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Coutinho would have been mad to reject Barca

first_imgTransfers Coutinho would have been insane to reject Barcelona dream for Liverpool Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 16:00 1/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(72) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Crest Getty/Goal Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Luis Suárez Liverpool Premier League Primera División Opinion The Brazilian finally realised his dream move with a €160m transfer to Camp Nou, and has made the right choice despite Reds fans’ protests “When I heard about the interest that Barca had in me, it wasn’t a choice for me. I had no doubts, I had to come here. This is what I’ve dreamed of, what I’ve ever wished.””The truth is it’s a dream, it’s a great joy. It is a great club with great players and I will try to adapt as quickly as I possibly can.”Both of these quotes were given to BarcaTV before Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano made their Barcelona debuts after signing from Liverpool in 2014 and 2010 respectively. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player When Philippe Coutinho talks to the Camp Nou side’s in-house television channel following his club record €160 million transfer, he will undoubtedly share the same sentiment as his predecessors, discussing how it has long been his ‘dream’ to play for the Blaugrana.The 25-year-old’s move to Barcelona was inevitable, even after the transfer window shut in the summer with Liverpool having rejected the advances of the Catalan club. Reds fans knew that the Brazilian would leave for Camp Nou sooner or later, but had hoped that Jurgen Klopp could convince Coutinho to see out the season with the Reds.GFX Coutinho Barca“It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known,” Klopp admitted after the transfer had been confirmed by both clubs on Saturday evening.”Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen. Despite that, we managed to keep the player here beyond the summer window, hoping that we would be able to persuade him to stay and be part of what we are looking to do.”I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our means to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100 per cent certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barcelona. It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind.”In Iraq .. some one … The first one who burned coutinho’s shirt ,he deserved…The new traitor pic.twitter.com/A4YD2t8rx4— omarqahtan (@omarfowler2006) January 6, 2018On social media, Coutinho was attacked by fans for leaving the club now rather than at the end of the season. His involvement in the Champions League with the Reds means he is cup-tied for Barcelona and can only take part in domestic competition. With Liverpool hoping to win a sixth European Cup and finish in the top four, Coutinho’s early exit has seen him called a ‘snake’ by some supporters, while an Iraqi fan even set fire to his Coutinho shirt.The harsh reality for these supporters is that Coutinho was 100 per cent right to move to Barcelona now, after being denied his dream move last summer. Sure, he cannot win the Champions League this season in Ernesto Valverde’s side, but if he follows the path of Mascherano and Suarez, then continental success will not be far away.Both players won La Liga and the Champions League in their first seasons at Camp Nou, with Suarez helping Barca to a treble following his four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup. Barcelona are currently six points ahead of Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga, and look certain to lift the trophy at the end of the season – giving Coutinho his first league winner’s medal.GFX Coutinho Liverpool StatsDespite 16 games remaining in the Premier League campaign, Manchester City already have the title wrapped up, with Liverpool competing for a top four place. And for all Liverpool’s attacking strength with Coutinho in the team this season, Champions League success is beyond the ability of the current panel of players assembled under Klopp. The Reds have too many failings in defence, and have failed to win in either of their serious European challenges this season, twice letting leads slip against Sevilla – including a three-goal collapse in Seville.Coutinho cannot win the Champions League this season with Barcelona, but he probably was not going to win it with Liverpool anyway. What was really keeping him at Anfield? He played in six different seasons at Liverpool with no trophies to speak of. In just four months from now, he will have won a La Liga medal with Barcelona, and be well integrated in Valverde’s XI in support of Lionel Messi ahead of next season’s Champions League campaign.Coutinho had given Liverpool everything he could and they had no more to offer him. The time was right to join Barcelona, and now he can finally take the step up to the next level as one of the world’s elite players.last_img read more

Fight over secret St Annes residential school documents back in court

first_imgThe Canadian PressTORONTO – Survivors of the notorious St. Anne’s residential school square off against the federal government this week in another round of a convoluted legal battle over document secrecy.Among other things, the plaintiffs want Ontario’s top court to order a review of all St. Anne’s compensation claims adjudicated before the government disclosed thousands of documents from a 1990s criminal investigation by provincial police.They also want the court to set aside a decision allowing Canada to keep secret civil-litigation materials – despite an initial ruling to turn them over. The documents were generated during 62 lawsuits related to horrific physical and sexual abuse 154 Indigenous people had suffered at St. Anne’s in Fort Albany, Ont.Those lawsuits were all resolved without a trial but before the government settled a broader class action brought by Indian residential school survivors in 2007. As part of the class-action settlement, the government set up a compensation scheme for survivors known as the independent adjudication process.The two St. Anne’s plaintiffs in this week’s appeal – known as H-15019 and K-10106 – were both initially denied compensation but succeeded after a legal fight and reviews. They maintain the difficulties they had in advancing their claims can be attributed to the government’s failure to disclose all relevant documents it had in its possession.They also argue other claimants may have run into the same issue.“Canada failed the St. Anne’s survivors and misled the adjudicators,” the plaintiffs say in written Appeal Court submissions. “Canada continues to fail in the duties it owes to the St. Anne’s survivors, the adjudicators, and the administration of justice by refusing to produce transcripts from examinations from discovery that are part of the factual narrative of St. Anne’s IRS.”The federal government, the plaintiffs argue, has no legal basis to claim “settlement privilege” to keep the civil documents secret. They say such privilege applies only to negotiations toward settlement of a lawsuit, not to sworn testimony and factual evidence contained in transcripts that are a normal part of such litigation.St. Anne’s, which the plaintiffs describe as “veritable house of horrors where, for generations, indigenous children suffered unspeakable physical and sexual abuses,” has long been the subject of criminal and civil proceedings. Courts in Ontario and British Columbia have issued close to 20 separate decisions and endorsements related to the compensation process involving the now-defunct school.In January 2014, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell ordered Canada to disclose all transcripts of criminal or civil proceedings related to St. Anne’s. Six months later, court documents show, the government simply wrote Perell to say it would not be handing over civil transcripts on the grounds they were confidential under the doctrine of “settlement privilege.”Last April in a new decision, Perell concluded Canada was not obliged to produce the civil transcripts _ the ruling now under appeal.For its part, the Canadian government maintains the Appeal Court should not interfere. It asserts the issues are moot because H-15019’s claim has now been settled, and Perell was right to find that K-10106 had no standing to raise the matter.“In addition to legal arguments, the appellants make numerous unsupportable allegations that do not withstand any scrutiny of the evidence,” Ottawa asserts in its factum. “The appellants are wrong to allege that previous disclosure issues involving St. Anne’s…amounted to ‘material suppression of evidence.”’Intervening in H-15019’s appeal, lawyers acting as independent counsel under the Indian residential schools settlement argue Canada’s assertion of settlement privilege has never been recognized in law. They also argue “other claims from St. Anne’s that are yet to be heard could still be affected by the failure to disclose the civil transcripts.”The case is expected to be heard on Tuesday and Wednesday.last_img read more