FLOW Super Cup kicks off

first_imgThe third staging of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup kicks off today with four games in the round of 16 at two of the nation’s top venues. Excelsior High will oppose Ocho Rios High at 5 p.m. before Wolmer’s Boys go up against rural surprise team Little London High in a double-header at Sabina Park in Kingston. In the west, Dinthill Technical will first face Bridgeport High at 5 p.m. ahead of a clash between Cornwall College and Denham Town High at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, St James. Telecommunications firm FLOW announced first-round games at the draw on Wednesday night in the knockout competition between seeded and unseeded teams from the Manning and daCosta Cup competitions in the 2016 staging of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup. Speaking on behalf of FLOW, Carlo Redwood, vice-president of marketing and television, shared that he is anticipating some fierce battles in the four-week long competition dubbed the “Champions League of Schoolboy Football.” “Every year, the competition has got a lot better and this year will be no different. I expect the rural daCosta Cup teams to do a lot better this year and so we are excited about the matchups which will provide high-quality football and entertainment at both venues,” Redwood explained. SEEDED TEAMS The seeded Manning Cup teams are: Kingston College, Wolmer’s Boys, Jamaica College and Excelsior High, while the unseeded teams are Denham Town High School, Haile Selassie High, Holy Trinity High and Bridgeport High. From the daCosta Cup competition, the seeded teams are St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), Rusea’s High, Cornwall College, and Dinthill Technical, while Clarendon College, Vere Technical, Little London High, and Ocho Rios High are the unseeded teams. Excelsior are in the lucrative competition that will see the champions earning $1 million and the coveted trophy for the second consecutive year, and will be eyeing the top prize. “We are looking forward to the game tomorrow. The boys are upbeat despite losing out to Haile Selassie in the Walker Cup,” Excelsior’s technical director Xavier Gilbert told The Gleaner. “We don’t know much about Ocho Rios, but they are there, so the first 20 minutes will be crucial. We lost at the quarterfinal stage to St James last season, and now looking to go deeper in the competition,” Gilbert added. Excelsior’s top players include Raewin Senior, captain Cadine Graham, and Thorne Buchanan. Ocho Rios made it to the last eight in the daCosta Cup competition and are not expected to roll over and play dead. Wolmer’s will be up against first time Super Cup qualifiers Little London in the feature game at Sabina Park, and Wolmer’s head coach Vassel Reynolds is bracing for a tough encounter against the upstarts, the Westmoreland-based school. “You don’t know what to expect from Little London. They would have been pumped up for the Super Cup with a feeling of nothing to lose,” Reynolds said about Little London. “We always approach each game to win regardless of the opposition. We won’t take them lightly,” he added. Wolmer’s key players include strikers Rivaldo English and Alphanso Gooden. Little London will be making a first appearance in the FLOW Cup and are upbeat following a 3-2 win against Garvey Maceo in the daCosta Cup Inter-Zone round. “The guys are pumped up, they are ready for Wolmer’s. We have beaten Garvey Maceo to qualify for the first time. This is the second time in the inter-zone round and the first we have reached this far,” Vivian McIntosh, a physical education teacher at Little London, disclosed. Little London key players include captain Shane Ricketts who is a former national Under15 player, Deandre Williams, and Damion Stoddart. In the Montego Bay doubleheader, high riding daCosta Cup contenders Dinthill should get the better of Manning Cup hopeful Bridgeport in the opening encounter. Also, in the feature game, daCosta Cup favourites Cornwall College are tipped to beat Manning Cup team DenhamTown. New champions will be crowned this year as last year’s winners, St George’s College, did not qualify for this year’s Super Cup. ENTRANCE FEES Sabina Park – $500 for all areas Montego Bay Complex: Bleachers – $500. Grandstand – $1,000. Tickets are available at Total gas stations islandwide, The Captain’s Bakery (Cross Roads and New Kingston), and Cuddyz Sports Bar and Restaurant in New Kingston. TODAY’S MATCHES SABINA PARK 5 p.m: Excelsior vs Ocho Rios 7 p.m: Wolmer’s Boys vs Little London MONTEGO BAY SPORTS COMPLEX 5 p.m: Bridgeport vs Dinthill Technical 7 p.m: Denham Town vs Cornwall Collegelast_img read more

