Harry Maguire has told how his father was left with suspected broken ribs by ticketless fans who breached security at Wembley at the Euro 2020 final.
The England defender’s dad was caught up in the chaotic scenes inside the stadium on Sunday night and left struggling to breathe.
Maguire described what happened as “scary” and says his family will be “more aware” when attending games in future.
The 28-year-old, who emphatically smashed home his penalty in England’s shootout defeat, told The Sun: “My dad was in the stampede. I have not spoken with him too much but I am pleased my kids didn’t go to the game.
“It was scary – he said he was scared and I don’t want anyone to experience that at a football match.
“I have seen a lot of videos and have spoken to dad and my family. It was my dad and agent who suffered the most. He was struggling with his breathing afterwards because of his ribs, but he’s not one to make a big fuss – he got on with it.
“I hope we can learn from this and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Dad will always support me and go to the games but he will be a little bit more aware of everything going on around. We should all be more aware and learn from it.”
“Things could have been a lot worse but we have to make sure it does not happen again.”
Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham said on Monday that a full review would take place into what had happened.
He accused “drunken yobs” of trying to force their way into the stadium without tickets.
The FA was charged by UEFA on four counts arising from the mayhem. Disciplinary proceedings were opened over a pitch invasion, throwing of objects, booing the Italian national anthem and the lighting of a firework.
Maguire hopes what happened on Sunday night does not affect England’s chances of hosting a future World Cup.
He said: “Wembley is an amazing place. It has been an amazing home and the fans and the way they have acted have been unbelievable, apart from the odd few in a final.
“We need to learn and we will – and it would be an amazing place to hold the World Cup.”
State pension payments offer support to older people who are eligible to receive the sum from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). To receive the payment, individuals must put forward a set number of National Insurance contributions throughout their lifetime. For many people, then, the state pension serves as a primary source of income in retirement, particularly useful when the regular payment of a salary or wages is lost.
Understanding the importance of a state pension to millions of Britons, the Triple Lock Mechanism is in place to protect the sum.
First introduced in 2010 by the then-coalition government, the mechanism is designed to protect the state pension in real terms.
Triple Lock sees the basic and new sum rise by the highest of three key components: average earnings growth, inflation or 2.5 percent.
For this tax year, the sum increased by 2.5 percent, but there has been discussion about the pending increase for the forthcoming year.
While this has led some pensioners to celebrate a potential boost to their sum, there is concern in other camps.
Mainly, there has been a suggestion that the Triple Lock policy is not viable, and with increases set to be high, some have said it should be scrapped altogether.
Such an increase, it has been argued, is unfair for younger generations, many of whom have been impacted by the pandemic.
Others have suggested a modification to the policy, perhaps a ‘double lock’ or a temporary freeze to ensure the longevity of state pension support.
Recently, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak was pressed on whether the policy would be maintained in the future.
GB News presenter, Andrew Neil, questioned the Government’s stance on the matter.
Mr Sunak responded: “Of course the triple lock is still Government policy.
“I think formally, I have to be very careful, as I can’t comment on fiscal policy outside of events, which I’m sure you’ll understand.
“With regards to pensions uprating, there is a statutory review which is carried out later on in the year, which is then brought to Parliament.
“What you’re referring to are forecasts, but as we’ve seen over the past 12 months, we’re in a period of extraordinary economic uncertainty, and lots of the forecasts we’ve seen have moved around and changed.
“I’d put that in the bucket right now, that’s speculation, and when we get to the autumn, there will be a formal review.”
The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said people in hospitals with Covid-19 now “tend to be younger” than in previous waves. As a result, the need for critical care has decreased, relieving the pressure the NHS experienced in previous months.
He told Sky News: “There’s much less stretch on critical care capacity than we saw in January and February.
“The third bit, which seems to us particularly significant, is there are very few who have had the double vaccination dose and then the two to three weeks of protection build-up afterwards [that are being hospitalised].
