Eintracht Frankfurt captain David Abraham sent off and sparks mass brawl after shoving Freiburg head coach Christian Streich

10 Nov

Freiburg’s Bundesliga clash with Eintracht Frankfurt descended into chaos after David Abraham absolutely wiped out Christian Streich. The 54-year-old was slammed to the ground by Frankfurt captain Abraham in stoppage time as his side chased an equaliser at the Schwarzwald-Stadion. Freiburg won 1-0 thanks to Nils Petersen’s 77th-minute goal. As the ball went out of […]

The Week That Will Decide Nigel Farage’s Place in History

10 Nov

Nigel Farage has a big decision to make this week. He will put up or shut up. He will either put up 600 candidates to fight seats all over Great Britain, or he will pull back from the brink.

He made an offer of an electoral pact to Boris Johnson which he knew the Prime Minister would have to refuse. There is no way a Conservative Prime Minister could have agreed to stand down candidates in favour of candidates from the Brexit Party, and Nigel Farage knew it.

On Thursday, nominations close. If you haven’t registered as a candidate by 4pm on Thursday it’s too late. So in advance of then, Nigel Farage will have to decide what to do.

He knows that by fielding 600 candidates he runs the risk of letting Remainer MPs in, especially in the south and south west of England. Enough Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates could be elected to thwart a Conservative majority. Farage doesn’t trust Boris Johnson at all. He’s not alone in that, but it’s significant.

Clearly there are back channel talks taking place. Andrew Bridgen seems to be laying claim to be that back channel but I doubt very much whether that is true. 

It is significant that we have heard little from Nigel Farage in the last week. He’s done the bafre minimum of media appearances, and today pulled out of an interview with Sophy Ridge. One can only speculate as to why.

I think he’s looking for a way to back down with honour. There are two ways this could happen. Either the Conservatives could promise to include a sentence in their manifesto making clear that a no-deal Brexit is still possible if it all goes wrong, or if a trade deal isn’t agreed by December 2020. But there is another way.

Farage knows he is suffering a minor revolt among the 550 candidates so far selected. More than twenty have already declared they won’t be standing because they fear they could let in a Remain supporting Labour or LibDem candidate. Tonight, the Brexit candidate for Telford added to their number.

Farage could either make a giant decision and withdraw all his candidates, or if he isn’t prepared to go that far – and I suspect he isn’t – he could tell all his candidates to make their own decision. I have no idea how many would voluntarily fall on their swords in those circumstances.

The third option is that he goes ahead and just stands candidates in Labour Leave seats in the Midlands and the North.

Whatever decision he makes may well decide on how Nigel Farage is viewed by history. If his decision leads to Brexit being scuppered he will not be forgiven, even by his strongest supporters. He has a chance to help secure some sort of meaningful Brexit if he does the right thing this week. 

We don’t have long to wait to find out what his decision is.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola explains why he lost his cool at Anfield and congratulates Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

10 Nov

Pep Guardiola insists he was not being sarcastic by thanking referee Michael Oliver after Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The City boss appeared to thank the official for his performance in a melodramatic fashion when the final whistle sounded at Anfield. Guardiola had been enraged during the Premier League clash as his side were […]

Ireland’s Future: Green shoots of hope & the need to plan for change.

10 Nov

Martina Devlin’s piece from yesterday’s Irish Independent has been reproduced below with the permission of the author. Martina appeared on the RTE podcast with Aine Lawlor on Thursday to discuss the Ireland’s Future letter and the unique context of this year’s Brexit election. When voters in the North go to the polls next month, the question facing them won’t be the subliminal one which harks to the past of ‘which tribe do you belong to?’ Instead, it will be a … Read more

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp not concerned about Premier League title claims as win against Man City sends them nine points clear

10 Nov

Jurgen Klopp admitted he can hardly believe his Liverpool side have opened up a nine-point lead over defending champions Manchester City. Klopp’s Premier League leaders beat City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday thanks to goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. But the German claimed it was far too early in the season for […]

Labour has days to dump its unappealing Brexit policy before its manifesto is agreed

10 Nov

No matter how hard Labour tries to pretend otherwise, the forthcoming general election is a Brexit election. It is defined by Brexit in the same way as the 2017 general election was. At that time, Labour was able to get a hearing on its domestic policies because, at the very last minute, a sentence that […]

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I never thought I’d say it, but we Brexiteers have to trust a Tory to deliver Brexit – or risk no Brexit at all

10 Nov

It’s not easy changing political parties although Boris Johnson’s hero and mine, Winston Churchill, did it twice, moving from the Conservatives to the Liberals in 1904 and back again in 1925. I joined the Conservatives in October, following the Prime Minister’s successful negotiation of a deal with the EU and its endorsement by the likes […]

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Jadon Sancho substituted 36 minutes into Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 thrashing by Bayern Munich after ‘not good enough’ performance

10 Nov

Jadon Sancho was hauled off after just 36 minutes as Borussia Dortmund suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. The England international had been carrying a hamstring injury leading up to the game but was deemed fit enough to start. He had picked up the knock in Dortmund’s Champions League match with Inter Milan […]

Dean Henderson called in to England’s Euro 2020 qualifying squad as Tom Heaton’s replacement, Ross Barkley out but not replaced

10 Nov

Dean Henderson has been called into the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Montenegro and Kosovo. The uncapped Sheffield United goalkeeper, on loan from Manchester United, has come in for Aston Villa’s Tom Heaton who has a calf problem. Heaton missed Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Wolves after picking up the injury in training. […]

Shakhtar Donetsk stars Taison and Dentinho left in tears after sickening racist abuse as midfielder sees red for swearing at Dynamo Kiev fans

10 Nov

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Taison was sent off after booting a ball and swearing at yobs who pelted him with sickening racist abuse. The Brazilian saw red after picking the ball up and volleying the match ball in the direction of some Dynamo Kiev fans who were targeting the 31-year-old. Although the referee stopped the game, […]

Celtic and Rangers both win 2-0 as Scottish Premiership title race is too close to call with one goal separating sides after 12 games

10 Nov

The race for the Scottish Premiership title remains neck-and-neck as Celtic and Rangers both won on Sunday. Their is little to separate the two sides this season and Neil Lennon’s side are edging it by a one goal better goal difference. Celtic qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League midweek with a 2-1 […]