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first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Wednesday condemned the stone-throwing incident on the Australian cricket team bus and has had a word with Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal about the same as well.”Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host,” Rathore, who replaced Vijay Goel as the Sports Minister earlier this year, tweeted.”Have spoken to Sarbananda Sonowal ji about the Guwahati incident. Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us,” he added.Have spoken to @sarbanandsonwal ji about the Guwahati incident. Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 11, 2017Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) October 11, 2017Sonowal immediately responded by saying that the investigations regarding the incident are on in full swing and the police have already picked up two suspects.Really unfortunate incident after a great game aimed to tarnish Guwahati’s reputation as emerging sports hub. We strongly condemn it. (1/8)- Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) October 11, 2017People of Assam don’t approve this. #FIFAU17WC going on in Guwahati. FIFA & all teams expressed their satisfaction at our arrangements.(4/8)- Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) October 11, 2017Vow to take strictest action against the culprits. Investigation is on full swing & Police have already picked up 2 suspects. (2/8)- Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) October 11, 2017Players and staff were travelling from Busapara Stadium back to their team hotel, after their 8-wicket win over the hosts in the second T20I, in the eastern city when the rock pierced the window on the right-hand side of the bus, CA said on its website.advertisementThe board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.”In a remarkable piece of good fortune, no one was sitting on the seat next to the window when it was broken,” CA’s report said.”While no one was injured, the Australian players were understandably shaken up by the incident.”Australia opening batsman Aaron Finch posted a photo of a shattered window on a bus on Twitter.”Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!” he tweeted.Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!! pic.twitter.com/LBBrksaDXI- Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) October 10, 2017Australia are scheduled to play India in the third and final Twenty20 of the series in Hyderabad on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea Maurizio Sarri Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Topics Europa League Share on Pinterest Dynamo Kyiv, second in the Ukrainian league behind Shakhtar Donetsk, will pose an awkward threat in the last 16, though David Luiz has suggested recent setbacks have served to steel Chelsea’s resolve. The flurry of team meetings with Sarri in the midst of the poor run have seen slight tweaks made to the side’s tactical approach.“You have to be intelligent and clever to find solutions,” the Brazil defender said. “We tried to find a solution in those meetings and I think we did that. You need to be strong to say the truth and we did that. That’s how we reversed the negative moment to a positive moment.“You don’t change your character because of the situation, you change the situation. Sarri is a great human, someone with love and passion for football, loving with people and trying to help everyone, giving the best advice. When you lose a game, like we did [6-0] at Manchester City, no one is going to be happy and coming here joking around. He’s a real person and real people have feelings, good and bad. But we turned it round.”Chelsea (probable, 4-3-3) Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek; Willian, Giroud, Pedro.Dynamo Kyiv (probable, 4-2-3-1) Boyko; Kedziora, Kadar, Burda, Mykolenko; Shapeliev, Sydorchuk; Tsygankov, Buyalskiy, Shaparenko; Rusyn.Kick-off 5.55pm. TV BT Sport 2.center_img news Share on Facebook Maurizio Sarri believes his tenure at Chelsea will extend beyond the end of the season, regardless of securing qualification for the Champions League, and has held talks with the club’s hierarchy to plan the team’s preseason activities.Sarri will oversee the first leg of the Europa League last‑16 tie against Dynamo Kyiv on Thursday night, with Chelsea having responded well to a run of five defeats in 10 domestic games. The team performed spiritedly in the Carabao Cup final, which was lost on penalties to Manchester City, while successive Premier League victories in the days since have left them only five points behind third-placed Tottenham, with a game in hand over all the clubs above them. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Dynamo Kyiv Read more De Jong to Tadic: six players behind Ajax’s Champions League revival There also remains the possibility of securing a return to Europe’s elite club competition by winning the Europa League, with the upturn serving to alleviate some of the immediate pressure on Sarri.His position had come under considerable scrutiny over the last few months but he has spoken with the director, Marina Granovskaia, about the club’s summer and believes that willingness to plan for next term is an indication he will remain in charge.Sarri had been critical of the preseason schedule he inherited last year, which involved friendlies in Australia, Ireland and France, an itinerary he had tactfully described as “unusual”. “But we were talking about the problem of the next preseason,” he said of his discussions with the board. “We were trying to organise in the best way the next preseason. I’ve said it’s not important if I’m here next season. At this moment, it’s important only the results.“In this moment, only the Europa League is important. In this moment, Dynamo Kyiv is everything. I am confident [of retaining his position] otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do my work. I have to think like this if I want to do my job in the next way.”Chelsea are due to play two fixtures in Japan in mid-July, against the reigning J-League champions Kawasaki Frontale and, potentially, Barcelona. They are also considering holding a training camp in Europe, a retreat more in keeping with the preparations Sarri enjoyed at Napoli.“I’m confident,” he added of his own future. “I was confident in the past, and I am confident now. But I want to think only about our performances and our results, nothing else.”last_img read more