La Liga to Punish Diving, Provocative Celebrations

first_imgLa Liga players could be punished retrospectively for overzealous goal celebrations and for diving to win fouls after the Spanish league’s authorities announced changes to its disciplinary system wednesday.The changes come four days after Barcelona defender Gerard Pique celebrated an equaliser in a derby game at Espanyol by holding his finger to his lips to shush the home supporters, which prompted criticism from the league’s president Javier Tebas.“La Liga promotes and fervently defends sporting values such as respect, cooperation, teamwork, fighting for equality, social responsibility… and will inform the Competition Committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) of any behaviour contrary to the dignity and decorum of sport…” said a statement from the league. “Especially (behaviour) which provokes the animosity of the crowd, therefore impeding football from developing in harmony with sporting values.”La Liga has compiled weekly reports of offensive chanting heard in Spain’s top two divisions since December 2014, when a Deportivo La Coruna fan was killed by Atletico Madrid supporters before a game. Clubs whose supporters repeatedly offend are threatened with financial penalties.The latest report highlighted abusive chants by Espanyol fans aimed at Pique, although it stated that the chants were heard after the player’s goal and celebration.The new regulations, published in the same email to the media as the report on offensive chants, state that players who dive could also be retrospectively punished.“Clear simulations or offensive goal celebrations which are not reflected in the referee’s report, and could cause tension or are opposed to sporting conduct have always been rejected by this league.“From now, the league will not hesitate in informing the Competition Committee of such actions, so that it can begin proceedings and impose the correct punishments.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wrist Injury Knocks Nadal Out of Shanghai Masters

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Day 7 of the 2018 US Open Men’s Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the Shanghai Masters due to a wrist injury.The Spaniard was plagued by the injury during the latter stages of the recent Laver Cup and he was unable to compete in his second singles match in Geneva.The eighth ATP Masters 1000 event of the season – which begins on Sunday, was set to feature ‘The Big Four’ of Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray for the first time since January’s Australian Open. However, Nadal’s wait for a maiden Shanghai title will now continue.“I am very sad to announce that I won’t be able to play in Shanghai this year. It is the second year in a row and in China I have great fans,” Nadal said in a statement.“But, as you all probably know, I had an inflammation on my left wrist during the Laver Cup and I haven’t had the time to recover and practice to be ready. I hope to be back in Shanghai for the 2020 tournament.”The 19-time Grand Slam champion is currently on an 11-game winning streak, which featured his dramatic US Open triumph against Daniil Medvedev last month.Nadal has lost just one of his last 29 matches, a run that also included his 12th French Open title at Roland Garros and Masters titles in Montreal and Rome.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse falls in straight sets to North Carolina State

first_img Published on November 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Syracuse (17-9, 9-4 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (16-8, 11-2), 3-0, on Friday night at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Orange dropped the opening set, 11-25, but kept the next two close, eventually falling in both.Four different SU players posted at least six kills, including Anastasiya Gorelina (10) and Santita Ebangwese (7). Christina Oyawale, Amber Witherspoon and Ebangwese each tallied three blocks, while Belle Sand led the back line, adding 12 digs. Bree Bailey and Julia Brown led the way for NC State’s offense, registering 16 kills each.The Wolfpack established an early lead and didn’t look back in an opening set. With the score knotted at four, NC State took 11 of the game’s next 12 points, forcing two Syracuse timeouts. The hosts’ stifling defense prevented SU’s offense from producing a comeback, and the set ended 25-11. The Orange scored two points in a row just once during the first set, while the Wolfpack went on runs of four or more three separate times. SU’s 11-spot was its second lowest mark in a set this season.Syracuse eventually found its footing, hopping out to a 10-7 lead to the second set. From there, two service aces and kills from Gorelina and Ebangwese helped the Orange to an 18-10 lead. The Wolfpack inched back after four kills from four different players, prompting SU head coach Leonid Yelin to call another timeout. NC State scored five of the game’s next seven points out of the timeout, finding itself down by one, 21-22. The teams traded points until the hosts finally broke through and won the set, 31-29.The third set was the tightest of the match, with both teams finding success on offense. Syracuse, down 23-24, fended off four match points before finally falling, 27-29. After seven kills in the second set, NC State’s Julia Brown tacked on eight more in the third. The Orange used its balanced offense to keep pace with the Wolfpack. Six different SU players recorded kills in the final set. But it was not enough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse continues its road trip on Sunday, when it takes on North Carolina at 1 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Rizzo slams 5 home runs as Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh Pirates 17-8

