Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Ernest John Obiena also made the country proud on Friday after claiming the bronze medal in men’s pole vault, an event usually dominated by China, Japan and South Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Navarro dazzles in first game with Stags Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Xu Xiao of China likewise registered 16.45m but Diones had a better second best jump of 16.43m compared to Xu’s 16.41mIt was the third medal of Diones in an international meet the past three months after winning the gold in the 2017 Thailand Open last June.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The BS Criminology graduate from Jose Rizal University also topped the Ayala National Athletics Open in Ilagan City last May where Diones reset the national record to 16.70m.After these feats, Diones is now a strong contender for the gold in the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. New Philippine record in men’s triple jump by Harry Diones (left). Photo by June NavarroTriple jumper Mark Harry Diones is now a force in the continental scene after capturing a silver medal Saturday in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India.The 24-year-old from Libmanan, Camarines Sur jumped 16.45 meters behind the golden effort of China’s Zhu Yaming (16.82m).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUpdated 2:13 a.m., Sept. 11, 2019MANILA, Philippines — San Beda showed too many weapons in the Red Lions’ most dominant triumph so far in the NCAA Season 95 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Azkals drub Guam for first win in World Cup Qualifiers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ato Ular came a basket short of tying his career-high of 19 points in the Letran win, which was a lot closer than what the final score indicated.This year’s hosts, the Chiefs, fell to 2-8 while the Heavy Bombers absorbed their seventh defeat in 10 games.AC Soberano and Calvin Oftana also came up with solid contributions as well as Filipino-Canadian James Canlas, all of them conspiring in a huge second-quarter run that took the sting out of the Generals for good, 54-23.With a first-rate defense that closed out on EAC’s shooters, the Lions limited the Generals to just eight points while unloading a scoring binge on the other end for that imposing 31-point advantage at halftime.They were never threatened after that and even widened the gap, 89-48, with still four minutes remaining.The scores:SBU 98 – Nelle 13, Tankoua 13, Doliguez 13, Soberano 12, Oftana 12, Canlas 9, Alfaro 8, Bahio 7, Etrata 3, Carino 3, Cuntapay 2, Noah 1, Obenza 1, Visser 1, Abuda 0EAC 66 – Taywan 19, Maguliano 17, Luciano 7, De Guzman 5, Cadua 3, Mandoza 3, Carlos 3, Martin 3, Estacio 2, Gurtiza 2, Dayrit 2, Corilla 0, Boffa 0, Gonzales 0Quarterscores: 16-14, 54-23, 75-42, 98-66. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But more importantly, the unbeaten Lions are now 10-0, inching their way to a comfortable position going into the Final Four.“Our main objective is to make it to the top two right away, so that we’ll be twice-to-beat in the semis,” said Fernandez.Sophomore guard Evan Nelle dished out 13 points and 11 assists, and gunslinger Clint Doliguez and beefy forward Donald Tankoua also scored 13 each as the Red Lions sent the Generals to their ninth defeat in 10 games.Lyceum and Letran later downed their respective rivals to forge a two-way tie for second place at 7-3.The Pirates survived the hard-fighting Arellano Chiefs, 93-90, while the Knights subdued the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers, 81-61.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments And the superior performance immediately came after coach Boyet Fernandez issued a stern warning that no team in the league should be taken lightly.Fernandez raised the alarm of complacency after the Lions scraped past the Mapua Cardinals last week to sweep the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4His Lions responded in an unforgiving way.“It’s still a long way to go, but I hope we can sustain this type of game that we played today,” said Fernandez after the Lions dumped Emilio Aguinaldo College for the 22nd consecutive time with a 98-66 win at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan Tuesday. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist
Box Score The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team were at home to the Nipissing Lakers on Saturday afternoon at Goldring Centre. The Blues swept the match 3-0 (25-20, 25-10, 25-14).With the win Toronto improves to 7-3, while Nipissing falls to 6-4 on the season.Second-year outside hitter Brianna Patrick had a game-high, and career-high, 16 points off of 14 kills and two aces. Fourth-year left side hitter Anne Feore notched 10 points from eight kills and two aces, while adding six digs. Rookie setter Rayn Perry tallied 30 assists and three digs in the win.The first set was a see-saw battle but a kill by Brianna Patrick gave the Varsity Blues a 16-15 lead at the technical time out. From there, Toronto held onto the lead and Nipissing never caught up. A final kill from Brianna Patrick sealed the first set, 25-20.Both teams battled hard to start the second set but Toronto dominated the scoreboard, getting out to a 9-1 lead and with some great work from Feore, the Blues took a 16-5 advantage into the break. U of T continued to dominate, eventually taking the set 25-10.After a close start in the third set, the Blues pulled away, going on a 5-0 run and, thanks to a highlight-reel dig by Emma Armstrong, took a 16-9 lead into the technical timeout. The Blues closed out the victory and Natasha Lewis notched the final kill, taking the third set 25-14.The Varsity Blues next game is at home to the York Lions tomorrow, Sunday, January 21. It is the second matchup of a five-game homestand for the Blues and marks U of T’s fourth annual OVA Day. Opening serve is scheduled for 3 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Story Links Print Friendly Version
