Table-toppers Pride have been strengthened for their clash with the back-to-back champions with five West Indies players returning to the 13-man squad. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who has taken over from all-rounder Kevin Stoute as captain, will be joined by left-hander Jonathan Carter, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, batsman Shai Hope and off-spinning all-rounder Ashley Nurse. “Obviously, the game is very important for us taking into consideration we are just .2 points ahead,” Crandon was quoted by the Guyana Chronicle as saying. Despite a below par performance so far, Jaguars are leading the points table on 33.6 points, 0.2 more than second place Pride. “It is important that we press home any advantage we have. We know that Barbados are very fierce opponents over the years, but obviously we know the conditions better than they,” said head coach Esaun Crandon, a former Guyana fast bowler who took 90 wickets from 38 First-Class games. “We had the opportunity to play a day/night game in St Lucia, so we know what to expect during the day and what to expect during the night, but overall we need to play better cricket than Barbados.” Strengthened for clash GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC): Front-runners Guyana Jaguars are hoping to exploit home advantage against rivals Barbados Pride in a top of the table clash when the Regional Four-Day Competition enters its fourth round here this weekend. Jaguars, the reigning champions, are facing a reinforced Pride in a day/night encounter at the Guyana National stadium from Friday, following a short break in the tournament.
Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his support in relation to the FIFA presidential elections and to gain control and influence within the AFC (Asian Football Confederation) and FIFA,” the soccer body said of Lai in a statement.Sheikh Ahmad referred his own case to the ethics committees of FIFA and the International Olympic Committee in April after Lai’s guilty plea was revealed. The Kuwaiti royal also withdrew from an election to retain his seat representing Asia on the FIFA Council.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe sheikh has denied wrongdoing and continues to work on Olympic duty, including chairing an IOC panel with a $500 million budget to distribute grants, and leading the global group of national Olympic committees known as ANOC.Two more former soccer federation presidents, Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela and Julio Rocha of Nicaragua, were also banned for life Tuesday. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States. Though the life bans were announced during the trial in Brooklyn of three other FIFA-connected officials from South America, the ethics panel investigations were separate and did not use new evidence being aired daily in court.FIFA said its ethics judges imposed “appropriate fines in relation to the amounts of the bribes that they have admitted having taken.”Esquivel was fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million), Lai was fined 870,000 Swiss francs ($870,000), and Rocha was fined 500,000 Swiss francs ($500,000). It is unclear if FIFA can enforce fines on people who have left the sport.Lai, who is an American citizen, previously agreed to pay “more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties,” the U.S. Department of Justice said in April.In court, Lai pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy charges related to taking about $1 million in bribes, including at least $850,000 from Kuwaiti officials.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Durant unfazed by Thunder return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Esquivel agreed to forfeit $16 million a year ago when he pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. His offenses were linked to the awarding of contracts for media and marketing rights to South American soccer competitions.However, Esquivel’s name was cited Monday in Brooklyn during testimony in the ongoing trial of former soccer executives from Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, who deny corruption charges.One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for “Q2022.”Prosecutors did not specify if the payment was linked to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA has repeatedly declined to comment on allegations and evidence detailed in the current federal court case.Rocha was a FIFA staffer working for its development department when he was arrested in 2015. He agreed to forfeit nearly $300,000 after admitting to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy charges last December.All three banned officials are awaiting sentencing in Brooklyn. 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 file photo, Kuwait’s Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) speaks at the European Olympic Committees General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus. Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)GENEVA — Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the FIFA ethics committee on Tuesday.They include former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam, who testified in federal court that the source of his bribe money was Olympic powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
During 2014 Liberia’s economic prospects were forecast to improve significantly through the efforts of the Central Bank of Liberia’s Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones. However, things didn’t go as planned even with this intervention from the Governor.Dr. Jones empowered local Liberian businesses in the 15 counties through the Central Bank loan scheme and also pumped US$ 5 million into the rubber industry, but the deadly Ebola outbreak in March stalled those gains.On May 15, 2014, the CBL Governor told the business community that the CBL would encourage Liberian owned small businesses to network and think about adding value to their businesses as well as local products. “If this is done in our country, local products can also be sent abroad for marketing to help alleviate poverty in Liberia,” the CBL Governor said.He was however quick to remind participants and business owners that, “development is not a project, but it is to empower the poverty stricken Liberians.Dr. Jones has on many occasions stressed that Liberians should be the ones in stores doing business and not foreigners who are dominating the economy. He proffered the unwavering support of the CBL to the Liberian business community.