first_img “He went down a lot, then disappeared until the only moment of the game when he did anything, setting up [Kylian] Mbappe’s goal,” the comment read.  It continued: “One year after his arrival in Paris, the most expensive player on the planet has still not pulled his weight in a big Champions League game. Neymar symbolised the feeling of impotence which has accompanied the team for so long.”  For the French paper, his inability to breakdown the Liverpool defence is not fitting of a player with his clout. “Anaesthetic in terms of his pressing, the Brazilian wandered around the Anfield pitch like a suffering soul.”  19/09/2018 DISTANT ON THE PITCH  Upd. on 20/09/2018 at 10:46 CEST Newspaper Le Parisien catalogue his performance as a “simple stream of air” and give him a match rating of three out of 10. center_img La prensa francesa carga contra Neymar Jr. IN SPORT.ES The reviews are in an Neymar will not enjoy reading them. The French press were not impressed with his display on Tuesday as Paris Saint-Germain lost their opening Champions League game to Liverpool 3-2.  Meanwhile, television commentator Christophe Dugarry rated Neymar’s showing as “inadmissible, an irritatant on the eyes. All I can only say is that he has mocked the world.”last_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Voter registration suspended in areas affected by volcanic eruption MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 5.3 earthquake shakes southern Mexico, causes some damage Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Andrew Yang’s wife details alleged sexual assault by OB-GYN Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Just as the summer tournament got going, the players’ papers were approved and their training camp was then given the green light prompting the team to drop out during the quarterfinals.AdChoices广告Ads by Teads“Prior to the tournament, we made plans on training abroad in the United States,” said Perasol. “Our training abroad was contingent upon securing the visas for our players, of which there was no guarantee.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“As a team, we agreed that if we cannot be complete in our training abroad, we will not go at all.”It was during the uncertainty in the players’ applications that UP elected to play in the Filoil tournament since the Fighting Maroons have participated in the preseason games every year.AdChoices广告Ads by Teads View comments Andrew Yang’s wife details alleged sexual assault by OB-GYN From overhaul to tinkering: Big 6 transfer plans set in EPL ‘DOJ charges Albayalde, 12 ‘ninja cops’ with graft [FILE] UP head coach Bo Perasol after the Maroons beat Ateneo for the first time in seven years. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines has pulled out of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup citing conflict to its schedule ahead of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament.Head coach Bo Perasol said in a statement the Fighting Maroons were initially set to go on a training camp in the United States but the processing of their papers wasn’t fast enough so they elected to join the Filoil tournament instead.ADVERTISEMENT Centro Escolar University, the fifth seed in Group A, will instead take UP’s place in the quarterfinals.Perasol said they received the approval for the players’ visas at the same week as they played its final match of the eliminations against the University of Santo Tomas and thus prompting them to quickly make travel arrangements for the United States.“The window for our training is small and unfortunately, it ran across the same time as the quarterfinals and onwards of the tournament, “ said Perasol whose Fighting Maroons won the silver medal in Season 81.“We regret pulling out and we promise to make this up in future Filoil Flying V Preseason Cups. “We deeply apologize to the fans, the media, and other teams participating in the tournament, and most especially to the organizers of this wonderful tournament.”/acADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Former Chairman of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Solomon Sharma wrote an interesting article about the anniversary of the “Son Chapman.” It’s a sad part of our history when innocent lives were lost due to evil. Ravi Dev added to this piece by pointing out that Solomon Sharma left out the part of the history of Linden when he either failed to or disregard the casualty of the “Indian” before and after the Son Chapman incident. Very interesting.Sase Singh wrote a very informative letter in respect to the appointment of Permanent Secretaries in the various Ministries. His assertion that our current Government (whether deliberately or unconsciously) appointed 17 of the 18 from the “African” community. This is not new