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RFI programme about president’s reelection mysteriously disrupted

first_imgNews Organisation BeninAfrica Local retransmission of Radio France Internationale (RFI) was disrupted in Cotonou on the morning of 29 March just as it was broadcasting a phone-in programme focussing, on this occasion, on Bénin’s 13 March presidential election, the result of which is disputed by the opposition. Called “Appels sur l’actualité” and hosted by Juan Gomez, the programme is extremely popular in Africa.According of the official figures, President Boni Yayi won the election outright with 53 per cent of the vote in the first round. The police used force to disperse opposition protests this week challenging the result.Seydou Choubade, a reporter for the daily Le Nokoué, and Séverin Gandonou, a photographer with the daily 24 heures au Bénin, were attacked and injured by police while covering one of these demonstrations on 24 March.“It is hard not to think that the disruption of RFI’s signal was deliberately engineered by the authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “RFI was cut in Bénin at the exact moment that a debate was to have been held about current events in Bénin. Did they want to prevent listeners from commenting about the election results, voicing their suspicions and expressing their anger to the outside world? We urge the government to explain this temporary suspension without delay.”It is the second time in less than a year that the French international radio station’s broadcasts have been disrupted in Bénin. Local retransmission of RFI was suspended for half a day in August 2010 after it broadcasted a report by its Cotonou correspondent about a complaint against the president that opposition parliamentarians had brought before the high court.The complaint concerned the alleged involvement of senior government officials in a case of embezzlement by a local NGO, ICC Services. Local retransmission of RFI resumed after the French ambassador interceded. RSF_en November 11, 2020 Find out more News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalismcenter_img News News to go further Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detention BeninAfrica May 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Benin November 7, 2020 Find out more March 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RFI programme about president’s reelection mysteriously disruptedlast_img read more

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Chelsea Signs Dortmund Forward Pulisic for £58m

first_imgWINTER TRANSFER WATCHChelsea has signed Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic for 64m euros (£58m), but will loan him back to the German club until the end of the season.The 20-year-old United States international, who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, joined Dortmund as a youth player in 2015. Christian Pulisic Pulisic has scored nine goals in 23 games for the US.“It’s a privilege to have signed for such a legendary club,” he said.It is the highest transfer fee for an American player, beating the 20m euros Wolfsburg paid for John Brooks in 2017.Dortmund Director Michael Zorc said: “It was always Christian’s dream to play in the Premier League.“That certainly has to do with his American background, and as a result we were unable to extend his contract.“Against this background, we have decided to accept an extremely lucrative bid by Chelsea, given the low contract maturity.”Pulisic’s contract at Dortmund was due to expire in June 2020.In an emotional statement on Twitter, Pulisic said he will leave Dortmund with a “heavy heart”.“It feels like only yesterday that I arrived in Dortmund as a raw, excited, very nervous but exceptionally proud 16-year-old from a small American town called Hershey,” he said.“I would not be here without the club and their belief in giving young players a chance. Many memorable moments stand out – to have experienced all of them before my 20th birthday, still feels at times like a dream.“For the next six months, it’s all BVB. Please do not doubt my passion, determination and my 110% commitment to the team right until the last ball is kicked this season.”Pulisic made his Bundesliga debut, aged 17, in January 2016, and two months later won his first USA cap.He has played 81 games in the German top flight and 20 in the Champions League.He has scored three goals in 18 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund this season.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia described Pulisic as “one of Europe’s most sought-after young players”.“At just 20, we believe he has the potential to become an important Chelsea player for many years to come,” she said.Pulisic is the first major Premier League signing since the transfer window opened on 1 January.His is the third highest fee paid for a Bundesliga player, after Ousmane Dembele’s £135m move from Dortmund to Barcelona in 2017 and Manchester City’s £55m deal for Kevin de Bruyne from Wolfsburg in 2015.Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Liverpool.Dortmund lead the Bundesliga by six points and will face Tottenham in the last 16 of the Champions League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Winfield woman pleads guilty to federal charge in online prostitution sting

first_imgBy Shane Farley, Newscow.net — A Winfield woman has pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with an online prostitution sting investigators conducted last year.25-year-old Brittany L. Morris pleaded guilty to a count of misprision of a felony.In her plea, Morris admitted arranging for herself and a 17-year-old girl to meet officers at a hotel off K-10 Highway near Eudora to exchange sex acts for money. The arrangement was made on April 11, 2013 when undercover agents called to respond to an advertisement online.Once at the hotel, Morris told officers the price would be $600 an hour. Once arrested, officers learned the girl with her was 17.The charge stems from Morris failing to report that a child was working as a prostitute. Investigators determined the unnamed girl had worked in New Orleans, Wichita and Kansas City with Morris.Both Morris and the girl posted advertisements on the Internet offering their services.Sentencing is set for Feb. 18 and both Morris and federal prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of 8 to 14 months.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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LAZARO BARRERA STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY MAY 14, 2016

