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first_imgDisplaced women and girls are facing a heightened risk of gender-based violence during the coronavirus crisis, the UN Refugee Agency said Monday.The UNHCR said they may be forced into “survival sex” or child marriages.Lockdowns imposed to control the spread of COVID-19 have restricted movement and led to the closure of services. It said some safe shelters had been temporarily suspended.To counter the risk, the UNHCR is distributing emergency cash to survivors and women deemed to be at risk of gender-based violence.Triggs said governments should ensure that the “rising risks of violence” for displaced women are taken into account in their COVID-19 action plans.One measure could be ensuring that services for survivors of gender-based violence are designated as essential and remain accessible. “We need to pay urgent attention to the protection of refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls at the time of this pandemic,” said Gillian Triggs, the UNHCR assistant high commissioner for protection.”They are among those most at-risk. Doors should not be left open for abusers and no help spared for women surviving abuse and violence.”She said displaced women could end up confined with their abusers, while others, having lost their precarious livelihoods, “may be forced into survival sex, or child marriages by their families”, said Triggs. The restrictions imposed in many countries in response to the coronavirus pandemic mean limited access to support services, said the UNHCR.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMasked players The vast cathedral, a World Heritage Site where Christopher Columbus is buried, covers more than 11,000 square meters, with the choir and the orchestra set up in front of an intricately-carved wooden Gothic facade.”It’s a huge space. The cathedral has a capacity of 4,000 people but they have only put in 600 seats,” said Jose Carlos Carmona, musical director of the Seville symphony orchestra and the university choir.”Grant the dead eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine on them,” they sang as the mass opened, many of the mourners lost in their thoughts as the music soared through the lofty chamber.Performing together for the first time in three months, 27 musicians — all of them masked except for the wind players — accompanied four soloists and a 53-strong choir who sang without masks. And before communion was distributed, a priest gave clear instructions on how to take the wafers safely, removing masks for just a brief moment.”I think it’s important that there’s a recognition and memorial for the victims and the families of the more than 27,000 people who died.. It means they haven’t died in vain and that they have value, not just for their families but for the whole country.” said Carmen Andrea, another of those in attendance.Cathedral officials had removed all the pews and replaced them with well-spaced individual seats and hand gel dispensers were set up at the entrance.Carmona said a team of professionals had created a detailed plan with “very clear interpersonal distances between each member of the orchestra and the choir” to keep within the guidelines. “This is a solemn event which expresses some of Seville’s pain but also that of Spain and the rest of the world,” he said.  “For me this event is important because my sister has passed away in Madrid.. and we haven’t been able to hold a private ceremony because it’s not allowed in this phase,” said a mourner called Maria who declined to give her family name. “But this [mass] is very much appreciated.” “It is very possible that in the past three months many of us have, like Jesus, lifted our eyes to the heavens and asked ‘My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?’,” he said. Spain went into lockdown in mid-March to slow the spread of the virus that has killed more than 27,000 people, most of whom were over 70. But with the epidemic now well under control, the restrictions have been gradually eased in a staged rollback, with Seville currently in phase two in which places of worship move to 50 percent of normal capacity. Some 600 places were reserved for bereaved family members but the funeral mass was also attended by city and regional government officials, senior military figures, academics and judges.  Topics : Hundreds of people who lost loved ones to coronavirus joined a huge funeral mass at Seville Cathedral on Thursday in one of the largest public gatherings in Spain since the lockdown. As they sat under the cathedral’s towering vaulted ceiling on carefully-spaced folding chairs, some could be seen wiping away tears as a nearly 90-strong choir and orchestra performed Mozart’s RequiemMany were dressed in black and all were wearing facemasks as Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo opened the service with the account of Jesus’ death from one of the gospels. last_img read more

