Gareth Bale spared Real Madrid’s blushes as the winger ended a six-month goal drought to score twice and rescue a 2-2 draw at Villarreal on Sunday, only to then be sent off.The Yellow Submarine had seemingly sealed the three points when Moi Gomez netted 16 minutes from time, but Bale – who looked destined for the exit not long ago – doubled his tally for the day late on to prevent a first LaLiga defeat of the season.In a dramatic finale, he spoiled an otherwise fine individual outing by picking up two late bookings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Villarreal’s dynamism on the front foot caused their visitors real issues, as evidenced by Gerard Moreno’s early goal, but Madrid showed flashes of excellence themselves and levelled just before the break through Bale after a sumptuous move.Zinedine Zidane’s men appeared to be hit by a sucker-punch towards the end when Gomez tapped in, but Bale’s undeniable quality told in the 86th minute with his equaliser, before the Wales star received his marching orders in stoppage time for a second bookable offence in two minutes.Bale rescues a point for @realmadriden at the Estadio de la Ceramica! #VillarrealRealMadrid 2-2 pic.twitter.com/lrxayebPWb— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 1, 2019Madrid were guilty of a stunted start and Villarreal made them pay 12 minutes in – Moreno robbing Sergio Ramos, feeding Samuel Chukwueze for a shot, and then the Spanish striker slammed home on the rebound.The away side responded well and finished the half on top, seeing Karim Benzema cut in from the left and rifle a low drive against the post from 20 yards.They levelled stylishly in stoppage time, as Luka Jovic’s brilliant flicked pass released Dani Carvajal into the right side of the box and he squared to Bale for a simple tap-in.Villarreal looked to have got the win when substitute Javi Ontiveros played a clever ball across the face of goal and Gomez nudged over the line.But Bale struck four minutes from time, drilling into the bottom-right corner from just inside the box to seal a draw.There was still time for him to pick up two yellow cards in stoppage time, however, the second for catching Xavier Quintilla late.What does it mean? Bale his own worst enemy this timeBale has had a miserable time of it in recent months at Madrid and some might even have a point when they say his treatment has been harsh and unwarranted.There is no doubt Bale proved a point on Sunday, with the winger proving decisive twice and ultimately sparing Madrid from defeat, but he was also his own worst enemy with the sending-off. Both challenges were needless and signs of petulance. FT: @Eng_Villarreal 2-2 @realmadrid Gerard 12′, Moi Gomez 74′; @GarethBale11 45’+1′, 86’#Emirates | #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/f3S329f0m0— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 1, 2019Moreno runs Madrid raggedVillarreal striker Moreno looked in the mood. The former Espanyol talent’s pace, movement and ability on the ball kept Madrid’s defence guessing all game and he got a deserved goal.Ramos fails to lead by exampleIt was a day to forget for Real captain Ramos. He was culpable for Villarreal’s first goal and then failed to cut the ball out for the second. Luckily for him, Bale was there to at least seal a point.What’s next?After the international break, Real Madrid host Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu on September 14. Villarreal go to Leganes the same day. read more
Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong has revealed he is hopeful of getting more playing opportunities in the Europa League this season.The Red Devils begin their European campaign in midweek against Astana of Kazakhstan and, much like Arsenal and Chelsea did last year, many believe United will rest their first-team stars in the early parts of tournament.Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opt to select a reserve side, he will likely hand many of the fringe members of his squad more on-field minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Chong is one such player who could benefit from this, although his manager has already shown faith in the 19-year-old’s ability. Chong came on as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 1-0 win against Leicester City at Old Trafford and featured in last season’s famous Champions League victory against Paris Saint-Germain.Solskjaer has already proved his willingness to give youth a chance, with the likes of Chong, Mason Greenwood, James Garner, Axel Tuanzebe and Angel Gomes all being handed first-team opportunities since the Norwegian took charge last December.“When Ole Solskjaer took over, the young players were lifted,” Chong told the Mirror. “I felt I was dreaming when he gave me a chance in the game against PSG.“It’s something I dreamt about when I was a kid in the West Indies and I still have the picture in my mind when Marcus Rashford scored the crucial goal for 3-1 in injury-time.“But at the end of the day it is all down to me. I have to deliver and grab every chance which the manager gives me.”Chong has played five first-team matches for Man United – all of which have come under Solskjaer – and he looked particularly impressive when when introduced against Leicester.The winger, who was born in Curacao – a Dutch Caribbean island – has opted to play for the Netherlands at international level and was part of their latest Under 21 squad.As for United, Saturday’s win moved them above Leicester and into fourth place in the table. After the visit of Astana on Thursday, the Red Devils then face a trip to take on West Ham United next weekend.