in our country. The question is, “where do we go from here?”I would like to address the ethnic problem in our country. I will repeat what Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo stated in the last election campaign, for which he was roundly condemned by the previous Government. He stated that he is not “Indian”. I responded to his statement with a letter to the press, full supporting the Prime Minister’s statement. None of us who were born in Guyana are “Indians” or “Africans”. To be Indian or African is not an ethnic group. We are Guyanese of different ethnic groups. People of every ethnic group on the Earth were born in Africa today. Does this means that they are all “blacks?” No, but they are qualified to be called “African” because they were born on that continent. Similarly, in India, people of different ethnic groups were born there today, and that qualifies them to be called Indian. So the nationality of someone born in India or in Africa makes those people “Indian” and “African” respectively. But in Africa, their nationality is not only African, but Nigerian, Libyan, Ghanian, and so on. In Guyana, we are neither “Indian’ nor “African.” We are Guyanese by nationality.The people in Guyana need to wake up from our slumber. The country is blessed with the greatest ethnic and cultural groups in the world, and what are we doing? Instead of celebrating our great cultures with pride and joy, we seem bent on destroying each other. How long, how long, will be the cry?My recommendation is that we carry out a detailed survey in two predominantly “African” villages, two predominantly “Indian” villages, two communities of “both ethnic group”, and two “Amerindian” villages. Let us find out what these communities need to make our country move forward. Our researchers must compile the findings of these surveys and then propose new measures to launch a “New” Guyana. We can use the information from the survey to write a “New” Constitution and begin the process of building our people rather than tearing us apart. The funds for this project should come from our business community, the Government and other interested parties. We can then use some of our students from the University of Guyana to work with our researchers to get this done.Let us put our hands to the plough and build a “New” Guyana for our children and grandchildren, and let us begin to celebrate our different ethnic groups and their rich cultures with pomp and glory.Sincerely,Charles Sugrimlast_img read more

first_img“The win shows the mentality of the players and technical bench has been magnificent. It’s just shows the level of motivation and mentality to want to win games,” Nuttall stated after the victory.Coming from dropping points to Sofapaka who held them to a barren draw last weekend, Gor took control from kick-off with youngster Michael Olunga and Rwandan Meddie Kagere partnering well to keep Ushuru custodian, Samuel Odhiambo busy.Olunga who missed the crushing 3-0 defeat to Botswana with the Under 23s since he was sitting for exams rattled the crossbar after 30 seconds with a powerful header from Kagere’s lofted pass from the right flank to set the tone for the afternoon.Ushuru defence was put to test on several occasions with Richard Mboyi forced to clear the danger from Godfrey Walusimbi cross minutes before Odhiambo rescued Olunga’s rebound after Abuoba Sibomana’s shot was blocked.Ken Kenyatta’s backline found themselves in trouble at the half hour mark when Olunga capitalized on David Otieno’s poor back-pass to punish Ushuru with a low finish past an exposed Odhiambo.The hosts introduced Evans Kiwanuka for Robert Omunuk but that could not stop K’Ogalo from attacking as Davies Ikocheli cleared Kagere’s close range shot off the line from an Ali Abondo corner on the stroke of half-time.Despite Ushuru upping their game in the second half, it was Kagere who doubled the lead for the champions two minutes after the restart when he headed home Olunga’s back-flip pass to send the Green Army into jubilation.Three minutes later Walusimbi nearly extended the lead after a brilliant run from the left but Odhiambo did well to narrow the angles and force him to the side netting.Ushuru then pulled out Barack Odhiambo and Nelson Simwa for Allan Katerega and Roosevelt Blaty in a bid to come back but the champions held firm.Gor keeper Boniface Oluoch denied Kiwanuka twice, after spilling his shot in the 69th for Karim Nzigiyimana to clear the danger before tipping over the substitute’s effort over the bar five minutes later.Kiwanuka was not lucky either as his powerful header hit the woodwork as Gor introduced Innocent Wafula for Olunga to run down the clock.Elsewhere, Jackson Macharia scored the winner as Thika United stopped Nairobi City Stars 1-0 to climb second on 18 but the champions who have a game in hand against Sony Sugar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, April 26 – Unstoppable champions Gor Mahia opened a two point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after taxing Ushuru FC 2-0 in a lively encounter at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.Gor’s win saw them maintain their unbeaten start to season with six wins and two draws and head coach Frank Nuttall said they will carry the tempo to the next fixture against Ulinzi Stars.