first_img First Published: 14th September, 2019 17:27 IST Written By WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Ruchit Rastogi SUBSCRIBE TO UScenter_img COMMENT After a disappointing beginning, Major League Baseball outfit Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and catcher Willson Contreras fought back with positive responses in their match on September 14. One for the clubAnthony hit 5 home runs during the match and Contreras was behind two long solo home runs as the Chicago Cubs kept up their pace in the wild-card race after they beat rivals Pittsburgh Pirates in a 17-8 win.First timer, Nico Hoerner hit a shot that had him take 2 runs in his first Major League homer. Meanwhile, the Brewers lost to the Cardinals on September 13 who also hold the top spot in the National League Central standings.The 22-year-old made his debut for the team after the Cubs issued a statement that second baseman Javier Baez would be out for the remainder of the season after he suffered a hairline fracture in this left-hand thumb.Read: WATCH: Earthquake Caught On Camera As Baseball Game Goes On As Usual In Los Angeles, Commentator Asks ‘How Are They Continuing To Play’?Willson, Nico, and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos hit a home run early in first as Chicago Cubs scored 5 times and kept on going and did not any sign of slowing down after the Pirates pounced on pitcher Jon Lester for a 4-0 lead.The manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon, stated that he was expecting his team to respond in the way that they did. He further added that with the situation in the match, his team showed great spirit. He further added that he wanted to have a positive mindset that his team would continue this run of great results. Read: Humility & Sportsmanship: Here’s What Ben Stokes Said About Being Nominated For New Zealander Of The YearCub’s hunger to win the matchContreras said that during the match he was trying to hit towards the center that increased the score of his home runs to 23. The catcher has scored a total of 4 home runs in 6 matches after recovering from a hamstring injury. He further added that he feeling that his teamwas going to have a good time on the field because everyone was eager to win and that led us to not give up and we bounced back.The cubs made 7 runs in the bottom of the innings when 9 of their batters reached after two fo the batsmen were out. The Chicago Cubs came back from a 3-5 visit to start their final regular-season homestand followed by a weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Read: WATCH | ‘Goosebumps Doesn’t Even Come Close’: Emotions Run High As Indian Women’s Rugby Team Script History To Record First International 15s VictoryRead: First Ever NBA Game In India To See 3000 Students Being Invited LIVE TV Last Updated: 14th September, 2019 22:01 IST Rizzo Slams 5 Home Runs As Chicago Cubs Beat Pittsburgh Pirates 17-8 After a disappointing beginning, Major League Baseball outfit Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and catcher Willson Contreras helped Cubs to 17-8 winlast_img read more

