Monk raises glass after Swansea win

first_img “The problem is they have so much individual quality to create something out of nothing and it doesn’t sometimes matter how you set up. “We stuck to it and I felt at the right moment we got another goal and then changed to block it up.” While United boss Van Gaal was left to count the cost of defeat in the race for Champions League qualification and face up to Robin van Persie’s potential spell on the sidelines following an injury which saw the Dutch striker leave Swansea on crutches, Monk insisted his players can now create even more history. Swansea are within 10 points of matching their best Premier League points total of 47 from their debut 2011-12 campaign and, with 12 games of the season remaining, Monk feels eclipsing the mark will act as a source of motivation in the months to come. “Obviously our motivation is to get to 40 points as soon as possible,” Monk said. “I know we will do that anyway, but get it done and then 47 is the best we have had. “So that’s the next one, let’s make sure we beat it and we are remembered for this season.” Manchester United had never lost twice to Swansea in the same campaign but Monk’s men claimed a historic league double when they repeated their 2-1 victory at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season in south Wales on Saturday. And Swansea boss Monk admitted the achievement persuaded him to end his abstinence from alcohol. “I probably haven’t had a drink in eight or nine months but I will have a glass of red with the family after this,” Monk said after outwitting United counterpart Louis Van Gaal for the second time. “I am there to set the standard and I have not had the time for a drink. “That’s the business now – it’s not like being a player. “You have to get straight back on to the next bit.” Monk ripped up his usual formation to match United diamond’s system but the portents did not look good when Ander Herrera fired the visitors into a 28th minute lead. But Ki Sung-yueng levelled within two minutes and Bafetimbi Gomis’ inadvertent winner when he got in the way of a Jonjo Shelvey pile-driver to provide a crucial deflection and signal only United’s second defeat in 20 games in all competitions. “I looked at United and saw the way they were likely to set up,” Monk said explaining his change of system. “I felt we couldn’t let them get too much control in midfield so we changed it a little and I thought it worked really well in the first half. Garry Monk has revealed he will raise a glass to celebrate a slice of Swansea history. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pakistan batsman Khalid Latif handed 5-year ban for spot-fixing

first_imgPakistan batsman Khalid Latif has been handed a five-year ban and fined one million rupees by the anti-corruption tribunal after finding him guilty of six breaches of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption code.The detailed order of the tribunal released on Tuesday confirmed that the three-member bench found Latif guilty off all six charges, brought against him by the PCB in the spot-fixing case during the Pakistan Super League in Dubai in February.The tribunal, headed by a former judge of the Lahore High Court, has already banned Test opener Sharjeel Khan for five years with half of the sentence suspended on spot-fixing charges.PCB’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said the detailed order on Latif showed that the tribunal found him guilty of meeting with a bookmaker, Yousuf on 8th and 9th of February and agreeing to spot-fixing in a match.”It is irrelevant whether Khalid played a match or not. The full order finds him guilty of breaching the code of conduct.”Latif has also been found guilty of trying to instigate teammates to spot-fix and convincing Sharjeel to meet with the bookmaker in Dubai.Latif and his lawyer now have 14 days to file an appeal against the ban and fine.Sharjeel has already appealed against his ban and the PCB has appointed a former judge of the Supreme court to hear his petition from Wednesday in Lahore.”Sharjeel has already filed his appeal while the PCB has also appealed with the independent adjudicator,” Rizvi said. He said the PCB had appealed since Sharjeel was found guilty on all six counts of violating the anti-corruption code, half of his ban should not be suspended and that he should also be fined.advertisementRizvi also said that the cases being heard against Pakistani batsmen Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hasan would also be decided soon by the tribunal.Asked about a statement made by a senior official of the UK national crime agency before the tribunal about the possible involvement of few other Pakistani players in spot-fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League, Rizvi said since the tournament was a domestic event of the Bangladesh cricket board they would first have to take a decision on whether to open investigations into the allegations.”If they don’t open investigations in 180 days then the PCB can decide to hold its own inquiry,” he said. Rizvi said while the PCB was conducting a disciplinary hearing against the accused cricketers but the Federal Investigation Agency could also concurrently hold criminal proceedings against the players on corruption and fraud chargeslast_img read more