S. Korean footballer admits submitting fake records for military exemption

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? South Korea’s national football players, defender Kim Young-gwon (R) and defender Jang Hyun-soo (L) attend a press conference at the Spartak Stadium in Saint Petersburg on June 15, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP)SEOUL — A South Korean footballer has withdrawn from playing on the national team next month after admitting he gave false community service records required for his military service exemption, the Korea Football Association said Sunday.Nearly every able-bodied South Korean man aged 18 to 28 owes 21 months of military service by law, but Olympic medal winners and Asian Games gold medalists are granted special exemption.ADVERTISEMENT The statement said Jang — who represented South Korea at the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics — had asked to be excluded from the national team for the matches against Australia and Uzbekistan in November to complete his community service.“I am very sorry for causing disappointment,” Jang was quoted as saying in the KFA statement.“I deeply regret what I did,” he said, adding that he will “faithfully” carry out his community service once the season is over.South Korea has recently hinted at a possible reform of its controversial military service exemption programme, which critics say unfairly rewards athletes and artists for their one-time achievements.Tottenham Hotspur star footballer Son Heung-min was among dozens of South Koreans who avoided being called for military service by bringing home gold at this year’s Asian Games in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award World Series: Boston on brink of title after Game 4 win over LA But they are required to complete basic military training of up to 60 days, as well as 544 hours of sports-related community service.Defender Jang Hyun-soo avoided conscription after winning gold at the 2014 Asian Games and submitted a document that he had completed nearly 200 hours of community service in December last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut it was later discovered that there was heavy snow on the day that Jang claimed to have carried out outdoor football lessons.In a statement the KFA said that Jang had “stirred up controversy” and would be excluded from two friendlies in Australia next month. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Ecobank Launches OMNI for Corporate Customers

first_imgEcobank Liberia, the Pan-African Bank, has introduced ‘Ecobank Omni Electronic Banking Platform,’ a new internet based cash management product to the Liberian market, which will ease money transactions from different parts of the world. Ecobank Omni is a portal for the bank’s customers to manage corporate banking transactions and information online. It is a multi-geography, multi-language and multi-currency platform that offers comprehensive set of electronic banking services to enhance service delivery.At the Ecobank 2016 customer’s forum event last Friday in Monrovia, the Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Steve Saah Howard, said the new product would offer customers an integrated cash management system that is flexible enough to accommodate varying business practices locally and across the globe. “This is an exciting new solution from the Ecobank Group that will enhance their services to customers and was developed as a result of feedback on the poor performance the bank received from its clients,” he added.He said Ecobank Omni is essentially a resource for multinationals, public corporations, international organizations and financial institutions that do business in or with Africa that will help them maximize their local and regional opportunities.According to him, Ecobank differentiates itself by offering unique, customer-focused products and services, adding that the Ecobank Omni is one such well-thought-out product based on an in-depth understanding and anticipation of the needs of their customers.“This is a manifestation of Ecobank’s vision to continually automate, develop and improve on our products and services, while taking full advantage of every opportunity that exists in our markets to grow,” Howard said.He stated that Ecobank Omni is a secure electronic banking channel providing corporate clients with single access for transaction and reporting needs.“This product offers a comprehensive suite of flexible online cash management solutions – all designed to help their corporate clients increase productivity,” he added.“With real-time global account access and customizable setup features, you gain control over your critical financials at every level of your organization,” he said, “stressing that irrespective of where you are in the world you are able to securely keep track of your payments, receivables and liquidity.”He added that the product would also allow every possible payment scenario such as bank transfers, interbank and offshore payments, and cheque insurance in local and foreign currencies; and the platform also allows for bulk file upload of salary and supplier payments.Mr. Howard indicated that they built the required security features to ensure that transactions are fully covered and protected.“User access can be restricted to accounts and functions. We are able to replicate your approval limits on this platform based on your internal signing matrix. The platform also allows multiple payment authorizations based on account, amount and payment type,” he noted.Going through the securities, he said, the Omni security has multiple tiers of firewall to prevent unauthorized access to your servers including role-based security implementation with each user configured to access particular accounts or perform specific tasks as per their designation within the company; and secure deployment of Trust Gate device provided by Identity Trust.In several recommendations and other feedback, he said, customers called on the bank to improve on its manager’s checks, transferring of large sums of money to another bank and refusing students’ school fees, among others.Giving the vote of thanks, acting Managing Director of Ecobank Liberia, Mr. David Thompson, promised customers that the bank will improve its customer service to meet their demands. He said the ‘Ecobank Omni Electronic Banking Platform’ is meant to make life easier for corporate clients, since it would enable them to handle multiple financial transactions electronically.The forum was graced by different stakeholders, government officials, NGOs, and other individual business operators.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bullying in schools requires immediate attention – CPCE Head