Angels’ Matt Thaiss has taken quickly to another new position

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “The ground balls that were hitting me in the chest – it’s a lot different than first base,” Thaiss said. “There were some growing pains, some challenges when I first started over there. It’s kind of smoothed out.”Kind of?Thaiss hit the game-winning home run Sunday, a tie-breaking three-run blast in the eighth inning of a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. After the game, Manager Brad Ausmus was asked what has impressed him the most about Thaiss’ first impression.“Actually his defense at third has impressed me the most,” Ausmus said, “just because he hasn’t been there very long.”When Taylor Cole and Felix Peña combined on a no-hitter Friday night at Angel Stadium, it was Thaiss – diving to his left, throwing out Mac Williamson in the nick of time – who provided the signature defensive highlight of the game. It was Thaiss’ 51st game ever as a third baseman. “Every game you can help contribute, help do your job for your team, it’s good for your confidence,” he said.Thaiss’ transition to third base is past the experimental stage but still a work in progress. Monday, he took to the field early for some pregame work with Angels third base coach Mike Gallego. On Thaiss’ left hand was a white “pancake glove” – a training tool that resembles an early 20th-century catcher’s mitt, with little distinction between the pocket and the fingers of the glove. Thaiss said fielding grounders with the pancake glove discourages laziness; a fielder must look the ball into the pocket and field each ball with both hands in order to handle it cleanly.Thaiss said he used the glove a lot at Triple-A, where defensive coach Ray Olmedo helped him with his initial transition.“When I first got over to first base, I wanted to be the best first baseman I could be. I feel the same about third base. I want to keep working, keep grinding, until I’m the best defensive third baseman I could be.”TROUT OUT; HERMOSILLO RETURNSThe results of an MRI exam on Mike Trout’s right leg revealed a “small strain” in his right calf, and he remains day-to-day. Trout suffered the injury in the first inning Sunday. Ausmus said outfielder Brian Goodwin (right wrist contusion) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, so with the Angels needing some coverage in the outfield for a day, Michael Hermosillo was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, and pitcher Jose Suarez was optioned prior to Monday’s game against the Houston Astros.Hermosillo, 24, got the start in center field and batted ninth. In 28 games at Triple-A, Hermosillo hit .252 with a .338 on-base percentage. He also stole four bases in five attempts. In 31 games with the Angels a year ago, Hermosillo batted .211 with one home run.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Hermosillo missed most of spring training while he recovered from scar tissue in his adductor muscle, the result of offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia. He was ultimately sidelined until June.BEMBOOM BACKThe Angels acquired catcher Anthony Bemboom from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations, and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake.A former Angels farmhand, Bemboom topped out at Triple-A in 2016 before he was selected by the Colorado Rockies in that year’s Rule 5 draft. Bemboom played only three games with the Rays this season before he sprained his left knee, an injury that sent him to the 60-day injured list. The Rays activated Bemboom earlier Monday and designated him for assignment.The Angels’ depth at catcher has been tested by Jonathan Lucroy’s concussion and broken nose, and Jose Briceño’s shoulder strain. A left-handed hitter, Bemboom batted .213 with one home run and six RBIs for the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate this season.Because the Angels had an open spot on their 40-man roster, no corresponding move was needed to add Bemboom.ALSOKeynan Middleton pitched to six batters Monday in his first appearance since his minor league rehabilitation assignment was transferred to Salt Lake. The right-hander allowed two walks and a single and threw only 11 of his 25 pitches for strikes while recording two outs. Middleton, who did not allow a run in three low-level minor league appearances prior to Monday, is working his way back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros ANAHEIM — Matt Thaiss isn’t the first baseball player to learn two new defensive positions after becoming a professional, but he might be the quickest study among them. At least, Thaiss’ first five games with the Angels have yet to reveal that he’s only playing his third-best position.The Angels selected Thaiss, a catcher at the University of Virginia, 16th overall in the 2016 draft. They immediately converted him to first base. All 2,661 of Thaiss’ professional innings in the field came at that position until April.The Angels currently have no shortage of first basemen. Albert Pujols is firmly entrenched atop the major league depth chart, with Justin Bour just behind. Jared Walsh plays there when he does not pitch. It might be the slowest track of any position to the top of the organization.So it was that Thaiss became a third baseman at Triple-A Salt Lake. By his own admission, it wasn’t always pretty.last_img read more

Kobe can only do so much against LeBron as Lakers lose to Cavaliers

first_imgIt might have been tempting, especially with LeBron James at Staples Center, and it won’t be the last time.But (self-imposed) rules are rules and the Lakers kept Kobe Bryant on his diet of so many minutes Thursday, and the Lakers’ hot start was wiped away in the second half of a 109-102 loss to Cleveland.Bryant recorded a career-high 17 assists and finished with 19 points and five rebounds in the prescribed 32 minutes.With Coach Byron Scott sticking to the 32-minute limit for Bryant, he had only six minutes to spend in the fourth quarter, when the Lakers were struggling to keep pace with the Cavaliers. With 8:40 left in the game, the crowd began imploring “We want Kobe.” Bryant stayed on the bench as James took control.“Yeah, I heard the fans,” Scott said. “I wanted to say, ‘I want him in there, too.’ ”After being excoriated for the way he handled Bryant’s early-season minutes, Scott held firm. Not even a visit from upstairs, say from Jim Buss or Jeanie Buss, would move him. But he at least considered the implications.“I just have to worry about Kobe and the team unless Jim comes down and Jeanie comes down and say we want him to play, then obviously we have to sit down with Kobe as well and have another discussion,” Scott said before the game. “But right now, everybody’s on board.”Jordan Hill scored 20 points to lead the Lakers and Nick Young had 14 off the bench. The Lakers shot 51.3 percent for the game, and if not for a 14-point third quarter, things might have been different.James finished with 36 points, five rebounds and five assists and Kyrie Irving had 22 points for Cleveland (20-20).Kevin Love, who battled back spasms during the game, had 17 points and seven rebounds and J.R. Smith added 14 points for the Cavs, who had only 16 bench points.For many, just having Bryant and James on the court together seemed to be a treat. At one point, James stopped by the Lakers bench during free throws to share some wisdom.During a later timeout, the two leaned up against the scorer’s table and shared some laughs. On the court, James took a couple of stabs at guarding Bryant in the low post.In the fourth quarter, they took turns guarding each other in an entertaining duel.“Now I am (more appreciative of those moments),” Bryant said. “It would be a little different if we were contending for a championship. I would be my more moody self.“Now I have a little more perspective knowing I won’t have a chance to play against him on the court for much longer. You want to enjoy it.”But then it was back to business, not only for the struggling Lakers but also the reeling Cavs, who entered the game with a sub-.500 record, a six-game losing streak and doubts about the staying power of rookie coach David Blatt.James came out in the second half determined to reverse his team’s fortunes. He scored 12 of his points in the third period and the Lakers went 6 for 19 in the quarter after shooting 58.1 percent in the first half.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

