Men march on at US Open but more upsets in women’s draw

first_imgBy Steve KeatingWorld number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams advanced safely to the next round of the U.S. Open on Saturday but the women’s draw saw yet another big upset as Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent packing by a 145th-ranked qualifier.Third-seed Kvitova fell victim to 21-year-old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic, leaving only three of the top eight women’s seeds still in the tournament. Simona Halep (2nd), Agnieszka Radwanska (4th), Angelique Kerber (6th) and Ana Ivanovic (8th) have already been shown the door.While the women’s draw has been ravaged by upsets the top 10 men are still in the hunt, with number three Stan Wawrinka, number five Milos Raonic, eighth seed Andy Murray and number nine Jo-Wilfried Tsonga all moving on.The shock of the day was delivered by the little-known Krunic, who stung the unsteady Kvitova 6-4 6-4.The diminutive Serbian, who aims to graduate from university this year with a degree in economics, was a blur as she sprinted and slid into splits while stretching for returns.“It was an honour for me to be on the same court as Petra, who is a great champion,” said Krunic, who will come up against Victoria Azarenka in the next round.“Of course, I didn’t expect to win. Of course, I hoped to. I’m very happy.”Twice Australian Open winner Azarenka secured her spot in the last 16 with a 6-1 6-1 win over Russian Elena Vesnina.Eugenie Bouchard, a semi-finalist in the previous three slams, including a runner-up finish at Wimbledon, had to fight to keep from joining the list of upsets, the seventh-seeded Canadian holding her nerve to earn a 6-2 7-6(2) 6-4 win over Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.Williams is the last American standing at the U.S. Open after the remaining home-grown hopefuls said goodbye to Flushing Meadows on Saturday.A total of 29 Americans (12 men, 17 women) started the year’s final grand slam on Monday and by the time the gates to the U.S. National Tennis Center closed on Saturday only the world number one was still in the hunt for a singles title.The last two hopes of the men’s draw, 13th seed John Isner and Sam Querrey, both bowed out in the third round, while Nicole Gibbs and Varvara Lepchenko also made third-round exits, leaving home fans pinning their hopes on Williams heading into the second week.GRAND SLAM CASUALTYFive-time U.S. Open champion Williams played her part in the American demise, dispatching three of her compatriots in rapid succession.After dismissing Taylor Townsend in the opening round and Vania King in the second, Williams chased the 52nd ranked Lepchenko with a 6-3 6-3 victory.Williams, who has failed to reach the quarter-finals of any of the previous three grand slams this year, was just happy not to be one of the U.S. casualties.“I’ve been a casualty this whole year at grand slams,” said Williams, who will next face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, a 7-5 6-0 upset winner over 15th seed Carla Suarez Navarro. “I’m just hoping to keep staying in there.“I just treat every round as if it’s your last. Do the best that I can. Just stay positive, you know, because I want to continue to do the best I can.”Djokovic, a U.S. Open finalist the last four years and winner in 2011, has also done his part to spoil America’s grand slam party.The Serb squashed another American hope on Saturday, pounding Querrey 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the fourth round for the eighth straight year while improving his record to a perfect 8-0 when facing U.S. opponents at Flushing Meadows.Isner bombarded Philipp Kohlschreiber with 42 aces and never lost his serve but still dropped a 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4) decision to the German.Briton Murray, the 2012 Open champion and 2013 Wimbledon winner, double-faulted to send his match to a fourth set, then swiftly took charge in a 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-2 win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.That set up a clash against Tsonga, a 6-4 6-4 6-4 winner against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.Raonic won three tiebreakers in a straight-sets win against Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos to set up a fourth-round duel with Japanese 10th seed Kei Nishikori, who beat 23rd seed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in straight sets.Australian Open winner Wawrinka was given a walkover into the fourth round when Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia defaulted because of a right foot injury. Results from the U.S. Open Men’s Singles Round 3 matches on Saturday 16-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 3-6 6-3 7-6(4) 6-39-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) beat Pablo Carreno (Spain) 6-4 6-4 6-48-Andy Murray (Britain) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 6-1 7-5 4-6 6-21-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Sam Querrey (U.S.) 6-3 6-2 6-25-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Victor Estrella (Dominican Republic) 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 7-6(3)10-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat 23-Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 6-4 6-2 6-33-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Blaz Kavcic (Slovenia) walkover22-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat 13-John Isner (U.S.) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(4)Results from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 3 matches on Saturday 7-Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) beat 30-Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-2 6-7(2) 6-417-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) 6-2 6-4Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat 15-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 7-5 6-01-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Varvara Lepchenko (U.S.) 6-3 6-316-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-1 6-129-Casey Dellacqua (Australia) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 6-3 3-6 6-4Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) beat 3-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-411-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 6-4 6-0last_img read more

