PL to meet living wage petition fan

first_imgA Tottenham fan is to meet Premier League bosses on Thursday after more than 50,000 people signed his petition calling for clubs to pay their staff the living wage. Premier League clubs that pay their players tens and in some cases hundreds of thousands of pounds a week have come under pressure to increase wages for other staff. A spotlight was again shone on the issue earlier this month when the latest TV rights for the Premier League were sold for £5.1billion. Sharples said: “I hope that Bill Bush will recognise the widespread revulsion at the gross inequalities at football clubs, and begin taking steps towards implementing the living wage.” Youth worker Joel Sharples, 25, set up the petition on change.org last week and has secured a meeting with the Premier League’s head of policy, Bill Bush. The living wage is currently £9.15 per hour in London and £7.85 elsewhere in the country compared with the legal minimum wage of £6.50 per hour. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal v Chelsea is still a big deal

first_img “It’s a bit of a shame that we conceded a draw at the end of the Liverpool game, but it was a fantastic game for the spectators and it was one of the best games I’ve played in for Arsenal. “The race is very tight because Leicester City and Manchester City will be fighting as well. “We have a bit of an advantage over Manchester United and Tottenham at the moment but they could come back if you lose two games, you never know. “It’s not original but it’s true that you always have to question yourself. I used to say that football is an everlasting new beginning and that’s like life too. “Every week you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone to give your maximum so that you can win every possible game.” Reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea travel across London to the Emirates Stadium a massive 19 points behind the Gunners, who sit top of the table on goal difference. A 2-0 victory over Arsenal in September is one of just six league wins all season for last years’ title winners, with Guus Hiddink now at the helm following Jose Mourinho’s sacking. Press Association Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea on Sunday remains a big game despite the travails of the Blues this season. Wenger’s side have already proven they now have the steel to beat their main rivals – with victories over Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester already secured. And the Frenchman believes the visit of Chelsea is another chance for his players to show Arsenal can win their first title in 12 years. “It’s another game where people look at us and see how we behave,” he said. “Even if Chelsea are not in the best position, look at their squad. It’s a big game because of the quality of the players on the pitch. “It has a big importance to us as well. We play at the Emirates and know how important it will be to win this game.” Olivier Giroud also feels the need to beat Chelsea as the France striker knows there are a number of clubs who are still involved in the title picture. Arsenal have drawn their last two games, conceding a late leveller in a 3-3 draw at Liverpool before being held to a 0-0 at Stoke, but remain top as other title contenders also struggle for consistency. “We needed to bounce back after the Southampton defeat (on Boxing Day) and now we are on a really good run,” he told Arsenal Player. last_img read more

This week in esports: Tennis, King Pro League, EU LCS, Sports Emmys, non-endemic sponsorships

first_imgThis week in esports hasn’t slowed down at all from past weeks, with new developments coming in every single day.This week’s biggest stories include a traditional sport entering competitive gaming, Tencent launching its own franchised esports league for mobile title Honor of Kings, Riot Games looking to franchise the EU LCS in 2019, and both ELEAGUE and League of Legends being nominated for awards alongside mainstream sports. Not only that, two non-endemic brands have entered the industry as sponsors.Roland-Garros marks tennis’ entry in esports at French OpenTennis is the latest sport to enter esports. Roland-Garros, the organiser behind the French Open, is set to host the Roland-Garros e-series by BNP Paris.Taking place in April, the event will be hosted in multiple countries with competitors playing on a demo version of Bigben Interactive’s Tennis World Tour. The winners from each regional qualifier will find themselves in the finals on May 25th, during the French Open.Read the full article here.Tencent launches franchised league for Honor of KingsTencent has joined the likes of Riot Games’ LCS and Blizzard’s Overwatch League by launching a franchised league. The King Pro League is made up of city-based teams, with twelve teams being split across two divisions – Eastern and Western – in the Spring Split.It’s unknown at this time which cities Tencent will choose to accompany Shanghai and Chengdu, nor is it common knowledge whether there will be a buy-in process for organisations or not in the future. It’s been reported that Tencent will increase the city list to eight in 2019.Read the full article here.Riot Games to introduce franchising to EU LCS in 2019, spot buy-ins from £7mThe European League of Legends Championship Series, perhaps better known as the EU LCS, is going to become a franchised league – much like its North American counterpart.Welcoming franchising in 2019, Riot Games has opened applications for the upcoming season, with buy-in prices coming in at 8,000,000 euros (£6,997,307.20) for teams already in the league and 10,500,000 euros (£9,183,965.70) for teams that aren’t currently competing. Other changes to the league include increased salaries and revenue sharing among both teams and players.Read the full article here.ELEAGUE, Riot Games receive nominations for Sports Emmys AwardsEsports has been recognised alongside traditional sports once more, with both ELEAGUE and Riot Games’ League of Legends receiving nominations for Sports Emmys Awards.ELEAGUE has been nominated for Outstanding Trans-media Sports Coverage, Outstanding Live Graphic Design, and The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award. Riot Games’ title League of Legends is nominated for Outstanding Live Graphic Design.Read the full article here.Two new non-endemic companies enter as sponsorsGfinity has brought in another sponsor for the Elite Series, and this time it’s shower gel and deodorant brand Lynx. The company hopes to receive exposure from Gfinity’s numerous platforms, and it will integrate its brand into ancillary content – such as the spin-off show Game-On FIFA 18, which is hosted by Adebayo Akinfenwa.Zippo, the lighter manufacturer, has also entered the esports scene; it is now one of the multiple non-endemic sponsors of Panda Global. It will provide handwarmers to Panda’s competitors, and plans to stay in the industry if this sponsorship proves beneficial.Read the full Lynx article here, and the full Zippo article here.last_img read more

