Man Utd stars Paul Pogba & David de Gea want pay rises amid threat of Champions League penalty clause

first_imgDavid de Gea and Paul Pogba are both demanding pay rises at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)David de Gea and Paul Pogba are demanding huge pay hikes amid fears they will be penalised for Manchester United’s possible failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side exited Europe on Tuesday after they were outclassed by a Lionel Messi inspired Barcelona at Camp Nou, and face an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s  club competition.United currently trail fourth place Arsenal by two points and are set to face Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City in succession, having lost five of their last seven matches.According to The Times, every member of United’s first team squad will see his basic salary reduced by 25% should the team fail to secure a Champions League place, as was the case in 2016 before the appointment of Jose Mourinho.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsGiven the prospect of being demoted to the Europa League, two of United’s key stars are effectively requesting tactical pay hikes amid uncertainty surrounding their long-term futures.De Gea has been locked in contract talks for the best part of 18 months and with little progress having been made, United opted to trigger an automatic 12-month extension earlier this year to guard against the prospect of losing him on a free transfer. David de Gea was at fault for Lionel Messi’s second goal against Manchester United in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)The Spain international, whose form has dipped markedly of late, culminating in Tuesday’s calamitous mistake that gifted Messi his second goal in midweek, is seeking parity with the club’s top earner Alexis Sanchez who earns a basic £400,000-a-week before series of lucrative bonuses.Pogba, meanwhile, has just over two years left to run on his current deal and is said to be considering his future and the possibility of leaving Old Trafford for the second time in his career.Zinedine Zidane is desperate to team up with his compatriot at Real Madrid but senior figures at the Spanish club are unsure the former Juventus midfielder represents value for money.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Man Utd stars Paul Pogba & David de Gea want pay rises amid threat of Champions League penalty clause Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 19 Apr 2019 7:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link635Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Many Dutch schemes lack concrete climate policy, says pressure group

first_imgHalf of the large Dutch pension funds have not defined specific action points on climate change, a survey by the Dutch association for investors in sustainable development (VBDO) has suggested.Of the 50 pension funds examined by the VBDO, 12% lacked an explicit policy against climate change, while 38% had only addressed the issue in general terms, the organisation found.It said that the other half had formulated action goals, often a reduction of their investment portfolio’s carbon footprint.Another step taken by pension funds was to reduce the financial risks of climate change in their portfolio – in particular the risk of loss of value of fossil fuel-related investments – by aligning them with the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. The organisation had focused on climate change for its latest annual survey because the subject posed the greatest ESG risk of the moment, said Angelique Laskewitz, VBDO’s director, during the presentation of the report earlier this month.The association emphasised that missing the target of keeping global warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels could have catastrophic consequences. VBDO found that one scheme had a policy in place to prepare investments for physical risks of climate change, such as damage to property and disruption of supply chains.It said that more than 20% of pension funds tried to actively contribute to climate solutions, for example through investment in renewable energy or green infrastructure protecting against extreme weather.PFZW drops to third in rankingThe €459bn civil service scheme ABP received the highest score in this year’s ranking, as last year. PFZW, the €238bn healthcare pension fund – which came second in the 2018 survey, and for 11 years before that top of the list – dropped to third place.BpfBouw, the €67bn pension fund for the construction sector, was ranked second in this year’s survey.Lucienne de Bakker, who contributed to the survey, said that the pension funds’ targets still fell short in terms of measurability and deadlines.No more than 32% had formulated a final date for targets, such as carbon reduction, she said.The organisation recommended pension funds to consult more with NGOs, academics, and other experts in order to keep their policy up to date. Middle and low achievers could look to the frontrunners to learn from them.It also advised schemes to improve their reporting to members on targets and results achieved.last_img read more

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Several options on the table for Europe’s stricken leagues

