Eto’o on Lukaku to Inter & how he’d stop racism in football

first_imgLegendary striker Samuel Eto’o has backed Romelu Lukaku to be a hit with Inter.The Belgium international forward, who was a team-mate of Eto’o’s with Everton during the 2014-15 campaign, moved to the Serie A side from Manchester United for €80 million (£71m/$87m) in the summer.His Old Trafford exit was followed by a chorus of criticism that suggested he had been a flop with the Red Devils, with whom he scored 28 Premier League goals in 66 outings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career The 26-year-old has hit the ground running in Italy, though, netting three times in his first six Serie A games to get back to the one-goal-in-two ratio that distinguished him in previous spells at Anderlecht, West Bromwich Albion and the Toffees.“I like Lukaku on and off the pitch,” Eto’o told Gazzetta dello Sport. “There are footballers who feel like stars and others who are like normal people – he’s in the second group. And you’ll see how many goals he’ll score. We were together at Everton. He was very young but very intelligent and has said important things about racism.”Racism is an issue close to Eto’o’s heart and it wounded him to see Inter’s Curva Nord defend Cagliari supporters after they targeted Lukaku for such abuse in a recent fixture.The 38-year-old, who had spells with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, Chelsea, Sampdoria and many more during a long and distinguished playing career, believes that there should be a general strike in response to the issue.“Getting off the field is the right answer,” he said. “Football moves a lot of money but most of the players who generate it are black. If one day, all over the world, with the help of their white colleagues, they decided not to play, that’s it: it would change a lot.“FIFA president Gianni Infantino said something very important on the night of the FIFA Best awards: ‘No more talking: doing.’ The head of world football said that. “We need rules in football, too, tough rules.“In future, I’d like to be remembered not as a footballer, but as a guy who brought something to football. And who helped in the fight against racism.”last_img read more

Herrera: Nobody at Man Utd thought we would win in Paris

first_imgParis Saint-Germain’s Ander Herrera has admitted that nobody in the Manchester United squad expected to win in Paris during last season’s Champions League, the Red Devils having travelled to France following a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford.United emerged victorious over two legs, however, defying all odds to pick up a 3-1 win at Parc des Princes to seal progression to the quarter-final stage through away goals.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were ultimately defeated 4-0 by Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals, but Herrera, who signed for PSG in the summer transfer window, revealed that no one in the United dressing room had expected them to get that far. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career “Nobody amongst the Manchester United players thought we’d win in Paris,” the Spain international told Canal+.“In football you cannot lose concentration even for two minutes otherwise you pay for it. This defeat was not normal for PSG.”Herrera has found playing time in Paris at a premium since making the switch, with competition in Thomas Tuchel’s midfield strong following a summer of recruitment. The 30-year-old, however, understands that rotation is a big part of today’s games and, as such, is not frustrated.“I believe in Karma, I believe that everything you give, you get back,” he said. “So if I play in the starting XI, I give everything, if I play 10 minutes I give everything, if I play five minutes I give everything and if I play two minutes I give everything. And in any position.”Herrera on Neymar GFXThe big topic over the summer was whether Neymar would leave the club and return to Spain with either former club Barcelona or Real Madrid. During that time, the media had portrayed the Brazilian’s situation as a mess due to his future being up in the air, but Herrera had only good things to say about his new team-mate – even commenting on this chances of winning the Ballon d’Or.“The English media presented Neymar’s situation like it was hell,” he said. “He is not happy, he does not speak to French players. And I arrived here and I saw a happy player, who was laughing with everyone including the French players. “I wondered to myself what the media was talking about. He is very happy on a day-to-day basis. He is a player who could win the Ballon D’Or, I would go 5km for him if you have to. I would run everywhere for him.”last_img read more

Central Wayamba PCs dissolved

The Governors of the Central and Wayamba provinces have been informed to dissolve their respective provinces from midnight tonight.The Governor of the Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa said the Gazette notification will be issued at midnight tonight while the Governor of the Wayamba province (North Western) Thisa R. Balala said that he has also been informed to dissolve the Wayamba province at midnight tonight.