Raheem Sterling has defended his Manchester City team-mate Bernardo Silva, after the Portugal forward attracted controversy for a tweet directed at City left-back Benjamin Mendy.Silva posted a tweet likening Mendy to a character from a packet of Conguitos, a sweet available in Spain and Portugal.The tweet drew criticism from anti-racism group Kick It Out among others, and Silva has written to the FA to apologise for any offence caused. Mendy also wrote to the FA in Silva’s defence, while manager Pep Guardiola said that while he thought it was nothing more than a joke between friends, Silva would ‘take a lesson’ from the incident. 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 Sterling was asked about the situation after scoring the third goal in City’s 3-1 Premier League win at Everton on Saturday evening, the 100th goal of his club career on his 200th City appearance.“It’s a situation that no one needs at this moment in time,” Sterling told Sky Sports. “It’s a situation between two friends, Bernardo and Mendy.“I can see exactly the point where some people can get touchy-feely on it, but I feel in that situation, Bernardo made a joke to his friend, you know? He’s not referred to his skin colour, he’s not referred to his lips, you know, in both pictures… they’ve both got small heads!“The most important thing for me, he didn’t refer to colour. We all know, everyone can see that Mendy is a black lad. We’ve got to be proud to be black as well, if someone refers to our skin colour with an image, you can’t really be upset about it.“We know what skin colour we are. He hasn’t referred to his colour, that’s the most important thing I feel about the situation.”While Sterling would doubtless have preferred to speak about a battling City performance at Goodison Park, it was perhaps inevitable that he would be asked about the situation.After suffering abuse throughout his career, the 24-year-old has led the conversation about racism in English football. But in this case, he felt Silva’s good intentions were the most important thing.“It’s really sad to see someone like Bernardo, the whole week being kind of down about it because he’s not that way inclined,” he added. “They’re two really good friends and it’s really sad to see. I can understand where the criticism has come, but I don’t feel it’s in any way intentional of trying to be racist.“It’s not because it’s my team-mates, it’s just the way I view it. I don’t feel there’s any racism in it.”But I can exactly see the point where people are coming from and Bernardo’s deeply sorry about it. He’s not in the wrong for me, but at the same time, I can see why people think it’s wrong.“We’ve just got to be smarter on social media because we understand in this day and age, anything you say or do can quickly be judged and it’s just a really sad situation.“The sooner the better that the FA can understand that this was in no way intentional discrimination. There’s not one moment that he uses a negative term to speak about his skin colour. He tried to make a joke, it wasn’t the best one but we’ve got to move on and understand it wasn’t intentional.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
When Lille sold Nicolas Pepe and Rafael Leao in the summer, the fans feared that their club was losing two irreplaceable assets.However, thanks to the shrewd work of sporting director Luiz Campos, they now have an attacking talent who looks every bit as capable as those who departed.At just 20 years old, and with six Ligue 1 goals to his credit in just 700 minutes on the field, Victor Osimhen has quickly established himself as one of the young players to watch in Europe this season. 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 What’s more, Lille made approximately €109m (£97m/$119m) by selling Pepe and Leao to Arsenal and AC Milan, respectively.Osimhen was snapped up from Charleroi for just €12m (£15.5m/$13m), with the potential for a further €2m (£1.8m/$2.2m) to follow in bonuses.The Nigerian scored 12 times in 25 top-flight appearances in Belgium last term, after previously failing to make the grade at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg.However, it now seems that both clubs may have underestimated a player who has made the most decisive start to a Ligue 1 career since Neymar.Osimhen’s rise to prominence has taken everyone by surprise, though.After all, we are talking about a young man who lost his mother early in life and used to scavenge for football boots in a dump as a child.“It was survival,” he told France Football. “Sometimes you found yourself with a right-footed Nike boot then you’d have to look for the other foot… Finally, you find a left boot and it’s a Reebok!“My brother sold sports newspapers, my sister, oranges in the street, and me, bottled water in Lagos in the middle of the traffic.“Part of my life has been a struggle to survive. But that’s what made me all I am today. Each event created my personality.”Even a bout of malaria, which played a role in failed trials with Club Brugge and Zulte Waregem, could not stop his push to the top, and the determination required to beat that illness and return to the elite level oozes through his performances.For Osimhen, Wednesday’s Champions League meeting with Chelsea is the biggest game yet of his fledgling career – and not least because he’s previously been compared to a Stamford Bridge legend.“I’m sure he’s going to be a phenomenon,” Charleroi goalkeeper Nicolas Penneteau told Voix du Nord back in August. “I’d compare him to Didier Drogba. He really makes me think of him. He has the same profile. He can do everything and he’s phenomenally powerful.”Drogba, of course, started out in France, though it was not until he was 24 and playing with Guingamp that his career really took off, leading to a season in Marseille and two spells that Chelsea that wrote him into the club’s history, notably scoring the penalty that won the Blues the 2012 Champions League.If Osimhen can be compared to the Ivory Coast great, it is best to equate him with the raw form of Drogba, the one who played at Stade du Roudourou and the Velodrome.He does not yet have the muscular physique that Drogba boasted at his peak and he has yet to display the same level of aerial prowess.However, Osimhen has the same relentless determination and keen eye for goal.There were certainly hints of a young Drogba on show just 19 minutes into his competitive debut, when he chested down a long ball forward from Jose Fonte, showed the Nantes defence a clean pair of heels, and then rolled home a composed finish.Ten minutes from time in the same match, he was equally clinical, lashing home a powerful shot from a tight angle into the roof of the goal.Lille boss Christophe Galtier has already admitted that he fears his side are becoming too reliant on a youngster who is fast becoming their talisman.Following the weekend’s draw with Nice, he grumbled: “We were too gentle offensively. We’ve not played to win. It’s as if the players are resting on Victor.”Osimhen’s six goals account for more than half his side’s tally of 12 in Ligue 1, and when one considers that he has chipped in with a couple of assists too, there is little doubt that he is amply filling the void the summer transfer market imposed upon the team.