Story Links Second-year forward Louie Bieman scored the lone goal as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s hockey team dropped a 3-1 exhibition decision to the Concordia Stingers on Friday night (Sept. 21) in Montreal.HOW IT HAPPENED: After a scoreless first period, Bieman got the Blues on the board with a powerplay marker four minutes into the second frame. The Stingers evened the score three minutes later and took the lead for good with a goal with 50 seconds remaining in the period. Concordia added an insurance marker midway through the third periodSecond-year netminder Madeline Albert posted 29 saves in the loss.UP NEXT: The Blues continue their Montreal road trip tomorrow, taking on the McGill Martlets at 5 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
0Shares0000Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp watches as his players warm up ahead of the EFL Cup semi-final second-leg football match against Southampton on January 25, 2017LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Jurgen Klopp said he felt like being sick after Liverpool conceded a damaging late equaliser in their 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.Klopp’s side looked set for a crucial victory in their chase for Champions League football on Wednesday, having recovered from Benik Afobe’s early goal to lead 2-1 through finishes from Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi. It was a sign third placed Liverpool could still find goals in the absence of injured top scorer Sadio Mane.But there was a setback for Klopp as Coutinho, who was sick in the dressing room at half-time, had to come off with 25 minutes to go.And the manager said that he felt ill himself after Joshua King scored for Bournemouth with three minutes to go at Anfield.Klopp said: “We had to change Phil because he felt sick at half-time. He said he feels better now, so that is good, but it was clear when he made a signal that we had to make a change.“There’s no joy when you have to take off your best player. He played really well.“We could have closed the game in one moment, but we didn’t, we left it open,“Then they scored from the second ball after a set-piece and it made me nearly vomit.“We have to recover. It’s one point more than before. It’s not what we wanted but we could have been worse. We have lost already games like this this season and today we didn’t so maybe that is a positive.“We have to take it. It is my responsibility all of this, I have to be more clear but we will find a solution. Our set-pieces tonight I thought were really good.”– Defensive errors –Liverpool have made a habit of committing defensive errors this season and did so again, as Georginio Wijnaldum’s under-hit back pass allowed Afobe to give Bournemouth a seventh-minute lead.Klopp insisted that he took responsibility for any mistakes his players make, adding: “When my son does something that is not right, probably I have some part of the responsibility. I should have explained better.“The bad things are my responsibility, the good things are the responsibility of the players. I think that is a good deal because I have the age to get it.”Bournemouth’s point extended their unbeaten run to five matches, and they look increasingly likely to survive in the Premier League.Eddie Howe’s side have recovered well from a poor run that brought them just two points from their first seven league matches of 2017.Howe was particularly pleased with the midfield displays of Harry Arter and Jack Wilshere in frustrating Liverpool.The Bournemouth manager said: “There were two huge performances from them. If you’re loose in your shape, Liverpool will punish you. They were very disciplined.“I thought we defended very well, that is my first starting point. It’s very difficult coming here. “Everyone knows how precious every point is. To restrict them to long shots was a signal that our defensive display was very strong.“We tweaked what we would normally do. Tactically, if you watch us every week away from home, we were a little bit more passive. We withdrew our strikers in the middle of the pitch.“With the quality Liverpool have, if you switch off for a second, they punish you. Fortunately we never gave up and were able to salvage an equaliser.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
