CPL Cricket Operations Director Michael Hall explains CPL's economic impact

By George Davis and Mariah Ramharrack January 28, 2020

CPL Cricket Operations Director Michael Hall talks about the wide-ranging economic impact of the Caribbean Premier League.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed referee David Coote for making "three right decisions" in Manchester United's controversial win over West Brom.

    Bruno Fernandes' retaken 56th-minute penalty at Old Trafford proved to be enough for United, who claimed a first home win in the Premier League since July.

    Fernandes retook his penalty after West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saved the first but came off his line, while the visitors thought they had a spot-kick of their own early in the second half, only to see Coote overturn his original decision following a VAR check.

    Happy to end a wait for a first home league win this season, United manager Solskjaer also backed Coote's decisions.

    "We're delighted to get three points of course, first [home] win in the league this season and a clean sheet, we're happy with that," he told a news conference.

    "Very tight calls and I think probably made the two right decisions with the pens, even three right decisions because Sam was off the line."

    United are ninth in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Tottenham, who have played one more game.

    Since the start of last season, 16 per cent of United's Premier League goals have been penalties – 13 of 79 – the highest ratio of any team to have played in both campaigns.

    While pleased with the win, Solskjaer said his team's performance was below where he wanted it to be.

    "It's definitely not a step forward performance-wise," he said.

    "We played really well against Everton last time, that's a performance I was really happy with. This one is way below par, but we got the first win and sometimes three points are more important than the performance, even though we know to get points and to move up the table we have to play better."

    Solskjaer added: "We know we can play better than this and we certainly could've made it more comfortable if we'd taken our chances earlier on.

    "Towards the end when you don't do that, there's always an edge to the game and we seemed edgy towards the end and it was important for us to get that win of course. You can see that and we never got that composure or quality to get the second goal that would have made it more comfortable."

    United continue their Champions League campaign at home to Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday.

  • Zidane fires back at critics: You do your job and I'll do mine! Zidane fires back at critics: You do your job and I'll do mine!

    Zinedine Zidane saw cause for optimism in Real Madrid's draw at Villarreal on Saturday and had little interest in entertaining his critics.

    Madrid returned to LaLiga action following the international break without key men Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.

    Looking to respond to a 4-1 defeat at Valencia last time out, the champions looked to have done enough to win as Mariano Diaz - starting for the first time in 18 months - netted after two minutes.

    But Gerard Moreno's penalty after a Thibaut Courtois foul kept Madrid in fourth, three points behind early leaders Real Sociedad.

    The goals were the only shots on target at either end, although Villarreal had 13 total attempts to Madrid's six. Zidane still felt his team deserved the points.

    "I think we deserved more, considering what we did," he said. "Especially in the first half. We've dropped two points.

    "I'm upset for the players because of the effort they gave. I felt we could have taken the three points today and that's a shame."

    Zidane had acknowledged prior to the match that there was pressure at Madrid, but he defended his hopeful outlook despite another tough result.

    "I keep looking forward," he said. "You continue with what you are doing and I with my work."

    Other questions focused on three of his players: Mariano, who starred in Benzema's place, Eden Hazard, returning after contracting coronavirus, and Isco, appearing only as a 65th-minute substitute.

    Mariano played 85 minutes, more than he had across all league matches combined since the start of last season (54), and scored with his only shot while creating two chances for team-mates.

    He won three of his eight duels but could not see out the match, Zidane explained.

    "The thing about Mariano is that he hadn't played for a long time," the coach said. "He was exhausted."

    Hazard's display was slightly less impressive, failing to attempt a shot or play a key pass in over an hour.

    "He's there. He played," Zidane said. "We need to manage the minutes well, but he's with us and he's good."

    Isco likewise had no say in proceedings in an attacking sense and has still made only three LaLiga starts this term as he is linked with a January departure.

    "What is happening inside will stay inside," his coach said. "Right now, Isco is a Real Madrid player and is with us. There's nothing to talk about."

  • Arteta to find and punish source of David Luiz-Ceballos bust-up leak Arteta to find and punish source of David Luiz-Ceballos bust-up leak

    Mikel Arteta ensured there will be consequences when he finds out how details of an altercation between Arsenal team-mates David Luiz and Dani Ceballos ended up in the media.

    The Athletic reported on Thursday that David Luiz hit Ceballos on the nose and drew blood with a scratch after taking objection to a tackle from the midfielder in a training session during the international break.

    Arteta insisted the incident has been dealt with and there is no problem between the players, though he claimed not to have got a good view of what happened.

    While the Gunners boss was willing to chalk it up as a typical occurrence during a competitive training session, he will not be as forgiving with whoever leaked the information to the media.

    "I don't like that at all, and I will find out where it's coming from," said Arteta.

    "If that's the case, that goes completely against what I expect from everyone, the privacy and the confidentiality we need. There will be consequences, yes."

    Ceballos was also involved in a confrontation with team-mate Eddie Nketiah prior to the opening game of the Premier League season at Fulham.

    Asked if it is just a coincidence that the Spaniard was involved on both occasions, Arteta replied: "Whether or not it's a coincidence doesn't change much.

    "It's just the competitive level that we demand and the standards we want to set, but obviously there's a very thin line where it is a competitive issue and when it goes somewhere else that we don't support and we don't want.

    "It's a contact sport. Incidents are going to happen. It's how you resolve them within the team and within the individuals afterwards and how you move on from there [that matters]."

    Arsenal will attempt to recover from a chastening 3-0 loss to Aston Villa prior to the international break when they head to Leeds United on Sunday.

    Arteta has warned his players that they will need to correct the issues that cropped up in that game or they could find themselves being handed a similar defeat.

    "These things are to learn from and be part of the process we are in, and to try to improve them as quick as possible," said Arteta.

    "They happened for a reason. It's not a coincidence or a surprise, they happened for a reason and we need to know when we don't do certain things they will happen again. It's not just a one-off, so we'd better not make the same mistakes again."

    He added: "When I lose a football game it takes me a week to go through it, so I need another game. And when we lose the way we lost against Villa it's even harder because it makes me think about things I hated and I don't want to see again.

    "There are a lot of things to change, to improve. It's going to be a bumpy road, but the optimism that I have, the belief that I have in where we are going to get, how lucky I feel with the people I have around me who support what I'm trying to do, is great.

    "What I miss big time is our fans, because to build something I want with that chemistry and energy without the fans is becoming extremely difficult, because the fans and players need to see they are getting that synergy between them."

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