first_imgBullying in schools has become an ongoing trend in recent years and is mainly fuelled by discrimination. This calls for urgent attention by all stakeholders to tackle this matter before it escalates further.This was the position shared by Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) Principal Viola Rowe during a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence to commemorate Spirit Day.The event, which was hosted by Guyana’s Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guyana) and the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association’s Youth Advocacy Movement (GRPA’s YAM), was attended by First Lady Sandra Granger; British High Commissioner Greg Quinn; Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee; UNAIDS Country Director Martin Oditt and other representatives.Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October. It was started in 2010 by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan. It was introduced in response to a rash of widely publicised bullying-related suicides.Giving her remarks, Rowe encouraged all stakeholders to “act now in observance of Spirit Day 2018 to make commitments to join the fight to stop bullying against LGBTQ persons and, by extension, those who are targets because of their race, ethnicity, gender, physical appearance, financial status, religious persuasion, or intellectually ability.”She also mentioned the fact that schools have a legal and moral obligation to ensure that learners were exposed to safe learning spaces, adding that bullying must be curbed at the earliest stage.The CPCE Principal added that bullying was a threat to public health as it has major negative effects on persons’ mental and physical health, resulting especially in depression, anxiety, distress and suicide. She assured that the CPCE was supportive of any measures which could curb bullying.SASOD and GRPA’s YAM also took the opportunity to launch an essay writing competition for students in Grades Seven to Nine in secondary schools in Guyana. The topic for the essays is: “There should be effective policies and redress mechanisms to curb all forms of bullying and discrimination against students and teachers in Guyana’s schools.”last_img read more

Bona fides of political parties will be tested in constitutional reform process – Ramkarran

first_imgThe drive for ethno/political supremacy is so compelling that steps towards constitutional reform are hardlyFormer Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarranon the front burner, former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran observed.Constitutional approaches aimed at altering the existing system of election of the President and the structure of the State to encourage compromise and inclusivity in the political process is much needed in Guyana, however the willingness of the major political parties, though still diffident, will be tested in the upcoming process.In his weekly blog ‘The Conversation Tree’, Ramkarran explored the correlation between the census report and the support garnered by the two main political parties over the years to make a rough prediction of how the future series of events will unfold.He highlighted that the Indian population has declined from 326,277 or 43.4 per cent in 2002 to 297,493 or 39.8 per cent in 2012 while the African population has declined from 227,062 or 30.2 per cent in 2002 to 218,483 or 29.2 per cent in 2012.Further, the Amerindian population increased from 66,675 or 9.1 per cent in 2002 to 78,492 or 10.5 per cent in 2012 and the mixed population increased from 125,727 or 16.7 per cent in 2002 to 148,532 or 19.9 per cent in 2012.With this in mind, Ramkarran explained that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) obtains its support from the Indian and Amerindian communities.He said the Indian population declined by 96,924 between 1980 and 2012, that is, from 394,417 to 297,493, an absolute decline of 24 per cent.He noted that the increase in size of the Amerindian population did not make up for the decline in the Indian population since Amerindians increased by 38,149 between 1980 and 2012, that is, from 40,343 in 1980 to 78,492 in 2012.The difference between the reduction of Indians and the increase of Amerindians show a net loss of 58,775 or 15 per cent among the PPP’s voting support.On the other hand, he said, the A Partnership for National Unity obtains most of its support from the African and mixed communities.Ramkarran pointed out that between 2002 and 2012 the African population declined by one per cent whereas the mixed population increased by 3.2 per cent.Therefore, he noted that the APNU benefited from a net increase of 2.2 per cent in the population on which it relies for most of its support.He simplified that in numbers the African population lost 8,579 persons while the mixed population increased by 22,805, a net increase of 14,226 or 7 per cent.Notwithstanding, Ramkarran said neither the numerical nor the percentage support obtained by the parties between 1992 and 2011 show any basis on which it can be concluded that the ethnic population figures have had an impact on the results.He pointed out that the PPP’s support went up from 166,340 in 2011 to 202,694 in 2015, reflecting an intensification of political work after its disastrous performance in 2011.He added that APNU may also have increased from 139,678 in 2011 due to a similar intensification, but there is no way to tell what was the portion of the total vote of 207,200 that APNU attracted, since some of those votes were brought in by the Alliance For Change (AFC).Ramkarran noted though that the speed of the decline of the Indian population suggests that the PPP cannot expect to sustain electoral and political dominance, even if it does so in the short-term.In comparison, with APNU, the declining support of the AFC places the coalition in danger of losing a straight electoral battle with the PPP.“But our political history suggests that, with an ingrained culture of ethno/political competition, APNU/AFC and the PPP will take their chances in the next elections,” he surmised.In this regard, Ramkarran explained that while political differences and disputes are no worse in Guyana than elsewhere, the fact that one-half of the population feels alienated when it perceives that the other half is in power, hinders investment and economic progress.Thus, he underscored the need for political reform as he ignited the anticipation for the major political parties’ involvement in the process.“The intent and bona fides of the two main political parties will be tested in the upcoming constitutional reform process,” he stated.last_img read more