“CBL will remain a friend to the private sector, especially the business community and will continue more financial loan schems to them,” he assured.He then indicated that the access to credit was the CBL’s own way of helping Liberians to do business and build the private sector and in doing so it will enable Liberia reach the middle income mark that it is targeting in the Agenda for Transformation (AfT).The AfT is the government of Liberia’s five development programs that seeks to improve the provision of basic social services and infrastructural development. It is a subset of government’s Vision 2030 agenda.Dr. Jones said: “This is not going to happen by talking, not by playing politics, but it is going to happen by actually putting citizens to work in the private sector thereby enabling Liberia to grow from a low to middle income” country.“CBL is not throwing away money, but trying to invest in the future of Liberia,” he reminded them.He told detractors that as Governor of the CBL, he sees “nothing wrong with empowering citizens of Liberia, and therefore, sees no reason to apologize to anybody for doing that.”‘Economy Has Much to Achieve’On March 25, 2014, the Minister of Finance Development and Planning, Amara Konneh said the present state of the country’s economy has the propensity to achieve several developmental objectives.Minister Konneh was briefing journalists at a MICAT press briefing, when he gave an update on the state of the Liberian economy and outlined developments made as well as challenges facing the government in improving the economy.He said that Liberia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) recorded 8.1 percent estimated growth for fiscal year 2013; attributing it largely to increased activities in the mining sector.According to him, the growth in Liberia’s GDP is expected to continue in the medium-term, especially with the export of iron ore by China Union and the increase of production by ArcelorMittal.He noted that the increase of export in the extractive sector is a result of Liberia’s stable macro-economy, which attracts foreign direct investment that generates foreign exchange and creates jobs.Minister Konneh said the government has projected a boost in tax revenue collection by about US$400 million per annum through an increase in the mining sector, which it has achieved by removing infrastructural and bureaucratic processes that hindered concessions from rolling out their operations.This, according to Minister Konneh in 2014, would help increase employment opportunities for Liberians within the next seven to 10 years.However, the Finance Minister said that the economy of Liberia partly experienced some difficulties in the second quarter of the fiscal year, as the Liberian dollar continued to depreciate against the US dollar. The GOL’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30th.This, he said, was quickly brought to a halt by the Government through the efforts of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).He said this decline in the value of the country’s currency is a testament to the need to increase the country’s exports and diversify the economy in a way that would enable the country to attract more foreign exchange.He added: “If this is not done, we will remain dependent on large aid and security-related inflows, which are likely to fall over time and be subject to global demand and prices.”Minister Konneh has meanwhile disclosed that the service sector, which is another driving force of economic growth, is expected to be hit as the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) draws down its presence in Liberia, and as NGO activities start reaching lower levels.According to him, this would cause a slowdown in domestic demand for services such as food, entertainment and domestic aid.LCUNA Appeals for Inclusion on CBL’s Weekly Forex SaleIn May, 2014, Members of the Liberian Credit Union Association (LCUNA) appealed to the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones to include them on the CBL weekly sale of foreign exchange auction in the country.The leadership of the Union made the statement at its Annual General Assembly in the port city of Buchanan where the Union honored Governor Jones for his numerous economic contributions towards the empowerment of Liberians.Making remarks on behalf of the organization, the chairman of the Board of Director of LCUNA, J. Saye Biyie noted that the CBL’s weekly foreign exchange auction remains the principal policy instrument for affecting domestic markets in Liberia.Mr. Biyie suggested that in order to improve the credit union sector, it was important to include credit union members on the foreign exchange lists, especially for those that are doing international trade.According to him, the credit union’s role is pivotal to the ongoing recovery of the Liberian economy.The credit union, Mr. Biyie said, is also helping to buttress government’s efforts by providing economic opportunity to Liberians in the business sectors.Also speaking, Baboukar Jeng, Manager of the Gambia Credit Union Movement (GAMCUM), expressed delight over the level of development that the organization has carried out in meeting the needs of Liberians after the civil conflict.Mr. Jeng noted that improving of the business Sector and infrastructural development are key to the country’s needs.