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14 Янв 2021, 00:06
WP сообщила об отказе республиканцев собирать Сенат для импичмента Трампа

Республиканское большинство в Сенате США отказалось созывать заседание для рассмотрения вопроса об импичменте действующему президенту Дональду Трампу. Об этом сообщает газета The Washington Post.

Представители республиканцев заявили, что не будут собирать верхнюю палату в предстоящую пятницу и вообще до 19 января.

Представитель лидера республиканцев в Сенате Митча Макконнелла Даг Андрес подтвердил подлинность этой информации в своем Twitter.

На 20 января запланирована инаугурация Джо Байдена. Таким образом, план демократов отстранить Трампа до истечения его полномочий не состоится.

Ранее палата представителей обнародовала текст резолюции об импичменте, в которой Трамп обвиняется в подстрекательстве к мятежу.

6 января сторонники действующего президента США Дональда Трампа штурмовали здание Конгресса США, прервав заседание, на котором парламент должен был утвердить итоги минувших выборов.

В результате произошедшего погибли пять человек. После массовых беспорядков в Вашингтоне глава комитета палаты представителей по судебным делам Джерри Надлер предложил объявить импичмент Трампу в упрощенном порядке.

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14 Янв 2021, 15:15

Aston Villa's Premier League clash against Everton, scheduled for Sunday at Villa Park, has been postponed.

A significant number of Villa's squad are still isolating after a Covid-19 outbreak at the club. The game was meant to be played on January 17 and at present there is no new date offered for the match to take place.

Everton are fifth, while Villa are eighth and have played 15 games so far this season, the lowest number in the Premier League.

Their match against Tottenham was scheduled for Wednesday night but on Monday, they were replaced by Fulham and the game finished 1-1.

The outbreak at the Midlands club could have seen their FA Cup tie against Liverpool last week called off. Villa fielded players from their Under 23s and Under 18s and were beaten 4-1 by a strong Liverpool side.

Villa chief executive Christian Purslow spoke to Sky Sports about the outbreak, saying: 'We went from zero positive tests for Covid to 14 within our first team. Ten of the 14 positive tests are for players.'

Newcastle were meant to face Villa in December but the match was postponed due to the North East club dealing with a coronavirus outbreak of their own.

And the Premier League confirmed on Thursday that the game has now been rescheduled for Saturday, January 23.

Villa's next match, as it stands, will be against third-place Manchester City on January 20.

Their last league game before the outbreak was on New Year's Day - a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United who are currently top of the Premier League.

14 Янв 2021, 03:16

Cardiff City aim to finally launch a £2million trust fund in Emiliano Sala's name by the end of the month, with hopes to build a sports stadium in the player's home village, Sportsmail understands.

It will be two years next week since the 28-year-old was killed, when a grossly inadequate plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed in the English Channel, and his family are still waiting for the establishment of the fund, which they first discussed with the club 14 months ago.

The replacement of an obstructive firm of Argentinian lawyers, who demanded control of the trust, with a new family firm is thought to have helped the process.

Though the family will believe it when they see it, there are hopes that the Emiliano Sala Memorial Trust might be established within weeks.

Annual football matches staged in Sala's name are seen as a way of building the profile of the trust which would support the family and create a legacy.

The establishment of a support system for players alone in a foreign country after a transfer, as Sala was, would be particularly fitting.

There was an urgency after the plane crashed to ensure that the death of Sala — a pawn in football's sordid transfer game — would bring change. But two years on, his family are still waiting.

Cardiff have always refused to pay the £15m fee they agreed with Nantes for Sala even though they 'unveiled' him as their player. They have taken their case all the way to the Court for Arbitration in Sport. A decision is still awaited.

The apparent conclusion of governing bodies and player organisations that his death was just one of those things has barely been remarked upon.

But Cardiff were wealthy enough to splash out £15m to buy Sala and make several intermediaries substantially wealthier into the bargain. There was ample cash sloshing around to have ensured that Sala, a single man alone in Cardiff with next to no grasp of English, had someone on hand to help.

'It might sound strange but he'd left his dog in a kennel in Nantes and was fretting about how to get back to him,' said Christian Martin, an Argentinian broadcaster and journalist who came to know Sala well.

'He was desperate to get back. If someone could have just found a helper for him in Cardiff, someone who spoke his language, I think it would have helped.'

Desperate to be home, Sala took a charter flight back to Nantes instead of the scheduled services via Paris or Amsterdam that Cardiff proposed.

He also accepted the pilot's fateful request to put back the departure time and fly back to Cardiff through the dark.

Afterwards, his family seemed embarrassed to raise the question of money. Martin remembers Horacio Sala, the player's father, phoning him several times to see if there was any word about that.

He had separated from Sala's mother, Mercedes Taffarel, and she was receiving demands for legal costs. Four months after the air crash, Sala Snr was also dead. He suffered a heart attack.

The trust fund offered the prospect of something positive emerging from the tragedy. But it became bogged down in legal wrangling.

Tax clearance for the trust was granted before Christmas. A trustee has been identified and agreed to take on the role. There is now thought to be only one remaining commercial obstacle to clear.

'People in Argentina look at how little the game, with all its money, has done for this family who have been through so much,' said Martin.

'They are surprised by that. Shocked by that. They think it would have been different if Emiliano had been an English player.'

15 Янв 2021, 15:15

Sale Sharks have announced the appointment of former captain Alex Sanderson as director of rugby.

Sanderson has taken on the role with immediate effect, after an agreement was reached with Saracens to release him from his contract.

The 41-year-old started his playing career at Sale and has agreed to return to Manchester following the shock departure of Steve Diamond last month.

Sanderson said: ‘I'm joining a club I know all about from my time here, but things have moved on massively since those days and the opportunity to come back home and achieve something special was just too good to turn down.

‘After speaking to the owners and others at the club, it was obvious that there's a huge amount of ambition and a real growth mindset here and that's something that really stood out for me.

‘There's a fantastic amount of talent in the squad too – that's clear for everyone to see – and the progress in recent years is a credit to all the players and the efforts of everyone behind the scenes. But I also believe there's so much more potential to unlock here. I don't think we've even begun to scratch the surface of what this club is capable of.’

Sanderson took up a coaching role with Saracens in 2008 and was the brains behind their famed ‘Wolfpack’ defence.

‘Moving on from Saracens was a decision I had to think long and hard about, but I just felt the time was right to start a new chapter,’ he added.

‘I learnt so much during my time there; achieved a lot and made some friends for life, but ultimately the chance to put my own stamp on things and create a legacy at Sale Sharks and for rugby in the North West is what really excited me.

‘I’m determined to give everything I have for this club and I can't wait to get started.’

Sale first approached Sanderson several weeks ago.

CEO Sid Sutton hailed the appointment, saying: ‘In Alex, we have a world class leader and a coach with a winning mentality and extensive experience at the pinnacle of the game. He’s a former Sale lad who knows the club, knows our culture and shares our vision of making Sale Sharks one of the most formidable teams in Europe.

‘We have been extremely pleased with how the current coaching team have taken the job on over recent weeks, under very difficult circumstances.

'The owners and I have been nothing but impressed with their desire and determination, so it was key for us to ensure that whoever we brought into the club complemented that, and I believe Alex will do that perfectly.

‘It is of great importance that we build on the culture we have at the club and we wanted our new Director of Rugby to be someone that can continue to develop a brand of rugby we are all proud to be a part of. The winning mentality of Alex is key for this group of players and the club, to truly achieve its potential. The owners and I believe that Alex is a perfect fit for the role, and we can’t wait for him to get started alongside the team at Carrington.’

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