SANTA CLARITA – Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital has scaled back its controversial master plan, due for an upcoming vote by the Santa Clarita City Council, official said Friday. The planned expansion of the hospital proper has shrunk by more than half with the removal of inpatient and administration buildings, which were to be part of the project’s final phase. The expansion also includes office buildings and parking structures. Newhall Memorial is seeking the city’s approval for a master plan that would detail how the facility could be built out over the next 20-plus years. The Planning Commission approved the plan last fall, allowing the hospital to triple the size of its nearly 333,000-square-foot medical complex. The build-out phase drew controversy because it included a future traffic study, but that phase and the study were eliminated. “We cut back the plan going to council after the Planning Commission’s approval because our biggest problems in addressing future issues were the build-out phase and what impact (it) would have on traffic and other environmental issues,” said Roger Seaver, Newhall Memorial’s president and CEO. The revised plan calls for nearly doubling the size of the complex. The design includes four buildings; three would house medical offices and an inpatient building would provide more hospital beds. Accompanying those are four parking garages. The hospital now has 230 beds, while the plan calls for adding 140 more. Seaver is intent on re-establishing the hospital heliport – shut down in 2005 when the emergency-room expansion began – and tackling parking problems. Some 20 beds would be added to the hospital when administrative workers move from there into the first medical office building. “We can’t do any of that if we can’t get this thing approved,” Seaver said. The hospital immediately will lease half of the 80,000 square feet in the first medical office building, he said, adding that other office buildings would be built according to demand. The original project was 916,611 square feet, the Planning Commission recommended approval to the council of 837,211 square feet and the hospital is now proposing 660,355 square feet. Opponents agree the hospital needs to grow, but they’ve criticized the balance of hospital space versus medical office space. Councilman Bob Kellar called for the study to determine whether the plan’s proportionality makes sense. The study, performed by Atlanta-based Kurt Salmon and Associates Inc., concludes that the plan’s scale and medical building space are appropriate. It faults inadequate space afforded inpatient services and says if the problem is not solved the “competitiveness of the hospital may be impacted.” Seaver did not have time to digest the just-released study and was not ready to comment on the matter, he said. Five of the 11 hospitals compared in the study are located in Northern California. “Why were not more local hospitals in the comparison,” said Councilman Tim Ben Boydston, who has peppered the hospital with questions about the plan. “I’m surprised there’s not more of a range of comparison with hospitals with more medical office building space and hospitals with much less medical office building space – because that’s one of the things as a council person I asked for.” Patrick Smyth, the senior manager who oversaw the study, said the goal was not to compare nearby hospitals but to determine how close staff physicians’ offices are to hospitals of similar size serving similar communities. About 40 percent of the Newhall Memorial complex is owned by G&L Realty Corp., which develops medical-related properties. The company provided an infusion of cash when the hospital went into bankruptcy several years ago, and Seaver is widely credited with turning things around. The hospital and G&L paid for the lion’s share of the $47,500 study, while the city paid about $7,000 for the portion that explored future medical needs in the valley. A revised development agreement between the city and the hospital also was made public Friday. The document would offer the hospital more certainty about its plans if the master plan is approved, by greenlighting the footprint, square footage and maximum height and general location of buildings. email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Micah Richards insists he will demand regular first-team football from his next club.The Manchester City defender’s contract expires in the summer, and the Blues have no interest in retaining the 26-year-old.Liverpool, Aston Villa and Sunderland have all been linked with moves for the right-back, who has spent this season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina.And the England stopper claims he wants a guaranteed starting spot next season, having been restricted to just 14 starts for the Viola.“I’ve not played enough games out here [at Fiorentina],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “I feel I’ve done well enough to be in the starting XI.“Obviously being a loan player it’s difficult. I’ve loved every experience though and definitely feel I’ve improved as a player.“My last game is on Sunday and I’ll sit down and discuss with my family what the best thing is going forward.“It will be a team which guarantees me time though.“Over the last couple of seasons, at Man City when Pablo Zabaleta came in and did really well, I found myself on the bench.“Then I went to Italy and I was guaranteed to start, but they changed the formation and the manager believes he has other players who can play positions better than me.“I can hold my head up high though.”