Osenio offers no excuse for loss to Chinese foe

first_imgLATEST STORIES It was supposed to be a flyweight duel but Xiong failed to make the weight and the organizers had to make it a catchweight bout at 57.3-kilograms.Still, Osenio discarded the Chinese’s weight edge and said: “It’s not an excuse because I really lost.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseOsenio escaped a guillotine choke midway in the first round, but failed to keep up with Xiong’s striking, losing by technical knockout at the 3:44 mark of the first round.“I wasn’t able to do my game plan,” she said as she tried to fight back her tears. But rather than mope, the 23-year-old Osenio is looking forward to bounce back together with her stablemates as Team Lakay seeks to make an impact once again next year.“This night might not be for me, but I’m still young. I need to improve and go back to the gym to improve my weaknesses,” Osenio said as she now concentrates full time on her mixed martial arts career after obtaining her criminology degree from the University of the Cordilleras.“This didn’t go our way, so we’ll bounce back next time.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours April Osenio, with Team Lakay stablemate Gina Iniong, is still all smiles after her defeat to Xiong Jingnan. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netBANGKOK — Failing to mark her return to the cage with a victory, April Osenio (2-3) refused to make excuses and instead, admitted that her Chinese foe was the better fighter Saturday night.“This night wasn’t for me,” she quipped in Filipino after falling to Xiong Jingnan (10-1) at ONE: Warriors of the World at Impact Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux in bout between Olympic greats Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy 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 award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Report completed, Nursing Director to advise – GPHC CEO

first_imgBaby with cracked skullChief Executive Officer of the Georgetown Public Hospital Michael Khan on Thursday revealed that the report on the baby who cracked his skull on the hospital floor in August has been completed and has been sent to the Nursing Director for advice.Khan said the report was sent to the Director to ascertain if the nurse, who was attending to the mother of the child at the time of the accident, should be held accountable. He explained that the hospital is also awaiting a statement from the mother before any decision is made.“The director will have to find out if any disciplinary actions should be taken,” he said.The mother of the baby Nyesha Hamilton is contemplating taking legal action against the medical facility which she blames for the tragedy. Hamilton went into labour on August 21, 2016.According to the woman, she arrived at the hospital at approximately 22:00h and was examined by two doctors who informed her that she “was 4cm and then 5cm.”Shortly after, Hamilton said that she started to bleed and upon informing the nurses, was told that the two doctors who examined her previously said she had not “reached 10cm yet,” and she would have to wait another four hours before it was time to have the baby.However, she went into labour and there was no wheelchair to carry her into the labour room.“Two steps away from the door to the labour room, I feel like I couldn’t walk anymore so I stoop down, and I feel the baby fall on the ground and knock he head on the right hand side,” the mother said.After seeing the baby on the floor, Hamilton recalled that the nurses refused to pick the child up and instead told her to.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud had stated that the medical officials should have been better equipped by the third stage of the delivery (which would have been the expulsion of the child from the birth canal).last_img read more

W&GEC calls for more sensitisation on women’s rights

first_img…as annual report handed over to ParliamentThe Women and Gender Equality Commission (W&GEC) on Wednesday handed over its annual report to the National Assembly while calling for more sensitisation on the code of law on women’s rights as well as the speedy establishment of the Human Rights Commission.The call was made by W&GEC Chairperson Indranie Chandarpal as she highlighted a few of the recommendations from the annual report.“We have recommended that they produce a harmonised code of law on women’s rights and this should be one book that contains all the law protecting women but set out as a code and separate laws. The codes should be harmonised with international law obligations and with other national laws to ensure that there areW&GEC Chairperson Indranie Chandarpal hands over the seventh annual report to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotlandno gaps in the protection afforded to women,” she added.The Chairperson explained that the codes should be simplified so persons from various walks of life can understand their rights.According to her, “Guyana should submit the report to the committee established to monitor compliance under the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.”She added that the country should ratify the optional protocol of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which will allow for individual petitions.In addition, Chandarpal stated, “We are hoping that the Human Rights Commission would be in place very shortly because all of us are aware that the Human Rights Commission has a role to play in all these Rights Commissions, that is the admin arm of these Commissions and because of the slothful nature in having the Commission in place, it is causing some difficulties in terms of getting things done in a very timely way.”Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland spoke of some of the difficulties faced in moving forward.“When we had passed the law that enabled the constitutional agencies to enjoy independence, in the financial area, I had said to all the heads of the agencies at that time that there would be some difficulties in moving from (point) A to B, but I did ask the heads of the agencies to let me know whether they are moving at all, given the new dispensation or if they are moving too slowly,” he asserted.According to him, so far, only one agency would have raised concerns with him in this regard.In handing the report over to the Speaker, Chandarpal said she hoped the recommendations made in the report will be acted upon after consideration.last_img read more