“The business sector remains one of the cardinal areas for the development of any nation, and as such, Liberians should begin venturing in the sector,” he urged.According to him, when this is done, the citizens will be in a better position to contribute to the national government as it strives to rebuild the lives of its people.Mr. Jeng, however, called on the leadership of the Union to show good leadership to its members for the betterment of the association.At the same time, the Gambia Credit Union Movement manager said that he is optimistic that the country will once more get on par with other countries due to the level of transformation taking place in every sector.Receiving the honor on behalf of the CBL Governor, EL-Tumu Trueh, Director for Microfinance at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), lauded LCUNA for the honor and said that the Bank will continue to empower ordinary Liberians.On the inclusion of LCUNA on the CBL weekly sale of foreign exchange auction, Director Trueh promised to convey their request to the Executive Governor.According to Mr. Trueh, for the past years the CBL has been engaging the movement of the credit union activities to ensure that there is efficiency within the association.He assured LCUNA members that the Bank would continue to provide better economic opportunity by lifting Liberians out of poverty.Commerce Ministry Releases Commodity PricesIn 2014, the Ministry of Commerce released its bi-monthly critical commodities bulletin highlighting the prices of key commodities in the country.The commodities include rice, the national staple, petroleum, a political commodity, and other food & non-food items.The Ministry indicated there was over 35,856 metric tons of 50 kg rice in the country which is expected to last up to the 21st of September.The retail price for rice is US$14 to 16/25kg in Montserrado and its environs while the retail price in the rural area is US$19 to 20/25kg.The pump price of Petroleum products (diesel and gasoline) is US$4.26 and $4.18 respectively.Cement, which is now being widely used in the country by everybody for infrastructure building, is now being sold at US$8.50 to 8.75/50kg in Monrovia while rural is US$9 – 10 /50kg. According to the Ministry, the bi-monthly bulletin is a product of the Ministry developed to inform the public on key commodities inventory and pricing on a bi-monthly basis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Police have arrested three members of the notorious ‘Scare Dem’ armed robbery gang of Angoy’s Avenue in New Amsterdam Berbice, following an early Thursday morning pursuit.Two of these gang members have since confessed to being involved in five incidents of armed robbery committed in the community, the latest having been perpetrated on a Venezuelan national at her Vryman’s Erven home on Thursday morning.The other two robberies were committed previously in Angoy’s Avenue.Based on reports received, Police had been on the hunt for members of this gang since last week, after two homes had been burgled.Two brothers and their nephew, who are part of the gang along with their mother and another female, have all been arrested. Following her arrest, the woman was found to be in possession of several items suspected to have been stolen.And following a search at a house in Angoy’s Avenue, several mobile phones, television sets, and items of jewellery were confiscated. These items are suspected to be the gang’s booty from some of the robberies that were conducted over the past week. Police investigations are continuing.
Oil giant ExxonMobil on Tuesday handed over lab equipment costing in excess of US$40,000 to the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Guyana.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson cuts the ribbon assisted by UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and UG Deputy Vice Chancellor, Paloma Mohamed to reveal the new equipmentAt the handing over ceremony at the University, it was revealed that the Department was able to purchase the new tools with a gift presented by the oil company.The substantial gift was given to the University following a request made after a fire which occurred in 2015. The fire reportedly destroyed a section of the Faculty of Natural Sciences building which housed the equipment for various departments.Among the items destroyed in the fire were all the Physics laboratory equipment belonging to the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, the Computer Sciences Department equipment and the specimen collections and equipment from the Department of Biology.An official at the University doing a demonstration with a piece of equipment sponsored by Exxon in the presence of Exxon’s Country Manager Rod Henson, UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and othersHowever these equipment and more were purchased with the aid of ExxonMobil. It was outlined that the faculty lost critical research materials in the areas of online education and information technologies, renewable energy technologies, biodiversity and ecosystems assessment and natural resources management.However, the US$40,000 was given to aid the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics in replacing the lab equipment that was destroyed.Among the highly specialised equipment purchased was one Baader Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector, and one Orion XX 16G GO-TO Truss Dobson Ian Telescope among others. The equipment was purchased from two companies (PASCO and OPT) at a cost of US$37,071 and arrived in Guyana in September 2018.According to the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Calvin Bernard “After the fire, the physics programme was ‘crippled’ by the inability to deliver the quality learning experiences necessary for the success of the students due to the lack of equipment for practical work. Lecturers struggled to improvise and compensate.”He further stated that “With the new equipment, the quality of the educational experience in the physics courses has been lifted significantly. This is particularly important as the Faculty and University seeks to ensure it prepares graduates for roles in a more technologically advanced economy including oil and gas”.The Faculty is especially thankful to ExxonMobil for its contribution in making the recovery process possible. ExxonMobil was the first and only major corporate entity to offer assistance after the devastating fire.Head of the Department of Mathematics, Dwayne Renville, extended sincere gratitude on behalf of the University, citing relief that the lab equipment was “finally here”.Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed noted that “the University since 2016, through the Office PACE (Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Management) has been building a strong relationship with ExxonMobil and their affiliates which includes strategic funding, capacity building and CSR collaborations”.ExxonMobil’s Guyana President and Country Manager Rod Henson noted, “The youth today are our leaders of tomorrow, and education is fundamental to their ongoing development. We are pleased to provide this support to the University of Guyana and its students to further advance math and science learning today and in the future”.
