18 Oct

Emmanuel Petit calls on Unai Emery to remove Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain after Crystal Palace outburst

first_img Comment Granit Xhaka’s status as Arsenal captain is under threat after his reaction against Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit believes it will be ‘impossible’ for Granit Xhaka to remain as Arsenal captain and believes Unai Emery should stand him down from the role following his outburst against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The 27-year-old was substituted midway the second half of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with the Eagles at the Emirates and there were ironic cheers from the home supporters at Emery’s decision to replace him with Bukayo Saka.Those cheers quickly turned to jeers after Xhaka tossed his captain’s armband to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, cupped his ears in retaliation and told fans to ‘f*** off’ as he made his way off the pitch before removing his shirt and heading down the tunnel.AdvertisementAdvertisementPetit, who won the double with Arsenal in 1998, blasted Xhaka’s actions as ‘unacceptable’ and not befitting of a captain of the club, comparing the Swiss international unfavourably to his former teammates Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Xhaka removed his shirt as he made his way down the tunnel following his substitution (Picture: Getty)‘I have never seen something like what happened with Granit Xhaka before,’ he told Paddy Power. ‘For me, he can’t be the Arsenal captain any longer. It’s impossible. What he did was unacceptable.‘What he did on the pitch is one thing, I’ve made it clear that I don’t know what he adds to the team. But what Xhaka did as he left the pitch is totally different. You can’t do that – it’s like betrayal in England.‘I played with guys like Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira – real leaders, big captains – and they showed the personality and character of what it means to be Arsenal captain, whatever happened on the pitch.‘Adams and Vieira always respected the fans – I don’t think Xhaka understands what it means to be a supporter in England. He doesn’t know the love those people have for the club and the players, they always support you. I appreciate my time in England because of that.‘I have witnessed fans booing players before, of course, but not like this. The anger was something else. It’s clear, they don’t want Xhaka to play for Arsenal any more.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAfter the game on Sunday, Emery admitted that Xhaka was ‘wrong’ to react the way that he did but according to reports, the midfielder has refused a request by the club to apologise to supporters over the incident.Petit added: ‘It’s very difficult for the Arsenal fans to forgive Xhaka. They don’t want him to play for their club any more. To pass over what happened would be really difficult for Unai Emery – is he going to have the guts to keep Xhaka as captain? I’m not sure.‘But, more importantly, are the club are going to do something about what happened? I think they have to, as a message to the fans and the players.‘Whatever happens on the pitch, the fans have the right to boo and show they are unhappy, the same way they have the right to applaud when you score and win games. It’s normal.’ Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Oct 2019 10:25 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link188Sharescenter_img Petit thinks that Unai Emery should remove Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are next in action against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup and although Emery is expected to rotate his side anyway, Petit thinks it is unlikely that Xhaka will feature in the game at Anfield.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘For now, I’ll be very surprised if he’s on the team-sheet for the Liverpool game,’ he said.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Emmanuel Petit calls on Unai Emery to remove Granit Xhaka as Arsenal captain after Crystal Palace outburst Advertisementlast_img read more

27 Sep

The insane message legalizing ‘death with dignity’ sends to the suicidal

first_imgLifeSiteNews 16 November 2015I’d like the defenders of euthanasia and so-called “death with dignity” to explain something to me. How is the legalization and relentless promotion of “assisted suicide” not the “glorification of suicide”?I’m tired of all of transparently mindless babble about how “assisted suicide” is not a slippery slope. The phrase itself screams with denial: “Wanna kill yourself? Here, let us help you with that.” When helping people kill themselves is referred to as “end-of-life care” rather than “accomplice to murder,” who will be picking up the phone at the other end of the suicide prevention hot line?Here’s the thing. I know many people who struggle with depression. I would wager that everyone does. If we’re honest, we can admit that many people who struggle with mental illness would, in a particularly black moment, consider suicide if it was easily available and relatively painless. That is the reason the number one cause of death by gun in Canada is suicide—because many people who would not have ordinarily taken their own lives do so in a fit of palpable darkness.The idea that our government, our health care system, our society, would send such mixed signals to those contemplating suicide is criminally negligent and outright disgusting. Suicide is never the answer, campaigners used to say. Now, I suppose, they’ll have to qualify. Suicide is never the answer—except sometimes. It’s complicated!That’s already happening.Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.Consider Laura, a healthy 24-year-old from Belgium. Doctors recently approved her request for euthanasia, because she had “suicidal thoughts.” The solution to suicidal thoughts is now suicide, apparently. One of Laura’s friends, who was also suicidal, had died by euthanasia some time previously.The story hasn’t caused much of a stir, though. Five people a day die by euthanasia in Belgium, and reports have emerged that many elderly people are increasingly being killed without their consent, like aging house pets being put to sleep. For some reason, we’ve managed to abolish the death penalty for rapists and serial killers but approved the needle for the old, the sick, and the depressed.And then there is the Netherlands, where a report noted that a minimum of 50% of those killed by euthanasia were suffering from depression at the time. The Dutch researchers didn’t find this a big deal, stating that there was no reason to believe that the death requests by these people were not thought through properly, as if requesting death was not in and of itself a sign of warped thought processes.This is not some conspiracy theory, either. In 2013 the Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers admitted that there had been at least 45 “psychiatric euthanasia deaths” in that year alone.The impact of families can be tragic, as Tom Mortier can attest. He filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights to challenge Belgium’s euthanasia laws after doctors killed his mother because of “untreatable depression”—and nothing else. The heart-broken Mortier, who wasn’t even contacted by anyone, said his mother was depressed because of a recent break-up—and the doctors who killed her didn’t even have any psychiatric qualifications.https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/how-is-assisted-suicide-anything-other-than-the-glorification-of-suicidelast_img read more

18 Sep

The Latest: Kuznetsov completes long comeback, beats Querrey

first_imgSam Querrey was knocked out of the first round of the U.S. Open by a player who missed more than two years because of a hip injury.Andrey Kuznetsov beat Querrey 6-4, 7-5 (6), 6-2 to complete the long comeback, getting his first tour-level win since 2017. The Russian returned to play last month at a Prague Challenger event and lost his only match after a two-year, seven-month layoff because of the hip. Kuznetsov was ranked No. 39 in 2016 before the hip problems sidetracked his career. He’s the first unranked player to win a Grand Slam match since Nicolas Kiefer at Wimbledon in 2007.___1 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___2:10 p.m. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Serena Williams is scheduled to play during the day and Venus at night, looking to add to their combined eight titles at the U.S. Open. Serena has won the championship six times but has been runner-up each of the last two years in New York.Murray is playing his first Grand Slam event since the 2019 Australian Open, before hip problems forced him to have surgery and start a long comeback.Murray faces Yoshihito Nishioka in Arthur Ashe Stadium, followed by Serena Williams against Kristie Ahn.The first day of the tournament didn’t have any notable upsets. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka both advanced in night matches.The weather is favorable, with a forecast of partly cloudy skies and temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius). The Latest: Kuznetsov completes long comeback, beats Querreycenter_img Californian Ernesto Escobedo has moved into the men’s singles bracket at the U.S. Open, filling the spot that opened when Benoit Paire tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before the start of the tournament.Spain’s Marcel Granollers was first in line to fill Paire’s spot, but he declined in order to focus on doubles. Escobedo then moved in and will face Kamil Majchrzak on Tuesday.___11 a.m.The second day of the U.S. Open is underway at Flushing Meadows with the Williams sisters ready to play and Andy Murray taking a big step in his comeback from hip surgery. September 1, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more