first_imgCOVID-19 restrictions, which are now being phased out in some places, have caused logistical disruptions along the supply chain by limiting mobility in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 46,000 people nationwide.The maritime highway, which has run since 2015, is a subsidized cargo program that to distribute staple goods and major consumer items — including rice, sugar, flour, cooking oil and eggs — as well as steel and cement to remote regions of the archipelago.It aims to reduce the price disparity across the country’s many islands, which is generally caused by costly logistics.Seven of the 26 maritime highway routes are operated by private shipping companies, while the majority of the rest are run by state-owned shipping company Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni). The routes connect major cities with more remote areas, including Tanjung Perak in East Java and Timika, Papua. Indonesian Logistics Association (ALI) chairman Zady Ilham Masita slammed the program as “ineffective”, as it had not boosted the sea freight volume, which had decreased by 50 percent from normal times since the pandemic swept the country in March.“There has been no significant impact of the program as our sea shipment volume has been tanking since the pandemic,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday via text messages.The association in April reported an overall decline in business performance of more than 50 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, while the logistics volume had decreased by up to 70 percent from normal times.The ministry’s sea traffic director, Wisnu Handoko, claimed that the ships were filled with supplies on various routes.“The departing ships’ load factors are above the average around 70 percent [of capacity] with several routes reaching 95 percent,” he said in a press statement.Indonesian National Shipowners Association (INSA) reported in early May that container ship revenue had fallen by 10 to 25 percent from normal levels. Likewise, the revenue of bulk carriers – tankers, tugs and barges – dropped by 25 to 50 percent. The decline is partially due to the pandemic’s severe impact on the oil and gas industry, which is one of the country’s major users of sea transportation services.INSA chairperson Carmelita Hartoto took a more positive stance on the program, stating that shipping companies were ready to expand their collaboration with the government on the program in the future.“We are grateful that logistics shipments can still operate in line with schedules despite the pandemic. Private shipping lines are also ready to work together with the government, just like we’ve done before,” Carmelita told the Post on Tuesday.However, she was of the view that the program still struggled with issues such as route monopolies as well as low cargo loads when returning from destination, particularly in the easternmost provinces.Topics : The Transportation Ministry is relying on a long-running sea transportation program – the maritime highway – to support logistics in the country amid disruption induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi on Sunday stated that optimizing the maritime highway, a flagship program in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first term in office, was part of the government’s efforts to ensure the movement of goods during the health crisis.“The maritime highway is expected to secure supply logistics all across Indonesia during the pandemic,” Budi said according to a press release. “To optimize the maritime highway program, all stakeholders need to take part to maximize the carrying capacity of the ships and reduce price disparity [among islands].”last_img read more

first_imgIn the latter part of his speech, President Jokowi said ASEAN travel corridors would be crucial to maintain regional connectivity, which would be central to economic growth. In addition, Jokowi said, the arrangement could signal the strategic significance of the ASEAN community in the region and the world. “Each of these countries, even though they are grouped under ASEAN, still need to protect their citizens from COVID-19. This continues to be the main priority of each country. So it won’t be possible to have travel corridors when the response levels are not equal,” said Dicky, who was involved in the ASEAN HIV-AIDS response in the mid aughts. “The travel corridor arrangements, of course, must be done carefully, measurably and gradually, starting from essential business travel that implements strict health protocols,” Jokowi said.President Jokowi, who delivered the remarks after speeches from Brunei Darussalam’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, said regional leaders must give clear direction to accelerate post-COVID-19 ASEAN economic recovery.A number of countries in ASEAN have begun working on details of a plan to open a passage that would allow for safe travel during the pandemic. The proposed plans include Singapore’s “fast-lane” arrangement with China as well as Malaysia’s “green lane” with Singapore and Brunei. Indonesia is also discussing a “fast lane” arrangement with China, which is expected to be open by the end of June, according to information from the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta. Indonesia has the highest cumulative total of confirmed cases, as its daily tally of new cases continues to hover around 1,000. Meanwhile, other ASEAN states such as Vietnam, Brunei and Laos have all reported zero cases over the past few weeks. Since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Thailand in mid-January, all 10 member states have progressed differently in their COVID-19 responses, with some countries succeeding at containing the virus and others still grappling with high rates of infection. Jokowi also encouraged digital