Roberts, who was critical of the FA and football’s anti-racism group Kick It Out following the John Terry racism case, said there had been a lack of leadership at the governing body. He said on Twitter: “While Uefa propose a 10 match ban for racism, the FA decides on 5! Who do they consult on these decision? Certainly not the players. The last 18 months regarding equality at the FA has consisted of bad decisions, lack of will, lack of consultation and lack of leadership!” He added: “Poor decisions on high profile cases, a weak “92” point plan and now 5 games, confirms, it is left to the players concerned to effect change.” The FA’s sanction will be the “entry level” punishment for the “least serious” discriminatory offences – including racist and homophobic abuse – with longer bans for higher level offences. Players found guilty of offences will have to attend educational programmes, and a second offence will be a minimum 10-game ban. Clubs who have two or more players found guilty of discrimination offences within a 12-month period will also face charges and could even have points deducted. Although there are no openly gay footballers in English professional football, the rules will apply to any player who uses homophobic abuse to any other player. The new rules come after a review of sanctions following the high-profile cases which saw Chelsea captain Terry banned for four matches and Liverpool forward Luis Suarez for eight games for racist abuse on the pitch. There is potential embarrassment for the FA however given that it is hosting UEFA’s Congress in London next week, and Europe’s governing body will submit a resolution recommending that all member associations follow its lead on 10 matches. FA chairman David Bernstein on Thursday defended the FA’s decision not to follow UEFA’s lead, saying the five-game ban had been agreed by all parts of the English game including Kick It Out. Press Association Reading striker Jason Roberts has claimed players were not consulted properly over the Football Association’s decision to bring in a five-match minimum ban for racist or other discriminatory abuse rather than follow UEFA’s 10-game sanction.
As the University of Wisconsin held its weekly press conference Monday, several head coaches were in attendance to talk about their respective teams.First among them was women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone, who discussed about her team’s upcoming matchup with Ohio State and the Badgers’ chances of making the NCAA Tournament in March.Wisconsin wrestling head coach Barry Davis followed Stone. Davis talked about his team’s final home dual meets that await this weekend against Northwestern and No. 1 Iowa. Iowa is of particular performance as Davis is an alum.Men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves followed Davis, discussing Wisconsin’s final home series this weekend against St. Cloud State. The series is crucial for the UW because it is the last time the Badgers face a team above them in the WCHA standings.Following Eaves was women’s swimming head coach Eric Hansen, whose squad is preparing for the Big Ten Championship meet this week. Wisconsin is ranked No. 17 nationally and hopes to win the Big Ten title as a precursor to a strong performance at the NCAA meet, which will come in another month.Last, but certainly not least, men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan talked to members of the media about a range of topics. Among them were his team’s upcoming matchup with Minnesota, the process of returning for junior forward Jon Leuer and the leadership ability of senior guard Jason Bohannon.On the left side of this page you will find the complete audio files of today’s press conference, separated by sport.
The second half was much better for USC, as it outscored the Cardinal 38-30 and held Stanford to just one made 3-pointer in the final two quarters compared to 10 in the first half. Friday’s win was spearheaded by a balanced USC scoring attack that featured four players with double-digit points. The group was led by freshman center Angel Jackson, who had 19 points on 11 shots. Stanford led by as many as 33 points late in the first half, hitting shot after shot while playing smothering defense on the other end. After just 10 minutes of action, Stanford was leading 28-6, and the Trojans went into the locker room after an abysmal first half trailing 49-21. Pili is equally as demanding of herself. After the road trip, she expressed a desire to improve her vision and passing accuracy when she receives extra attention in the post from opposing defenses. Pili and the Trojans won the turnover battle and received significant contributions off the bench in Friday’s win, a stark contrast from Sunday’s disappointing loss. The Trojans fell in a hole early as the Cardinal seized the lead in the opening minute and never looked back. Jackson and the Trojans benefited from strong showings by graduate guard Aliyah Jeune and freshman forward Alissa Pili, who finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively. A bright spot for Trakh and the Trojans was another solid showing from Pili, who scored in double digits for the eighth straight game and finished with a team-high 12 points. The Trojans’ bench production was concerning Sunday as Stanford second unit outscored USC’s reserve 36-17 — compared to a mark of 25-8 in favor of USC against Cal. Trakh was encouraged by his team’s second-half resilience, commending its ability to fight back despite not hitting many shots in the first half. “Once our young kids settled down, we did fine,” Trakh said. “We’re using these games as learning experiences. Nobody has four freshmen and one sophomore out there for prolonged minutes like we do.” The USC’s women’s basketball team earned a split in a pair of tough conference road games this weekend, defeating Cal 75-67 Friday before falling to No. 6 Stanford 79-59 Sunday. Pili continues to impress for USC as she remains the Trojans’ leading scorer in her true freshman season, averaging 14.4 points per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Pili has certainly turned heads in her short time at USC, but head coach Mark Trakh wants to see continued improvement from her as she continues to acclimate to the collegiate level and expand her skillset moving forward. Pili was pleased with the team’s effort in the second half but said the team needs to do a better job of being mentally prepared right out of the gate against teams with multiple offensive weapons.
The Thurles Sarsfields player takes over the role from Brendan Maher.Seamus Callanan will be the side’s vice-captain next year.