PSC Chairman’s suspension is ominous for the future of democracy – Jagdeo

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that the suspension of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Carvil Duncan is ominous for the future of democracy in Guyana.Carvil DuncanJagdeo stated that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarians’ boycott of President David Granger’s speech in the National Assembly on Thursday was aimed at sending a “strong signal” to the President and the Executive that constitutional protection should not be treated lightly.He opined that the racket surrounding Duncan’s charge has been treated in a cavalier manner by the Administration – one that is ominous for the future of democracy.“Carvil Duncan for whatever he is has constitutional protection by virtue of the offices he currently holds and we believe in the doctrine of the separation of powers, the foundation of our democracy. So when the Executive deals with people who are protected by the Constitution they have to deal in a manner that is prescribed not in a manner that directs people or intimidates them,” he expounded.He added that the PPP/C holds the opinion that the suspension of Duncan does not exhibit a “fair treatment that is required in this case”.He stated that the establishment of a tribunal and the alleged bribery and threat made by the President are an affront to natural justice; a threat to the presumption of innocence because the court is still hearing the case.“The indecent haste to get rid of Carvil Duncan is unbelievable but by itself may not mean much but Carvil Duncan has all these constitutional protections so what about ordinary citizens,” he noted, questioning who will protect the ordinary man if the Government can swoop down on a person that has constitutional protection and suspend them without a decision from the court on allegations levelled against him.“If the Government can get away with dealing in this manner with a constitutional post holder then it can get away with anything,” he said, adding that the “President cannot be doing this and then come to this chamber, the birthplace of our laws, the birth place of our Constitution and clothe himself in this democratic garb which he sought to do today”.“And that is why we had to send a strong signal,” Jagdeo affirmed.Duncan will be moving to the High Court to challenge the authority of a tribunal which will determine whether he should be removed from his post.On Monday, Duncan and his lawyer Anil Nandlall were seen exiting the tribunal at the Training Centre of the Ministry, although it was still in session. Duncan excused himself from the hearing, since his application for the hearing to cease was overruled.Duncan will move to the High Court on three grounds: that there are criminal proceedings pending in the Magistrate’s Court, Duncan never received a letter from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo calling on him to show cause why the tribunal should not be established, and that his client has been called before tribunal whose Chairman is a sitting High Court Judge – of whom Duncan exercises supervisory jurisdiction over.According to Article 144 of the Constitution, Duncan is entitled to a presumption of innocence. His Attorney Anil Nandlall stated that to establish a tribunal to investigate his removal from office on the mere institution of a charge before the determination of any guilt is an infraction of that constitutional protection “which guarantees him innocent until proven guilty”.Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the tribunal was set up to inquire, investigate and recommend whether Duncan ought to be removed from office for inability to perform the functions of the said office, after he refused to gracefully vacate the office.Harmon has since rejected claims that the Government offered money in exchange for his resignation as Chairperson of the PSC in light of his court charges.He indicated that meetings were indeed held where Duncan was “gracefully” asked to vacate the positions he currently holds on several constitutional service commissions given his current trial for allegedly stealing $984,900 and conspired to steal $27,757,500 from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Harmon’s statement was prompted after a letter was released last Saturday by Duncan, with damning allegations of bribery and innuendos made by President David Granger.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over the alleged theft of monies from the GPL.He was placed on $1 million bail in February last after he had appeared in the Magistrate’s Court charged with larceny after he pleaded not guilty to the charges.last_img read more

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Martial rubbishes reports of Man United exit

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Anthony Martial was the club’s top scorer last season but so far in 2016/2017 the French striker has netted just two goalsMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 6- Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has dismissed rumours he is to leave the club in the summer.Newspaper reported at the weekend that the French hitman was preparing a big money move to PSG after being forced out of Old Trafford by United boss Jose Mourinho. Martial, however, replied to the gossip on Monday with a tweet, which read: “Don’t listen (to) the papers it’s wrong thanks. Come on United.”The rumours came about just days after Mourinho had spoken frankly about the 21-year forward, who was United’s top scorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions.“He has to perform better than the others who are competing for the same positions (if he wants to start),” Mourinho said.“His position is one where we have lots of options. Do you want me to leave (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan out? I can’t.“The players pick themselves. I am just there to analyse what they do and try to be fair with them.”Martial joined United from Monaco in September 2015 in a deal potentially worth of up to £58m.He has struggled to cement a place in the first team under Mourinho and has not featured at all in the last three Premier League games.It’s not the first time Mourinho has spoken out about the player, in December he criticised Martial after the player’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, said his client was a target for Sevilla.“Anthony has to listen to me and not his agent,” Mourinho said at the time.“With Martial, every day I read the newspaper. ‘Martial goes to Sevilla’, ‘Martial goes on loan’, ‘Martial is not happy’. Martial has to listen to me. He is a player with amazing conditions to be a top player.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Experts warn small savers: Remain calm

