Last month, Pyongyang blew up an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border, days after Kim Yo Jong — one of her brother’s closest advisers — had said the “useless” property would soon be seen “completely collapsed”.Before the demolition, it had issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of South Korea over anti-North leaflets that defectors send back across the heavily-militarized border — usually attached to balloons or floated in bottles.It raised pressure further by threatening military measures against Seoul, but later said it had suspended those plans in an apparent sudden dialling-down of tensions.In his complaint, lawyer Lee Kyung-jae claimed the now-demolished liaison office was South Korean property as it was renovated using South Korean government funds, despite its being located in the North. Kim “used explosives to destroy” the South’s “quasi-diplomatic mission building that served the public interest”, he said in the complaint.Lee also filed a complaint against Pak Jong Chon, chief of the general staff of the North Korean military.Under South Korea’s criminal code, he stressed, damaging property or disturbing the peace using explosives was punishable by death, or a prison sentence of at least seven years.Capital punishment remains on the statute books in South Korea, although it has not executed anyone since 1997.In practice, it would be virtually impossible for Seoul officials to punish Kim Yo Jong or Pak, but Lee told the South’s Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to “inform the North Korean people of their leader’s hypocrisy”.The announcement came a week after a Seoul court ordered Pyongyang’s leader to compensate prisoners of war who spent decades in North Korea, in a move that could set a far-reaching legal precedent on the divided peninsula.Inter-Korean relations have been strained following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump early last year over what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions. Seoul prosecutors have opened an unprecedented probe into North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister over Pyongyang’s blowing up of a liaison office last month, officials said Thursday.The move is likely to infuriate the nuclear-armed North, which has repeatedly condemned South Korea in recent months, including directing personal insults at President Moon Jae-in.Seoul Central District prosecutors received a criminal complaint against Kim Yo Jong from a Seoul-based lawyer and had started an investigation, a spokeswoman told AFP. Topics :
Richard Lee Francis, 79, of Lawrenceburg passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Christ Hospital. Richard was born Wednesday, December 18, 1940, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Edwin and Mary Bell (Leasure) Francis. He married Linda Rainey and she survives. Richard retired from GE after working 18 years as an engineer. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a past member of the Aurora American Legion. He enjoyed working on home projects; movies; spending time with family and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren.Richard is survived by his wife Linda Francis; his children: Jeff McDonald, Dennis Hibbard, David Salyers, Scott Schmidt, Regina McDonald, Robin Salyers, Amanda Hibbard and Rebecca Schmidt; 14 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and brother Charles (Linda) Francis of Newark, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers; 3 sisters; and grandchild Donovan Salyers.A service celebrating his life will be held 5 PM Tuesday, February 18 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Charles Miller officiating. Full military rites provided by the Milan American Legion Post #235. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 4 – 5 PM Tuesday, February 18 also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Richard to Honor Flight Tri-Sate. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
PSG vs. Bayern Munich Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon Kick off: 8PMThe Estadio da Luz plays host to the 2019-20 Champions League final tonight as first-time finalists Paris Saint-Germain take on five-time winners of the competition Bayern Munich. Both teams comfortably made it through their semi-finals with 3-0 wins over RB Leipzig and Lyon respectively and will now battle to be crowned kings of Europe – a title which would complete an historic treble for either club.A fresh slice of history beckons in Lisbon for one of these giants as they face off in club football’s most prestigious match, but their past history at this stage of the competition could barely be more different.Bayern have been here and done it all before – only Real Madrid can top their tally of 11 European Cup and Champions League finals, while only Madrid, AC Milan and Liverpool have got their hands on the trophy more often.It has not been all triumph and glory for the Bavarian juggernauts, though, and they have lost as many finals as they have won in this competition, Juventus being the only team to have been beaten more often at this stage.PSG know all about despair in Europe’s premier club competition; their recent history has been littered by high-profile failures and it remains impossible to consider their Champions League past without thoughts immediately going back to their Neymar-inspired 6-1 defeat