Papic honoured with award

first_imgPolokwane City’s Kosta Papic and Tuks striker Thabo Mnyamane  have been named Absa Premiership Coach and Player of the Month respectively for November and December 2014.Papic, who joined Polokwane back in October last year, has seen the team rise to sixth position on the league standings under his stewardship, thanks to five wins from eight matches in the last two months of 2014.Mnyamane has meanwhile, been making a vital contribution to what has been a struggling AmaTuks team this season.The 22-year-old marksman netted five goals in eight games to help lift his team out of the relegation zone and into 12th spot. The judging panel was as follows:1. Farouk Khan (Convenor) 2. Lucas Radebe (Former Bafana Bafana captain)3. Mthuthuzeli Scott (SABC Radio)4. Thabiso Tema (SuperSport International)5. Duane De’lloca (SABC TV)6. Zama Masondo (SuperSport International)last_img read more

49ers vs. Ravens final score: Lamar Jackson, Ravens run to big victory over San Francisco

first_imgWhile Lamar Jackson connected with Mark Andrews early on for a touchdown, Jackson did most of his damage on the ground. On 16 carries, the MVP candidate tore up the Niners defense for 101 yards (6.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown. Mark Ingram added another 59 yards on 16 carries on the ground.MORE: Takeaways from Ravens-49ersFor the 49ers, Raheem Mostert had a monster day, ripping up the Ravens’ defense for 146 yards and a touchdown (7.7 yards per carry), while Jimmy Garoppolo completed 15 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown in the loss.Sporting News tracked highlights, updates and more from the matchup of two of the NFL’s best on Sunday.(All times Eastern)49ers vs. Ravens score-Q1Q2Q3Q4Final49ers773017Ravens710032049ers vs. Ravens live updates, highlights4:00 p.m. END OF GAME: The kick is up, and it’s good. The Ravens win with no time left, 20-17.JUSTIN TUCKER FROM 49 YARDS FOR THE WIN! #RavensFlock #SFvsBAL @jtuck9 pic.twitter.com/PnTXVTZQIZ— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 20193:59 p.m.: Three seconds left and the Ravens are lining up for a 49-yard field goal attempt.3:56 p.m.: Clock is ticking with a minute left and Justin Tucker is warming up. 49ers have no timeouts left in the game. It is pouring in Baltimore. Ravens on the Niners 31.3:51 p.m.: Ravens convert and they have just under two minutes to play with in the fourth. They cross into 49ers territory.3:46 p.m.: Five minutes left and these defenses are bearing down. Fourth-and-1 for the Ravens here.3:42 p.m.: The 49ers go for it on fourth-and-1, and the Garoppolo pass is batted down at the line.3:38 p.m.: Clock is ticking in the fourth, the 49ers are driving with eight minutes left. Nearing Baltimore red zone.3:35 p.m.: Ravens go for it on fourth down and Jackson and Andrews can’t connect. 49ers get the ball back.3:28 p.m.: And the Niners are punting with 12:34 left in the fourth.3:21 p.m. END OF THIRD QUARTER: We go to the fourth, all tied up at 17-17. 49ers driving.3:18 p.m.: And the call stands. Shocking. 