Donegal’s first Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA) has been agreed and worked out well for all parties, a leading Personal Insolvency expert has said.The Donegal family have managed to hold onto their family home and still work off their debts.Paul Carr, who heads up Market House Insolvency Services Ltd (MHIS Ltd), said he now expects other similar cases to be reached across Co Donegal.Commenting on the agreement, Mr Carr, a Personal Insolvency Practitioner with MHIS Ltd, said that he was delighted for the family. The PIA, which involves secured mortgage debt, is a type of agreement that is unique to Ireland.“We are now able to show firm evidence that the new Personal Insolvency legislation is working. It is important to understand that every case is different and that they will be dealt with based on the individual circumstances involved. We are confident that the process can deliver a fair outcome for all stakeholders,” said Mr Carr.The case involved a man with a young family who had a number of investment properties.The agreement allows the family to stay in their family home while continuing to pay their house mortgage. The investment properties were surrendered voluntarily to the financial institution to be sold. A significant lump sum was paid over to the financial institution in settlement.This money was raised from the debtor’s friends and family. The remaining debt which is in excess of €170,000 will be written off.The PIA will end one month after all aspects of the agreement are completed. At that time the person’s debts will be completely written off apart from the mortgage on his family home. The family will then be able to get on with their lives without the burden of excess debt.MHIS Ltd provide a comprehensive Personal Insolvency service to people who are experiencing debt issues.The company was set up by Paul Carr and Peter McDonnell who are Partners in the well-known Accountancy practice, S MacRory & Co. Paul is based at the firm’s Letterkenny office in Market Square, while Peter is based in Tirconnaill Street in Donegal Town. They can be contacted at 074 9122188 or 074 9721908.PERSONAL INSOLVENCY ARRANGEMENT WILL WORK IN DONEGAL – EXPERT was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:donegalPaul CarrPersonal Insolvency Arrangement
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The plan, announced in December, is supported by Los Angeles and San Francisco city governments, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and consumer groups. “This is, we hope, the final lap in a long race to fix a broken system in California, and base it on how you drive, and not where you live,” said Mark Savage, an attorney with Consumers Union, who spoke before a public hearing on the proposal. Minorities living in lower-income urban neighborhoods have long complained of being penalized by the current system, and many were on hand to describe how living in the “wrong” neighborhood can mean sky-high rates, even for drivers without an accident to their name. “It’s time to end socioeconomic discrimination in the auto industry,” said Henry Rosales of the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation. Proponents said it is time the state implements the changes described in Proposition 103, approved by voters in 1988, which asked insurers to give more weight to a driver’s safety record and experience instead of gender, marital status, ZIP codes and other factors currently used to calculate rates. SAN FRANCISCO – Urban and rural drivers faced off Friday over a new way to calculate car insurance rates that would be based more on how people drive than where they park their cars. Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi proposed changes he said would make insurance costs more equitable by tying rates to drivers’ records, how long they’ve been driving and how many miles they drive a year – instead of ZIP codes. Rates would likely drop in big cities, where people cover fewer miles and have paid a higher price for living in more congested, risk-prone neighborhoods. But rates would rise in the remote countryside, where a trip to school or work can mean hours behind the wheel. “We’re rural, rural, rural,” said Inyo County Supervisor Linda Arcularius, pointing out that her county has only 10 traffic lights over 10,000 square miles. “Our risk is just so low.” “The aim is to increase fairness and reward consumers with good records,” said Bryant Henley, staff counsel with the California Department of Insurance. Insurance companies don’t think the new plan would accurately reflect the risks drivers face, making the pricing system less fair and going against the intentions of California voters. “You find that you’re now subsidizing one set of individuals through another, and that’s not fair,” said Kate Diehl, legislative advocate for the Association of California Insurance Companies. Farmers and officials from rural communities also opposed the proposal. If the idea is to avoid taxing minorities, the state commissioner should make sure rates don’t go up in rural counties, where immigrants gravitate toward farm jobs, officials from rural areas said. Most of Imperial County’s residents are minorities, and the Southern California county has the state’s highest unemployment and poverty rates, said Supervisor Gary Wyatt. “This will hit our people even harder,” he said. The public-comment period on the proposed changes was extended to March 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