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) The Pharaohs, record seven-time winners of the trophy, now advance to a semi-final against Burkina Faso in Libreville on Wednesday after claiming a rare victory against their north African rivals.The 1-0 scoreline also means Hector Cuper’s side have still not conceded a goal in four games in Gabon.Defeat for Morocco, though, means Renard, following previous triumphs with Zambia and the Ivory Coast, will not win a third Cup of Nations title here with a third different country.Given the identities of the two coaches, this tie always looked likely to be a close-fought tactical battle and so it proved on a dreadful pitch in Port-Gentil that the tournament can be glad to see the back of.Renard opted to play with three centre-backs, Romain Saiss joining Manuel Da Costa and skipper Mehdi Benatia in the middle of the defence as they looked to suffocate the Egyptian attack.It was a largely successful tactic but the first half was almost totally devoid of real incident.Egypt did threaten once when Nabil Dirar failed to clear at the back post and Trezeguet’s effort was saved by Munir Mohamedi.At the other end, Saiss was unable to connect with Da Costa’s ball across the face of goal but then headed against the top of the bar as the Egyptians struggled to clear.Cuper had lost Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny to injury earlier in the day and he then saw Marwan Mohsen limp off late in the first half, the striker the latest of many victims of the pitch over the last two weeks.A livelier start to the second period saw the Moroccan ‘keeper produce a strong arm to block a Mohamed Salah effort before the pocket-sized midfielder M’bark Boussoufa struck the bar at the other end.The bulk of the support in the stadium was for Morocco and the bulk of the chances were going their way too in their first knockout round appearance since 2004.But striker Aziz Bouhaddouz, who scored in the group-stage win against Togo, somehow could not connect with Faycal Fajr’s driven ball inside the six-yard box and then headed narrowly wide.Salah was the danger man for the Egyptians and when Abdallah El Said chipped a free-kick over the wall and into his path, the Roma star’s effort was spectacularly saved by Munir.Extra time loomed but then Kahraba struck to spark wild Egyptian celebrations and break Moroccan hearts. 0Shares0000Egypt’s midfielder Mahmoud Kahraba (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final football match between Egypt and Morocco in Port-Gentil on January 29, 2017 ©Justin TALLIS (AFP)PORT-GENTIL, Gabon, Jan 30- Mahmoud Kahraba scrambled in the winner in the 88th minute as Egypt beat Herve Renard’s Morocco 1-0 on Sunday to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.A tense last-eight tie in Port-Gentil seemed destined for extra time until Kahraba, on as a substitute, poked the ball over the line after the Moroccan defence had failed to cut out a corner.last_img read more

first_imgIt was the charity that was intriguing. The Real Medicine Foundation is the brainchild of a German-born L.A.-based pediatrician Dr. Martina Fuchs, who was so moved by the tragic aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka that she flew to the area to help as many people as she could. She wasn’t invited; she just arrived on the scene of the devastation, rolled up her sleeves and began treating patients. “That’s when I realized that the personal involvement of a few people could change the world,” she said. The result is the foundation, which was launched in May 2005. At the moment it consists of about 80 people, primarily doctors, based in far-flung countries. In only two years the foundation has expanded its global network to include branches in the U.S., Asia, Africa and Europe. Its psycho-trauma teams are treating children affected by disasters on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and earthquakes in Northern Pakistan and Indonesia. The foundation has also established clinics and day-care centers in Sri Lanka, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique and right here in Southern California, where teachers and school staffs are being properly trained to identify psycho-trauma in Los Angeles children who may be physically and sexually