to Barcelona in 2016-17. Now with Neymar in their ranks and beginning to show the decisive influence PSG have been hoping for since his world-record move, the Ligue 1 giants have the chance to finally banish those memories and the hurt of seven successive seasons in which they failed to make it past the quarter-finals.The owners have made no secret of the fact that the Champions League is the holy grail for them and, after years of underachievement in the competition, it could be written in the stars for them to pull off their crowning glory in the club’s 50th anniversary year.Success at home is almost a given now for Le Parisiens, who have won 24 of the last 28 domestic trophies available to them, but victory on Sunday would see them finally join the top table of Europe’s elite.While that is the biggest and tastiest carrot for the owners, in time PSG’s possible achievement of completing a clean sweep of trophies this season may be viewed as even more historic, having already wrapped up the Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophee des Champions titles this season.Celtic in 1966-67 are the only club to have ever lifted a quadruple of European Cup, domestic league, domestic cup and domestic league cup before, and PSG could take it as a good omen that their European Cup success famously came in Lisbon too. No French club has ever completed the treble before either as PSG look to become only the ninth team to achieve that feat, but they are facing a Bayern side similarly familiar with a domestic monopoly on titles and with far more experience in Europe.Indeed, Bayern won a treble of their own just seven years ago when they picked up their fifth Champions League crown, and victory on Sunday would see them join Barcelona as the only clubs to do so on two separate occasions.The German outfit have been simply scintillating en route to the final, plundering an incredible 42 goals during a perfect 10 wins from 10 games in the competition this season.An 8-2 obliteration of Barcelona in the quarter-finals was undoubtedly the most memorable of those wins, although amazingly it does have competition – Bayern have also beaten Tottenham Hotspur 7-2 and Red Star Belgrade 6-0 in one-off games, as well as hammering Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Rarely, if ever, has there been a more emphatic route to the final, with Bayern already boasting the best goals-per-game ratio in Champions League history and needing three more goals to equal Barcelona’s all-time record of 45 in a Champions League campaign – recorded over 16 games in 1999-00.With such a record it is easy to forget that Bayern had been in some trouble earlier in the campaign, leading to Niko Kovac being sacked and replaced by Hansi Flick, who has since steered them back on to the right path.It is not only Bayern’s European record which is formidable; German champions for an eighth year in a row, they come into this match having won 27 of their last 28 outings across all competitions including each of the last 19 – an unprecedented achievement for a German top-flight team.Yet there is not quite an aura of invincibility about the team despite the results suggesting otherwise, and PSG will have taken belief from Lyon’s performance in the semi-finals despite their fellow Ligue 1 side being on the end of a 3-0 defeat.Bayern’s clean sheet in that match was more down to some key saves from Manuel Neuer than any particularly robust defending in front of him, with Lyon capitalising on a high defensive line on more than one occasion without taking their chances.It is difficult to see the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi being quite so wasteful if gifted the same chances, and it is also difficult to see Bayern changing the way they play given their ability to outscore any team.Thomas Tuchel’s side will therefore be confident that they will get opportunities, and with the best defence in the competition this season they also seem well-equipped to keep Bayern’s own dangerous attackers at bay.PSG’s semi-final victory over RB Leipzig was more comfortable than Bayern’s over Lyon, although their overall route to the final has not been quite as straightforward.The French outfit needed to overcome a first-leg deficit to beat Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 before a dramatic stoppage-time comeback against Atalanta BC in the one-legged quarter-final – two goals in added-on time ending the Italian outfit’s dream run.However, PSG began their European campaign with a statement-making win over Real Madrid, and the Atalanta comeback in particular could prove to be a seminal moment for their fortunes in Europe.Many would have been expecting a more difficult path towards a potential first Champions League crown than Atalanta and RB Leipzig in the quarters and semis respectively, but in Bayern they face arguably the biggest test in world football at the moment.Sunday represents a tantalising opportunity to make themselves the team to beat, though, and if they are finally able to lift their most coveted prize aloft then there could be no doubting that they are worthy champions.Road to the final PSG Group stage: PSG 3-0 Real Madrid Group stage: Galatasaray 0-1 PSG Group stage: Club Brugge 0-5 PSG Group stage: PSG 1-0 Club Brugge Group stage: Real Madrid 2-2 PSG Group stage: PSG 5-0 GalatasarayLast 16: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 