31 May

Fans in hysterics as Solskjaer pats Mourinho on the head ‘like a puppy’

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED fans were in hysterics after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer patted Jose Mourinho on the head “like a puppy” following Spurs’ defeat at Old Trafford.The Red Devils got one over their old boss thanks to Marcus Rashford’s double, which secured a 2-1 win and ended Mourinho’s winning run.5 Man Utd boss Solskjaer patted Mourinho’s head at full timeCredit: Rex Features5 Mourinho looked less than pleased with the exchangeCredit: Getty – ContributorIt was all very convivial between Mourinho and the man who took his job – until the full-time whistle.The pair hugged and shook hands on the touchline at the end, but Solskjaer could not resist patting the Special One patronisingly on the head.The moment did not go unnoticed by United supporters.One wrote: “Never thought I’d see the day Ole would take Mourinho’s job and then pat his head like a puppy after beating him.”Another posted: “Delighted for Ole that he got a chance to give Mourinho the final patronising pat on the head after shaking hands. Fair play.”A fellow user said: “Ole dropping the dismissive head pat on Mourinho akin to dropping a stone cold stunner on Steve Austin.”Football London claimed Mourinho got his own back on Solskjaer by planting his hand on the Norwegian’s head in the tunnel afterwards.5But there was no footage or photographs to back this up.Mourinho was asked about the incident afterwards but played it down, saying: “No one likes to lose the game. But we are all the same, we just want to win games.”The head pat was the second touchline incident Mourinho was involved in during the Old Trafford clash.He was left clutching an injured knee after United winger Daniel James crashed into him following Harry Winks’ tackle in the first half.Funnily enough it was Mourinho who then accused his former side of “pretending injuries”.The gutted Portuguese, 56, told beIN Sports: “We started bad, they started well.”They scored the first goal, could have scored the second and for the first 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. For the last 15 minutes, the story was different.”I thought the second half we’d be back to normality and normality was to have control of the game but when you concede a goal like we did it’s difficult.55 Mourinho did not look at Ole when he tapped him on the headCredit: Reuterslatest man utd newsLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordMAN DOWNUtd and City face TWO-WEEK summer if they reach Euro finals before new Prem seasonDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordODS ON?Ighalo to leave Man Utd TOMORROW unless dramatic extension can be reachedPEA SHOOTERHernandez: Man Utd ‘still haunted’ by ‘mistake’ of Moyes replacing FergusonDEVIL’S ADVOCATEEx-Man Utd star Chadwick dreaded being picked for Keane’s team in training”They took a few steps back, started to block low and they were clever in the way they were getting fouls and pretending injuries and controlling and then still dangerous on the counterattack.”We were punished by our mistake for the second goal. The reason I want to say clearly they deserved to win the game was because in the first 30 minutes of the game they were much better than us.”It was not just today, if you look to our previous matches it was the same. Against Olympiacos we didn’t start well, against Bournemouth it took time, rather than being proactive we are a little bit more reactive.”Jose Mourinho explains why it’s easier for Man Utd to play against the better teams in the Premier League after Spurs lose 2-1 at Old Traffordlast_img read more

11 Aug

How not to handle a sexual assault investigation into a football

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix In a letter dated Oct. 3, the panel suspended Ellison from IU for two and a half years. (No criminal charges have been filed as of yet, though that can always change.)But on Oct. 2, Indiana head coach Tom Allen announced Ellison had resumed practicing with the team.More than that, Ellison had been around the team prior to the Oct. 2 announcement. On a Big Ten coaches teleconference on the 2nd, Allen said that he has regularly met with Ellison through the course of his suspension.“He’s been allowed to be with our team recently, and we still have no answer yet for his game opportunities,” Allen said. “But he’s been allowed to be around us on a consistent basis now, which has helped. But we still don’t know the long-term future yet, taking it day by day.”“Day by day” turned into “just today,” as the university suspended Ellison 24 hours later.Step back and consider the facts here.Indiana suspended Ellison on Aug. 24, fully aware Ellison was under investigation for sexual assault.At some point over the ensuing weeks, Ellison is allowed to return the team. He’s then allowed to return to the practice field, and Allen doesn’t refute that he may play on Saturdays at some point — all while his player is under investigation by the university for sexual assault against a fellow student.What message does this send to the women of IU? I’ll tell you what message it sends: We think so little of you that an alleged sexual assault by one of our players will keep him off the practice field for a few weeks.Now, I don’t want to imply Allen or Indiana football don’t care about women, because I don’t think that’s true and because I don’t think that’s fair.Allen, AD Fred Glass and Indiana athletics should not have brought Ellison back to the team before the investigation into his sexual assault act was complete, but that’s only part of the story. (FootballScoop has left multiple messages for Allen, but those were not returned as of press time.)Indiana University should not have given Indiana Athletics the opportunity to reinstate Ellison ahead of the investigation’s end date.If there’s one thing we heard over and over again during the Urban Meyer-Zach Smith saga, it’s that football coaches are not investigators. They aren’t qualified to investigate something as serious as a sexual assault case, and it’s not fair to anyone involved — victim, accused or coach — to place that responsibility on their shoulders.Like every university, IU has a system in place to handle such investigations, but it didn’t go far enough in this case. If IU was investigating Ellison, then the university should have suspended Ellison from all team activities through the course of the investigation.If said investigation clears Ellison, the university then allows him to return to the team. If it finds him guilty, as it did Oct. 3, then it extends his suspension for another 30 months.The university knows the facts of the case, and the university knows the timeline of its investigation. The football team does not. So the university should have safeguarded all invested parties by suspending him pending the investigation’s completion and not let that burden fall to the football program. Not having such a failsafe in place invites a worst-case scenario where the head football coach — who, again, does not know the facts of the case — reinstates a player the day before the university suspends that very same player.Which, of course, is exactly what happened.We have no reason to think or believe that Indiana football and Tom Allen don’t care about women, but Indiana University brought that perception to light by not letting its left hand know what its right hand was doing. On Aug. 24, Indiana announced sophomore running back Morgan Ellison had been suspended indefinitely from all team activities. The reason for the suspension was not revealed, and IU said in its press release it would not comment further on the suspension.We now know exactly why Ellison was suspended.An IU panel determined Ellison committed sexual assault against a fellow student. The panel found Ellison began the assault while the victim was asleep and used force to continue the attack when the victim awoke. (Ellison denied using force and said all activities were consensual, according to the Indianapolis Star.)last_img read more