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESMARTIN GARCIA, I WILL SCORE, WINNER: “Jerry (Hollendorfer) told me to see how the race happens and to go from there. My horse broke really sharp, so I took advantage.When asked if the addition of blinkers in his more recent races, or maturity is the determining factor with I Will Score’s success: “He was just learning before, in his previous races. Now, he’s a more mature horse, he’s a better horse. He can run anywhere (regarding running style).” PAUL REDDAM, OWNER MRAZEK, SECOND: “He wins that race nine out of 10 times, I’d say. Smokey Image came to us on the outside, so Mario decided he didn’t want to be in between two guys in the middle of a three-way duel. If he comes out of this good, we’ll probably ship to New York and run in the Woody Stephens (Grade II, seven furlongs) on Belmont Day.” NOTES: Winning owner and breeder Hans Poetsch is from Scottsdale, AZ. TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, I WILL SCORE, WINNER: “You know, I wanted him to get away from the gate good, which he did. Martin thought they were going a bit fast so he took hold of him, to save horse. They got up and finished it.”last_img read more

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Selfish Genes Turn Cooperative

first_imgNature1 has reported evidence that transposons help to regulate gene expression.  Transposons are genetic material that insert themselves into the DNA of a host, and were thought to represent “selfish genes” that only had their own propagation in mind, “without regard for the consequences.”  Some new studies on the L1 retrotransposon, which makes up about 17% of the human genome (mainly within non-coding introns), have shown, however, that they may do us some good.    The studies “suggest that the insertion of L1 elements into introns can also diminish cellular gene expression in a graded fashion,” the News and Views piece says.  “In the words of Han, Szak and Boeke, such L1 insertions provide a ‘molecular rheostat’ with which to govern gene activity � and their bioinformatics analysis establishes that the mechanism is widely used.”  (For more on the molecular rheostat concept, see 01/10/2003 headline).  If the transposons were truly selfish, “responding individually to darwinian natural selection” “without regard for the consequences,” it has “long been a mystery” what keeps them “at bay.”  If the new studies “unveil a major control mechanism,” part of the solution may be to recognize synergy instead of selfishness.1Frederic Bushman, “Gene regulation: Selfish elements make a mark,” Nature 429, 253 – 255 (20 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429253b.How can a gene be selfish?  A gene has no concept of self.  It couldn’t care if it propagated itself or not.  The myth of selfish genes is a misleading anthropomorphism.  Only people are selfish.    On the other hand, genes are not altruistic, either.  The metaphors of rheostats, regulators and molecular machines imply intelligent design and programming.  That is not an anthropomorphism, because machines are not personal.  Consequently, one doesn’t have to demonstrate anything about the designer to see the evidence that a product was designed.  But observing that the design works so well (i.e., your senses are working as you read this thanks to the regulation provided by transposons), it wouldn’t hurt to ponder the subject a little.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA women 2nd, men 3rd in Investec Cup