first_imgSmall investors certainly are seeing their account balances fall, but it’s not like they haven’t been through this before. In 2000 and 2001, the air went out of the technology bubble; high-flying tech stocks crashed to earth, costing large and small investors billions. Before that, in 1998, the markets went into a panic over the Russian debt crisis and implosion of the hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management. Balanced approach Things are different today, says economist Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research in Great Neck, N.Y. “Most investors, especially individual investors, have behaved themselves this time,” Yardeni said. “This time, it seems, the retail investor has had a much more balanced approach to investing. Most are diversified, and many have wisely diversified overseas so they’re less vulnerable.” NEW YORK – The stock markets may be in turmoil, but small savers don’t need to be. Financial experts suggest that Americans – most of whom have market exposure mainly through their company-sponsored retirement accounts – should stay calm and not overreact to what’s going on on Wall Street. “The best move right now is to do nothing,” said Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist for The Charles Schwab Corp., which is based in San Francisco. “Individual investors should step back until things settle down.” Sonders blamed the massive volatility in the market not only on investor uncertainty but also on trading by hedge funds and institutional investors – the big players who are winding down their exposure to investments in mortgages and other assets that now seem to be riskier than earlier believed. In addition, he added, the investments causing the greatest angst – securities backed by subprime mortgages – were largely sold to professional investors, not individuals. “The assumption is that wealthy people are taking the haircuts,” Yardeni said. “Not that that’s good, but it also means most of the middle class should be safe.” Still, investors who want to tinker with their holdings might consider limiting exposure to financial firms, such as banks and brokerages, which are likely to bear the brunt of the mortgage fallout, and move to industrial companies that should be buoyed by the expanding global economy as well as health and telecommunications, which appear to be holding up well, Yardeni said. Paul Santucci, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial Inc., said his clients weren’t reacting to the market’s recent slump yet – but probably would do so when they receive their monthly statements. Santucci, a partner in Pell, Santucci & Associates of Rye Brook, N.Y., said investors with well-diversified portfolios “should not react to short-term events because you generally make decisions that hurt you in the long run.” He said, for example, that an investor who panicked in February when China’s market took a dive and pulled money out of the also slumping U.S. stock market “would have missed a phenomenal increase from that time forward.” Those tempted to try to time the market – pulling their money out now in hopes of reinvesting under more favorable conditions – should be warned of the odds against this strategy, Santucci said. “If you’re trying to time, you need to be right twice,” he said. “You need to pull out at the right time, hope the market drops further, and then have the stomach to put the money back in at a lower point – and it’s usually the second part they get wrong.” That means they miss the upside after the market turns. Time to diversify Financial planner Ric Edelman, who heads Edelman Financial Services Inc. in Fairfax, Va., said a volatile market “should be an incentive, if you haven’t done it, to assess the nature of your investments.” Those who are well-diversified, with an investment horizon of at least five years “can relax, knowing that this will pass.” Those who aren’t – say they find themselves heavily concentrated in stocks or even in a few stocks – “are probably experiencing severe whiplash” right now. “They may need to consider selling low, if it means avoiding selling lower, so they can spread their risk,” he said. Small savers who get their statements and are tempted to stop contributing or to shift their money out of the funds that are down and into those that are up may be making bad decisions, Edelman added. “Instead of lamenting that the value has gone down, you should get excited that your next paycheck lets you buy in at lower prices,” he said. “When the market drops, everything is on sale – and that makes it more desirable, not less desirable, to contribute money.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Forget Allardyce and Bruce…give the England job to Harry!’ – Tim Sherwood