1:43 left in the third.3:14 p.m.: Ravens challenging a a no pass interference call. This probably won’t be overturned.3:03 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO SCORING PLAY: Robbie Gould with his second FG of the game and the Niners tie the score at 17.3:01 p.m.: 49ers pick up the first down on a pass interference call on Marlon Humphrey. They’re in the red zone.2:53 p.m.: 49ers cross into Ravens territory with 10 minutes left in the third. Down three points.2:46 p.m.: Lamar Jackson fumbles for the first time this season and the 49ers will take over with 12:03 on the clock in the third.2:42 p.m.: Second half is underway and the Ravens will start off at their own 25.2:27 p.m. END OF HALF: Robbie Gould slices a kick wide right, and the Ravens enter the locker room with a three-point lead.2:19 p.m.: 49ers are driving with just under a minute left in the half. They have all three timeouts.2:13 p.m. BALTIMORE SCORING PLAY: Justin Tucker splits the uprights to give the Ravens three more points. At the two-minute warning, the Ravens are up 17-14.2:09 p.m.: Roughly five minutes left in the first half, and the Ravens just converted on fourth down.1:58 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO SCORING PLAY: Raheem Mostert with a 40-yard rush to knot it up at 14. 49ers answer.MOSTERT. 40 YARDS. @49ers touchdown! 💨 #GoNiners📺: #SFvsBAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/uPnyeJSIAR pic.twitter.com/w4jt1lUVOn— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 20191:54 p.m.: Deebo Samuel with a nice run on a sweep to get the 49ers drive started.1:49 p.m. BALTIMORE SCORING PLAY: Lamar Jackson with another designed run, brings it in from a yard out for the score. Ravens up 14-7 in the second.1:46 p.m.: Lamar Jackson just juked K’Waun Williams out of his cleats. My lord.1:41 p.m. END OF FIRST QUARTER: Lamar Jackson and the Ravens answer the early TD with one of their own, and they’re driving to start the second.1:39 p.m.: 1:45 left in the first and the Ravens have entered 49ers territory.1:34 p.m.: 49ers can’t seem to get much going on offense following their opening drive TD, as they punt again.1:26 p.m. BALTIMORE SCORING PLAY: Didn’t take long for Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to answer, as Jackson hits Mark Andrews for a touchdown. The game is knotted at 7 with 5:41 left to go in the first.Mark Andrews leaps for the 20-yard TD!All tied up in Baltimore. #RavensFlock @MAndrews_81📺: #SFvsBAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/uPnyeJSIAR pic.twitter.com/sPOE8Dn2C6— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 20191:24 p.m.: 49ers were driving and Jimmy Garoppolo fumbles in their own territory. Ravens take over on the 49ers 23-yard line. Big moment early on.1:19 p.m.: 49ers defense holds and force the Ravens to punt. Lamar Jackson had a few runs early in the drive.1:14 p.m.: Lamar Jackson takes the field as the Ravens look to answer.1:10 p.m. SAN FRANCISCO SCORING PLAY: On a fourth-and-2, Jimmy Garoppolo finds Deebo Samuel for a touchdown strike. Samuel with a really nice adjustment on the ball for the score. San Fran scores first, 7-0 early. If it was a Super Bowl preview, it was a welcome sight: Old school, smash-mouth football was alive and well in Baltimore on Sunday.The Ravens defended Baltimore and notched a last-second 20-17 victory in what could be a preview of the final game of the season. Justin Tucker notched the game-winner with time expiring, giving the Ravens their 10th win on the season — and the 49ers their second loss. The @49ers score first! @JimmyG_10 to Deebo Samuel for 33 yards on 4th and 2! #GoNiners📺: #SFvsBAL on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/uPnyeJSIAR pic.twitter.com/le8w4HC2Ha— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 20191:07 p.m.: Marlon Humphrey comes up hobbled, but walks off the field on his own power following a Kendrick Bourne catch-and-run for the first down.1:02 p.m.: The 49ers will get the ball first to start the game.12:57 p.m.: Lamar Jackson and the Raiders take the field and we are just about set in Baltimore.last_img read more

