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Serie A expresses ‘extreme worry’ over ban on gambling-related ads in Italy

Serie A has expressed “extreme worry” after the approval of a new decree that would see a blanket ban on any gambling-related advertising in Italy.

The Decreto Dignita, which was approved by Italy’s council of ministers on Monday, will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

All advertising of gambling-related products and services will be banned, while sports clubs will also be prohibited from carrying sponsors from that industry. Those with existing agreements will be granted concessions to honour their contracts, while the decree excludes the state-run national lottery.

It will impact directly on sport, especially football, where more than half the Italian clubs in top-tier Serie A have a sponsorship deal with a betting company.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

“The Lega Serie A is following with extreme worry the developments of the ‘Decreto Legge Dignita’ and the impact on Italian football of rules which ban advertising from betting firms,” said the governing body in a statement.35

“In highlighting the clear disparity compared to other countries in Europe and the world, where such bans don’t exist, and showing the negative consequences of such a measure, the Lega Serie A points out that in the 2017-18 season 12 top-flight clubs had a partnership agreement with companies from the betting sector.”

It said football clubs would lose millions of euros worth of sponsorship.

More money could also be lost from a knock-on effect on revenue from the sale of television rights as TV companies would not be able to sell advertising slots at high prices to gambling firms during games.nike jerseys nfl cheap

The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), which represents the leading privately owned European online betting and gaming operators, told The Associated Press that “each year gambling operators contribute about €120 million ($140m) to sponsor sports teams and leagues in Italy.”

Serie A’s governing body pointed to the success of the Premier League and warned of lost money for Italian teams.

“In the Premier League, identified by everyone as the benchmark for its ability to generate resources, 45 percent of clubs have a gaming firm as a shirt sponsor and in all the stadiums, on screens pitchside, there is advertising from betting companies,” its statement said. “Prohibiting the firms from this sector to invest in advertising in our country would bring competitive disadvantages to Italian clubs, directing abroad advertising budgets meant for our teams.”

Wayne Rooney: England ‘should be dreaming now’ of World Cup glory

Wayne Rooney has urged England coach Gareth Southgate to give his players “a lot of freedom” in their World Cup round-of-16 game against Colombia, and said the Three Lions can start dreaming about lifting the trophy already.china nfl jerseys cheap

The Three Lions will face Colombia on Tuesday after advancing from Group G as runners-up with wins over Tunisia and Panama before a defeat to Belgium in which Southgate opted to use his reserves.

A win against Colombia would leave England among as the favourites to reach the final from their side of the bracket, and the Three Lions’ all-time leading goal scorer said the young squad have the ability to take the game to the South Americans.

“They’re good. They’ve got a lot of potential. They’ve been exciting, young, great energy, playing with a lot of freedom,” Rooney said of England’s chances while speaking to ESPN FC on Monday at his introductory news conference with D.C. United.

“I just hope Gareth allows them to do that in this game against Colombia and doesn’t maybe think it’s a knockout game you need to hold back a bit. Let them play. I think they’re enjoying having that freedom. They’re expressing themselves.12

“I think sometimes if you take a bit away from that it might hurt us, but I’d say let them play and let them continue to go on.”

Should England reach the quarterfinals, only the likes of Sweden, Switrzerland, Croatia and Russia stand between them and the final.

And asked whether England can start dreaming of glory if they beat Colombia, Rooney said: “I think we should be dreaming now.”

But regardless of the results to come, Rooney also stressed that the fans should get behind the team, which is likely to feature many of the same players at Euro 2020 and the next World Cup.

“It’s early, but whatever happens now in this World Cup — whether we go out tomorrow or we go on and win it — the fans and the media back home, I think they need to get behind these lads.

“I’ve seen it two years ago. I said it two years ago when I was captain of the team: give these lads a bit of time, because I’ve seen the quality and the ability they all had.authentic nfl jerseys china

“And, again, after this tournament, whatever happens now, get behind them, because in two years’ time, four years’ time, that might be the support that helps them go on and win that trophy.”

Southgate took his share of criticism for opting to make eight changes against Belgium, who won 1-0 to top the group. But Rooney said he had no doubt that Southgate made the correct choice in allowing the likes of Harry Kane to rest for the knockout stage.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp delighted as coach Pepijn Lijnders returns

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is pleased to welcome Pepijn Lijnders back to the club, describing his return as “really important.”

Lijnders, who left his post as first-team development coach to manage NEC Nijmegen in January, returned last month in a “senior capacity” as part of Klopp’s backroom staff.