Why have Education Ministry officials turned their backs on NAMS?

first_imgDear Editor,It is with great concern and deep-seated frustration that I pen this letter to ascertain why officials at the Ministry of Education have turned their backs on the current state of affairs at the New Amsterdam Multilateral School, hereinafter referred to as NAMS.This school has often been associated with academic excellence, was once ranked third (3rd) in the country based on CXC and CAPE results, and is recognized both locally and regionally in the areas of Sports and Theater Arts.However, the image of this school has been tarnished by the poor quality of leadership. Under current management, the following issues have occurred: (1) drastic drop in student population (moving from over 900 students at one point to about 400 students presently). (2) An increase in the number of transfers requested by parents for students to attend other schools in the region. (3) A drastic drop in results at the CXC and CAPE examinations.The school has also been embroiled in many scandals involving issues related to pecuniary abnormalities, and the recent issue of racism has caused six (6) teachers to request transfers. The issues have inevitability eroded staff morale and have affected their ability to deliver the curriculum to students who are in their care.Investigation after investigation has been done by Ministry of Education officials. An investigation was even conducted by the Ministry of Social Cohesion. The findings from these investigations have highlighted poor quality of leadership.In point of fact, based on findings from a recent investigation, an administrative transfer letter was issued to the DHM (ag) to take up a substantive post in another school.However, that transfer was countermanded by the Chief Education Officer. This decision has left a corrosive taste in the mouths of many teachers and parents.I am requesting that swift action be taken, and that the HM and DHM (Ag) be removed from this school, so that it can once again live up to its motto, “Progress through Cooperation”. It is time for change!In conclusion, I urge Ministry of Education officials to consider the importance of the phrase, “No School Left Behind!”Sincerely,Orlando Fraserlast_img read more

8-year-old Sophia boy was murdered – PME reveals

first_imgA post-mortem examination performed on the body of eight-year-old Isaiah Smartt of “E” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, proved that he was murdered.The lifeless body of the lad was found on Tuesday evening in a swampy area aDead: Isaiah Smarttshort distance from his home.Smartt, who attended the F E Pollard Primary School in Kitty, Georgetown was found at around 19:00h by residents.However, the autopsy conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital, gave the cause of death as strangulation compounded by compression injuries to the neck.According to reports, the child’s mother was under the impression that he had gone to his father’s home, and when he did not return home, she did not pay any heed.Upon the discovery of his body, an alarm was raised. Eyewitnesses stated that the body was swollen, suggesting that the body may have been in the swampy area for at least two days.Family members were from the onset convinced that the child had been murdered. The Police are now on the hunt for a murderer.It was reported that the area where the lad was found was alongside an unoccupied concrete house; the former inhabitants are reportedly overseas.Meanwhile, the lad was last seen alive on Monday afternoon playing around the area but it was until after a relative retired to bed, the child was discovered missing. On Wednesday, the child’s mother returned to the scene where her son was discovered but had to be ushered away after fainting several times.Now that the post-mortem proved that the child was murdered, the Police have revisited the area and have launched an investigation. No arrests were made.Isaiah Smartt was described as being mannerly and a great cricketer.last_img read more

Public Infrastructure’s CORE team to assist homeless Diamond family

first_imgOne of the teams attached to the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE) initiative which operates through the Public Infrastructure Ministry has embarked on a charitable mission aimed at assisting the family now homeless after their Lot 1892, 20th Avenue, Great Diamond, East Band Demerara home was burnt to the ground on Wednesday last.Just last week, Guyana Times reported that amidst the Diwali celebrations, a fire, believed to be the result of children playing with explosives, ripped through the Singh’s family home on the East Bank of Demerara, completely destroying their possessions and leaving the five occupants without shelter.The house was divided into two apartments – owner Carmalita Singh lived in the front half, while her daughter and three grandchildren occupied the other half that was separated by a wall.After news of this unfortunate event made its way to the CORE team responsible for that area, the group reached out to the displaced family, offering assistance in the recovery efforts.As a part of their undertaking, the team comprising of 10 members commenced clearing the rubble from the gutted house but ultimately seeks to aid the family in rebuilding their home. With this aim in mind, the CORE group has made an application to the Public Infrastructure Ministry for support in sourcing the building materials needed to accomplish this mission.Speaking to this publication on Monday was Travis Clarke, the leader of the East Bank Demerara CORE initiative, who explained what prompted his team to extend a helping hand to the Singh family.In doing so, he indicated that the group was engaged in a beautification project in Little Diamond, EBD, when they were made aware of the fire. As such, they took it upon themselves to aid the homeless family as their next assignment.The team leader went on to explain that they began clearing out process on Monday and this is expected to last for two days. Given that they are awaiting confirmation from the Ministry, the group is unsure as to whether or not they will be provided with the materials and therefore unable to say when the construction work will kick off. Nevertheless they are hoping for the realisation of this mission at the earliest possible date.Clarke further pointed out that his team consists of a number of builders and contractors who will be able to work on building the family a new home.The CORE initiative was established earlier this year, which saw 20 teams being employed throughout the various administrative regions so as to supplement the work of the Special Projects Unit (SPU).Each group consisting of 10 members holds the responsibility of ensuring environmental upgrades, drainage, and sanitation improvements and the general aesthetics of the works being undertaken by the SPU.However, this is the first time the CORE team has taken on a project of such charitable nature and therefore sees this as paving the way for other similar ventures to follow in the future.last_img read more

