Will it affect this defeat ?: “It is clear that today we will spend a fucking night. Surely tomorrow too. But in the end this is football. The weekend we have another game and we have to get up. We have to see that the team has competed in both games.” Valverde-Morata play: “I cannot enter to value what each one does. We are dedicated to ours and nothing else.” Defeat for penalties: “The penalty shoot at the end is luck, intuition, but we have to stay that the team has competed, both against Barcelona and today. The defeat is a hard stick for us but we will get up from this as we have done other times.”To compete: “We seek to compete, which is what the master always asks us and the fans on that side have to be satisfied because the team fought, they left everything. That shows they have that illusion, that hunger to win things. It could not be but surely in the future, if we continue to compete like this, some title will come to us. “ Felipe: “We must be proud of our work in both parties“Sensations: “They are complicated because you are always playing to be champion. But we must be proud because we did a great job in both games and that will help us grow even more.”Is the team reinforced by the Super Cup despite the defeat in the final?: “Yes. I value it that way, positive. We played a great game against Barcelona, demonstrating the strength of this team and we also played the same way against Real Madrid. Now we must think that we made a great game and we should feel proud. “Penalties, does that lottery hurt?: “Sure. Because the human being is not used to losing. But now we have to raise our heads because we have many things to do. The team has shown a lot of strength. It is a new team, with many new players, and this will help us grow . On a personal level I am very happy here, integrated. “ Victor Machín ‘Vitolo’ spoke at the end of the Spanish Super Cup that lost Atlético de Madrid against Real Madrid in the penalty shootout.
The current and former presidents of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have pledged their support to the Senatorial bid of George M. Weah for Montserrado County, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The two football administrators called on every football player, coach and manager as well as sympathizers of football to elect what they called Liberia’s football idol on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for the Senate.Mr. Hassa Bility and Hon. Edwin Snowe made their public declaration last week on a radio talk show in Monrovia.Mr. Bility said in the two general elections and a by-election, he didn’t support Mr. George Weah and the Congress for Democratic change (CDC), but this election, he will campaign vigorously for Africa’s football legend.Though, he didn’t state while he is not supporting BYC Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Sirleaf, reports said his support is a payback to Mr. Weah when he was indefinitely suspended from all football activities by CAF Executive Committee.Snowe’s declaration didn’t come as a surprise owing to the continuous dispute between him and Robert Sirleaf over wide range of issues including the ownership of “Oil Blocks.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mabaruma mayoral election fiasco…maintains by-elections should have been heldThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors in Mabaruma have collectively decided to continue their boycott of all meetings chaired by incumbent Mayor Rupert Henry Smith after he was re-appointed Mayor by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In keeping with the instructions of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, the Town Council of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) held elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Monday last.Smith was nominated as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For ChangeMayor Rupert Henry Smith(APNU/AFC) pick for the mayoral chair while Councillor Vibert Emmanuel was the PPP/C’s pick and following the voting process a tie of 6:6 was declared. This according to Chapter 28:01 resulted in the need for another round of voting, which was done with the same results. However, Town Clerk Barrington Ward wrote to Minister Bulkan requesting his intervention.In a letter dated March 15, Bulkan appointed Smith Mayor.“By virtue of the authority vested in the Minister of Communities in Section 13 (8) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, which also provides that in such circumstances the Minister shall select one of the above-nominated Councillors as the Mayor, it is hereby declared that Councillor Henry Rupert Smith is the Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma for the ensuing year,” the letter noted.This, however, did not go down well with the PPP/C Councillors, who were furious at the Minister’s appointment, since they have a matter of similar nature before the courts. The Councillors have collectively decided to continue their protest of boycotting all meetings chaired by Smith.This position was related to Guyana Times by Opposition Member of ParliamentPPP/C MP Collin Croal(MP) for the Region, Collin Croal. He noted that the Councillors would continue working for the betterment of their constituents, but would not support the person that sat in the mayoral chair unless a democratic process was employed for his or her election.“The Councillors all would continue to do their work and attend the committee meetings and the statutory meeting, but when the instrument is handed over (at the statutory meeting) and the Mayor have to chair it, then they will walk out of that meeting,” he explained.“By staying there and recognising the Mayor would give legitimacy to his post and it was not a democratic process that got him there,” Croal added.Croal further related that in the event of a second tie, according to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, the power to break that tie lay with the registered voters within the town. According to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, “on account of equality of votes, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”In April of 2017, Justice Diana Inshanally quashed the appointment of Smith as the Mayor and ordered that fresh elections be held. The ruling was as a result of PPP’s Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the decision by Bulkan to appoint a mayor after there was a 6-6 tie in the number of seats won at the 2016 Local Government Elections.Justice Inshanally noted that the appointment violated the Municipal and District Councils Act because it was “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void, and of no legal effect”.With the same situation playing out again, Croal said that they were still awaiting a ruling on the 2016 case, which would decide if they were to challenge Smith’s appointment once again.He added that they would continue their protest as Smith was expected to be sworn in as Mayor for a third term soon.