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Andre Gomes receive messages from clubs and players after horrific injury

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suffered a horror leg against Tottenham at Goodison Park on a day when football took a back seat.

Heung-min was left in tears after taking out the Portuguese star, who suffered an leg injury so horrific that TV couldn’t replay it in slow motion.

VAR produced a red card for the Korean, who, along with Serge Aurier appeared more concerned with Gomes’ wellbeing.

After the match, Son is said to have sat in the changing room crying while being comforted by captain Seamus C

FABIAN DELPH struggled to comment on Angel Gomes following the draw with Spurs.

He told Sky : “We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us.

“He is one of our brothers, someone we care about. It is difficult to put into words how we feel.

“As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.”

ANDRE GOMES’ injury will not be shown on Match of the Day tonight.

Viewers did not see the full extent of the horror leg injury during the live broadcast on Sky Sports earlier today, with only the initial foul by Son Heung-min shown.

And it appears BBC have decided to follow the lead of Sky in not broadcasting it on TV.

In a tweet, the BBC’s Ian Dennis suggested that both Son’s challenge and Aurier’s afterwards had not caused the injury.

He wrote: “Understandably you won’t see the Andre Gomes incident on MOTD tonight but having seen a replay, the injury appears to be on impact with his right foot on the ground after the trip by Son and before he collided with Aurier.”

VALENCIA have joined former clubs Benfica and Barcelona in tweeting support for Gomes.

The midfielder became an international icon on the Spanish coast, playing 78 times and scoring nine goals.

ANDRE GOMES’ first club Benfica have taken to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery.

Gomes made 14 appearances for the club, helping them to the Portuguese title and the Europa League final before moving onto Valencia

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed that Everton players consoled Son in the dressing room.

He said: “Son was devastated, now he is better. I think the players from Everton came to console him.

“In the moment it was confusing. The action was very, very, very bad luck.

“We all feel sorry for Andre, I want to send my best wishes to him and his family. In this tough moment we want to send our best wishes.

“The VAR need to check if the tackle is bad from Sonny, and judge the action, not judge what happened after.”

FORMER Everton and Spurs striker Louis Saha has spoken of what it is like to break you leg.

He said: “It was a horrific memory. It is not something you really expect to come back from quickly because you have a memory always coming back. 

“It’s a moment where you need your family around you, you need your team-mates sending you messages and making sure you feel supported because it is very tough. It is horrific and I don’t think we will see him very soon.

“You see the reaction of Son and it is nothing intentional but sometimes you get broken legs and you see the defender really trying to hurt you. 

“That is not the case here and you can say it is part of the game or life sometimes and it doesn’t go your way but it is unfortunate.”

ANDRE GOMES’ injury will not be shown on Match of the Day tonight.

Viewers did not see the full extent of the horror leg injury during the live broadcast on Sky Sports earlier today, with only the initial foul by Son Heung-min shown.

And it appears BBC have decided to follow the lead of Sky in not broadcasting it on TV.

In a tweet, the BBC’s Ian Dennis suggested that both Son’s challenge and Aurier’s afterwards had not caused the injury.

He wrote: “Understandably you won’t see the Andre Gomes incident on MOTD tonight but having seen a replay, the injury appears to be on impact with his right foot on the ground after the trip by Son and before he collided with Aurier.”

THE Portugal national team have posted a tribute to Andre Gomes following his injury.

Gomes was a key man in delivering the country’s first ever international trophy at Euro 2016.

THERE remains confusion over who decided to give Son Heung-min a red card for his challenge on Gomes.

Referee Martin Atkinson was clearly seen holding a yellow card, ready to issue to the distraught Korean, leading viewers to initially believe that VAR official Anthony Taylor had ordered a red card.

But it is not known whether Atkinson went through with booking Son or changed his mind after seeing the extent of the injury.

MARCO SILVA is adamant that Son did not mean to injure Angel Gomes.

He told beIN SPORTS: “We have to be fair to Son. All the respect to Son. Every time I look to him, and Andre, both of them we can put as high-level football players.

“High-level characters as well. Even if I don’t know Son personally, he’s a very good player, I don’t believe he did that with bad intention.

“No, it was a tackle in that moment but not with bad intention for sure. He doesn’t want that for sure.

“He’s so sad in this moment, in the dressing room, because a football player like Son does not want to do that, I am 100% sure he doesn’t want to do something with that intention.”

A Premier League statement controversially said that Son was given a red card for endangering Gomes’ safety.

The tearful Korean’s tackle looked to be an innocuous yellow card foul, and was penalised as such by referee Martin Atkinson.

But the decision appeared to have been overturned by VAR and the card changed to red.

The statement read: “The red card for Son was for endangering the safety of a player which happened as a consequence of his initial challenge.”

But many supporters were left furious by the justification.

EVERTON manager Marco Silva paid tribute to Son Heung-min, absolving him of any blame for Andre Gomes’ injury.

The Korean, who was left in tears after the challenge, was consoled in the dressing room afterwards by a number of Toffees stars including Seamus Coleman.

And Silva told beIN Sports: “We have to be fair with Son as well.

“All the respect to Son. Every time I look to him, for both.

“Andre and Son, we can put both as high level of football players, high level characters as well.

“Even if I don’t know [him] personally, he’s a very good player and I don’t believe he did that with bad intentions.

“Okay, it was a tackle at that moment, but not with bad intention for sure.

“He doesn’t want that for sure.

“He is so sad in his dressing room at the moment because I am one hundred per cent sure a footballer like Son doesn’t want to do that.”

