Barça will present a “partial” ERTE to employees on Monday

first_imgBarcelona will deliver the documentation of the temporary business regulation file (ERTE) for non-sports employees to the Department of Treball of the Generalitat on Monday, April 6. This was announced to the members of the Committee by the head of human resources of the club in a telematic meeting called for this Friday.The novelty is that ERTE will not affect all workers, since the club has promised that “Those who are carrying out a 100% teleworking day” will be exempt. In fact, the Catalan entity openly talks about a “partial” ERTE.In any case, It will not be until Monday that the Company Committee receives the documentation of the employment regulation file and can make a complete assessment of the degree of affectation of the same in workers. The Company Committee wanted to recall in the statement the entity’s “commitment” that “the affected personnel have guaranteed 100% of their salary thanks to the additional contribution of the first-team soccer team”.It must be remembered that last Tuesday the club already delivered the file that affected the professional athletes of the sections, grassroots and women’s football, for which the majority saw their salaries reduced by 70%, less in grassroots football than the reduction was limited to 30%. The only ones exempt from ERTE were the first team players, who reached an agreement with the club to lower their salary by 70% while the state of alarm lasts, in addition to adding an additional 2% so that employees can receive 100% of your payroll during confinement.last_img read more

‘We’ve signed you to win the UCL’ – inside Real Madrid’s European obsession

first_img3 3 Bale dreamed of playing for Madrid. At his 2013 unveiling, a photograph of Bale as a boy grinning in a Real shirt loomed large on club TV screens. We suggest that his father, seeing his son’s prodigious talent, bought a job-lot of replica kits for Europe’s top clubs and got him to pose in each – just in case such a photo was ever needed. The 26-year-old laughs in response.“No, I just loved watching Real Madrid when I was a young kid,” he says. “I loved the white kit, the players playing for them, the special football they played, the goals they scored… I remember when Steve McManaman came over, then David Beckham, then Michael Owen. I started watching more and more. Just seeing top British players playing alongside the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos was amazing.”Zidane, assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti when Bale joined the club, is now Real manager. Does he ever get involved in training? “He did in my first season!” says Bale. “He dropped the shoulder on me a few times as well. I grew up watching him. Such a good player, he was.”MEET BART SIMPSONWatching a Champions League match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium is a unique experience. There are plenty of excited ‘day trippers’ at big Premier League clubs, but this is a different level. Excited visitors from France, Japan and China clamour outside the gargantuan 85,000-capacity stadium, posing for pictures with a man in a giant Bart Simpson costume plus Real Madrid kit (though we doubt he was endorsed by either club or cartoon). It feels more like Times Square on a Saturday night than the preamble to a football match. The stadium fills up late (well, this is Spain), but it is packed full when the match begins.Before Real score, however, the atmosphere is slightly unusual. Alert, but also pensive. A friendly voice sat beside us offers an explanation: “The fans are quiet; they have such high expectations. Whatever is normal at a football club, they expect three times as much. If the team score three, they want four. That’s why it takes a special player to play here.”Sport’s new amigo isn’t referring to talent – that’s a given. He taps the side of his head: “It’s the mental strength needed to play for these fans. Not everyone can do it. You need to have a mental resilience not to fall before these expectations.”Bale concurs. “Being here is like being under a microscope,” he says. “It’s a lot easier to go out in England. Here, the sole focus is football. They have whole newspapers dedicated to Real Madrid. But that’s just part of being a Real Madrid player – you get used to it.”Bale seems settled into life in the Spanish capital. Scoring match-winning goals in the finals of the Copa del Rey and Champions League (against rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, no less) in your first season probably helps. Yet he felt the fierce gaze of media scrutiny last year.“I feel like I’ve grown up [since I arrived], especially since you’re not in your comfort zone any more,” he tells us. “You’re really thrown into the deep end – and I think maybe last year, I didn’t play so well in the second half of the season. In a way, I’m quite glad it happened, because it has made me a stronger person, a stronger player. You learn more from when things are not going well than if you were just a winner. I’ve really benefited from it.”Fitness niggles have disrupted Bale’s third season in Spain, but he has also looked in excellent form in the middle (scoring 11 goals in his past eight games, although he hasn’t played since January 17). Madrid will want him back fit for the Champions League crunch matches, not least because it represents perhaps their ultimate challenge of the modern era.GALACTICO TO CLASICOWhen the European Cup first came into existence 60 years ago this season, Real Madrid’s name was the first on the cup. Four years later, it was still the only name on the trophy. The galactico policy of signing the world’s best players that caught the eye of a young Bale didn’t begin in the late 1990s – it stretches back to the 1950s.Real Madrid built a team around their greatest player, Alfredo Di Stefano, but improved it each year. Raymond Kopa played superbly for French club Stade Reims against Real Madrid in the 1956 final. He was quickly convinced to switch sides. In 1958, after two years out of the game and at least two stone overweight, Hungary’s glorious galloping major Ferenc Puskas signed. He slimmed down (well, a bit) and shone. So it goes. Take the tour around the Bernabeu and, alongside the rich history of mementos, boots worn by great players and Ballon d’Or awards, two things stand out. One is a FIFA Club of the Century award, underlining Real’s status as the most successful club side of the 20th century. Then, at the end, 10 European Cup/ Champions League trophies stand proudly in a row inside a glass case filled with a constant whirl of gold and silver paper. A bit like the end of The Crystal Maze, but admittedly more impressive.Whisper it quietly around these parts, but the newest version of this trophy resides not in Madrid. It’s in Barcelona. With one win each from the past two Champions League finals, the rivalry between the two clubs stands tall above European football. It’s never been more fierce. But there must be figures at both clubs who realise it is terrific for business.In his book Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid, Sid Lowe covers why the labels attached to both clubs (Real as the establishment club, Barca the rebels) isn’t just a simplification but often plain wrong. However there’s one quote in the book, from former Real Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano, that sums it all up: “If Barcelona didn’t exist, we’d have to invent them.”They are two clubs constantly trying to one-up one another, pushing each other to greater heights. It’s Barcelona who currently top the pile in La Liga. Now, however, they’re stepping on Real’s patch of Europe, with three Champions League titles in the past seven years. In 2016, they’re aiming to be the first club to retain the trophy since AC Milan in 1990.“My plan when I first started playing football was to try and reach the pinnacle – and Real Madrid is the pinnacle of football teams,” Bale tells us, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world. And yet it’s now Barcelona looking to carve out a fresh piece of European history.The good news for Real is that stopping Barcelona is in their own hands. The two Spanish clubs – along with Bayern Munich – are favourites for this season’s Champions League. Wouldn’t it be just like Real to gatecrash Barca’s party? ‘La Undecima’ is Spanish for ‘The Eleventh’ – just in case you need to know.Gareth Bale is an ambassador for BT Sport: the new home of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League exclusively live – This feature appears in the current edition of sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukEurope has several big football clubs, but only one that judges itself on the highest altar of all. Don’t believe us? Consider England’s two most successful sides. Manchester United endured an agonising, 26-year wait without a domestic league title from 1966/67 to 1992/93. Liverpool fans look back to their previous league win in 1989/90 and wince. Their wait is growing.It’s natural that England’s big clubs gauge their success by this marker. Real Madrid judge themselves on a similar criteria. Yet their domain is all of Europe. This is a club that marks its success in relation to the continent’s biggest prize; that considers the European Cup (or Champions League) its benchmark. When the club won that trophy for the 10th time in 2014, it had been just 12 years since the their previous triumph. Most clubs would gladly settle for a Champions League win every 12 years. To those at Real Madrid, the wait felt like a lifetime.Gareth Bale offers a shy smile when Sport asks him how much pressure there was to win the fabled La Decima when he signed in 2013. “Massive,” is the word he settles on. “It literally felt like the reason they signed me. Whenever I spoke to the president here [Florentino Perez], he was always telling me: ‘We’ve signed you to win the 10th Champions League.’” Sport magazine spoke to Gareth Bale about his club’s Champions League obsession 3last_img read more

