6 Jan
2020

Messi denies Barcelona rifts after Inter victory

first_imgSpeaking after the match, Messi was asked about his relationship with Griezmann, who had said on Tuesday it was “difficult” to establish a connection with the Argentine while he had been injured.“Obviously we have no problem,” Messi said. “There is a good relationship with everyone, the dressing room is united. We needed this victory and hopefully now we can kick on and continue in this way.”Luis Suarez scored a sensational double at Camp Nou and it was Messi that supplied the Uruguayan’s 85th-minute winner, with a pass at the end of a weaving run down the right.Barcelona now sit level on four points with Borussia Dortmund in Group F.There have also been suggestions of a rift between Barcelona’s players and the board, with Gerard Pique implying last weekend that articles critical of the team had come from higher up the club, however Messi denied the relationship had soured“We are fine. The important thing is to talk about the triumph of today and against Getafe,” he said.“We have Sevilla now to finish well before the international break. We will try to win it because it creates a mess when there is no football so we want to finish well and go out on a high before the break.”0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Messi Laid on Luis Suarez’s winner against Inter Milan on his second start of the season © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 3 – Lionel Messi insisted on Wednesday there are no problems between him and Antoine Griezmann or between the players and Barcelona’s board.Messi returned from injury to make his second start of the season against Inter Milan in the Champions League as Barca came from behind to win 2-1.last_img read more

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3 Jan
2020

Corrupt officials will be booted out of FIFA, insists president Blatter

first_imgSepp Blatter has issued a statement claiming any members who are found guilty of corruption will be booted out of FIFA.The world governing body have been rocked by the biggest scandal in its history after nine of its officials were accused of breeding decades of “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption.The accusations and wave of arrests, with a total of fourteen people indicted, with seven held in Zurich, were brought forward by the US justice department, who have been investigating corruption allegations going back to 1991.President Blatter, who is now under a fierce spotlight though he is not one of those arrested, has not offered a public message over Wednesday’s events, but did issue a statement claiming that the bombshell legal actions are a positive step.Despite years of negative headlines, the 79-year-old said: “As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the US and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football.“While there will be many who are frustrated with the pace of change, I would like to stress the actions that we have taken and will continue to take. In fact, today’s action by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General was set in motion when we submitted a dossier to the Swiss authorities late last year.“Let me be clear: such misconduct has no place in football and we will ensure that those who engage in it are put out of the game. Following the events of today, the independent Ethics Committee – which is in the midst of its own proceedings regarding the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups – took swift action to provisionally ban those individuals named by the authorities from any football-related activities at the national and international level.”Blatter is the overwhelming favourite to win a fifth term of office, though UEFA have called for Friday’s presidential election to be postposed in the wake of Wednesday’s events.During his 17-year tenure there have been numerous corruption allegations surrounding FIFA officials but Blatter still holds the formal backing from the Asian, African and South American confederations. FIFA president Sepp Blatter 1last_img read more

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