“And that’s why our chief executives are saying that they do think that the link between Covid-19 and very high levels of hospitalisation and mortality that we have seen in the previous waves – that that link has been broken for this pattern of variants.”
Mr Hopson added: “It’s what the clinical trial evidence would have suggested, but it’s very reassuring to see that evidence on the ground.”
The remarks come after a top scientist warned Britain would have to learn to live with the coronavirus.
Sir Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said lockdown measures had “very profound consequences” on people’s wellbeing, education and economy.
The expert said he was hopeful Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be able to scrap all lockdown restrictions on June 21 from the data seen so far.
However, Sir Jeremy acknowledged the next few weeks will be “crucial” in Britain’s roadmap to recovery.
There is a mood of triumphalism in Britain that can be ascribed to the successful vaccine rollout. Restrictions continue to be lifted in accordance with the roadmap laid out by the Prime Minister and overwhelmed hospitals are now in the rearview mirror, the latest data suggests. Despite the rosy picture, fears about the coronavirusvaccines persist. The main concern appears to stem from reports that link AstraZeneca vaccine to blood clots.
The latest MHRA guidance on COVID-19 vaccines and blood clots has broken the risk down by age.
The regulatory body states that the risk is currently estimated to be around one in 100,000 for people over 50 and one in 50,000 for people aged between 18 and 49 years.
For people aged between 18 and 49 the guidance states that “if you are offered the [University of Oxford/AstraZeneca] vaccination you may wish to go ahead after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.”
Why are younger cohorts at a greater risk?
The mechanisms triggering the blood clots following the AstraZeneca vaccine administration are still under investigation.
Analysis on the small number of people who experienced blood clots after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine suggests the risk, while still small, may be higher in younger adults.
What is causing the blood clots?
Initial evidence suggests that episodes of vaccine-induced thrombosis and thrombocytopenia (VITT) are caused by an overreaction of the immune system.
This reaction leads to both low platelet levels and blood clots.
Scientists have reported a similar very rare phenomenon following the administration of heparin (an anticoagulant drug commonly used to treat or prevent blood clots), which is called heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).
If your mum asked you if you wanted to watch a romantic period drama with her for Mother’s Day, you’d know what to expect. Two hours of unrelenting pining between two extremely good-looking people in silly outfits, kept apart by some ridiculous social convention, at least one ludicrously sexy scene where one of the good-looking people falls in a lake, or gets shot and has to take their top off, and then they get married at the end.
If your dad requested a movie night with a bunch of ’80s action movies, again, you’d already know quite a few of the tropes. Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, and Sylvester Stallone try to break into an underground wrestling crime ring run by the German Mafia to rescue their daughter, wife, and best friend from a plane crash before the President finds out. And then, at the end, they all turn out to be androids!
However, if your little brother asked you to play a first-person shooter with him, all you’d know about the game would be the fact that it has guns, and those guns are pointed at something that should probably become dead. Also, your face is the camera.
Granted, that’s a bit of an unfair oversimplification. Genres, both in games and in films, serve to inform the audience what to expect from something. Without having too many elements of the plot spoiled, a genre can tell you what the focus is, whether it’s finding love, killing bad guys, or being chased around a house by ghosts.
Movie genres tell you how you will feel, like “horror” or “thriller”, the general setting, like “western” and “historical”, or they tell you what the main character will be doing, like “action” or “romance”. Video game genres, by virtue of their interactivity, are largely classified by what you do in them, like “platformer”, “role-playing”, and “shooter”. Of course they differ from how books, film, and TV are described, because the main difference is that you are the one doing the action in a game, so the mechanics are used as the main descriptor.
But, in the few decades that the video game industry has existed, those labels have proved to be less than adequate. New labels have emerged, and some of them are exceedingly silly, like “metroidvania” and “roguelike”. The former refers to a game with a large map that you can access from the beginning, with new areas that you can unlock as you progress, and it comes from “Metroid” and “Castlevania“, two games that had systems like that. To clarify: Metroid and Castlevania are both action-adventure games, but their way of doing things was so unique that it became popular enough to warrant a whole new label.
