Chris Sutton accuses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of ‘cheating’ in FA Cup final vs Chelsea

first_imgChris Sutton accuses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of ‘cheating’ in FA Cup final vs Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 1 Aug 2020 6:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares View 5 comments Advertisement Aubameyang was brought down by Azpilicueta (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Chris Sutton accused Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of ‘cheating’ after he claimed the Arsenal striker ‘dived’ to win a penalty against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.Aubameyang got in behind Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, went down in the box before picking himself up off the turf to slot past Willy Caballero to level up proceedings after Christian Pulisic’s opener. There were question marks over whether Azpilicueta, who was booked, could have been sent off – although Antonio Rudiger was covering – but Sutton, the former Chelsea striker, is convinced it wasn’t a foul at all. And he believes the Gabon international conned the referee.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Let’s not mess around,’ Sutton told BBC Five Live. ‘It was a dive [for the penalty]. It’s cheating.’He added: ‘There is a little pull. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang knows what he is doing. Sutton was critical of Aubameyang’s conduct (Picture: Getty)‘There is the slightest contact. He has bought that penalty!’Rob Green, the former Chelsea goalkeeper, felt there was enough to award a penalty.‘Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang has got the wrong side of Cesar Azpilicueta for the penalty,’ he added. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve seen it a number of times. He waits until he is inside the box before he goes down. ‘It was clever play. There was enough in it to give it.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Irish sovereign fund invests in online sales platform

first_imgIreland’s sovereign development fund has joined a $50m (€46.9m) equity raise by sales platform InsideSales.com, which will see the creation of 120 jobs in the country.In addition to funding from the €8.1bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), the website also attracted support from Microsoft and existing venture capital investors as part of the latest round of fundraising, which brings its total capital to $250m.In a statement, InsideSales said its long-term goal was to create a centre of excellence for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in Ireland, with plans to hire 120 staff across product development, engineering and sales once a suitable location for the office is decided on.Eugene O’Callaghan, the ISIF’s director, said the fund was pleased to welcome InsideSales to Ireland’s “flourishing” technology community. O’Callaghan added: “This investment is well aligned with the ISIF’s mandate, with the key benefits to the Irish economy being the targeted creation of more than 120 high-quality jobs over the next three years.”InsideSales.com’s chief executive Dave Elkington underlined the firm’s commitment to opening an office in Ireland, stressing that the AI technology at the heart of the sales platform would be unique among Ireland’s technology companies.“We’re not only looking to hire some of Ireland’s best and brightest technology graduates,” said Elkington, “but also to help build a new, highly skilled industry in the region.”The creation of jobs is but one of the metrics employed by the ISIF to measure how successfully its investments are at stimulating Irish economic growth.In an upcoming issue of IPE, O’Callaghan said the fund had recently begun expanding its impact metrics beyond measuring job creation to be “a bit more verbal, a bit more qualitative, a bit more case-study driven”.Its most recent economic impact report, covering the six months to June 2016, estimated that nearly 19,000 jobs had been created through the ISIF’s activities but also that the jobs created paid employees €657m in wages last year.For more on the ISIF’s investment strategy, see our interview with Eugene O’Callaghan in the February issue of IPElast_img read more

What happens to NBA schedule in case of an outbreak? Season would ‘cease completely’

first_imgBut with MLB’s return quickly hampered by a number of positive tests in the Miami Marlins team, prompting postponements, NBA commissioner Silver is wary of potential complications in his own sport.NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explainedThe league has plans in place for individual confirmed cases, but would act swiftly should the virus pass through a confined campus, as happened in the Marlins’ clubhouse.”It’s not an exact science, because nobody’s ever done this before,” Silver told Good Morning America on ABC. “We have plans in place where we might pause — similar to what baseball’s doing now. Probably if we had any significant spread at all, we’d immediately stop and what we’d try to do is to track and determine where they’re coming from and whether there had been a spread on campus. I would say, ultimately, we would cease completely if we saw that this was spreading around the campus and something more than an isolated case was happening.”MORE: Biggest storylines ahead of NBA’s restartExplaining this approach, Silver said he listened to the players. Adam Silver says the NBA would be prepared for the 2019-20 season to “cease completely” if there was a coronavirus outbreak on the league campus in Florida.The campaign is set to restart on Thursday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with 22 teams at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando to play eight seeding games and then the playoffs. “It’s health and safety first. That’s always been our guidepost going into this,” Silver said. “We’ve worked very closely with the Players Association and all the teams on this, and we know — it’s one thing we’ve always pointed out – that it’s about relative safety at this point. When you look at the high case rates not just in Florida but around the country – we also had significant numbers of players testing positive between the time we shut down the season and when we restarted – we jokingly have said, but maybe it’s not so funny, that the safest place in the world may be on this campus at Disney. If that were to turn out to not be the case, we certainly would stop.”However, Silver is confident ahead of the restart, with the NBA taking a different approach to MLB, where players continue to travel the country to play at home stadiums.”The word ‘anxious’ would describe how I feel. We’ve been working at this for a long time, but there is a high case rate in Florida, down in Orange County where Orlando is,” Silver said. “We’re seeing what’s happening in baseball with the Marlins, so it’s something we’re continuing to track very closely. Having said that, we have confidence in this protocol that we designed. It’s not actually a sealed ‘bubble’, but everyone that’s on that campus is tested on a daily basis. They’re taking extraordinary precautions. The only time they’re not wearing masks is when they’re actually playing basketball. It’s to the extent that when somebody tests positive, we’ll obviously track them closely. We quarantine people when they first come down. So, we think we have a plan in place that should work.”last_img read more