‘VAR needs to chill’

first_imgVideo Assistant Referees were once again a talking point on Monday as hosts France benefitted from a pair of reviewed calls to hold off Nigeria in their third and final group stage match of the Women’s World Cup.The hosts were held scoreless for 75 minutes on Monday before the match turned on its head as Nigeria’s Ngozi Ebere was sent off following a VAR review.Ebere’s dismissal was accompanied by a penalty, with Wendie Renard putting the spot kick wide, causing Nigeria celebrations. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Those celebrations were short-lived, as a further VAR review ruled that Chiamaka Nnadozie had come off her line prematurely, forcing a retake.Renard buried her second opportunity, giving France a 1-0 lead that would last through the 90 minutes.It wasn’t without controversy, though, as fans, pundits and former players had plenty to say about the questionable use of VAR.VAR needs to chill.— Sydney Leroux Dwyer (@sydneyleroux) June 17, 2019So after years and years, I guess NOW is the time to start strictly enforcing the encroachment rule #FIFAWWC— Seth Vertelney (@svertelney) June 17, 2019Nigeria really put up a great battle! I’m sad it had to end in a controversial and unsatisfying penalty after the VAR decision. https://t.co/6QrgOsxlzB— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) June 17, 2019People talk about VAR like it’s a sci-fi horror scenario where the robots take over when in fact it’s a comedy wherein aliens/robots come to earth and obey obscure traffic bylaws that no human has ever considered.— David Rudin (@DavidSRudin) June 17, 2019The biggest question for me is: Why does VAR seem like such a shambles in the women’s World Cup when it didn’t at all in last year’s men’s World Cup?— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 17, 2019VAR is actually a French word, La Var, which means “Home-Ice Advantage” 🇫🇷— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) June 17, 2019This just in, VAR nullifies ‘99 World Cup. 🇺🇸 back to 2 stars. ⭐️⭐️Thems the new rules. I guess I’m just nostalgic for the good old days when FIFA ignored women’s soccer and didn’t give a shit about their own tournament…what’s that, they still don’t? pic.twitter.com/blseNVwDjT— Anthony DiCicco (@DiCiccoMethod) June 17, 2019VAR is making this World Cup the best drama filled movie or show I’ve seen in a long time. #FRANIG #MustSeeTV— Karina LeBlanc (@karinaleblanc) June 17, 2019The VAR official got tricked by a scam email about a prince and is trying to get revenge— Kim McCauley (@lgbtqfc) June 17, 2019last_img read more

ISIS-Linked Cells ‘Buy Supporters’ in Morocco’s Northern Cities

Rabat- The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has reportedly established many cells in Tangier and Laarache that are buying Moroccan supporters in order to recruit them and send them to fight with the ISIS military groups.The World Tribune quoted a security source as saying that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has plenty of money, and it is using it to buy supporters in northern Morocco.“The ISIS presence stemmed from nearly two years of recruitment of Moroccans for the wars in Iraq and Syria,” the security source said.He said that ISIS has mobilized more than two thousand Moroccans for these campaigns. The source explained that some of those Moroccans have returned to Morocco and established ISIS-linked cells, mainly in Tangier and Laarach, to buy other Moroccan fighters.Moroccan authorities have dismantled many formed ISIS-linked tourist cells, mainly in Northern Morocco. The most recent cell was arrested on August 14, when Moroccan authorities dismantled a nine-person cell, based in Tetouan and Fnideq, recruiting volunteers to fight with ISIS.However, the World Tribune says that the Moroccan government has not acknowledged the ISIS presence, adding that the country has become a hotbed of radical organizations supporters.According to the same source, ISIS has also attracted criminals involved in smuggling and drug trafficking.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Cameroon host to families fleeing Nigeria Lake Chad basin – UN relief

“Many fled overnight, leaving all they had behind,” Toby Lanzer, UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, said after a week-long visit to Yaoundé, Cameroon, and the Far North region to assess the mounting humanitarian impact of the crisis in neighbouring northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.“They now rely on humanitarian assistance and the scarce resources of host communities that were already on the brink before the crisis,” Mr. Lanzer said.Grave concerns persist for some 20 million people in the Sahel region of Africa, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Recurrent conflict, erratic weather patterns, epidemics and other shocks continue to weaken the resilience of households across a region still suffering chronic levels of food insecurity and malnutrition.And beyond the chronic threats of food insecurity, malnutrition and epidemics, violent conflict in and around the Sahel region has led to a surge in population displacement.Cameroon’s Far North region hosts almost 200,000 forced migrants, including 80,000 internally displaced persons and over 57,000 Nigerian refugees who fled the violence and settled either in the Minawao refugee camp or with local communities along borders areas.“Families on the run often survived brutal attacks and face severe trauma,” said Mr. Lanzer. “As if this was not enough of a burden, we now worry that their lives are threatened by the lack of food and water, malnutrition and deadly epidemics such as cholera and measles.In the Far North, food insecurity has dramatically spiked in recent months, affecting one in every three people. Insecurity is undermining population movements, daily commercial and agricultural activities, adversely impacting the livelihoods of communities still recovering from a decade of droughts.“As farmers were forced to flee away from their lands, many will miss the harvest next month. Without timely humanitarian assistance, communities may take years to recover,” he urged.Funding of Cameroon’s humanitarian appeal covers barely 40 per cent of the needs, threatening the viability of humanitarian response to the Far North over the coming months.“Food distributions, access to health services and psycho-social care are among our top priorities to save lives and restore the dignity of the displaced,” according to Najat Rochdi, the UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Cameroon. “A renewed engagement by development actors is also essential if we are to address the root causes of chronic vulnerability and ensure stability of the region in a durable manner.” read more