The Magpies have struggled to land their top targets this summer 1 Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has revealed he would stand aside if a wealthier investor was interested in taking over – but does not expect to be inundated with offers.A rare interview with Ashley was broadcast on Sunday, shortly after the Magpies were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham on their Premier League return, spanning the entirety of the businessman’s 10-year stint at the helm.And while fans will surely have been interested in Ashley’s conciliatory words towards a number of former managers – including Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer and Sam Allardyce – as well as his regret over rebranding St James’ Park, his thoughts on the future created most intrigue.Excerpts from the Sky Sports Premier League programme previously showed Ashley admitting the the money available to boss Rafa Benitez was “not enough”, and the full broadcast showed him willing to entertain overtures from those who could provide more.“I have got to make it crystal clear. I am nowhere near wealthy enough to compete with Manchester City and Chelsea,” he said.“It is a wealthy individual taking on what is the equivalent of countries. I cannot and I will not.“And that is why if someone wants to come along and take this seat and fund Newcastle with their nought on the end more than me, I will not stand in Newcastle’s way.”The 52-year-old was quick to add that he was pessimistic about the prospects of such funding arriving and instead began looking to the future.“One of the reasons I am doing this interview is that there are not many people out there who will actually stand up and do it,” he said.“So Newcastle fans, we could be doing this together for a little while longer. We have the man in Rafa and let’s hope we can generate some funds and give Rafa some chance to get some building blocks going over the next couple of years.”Asked if he might even bring up a second decade in charge, he said with a smile: “We will see.”There was plenty of contrition in his appearance, starting with a mea culpa over his poorly-received decision to rename the stadium ‘Sports Direct Arena’, after his sportswear company, in 2011.“The first thing you feel is stupidity, when you actually see the hindsight of something you know you shouldn’t have done,” he said.“I should not have changed the name of St James’ Park. I should not have done that. I wanted to get naming right, get money for it and put it back into the football club.“Actually, the vast majority of Geordie fans would rather have St James’ Park and maybe finish a place lower in the league because they want it kept special.”As for some of his former managerial employees, he was largely in generous mood.On Allardyce, whom he sacked in 2008, Ashley said: “I apologise to him, I was too hasty.”He also said of the man who brought Newcastle back into the Premier League in 2010: “I thought I was very unfair on Chris Hughton, who got us promoted, I don’t think gave him enough time.”As for club favourites Shearer and Keegan, who failed to last under his regime, he added: “I don’t think for either of those two individuals that it was too much for them.“It wasn’t always easy for Kevin at the football club. We didn’t have the structure around to support him with the signings and everything else and I will take the responsibility for that.“So, Kevin, if I have let you down in any way I apologise.“Alan Shearer came in at a time where he was probably one of the only people on this planet that would have kept Newcastle up. He did an absolutely fantastic job in everything else but the odd result not going our way.“Never say never though, Alan, if you are watching.”