South West Donegal DartsHolders Roartys started off the season with a big 9-1 win in O’Donnell’s, John Con beat Andrew Gillespie in the first match which is worth two points 3-2 with John hitting an 118 checkout and a 180, Kilcar House had a winning return to the league with a 7-3 win over Big Francies, Raymond Hegarty beat Mike Naulty 3-1 in the opening singles match which put the home side 5-0 up and finally in Cashel, Glenhead had a good opening night win over The Bridge Bar 7-3 was the final score also in this match.Week One Results Glenhead 7-3 Bridge BarKilcar House 7-3 Big FranciesO’Donnell’s 1-9 RoartysCope House Bye Week TwoFriday 12th OctoberBridge Bar v Kilcar HouseBig Francies v O’Donnell’sSaturday Cope House v GlenheadRoartys ByeSaturday 20th October tournament in Big Francies, Ardara details next week.DARTS NEWS: SOUTH WEST DONEGAL DARTS LEAGUE was last modified: October 7th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)Tags:South West Donegal Darts League
Eamon Dunphy has been critical of Martin O’Neill’s selection of Seamus Coleman as Ireland captain, saying he doesn’t look comfortable with it, and isn’t a natural leader. The controversial RTE pundit has suggested that Robbie Brady would’ve been a better choice, as he’s similar to Robbie Keane.Dunphy was speaking ahead of Ireland’s World Cup qualification opener in Serbia on RTE this evening, and was asked by anchor Darragh Maloney what he felt about Coleman being appointed skipper. Dunphy said, “I’m not sure about it, he had a very poor European Championships, and he had a bad season with Everton last year.“He hasn’t looked comfortable with the responsibility of it, some guys don’t feel it, they’re natural leaders, but I don’t think he’s a natural leader.“He’s a terrific person, everybody admires his attitude to the game, but I’m not sure on the evidence of the EURO’s he’s comfortable with it, and if that’s the case it’s a problem.When quizzed on who he thinks should be captain, Dunphy suggested John O’Shea to be the natural leader, but also said he’d like to see Robbie Brady get it, as he’s similar to Robbie Keane. Liam Brady also said Coleman was poor at the European Championships, but said he didn’t feel the captaincy is as important as it once was.His comments have already sparked anger on social media with many criticizing Dunphy for his remarks.“I don’t think Coleman should be captain, he’s not a natural leader” – Eamon Dunphy was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
1 He also came under-fire from the German football federation – along with Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan – having posed for photographs with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, despite the strained relations between the two countries.Ozil, a key part of the the team which won the World Cup four years ago, has 23 goals in 92 caps for Germany and, at 29, has plenty of years left him in at the top level.But his dad, Mustafa, is unhappy with the treatment his son has received and believes he should end his international career.He told Bild: “If I were in his place, I would say: ‘Thank you, but that’s enough’.“He’s bent, disappointed and offended, yes, offended, his own fans booed him before the World Cup at the international in Austria and he cannot understand why.“He doesn’t always have to defend himself. He’s played in the national team for nine years and became a world champion.“It’s always said that if we win, we win together, but if we lose, we lose because of Ozil.“He’s booed and put up as a scapegoat – I completely understand that he is offended.“Mesut’s been an example for years. The situation is absurd – he loves Germany and has shown commitment to his country, that he’s presented as a scapegoat is so unfair.”Ozil has also divided opinion at Arsenal since arriving from Real Madrid in 2013 for a £42million fee.But he is regarded as key player for the club and signed a new long-term deal earlier this year which made him the Gunners’ highest-paid player.He will also wear the number ten shirt next season, previously worn by Jack Wilshere, who left the club at the start of July. Mesut Ozil’s father has urged the Arsenal star to end his Germany career.The midfielder was subjected to heavy criticism during the World Cup as the 2014 champions suffered a shock exit in the group stages. Mesut Ozil was heavily criticised during Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaing 🔟 – It’s more than just a number. Means a lot to me wearing it next season! Thanks, @arsenal 🙏🏼〽 #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/M7ZTtMdirb— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) July 3, 2018