Kevin de Bruyne, 28, has a contract with the Manchester City until 2023. This Saturday in a telematic interview with the Belgian newspaper HLN (Het Laatste Nieuws) he has not categorically denied leaving the club citizen if the appeal before the TAS does not prosper and they are not allowed to play European competitions for two seasons. It’s more, has left the door open to an exit and claims to keep an eye on events. UEFA sanctioned Manchester City for committing serious breaches of UEFA’s Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play Regulations by exaggerating its sponsorship earnings on its accounts. Without Champions: “Two years without European football would be very long. The club has told us that it is going to appeal and that it is almost one hundred percent sure that it is right. So I am waiting to see what will happen. I trust my team. Once the statement has been made I will review everything. Two years (without European football) would be very long. In the case of one year I could see it. I will not let my decision depend on what Pep does. Of course, I have already worked with other coaches and when Pep is leaving, I have to continue working with someone else. “ Transfer another club: “In recent years, and before, too, there have been many teams that have asked. But to be honest, I am very happy with City. I play for one of the best teams in the world, I play in England, the most competitive league, and I like that. It’s still a challenge to be the best and I need it too. What comes, comes. But it’s not like I’ve tried to leave City in those five years. I’ve also kept calm for my previous transfers. I’ve never had no problem and I’ve always waited for my moment. “New contract: “At the moment there are no real talks about a contract extension. I don’t know what will happen. We are a bit in limbo with everything that is happening now in the world. When the season finally ends, there may be an opportunity to look to the future. This is not the time to think about it right now. “Renovation of Roberto Martínez with Belgium: “Martinez’s project has not yet been completed. Stopping now would be strange. It seems logical to me to renew his contract. Martinez has a lot of experience. In England he coached big and small teams. Tactically, he has learned a lot in England. He let us play in a fixed system, and that works. The team has grown in recent years. “
In the incident being debated, it must be borne in mind that no transgression of the law was incurred by the bowler who was entitled to run out the batsman. The ball was in play, the dismissal was lawfully executed and no warning, which is regarded as a convention, was necessary. An appeal was made, the decision was correct; the match was lawfully won and accepted without any criticism or inappropriate comment from the defeated captain, which would in itself be an offence. These are the salient points which are most relevant to the issue, and the frivolous accusation of not adhering to what is only a custom is unfounded and of secondary importance. The only option available to overcome the decision was for the captain to seek the permission of the umpire for him (the captain) to withdraw the appeal in an act of sportsmanship. Not choosing to do so must not be construed as not playing the game within its spirit, and the question to be asked is, how can an incident be regarded as disgraceful and unbelievable when there was adherence to the relevant law? To regard it as such, as some critics have described it, is not only ludicrous but demonstrates a total disregard for logic and an example of one’s erroneous interpretation of the law. It is well known that the only reason why a non-striker leaves the popping crease before the delivery, or an athlete leaves his mark before the starter’s gun goes off, is to gain an unfair advantage or to get a ‘jump start’, as some would say, and this the law regards as unfair and therefore incurs a penalty when transgressed. What I consider as dishonest and unacceptable is that it is permissible for a batsman to challenge the decision on being given out caught behind by the wicketkeeper off an obvious clean catch of which he, the batsman, is cognisant that he had played and must have felt and heard. Under the Television (TV) Replay System, requesting the umpire for a review is not regarded as against the spirit of the game, but in my opinion it is tantamount to an umpire’s decision being disputed. I also regard it as against the spirit of the game when the wicketkeeper intentionally appeals for a catch in an effort to mislead the umpire and to avoid a wide being signalled. In the highest format of the game, it is replete with instances where the spirit of the game is being ignored and considered trivial, such as employing time-wasting tactics to avoid another over being bowled, an experience of all umpires. It is reported, in the recent case, that the standing umpire sought confirmation as to the seriousness of the appeal before the decision was made. This I regard as inappropriate as the fielding side had already signalled their position by appealing. This could give the impression that the umpire is exhibiting a lack of neutrality