first_imgTim Sherwood has told talkSPORT former boss Harry Redknapp should get the England job, because he ‘has the perfect credentials’ to take the Three Lions forward after their Euro 2016 shaming.The Football Association are searching for a new manager following Roy Hodgson’s resignation after the Three Lions’ disappointing tournament in France, which saw them dumped out by minnows Iceland.Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and Hull City chief Steve Bruce are the current frontrunners for the role, with both men holding talks with the FA in recent weeks.But Sherwood has told talkSPORT that ex-Tottenham and QPR manager Redknapp, who was beaten to the job by Hodgson in 2012, should be given a chance instead.Asked if he’d pick Allardyce or Bruce for the position, Sherwood told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I’d go for Harry Redknapp to be perfectly honest.“But it looks like Harry isn’t in the running, his name isn’t even in the frame.“I’m glad we’re going with an Englishman, that’s for sure. I think they’re good candidates and they’re two of the best English managers available at the moment for us to choose from.“But I’m just little bit disappointed Harry hasn’t got the opportunity to take it on.“He missed out on it last time, and I think he’d got the perfect credentials to take the country forward.”Experienced coach Redknapp recently had his first taste of international management with Jordan.In April he took over the side for two World Cup qualifiers and while he oversaw a 8-0 win over Bangladesh in his first game in charge, a 5-1 defeat to Australia meant they missed out on progressing to the next stage of the Asian qualifying rounds by just one point.last_img read more

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Video: Furious Ranieri rant – “I hope Leicester go down!”

first_img*Disclaimer: Like losing your job ten months after winning the Premier League title, this video is just a joke.Claudio Ranieri may have been fired by Leicester City, but now the mild-mannered Italian looks like he’s fighting back against the club he led to the title ten months before!We sent our translator down to a heated press conference, where Ranieri tore into his former employers in his native language.The only problem is, our translator doesn’t speak a word of Italian, so the subtitles on this video may be slightly off.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here!last_img read more

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Man United in shock swap deal, Liverpool’s triple swoop, Zlatan’s career OVER?

first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…There are fears Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career could be over after the Manchester United striker reportedly ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Anderlecht in the Europa League. (Daily Star)Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will demand Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, and striker Alvaro Morata in exchange for 26-year-old goalkeeper David de Gea. (The Sun)Manchester City are set to rival rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Antoine Griezmann this summer, with manager Pep Guardiola making the Atletico Madrid forward one of his top targets. (Daily Mail)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is targeting deals for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Fulham’s 16-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon this summer, and hope the lure of Champions League football will help bring them to Anfield. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are closing in on the £20million signing of Barcelona’s Turkey midfielder Arda Turan. The 30-year-old is set to replace Mesut Ozil at the Emirates, with the Germany playmaker’s contract due to expire next summer. (CNN Turk)Man United are set to re-sign 24-year-old England defender Michael Keane this summer – two years after selling him to Burnley. (Daily Express)But the Clarets are reportedly prepared to let Keane leave for nothing in 14 months’ time when his contract expires, if they don’t agree a fee with any suitor clubs. (Burnley Express)Everton are facing a fight with Monaco to sign 19-year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is rated at around £21m. (Daily Telegraph)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Cesc Fabregas says John Terry is ‘irreplaceable’ for Chelsea as the long-serving skipper prepares to leave Stamford BridgeManchester United captain Wayne Rooney is a sacrificial lamb, according to Ray WilkinsAndy Townsend joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast and paid tribute to his former Aston Villa teammate Ugo Ehiogu, who has died at the age of just 44Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has hailed the management style of current Los Blancos boss Zinedine ZidaneTottenham want to offer former Newcastle flop Florian Thauvin a second shot at Premier League footballBayern Munich are targeting former Tottenham favourite Luka ModricReal Madrid are yet to make contact with Monaco over a move for Arsenal and Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe Everton are confident of wrapping up a deal for highly-rated Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal this summer 1 Transfer Rumours and Paper Review last_img read more