House GOP votes for COVID-19 liability protection for hospitals, businesses

first_imgDES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa House have passed legislation to shield businesses, churches and other organizations from lawsuits over COVID-19. Representative Gary Carlson, a Republican from Muscatine, said it’ll help reboot the economy.“We are dealing with a very uncertain time and uncertainty is what holds economies back more than anything else,” Carlson said late Friday evening at the close of debate on the measure. “Countless businesses are concerned…they’re scared to death that they’re going to be sued.”House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City said the bill will reward businesses that haven’t taken steps to adequately protect customers and workers.“We want to recover from COVID. We want businesses to thrive. We want workers to feel safe because we know that when workers feel safe and employers feel safe to go back to work, they will,” Prichard said. “Think about what you’re doing here, because you know what? Your decision and your vote has lives hanging in the balance.”The legislation would bar people from filing civil lawsuits against health providers or individuals that have for the most part followed public health guidelines for COVID-19. The bill’s new liability protections would be retroactive to January 1st of this year. The bill now goes to the Senate. The Senate’s GOP leader has identified this proposal as a priority.last_img read more

Perez named NCAA MVP as Pirates banner awardees

first_imgAlso making the Best Defensive Team are Lyceum’s Nzeusseu, EAC’s Onwubere, Jose Rizal U’s Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Mapua’s Christian Buñag.Heavy Bombers guard Jed Mendoza was  adjudged as the Most Improved Player, turning around a largely forgettable rookie year and emerging as a solid contributor for his side with a team-best 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.JRU, meanwhile, was given the sportsmanship award. Onwubere showcased his full arsenal in his final year with the Generals, averaging 16.1 markers, 11.0 boards, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 rejections in his team’s failed bid to make it to the Final Four.The same was the case for Eze, who has been a beast for the Altas in their campaign but failed to help his side advance to the playoffs. The Nigerian bruiser corralled 15.3 points, a league-high 16.4 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks this season.Meanwhile, Jaycee Marcelino’s stellar first year with the Pirates did not go unnoticed as he was feted as this season’s Rookie of the Year.A transferee from Adamson, the soft-spoken guard made immediate impact in his debut year for Lyceum, averaging 10.7 points, 5.4 boards, 2.4 assists, and 1.4 steals, while terrorizing the opposing team’s guards with his hounding defense together with twin brother Jayvee.Eze’s defensive prowess was also recognized as he was named as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSensational all season long, CJ Perez continued to reap the rewards of his hardwork as he was named the NCAA Season 93’s Most Valuable Player.The 23-year-old forward has undoubtedly been the driving force for Lyceum this year, leading the Pirates to an amazing 18-game sweep of the eliminations en route to their first ever Finals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NBA: Jason Kidd brushes off comparisons to Lonzo Ball: ‘It’s a stretch’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Perez averaged a league-best 19.3 points, together with 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals to stamp his class among his peers.Joining Perez in the Mythical Team is his Pirates teammate Mike Nzeusseu along with Javee Mocon of San Beda, Sidney Onwubere of Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Prince Eze of Perpetual Help.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Cameroonian Nzeusseu has been a rock down low for Lyceum, netting a double-double of 11.4 markers, 11.8 boards, and 1.2 blocks.Mocon, meanwhile, has been an embodiment of stability for the Red Lions as he churned out solid numbers of 13.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 3.4 dimes in his fourth season. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READlast_img read more