Press Pass – Sunday, November 23

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined by Daily Mirror chief football correspondent John Cross and Inside World Football’s Matt Scott to discuss all the latest sporting action.The lads reflect on all the weekend’s Premier League results, including Liverpool’s miserable 3-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, as well as Lewis Hamilton’s F1 world title triumph in Abu Dhabi.last_img

Man City join £30m Vardy chase, Mancini to be next Chelsea boss? Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal is even closer to the axe at Manchester United. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was locked in a meeting at the club’s London HQ yesterday. LVG was at Carrington yesterday to prepare the team for the Boxing Day trip to Stoke. But his time is running out after three successive defeats and six games without a win. (The Sun)Chelsea are looking to make Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini their next permanent manager. The Blues appointed Guus Hiddink as interim manager last week shortly after sacking Stamford Bridge icon Jose Mourinho. Blues owner Roman Abramovich is busy scoring the market for a long-term replacement and has identified Mancini as a possible candidate. (Daily Star)Chelsea may face January competition for the £30 million-rated striker Jamie Vardy from Manchester City, who have made a tentative check on the 28-year-old. City’s interest is not thought to be anywhere near as strong as Chelsea’s at the moment and there has been no indication that they are currently lining up a bid. But an offer from Chelsea or another significant injury to Sergio Agüero may persuade City to target Vardy, who is eligible for the Champions League and would boost their home-grown quota. (Daily Telegraph)Brazil hotshot Alex Teixeira has agreed to join Guus Hiddink’s Chelsea revamp next month. The struggling Blues are desperate to boost their attack and are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk for the free-scoring midfielder. A fee of around £30m is likely for the 25-year-old uncapped star, who is the top goal-getter in Europe. (Daily Star)Arsenal are willing to enhance Mesut Ozil’s status as the best-paid player at the club to ensure he signs a new deal. The 27-year-old’s deal expires in 2018, but tying him down to an longer deal will become a priority during the early part of next year as Arsenal look to avoid any uncertainty over his future. (Daily Mail)Mathieu Flamini is set to leave the Emirates next summer – despite being Arsenal’s lucky charm. France midfielder Flamini, 31, has never finished on the losing side in the 52 Premier League games he has played at the Emirates, winning 36 of them. But Flamini, who is on £80,000 a week, is set to go this summer when his current deal expires while Mikel Arteta and fellow veteran Tomas Rosicky are also out of contract. (Daily Mirror)Ashley Cole is ready to make a fresh start by following Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy. The former England left-back looks set to sign for the MLS outfit and move to California. Cole is free to find a new home after being released by Roma and he fancies Los Angeles over offers in England. (Daily Mirror)Dutch club Groningen will move for Liverpool starlet Jerome Sinclair in January. Contract talks have stalled between Sinclair and Liverpool and the young forward could quit Anfield as a free agent next summer. Sinclair would be allowed to go for just a compensation fee and one of Liverpool’s best young prospects could come back to haunt them in the future. (Daily Mirror)Tottenham defender Federico Fazio could be heading for a swift return to Sevilla. The Spaniards want to re-sign the Argentinian defender who they sold to Spurs in August 2014 for £8million. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Newcastle to rival Arsenal and Manchester City for Croatian defender Sime VrsaljkoClaudio Ranieri insists Man United-linked Riyad Mahrez will not leave Leicester in JanuaryExclusive – Andy Gray backs Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal as Manchester United managerChelsea flop set for exit as Besiktas enter talks over January switchChelsea transfer report: Cesc Fabregas lined up for sensational move to Real MadridExclusive – ‘Premier League title is Arsenal’s to lose this season’, claims Stuart PearceArsenal ‘have to start believing’ they can win Premier League title, Gunners legend David Seaman tells talkSPORTLiverpool ‘in a very good position’ to end silverware hunt despite poor run, claims Reds star CoutinhoSteve Sidwell expected to leave Stoke in January after falling out of favourAston Villa in talks to sign former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano 1 Transfer rumours and paper review last_img read more