PSG Last 16: PSG 2-0 Borussia DortmundQuarter-final: Atalanta 1-2 PSGSemi-final: RB Leipzig 0-3 PSGBAYERN MUNICH Group stage: Bayern Munich 3-0 Red Star Belgrade Group stage: Tottenham Hotspur 2-7 Bayern Munich Group stage: Olympiacos 2-3 Bayern Munich Group stage: Bayern Munich 2-0 Olympiacos Group stage: Red Star Belgrade 0-6 Bayern Munich Group stage: Bayern Munich 3-1 Tottenham HotspurLast 16: Chelsea 0-3 Bayern Munich Last 16: Bayern Munich 4-1 ChelseaQuarter-final: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern MunichSemi-final: Lyon 0-3 Bayern MunichParis Saint-Germain possible XI: Rico, Kehrer, Thiago Silva, Kimpembe, Bernat, Verratti, Marquinhos, Herrera, Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe.Bayern Munich possible XI: Neuer, Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies, Goretzka, Thiago, Perisic, Muller, Gnabry, Lewandowski.Tags: Bayern MunichChampions League finalEstadio da LuzParis Saint-Germain
It followed six years at French side Valenciennes and two years at Uruguayan side River Plate, where he started his career. He is nicknamed The Rock, a tag given to him by the River Plate fans due to his physical edge. Sanchez added: “It began in Uruguay when I started my career. Then I went onto France but where it really picked up was in Spain. With the World Cup and everything I am known as The Rock now.” The midfielder has signed a four-year contract at the claret and blues after making the switch from Spanish side Elche and could make his Premier League debut at home to Newcastle on Saturday. Sanchez, who has 44 international caps, impressed in Colombia’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they lost 2-1 to hosts Brazil in July. Carlos Sanchez believes Roy Keane can help turn him into a Barclays Premier League force with Aston Villa. Press Association He started training with his new team-mates on Monday and insisted that working with Villa number two and former Manchester United star Keane will only improve him. “Yes of course. He was a big player and I’ve seen him play,” Sanchez said. “I’ve always wanted to play in England. I had a few opportunities from other clubs but when I had the opportunity to come here I had no doubts. The most important thing was that the manager wanted me here. “I’ve got lots of things that I want to do, it’s a big club. I’m sure I can progress here. We’ve got everything – some great players, good technical staff and everything else we need to have a good successful season. We have got a great dressing room.” The 28-year-old also revealed former Villa and Colombia striker Juan Pablo Angel and Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega convinced him to make the switch to England. He said: “I spoke with Juan Pablo Angel. He said I absolutely had to come and had no doubts. I spoke with Hugo Rodallega, the Fulham player, too, who said I have to come. “I can’t really do the same as Juan Pablo because we play in different positions, but he is an inspiration, nonetheless.” Sanchez joined Villa following just one season with Primera Division side Elche, who he helped them to avoid relegation by a point as they finished 16th.
A.J. James stood across the court from a 12-year-old Rhiann Newborn and let loose a booming, “Come on!”Her coach had just crushed a ball past Newborn, and he yelled to encourage Newborn to yell after she won a point.“I used to play her and beat her all the time. I’d yell a lot so, whenever she could get a ‘Come on!’ in, it felt like she was getting the best of me,” James, the AJ Elite Tennis Academy coach, said. “I think that helped her. I want my students — not to celebrate every little thing — but to pump themselves up.”Newborn carried that habit with her to Syracuse, where the sophomore’s shouting makes teammates think of Serena Williams, she said. Newborn is undefeated through five singles matches this season, and credits the success to her energy and vocal nature on the court.Playing in high-pressure situations in professional tennis tournaments and competing with friends in the video game Mortal Kombat has prepped her well to bring a competitive, high-energy style to SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“That’s what I trained her on,” Newborn’s father, Darryl Newborn, said. “If you don’t want to get after it, stay home.”When Newborn was young, her neighbor, Olivia Garza, would play her every day in Mortal Kombat, on Newborn’s PlayStation 1. Newborn used Kitana most often, a character noted for the steel blades in her hand fans. Hurling the damage-inflicting fans at her opponent from across the arena was her favorite move.The girls struggled to establish dominance through 20-50 rounds per day.“We’d just keep playing,” Garza said. “Until one of us was satisfied with winning.”If Newborn’s hunger to win wasn’t fulfilled, she usually challenged her father to the game at home. And when her father — a former cornerback at the University of Texas El Paso — taught her other sports, he did so in the only way he knew how.“Passion and aggression,” Darryl Newborn said.When she was 4, her parents brought her to local tennis courts where they competed with hergrandparents. Newborn would storm the court and steal one of the rackets.Nearly two years later, she interrupted yet another match, announcing once again she wanted to play. But she didn’t have a racket. Armed with only a stick she had picked up nearby, Newborn demanded a spot on the court.Darryl Newborn knew he had no choice, so he replaced the stick with a racket. He worked with his daughter to craft a tennis style around her personality — competitive, aggressive and loud.