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Murphy suggests Wan-Bissaka is a possible ‘upgrade’ on Trippier at Spurs

first_img Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been a key player for Crystal Palace this season Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Wan-Bissaka has been one of the most effective defenders in the top flight this season – he has won more tackles (71) than any other player Europe’s elite leagues this season.He impressed once again in Palace’s 3-1 victory over Burnley on Saturday following his return from injury, and Murphy believes he could fit straight into some of the top teams in the country – including his former club Tottenham, where Trippier is suffering.The Spurs defender earned plaudits for his form at the summer’s World Cup for England, and was hailed as the Three Lions’ next long-term right-back. 3 REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January huge blow no dice REVEALED deals Kieran Trippier scored an embarrassing own goal at Stamford Bridge Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? shining “Unfortunately for Palace fans, maybe they will keep him another year and it wouldn’t do him any harm playing more Premier League games and getting experience there.“But if you look at Manchester United, there’s gaping hole for a right-back… and Arsenal’s back-four needs improvement.“Has he overtaken Kieran Trippier, or can he? Do Tottenham want to upgrade? Because Trippier doesn’t play ever week, Mauricio Pochettino switches between him and Serge Aurier, so is he not sure?“I do think this lad is that special, that it deserves a mention. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 3 Danny Murphy has tipped Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka for a big future at one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs – suggesting he could be ‘an upgrade’ on Kieran Trippier for Tottenham.The 21-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season for the Eagles and has even been linked with a senior call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England team. “I’ve watched him a lot this season and he’s absolutely quality. He’s so quick, he’s aggressive in his running and he makes things happen, but his defensive abilities are his strength.“Nobody causes him problems one-on-one, you can’t outrun him! He’s not stupid, he doesn’t dive in, he doesn’t try to win it too early or too quickly, which a lot of young defenders do.“He looks happy to defend and enjoys it.“I think to get him out of Crystal Palace you’d have to pay over £40million.” 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker “He’s looking the real deal. There’s a gaping hole at Man United.” 🔴”Do Tottenham want an upgrade? Arsenal’s back four needs improvement.Danny Murphy tips #CPFC’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka to join a top six club soon 🔥 pic.twitter.com/S0gfGBKXAL— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) March 4, 2019 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won But his club form has steadily plummeted this season and he has faced criticism from his own fans for his performances – most recently for his horror show in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea.And Murphy suggests Wan-Bissaka could be an option for Spurs, as well as a number of the Premier League’s top-six clubs.“He’s looking like the real deal,” the former Spurs midfielder told talkSPORT host Jim White.“He’s super athletic and confident in his ability to defend one-on-one, which is ultimately what you do in that position.“He can defend but he gets forward and carries an attacking threat as well.last_img read more

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Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea live on talkSPORT 2: Full coverage of Europa League tie

first_imgChelsea are in Ukraine this week as they look to see off Dynamo Kiev and reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League.The Blues have one foot in the draw for the last eight having won 3-0 in the first-leg at Stamford Bridge last week. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea: How to listenFull commentary from the Kiev Olympic Stadium will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our coverage getting underway at around 5:50pm.Jim Proudfoot and David Connolly will bring you the build-up and live commentary and to tune in just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea: Kick-off timeThe Europa League clash will get underway at 5:55pm on Thursday, March 14.Chelsea hold a huge advantage in the tie thanks to goals from Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi last week. Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea take on Dynamo Kiev tonight Dynamo Kiev vs Chelsea: Team news and line-upsGonzalo Higuain will be absent for Chelsea as the Argentine striker has not travelled to Ukraine due to illness.Olivier Giroud, who has scored six times in the competition this season, takes his place up top while Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also start.Dynamo will be without the suspended Vitaliy Buyalskyi while Benjamin Verbic is suffering from an illness.Dynamo Kiev: Boyko, Kedziora, Burda, Kadar, Mykolenko, Sydorchuk, Shepelev, Tsygankov, Shaparenko, Sidcley, Harmash.Subs: Bushchan, Tche Tche, Andrievsky, Vitor Bueno, Shabanov, Smirniy, Alibekov.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Zappacosta, Rudiger, Christensen, Alonso, Kante, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Willian.Subs: Caballero, Jorginho, Barkley, Hazard, Pedro, Azpilicueta, Luiz.Referee: Tobias Stieler Chelsea star Willian celebrates his goal against Dynamo Kiev LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS 2 Chelsea won Europe’s secondary competition in 2013, beating Benfica 2-1 in the final in Amsterdam, and will be looking to claim victory again this term.This evening’s tie will be live on talkSPORT 2 and here’s how you can tune in. on target last_img read more

