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EU cracks show after Merkel’s tough Huawei stance snubbed: ‘Working more with China!’

Earlier this year, the German Bundesrat passed the IT-Security Law to gain greater control for cybersecurity in a blow to Chinese firm Huawei. It requires telecoms operators to notify the German government if they sign contracts for critical 5G components and gives them powers to block those proposals. Berlin became the last of the big EU economies to regulate the 5G sector over fears of alienating Beijing and its handling of 5G.

The German approach to Huawei largely followed the guidelines the EU laid out in its Toolbox and risk assessment report for cybersecurity of 5G networks which was designed to mitigate potential risks in the European 5G rollout.

And while most EU countries are following guidelines, not all of them appear to be falling in line.

French President Emmanuel Macron last year gave greater control to his cybersecurity agency ANSSI to block 5G contracts between operators and Huawei. 

But France’s major telecom operator, Orange, has announced that it will continue to cooperate with Huawei in Africa’s 5G rollout.

CEO Stephane Richard said: “We’re working more and more with Chinese vendors in Africa.

“They’ve invested in Africa while the European vendors have been hesitating.”

Orange says it will avoid using equipment from Chinese vendors including Huawei when developing Europe’s 5G networks, opting for suppliers such as Ericsson and Nokia instead.

Other countries have taken an even softer approach.

Spain has been cautious not to explicitly ban Huawei, as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is said to be “a strong advocate of Chinese technology companies opening projects and investments”.

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Instead, it took a “neutral and independent” approach that is relying on bureaucratic procedures rather than political evaluations.

The decision whether or not to allow the Chinese company to enter the 5G market will depend solely on the level of risk assessed by experts.

The Spanish government will also draft a list of “safe” mobile technology suppliers for the future local 5G mobile network, to avoid issuing an explicit ban against Chinese giant Huawei.

Despite this, Telefonica Spain is reported to have selected Nokia and Ericsson for its standalone (SA) 5G network.

Other countries are even more hesitant to pass laws that would keep Huawei at bay, including Portugal, Luxembourg, and Austria.

Earlier this month, A1 Telekom Austria Group said it was open to considering Chinese vendors such as Huawei for upcoming 5G networks in several countries.

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A1 Telekom Austria Group’s parent company, America Movil, called Huawei an “excellent telecoms equipment provider” last year.

Telekom Austria has 25 million customers across Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The UK decided to limit Huawei’s position within the nation’s 5G networks in January 2020, citing fears over national security.

However, by July, it had increased these measures to a full phase-out of Huawei equipment by 2027. 

Huawei, which has its European headquarters in Germany, has received EU innovation funding on multiple occasions, which has sparked criticism in the European Parliament. 

The core issue with Huawei has been concerning its links with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used for spying, a claim which the company has refuted numerous times.

It’s the reason why, in 2012, the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019.

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Rio Ferdinand snubbed after dragging Sir Alex into Brexit debate during bizarre EU rant

The England legend has played a central part in the BBC’s coverage of the Three Lion’s incredible journey in Euro 2020 as they prepare to take on Ukraine in the quarter-finals this evening. He was spotted celebrating wildly alongside fellow pundits Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer after England secured a historic 2-0 win over Germany. Ferdinand, who played 81 times for the national side and is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, often uses his experience to give an expert insight into games.

But he also risked sparking the fury of Brexiteers when he commented on the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) just days before the vote in 2016.

He wrote on Facebook: “The question about our future in Europe isn’t about Conservative vs Labour, it’s not about which bunch of politicians we want running the country. It’s much bigger than that. 

“It’s not about the next five years, it’s about the next 50. Probably even longer. 

“It’s about the sort of country our kids are going to grow up in, and how the rest of the world will look at Britain from now on. 

“And from all I’ve heard on both sides of this debate, I think our country is at a pretty important fork in the road, and the decision we make could take us to very different places.”

After his passionate opening remarks, Ferdinand stated that he is “for remaining part of the EU” and he gave three reasons for it – one of which bizarrely appeared to take inspiration from his former manager.

He stated: “I think that politics is a team game. 

“I worked for the greatest manager of all time. Sir Alex Ferguson always taught us that no individual is bigger than the team, that just because we played for Man United – a massive, famous club – didn’t mean we could swan around doing our own thing. 

“We had to work even harder, and be even more of a team, to get where we wanted to be. And I think Europe is a bit like that. 

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“For myself personally who struggles to make ends meet week-to-week with low wages and four kids, something needs to give.

“With all due respect Rio you don’t have the same worries as the majority of the population.”

Another added: “Rio, the advantages of being in the EU which you are talking about are the reason why it was made in the first place. 

“But this union is not serving the purposes it was made for and clearly it does not look like it is going to.”