abused, exposed to drugs and living in poverty and homelessness. If you would like to know more, check out or call (310) 820-4502. THE FANTASTICKS Members of Glendora’s Renaissance Theatre Company tested the fundraising waters with a reception before their opening performance of “The Fantasticks,” the 1960 musical allegory – best known for the lilting ballad “Try to Remember” – that ran for 42 years off-Broadway. What a shame the house – capacity 25 to 30 – wasn’t sold out on opening night. The delightful show, which calls for a simple pipe and drape set and only two musicians, is perfect for an intimate theater space. Proceeds from the benefit evening are earmarked for the 3-year-old company’s move to a new venue, said RTC artistic director Ken Salzman. Their current digs, a storefront tucked in the back corner of a small shopping center on Route 66, must be vacated by Dec. 31. The owners of the center have sold to developers who will build condos on the site. The company plans to take up residence at the new Glendora Center for the Performing Arts, a collaborative effort with Stage 17, which teaches performing arts classes throughout L.A. and San Bernardino counties. “We are converting a 5,000-square-foot aluminum-sided warehouse on Arrow Highway into a beautiful galleria and 99-seat Equity-waiver theater that will offer a full season of Broadway-quality productions as well as works by new playwrights,” noted RTC production manager Andrew Braggins. “The GCPA will also offer a full schedule of classes and a series of children’s productions.” In the meantime, try to see “The Fantasticks.” With its witty and wise message and hummable tunes – whether it’s performed on Broadway or a local high school stage – it’s easy to see why this show has endured. The original production ran for 17,162 performances, becoming the world’s longest running musical. It plays through Sept. 2 at the Renaissance Theatre, Farr Court Shopping Center, 833 E. Route 66, Glendora. Tickets are $20. For information call (626) 857-4750.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Well, here we are at the end of August – aka the dry social season – when the usual social terriers are curled up in the sand through the dog days. However, across town, Rodeo Drive knows no season. In spite of the blistering heat, a daily horde of tourists in shorts and flip-flops relentlessly patrols the Beverly Hills thoroughfare for possible star sightings. The folks at Lladro, the Spanish porcelain boutique next door to Chanel’s new salon on Rodeo, were mobbed last week for the second annual fundraiser for the Real Medicine Foundation, “Artists for Real Medicine,” a cocktail party and an auction of contemporary art, which included works by Picasso, Warhol, Chagall, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon. Although the pickings seemed slim for celeb-ogling, nevertheless, the paparazzi were on swarm at the entrance. Crowded, hot, Rolodex-driven bashes aren’t my cuppa. So after a cucumber canap or two and a quick perusal of the art, I split. But, heading for the exit, I spotted a few familiar faces – Elizabeth Espinosa, Shannon Doherty, Lisa Edelstein, Apollonia, Matt Underwood, Mindy Sterling and Dr. Bruce Hensel. More than 350 guests turned out for the affair that raised more than $20,000, but it wasn’t the people watching that made this event interesting – Ye Gawds, who were they anyway in that sea of body-piercings, implanted cell phones, tattoos and Jimmy Choos? last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Albertson’s stockholders will get about $26.29 in cash and Supervalu stock for each Albertson’s share. The buyers are also assuming about $7.7 billion in debt. Only Kroger Co., parent of Southern California Ralphs markets, will be larger once Supervalu takes over 1,124 stores under the Albertson’s, Acme Markets, Bristol Farms, Jewel-Osco and Shaw’s Supermarkets banners. The expanded Supervalu will have 2,656 stores nationwide. Though Albertson’s had been on the block for some time, the sale still left much of the industry and its observers curious about the future of the 67-year-old chain. After the bruising strike and lockout that idled nearly 60,000 workers with the United Food and Commercial Workers in 2003, the chain struggled to regain its footing in the highly competitive Southern California market. “The biggest problem Albertson’s had in Southern California was labor, so there’s some hope that Supervalu will have a better relationship with the unions,” said Tom Burnett, director of Wall Street Access, a New York-based brokerage. “Consumers are not going to notice any changes, though Supervalu has some wholesaler relationships that could drive down prices.” Indeed, UFCW Local 770, which represents more than 3,000 workers at Albertson’s and Sav-on in