadden for his superb picture of a Sydney sunset (above). And to Pauline Edwards for her superb sunset at Malin (below).Paddy’s coming home soon…so he can enjoy lunch at the Radisson!AND THE WINNER OF OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION IS… was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) picture competitionwinners announcedlast_img read more

Scribes allegedly locked in during CM Adityanath’s inspection at Moradabad hospital

first_imgThe Moradabad District Magistrate (DM) was allegedly said to have locked up over two dozen mediapersons inside an emergency ward for two hours while Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath was visiting the district hospital.DM Rakesh Kumar Singh allegedly posted guards outside the gate to ensure that the journalists did not come out during Adityanath’s visit on Saturday. After half-an-hour when the Chief Minister left, Mr. Singh unlocked the gate, saying that the mediapersons were responsible for his act. He asked the mediapersons not to visit the district hospital. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra criticized Mr. Adityanath for banning mediapersons from covering his routine visit.In a post on Twitter, she said: “Journalists are being held as hostages, questions are being shielded and problems are being sidelined. The BJP government, which got a majority in the Lok Sabha elections, is turning a blind eye to the questions of the public.”The incident has been criticized on social media and many have also slammed the DM for giving such an order.However, Mr. Singh later clarified on Twitter that no such incident occurred.“It is not correct. During inspection, many mediapersons were inside the ward and we simply requested media persons not to go inside the ward,” he said.last_img read more

Unbeaten La Salle welcomes Mbala back vs Adamson

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open Ayo actually expects a much-improved version of Mbala when the reigning MVP finally plays for the Archers. Mbala showed flashes of a more polished outside shot in Afrobasket.“When Ben comes in, he can play, the 5, 4, 3, or he can even play 2 depending on our schemes,” said Ayo. “We’ll find a way to put in Ben and in spots where he can be comfortable.”Mbala’s absence actually gave the likes of Abu Tratter, Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar to flourish, while Aljun Melecio took over the offense, averaging 24.5 points in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready looking formidable in the first two games of its campaign, unbeaten La Salle gets another boost as reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala suits up for the first time in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.Mbala, who missed the games against Far Eastern U and National U due to national team duties with Cameroon in Fiba Afrobasket, returns to the lineup as the Green Archers gun for their third straight win against the Adamson Falcons in the 4 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight National U clashes with University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. with the Tigers shooting for a first victory in three outings.The Bulldogs hope to return to winning ways after dropping a 110-115 decision to the Archers last Saturday in a game where rookie Josh Bartlett delivered 23 points in a losing effort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the spotlight will be on Mbala and the rest of the Archers as they go up against an Adamson team which pulled off its first win of the season against UST, 88-81, last Saturday.“Maybe we’re on this level now, but when Ben plays, we will just raise our level with him,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, after the Archers won a high-scoring affair over the Bulldogs. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

With Abu Salem’s arrest in Lisbon, the sun sets on his Rs 300 crore underworld empire