Dad, daughter separated by negligence, suit alleges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“There are lots of other similar cases,” said national child-welfare consultant Kevin Campbell, who helps social workers find parents and reunite them with their children. “In the time I’ve been doing this, there’s been a couple of hundred of them.” Smith’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and back child-support payments, alleging county negligence violated his constitutional rights by wrongfully separating him from his daughter for more than a decade. “Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case,” said Smith’s Century City attorney, L. Wallace Pate. “There are approximately 7,000 children in (long-term foster care in the county) and I suspect at least half of them have families or parents that would be able to take custody of them if they were notified.” But Lori Cruz, deputy director of the county’s Child Support Services, said that under California law the agency is not allowed to release information about anyone involved in child-support cases. “So while I sympathize with the situation, it would have been a violation of the law for us to provide that information,” Cruz said. “We handle (thousands of cases) annually. Unfortunately, these types of situations do happen from time to time.” For more than a decade, Los Angeles County sent child-support bills to Thomas Marion Smith, and he paid them, believing the money was supporting his daughter while she lived with her mother. But his daughter, Melinda, actually was in foster care, and Smith is now suing the county alleging it hid the truth. Experts say Smith’s is among a growing number of similar cases nationwide now surfacing as child-protection agencies make an aggressive attempt to reunite children stuck in the system for years with their parents. The case prompted the county Board of Supervisors to order the Office of Independent Review to investigate, and OIR Chief Attorney Michael Gennaco said he also plans to investigate whether there are more such cases. The agency currently is trying to reunite thousands of long-term foster-care children with their parents, Department of Children and Family Services Director David Sanders said. “That means we were looking at families that were separated maybe eight or more years ago and saying maybe those family circumstances have changed,” Sanders said. “We can’t just say that because we decided 10 years ago to place a child in foster care that we’re going to let them grow up in foster care.” Smith, a former plumber and contractor who now lives in Pine Valley south of San Diego, said he hired an attorney and a private investigator to help him find his daughter, but they were unsuccessful. “While my daughter was in foster care, I was in front of the district attorney asking for visitation rights and trying to locate my daughter,” Smith said. “And the District Attorney’s Office told me they didn’t have to tell me anything. They knew all the time she was in foster care.” In the lawsuit, Pate writes that Smith’s daughter lived with both of her parents until they separated in 1990. The suit gives the following account of what happened next: Smith, 56, a Vietnam War veteran who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart, agreed to pay child support, and maintained a close relationship with Melinda until the mother moved unexpectedly and left no forwarding address. Smith hired attorneys and private investigators to try to find his daughter, but eventually ran out of money. In late 1994 and mid-1995, Melinda came to the attention of the county’s Children and Family Services agency after two reports of child abuse. After an investigation, Melinda was allowed to stay with her mother. In the case file, the social worker noted Smith was the father – but made no effort to contact him. A month later, 6-year-old Melinda was placed in foster care. In January 1996, the mother told the social worker that Melinda’s father was paying child support. “All the social worker had to do was pick up the phone and get an address,” Pate said. “Instead, she concealed the whole thing, covered it up and never reported that he was paying child support. Instead, she told the court his whereabouts were unknown.” Over the next decade, a series of social workers told judges that efforts had been made to contact Smith, but did not mention that the county was collecting child support from him, Pate wrote in the suit. Melinda struggled in foster care, the suit says, and was placed in a residential treatment facility in 1996. Two months later, a judge ordered Melinda placed on daily psychotropic medication for depression and mutism, Pate wrote. During those years, the suit says, Melinda asked social workers more than 20 times to help her find her father, but they “deceived and misled” her into believing they had looked for him with no success. “It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to live in foster care for 10 years from age 6 to 16, believing you were completely abandoned when you actually had a father out there looking for you and paying child support,” Pate said. During this time, Smith repeatedly asked the county where his daughter was, but the county refused on “confidentiality grounds,” Pate wrote. In May 2005, when a retired social worker met with her, Melinda again said she wanted to find her father, according to the suit. The next day, the retired social worker asked a search clerk to find Smith, and the following day, the clerk faxed Smith’s address, along with his addresses during the previous 15 years, Pate wrote. The retired social worker visited Smith and asked if he wanted to have contact with his daughter. After submitting to a criminal background check, Smith saw his daughter for the first time in more than a decade at a court hearing July 14, 2005. On Sept. 13, the Board of Supervisors made a special presentation to DCFS’ Permanency Partners Program – and the retired social worker who found Smith – for “doing an incredible job in healing and bringing families together.” “Instead of just sending a letter, they went to San Diego and knocked on the door, found the individual and reunited him with his daughter, saving a child from being emancipated at 18 with no support system in place,” Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said. “That child will now have an opportunity for an education, a loving family environment and will become a productive citizen.” In November, a social worker asked a judge to release Melinda to her father. In April, a judge gave Smith full custody. Despite the family’s ordeal and their reunification, the suit says the county continues to mail Smith child-support bills each month. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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

