DUBAI: On Sunday afternoon, as you sit at home not watching soccer, take a moment to mark the 40th anniversary of an infamous moment in the history of the beautiful game.There was, to be clear, nothing beautiful about the incident. Rather than a celebration, the anniversary is more of a lament for an act that deprived us of something beautiful.On May 10, 1980, with three minutes left to play in the FA Cup Final between West Ham and Arsenal, something happened that had a profound effect on the game. With the Hammers leading 1-0 thanks to an early headed goal from Trevor Brooking, Paul Allen — who at the age of 17 was, at the time, the youngest player to appear in an FA Cup Final — found himself through on goal with only goalkeeper Pat Jennings to beat. One of the most romantic stories in the history of the FA Cup, a competition that fetishizes fairy tales, was about to be written.Enter joy-killing brute Willie Young. As Allen ran toward his destiny and a place in the history books, the defender callously, almost matter-of-factly, swiped the youngster’s legs from under him.Millions of hearts broke. “Oh what a pity; a cynical foul by Willie Young,” said BBC commentator John Motson, barely concealing his disgust.Perhaps unfairly, Young continues to be vilified for his act to an even greater extent than the cherubic Allen is beatified. After all, in stopping an almost certain goal Young was simply doing his job — just as Luis Suarez did his when his notorious handball denied Ghana a dramatic quarterfinal win over Uruguay during the 2010 World Cup.In both cases, the referees punished the guilty players to the fullest extent. But the rules of soccer in 1980 were more forgiving of such activity than they were 30 years later. Young was shown a yellow card; Suarez was sent off.Despite the foul on Allen, West Ham went on to win the cup 40 years ago. Even so, the fallout from Young’s tackle resulted in significant consequences. It set in motion a series of long-running debates that eventually changed the laws of the game to include the practice of sending off players for “denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.”After the 1980 Cup Final, many people argued that a cynical final-resort tackle by the “last man” — meaning the only remaining defender between an attacking player and the goal — must surely carry greater consequences.
● Willie Young’s notorious foul on 17-year-old Paul Allen during the 1980 FA Cup Final led to the laws of the game being rewritten.
● Perhaps unfairly, Young continues to be vilified for his act to an even greater extent than the cherubic Paul Allen is beatified. After all, in stopping an almost certain goal Young was simply doing his job.
● In both cases, the referees punished the guilty players to the fullest extent. But the rules of soccer in 1980 were more forgiving of such activity than they were 30 years later. Young was shown a yellow card; Suarez was sent off.
This seems obvious but things did not change overnight. First, a committee was set up by the English Football League to develop a rule to deal with professional fouls more severely.Then, in 1982, during a World Cup semifinal, West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher not only assaulted Frenchman Patrick Battiston in a manner infinitely worse than Young’s tackle — knocking him unconscious and leaving him with a cracked vertebra and damaged teeth — but got away with it. Only then was a recommendation for sending off an offending “last man” presented to the International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmakers.Four years later, during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, France were again on the receiving end of a professional foul by a goalkeeper that went unpunished. A tense and brilliant quarterfinal match against Brazil was finely balanced at 1-1 with four minutes of extra time left when French substitute Bruno Bellone found himself bearing down on Brazil’s goalkeeper.With no defenders in pursuit, he nudged the ball past Carlos and the desperate goalkeeper tried to grab him. The Frenchman stayed on his feet but was sufficiently knocked off balance to ensure the goal-scoring opportunity was lost.Unlike their clash with the Germans in 1982, this time justice was done when France won on penalties.It would be another four years before the rules changed to punish professional fouls that prevented a clear goal-scoring opportunity with a straight red card. Not that this marked the end of controversies.An obvious goal-scoring opportunity, particularly in the early years, remained a judgment call by the referee. Young’s foul on Allen was as blatant as they come, but even a legitimate attempt at an interception can result in a red card.Sometimes the punishment exceeds the crime. A penalty, most likely leading to a goal, on top of a sending off often seems harsh for more innocuous challenges. And so the double jeopardy aspect of the rule was amended in 2017 so that if a penalty is awarded, the referee has discretion to show the offending player a yellow card, if he believes the challenge was a “legitimate” attempt to win the ball.In 1980, despite being denied a historic goal, there was at least some joy for Allen. When the final whistle blew, the youngster broke down in tears in the fatherly arms of match-winner Brooking; he even got a congratulatory hug from Young. The teenager then climbed the famous stairs at old Wembley to receive his winner’s medal.That sunny May afternoon in 1980 will forever define him — and changed the modern game.