first_imgTake I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and,Take I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and crash into the kerb. The officers lend him a hand and cuff him. Take II: 284, Rua Da Palma Apartments, Martin Moniz. A svelte siren clad in designer togs walks down wooden stairs. The lackey walking alongside cracks a cheap joke as they step outside. Even as their laughter rings into the balmy air, the smiles freeze on their faces. They are surrounded by a team of armed officers who handcuff them and push them into a van while another team of officers rushes to search the apartment.THE CHAMELEON: Switching looks and passports, Salem had eluded arrestThis could well have been the climax of a Bollywood blockbuster. And Ali, sporting a Sanjay Dutt hairstyle and demeanour, driving around in flashy jeeps and Mercedes cars, could well have been the archetypal baddie. Except that this is real life.Though the woman, Sana Malik Kamal, was indeed a starlet – also known as Monica Bedi – 34-year-old Ali, aka Abu Salem, is among the 20 most wanted men in India, running an underworld empire worth over Rs 300 crore. The IRA dossier (No. A 103/3/ 1995) cites his involvement in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and 45 other heinous crimes, including murder, kidnapping and extortion from Bollywood stars and producers.Salem’s arrest was the culmination of 180 days of tracking by officials across three continents. The don was using several passports and identities – among them Ramil Kamal Malik, Danish Beg, Akhil Ahmed Azmi, Arsalan Mohsin Ali and Ramesh Kumar. Police officers in India, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US and Interpol had been tracking Salem on nine cellphone numbers and three satellite phones as he flitted in and out of London, Dubai, Singapore, Kathmandu, Atlantic City, New York, Chicago and Zurich before being trapped in Lisbon.This is not the first time he has been detained. In 1997,  the UAE authorities let off Salem – then travelling as Azmi – after he was arrested in Sharjah. Last year he was detained in Abu Dhabi as Hamid Atiq but slipped away to Nairobi in Kenya. Salem, it would seem, is not third time lucky. Thanks to the FBI which put him on the International Fugitive Tracking system. Besides intercepting Salem’s e-mails – which were passed to the CBI-FBI agents also tracked Bedi to confirm their findings.Salem’s end really began in February when the FBI sent a detailed description to the Interpol in Lisbon as they suspected a possible link with the Al-Qaida, which matched the dossier provided by India. Salem apparently acquired his fake passport from the same source as four key suspects probed by the FBI after the 9/11 attack. Interestingly, the FBI also got unsolicited help as a series of e-mails – now believed to have originated from arch rival Chhota Shakeel in Karachi – kept it informed about Salem’s movements.Indeed, Salem and Bedi would have been nabbed in Lisbon this summer but they slipped out to the US where Salem was trying to set up a legitimate business. But his property – buying binge attracted a decoy from the FBI and Salem fled back to Lisbon.Lisbon seemed a safe harbour as he could blend in among the large Asian immigrant population from Goa and Mozambique. Salem and Bedi had purchased property, showed downtown Anjos as their domicile and, to the surprise of the Portuguese Police, even acquired a residency permit to live in Portugal. In Lisbon, Salem mostly stayed at a downmarket 25-Euro guesthouse, puzzling his neighbours with a lifestyle rather too high-flying for someone who introduced himself as a Pakistani national and was known to fix travel documents for illegal Asian immigrants.If only they knew it was Salem. His interests in the overseas rights of Hindi movies and earnings from Bollywood stars’ overseas stage shows have fetched him between Rs 70 crore and Rs 100 crore. Investments, extortion, counterfeit currency rackets and hawala operations contribute the rest of the kitty. Abdul Qayum Ansari, the 14-year-old boy who ran away from Sarai Meer near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in 1982, is now estimated to be worth over Rs 300 crore.advertisementThe Fugitive’s TrailClick here to EnlargeSalem, now lodged at Estrada National, 2475, Tires Paradede – courtesy Judge Fatima Mata Mouros – may not get to keep his ill-gotten wealth. Charged with carrying illegal travel documents Salem argued for three hours that he was Ali, a Pakistani. But when his fingerprints matched prints taken 18 years ago in Bandra, the judge signed the 90-day detention order. Says Sara Pina, press attache of the Portuguese Police and Judiciary Department: “We have confirmed the identity of Salem”, and are investigating possible links with terrorist groups.In India, the Government has launched a concerted move to bring Salem to book. To back its claim and the Portuguese charge of travelling on illegal documents, the Government has initiated a series of arrests. In Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Assistant Sub-Inspector S.A. Sattar, passport office clerk G. Srinivas and revenue inspector Mohammed Yunus have been arrested for aiding Salem get fake passports. In Bhopal, Siraz Khan, who helped Salem and his wives get passports – as Danish Beg, Rubina Beg and Fauzia Usman – has apparently spilled the beans and has even been attacked by Salem’s goons.Unlike in the past, the Indian initiative is not unidimensional. A CBI team led by Additional Director Vijay Shankar and Superintendent of Police O.P Chatwal is in Lisbon with every bit of evidence against Salem that could get him extradited, if not deported.While Rajesh Ranjan, India’s representative at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, is doing his bit, the CBI in Delhi has been coordinating action with Paul Ralf Houghton, who represents the FBI in the US Embassy in Delhi, CBI Director PC. Sharma also spoke directly to FBI director Robert Muller and sought US assistance in bringing Salem back.Action is not just at the bureaucratic level. Since India does not have an extradition treaty with Portugal, it is keenly aware that the key to getting Salem booked is to put to use the US leverage with the Portuguese Government. External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has spoken to US Secretary of State Colin Powell and asked for “US assistance in keeping things on track in the Abu Salem case”.advertisementSinha has also written to the Portuguese Government apprising it of the heinous nature of Salem’s crimes and the need to put him on trial in India. Portugal and EU nations have guidelines about not extraditing criminals to countries where capital punishment is awarded. Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has suggested that India could consider waiving the death penalty to secure Salem’s custody.It is not going to be easy though. Joanna Ferreira, public prosecutor, international cooperation department, points out that this is not a normal extradition situation. Salem, she says, has been arrested not just on the Red Corner notice put out by Interpol but also for committing a crime in Portugal. “If he has criminal responsibility in the present case of having travelled on false documents, then he has to fulfil that first. If proven guilty in this case, he could be jailed for one to five years.”In other words, it will be a time-consuming affair. Even if Salem is not tried in Portugal, the extradition process could take as long as 11 months. While India hopes that in the post 9/11 circumstances the US leverage should help, one thing is certain: unlike previous occasions, Salem won’t be able to escape this time. Even if he manages to avoid Indian custody, his game is quite literally over. -with bureau reportsadvertisementlast_img read more