connectivity and called for the strengthening of regional economic cooperation through the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year.In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam, which is the current chair of ASEAN, warned that the virus pandemic could cause an economic calamity as it has swept away years of economic gains in the region. Other ASEAN country leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Brunei Darussalam’s Hassanal Bolkiah, also tabled the travel bubble proposal, saying the plan is crucial to shore up investments and create job opportunities. With concerns over economic catastrophe taking center stage at the 36th ASEAN Summit, which kicked off virtually on Friday, some country members of the regional grouping are calling for the opening of an ASEAN travel corridor.Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is one of the country leaders proposing the regional travel corridor arrangement, saying it could be a crucial measure to accelerate economic recovery.”I understand that some of us, including Indonesia, have started bilateral talks both with fellow ASEAN countries and with countries outside ASEAN regarding travel corridors. However, it is time for ASEAN, as a community, to think about ASEAN travel corridor arrangements,” Jokowi said in his speech, delivered from Bogor Palace on Friday. Dicky said that countries in the ASEAN region should make controlling the epidemic a priority rather than focusing on bringing the economy back to normal.”Look at other regions. Even the EU does not treat every member equally but gives them the freedom to arrange their own travel corridors based on the pandemic control status,” he said. Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman, however, pointed out that as the COVID-19 response in the region was not uniform, with some showing some level of success in controlling the outbreak while others still facing surging cases, it would be difficult for countries to achieve a uniform travel bubble agreement.  “As a first step, we can explore the possibility of sectoral exemptions for travel restrictions such as medical tourism, or high-value economic visits,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin said as quoted by Malaysian national news agency Bernama.Malaysia’s “green bubble” or “green lanes” proposal, however, involves easing travel restrictions between two or more countries where local COVID-19 infections and cases are low. Malaysian officials have said that countries with no new cases of COVID-19 for 28 days could be considered to join the travel bubble. Foreign travelers from “green zone” countries like Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Australia may not need to undergo the 14-day quarantine, Bloomberg has reported. Topics : “It has swept away the successes of recent years […] threatening the lives of millions of people,” Prime Minister Xuan Phuc said in a sobering opening address as quoted by Agence France-Presse. He emphasized the “serious consequences” of the pandemic for economic development among ASEAN’s members.The Vietnamese prime minister also said that in the coming months, ASEAN leaders would face a “heavy burden” to lead the region out of the difficult times. “The successful completion of this task will stand as a testament to the lasting values and vitality of our resilient and dynamic community,” he said.According to the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast, world economic growth would be lower than previously estimated, from minus 3 percent to minus 4.9 percent, making the crisis the worst economic contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s.last_img read more

first_img“We expect Grab and Gojek to also scale back on discounts in order to become profitable, especially so as investor funding could potentially slow amidst weaker global economic activity,” researchers at Fitch Solution wrote in the note, adding that despite rapid growth, both companies were unprofitable in 2019.Gojek announced earlier this month that American tech companies Facebook and PayPal had invested an undisclosed amount in its new round of funding while Grab at the time was vying for one of two Singapore digital banking licenses set to be allocated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in this year’s second half.Indonesia ICT Institute executive director Heru Sutadi said the decision was part of the companies’ survival strategy while they were evaluating their services as the COVID-19 pandemic severely affected the core ride-hailing business.Read also: Grab contributes Rp 77.4 trillion to Indonesian economy: Research“In normal times, start-ups do aim to become an all-in-one service provider, but along the way they will evaluate which services are not relevant to their consumers,” he told The Jakarta Post in a phone call on Wednesday.“There is a possibility that Gojek and Grab will re-hire some of their teams once the economy is stable,” he stressed.Gojek, which currently operates in five countries in Southeast Asia, plans to close down its lifestyle division GoLife, which includes massage and cleaning services, as well as its food court division GoFood Festival, as both saw a “significant decrease in demand” during the pandemic, according to the company’s press statement following the layoffs announcement.Both companies reported a downward trend in their passenger transportation services while seeing an uptick in food and grocery deliveries during the social-distancing period.Venture Capital and Start-up Indonesia Association (Amvesindo) chairman Jefri Sirait, however, was of the view that the two companies would still receive ample funding from their regional and international backers, adding that the decacorns were agile and big enough to plan for strategic growth in the future.