CGX extension, NRF Bill to be reviewed by a PPP govt – Jagdeo

first_imgIn keeping with promises to review all deals and agreements entered into by the Coalition Government during the period when it should be acting in a caretaker role, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday said among the things that will be repealed is the recent extension given to CGX Energy Inc. for exploration activities.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoBack in May, government had approved a Strategic Joint Venture between CGX Energy Inc. and Frontera Energy Corporation to farm into two shallow water offshore Petroleum Prospecting Licences for the Corentyne and Demerara Blocks – both of which are adjacent to ExxonMobil’s Stabroek Block, where 13 discoveries have been made thus far.The farm-in joint venture allows Frontera to acquire a 33.333 per cent working interest in the two blocks.The agreement will see CGX’s Utakwaaka well drilled by November 27, 2019 in the Corentyne Block, with an additional exploration well to be drilled by November 27, 2022. In the Demerara Block, an exploration well will have to be drilled by February 12, 2021, with a further exploration well being drilled by February 12, 2023.The Opposition Leader told reporters on Thursday that this extension granted by the APNU+AFC government would be reviewed.“The extension of the CGX contract, we will not treat it as valid. Nothing in that period (is valid)… The Government doesn’t have the authority to extend anything,” Jagdeo contended.In fact, Jagdeo noted that even the Natural Resources Fund (NRF) Bill which was passed in the National Assembly back in January of this year in the absence of the Parliamentary Opposition will also be repealed.The NRF Bill is a crucial piece of legislation that is intended to create a framework for saving and investing revenue from Guyana’s oil and gas sector. But the Opposition Leader pointed out that the Government delayed its passage for months, and then went ahead to pass it shortly after a no-confidence vote against Government.“As far as we’re concerned, it is illegal too…and we will repeal it and replace it (in) a very short period with another model that reflects some of the principles we’ve outlined and some we will outline in our Manifesto,” he noted.According to Jagdeo, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) will encompass the Santiago Principle on Transparency and Norwegian type-management, which will see the management of the Fund placed at a distance from the politicians.“As production takes place, the money could be placed in an escrow account and central bank, and nobody touches it. We publish how much money we received, and the money is there,” he stated.The Opposition Leader went on to outline that, upon examination of the NRF, it will show that the Finance Minister is overall in charge of the Fund; the Central Bank, which reports to the Minister, is in charge of the operation of the Fund; the Minister will name a Macro-Economic Committee that is advisory to him, and that his Ministry chairs, and that will determine the economically feasible amount to be withdrawn from the fund; the Minister will also name an Investment Committee which will again be advisory to him and set up the investment mandate; and then the Minister, in his personal capacity, will determine the fiscally sustainable sum to withdraw.“What is common in every one of those five issues is the Minister. That’s the management structure of the Fund, and you cannot have that. It’s a recipe for disaster. We’ll destroy the economy and we’ll have a ton of corruption if you do that. You have to distance the politicians from that… So the model that they pass is a model that we have no faith in. It destroys some fundamental principles of how you manage any windfall resource,” Jagdeo, an economist and former President, stated.According to the Opposition Leader, should the PPP get into office, repeal of the SWF will be done immediately, without any disturbances to oil production activities which the United States oil giant ExxonMobil is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of next year.The former Head of State criticised the Coalition Government for not realising its responsibility with a sense of urgency of the situation, and with an understanding of its mandate to protect the nation and its people.“There is no understanding of the seriousness of the issue, and there is an abdication of their responsibility to protect us and our nation. And when you have that, the companies can run amok. So the idea is not to stop production, but to make sure that we build those capabilities…. We want to offer that the PPP will be that sort of government that will do all of those things,” Jagdeo asserted.last_img read more

Bartica officially declared “a town”

first_img– President envisions great advancementDrumrolls sounded and the crowd grew wild with excitement as the march pass began, signalling thePresident David Granger and Bartica Mayor Gifford Marshall unveiled the plaquecommencement of the grand celebrations of the official township status declaration for Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni Mazaruni) on Saturday.Usually a quiet ambiance, the mining community was colourfully decorated in the colours of the Golden Arrowhead and erupted into cheers and applause as families came out in huge numbers to join in the festivities.Despite the light drizzles, residents lined the streets with smartphones in hand to capture photos and videos of this historic moment.The march pass suavely made its way to the Bartica Stelling, where President David Granger, Regional Chairman Gordan Bradford and Mayor Gifford Marshall were awaiting.The ceremony started off with prayers by several religious groups, after which President Granger delivered the feature address.The Head of State, who is deeply connected to the Bartica, was overjoyed that this day has finally arrived.He noted that Bartica has been awaiting its township status for over 100 years, since the ordinance was passed to make Bartica a town in 1887.With having gained its official township status, Bartica can now set the stage for other municipalities to follow.According to President Granger, Bartica can lead the way in becoming a green town, a town that attracts investors from all across the Caribbean, and a town that is a magnet for economic growth.“Bartica has to lead the way, become our first green town… Solar energy, electrical vehicles, wind energy, solid waste management, recycling… Bartica is going to become a laboratory for Guyana’s green economy,” he stated.The President added: “It must be a model town for our green economy, showing all other towns and other regions how Guyana would supply enough energy without depending on fossil fuel.”He envisions that within the next four years, the new town can boast of having the greatest advancements in all integral aspects of development: technology, education, and overall economic development.Amid the pomp and ceremony, the plaque was unveiled and President Granger officially declared Bartica a town, much to the delight of residents.The celebrations continued into the evening with a blast of cultural extravaganza.Among those present for the celebrations were First Lady Sandra Granger, State Minister Joseph Harmon, Social Cohesion Minister Amna Ally, Health Minister Dr George Norton, and others.last_img read more

