What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool got into trouble for playing Pedro Chirivella 3 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LIVE on talkSPORT Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Klopp said he didn’t think the club had done anything wrong targets A statement from the EFL continued: “In particular, the board noted that the club had sought the assistance of the Football Association in securing the return of the international clearance prior to the start of this season, and the club had been able to include the player on team sheets for Premier League Two matches (under Premier League rules) and one Leasing.com Trophy match, which resulted in the breach not being identified until the club reported the issue to the EFL and Premier League following the MK Dons match.“As a result, the club has also been found guilty of misconduct in relation to the same breach for having fielded the player in the defeat against Oldham Athletic in the Leasing.com Trophy on 7 August, with the sanction incorporated into the financial penalty.“The club will be liable for the suspended sum of £100,000, plus an additional sanction, if they were to again field an ineligible player in the Carabao Cup between now and the end of next season.”An EFL spokesman said: “The rules of the Carabao Cup require clubs to ensure all players are registered and eligible in line with their respective league’s rules before they play. Liverpool have NOT been expelled from this season’s Carabao Cup despite fielding an ineligible player in their tie against MK Dons last week.However, the club has been fined £200,000 by the EFL, of which £100,000 is suspended, for the error. stalemate BIG PRESENTS UP TOP rookie error “The player was always contracted to Liverpool FC during this period, and the reason he was not eligible was because the club did not have the relevant international clearance following expiry of an earlier loan agreement.“The club’s breach was in part due to the challenges it encountered with securing the correct international clearance, and its subsequent ability to include the player on team-sheets despite the lack of clearance.“As a result the board concluded the most appropriate sanction was a financial penalty.”Following the EFL ruling, Liverpool issued a statement apologising for the “technical indiscretion”. Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship The issue surrounds midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who came off the bench in the 63rd minute of the 2-0 victory, and the absence of an international transfer certificate – required after the 22-year-old returned from a loan spell with Spanish club Extremadura last season.The EFL said in a statement: “Following a comprehensive review of all the evidence, the board determined that it wasn’t appropriate to expel the club from the competition because of a number of mitigating factors.”Liverpool requested the paperwork in July but the process can only be completed with the Football Association’s intervention and that, is where the club are believed to have made the error.EFL rules give it ‘full powers’ to investigate – which could have meant anything from a reprimand to expulsion from the competition. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “I cannot say too much about it. Other people are working on it. What I can say if it was our fault alone then probably we need to get punished,” the German said.“It didn’t happen on purpose, but my only real concern is the player. He had already a problem, Pedro, that he could not play half a year in Spain and if he were not allowed to play now until it is sorted that would be the biggest problem.“How it is in life, we make a mistake – I am not sure we really made a mistake – but if then it is like this but the player should not be punished for that.”Liverpool face Arsenal in the last-16 at Anfield. The tie will be played on the week beginning October 28. latest AFP or licensors statement Lille vs Chelsea (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Swansea (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2AZ Alkmaar vs Man United (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Birmingham vs Middlesbrough (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs Charlton (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 3 Liverpool’s tie at home to Arsenal in the last-16 will go ahead A Liverpool club spokesperson said: “The club accepts the judgement, outcome and punishment imposed by the EFL.“We believe it is proportionate with the technical indiscretion committed and will be making no further representations.“Even though there were mitigating factors, which were beyond our control or jurisdiction, we believe it appropriate we apologise to the competition’s governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons.”When asked about the issue after it came to light, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp maintained there would have been nothing untoward behind any administrative error. 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The Play Your Part TV series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane (pictured in the centre)South Africans who are doing the country proud with their positive work will be highlighted in a television programme created by Brand South Africa and SABC 2, which launched the Play Your Part TV Series at the Market Theatre in Newtown on 11 June.As the nation celebrates 20 years of freedom, the show aims to inspire the people of the country to do the smallest of things that will affect another person, to make South Africa a better place. The show will air from Sunday, 15 June on SABC 2 at 9pm. The series will feature 13 episodes of 48 minutes each, and will be hosted by Kabelo Mabalane, a kwaito star, Comrades Marathon runner and recovering addict. Mabalane has been playing his part by highlighting addiction and doing various charity work.Mpumi Mabuza, the stakeholder programme manager at Brand South Africa, said: “We are happy to be launching this inspiring TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market Theatre. How fitting for us to launch such a programme in our 20th year of freedom on a stage named after a South African theatre and television legend.”Play Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of the nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change. “There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, in every part of our country, and the Play Your Part