“It has been four months since the COVID-19 outbreak and they are trying to be sustainable businesses by deciding to cut services that are no longer a source of growth,” he told the Post on Thursday.He went on to say that both companies would likely focus on e-payment solutions as it has been a growing sector during the pandemic along with other “meat and potato” sectors such as consumer goods, health care and communications.Read also: Start-ups help SMEs digitalize during pandemicMeanwhile, researcher from the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF), Hanif Muhammad warned that other start-ups might soon also lay off their employees to scale back businesses amid the pandemic. “Lay-offs would be harder to do in normal times because they would indicate problems within the company, and would negatively affect their image. However, using the pandemic as the reason, companies do not have to worry about their public perception so much,” he said.He added that investors might grow skeptical about business growth and profitability trajectories during the pandemic and, as such, seek to have their portfolio companies rationalize their plans. He also urged companies that had to lay their employees off to be transparent in their finances.Topics : On June 16, Grab, which is valued at US$14 billion, announced that it would lay off 360, just under 5 percent, of its region-wide employees due to the pandemic. The Singapore-based company, which is present in eight Southeast Asian countries, said it would “be eliminating non-core projects” without elaborating further.Read also: Gojek lays off 430 employees amid pandemic impactA week later, its rival Gojek did a headcount cut of 430 workers, around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the company aims to focus on its ride-hailing, food delivery, e-payment and logistics businesses.Fitch Solutions projected the decacorns would gradually exit low-margin services, such as hotel and ticket booking, and put more focus on their respective financial service solutions since they have competitive advantages as early adapters of e-wallets. The recent layoffs in Indonesia’s two decacorn ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab have forced the start-ups to reassess their pursuit of becoming “super-apps” as the pandemic has pushed them to retire some of their non-core businesses, experts have said.Starting their businesses as ride-hailing applications, both Grab and Gojek have been racing to become apps that meet all users’ needs. They now offer various services from passenger transportation and food and goods delivery to financial services and hotel and ticket booking.“The COVID-19 pandemic will force both Grab and Gojek to reorganize and focus on three core services: ride-hailing, food/grocery delivery and financial services,” Fitch Solutions wrote in a research note on Thursday.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Harry Kane faces ban for Arsenal clash after headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta during Chelsea defeat Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Harry Kane headbutted Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea (Getty Images)Harry Kane could miss Tottenham’s clash with Arsenal this Saturday after he escaped punishment for headbutting Cesar Azpilicueta during Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday evening.The incident appeared to be missed by the match officials at Stamford Bridge and should referee Andre Marriner note that he did not see the headbutt in his post-match report sent to the Football Association on Thursday, retrospective action could be taken against the Spurs striker.If found guilty, Kane would receive a three-match ban for violent conduct.‘Harry Kane can count himself lucky not to have been sent off on Wednesday,’ Clattenburg told the Daily Mail.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There looked to be minimal contact with Azpilicueta but it does not matter how severe it was.center_img Comment Kane faces a three-game ban for violent conduct (AMA/Getty Images)‘Even if it was an attempted headbutt, that still carries the same punishment – a red card.‘Fortunately for Kane, Azpilicueta did not make a meal of it.‘The incident seemed to be missed by the match officials and the FA could now take retrospective action against Kane.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityPedro gave Chelsea the lead in the 57th minute before Spurs’ misery was compounded when Kieran Trippier scored an own goal with six minutes remaining.Spurs remain third after the defeat to Chelsea but Arsenal are now only four points behind their north London rivals. Pochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:42FullscreenPochettino unhappy with lack of end product during Chelsea losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/pochettino-unhappy-lack-end-product-chelsea-loss-1872706/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