Los Angeles, cheered news of the sale. Though the bitter strike damaged years of relatively amicable relations between the employer and its labor force, Rick Icaza, the local’s president, invited renewed cooperation. “Supervalu has a reputation of being more worker-friendly than the previous Albertson’s ownership,” Icaza said in a statement. “The members of UFCW Local 770 welcome Supervalu to Southern California and look forward to working with the new ownership in upcoming negotiations. We also look forward to working with CVS … We are optimistic that the relationship will be positive, given the experiences of our brothers and sisters who work with them on the East Coast.” That assumes the Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu will want to keep Albertson’s whole. Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., theorized it would more likely chop up the chain, allowing smaller companies and independent operators to fight their way into a region currently dominated by Ralphs and Vons. “They’re probably worth more dead than alive,” Kyser said. “Do they want to go in with Supervalu or take interesting offers on the real estate. I think they’d probably sell off the grocery operations in pieces, since you’ve got Wal-mart and the specialty stores lurking on the horizon.” He speculated Colton-based Stater Bros. would be the most likely local purchaser, following the way it penetrated the county when Albertson’s had to divest stores after it bought the Lucky chain. With an already-established presence in the region and good relations with the UFCW, Stater Bros. would have an easier shot than other chains, should Supervalu decide to split up its proposed purchase. Stater Bros. president Jack Brown was traveling Monday and unavailable for comment. Albertson’s shares rose $1.31, or 5.4 percent, to close at $25.42 on the New York Stock Exchange, while Supervalu shares rose $2.13, or 6.7 percent, to finish at $33.98 and CVS shares fell 11 cents to $26.96. Supervalu will pay about $6.3 billion in stock and cash and assume about $6.1 billion in Albertson’s debt for the 1,124 stores and in-store pharmacies under the Osco and Sav-on brands. CVS of Woonsocket, R.I., is purchasing about 700 stand-alone Sav-on and Osco Drugstores and a distribution center in La Habra, Calif., for $2.93 billion in cash. It will also acquire real estate interests in the drug stores for $1 billion. For CVS, which re-entered the Los Angeles market two years ago, the deal would suddenly make it a gigantic player in a crucial market. The chain pulled out of the region in the 1990s, but slowly added presence to build 19 stores in Southern California. After lagging behind Rite-Aid, Walgreens and Longs Drugs, it suddenly adds 350 stores, making it number one in the Los Angeles and San Diego markets. With approval from shareholders and regulators, CVS will convert the stand-alone Sav-on stores by the year’s end and absorb the majority of its more than 13,000 Southern California employees. “We’re going to focus on being the easiest pharmacy for our customers to use,” said Eileen Howard Dunn, vice president of corporate communications for CVS. “We’ll communicate to the customers that the quality they’ve come to expect from Sav-on will continue. This is a premium asset we’re glad to have and a great opportunity for us longer term.” The other purchasers, led by Cerberus Capital Management, will acquire 655 stores in Dallas/Fort Worth, California, Florida, the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. The group plans to operate the stores under the Albertson’s name. Larry Johnston, chairman, CEO and president of Albertson’s, said the sale “increases shareholder value by capturing strong value for the ongoing business enterprise, monetizing valuable real estate assets, and affording shareholders the opportunity to benefit from a substantial continuing ownership interest in a powerful, growing, and vibrant new company.” Following the transaction, approximately 65 percent of the new Supervalu will be held by existing Supervalu stockholders, and approximately 35 percent will be held by Albertson’s stockholders. The purchase has been approved by the boards of all the companies involved. If shareholders and regulators also approve, Supervalu sales will expand from $19.5 billion in 2005 to a projected $44 billion for fiscal 2006. That growth will be manageable because Supervalu only bought into markets where Albertson’s was number one or two in market share, said Jeff Noddle, Supervalu chairman and CEO. “That growth infrastructure is in place,” he said. Supervalu’s new stores will retain their old brand names and will be managed regionally. “We believe that local people know their local customers,” Noddle said. “People in Chicago are going to make the decisions