Kings’ Artest is arrested after dispute

first_img“It resulted in some pushing,” Scott said of the argument. “Mr. Artest had shoved the victim to the floor several times, then he attempted to leave.” The woman threw a pot at the Hummer, shattering its windshield, Scott said. He would not disclose the woman’s relationship with Artest but said a 3-year-old girl was inside the house during the incident. Deputies arrived around 9:30 a.m. at Artest’s five-acre estate in the Sacramento suburb of Loomis and arrested him on suspicion of domestic violence. He also was arrested on suspicion of using force or violence to prevent the woman from reporting a crime, booked into the Placer County Jail and released later on $50,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for March 22. Geoff Petrie, the Kings’ president of basketball operations, said the team was removing Artest from the team, pending a full investigation. “The Kings have excused Ron Artest indefinitely from any further participation with the team due to his arrest today for domestic violence,” Petrie said in a statement. Beckham out month Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911. Placer County sheriff’s authorities said the woman reported she and Artest were arguing inside the home Monday morning. The argument moved outside when Artest tried to leave in his Hummer, sheriff’s Sgt. Andrew Scott said. center_img Soccer star David Beckham’s return to form has taken a new twist – a bad twist of his right knee. The Galaxy-bound midfielder will be sidelined for about a month after hurting a knee ligament during a Spanish League game over the weekend. “Obviously, we hope it’s not a serious injury so he can get back to helping Real Madrid challenge for the title,” Galaxy GM Alexi Lalas said. “We do not expect this injury to affect his arrival in Los Angeles or his debut with the Galaxy.” Beckham agreed in January to a five-year contract with the Galaxy worth about $27.5 million in base salary. His contract with Real Madrid ends June 30, and the Galaxy expect him to join the team in August. Jets deal for RB The Chicago Bears reached a preliminary agreement to trade running back Thomas Jones to the New York Jets for a second-round draft pick. Jones, who rushed for 1,210 yards and six touchdowns in helping the Bears make the Super Bowl, must pass a physical before the deal is complete. The Bears decided to move Jones because they have chosen to go with Cedric Benson, their first-round pick in 2005. For the Jets, the deal gives them a No. 1 running back. The Broncos signed ex-All Pro running back Travis Henry to a five-year deal. Quarterback Joey Harrington and tight end Randy McMichael were released by the Dolphins. The Patriots received wide receiver Wes Welker from the Dolphins for a second- and seventh-round draft pick. Brad Johnson signed with the Cowboys, who wanted a veteran quarterback to team up with Tony Romo. The Falcons kept up their offseason purge by releasing starting guard Matt Lehr. Center Al Johnson agreed to a four-year contract with the Cardinals. Defensive end Kevin Carter, fourth among active players with 97.5 sacks, signed with the Buccaneers. The 49ers signed a two-year deal with wide receiver Ashley Lelie. Veteran QB Kerry Collins re-signed with the Titans. The club also released tight end Erron Kinney. The Colts re-signed linebacker Rob Morris, who helped spark the defense en route to the Super Bowl. Briefly NBA All-Star guard Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat will try to come back this season, saying that he has decided to delay surgery and rehabilitate his dislocated left shoulder with the goal of returning for the playoffs. Former WBC champion Omar Nino-Romero became the first boxer in Nevada history to test positive for methamphetamine after a fight and was suspended for nine months and fined $18,750 by regulators. Four-time Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Doug Swingley withdrew after being injured just two days into the race from Anchorage to Nome. The Boston Globe suspended veteran sports writer Ron Borges for two months without pay amid accusations he plagiarized part of a football column from Mike Sando, a reporter for The News Tribune of Tacoma, Wash. “The Globe does not tolerate plagiarism,” Globe editor Martin Baron said in a statement. “Extensive passages … were used verbatim in the column by Borges, and that is prohibited.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Henry hopeful playing success rubs off on Monaco

