Laudrup unhappy with late penalty

first_img However, the Swans, who had let leads slip in the dying moments of both Europa League meetings with Kuban Krasnodar, were denied again when Madley, taking charge of only his third Premier League game, decided Wayne Routledge had handled after Steven Nzonzi flicked on a Robert Huth header. Substitute Charlie Adam made no mistake from the spot as the Potters snatched a point. Laudrup conceded the ball had “maybe” struck Routledge on the arm, but he was deeply unhappy with the decision despite attempting to be careful with his words in order to avoid any action from the Football Association. He said: “In every game there are talking points over decisions, but when I saw it again, or even out there, there are seven Stoke players in the box and none were asking for a penalty, apart from Peter Crouch, who was appealing for a corner. “So there was only one man in the stadium who thought it was a penalty, and unfortunately that was the referee. “But the referees are not allowed to say anything and I have to be careful what I say otherwise I will get a fine or a sanction. “Of course we can all make mistakes and say we are sorry, the players can do the same. But we have to leave the referees, it would be nice if the referee said ‘sorry, it was a mistake’.” When it was put to him that the ball had struck Routledge’s arm, Laudrup said: “Maybe, but it is not always handball if it touches you. A thrilling Liberty Stadium encounter ended in a 3-3 draw, a result which had looked unlikely when Stoke roared into a 2-0 first-half lead as Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland produced composed finishes. But Wilfried Bony got one back early in the second half, before Nathan Dyer levelled and the Ivorian struck his 10th goal of the season to put Swansea ahead with four minutes to go. Press Association Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt referee Robert Madley owed him and his players an apology after seeing his side suffer stoppage-time agony for the third time in four games against Stoke. “Whenever there is a handball there are players trying to do something to make the referee give handball. “But there were seven Stoke players in the box, none of them asking for the penalty. “It was in the last minute, if Stoke thought it was handball I am sure they would try to ask for it. So why give it? “It would have been a fantastic win and it is all away because of a very, very bad decision.” He added: “I have not spoken to the referee, I do not know the rules on that so I have to be careful. I have heard you cannot even say a referee is good before the game or you can get fined, so I can’t say much more as I don’t have £10,000 to waste.” But Laudrup did praise his side’s fightback after a poor first-half display. “I just feel so sorry for my players given how they performed after a difficult start to the game, 2-0 down after 20 or so minutes,” he said. “We couldn’t believe it but we continued to play in a difficult situation. We came out in the second half and kept Stoke in their box for the entire second half. “We scored one, then the second and what should have been the winner, and then this happens in the last minute.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes saw his side’s winless run extend to eight league games, but was happy to take a point, although he did have sympathy for Laudrup. He said: “I have seen it and I can understand why Swansea are aggrieved about it, but those things can go for you or go against you and we are grateful we got a break. “It still had to be dispatched and Charlie did well as he had not been on long and showed good mental strength to get us a point, which at that stage it looked like we were not going to get. “In the first half we were excellent, we came with a gameplan and executed it. “We knew there would be a response, we knew they would put us under pressure, and we could have handled it better. “To concede three goals in the manner we did was not what we have been about this season.” last_img read more

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Lynn Swann resigns as athletic director, Folt announces

