Defoe linked to Toronto move

first_imgTottenham striker Jermain Defoe is set to join Toronto FC on Monday, according to reports in Canada. The Toronto Sun has reported that “Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will be unveiled as TFC’s newest Designated Player Monday morning”. No direct mention of Defoe appeared on the club’s own official website, but an image on the home page carries the words “It’s a bloody big deal”, accompanied by Monday’s date. Press Associationcenter_img That link leads to a video, posted by Toronto FC on YouTube and described by the Toronto Sun as “a cheeky (club) marketing campaign”, of a man in a white polo shirt sitting in what resembles an English cafe. The man drinks from a cup of tea before spitting the drink out in shock at what he has seen on a television screen, before Toronto’s logo appears beside him. Should Defoe head to Major League Soccer, he will do so following 15-and-a-half years in English football and nine with Tottenham, split across two spells which have yielded 142 goals. That tally leaves him fifth among the club’s all-time leading goalscorers. He has scored nine this season, two in September 24’s Premier League win over Aston Villa with the rest coming in the Europa League. He has struggled to break into the starting line-up under coaches Andre Villas-Boas and his replacement Tim Sherwood, though, with Roberto Soldado and most recently Emmanuel Adebayor preferred. last_img read more

Hotshot Ighalo Strikes Again

first_imgOsimhen Gets His ChanceVictor Osimhen was the last of Nigeria’s 23-man party to taste action at Egypt 2019 last night. The former junior International had been itching to help his team attain glory at this competition but was overlooked as the preferred replacement to Ighalo in favour of Paul Onuachu, despite scoring 20 goals last season for his Belgian club, Charleroi.His 45th minute cameo against Tunisia, in place of the injured Ighalo, might just spell the beginning of better things to come in a Nigerian jersey for the 20-year-old striker.Goalkeeper DillemaNigeria’s keeper at the 2018 World Cup, Francis Uzoho, was back between the sticks for the Super Eagles against Tunisia. He became the third keeper to be used by Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON after Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.Uzoho lost his position as first choice after gaffes in matches preceding the competition, with Akpeyi – who had been a backup for years – finally getting his chance.It is fair to say that neither of the three keepers has made the shirt his own, even though Uzoho might see himself as favourite considering his age.Meanwhile, Nigerians are still yearning for a worthy replacement for Vincent Enyeama, who made the position his for more than a decade, after announcing himself to the world at the 2002 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram DEMOLA OJO’S NILE NOTESAfter ending the qualifiers as top scorer, Odion Ighalo is set to finish as top scorer at the 2019 Nations Cup with five goals, barring a hat-trick by either Riyad Mahrez of Algeria, his team mate, Adam Ounas, or Sadio Mane of Senegal. The trio are on three goals each.Despite misgivings by some fans regarding his performance for the Eagles, Ighalo exhibited a poacher’s instinct during the competition by scoring all five goals with just one touch.last_img read more

Swedish leadership hits back at Shekarabi’s ‘torpedo orders’

first_img StumbleUpon Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Share The Chief Executives of Sweden’s leading online gambling businesses have written to the government urging for the suspension of temporary deposit restrictions sanctioned by the Ministry of Health & Social Affairs.A letter co-signed by Pontus Lindwall (Betsson), Henrik Tjärnström (Kindred Group), Gustaf Hagman (LeoVegas), Therese Hillman (NetEnt AB) and Ulrik Bengtsson (William Hill Plc / Mr Green) – urged the government to decline Minister of Health Ardalan Shekarabi’s social order.Last week, citing further protection for Swedish health networks to cope with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Shekarabi enforced a series of online gambling restrictions – to be established for the remainder of 2020.From 1 June, Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen will enforce a temporary SEK 5,000 (€480) weekly deposit limit across all online gambling verticals.Further restrictions see Swedish operators forced to lower their welcome bonus offer to a blanket €100. On top of deposit and bonus restrictions, Shekarabi has advised Spelinspektionen to further limit casino play return-to-player mechanisms.In response, Swedish leadership has lambasted Shekarabi actions, stating that they are counterproductive to the mandate of Sweden’s reformed Gambling Act and that the effect of restrictions will damage Swedish consumer protections in the short and long term.“Every company, regardless of industry, wants to be where the customers are,” reads the letter. “If the customers leave, the companies will follow suit.”“The Swedish gambling market not only provides safety and security to players but also contributes billions annually in much-needed tax revenue and investment in sports.”“By slowly eroding the Swedish gaming market month by month, the government risks bringing about major cuts in security, tax revenue, and societal investment.”Swedish leaders have accused Shekarabi of seeking to ‘torpedo’ gambling legislation that he personally drafted in 2017/2018, during his tenure as  Minister of Civil Affairs.The letter reminds the government that Swedish Parliament had voted to reform the nation’s gambling laws, as means to ‘take control of the market’ and terminate the presence of unlicensed actors.Shekarabi restrictions are therefore counterproductive to the core mandate of the Gambling Act – “Parliament’s preferred method of effective gambling market control is channelling, i.e. regulating what percentage of Swedish consumers choose to play with Swedish-licenced companies”.Sweden’s Minister for Health is also accused of hijacking the coronavirus outbreak to impose industry restrictions without evidence. The CEOs detail that Shekarabi is fully aware of licensed incumbents’ current plight against the black market, in which Sweden’s regulated marketplace has failed to meet its desired customer channelling target rate.Swedish leaders point to a recent independent study, undertaken by research firm Copenhagen Economics, which cites that between 72% and 78% of casino players channelled to legal sites – a figure well below Spelinspektionen expectations.The letter concluded: “The purpose of the re-regulation, which had broad support in the Swedish Parliament, was to create a more sustainable gambling market that functioned well in the long term.“The minister is about to create a “Wild West 2.0” in the gambling market, and he’s doing it in the name of consumer protection. It is now clear to us that Ardalan Shekarabi does not share our ambition to create a sustainable and safe gambling market since his latest proposal is perhaps the best advertisement yet for players to abandon licensed companies in favour of the black market.”last_img read more