And a third claimed: “Rio we love you and you’ll always be a legend to us, but I’m sorry pal this is more scaremongering coming from the rich and mighty.

“We are all able to make our own choice without being told these unfound facts.”

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Four managers who have snubbed Tottenham and six candidates to replace Mourinho

Another day, another candidate out of the running. For Tottenham chief Daniel Levy, the search for a successor to Jose Mourinho is proving difficult to conclude.

The Portuguese was brutally axed on April 19, just six days before he was due to take charge of his side for the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Ryan Mason was drafted in as interim head coach until the end of the season and took his place in the dugout at Wembley. But their 13-year wait for a trophy goes on after their 1-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side.

Levy is believed to be targeting an attack-minded manager to replace Mourinho, whose defensive style of play and critical man-management style proved unpopular during his 18-month reign at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

But the list of candidates is dwindling as other European clubs prepare to make changes of their own this summer, although Levy is refusing to rush into a decision over his next appointment.

So, who remains on the list of candidates to take the hotseat?

Managers who have snubbed Spurs

Julian Nagelsmann

The German emerged as an exciting candidate for Spurs as it was reported he was keen on a move to the Premier League.

However, it quickly transpired that once Hansi Flick confirmed his exit from Bayern Munich, the RB Leizpig coach would be their first choice to take the reins at the Allianz Arena.

Brendan Rodgers

Rodgers has publicly committed his future to Leicester and that is perfectly understandable given the comfort the Northern Irishman has in the dugout at the King Power.

He remains the bookmakers’ favourite for the vacant post, but if he guides the Foxes to Champions League football next season, it would be a shock to see him leave them behind.

Erik Ten Hag

The Dutchman appeared to be the leading man for the job after Tottenham made contact with the Ajax boss over replacing Mourinho.

Ten Hag was the man at the helm of the Dutch side when they reached the Champions League semi-finals, before Lucas Moura’s hat-trick completed a famous comeback in Amsterdam.

He is a promising coach who Levy was keen on snapping up. But on Friday, the former Bayern Munich assistant spurned their interest to sign a one-year extension to his deal with the Eredivisie giants.

Nuno Espirito Santo

Super agent Jorge Mendes has been doing his utmost to put his client in the frame for the job after a disappointing season with Wolves.

In addition to this, Nuno said to be keen on managing a club competing for European football after taking the West Midlands outfit to the Europa League last season.

Despite this, the 47-year-old reaffirmed his commitment to the club only last week, suggesting he may be off-limits for now.

Potential candidates for the job

Maurizio Sarri

At this stage, the Italian seems the most likely choice.

Sarri has pedigree coaching at the highest level with Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus with a patient, possession-based game the sole pillar of his management.

He is also a free agent, although Roma are reportedly interested too. Notably, he won the Serie A with the Bianconeri and the Europa League with Chelsea and just might be the man to finally end Tottenham’s trophy hoodoo.

Massimiliano Allegri

A manager with a proven track record of winning is precisely what every Tottenham fan wants. The only question is: does Allegri fancy risking it all for a spell at Spurs?

What’s more, his tendency to favour results over performance is far removed from an attacking philosophy.

And according to reports in Italy, the five-time Serie A winner is in the running to return to Juventus, with Andrea Pirlo is facing the sack.

Rafa Benitez

Having managed three other Premier League clubs in Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle, there are few foreign coaches who know the English game better.

The Spaniard is a tactical mastermind and has enjoyed success almost everywhere he has been, although questions remain over whether his ideals match Levy’s demands for attacking football.

Scott Parker

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A previous Spurs captain who understands the club from top to bottom, Parker would resemble a sensible choice after building a promising project at Fulham — and there is no doubt he would jump at the chance to lead his former club.

But the absence on his CV of coaching a side in Europe could prevent him getting the job.

Ryan Mason

The interim manager turning permanent manager? We have seen this one before. It really depends on how he copes with the pressure.

So far, he has said all the right things, but he is still raw as a coach, and getting the best out of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son may prove a difficult challenge.

At 29, it feels like this role may be out of Mason’s reach, barring a magnificent finish to the season.

Eddie Howe

Fits the brand of football required by Levy but doubts remain over whether he can he handle a big-time job.

Even when guiding Bournemouth to an impressive 9th in 2016-17, none of the top clubs were prepared to take a punt on the 43-year-old.

Now his stock has fallen, Howe may be viewed as a gamble — something Levy can ill afford.

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‘I genuinely was so hurt’: UFC presenter Olivi speaks out after being ‘snubbed’ by ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith

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UFC reporter Megan Olivi has revealed her hurt at being overlooked by fellow broadcaster Stephen A. Smith earlier this year.

After UFC 260 in late March, the ESPN mouthpiece sent out a tweet in tribute to the talents of the MMA championship’s punditry team, but notably missed Olivi out. 