“He’s started at a very high level,” Galtier said before last month’s 1-1 draw against Rennes, during which the Nigeria international grabbed an assist. “I hope for him and the team it continues.“In general, when a team has a good season, one player is a revelation. And, automatically, when an attacker is decisive regularly, the team is powerful.”If he continues along this path, Lille will struggle to hold onto him for more than a season – let along the duration of his five-year contract. Osimhen already looks a player purpose built for Premier League play. His raw assets are formidable, possessing that priceless instinct of getting into goalscoring positions, and even in the areas where there is room for development, he has already demonstrated that he has the capacity to progress.For now, the standard of Drogba is some way off, but there is no doubt that his start in France proves that he’s working along the correct lines.If he could make his mark against the team that his fellow African carried to Champions League glory, it would be another step on his own unique path to potential greatness.
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has attempted to quash reports linking him to Bayern Munich with a one-word response on Instagram.Earlier this week, Bild published a report that City offered Jesus to Bayern this summer while the clubs were in talks over a move for City winger Leroy Sane. The report stated that while City did not want to sell Sane to the Bundesliga champions, they were willing to offer Jesus instead for a price of less than €100 million (£89m/$109m). 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 Ultimately neither player ended up moving to Bayern, with Sane’s potential transfer falling through after he suffered a serious knee injury in the Community Shield against Liverpool in August. When the account “transfer.now” posted Bild’s rumour on Instagram, Jesus himself popped up in the comments with a response.”Lie,” the 22-year-old Brazilian said. Jesus is now in his fourth season with City, and he continues to struggle for consistent playing time with Sergio Aguero continuing to shine for the Premier League champions. Jesus has scored four times in seven appearances in all competitions for City this season, making four starts for Pep Guardiola’s side. Though he is getting some chances to play, the Brazil international has made it clear in recent weeks that he feels ready for more minutes at the Etihad Stadium. “I’m over the ‘I have to wait’ phase. I’ve been here for almost three years, it’s my fourth season, and that makes me want to play more,” Jesus told Esporte Interativo last week. “Obviously it’s very hard to compete for a place with Aguero, the biggest legend of this club.”I do understand Pep’s decisions and respect Sergio, his history here and what he’s doing now.”Aguero is off to another lightning-fast start with City this season, having scored eight goals in just seven Premier League appearances thus far in 2019-20. City are looking to make it three straight league titles this season, but currently sit in second place, five points behind Liverpool. Guardiola’s side take on Wolves in league action on Sunday before they face Crystal Palace on October 19 following the international break.
The long-awaited Indian Arrival Monument which is located at Palmyra, East Coast Berbice (ECB) has now been completed and is expected to be commissioned on April 17.This was confirmed during a visit to the Ancient County by Social Cohesion Minister Dr. George Norton, who has responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport.On Thursday, Minister Norton and a team from his department toured and thoroughly inspected the spanking new historic site, where they were able to have a firsthand view of the facility and to approve the quality of work carried out by the contractors.“We are going to declare open this monument site on the 17th of this month, with a representative of the High Commission and an official from the Government of Guyana. It was long over-due…,” Dr Norton said.Persons travelling to Region Six can, without a doubt, testify to seeing the six impressively huge, 12-foot-tall bronze statues erected and supported by a solid base at the ‘T Junction’ located just off the Berbice River Bridge’s entrance. The immense exhibit depicts a child, two women and three men performing their daily duties.The six statues have a value of $31 million (US$150,000). It was a donation made by the Government of India to Guyana in 2017.The APNU+AFC Government had intended to declare the monument site open at least before December of 2018, since the project was high on its national agenda. However, after assuming office in 2015, the Government discovered numerous faults to the design built by the previous administration, which had to be revised.Additionally, in April of last year, months before the sculptures were installed, the base which was constructed to support the six statues had collapsed. According to Chung, this incident was one which contributed to the delay of the project’s completion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndian Arrival Monument at Palmyra finally completedMarch 9, 2019Similar postLetter: Indian Immigration Monument remains incomplete as 2 major milestones passedJune 6, 2018In “Letters”State of National Psychiatric Hospital disgraceful – Minister NortonJune 7, 2015In “Health”