EU warns Houthis against blocking access to decaying tanker
AL-MUKALLA: The Houthis will be held accountable for a “regional catastrophe” if they continue to block access to a decaying oil tanker in the Red Sea, the EU has warned. The Iran-backed militia is under pressure to allow inspection and maintenance of the Safer tanker, amid reports that parts of it have been eroded by rust. …
AL-MUKALLA: The Houthis will be held accountable for a “regional catastrophe” if they continue to block access to a decaying oil tanker in the Red Sea, the EU has warned.
The Iran-backed militia is under pressure to allow inspection and maintenance of the Safer tanker, amid reports that parts of it have been eroded by rust.
The Houthis insist on sharing the proceeds from the sale of the tanker’s cargo – more than a million barrels of oil – and including engineers from China, Russia and Germany in the UN team of experts that would visit the tanker.
“The EU Heads of Mission call on Ansarallah (Houthis) to fully cooperate with the UN by allowing the team of experts to have unhindered access to the vessel and without preconditions or delay,” the EU delegation to Yemen said on Tuesday. “Unless the UN team is provided unhindered access, Ansarallah would be accountable in the event of a regional catastrophe and must therefore act with a sense of urgency and responsibility.”
The delegation warned that an oil spill would paralyze the port of Hodeidah, where most of the country’s food, fuel and goods pass through, and exacerbate Yemen’s already dire humanitarian situation. “It would heavily affect fisheries in the Red Sea coast as well as the marine ecosystem and may affect maritime trade,” the EU statement added.
The internationally recognized government of Yemen has accused the Houthis of using the decaying tanker as leverage to extract concessions, putting the lives of millions of people at risk and endangering the Red Sea’s entire marine ecosystem.
On Sunday, Information Minister Muammar Al-Aryani told the official news agency Saba that the international community had not been able to convince the Houthis to allow UN experts to board the tanker.
“For years, the Houthi militia has continued to play with this file, using it to achieve political and financial gains,” the minister said.
Earlier this month, a virtual meeting between the UN Yemen envoy’s office and the UN Office for Project Services with the Houthis about access ended in a deadlock after the rebels rejected the request.
On the battlefields, heavy fighting broke out in the northern province of Jouf during the last two days as government forces announced recapturing areas from the Houthis.
Yemen’s Ministry of Defense and local media reports said that army troops and allied tribesmen seized control of mountains near Al-Khanjer military base, east of Jouf, following a fresh assault on the Houthis.
Arab coalition aircraft targeted Houthi military gatherings and equipment east of Hazen, the provincial capital, preventing the Houthis from launching counterattacks on government forces.
At least two dozen Houthis were killed on Tuesday in heavy fighting in the Al-Makhdara region, west of Marib province. Fighting also claimed the lives of dozens of government troops, including high-ranking officers.
State media reported that Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his deputy Ali Mohsen Al-Ahmer were mourning Brig. Saleh Al-Farja Al-Shanani, a military commander, who was killed in Jouf.
Col. Abdullah Bin Dhaen, the director of Jouf’s Al-Matammah District, was killed on Tuesday during an offensive, Rabia Al-Qurashi, the Yemeni army spokesman in the province, tweeted.