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Chelsea pre-season fixtures: Frank Lampard set to face friendly ties

first_img Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions update rookie error Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Getty Images – Getty appointed Chelsea have had a major summer of change on and off the field already this summer ahead of the new campaign.The Blues secured a successful season under Maurizio Sarri last term despite issues surrounding the club.They finished third in the Premier League table, won the Europa League and reached the Carabao Cup final despite rumours of unrest in west London throughout the term. statement latest 2 GETTY Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested OFF Despite their problems, Chelsea have confirmed their pre-season fixtures for the off-season and it includes a trip to Japan.The Blues will take on LaLiga champions Barcelona in Asia during their schedule which will also see them make the trip to Turkey for their UEFA Super Cup clash against Liverpool.Chelsea face Manchester United in their opening Premier League game on August 11 but first, here’s a full rundown of Chelsea’s pre-season fixtures. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 2 TROPHY Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Chelsea have already seen star man Eden Hazard leave for Real Madrid while Sarri has also gone, joining Serie A giants Juventus.The Blues have now appointed Frank Lampard as their new chief and he is set to start work back at his former club.Lampard will have their transfer ban to contend with meaning it’ll be a busy few months for the club before the Premier League returns on August 10. Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ FAREWELL Maurizio Sarri left Chelsea this summer Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Frank Lampard has been confirmed as Chelsea’s new boss BIG PRESENTS UP TOP deals Fixtures confirmed so far:July 10: Bohemians, Dalymount Park (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) – kick-off 7:45pmJuly 13: St Patrick’s Athletic, Richmond Park (Dublin, Republic of Ireland) – kick-off 2:45pmJuly 19: Kawasaki Frontale, Yokohama International Stadium (Yokohama, Japan) – kick-off 11am UK timeJuly 23: Barcelona, Saitama Stadium (Saitama, Japan) – kick-off 11:30am UK timeJuly 28: Reading, Madejski Stadium (Reading, UK) – kick-off at 3pmJuly 31: RB Salzburg, Red Bull Arena (Salzburg, Austria) – kick-off 7pm UK timeAugust 3: Borussia Monchengladbach, Borussia-Park (Monchengladbach, Germany) – kick-off 4pm UK timeAugust 14: UEFA Super Cup, Liverpool, Vodafone Park (Istanbul, Turkey) – kick-off at 8pm UK timelast_img read more

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Brian Rice ‘raging’ after Hamilton Accies’ derby defeat

first_imgMotherwell boss Stephen Robinson applauded his side and was full of praise for January signing Gboly Ariyibi, who was the brightest of an energetic Motherwell attack. He set up Turnbull’s opener and was fouled for the penalty that brought the second goal.Robinson said: “If we get a full 90 minutes out of him that would be brilliant. But he could be a very good footballer. “He’s learning all the time and is giving us that element of attacking threat, pace and energy. “Jake on the other side and Elliott (Frear) when he came on give us that too. We’ve got the outlet now if we can the ball out to them as we did in the first half. “Could he play at a far higher level? Yeah, if he does it on a consistent basis and he gets fitter and more understanding of the game. “He’s a very talented boy, we knew that when we brought him in. He’s had other loan spells that haven’t quite worked out. “We got him in and put an arm around him and he’s showing with a wee bit love and affection he can be a very good player. And a wee bit of screaming at him too…” “There wasn’t enough fight, not enough spirit. I said at half-time, you have beaten yourselves, you need to go out there and prove to the fans that you deserve to wear that strip. “I feel for the fans and I am raging the way we approached the first half. Certain players were asked to do jobs and they weren’t up to it. “Why did we let the fans down so badly? You have to win tackles and headers and the goals we lost are embarrassing. We worked on how to defend all week and then the game starts and it goes out the window. “We got better in the second half but I’m not interested in that.”  Hamilton Accies boss Brian Rice said his players’ lack of fight in their 3-0 defeat to rivals Motherwell left him furious and short-changed supporters.The hosts were ahead after just two minutes of the Lanarkshire derby through David Turnbull and he notched his second of the afternoon nine minutes later. Jake Hastie completed the scoring in the 37th minute and that early collapse enraged Rice.“We shot ourselves in the foot,” the Accies boss said. “It’s a local derby, I said to the players to start on the front foot, headers, tackles, second balls, stop crosses, defend crosses. “We know how Motherwell play, we have watched them, done our work on them, and it totally went out the window in the first 30 minutes. That’s when we lost the game. last_img read more

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