for the people in Chicago.” He said the company’s predictions indicate the combined operations will generate enough cash flow to steadily pay down the new debt, although he expected Supervalu’s credit rating to be downgraded in the short term. “We are going to do the same things going forward that we did in the last five years to de-leverage the company,” he said. “We enter this very confident, and I think we have a fairly good reputation for managing these things.” Supervalu spokeswoman Yolanda Scharton said the purchase will expand the company beyond its current base in the East, Southeast and Midwest. “With all this, it’s all states, coast-to-coast and border-to-border,” she said. The company currently employs about 57,000 people. The Albertson’s properties in the deal have about 144,000 workers. She said it was too soon to say how many of them would remain with the combined companies, but added, “we believe the vast majority of these employees will remain with us.” Due to a recently-adopted ordinance in Los Angeles, workers will stay on a guaranteed 90 days after the sale concludes. Aimed at protecting higher-paying union jobs, the Los Angeles City Council passed the ordinance in January, forcing supermarkets to retain employees with more than six months of service for at least three months, then re-evaluate them to determine whether they’d continue to work for the new owner. Already the largest drug store chain in the nation, CVS said it will operate 6,100 stores across 42 states and the District of Columbia after the deal closes, which is expected this summer. Dave Rickard, chief financial officer of CVS, said about 350 of those stores were in prime locations in California, which would have taken decades to acquire piecemeal. As it stands, the company will have access to an area that is growing fast, aging and relatively wealthy and at what it considered a good price. “It’s just a terrific demographic for us,” he said. Rickard said the company will gain about 27,000 employees on top of its existing 180,000. Rickard said he expected CVS would retain most of them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monday’s $9.7 billion buyout of Albertson’s Inc. by smaller rival Supervalu Inc. will shake up the local grocery scene and propel a minor player in the Los Angeles drugstore market to the top of the category by the end of the year. Supervalu Inc. will more than double in size and become the nation’s second-largest traditional grocery store chain after claiming the lion’s share of Albertson’s. Now it needs to avoid a bellyache from swallowing its larger rival. “This is a huge step for Supervalu, and we would not rule out some upfront indigestion, especially if the macro environment is not accommodating,” Goldman Sachs & Co. analyst John Heinbockel wrote in a research note. Minneapolis-based Supervalu and the drugstore chain CVS Corp. led an investment group that said Monday it will buy Albertson’s for $9.7 billion in cash and stock. The group made a similar attempt to buy Albertson’s about a month ago, but the deal collapsed. last_img read more

first_img1 Falkirk forward Kevin O’Hara has been banned for eight matches for verbally abusing Dunfermline’s Dean Shiels.O’Hara is understood to have made comments relating to the fact that Shiels had an eye removed earlier in his career.The former Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder underwent surgery in 2006 after losing sight in one eye in a domestic accident when he was eight years old.O’Hara, 19, received the suspension for “excessive misconduct” following a disciplinary hearing in front of a three-man panel convened by the Scottish Football Association.A Falkirk spokesman said: “The club take note of the decision made by the Scottish FA Judicial Panel and are in the process of requesting the written reasons. No further comment will be made at this time.”Another Falkirk player, Joe McKee, faces a similar charge next week but O’Hara had asked for his hearing to be brought forward.The incident occurred during Falkirk’s 2-0 Irn-Bru Cup victory over their arch-rivals on October 3. Shiels was sent off deep into stoppage-time for a challenge on McKee.Speaking about the red card after the match, Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston said: “I think it was needless but there was maybe poor remarks getting made to Deano. It is something that we probably speak to him about. He shouldn’t react, no matter what is being said to him.”The Pars had two men sent off during a 1-1 Ladbrokes Championship draw with Falkirk on Saturday. Kallum Higginbotham was shown a second yellow card for a challenge on McKee before Declan McManus was sent off after pushing Aaron Muirhead after the defender had fouled Shiels. Dean Shiels was the subject of abuse last_img read more