5 Spooktacular Latin Music Events Over Halloween Weekend: Rauw Alejandro, J Balvin & More
TECATE’S DAY OF THE DEAD LIVESTREAMKicking off Dia de los Muertos, El Patio Tecate presents the second episode of its virtual concert series with an all-female lineup, including Natalia Lafourcade, Tatiana Hazel, San Cha and Orange Calderón, and special guest Chiquis Rivera. The Day of the Dead-themed event brings to life “Mexico Is in Us,”…
TECATE’S DAY OF THE DEAD LIVESTREAMKicking off Dia de los Muertos, El Patio Tecate presents the second episode of its virtual concert series with an all-female lineup, including Natalia Lafourcade, Tatiana Hazel, San Cha and Orange Calderón, and special guest Chiquis Rivera. The Day of the Dead-themed event brings to life “Mexico Is in Us,” the new Tecate campaign.When to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 30Where to Watch: Tecate’s official YouTube channel, Twitter page and Facebook, as well as online at tecatebeer.com/elpatiotecateLearn more here.J BALVINJ Balvin was announced as the headliner for Fortnite’s annual game-wide “Fortnitemares” event, which includes new gameplay, challenges, in-game rewards and more, with an exclusive performance taking place on Halloween. During his set, the Colombian artist will be joined by Sech to perform their new song “La Luz.”When to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 31Where to Watch: Party Royale and simultaneously on Houseparty appLearn more here.LUNAYLunay is set to kick off SBS’ LaMusica Live concert series on Halloween, where he will be live from Miami for a virtual performance. According to a press release, the concert series will feature some of the “hottest” Latin artists in this virtual space to provide “joy and entertainment” to those in quarantine.When to Watch: 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 31Where to Watch: Free via LaMusica’s app or Lunay’s YouTube channelLearn more here.RAUW ALEJANDRORauw Alejandro is doing Halloween with a twist this year, offering fans an exclusive virtual live show from a haunted mansion in Miami. Produced by Mad Music, Duars Entertainment and Sony Music Latin, the event promises to be a “unique virtual experience with all of Rauw’s hits and much more.”When to Watch: 10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 31Where to Watch: LivePassPlay; tickets available hereLearn more here.DIA DE LOS MUERTOS DRIVE-THRUThe City of Los Angeles and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez presents the Dia de Los Muertos walk and drive-thru experience in remembrance of those who died of COVID-19. “Every year, our Latino community celebrates Day of the Dead, a holiday to remember family members or people who are no longer with us,” Rodriguez said in a statement. And this year will be no different.When: Sunday, Nov. 1, through Sunday, Nov. 15Where: Day of the Dead altars will be on display at Pacoima City Hall in Pacoima, Calif.Learn more here.
Israeli Mossad secretly secured COVID-19 vaccine from China, say sources
October 28, 2020 by Joseph Fitsanakis THE ISRAELI EXTERNAL INTELLIGENCE agency, the Mossad, has allegedly secured a Chinese-produced vaccine against the coronavirus, according to reports on Israeli television. The report came as the Israeli government confirmed over the weekend that “several diplomatic efforts are occurring behind the scenes” to acquire various vaccines against COVID-19. According…
October 28, 2020
by Joseph Fitsanakis
THE ISRAELI EXTERNAL INTELLIGENCE agency, the Mossad, has allegedly secured a Chinese-produced vaccine against the coronavirus, according to reports on Israeli television. The report came as the Israeli government confirmed over the weekend that “several diplomatic efforts are occurring behind the scenes” to acquire various vaccines against COVID-19.
According to The Jerusalem Post newspaper, an unnamed senior official in Israel’s Ministry of Health “who is in the know” said that Israel was close to reaching agreements with developers in several countries to purchase coronavirus vaccines. On Monday, however, Israel’s Channel 12 television said “multiple sources” had confirmed that the Mossad had secured the Chinese vaccine and “brought it to Israel”, so that it could be studied by Israeli scientists.
It was not immediately apparent why the Mossad, Israel’s primary external intelligence agency, was involved in the acquisition of the coronavirus vaccine. The implication in the report was that Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Health, were not involved in the effort to acquire the Chinese-made vaccine. On the other hand, this should not be taken to mean that the Mossad stole the vaccine from China. As intelNews has reported, the Mossad Director Yossi Cohen previously served as head of a national committee to secure resources needed to combat COVID-19, including medicines and protective supplies.
Channel 12 news said no Israeli government officials would agree to comment on the story on record. According to one theory, the Mossad purchased the vaccine from China in secret, because Israel did not want to offend the United States at a time when tensions between Washington and Beijing are growing. Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health referred questions about Mossad’s role in acquiring a COVID-19 vaccine to the Office of the Prime Minster. A spokesman there refused to comment on the story.
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