“I think yelling intimidates (my opponents), which I like because then they get scared and I can beat them,” Newborn said, laughing. “This is the style I chose to play. I yell extremely loud, it just makes me want to compete harder.”Syracuse head coach Younes Limam first saw Newborn’s fiery style when he was recruiting her to Rice, where he used to coach.Fully-throated, guttural yells were heard above the sound of balls being hit. Parents of opposing players snickered and furrowed their eyebrows. Spectators familiar with Newborn’s work grinned.“She feeds off her energy,” Limam said. “Her presence makes the difference in close matches. It’s a big strength to have.”In the Orange’s home opener, Newborn was facing an opponent she had seen on the Texas junior circuit. Frustrated, she let out a particularly angry snarl.“You know, Rhiann’s always been this way,” the opponent’s mother said from the stands.And teetering on the brink of dropping the set, Newborn pulverized a forehand winner from the baseline past her opponent.Newborn pumped her fist, stiffened and delivered the most deafening howl yet.“Come on!” Comments Published on February 18, 2015 at 12:15 am Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+
About 90 feet of living space are all that 11 students could offer. However, just as light streams in from the tiny white cabin’s three windows, their prototype provides temporary shelter and a ray of hope for the homeless and city officials looking to end the epidemic.With the guidance of Assistant Professor R. Scott Mitchell and architecture part-time lecturer Sofia Borges, fourth-year architecture students designed and built the temporary shelter for their final project, Homeless for Hope.“To actually build things at full scale is unreal,” said Jayson Champlain, a fourth-year student majoring in architecture. “People actually get to step inside of something you’ve designed. It’s pretty cool.”Mitchell and Borges created the topic studio surrounding homelessness for fourth-year architecture students. They partnered with Madworkshop, a foundation spearheaded by two alumni, and Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, a nonprofit based in Mission Hills, to build a “bridge” housing solution.According to Borges, the lack of attention for researching and developing temporary housing while long-term solutions are being developed creates a great need.“There’s a huge deficit in what can we do for people on the streets now,” Borges said. “That’s where our project really has a lot of immediate value.”Mitchell also hopes their topic studio gave students the opportunity to experience how an architecture firm works. From lessons in teamwork to riding a scooter down Skid Row, Champlain validated his professors’ hopes. The fourth-year architecture student worked on the project along with 10 of his peers and served as one of the project managers.“This grabbed my attention because of how different it was,” Champlain said. “Getting to work with people — not just architects, but real people from different organizations or homeless people — and getting to build with my hands [is] something we don’t do much in architecture.” Heeje Yang, a fourth-year student majoring in architecture, worked on the project along with Champlain. He also appreciated the practical application of his major.“As an architecture student, we always stay in studio and use our computer to design imaginary buildings,” Yang said. “But because of this studio, I was able to do actual hands-on work and actually be a part of the construction process of the modular housing. It was a good experience.”According to Champlain, the students first spent three to four weeks of rigorous research detailing the problem before working on a solution.Yang worked in a social housing firm the previous summer, but he believes that the students gave him an opportunity to further investigate the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles.“It is a [bigger] issue than what I imagined before I researched and studied,” Yang said. “I am very shocked as I study more and more because the problem always gets bigger, not smaller.”The studio also collaborated with city officials to make sure the project was compliant with all city codes.“We were really surprised how open city officials and the mayor’s office were to collaborating on this idea,” Borges said.While designing and building the prototype, students received the opportunity to speak with leaders and activists invested in the cause, including philanthropist Betty Chinn.Through the project, Champlain realized the value of his skillset. “Dealing with people and socially engaged problems inspired me to say, ‘Wow, I can really use architecture to make a difference,’” Champlain said. “Architecture can really be a catalyst for bigger social change.” One pod costs around $25,000 to make. Hope of the Valley is currently fundraising to finish plans and build a community using the design.Borges and Mitchell, however, hope the project will extend beyond the topic studio.“We don’t see this project as only one shelter with Hope of the Valley, but as the larger response to getting people off the streets faster,” Borges said.