first_img“Each sport has a different ebb and flow, but right now all of our fall sports are really set, they’re all going, things are going really well, things are in a really good situation,” she said. “And in a few months, we’re going to start looking to winter sports, and we’re going to be doing more recruiting and more building, so in a way this is a very good time because it allows me to select an athletics director that’s going to be the person all those new people will want to meet.” Both Folt and Roberts said they’re excited with the direction of the department. “Being on the Committee on Infractions, [has] allowed me to do is see what the cutting-edge issues are with sports today, so I can bring that information back to my colleagues at USC, and we can take actions that are going to have us be avoiding problems in the future,” Roberts said. Folt said Roberts’ experience as a student-athlete at UC Davis, understanding of collegiate athletics and legal background make him a well-qualified candidate. Folt also stated that special adviser to the president Dave Roberts, who currently serves as the NCAA’s Vice Chair of the Committee on Infractions, will fill the athletic director role in the interim. He has been the vice president of athletics compliance at the University since 2010.  Swann’s resignation comes four days after a Los Angeles Times report revealed that USC alumnus B. Wayne Hughes Sr., founder of self-storage company Public Storage and a good friend of Swann’s, donated almost $400 million to the University from 2010-15, just before Swann took over as athletic director. The article also reported that Swann was given “a seat on the corporate board of a Hughes company, American Homes 4 Rent, and directorship on the board of Hughes’ charity,” and that Hughes donated over $165,000 to Swann’s 2006 campaign for governor in Pennsylvania. Roberts told the Daily Trojan that his first step will be to talk to coaches, administrators and student-athletes in the coming weeks to find out what the department can change and improve. He said his ultimate priorities are to set things up for the next athletic director and ensure that student-athletes have the best experience possible. Folt also announced the members of a search committee that will be in charge of finding a permanent replacement. The committee is chaired by Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson. “Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote in an email to the USC community. It includes alumni representative Bill Allen, Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green, Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan, Provost Charles Zukoski, Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso and trustees Jeff Smulyan and William McMorrow.  Folt added that the committee will include two student-athletes yet to be named. She told the Daily Trojan that she is drawing on positive experiences from including two students on her provost search committee. President Carol Folt announced Monday that Athletic Director Lynn Swann resigned from his position. Swann had served as athletic director since 2016. “I think you probably know by now that I always start from the students and think about the student-athletes,” Folt told the Daily Trojan. “And, as we look forward to the next athletic director, having that strong perspective of student-athletes is really important … I couldn’t have a person better poised to think about what are the things that an athletic department needs to be to be a great athletic department in the next year, five years, 10 years.” Swann, a former USC wide receiver, came under fire for multiple scandals in the athletic department during his tenure. His resignation comes just months after USC’s involvement in the college admissions scheme, in which the FBI found that former senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and former water polo coach Jovan Vavic received bribes to falsely identify prospective students as recruits, and two years after the FBI arrested former men’s assistant basketball coach Tony Bland for his role in the college basketball bribery scandal. With all the problems that happened under Swann’s supervision, some were surprised at the timing of the decision. Folt said there is no single appropriate time for a dramatic overhaul due to the ever-changing nature of the athletics department. Lynn Swann served as athletic director since 2016, presiding over various athletic scandals including the Operation Varsity Blues admissions scheme. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “I think the main reason I decided to [include student-athletes] is that my experience has always told me that when you can involve students in decisions that are very pertinent to them, you’re going to get a much better outcome,” Folt said. “So I’m looking for an athletic director that is really helping us build a very strong student-centered focus.” Amanda Sturges contributed to this report. “Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” Folt wrote in her announcement email. “We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program.”last_img read more

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek will leave Chelsea on loan if he isn’t promised game time

first_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND RANKED Ruben Loftus-Cheek will look for another loan move away from Chelsea unless he is promised regular starts this season, according to reports.The European transfer window closes on August 31 and several clubs in France, Spain and Italy are reportedly interested in the midfielder. Loftus-Cheek feels he is ready to start for Chelsea 2center_img But the midfielder has become increasingly concerned that he will lose his place in the England squad if he doesn’t feature prominently for his club.He faces stiff competition from Ross Barkley and Real Madrid loanee Mateo Kovacic at Stamford Bridge, and currently appears to be behind both in the midfield pecking order. targets 2 LIVING THE DREAM targets Loftus-Cheek, who was not even named as a substitute against Arsenal on Sunday, wants the opportunity to prove his worth to new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.According to The Times, the 22-year-old needs assuring that he will be given the chance to do so with the first-team.Chelsea have been reluctant to release Loftus-Cheek on loan and would like him to stay and fight for his place in the team. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Loftus-Cheek is keen to retain his England place The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star last_img read more

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