DELE ALLI revealed Son Heung-Min was crying so much in the Spurs’ changing room after Everton star Andre Gomes’ suspected broken leg that he “can’t even pick his head up”.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino thanked Toffees players like Sean Coleman for visiting the away room to console Son, who was shown a red card after Gomes twisted awkwardly following his challenge and a resulting collision with Serge Aurier.

And Alli, whose goal was cancelled out by Cenk Tosun in a 1-1 Premier League draw, told Sky Sports Son appeared inconsolable

England midfielder Alli said: “I’ve just been in to the changing rooms and he is devastated and he is in tears but it’s not his fault.

“Sonny know he is one of the nicest people you will meet and he would never mean to do that and you can see that with his reaction.

“He can’t even pick his head up he is crying that much in the changing rooms. It’s never nice to see.”

FABIAN DELPH struggled to comment on Angel Gomes following the draw with Spurs.

He told Sky Sports: “We feel just as you can imagine. It’s difficult time for us.

“He is one of our brothers, someone we care about. It is difficult to put into words how we feel.

“As soon as we could get in touch we will send him our best. It’s difficult to see. It’s hard to talk now.”

FORMER Everton and Spurs striker Louis Saha has spoken of what it is like to break you leg.

He said: “It was a horrific memory. It is not something you really expect to come back from quickly because you have a memory always coming back. 

“It’s a moment where you need your family around you, you need your team-mates sending you messages and making sure you feel supported because it is very tough. It is horrific and I don’t think we will see him very soon.

“You see the reaction of Son and it is nothing intentional but sometimes you get broken legs and you see the defender really trying to hurt you. 

“That is not the case here and you can say it is part of the game or life sometimes and it doesn’t go your way but it is unfortunate.”

MAURICIO POCHETTINO has revealed that Everton players consoled Son in the dressing room.

He said: “Son was devastated, now he is better. I think the players from Everton came to console him.

“In the moment it was confusing. The action was very, very, very bad luck.

“We all feel sorry for Andre, I want to send my best wishes to him and his family. In this tough moment we want to send our best wishes.

“The VAR need to check if the tackle is bad from Sonny, and judge the action, not judge what happened after.”2 HOURS AGONovember 3, 2019

Barcelona have tweeted their support for Gomes following his horror injury.

The Portugal star spent three seasons with the Catalan club before joining Everton.2 HOURS AGONovember 3, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino was forced to substitute Serge Aurier, such was the defender’s horror at the injury caused to Gomes.

Following Son’s original tackle, Aurier collided with the Everton star and it was unclear from footage that has been made available, which player had caused the injury.

Poch was pictured comforting the visibly disturbed right-back as he was replaced by Juan Foyth.

Seamus Coleman instantly called for medics to arrive to treat his team-mate, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin cradled Gomes’ head as he laid screaming on the floor.

2 HOURS AGONovember 3, 2019

Everton goal hero Cenk Tosun posted an emotional tribute to Gomes, saying he wishes he hadn’t scored if it meant that happening to a team-mate.

Tosun wrote: “You win, you draw, you lose but all that doesn’t matter when something like this happens.

“I wish I didn’t score, I wish we lost 0-5 and this didn’t happen.

“I know you will come back stronger bro and we will be there for you.”


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Gov. Diri Presents N310 billion 2022 budget of sustainable growth

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… happy with implementation of 2021 budget

His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State has presented the 2022 budget estimates of N310, 717,608,353.00 Billion Naira to the State House of Assembly for consideration.

The 2022 budget is tagged,” Budget of Sustainable Growth.”

The State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was allocated the highest figure of N51 billion naira for capital project followed by Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources which had N12 billion naira. N4billion is the proposed figure for Education.

Because of drop in allocation, the revenue projection is slightly lower than the 2021 Budget by N19 billion indicating a reduction of about 3.54%.

The Governor who was accompanied to the presentation by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, also said the 2021 budget had a great performance and that many projects and achievements were recorded in various sectors including education, roads, and agriculture.

“The projects include:
• Construction of Unity Bridge in Nembe
• Construction of Elebele Bridge in Ogbia
• Dualization and Re-designing of the Tombia Round-about
• Construction of the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road.
• Construction of Yenagoa – Oporoma Road.
• Construction of AIT – Igbogene Outer Ring Road.
• Construction of Igbedi Road
• Construction of Glory Drive – just to mention a few

“Mr. Speaker, our Prosperity Government is also formulating a 30-year long-term development plan for the State, may I now proceed with a summary of the 2022 Appropriation Bill tagged “BUDGET OF SUSTAINABLE GROWTH”.

“In concluding, Mr. Speaker, I will not stop thanking God for His infinite mercies and the good people of Bayelsa State for their continuous support, patience, sacrifices and the goodwill they have extended to our Government. We are determined to continue to build confidence in our people by being proactive in the formulation and implementation of our policies.”

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EFCC Arraigns Managing Director for N6bn Deceased PHCN Insurance Benefit Fraud

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The EFCC, on Thursday, 21 October, 2021 arraigned the Managing Director of PJO Ventures Limited, Cecilia Osipitan and her company, PJO VENTURES LIMITED, and INSURANCE RESOURCERY and CONSULTANCY SERVICES LIMITED before justice U.P Kekemeke of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja on a nine count charge bordering criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and conversion of public funds to the tune of N6, 000,000,000.00(Six billion Naira).
The money was meant for the payment of outstanding insurance premiums and claims of deceased and incapacitated staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN). The offence contravenes Section 311 of the Panel Code Act Cap 532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, (Abuja) 2004 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Act.

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