Oxlade-Chamberlain: I missed playing in Champions League

first_imgAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain admitted that he missed playing in the Champions League after scoring two goals on Wednesday, although the Liverpool midfielder says that his side needs to be better going forward.The England midfielder fired Liverpool’s first two goals in a 4-1 win over Genk in Belgium on Wednesday, marking his first two goals of the campaign.His first goal came just three minutes in, easing nerves any sorts of nerves for the visiting side. Article continues below 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 However, it was his second that was the standout, as the former Arsenal midfielder fired a stunning outside-of-the-boot finish from outside the box to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead.The goals marked Oxlade-Chamberlain’s true Champions League return after missing the bulk of last season’s title-winning campaign with a knee injury.Oxlade-Chamberlain was named on the bench in June’s final against Tottenham, but the midfielder is now glad to be fully back in action in Europe’s premier club competition.”I don’t know about the Champions League missing me but I’ve definitely missed it! It was nice to be back out there,” he told BT Sport. “It’s a special tournament to play in. It was great to see the boys do so well last year, being on the bench at the end and watching the boys bring it home.”It’s nice to be back in the starting line-up and to get a couple of goals is a bonus. But we’ve got to be better if we want to go further in the tournament.”The result comes on the heels of a 1-1 draw against Manchester United as Liverpool dropped points in the Premier League for the first time this season.In the Champions League, Liverpool now sit second in the group with six points, one behind group leaders Napoli, who topped the Reds in this season’s Champions League opener.And, with a match against Tottenham set for this weekend, Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping his goal can help lift the club back to their winning ways.”We’ve gained confidence from the whole season, not just this game and the last 20 minutes against Manchester United,” he said.”We saw that we have a lot to improve on and it was the same again tonight, but we’re getting results, which is good.”The manager will tell us we have a lot of points to improve because we’ve got to get them right if we’re to get another good result at the weekend.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

MR warns proposed new law a threat to Sri Lanka

“When such a request is made, the government of Sri Lanka is obliged to inform the foreign country of the measures it intends taking to prosecute or extradite that person. Clause 21 empowers the executive arm of the State to oversee the full implementation of this international convention in Sri Lanka and Clause 23 states that this new law is to override all other written law. Articles 10 and 11 of the International Convention against Enforced Disappearances empowers any member State to arrest anybody, even a foreigner present within its jurisdiction on suspicion of having been involved in enforced disappearances in any other country. The State that carries out such an arrest can prosecute the suspect without extraditing him to his own country. Most significantly, a suspect arrested in that manner, can be handed over to an international criminal tribunal even if the suspect’s own country does not come under the jurisdiction of that international tribunal,” Rajapaksa said. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says a Bill has been gazetted to incorporate into the law of Sri Lanka, the provisions of the ‘International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances’ which was hurriedly signed and ratified by the present Government.He warned clause 8 of this Bill enables foreign countries to seek the extradition of a Sri Lankan who is suspected, accused or convicted of having caused enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka. He said no one who is prosecuted in the courts of a foreign country or by an international criminal tribunal which is funded and maintained by interested foreign Governments in relation to a crime allegedly committed in that person’s home country, can really expect justice. “Such prosecutions are always politically motivated. All the elements that relate to an enforced disappearance – abduction, illegal confinement, murder and the illegal disposal of dead bodies etc are more than adequately covered by the Penal Code and the existing criminal law in Sri Lanka. The only real purpose of this proposed law will be to give interested foreign parties an opportunity to interfere in the justice system in Sri Lanka. Fortunately, according to our legal system and the judgement given by the Supreme Court in Nallaratnam Singarasa v. The Attorney General (2006), even an international convention that is signed and ratified does not become law in this country unless it is expressly incorporated into local law by Parliament,” he said.Rajapaksa said that even though the Government in its folly has signed and ratified an international convention that wiser nations have steered clear of, Parliament can reduce the damage to some extent by not passing the legislation to incorporate it into local law. He says the proposed law is an attempt to subject the armed forces to international war crimes prosecutions without using the term ‘war crimes’ and rephrasing it as ‘disappearances’.Rajapaksa says all Members of Parliament should be mindful that passing this Bill into law will be a clear case of betraying the country to the pro-LTTE Diaspora and the interested foreign parties backing them. (Colombo Gazette) read more