The latter, “roguelike”, is similar: games that usually involve dungeon crawls through procedurally generated levels, making progress each time, but starting again once you die. It’s a label based on the game “Rogue“, a game from 1980 that pioneered the mechanic. We know what roguelikes (and their bastard child, roguelites) are, because we had to learn what they are in order to figure out if we enjoyed them. The label, just like “metroidvania”, tells us nothing in and of itself, and expects prior knowledge of the industry and its history.
I’m a games journalist, and I have to know all these silly portmanteaus in order to do my job properly. But when I talk about my favourite games, I have absolutely no idea how to describe them, because the games genre lexicon is stunted. For example: I like games like Slay The Spire, with cards that have attacks on them… but I don’t like Hearthstone. So, single-player deckbuilders? But Slay The Spire is a roguelike, or maybe a roguelite, as well — so maybe it’s just those that I like, although I didn’t really get on with Rogue Legacy, Spelunky, or Dead Cells. So, maybe it’s the strategic elements of Slay The Spire that I enjoy… except games like Crusader Kings and Civilization bring me out in stress-hives.
Oh, don’t worry. I realise how much of a first-world problem it is that I can’t quite categorise the games I like. Waaa. But, be honest: has your brain ever slightly melted at the phrase, “massively-multiplayer online role-playing game”? Have you ever wrinkled your nose at people using “indie” to mean “cute game made by small team”, even when that team has a publisher? And, be honest now, do you sort of hate the word “wholesome” to describe literally any game with dogs in it?
That’s precisely my point, you see. Genres are supposed to be useful tools, both to sort games into boxes for easier decision-making, and to talk about games with other people. They’re a linguistic shortcut, just like “car” means “metal box with wheels for go fast” and “shoes” means “fabric box on foot for go slow”. Both cars and shoes come in lots of different shapes, colours, and sizes, but we know what they are; if we need further distinction, we can get into appearance, purpose, and even brand: a red satin ballet shoe, or a blue Toyota Corolla.
When genres are as messy as they are in games, especially when they rely on naming other games, it becomes a tangled web of references that don’t tell us much about the game itself. Imagine trying to tell your friend that your shoes were “Converse-likes” or that your car was a “PeugeotFiat”, and how little that would help to actually describe those things.
Newer genre names like “indie” and “wholesome” exist to convey something that a portion of the market has decided that they like: small, personal games, for example, that are relaxing, tender, and gentle, or that have greater diversity than you would get in a mainstream game.
The “wholesome” debate is just one example of how genres are failing both players and developers. Right now, video game genres are a bit of a free market, and no one knows exactly how to navigate it.
The reason we have these labels, and why I’m constantly using the godawful phrase “Harvest Moon-likes”, is because no one governing body exists to make new ones properly. Like all of language, these genre names just sort of bloop out of some journalist or marketing specialist’s brain, and we use them gratefully because we’re really tired of having to describe games with fifteen words.
Oh, Ace Attorney? That’s a, um, murder-mystery detective supernatural fantasy legal drama adventure visual novel.Professor Layton, on the other hand, is a logic puzzle narrative adventure science-fiction animated visual novel. Very different. Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright? That’s, well, it’s complicated. Stop asking questions.
Imagine trying to build a bridge as you cross it, placing planks down, stepping on to them, and hoping it holds. That’s game genres. We’re all just trying to make things work as we build them, trying desperately to coin useful, descriptive ways to describe games, and because a lot of the people trying to do that are journalists and critics like me, we end up saying “it’s a lot like this other game”, because our body of knowledge is other games. It’s beyond fixing, now. We’ve come too far, and now we have all these horrible mutant genre names that we have to use, or genre names that creators outright resent or reject.