first_imgHenry scored a record 51 goals in 123 appearances for France, winning not only the 1998 World Cup but also Euro 2000, while starring for almost a decade at Arsenal before claiming the treble with Barcelona in 2009.“I hope it will be an advantage,” Henry said on Wednesday, when asked how his success as a player would serve him as a manager.“But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy because of that. I think it will help. But there are some great managers who haven’t played football, and vice versa.”The former striker will be joined at Monaco by Joao Carlos Valado Tralhao, under-23 coach at Benfica, and Patrick Kwame Ampadu, coach at Arsenal’s academy and father of Chelsea player Ethan Ampadu.Henry graduated from Monaco’s youth system and made his debut for the club in 1994.“To have the chance to come back is incredible,” he said.“When the offer came it seemed logical to me, it was the choice of my heart. You know my fondness for London, but here is where I started.”Henry’s first game in charge will be against Strasbourg in the league on Saturday with a must-win Champions League tie against Club Brugge four days later.However, he was reluctant to look too far ahead with Monaco languishing 18th in the league after just one win in 12 matches in all competitions this season.“For me, a coach is supposed to make people better first and foremost,” Henry said.“Improving players for me is already a success, but then you have different types of success.“How do you define success? It’s difficult. At a big European club success is winning the Champions League. At other clubs, it’s winning the league or helping players get better.“Long term, it’s really far away when I know the situation we’re in here and what we need to do.”Jardim guided Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2017 but was sacked last week after a string of poor results.Club vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said there were no fixed goals for Henry, who follows former international team-mates Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira into management.“We haven’t set any objectives for Thierry Henry. Given we’re 18th in the table today, it’s difficult to set an objective,” said Vasilyev.“We need to get out of the relegation zone for a start. We’re not thinking about the end of the season, we’re only thinking about getting out of this difficult situation.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry gives his first press conference as Monaco manager after taking over from Leonardo Jardim © AFP / Valery HACHEMONACO, Monaco, Oct 17 – Thierry Henry hopes his illustrious playing days will help underpin a successful career in management as he embarks on his first top job in club football at Monaco.The 41-year-old French World Cup winner, who had been working as an assistant to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez since 2016, returned to the club where he began his professional career after replacing Leonardo Jardim.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Experienced HGV Driver Required

first_imgJob Vacancy: Sharkey Waste Recycling Ltd are looking to recruit an experienced, reliable and punctual HGV Driver for our Waste Collection company based in West Donegal. Job Requirements: Over 25 years of ageFull clean C Licence.Experience EssentialUp to date CPCSelf motivated early starterGood knowledge/driving experience in the local area an advantage.To Apply: If you wish to apply for this role, please forward your CV to info@sharkeywaste.ie Sharkey Waste Recycling Ltd has been collecting household and commercial waste from households and commercial premises since 1969. Job Vacancy: Experienced HGV Driver Required was last modified: January 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:hgv driverJob Vacancysharkey waste recycling ltdwest donegal jobslast_img read more

Leaving Atletico a ‘dirty move’ and I will ‘be back next season’ – Griezmann

first_img1 Antoine Griezmann: The 26-year-old’s Atletico release clause is set at 100m Euros Antoine Griezmann has pledged his immediate future to Atletico Madrid, saying it would be a ‘dirty move’ to leave the club after their transfer ban was upheld.The 26-year-old France forward had been heavily linked with a potential world-record transfer to Manchester United, but any such move is off after the Court of Arbitration for Sport earlier this week upheld a ban on the club registering new players in this transfer window.Speaking on French television show Telefoot on Sunday morning, Griezmann said: “The ruling of the CAS has come through. Atletico cannot recruit. With my sporting advisor, Eric Olhats, we decided to stay.“It’s a hard time for the club. It would be a dirty move to leave now. We talked to the leaders and we will be back for next season.”Atletico, along with city rivals Real Madrid, were handed two-window transfer bans in January 2016 for multiple breaches of global football’s rules on the registration of under-18s and both clubs failed in their appeals to FIFA last September.The two Spanish giants then took their cases to the CAS but, while Real saw their ban halved to one transfer window in December, Atletico announced on Thursday that the only reduction they had been given was regarding their financial penalty – down from £720,000 to £440,000.That leaves them unable to sign new players until the January window, ending the club’s bid to bring in Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who was seen as a likely replacement for Griezmann. Griezmann, who has a release clause in his contract set at 100 million euros (£87million), scored 26 goals in 53 appearances for Atletico this past season.last_img read more