Tractor kills 5-year-old on Lima Sands Road

first_img– driver in Police custodyA 49-year-old driver from Lima Sands, Essequibo is presently in Police custody assisting with investigations after the tractor he was driving ran over five-year-old Orissa Williams on the Lima Sands Public Road. The accident reportedly occurred around 14:30h on Sunday.Family members with the child, in shockThe accident involved the tractor bearing registration plate 21496, and trailer TBB 4806, owned and driven by Ganga Persaud, who is also a hire car driver from Lot 11 Lima Sands, Essequibo Coast.Information revealed that the tractor was proceeding north along the Lima Sands Access Road, while two pedestrians, namely Ivor Courtman (Junior) and Orissa Williams, were standing on the eastern side of the road facing west.According to information from the Police, Orissa was in the process of running across the road when she fell on the eastern side of the road. One of the rear wheels of the tractor reportedly ran over her head.The child suffered severe head injuries and was immediately transported to the Suddie Public Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival. Upon hearing the impact, many persons converged on the scene, and family members later rushed to the scene in shock.Police visited the scene and measurements were taken; however, the tractor is yet to be examined by officers and impounded. The child’s body is presently at the Suddie Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.Only recently, a doctor attached to the Suddie Public Hospital, Haimant Haimraj, lost his life tragically on the Vilvoorden Public Road in a road accident involving a motorcycle.last_img read more

Guardiola calls for refs to clamp down on dangerous play

first_imgDe Bruyne was fortunate to escape serious injury when Dele Alli caught him with a studs-up tackle, while Sterling was on the wrong end of a lunge by Harry Kane, with both Tottenham players receiving only yellow cards.However, Guardiola also suggested that City defender Nicolas Otamendi was lucky to get away with only a booking after catching Kane in the face with a high boot in the same match.He compared that challenge to the one for which Liverpool striker Sadio Mane was sent off after catching goalkeeper Ederson at Eastlands in September.“The main thing for the referees is to protect the players and follow the rules,” Guardiola said.“That is the most important thing. Always we are aggressive and sometimes we get injured.“All the teams want to win and want to fight in the best way. Sometimes it happens.“I have no doubts that Dele Ali and Harry Kane are top-team players. I am not suspicious about them, thinking they are dangerous players.“But you have to protect them, the same as with Nicolas Otamendi and Harry Kane.“It’s the same as what happened with Mane and Ederson. Mane doesn’t hate the goalkeeper; he didn’t want to do that.“I’m pretty sure of that. The referees have to protect our players and the other players.”Guardiola is certain players do not go out deliberately to hurt each other, despite Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba saying earlier this month that he hoped some of City’s players got injured in order to open up the Premier League title race.But the City manager is still bemused that the danger of bad injuries has not been discussed more, and that the football authorities are putting so much energy into eradicating diving.– Squealing –Fouls such as Sadio Mane’s (R) challenge of Ederson (L) are not deliberate or malicious, said Pep Guardiola © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFGuardiola suggested that the Football Association’s attempts to tackle diving are having limited effect in any case, given that Leicester winger Demarai Gray escaped punishment for theatrically winning a late penalty against City in the League Cup on Tuesday.“I don’t believe the players go to injure another one, whatever Paul Pogba said,” Guardiola said.“It is impossible to think that but the football is quick, fast, and aggressive and the referees have to follow the rules.“Everybody is squealing about diving here. If they want to punish those who are diving, OK, but we know what happened in Leicester in the 95th minute. Gray dived and nothing happened.“The physicality in England is stronger and you have to deal with that.“If you are not strong enough to match the physicality of the opponents, you cannot play in that league, but the referees are there to control that.“When it is a foul, it is a foul. Believe me, especially with Kevin, he could have been out for a long time.”Guardiola, meanwhile, has promised his players Christmas Day off, before they return to training on Tuesday, in order to prepare for next Wednesday’s Premier League match at Newcastle.“The players will be with their families on December 24 in the afternoon and on December 25,” he said.“I would like to give them more time, but it is not possible, we have to play against Newcastle.“It’s part of tradition and I love that tradition. I don’t like too many games and would prefer fewer games, but it’s a Boxing Day tradition and all around the world, they will be watching us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000For Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, referees’ priority should be to “protect the players and follow the rules” by sanctioning fouls, rather than cracking down on diving © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 23 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested referees must do more to protect players from serious injury, even if it means red and yellow cards for his own players.Guardiola was angered by challenges on Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling during City’s 4-1 Premier League victory over Tottenham last weekend.last_img read more