Team Nigeria, Tuesday had one of her most memorable days at the ongoing 2016 ITF West/Central Africa 18 and Under Circuit in Lome, Togo as six of her players progressed to the next stage of the tournament.Barakat Quadri, who is aiming to be the first player to win three-straight singles title in the world ranking event, continued to dish out tennis lessons to her opponents as she whipped Chakira Dermane of Togo 6-0, 6-0.The 14 year-old Quadri, who is about to end her year-long ITF scholarship in Morocco will meet the winner of the tie between Bissola Lassissi of Benin and Trisha Vinod of India. She is now just three victories away from winning a third successive title which before now has not been achieved by any player in the West and Central Africa ITF Junior Circuit.Nigeria’s dominance over the hosts continue as Angel Mcleod also defeated home-girl Serena Geli 6-0, 6-1 to hit the last-eight where she will confront second seed, Marine Job of France who defeated Team Nigeria’s Venus Ubiebi.Toyin Asogba was another Nigerian that tasted defeat; the Lagos-based player succumbing to Maxine Ng of Malaysia, the number two seed.In the boy’s singles, Nigerian players proved that they are not in the same class with their Ghanaian counterparts as Michael Osewa scale the hurdles of Michael Nartey 6-2, 6-3 while Christopher Bulus and Christopher Itodo also emerged victors in their second round clashes with Ronald Totimeh 6-1, 6-0 and Richard Addo 6-0, 6-2 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Injury updateThe spokesman also said there is still no definitive timetable for the returns of Griffin and Jamal Crawford. However, it’s possible Griffin could return either Sunday against Houston or Tuesday against Charlotte.Griffin had a staph infection removed from his right elbow Feb. 9. The Clippers are 9-5 without him. Crawford has missed four consecutive games with a right calf strain and figures to be out longer than Griffin. The two have combined to average 38.9 points.Scouting the MavericksThis is another big game against a Western Conference opponent. Dallas (41-25) is in seventh place in the West, 1 1/2 games behind the fifth-place Clippers (42-23). The Clippers are 2-0 against the Mavericks this season, with a 120-100 victory Jan. 10 at Staples Center and a 115-98 victory Feb. 9 at Dallas. That second win came on the day Griffin had surgery, and the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan picked up the slack with 27 rebounds.Shooting guard Monta Ellis leads Dallas with a 19.2 scoring average. Power forward Dirk Nowitzki, 36, is averaging 17.3 points and 6.9 rebounds and small forward Chandler Parsons is averaging 15.4 points.Recently acquired center Amar’e Stoudemire has averaged 11.3 points and 3.5 rebounds off the bench since coming over from the New York Knicks in February, but the Mavericks are only 4-4 in those games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There has been a lot of talk about how DeAndre Jordan has stepped up his play in the absence of the injured Blake Griffin. Rightfully so, as Jordan has averaged 14.6 points and 18.5 rebounds in the 14 games Griffin has recently missed.But point guard Chris Paul also has been special. During that same time, he’s averaged 22 points and 13.4 assists, and on Wednesday at Oklahoma City he was dominant in the Clippers’ 120-108 victory over the Thunder.Paul scored 33 points with nine assists while shooting 11 of 19 from the field — 5 of 8 from 3-point range. That was coming off a game Monday in which he scored just two points but doled out 15 assists in a victory over Minnesota while playing with a right knee bruise.His performance brought a complimentary reaction from teammate and shooting guard J.J. Redick when he was asked about playing alongside Paul. “It’s been fun,” said Redick, whose team plays at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Dallas. “Last year was disappointing because of all the injuries I had, but it’s been fun getting to play with him. You know 20, 30 years from now, I’ll tell people I played with the best point guard in the world, ever.”Paul’s latest display came on a night when he clearly outplayed OKC point guard Russell Westbrook, who has been on an almost unbelievable tear of late. Westbrook scored 24 points, but he was harassed into a 5-for-14 shooting night and had 10 turnovers.Westbrook has had six 40-plus point games since Feb. 4 and at one point had four consecutive triple-doubles. Westbrook was just 2 of 8 from the field with seven points and seven turnovers when Paul was guarding him.“Well, Russell had a rough night, you know, turning the ball over,” OKC coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s been good. I mean, he’s been beyond good for a long time. Wasn’t one of his better nights. He will bounce back. But defensively, they put a lot of hands on the basketball.” Paul, who has been called one of the best defending guards in the league by coach Doc Rivers, rolled an ankle during the game. A team spokesman said Thursday that Paul is fine and is expected to play against Dallas.