WASHINGTON – Dubai Ports World, the company whose planned takeover of major U.S. port operations ignited a political firestorm earlier this year, has agreed to sell those operations to AIG Global Investment Group. The company announced the deal Monday. The U.S. operations at six major U.S. seaports in New York/New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, Tampa and New Orleans were valued at approximately $700 million, but DP World did not disclose the sales price. The deal also involves stevedoring operations in 16 locations along the eastern seaboard and Gulf Coast and a passenger terminal in New York City. “While we are disappointed to be exiting the U.S. market, the price we received was fair,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the chairman of DP World, said in a statement announcing the deal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’One of the loudest critics of the original deal said he was pleased and expected the deal to clear the few regulatory hurdles that remain. “This is an appropriate final chapter to the book on the Dubai Ports World deal,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. “This is very likely to receive broad support in Washington and throughout America.” AIG Global Investment Group is an asset management firm with more than $635 billion in assets. The company’s managing director Christopher Lee said the company is “very committed to ensuring that the company continues to be one of the industry leaders in setting standards for port security.” DP World is based in the United Arab Emirates and is the largest marine terminal operator with 51 terminals in 24 countries. The sale still requires regulatory approval from several port authorities, including New York and New Jersey. The sale is expected to close in the next few months, DP World said. The Bush administration had agreed last January to allow DP World to acquire the U.S. port operations, but as soon as the deal became public they were fiercely attacked by members of both political parties. Critics of DP World cited the UAE’s history, noting that some of the money that financed the Sept. 11 terror attacks moved through their banking system, and the government’s past support of Afghanistan’s Taliban government before the 2001 attacks. As a result of the public pressure, DP World ultimately agreed to sell off the U.S. assets. The Department of Homeland Security, which had tried to defend the initial DP World acquisition, had no comment Monday, agency spokesman Russ Knocke said. Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey, who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, pledged his party would keep a closer eye on such deals in the future by conducting “the type of oversight that has been completely absent during the Republican Congress.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Rose, Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were particularly targeted by groups of home fans within the Gradski Stadion in Podgorica as the Three Lions won 5-1 on March 25.Sterling celebrated his goal in the game in front of the Montenegrin fans, who were heard directing monkey chants to England’s black players.UEFA announced on Friday that Montenegro had been order to play their June 7 qualifier at home to Kosovo in an empty stadium as a result.Further charges, carrying fines amounting to 20,000 euros (£17,260), were handed down by the governing body for the setting off of fireworks, throwing objects on to the pitch, crowd disturbances and stairways being blocked. 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “I wouldn’t want to go back there, but obviously if I have to play there I will play. It’s not on my list of destinations to visit.“That is not to say the whole country is like that, but I have only been there once and I’m mentally scarred a little bit and I am not in a rush to go back there.”Rose said earlier this month that he “can’t wait to see the back of football” because of the lack of decisive action to tackle racism in the game.England manager Gareth Southgate was visibly upset about the treatment of his players after the game.Anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out also criticised the punishment from UEFA. REVEALED Rose was subjected to racist abuse when he was booked towards the end of the 5-1 win Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Rose is shocked about the tame punishment given to the racist Montenegro fans huge blow Tottenham’s Danny Rose has said he is shocked by the leniency of the punishment doled out to Montenegro after a number of their supporters racially abused England players last month.Montenegro have been ordered by UEFA to play their European Championship qualifier against Kosovo behind closed doors. no dice Tottenham full-back Rose said he was “lost for words a little” but “not surprised” by the punishment.“I don’t think it is a harsh enough punishment for someone to learn from in the future, just a one-game ban and 20,000 euros – it’s a bit shocking but there is not much I can do now,” Rose, who admitted he had been “mentally scarred” by his experience in the country, told Sky Sports.“I just have to hope that I never have to play there again, it’s a shame that this is where we are now and I just have to get on with it. BEST OF 3 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Southgate was visibly disappointed after hearing racist chants made to Rose during the game It said on Twitter: “Ever since England’s black players received this shocking abuse we have called for the strongest punishment.“This decision falls way short of that.”The Football Association added in a statement: “We hope that their next home match being played behind closed doors sends out a message that racism has no place in football or in wider society.“We will continue to work with the relevant authorities in football to ensure that all players are able to enjoy the game in a discrimination-free environment.”