FA charge Emery after Brighton bottle-kick

first_img“I say yesterday my apologies, I kicked the bottle in frustration but not for the supporter, I kicked for me and it went near to the supporter and I said to them my apologies. There is not another communication.“I repeat today my apologies for my individual action but I kick the bottle because it is near me, but not because it is my intention.”Emery, while hoping the matter was done and dusted, added he would respect any decision taken by the FA.“I hope so, yes,” he replied when asked whether his apology should close the book on the incident.“But I have to respect the decision because it is a circumstance of my action but not another intention from me with the supporter. I say to them my apology,” the 47-year-old added.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after kicking a water bottle into the crowd during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Brighton on Boxing Day.A Football Association spokesman said Thursday: “Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been charged following the game against Brighton yesterday (26 December 2018).“It is alleged his action of kicking a water bottle during the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 6pm (1800 GMT) on 2 January 2019 to respond to the charge,” the FA spokesman added.Spanish boss Emery went to speak to the home supporter nearest where the bottle landed immediately after the incident and again at full-time at the Amex Stadium.Emery, speaking earlier Thursday before the FA’s announcement and ahead of Arsenal’s trip to league leaders Liverpool this weekend, said he hoped his apology would draw a line under the incident.last_img read more

Strickland’s 66 leads the Brabazon

first_img30 May 2019 Strickland’s 66 leads the Brabazon Charlie Strickland shot a bogey-free 66 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds.The 20-year-old from Sussex was five-under par in tough conditions of wind and drizzle, holding tight to his score with good par saves on the final two holesHis closest challenger in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play is Cornwall’s Harry Hall on 68, while four players are grouped on two-under 69 and another six on 70.Strickland’s confidence is high after finishing third in the recent Irish Amateur and he started with a pair of birdies. “I just kicked on from there,” he said. “I missed a few chances going out, but it was really steady.”He reached the turn in three-under and added another pair of birdies on 11 and 12, holing from 25ft and 12ft. “From there I knew it was really hard coming in, so I concentrated on getting it on the fairway and on the green.“I felt there was a good score coming. I’ve been playing well, but not really carrying it through the round, so I’m happy with that,” said Strickland, from Ham Manor Golf Club.Harry Hall (West Cornwall) returned from university in the USA only on Tuesday, but after four years of crossing the Atlantic he’s learned how to dodge the jet lag.During his final year at college he won twice and he demonstrated his form at Alwoodley, collecting an eagle and three birdies alongside a couple of bogeys.But most importantly, he produced a string of solid pars at the end of the round: “It was really brutal into the wind on the last five holes and it was a solid finish,” said Hall, who got up and down from a bunker behind the 18th to complete his 68.The Yorkshire challenge is led by 16-year-old Ben Schmidt from Rotherham Golf Club. He posted two-under 69, with a strong finish of birdie, par, and shares third place.“I kept the ball in play, didn’t make any major mistakes which cost me and I had a couple of good par saves,” he said. Among them was the 13th, where he had to come out sideways from a bunker, but then got up and down from 100 yards.Schmidt, from the England boys’ squad, is playing in this event for the first time and is keen for a good result. He has plenty of inspiration from within his county: Yorkshire has provided two of the last three Brabazon champions, with Nick Poppleton winning last year and Jamie Bower in 2016.The group on 69 includes England A squad player, Jake Bolton of Ogbourne Downs in Wiltshire. He missed the cut in the recent French Amateur – but turned it to his advantage. He went straight back to his coach to refresh his swing and was hot off the blocks today with four birdies in his first five holes.“I hadn’t seen my coach for eight weeks so we tightened everything up,” said Bolton, who also switched back to his old putter after trying a new model over recent weeks. “It’s got my confidence going for the rest of the week,” he said, after signing for his 69.Also on two-under are Scotland’s James Wilson and Jake Hapgood of Wales.The best start in the championship belonged to Kent’s Cameron Lombard (Canterbury) who holed a 15ft putt for birdie on the first, then chipped in for eagle two on the second. But the finishing holes were less kind to him and he finally signed for one-over 72.Click here for full scoresImages copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Alwoodley Golf Club, Brabazon Trophylast_img read more

WSECU Spreads More Than $21K in Good Cheer for Giving Tuesday

first_imgFacebook141Tweet0Pin0 WSECU West Olympia Branch Staff pictured with Trudy Soucoup of Homes First.“There is so much focus on gift buying at this time of year,” said Ann Flannigan, WSECU’s Vice President of Public Relations. “There’s no question that can be fun. But it’s also a great feeling to come off the biggest shopping weekend of the year and give to community partners that do such important work to foster shared prosperity.”WSECU is on pace to have invested at least $450,000 in support for 501c3 organizations in Washington state. Their focus is initiatives that are centered around: education; self-sufficiency; public employees & assets; and entrepreneurship. For more information about WSECU’s community investments, visit www.wsecu.org/community. Submitted by WSECUWSECU hit the road this week to drop off checks for $1,201 at 16 nonprofit agencies across Washington, including nine in the central and south Puget Sound area. The credit union joined in the Giving Tuesday movement, a national effort to bring attention to charitable giving during a time otherwise focused on consumerism. This is the third year WSECU has participated.Local charities that benefited included:Housing Resource Center of Lewis County – ChehalisWSECU Olympia Branch staff pictured with Schelli Slaughter and other representatives from Family Support Center.Multi-Service Center – Federal WayLiving Access Support Alliance – LakewoodOut of the Woods Family Shelter – OlympiaSideWalk – OlympiaFamily Support Center – OlympiaHelping Hands House – PuyallupOperation Warm: Tumwater Fire Department – TumwaterHomes First – Olympia“We were thrilled to learn Homes First would be a recipient of WSECU’s Giving Tuesday generosity this year,” said Trudy Soucoup, Executive Director of Homes First. “This will go a long way to putting people into healthy and safe homes they can afford.”WSECU used the date of Giving Tuesday, Dec.1, as the basis for its contributions of $1,201 to each group. This year, the credit union focused on nonprofits that support clothing banks and housing needs. In total, the credit union distributed $21,618 for Giving Tuesday.last_img read more