Gareth Bale Rescues Real Madrid With Brace But Sees Red in Villarreal Draw

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. baleGareth Balela ligala liga points table First Published: September 2, 2019, 7:24 AM IST Madrid: Gareth Bale scored twice to save Real Madrid from a damaging defeat away at Villarreal on Sunday before capping a dramatic 2-2 draw by being sent off in injury-time. Zinedine Zidane said in July it would be “best for everyone” if Bale left this summer but it was the Welshman’s double that earned Madrid a point from a thrilling contest at la Ceramica. Villarreal took the lead through Gerard Moreno in the 12th minute and then Moi Gomez 16 minutes from the end but each time Bale pegged them back, first on the stroke of half-time and then four minutes from the end. Two yellow cards in as many minutes then saw Bale dramatically sent off in the 94th minute but by then his match-saving contribution was complete.”I am pleased with his goals, of course, and now we have to think about a rest,” Zidane said. “Although he won’t rest as he’s going away with his national team.”It was six years to the day that Real Madrid paid 100 million euros (now $110m) to sign Bale, who now has 104 goals for the club, as many as the Brazilian Ronaldo.But his heroics could not save Madrid from another slip, which means they head into the international break five points behind early front-runners Atletico Madrid, who had earlier beaten Eibar 3-2.”We have to improve defensively,” Zidane said. “We know we can create chances. The positive is the reaction we showed because it is important not to lose.”Asked what was lacking, Casemiro said: “We lacked everything.”After drawing at home to Real Valladolid though, this was not the result Zidane would have wanted, particularly given he threw two new signings into his starting line-up. Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy both started, with Bale on the left of midfield in a 4-4-2, a sign of Zidane’s renewed faith in the 30-year-old’s defensive capabilities.Zidane has now won only six of the 14 matches since he returned as coach in March and it remains to be seen if the club make any late additions on the final day of the transfer window on Monday.Sergio Ramos was at fault for the first goal, robbed on the halfway line by Moreno, who drove forward and slipped in Karl Toko Ekambi. Ekambi’s shot was parried by Thibaut Courtois but only back into the path of Moreno, who picked his spot.Madrid dominated the rest of the half as Casemiro headed wide, Lucas Vazquez lashed into the side-netting and Karim Benzema’s long-range effort hit the post. They did score in the 46th minute with a brilliant goal, Jovic flicking Casemiro’s pass into Dani Carvajal, who crossed first time for Bale to tap in.Madrid pushed for a second after the restart as Bale and Toni Kroos went close and Benzema had the ball in the net but was correctly called offside. Instead, Villarreal landed a sucker-punch on the break as Mario Gaspar’s cross was cleared only to Santi Cazorla. His shot was saved by Courtois but Javi Ontiveros fired in again and Moi Gomez was perfectly placed. Villarreal tried to hang on but tension set in and Bale equalised with four minutes left, cutting inside from the right and dragging a shot back inside the near post.He might have fancied a hat-trick in injury time but instead picked up two yellow cards, the second for a late challenge on Ontiveros. last_img read more

10 months agoGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouame

first_imgGenoa director Perinetti: Napoli keen on Kouameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGenoa director Giorgio Perinetti admits there’s big interest for young striker Christian Kouame.There has been talk of a €25m move to Napoli.But Perinetti says, “First of all, I want to make clear that nobody is leaving Genoa in January. Having said that, some might want to get a deal in early to stave off competition.“We did have a meeting with Napoli for Kouame. The collaborators are here and we’ll have another encounter with them over the next week.”There are at least two Premier League clubs who want Kouame, as they often send scouts to observe him. I look at Kouame and Krzysztof Piatek and am happy to have both at Genoa.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoRochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rochdale midfielder Rathbone excited to face former club Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRochdale midfielder Oliver Rathbone is looking forward to facing his former club Manchester United in the Carabao Cup third-round on Wednesday.22-year-old Rochdale was part of the United academy until leaving for the Dale in 2016.”It’d be incredible,” said the midfielder. “It’s always been my dream to play at Old Trafford and I spent lots of years at the club aiming to do that – that was always the end goal.””My path has taken me on a different route, which has been a great learning curve, so to come back and play with this team would be very special.” last_img read more