Sugar devastation wider than thought

first_img…private farmers, over 2000 workers forgottenWhile the plight of the 5700 sugar workers, who were unilaterally fired by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) just before Christmas of 2016 and Christmas of 2017 has finally percolated to the consciousness of the average Guyanese because of the added indignity of the Government refusing to pay their severance, an even more severe predicament has struck the more than 2000 workers along with private cane farmers at Wales, East Demerara Estates (Enmore/LBI), Rose Hall and Skeldon.These workers had been employed for decades by the private cane farmers and are as dependent on the income from this source for their livelihood – meagre as it was – just as the cane workers employed by GuySuCo. Unfortunately, their working arrangements were much more informal since they were not covered by the union contracts negotiated by sugar unions. For instance, they are not eligible for any severance pay as that owing to the fired GuySuCo workers and therefore face a gloomier future.The private farmers in and of themselves have made massive investments and at Wales contributed up to 40 per cent of the tonnage of cane when that estate was operating. The Government had promised since the closure at the end of 2016 to construct a road to transport farmers’ cane to Uitvlugt more than 20 miles away, but that never materialised. In the meantime, much of the cane has been abandoned by the farmers since it is not economical to ship the cane on the deplorable dams. The workers have obviously not been “required” and have not received any income in over a year.Over at Skeldon, farmers were supposed to provide up to 30 per cent of the canes according to the original modernisation plan, but even though this was never realized, the acreage is still significant and the commensurate workforce, very large. To keep Rose Hall active, private farmers as far away as East Bank Berbice, produced and shipped cane to the factories. The workers there are in the same boat as their colleagues at Wales.On the East Coast of Demerara, the sugar lands behind many of the historic villages such as Buxton/Friendship employed scores of workers on the plots cultivated by private cane farmers who shipped the cane to Enmore factory, now shuttered. While the Government has spent large sums of money to make some lands cultivable, they have refused to address the plight of these now redundant cane farmers and workers. The workers say Government is digging a hole to fill another hole, but they have lost a bird in the hand.Guyana Times spoke to these workers in each of the locales after a number of them approached it and their fears for their future was palpable. They are pleading that the politicians and trade unions also address their plight.In May, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo. This move has seen some 4763 sugar workers being placed on the breadline. There have been countrywide protest actions since the announcement, calling for the closures to be reversed as well as for the retrenched workers to be paid their full severance.According to the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, redundant workers are to be paid severance upon termination of their employment. The law state, “On termination of his employment, an employee whose severance or redundancy has completed one year or more years of continuous employment with allowance, an employer shall be entitled to be paid by such employee a severance or redundancy allowance…”However, the workers from Enmore, Rose Hall and Skeldon estates were dismissed on December 31, 2017, without being paid their severance.After months of saying that there was no money to pay the displaced workers their entitled severance, President David Granger just over two weeks ago announced that some $2 billion has been earmarked to pay redundant sugar workers 50 per cent of their severance by the end of January, while the remaining monies will be paid in the second half of the year.But this move came in for much criticism with stakeholders, including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), saying it is a flagrant breach of the labour laws. Government subsequently announced last week that those redundant workers entitled to $500,000 and less will receive their full severance.On Friday last, various Government Ministers including Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo visited the now closed estates to address the fired workers and where met with protest at the three estates.last_img read more