“Ummm hey there – you’re forgetting someone,” she butted in, with a reply that received close to 4,000 likes. 

Yet again Smith failed to acknowledge her.

At a Q&A session after the UFC 261 weigh-ins on Friday, Olivi was broached on topic by reporters and admitted: “That was actually tough for me”.

“I don’t love social media in general, but then to play such a big role in terms of pre and post-fight interviews, like, I’m the one onsite doing them…”

“Then to do all the hits on the broadcast and be a part of this team and literally the only women on the pay-per-view team – there’s no other desk host, there’s no one on the pre- or post-show. It’s literally just me.

“And I’ve worked to be here. I wasn’t handed this. It’s been a very long journey, as people who have seen me 10 years ago I’m sure can attest to. I’ve done everything the right way to get here, and to not get the acknowledgement as my male colleagues got, I genuinely was so hurt,” she confessed, even though it was “nice” to see colleagues and fans defend her honor.

But despite outlining that the treatment is something “the women in this room have dealt”, the American doesn’t believe it is something Smith, who has often fallen foul of the women in the MMA community, did intentionally.

“I don’t think he did it on purpose. I don’t think there was any intent,” Olivi stressed, before then seeming to doubt Smith’s knowledge of the sport.

“I don’t think he was trying to be rude by any means. I just think it didn’t really matter to him. I don’t know how much he actually watched. I know he’s supposed to be an MMA insider and he does his best, but he has a lot on his plate, as well.”

“I also wonder if he was helped with the tweet, if maybe it was just, ‘OK, here are the people on the broadcast’,” Olivi pondered.

“It would be nice if he was like one day like, ‘Oh sh*t,’ I didn’t see this. But I don’t think that’s the character we’re dealing with,” she concluded.

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As mentioned, this is not Smith’s first rodeo when it comes to ticking off females in Olivi’s profession.

A couple of months ago, the presenter paid $ 8 million per year for his thoughts said he just didn’t “want to see women punching each other in the face” in combat sports. 

I think that there’s an awful lot of women who are incredibly qualified to do the jobs they’re doing,” continued Smith’s outburst on Larry Wilmore’s ‘Black on the Air’ podcast.

Where I jump off the bandwagon is where they try to engage physically.

For example, I don’t ever want to see a woman boxing a man. I don’t want to see that. I don’t want to see a woman in the UFC fighting a man – even though there are some women out there that will kick the dude’s butt.”

As he ranted further, however, it became clear that Smith’s issue was with women fighting full stop, and not just against men.

When I think about pugilistic sports, I don’t like seeing women involved in that at all,” Smith said.

I just don’t like it. I wouldn’t promote legislating laws to prohibit them from doing so, but I don’t want to see women punching each other in the face. I don’t want to see women fighting in the Octagon and stuff like that. 

“That’s just me,” he signed off.

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Gibraltar star “expected more” from Haaland and snubbed post-match shirt swap

Gibraltar defender Aymen Mouelhi has claimed he expected more from Erling Haaland[1] after the part-timers frustrated the Borussia Dortmund superstar.

The Norwegian is one of the most prolific strikers in world football and has only enhanced his reputation since moving to the Bundesliga.

Earlier this month, the 20-year-old became the youngest and fastest player to reach Champions League goals.

But against international minnows Gibraltar, Haaland failed to add to his six goals for Norway.

Erling Haaland failed to find the net against Gibraltar

Stale Solbakken’s side ran out 3-0 winners, but the forward was withdrawn in the second half after failing to find the net.

And speaking to reporters after the game, Mouelhi suggested that his team’s gameplan helped to blunt the prolific Haaland.

Asked to rate the Dortmund star against previous opponents, he said: “I think he was one of the most dangerous.

“But I expected more from him yesterday. Many thought that against Gibraltar, as a small team, he would score four or five goals.

Aymen Mouelhi claimed he ‘expected more’ from the Dortmund superstar and didn’t actively seek a shirt swap with him after the full-time whistle

“These types of players are top notch, when you have to face one of these you have to prepare a lot.

“We know that he likes space, we try not to give space, because it is very fast and strong.

“You have to be focused not on his size, but on speed, because he makes a move and leaves you lost.

“You have to talk to the full-backs, with the team-mate.”

Norway did manage to come out on top though, winning 3-0

Haaland cut a frustrated figure as he was withdrawn in the action, not dissimilar to when he stormed off the pitch following Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with FC Koln last weekend.[2]

On that occasion he threw his shirt to an onlooking member of the opposition, but Mouelhi suggested there was no such clamour for a piece of merchandise this time around.

He added: “I didn’t speak to him, I didn’t have time. I didn’t ask (for the shirt). He was replaced, and when the game was over, everyone left. And I wouldn’t go after it.”

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