first_img14 July 2014 South Africa’s women’s hockey team finished as runners-up in the Investec Cup in London on Sunday after a narrow 1-2 loss to hosts England in the final. The South African men’s team claimed third place after a 3-0 victory over Scotland. In the women’s final, the English took an early lead from a penalty corner variation, with Nicola White coming in from the right to deflect the ball home. Alex Danson got a shot in soon after as South Africa struggled to get into the game. However, in the eighth minute, forward Kathleen Taylor saw her shot well saved by Maddie Hinch as Giles Bonnet’s charges began to find their feet.South African goal With Shelley Russell causing England problems down the right flank, South Africa struck back in the 16th minute when captain Marsha Cox set Lilian du Plessis free. Du Plessis’ early pass found Jade Mayne and the striker netted superbly, sending the ball high into the net. England responded by peppering the South African goal zone with a series of attacking plays, but the goal shots yielded no return. The hosts came close in the 25th minute, but Lenise Marais made a goal-saving intervention with fantastic cover. Turning around at 1-1 it was anyone’s game.Hit the post Soon after the restart, South African goalkeeper Anelle van Deventer made a good save from Player of the Tournament Danson and world number six England hit the post from a penalty corner variation shortly thereafter. South Africa, ranked eleventh in the world, won two penalty corners in succession and Tarryn Bright brought a great save out of Hinch. England fought back with a penalty corner, but this time it was Van Deventer with a classy save. With six minutes left in the contest, England went ahead again when Sam Quek scored from a penalty corner variation to the left. A few minutes’ later, her team-mate Sophie Bray hit the crossbar from Danson’s cross and England had done enough to take gold after a tremendous battle. Scotland picked up the bronze medal after a 3-2 defeat of Wales.Men’s third place playoff In the playoff for third in the men’s competition, South Africa and Scotland were level at 0-0 at half-time, but three second half goals took Austin Smith and company to a convincing victory ahead of their opening Commonwealth Games match against the same opponents in Glasgow on 25 July. Smith netted penalty corners in the 45th and 64th minutes while teenager Dan Sibbald complemented one of a host of inventive attacking moves with a well-taken goal in the 62nd minute. It was a better South African performance than in their 3-2 win over the Scots in Saturday’s last round-robin match, which was a physical encounter where the sin-bin was a game of musical chairs in the second half, with the African champions being slapped with five cards in total and the Scots with two. In the bronze medal contest, South Africa should have wrapped up the game with their multitude of chances in the first half, but Scotland goalkeeper Gavin Somerville was in superlative form and kept his side in the match.Sound in defence At the other end, the South Africans were sound in defensive situations, limiting Scotland’s goal-scoring opportunities, and as a group there were a host of notable tackles and interventions, notably by outstanding captain Austin Smith, Wade Paton, Jonty Robinson, Rhett Halkett and Jethro Eustice. With defenders and midfielders providing the vital link, the South African forward line was smart in its running on and off the ball, with Lloyd Norris-Jones outstanding throughout, Lungi Tsolekile earning a number of penalty corners, and Taine Paton continuing the excellent form he had shown throughout the event. South Africa clicked in all departments -through the defence, midfield and forward lines – and the outcome was a series of intelligently constructed moves that had the Scottish defence groping in vain for answers at times. England, meanwhile, claimed the Investec Cup title and made it a double for the host nation, triumphing 4-2 in a penalty shootout after they had shared a 2-2 draw with Ireland in the final. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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BJP never questioned Nitish’s leadership: Paswan

first_imgUnion Minister and Lok Jan Shakti Party (LJP) founder Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday welcomed BJP president Amit Shah’s recent comments confirming that the NDA would contest the Bihar Assembly polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of the JD(U). “We welcome Amit Shah’s statement; it has put an end to all doubts and speculation,” Mr. Paswan said. “We at LJP have been saying that there is no need to even question on who will lead NDA in 2020 Bihar Assembly polls,” the LJP leader added.The LJP had always worked as a cementing force, he asserted and said that the party would work to keep the alliance intact. “The BJP never directly questioned Nitishji’s leadership; the media gave unwarranted importance to statements of a few BJP leaders,” he added. Speculation on the fate of the alliance was triggered by remarks made by BJP legislator Sanjay Paswan, who had said that Mr. Kumar “should make way for a BJP CM”. Asserting that there were no differences between the cadres of the BJP and the JD(U), the LJP leader said that the two parties had worked in tandem for the bypolls in five Assembly constituencies and the Lok Sabha constituency of Samastipur. Mr. Paswan added that it was in everyone’s interest that the alliance remained intact. When it comes to seat distribution, however, the NDA, with just three partners, is likely to face some tough negotiations. The LJP wants to contest about the same number of seats as in 2015, when it had contested 42 and won two. The BJP had fought in 157 seats in the last election, out of which it won 53. Even though it has agreed to Mr. Kumar’s leadership, it has made it clear that it will contest an equal number of seats as the JD(U) or more. The last time the BJP and the JD(U) had fought an Assembly poll as alliance partners was in 2010, when the JD(U) had contested 141 seats and the BJP had fought on 102 seats. On November 28, Mr. Paswan is set to step down as president of the LJP and pass the baton to his son Chirag Paswan. The senior Paswan asserted that unlike many recent generational transitions, his party’s electoral fortunes wouldn’t be affected by the change. “Mulayam Singh [Samajwadi Party leader] was forced to step down by his son. That is not the case here, I have been wanting Chirag to take over,” Mr. Paswan added.last_img read more