The 35-year-old was dismissed by NEC in May after failing to achieve promotion to the Eredivisie, but Klopp feels he returns to Merseyside with greater experience.where to get nfl jerseys cheap

“It’s good. It’s very, very good. We sent him away for half a year to get very important experience and to have him back now feels just fantastic,” he told Liverpool’s website.

“When he came in the building, everybody was really delighted about that. He’s a fantastic person and a fantastic coach, so it’s really important that we have him back and I’m really looking forward to working together with him.”11

Assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has been absent at the start of Liverpool’s preseason work.

Buvac’s situation remains unresolved after Liverpool confirmed in April that he would be spending time away from the club for personal reasons.

Meanwhile, the 26 Liverpool players not on international duty reported to Melwood on Monday after the summer break, with Andrew Robertson taking part in his first full preseason as a Liverpool player.

The left-back completed his transfer from Hull midway through last summer, meaning he missed out on the preseason tour to Hong Kong.

“I think I did the first three weeks with Hull so it was a lot different — it’s always good to get a full preseason with the team you’re going to be with,” he said.china nfl jerseys cheap

“Over the close season I’ve been working on getting fit and now I want to get fitter until August and it’s all leading up to that West Ham game [on the opening weekend] now.”

West Ham, Wolves both interested in West Brom’s Ahmed Hegazi – sources

West Ham United and Premier League newcomers Wolves are chasing West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi, sources have told ESPN FC.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Hegazi has been away at the World Cup with Egypt this month, playing in all three games against Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia as his national team failed to progress from the group stage.62

Hegazi started all 38 Premier League games last season and his impressive performances brought him to the attention of a number of clubs, with West Brom facing a major battle to keep hold of him following their relegation from the Premier League.

He was one of West Brom’s best players and has a release clause in the region of £10 million in his contract at The Hawthorns, with Hegazi’s suitors ready to trigger the release as they look to land him for a bargain fee.

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bolster his defensive options and Hegazi figures highly on his wanted list as he reshapes the squad at the London Stadium.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

Wolves, who are planning for life back in the Premier League, are planning to add quality to their ranks and the fact Hegazi has Premier League experience makes him an attractive proposition.

Socceroos are going to give Australia a night to remember – Mat Ryan

Maty Ryan has promised Australians a night to remember as they try to beat Peru and advance from Group C as just the second Socceroos side to reach the knockout rounds of the World Cup.

Ryan is one of the few players to have featured from the get-go in Australia’s qualifying mission that began three years ago.

He said putting the scale of the achievement into context was near impossible.

“It’s difficult to find words to describe that,” he said.

“It would be the absolute meaning of why myself and many others play this sport. To be as successful as you can and try and create as many lifelong memories.

“If we’re successful in achieving that tomorrow, I dare say not only us as players but the whole nation of Australia is going to remember that night.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“And that achievement, for the rest of their lives. Just as the team did back then in 2006 in Germany.”

In 2006, Harry Kewell’s late equaliser against Croatia in Stuttgart sent the Socceroos into the round of 16 at their expense.

Germany’s World Cup — including Tim Cahill’s iconic goals on Australia’s drought-breaking return to the tournament — was a formative experience for the modern-day team.61

An experience, a dream, they will now live against Peru in Sochi on Tuesday night.

“I for one am never going to forget those nights,” Ryan said. “Getting up and celebrating in Australia when we beat Japan and getting the results we needed to progress.

“And obviously the heartache that followed in the Italian game.

“It would mean the absolute world to me and show all the sacrifices and dedication all over the years to achieve something like that.

“It would have all paid off.”

Coincidentally, the Croatians loom as a likely opponent for Bert van Marwijk’s side if they are to replicate the feat of the 2006 team.

In Russia, the equation is trickier than it was for Guus Hiddink’s trailblazers.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

Not only must Australia beat the already eliminated firebrand South Americans, they must also hope France defeat Denmark.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi brace lifts New York City FC past Orlando City

Rookie Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored two goals as NYCFC remained unbeaten at home with a 3-0 victory over Orlando City FC on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

Tajouri-Shradi made it 1-0 by converting New York’s first scoring chance in the 35th minute. Trailing the play, he went into the box, took the pass from Anton Tinnerholm and released a nifty left-footed shot after defender Donny Toia fell to the ground that sailed into the far side of the net.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

Tajorui-Shradi’s big night helped NYCFC improve to 6-0-0 at home and beat Orlando for the second time this season.

He added his seventh goal of the season by converting a rebound off a free kick by Maximiliano Moralez in the 78th minute.

It was the second career two-goal game for the 24-year-old, who was born in Switzerland to Libyan parents. He also tallied twice on March 24 in a 2-2 tie at the New England Revolution.