Ralph Louis Pingry, 64, Wichita: January 3, 1952 – August 16, 2016

first_imgRalph PingryRalph Louis Pingry died on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Via Christ-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita at the age of 64.Ralph was born the son of Claude Darius and Dora Melissa (Wyatt) Pingry on January 3, 1952 in Arkansas City, Kansas. He and Barbara Ann Barnes were married on October 4, 1975 in Arkansas City. They raised their two sons, Mac and Ralph, in Wellington, Kansas. After living the country life in Oxford, Kansas for 11 years, they chose to move back to Wellington in 2013.He spent most of his younger years in Arkansas City until moving to Globe, Arizona where he graduated from high school. Ralph held various jobs: construction work, semi truck driver, hauling for Budweiser, Cessna Aircraft for 3 years and Boeing Aircraft for 22 years as an aircraft mechanic, retiring in 2007. He loved fishing and hunting, pitching softball and hitting home runs, bowling, golfing and spending time with his family and good friends. Ralph was a member of the VFW in Wellington. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara Ann Pingry; two sons, Mac Louis and Ralph Lee Pingry both of Wellington, Kansas; sister, Claudet Scott of Arkansas City, Kansas and grandchildren: Amaya, Makenna, Jaydon, Aaron and Ashlyn Pingry and Marissa Mayo.He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Curtis and Fred Pingry.A celebration of Ralph’s life will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the VFW Hall in Wellington, Kansas. Family and friends are invited together to share memories and stories over food and refreshments. A memorial has been established in his memory to the American Diabetes Association. Contributions can be mailed or left at the funeral home.To share a memory or to leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Kansas.last_img read more

USWNT’s Crystal Dunn feared losing her roster spot if she took a knee next to Megan Rapinoe

first_imgMORE: Trump comments place U.S. soccer stars at heart of America’s great debateShe was a member of the USWNT in 2016 when Rapinoe opted to kneel in solidarity with then-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began doing the same during the national anthem as a form of protest.Rapinoe, though, was the only member of the USWNT to kneel and, shortly after her initial protests, U.S. Soccer ruled that players must stand during the national anthem.That rule has since been repealed amid ongoing protests and discussions of racism and police brutality in American society following the death of George Floyd, with President Donald Trump specifically calling out the federation for that decision.Trump said he would not be watching if American players decided to kneel, and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said that he believes that all national team players should be required to stand for the anthem.As part of a Bleacher Report roundtable on race, Dunn revealed why she didn’t initially join Rapinoe in kneeling.”I just remember our conversation where she came up to me and said, “Crys, I’m thinking of kneeling,'” Dunn recalled, “and I remember being just filled with so much joy for her wanting to fight a cause that, in my opinion, at that time was like, ‘You have nothing to do with this.'”That was ignorant on my part just thinking that off the bat. I was just so moved that she wanted to fight for this cause.”I also remember telling her that I had to stand because I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m scared for my job. I’m scared that it’s going to look differently if a black girl on the team kneels and I don’t know. “I just had really hard conversations with her, how I was internally conflicted and saw the way U.S. Soccer responded and treated Megan. To me, I’m thinking they kept her out of some games, kept her out of camp, and, yeah, that was mad, but for me, I was thinking that they could rip up my contract.”Dunn, a member of the North Carolina Courage, was the 2015 NWSL Most Valuable Player and has been named to the league’s Best XI twice.The NWSL is set to return June 30, becoming the first major American sports league to return to play. U.S. women’s national team forward Crystal Dunn said Tuesday she felt “joy” when teammate Megan Rapinoe decided to kneel in protest of racism and police brutality but didn’t feel comfortable doing so herself because she feared for her future.Dunn has been with the USWNT since 2013, earning over 100 caps while earning a spot on the World Cup-winning squad in 2019.last_img read more

Georgia man pleads not guilty to posing as a United Nations courier, taking money from Mason City woman

first_imgMASON CITY — A Georgia man accused of taking $3000 from a Mason City woman by claiming to be a “United Nations courier” has pleaded not guilty.41-year-old Imonije Emuobosa is accused of depriving and defrauding the woman in February of last year, with a criminal complaint stating that he allegedly portrayed himself as an agent from the United Nations diplomatic courier service and promised to deliver a box in exchange for $3000.A nationwide warrant was issued in June for Emuobosa’s arrest on a charge of second-degree theft, with Emuobosa being taken into custody in February.Emuobosa was scheduled to have his arraignment hearing this week but he filed a written plea of not guilty, with his trial scheduled to start on May 21st.If convicted of second-degree theft, a Class D felony, Emuobosa would face up to five years in prison.last_img read more