and partiality, which are among his personal attributes and an indication also that the spirit of cricket has priority over the breaching and application of the law. In the final analysis, it is unquestionable that if cricket is to maintain the high reputation that it enjoys among sports, adherence to its laws, and display of sportsmanship when depending on the circumstances, as well as respect for those participating are the objectives which must be the primary aim of those involved. • John (Johnny) Gayle is a retired Test cricket umpire and cricket administrator. According to the internationally recognised and definitive guide to the interpretation and application of the laws of cricket and which is approved by the MCC and adopted by the ICC, the spirit of the game involves your opponents, your captain and team, the role of the umpire and the traditional values of the game. It is also mentioned that to dispute an umpire’s decision by word, action, or gesture, to indulge in cheating and to distract an opponent while batting are offences against the spirit of the game and brings it into disrepute. Among the 13 offences in the laws which are indicative of injustices is the ‘Batsmen Stealing a Run’ listed under that significant law Fair and Unfair Play (Law 42). Leaving your crease before the delivery is a tactic frequently used. It is an unfair strategy and a violation of the law which must have precedence over any other consideration. Simultaneously, it is permissible for the bowler to run out the non-striker before the delivery. This revised law (Law 38) now emphatically states that “Either batsman is out run out if at any time while the ball is in play he is out of his ground and his wicket is fairly put down by the action of a fielder.” Wasting tactics The circumstances surrounding the dismissal of the non-striker which allowed the West Indies Under-19 team to be victorious in the recent ICC World Cup has generated much controversy, with the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson also giving his personal view on the matter. It has prompted me in my capacity as a retired umpire and an enthusiast of the game to express my view on the dispute as it relates to the playing of cricket within its spirit, which is the responsibility of the captain and the application of the law by the umpire. Various interpretations seem to exist of what is meant by the spirit of cricket. In the revised edition of the textbook Cricket Umpiring and Scoring, it is clarified in the preface – The Preamble – The Spirit of Cricket. Umpire’s decision Lawfully executed
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Cricket superstar Chris Gayle will miss a couple of matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after flying out to be with his partner for the birth of his first child, media outlets in India are reporting. Several media outlets have quoted a source close to Gayle’s franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), as confirming that the flamboyant opening batsman left with the team’s blessing. Media reports from Jamaica also quote local sources as saying that Gayle and his partner, Natasha Berridge, are expecting the child to be delivered this week. Gayle, 36, is expected to rejoin RCB on Monday and will be absent for their games against the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants this week. Gayle has not had the best start to the IPL, scoring just one and a duck in the first two matches. “I am confident that Gayle can come up with runs when the team needs it,” said Virat Kohli, the RCB captain. “You can certainly be rest assured that Gayle will come good as the tournament progresses. He would score a century when the team will need it. I am not too worried about Gayle because the other guys are stepping up nicely,” added Kohli. Gayle’s team management has not commented on his departure, but a picture he posted on his Instagram page stated: “I’m on my way Baby.” Gayle is also reported to have thanked Qatar Airways for its services, which included a congratulatory cake.
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National Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.
WICKET TAKERS SCOREBOARD Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who for the most part bowled in tandem with Miller, also played a part by taking three for 17. The other wicket to fall was accounted for by debutant fast bowler Reynard Leveridge. Wicketkeeper batsman Sunil Ambis, who was the joint top scorer in the Windwards’ first innings did not bat due to an injury. The win was the Scorpions’ first of the season after losing their opener last weekend away to defending champions Guyana Jaguars. “It was a fighting effort, and I must congratulate the lads,” said Miller, who is in his second match as captain. “I am happy that we won the game, and I am happy for the bowlers. “I am, however, not happy with the batsmen. They need to take it up on themselves and improve, as at this level the type of batting performances we are displaying are not acceptable.” Liam Sebastien, captain of the Windwards, who are now losing their second match in a row, described his team’s batting display as atrocious. “Its