LaLiga stops the fixed venue option and will fight on Mondays

first_imgThe league, Despite what he has been counting dropwise as events developed in this crisis, he has proposed a total of up to 10 different scenarios of how to restart the 2019-20 season, with the permission of the UEFA. And in that fan all possibilities fit. From playing behind closed doors (350 million losses), to playing with the public (150), even going so far as not being able to compete more (1,000), which is the plan that you least want to air. The dates to start would be May 29, June 6 or June 28, which would force it to end in different weeks, conditioning the European competitions. With all this work done in detail, it is not strange to know that from the mind of the LaLiga Competitions department, led by Luis Gil, it has also been done a sketch of the most complex option of all: bringing together the 42 First and Second teams in the same city, or in different cities, to finish the course by playing every two or three days, Madrid being the preferred venue for its centrality, for the infrastructures and the quality of the stadiums and communications. This strategy, for the moment, has been stopped without forgetting it. There is an essential reason. Footballers are opposed. And more if the capital of Spain, the world center of the coronavirus, is used. The study, carried out by LaLiga and enriched with the strategies of other European countries that could do so, involves, among other things, a protocol for the distribution of hotels and sports cities. So far it has not been shared with the clubs, and not even outlined, and it has not been put on the table in meetings with the RFEF and AFE. However, it has been sliding by LaLiga in several telematic meetings, in which they are not recorded, to press the reactions before taking another step if necessary. “The Premier plans to play everything in London … Series A says they will meet in Rome …”. The problem is that few people welcome the idea.Unions are emphatic off the record: “They cut the wages of players and the hours for workers, with ERTE or negotiations, and now you isolate them two months in a row … Being away from home under the shield of a club is equivalent to working 24 hours a day.” Law specialists and some leaders prefer not to get wet publicly so as not to be branded as a party pooper. But, in summary, they argue that if the Government finds obstacles to isolate the asymptomatic, this is similar.On Monday. LaLiga’s other unofficial intention is to fight for a lost time slot. The court ordered the injunction in the duel for the competitions with the RFEF and, for now, it was being played on Friday and not on Monday until the magistrate enters the merits of the matter. Legally there is no loophole. With the courts stopped, the resolution will take time, and Thebes hopes that the RFEF will yield if the calendar is tightened. See the perfect excuse, playing without an audience, to engage Rubiales. “Let’s see what he says now,” is repeated in several meetings.last_img read more

We’re All Terrorists Now

first_imgIn this day and age, we are now all terror suspects, all the time, everywhere. Get used to walking with your hands up in the air.The initial British response to the subway bombings was measured. Unlike George Bush, who brought a cocky Texas swagger in his public response to 9/11, revving up public anger, Prime Minister Tony Blair was remarkably restrained in the aftermath of 7/7.  The 56 people killed in the four coordinated bombings on July 7 in London’s Underground are only a tiny fraction of the almost 2,700 victims of the incendiary terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center twin towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. But the impact of the London blasts could be more far reaching for immigrants living in the West.The initial British response to the subway bombings was measured. Unlike George Bush, who brought a cocky Texas swagger in his public response to 9/11, revving up public anger, Prime Minister Tony Blair was remarkably restrained in the aftermath of 7/7. He, expressed bewliderment that the terrorists were homegrown British – not British Muslims, just British. Londoners responded stoically, going about their daily business the following day. In marked contrast to the United States, the broad public consensus held firm that the country should resist surrendering its cherished civil liberties at the altar of security.But that public sentiment changed dramatically after a second series of failed bombing attempts on the subway two weeks later on July 21. Riders are increasingly wary and the police added to their anxiety the following day when they fatally shot an innocent man five times in the head as he crouched terrified on the train floor.The London police have since expressed “deep regrets” and accepted “full responsibility” for the killing, although they have pointedly hrefused to apologize. Indeed the city’s police commissioner, Sir Ian Blair, is preparing Londoners for future mistakes under the new shoot-to-kill policy aimed at deterring potential suicide bombers: “It wasn’t just a random event, and the most important thing to realize is that it is still happening out there. Somebody else could be shot.”The police shooting is puzzling. The victim, a Brazilian national, Jean Carles de Menezes, apparently aroused police suspicions after he emerged from a building under surveillance. Those suspicions were hightened because Menezes was wearing a bulk jacket in the steamy summer weather. When they surrounded him near a subway station, Menezes panicked, jumped a turnstile and fled into a train. His relatives suspect that Menezes fled because he had been accosted by skinheads once or that he might have been working illegally in London. Equally baffling is why the police failed to recognize that a building they had under surveillance had multiple apartments and why they unloaded a full round into a man as he trembled on the floor.Whatever the explanations, a whole new world has arrived for immigrants in the West. We may have gotten used to our repeated “random” selection for intrusive body searches at airports. Annoying as that has been, it has been limited to airline travel, a relatively infrequent activity. Now we raise suspicion anytime and anywhere and can stir alarm in the most innocent of actions.In New York, one the city’s busiest train stations was briefly evacuated July 24 after a seemingly drugged and irritated passenger taunted a ticket agent that he had a bomb in his bag. A few hours earlier, police handcuffed and lined up five South Asian passengers on a tourist bus on their knees on a public sidewalk after a supervisor with the bus company reported that they were carrying “suspicious backpacks” and had “stuffed pockets.”Police cordoned off traffic for 90 minutes near Times Square, one of the New York’s leading tourist attractions, and ordered all 60 passengers off the bus with their hands raised. The five innocent “suspects” were determined not to have any backpacks after all and released. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has publicly apologized for the incident and rebuked the bus company for overreacting, urging New Yorkers, “Please don’t embellish what the facts are.”His warning is likely to follow on deaf ears, however. In this day and age we are now all terror suspects, all the time, everywhere.Get used to walking with your hands up in the air. Related Itemslast_img read more