Restaurants Without Diners Try to Hang On Throughout Outbreak

first_imgThe state has offered some financial relief to small and mid-sized business owners during this difficult time, with legislation to provide “100 percent compensation” for those who give two weeks of sick leave to their employees and with tax credits for those who give up to three months of paid family leave, according to the state website. By Allison Perrine | aperrine@tworivertimes.com Businesses in New Jersey and across the country are being crushed by the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as government officials mandate temporary closures and order people to stay home. He and his wife Melissa felt called to start the fundraiser after receiving two checks in the mail from customers with “simple notes” saying that they were thinking of the staff and wanted the money to be distributed to them. “People are stressed. People are working overtime. People are putting their own lives at risk to stop whatever this thing is that’s spreading and we want you to have the proper fuel needed to keep going,” The Bagel Store posted. The idea came from the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a nonprofit community restaurant that serves paying and in-need customers. “I think it’s the right thing to do,” he said. Highlighting the difficulty that many for-profit restaurants are facing right now, Wood said he is just trying to stay open for customers, serve the community and pay his employees. He’s also trying to “keep the local wheels of commerce operating,” as Woody’s gets its supplies from several local vendors. Restaurant Nicholas has organized a GoFundMe page to raise money for its staff members. The page, which started March 18, has raised $18,972 as of press time March 25, $13,947 of which was raised in the first 24 hours. And owner Nicholas Harary assures that his staff will get every penny of it. Woody’s has two locations in Sea Bright and Tinton Falls. But Wood decided to temporarily close the Tinton Falls location because they were stretched a bit thin trying to operate in both locations. However, Tinton Falls-based salaried employees are still working in the Sea Bright location and several hourly employees are working in Sea Bright now as well. Woody’s of Sea Bright, inspired by JBJ Soul Kitchen’s “pay what you can” policy, advertised flexible pricing in response to a difficult time. “We are trying to keep a good balance of workers coming through our doors in order to give them some kind of sustainable wage,” said Wood. Some restaurant owners in the Two River area are trying to change that. “The medical professionals on the frontlines are gambling with their health on every single shift they report for and we don’t know when things will get better,” The Bagel Store posted on its Facebook page March 17. Representatives just ask that people be honest, responsible with order sizes and tell others who can take advantage of the deal. Over in Colts Neck, The Bagel Store, located at 340 Route 34 South, will not be charging any medical professionals for their orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible personnel must present proper identification or must be in uniform. Local restaurants can’t seat customers in their dining areas. Retail shops’ clothing racks will remain untouched. Income could continually decline until the pandemic is over. But other staff members like waiters and waitresses, dishwashers and chefs will not see that same financial support. Chris Wood, owner of Woody’s Ocean Grille in Sea Bright, is now offering his customers a limited pay-what-you-can menu comprised of daily specials with suggested prices. “But if you’re unable to pay for those items and you would like to pay half, pay a third or pay nothing – no questions asked, you’re good to go,” said Wood. “I never dreamed in a million years that I would ever have to stand in front of my entire dining room staff and explain how they can collect unemployment,” wrote Harary March 18. “I had to tell employees that have been loyal to me for 20 years that they are not allowed to work.” After speaking with three other Monmouth County restauranteurs last Tuesday, he realized that combined, they had laid off over 2,000 staff members. “Oh my god, it’s the first time that I had to take a moment to collect my emotions. I’ve had countless other guests text, email, call to ask how they can help,” he said. Donors have the option to write comments on the GoFundMe page. One donor, who identified himself as Paul, wrote, “My wife and I are seniors with our own health issues and limited fixed income, so we too can identify with all the current goings-on. We have managed to treat ourselves with a visit to Nicholas Restaurant a couple of times a year. We’ve created some wonderful memories on each occasion, always appreciating the great staff, fine food and, of course, a libation or two. Take it from the old guy: as tough as it is, this time will pass. May you all keep your spirits up, survive and prosper!”last_img read more