There’s no easy solution here, because what’s done is done. We could establish some regulatory body to crack down on new genres, but what fun would that be? People will continue to make their own proprietary blends of tags, descriptions, and compound words to try to categorise the games they love, because humans really, really love putting things in boxes. Perhaps this is just a teething problem, and it’ll straighten itself out eventually. But can I make one request? Stop making me refer to games as “metroidvanias”, please. I feel like a wally.
Billy Joe Saunders entered the ring to face Canelo Alvarez brimming with confidence, but ended the night in an ambulance as he was transported to hospital after suffering the first loss of his professional boxing career.
Saunders went toe to toe with boxing’s pound-for-pound star as he showcased the boxing skills that took him to a perfect 30-0 record heading into Saturday night’s clash with Canelo.
Working behind his southpaw jab, Saunders caused plenty of problems for Canelo as he proved to be a tricky, elusive opponent for the former five-weight world champion.
But, with some boxing pundits, and our own Express Sport round-by-round scoring, putting Saunders on level terms with Canelo heading into the second half of the scheduled 12-round bout.
But the Mexican’s punch power eventually paid off in Round 8 as a huge uppercut connected flush with Saunders’ right eye, immediately causing it to swell badly.
Saunders made it to the end of the round but, after his corner assessed the Brit’s injury, they waved off the fight to give Alvarez the 56th win of his stellar career.
Saunders had acquitted himself well during the contest, and while his punches didn’t carry the same knockout threat as Canelo’s, his slick jab and constant movement made life tricky for the Mexican as the Brit appeared to shade the middle rounds.
But Canelo upped the intensity in Round 8 and landed the crucial uppercut that caused the fight-ending injury.
DAZN play-by-play commentator Todd Grisham announced on the broadcast that Saunders was being transported to hospital after sustaining a suspected fractured orbital bone.
Canelo’s TKO victory will have particularly pleased his head coach Eddy Reynoso, who called on his man to stop Saunders for showing disrespect during the pre-fight build-up in Texas.
Saunders’ team complained pre-fight about the lack of a British judge on the three-man panel, and also negotiated hard to secure a larger ring than Canelo’s team had initially wanted, with the teams eventually agreeing to the fight taking place inside a 22-foot ring, as opposed to the 20-foot ring the Mexican boxer preferred.
And after Saunders was caught on camera saying that Canelo’s breath smelled after their faceoff, Reynoso sounded off on the Brit and revealed his wish for Canelo to knock out Saunders on fight night.
“It annoys me,” he told Little Giant Boxing.
“Not only about us, but the trash talk to Mexican reporters, with people of Mexico.
“I never want to say we are going to do it by KO. I say we are going to win.
“But this time around I do want Canelo to win by KO.”
Speaking to Chris Mannix in the ring after the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed Saunders’ trainer Mark Tibbs pulled him out of the fight, saying Canelo “busted his eye socket.”
“He couldn’t see,” he explained.
“I spoke to Mark Tibbs. He said he couldn’t see, and he wouldn’t let him go out.
“I thought Billy boxed beautifully. Canelo’s so strong, he took his time, Billy’s so tricky. He busted his eye socket. As you can see going back now, his eye.
“Canelo coming on strong in the back end of the fight. Too good. Too good.
“But it was a great performance by Billy Joe Saunders. He came to win.”
Julija Pajic’s hopes of winning the $ 1 million Professional Fighters League (PFL) top prize were shattered in a brutal quickfire beating by Brazilian Larissa Pacheco, who repeatedly hammered her to the head in a savage victory.
Returning after scrapping its plans for 2020, the PFL has come back with explosive action this year – and German-born Montenegrin Pajic, who trains in Croatia, was at the center of it at PFL 3 as she suffered her first defeat.
Powerful Pacheco floored the 23-year-old prospect almost immediately, then pinned her to the floor while raining shots on her head in a display of violence that Pajic had no hope of holding off for the ample remainder of the round.
Bandaged up in hospital, the viral sensation after stopping a man in an inter-gender bout last year revealed that her smile was already back.
“I’m good,” Pajic told her thousands of social media followers, holding up a fist. “People can break your nose, but never let them break your smile.
