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Social media backlash as Amartey ‘disrespects’ Chelsea pennant after FA Cup win

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Amartey Chelsea Pennant Controversy FA Cup

Black Stars and Leicester City player Daniel Amartey was an unused substitute when his club outfoxed Chelsea to win the English FA Cup on Saturday at the Wembley stadium.

One of his post-game celebratory acts as captured in his club’s dressing room has generated a Twitter debate accusing him of disrespect to the opposing club.

Amartey was captured in a social media video that trended yesterday, displaying momentarily and flipping a Chelsea pennant to the floor.

The action tagged “disrespectful” was reported by several football portals, generating diverse reactions from those that saw it as a petty swipe, to others who saw the fun side of it whiles for the majority, it was a sign of outright disrespect – most going as far as demanding an apology.

The pennant Amartey is accused of disrespecting was exchanged during the pre-match practices between captains of the two sides.

Neither Amartey nor his club has commented on the issue as yet.

Brendan Rodgers’s side had four African players, two of whom played crucial roles in securing the victory.

Nigerian duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi were part of the starting line-up whiles Amartey and Senegalese Nampalys Mendy started from the bench.

Chlesea equalized through Ben Chiwell but a Video Assistant Referee, VAR, check ruled out the strike as an offside.

It Leicester’s first final appearnace since 1968 with the Foxes holding the record of most appearances in a final without winning the trophy till yesterday.

The loss meant that Chelsea kissed goodbye to their dreams of a trophy double this season – with the FA Cup lost, Thomas Tuchel’s side have the Champions League final to fight for as they come against Manchester City later this month.

20,000 fans were allowed into the Wembley Stadium for the fixture, the biggest crowd since COVID-19 lockdown.

Below are some tweets around the issue:

 

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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We are focused – Kotoko warn rivals

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Ghana Premier League side Asante Kotoko have sent some words of caution to their rivals as the campaign gradually reaches its conclusion.

The Ghanaian giants go into the weekend on the back of a 3-2 win over Inter Allies which moved them on par with arch rivals Hearts of Oak on 53 points.

They are expected to face Karela United in the following week after battling it out with Thunderbolt FC in the MTN FA Cup.

Ahead of the title run in, they sent words of warning to other teams.

 

Source: footballghana.com

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‘Grateful’ Andre Ayew bids farewell to Swansea City fans

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Andre Ayew has expressed his gratitude to English Championship side Swansea City as the Ghana international leaves the club.

Ayew leaves the Liberty Stadium despite ending the previous two seasons under Steve Cooper as Swansea’s top scorer.

He was unable to produce the moment of magic Swansea City required as they were beaten by Brentford in the Championship play-off final.

The 31-year-old has scored 35 goals in 106 appearances since rejoining Swansea from West Ham for an initial £18m in January 2018.

Ayew originally joined Swansea on a free transfer from Marseille back in 2015 scoring 12 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier League, before joining West Ham for £20.5m a season later.

The forward has been linked with a return to Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the ongoing transfer market.

He has also been reported to be closing in on a move to re-unite with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds United.

 

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

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PHOTOS: Suspected car bomb found near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy’s Euro 2020

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There were doubts over Wednesday night’s Euro 2020 clash between Italy and Switzerland after a suspected bomb was discovered near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, just before kick-off.

Italian security forces were called to the scene after a passerby spotted a suspicious item inside a parked car while headed for the Euro 2020 match.

The suspected bomb was found near the Piazza Mancini area of the capital, just a few kilometres away from the stadium at around 5.40pm, reported Corriere dello Sport. 

 Suspected car bomb found near Rome?s Stadio Olimpico ahead of Italy?s Euro 2020 (Photo)

The road surrounding the car was blocked by security officials to allow the bomb squad to carry out operations to diffuse the explosive.

According to reports, the bomb appeared to be homemade with gunpowder, bolts and electric wires. The police have not yet officially confirmed the device as a bomb.

Rome mayor Virginia Raggi said the bomb was found attached to an official’s car, while noting the seriousness of the situation and expressing solidarity. She did not, however, link the bomb threat to the match.

“A bomb was found in the car of Marco Doria, president of the Table for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome. A very serious fact, I express my full solidarity,” Ms. Raggi wrote on Twitter.

Italian politician, Carlo Calenda said the official in whose car the bomb was found was allegedly targeted following the redevelopment of historic Roman villas in the city.

Mr. Doria had faced threats in the past over reforms of park services. Investigations have been launched by the police in the case.

The match kicked off at 8 pm as Italy and Switzerland clashed for their Group A game. The host won by 3-0 over Switzerland in their second match and became the first team to enter round 16 of Euro 2020.

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