Atlético wins the sprint

first_imgGoals0-1, 45 ‘: Koke, 1-1, 50 ‘: Messi, 2-1, 61 ‘: Griezmann, 2-2, 80 ‘: Morata, 2-3, 85 ‘: belt After an epic semifinal, Atlético de Madrid showed that to resist is to win and qualified for the Super Cup final against Real Madrid after defeating Barcelona 2-3. The Cholo endured a shower of football from the Catalans during much of the game commanded by a huge Messi, but between Oblak, the VAR, the errors behind and the faith of Atlético the mattresses had a decisive final sprint and won their prize against an exhausted Barça.Valverde ended all speculation about the possibility of giving relief in the eleventh Barça holder to play the semifinal of this competition, which already made it clear that he does not like a hair and opted for the ‘Toshack path’, the same always. And between ‘themselves’ and ‘always’ put the epithet they consider. The only concession was to include Umtiti, who had a tachycardia match, in the initial eleven against an Atletico in which he highlighted the inclusion of Savic in the initial eleven. The rest, as planned considering that Koke, did not arrive for 90 minutes.After a few first minutes in which Correa gave Umtiti a very bad life, Barça took control of the game in an absolute way, but he lacked to kill when Atlético was more acclaimed, who trusted everything to the colossal figure of Oblak. The goalkeeper of Atletico avoided Messi’s goal in 22 minutes after combining with Alba, in 40 he made it clear that he knows all the tricks of Griezmann when the French faced him in the one on one and a minute later he cut making the difficult easy a shot at the first touch of Suarez. ChangesKoke (45 ‘, Héctor Herrera), Vitolo (66 ‘, Renan Augusto), Marcos Llorente (71 ‘, Koke), Rakitic (85 ‘, Busquets), Ansu Fati (87 ‘, Frenkie De Jong) Simeone was the first to move piece and his change was providential since Koke, who had entered by Herrera turned the first ball he touched into goal at the end of a play in which Joao raffled off Arturo Vidal with Umtiti absolutely misplaced. It took 20 seconds of the second half and Barça had to row again against the current. Faced with the blow, Valverde pulled from manual, in plan ‘in case of emergency, break the glass’ put Ansu to warm up, but in the interim, Messi took two rebounds against Savic and Koke, very soft, and tied the game with the right five minutes later. Not even Oblak, who was in Zamora mode, came to his shot. The giant mattress did not collapse, which five minutes later frustrated Griezmann’s goal again. The ‘try again’ poster came out again. He was successfully tested by Messi again, but the VAR annulled his second goal based on the rule that any hand in attack is a goal. He did not discourage that from an unchained Barça who scored the second minute after Griezmann invalidated the nth inning Oblak miracle at the end of Suarez. After trying so much, the goal ended up coming.Seeing that he was behind on the scoreboard Simeone withdrew Lodi to place Saul as a side, but his plan was frustrated when Koke was injured at 20 minutes and Marcos Llorente was replaced, which in his first action saw yellow. From that fault, another goal by Piqué was annulled by a VAR that valued Vidal’s shoulder more than Felipe’s hand, which enabled him.Clearer was the penalty that Netto committed on Vitolo after loss of Busquets that Morata converted in the tie ten minutes from the end. Ten minutes of madness in which Piqué’s penalty was requested and in the face of chaos, Correa sentenced the game after Morata’s play leaving the best Barça of the season drowned on the shore. The sprint was from Atlético. The trident in the middle of Barça tried his luck in the raffle and Oblak thwarted his attempts with the sign that ‘try it again, luckier next time’. It was a game that was already clear in that first part that he was going to have to fight from end to end. With an intensity that left the semifinal of the previous day between Valencia and Madrid at the level of a preseason game.Barca dominated the game and possession, but Atlético resisted and sought their options either from afar or at a stopped ball. Thomas tried it from a distance and Herrera stopped the ball in a very close side foul. Net was perfect in both attempts.It remained to be seen if Barça, which is accustomed to sudden blackouts, was going to last the gasoline during the 90 minutes before an Atletico who gave the feeling of being reserved for what could happen. The Cholo left the first half alive above the game, in which Barcelona prevailed, but the tension was palpable. For proof, the three cards showed by the referee on the way to changing rooms in the middle after a brawl between Joao and Alba to which Messi was added. None of the three saw card, but the defenders of the companions (Savic, Saul and Luis Suarez) went to the locker room with a yellow in a prelude of a second part that ventured vertigo. CardsReferee: José Luis González GonzálezVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraPique (30 ‘, Yellow) Thomas (34 ‘, Yellow) Luis Suarez (47 ‘, Yellow) Savic (47 ‘, Yellow) Felipe Monteiro (63 ‘, Yellow) Marcos Llorente (72 ‘, Yellow) Vidal (76 ‘, Yellow) Net (79 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more