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first_imgNew Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday called for severing all sporting ties with Pakistan in the wake of Pulwama terror attack which left 40 CRPF personnel martyred.Ganguly echoed sentiments of his one-time teammate Harbhajan Singh, saying that not playing Pakistan in one group league tie in the upcoming World Cup will not affect India’s chances.However, Ganguly didn’t elaborate whether the protest should be symbolic for one game or India should forfeit if they happen to meet Pakistan in semi-final or final.“This is a 10-team World Cup and each team plays matches against every other team and I feel if India doesn’t play a match in the World Cup, it won’t be an issue,” Ganguly told India TV.Also Read | Pulwama Terror Attack: Pakistan shooters to not take part in Shooting World Cup“I feel it will be really difficult for ICC to go on with a World Cup without India. But, you also have to see if India has the power to stop ICC from doing such a thing. But, personally I feel a strong message should be sent,” Ganguly added.Ganguly said India should to cut off all ties with the neighbouring country.“And, whatever reactions came from the people of India…was right. There is no chance of a bilateral series with Pakistan after this incident. I agree that after this attack, India should not only stop playing cricket, hockey or football with Pakistan but should cut all ties with them,” Ganguly said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgGerard Pique has offered to leave FC Barcelona following the club’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the quarter finals of the Champions League in Lisbon, Portugal.The Catalans were 4-1 down after just thirty-one minutes with a brace from Thomas Mueller sanwiched by Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry strikes.After the break, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski added two more goals after Luis Suarez’s 57th minute strike threatened a comeback. Substitute and Barcelona player on loan at Bayern, Philippe Coutinho added a late brace to complete the rout.After the game, Pique gave an honest reflection, offering to leave the club for new players to be brought in.“It was a horrible game,” Pique said at full time.“It’s a disaster.“Disgrace is the word.“You can’t compete like that.“It’s not the first, second or third time this has happened to us.“It’s very tough, very tough, and I hope something [good] comes out of this.“We all need to reflect.“The club needs changes. I’m not talking about the coach or the players.“I don’t want to single out anybody, the team structurally.“The club needs changes of all kinds because it’s not the first time this has happened to us, nor the second or third.“No one is indispensable.“I’m the first person to step forward.“If new blood has to come in and the dynamic [has to] change, I’ll be the first person to leave because I think we’ve hit rock bottom.“We all need to look and reflect on it internally and decide what is best for the club, what is the most important thing.”last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Atletico manager Diego Simeone called it “a good result” as they finished a goalless match against Real Madrid © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Sep 30 – Barcelona slipped up for the third time in a week but stay top of La Liga after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid cancelled each other out at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.Real and Atletico began a pulsating derby less than three hours after Barca had scrambled to a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao, but goalkeepers reigned supreme in the capital to ensure the grudge match finished goalless. It means Real second, level on points with Barcelona, while Atletico are just two behind in fourth. Sevilla are third.Gareth Bale had to be substituted at half-time with what the club confirmed was a thigh strain and is a doubt for the European champions ahead of their visit to CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. Bale will be assessed on Sunday.It was a scenario Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde tried to avoid before his side’s visit to Tottenham on Wednesday by resting Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.But the Argentine was needed in the second half after Oscar de Marcos gave Bilbao a deserved lead. Munir El Haddadi snatched Barca a point, diverting in Messi’s shot with six minutes left.After drawing at home to Girona and being beaten by Leganes, Barcelona head to Wembley to face Spurs short of rhythm and lacking confidence.Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale (L) had to be substituted at half-time against Atletico Madrid with what the club confirmed was a thigh strain © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOBarcelona will be without Sergi Roberto for the Champions League Group B clash after it was confirmed he had picked up a thigh strain.The last time Bilbao took a point at the Camp Nou in 2004, Valverde was sitting in the away team’s dugout during his first spell as Bilbao coach.He faced questions after his bold decision to rest Messi with Tottenham in mind, along with Sergio Busquets.“Leaving Messi on the bench is absolutely my responsibility,” Valverde said. “He has four games in 10 days and I think it’s good for Leo to rest, like Busquets, thinking of the Champions League.“I know it was the right decision. It was a risk and on this occasion, it didn’t come off.”– ‘Intense’ match –Lack of rotation was chief among the criticisms levelled at Valverde after Barcelona crashed out of the Champions League quarter-finals last season, with Luis Suarez admitting he regretted playing 90 minutes three days before the collapse against Roma.Rested at the start, Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) was needed in the second half of a 1-1 scramble against Athletic Bilbao © AFP / Pau BARRENA CAPILLAValverde has certainly acted. Of the preferred 11 that started a 4-0 win over PSV Eindhoven two weeks ago, eight started at least one of the three games since on the bench. Seven of those were required to come on as substitutes.“We can’t expect Messi just to come on and fix things,” Suarez said. “We should have won the game before he came on, that’s why we are Barca.”Real and Atletico face midweek Champions League matches away to CSKA Moscow and home to Club Brugge respectively, but there was no letting up on their part.Thibaut Courtois came back to haunt his former club and Jan Oblak showed why he is considered arguably the finest goalkeeper in the world.Courtois spent three seasons at Atletico on loan from Chelsea but this was his first Madrid derby for Real. He made the most of it, saving when both Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa had only the Belgian to beat.Bale could have won it for Real too but he sidefooted wide from close range towards the end of the first half and then had to be replaced.Barcelona will be without Sergi Roberto for the Champions League Group B clash after it was confirmed he had picked up a thigh strain © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOBarca might feel spared but Real and Atletico seemed satisfied at the final whistle. Atleti maintained their resurgence after a miserable start to the season while Real steadied the ship following their hammering at Sevilla on Wednesday.“We have not won because we didn’t score but overall we have been very superior,” Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui said.“The match was intense,” added Atletico manager Diego Simeone. “We had chances through Griezmann and Costa but they were saved by Courtois. It’s a pity because we wanted to win but we leave with a good result.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more