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A SET OF SIX – VOLUME THREE

first_imgTouch Football Australia brings you this rapid fire “Set of Six” news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s Media Scholarship Holder Henry Holland and TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – volume 3. WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 1  WA teams’ first training day for 2007 Barbarians CupThe Western Australian (WA) Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open State teams came together on Sunday 20 May. The training session was the first step in preparation for the 2007 Barbarians Cup in Darwin. Players from various WA affiliates went through their paces at the Northern Districts Touch Club. A follow-up session is scheduled for Sunday 27 May from 9am at the same venue.WA players will compete against the Northern Territory at the Barbarians Cup on 13- 14 July 2007. Last year Perth hosted the inaugural Barbarians Cup, which was won by WA. The 2007 Cup is also the selection tournament for the Barbarians team to contest the 2008 National Touch League, to be played in Coffs Harbour.Other Events: North West Championships and North West Junior Development Camp in Broome next weekend, 2-3 June 2007.Touch West web-site: www.touchwest.comNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: #2                                                                                                               Dennis Coffey conducts Level 1 Coaching Course in Darwin National Coaching Director and World Cup Coach Dennis Coffey conducted a Level One Coaching course in Darwin from 18- 20 May 2007. Participants attending the course explored aspects such as general principles of Touch, basic rules, and Grids and Drills. During the course Dennis also assessed some of the coaches’ presentation skills in order to allow the Northern Territory to become self-sufficient and conduct their own courses in the future. All participants enjoyed the course and are very keen to put their new skills into practice.Other Events: Level One Coaching Course to be conducted by Dennis Coffey in Alice Springs this weekend.The Touch Football Northern Territory Web-site: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLANDPlay: # 3Delfin Junior Tri-Series Tournament – Round OneThe first tournament in the 2007 Queensland Junior Tri-Series was held at Redlands Touch on Sunday 20 May 2007. The Arthur Davis Memorial Junior Carnival attracted 70 affiliated teams from South Queensland and Border Districts, the South West Queensland Region, and the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA). Boys and girls competed in under-10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s.SWQ and SQBD teams are competing for the Delfin Tri Series Trophy in all age divisions. The champion affiliate will be crowned at the completion of the third leg of the Series with the trophy being awarded to the affiliate who performs best across the three tournaments in all divisions.Overall Divisional winners will be awarded a set of Delfin Tri-Series Champion Team commemorative t-shirts to mark their victory.Winners in each division contested at Redlands were:10 Years Girls: Gold Coast10 Years Boys: BMTA12 Years Girls: Gold Coast12 Years Boys: Gold Coast14 Years Girls: BMTA14 Years Boys: Redlands16 Years Girls: Toowoomba16 Years Boys: Redlands18 Years Girls: First Contact18 Years Boys: BMTAThe second tournament in the tri-series will be held in Toowoomba on the 10 June 2007. The Toowoomba tournament will be open to teams from the same regions as the Redlands Tournament. The final event will be held on the Gold Coast on the 24 June 2007. The Gold Coast tournament shapes as the biggest in the series, with between 70-100 teams expected to compete. The Tri-series, in its second year in existence, will be used by teams as a warm up and selection process for the inaugural Queensland Junior State Championships on the Queen’s Birthday long-weekend, and the  Queensland Junior State Cup from 5-8 July 2007. Other events: SQBD Junior Development Camp at Tallebudgera Recreation Camp this weekend.The Touch Football Queensland website: www.qldtouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)                                                         Play: # 4ACT Touch Contingent heads for Dubbo this weekendACT Touch will send four teams away to the NSWTA Country Championships in Dubbo this weekend. Several ACT based referees will also attend the event under the capable coordination of newly elected ACT Referees Association President, Michael Camplin. This year’s tournament is the first time that non-NSW teams have the opportunity to win the championships. Last year interstate teams were invited but played off in an interstate challenge instead of progressing through the main draw. ACT players are excited about the opportunity to take on the best from NSW. ACT Touch would like to thank NWSTA for the opportunity to play and participate fully in the tournament.Other events:The Inaugural ACT Touch junior winter competition starts at Deakin this Monday night.The Boys High Schools Gala Day will be held on 25 May 2007. This event will take place a week before the Girls High Schools Gala Day on 1 June 2007. ACT Touch is pleased to announce that its strong relationship with ACT Health continues for 2007/08, with ACT Touch receiving continued funding under the Health Promotion Grants scheme. ACT Touch is running a two-part Level 1 Selectors course in June. ACT Head Selector Sandra Hughes will deliver the course. Further details can be obtained by contacting Chris Tarlinton on telephone 6212 2880 or e-mail [email protected] The ACT Touch Association web-site: www.acttouch.com.auVICTORIA:Play: # 5TFA-Victoria awarded $40,000 Grassroots Sports Grant from Victorian Sport and RecreationThe Victorian Government has awarded Touch Football Australia – Victoria a Grassroots Sport Grant, worth $40,000 over two years. The grant will assist TFA-Victoria development officers promoting grassroots Touch Football in the target areas of outer metro Melbourne and regional Victoria. The grant is a clear sign of the increasing recognition of Touch Football by the Victorian Government as a great game for all ages, especially juniors.TFA-Victoria is confident that several more key project grants will be awarded over the coming weeks from the Victorian Sport and Recreation Department.TFA-Victoria State Manager David Brady, commended Game Development Officer Carly Goodrich for her initiative and work helping the sport to secure Grassroots Sport grants.  “Carly’s work has been tremendous in this area, and we will look to use the grant to increase our affliated membership base,” Mr. Brady said.Other events:Touch Football Australia Acting CEO Colm Maguire visited the brand new Touch Football Australia – Victoria offices at Sport House in Melbourne. Colm was provided a tour of the facility, the current offices and the new offices that will become the home business base of Touch Football in Victoria.Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auSOUTH AUSTRALIA: # 6Play:Mitchell Cup High Performance WeekendThe Mitchell Cup High Performance Weekend will take place this weekend from the 25 – 27 May at City Touch Clubrooms Park, 17 Greenhill Road, Eastwood, Adelaide. The weekend is the major selection event for the South Australian Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams to compete at the Canberra Cup in November. 59 players have been accepted for the High Performance Camp. 2007 Australian World Cup Representative stars Tony Eltakchi, Jason Stanton, Gary Sonda and Amy Fong will attend to mentor players.Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, and 2007 World Cup Australian Mixed Open Assistant Coach and current 20 Years Mixed National Coach Karley Banks will also be attending to run the rule over South Australia’s best players and coaches and help them develop key aspects of their High Performance Program.Other events:Touch SA’s Special General Meeting, a part of the dissolution process, will be held on the 22 May – 7.30pm at Office B, 20 Greenhill Road, Wayville SA.Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auThat’s it for the third edition of “A Set of Six”.Be sure to check the affiliated State web-sites for further information and all the latest news in Touch Football this week.last_img read more