inexcusable having to score about 100 runs to win and getting bowled out for 60-odd,” he bemoaned. “It’s a game that we should have won having put ourselves in a good position to win. Jamaica will next host Barbados Pride at Sabina Park starting on Friday. Spinner Nikita Miller has hailed the character shown by the Jamaica Scorpions in their 41 runs win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Championship action at Sabina Park yesterday. Resuming the day on 92 for two for a 38 runs lead, and needing most things to go right, Jamaica were led to victory via a spirited and fighting bowling and fielding display. This was, however, after their batsmen, almost made victory improbable. Starting with overnight batsmen John Campbell, not out on 43, and Jermaine Blackwood, not out 16, Jamaica progressed to – at one stage, 121 without further loss, and was eyeing potentially a healthy second innings lead. However, in the space of 36 runs, they were bowled out for 157. Campbell, who made 32 in the first innings went on to lead all batters with 67, while Blackwood fell for a second-best score of 27. This left the Windwards with a victory target of 106 runs, but in one of their worse batting displays, they were dismissed for 64 in the post-lunch session. Leading the way for Jamaica was Miller, who picked up five for 22, a performance, which gave him the Man of the Match award. SCORPIONS 1st Innings 151 VOLCANOES 1st Innings 205 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (overnight 92 for two) J Campbell lbw b Edward 67 T Griffith lbw b Mayers 22 D Thomas b Mayers 9 J Blackwood c Johnson b Edward 27 A McCarthy c Sebastien b Edward 1 +C Walton c Johnson b Edward 14 D Green c wkp Robinson b Matthew 2 D Jacobs c Johnson b Edward 3 *N Miller c Johnson b Edward 4 O Thomas c Smith b Johnson 0 R Leveridge not out 2 Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) TOTAL (all out, 61.1 overs) 159 Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-75, 3-121, 4-126, 5-138, 6-144, 7-149, 8-153, 9-157, 10-159. Bowling: Shillingford 11-0-52-0 (nb1), Johnson 6.1-2-14-1, Matthew 13-5-22-1, Mayers 16-2-45-2, Edward 15-3-20-6. VOLCANOES 2nd Innings (target: 106 runs) D Smith c Griffith b Miller 19 T Theophile c Thomas b Leveridge 0 +J Robinson c Griffith b Miller 5 K Hodge lbw b Jacobs 9 *L Sebastien lbw b Miller 0 K Mayers not out 15 S Shillingford c Leveridge b Miller 0 M Matthew lbw b Miller 8 D Johnson c wkp Walton b Jacobs 5 L Edward c Griffith b Jacobs 1 S Ambris ret. out 0 Extras (w2) 2 TOTAL (all out, 27 overs) 64 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-21, 3-31, 4-35, 5-35, 6-36, 7-51, 8-58, 9-64, 10-64. Bowling: Thomas 5-2-9-0, Leveridge 4-1-11-0, Miller 9-2-22-5, Green 1-0-5-0, Jacobs 8-2-17-3 Result: Scorpions won by 41 runs. Points: Scorpions 16.2, Volcanoes 5.2. Man-of-the-Match: Nikita Miller.
The narrow one-nil defeat of the senior Reggae Boyz in their friendly international against the USA was a pivotal result from a pivotal performance, at a pivotal time, in yet another crucial rebuilding cycle. Playing away from home, in cold, unfamiliar and unfriendly conditions on an artificial surface, the overall performance was encouraging from what was a young and inexperienced Jamaican team. There would have been precious little time for head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore and his technical staff to develop any kind of meaningful team chemistry and understanding amongst this group of players. There was, however, good dedication and heart, desire and commitment shown by the team Fundamentally, the team kept its shape and discipline throughout a testy 90 minutes of football as the USA understandably dominated possession in their backyard. Certainly, the new-look centre-half duo of Damian Lowe and Sergio Campbell stood tall in thwarting several threatening USA attacks. Offensively, Corey Burke was a typically tireless worker, and despite the possession disparity between the two teams, Burke did manage to create a few anxious moments for the American defence, and certainly keeps himself relevant as a credible option for the future. MIDFIELD ISSUES Amid all that positivity though, there remains the perennial problem of our midfield lacking personality, leadership and creativity. The midfield play was for the most part disjointed and almost non-existent. Mysteriously, Whitmore continues to assemble a midfield without genuine playmakers or even players with the basic technical skills needed to protect and maneouvre the football, and the vision to use it effectively. On the few occasions when the ball found its way into the Jamaican midfield, it was treated like the proverbial ‘hot potato’ that none of our players wanted to hold onto. This midfield issue is critical and must be urgently addressed by the coaching staff. Again, it comes down to the meticulousness of the scouting process. The coaching and technical staff must deliberately seek out players at home or abroad with the specific skill set that team so desperately needs. If returning to the common hunting ground in England fails to deliver the quality needed, then the conscious decision must be made to groom and develop some