Diego Martínez: “What gives me the most anger is the expulsion, Barça doesn’t need it to win”

first_imgI congratulated my players because we have been very focused. We lacked a bit of precision. We have defended very well and we have bothered Barça-Has it influenced playing with one less?I found it very rigorous. In the same minute Vidal has gone without yellow. It is very hard and annoys me for my players. Barcelona doesn’t even need these grants.Are you going happy despite the defeat?The result must be assumed. The team has played with soul. But what causes me the most anger and hurts is the expulsion. Where has the equipment failed?In attack we have been able to do things better, but it would be very unfair to point them out. Every time a Barça player catches it, everything is extremely difficult.Have you noticed many differences with this Barça de Quique Setién?We expected a club with the ball and pressing up. They make all the walls at the first touch and play very precise. If Barça has its day it is unstoppable.Has Germán been irresponsible with that entry?I have not seen it, but I insist that it hurts me the most is that next week we lose it.In the press conference on Saturday, he commented that they were going to Camp Nou to do things they didn’t want, what did he mean?I didn’t want to be so much without the ball, but Barça forces you to always be in a low block. What rating do you make of the match?last_img read more

“Irish TDs need to be more vocal in condemning racism and hatred” following Charlottesville

first_imgRuairí McKiernan, the co-founder of the Ballyshannon born SpunOut.ie youth organisation, has joined in major protests in New York in response to what some say is President Donald Trump’s failure to condemn U.S white supremacist groups. Ruairí, who is a Presidential appointee to the Council of State, has been meeting with community groups in New York and was motivated to join the protests at Trump towers following the recent killing of young civil rights activist Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. “When I heard Trump was in New York I felt compelled to make my voice heard. It’s too easy to just sit back in silence. This is a pivotal moment in history. It’s horrific to see what is happening here in the U.S but thankfully people are becoming increasingly energised and vocal in their opposition to a type of politics that is reminding people of America’s cruel history of racial segregation. There’s no doubt that terrorism is something that needs to be tackled.“However what Trump is doing is fueling terrorism, including extreme right terrorism, and using it to his advantage.”“It was surreal to be outside Trump towers, to see the billionaire President arrive in the building where he conceived many of the policies that have led to people losing vital health care benefits, as well as attacks on immigrants and minorities, and the rollback of environmental protections.“Ultimately Trump’s regime is eroding democracy and enriching his friends at the expense of the majority. It has to be remembered that he lost the popular vote by three million votes, and the opposition to his rule is massive.” Ruairí says it is important for people to make a stand be heard on some of the issues that are facing the U.S and elsewhere. He says Ireland also needs to prepare for the possible visit of Donald Trump who was been invited here by Enda Kenny.“The history of Europe has stark reminders of dictatorships and fascism. Look at what happened in Germany, in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. So called strong men play on the real concerns of people. They demonise minority groups and stir fear and hatred in order to strengthen their support. Hitler was also elected and it’s important we take these lessons from history.”“In Ireland we have a long history of fleeing war, oppression, hunger and poverty and we could do we remember the suffering of our ancestors and having more empathy with those who need our help in the world today.“It is also a fact that much of the terrorism and war in the world today is the result of the policies of people like Trump who seem to think violence can create peace.”“We need real visionary leadership right now and silence isn’t an option. This includes protests if or when Donald Trump visits Ireland. The hate emanating from his regime means peace and democracy are at risk and this affects all of us. There are questions for Irish TDs on this – they need to be more vocal in condemning such racism and hatred.”“Irish TDs need to be more vocal in condemning racism and hatred” following Charlottesville was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donald TrumpRuairi McKiernanSpunout.ieterrorismlast_img read more