first_imgValencia has spent ten years at United (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Antonio Valencia will leave Manchester United at the end of his season.The club captain has been left out in the cold this campaign, first by Jose Mourinho and then by Solskjaer.Valencia’s contract expires in the summer and Solskjaer announced the 33-year-old would not be getting a new deal.‘We’ll see who’s here for next season and I’ve got a couple of players in my head that could be captain,’ he said.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryFriday 12 Apr 2019 10:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link482Shares Advertisement (Picture: Getty)‘We’ve had Antonio (Valencia), he’s going, we’ve had Ashley (Young), we’ve had Paul (Pogba), we’ve had David (de Gea), Chris (Smalling) has been captain, so there are players here who can be captain on the pitch.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We just need to decide who’s the club captain. Who’s going to be the voice in and around [the place].’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityValencia has made over 300 appearances for United in his ten years at the club and has been tipped to stay in the Premier League.Arsenal have been mentioned as a suitor, but Valencia recently hinted he wants to play in America after being linked with a move to DC United.Valencia’s former United team-mate Wayne Rooney plays for DC United and the 33-year-old could link up with the Englishman in America. Antonio Valencia to leave Manchester United this summer, confirms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Solskjaer hopeful of another Nou Camp comebackTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:25FullscreenSolskjaer hopeful of another Nou Camp comebackhttps://metro.co.uk/video/solskjaer-hopeful-nou-camp-comeback-1903202/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette sends message to Arsenal fans after injury blow Comment James GraySaturday 14 Sep 2019 11:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link234Shares Arsenal are not short of attacking talent to replace him, having smashed their club transfer record over the summer to bring in winger Nicolas Pepe while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 35 goals in 53 Premier League appearances since joining in 2018.However, Emery appears willing to give some fans what they want and offer some of the club’s up and coming talent the chance to prove themselves in the heat of battle.‘It’s our philosophy and our idea to give them chances to be with us in training and taking confidence and playing minutes and if they achieve the performance we want, then continuing,’ Emery said.‘They can take experience being with us, training with us, playing with us and also helping them with our experienced players and sharing with those players our way.’Those words will be music to the ears of the likes of Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson, both teenagers with just six league appearances between them for the Gunners.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Alexandre Lacazette is desperate to be back in first-team action as soon as possible (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has promised Arsenal fans he is already thinking about his comeback after he was ruled out until next month with an ankle injury.Lacazette has already scored twice in three Premier League appearances so far this season but has been managing the problem and has only played 147 minutes in total.The France international initially picked up the injury in a pre-season friendly against his old club Lyon with manager Unai Emery insisting at the time that it was ‘not a serious’ problem.However, the Spanish boss was forced to confirm yesterday that Lacazette would need a break from first-team action in order to recover.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Alexandre Lacazette got injured over the summer playing against Lyon (Picture: Getty)‘After assessments to an ongoing ankle issue, we have advised that Alex will need to rest and strengthen his ankle to regain full fitness,’ Emery said.‘Alex has been playing through this injury for several weeks.‘He is likely to be back in action in October.’Lacazette responded with a message to concerned supporters on his Twitter account, reassuring them that he would be making swift progress on his recovery.‘Already started my rehab and looking to the future,’ Lacazette wrote.‘Thanks everyone for your messages!!’Already started my rehab and looking to the future.. Thanks everyone for your messages !! #Coyg #Laca 9️⃣♣️ pic.twitter.com/qGFYtLyv99— Alexandre Lacazette (@LacazetteAlex) September 13, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil is one of three players Arsenal players who have reportedly refused to accept a 12.5% pay cut (Picture: Getty)Former Rangers striker Ally McCoist believes Mesut Ozil has been deliberately damaged by one of his Arsenal teammates following reports that the club’s highest earner has refused to take a 12.5% pay cut. Arsenal chiefs have been embroiled in tense negotiations with the playing staff and head coach Mikel Arteta over the course of the last 10 days, with the club attempting to find ways of offsetting the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday the club announced that the majority of its playing and coaching staff