Despite the mistake, Perkins played a big role for the Bulldogs as he scored 16 points with four 3-pointers and six assists. He committed only two turnovers.”He’s a much more mature player, a much better player now and we’ve been an incredible program and had an incredible run with him at the helm,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.”He’s been kind of a lightning rod over the years because our program garners so much attention and he’s handled it with grace. If you went and asked those guys in the room they would hands down say he is the best teammate they ever had.” His teammate Zach Norvell came to the defense of Perkins, however, and said it wasn’t fair to place the blame solely on that play.”It wasn’t just that play. There were plays throughout the whole game that we wish we’d have done differently,” Norvell said. “I don’t want to take this jersey off because once I do, I’ll never get to put it back on. It sucks we lost the game, but it hurts even more feeling like you let the people you love down.” Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins shouldered the blame after making a costly mistake in the final seconds of his team’s 75-69 Elite Eight loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. The Bulldogs were down by two when Perkins reached out of bounds and fouled Matt Mooney, knocking the ball out of his hand while the Texas Tech guard tried to inbound it. The sequence resulted in a technical that allowed the Red Raiders to secure the victory at the free-throw line. Josh Perkins gets called for the technical foul after reaching over the sideline on the inbounds pass. pic.twitter.com/izpYlBMXFe— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 2019When asked about the series after the game, Perkins called it a “bonehead play” and said it’s something he will think about forever. “The whole time, we were saying ‘believe’ in the huddle and we thought no matter what we were going to win the game, but the violation kind of put things to a halt,” Perkins told reporters, via Yahoo Sports. “It’s hard for me not to feel like that’s all on me. To be honest, that’s all I’m thinking about right now.” Related News March Madness 2019: Gonzaga G Josh Perkins gets costly flagrant in final seconds against Texas Tech
Messi was dismissed when Medel reacted angrily to a challenge and repeatedly bumped into the Barcelona star with his chest. Neither Medel or Messi raised their hands and Medel was the clear aggressor in the incident.There was a VAR check but referee Mario Diaz de Vivar did not look back at the footage on the pitch-side monitor.Messi blasted the officiating at the tournament after Argentina lost to hosts Brazil in the semifinals in a match in which the Lionel Scaloni-led team had two penalty appeals that went unchecked by VAR.He suggested the red card had been punishment for those comments.”With a yellow card it would have been over for both of us, but, well, maybe I’m paying for what I said last time,” Messi said. “The important thing is that the team finished the tournament well. We do not have get caught up in the lack of respect that happened here.”#CopaAmerica Lionel Messi : “Siempre digo la verdad, eso me deja tranquilo. Después, si lo que digo tiene repercusiones no es parte mía, yo siempre soy sincero”.— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) July 6, 2019Messi added: “I leave calmly, with my head high and proud of this group, who gave everything. I hope that this group is respected – it has a lot to give.”The group showed a lot of personality. It’s not easy to start with a defeat [against Colombia] and then drawing [against Paraguay] – that made us stronger and we finished in a very positive way. They could have reviewed the sending off, but VAR was not used.” After the match, which Argentina won 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala before Arturo Vidal scored a penalty, Messi did not appear with his teammates to collect his medal.When asked why he was not on the pitch for the ceremony, he told reporters: “Because we don’t have to be part of this corruption, this lack of respect towards the whole Copa.” Related News Lionel Messi railed against “corruption” and “a lack of respect” at the Copa America following Argentina’s win over Chile in the bronze medal match.Messi was sent off, along with Gary Medel, after an altercation in the first half of a heated meeting at Arena Corinthians. He is hoping the same doesn’t happen in the finals when Brazil faces Peru.”Hopefully, the referees and VAR won’t influence it and they’ll let Peru compete, but that looks difficult to me,” Messi said. “I always tell the truth. That leaves me calm. Then, if what I say has repercussions, it is not to do with me as I am always sincere.” Lionel Messi blasts ‘bulls—’ refereeing after Argentina’s Copa America loss