Santa Fe dominates Rosemead

first_imgSanta Fe (14-13), which finished fourth in the Del Rio League, advanced to face league foe and No. 2 seed La Serna in the second round on Saturday. Rosemead, which shared the Mission Valley League title with Mountain View, finished 14-12. “We definitely got the start we wanted,” Santa Fe coach Matt Zamora said. “Rosemead was a league champion and we wanted to set the tone early. “We were in a funk, we kind of got out of it, then got back into it, and the team just got frustrated.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – There have been good nights and bad nights for the Santa Fe High School girls basketball team this season. Thursday was one of the good nights. The Chiefs, receiving double-digit scoring from four players, jumped out to a 13-point advantage in the first quarter and cruised to a 67-44 victory over host Rosemead in a CIF-Southern Section Division III-A first-round game. center_img “In the playoffs, you never know what to expect. I just was hoping we could play well early on and hopefully cruise in the second half, and luckily we were able to do that.” The Chiefs’ game plan worked to perfection. Santa Fe, getting a game-high 18 points from senior guard Debbie Chavez and 13 from senior forward Krissi Sylvis, took a 16-3 lead in the first quarter, withstood a surge from the Panthers near the end of the quarter and early in the second before an 18-5 barrage closed the first half for a comfortable 38-16 edge. “All season we’ve been a little inconsistent,” said Zamora, whose team also received 11 points each from Jessica Vingerelli and Brittany Aranda. “That’s why our record was 13-13 (coming into the game). But our shots fell (Thursday), and when we are shooting well, it looks pretty good.” It didn’t look great to Rosemead, which failed to keep up. The Panthers, who received 12 points from Evelyn Ramirez, scored the first points of the second half – a steal and layup by Jessica Ly – but Santa Fe quickly countered with a 9-0 blitz capped by a Sarah Sandoval 3-pointer for a 47-18 lead with six minutes left in the third quarter. “They were just on today,” Rosemead senior Cam Tran said. “We kind of made a push for it, and it just wasn’t enough. last_img read more

Cara House to support Letterkenny community this winter

first_imgAs winter approaches the services of Cara House Family Resource Centre will be of use to even more people older and vulnerable people in Letterkenny.Living alone? Our befriending volunteers visit people in their own homes for an hour a week, take people shopping or do shopping for them at no charge.Want more company? Our drivers collect people and bring them to Cara House for meals or courses or just for company in the drop-in room. This is a free service. Delicious lunches are available. These can be delivered on weekdays.Our Helping Hands men can do small DIY jobs and painting or bring in coal, change a plug or check the smoke alarm. We also have housekeepers who make beds, wash floors etc. There is a small but affordable charge for these services. If there is any way that you feel we can help you or someone you care for please let us know 9123986 or info@carahouse.ie. Cara House is also looking for your ideas as to how they can further develop services over the next three years.Cara House to support Letterkenny community this winter was last modified: November 19th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CARA HOUSEhelping handsletterkennyvolunteerswinterlast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: FEMALE TRAINING MYTHS