“I was so confident when I stepped in the cage. I was feeling really good until that left hook connected. I dont know why I made that terrible mistake to step in directly.
“I really wanted to show to my team what a good gameplan we had but I did the opposite and, in the cage, there is no mercy for these kind of mistakes.
“I will keep my head up, remember my mistake and work even harder to never make it again. My next performance will be better.
“I’ve lose my fight but not my hope. My mind is stronger than my bones.
“Thanks for all the support and nice messages that I have had. I will learn and come back stronger. Love you guys.”
Pajic predicted a war in New Jersey and she was not left disappointed by Pacheco, the 26-year-old returning for the first time since a decision defeat on New Year’s Eve 2019.
Thirteen of the lightweight former Jungle Fight champion’s 14 wins have now come by knockout or stoppage, and she made quick work of ending the three-fight unbeaten run with which Pajic had begun her professional career.
Pacheco’s defeat in the final fight for the million-dollar prize in 2019 came against Kayla Harrison, the American double Olympic gold medalist who is considered the contender to beat in the current PFL series.
This time around, Harrison hammered hapless opponent Mariana Morais, although she required a little longer than Pacheco needed for her victory.
Clinching Morais against the fence before taking her down, Harrison battered her increasingly defenseless opponent with an armory of punches recorded at around 14mph.
That was enough for the referee to step in after one minute and 23 seconds and, as was the prize for Pacheco on the night, Harrison to earn six points in the lightweight rankings.
The 30-year-old was in suitably confident mood afterwards. “This isn’t a tournament – it’s a coronation and I’m the queen,” she said bullishly, extending her perfect record to nine wins.
“I’m not one to talk a lot of cr*p – it’s not really who I am. It seems like everybody from boxers to YouTube idiots thinks that they can get in there, and that’s just not the case.
Reports from Italy have claimed that football legend Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant on an exit from Serie A giants Juventus following their Champions League exit to Porto, with the two parties ‘broken up but still living together’.
Local newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport broke the news on Friday, and wrote that the five-time Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner has asked his superagent Jorge Mendes to find him another club for the 2021/2022 season.
Ex-club Real Madrid can be ruled out, as the La Liga giants are mired in debt and rebuilding their Bernabeu stadium, while European Super League head Florentino Perez has additionally poured cold water on any approach.
“The rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid are just rumors from his entourage. There is nothing,” the president explained during his highly-controversial appearance on the El Larguero program.
“In general, there will not be big transfers this summer,” Perez went on.
“When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.”
“It’s impossible to make signings like [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League,” he insisted.
Yet despite pulling out of the failed breakaway project, former club Manchester United are tipped as a possible next destination if Ronaldo can lower his current salary expectations of $ 37 million.
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Taxes would also be an issue, as the 36-year-old Portuguese star will need to pay more than in Italy.
But with Juve at risk of failing to qualify for the UCL and exiting it prematurely in this campaign to Porto, La Gazzetta claims that Ronaldo’s attitude has changed behind the scenes at the Allianz Stadium.
“It’s almost like Juventus and Ronaldo have broken up but are still living together,” was the key takeaway from the Italian outlet’s piece.
With few friends there other than the Portuguese-speaking Brazilians and Carlo Pinsoglio, perhaps he won’t be missed by teammates who don’t enjoy as much “freedom” during Andrea Pirlo’s training sessions either.
Away from the football pitch, Ronaldo’s life is even more complicated.
Yesterday, it emerged that former model Kathryn Mayorga, who is accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a Las Vegas hotel room after meeting on a night out in 2009, is now seeking a total of $ 78 million in damages, according to court documents.
Splitting her claim between “past pain and suffering”, “future pain and suffering” and punitive damages, she also wishes to claim for smaller amounts covering expenses and legal fees.
Mayorga’s legal team has reportedly filed a list of more than 60 witnesses they are targeting to testify, including three police offers involved in the original complaint, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and his already-mentioned agent Jorge Mendes.
