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‘Victory for French football’ as fans return and witness 9-0 PSG rout

first_img“It is a victory for French football, sport in general,” said outgoing Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu who was at the match. “I am delighted that football in France can resume in a popular way, with more people in the stadiums. It is the only country in western Europe to be able to do this.”Unlike Germany, England, Italy and Spain, France abandoned its league season in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, but when the other four countries resumed their leagues, they did so behind closed doors.Although social distancing rules were in place, fans took a few liberties once they were in the 25,000-capacity Stade Ocean on Sunday. “It’s a bit like a return to normal life, even if there are some drastic conditions,” said Johan Vattier, president of Les Barbarians Havre, the club’s biggest supporters group. “We don’t give a damn about PSG, this match is first and foremost a way to get back together with our mates!””It’s not easy for a group like ours to enforce the rules because we’re used to cramming together, but we’re going to try to respect them as much as possible,” he added. “We want to start next season with fans in the ground.”Alan, 20, a student in Le Havre, who is a PSG fan, said it had been a dream to finally see his team in the flesh and he had not thought about the health risk.”When I saw that it was Paris, I didn’t even think about it,” he said. “Closed-door games on TV are boring.” On the field, Neymar and Mauro Icardi each scored twice and Kylian Mbappe once before PSG made 10 changes leading 5-0 at half time. Pablo Sarabia, with two, Idrissa Gueye and Arnaud Kalimuendo scored in the first 15 minutes of the second half to complete the rout as PSG started to warm up for a busy few weeks in late July and early August.”We are back! A friendly that feels like a final with a knot in my stomach,” Neymar wrote on Instagram before kick-off.PSG are due to play Saint-Etienne in the French Cup final on July 24 and Lyon in the French League Cup Ffinal on July 31 before resuming their Champions League campaign away to Atalanta on August 12.Both French finals will be at the 80,000-seat Stade de France in Paris.Maracineanu said the attendance limit would be reviewed on July 18 and would consider adjusting the limit so it was proportional with the size of the stadium.Topics : Paris Saint-Germain routed second division Le Havre in a friendly on Sunday remarkable not for the 9-0 score, but because it drew the biggest crowd for a match in one of Europe’s ‘Big Five’ football nations since early March.The French government relaxed the health protocols before the weekend to allow for a total attendance of 5,000, including players, journalists and staff, at games and while the match at Le Havre was not the first to be played, the others involved only lower-division clubs.For the game at Le Havre, the tickets, priced between 30 euros ($34) and 60 euros, sold out in six minutes. last_img read more

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Governor Wolf’s Statement on House Finance Committee’s Shale Tax Approval

first_img October 18, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Statement on House Finance Committee’s Shale Tax Approval Budget News,  Press Release,  Severance Tax Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf provided the following statement on the House Finance Committee’s approval of a shale tax:“I urge House leadership to bring the severance tax to a vote on the floor as soon as they return to Harrisburg next week.“This is a fair and commonsense proposal that will address our structural budget deficit. Pennsylvania is the only natural gas producing state without a severance tax and the vast majority of the tax would be paid out of state.“I want to thank the bipartisan members of the General Assembly who worked to find common ground on the severance tax proposal.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Buncrana Pier Tragedy: Jury returns verdict of misadventure in all five deaths

first_imgThe jury at the inquest into the deaths of five people in the Buncrana Pier tragedy has found they died as a result of drowning.The jury of five men and four women took more than half an hour to return findings of death by misadventure.The jury also issued one recommendation at the suggestion of a number from coroner Dr Denis McCauley. The jury recommended that Water Safety Ireland take a prominent role in advising and working with all interested parties to introduce best international practice for safety on slipways and piers.The jury foreman added that they hoped this could be introduced as quickly as possible in light of the Buncrana tragedy.Coroner Dr Denis McCauley paid tribute to all involved in the incident including the RNLI, Gardai, Fire Service and all emergency services.He said that all at the inquest and himself as a father cannot even imagine what Louis James and members of the McGrotty family were going through. “Each death will be felt differently but it is still eternally tragic and I’d like to extend my condolences to all families,” he said.Garda Inspector David Murphy said that the impact of the events of March 20th, 2016 has been felt in Derry but also in Buncrana, Donegal, across the country and even further afield.He paid tribute to the members of the emergency services who volunteered alongside their everyday jobs such as delivering oil or making gates.He paid particular tribute to Davitt Walsh who managed to rescue a child from the sinking jeep.He said “His was such a courageous act. He is an ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing which he should be commended for.” Earlier pathologist Dr Katrina Dillon had given her medical evidence and said all five people had died as a result of drowning.* The finding of ‘misadventure’ meant jurors thought risks were associated on the day or were taken which may have increased the risk of the event happening.Buncrana Pier Tragedy: Jury returns verdict of misadventure in all five deaths was last modified: November 24th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaDr Denis McCauleyfindingsinquestjuryrecommendationstargedylast_img read more

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