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UEFA Champions League, Europa League games to observe a minute’s silence for Emiliano Sala

first_imgUEFA Champions League, Europa League games to observe a minute’s silence for Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala, after signing for Cardiff City in the January transfer window, was travelling from previous club FC Nantes to Cardiff when his plane crashed.advertisement Reuters NyonFebruary 12, 2019UPDATED: February 12, 2019 17:55 IST Emiliano Sala’s body was found in plane wreckage on sea bed in the English Channel last week. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSUEFA president expressed his condolences to the family and loved ones of Emiliano SalaEmiliano Sala died in a plane crash when he was travelling to his new club Cardiff CitySala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashedIn memory of Emiliano Sala, a minute’s silence will be observed at all Champions League and Europa League games this week, UEFA said on Tuesday. Sala, who had signed for Cardiff City from Nantes in January for a club record fee of 15 million pounds ($19.28 million), died when the plane he was on crashed in the English Channel last month.His death was confirmed last week when his body was recovered from the wreckage while pilot David Ibbotson is yet to be found.”On behalf of everyone at UEFA, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Emiliano Sala for their loss,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said in a statement on UEFA’s website.”I am deeply saddened that his life was so cruelly taken away at such a young age and I urge supporters across the continent to pay their respects to his memory over the coming days.”UEFA said clubs have the option of wearing black armbands in memory of the Argentine forward.CARDIFF CITY MOURN SALACardiff City cancelled the club’s trip to Tenerife for a mid-season break so the players could mourn striker Emiliano Sala’s death with their families, manager Neil Warnock has said.The Welsh club are not in action this weekend after getting knocked out of the FA Cup last month and their next match is in the league at home against Watford on Feb. 22, which gave the club time for a warm-weather training camp.”The club gave me permission to fly out to Tenerife, to take them all for four days but after what’s happened over the past two weeks, I’d rather cuddle my kids and see my missus because it’s been a long two weeks,” Warnock told reporters.advertisement”I’ve never known anything like this in my life and I’ve seen most things. They’ll all be reflecting on what’s happened and your family is more important than football isn’t it?”Cardiff’s 2-1 win at Southampton over the weekend was dedicated to Sala by Warnock and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson said the Argentine striker’s death had ‘brought everyone together’ at the club.”The most important thing was for the family to mourn. Knowing that now, hopefully the pilot will be found and his family can mourn,” Gunnarsson said.Also Read | Emiliano Sala died of head, torso injuries in crashAlso Read | Southampton fans face ban for Emiliano Sala taunts at Cardiff supportersAlso Read | Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found in English Channel, father calls it a bad dreamFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Emiliano Sala plane crashFollow UEFAFollow UEFA Champions LeagueFollow UEFA Europa LeagueFollow Football Nextlast_img read more

Ahead of Sundays consultation in Venezuela UN voices concern for demonstrators

Secretary-General António Guterres today said he and the international community “wish for peace and democracy in Venezuela,” and stressed in a statement that a solution must be found by Venezuelans alone. “The way out is through an agreement, elections and respect for fundamental rights and constitutional powers,” the Secretary-General said calling for national dialogue between the Government and the opposition to eradicate violence and other abuses, and to preserve an agreed constitutional path. Briefing journalists in Geneva, a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), noted that it has received accounts from several sources that some members of the Venezuelan security forces have “used repressive tactics, intimidating and instilling fear, to try to deter people from demonstrating.” In addition, thousands of demonstrators have reportedly been arbitrarily detained. “We are very concerned that more than 450 civilians have reportedly been brought before military tribunals,” OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssel said. “We urge the Government to immediately end this practice, which is against international human rights law, particularly due process guarantees. Civilians accused of a crime or an illegal act should appear before a civilian court,” Ms. Throssel said, urging all those who have been arbitrarily detained to be released. This Sunday, Venezuela is scheduled to hold a public consultation organized by the opposition-led National Assembly and other groups. Questions will include President Nicolas Maduro’s plans to rewrite the constitution. The OHCHR spokesperson urged authorities “to respect the wishes of those who want to participate in this consultation and to guarantee people’s rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.” An independent human rights expert today echoed the concerns, urging Venezuelan authorities to comply with international rights standards. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Annalisa Ciampi, said she was also worried about alleged intimidation of protesters and opposition members by police. “Coercion is never an answer to the legitimate demands for democracy and to people’s expression of frustrations against the background of economic and social unrest triggered by increasing poverty and deteriorating living conditions,” Ms. Ciampi said. Number of Venezuelan asylum seekers soarsAs the situation in Venezuela continues, the number of asylum applications by citizens of that country has soared and is projected to continue growing, according to UNHCR. Last year, there were some 27,000 Venezuelan asylum seekers worldwide; this year, over 52,000 have applied for asylum. UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler said even this figure represents “only a fraction” of the total number of Venezuelans who may be in need of international protection, as many do not register as asylum seekers, despite fleeing because of violence and insecurity. “Due to bureaucratic obstacles, long waiting periods and high application fees, many Venezuelans opt to remain in an irregular situation instead of using asylum or migratory procedures to regularize their stay,” Mr. Spindler told journalists in Geneva. He added that the large influx of Venezuelans has posed challenges, including international protection and physical security considerations, lack of documentation and exploitation, among others. “UNHCR is also concerned that indigenous groups living along Venezuela’s borders with Brazil and Colombia are being increasingly affected by the situation and have fled their home territories,” Mr. Spindler said. “Particular attention to the rights of these communities as well as a differentiated and targeted protection and humanitarian response is required,” he added. read more