first_img(REUTERS) – Some clarity on how soccer leagues in Europe plan to complete seasons that have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic is expected this week but there is likely to be a mixed bag of solutions with countries tugging in different directions.Meetings set for the next few days will study how to resume the suspended campaigns, even though it will be difficult to come up with a definitive roadmap while the continent remains in the grip of the fast-spreading virus.UEFA will discuss this season’s Champions League today while the Premier League will hold a conference call on Friday with suggestions they are considering re-starting the season in early May to avoid losing broadcast revenue.One option on the table is resuming the season behind closed doors in order to finish by July 12, thereby avoiding millions of pounds of penalties in their television contracts.They will also want to settle promotion and relegation issues to avoid potential legal battles, like the one threatened by non-league clubs whose season has already been curtailed.In Italy, which has been in lockdown for over three weeks and has a COVID-19 death toll approaching 12 000, there is growing sentiment that the season should be abandoned.“Let’s think about health now, we’ll talk about football later,” Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso said.German clubs were meeting in Frankfurt yesterday with several stark options on the table.The German football league (DFL) will hear proposals to resume the Bundesliga in either mid-May or mid-June and finish the season in late July.It has also been suggested by some clubs that a 16-day tournament be organised, with several matches each day and clubs playing every two days in order to complete the 82 remaining matches by June 30, including the German Cup semi-finals and final.“We should definitely end this season. For reasons of fairness but also to limit the economic damage,” said Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.But the prospect of La Liga clubs in Spain playing every second day was a non-starter for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu.“The scenario we are looking at now is to play a game or two before June 30 so we can end the season in July or August. We have no problems in doing that,” he said yesterday.“What we don’t want is to play games behind closed doors or every 48 hours.”Ligue 1 in France is also under pressure to return after broadcaster Canal Plus said it would not pay the next instalment of their contract after the suspension of matches.Dutch clubs were awaiting an announcement yesterday of a possible extension of the ban on gatherings past June 1.In Belgium, the league’s leadership will meet tomorrow after a call from the majority of first- and second-division clubs to call off the rest of the 2019-20 campaign.FIFA plans to allow player contracts that end on June 30 to be extended until the season is completed.Today’s UEFA video conference will involve the general secretaries of its 55 member-associations but is unlikely to make any firm decisions, insiders said.Instead it will offer various scenarios, including the possibility of completing the Champions League in July and August.No matter what is discussed or agreed this week, the only thing that remains clear is that the situation will remain fluid for the foreseeable weeks ahead.last_img read more

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Spurs hold Barca qualify for UEFA CL last 16

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham needed a late goal from Lucas Moura to edge into the last 16 © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 12 – Tottenham came back from the brink in the Champions League on Tuesday as Lucas Moura’s late equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw against Barcelona and sent them through to the last 16.Lionel Messi was left out of a heavily-rotated Barca line-up at the Camp Nou but Ousmane Dembele’s stunning early goal looked set to put Spurs out, until Moura intervened. Mauricio Pochettino’s side only had to match Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven in Group B, which they did, as the Italians only managed a 1-1 draw themselves.It made for a night of exhilarating drama, climaxing in the final five minutes when Tottenham must have wondered whether to push for a winner or hold on to what they had.At the final whistle, their players faced an agonising 30 seconds, only for a roar in one of the stadium’s deepest corners to tell them the whistle had blown in Italy.“No-one believed in us,” Pochettino said. “People said it was mission impossible but we are here. It is a massive achievement for the club.”Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde may not be popular with Inter supporters after he rested several key players, including Messi, but his team already had first place wrapped up.“We qualified quickly and that speaks for itself,” Valverde said. On Messi, who came on shortly after the hour, he added: “It’s good to keep him busy,”Besides, Dembele scored a goal of which the Argentinian would have been proud, his brilliant run and finish providing the perfect riposte to more reports of indiscipline from the 21-year-old this week.“It was a great goal, the kind only players with his talent can score,” Valverde said. “We are happy with him.”When Barcelona crashed out in the quarter-finals in April, Valverde took much of the blame, the accusation that he failed to rotate his players in games of lesser importance.Perhaps he listened, because while Messi’s absence was the key point of relief for Tottenham, Jordi Alba and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, both excellent in recent weeks, were also left on the bench.Spurs, though, were also unfamiliar, at right-back, where Kyle Walker-Peters made his Champions League debut and it was the 21-year-old’s error in the sixth minute that gave Dembele a sniff.He robbed the ball and tore away, brushing off Walker-Peters again before brilliantly dummying a late Harry Winks dive and finishing past Hugo Lloris.Pochettino said he would be kept aware of the score at the San Siro, so news may have reached him soon after that PSV had taken the lead.– Spurs put Barca under pressure –Tottenham improved, peppering Barca’s right side, as another break saw Danny Rose fire across the face of goal. Son Heung-min’s lunge came up just short.Son’s best chance was still to come as he skipped away from Thomas Vermaelen’s desperate challenge, which might have earned him a red card had Son tumbled. Instead, he powered on, only to see his shot meet Jasper Cillessen’s leg.Along with Dembele, Philippe Coutinho was Barca’s biggest threat. He clipped the outside of Lloris’ post with one bending effort before half-time and had another blocked by Walker-Peters just after.The stadium had risen to its feet as Messi began warming up but Tottenham continued to push early in the second half. Harry Kane blazed over, put off balance by a nudge in the back from Vermaelen. Rose pulled back when he might have shot.Barca fans cheered like they had scored when Messi came on in the 64th minute but the chances kept coming at the other end, where Moura, on as a substitute, failed to head in from five yards as Cillessen clawed the ball off the line.Inter equalised against PSV, leaving Tottenham needing a goal with 15 minutes to play. Instead, they were almost dead and buried, as Coutinho again hit the post.Finally, they found a way through. Erik Lamela threaded Kane free and he crossed for Moura five yards out. This time he could not miss.Inter were still level but Spurs could hardly risk settling for a draw in case the Italians scored a winner. Kane’s deadly disguised pass set Rose clear but he fired high. In the end, it mattered little as the whistle blew and Tottenham’s players waited. Then they heard the cheers.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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