The Football Association (FA) has called on UEFA to conduct an urgent investigation after England’s players were racially abused during their Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria.England bounced back from their defeat to the Czech Republic with a thumping 6-0 victory, but it was a match marred by racist abuse from sections of the support in Sofia.With England 2-0 up midway through the first half, the game was halted and a message relayed over the public address system, urging home supporters to cease their chanting. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career There was a further delay between England’s third and fourth goals, with the match appearing close to an abandonment as a group of fans were ejected.The game continued, with Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane scoring to complete the rout in the second half, and the FA has now demanded an immediate investigation from European football’s governing body.”We can confirm that England players were subjected to abhorrent racist chanting while playing in the Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria,” the FA stated in a post on the organisation’s official Twitter account.”This is unacceptable at any level of the game and our immediate focus is supporting the players and staff involved.”As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football.”We will be asking UEFA to investigate as a matter of urgency.”As we are sadly aware, this is not the first time our players have been subjected to this level of abuse and there is no place for this kind of behaviour in society, let alone in football.We will be asking @UEFA to investigate as a matter of urgency.— The FA (@FA) October 14, 2019 FA chairman Greg Clarke was in attendance at Vasil Levski National Stadium, which was partially closed as a punishment for previous incidents of racist abuse from some Bulgarian supporters.”I was up in the stands with some of the FA staff, watching the game and we heard some sounds which sounded like money chanting,” Clarke told ITV Sport .”I came down, I heard more at the side of the pitch and I saw some activity, [by] a group of people in behind one of the corner flags, which was appalling.”I would like to see a stringent review by UEFA, I know they take racism very, very seriously, so if we say zero tolerance, zero tolerance means zero tolerance.”With UEFA, we need to really address that but, to be perfectly frank, we still need to address racism in England. We still have it throughout the pyramid, we see examples every week from the professional game to the grassroots game, we shouldn’t take the moral high ground, we should join a movement to drive racism out of our game and have zero tolerance for it.”One of the ends was closed tonight with respect banners up there because of previous problems. UEFA are going to have to think carefully about the levels of abuse they allow players to tolerate and they’re going to have to decide who they make an example of one day but that’s after a thorough investigation of the facts.”
“During the Government headed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Human Rights Council, on 27 March 2014, adopted Resolution 25/1 titled ‘Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’, requesting the High Commissioner, inter alia, to undertake a comprehensive investigation into alleged serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes by both parties in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the LLRC, and to establish the facts and circumstances of such alleged violations and of the crimes perpetrated with a view to avoiding impunity and ensuring accountability, with assistance from relevant experts and special procedures mandate holders, ” he said. The Government says there will be no additional or new commitments for Sri Lanka arising from the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for human rights, Zeid al-Hussein which was submitted to the ongoing 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.The Foreign Ministry quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva as saying Sri Lanka will undertake a two-year extension of the timeline for fulfilment of commitments made in Resolution 30/1. “Moreover, further international action was being envisaged on Sri Lanka as a result of the Government’s inaction on matters pertaining to rule of law, reconciliation, and governance, at the time the Presidential Election was held on 8 January 2015,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said.Following the Presidential election on 8 January 2015, the National Unity Government of Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, took steps to take ownership of reconciliation, rule of law, accountability, human rights and governance issues. (Colombo Gazette) Following this request of the Council, the High Commissioner launched the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL), a first of this nature carried out by an external entity on matters pertaining to Sri Lanka.