Businessman’s Store Vandalized in Suspected Hate Crime Incident in US

first_imgIn an alleged hate crime incident, Indian American business owner Rajesh Patnaik’s store was vandalized with threatening messages by miscreants in Indianapolis.Miscreants left hate messages on the exterior walls of Patnaik’s sign printing store, Signs by Tomorrow. Many of the messages targeted the Hindu religion, with graffiti saying “Hindu Traitors”, and “Traitor Shiva Knows”. The messages were written with spray paint, reported, adding that the vandalists set fire at the shop’s back door.“It is shocking, it hurts. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I’ve lived in the U.S. for a little over nine years,” Patnaik was quoted as saying. ”The person probably knows something, maybe something superficially, about Hinduism and they probably don’t like the fact that I am practicing Hinduism.”Neighbors Condemn AttackNeighboring business owners condemned the racial attack on Patnaik, calling him a friendly and helpful person.“It’s just hate. People don’t understand his religion. They don’t understand these people. He’s done nothing to hurt anybody,” Steve Carnal, his neighbor, said.Inna Prikhodko, a Russian-American who owns a business next door to Signs by tomorrow too condemned the attack, saying, “It makes me sad, how little people can be, that their minds are so small.”Patnaik and his wife Vidhya are shocked after the incident, but they are not scared of racial vandalism. “It is probably somebody who doesn’t understand that people of different faiths can coexist. That is the only thing I can think of. I don’t know of anyone would want to do this,” he said.Law Against Hate CrimeIncidents like this show the need of a hate crime law in Indiana, Arun Jain, the spokesperson for the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana, said. Indiana is one of the five states in the United States where a written hate crime law is not prevalent.“They have to be treated in a harsher way because the attempt is to terrorize an entire community, not just to hurt an individual.  So the current laws are just not adequate in terms of taking care of this type of problem,” said Jain, Fox 59 reported. Related ItemsHate Crime Indian USIndian racial attackLittle IndiaRacial attack USRajesh Patnaik hate crimelast_img read more

Rashford on Barcelonas shortlist alongside Antoine Griezmann

first_imgSource MailOnline-Marcus Rashford is a transfer target for Barcelona as they plan a stunning summer swoop for the Manchester United starlet, according to reports.With Luis Suarez approaching the twilight years of his career, the Nou Camp giants are planning for the future and are said to have Rashford on their striker shortlist.According to Mundo Deportivo, who carry the story on Tuesday’s front page, the England man is alongside Luka Jovic and Antoine Griezmann on the list of options.Underneath the headline ‘Rashford, on the agenda,’ Mundo report that the 21-year-old is seen as a versatile option, but would be expensive to bring to Spain.Suarez is still in fine form for Barca and has scored 23 goals this season, but the club are wary of his age – he is now 32 – and are succession planning.Much has been written about Frankfurt striker Jovic over the past few months, with the Serb being touted for a £43million move to Barca.He is Europe’s most in-form striker, and Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea have all been credited with interest in his services next season.Griezmann, meanwhile, is a long-term transfer target for the club, but after embarrassing them last season with his decision to stay at Atletico Madrid, Barcelona may look elsewhere this summer.Rashford, meanwhile, has played 38 times for United this season and has netted 12 goals in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The England man is a big part of the club’s future plans, and it will take a huge sum to price him away from Old Trafford.last_img read more