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: A few weeks ago, I discussed a few myths regarding weight loss. You can read that here.Today I am going to lay out a few myths that just won’t seem to die when it comes to women and training.1.“Women shouldn’t lift heavy weights.”  This is something that I hear on a daily basis.The usual line goes ‘I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to get too bulky. I just want to tone up.”That ‘toned’ look that nearly every woman wants is the result of a low level of body fat and an increase in muscle.Lifting lighter weights for higher repetitions will not ‘tone’ and shape your muscles. There is simply not enough stimulus for the muscle. Ladies, you are not going to wake up one morning , look in the mirror and say, ‘Whoops! I went and got too big’. It’s never going to happen.2.‘’You can ‘Spot Reduce’ fat’’:What I mean by ‘spot reduce’ is the idea that if you don’t like your tummy, then all you have to do is a load of sit ups and you will only burn fat on your tummy.The body doesn’t work that way I’m afraid.You cannot burn fat from only one area of the body. When you eat right and train, you will lose fat from all over your body. If you naturally carry fat in a particular area of your body, then this will be the hardest to lose it from.Get a sound nutrition and training plan and this will help speed up the process.3.“Sit ups burn fat”:Sit ups do not burn fat. 4.“Doing hours of cardio will get you the body you want.”Every day, I see people who want to get in shape coming into the gym, going through the same cardio machines day in and day out but getting nowhere.If you enjoy it, keep doing it.If you want to change the shape of your body, you don’t necessarily need cardio to begin with, but you absolutely need to weight train.Your diet will govern your weight loss; the right training will help you get to where you want when it comes to the shape of your body.5.“Women need to train differently from men!”There is absolutely no reason that women should train differently from men.In fact, doing bigger compound exercises like squats, push ups, lunges, pull ups and deadlifts will have a better effect than isolation exercises like leg extensions, bicep curls and triceps kickbacks.These bigger exercises allow you to move more weight so you are stimulating more muscle, which will help you get better results.6.“Muscle will turn to fat when you stop training!”This is impossible. Muscle cannot turn to fat.That’s like saying a toaster can turn into a kettle. They are two completely different things.If you stop training and over eat calories, you may lose some muscle mass and gain some body fat, but you can easily rectify this with a few tweaks to your diet and by starting training again.7.‘’If you lift weights, you will gain weight’’Muscle does not weigh more than fat.A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat.However, muscle takes up much less surface area, so your weight on the scales might not change that much, but your clothes could fit much better and the shape of your body could drastically change for the better.If you have any question on starting weight training or for getting a program based on your starting point, contact me through the link below.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Personal-Training-and-Performance/120518884715118* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: FEMALE TRAINING MYTHS was last modified: March 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefemale training mythsfitness columnlast_img read more

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL DRAW: ST EUNAN’S V ST MICHAEL’S AND N CONAILL V KILCAR

first_imgSENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW: ST EUNAN’S V ST MICHAEL’S AND N CONAILL V KILCARThe draw was made this evening for the semi-finals of the Donegal Senior Football Championships.St Eunan’s will play favourites St Michael’s. Kilcar will take on Naomh Conaill in the other semi-final.  SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL DRAW: ST EUNAN’S V ST MICHAEL’S AND N CONAILL V KILCAR was last modified: September 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAA drawSemi-FinalsSFClast_img read more

Tottenham’s Champions League clash v PSV at Wembley will go ahead, UEFA confirms

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News huge blow no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED The NFL logo was still visible during Spurs’ defeat to City REVEALED Spurs need a victory to stand any chance of making it out of their group MONEY BEST OF Tottenham’s Champions League clash against PSV on Tuesday night will be played at Wembley Stadium, UEFA has confirmed.The playing surface was in poor condition for Spurs’ Premier League defeat to Manchester City as it was played 24 hours after an NFL game. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 2 Large sections of the pitch were brown, the surface was uneven and the NFL logos and distance markings were still visible.Concerns about the game were raised when reports emerged that UEFA was due to perform an inspection of its condition, but the governing body has now confirmed it was a routine procedure done by Wembley staff.PSV will train on the pitch on Monday night and the game will go ahead as planned on Tuesday.Tottenham vs PSV preview A UEFA statement read: “The pitch assessment conducted today was not a UEFA one, but a standard type of visit and quality measurement that the Wembley Stadium management does before every match.“We can confirm that the media activities planned for today, as well as the game itself, will take place as scheduled.”Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says expects the condition of the Wembley pitch to have improved. He has seen pictures of the surface and says it is on the mend.“I think it’ll improve a little bit – they’re working so hard to improve it,” he said. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury “I saw pictures, I think it’s better. The condition will be the same for both sides. Nothing to complain about.”Spurs defender Ben Davies would not be drawn on whether his side would have the advantage of playing on such a poor surface.He said: “We’ve played on it before and we know what it’s like but it’s the same pitch for both sides. We’ve both got to play on it.” 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more