platform is perfect for you to share your stories, and to celebrate each other as citizens of our wonderful country,” said Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s brand manager.The TV series at the newly named John Kani auditorium at the Market TheatreVISION 2030The chief executive, Miller Matola, recalled how South Africans rejoiced four years ago when the country hosted the football World Cup. “We are launching this programme on a day that brings much joy to me. It was this time four years ago that I was filled with pride to be South African,” he said.Matola spoke about how everywhere he went he could tell who was South African by how proudly they stood. “South Africans everywhere were walking upright as a sign of pride for hosting the World Cup with no major glitches and showing the world how good they are at being hosts.”He also told the audience how Brand South Africa was the custodian of the image of the country and that Vision 2030 was the next World Cup for South Africa. Every citizen should help to bring it to fruition.The National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, is a plan to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.LET’S ALL BE CHANGE AGENTSMabalane, who rose to fame in the late 1990s as part of the trio TKZee, a kwaito group, said he believed the good in South Africa outweighed the bad – and that was why he agreed to be part of the show. “My epitome of active citizenship is the youth of 1976, who I believe showed what a group of ordinary people could do if they put their heads together.”He had fun recording the TV series and gaining insight into events like choosing South Africa’s flag after the first democratic election. “After seeing some of the entries of the designs for the flag, I thank God some were not chosen,” he said, to much laughter.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola with Play Your Part TV series host Kabelo Mabalane. Matola said that all South Africans had a role to play in bringing the country’s Vision 2030 strategy to fruitionPLAY YOUR PART STORIESSome of the inspiring stories featured on Play Your Part are:● Mercy Senyatsi, a life orientation teacher at Dr AMS Makunyane Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo. “Originally, I was inspired by my late parents who raised and tutored many children, irrespective of their family background,” she says. Throughout her career, Senyatsi says she has been touched by the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children. She is living up to her name, bringing mercy and hope into the lives of those who most desperately need it.● Emmanuel Khumalo, founder of Numbers Foundation in KwaMashu, Durban. “In November 2013, I launched Numbers Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the main objective of providing extra lesson tuition, fighting bullying and discrimination, and aimed at getting kids off the streets and into homes and back to school. We believe that education, shelter and love are important. My name is Emmanuel Khumalo, I am 18 years old and I live in KwaMashu, Durban and my story is of educational change. I am the founder and the president of Numbers Foundation, a foundation aimed at improving and changing our country.”● Trevor Knowlden, founder of Freewheelers Cycling Club in Steenberg, Cape Town. “[We use] the bicycle as a lure to keep youth away from drugs, substance abuse, and teenage pregnancy and growing the numbers of gangs… In 2004, I founded Freewheelers Cycling Club to provide a healthy alternative to youth of Steenberg in the Western Cape. We take youth from various surrounding communities on mountain biking and road cycling outings.”
18 July 2014The monetary policy committee of the South African Reserve Bank decided on Thursday to raise its repo rate – the rate at which it lends to the country’s commercial banks – by 25 basis points, taking it to 5.75%.Speaking to reporters in Pretoria following the committee’s meeting, Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus said the central bank’s monetary policy stance remained supportive of the domestic economy, and that any future moves would be gradual and highly data-dependent.Marcus reiterated the bank’s view that monetary policy should not be seen as the growth engine of the economy.“The sources of the below-par growth performance are largely outside the realms of monetary policy. In the short term, an improvement in the interaction and relationships between management and labour is essential to foster a climate of trust and confidence, and get South Africa back to work,” she said.Earlier on Thursday, Standard Bank said it expected the bank to hike rates by 25 basis points, especially with inflation running above the bank’s target 3% to 6% range. Consumer inflation rose to 6.6% year-on-year in May.In January, the bank hiked the repo by 50 basis points, having previously left it unchanged at 5% since July 2012.Inflation forecast raisedOn Thursday, Marcus said the bank faced an increasingly difficult dilemma of rising inflation and slowing growth. While the core mandate of the bank was price stability, it had to be mindful of the impact of its actions on economic growth.The bank has upped its inflation forecast from an expected average of 6.2% to an average 6.3% for 2014, and from 5.8% to 5.9% for 2015.“Inflation is still expected to return to within the target band during the second quarter of 2015, provided that there are no further shocks to the system.”Marcus said the rand continued to pose an upside risk to the inflation outlook, with the currency having depreciated by 2.6% on a trade-weighted basis since May. The current trend in wage settlements posed a further upside risk, she said, adding: “These pressures are likely to intensify in the current difficult labour relations environment.”Growth outlook deterioratesAt the same time, South Africa’s growth outlook has deteriorated, compounded by continued labour disruptions.“Following a contraction of 0.6% in the first quarter, the outlook for the second quarter is expected to be positive but subdued, particularly in light of weak mining and manufacturing data in May,” Marcus said.The bank’s latest forecast – which assumes a speedy resolution of the metalworkers’ strike – sees growth coming at 1.7% for 2014, compared to 2.1% previously. The growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016 have been reduced from 3.1% to 2.9% and from 3.4% to 3.2% respectively.Source: SAnews.gov.za
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