Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 16th 2016 Contents A55
BARCELONA---Barcelona has drawn
widespread criticism for its campaign to
support Lionel Messi after a court found
the Argentine forward and his father
guilty of tax fraud.
Barcelona launched its social media
campaign following last week's court
verdict that found Messi and his father
guilty of defrauding the Spanish state of
4.1 million euros (US$4.6 million). Neither
man is expected to go to jail despite
being sentenced to 21 months in prison
because courts in Spain often suspend
sentences under two years for first-time
The slogan "We Are All Leo Messi" is a
play on the public awareness campaign
by Spain's tax authorities "We Are All
The Tax Office." That is meant to
encourage people to pay their due in a
country still struggling to recover from an
economic recession that has left
unemployment at more than 20 percent.
"The campaign invites all of Barcelona's
fans to show the best player in the world
their unconditional support," Barcelona
said. "We want to transmit to Leo that he
isn't alone." (AP)
Barca criticised for supporting Messi after fraud verdict
T&T s Machel Cedenio ran a personal
best time of 44.34 seconds to cross sec-
ond in the men s 400 metres at the IAAF
Diamond League Herculis meeting in
The world junior champion followed
world 400m champion Wayde Van Nierk-
erk, who hasn t lost a race all season, to
the line. The South African celebrated his
24th birthday by winning in a time of
44.12. Third was Grenadian Bralon Taplin,
who also ran a personal best, in 44.38.
Two-time world indoor champion
Pawel Maslak was also in the mix and he
placed sixth in 45.13.
Meanwhile, Cleopatra Borel would have
been disappointed with her sixth place
finish in the women s shot put event in
her build-up to the Rio Olympics, with
a best of 17.79m, well below her season-
best of 18.78m.
Valerie Adams threw a season-best of
20.05m to win the event, to extend her
lead in the Diamond League race after five
of seven meetings and got a boost for her
Rio Olympics campaign, winning her third
event of the season, making the winning
effort on her penultimate throw.
The double Olympic gold medalist s
throw was still 38cm behind the best
throw of this season of 20.43m by China s
Lijiao Gong, who did not compete in
Germany s Christina Schwanitz finished
second with a best throw of 19.81m, while
USA s Michelle Carter was third with
19.58m. Adams nearest rival in the Dia-
mond race, USA s Tia Brooks, finished
fourth and now trails Adams by 11 points.
Yesterday s field also included Hun-
gary s Anita Marton, who placed just ahead
of Borel, with a best effort of 18.36.
CASTRIES---Organisers say the upcoming
Caribbean Premier League matches start-
ing here next week will be a "terrific show-
case" for the country.
Four matches in the Caribbean s premier
Twenty20 tournament will be staged here
from July 21-26, as the recently Darren
Sammy National Stadium plays hosts to
its first competitive games since being
renamed after the Zouks captain.
"We re really excited about moving on
from Jamaica to St Lucia next week as the
Hero CPL table begins to take shape," said
CPL s chief operations officer, Pete Rus-
"The St Lucia public have always been
proud and loyal followers of their team and
next week they will have the first chance
to honour the efforts of Darren, Johnson
and Andre Fletcher, who were members of
the West Indies World T20 winning squad."
St Lucia Zouks will be in action during
their home leg starting July 21 at the Darren
Sammy National Stadium.
"In addition, some of the biggest names
in world cricket will be showcasing their
talents on the field. And if the standard of
cricket so far is an indicator, then I m sure
we re in for a real treat of top-class T20
cricket next week.
"The Zouks will be bidding to reach the
play-offs for the first time and have some
outstanding quality in their squad including
players of the calibre of Shane Watson,
David Miller, Mike Hussey, Morne Morkel
and the recently signed Jerome Taylor."
Zouks host St Kitts and Nevis Patriots
on July 21 before taking on 2015 champions
Barbados Tridents on July 23 in a midday
Leaders Guyana Amazon Warriors will
feature in the third match on July 26 before
the dangerous Trinbago Knight Riders arrive
for the final game on July 26.
Russell said the on-field action would
be complemented by the activities occurring
off the field.
"There are lots of fun community proj-
ects, which will further extend the ties with
the St Lucia public taking place next week,
while on the field each of the five teams
will be battling it out for much-needed
points as they bid to make the play-offs in
St Kitts & Nevis in the first week of August,"
He added: "It s shaping up to be a terrific
showcase for St Lucia ..."
Zouks have lost two of their three match-
es and lie bottom of the standings on two
Joanne Salazar, third vice president of the T&T
Football Association (TTFA) has described as unfor-
tunate, her association s legal battle with Metro Hotel
Mukesh Ramsingh, the hotel s Managing Director
confirmed they were taking legal action against the
embattled football association for monies amounting
to $300,000 for accomodation and meals for various
national teams between the period of October last year
to prersent, for international tournaments and World
Cup Qualifying matches.
Yesterday, Ramsingh noted that while he did not
want to say much as the matter was before the courts,
called on the association to clear its debts, saying he
did not want to damage the relationship he shared
with the TTFA.
"The hotel is a new one and we have built a rela-
tionship with the football association which I enjoyed
and want to continue in the future. I just need them
to understand that because of
the huge cost involved in keeping
the teams, that money was
needed to keep the Hotel going,"
The Metro hotel boss also told
Guardian he had negotiated with
the TTFA at costs that were
lower than what was being
He expressed disappoint-
ment that he has not been able
to contact president David
John-Williams, whom he said
he had a good relationship
when negotiations took place initially, noting that he
keeps in contact with the association now, through
general secretary Azaad Khan.
Asked if he felt they were getting closer to resolving
the issue, Ramsingh said: "They only tell me that they
will pay me to keep me quiet, but they never honour
He described himself as patriotic when it comes
to the sport of football, noting that he is a lover of the
game and wants to help the football association. Accord-
ing to Ramsingh, he was even willing to negotiate at
a different amount, as he knows its finances has been
in the red, as it has had to deal with lawsuits from
individuals and organisations.
Meanwhile, Salazar, described the matter as sad,
saying they have had a good relationship with the hotel
in thepast. "While I do not want to say much as the
matter is before the courts, I could only say it is unfor-
tunate, as it has put the association in a negative light
in the public s domain. Any matter that brings the
football association into disrepute is unfortunate for
me" Salazar said.
She noted that while the matter was being dealt
with by the TTFA s general secretary, she was confident
that all efforts will be made to resolve the matter ami-
Quizzed about if the figure quoted was the amount
being owed by her association, Salazar said she could
not say as she is not the one dealing with the issue.
Meanwhile, calls to Khan s cell phone for a comment,
went unanswered yesterday.
44.34 PB in Monaco
...Borel 6th in shot put contest
Games a boost for the country, say organisers
1 Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa) - 44.12
2 Machel Cedenio (T&T) - 44.34
3 Bralon Taplin (Grenada) - 44.38
4 Tony Mcquay (USA) - 44.79
5 Isaac Makwala (Botswana) - 44.90
6 Pavel Maslak (Czech) - 45.13
7 Kevin Borlee (Belgium) - 45.36Women's
1 Valerie Adams (New Zealand) - 20.05
2 Christina Schwanitz (Germany) - 19.81
3 Michelle Carter (USA) - 19.58
4 Tia Brooks (USA) - 19.13
5 Anita Marton (Hungary) - 18.36
6 Cleopatra Borel (T&T) - 17.79
7 Emel Dereli (Turkey) - 17.39
Salazar: TTFA legal battle
with Metro unfortunate
president of the
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