But Ronaldo has always denied the accusations stating: “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is on the road to recovery after his horrific injury sustained at UFC 261.
Weidman broke his leg after Uriah Hall checked his early leg kick just 17 seconds into their middleweight main card bout in Jacksonville on Saturday night.
The injury was one of the worst seen inside the octagon, and was eerily similar to the injury sustained by former champion Anderson Silva when he fought Weidman at UFC 168 in December 2013.
Weidman was treated inside the octagon by medical professionals, who stabilised the injury and immediately transported him to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery to reset and pin his tibia and fibula.
After the successful surgery, Weidman posted an update to his fans on social media as he shared before and after X-ray shots of his broken leg.
The pics showed the extent of the double break he sustained, with both the tibia and fibula completely snapped.
The after pics showed a number of screws and metal rods had been inserted into his leg to help aid his recovery.
“Special thanks to Dr. Gitlin for performing a successful surgery and being so helpful during the entire process,” he posted.
“Also, a big thank you to Dr. Davidson from the @ufc for making sure I was taken care of properly and speaking to these doctors on my behalf.
“It made me feel so much better having him involved because I know he had my back.
“The primary concern is the bone punctured through my calf and skin when I put my weight on it, making sure the laceration doesn’t get infected.”
While Weidman was recovering in hospital his wife Marivi posted her own update to Instagram, saying, “Well that was horrible.
“Freak things happen in life and plans get crushed. It’s been a lonnnggg day but so happy to finally see this man of mine post surgery. Everything went well thank you Lord!
“Very thankful for the medical staff, UFC family @danawhite @reedharrisufc #allieraimondo, our management team @vaynersports @sarahzemonek and our family and friends here rallying to help with the kids.
“My heart breaks for my husband because I know the work and dedication that he puts into his training everyday and the great man that he is, so I only want the best for him.
“While this absolutely sucks in the moment and for some weeks to come, we are completely overwhelmed by the love and support we have far and wide and are very aware how blessed we are. All of that overpowers the awfulness of this situation.
“We are blown away by our friends and family offering to hop on flights to come help us without hesitation. We are so grateful and love you all!!
“It’s been a crazy year so far but us Weidmans are a force and covered in Grace and Mercy everyday! We were reminded this year how precious each day is and I am so thankful to be spending another day on earth next to my love even if it’s in a hospital room far from home.”
Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s hopes of picking up a crucial victory at UFC 261 ended with the very first kick of the fight against Uriah Hall.
Weidman faced Uriah Hall in a middleweight bout in Jacksonville, Florida, and looked to make a fast start in the opening seconds of the fight as he closed the distance and threw a powerful leg kick at Hall.
But Hall, using a defensive technique to “check” the kick, lifted his leg off the ground, causing the Weidman’s leg to snap on impact. The break could be heard around the packed VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena as the 15,000-strong crowd gasped in shock at the sight, and sound, of Weidman’s horrific injury.
It meant the fight was over in just 17 seconds, giving Hall the TKO victory. But Hall wasn’t interested in celebrating a win, and was clearly shocked and distressed by what had just transpired in the octagon.
“I got nothing but respect for Chris Weidman. He’s truly one of the best,” he told Joe Rogan after the verdict was read.
“It’s a crazy story that he’s the first man I fought that defeated me, that introduced me to fear.
“He’s the first one to defeat Anderson (Silva). I was the last. and it crazy that we ended up here again.
“Man, I feel so bad. I hope he’s OK. I with his family well. It’s a sucky part of this sport. It’s the hurt business.
“Whatever rank I am in the future, if he gets healthy, I owe him this fight.”
The graphic injury suffered by Weidman was a bizarre flashback to a fight earlier in his career.
Back in 2013, at UFC 168, Weidman checked a kick from former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, causing the Brazilian legend to suffer a broken leg in Las Vegas.
And, in a cruel instance of history repeating itself, it was Weidman who suffered an almost identical broken leg as he was stretchered away from the cage with a career-threatening injury.