Spurs trigger clause in Alderweireld’s contract to keep him until 2020

first_imgTottenham Hotspur have triggered an extension clause in Toby Alderweireld’s contract which means the Belgian defender will stay at Spurs until the summer of 2020.Alderweireld was due to become a free agent at the end of the season but the club had an option in his contract to keep him for another 12 months. Getty 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News RANKED targets moving on TOP WORK He has made 135 appearances for the north London club since signing from Atletico Madrid in 2015.By taking up the option for an additional year, a £25million release clause which runs from the start of the 2019 summer transfer window has been activated. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father The announcement by Spurs comes in the wake of an option also being taken up on the contract of Alderweireld’s Belgium team-mate Jan Vertonghen.Alderweireld was expected to leave last summer having reportedly rejecting a new long-term deal, but the 29-year-old has enjoyed a revival this season. Spurs have triggered an extension in Toby Alderweireld’s contract Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing REVEALED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Toby Alderweireld has a release clause of £25million in his contract The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star While fellow centre-backs Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have struggled with injuries this term, Alderweireld has been a mainstay of the side, making 26 appearances. three-way race getty LATEST 2 IN DEMAND last_img read more

Chelsea set to end pursuit of striker and focus search elsewhere

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE According to Goal, this arrangement has deterred Chelsea from going further with their interest as they see having to negotiate with two separate clubs as a stumbling block and will now look elsewhere for a centre forward.Maurizio Sarri had previously worked with Higuain at Napoli to great effect during the 2015/16 season, which saw him score 38 times in 42 appearances.The Chelsea boss is unsatisfied with his current striking options. Olivier Giroud, sidelined with an ankle injury, has just one Premier League goal this season, while Alvaro Morata has not scored since October. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Latest Football News MONEY Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are Sarri’s two striking options Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea began the campaign in fine form, scoring 27 goals in their opening 11 league matches, but have found the net just 11 times in their last 10 games and their most recent game was a 0-0 draw with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.Christian Pulisic was Chelsea’s first signing in the transfer window, joining from Borussia Dortmund for £58million, but has been loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the campaign. REVEALED center_img REVEALED RANKED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Chelsea are set to end their pursuit of AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain due to complications surrounding the deal.The Argentina international is on loan from Juventus and a deal is in place for him sign permanently with the Rossoneri this summer, with Milan having an agreement to buy the 31-year-old for £32m at the end of the season. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Chelsea have been linked with Gonzalo Higuain but will not pursue their interest huge blow no dice BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Livingston to replay cup tie after fielding ineligible player

first_imgAn SPFL spokesperson said: “At a disciplinary hearing held today (Monday, October 24) a sub-committee of the SPFL Board charged Livingston Football Club for playing Alan Lithgow in an Irn-Bru Cup match whilst he was ineligible as he was under a Scottish FA suspension at the time.“The defender started the game and played the full 90 minutes in Livingston’s 2-1 win away to Crusaders in the Irn-Bru Cup fourth round on Friday, October 7 of this year.“Livingston pled guilty to breach of the regulations of the SPFL Challenge Cup competition.“As a result, the club were censured, ordered to replay the game against Crusaders Football Club and fined £4000. “The replay has been arranged for Tuesday, November 1, with a 7.45pm kick-off at Seaview Stadium, Belfast.”SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “In the interests of sporting integrity and fairness to both sides, the game will be replayed.” Livingston have been fined £4000 and ordered to replay their Challenge Cup tie against Crusaders after fielding an ineligible player.Alan Lithgow played in the 2-1 win over Crusaders despite being suspended by the Scottish FA. Livingston accepted their mistake and have been penalised by the SPFL.Lithgow had been sent off for violent conduct against East Fife in late September and was banned from playing in all competitions.last_img read more