midfielders. Failing to do this will see our defenders and goalkeeper continuing to come under severe and inordinate pressure, while our forwards will continue to be starved of adequate and competent service For too long, Jamaican scouting locally and overseas has been bereft of strategic specificity. We’ve had a midfield creativity crisis ever since the retirement of Whitmore himself, and with the midfield being the fulcrum of every football team, ignoring this particular crisis will ultimately lead to the team’s demise. Another major disappointment coming out of the USA game was the limited minutes afforded to the young strike force of Shamar Nicholson and Jourdaine Fletcher. From my count, Nicholson and Fletcher got a combined two touches in the less than 10 minutes they were on the park. Again, Whitmore missed a trick and should have given these two rising stars more playing time in what was a meaningless friendly fixture against a below-strength USA team. All in all, coach Whitmore has a platform from which to launch. One can only hope that he sticks with the core of these players, and stop being such a coward going forward, in terms of giving more of the younger players meaningful playing time. The aim going forward must remain finding that elusive balance in our team composition. The USA game and the upcoming fixture against Honduras should help Whitmore and his technical team in the making of some crucial selection decisions. It would also be great if somewhere along the way, a game or two could be played inside the National Stadium. But maybe that’s asking for too much. As the process continues, there are definitely some encouraging signs, but there is still a lot of work to be done.
LONDON, England (AP):Mark Clattenburg, who refereed the top games in world football in 2016, is quitting the Premier League for a job in Saudi Arabia.The English refereeing organisation announced Clattenburg’s departure in a statement that didn’t specify the role he will take.Former Premier League referee Howard Webb has been director of referees for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, but he was hired last week by Major League Soccer to lead the development of video technology for on-field officials.Clattenburg, whose departure date from the Premier League is yet to be announced, revealed in an interview with the Associated Press in December that he would like a job outside England.Clattenburg refereed the finals of the European Championship, Champions League and FA Cup last year.
FIRST INNINGS “I also believe it could be a first innings affair, which means that batting properly in the first innings could be key.” The UWI, in addition to Walton and Walters, will be hoping for inspired performances from captain Paul Palmer Jr and former national youth fast bowler Christopher Powell. Out-of-favour West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, as well as veteran batsman Joseph Palmer and fast bowler Leighton Leslie, are expected to provide support for Outar, Bulli and Harrison. Elsewhere in the zone will see St Elizabeth hosting St James at Manley Horne Park and Westmoreland welcoming Hanover at Paradise. In other matches, Melbourne and Boys’ Town will meet at Collie Smith Drive, Kensington are down to play away to Clarendon at Jamalco, and Lucas will entertain Portland at Nelson Oval in Zone A. St Thomas are set to travel to Police at Elleston Road, Kingston and St Andrew will host St Catherine CC at Maxfield Park, while Manchester will host GC Foster at Manchester High in Zone B. Meanwhile, over in Zone D, St Catherine CA will visit Three Hills Oval to face St Mary and Trelawny and St Ann will do battle at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium. Dethroned champions Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and last year’s beaten semi-finalists University of the West Indies (UWI) are set to face off in the feature game of the second round of the two-day Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup at Up Park Camp, starting today. The match-up, which will be one of three in Zone C of the four-zone championship, will see both teams looking to improve on impressive showings in the first round last weekend. Buoyed by a brilliant knock of 182 from West Indies wicketkeeper batsman Chadwick Walton, as well as seven for 53 from part-time off-spinner and former national youth batsman Oshane Walters, the UWI scored an innings and six runs win over St Elizabeth at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval. The JDF, in the meantime, after claiming first-innings honours over Westmoreland at Paradise Oval, were denied of an outright victory by rain after scoring 231 and 184 for nine, and bowling out the home team for 138. Leading the way for the army men were batsman Rasheed Outar, who stroked 100 not out, and national one-day opener Jermaine Harrison, who made 97 and national wrist spinner, Dennis Bulli, who claimed seven for 35. “It should be a very good match-up between to evenly balanced team,” said Outar. “It will, therefore, come down to performance on the day, and as such, I believe we stand a very good chance.”
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