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10 months agoLazio table 5-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye

first_imgLazio table 5-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have tabled a five-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye.Corriere dello Sport says the 19-year-old has been talking to the Rome club for the last month.If he can agree terms, he will leave Anfield next summer.Adekanye has trained with the first team this season but has been unable to break into the side.The Nigerian, who represents the Netherlands, joined Liverpool from Barcelona three years ago.He has also previously played for Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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4 days agoHolland coach Ronald Koeman has big club clause

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Holland coach Ronald Koeman has big club clauseby Carlos Volcano5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHolland coach Ronald Koeman has a clause in his contract that would release him to take over at Barcelona.The sporting director of the Dutch Football Federation (KNVB), Nico-Jan Hoogma, revealed in an interview with Fox Sports that Koeman has a clause in his contract that would enable teams to hire him after the conclusion of the 2020 European Championship, assuming they pay a fee.”Agreements were reached in this regard [for Koeman to leave], but [teams] would have to pay to do so,” Hoogma explained, without stating how much it would cost to terminate Koeman’s contract.However, Hoogma did state that he hopes that Koeman will see out his contract in charge of the Oranje, which includes the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.”The success of the Dutch national team can help him, but I hope we finish this process and work together until the World Cup in Qatar,” he noted.”I hope we can work together for a long time because I think it’s going very well.” last_img read more

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