Moralez made it 3-0 in the 87th minute after Orlando was unable to clear the box twice, just moments after David Villa hit the crossbar with a left-footed shot.

NYCFC is outscoring opponents 18-2 in six home games this season.48

NYCFC improved to 8-3-3 on a night when Villa was not in the starting lineup. No reason was given for Villa’s absence at the start, but he warmed up briefly on two occasions around the 22nd minute and the 52nd minute before entering the game in the 65th minute.

Orlando played without leading scorer Dom Dwyer for the third straight game with a lower-body injury. Dwyer, who was seen at training this week, missed his sixth game this season, and Orlando dropped to 0-5-1 when he sits out.cheap official nike nfl jerseys

Orlando, which lost its fourth straight game, was unable to convert five corner kicks and missed a golden opportunity to tie the game on a penalty kick in the 48th minute when Sacha Kljestan hit the right post with his right-footed shot.

New York’s Sean Johnson made two saves and notched his 48th career shutout. It was his fifth shutout this season.

Alan Gordon, Aleksandar Katai lead Chicago Fire past San Jose Earthquakes

Alan Gordon and Aleksandar Katai scored as the Chicago Fire defeated the hapless San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday at Toyota Park, winning at home for the just the second time in five matches.

Gordon put the Fire on top in the 29th minute as he ran to the far post and jumped over San Jose defender Jimmy Ockford to head Luis Solignac’s cross from the right sideline past Earthquakes goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. Johan Kappelhof also received credit for an assist on the goal.nike cheap nfl jerseys

Katai added to Chicago’s lead four minutes into the second half, taking a nifty pass from Brandt Bronico on the head run to beat Earthquakes forward Florian Jungwirth into the box before lobbing a shot over the head of the hard-charging Tarbell and into the far side of the net.47

Gordon and Solignac had great chances to add to the lead in the 57th minute, but each player had shots cleared off the line by San Jose defenders after they got past Tarbell.

San Jose cut the Fire’s advantage in half in the 74th minute when Danny Hoesen rushed into the zone to receive a pass from Chris Wondolowski and boot it into the goal, as Chicago keeper Richard Sanchez had no chance to respond.

Katai had a chance to ice the match in the 85th minute, but his hard shot from inside the 18-yard line was parried wide by Tarbell.

San Jose has won just once away from home in eight matches in 2018 and has just one victory in its past 12 outings. The Earthquakes dropped their third straight game and extended their winless streak to four matches.nfl nike jerseys cheap china

The Earthquakes outshot Chicago 14-13 and each team had four shots on target. San Jose also earned advantages in blocked shots (6-3), crosses (25-10), total passes (481-433), possession (53 percent to 47 percent) and duels won (51-47), but had little to show for its good work.

San Jose returns home to host LAFC next Saturday while the Fire stay in the Windy City to host New England, also on Saturday.

Liverpool need a dose of Houllier pragmatism and a Karius replacement after UCL woe

Liverpool’s hugely disappointing 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final shouldn’t affect the long-term view of the team’s progress under Jurgen Klopp.

It’s the nature of all sport for competitors to keep improving, however, to test their limits and see how far they can go. That will apply to the Reds next season too.nike nfl jerseys cheap china

There would be a lot of fans who’d look upon fourth in the Premier League, 135 goals scored and reaching a cup final as a perfectly good return for Liverpool next time out.

The final was a bleak way of ending the season, not for the defeat so much as the manner of it. Losing Mohamed Salah so early was a massive blow and the errors of Loris Karius combined with an awe-inspiring strike from Gareth Bale meant they were doomed to fail on a night they needed most things to go their way.

They did benefit from a curious, toothless performance from Cristiano Ronaldo, but that was about the only break Liverpool caught all game.

The search for solutions to yet another cup setback began almost before the final whistle. A new goalkeeper was high on everybody’s wish list. While there was sympathy for Karius’ obvious distress, it didn’t stop fans from urging Klopp to make this his main priority in the summer.348

Finding an improvement shouldn’t be tricky, but what will stay the same is an all-round urge to get forward even when a little pragmatism is called for. A keeper told to release the ball quickly at every opportunity was bound to come unstuck. It happened in the quarterfinal second leg at Manchester City too, in the opening minute no less.

Karius put Virgil van Dijk under enormous pressure and an early goal resulted, when any sane team with a 3-0 first-leg lead would be moving at a snail’s pace and trying to silence the home crowd.

