‘Let’s not ruin the game’ – VAR concerns raised by Wolves boss

first_imgWolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo has criticised the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) process after his team had a goal chalked off in a 0-0 draw at Leicester City in their Premier League opener on Sunday.Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker found the back of the net in the 53rd minute, but the strike was ruled out after VAR intervention, with the technology showing the ball had struck Wily Boly’s arm in the build-up.When asked about VAR after the match, Espirito Santo didn’t dispute the decision, but made it clear he was worried about the process affecting the game – in particular a change in fan behaviour with the Foxes fans celebrating the call against Dendoncker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I didn’t see the images [of Dendoncker’s disallowed goal] – but I trust them. What can we do? [The VAR] has a TV and they can stop the image,” Espirito Santo said to Sky Sports in a post-match interview.”But what I’m concerned about is let’s not ruin the game. Things that weren’t before should not be now.”We have such a nice Premier League product, we cannot lose it. It’s what fans come here for – not to celebrate when [there] is no goal. That is not the real celebration of football. You celebrate when there is a goal. Creating these moments are not good for the atmosphere of the game.”There was one minute, 38 seconds of elapsed time between Dendoncker’s shot crossing the line and play resuming after it had been ruled out by the VAR.Espirito Santo was adamant the VAR process for Dendoncker’s effort was drawn out and reiterated the response from Leicester fans goes against what football is about.”Yeah, [the VAR process is too long],” he said.”And then after, the fans of Leicester with all my respect, they celebrate it – a non-goal. That’s not the mindset of the game.”Wolves continue their Europa League campaign in the third qualifying round against Armenia’s Pyunik on Thursday at the Molineux – having won the first leg 4-0 on the road last week.They will search for their first Premier League win of the season against Manchester United at home on August 19. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Rolls Royce agrees to pay 808 million on bribery claims

by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2017 6:25 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – Jet engine maker Rolls Royce has agreed to pay 671 million pounds ($808 million) to settle bribery and corruption charges brought by authorities in Britain, the U.S. and Brazil.U.K. High Court judge Brian Leveson approved a deferred prosecution agreement during a public hearing on Tuesday. The agreement follows a four year investigation, which will continue to look at the conduct of individuals.Britain’s Serious Fraud Office said the matter covers 12 counts of conspiracy to corrupt, false accounting and failure to prevent bribery in conduct spanning three decades. It was the largest ever investigation carried out by the Serious Fraud Office and cost 13 million pounds.“Bribery harms the reputation of the U.K. as a safe place to do business,” said David Green, the SFO director. He said the agreement “allows Rolls-Royce to draw a line under conduct spanning seven countries, three decades and three sectors of its business.”Rolls’ civil aerospace, defence aerospace businesses and former energy businesses were involved in matters relating to aero engines, energy systems and related services. The U.K.’s agreement covered conduct in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia, Nigeria, China and Malaysia.U.S. Justice Department officials have said that part of the business obtained through the scheme was for Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc., a Rolls-Royce subsidiary based in Mount Vernon, Ohio.Rolls-Royce said in a statement that the “voluntary agreements” will result in the suspension of prosecution. Company CEO Warren East apologized and said the behaviour of the past was “completely unacceptable.”“This was unworthy of everything which Rolls-Royce stands for, and that our people, customers, investors and partners rightly expect from us,” he said in a statement. “The past practices that have been uncovered do not reflect the manner in which Rolls-Royce does business today.”The company said it had co-operated with authorities and would continue to do so.Under the terms of the deal, the company will pay 497 million pounds plus interest to British authorities on a schedule of up to five years. It will pay the U.S. authorities $169 million and $25.6 million to the Brazilians.Transparency International’s U.K. executive director Robert Barrington says individuals should be prosecuted so the case serves as a deterrent to bribery.He argued, however, that the hint of prosecutions of individuals involved is too vague to assess whether the public interest has really been served. “A fine is insufficient as a punishment and deterrent, because at face value, it sends an unfortunate message that large companies can escape criminal prosecution by paying their way out — somewhat ironically for a bribery case,” Barrington said. Rolls Royce agrees to pay $808 million on bribery claims read more