had accepted a cut, on the condition that any losses incurred would be repaid should Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementSubsequent reports emerged, however, citing Ozil as one of three players who had refused to accept a salary deduction. The 31-year-old earns a reported £350,000-a-week but is said to have wanted to defer a sizable portion of his wages.ADVERTISEMENTOzil has been roundly criticised for his decision, but former Scotland international McCoist believes the Arsenal playmaker has been deliberately hung out to dry and fears the leak only serves to highlight the lack of unity in the dressing room. Mesut Ozil signed his most recent Arsenal contract extension in February 2018 which was worth £350,000-a-week (Picture: Instagram)He told talkSPORT: ‘It tells you about the quality of teammate you’re dealing with because you’ve effectively got a snitch. And no matter what you think about Mesut Ozil, it’s completely out of order that a private conversation over a wage reduction has been made public.‘It’s been made public for a reason, to make him look bad. Taking the issue of a wage reduction to one side, straight away he’s got a problem with someone in that dressing room or somebody at that club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’ve read so many good things about Mesut Ozil and what he’s done for charities all over the place. I think it says more about what’s going on inside Arsenal at this moment in time. ‘Could you imagine a story like that coming out of Liverpool or Man City at this moment in time regarding one of their players? It just wouldn’t because they are solid as a unit, solid as a team and I think it tells you more about Arsenal and his standing in the dressing room that someone has tried to damage him.’MORE: Piers Morgan ‘sickened’ by Mesut Ozil refusing to take a pay cut and slams Arsenal starMORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil refuses to take pay cut on £350,000-a-week wagesRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been deliberately damaged by an Arsenal snitch, claims Ally McCoistlast_img read more

first_img‘It’s a joke!’ – Emmanuel Petit slams ‘clueless’ Arsenal over David Luiz contract decision Petit has run out of patience with Arsenal’s hierarchy (Picture: Getty)‘If I was David Luiz, of course I would sign a new deal and I would also say a prayer of thanks to the Arsenal directors every time I wake up. ‘Even when he last won the Premier League with Chelsea, he’s not the same player any more. This guy has lost something.‘To be honest, it’s a joke. Find some proper defenders. Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don’t get it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalPetit believes the club are badly lacking in any ‘vision’ and says the situation is ‘far worse’ than it was towards the end of Wenger’s tenure.The Frenchman added: ‘Does anyone think the Arsenal executives and directors know what they’re doing on the football side of things? ‘For the last few years they have been splashing out on the transfer market – and have brought in some decent players – but I don’t know what their target or project for the future is.‘It’s far worse now than in the last years under Wenger. ‘What is the point of being one of the richest clubs on the planet with no reason or vision behind it?’Were Arsenal right to hand David Luiz a new contract?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Kieran Tierney reveals how Arsenal players reacted to their dismal defeat at BrightonMORE: Claudio Bravo speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer interest Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 24 Jun 2020 3:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Advertisementcenter_img The Brazil international accepted responsibility for Arsenal’s defeat at City (Picture: Getty)Much of the talk following Arsenal’s defeat at the Etihad surrounded Luiz’s future after the centre-back admitted that he should have made an earlier decision over his contract situation. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the former Chelsea man put an end to the uncertainty this week as Arsenal confirmed that he had signed a new one-year deal at the Emirates.Reacting to the announcement, ex-Arsenal midfielder Petit told Paddy Power: ‘David Luiz hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years. ‘But I’m not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I’ve been very disappointed in relation to the club’s activity in the transfer market.‘I’ve been particularly upset in relation to the defenders. We all know one of Arsenal’s major weaknesses is their defence and nothing has changed. This makes me miss Arsene Wenger. Advertisement David Luiz has agreed a new one-year contract at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Emmanuel Petit has hit out at Arsenal’s ‘clueless’ decision to hand David Luiz a new contract and claims the error-prone defender ‘hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years’. Luiz, 33, produced a horror show performance in the Gunners’ 3-0 defeat at Manchester City and accepted full responsibility for the result for his part in Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne’s goals either side of the break. The Brazilian’s sending off meant he was suspended for the side’s trip to Brighton which also ended in disappointment.last_img read more