That’s the problem, though. This isn’t a sane team and has suffered various stumbles as a consequence. Liverpool conceded two goals or more in 17 of their matches, almost a third of them. They conceded three goals in one half seven times. That’s not acceptable, but their high-octane approach to football also resulted in Liverpool’s second-greatest season for scoring goals. Tampering with the formula may lead to a serious malfunction.

There’s a marked contrast to almost everything this team does with the one that began the century with three cups in one year under Gerard Houllier. They could often be boring but still managed 127 goals themselves, albeit in a lot more games played. There’s no question about which of the sides fans would prefer to watch, but winning trophies is what ultimately matters.

Most probably wouldn’t want a return to the days of the French pragmatist in every single aspect, but this team and manager could learn from them.customized nfl jerseys cheap

For one thing, the goalkeeper and defence were protected far more. Nobody would call Sander Westerveld one of the club’s best keepers, but he didn’t need to be.

Kyle Walker hopes to be England’s driving force at World Cup

Kyle Walker had to follow his parents on the motorway at the start of his senior football journey, but this summer he is aiming to be a driving force for England at the World Cup.

No outfield player accumulated as many minutes in qualifying as Walker did and just four of the 23 players Gareth Southgate is taking to Russia have won more caps than the defender’s 34.

An international veteran in this Three Lions squad, cheap nfl jerseys china nike Walker can still recall how green he was when he had his initial taste of first-team football a decade ago as an 18-year-old loaned to Northampton from Sheffield United.

“It was a massive opportunity for me,” he recalls of the nine-game spell. “I can remember driving down with my mum and dad. They were in the front car and I had to follow them down because I’d never driven on a motorway before! So it was strange.347

“They came in and watched me train. [Adebayo] Akinfenwa was there. Leon Constantine. And I was thinking, ‘These guys are going to think I’m a kid with my mum and dad!'”

There were other experiences early in Walker’s career, away from Britain’s motorways, which would stand him in good stead for what was to come.

It was early in the defender’s Blades career when he was first deployed as a centre-back — though it is unlikely his performance in a 2009 FA Cup loss to Hull persuaded Southgate to move him inside for England’s most recent friendlies.

“I did play central defence for Sheffield United — in my second game there against Hull,” Walker explained. “I had Chris Morgan to the side of me which was helping me a lot and if I did anything wrong I’d be sure to find out about it!

“Caleb Folan was the centre forward. He was a classic target man. I was like, ‘Morgs, you please go and head! And I’ll sweep up behind you.'”nike nfl jerseys cheap china

A season with Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions Manchester City has also been particularly educational.

Walker feels he has a greater appreciation of tactics, both for his personal role and the collective, and will look to use Guardiola’s lessons with an international team aiming to buck the trend when it comes to major tournament disappointment.

Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek calls step to first team ‘massive’

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has spoken about the difficulties faced by young players breaking into the Chelsea team, as he prepares to play in the World Cup for England.

Loftus-Cheek spent the season on loan at Crystal Palace, after failing to make much of an impression on the senior side at Stamford Bridge, nike cheap nfl jerseys despite excelling at youth level. He was part of the Chelsea teams that won the FA Youth Cup in 2014 (a tournament they have won five years in a row), and also the first of their UEFA Youth League-winning sides.

However, with the possible exception of Andreas Christensen, none of the players involved in any of those victories has gone on to establish themselves in the first team.

Most have been forced to leave on loan, with the likes of Tammy Abraham, Kasey Palmer and Izzy Brown, as well as Loftus-Cheek himself, seeking temporary moves to get regular football. Nathaniel Chalobah and Dominic Solanke left the club altogether on their paths to senior football blocked.288

“I was at Chelsea for a while and progressed quite quickly until I got to the first team, and then it was different,” said Loftus-Cheek. “I was used to playing every minute of every game, but when you get to the first team the step up is massive.

“There are world-class players in front of you and that step up is difficult at a big club like Chelsea, no matter how talented you are. Experience plays a big role as well, at the top level. I understand why it is difficult.”

Despite his season being disrupted by injury, Loftus-Cheek was excellent for Palace, and when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was ruled out of England’s World Cup with a knee injury, he was the natural choice to come in.

“I took something from both of them,” he said, when asked if it was better to work with elite coaching and facilities at Chelsea or to play regularly for Palace.

“For me to be around a squad of winners is good for me to be a part of, so I can analyse and see the dynamics of the squad and the team. Then to be at Palace, who struggled at the start of the season, and see the dynamics of the team and how they act when they are not doing so well — it is good for me to see both so in the future I know what it is like.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

“Being at Chelsea I improved a lot with the training, because I think personally the coaches are the best and the facilities are the best and I improved a lot as a youth player growing up in the academy.”